8 Quotes That Give A New Perspective

8 Quotes That Give A New Perspective

Some quotes that may open your mind to something magnificent.
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Quotes are something many people live by. Many people have their favorite quote or the quote they put in their high school yearbook. Some seriously live by a certain quote until the day they die! There are so many quotes circulating the Internet from normal people writing on blogs to famous philosophers. I picked out some of my favorite ones that I think really effect how I see others and myself, and that I really think could help people's lives!

1. "I wonder how many people I have looked at and never seen."―John Steinbeck

Think about how many faces you have seen over your lifetime. SO MANY you can't even comprehend! This quote puts into perspective how small you are in the world and how many other stories are floating around out there.

2. "Love loves to love love."―James Joyce

WE LOVE LOVE BECAUSE LOVE RULES THE WORLD! This quote sums it up. Love is the meaning of life and we are lucky enough to be able to experience love. You love someone who loves someone else who loves someone else and it's just a big chain of LOVE around that world and that's what makes the world go round (:

3. “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ―May Sarton

True fact: you may be a total weirdo underneath all of your designer clothes and loads of artificial bullshit. But that is sooooo cool. You could be someone completely different than everyone around you, but you don't allow yourself to feel that because someone once told you that being different is weird. You know what's weird? Being just like the people standing by your side. Uniqueness is cool. Utter strangeness eccentricity is cool. Being your true self is cool. It may be scary at first, but you will feel so much more comfortable in your own skin once you get over that hump.

4. “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.”―Robert Downey Jr.

One of my favorites. I'm all about finding a way to do the things that I want to do, regardless if people want me to do them or not. Sometimes it bites me in the ass, but I'm always glad that I tried my way instead of just pushing it under the rug. Do what you want because life is short so why not? Pay attention to other's input, but don't let it effect your next move.

5. “Sanity is a madness put to good uses.”―George Santayana

In the words of my good friend Cheshire Cat, we're all mad here. We have so much information given to us every single day, and we have the ability to chose what we want and don't want to pay attention to. We want to control what is in our lives and most of the time, succeed. Human beings are so powerful and it's amazing that we have this ability. So keep staying sane people.

6. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”―F. Scott Fitzgerald

This correlates so much with the Golden Rule. You have NO idea what others have or haven't experienced so keep your mouth shut if your questioning the morality of what you may say. There are people in the world who are so privileged and lucky and have everything they have ever wanted. And there are other people who work their butt of to give their family a life like this. Most of the time, you can't really tell the difference so just be cautious about what you say because you never know who is listening!

7. “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ―Rollo May

Being by yourself is the only time you are one with your thoughts. It is the time where you have no one to please or cater to, where you can truly hear your thoughts loud and clearly. Creativity really comes out when these thoughts are circulating your mind. These thoughts can be turned into writing, music, art, etc. You could really surprise yourself if you allow yourself to be creative and create something. Creativity, like anything, takes practice, so don't be discouraged if you have a brain fart the first couple times of trying.

8. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."―Martin Luther King Jr.

Don't give someone the opportunity to receive your negative energy!! Don't get to the point where you hate someone. Back away before the word "hate" even crosses your mind. You don't have to necessarily like someone, but you also don't have to allow yourself to dislike someone so much to where you hate them. Mr. King was a wise man who always had something positive to say. Hate is SO avoidable, so try avoid the people you know clash with your state of mind and actions.

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I'm Starting To Love Myself And It's The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

I deserve this.
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No, I don't want to do that.

Yes, I'm going to try this instead.

I'm going to learn how to _____.

I'm making these changes in my life to make myself a better person.

Because I want to.

Because I deserve better than this.

In the last few days, I've decided to make a radical decision. After 20 years of self-sabotaging, self-sacrificing, and overall making other people happy at my own expense, I've decided it's finally time to learn how to love myself.

This decision came out of the blue the other day and, while it'd probably be better to implement these changes one at a time, I've decided to dive into the deep end and start loving myself at every step along the way.

Yesterday this meant buying fruit, going to the gym, and letting myself fall asleep when I was tired.

Today it involved waking up early so I'd have extra time in the morning and wouldn't be rushing to class, eating breakfast, and letting myself watch a show in the afternoon when I had an hour-long break between class and work.

Some days it means letting go of a toxic relationship, reaching out to a friend I haven't talked to in a while, or letting myself eat my favorite comfort food.

Other days it involves going to the farmers' market, depositing money in my savings account, or calling my grandparents.

And every day, regardless of what the action is, the intention is always the same.

I'm doing this because I deserve it.

I'm doing this because I know I can be better.

I'm doing this because it's an investment in my future self, my health, and my happiness.

I'm doing this because I love myself.

And even on the days when I don't believe these words, they matter. Even on the days when I don't feel particularly loving towards myself; when my stomach sticks out too much or my hair won't lay the way I want it to, when it's hard to drag myself out of bed and all I'm craving is a slice of pizza and a nap, I remind myself that I'm loved and worthy of love.

I remind myself that I'm all I have, that my relationship with myself is the longest and the most important one I'll ever have, that telling other women to love themselves while I sit over here practicing self-loathing is hypocritical and unfair.

And on different days, "I love me" sounds different too. Some days it sounds like "I'm beautiful" and other days it sounds like "I can do this" and other days it sounds like "I'm proud of myself" and other days it sounds like "I deserve to be happy."

And at the end of the day, they all mean the same thing.

They mean that I'm done settling for less than I deserve. I'm done filling in the gaps with things and people that don't help me become the person I'm trying to be. I'm done chipping away pieces of myself and giving them away freely, expecting and receiving nothing in return. I'm done floating through life passively waiting for things to happen to me. It's time for me to take charge and to create the change I want to experience in my life.

It hasn't been easy. In fact, choosing radical self-love is the hardest thing I've ever done. But embarking on this journey has been the most worthwhile decision I've ever made. And there's no one I'd rather be experiencing it with than me.

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Your Confidence Will Soar If You Adopt These 15 Habits

Everyone has insecurities, don't let them rule you
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It is just easier to live life when you are confident. Being insecure takes so much energy that could be spent doing something productive, like actually getting something to eat alone rather than waiting around for someone to go with you.

Not to mention, we all know that confidence makes everyone more attractive. Now if you are not super confident, don't worry, that does not mean you are automatically ugly, there is just something alluring about a confident person.

Now, I am no model for confidence, but there are a few things that I am trying to do or have done that helps exponentially. If you struggle with confidence these few things can help boost you in the right direction, and you will be rocking your world in no time!

1. Chin/Head up

If you keep your chin up and head out, it shows that you are comfortable with who you are and you aren't afraid for people to see your face. Most confidence radiates from the face and if you hide your face it is easy to assume that you are uncomfortable in your own skin, WHICH YOU SHOULDN'T BE!

2. Make purposeful hand movements

I am definitely guilty of this one ALL THE TIME... but if you have constant flourishing hand movements, people may think you don't know what you are talking about or are not confident in what you are saying.

But if you have precise and concise hand movements there are fewer distractions from what you are saying and people believe and want to hear what you have to say!

3. Eye contact

Eyes are the place of vulnerability as they are known as the windows to the soul, and looking straight at someone directly in the eyes shows that you have nothing to hide. You have accepted everything about yourself and are not afraid if people can see it. It takes time I know, but I think this one is most important!

4. Actually, listen to other people

The one way to sound confident is to listen to what others are actually saying so in turn you can reply with something substantial and you don't have to sit there in awkward silence.

Even if you don't really know what to say if you listen, you can at least make something up!

5. Stand up straight

One of the main insecurities among teenagers, young adults (and even some full-grown adults) is their body. We don't know how to hold ourselves, and we think we look awkward just by standing there and we second guess every movement.

Tall people have it bad because they feel TOO tall and slouch to cover up their height, but good posture oozes confidence. ROck your body cause no one actually cares what you look like if you love yourself!

6. Try not to think about other people

Insecurities are born from us obsessing over what other people think about us, which is ridiculous. Over 75% percent of individuals we encounter in our lives we only see ONCE, so who cares what they think??

This can start with you not judging other people. I know this isn't particularly easy either, but if you practice with intention, soon you won't even notice other people and you will stop comparing yourself to others!

7. Hygiene

I feel like this one is pretty self-explanatory; If you feel pretty and clean then it makes it so much easier to be comfortable with yourself. Anyway, people don't really like to be around someone who smells, so don't be that person.

8. Exercise

I really am not the model for success here, but I do notice that when I go to the gym I just feel better, mentally and physically. Even if you can't see results, the endorphins released during a workout reduce stress and just help you feel happier with yourself!

So even if you just go every once and a while (like me) it will improve your confidence energy exponentially.

9. Mirror the other person

When talking to other people, it is proven that if you mirror their actions and laughs, they will feel more comfortable around you, and nothing can put you more at ease and confident than everyone else liking you!

Obviously still be yourself, but a laugh here and then, even if you don't think what they are saying is funny, goes a long way!

10. Smile

I don't know about you, but I am always more inclined to be around people who smile a lot. Sometimes it can get creepy, yes, but smiles are associated with positivity and happiness. No one wants to hang around a negative Nelly. So smile more, you will appear more approachable and your confidence will soar!

11. Dress the way you want to dress

If you love what you are wearing and you are comfortable, it is a reflection of how comfortable you are in your skin, because really clothes are just a second skin.

This can go along with not caring about what other people think. Don't dress to follow trends or impress anyone, if you want to wear a crown and cape that will definitely show confidence.

12. Don't cross your arms

If you cross your arms it signifies to others a very closed off and stand-offish personality. If you keep your arms uncrossed your body language is much more inviting. Also, people who cross their arms a lot are generally more unhappy with life in general, which is no way to live.

Not to mention this also helps with bettering your posture!

13. Don't fidget

Fidgeting is the biggest give away of insecurities. JUST SIT STILL (or stand still whatever). I can assure you that no one notices how you stand or sit, and fidgeting will only draw more attention to it, so just stop moving.

When someone fidgets, it rubs off and then others feel uncomfortable for you. Keep your hands to your side and stand still, with direct eye contact, does that not scream confidence?

14. Keep your hands out of your pockets

If you constantly have your hands in your pockets, it reflects that you have something to hide. Obviously, we don't want everyone to know our deepest, darkest secrets, but you want to exhibit confidence so people feel open to maybe being close enough to one day hear those secrets.

15. Try to avoid "um", "uh" and "like"

Confidence comes from believing in what you say and being strong with the statements you make, but if you say "um" after every two words, no one is going to take you seriously. Try to think before you speak, that way you won't include those filler words and people will again want to hear what you have to say and believe in your confidence.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Dino Reichmuth on Unsplash

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