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6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

Moving can be an exciting time for everyone. It can mean a new town, new state, or maybe even a new country. Although moving may seem daunting and overwhelming at first, it really doesn’t have to be. There are so many resources and tips out there to help you make your move a breeze. Here are just a few pieces of advice to help you get started.

1. Make lists.

Making lists is one of the best things that you can do to help prepare yourself and your family for your impending move. It is a good idea to take time to write down how many boxes you have, as well as what is in those boxes. That way, you can prevent not noticing something missing after the move. It is also a good idea to have a check list of everything you need to get done before moving day. That can really help prevent you from forgetting anything in the stress of the move.

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2. Hire professional moving help.

When it comes to hiring professional movers, you want to make sure that you are getting the best of the best!  It is completely worth the time to look online and compare at least four different companies. You will want to compare things like price, availability, and timeliness. By taking time to do your research, you can be sure that you are getting the best possible help for you. Quite honestly, hiring moving people is the best thing you can do because you will not have to worry as much about everything that is going on. Professional movers can really help take a lot of stress out of your move.

3. Be kind to your family.

Moving can definitely be a stressful time; however, it is essential to make sure that you don’t take out that stress on the people you love. Instead try to show them as much love as you can and even seek their help in needed areas. Be sure to remember that this may be a hard time for them as well and really understand their point of view. Make sure that you are always willing to provide a helping hand.

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4. Leave some things behind.

Make sure that you don’t forget that it is okay to leave some things behind. You may even want to go through all of your stuff before you start packing and determine what can get thrown away or sent to charity. That way you can get rid of a lot of clutter and make the move easier by lightening the load. If you think about it early enough you may even want to have a yard sale.

5. Be ahead of your schedule.

Take the time to ensure everything is going according to schedule. Be proactive and stay ahead of things to come. If people need to come to the house for cancellations, be sure that everything is set up and no one is wasting any time.

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6. Enjoy the experience.

Ensure that the moving experience is positive for everyone involved. This is a big event for one person, let alone an entire family. Keep everyone involved and ready for the next events. Be sure to talk about how exciting your new home will be and how everyone can make new friends. Moving definitely doesn’t just have to be a time of sorrow.

Overall, moving doesn’t have to be something that is frustrating and stressful. It can actually be a really enjoyable experience. All you have to do is make sure that you are taking the time to plan everything in advance and take things one day at a time.

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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!

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