MeditationWe live in an increasingly face-paced world that generates a tremendous amount of pressure. As such, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. When this happens, negative emotions and feelings begin to surface. This is exacerbated by the fact that there is little time to stop and reflect. Genuine happiness is often seen in individuals who have the ability to let go of the past, rid themselves of negative emotions and live life forward. Everyone experiences feelings of negativity; it is a natural part of the human existence. However, finding ways to change these feelings is vital to creating a more positive and productive life.

The most important messages we receive are those we send ourselves. The mind believes what it hears and even the art of saying positive messages to yourself out loud can help change your mental perspective on life. Pay careful attention to the dialogue inside your head and, if necessary, repeat positive mantras to yourself such as “I am capable” and “I am beautiful.” Write these thoughts down and read them each night before going to sleep.

Gently caring for ourselves is also critical. We invest so much time in others that we forget the need to invest in ourselves. Eating healthy food, moving our bodies and nurturing our souls is imperative. Spend time outside in nature, breath fresh air, eat food that fuels the body, and engage in activities that slow the mind down such as meditation or yoga. Finding moments to quiet the mind and detaching from technology helps us gain perspective.

We are the sum of the people with whom we spend most of our time. The best way to be happy and release negativity in our lives is to find others who are supportive and positive. Everyone needs individuals in their life that see the glass as being half full. Do an assessment of the people in your life. Do they encourage you? Do they make you want to be a better person? In what ways do they bring positivity to your life? It’s often difficult to make changes in relationships but realizing how others impact you either positively or negatively is an important step toward creating a fulfilling existence.

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