Loving Yourself: The Gift of Power and Freedom

When’s the last time you took a moment to focus on self-love? The greatest challenge you may face in your life is to love your whole self: body, mind, emotions, soul and spirit. Throughout our culture (in family life, social life, the media, economics, politics, religion and education), we are taught to believe that we can be inferior and undeserving. These attitudes are perpetuated on many levels, both consciously and subconsciously. Through spoken and unspoken attitudes, cultural practices and unequal treatment, we can begin to believe we are powerless to make decisions that affect our lives or the lives of others. Understanding the dangers of trying to live up to these inordinate expectations empowers you to reclaim your self-esteem and change your life.

Love yourself, today and every day.

The Importance of Self-Esteem

Fostering positive self-esteem will give you the ability to say no to anyone or any situation that attempts to destroy your sense of wellbeing. Loving yourself is the ability to see yourself as whole and unique with natural beauty. It is appreciating your inner beauty and the expressions of your emotional self in all of its forms. Reverence and self-love is essential if you are to move past the negative attitudes encouraged by our society.

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Regain Your Power: How to Free Yourself from Emotional Blocks

Did you know that being emotionally ‘stuck’ robs you of your inner power? Your emotions are energy states that change as you change; your perception of reality is the ever-changing dynamic that is you. As they are directed by your thoughts, your emotions move through your body like a fish moving through water. Emotional changes influence your attitudes, behavior, and reactions to people and situations as they arise.

Are emotional blocks keeping you from being truly happy?

When you get stuck in any emotion, like anger or fear, you will not be able to move through your life freely or happily. When resentment invades your thoughts and actions, and builds with no relief, you become stuck. How can you regain your power and move through to the next state of being? Read this post for advice.

The Dangers of Emotional Barriers

The longer you remain stuck in one particular emotion, the deeper it grows. When this continues, your body can rebel in the form of chronic ailments. Your relationships may also begin to suffer because of your emotional imbalance. Your friends will avoid you because of your negative energies. Remaining emotionally stuck can become a dangerous discomfort zone unless you are determined to change it. Emotional states thrive when they flow like waves on the sea. When these waves become too large for too long a time, there is devastation. Your emotional state is much the same; without awareness nothing in your life will improve.

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How to Have Hope in Hopeless Situations

Hope: Former President Barack Obama based an entire campaign upon the concept, and it’s something that keeps us warm in even the darkest times. When you’re feeling down in the dumps, sometimes hope seems like the light at the end of a long tunnel; unreachable without taking a dark journey. How can you feel more hope in hopeless situations? Read on for my advice.

Always have hope!

3 Ways to Have Hope

  1. Eliminate Self-Doubt

Self-doubt convinces you that you are a failure, you don’t have answers, and you need someone else to do the thinking and deciding for you. Self-doubt wants you to believe that you have never been a real success and that your future is doomed. Self-doubt is darkness, humorless and hopeless. You cannot afford to associate yourself with those who encourage and create self-doubt. To feel more hopeful, eliminate this harmful way of thinking from your life.

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New Year’s Resolutions: 3 Happiness Habits to Adopt Right Now

We would all like to be a little bit happier, even those of us who enjoy every second of life. This New Year, you have a unique opportunity to pick new healthy habits and start fresh with a clean slate. What happiness habits have you thought about adopting? Read on for my three recommendations.

What are you going to do with your clean slate?

3 Happiness Habits to Adopt Right Now

  1. Let Go Of Grudges

Although it’s tempting, holding onto the past, it is not productive and can negatively impact your happiness. Resist the urge to exact revenge and compel yourself to take the high road. If someone wrongs you, tell yourself they are probably just having a bad day and are unable to take control of their emotions. You’ll find pride and confidence in being the bigger person; letting go of grudges will help you find true happiness.

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4 Reasons Why Friendships are Key to Happiness

Take a moment to think about the friendships in your life. Are you reminiscing about the laughter, fun times and happiness you’ve shared with others? I recently wrote an article about true friendships and ways you can recognize them; I truly believe a strong bond between individuals is one of the most important keys to happiness. Why are friendships so crucial? Read on for four reasons.

Friendships are the key to happiness.

Friendships are the key to happiness.

Why Do We Need Friends? 4 Reasons

  1. Friendships Bring Us Comfort

Strong friendships have the power to bring us comfort, serenity and an enormous sense of well-being, as well as the opportunity for adventure and childlike experiences. When we are part of a solid friendship, we begin to feel like we belong and are special to someone. With friends, there is someone journeying through life with us who listens, cares, understands and appreciates us without judgments.

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Finding Holiday Happiness: Your Unlimited Mind’s Outstanding Power

Are you seeking a new way to find happiness? Try leveraging the outstanding power of your unlimited mind! Since we’ve entered the holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up the distractions of consumerism, delicious food and tasty winter beverages that are readily available everywhere; during these months I encourage you to also make working on your personal development, happiness and gratitude a top priority.


What is Your Unlimited Mind?

Your unlimited mind is your brain at the highest ideal; it’s something to be worked toward in order to live a fruitful, fulfilling and meaningful lifetime of happiness. Understanding your mind and what makes it work helps to keep it alive, exuberant and dynamic. As you grow in this appreciative understanding of your inner psyche, you will develop increased mind power, creativity and the ability to focus without distractions. You will also discover unlimited resources for creative expression. I like to think of my unlimited mind as the navigator of my life journey, and every choice I make is for its benefit.

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Where to Turn for Inspiration and Motivation

Now that we’re well into the fall season, the darker days and impending frightful weather can put a damper on our spirits. If you’re feeling less chipper than usual, where can you turn to get motivated and find inspiration? Read on for four tried and true resources.

Get inspired with these resources.

Get inspired with these resources.

Inspiration and Motivation: 4 Resources to Turn To

  1. Close Friends

Friendship is one of the greatest gifts we can experience in life; the selfless loving of another person as you share life experiences and help each other learn from mistakes is a trait that makes us uniquely human. When your spirits are low, leaning on a friend can help you find strength, even in the darkest situations.

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Interview on Butterflies of Wisdom

We have all experienced challenges in life, and how we deal with these hurdles is one way to choose between a lifetime of happiness and one of despair. I enjoy reaching out to as many people as I can and offering words of hope and inspiration; I recently had an interview on Butterflies of Wisdom radio show which discusses these topics, in addition to insight into finding reasons to laugh and be more grateful. Listen to it here!


Finding Power and Strength in Lasting Friendships

Throughout your lifetime, chances are you’ve had some great friendships that stick with you in your memory; hopefully, you are still friends with those individuals. A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life; having supportive people around you who help you endure hardships, celebrate victories and lend an honest ear is supremely important to lasting happiness.

A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life.

A strong friendship can be one of the greatest gifts of life.

What is a True Friendship?

Friendship is the creation of soul-to-soul love and caring; it enters into one’s emotions, feelings and actions. Without losing their identity, a friend is able to give love, honesty, playfulness, dreams, visions, understanding and compassion to another. It lasts forever; true friends are enduring in time, steadfast, loyal and committed to each other through the various and unpredictable ups and downs of life.

Friendship requires the food of mental stimulation, emotional happiness, adventure, shared experiences and good old-fashioned fun. It includes both relaxation and healthy laughter, and a shoulder to cry on during tough times. A friend is not:

  • Competitive
  • Careless
  • Envious
  • Judgmental
  • Rude
  • Taken for granted
  • Selfish
  • Un-reciprocated
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Transform Your Life Through Gratitude: 7 Solutions

As I shared previously in my article, Gratitude: What it is and Why it Matters, gratitude has the power to transform your worldview, and in turn, your whole life can change for the better. It can lead you on the path to happiness, help you to love yourself more and improve the quality of your current relationships. Sometimes practicing gratitude is difficult due to circumstances beyond your control; that’s why I encourage you to read on for seven practical and actionable tips to help you make a change.

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Make gratitude part of your daily routine!

Being Grateful is a Choice

Did you know that being grateful and thankful for the things you have is a conscious choice? However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. According to the New York Times, “For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult. Even beyond deprivation and depression, there are many ordinary circumstances in which gratitude doesn’t come easily.”

These ordinary situations can be negative, but they can also be positive, and often as inconsequential as getting a closer parking spot, having the perfect amount of milk for your breakfast cereal or emptying your email inbox. When tasks appear hard or time consuming, it can be easier to get hung up on how annoying the task may be, rather than feeling overwhelming gratitude as soon as the task is complete. Sometimes all it takes is a change in the way you view the situation, and gratitude can come much more easily.

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