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The Best of Lifehack – June 2012

The Best of Lifehack – June 2012


    Well, we’re finally into the summer months.

    June was another stellar month here at Lifehack, with the launch of our new Lifehack Lessons branch and the addition of more great writers, including videos by well-known Canadian technology personality Steve Dotto of DottoTech. Now it’s time to look at the best of what June had to offer in the latest edition of our Best of Lifehack series.

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    11 Essential Habits for Success

    David Loker offers a list of some habits to help you set goals and achieve them. The idea is that not only are they essential to adopt, but they aim to bring you success over the long term.

    5 Common Time Management Truths That Can Make You Unproductive

    Lifehack regular contributor Timo Kiander delivers another great post, this time suggesting some time management truths that aren’t just common — but can make you unproductive as well.

    10 Must-Reads to Tap Into Your True Potential

    We all know that the more you read, the better off you’ll be. But Courtney Johnston takes that notion a step further with this piece, as she presents a list of must-reads so that you can tap into your true potential.

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    19 Ways to Fall Asleep Fast

    If you’re having problems getting to sleep at night, then Royale Scuderi has a post for you. She unleashes 19(!) methods that you can use to fall asleep…fast.

    10 Great Tips for Success in Both Life and Business

    Sometimes what helps us to be successful in our professional lives is not such a great idea in our personal lives — competition is a quality that comes to mind. At the same time, we all have a limited amount of time each day to do the things that we want to do. Robert Chen shares a list of tips that will help you be successful in both life and in business.

    The 5 Most Common Mistakes Productive People Make

    Robert Chen has written a post that acts as somewhat of a companion piece for the earlier one mentioned here by Timo Kiander. In it he discusses the 5 most common mistakes that productive people make.

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    June is the month where we honour our fathers, and we’re wrapping up our “Best of…” contributions this month with two pieces that not only helped readers get the most out of the day. And who knows? Some of you may be able to take some of these ideas and quotes and put them to use at other times during this year — or perhaps even in years to come!

    5 Great Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    This piece offered up some last minute gift ideas for dear ol’ Dad. (And while Father’s Day has come and gone, that doesn’t mean these can’t be ideas for other occasions throughout the year.)

    17 Manly Quotes for Father’s Day

    CM Smith, life hack’s Associate Editor, has assembled a fine list of “manly” quotes that are especially relevant at a time where we pay tribute to our fathers.

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    How to Think Positive Thoughts When Feeling Negative

    How to Think Positive Thoughts When Feeling Negative

    Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

    But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

    Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

    1. Spend Time with Positive People

    If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

    Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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    Learn How to Surround Yourself With Positive People.

    2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

    When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

    Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

    3. Contribute to the Community

    One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

    Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

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    4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

    Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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    5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

    You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

    If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

    There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

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    6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

    It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

    Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

    7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

    Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

    Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

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    8. Offer Compliments to Others

    Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

    9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

    If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

    Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

    10. Practice Self-Care

    Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

    Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

    Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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