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opening your mind : a workbook for self-discovery – Positivity Article

   Throughout the years of working on Positively Present, I’ve discovered that one of the most essential aspects of living a positive and present life is this: keeping an open mind. This sounds much easier than it is, so I created a digital workbook to explore what I believe are the necessary steps needed to truly view the world from an open-minded perspective. The workbook is thoughtfully divided into four key sections:  Defining Open-Mindedness: the term “open-minded” is much more…

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How to Gently Coax Yourself Out of your Comfort Zone – Happiness Article

“Everything you ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone.” ~Unknown We’ve all seen this quote or similar ones. All the magic, growth, and transformation seem to happen there. Not everything that happens outside the comfort zone is magical though. So, when we go wandering, leaving the safe shores, we also need to be realistic and aware that mixed in with the good, there’s also potential pain and discomfort waiting for us. Being aware of this, how can we…

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12 Lies We Tell Ourselves to Justify Our Misery — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

With the lies we tell ourselves we are hurting, not only ourselves but all those we love. Through our lack of honesty, courage, and integrity, we set an example for those we love, communicating to them and to the whole world that it’s okay to betray yourself. It’s okay to give up on all you once believed to be right and true for you just so you can continue to believe a lie. ~ Luminița D. Saviuc The Lies We…

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The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Doer – Self Improvement Article

Sometimes, we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about our ideas, dreams, and aspirations. It is easy to content ourselves with simply having lofty ideas and not realizing their sheer abundance. Anyone who has taken a breath has likely had an idea that could have literally changed the course of his or her life in a revolutionary way. Unfortunately, such ideas rarely get implemented. According to Mark Twain, “the secret to getting ahead is getting started.” If you are…

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Are You Dreaming Your Life Away? – Positivity Article

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Most of us have dreams or goals we want to fulfill. Some of you would like to be rich, get married, have kids, or work in your dream job. And with everything going on in our world today, others simply want to survive until the next day. You may not have any or don’t know what those dreams…

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9 Healthy Ways to Deal with Anxiety Now — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Anxiety has become part of life. A part of our identity. But that doesn’t make it normal. There is nothing normal about being in a constant state of fear and panic. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc There are so many things happening in the world right. So much stress, panic, disorder, and anxiety that seems to be present everywhere. And even though it can be so easy to get pulled into all that chaos and madness, we have a choice not to…

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The Second Best Thing You Can Do Right Now – Positivity Article

Wondering what to do during this time of chaos? I have a proposal. First, the best thing you can do is what you already know about: keep people safe by washing your hands, refraining from gatherings, etc. But unless you’re on the front lines (THANK YOU to everyone who is), most of those actions are passive. When you’re sitting at home with clean hands, what can you do besides turn on Netflix? This is my proposal: the best thing you can do…

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How Being in a Toxic Relationship Changed My Life for the Better – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~C.S. Lewis My ex and I split up about five years ago. We had been married for seventeen years, and after that long, I figured we were home free, as far as lasting marriages go. Needless to say, when it happened, I was devastated. Over all those years of being a couple, I had lost a big part…

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Awakening to Truth and the Return to Wholeness — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

The time for Awakening has arrived. And believe it or not, this isn’t a time to fear. Nor is it a time to feel sorry for yourself. This is a time for you to Awaken and for humanity to return to Wholeness. ~Luminita D. Saviuc It is in turbulent times like these that we can all stop and ask ourselves questions like: Who am I? Where am I going? What is the hidden meaning in all of this coronavirus pandemic? …

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Take Charge of Your Personal Life So Your Professional Life Can Soar – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE, Hall of Fame Speaker First of all – the idea of personal and professional balance is really a myth. You don’t have a personal life and a professional life – you have a life — and the two most DEFINITELY are intertwined. . Chances are that despite your best attempts to keep the two separate, the quality and stability of your personal life often have a direct impact upon the quality and success of your…

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Take Care of Your Mental and Emotional Wellbeing during Isolation or Quarantine – Positivity Article

Coronavirus fear –  How do you manage it? And how can you take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing if you are in isolation or quarantine or have COVID-19? You may be worried about coronavirus or not (yet). You might be affected by it or not (yet). I say ‘yet’, because the story of the coronavirus seems to change and expand on a daily basis. And so may be the way we feel about it, and the way in which…

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Deep Down You Know When It’s Time to Let Go – Happiness Article

“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” ~Daphne Rose Kingma One of the most challenging things in life is knowing when to let go—when to let go of a job, a relationship, a belief, a repeating thought, a situation… fill in the blank. Most of us have defaulted to safety, which often means procrastinating and generally feeling stuck. While there’s nothing wrong with safety—it is, after all, one of our…

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How to Stop Taking Life so Seriously …And Become Happier in Life – Positivity Article

The world we live in pushes us to be productive and serious. All the time. Living in Berlin offers the best of both worlds. Some people pursue career development or carry on studying, others pursue creative passions doing what they can, as to not conform to societal standards but to make their dreams come true. I love the mix — it makes life better. But I also see how serious people are. Smiling is a rarity. It’s so sad to see people…

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9 Top Things You Need to Quit To Repel Toxic People – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Motivational Keynote Speaker and Human Behavior Expert Connie Podesta Toxic people?  Should come with a warning label. You know, like those hazardous materials signs you see in hospitals or demolition sites?  Because they are hazardous to our health. To our well-being. To our emotional state. Our mental state. Our ability to succeed at high levels. To the good relationships they are bent to erode. Our sense of self-worth.  So why do we do it? Why do we keep people…

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Welcoming A New Era of Change — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Remember, life is a journey. If you got everything you wanted all at once there’d be no point to living. Enjoy the ride, and in the end, you’ll see these ‘setbacks’ as giant leaps forward, only you couldn’t see the bigger picture in the moment. Remain calm, all is within reach; all you have to do is show up every day, stay true to your path and you will surely find the treasure you seek.”~ Jackson Kiddard    We are…

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7 Ways Life Tells You It’s Time For a Change — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

There used to be many times on my journey when I got off my soul path and got myself stuck in life, and that’s the moment I knew it was time for a change. I didn’t feel happy at these times and I felt like I was dying and yet I was almost paralyzed with fear and not knowing which direction to choose. I remember that sensation very clearly.  Eventually, I did shift, but I really got life to force…

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Empathy can be taught. Here’s how. – Meditation Article

We all like to consider ourselves nice people. We like to think that when given a choice between right and wrong, compassion and indifference, we’d choose the option that’s considerate to others. Modern superheroes make the rounds in viral videos celebrating acts like paying for the stranger behind you in the drive-thru or carrying a small animal from a dangerous location. But let’s be realistic: we’re a busy, rushed, and stressed species. When a coworker asks about something we’ve already…

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Let’s Make This the Year of Trying… – Positivity Article

Much as I hate to admit it, I’ve never really been a try-er. If something comes easily to me or I only have to put in a moderate, not-totally-unenjoyable work, I’ll do it. When I encounter anything I’m not immediately decent at doing (or something that is out of my control in some way, I find myself putting in a minimal amount of effort, doing what’s needed to get things done (if I even do it at all). During a…

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How to Believe in Yourself & Positively Change Your life – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale  Most people will spend their entire life being told that their dreams are something that they can’t do. I was told many such things -> “You can’t play football with the boys!”(I was the only girl in an all boys team for so long), or “How can you become a psychologist?” etc. We all face this…

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How to Let Go of People Who No Longer Need, or Want, to Be in Your Life — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

To let go of people who no longer need, or want to be in your life is to honor your Self and surrender to the natural flow of life. You let go of someone not because you no longer care; not because you no longer need and want them in your life. But because you understand that they will be happier someplace else. You will be happy someplace else. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc One of the hardest things in life…

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The Daily Better Interview Part 1 – Positive Psychology News – Positivity Article

Kathryn Britton, MAPP ’06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She is also a writing coach, facilitator of writing workshops, and teacher of positive workplace concepts at the University of Maryland. Her own books include Smarts and Stamina on using positive psychology principles to build strong health habits and Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life. Full bio. Kathryn’s articles are here.…

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15 Things to Quit Today to Stop Making BAD Decisions – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Motivational Keynote Speaker and Human Behavior Expert Connie Podesta Bad choices? Sure, we all make them. Hopefully as we get older (and sometimes wiser) though, we figure out that we can do better than that.  If you’re ready to start making BETTER choices, let’s take a look at the top 15 things to quit starting today. Quit avoiding reality. Too many people live in an “if only” or “I wish” fantasy world—and not in the reality of what is…

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How to Start All over and Rebuild Your Life from Scratch — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

It’s never too late to start all over and rebuild your life from scratch; never too late to become the person you were destined to become. If you are still here, still living and breathing, then you have all that it takes to move in the direction of your dreams… Don’t give up! ~ Luminita D. Saviuc When life “forces” you to start all over and rebuild your life from scratch, instead of panicking and looking at the whole thing…

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10 Promises You Should Make to Yourself this Year — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

A wise man once said that we see the world as we are. And if we want the world to get better and our lives to become happier, all we have to do is change ourselves. We can change the world by changing ourselves. And if we can commit to becoming a better version of ourselves, miracles will happen and the world will change before our eyes. Since 2020 is already here and many of us started setting new year’s resolutions,…

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9 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues – Positivity Article

  As winter arrives, I’m taken back in my mind to last year… Last winter, I was really down and out at the start of 2019. I spent so much time in bed, engaging in unhealthy coping methods, and generally just feeling rotten about myself and my life. While I don’t know for sure if this was general depression or Season Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) — I should have sought professional help, but I didn’t — I do know that it…

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If You Can Change Your Mind, You Can Change Anything – Positivity Article

Adopting habits with a positive return is one of the most effective self-improvement strategies. That’s why so much advice revolves around changing one’s mind and habits. However, there’s a downside that gets ignored by every habits-expert. The 17th century English poet, John Dryden said it best: “We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”  The beauty of this quote is the duality it expresses. You can read that quote and find confirmation that habits are good for you.…

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Grit. Grace. Gratitude. Paper. – The Positive Psychology People – Positivity Article

Paper Moon. Paper Dolls. Paper Houses. Paper Towns. When we offer trust, but someone betrays us, the analogy is the crumpled paper. Once smoothed, it’ll never be the same, but it will still exist. We have always known that we are more than what the world sees. We are more than just, paper. On paper, everything can look perfect. We can talk about how perfect our lives are. We can champion all the wonderful things in our lives or brag…

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How to Believe in Yourself Again — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“To believe in yourself is to believe in the Unlimited Power that created you. And surrender yourself completely into the arms of Eternal Love.” ~ Luminita D. Saviuc There are times in life when things don’t go our way. Times when we meet with failure and defeat. And when that happens, we inevitably start to doubt ourselves.  We start to doubt our worth and our ability to make our dreams come true. And we wonder whether we will feel safe and secure, ever…

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Quit Avoiding Difficult Decisions | Connie Podesta – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

By Hall of Fame Speaker Connie Podesta, CSP, CPAE Decisions are a part of life, especially the difficult ones. The ones that you have to weigh out a little more than most because they can mean a change of direction, new opportunity, new job, or a choice in a relationship. Every day we’re faced with crossroads and opportunities to choose. I had a radio show, then I was offered a speaking job. When I was speaking full time, I was…

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You Can Call Me Georgia – Positivity Article

Something magical happens when you stop caring about what others think of you. You start to taste a level of freedom that questions all of your past decisions. It changes your interactions with people. Your conversations with your boss. Your friends. The whole ecosystem around you. The other day, I met someone ‘important.’  Semi famous. He was so used to people being excited around him. Half way through my conversation I noticed that he was nervous. And I noticed something about…

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