10 Ways To Make Today A Good Day

10 Ways To Make Today A Good Day

"This Is The Day The Lord Has Made. Rejoice And Be Glad In It." Psalms 118:24
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The most important decision of the day comes in the morning. When you are lying in bed as exposed, and vulnerable as God brought you into this world, with a choice to make. What will today be? The mindset we begin our day in, is 9/10 times the mindset we end our day in. Choose happiness today, and keep it going! How? Here’s ten easy ways to make today, and every day, a good one.

1) DON'T snooze your alarm

"5 more minutes" is never really five more minutes. Choose to resist temptation first thing in the morning. You know how much time it's going to take you to be ready in the morning, that's why you set an alarm in the first place. If you’re late, you’re rushed and aggravated already. Practically setting yourself up for disaster. So don't snooze it, or your mindset for the rest of the day will be resentful of it.

2) Choose positivity

Don't give into to negative thoughts! When something doesn’t go as planned, don’t let it ruin your day. It’s important to keep perspective throughout the day, worrying now will do you no good, and lessen the potential for positivity in the current situation you’re encountering. Worry when your day is done, you have a clear mind, and adequate time to really address the situation.

3) Smile

Endorphins, endorphins, endorphins! Believe it or not, smiling results in the production of endorphins, which in turn keep you feeling happy. Yes, it’s that simple.

4) Mind your manners

Say your please and thank you’s. Hold the door open, even if it makes for an awkward run. And listen when your neighbor is talking. All elementary concepts, but still extremely important. When you give kindness, you receive kindness; and if you don’t give it anyway. In being kind to others you’re spreading positivity to not only others, but yourself.

5) Listen to your favorite song

Music is one of the most relaxing past times. If you love good music as much as I do, you know that hearing your favorite song can completely alter your mood. Don’t fight it—put on your favorite song and dance the blues away!

6) Exercise

Even if it's only a half an hour, exercise! A post-work-out high is so worth the sweat! A long with smiling, it’s a quick fix for endorphins. Plus, you’ll feel more confident and accomplished in knowing you’re taking steps (literally) towards a healthy lifestyle!

7) Take in your atmosphere

Notice the small things. The days are hectic, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in our thoughts, our current feelings, or a short-term struggle. Don’t lose site of the bigger picture. Remember that this life is so much greater, and so much more beautiful, than anything you are feeling in the moment; don’t take it for granted!

8) Read something

I’m not saying read a novel or anything, we’re busy people, and unfortunately there just isn’t enough time in the day. But there is enough time to read something short, and positive; hey, like this! Take five to ten minutes each day to read something that will better you. Either intellectually, or spiritually. Whether that means a blog, or newspaper article about a current event, make it a point to learn something new every day.

9) Let someone know you're thinking of them

It's so nice to be thought of! Chances are if you're thinking about them, they need a little love. Shoot a text, phone call, Snapchat, or whatever.. If you think they're Instagram post is "fire" tell them. If you miss them, tell them. If you're wondering how they're doing, ask them. If you think their shoes are cute, say so. It's such an easy way to better someones day and your own too. You never know what internal battles someone could be fighting.

10) Check off your to-do-list

Nothing's better than knowing you accomplished your goals for the day. Take some time before bed and pat yourself on the back a little. It feels good to know you did good, acknowledge your efforts. After all, the only recognition that really matters is your own.

"This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24

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1. The best memories are ones you actually can remember.

2. God isn’t going to ask you if you were in a top-tier sorority or fraternity at the gates.

3. You failed a test, not your life.

4. Numbers don’t define you.

5. That includes the number you see that is your grade.

6. Also, how much you weigh.

7. As well as if you are a “7/10” on a so-called “hot scale.”

8. Or if you can bench press 200 lbs. (@ all the guys at the gym, please chill.)

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9. Innocence is nothing to be ashamed of.

10. Neither are mistakes.

11. But learn from your mistakes. Mistakes can be lessons, which can be the biggest blessing.

12. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be and that is okay.

13. You may not always understand what God is doing, but I promise He has a plan.

14. Every person you meet is battling their own struggles.

15. Life isn’t always great moments.

16. But you have to walk through the forest to get to the mountain top.

17. Your heart isn’t damaged. It is temporarily broken but it will be fixed.

18. However, the only one who can fix a broken heart is the one who created it.

19. So a cute boy or hot girl can’t put the pieces back together.

20. Neither can ice cream.

21. But ice cream can totally help.

22. Stop texting your ex. He/She is your ex for a reason.

23. Loving Jesus means loving people.

24. Loving Jesus also means loving the image of Him in the mirror you see.

25. Stop hiding your emotions. Stop crying in the bathroom or behind a locked door. You have people in your life who care about you.

26. Suicide is never the answer.

27. Breathe in, breathe out.

28. Do you feel your heart pump? Do you feel the air exiting your body? That is a sign you are here for a purpose. Your life is no mistake.

29. Just because you doubt, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in Jesus.

30. However, when walking on the water scares you, look to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him.

31. If you have the opportunity to go to school go. There are young girls around the world who would do anything to sit at the desk you are complaining about.

32. Don’t pick a career based on money.

33. However, I promise you can use any passion or gift to serve a purpose bigger than yourself if you allow yourself to give it to the One who gave it to you.

34. You don’t need pretty prayers to please God.

35. Talk to Him like you are talking to a friend.

36. Look for the good in everyone.

37. That includes the mean girl who no one likes. Chances are she is mean for a reason. Someone was once mean to her. Kill her with kindness.

38. Pray to have the Lord’s eyes. See people with love.

39. Try to have the Lord’s hands, always be reaching out to others.

40. Each morning, pray to have the Lord’s feet and go where He calls you.

41. It is a bad day, not a bad life.

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42. You don’t need a six-pack to find a man who loves you.

43. You need a spouse who will be able to look at you when you are 80, and wrinkly and maybe a little chunky, and you need him to love you then. If he loves you for your body and your hair, I promise he doesn’t actually love you. Looks fade, but love is eternal. Find someone who loves you like Jesus.

44. Do some squats.

45. But squat so you feel good about yourself, not to attract the opposite sex.

46. You are never too old to find a new hobby.

47. You were beautiful before someone told you.

48. If you don’t know if you are in relationship or not, leave. You deserve clarity, not insecurity.

49. You deserve friendships that are mutual.

50. The best Friday nights are spent with a puppy and food. It is okay to not always be social.

51. Stop worrying about whether your crush will text you back.

52. Stop over analyzing everything in general.

53. Pray for your future spouse.

54. However, also pray for your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. Some of the most influential people you may have in your life you may not have even met yet.

55. Storms bring strength.

56. And storms bring rainbows if you are patient and observant.

57. Stop Pinteresting your dream life and start living it.

58. The Bible is actually extremely relatable. Open it up. Read it.

59. Romans 8:28 “and we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is on your team. He wants you to have moments of celebration. He has a purpose for you greater than your bad day.

60. Never forget what Jesus did for you on that cross. When he died for you, it was painful and brutal. It was ugly. It was love. Don’t let that truth ever become numb to you no matter how many times you have heard the story.

61. There is nothing wrong with carbs.

62. Study. And don’t wait for the night before.

63. Find someone who you can look up to.

64. Also, never forget that there is always someone looking up to you. Act like someone you would want your future children to be. Act in a way that reflects wisdom.

65. Smile more, you are loved by the one who hung the stars and painted the sea. He created puppies and carbs–yet still loves you more. That is something to celebrate.

College is tough and life is hard. You are going to have moments where all you want to do is celebrate life with your best friends, but you will also have moments where you just want to lock the door, ignore everyone, and have a good cry. Never forget that your worth comes from something greater than your Biology grade, and from Someone greater that the one who broke your heart.

You aren’t too cool for Christ in college. Christ is a necessity for you in your life. He can hold your hand during your heartbreaks and failures and celebrate with you when you get the text back or a passing grade in foreign language. He loves for you and cares for you more than your sorority or fraternity ever will.

So buy your books, do your homework, but never forget when you are walking to you 8:00 a.m. you regretfully signed up for, to look up. Look at the clouds and the sky and thank your creator that in a big big world with many beautiful things, He still loves our messy hearts even more. So this one is for the boys for the King. This life is for the One who laid down His life.

I promise college is more fun when you dance with your Savior. Follow His lead and let him take you on a journey where you can find your purpose. You may not know where you are going, but you do know who you are following.

So never forget that although classes may be hard, and your metabolism may be slowing down–God is still good. He turns our ashes into beauty and our trials into our testimony. Do life with your creator and I promise you that you will have more than you need.

Romans 8:28 “And we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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Giving into stress will make it seem like it never ends.

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We all have rough periods, this was mine. One of mine.

Ya know how when you're hungry, your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, apparently that can also go with your schedule. I was so into getting involved that I didn't realize that there is such thing as being too involved.

I don't regret the decision I made. I'm so incredibly happy to be in the organizations I'm in and I hold the positions I do. I just didn't realize how little free time it leaves you when you hold a position in two campus organizations, have a job on top of a full class load. I would go almost weeks without a full day off, I don't think I've ever felt so worn out ever. I did the math and figured out I was basically working 60 hours a week with everything on my plate.

It was hard, it sucked. But I learned something from it, and it's going to do me good.

I learned how to manage my time better, and planned a schedule around it. Having specific days for classes so I don't have them every day, giving set hours for work that can work perfectly around other obligations and that will leave time for me.

Having such little time filled me with anxiety, so in the minutes I had I had to figure out ways to calm me down.

Call me cliche, please don't call me woke though.

I found a lot of solace in getting a little more in touch with my spiritual side. I don't mean religion, I mean more hippie stuff. Recently I've gotten very into tarot, meditation, and yoga.

I've always liked to learn new things so studying tarot was a nice break from school work that wasn't just watching Netflix. I got into meditation because I did some research that it was the easiest way to relieve some anxiety. Doing that 5 minutes to start my day has really worked wonders for me.

So while I really struggled with school, mental health and life, in general, this quarter, I learned a lot of new things I enjoy and how I can help myself a little more.

Hearing from your dad "one day at a time" may be cliche but it really is good advice. Taking things one day at a time helps to relax you. I think it's really important to try and think as positively as you can in times of stress.

Giving into stress will make it seem like there will never be an end to it.

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