By the end of this post you’ll be happier, hopefully .

So here’s the thing, I wanted to post about acceptance today but then a friend shared this video with me and it’s much more pressing.

You may have seen it already but I don’t care, watch it again! Then do what they say!

Here’s the skinny: People who express gratitude in person or over the phone are 19% happier overall! People who think about why they are grateful for the people in their life are 4% happier. Either way, this speaks to my personal mantra think happy, be happy. It’s not hard, just tell people why you appreciate them!

Here, I’ll help you get started:

Who has had the biggest positive impact in your life?
Were they an inspiration or did they willingly help you?
What was it?
How has it affected you?
Why do you appreciate them?

Now go! Go to them, call them, tell the people you love why they are important to you!

And, if you feel so inclined, I’d love for you to share something you love about someone below.

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Power of Positivity

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Affirmations, positive statements that essentially project what you want in life. They are something you repeat multiple times daily, causing the universe to hear you which leads to a deep feeling of belief on a subconscious level. 

They shouldn’t be complicated and don’t need to be about something far off in the distance either, it can be happening right now! Also, keep in mind your affirmations should only include positive words. For example: I am my ideal weight VS I am losing weight. 

Recently I attended an hour-long cycling class. I haven’t gone running in roughly a year and was concerned my endurance would be low. I went in with the thought “I haven’t done this in a while, I won’t be able to do the whole class full speed, I can sit down, just keep moving my legs” but then the class started and I changed my tune. “I can do this. I’m strong!” Sure I was tired, but I kept telling myself “I can do this, I’m strong. Don’t give up.” And guess what! I did it, the whole class. If I had continued to repeat “It’s ok, I’m new, they don’t expect much from me.” I wouldn’t have pushed my self, and wouldn’t have had so much fun.

List of Affirmations I use & love:
My body is healthy and functioning in a very good way
I am in control on my life
My mind is calm and clear
I radiate love and happiness
Everything is getting better every day

What are you favorite affirmations? 

This leads me to the fun part! Jewelry =) Specifically, Shop Compliments jewelry.

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Shop Compliment is a company that literally will shine light into your day. They make beautiful jewelry that is delivered with a customizable compliment. I have given these pieces as gifts with compliments such as “You’re Beautiful” and even as simple as “Happy Birthday.” Just imagine the positivity that can come from wearing a piece of jewelry that constantly reminds you of what people love about you! 

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These items are totems that keep positive affirmations about yourself nearby. They’re a great way to support a friend or loved one.

Check the jewelry out HERE
Check out Melissa’s Story HERE

And guess what! Any time you decide to buy from Shop Compliment, you can use the code CHRISTINE for $5 off. The best part? It’s not a one time only discount! 

I want to hear your stories! What experience was made better for you through the power of positivity? And don’t forget to share your favorite affirmations! Comment below!

Be Kind

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Watching adults sometimes makes me sad. Manners used to be important, but they seem a little scarce these days. The most painful thing to see? Negativity and intolerance! People often respond to a conversation with a negative comment as an attempt to be accepted. You’re an adult, so act like one. Come on, let’s be real.

Here are some observations that can help us be more tolerant.

  1. People typically like people who are nice.
  2. If you have not experienced something, don’t speak poorly of it. Especially to someone who has expressed interest or enjoyment in it.
  3. Negativity often appears rude and close minded.
  4. Negativity is considered to be bad manners and our everyday manners shape how people view us.
  5. As a role model, being negative sets a poor example to anyone watching. People will say “I don’t want to be a role model” but you don’t get to choose who looks up to you.

Life happens though, we have to roll with it. If someone offends you or is close minded don’t take it personally. Other people should not have a negative effect on you. Who knows, maybe your positivity will even rub off on them!

Secret to Happiness

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Anyways, now that we got that out of the way. I was watching a TED Talk yesterday and an interesting chart came up that I wanted to share. 25% of work happiness and success comes from knowledge. The rest comes from positivity and performance, happiness and intelligence, optimism levels, social support and ability to see stress as a challenge rather than a threat.

The way the world thinks is if you work harder you will become successful, once you’re successful then you’ll be happy but guess what; once you succeed in one thing, you change your bar of success. If you are stuck in this cycle, you will never be happy.

Seems like a no-brainer to me but it is apparently its big news.  Check out the whole TED Talk below.