6 Ways to Appreciate Your Family

6 Ways to Appreciate Your Family

Family. They are part of who you are right now. They’ve impacted the way you thought and felt since you can remember. Like it or not, they’ve provided you with a perspective on life and the world. They’ve made you who you are.

Though family, whether actual or those you consider related, is an important part of your life throughout the year, they play a pivotal role during the holiday season. Around every corner this time of year you are faced with a variety of activities, engagements or traditions that focus on bringing those closest to use even closer together. It’s wonderful to have such a feeling of togetherness during the holidays, but what about the remainder of the year? We must take steps to show our family and friends that we appreciate them every single day – not just once or twice a year. That’s how you build strong relationships.

It’s important to regularly express appreciation for those who play a positive role in your life. Without this intentional communication, relationships can quickly degrade. Family is a central part of each and every person’s life. Check out six ways to appreciate your family today:

How to Be Happy Without Trying

How to Be Happy Without Trying

It’s around us everywhere. Each and every day, people try sooo hard to be happy. Marketers use it as a way to get us to spend more money. Politicians use it as a promise. Even our own family promises happiness, as long as certain criteria are met. It’s the basis of most of our existence. After all, we all want to be happy.

We try and try and try to be happy. But what if it was a lot simpler than that? What if happiness was more readily available if you just stopped trying all together? It may sound counterintuitive, but that’s real life. The same concept applies to so many different areas of our lives – from popularity to love. The harder you try, the more difficult it is to achieve the goal set forth.

A 2011 study explains that trying to be happy can actually make people unhappy. In the study, the higher the value participants placed on happiness the more likely they were to feel disappointment.

Though the results may be kind of surprising, they really aren’t that far fetched. If you are working so hard to attain happiness don’t you think that your preconceived notions may get in the way before you even become happy?

5 Common Issues to Address Now

5 Common Issues to Address Now

We all have our own issues, our own personal demons. While they may not appear as a big deal from the outside, inside they slowly chew away at you and the very essence of who you are. This could be a simple fear of something, like heights or open spaces, or something much, much deeper.  Sometimes these things don’t get in the way of your everyday life. The larger problem arises when you let these issues take over your life, consuming your thoughts and affecting your actions.

Nobody is perfect. We must first accept this fact to begin to rectify any current problems in our lives. With problems, common or not, comes stress, anxiety and a feeling that the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Why should you live with all of this weight on your shoulders? Though we should never be living our lives this way, many of us do. That’s okay. It seems that we are all predisposed to believe that this is okay. It’s not. You’d be surprised to learn that an issue you thought no one else has dealt with is actually something that is very common. Rest assured that everyone in this world has their own set of problems – you’re not alone.

Life is full of pressure and worry, but you can work to identify what triggers these feelings. Once you know the cause, you can begin to develop a plan to eradicate those very feelings from your life. Don’t let these issues snowball into a problem that moves beyond your control. Check out these 5 issues you should address now:

10 Things That Will Reignite Your Passion for Life

10 Things That Will Reignite Your Passion for Life

From time to time, we all lose our passion for life in some form or another. Maybe you no longer have the drive to push yourself harder at work, or perhaps you can’t make a connection between what you are doing and what you feel you are supposed to be doing. This feeling usually serves as a fork in the road – a time for you to make some big decisions – in your life. This is the time that you need to make choices, most of which will greatly impact your future.

It sounds scarier than it actually is. When all of your passion for life and drive for your own personal success is gone, it’s really the perfect opportunity to evaluate who you are and what you want. It’s time to reignite that once fiery passion that gave you an unquenchable thirst for living. It’s time to make some big moves – moves that can provide you with a refreshed and reinvigorated outlook and perspective.

Luckily, even when you are completely down, there are several simple things you can do to get yourself back on track. Sometimes all it takes is a little self-assessment and willingness to make small tweaks. Check out these 10 things that will help you reignite your passion for life:

12 Thoughts That Will Change Your Life

12 Thoughts That Will Change Your Life

Life is a series of events – things that change, align, distance themselves and realign each and every day. You probably have a vague idea of what the day holds for you when you wake up in the morning, but, in reality, that idea can quickly be blown out of the water. Truth be told, you have the power to direct your life in whatever direction you want to take it in.

Change your thoughts and your entire world can be turned upside down – for better or for worse. All it takes you is the ability to examine your perception and subsequent wants and needs. The real power lies in your mind – your thoughts. But what if some of those thoughts were more important – dare I say, influential – than others?

There are just some thoughts and ideas that have the ability to make or break you. It isn’t some big secret – rather, think of it as a key to learning and growing as an individual. By knowing and accepting a few simple thoughts, you can totally change your attitude about life.

As I said, it’s not a big secret. They are actually relatively straightforward. But these 12 thoughts can change your life today:

9 Things You Should Never Think

9 Things You Should Never Think

Thousands of thoughts stream through our minds every day. They cover any and all subjects, from what you’ll eat and wear today, what the weather is like and what needs to get done to the latest episode of your favorite television show and how exactly they cram all of that information into your tiny smartphone. They can be totally random or completely intentional. Your thoughts are where new ideas are born or where they disappear. Thoughts are how your life is decided.

With all of these concepts, thoughts and ideas moving in and out of our stream of consciousness at any given moment, it’s so ridiculously easy to get caught up in the little ideas and negatives – the things that really aren’t a big deal, but get blown totally out of proportion. No matter how positive or happy we are, we all have thoughts of self-doubt that question ourselves and our abilities. When those thoughts enter your mind, it’s imperative to realize that they shouldn’t be prioritized at the top of your list. They are a natural part of life and progression.

You have to be able to identify these detrimental thoughts and place them at the back of your mind. Encouraging negative thinking leads to a negative life. Giving preference to good thoughts will provide you with a positive life. Welcome the good thoughts and learn to recognize the bad ones. Happiness will follow. Check out these 9 thoughts you should never think:

11 Ways to Be Yourself

11 Ways to Be Yourself

We all were born with our own set of unique traits, qualities and abilities. No two people are alike, nor should they try to be. Each person on this earth is exceptional in their own sense, bringing their own contributions, no matter how big or small, to our society. Each of us really does leave our own fingerprint behind.

There’s that Oscar Wilde quote that captures this idea in all of its essence – “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

Always stay true to yourself. You are you. No one else can ever walk in your shoes, and you’ll probably never walk in theirs. That’s what makes this world so interesting. There are so many different people to meet and interact with. Check out these 11 ways you be yourself:

Define who you are

Take a good look at yourself and try to figure out who you really are. What do you like? What don’t you like? What do you dream about? What do you want out of life? What is your favorite food? All of these questions, no matter how philosophical or simple, paint the complicated picture of one person – you.