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10 Reasons to Stay Positive in Life

We all go through stressful, difficult, and unfulfilling times in life sometimes. But part of being healthy is maintaining a balanced psyche and realizing that you attitude directly affects your mind.  Numerous studies over recent years have shown that optimistic thinking leads to a positive attitude and that people with positive attitudes live longer happier healthier lives!

The good news is, being positive is a choice! Here are the Top 10 from Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book ReSYNC Your Life Samir Becic:

  • Feel Better: When you’re positive, you’ll feel better about life in general. It’s impossible to feel positive and negative at the same time – and positivity is contagious- so the more positive you are, the more positive feelings will come. You’ll feel more peaceful, happier and calm.
  • Harmonious relationships:  When you chose positive attitude, you will start to notice a lot of positive qualities in people and ignore their defaults.  By being conscious of this, you will start to create more meaningful friendships and great relationships. This type of attitude will create a very good and positive atmosphere around you which will attract people to you.
  • Better Coping Skills:  Hard times will inevitably come, there is no way around them. When you’re a positive person it will be easier to handle these situations and move past them.  A bad attitude never helps ANY situation…
  • More Energy:  When you have less stress and worries in your life, you have extra energy to do the things you love- such as be active and fit! Sometimes our mind is the reason for our fatigue. Stressing and not being able to see the brighter side of life drains our energy. We feel tired, moody, and less interested in the things we love so much.  Energize yourself by simply changing the way you think!
  • Great First Impression:  If you make a positive thinking your priority, you will always make a great first impression. People, in general, are attracted to kind and friendly personalities. We all know that making a good first impression can have a big impact on the development of your future relationships- both personal and professional.
  • Better Health:  Taking care of our thoughts is taking care of our health! Positive thinking is very beneficial for your health. Even several scientific studies have shown that people with a good, positive “vibe” are less likely to suffer from depression and they get ill more rarely than the negative thinkers. Positive thinkers are often less stressed (Stress Kills article), have lower blood pressure, and are often more active. Just change your thoughts and you will change your life.
  • Motivation Boost:  Positive attitude will boost your motivation and you will start to achieve your goals quicker and easier. To have strong motivation is the same as to spread your wings and reach your potential!
  • More Courage:  Fear stems from negative thoughts. Being a positive thinker eliminates fear. Courage comes from the fact that you stay positive you will know that whatever happens in your life, you can deal with it- that you are strong and resilient.
  • Healthy Self-Esteem:  To be positive is to know and truly believe that you are a valuable person and have something to offer. Trust in yourself and your decisions.
  • Fulfilling Life:  A positive state of mind creates positive emotions. Positive emotions creates a positive lifestyle. What would you rather have? Being happy all the time or feeling angry constantly?Ask yourself that question and from today on, make the decision to use positive thinking in your life everyday to enjoy these benefits and more!

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25 Life Lessons To Remember

You can get lost in life and can feel lost yourself, but you should always remember these 25 truths to live by:

  1. Love and accept yourself unconditionally. Why shouldn’t you love and accept yourself unconditionally? Yes, there are times when you’re going to make a mistake and hate yourself for it, but don’t. You’re only human and unconditional self-love gives you the courage to go after your dreams and goals.
  2. The busier you get, the more you need stillness.  Everyone is busy these days, but it’s important to slow down and take a deep breath. Take a minute to do nothing or to do something that will relax you, such as meditation. Taking a break and slowing down will help bring you a sense of peace and calmness in your busy chaotic schedule.
  3. Everyone is fighting their own battle. Judging or criticizing others does not do anything for your well being. Everyone has their own issues and problems that they are dealing with. It’s also a waste of your energy to allow negative thoughts in your mind.
  4. The world is a reflection of your dominant thoughts. If you think the world is one way, then it will be how you see the world. If you believe the world is friendly, then it will be. So turn your negative thoughts into positive thoughts! Your world will become much better if you do.
  5. Start before you feel ready. There’s no time like the present to begin something. You just have to start before the moment comes because the right time may not ever come if you keep waiting for that “perfect” moment.
  6. Your capacity to love is unlimited. People often feel defeated after a relationship hasn’t worked out to the way that they would like, but love is a universal thing and doesn’t disappear so easily. It may not have worked out with that one person but you’ll be able to love again.
  7. Life is overflowing with blessings. People these days are too wrapped up in what’s going on to realize how many blessings we get from just being alive that day. Take a moment to count your blessings and realize all the good things that you have in your life.
  8. Success does not bring happiness, happiness brings success. Success is a big goal in many people lives but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be happy when you get it. Many successful people are still unhappy, proving that the two do not go hand in hand. Only you can define your happiness; things like success or material things do not define happiness for you.
  9. Make time for your friends and loved ones. We’re all busy, but it’s important to make time for your friends and loved ones. Keep in touch and stay up to date. Don’t lose contact with them just because life gets too busy.
  10. We are all pieces of one universe. We are all on the earth together, we are all pieces of this one universe. We should stop seeing ourselves as separate but as a part of something greater.
  11. Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the path you choose to take. It will take  you a while to reach your goals and dreams, but as long as you enjoy the journey then you will enjoy the end so much more.
  12. Your intention is what matters most. A handmade gift or a heartfelt note is much more meaningful than a gift without any thought put into it.
  13. The more you give thanks, the more good things flow to you.  Make sure to give thanks for everything you get. Gratitude can be a magnet for positive energy.
  14. You are inherently worthwhile. You decide your worth. Your worth is not dependent on your career or what you have. It’s about what you determine your worth is.
  15. Fear is the one-sided fence. Fear is an illusion. Once you work through that fence you’ll realize that you never had anything to be afraid of.
  16. You need to replenish your soul. Sometimes with the busy schedules and hectic life, you need to take a break and let things be. You may have a million things to do, but you need to take a break sometimes and indulge in reading a book or just laying in the grass and observing nature.
  17. Most worrying is a waste of energy. Worrying isn’t going to get you anywhere. You can worry and worry all you want but that won’t change a situation unless you take action to change it yourself.
  18. When you want something, the universe conspires on your behalf. There’s always going to be some type of force trying to work against you and with you. The universe will arrange people, circumstances and opportunities to bring you what you want.
  19. Be wary of projecting your past onto your present. Just because something happened in the past doesn’t mean you should let it affect your present day. The past brings you up to who you are but does not define who you will become or who you are in the exact moment.
  20. Most people are capable of far greater things than they realize. You don’t realize it but you are capable of great things! As long as you believe in yourself, you will be able to do whatever you set your mind to.
  21. So much can happen in a day.  The day consist of 24 hours, and within that 24 hours, a lot of things can happen. No day is ever guaranteed. You should wake up every morning and be excited about all the possibilities that could happen.
  22. When you follow your heart, life is effortless. When you follow your heart and soul, everything feels easy.
  23. Deep breathing is underrated. Every time you feel flustered or consumed by negative emotions, take deep breaths. Deep breaths can alleviate the negative emotions and make you feel more at ease.
  24. Comparison is the death of joy. Comparing yourself to others won’t get you anywhere. It will be the death of your joy and happiness. Enjoy your accomplishments and don’t compare yourself to others.
  25. Happiness is a choice. You choose whether or not you are happy. Your happiness is in your control, and not one person can control that but you.

Information gathered from Huffington Post.

6 Secrets to Living a Long Life

For centuries, man has searched for the “fountain of youth,” the secret to living a healthy and long life. But it seems that on the tiny Greek island of Ikaria, longevity is quite common and, quite frankly, a way of life. They rarely get sick, rarely contract cancers or diseases, and almost always live to the age of 90 and above. Their secret, according to author and part-time resident of the island Diane Kochilas, lies in living simply and in the moment.

In her new cookbook Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die, Kochilas offers insight as to how these native Ikarians have managed to live such long, healthy and fruitful lives. 

In an article published by Huffington Post, Kochilas dishes on six secrets to Ikarian longevity.

Secret #1: Eat locally and sparingly

Many of the island’s residents ages 80 and above recall a life of poverty in which there was often limited supply of food, particularly meat. They ate sparingly because there was not much to eat, and they ate whatever nature could provide, whether it was from the garden, from the sea or found in the wild. Even today, processed food is rarely eaten, except in some restaurants.

Secret #2: Walk, walk, walk

The simple exercise of walking is as good for the body as it is for the mind. In other words, keep the body moving, not sedentary!

Secret #3: Get plenty of sleep

Islanders on Ikaria sleep often and for long periods. Not only does the body need rest, but naps allow you to live two days in one, Kochilas says. And you feel more energized, too!

Secret #4: Don’t rush life, and pay no mind to time

The pace of life on Ikaria is slow, deliberate and unhurried, allowing people the chance to enjoy the moment. Even going to the store in Ikaria involves a 20-minute chat and time to relax. Ikarians do not abide by a clock; there is no such thing as being late. It’s all about living in the moment. And when you live in the moment, you are more aware and at one with your body, in a more meditative state.

Secret #5: Let things go

Ikaria natives are naturally laid back, stress-free and forgiving, thanks to their way of life. As the Greeks say, “Don’t hold the bad in,” Kochilas says. Life is about being happy, and these islanders know how to enjoy it with dancing, social gatherings and celebration.

Secret #6: Allow nature to take its course in healing the body

When it comes to minor ailments, Ikaria residents turn to herbal treatment. But for the most part, they let their bodies heal on their own time, not with mainstream pharmaceuticals and high-tech treatments.