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.
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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.

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash / Bart LaRue

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Meditation Is Not A Perfect Practice, But It's Still Worth Your Time

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I began doing yoga a few years ago, and I instantly loved it. The combination of stretching, mental relaxation, and emotional release is amazing. It creates a sense of zen and peace in my life that I can use during the stress that comes from school, work, and everyday life. But the one part of yoga that I am not in love with is the meditation aspect.

I absolutely dread meditation. I do not know what it is, but I can never quite seem to get my mind to quiet down. No matter how hard I try, there is always a million thoughts running through my brain. "Did I finish that homework assignment?" "Am I breathing too loud? Can other people hear me?" I become so focused on other things happening around me that I just can't seem to calm down and relax.

But meditation is not about just clearing your mind and going completely blank. It is about focusing on a single thought, object, or intention and just allowing those emotions and feelings to overcome you. Focusing on one intention in your life allows you to become focused and re-centered. Meditation is not a set in stone practice, it is adaptable based on each person's needs.

There are seven general types of meditation: loving-kindness meditation, body scanning meditation, mindfulness meditation, breath awareness meditation, kundalini yoga, Zen meditation, and transcendentalism meditation. Each of these general types can be adapted to fit ones specific needs in that time. All seven of these meditations offer stress release options to help with daily stressors and inconveniences.

There is no perfect way to meditate. Meditation can also be as simple as just closing your eyes and simply breathing for a few seconds while focusing on one important thing in your life to help you remain grounded. There is no one set meditation type that works for all people. Some people enjoy all of the forms or even several of them, while others such as myself strictly enjoy the body scanning meditation.

The body scanning meditation focuses on scanning the body for areas of tension and to encourage the release of tension in that part of the body. Once the release occurs, the whole body can begin to relax even more. It usually starts by focusing on the toes and relaxing then moving up the legs, the torso the arms to the fingertips, and all the way through to the tip of the head.

My ideal meditation type is not for everyone. Playing around with the different types of meditations is the best way to find an ideal type of meditation that fits what the body needs. Unlike with most things, practice doesn't make perfect. Practicing the art of meditation just helps to refine the overall calm and zen that is felt.

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