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3 Things To Do Before You Can Benefit From Any Song You Hear

3 Things To Do Before You Can Benefit From Any Song You Hear

People listen to songs for pleasure. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, wouldn’t it be good if you could go beyond that? What if you could listen to any song, be entertained, but learn something from it at the same time? That’s what I’m going to share with you today – the three things you can do to benefit from any song you listen to.

1. Memorize the song

It’s interesting that even though we listen to a song many times we rarely memorize all of them. This is because you are listening passively; you let the words flow through your ears as if they are meaningless utterances and only the sound caught our attention. You need to change that.

Commit to memorize the songs you listen to because every memorization effort you take can help to solidify the strength of your memory. Aside from that, it can help you to understand the meaning behind the song because if you know every word in the song, you will easily grasp what the song writer has to convey.

For more tips on memorization, read the article “10 Practical Tips on Improving Memory” to start jump-start your memory improvement effort.

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2. Discover the meaning behind the song

Did you know that Paul McCartney of the Beatles wrote the song “Hey Jude” as a way to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, after the divorce of John Lennon? How about the song “Zombie” by the Cranberries which was about the ethno-political conflict in Ireland?

It’s important to discover the meanings behind songs you listen to as it can help you to appreciate the effort the song writer puts into it. Sometimes, you might find the meaning is relevant to your life and there are many people who explained how some songs changed their life after they discovered the meanings behind them.

Meanings can be subjective. There are meanings coming from song writers themselves or they can also be interpreted by you. It doesn’t matter what kind of meaning you choose because if a song has some sort of meaning that resonates with you, you can usually find it relevant to your life and cherish it.

Websites like Song Meanings and Song Facts are good places to learn the variety of meanings people attribute to the songs they listen to and how it can help you appreciate the diversity of opinions and interpretations.

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3. Make an anchor out of a song

Songs are good emotional anchors. Essentially, when you decide that a song is an anchor for an emotion, you will listen to it anytime you want to feel the emotion. There are various uses of song anchoring.

Generally, you can use it to motivate yourself by using anchoring “motivation” into high energy songs. If you are a novelist who writes in the romantic genre, you can listen to the song that you anchored for the feeling of “love” before you start your writing. Or maybe you need to write a reflection and you think a gloomy outlook can help you to be realistic, then just open the song that’s been anchored with “sadness.”

Songs are meant to be indulged

The three tips outlined above can be highly beneficial if you want to get the most out of any song. It can help you turn from a passive listener into a reflective and appreciative listener.

Your homework is to listen to the following song “Fix You” by Coldplay and answer the questions below the video.

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Try to understand the meaning behind the following phrases:

1. Stuck in reverse

2. Lights will guide you home

3. And I will try to fix you

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There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; It’s only right if your heart says that it’s right. Happy listening!

Featured photo credit: Sing along with me by John Liu via flickr.com

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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!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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