Every color creates a mood. I’m not the world’s best photographer, however, while walking and seeing this undeniable beauty, I was speechless for a few seconds. It literally caught me by surprise. I couldn’t help but feel compelled to try and capture the moment. It reminds me to feel blessed for the things most of us often take for granted such as sight, smell, taste, hearing, the sense of touch and the ability to move at will.
After moving to Israel, I became even more inspired to live out my dreams. Such beauty here. This Land truly awakens the soul and has propelled me to accomplish things I admit that I had my doubts that I ever would.
The color of my life………Joyful! Blessed! Grateful!
What’s the last thing you recently saw that made you stop and pay attention and propelled you to a new height of inspiration?
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How many of us start off the day with a sigh upon opening our eyes? Do you hit the snooze button? Dread the thought of starting what’s sure to be an endlessly busy day?
I must admit that was me but I discovered some ways to turn up my “Positivity “P” Meter Score” and want to share them with you. They’ve helped me to be much more productive and yes…..have a more positive outlook on life and daily tasks as well as goals. But, before you read, please share on a scale of 0 to 100 how positive you feel most of the time, 100 being the highest.
1) Change your talk…..”My glass is half full”
We usually see things that we call unpleasant as only that. Ask yourself is there a benefit that you’re missing as you undergo unpleasant situations. For example, one of my sons got in trouble at school…..again😞 and I was summoned to yet another meeting. Of course he was punished and we spent a lot of time talking about his actions and bad choices. All to find out that he feels I don’t listen to him. Instead of griping about the meeting and his behavior, I said to myself, “If not for the meeting and the time we spent in the midst of his punishment, I may have never discovered that I was a part of the problem.” Our relationship isn’t perfect now but I gained a great benefit in that we’ve grown closer.
2) Don’t hit the snooze…..countdown time!
Let’s be honest, just about everyone does this. We don’t get the proper rest, we think we can get more done in a day and when we see that we can’t and we don’t get the proper rest, it can lead to depression and kill our motivation. Our immune system suffers the most. We need at least 7 hours of sleep each day to prevent stroke and heart disease. Lack of sleep has even been linked to the stress hormone, cortisol increasing as well as certain cancers. May not get you now but after years of neglect and lack of sleep, it will eventually show up somewhere as a deterrent to your health. So get your rest, wake up to the first alarm and countdown 5-4-3-2-1 and up out of bed as if you’re a super hero called to save the day! You will have a much more positive outlook on the day.
3) Make your to do list but don’t overload it.
Setting unrealistic daily goals can also lead to negativity and feeling a sense of failure in your tasks and in life. If you only choose 2 to 3 things to do each day and you accomplish them all versus 9 to 10 and accomplish only 1-2, you may feel more overwhelmed. You need a short term and long-term list and be realistic with your goal for time of completion.
4) Find a source of inspiration!
The most positive people in the world always have a reason to get up in the morning. Mine is serving others in order to fulfill the commandment to Love thy neighbor as thyself, …….
I do this by taking care of myself and family and branch out to my community. Even in my job I am in a service role as a pharmacist. I love teaching dance and writing. Through writing I serve by providing what I pray to be helpful and or inspirational! It’s also a positive release for me in times of frustration. It just feels good to know you helped someone and if those we help continue it forward, that positivity will multiply exponentially! Sounds mushy but the world does need more love and positive people.
5) Invision your goals happening and speak it into existence.
(Above- taking time for a minute to gain inspiration from nature)
Can you see it? Can you see yourself walking across the stage at your college and receiving that diploma? Your first child being born? Publishing your first book? Doing ground-breaking on your new business? Becoming well and healthy? Whatever you desire, seek the Heavenly Father for wisdom, pray for it and then make a snapshot in your mind of it occurring. It becomes real before it even happens and before you know it, there’s no room for negativity, no option to fail, only positivity and the road to success and wellbeing.
So, on a scale of 0 to 100, now what’s your P Meter Score? I really pray that something you’ve read here today has increased it. Please take a minute and do the before and after survey and spread the love by COMMENTING about which point may have helped you the most, SHARING this article FROM THIS SITE and SUBSCRIBING!😉
When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? Or as an effect of laughing so hard there was no more sound to be made… you were just stuck with this face…waiting to catch another breath?
There are so many benefits to belting out a hearty laugh. Like the old saying goes…..”Laughter is the best medicine”. As we know, an entire professional niche is based off of this….laughter therapists. Let’s dive into why we should LOL more often.
It makes for healthier and stronger relationships
Look at great relationships and HAPPY marriages and you will find that a common element is usually laughter and keeping a sense of humor about things. This is whether the relationship is under attack by stress (from within or outward) or in good times. It helps us to bounce back from some hard blows. For example, there was a coworker in my past that had cancer and had lost most of his hair from chemotherapy. He decided to shave it all off. He said that most people don’t get to see themselves bald and I replied by saying he had a nice shaped head. This sent both of us into uncontrollable laughter. Laughing in such a sad time may have seemed a bit odd to most people around us, but I truly believe it was like medicine to him. We had not been friends and really only general greetings like good morning but after that, it was like he could appreciate that everyone around him wasn’t walking on eggshells about the “C” word and that someone was more focused on life and living. If I could do this with a coworker that I barely knew, how much more would it benefit practicing this with my close friends and family?
Laughing out loud lowers blood pressure & improves circulation
Laughter may reduce your body’s level of the stress hormone, cortisol and thus by doing so, it can reduce blood pressure and this positive chain reaction may help to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. Your muscles actually get a workout from laughing, which drops your blood pressure and this remains for a period of time as your blood vessels dilate and additional oxygen enters your circulation. It is recommended to laugh for around 15 to 20 minutes a day for a healthier heart, no matter what your source of laughter.
There is a theory that too much of the body chemical cortisol can damage the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for short-term memory – In the long run this can eventually damage your ability to learn and remember. If you find that you are forgetful about little things, like going into a room three times in a row and forgetting what you came in there for, try to laugh more often……even at yourself!
Laughter boosts your immune system and releases endorphins
The Father is so awesome in how he places all of these healthy feedback mechanisms for us in our bodies so that if we treat it well, we can heal from a lot in time. Endorphins boost our mood, help us to cope with pain, and so much more that we are only scratching the surface of their benefits.
Of course decreasing cortisol, that old stress hormone will help our immune systems to enjoy a boost. Increasing your daily dose of laughter can help with both of these very vital things. Give it a try and see.
Helps us to sleep better and boosts our creativity
Laughter helps to release stress which in turn helps us to be more at ease and more creative. Our worries melt away……at least for a little while, long enough to get that creative boost and lay our heads down for a good much needed rest. Try a comedy relief show instead of a sad and gloomy story before bed or if you have writers’ block and see if it doesn’t make a difference.
It just makes you and others around you happier
Ok, this one is not scientific but I am sure we all agree that no one wants to be around a miserable person except for a miserable person who wants company. Enjoy life and those around you and share an infectious laugh about something. It truly does go a long way in making your outlook on life better.
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Hope this short vid brings some joy to your day. Had fun making it with these precious beginners and look forward to seeing their continued growth in the future. A big thanks to them, the parents, our beautiful community here in Israel and family and friends abroad.
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What can you do at the first sign of a cold or the flu to keep it from becoming full-blown? Just a quick recipe that I have tried and it works wonders for the immune system. You can use it for treatment of symptoms or as prevention. When people around you are sick such as close family or co-workers that you have no choice of being around, we must have a way to ward off illness.
Photo credit: WSJ
Here is what you will need…..it’s super simple:
About 20-24 cloves of garlic
Enough honey to cover the garlic in a jar to yield about a pint (approximately 400 mL by the time the garlic is added)
Note: Raw honey is preferred instead of refined like you typically buy at the grocery store. You can always make a half batch of this recipe.
Peel the garlic cloves, crush them or cut them into tiny pieces and put them in a medium-size jar; add enough honey to cover the garlic and then set it aside for at least 36 hours.
Take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours or as needed to relieve cough and sore throat.
Use at the first signs of cough/cold and flu symptoms as an immune system booster.
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Garlic contains Allicin
This part of garlic gives it it’s health benefits but also will cause the bad odor and potent taste. The fresher it is, as with other foods, the more potent it is. Garlic is a natural anti-infectant, helps to decrease blood pressure and works against blood clotting to some degree.
Honey stands on it’s own as a natural remedy
Honey is not only a natural sweetener, it has many vitamins and nutrients. If used in raw form as a sweetener, it won’t spike your blood sugar. It’s anti-oxidant properties are powerful and it guards against free radicals which can be cancer causing. more info honey health benefits
Together, these 2 make a super food that helps us in multiple ways!
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