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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 April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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