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Science Proves Gratitude Makes Us Happy

For most, gratitude is a pure outright thank you. For others a half-hearted thank you text or card may seal the deal. But in psychology, it's is not just an offhand action. Gratitude is a positive emotion that goes a long way in contributing to happiness. The recognition entails more than feeling thankful for an act of kindness or condition because it consists of a deeper appreciation for someone or something. It affirms the graciousness of the giver. When we focus more on the many blessings in our lives, we are more contented, cheerful and generous. The feeling goes both ways. The giver derives immense joy from the act, and the receiver appreciates the kindness.

In a fast-paced world like ours, it is not unusual for daily blessings to go unnoticed. We often overlook the little acts of kindness we experience every day. Small acts of kindness shown daily culminate into a happier life. Whether receiving or giving gratitude, scientific studies prove that the result is immense...

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Simple Habits for Staying Organized

Getting organized is one thing, staying organized is another challenge altogether. If you want to stay in control of your life, you need to form a few simple habits to change the way you think about your ‘stuff.’

Here are seven easy ways to stay organized.

  1. Make the bed
    Making your bed every day is a small but easily overlooked task that will make you feel instantly more organized and your bedroom look neat. Whatever else happens in your day, at least you’ve made your bed.
  2. Clean up the kitchen and straighten the house
    Do the dishes, clean up the kitchen and do a quick tidy of the living areas of your home each evening, and you will finish the day with the right mindset for keeping the rest of your life organized.
  3. Stay on task
    Finish one task before you start the next one. Multitasking is overrated and wastes your energy. By trying to do too much at once, you risk getting exhausted and never actually finishing anything. Focusing on one thing at a time will keep you...
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5 Steps for Taking Control of Your Fear (So You Can Take Action)

Being afraid of change and new beginnings are perfectly normal. No matter how much you want to switch careers, move to a new city, or start a new relationship, something holds you back. It's your fear that keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest and making your dreams come true.

Remember, you have full control over your emotions. It's in your power to conquer fear and make things happen. Here are five steps you can take today to gain confidence and achieve the success you deserve:

Analyze Your Fears

What are you scared of moving forward? Is it that you might fail, the financial insecurity, or criticism? Define the risks you're so afraid of and write everything down. Be realistic and have the facts straight before taking the next step. It's in our nature to exacerbate risks and their consequences.

Imagine the Worst-Case Scenario

What's the worst thing that could happen if you fail? Would you lose your home, your job, or your friends? Sometimes, all you need to do to kick fear to...

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Invest in You

If you are not investing in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential. Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves. These are the same people that wonder why they are not getting anywhere with their lives.

You want to use some guidelines to help you which are as follows:

Imagine How You Want to Shape Your Life

Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want professionally as well as personally. The two will ultimately overlap. If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life. If you have wanted to increase your skills as a community leader, this could...

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6 Ways to Organize Your Digital Life

You’ve probably heard about ‘digital detox,’ but you don’t have to go cold turkey to simplify your digital life. Streamlining the way you use technology can increase your productivity and turn your computer or smartphone back into a useful tool instead of a cluttered time-suck.

Here is how to take back control of your digital life by decluttering and organizing.

  1. Manage your files
    Set up a meaningful system of organizing your computer files. Create theme or project-based folders and file all your documents. Don’t create a new file without saving it to a specific folder. When you set up your folder system, think of a document naming convention that makes sense to you and use it! Consider using a resource like Dropbox to store all or some of your files. Not only will you save space on your computer, but if your hard-drive crashes, your files will all be safe in the Cloud.
  2. Clean up your desktop
    It’s easy to let your desktop become a random collection...
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Top 5 Goal-Tracking Apps

What do you want to achieve? Maybe it’s to lose some weight, get fit, run a marathon, expand your business, or write a book. Whatever your goals, we all know deep down inside that succeeding in any of these calls for two things:

  • Planning
  • Steady, consistent work

You don’t need to be a Gantt chart guru to ace your planning and organization. There are lots of apps and software available to make organizing easy and fun, as well as giving you instant feedback and analysis of your progress. Many of them promote developing and rewarding positive habits and behaviors that you can apply to all areas of your life, from exercise and healthy eating to social media use and business.

Here are five of the most popular goal tracking apps:

  1. Strides
    Strides is a free IOS app based on listing your goals and habits, and it allows you to track daily monthly and annual progress. It displays notifications and graphs progress in meeting your set milestones.
    Strides has a simple display in a...
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Reasons Why You Should Keep a Gratitude Journal

Spending just fifteen minutes a day writing in your gratitude journal can do amazing things in your life! Scientific studies have proven that showing gratitude on a consistent basis makes people happier and healthier. One of the best ways to get into the habit of cultivating gratitude is by keeping a journal. Here’s a short list of how a gratitude journal can change your life for the better:

Achievement

A gratitude journal will help you note those simple things you achieve. You'll also be aware of both big and little things in life that you have to be thankful for by recording in your journal.

Happiness

A gratitude journal keeps you happy because it keeps you focused on the good things that exist in your daily life. Once you start a gratitude journal, you are “on the lookout” for good things—both big and small. Imagine what your life would be like if you focused on the positive instead of negative!

Good health

Dis-ease is negative energy that has been stored...

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How to Keep Your Gratitude Practice Going

When it comes to showing gratitude, it’s a win-win situation. Unfortunately, in our busy world, sometimes we forget to appreciate all the amazing gifts we receive. Here are a few things you can do to cultivate gratitude and keep the practice going.

Don’t Skimp On The Compliments

While it is undisputed that the receiver of praise enjoys feeling noticed, appreciated, and motivated to do more, the giver also partakes in the feeling. For every compliment given you build a bond, you construct trust and encourage new connections.

  • Be genuine. False compliments are easy to detect, even when clothed with layers of smiles. Once it is perceived, the purpose is defeated.
  • Receive every compliment given to you graciously, never brush it off.
  • Be specific with compliments.
  • AVOID giving backhand compliments. Like saying, ‘for a boy, you’re quite good at babysitting.’ And don’t be frugal with praise. Let people know you appreciate them.

Get a Journal

A gratitude...

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Making Behavior-Based Goals Work for You

The easiest way to demonstrate the incredible effectiveness of behavior-based goals work when used in tandem with outcome-based goals is to give you a short narrative of someone utilizing both. To that end, let’s say we have a man named Dan who owns his own business and wants to secure three or four new clients each month in order to increase his business revenue.

Up until recently, Dan has relied heavily on word-of-mouth for advertising, and he’s done okay. In order to step it up a notch, he realizes he’ll have to do things he’s not very comfortable doing – things like attending networking events and cold-calling on businesses. Doing things that he’s not used to doing will call into play his self-discipline.

Dan is also aware that he is going to need to do these things repeatedly and consistently in order to secure the new business that will grow his business. For Dan, the fear of keeping his business at the same level, year after year, is more...

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How to Set Up Your Self-Reflection Practice

Self-reflection is essential to living your happiest life. A life where you appreciate the blessings you already have. Self-reflection gives you the will to gain control over your life, but you want to make sure you practice it in the right way. If you take the wrong approach, you'll find yourself stuck with thoughts of "could’ve, would’ve, should’ve." To get started the right way and build a successful self-reflection practice, try these:

Daily Reflection (Evening) 

  • What good did I do today?
  • How did I feel today?
  • What did I learn today?
  • What new decisions have I made and what do I expect to happen  
  • What were my character flaws? How did I treat others?
  • Am I getting trapped in routine? Am I fully engaged?
  • Am I pushing myself hard enough? Am I pushing myself too hard?
  • What self-care am I practicing that makes me feel great?
  • Am I severely neglecting one area of my life that’s infecting others?

Plan Next Day

  • What are the most important things to...
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