Benefits of Positive Interactions

1019 copyHave you heard the saying, “You are the company you keep”? This old adage suggests that if you interact with happy and positive people, you’ll end up being happier and more positive yourself; and science is proving this saying to be true. Research shows that the brain produces higher levels of feel-good chemicals (like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) during positive interactions.*

If you want to feel happy and calm, then strive for situations and company that will foster positive interactions. Do your best to avoid negative and hostile people who can not only ruin your day, but who can also deprive your brain of the chemicals it needs in order to be in a good mood!

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*http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/topic/connecting/connection-happiness
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Don’t Wait for Your Dreams

1015“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”
– Ecclesiastes 11:4

The best time to get started on your dreams and goals is right now! Pausing until that “perfect day” arrives, when all of your problems are solved, isn’t worth waiting for. Instead, focus on taking active, small steps each and every day, and eventually those dreams will become a reality that you made possible, despite your busy schedule, troubles or worries!

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Reflect Before Reacting

1010“Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.”
-Proverbs 29:11

One of the best tools for anger management is delay. When someone says something that makes you angry, just wait a minute! Do your best to take a moment before reacting. Walk away if you have to, just make sure you take some time to think. Try this today!

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Be Pleasant and Persuasive

“A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.”
-Proverbs 16:21

The more pleasant you are, the more persuasive you are. People are more inclined to listen to someone when they enjoy the way in which something is being said. If your delivery is abrasive or offensive, people are more likely to miss or reject your message. Let’s speak in a more pleasant manner today!

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How to Walk on Clouds

505“A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them.” – Leonard Louis Levinson

It feels amazing to be an optimist! Let’s be an optimist today.

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Help Sooner Rather than Later

990“Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbor to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.”
-Proverbs 3:27-28

Don’t put off the opportunity to help someone. Start lending a helping hand today!

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Adopt the Right Attitude

985“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”
-Hans Selye, The Father of Stress research

As you experience situations throughout your day, actively search for the positive sides of things and banish negative stress!

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Miserable or Strong

980 copy“We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong, either way, the amount of work is the same.”
-Carlos Castaneda, Author

We have the power to choose whether we exert our energy by being miserable or if we use it to get stronger. Let’s use our energy to get stronger today and every day!

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Kiss More for Your Health

It’s been reported that people who kiss more often have less stress and more relationship satisfaction. Did you know that kissing can improve your immune system too? Not only has kissing been linked to improved self-esteem and reduced blood pressure, but it can even relieve headache pain!*

Kissing is a primal act that can awaken benefits within your body. Kiss someone as a way to both share your love and improve your health today!

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*http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/30/8-kissing-benefits.aspx
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Be in the Present Moment

975“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”
-Abraham Maslow, Psychologist

If you dwell on your past, you will toil over regret. If you worry about your future, you won’t be able to move forward. Let’s enjoy ourselves and focus on simply being present in the moment.

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