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10 Crystals For Positive Energy & Happiness

10 Crystals For Positive Energy & Happiness

Modern medicine and science still don’t have all the answers, and oftentimes, their cure is worse than the disease. Especially when it comes to your mental health and sense of well-being, doctors are still limited in their approach.

Instead of relying on prescriptions, you should give crystal healing a try. Crystals contain healing and purifying energies which can cleanse your body and environment. Even if the negative energy and thoughts are coming from your own mind and soul, there are crystals that can help you expunge those crippling afflictions.

Here’s a guide on how to use crystals most effectively, as well as our top 10 list of the crystals for positive energy and overall happiness.

Crystal Maintenance: Cleansing, Charging, and Wearing

When you first get a crystal, whether it is from the store or a friend, it’s always a good idea to cleanse it before use. Crystals are great at collecting energy, which is the property used to protect you from negative influences. They can get full, though, and when that happens, they must be cleansed in order to work at their maximum potential again.

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To cleanse your crystal, leave it overnight buried in sea salt, on a clear and empty tabletop. The salt will absorb the impurities locked within the crystal, leaving it fresh and ready to protect you from negative energy. Alternatively, you can pass crystals through sage or smudge stick smoke to release pent-up vibrations.

To recharge your crystal you also have a few options. One is to leave the crystal in direct sun or moonlight, or to bury it in the ground to let it reclaim the healing powers of the earth. It should only take a day or two to recharge crystals this way. You may also meditate with your crystal, directing your thoughts, needs, and desires into it with deep, forceful breaths.

Wear your crystal as a piece of jewelry or keep it in your pocket. Know, however, that direct contact with the skin allows crystals to work the strongest. Placing crystals over your major chakra points during meditation is another favored method of crystal healing.

The Best Crystals for Happiness and Positive Energy

1. Turquoise

Whenever someone is complaining of general malaise, turquoise is the first stone I recommend. Turquoise has long been prized for its inspirational influence, bringing feelings of peace, ease, and satisfaction to the wearer. Turquoise tends to have an emboldening effect in social situations, making you feel more extroverted. This stone is so powerful it often influences others around you, too.

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2. Rose Quartz

So often our happiness is shattered by problems in love. Rose quartz promotes healthy romantic relationships, allows you clarity of judgment when viewing other people, and can even make you love yourself. For self-loathing, and especially for ill moods due to poor romantic outlook, use rose quartz to start healing.

3. Quartz

Quartz is a panacea among crystals, used for its powerful purifying effects. The purity of this crystal destroys all negative energy around it and stores positive intentions, thoughts, and other important vibrations. It helps clear your mind, and allows you to focus with renewed inspiration on the most positive aspects of your life.

4. Onyx

Onyx works similarly to quartz, but instead of dispelling negative energy, it absorbs it. Onyx has the incredibly power to change this negative energy into lucky, fruitful energy that can turn bad situations into blessings. Use onyx to eliminate lingering ailments or negative thoughts and to make the most out of unhealthy situations.

5. Amethyst

If things beyond your control bring you anxiety or sadness, amethyst is often used to regain balance. Coming to terms with your abilities and overcoming grief are never easy, but amethysts emit a calming aura which centers us. By allowing us to regain clarity, self-confidence and peace, you can trust amethyst to brighten even your darkest times.

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6. Fluorite

Are you struggling to find purpose in your life? Are you unable to focus on what’s really important? Fluorite helps bring us back to reality with newfound clarity and vision after a long time of searching. Fluorite can help artists and other introspective types from bouts of doubt and lack of inspiration.

7. Jade

Jade is as beautiful as it is a powerful healing tool. Wearing jade will contribute to your mental clarity, emotional calm, and physical well-being. Wearers will find themselves more patient, more open to new ideas and feeling as though their bodies had been detoxified.

8. Citrine

It is a yellow stone that reflects & refracts bright lights bringing abundant happiness to the wearer. If you’ve ever been envious of children with their carefree attitudes and lust for life, citrine can help you relive those days again. This motivational crystal empowers you both mentally and physically, giving you that “I can take over the world!” feeling all over again. Lack of energy will never be a problem with citrine.

9. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is a stone fit for a king, which makes sense because it can give you a kingly sense of wisdom and grace. If you suffer from social anxiety, lapis lazuli will help you find clarity, gain confidence and find the proper way to approach every tricky situation.

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10. Tiger Eye

Similar to lapis lazuli, tiger eye gives you an inner strength and confidence that radiates outward, altering your perspective. Specifically, you’re better equipped to deal with confrontation and unexpected negative energy and will find yourself shrugging off instances which in the past would have ruined your whole day.

Now that you have a better understanding of the best crystals for positive energy and happiness, feel free to mix and match them as you please, or choose just one that best suits your needs. When choosing crystals at the store, always go with your intuition and remember to cleanse them once you get home.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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