5 Inspiring Thoughts To Have Before You Start Your Day

5 Inspiring Thoughts To Have Before You Start Your Day

Remind yourself that you have the power to change your life for the better.

In our fast-paced society, sometimes we may be too busy interacting with others to stop and reflect on ourselves and our goals. Self-improvement and self-realization are two important qualities that everyone should have if they want to live a fulfilling life, and the only way to achieve that is to constantly contemplate if the way you are choosing to live is bringing happiness to you and those around you. So here's a list of five things you should tell yourself so that you can live life to the fullest.

1. You are enough.

There are always others out there who appear to be superior to you in terms of material wealth, amount of friends or number of accomplishments. But remember, no matter who you are, you are always in the "middle" in some aspect of your life. For example, there could be someone who graduated valedictorian from Harvard and started their own successful business, but there is also someone who is starving in the outskirts of a poor village in Africa.

Where you are is where you were meant to be, and there is ALWAYS a way to move to a higher level of satisfaction; with hard work and will, you can go anywhere. There is no special trick to life. You are born with the tools you need to survive and succeed, so remember, you are enough. You are all it takes to find and claim happiness.

2. Be true to yourself — don't pretend.

Life is too short to pretend to be something you are not. If you are not comfortable with the way you are living, then it is your right to change things until it fits your comfort level. Engage with people who you will not feel ashamed or pressured around. Fitting in with a pre-defined norm is useless. Find the colors within yourself and paint the canvas that is life.

The human face can act like a mask. What you mistake for happiness on others' faces can be despair or anger. Just act according to what you believe in and hope others do the same. The rest will fall into place. At the same time, do not compare your behind the scenes to someone else's highlighted performance. Placing someone on a pedestal can make you forget that you exist on a pedestal to others.

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3. Spread kindness.

Everyone at one point becomes enraptured with the flame of anger, overwhelmed with the force of their turbulent emotions and insecurities. But imagine what a happy place our earth could be if we understood each other and opted to solve conflicts by spreading kind words and compassion. It is understandable that not every fight can be fixed by understanding and empathy, but our hearts do not have to be unnecessarily burdened by harsh comments; if we took steps to rationally identify the problem and possible solutions without questioning the other person's intentions, we would all lead relatively peaceful lives.

4. Think carefully.

Every action, no matter big or small, comes with a domino effect of consequences. If you can identify how your actions can influence others before they actually do, then you can prevent miscommunications and a misguided sense of thinking that can impact your relationships with others. Thinking logically can be tough, especially when you are blinded by strong, biased feelings, but the better you can push your feelings aside and focus on the problems at the hand, the better you can figure out how to put the solution ahead of prolonging the problem.

5. Push negativity away.

One of the biggest problems in life is not getting a bad grade or cutting off ties with a toxic individual but how you overcome failures and deal with loss. Negativity can turn a happy, carefree person into an individual who feels as though they are plagued with hopelessness. Pushing negativity away is the most difficult thing to do for those who suffer from depression and anxiety attacks.

I myself felt the strain of peer pressure during high school, and though I know a lot of people have it worse than me, I could not imagine their internal turmoil. There is no way we can win all the time. We must embrace our losses so that we can move forward knowing our inner weaknesses. It truly takes a strong person to see the light behind the darkness, but it pays off when you can reach happiness through bumpy ride that is life.

Remind yourself of these five things, and I can assure you that you will be able to see your life in a clearer perspective. So go out, seize the day and find that happiness within yourself. It is the greatest treasure that one can be ever so lucky to find.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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