With spring right around the corner now is a good time to start de-cluttering your home. There are many benefits to a clutter-less home. Start by going through your home and getting rid of anything you no longer need or use. Next, start to organize any areas that are filled with clutter. After getting rid of the clutter you can focus on cleaning your home from top to bottom, which will result in cleaner living and breathing. Living in a clutter-free home takes away the daily stress of having to search for your car keys or other easily lost items. Being able to locate things in your home without searching keeps your blood levels and stress levels low. Keeping a clutter-free home allows you to have more time to have a stress free and relaxed environment. I do not know about you but when I come home from work I want to relax and not worry about sorting through piles of clutter.
Many people do not realize the importance of keeping an organized home. Being organized allows you to save money at the store. When your house is a mess it is a lot harder to keep stock of what you have and many people end up buying redundant items when they are at the store. What are you waiting for? Go home and start de-cluttering your home now and get a jump start on your spring cleaning.
It’s that time of the year again when we start making our new year’s resolutions.
Statistics show that only one in every three people will actually stick to their resolutions. In fact, most people do not even make it to the third month mark of the year before they give up on their resolution. Many of us just say that “we’ll just start on it next year.” I find that placing my New Year’s Resolution on the top of my to-do list helps me to stay on track. Just by physically writing down the resolution makes it easier to visualize it. Also, by having it on a to-do list I am constantly reminded of it every time I walk pass the list. Personally, I try to have one big resolution to focus on that will impact my life in a positive way. For example, some people want to drop 20 pounds and to get back into shape. They can start by eating healthier. A healthy change in diet may take a while to get used to, but the reward will be well worth it in the end. While working your way to dropping the 20 pounds you could start working out at a gym in improve your overall fitness. Joining a gym can help you meet new friends who are also on the track to better fitness. They say your circle of friends influences your behavior, so what better place to find new friends! As you stick with a regular gym routine you will build strength, muscle, and confidence. Before you know it, you will have completed your resolution and made some great lifestyle changes (and friends) that all started just with one New Year’s resolution.
Studies show that being happy leads to a stronger immune system and a more productive life. Studies have also found that happy people attract other happy people. So, being happy is a reward in every way! What makes you happy?
How often do you have that endless recording of negative thoughts running through your head, telling you that you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough…? We are all too hard on ourselves at times. Believe me, we wouldn’t have any friends at all if we talked to others the way we talk to ourselves! But living a purposeful life means continually adjusting to what’s happening in your life to stay on track, rather than beating up on yourself.
You know those moments where everything seems to be in perfect harmony, everything is clicking and you’re almost giddy with happiness? How often do you savor those moments; and how frequently do you let the next email, phone call, or screaming child quickly ruin the happiness? So often the positive experiences flow right by and it’s the negative ones on which we dwell. How much easier it is to remember the bad stuff. We tell everyone about the guy who cut us off in traffic this morning and complain about the co-worker who didn’t get us the information we needed for a meeting with our boss.
I think being happy is about remembering to make the time for the things that mean the most to you, and making an intentional effort to appreciate and cherish the positive things that happen to you every day. Did the woman at Starbucks smile at you this morning as she handed you your coffee? Did you even notice? How about the guy who held the door open for you, or the copier that actually worked (without jamming!) for you to print your presentation? Did you hear your favorite song on the radio on the way to work, or appreciate the sunrise as you sat in traffic? It’s not difficult to find things to put a smile on your face, it just takes effort.
For one day, try to smile at everyone you come in contact with, in any way. See what responses you get, and see how much happier you feel. It might just become a habit.