Exhale And Enjoy Life

March 15, 2017
by Cristina
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Life Lessons Learned From Dancing

If you pay attention you receive life lessons every day. Every challenge and situation you go through can be a great teacher. Here are my 10 life lessons learned from dancing that will help you live a better and joyful life.

No Matter What You Do Always Be Yourself

Have you ever seen someone dancing so beautifully and being so expressive that it literally takes you into another world?

Dancing it’s a form of expressing and also a way of connecting your mind, body and soul. It requires confidence and trust in yourself.

In life, just like dancing be yourself! Let your true personality sparkle. Show that special something that only you have. Trust yourself and enjoy life to the fullest.

Embrace The New

Be open to whatever it’s new. To the wonderful opportunities each day gives you. Embrace life.

Open your mind to see things differently. Don’t settle. Live fully, love with all your heart and always believe in yourself.

Don’t Limit Yourself

Dancing it’s an art. It can be expressed in so many forms. Same in your everyday life. You don’t have to limit yourself. Know that in order to evolve you have to be open to the new and that it’s ok to be different.

Life has its own way of doing things and sometimes that might mean taking a different direction. You might see it as a failure but it’s actually life telling you it’s time for something different.

A new chapter, a new opportunity that it will take you closer to whatever your destiny might be.

Always Take Care Of Your Health

Dancing it’s also a sport. It’s amazing but not easy. It can be a great way to keep yourself in shape but it can also seriously affect your health if you’re not careful. But this isn’t just in dancing.

A healthy lifestyle it’s essential for a happy life. Don’t ignore your health. Always listen to your body! Don’t push it thinking it won’t happen to you.

Ask for help if you need to. Eat right, life a healthy life and stay hydrated. Take breaks when you need to. Give yourself the time you need to recover.

Let Go

In order to enjoy life to the fullest you need to let go of whatever it’s dragging you back or holds you in place. Let go so you can move on. Not everything has to be perfect.

Focus on now and doing the best that you can.

Surrender To The Music Of Your Heart

Real dancing comes from the heart. In everything you do listen to your heart. Follow whatever makes you happy and always stay true to yourself.

Passion

True success comes from passion. Whenever you’re passionate about something it shows. Passion it’s that great force that makes you realize incredible things.

Whatever you’re passionate about give it a chance! And let that passion drive you to success!

Never Give Up

So what if you don’t get it from the first try? So what is you make mistakes and you’re not perfect? Who is? We all make mistakes.

Stay positive. Have trust in yourself and your passion and keep going. It’s a constant learning. There’s no failure, there are just lessons.

It might take longer, there might be some bumps on the road but Never Give Up. Whatever bump you’ll find on the road will make you stronger and wiser.

Follow your passion and make your dreams come true.

Live In The Moment

One of the things that I loved about dancing is that each time I walked into the dance studio… I was there. Fully present. I loved it and enjoyed every minute with all my heart.

It’s easy to get lost and lose your focus in your everyday life. You’re in a constant rush and stress. You forget to actually live and enjoy life and more important you’re wasting time.

Time which you won’t get back. Put your life in order. Learn to slow down.

Make the necessary changes, reorganize your life so that you can enjoy and live each moment to the fullest.

Be Creative And Have Fun

Dancing is all about creativity. Dancing is beauty…it’s joy and happiness and so is life. Be opened to new ideas. Be spontaneous.

Be creative in everything you’re doing and have fun!

Be Yourself

January 16, 2017
by Cristina
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Best Valentine’s Day Gift Is Your Time

Valentine’s Day is coming in and fast! February 14 is just around the corner. Of course you don’t need a certain day to show your partner how much you love them. But, view it this way…how many of you are sooo busy and stressed out with your every day life that, you not only forget about your own person but, you ignore or postpone the ones you should always make time for?

If you’re someone who always finds time for you and your love ones you’re AWESOME! But, if you find yourself having trouble about what to do on Valentine’s Day, it’s OK! Here are some great and easy Valentine’s Day ideas for you, to celebrate a wonderful day and make your partner feel on top of the world!

Time

We live in such a fast life these days that we rarely find time for the people we love and enjoy spending time with. We’re always in a rush! The best gift for Valentine’s Day that you can give is your TIME! Give your time to the one you love as much as you can.

Everything in the comfort of your home!

Everyone’s usually going out for a romantic dinner but, this also means lots of people, crowded places and… a lot of noise. So why not move that romantic dinner at home?

If you’re not into those romantic stuff, get creative and find some fun things you can do together. Something you’ll both enjoy. Cook together, dance, play games! Throw a party for the two of you! Valentine’s Day cookies and cakes, don’t forget the wine or champagne! Watch your favorite movies together, cuddle and stay in each other’s arms.

Handmade gifts

A unique Valentine’s Day gift. Something made with love. Try a special photo album, more like a book with you two. A collage of favorite moments together, with some hand writings and drawings. If you make a collage you can put it on the wall. Make a heart shape collage with the most wonderful and happy moments of you two! If you’re seeing someone new find out what he/she likes.

It doesn’t cost you much. All you need is a printer, paper, glue and colors. Be creative and different. Make a scrapbook of you two!

Make a short movie

Or a long one if you want. Like from the first day you two met.  If you don’t have any videos about you two try to make one with pictures.

Same stuff, different day?

Get out of your normal routine, do something different. Get outside! Try something different, something you never did before. Surprise your partner with something new.

Go skating. Go dancing. Go painting! How about a photo shoot of you two? Go stargazing. How about diving? Buy some tickets to a show you think your partner will enjoy and have fun.

Matching jewelry

How cute is this? You can find so many models and you can even create one if you want.

A relaxing day at the spa

Taking care of yourselves and enjoying a day of rejuvenating. You’ll feel like new! Make him, her feel on top of the world. You’ll look younger, feel refreshed and full of life.

No money for spa? That’s ok. Re-spark that fire with a spa at home! Bubble bath, candles, wine, champagne, flowers… whatever you both enjoy. Don’t forget the music!

Escape to paradise

If money’s not a problem for you, plan a magical gateway for the two of you. Somewhere you’ll both love and enjoy spending time! Far away from the craziness and everyday stress! Just the two of you.

Valentine’s Day cookies with a lot of love

Instead of buying, try to make them yourself, put lots of love in them. You can find plenty of recipes online. Just pick an easy one you can do and surprise your partner. But do have a backup plan in case your baking skills fail 🙂

Flowers

Who doesn’t love them? They are always welcomed and a beautiful and romantic Valentine’s Day gift.

14 things I love about you

Ok this one sounds easy but you might be amazed how hard it is for some people to say these things! Make a list with 14 things you love about your partner…make it as a gift. An easy, awesome and cheap Valentine’s Day gift but, priceless! And hey…don’t limit to 14. If you can write more than 14 please DO!

A box of ideas

Write some notes with ideas or things you’d love to do, ask you lover to do the same, put them in a box and both of you extract as many as you like. And do those things!

Go where you first met or where you had your first date!

Write a song or a poem

You can even write a love letter if you want! And you can put it in a mail box! But, do make sure he/she receives it.

No matter how you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, don’t put too much pressure on yourself and remember that you don’t need a certain day to show your love. Just spend time with the one you love and have fun.

If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, don’t be sad! I’m sure you have some single friends. Call them and organize something together and just have some fun. Instead of worrying and feeling sad that you don’t have a partner for Valentine’s Day, reach out to the people in your life and touch them with your love, care and compassion. Brighten their day up! Make it a day well spent with your friends, your family or simply enjoy it all by yourself.

Cherish the time you spend with your lover, friends and family and have an amazing day!

December 5, 2016
by Cristina
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How To Spend Christmas Alone And Be Happy

Alone on Christmas Day? There could be many reasons why you’re spending Christmas alone and no matter what reason you have I know one thing. Being alone on Christmas can be really frustrating. Seeing others really enjoying Christmas with the family, friends and love ones can easily get you depressed.

You are not alone! This time of year can be difficult for so many people. You’re not the only one who’s alone on Christmas Day.

Listen, spending Christmas alone it’s not easy! Sometimes, even if you’re not that lonely, things can be so overwhelming that you just can’t hold your tears any more. So let them go. Let it all out. It’s OK!  Believe it or not it will make you feel better.

But, here’s the thing…feeling lonely, wallowing in sadness and freaking out about those Christmas Days won’t make them any better. Come on, you’re smart enough to know it won’t change things.

Want to know who can change things? Here it is… YOU! Instead of crying out and being sad because you feel lonely why not make it a goal to make it different this year. Set a goal of making the best of that wonderful Christmas Day.

Make it a challenge to have a magnificent Christmas Day and be happy even if you’re alone! And here’s how you can do it:

 

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Volunteer

When I was in high school, one of out teacher asked us to bring whatever we could ( toys, money, clothes ) for an orphanage in our town. We went with our teacher to that orphanage.

The smallest child at that orphanage was only a few months old, just a baby. When I saw that baby I realised that even if our gesture was small, that small gesture made a big difference for those kids that day. They were all so happy to see us.

There are plenty of ways you could help. Putting a smile on someone’s face on Christmas Day will make you feel awesome! Your effort, no matter how small, won’t be a waste of time.

Reach out to people who need you and offer your help.

Some churches organize different events for lonely or homeless people. Whether you’re religious or not, offer your help, you’ll feel great being part of a team, helping people and brighten their day.

Volunteer to foster animals

Those lovely souls need so much love and care and you’ll bring them so much joy by giving them a home and taking care of them. And guess what? They’re alone and just like you, would love to spend time with someone dear. Your love and care could save that little soul.

Open your heart and your home for a dog or a cat or…whatever animal you like. You might end up loving it so much that you’ll adopt it! You’ll make such a big difference in that animal’s life!  Just make sure you do some research before to know exactly what fostering an animal means.

Most organizations provide free training programs and enough resources for you to be able to care for whatever animal you’ll choose. You’ll learn new things, have great memories, meet new people, make new friends and help animals have a chance to a life…a happy life!

Adopt a pet

Want a wonderful present for life? It will not only brighten your Christmas Day but your whole life. There are so many beautiful souls that would love to have a home. Your lonely days will be gone and you’ll have a true friend for life who will enrich your life in ways you never thought were possible.

Give your time, love and care and in return you’ll receive unconditional love, true friendship and lots of happy days! Just imagine that puppy, dog, kitten, parrot or whatever animal you like greeting you happily when you come home!

A Christmas vacation just for YOU!

If you have some money in your pocket you could go on a Christmas vacation. There are so many to choose from. Pick the one you’ll like the most and have fun!

There are so many events during Christmas so why not go? Concerts, Christmas fairs, parties.

Even better if you live somewhere near the mountains or the sea, ocean…you won’t have to spend too much. A lot of people go to the mountains to spend Christmas. Some cities organize city lights tours.

You’ll have plenty of things to photograph, a panoramic view of the city under Christmas lights, the snow, the Christmas trees, meet new people, drink hot wine with cinnamon, sing songs, maybe make new friends and…you’ll have fun !

A vacation at home

If you can’t go on a vacation, have one home. Give yourself a new look! Something fresh and new will boost your mood. Just do whatever makes you happy! Spend a quiet day at home enjoying whatever you like. Or…have a party all for you. All your favorite food and drinks just for you. Don’t forget your favorite cake! ( But don’t overdo it ! Keep your heath in mind ).

Watch funny movies all day. Put your favorite music on and just enjoy the day! Do whatever makes you happy.

Decorate the house and make it as wonderful as you can!

Buy some presents for yourself and put them under your Christmas tree. If you have any pets, buy presents for them too! Just imagine how happy they will be.

Make a photo album of the year with your best and happiest moments!

Christmas cards

Send Christmas cards to people you know or simply call them to wish happy holidays. Some of those people could send you an invitation to spend Christmas with them.

Make new friends

On Christmas Day there are many organizations that offer Christmas dinner for who ever wants to come. So why not go and have a lovely time meeting new people and making new friends. Some even give free meals and presents! You could help organizing and taking part of everything or simply go and enjoy. Whatever makes you happy.

Explore the stores

Go shopping and get yourself something nice. Even if it’s just a small thing…do it! Some malls and stores even fairs are open on Christmas Day. They also organize different events so you’ll have a great time.

Go to a concert

There are so many during Christmas Days…find one that you like and enjoy it.

A party at work

Not everyone it’s free on Christmas Day…lots of people are working. I know this might sound sad but instead of staying all alone home, being with your co-workers might be what you need. Bring some food and drinks and party at work. Obviously you won’t work like a normal day. You might end up having a fantastic day!

No matter how you choose to spend your Christmas, focus on making your winter holidays as wonderful as you can. Just keep in mind that you’re not alone. You can always offer your help and share the joy with others.

 

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas!

 

P.S. If you have any other tips to share, just write them in the comment section below. You never know…it might help someone!

September 6, 2016
by Cristina
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10 Great Ideas For A Fantastic Autumn

Looking for some fun autumn activities? Each season has its own beauty. So why not enjoy it? Here are 10 great ideas for a fantastic autumn season.

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Go For Long Walks

Long walks during the autumn season are such a lovely thing to do. Everything changes and you get to see it. Beautiful views, spectacular, colorful trees, flowers and grass. The cool chilly autumn air and the golden sunlight.

A simple walk will distress you, relax you and overall make you feel great. A walk in the morning through the grass full of dew can be such a refreshing experience. Take a friend, your family, your dog and enjoy the walk.

Paint

With autumn here and all those gorgeous colors you’ll find plenty of inspiration and lovely things to paint. Paint a house, a tree, the leaves, a forest, whatever you like. Paint alone or with someone dear. If you have kids even better. They will love it!

It will relax you, help you take your mind off your problems and it’s a great way to spend some time with yourself or with the ones you love. Get creative, grab some colorful leaves and make something with them. You can even frame it and put it on the wall.

Fall Festivals

Grab some friends or simply take your family to a festival. There are so many during autumn season and so beautiful. You’ll have fun, good food, music and drinks. Just enjoy your time and have fun.

Barbecue Evenings With The Family

Why not invite all your family or friends to a barbecue? Or anyone dear to you who you love spending time with. We often get lost in our day to day activities that we forget to spend time with the people we love and simply live!

So get them all together and have some great time.

Wine Tasting

C’mon…who would not like this? Or even better help making the wine. You can even buy grapes and do it yourself!

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May 30, 2016
by Cristina
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How To Overcome The Fear Of Change And Improve Your Life

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could overcome your fear of change? And not only that you won’t be afraid of change anymore but, you’ll also use it to improve your life.

Sounds good? Yes? Then let’s see how you can do it.

Has it ever happened to you to wake up one day and realize your whole world is upside down? In a second your life can change. Just like that. Even a small change can make you feel uncomfortable.

Soon, anxiety and worries jump in. You keep on thinking that if you wouldn’t have taken that decision, that road, that bus, that call, that maybe things would be different, that if…
Thing is… it happened. Dwelling on it won’t change much.

Maybe it was a result of your past actions and it was predictable or it just happened. Unexpectedly! You had no control over it.

So how do you deal with it?

You freak out, get angry, sad, depression soon takes over and you find yourself stuck in that mood. Going through a change in your life can be overwhelming, stressful and hard to accept.

You have a choice in life, you can control your actions and reactions to different things and situations. Our attitude towards problems and difficult situations it’s extremely important because it defines our future.

Change is normal even if you may not want it or like it. Everything changes, the world, nature, technology, you… nothing stays the same. You change over the years, your body, your life, your hopes and dreams, even your mood changes throughout the day.

When something happens that requires us to accept a change we find ourselves having a hard time realizing what happened, why it happened and overcoming that situation.

The cool thing is that you can use change to evolve and improve your life. Here’s how:

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July 14, 2014
by Cristina
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Learn How To Let Go And Move On Easily

You know that feeling when it’s time to let go and move on but you just don’t want to? When instead of letting go you keep holding on to the past?

There comes a time when you realize that nothing is like it used to be and even though you know deep inside that things will never be the same again…instead of moving on, you hold on to those things like crazy.

You don’t want things to change. It scares you because you’re not used to the new situation, maybe you don’t like it and… it feels safe where you are.

But here’s the thing… some things will never be the same no matter how hard you try and how much you hope and wish for them to stay the same or, go back to the way they used to be.

It’s not your fault, it’s just life. And it’s OK. That’s how things work. They change, they evolve. Even you and your body change all the time. If you can change something, do it. If not, just let it go. Learn the lesson and move on.

Time goes by, things change, people change, life moves on and there is nothing you can do about it. You need to understand that there are things you can’t control in life. You need to detach emotionally from all those things that hold you back. Let go and move on.

Let Go And Move On

Stop living in the past and waste so much time thinking ” what if…”. If everything around you moved on why are you still there?

Holding on to things that don’t exist anymore it’s not the way to live.

Understand that the past can’t be changed, learn from it and find the strength to move on!

Life can be really amazing if only we could just try to see things a little different! Letting go and moving on can be the best thing for you. Don’t shut the door.

Embrace the new! Just be open to new opportunities, take a chance…it might be nothing, it might be something or it might be the ride of your life!

It’s not easy but time flies! What are you going to do about it? Sit in a corner, stuck in the past and all alone wishing and hoping while life goes by? Or move on to the life you deserve to live?

It’s all up to you!
You can’t control everything in your life but you can choose the way you react to each situation! And each choice you make shapes your life.

Learn from your past! Be thankful for everything in your life. Cherish the wonderful memories, forgive if you need to and move on.

July 3, 2014
by Cristina
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10 Ways To Relieve Stress Fast

You want to know how to relieve stress fast? Here are 10 easy ways for you to do it.

Music

Go in your room, shut the door and turn up the music! What kind of music? Well many recommend calm music but I say play whatever music works for you. Really…just listen to anything you like. Pop, rock, house, classic, nature sounds…if it makes you feel better. One thing that goes great for me with music is housework or gardening . It makes me focus on other things and relax.

Friends

A friendly voice makes wonders when you really need to 🙂 2 friends even better. Talk, go out,  have some fun or just stay home and watch a film together.

You

Yes you! Let me say that again… YOU! You are the only person who has the real power. You are what you think. You know all those moments when your mind won’t shut up? All those bad thoughts keep coming and driving you crazy? You have the power to stop it! Focus your mind on something else, it doesn’t matter what just do it! It will take your mind off the problem. And this is very important…each time the thought comes back to your mind…ignore it. Don’t think about it!

Let go and move on 

Ask yourself if there it’s something you can do about it. Will that matter in 1 week, 1 month? 1 year? If it doesn’t depend on you, don’t worry about it. Accept things you can’t change. Some things just are the way they are.

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June 24, 2014
by Cristina
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Treasure The People Who Care About You. Nobody Is Here Forever

Isn’t it funny when sometimes you think of someone or you really miss that person and the same day somehow that person calls you or you coincidentally meet?

How seeing that person or hearing his/her voice can make everything look better? You’re instantly happier and everything gets easier.

Always treasure people who care about you and who will stay by your side no matter what happens good or bad ! Those are people who really love you, people who you really have a connection with and deserve to be in your life.

For those who have such a wonderful person in their life…treasure them, tell them how much they mean to you and do the same for them.

For those who don’t have… I wish you all to find that person who will encourage and support you, the person you can rely on when you need to, who won’t judge what you do and will respect and believe in you.

March 26, 2014
by Cristina
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Be Yourself And Be Happy

Don’t you just get sick and tired of trying to fit in? It’s not hard to be yourself and be happy. It’s easier than you think.

Looking around I see so many people who are trying  so hard to be someone they’re not just to fit in! Have you lost yourself?

You’re looking down like you’ve lost your hope but what you really want to do is walk like the whole world is yours and you’re in control. You just want to be happy.

And guess what? Only you have the power to make that happen.

I’ve always admired my dance teacher. When she enters the room, the way she walks, the way she looks and her attitude instantly makes everyone look at her. When she smiles and starts talking the atmosphere in the room gets so positive and full of life.

What’s her secret? Well… she’s just being herself. She loves what she’s doing, she loves herself, she’s confident and shows all of these in everything she does.

You know what people say? That attitude is everything? Well they are right. And this includes posture. The way you walk, the way you talk and pretty much every gesture you do… body language.

Having a great attitude and being confident doesn’t mean transforming in something you are not. You don’t just press the confidence button when you need it.

And this is the most important thing. By trying to look more confident some will try to copy and transform into another person. Why would you do that? Be yourself!

Fake it till you make it works most of the times but if it makes you someone you’re not… it’s not ok. It’s like wearing some clothes you don’t feel good in, but you wear them because you think they will make you look better in the eyes of other people.

You are unique! Stand up tall, stay true to yourself. Be spontaneous do what you love and enjoy every day. If you’re feeling happy with who you really are people will see that.

Accept your mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, we all make mistakes and today is a new day! Perfect for a fresh start.

Focus on positive things and move on. And most important… don’t let anyone define you.

Surround yourself with the right people and dismiss the ones who try to limit you. Don’t let criticisms bring you down. It’s your life, your destiny. Take control of your life and spend it the way you want not how others tell you.

Be Yourself

September 9, 2013
by Cristina
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How To Motivate People In 7 Simple Ways

How do you feel when you’re inspired and motivated? Great feeling right? How about YOU being that person who inspires and motivates people? How will that make you feel? Do you want to learn how to easily motivate people?

I hear these questions all the time “ But how can I do that? I’m just a normal person! Who will I inspire? Who will look at me? “ Well how about your family? Your friends. People around you. You can be a great model for your children. You can motivate them to become the best in what they do and live the life they dream of.

My friend’s daughter had to write an essay at school this year about a role model in her life. I wasn’t surprised to see so many children writing about their parents. How amazing is to hear your kid say “ My mom and dad are my role model in life. They support and encourage me to stand up for what I believe in and follow my dreams”

You can be an inspiration to everyone around you!

Be the one people look up to !

You can’t teach people things that you don’t do. Let me say it like this…you can’t make someone healthy as long as you’re sick! In order to inspire and motivate people around, you need to become what you say.

You can’t teach someone to think positive if you’re negative all that time can you?  People like and look up at those who are a lovely, fun and positive person to be around.

Say the right words

Words have an enormous impact on people lives. I had a boss a few years ago which had a very bad idea for motivating people. She used to say to us at every meeting  “ I want you to eat your liver for this project !”

In her mind she thought she’s motivating us to work hard for that project and do our best. But the words were awful! Every time I heard her say those words I was disgusted. And I was like “What? You want us to ruin our health for this project?! No way!”

Do you think we were motivated? Not a chance! It would have been more productive if instead of those bad words she would have said “I have faith in you so let’s finish this project and make our team the best !”

This way you show people you trust them to do the job. You make them feel they are part of a team and you motivate them! Who wouldn’t want to be in the best team? So choose your words carefully because they can make a lot of difference.

Positive environment

How do you feel when you’re in a creative and harmonious place? Creating that healthy environment is necessary.

At home, at work… you must have it. How about a motivating wall? I once was at this company and everywhere you looked you could see “ Think Positive” written in white on black paper.

Now, I do agree that white on black has a big impact in some cases but in this one was a negative one. How about “Think Positive”  with a bright, full of energy color and some cool images to get you in that positive mood? Or a funny but motivational image. It sure makes a difference. So at home or at office, for you, your family or for who ever you want, you can create a motivational space.

Challenge people

You can’t bring out the best in people by doing nothing right? Make people take action. Set goals and give awards if you can. Don’t lie, if you make a promise, keep it.  Would you trust someone who says something and does the opposite?

Be open and friendly

Listen what people have to say and treat them with respect. I’m not saying to be friends with everybody but don’t shut the door in the face if someone has a suggestion or wants to say something. Your kid, your friend, a coworker, one of your employees…listen what it has to say.

Think positive

Positive thinking doesn’t mean ignoring reality and problems. It’s just a better way of managing them in a healthier and productive way.

Attitude is everything

The way you react to situations in your life and the choices you make every day can have a big difference on your life.

Look, I know you hear this a lot but just think for a moment. A negative attitude can easily bring you down. Truth is… a great attitude is a skill you should work on every day. Attitude is an effective tool in reaching your goals. Don’t let negativity ruin your life.
The result of your actions is the way you react to them!

There are many ways to motivate and inspire others and I would love to hear your opinion on this subject so don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo