positive thinking http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12131/all en-US 3 Unbelievable Visualization Board Success Stories http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/vision board.jpg" alt="vision board" title="vision board" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Visualization boards, collaged with images and words depicting our goals and desires, are a popular technique for manifesting what we want out of life. It's really quite simple: Paste visual representations of your wishes and intentions on poster board, thereby activating the subconscious mind to focus its energies on manifesting them to come true. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-thing-you-need-to-do-to-be-happy-and-improve-your-relationships?ref=seealso">One Thing You Need to Do to be Happy and Improve Your Relationships</a>)</p> <p>&quot;If you repeat the word, 'blue, blue, blue,' and you start looking around the room, all the blue things will start popping out,&quot; says sociologist and life coach Martha Beck. &quot;Part of it is quantum physics&hellip; We know now, scientifically, that <a href="http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Go-Beyond-The-Secret_1">consciousness brings matter into being</a> where there was energy. So it's not even necessarily that it draws it toward you. The conclusion is you're literally creating some of this stuff.&quot;</p> <p>It's a concept that has been given <a href="http://www.oprah.com/spirit/O-Dream-Board-Envision-Your-Best-LifeTM">the gold star of approval by the likes of Oprah.</a> But if it sounds a little hokey to you, you've got company. Dr. Neil Farber, an expert in psychology, writes that <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/neil-farber-md-phd">visualization boards fall short in helping us achieve our goals</a> because they don't require us to take any real action. Rather, they are all about letting our thoughts do the work for us.</p> <p>&quot;Fantasizing about your perfect world and your perfect life may make you feel better in the short term but will limit your ability to transform your dreams into reality,&quot; Farber writes. &quot;Dream about it, envision how you will realistically do it or get it, and then get off your tush and make it happen.&quot;</p> <p>So: Do visualization boards really work?</p> <p>It's a controversial question, and there's little scientific evidence to support or deny the blessings they're meant to bring into our lives. But there are certainly believers among us. Read on for our roundup of the most amazing visualization success stories out there. You just might be inspired to create your own.</p> <h2>1. Manifesting Love</h2> <p>Life Coach Cheryl Richardson said she pasted a photo of a man on her visualization board. Not just any man &mdash; a man representing the person she wanted to fall in love with and marry. <a href="http://www.oprah.com/spirit/The-Law-of-Attraction-Real-Life-Stories_1/7">Now she's married to a man who looks like the picture of the man on her visualization board</a>. Coincidence? Maybe, but Richardson says no. It didn't happen overnight &mdash; in fact, it took years &mdash; but Richardson said she firmly believes she manifested her love and marriage from her visualization board into real life.</p> <p>Richardson's marriage may be the most miraculous thing she's manifested, but she said her visualization board has brought her many other successes. &quot;Phil Donahue was on here, and that's the first national show I ever did after I put him on the board,&quot; she said.</p> <h2>2. 15 Minutes of Fame</h2> <p>When Lisa Nichols, a struggling single mom turned successful entrepreneur, made her visualization board, she included the following words: &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Rvcx2L2CI">Lisa Reveals All On Oprah</a>.&quot; A few years later, that's exactly what she did. Nichols, a motivational speaker, was invited by Oprah to discuss her visualization board experience on the show as part of a segment inspired by <a href="http://www.thesecret.tv/index.html">The Secret</a>, a movie about the law of attraction in which the main character manifests his dream home from a visualization board.</p> <p>&quot;It's like if you were at a restaurant and you ordered something,&quot; Nichols said, describing her own visualization board process. &quot;You fully expect it to come served that way. That's how the universe is. You're putting out orders consciously and unconsciously and expecting it to come back. So if you say, 'I'm never going to have a good relationship.' &mdash; you just placed an order.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Olympic Motivation</h2> <p>When three-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez was a kid, he wrote Sports Illustrated asking where he could learn how to luge. The magazine mailed Gonzalez a photograph of a man racing on a luge, and Gonzalez framed it so <a href="http://www.thelugeman.com/success-vision-board.htm">he could see it from his bed every morning when he woke up</a>.</p> <p>&quot;Every morning, the first person I saw when I woke up was 'The Luge Man,'&quot; Gonzalez wrote. &quot;Seeing 'The Luge Man' was a constant reminder that I was training for the Olympics. He reminded me to eat right, to work out, and to surround myself with winners. At night, before turning out the lights, the last person I saw was 'The Luge Man.' All night long, I dreamt about the luge and the Olympics.</p> <p>&quot;During the day, the picture focused my conscious mind on the dream. At night, it conditioned my unconscious mind to aim for my goal.&quot;</p> <p>Gonzalez is now such a believer in the success that visualization boarding brought to his life that he has an entire website dedicated to encouraging others to try it for themselves.</p> <p><em>Do you use a visualization board? Has it worked for you? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/successful-women-have-these-7-things-in-their-bags-do-you">Successful Women Have These 7 Things in Their Bags — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-decisions-youll-never-regret-making">21 Decisions You&#039;ll Never Regret Making</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/invest-your-time-in-these-13-things-while-youre-in-your-20s">Invest Your Time in These 13 Things While You&#039;re in Your 20s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/change-your-life-by-learning-how-to-admit-youre-wrong">Change Your Life by Learning How to Admit You&#039;re Wrong</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-say-no-to-friends-and-family">5 Ways to Say &quot;No&quot; to Friends and Family</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Personal Development optimism positive thinking success visualization board Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1239950 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Be a More Positive Person http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-more-positive-person <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-be-a-more-positive-person" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2385522475_477770f1f4_z.jpg" alt="happy man" title="happy man" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="179" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I come from a family of borne curmudgeons. When the wind kicked up, my dad would proclaim it had been brought in to ruin his carefully coifed side part. My mom often tempers good news with something like, &ldquo;Well, it&rsquo;s better than a kick in the head.&rdquo;</p> <p>How&rsquo;s that for positive?</p> <p>As you might imagine, I am, by my very nature, prone to pessimism. The old glass isn&rsquo;t just half empty, it&rsquo;s probably too cold, or not cold enough...or maybe I never asked for water in the first place, and it just figures that I ended up getting served it in a joint like this. So, anyway...I always sort of imagined that being a positive person was for people who wear flowers in their hair and eat organic food and think the world is a beautiful, nurturing place just bursting with possibility. Meanwhile, I can&rsquo;t help getting stuck on depressing stuff like politics and tsunamis and the birds that poop on my car the minute I&rsquo;ve washed it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-things-to-be-happy-about">Big List of Things to Be Happy&nbsp;About</a>)</p> <p>Then I started going to yoga a lot, mostly because I was feeling very uptight about the fact that I couldn&rsquo;t bend more than a couple of degrees in any direction. Yoga people are tremendously positive (suspiciously so). They&rsquo;re always smiling, and gushing and talking about how good it feels to &ldquo;just breathe.&rdquo; But while I was trying to get my breaths to conform to something along the lines of &ldquo;ocean sounds,&rdquo; I heard something else &mdash; a constant barrage of internal bellyaching running the gamut from cursing the downward dog to worrying about the weather to wondering whether my yoga pants were feeling tighter today than they were yesterday.</p> <p>I didn&rsquo;t like it. It was annoying. Worst of all, I didn&rsquo;t like the fact that I didn&rsquo;t seem to have much control over the thoughts. But after many months of working my body into ever-tighter contortions, it finally occurred to me &mdash; it was<em> my</em> brain, and it could bloody well do what <em>I</em> told it to. Nowadays I&rsquo;d say I&rsquo;m more of a recovering killjoy. Here are some things I learned along the way.</p> <h3>Fake It &lsquo;Til You Make It</h3> <p>I once watched a dog trainer on TV lift a timid dog&rsquo;s tail from between its legs as it walked down a crowded street. Minutes later, that scuttling, quivering little dog was walking tall, head &mdash; and tail &mdash; held high. By assuming a positive posture, his mind got the hang of it, too.</p> <p>I hate to say it, but our inner workings (or at least mine) aren&rsquo;t that much more complex. If I&rsquo;m stuck in traffic and just feeling furious about the fact that the guy in front of me has been driving with his <i>signal light on for about 10 minutes</i>, there are two options: melt down, or assume the teeniest, tiniest smile. Just the very corners of your mouth will do. No one even has to know you&rsquo;re doing it. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it works like a charm.</p> <h3>Understand That What You Nurture Is What Grows</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s an old Cherokee legend about an internal struggle that is characterized as two wolves. One represents negative thoughts such as anger, self-pity, resentment, and greed; the other represents positive qualities, such as hope, serenity, empathy, and faith. According to the legend, you get to decide which wolf wins &mdash; it&rsquo;s the one you feed. Let&rsquo;s just say I put one very over-fed wolf on a strict diet.</p> <h3>Realize That Anything&rsquo;s Possible</h3> <p>Think way back to what you thought your life would be like when you were, say, 10 years old. Chances are it&rsquo;s nothing like that image, right? Now before you start slipping into a depression about lost dreams and missed opportunities, think of it this way &mdash; life is full of curveballs. That doesn&rsquo;t mean every unexpected twist will put you one step closer to your dream life, but simple logic dictates that some of life&rsquo;s surprises will be good.</p> <h3>Become Proactive</h3> <p>You can think of life in two ways: something that happens to you or something that you have the power to shape. OK, so things do happen regardless, but thinking they are happening <i>to</i> you is a one-way street to being a total wet blanket. Instead, recognize that a lot of what happens is out of your control; what you can control is how you react.</p> <h3>Be Grateful</h3> <p>Everyone has some things and not others. So we all tend to overlook what we have and wish we had the awesome life that other guy has. The irony is, the other guy is probably thinking the same thing about you. Rather than sniffing around for that greener grass, just relax and enjoy life on your own lawn. It&rsquo;s a lot easier that way.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t Go Off the Deep End</h3> <p>Here&rsquo;s where (I think) things get a little complicated; veer too far toward optimism, and you land smack dab in the middle of totally unrealistic. And frankly, that&rsquo;s not a good place to be. Because while cultivating some good vibes will probably help you live a better, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-happy">happier life</a>, too much contentment can breed complacency. A healthy desire to make things better is what drives us to do bigger and better things. I&rsquo;m not wearing flowers in my hair yet, but I&rsquo;d say there&rsquo;s nothing negative about that.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-more-positive-person">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-have-a-better-day-at-work">7 Ways to Have a Better Day at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories">3 Unbelievable Visualization Board Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-maintain-motivation-when-the-going-gets-tough">9 Ways to Maintain Motivation When the Going Gets Tough</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-have-a-better-day">4 Ways to Have a Better Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gratitude-and-frugality">Gratitude and Frugality</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development how to be positive how to stay positive positive attitude positive thinking Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:00:11 +0000 Tara Struyk 915080 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Banish Negative Thoughts http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-banish-negative-thoughts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-banish-negative-thoughts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thinking.jpg" alt="Woman thinking" title="Woman thinking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to know the secret to success? The formula is part positive thinking and part self-awareness. It's easy to become jaded when life gets tough, but don't get caught up in negative thoughts because it may hinder your progress. Seeing the world as a glass half empty may lead you to give up easier and not try as hard because you may think that it's pointless to even make an attempt. Here's how you can banish those negative thoughts for good.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Nice-Things-Do-People-21449581">RELATED:&nbsp;10&nbsp;Nice Things to Do for People That Won't Cost That Much</a></p> <h2>Get a Gratitude Journal</h2> <p>Writing down a list of things that you are grateful for can renew your appreciation for the things that you've been taking for granted. The gratitude list will cause you to focus on the positive and not the negative. Doing this daily can ingrain this type of positive thinking in your mind.There are plenty of really cool gratitude journals available on Amazon, like this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/2012-Gratitude-Journal-magical-remembered/dp/0615550916/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1332387580&amp;sr=8-5" target="_blank">2012 Gratitude Journal</a> ($8).</p> <h2>Surround Yourself With Friends</h2> <p>Friends make a person happier and can distract you from the negative in your life. They also provide a form of emotional support and can be there for you when the going gets tough. Feeling isolated will make you feel more negative because you'll start having these unrealistic negative thoughts about yourself that your friends can't counter. Friends will help ground you and give you a good dose of reality.</p> <h2>Defeat Your Thoughts on Paper</h2> <p>If you keep ruminating on something gloomy, write it down on a sheet of paper. Then play devil's advocate and write down several arguments to counter it. Keep on doing this, and you'll feel much better. Sometimes you get so focused on yourself and your misery that it's hard for you to find solutions or a positive perspective.</p> <h2>Offer to Pet-Sit</h2> <p>Having animals around you makes you happier, so offer to pet-sit for your friends when they take trips. If you can put in the money, time, and energy, you should really consider adopting a pet. Seeing how animals take such joy in simple things will snap you out of your doom and gloom mind-set.</p> <h2>Lose Yourself in an Activity</h2> <p>If you're obsessing about something, you need to break that seemingly never-ending loop of bad thoughts. Pick an activity that you know you can really lose yourself in, such as playing a sport, meditating, or even reading. Anything that will take your mind off of whatever is bothering you.</p> <h2>Take in the Outdoors</h2> <p>Scientists say that taking in nature can really calm a person's mind. Make it a point to go to a place with greenery, be it a nearby park or garden. Take a deep breath and inhale the smells and absorb sights of nature. You'll find negativity fading away.</p> <p>Love being happy? Here are more ways to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Increase-My-Happiness-20753887">increase your happiness</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Negative thoughts can make you unproductive, crabby, and straight-up unhappy. Stay positive with these suggestions. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Why-You-Should-Treat-Yourself-22018222">5 Reasons to Treat Yourself Without Feeling Guilty</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Have-Good-Day-21987023">How to Have a Good Day</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Vacation-Memories-12329688">7&nbsp;Easy Ways to Make Vacation Bliss Last</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-banish-negative-thoughts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-powerful-brain-hacks-you-can-do-in-under-2-minutes">8 Powerful Brain Hacks You Can Do in Under 2 Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-improve-your-memory-and-even-get-a-little-smarter">How to Improve Your Memory (and Even Get a Little Smarter)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-weird-brain-hacks-that-make-you-a-better-person-with-almost-no-effort">4 Weird Brain Hacks That Make You a Better Person With Almost No Effort</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories">3 Unbelievable Visualization Board Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-easy-ways-to-improve-your-brain">13 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development brain hacks negativity positive thinking Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:24:11 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 914251 at http://www.wisebread.com Gratitude and Frugality http://www.wisebread.com/gratitude-and-frugality <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gratitude-and-frugality" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girls_hugging.jpg" alt="Girls hugging" title="Girls hugging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've been working a lot lately with the concept of gratitude and how it can attract amazing things into your life. And in so doing, I'm amazed at how my own life, happiness, and attitude has transformed.</p> <p>A few months ago, I was dealt some heavy blows that knocked me back a few steps. Ironically I was simultaneously slated to write a post about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-things-to-be-happy-about">things to be happy about</a>, which was a lucky stroke, as it started me on my path of exploring gratitude. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-say-thanks">25 Ways to Say Thanks</a>)</p> <h3>The Cost of Expressing Gratitude</h3> <p>Gratitude in its purest form is absolutely free. It's an emotion simply borne of being thankful for something or somebody.</p> <p>How we choose to <em>express </em>our gratitude towards others is where cost can become a factor. This is when we start dealing with social customs, politics, and expectations &mdash; which create the varying price-tag for thankfulness.</p> <p>But gratitude is about so much more than simply expressing thanks to somebody for something. We can be grateful for all sorts of things, and that gratitude &mdash; in turn &mdash; can bring so many more amazing things into our lives.</p> <p>Simply holding a grateful state of mind can be transformative in itself.</p> <h3>The Power of a Passing Smile</h3> <p>I met a man who suffered a series of traumatic vehicle accidents, the last of which left him paralyzed and completely disfigured. After dozens of reconstructive surgeries, he had lost his confidence, happiness, and hope.</p> <p>His savior came one day, when he was out and about (in his wheelchair). His self-esteem was so shot that he usually averted other people's eyes, which normally expressed horror at his disfigurements.</p> <p>But one fleeting look upwards one day revealed a woman who was walking by, who simply gave him a passing smile.</p> <p>Nothing more. Just a smile.</p> <p>That smile changed this man's life. With a renewed surge of energy and commitment, he underwent the remaining surgeries, and eventually moved on to recover from his paralysis in ways that even the doctors hadn't predicted was possible.</p> <p>The passing smile didn't cost that woman a thing. And to this day she probably has no idea, but it changed &mdash; even saved &mdash; a man's life.</p> <p>So gratitude &mdash; and expressing it &mdash; can be very frugal indeed.</p> <p>This is not to say we should all walk around with smiles plastered on our faces &mdash; especially if they're not sincere. But if we generally focus on gratitude and the things we are grateful for, our chances of being bright and positive are significantly higher.</p> <h3>Finding and Expressing Gratitude (Frugally)</h3> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Here are just a few ways to feel and express gratitude &mdash; almost none of which cost money.</p> <ol> <li>The next time you cook a big meal, spontaneously invite your neighbor to join you, or share your leftovers with somebody. (Hint &mdash; bake a cake and share it, and you'll have lots of grateful friends!)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Start a gratitude journal. Don't worry about having to write something in it every day. Simply carry a small notebook around wherever you go, and jot down things you are grateful for. By reframing your day in this way, you may discover many things (big and small) that you're grateful for.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Join <a href="http://www.couchsurfing.org" target="_blank">CouchSurfering</a> or another hospitality exchange site and host a traveler visiting your home town. All you have to do is offer up a place to sleep (by being grateful for the roof over your own head), and the gratitude that you'll get in return from a weary traveler can be enormous.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Eat consciously. Next time you enjoy a good meal, focus entirely on that meal. Consider the journey of the food from its origins to your plate, and the number of people's lives it affected along the way.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Call your mother on your birthday &mdash; and thank her. (She had a lot to do with it.)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make handmade cards. A lovely hand-written note (especially if the card itself is handmade) is a beautiful way to express gratitude. It doesn't even have to be a special occasion &mdash; in fact, the more mundane the day, the more special the card becomes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go out for a day with your camera and take pictures of everything. When you peer at the world with the eye of a photographer, you tend to see, discover, and appreciate things you never previously noticed.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Try being grateful when something bad happens. For example, maybe missing that bus and being late for work leads to meeting somebody new or some other positive experience you might not otherwise have had. Or conversely, maybe this minor mishap helped you to avoid a major one.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Start a game of &ldquo;pay it forward&rdquo; at the drive-thru. Pay for the coffee that the person behind you has ordered, so when they drive up to the window they have a lovely surprise from a complete stranger. Hopefully they'll &ldquo;pay it forward&rdquo; and do the same for the car behind them.</li> </ol> <h3>The Effects of Gratitude</h3> <p>As with the law of attraction, the effects of expressing gratitude can't be directly measured, but could certainly be attributed to holding a positive state of mind and being.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Just ask anybody who as developed a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vision-boards-dream-big-play-with-pictures-and-watch-your-life-change">vision board</a>, played the <a href="http://community.careonecredit.com/b/life_balance/archive/2011/11/07/finding-money-literally-with-the-prosperity-game.aspx">prosperity game</a>, or looked at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">100 ways to change their lives</a>; some amazing things can happen by simply <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-things-to-be-happy-about">reframing your way of thinking</a>.</p> <p>Since I've started actively focusing on gratitude on a daily basis, not only does everything tend to flow, but people are saying things like I &ldquo;have magic in me.&rdquo; A friend (who is a very straight-laced scientific sort of guy) told me he saw my aura &mdash; something that he wouldn't have believed in if he hadn't seen the white glittery light emanating from me.</p> <p>I don't have magic powers, and who knows &mdash; maybe the friend who saw my aura was just drunk. But I do believe that acting out of positivity, being grateful for the many things &mdash; little and big, simple and complex &mdash; we have in life, can lead to amazing things.</p> <p>And just like the passing smile the saved a man's life, it can have a ripple effect that nobody can possibly predict or control.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gratitude-and-frugality">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-times-you-should-choose-private-school-over-public">7 Times You Should Choose Private School Over Public</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-free-ways-to-cheer-yourself-up">30 Free Ways to Cheer Yourself Up</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-scientific-reasons-to-ditch-the-luxury-brands">5 Scientific Reasons to Ditch the Luxury Brands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-money-resolutions-you-should-skip-this-year">4 Money Resolutions You Should Skip This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories">3 Unbelievable Visualization Board Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Personal Development gratitude positive thinking thankfulness Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:24:21 +0000 Nora Dunn 821748 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Psychological Hacks to Boost Your Bottom Line http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-psychological-hacks-to-boost-your-bottom-line <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-psychological-hacks-to-boost-your-bottom-line" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-psychological-hacks-to-boost-your-bottom-lin...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/5-psychological-hacks-to-boost-your-bottom-line" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000004504118Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In his book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Advantage-Principles-Psychology-Performance/dp/0307591549" target="_blank">The Happiness Advantage</a>,</i> Sean Achor outlines positive psychological principles and tactics that increase performance at work. More specifically, positive psychology can be used to improve the effectiveness and output of employees. If you're looking to boost employee productivity &ndash; and your business&rsquo; profitability, see if these five psychological hacks don&rsquo;t do the trick.</p> <p><strong>1. Discover the link between happiness and performance.</strong></p> <p>Did you know that students who were told to think about the happiest day of their lives scored higher on a standardized math test than their peers? Or that more effective business negotiators test higher for positive emotions than their peers?</p> <p>There is actually a mountain of research supporting the idea that higher performance is associated with positive emotions. What does that mean for you?</p> <p>If you want your employees to perform better, give them something to smile about. Remind them of a positive event. Pay them a compliment. Or simply do like the professor did and ask them to remember something that makes them smile.</p> <p><strong>2. Applaud early failure.</strong></p> <p>Ever notice how history repeats itself?</p> <p>It's easy to shake our heads when people repeat the mistakes others have made, or make the mistakes their managers have warned them about, but there's a simple reason for that. Of course, we often learn from mistakes others have made, but we also learn from our own past experiences. Often, failure has to be experienced rather than read about or explained. We can only learn how to deal with failure&mdash;and all of the emotions and struggles that come with it&mdash;by experiencing it.</p> <p>In fact, employees who learn to deal with failure early on are better equipped to solve problems and are more effective down the line.</p> <p>In other words, it's a good idea to let employees fail and figure out solutions on their own ... especially in the beginning. Sometimes experiencing the process is the only way we really learn the solution.</p> <p><strong>3. Revise patterns.</strong></p> <p>There is a well-known psychological principle called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expectancy_theory" target="_blank">Expectancy Theory</a> which says that our brains make choices because of the outcomes we associate with specific actions. In other words, we choose the action that we think will result in the best outcome.</p> <p>This is easy enough to understand, but what we often forget is that it has also been proven that our brains fall into patterns.</p> <p>As creatures of habit, it's easy for our minds to play tricks on us. If we think an outcome is good and we choose it over and over again, we will continue to choose it, even if it's not the best choice anymore. The business world is ever-changing. Habits that were beneficial during startup may not be right for a mature business.</p> <p>Take some time to think about the habits and processes in your business. What choices are you still making that you haven't thought about in awhile?</p> <p><strong>4. Remind employees that positive outcomes are possible.</strong></p> <p>Positive psychology research shows that job performance is improved simply by believing that <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/managing/article/how-to-use-projects-to-develop-your-employees-1" target="_blank">positive change is possible</a>. In other words, if you're looking to turn your company around, then share stories of successful business turnarounds. If you're hoping to take your superstar performer to the next level, then share stories of how top athletes get even better.</p> <p>Determine the goal that you are trying to achieve in your business and then show your employees that achieving that goal is possible.</p> <p>The psychological result is that people begin to believe that they can make change. If we believe that it is possible for us to do something, then it is much more likely that we will do it.</p> <p><strong>5. Keep positive experience journals.</strong></p> <p>One positive psychology study found that people who <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-reasons-to-keep-a-work-diary">took 20 minutes to write down</a> positive experiences from that day and did this three times per week not only displayed higher levels of happiness, but also displayed fewer symptoms of illness. In other words, more thoughtful, more positive employees were also healthier employees.</p> <p>It doesn't matter the situation, the circumstance, or the timing, everyone has something to be positive or thankful about.</p> <p>Don't forget to remind your employees to focus on the positive in their lives. Your bottom line with thank you later.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/james-clear">James Clear</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-psychological-hacks-to-boost-your-bottom-line">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-all-successful-freelancers-do">10 Things All Successful Freelancers Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-the-one-skill-you-need-if-you-want-to-work-for-yourself">This Is the One Skill You Need If You Want to Work for Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-inspiring-stories-of-normal-people-building-a-thriving-online-store">4 Inspiring Stories of Normal People Building a Thriving Online Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-psychologists-say-saving-boosts-your-mental-health">7 Ways Psychologists Say Saving Boosts Your Mental Health</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center employee management employee motivation management positive thinking psychology small business Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:50:18 +0000 James Clear 747396 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Ways to Have a Better Day http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-have-a-better-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-have-a-better-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/try_me.jpg" alt="Bad day" title="Bad day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday was a great day.</p> <p>The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and my hair actually did something semi-normal. I checked several things off my to-do list, I tried a new recipe (and it worked!), and I managed to clean out my closet to boot. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-new-recipes-without-paying-for-new-cookbooks">Finding New Recipes Without Paying for New Cookbooks</a>)</p> <p>All in all, I'd give it two thumbs up.</p> <p>Of course, not every day ranks quite so well. Despite our best efforts, sometimes things just won't go our way, and the more we push, the more the Universe seems to push back.</p> <p>This tug-of-war is often the beginning of an ugly little cycle that can cause us to spiral down into a black hole of anger, despair, and frustration.</p> <p>And the angrier we get, the more things seem to go wrong.</p> <p>The reason for this cycle is simple: That negativity you're generating can only breed more negativity, meaning that it's almost impossible to accomplish anything good when we're busy raging against the woes of the world.</p> <p>As a result, that bad mood of yours makes you more likely to start an argument, stub your toe, break a dish, and lose your keys. And until you shake that negative energy, you're probably going to see more of the same.</p> <p>Fortunately, days like this don't have to be a total loss. Here are four ways to turn things around and have a better day.</p> <h2>Retreat</h2> <p>When my kids act up, I give them a time out. Time to sit and think, time to catch their breath, and time to relax and reboot. And on most occasions, this strategy works. So, why wouldn't it work for grown-ups too?</p> <p>Taking a time out gives you the opportunity to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/looking-for-answers-in-life-heres-your-key">rethink your current state of mind</a>. Okay, so things aren't going your way, but is it really the end of the world? Is this really how you want to spend your entire day? Is there something more positive you could be focusing on instead?</p> <p>A brief retreat is often all we need to stop the cycle and gain some new perspective. Take a walk, take a nap, or simply shut your office door. Remove yourself from the company of others and relish your quiet time alone. You may not resurface as optimist of the year, but it will give you time to collect your thoughts and calm your mind, two key components to getting through the rest of the day.</p> <h2>Release</h2> <p>If you find yourself lashing out at everyone who crosses your path, it might be time to get that anger out of your system. For some, this could mean having a good cry or calling your best friend to vent. For others, it might mean going to gym and unleashing on a punching bag.</p> <p>Whatever your vice, just remember to keep it under control. Getting things off your chest can be therapeutic as long as you don't let it get out of hand. There's a fine line between letting off some steam and working yourself into a frenzy, and if you're not careful, you'll end up in a worse mood than when you started.</p> <h2>Fake It</h2> <p>Zig Ziglar once wrote &quot;You can't feel your way into a new way of acting, but you can act your way into a new way of feeling,&quot; and in many cases, this mentality actually works.</p> <p>Forcing yourself to act as if things are great can often leave you feeling much better, even though your circumstances haven't really changed. As William James said, &quot;We don't sing because we're happy...we're happy because we sing.&quot; Fake a positive outlook long enough, and you'll often find that you're no longer faking.</p> <h2>Flip It</h2> <p>If you're wondering how in the world you're going to pretend that your bad mood doesn't exist, this is a good place to start.</p> <p>Years ago, my husband and I found ourselves in a bit of a financial pickle. A series of unforeseen events had ravaged our savings. We were suddenly living payday to payday, and those checks were stretched very thin.</p> <p>Needless to say, the stress was enormous, and my initial instinct was to wallow in my own despair. We had worked hard to get to where we were and then BAM! Just like that, we were back to square one. It wasn't fair. It wasn't fair at all. And I wanted someone to do something about it.</p> <p>Of course, then I realized that I was that someone. As unfair as the circumstances might've been, they were still circumstances that needed to be dealt with, and I essentially had two choices: I could moan and groan about the unfairness of life, or I could find a way to make things better.</p> <p>I chose the latter and found myself a part-time job. It wasn't long before things started looking up again, and we had a little breathing room in our finances. We also learned a hard but valuable lesson about money management and planning for our future &mdash; a lesson we might not have learned otherwise.</p> <p>In addition, this part-time gig turned out to be more lucrative than I would have ever imagined and was effectively my first step toward leaving the corporate world and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-real-deal-what-to-expect-when-starting-your-own-business">venturing out on my own</a>.</p> <p>It wasn't easy, of course, and I can't say that I was ever thrilled about working two jobs at that point in my life, but knowing I was taking control of the situation was a feeling I wouldn't soon forget.</p> <p>That experience taught me how to say &quot;It is what it is&quot; and move forward, something I find very useful when things aren't going my way. Yes, the circumstances might still suck, but if I can find a way to flip the situation and turn it into something positive, I know I'll get past whatever obstacle might be standing in my way.</p> <p><em>Do you have a tip that works for you? If so, share it in the comment section below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-have-a-better-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-small-new-year-s-resolutions-you-can-start-today">25 Small New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-scientists-say-will-boost-your-happiness-today">11 Things Scientists Say Will Boost Your Happiness Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-stop-being-impatient-and-live-a-more-satisfied-life">10 Ways to Stop Being Impatient and Live a More Satisfied Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-life-consider-the-worst-case-scenario">How to Get a Life: Consider the Worst Case Scenario</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development happy positive thinking self-improvement Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:01:08 +0000 Kate Luther 496247 at http://www.wisebread.com Good Luck, Bad Luck: Who Can Tell? http://www.wisebread.com/good-luck-bad-luck-who-can-tell <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/good-luck-bad-luck-who-can-tell" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wild_horses.jpg" alt="Wild horses" title="Wild horses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Must the glass always be half-full or half-empty? What if there was a different way of looking at things entirely? A new perspective that eliminates the need to decide just how full the glass really should be? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/be-at-peace-in-less-than-5-minutes">Be at Peace in Less Than 5 Minutes</a>)</p> <p>By way of illustration, here is a story based on an old proverb:</p> <blockquote><p>There was an old man who had a beautiful horse. This horse was not only his family&rsquo;s pride and joy, but it was also a means to an income for the family.</p> <p>One day, the horse ran away. Fellow villagers visited the old man to give their condolences for such a stroke of bad luck, as the loss of his horse represented a staggering financial blow that would be hard to recover from.</p> <p>&ldquo;Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?&rdquo; replied the old man. &ldquo;It is as it is. My horse is gone.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perplexed at the man&rsquo;s nonchalance towards the apparent tragedy, the villagers went about their business.</p> <p>A few days later, the horse returned with a pack of 12 wild horses in tow. Again the villagers gathered, this time to offer their congratulations at such a stroke of good luck. Now he had 12 more horses with which to make 12 times the income! <em>What a godsend</em>, they said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?&rdquo; replied the old man again. &ldquo;All I see is that 12 more horses have appeared.&rdquo;</p> <p>The next week, while breaking in one of the wild horses, the old man&rsquo;s son fell and both his legs were broken. <em>What bad luck! </em>The villagers exclaimed. <em>Your son has broken both of his legs. That&rsquo;s terrible. How will you get your work done? You are too old to do it yourself.</em></p> <p>&ldquo;Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?&rdquo; was the (now predictable and equally frustrating) answer of the old man. &ldquo;My son has broken his legs. That is all I know.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shortly thereafter, the government forcibly removed all the able-bodied men from the village, as the country had gone to war. The old man&rsquo;s son, however, was spared since his legs were broken.</p> <p><em>Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?</em></p> </blockquote> <p>&hellip;and on it goes. Don&rsquo;t we tend to live our own lives careening from one &ldquo;good luck&rdquo; occurrence to another &ldquo;bad luck&rdquo; event? Maybe we could stand to take a dose of medicine from the old man in this story, simply observing the events in our lives for what they are instead of drawing grandiose conclusions about the ultimate karma or fate of what has happened to us.</p> <p>Personally, I can recall many times when I wasn&rsquo;t so level-headed about such matters. Here&rsquo;s my own &ldquo;good luck, bad luck&rdquo; proverb:</p> <p>Two years ago, I was <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2008/07/weve-died-and-gone-to-kingbilli/">volunteering in trade for my accommodation in Australia</a>, in a little piece of paradise. My boyfriend at the time and I loved the area, and after about seven months we decided we&rsquo;d love to stay a little longer than we had originally intended, but we also wanted to move on from our volunteer gig.</p> <p>Shortly after we defined our intentions, a friend told us about a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2009/10/our-backyard/">house for rent</a> that was only $400/month. It was on a huge piece of land that was full of fruit trees, backing onto a beautiful mountain range. <em>What luck! w</em>e exclaimed, and moved in.</p> <p><i>Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?</i></p> <p>Two days after moving into the house, the <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2009/02/victorian-bush-fire-diary-february-7th-day-one/">Victorian bushfires</a> hit the area, claiming thousands of houses and hundreds of lives in what was Australia&rsquo;s worst-ever natural disaster.</p> <p>We were evacuated from our new home for a month, surrounded by fires without even a way to get out of the country if we wanted one. Bad luck, huh?</p> <p><em>Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?</em></p> <p>We sat on our hands while evacuated and wondered from minute to minute if our house was still standing (as the fires burned slowly across the beautiful mountains in our backyard). To keep ourselves busy and doing something constructive, we volunteered in the relief efforts.</p> <p>The Canadian High Consulate and Australian Immigration got wind of the work we were doing, and as a thank you of sorts, extended our (rapidly expiring) Australian travel visas by another year and gave us working rights. Getting working rights was a huge coup, since my boyfriend didn&rsquo;t have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">location-independent career</a> to travel with as I did, and he needed the money. What luck, huh?</p> <p><em>Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?</em></p> <p>Once the fires were over and we had returned to our house (which was still standing), my boyfriend got a job. But as life takes its interesting twists and turns, it seemed that this new career of his, in addition to many other factors (too many to condense into this post) led to our <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2010/12/breaking-up-while-traveling/">eventual breakup</a>. Bad luck, huh?</p> <p><em>Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?</em></p> <p>So I embraced the world of solo travel. In doing so, I was contacted by a TV producer who was putting together a travel TV show that he asked me to host. This past September, we filmed the pilot episode in Paris and Nepal, and with any luck (<em>Ha! There&rsquo;s that word again</em>), I&rsquo;ll be spending a chunk of 2011 on the road with the show. This is an opportunity I wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to take advantage of if I had still been with my boyfriend.</p> <p>Will the show be good luck? Bad luck?</p> <p><em>Who can tell? </em></p> <p>I guess we&rsquo;ll just have to wait and see.</p> <p>So the next time you&rsquo;re blown with a stroke of bad luck or blessed with a stroke of good luck, be careful about drawing too many stark conclusions about your situation. It could be good luck; it could be bad luck. Only time will tell.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/good-luck-bad-luck-who-can-tell">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories">3 Unbelievable Visualization Board Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-more-positive-person">How to Be a More Positive Person</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-have-a-better-day">4 Ways to Have a Better Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gratitude-and-frugality">Gratitude and Frugality</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mobile-apps-to-inspire-positive-thinking">7 Mobile Apps to Inspire Positive Thinking</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development bad luck good luck philosophy positive thinking Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:36:12 +0000 Nora Dunn 494256 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Mobile Apps to Inspire Positive Thinking http://www.wisebread.com/7-mobile-apps-to-inspire-positive-thinking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-mobile-apps-to-inspire-positive-thinking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/positive-thinking-woman500x.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What does it take to be a positive thinker? Join us on this journey to find the upbeat in the every day, as we share<em><strong> 2 of the 7 that we recommended in a recent </strong></em><a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/05/7-apps-to-inspire-positive-thinking.html"><em><strong>My Life Scoop article</strong></em></a><em><strong>!</strong></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.signalpatterns.com/iphone/livehappy_std.html"><b>Live Happy</b></a><br /> <em>Platform: iPhone</em><br /> <em>Cost: $0.99</em></p> <p><b><img width="150" height="284" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/wisebread/lifescoop/live%20happy%20app.png" /></b></p> <p>The experts agree that being happy has more to do with &ldquo;doing&rdquo; than just &ldquo;thinking.&rdquo; Thanks to a new iPhone app developed by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, there&rsquo;s a way to seamlessly integrate happiness activities from the book <em>The How of Happiness</em> into your busy schedule (and most can be done <b>on</b> your iPhone.)&nbsp;Using personal preferences, the program prompts you to maintain a gratitude journal, set goals, engage in random acts of kindness, and several other tasks designed to provide long-term happiness and positive experiences.&nbsp;Think of this happy app as the &ldquo;cliff's notes&rdquo; to the self-improvement book you&rsquo;ve always wanted to read &ndash; but may never get around to!</p> <p><a href="http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/pc/item?siteID=123112&amp;id=13872203"><strong>Sketchbook Mobile</strong></a><br /> <em>Platform: iPhone and iTouch</em><br /> <em>Cost: $2.99</em></p> <p><img width="150" height="225" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/wisebread/lifescoop/sketchbook%20mobile.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>One of those apps you truly have to see to believe, this handy little &ldquo;sketch pad&rdquo; allows users to simply drag their fingers across their iPhone or iTouch screens to create breathtaking pieces of digital art.&nbsp;If the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/sketchbookmobile/pool/">Flickr pool</a> isn&rsquo;t evidence enough of the amazing art therapy that can take place with this app, consider the technical aptitude of this tiny wonder: it has 2500% zoom, 3-6 layers, 25 preset brushes, and the ability to save and email your creations!&nbsp;Taking doodles to the next level, Sketchbook Mobile allows you to release your creative genius, document the beauty around you, or just mindlessly unwind when you need it.</p> <p><em><strong>Want to know about the other five that we inspire us to live happy?&nbsp; </strong></em><em><strong>See <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/05/7-apps-to-inspire-positive-thinking.html">the full article</a> at the My Life Scoop website!</strong></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mobile-apps-to-inspire-positive-thinking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-silly-internet-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today">10 Silly Internet Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-twitter-updates-that-are-making-you-look-dumb">6 Twitter Updates That Are Making You Look Dumb</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-mobile-shopping-apps-for-your-phone">16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-angry-birds-has-taught-me-about-life">5 Things Angry Birds Has Taught Me About Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories">3 Unbelievable Visualization Board Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Technology mobile apps positive thinking Thu, 20 May 2010 13:00:02 +0000 Linsey Knerl 81514 at http://www.wisebread.com