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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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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

September 24, 2012
by Cristina
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That Moment

Do you remember

  • That moment when you smile with every part of your body
  • When you just can’t take that smile off your face just because you feel so great!
  • When you remember a lovely moment from your childhood
  • When you feel happy and proud of what you accomplish
  • When you finally succeed
  • That moment when you watch the sunrise with a cup of tea in your hand thinking how great that day’s going to be?
  • When you’re just YOU! Doing things you like
  • That feeling when you walk barefoot through the grass full of dew on a lovely morning
  • That moment when you hear your favorite song while you’re walking on the street
  • When you see an old friend
  • When you’re playing with your kids
  • That moment when you’re playing with your pet
  • When after the storm the sun comes up
  • That moment when you fall in love
  • That moment when you’re holding his/her hand
  • That moment when you’re feeling larger than life and you’re having fun with your friends
  • That lovely moment when you’re doing something great and you’re thinking “I’ll remember this for the rest of my life!”

Today’s all about happy moments in your life. Make sure you have special moments in every day of your life!

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August 5, 2012
by Cristina
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Make time for the ones you love !

Life it’s a great gift and if we know how, we can make it great. But sometimes life takes us by surprise.

We don’t know for how long we’re going to be here or the ones around us. Life is crazy…today you are, tomorrow you’re not!

So make time for the ones you love. Treasure them! Try to tell them as often as you can what they mean to you. Spend time with your dear ones, your family, friends, your lovely pet.

Sometimes in our crazy life we might ignore them or forget the good times we spent together. Don’t do that…because those are the most important moments.

Life’s short! Try not to fight with them and even if you do try to solve the problem and enjoy the time spent together.

Sometimes life takes them away and you might not have the chance to tell them how much they mean to you. And there’s no turning back! once they are gone, they are gone…so don’t ignore this. Make time to spend with them and say or show how much you love them.

Make each moment spent together great and get the most of it!

February 3, 2012
by Cristina
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How To Be Happy And Enjoy Life The Easy Way

What is your favorite way to enjoy life? What is happiness to you? Seriously… how happy are you? Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy life more and live a happier life?

Imagine what it would be like to have more quality time in your life, to be happy and to actually feel that you are living. To live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of it.

Sadly, today…many people have a stressful life. They lose themselves in those day to day activities and forget to live. I look at people every day and they seem to be too busy to enjoy life. Always wanting more, wishing and dreaming but, always postponing. Does this sound like you?

Some people think that they need lots of money to be happy and some don’t even know how to be happy. They are always searching for happiness in the wrong places. They don’t pay attention to the simple things in life that make them happy.

Sure, happiness means different things for different people but, what if you could bring more joy into your life through some simple steps?

Have you ever seen those people living in the country side? Have you noticed how serene and peaceful they are? They might not have many things but they know how to enjoy the simple things in life. And you know what’s even crazy? Those simple things in life turn up to be the ones that we treasure the most.

To be happy and enjoy life is actually very easy so why not try?

Here are some simple ways for you to be happy and enjoy life

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Think positive

I’m sure you’ve heard this lots of times and you probably say it’s easier said than done. But why not try? You have nothing to lose. It’s much better to be positive about things and life in general then not to be.

Look at the bright side of things and maintain a positive attitude.

If you’re angry, upset and negative about life you will never see the good things passing by. See the good part in everything you do, concentrate on the solution and not the problem. Don’t let one bad moment ruin your whole day!

Surround yourself with happiness

Negative people in your life and situations can make you feel unhappy and down. They can ruin your mood and drain your energy.

Find and surround yourself with happy, positive people who lift you up. People who make you laugh, inspire you, care for you and brighten your day.

Simple things that make you happy

You don’t need big or expensive things to be happy. The simple things you do every day can fill your heart with so much joy. Like your child laugh, a walk in the park with your dog, taking dance lessons or going out with your friends.

Play with your kids. Make a snow man if it’s winter. Think you’re too old? Think again! Play with your pet. They always want to play and can bring you so much joy.

Why not visit new places, read a book ( it keeps your mind active ), join as a volunteer …it will make you feel great! Helping others and putting a smile on their face can fill your heart with so much joy.

Learn something new

Don’t limit yourself…learn new things all the time. Is there something you always wanted to learn? Something you like? Like for example gardening. Plants and flowers can bring you so much joy! How about some dance lessons? Not only that you’ll learn new moves and improve your dancing but you’ll also make new friends.

Give yourself a break!

Go away from all that’s stressful in your life. It’s ok to take a break once in a while. Take some time…just for you. Relax, listen some great music, see a sunrise or a sunset and smile! Spend time with people you love and do things that you enjoy. Give yourself a few moments of peace and tranquility every day.

Do what you love

OK, I know what you’re thinking. But, believe it or not…it’s true. If you can do in life what you like then, you’ll be happy. If you don’t like something don’t do it!

I know it’s hard and sometimes you have to do things that you don’t like. If this is your case, try to find something that you like in what you do. At least until you’ll be able to do what you like.

For example if you don’t like your job but you like your colleagues concentrate on this part till you find a better job.

Here is a thing you can do …ask yourself what do you like to do. What makes your heart happy and puts a big smile on your face? Make a list and try to do those things.

What you do every day matters! It can make you happy or unhappy. It’s your choice how it’s going to be.

Stop postponing your happiness. Stop waiting for the perfect day, perfect moment, perfect dress, car, money, house, for summer, for someone else to make you happy. Learn to live in the moment. Start using these simple ways to enjoy life and be happy right now. Focus on the present moment and live life to the fullest.

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”  – Frederick Koenig