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13 Signs You’re An Explorer Even Though You Aren’t Traveling Around Frequently

13 Signs You’re An Explorer Even Though You Aren’t Traveling Around Frequently

Sometimes we want to see the world but perhaps because of health or finance it seems difficult to accomplish. For some the desire to explore is within them and this hunger will always spur them to take advantage of their immediate environment.

1. You are more interested in experiences than in items

Travelers and explorers are not concerned about the items or things that they have to buy over the experience they gain from traveling and seeing the world. If you love and cherish experience over items then you have the attitude of an explorer.

2. You get absorbed in new cultures

It could be a new meal you are invited to eat at your neighbor’s place or listening to others speak a different language, you are interested in other cultures besides your own.

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3. You are not stuck to a singular way of living

It could be the changes you make to your room every month or trying something different every now and then, you love to be free with your thoughts and trying something new. You know what it means to be free and getting stuck to a particular way of doing things doesn’t belong to your identity.

4. You like to take risks

Somehow trying a new venture or pushing yourself beyond borders pumps you. You are not averse to taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone to doing something new.

5. You are cool with strangers

You do not detest strangers. You can deal with meeting someone new and connecting with the person instantly. To you strangers are friends in the making and you are great at chatting someone up and learning from them.

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6. You love geography

You like maps and anything related to geography. You are always excited by seeing landscapes, eccentric pictures and panoramic sights. It goes beyond studying geography, you simply like new locations.

7. You are a curious person

You like to learn something new, whether through books, documentaries or educational movies. You treat these pictures or words with a detailed perspective as you are interested in the names, places and meals you find in these media.

8. You are good at managing your budget

You can handle money well and it is not about spending it on luxurious items or on things you don’t really need. You know how to regulate your income and do not see money as a setback in being happy and having the things that satisfy you.

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9. You are driven by purpose and passion

You are excited by discovering yourself and directing your life on a channel that pleases your inner self. You are not concerned about defying the conventional to pursue your passion and what makes you happy.

10. You are a student of life

You are willing to embrace lessons that life teaches you. It goes beyond having a degree from any university. You understand that real education and knowledge goes beyond pursuing the formal, but in studying new territories and not limiting yourself to any ‘walled’ environment.

11. You are not so hard on yourself

Explorers know that in the journey or in their travel mistakes will be made and even they will be students of things that are seemingly unfamiliar. Travellers do not take themselves too seriously. They can open their hearts to embracing something new. You do not live on regrets and mistakes that you take yourself too seriously rather you can let go and treat yourself to exciting new moments.

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12. You love challenges

Challenges tickle. You want to be put to the test so that you can become better and improve yourself. Explorer’s love a challenge as they know it’s about the knowledge they get from the hunt rather than sitting to wait for others to define their circumstances.

13. You love adventure

You read history books and find something fascinating in them. You like taking trips to the museum nearby and excite your restless mind. You will always love to get out rather than stay in.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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