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10 Secrets to Looking and Feeling Great (Inside and Out)

10 Secrets to Looking and Feeling Great (Inside and Out)

Nobody is immune to waking up in the morning and not feeling beautiful, for no particular reason. It happens to the best of us, but this feeling will dim any confidence and put a damper on the day. Even on the worst days, it is possible to get into the mindset of feeling amazing inside and out—here’s how!

1. Eat Well

What you put into your body does impact your mood. Avoid foods that are processed, laced with antibiotics, and high in carbs or sugar. The chemical that makes you happy, serotonin, is primarily made in the gut. Watch what you eat!

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2. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Each person is unique, therefore everyone has positive attributes that others may lack. Remember, that to feel beautiful you must view yourself as an individual, and not as a person that is to be compared to someone else. This is an awful trap that causes people to measure their worth against that of others.

3. Get Plenty of Exercise

This is one of the best ways to feel happy and healthy. It is a natural mood booster due to the endorphins that are released. It doesn’t have to be a full hour workout, put on your walking shoes and take a short walk. Even a simple shoulder workout will release these endorphins while working to eliminate arm flab.

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4. Dress How You Want to Feel

Wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt are comfortable and will put you in a mood to relax, but if this has become your norm, aim to dress up at least twice a week. This will lift your mood and boost your confidence, making you feel as beautiful as you truly are.

5. Find Peace of Mind

Think about what you value in life, and are you living true to them? Are you constantly worried about the little things? Are you overwhelmed all the time? Take a look at your daily life and cut out the things that you can- it will give you more free time and peace of mind.

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6. Heighten Your Facial Care

Discover a new beauty product, whether it is a new foundation for your makeup or a product that will help to get rid of acne fast. These are things that are small changes, but will no doubt change the way that you feel. Knowing that you are taking the best care of your skin will add to your confidence.

7. Confidence is Key

This is how people become the center of attention- regardless of what they look like. When you want to look the part you must act like it. Get rid of the negative thoughts and reward yourself with positive reassurance. Focus on what you love about yourself, and know that you are fabulous every day.

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8. Treat Yourself

Take a break when you feel that it is needed, and pamper yourself when you feel that it is needed. Feelings of anxiety, stress, and tiredness will not help you with feeling beautiful. Choose to take part in any relaxing activities that you love.

9. Be Aware of your Body and Facial Expressions

Good posture says that an individual feels confident and beautiful without using verbal communication. Even on days that you do not feel beautiful, try to sit and stand with your shoulders back, not slouching. Smiling is also an instant way to boost a mood for yourself and others that catch it.

10. Create Something

Allow your inner beauty to reflect the beauty that is inside of you. Create spaces that are pretty to look at, whether it is an updated arrangement on a coffee table or a new flower box outside of a large window.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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