Wealthy people can be miserable. People with little can be content and happy. What makes the difference in someone’s perspective? In many cases, the answer is gratitude. Gratitude is more than just a feel-good emotion. When you exercise gratitude, things happen in your brain which can affect your entire outlook and perspective on life. When it comes to money, many people feel as though being grateful is reserved for the wealthy. Often, many people feel as if they need to reach a certain level of wealth before they have something to be grateful for. In actuality, no matter what amount of [...]
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Mental health can affect every aspect of your life. It affects your relationships with others, your personal sense of well-being and the way you act on a daily basis. It also has a direct correlation to the way you recover from the hardships and trials of life. How can you improve your mental health? Exercise Exercise helps you sleep better, increase your endorphins and reduce stress. These things independently can improve your mental outlook, but when put together, they can have a powerful effect on your life. Through exercise, your body will increase the level of endorphins produced, elevating your mood [...]
We’re going to talk about money. Did your heart rate just increase? We’re going to talk specifically, your money and how much you have. Does that make you feel more uncomfortable? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey found that 44% of Americans would rather talk about death, religion or politics than discuss their personal finances. Just because people aren’t talking about it, however, doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking about it. The same survey found that nearly 40% of people named finances as their biggest source of stress and report regularly losing sleep over money. Not talking about money can [...]
Gratitude is a powerful action that can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. Let’s face it - we’re busy. Between work, family, community responsibilities and more, it can be difficult to carve out time to recharge, much less to be grateful. Studies have shown, however, that taking time to refuel is essential for your mental and physical health. How can you be grateful while recharging for the tasks ahead? Get Enough Sleep “Burning the midnight oil” is the commonly used phrase for people who try to steal a few more hours of productivity out of their day. By cutting [...]
“There’ll be time enough for sleeping when I’m dead.” “I’ll sleep in the grave.” “No rest for the weary.” Do any of those quotes sound familiar to you? Famous rocker Bon Jovi, American statesman Ben Franklin and the lead singer of The Cure all expressed sentiments that extolled the virtues of pushing through - whether in work or in play - and not stopping until you’re in the grave. It’s a popular idea, praised by many who pride themselves on sleeping a minimal number of hours and never taking a day off in the pursuit of achievement. The idea is particularly [...]
Gratitude comes from the Latin word, gratia, which can mean grace, gratefulness or graciousness. Gratitude encompasses all those elements, and is the state of being grateful for something that one has received. For many people, gratitude becomes a focus during the holidays, but takes a backseat during the rest of the year. Studies have shown, however, that living a life of gratitude can change your entire well-being. Research has shown exactly how powerful gratitude can be. According to psychologists, gratitude can have a profound effect on mental health. Many studies show that gratitude can reduce depression and raise happiness levels. In [...]
For a majority of people, “get healthy” is a typical resolution at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, statistics show that less than 10% of people actually achieve their resolutions. While the beginning of the year is a great motivator for starting a new routine, successful people know that you can start working on getting healthy any time during the year. Whether you are fit and want to improve your workout regime, are branching out into a new sport or are easing back into a fitness program, goal setting can help you achieve success. Why Fitness Goal Setting? Regardless of where [...]
One of the more recent trends in personal growth is the use of technology for accountability. As of 2018, there were over 300,000 healthcare-related apps available, and new ones are being developed almost daily. Wearable devices such as fitness trackers, monitors, and web-based apps have revolutionized self-care, and have created an environment where the newest BYOD (bring your own device) at work is your health tracker. Using technology (think of an app on your smartphone) as an accountability partner is becoming more common. Is your phone the best solution to keep you on track? Let’s find out. The Pros to apps [...]
Goal setting is one of the most effective means of achieving success. Whether you’re working on a personal goal (weight loss, for example) or a professional goal (increasing your sales), having a clearly defined path can help you reach your target. For further motivation, many people look for an accountability partner to help keep them on track. What are the benefits of using an accountability partner? According to research, people who want to have accountability partners and use this method are 65% more likely to reach their goals. For the individuals who set up regular check-ins with their partner, the numbers [...]
Ask a dozen business experts their opinion on the benefits of accountability, and you’ll likely get mixed reviews. The largest and most vocal group will be the one that firmly believes in the power of having an accountability partner. The thinking goes that the more people you tell of your goal, the more pressure you will have to achieve it, which is a good thing. However, a growing number of experts are beginning to realize that accountability to people other than yourself isn’t always the best choice. Despite the buzz surrounding the idea of accountability, it doesn’t work for everyone. Research [...]