Benefits of Random Acts of Kindness - Take Your Happiness to the Next Level

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You have no doubt heard it before - random acts of kindness are the key to a happy and prosperous life.

Well, this is very true!

Whether you practice kindness in the classic sense of the word, such as helping an old lady cross the street or something a bit more obscure.

The benefits of random acts of kindness are phenomenal. You will feel noticeably better about yourself if you strive to do this on a daily basis.

Benefits of random acts of kindness:

If you go through life just thinking of yourself, you will not be a very happy or fulfilled person. Other people will not think much of you either.

Sometimes being selfless is the best way to benefit yourself!

Some of the ways you can benefit are:

What goes around comes around

You have probably heard this saying before in your life.

That's because it is true!

If you do kind things for the people around you, including strangers, they are more likely to do the same for you when you most need it.

Whether you are a believer in karma or not.

What is there to lose just by being nice to people? There is nothing more rewarding than making someone smile who was feeling down or helping out a person with a disability and making their life a lot easier.

Give it a try some time to day!

Your image

Would you rather be known as a grumpy unapproachable a**hole or a kindd hearted person who is friendly towards everyone.

I know which one I would choose.

If you went for the first option, good luck with keeping any friendships worth having!

Trust me, you will have more reasons to smile and more valuable friendships in your life if your reputation is that of a friendly and likeable individual!

Better for your health!

You know how there is a link between physical and mental health.

Well if random acts of  kindness lift the mood and improve mental health, well good physical health is bound to follow!

High stress causes your body to release cortisol (the stress hormone) which is very damaging to many or your organs and bodily functions. It can cause weight gain and many serious health issues.

Being nice to people is proven to be one of the best ways to naturally beat stress and lift your spirits.

It's conclusive - you need to be nice to people!

Just by making someone else smile, you can put a smile on your own face too. Now I would call that killing two birds with one stone!

Do the random acts of kindness challenge and see if you can do a kind act for at least one person a day.

This can be a stranger or a family member or friend.

Write down the act of kindness is a journal and see how much happier you feel in 30 days time!

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An Attitude of Gratitude - What You Need to be a Happy Person

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Are you truly grateful for what you've got in your life?

It is highly important to be thankful for the small things which often get taken for granted.

If you can't appreciate positivity already present in your life then how can you expect to recognise positivity in the future?

Whatever emotions you focus on the most, you will receive more of.


Count your blessings

Rather than putting all of your energy into focusing on what you don't have, why not put that energy into focusing on what you do have?

One of the best ways of being more grateful in life is by literally counting your blessings.

You can either make a list of the things you are grateful for or say it out loud to yourself in the mirror.

I would recommend you try to list at least 5 unique things you appreciate on a daily basis.

Make a gratitude journal

Put that little bit of extra creativity and love into your list of things you appreciate.

You could turn your list into a full blown scrap book. Fill this book with photos of people you love, recipes, animals, nature photos, art, song lyrics. You know what I'm saying, just whatever tickles your fancy.

It'll be your personal book. Your very own little bit of space to make you feel better about your life.

Whenever you find yourself feeling a bit down, just add something new to your gratitude  journal or just flick through it and you'll be surprised how much better you will feel.

Remember: gratitude is an attitude

An attitude is all in your head.

What you really need to do is rewire your brain and adopt a new way of thinking.

Do whatever you can physically to help yourself make this change (like counting your blessings and keeping a gratitude journal). On top of that you also need to go deep inside your mind and really change your perspective from the source.

Practice daily meditation

Connect with your inner self and give that part of you a good bit of attention.

Use guided meditation if deep relaxation does not come naturally to you. Play nature sounds or yoga music. Do whatever works for you as an individual.

No part of you is as unique and special as the depths of your subconscious mind.

Once you manage to get yourself sufficiently relaxed, just put your focus on something that you are grateful for in your life. Could be a special person whom you love, could be a memory or even something you like about yourself.

Let your mind take you where it wants to go and just see what happens. If you come across anything negative, just observe it and dismiss it.

Meditation does not work if it is forced. You have to just allow yourself to relax. Give in to the relaxation.

Conclusion

The beliefs that are most prominent in your mind directly create your reality.

Keep on working on focusing on how lucky you are and how much stuff you are grateful for. Soon you will start noticing that more things start to appear in your life which you are to be grateful for.

Notice a pattern?

Like a lot of things in life, it is a cycle.

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Self-Loathing to Self-Love: How to Love Yourself Unconditionally

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When you look in the mirror do you like what you see?

Whether you answered yes or no to that question, this is a product of your self-image. How you see your self and how you feel about yourself.

A lot of people go through life self-loathing, with a less than positive opinion on themselves.

If this sounds like you then it is about time you start thinking about turning that self-loathing into self-love.

The thing is that your self-image is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whatever way you think about yourself ends up becoming your reality, the more you focus on it the more true it becomes.


What causes low self-esteem and self-image issues?

There are many identifiable root causes of low self-esteem and poor self-image.

Some of the more common ones are:
  • Frequent criticism during childhood. This could be from parents, teachers or peers. For example "you're not good enough" "you're going to fail".
  • Unfair comparisons to others. Kids grow up in a society where they are told they must look a certain way to be beautiful, pass a certain test to be successful and act a certain way to be popular. This is just not a fair standard to set as everyone has their own individual beauty and intelligence. Inside and out
  • Bullying. This includes but is not limited to intimidation, insults, physical abuse.
The first step to self-love is identifying what caused your self-loathing and learning to accept the past.

Believe me, I've actually been there.

Way back in the day when I was still in school I was bullied.

Them nasty kids were always calling me names, intimidating and embarrassing me, breaking my stuff. Generally doing whatever they could to upset me, their goal being to either make me shout and go insane or make me cry.

 This smashed my sense of self worth into tiny little pieces.

I eventually sussed out that the only way to get through this was to just not let them get to me. They got bored and started to leave me alone.

It took me years, even after the bullying stopped, to see myself in a positive light again. I done it though! If I can do it anyone can!

I'm going to tell you how I went from the "damaged goods" self-loathing state of mind to the carefree, "grab life by the balls" girl who I am today.


Learn how to accept yourself

You should start by learning to be comfortable in your own skin, seeing as you will have to live in there for the of your life.

Accept your body shape, your skin colour and race, accept your past experiences and memories. These are all the building blocks that make you  ho you are today.

Stop comparing yourself to others

Do not compare yourself to others, it is simply not a fair comparison. Everyone has their own unique characteristics. You cannot go through life trying to live up to other people's expectations. You cannot please everyone, so just please yourself.

Some people like you, some people don't. In the end you just have to be yourself - Andres Iniesta
 Always keep in mind; nobody is perfect.

Focus on the things you like about yourself

Even if it is something seemingly small and insignificant. Whatever positive aspect of yourself you can find, focus on it. Meditate on it, even.

As you know, what you focus on grows. So, if you focus on your good traits, you will keep finding more things to like about you.

Listen to self-love meditation

Guided meditation is great for directing your meditation session in a certain direction. There are plenty of great self-love and self-image based guided meditations about.

See good qualities in people around you

It is often said that negative comments on others are a reflection of yourself. With this being the case, if you do not see the good in other people then how do you expect to see the good in yourself?

If you are a judgemental person, this needs to stop immediately. This could be the cause of your self-loathing.

Enhance your beauty as an individual

Go ahead and dress really nice when you go out. Slap on a bit of make-up to enhance your beauty and make your good features stand out.

I would not recommend hiding behind a mask of make-up and jewellery, as this won't help you to love the natural you. What I mean is don't be afraid to pamper yourself a bit.

Change your inner dialogue

You know that little voice in your head? The one that probably says nasty things about you sometimes; for example "you're a failure" or "why are you so ugly?".

Well don't let it say those things. You have more control over your inner dialogue than you think and you can change it!

For more positive and constructive inner chatter, check out this article by SpiritualityHealth.com: 5 Tips for Better Self-Talk.

Daily positive affirmations

Make a habit of ingraining positive thoughts about yourself deep into your mind. Do this with the use of positive affirmations on a daily basis.

Creative visualization

Use visualizations of experiences you would like to have in your life. The brain cannot tell the difference between a real experience and a vividly imagined one.

Creative visualization is one of the most powerful and life changing mental activities you can engage in. You can also use mental imagery to help you to focus on your positive characteristics. 

Conclusion

In order to be loved by anyone else, you must love yourself first.

You cannot rely on other people to make you feel good about yourself. Only you can rid yourself of those dead-end thoughts of self-loathing and replace them with feelings of self-love.

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." - Lucille Ball
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Binaural Beats: An Infographic Guide to Brainwave Entrainment

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Imagine if you could get into a deep state of focused consciousness any time you want.

What if I told you that this is possible? Here's your answer: get yourself some stereo headphones and listen to Binaural Beats.

Binaural beats and brainwave entrainment are amazingly powerful tools for altering your state of mind.

This is seriously useful whether you want to reach a deep meditative state of mind, achieve peak concentration whilst studying or immerse yourself in vivid creative visualization. Binaural beats can also help you raise your vibrational frequency.


So, what are binaural beats?

Binaural beats are one of the more popular types of brainwave entrainment. They are formed of two different frequencies played at once. One played in each of your ears.

Here's an example of how binaural beats work:
Let's say you have a base frequency of 400 Hz playing in stereo. A tone of 397 Hz playing in one ear and a tone of 403 Hz in the other. Your brain will entrain to a resonance of 6 Hz to make up for the difference between these two frequencies.

Here's an infographic to please your eyes:



What do binaural beats sound like?

Here is a sample of a pure Alpha wave:
This is an example of what a pure Alpha wave of 12 Hz sounds like at 5228 Hz. You should be able to hear a tone which kind of wavers and trembles a bit. It will sound slightly different to each person who listens to it.

Binaural beats can also work when music is played over the top or mixed into the frequency itself. This is done simply to make it more pleasing to the ears.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the best headphones to listen to binaural beats?

To benefit fully from listening to binaural beats you need to use stereo headphones.

If you want to get the full brainwave entrainment experience, I recommend you invest in a set of good quality headphones listed here:



At what volume should you listen to binaural beats?

Listen at a comfortable volume. Here is a trick for finding your ideal volume: 
  1. Turn your device's volume right down to it's lowest setting
  2. Gradually turn it up, one notch at a time
  3. Stop when you reach a comfortable level
If you turn up the volume too high you risk damaging your ears.

What are the risks of brainwave entrainment?

Although most people can use brainwave entrainment with no adverse effects, auditory stimulation could potentially cause seizures in those who are at risk. Listen with extreme caution if you suffer from epilepsy or any other seizure disorder.

For the majority of people, binaural beats are harmless. That's provided you do not listen to them whilst driving or operating heavy machinery, due to the mind altering effects.

Conclusion

Technology has finally gotten to the point where you can change your state of mind just through listen to a specific tone.

Binaural beats are an awesome tool to add to your Law of Attraction tool kit. You will find many uses for them in your daily life.

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Creative Visualization Techniques - Visualize Your Way to Success

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Creative visualization is the key to living the Law of Attraction.

Using your mind you can create extremely detailed mental imagery which is an excellent manifestation tool.

There are many different visualization techniques, all serving different purposes. Which one you use depends on your personal development goals.

So, what are you aiming for in life?

Focusing on self improvement and getting to know your inner self? Looking to increase your vibrational frequency? Maybe you're more interested in living a life of optimum success and health.

Well you're in the right place. In this post you I am going to teach you how to visualize your way to success.

The best creative visualization techniques

Learning to visualize is the most effective way of mastering your mind and manifesting the life of your dreams.

We humans are driven by visual stimuli. Our brains naturally produce an emotional response to images, including mental images. Creating a positive emotional experience inside your mind attracts high frequency events into your life.

Here are some visualization techniques for training your mind's eye. 

Before doing any one of these exercises you must find a quiet, comfortable place away from outside distractions. Get yourself into a deep state of meditation by focusing on your breath and/or counting backwards from 200. Your mind will naturally become quiet as your thoughts fade away.

Visualization technique #1

Start by imagining simplified version of your desired scene in your mind's eye and focusing on it for a while.

Now, add new objects or details to this scene slowly, object by object, piece by piece. Finally, introduce a person to your scene if you wish to. Well, as many people as you feel you need, without overloading your brain.

Visualization technique #2

Grab a piece of fruit. One with a strong smell and interesting texture if you wish to challenge yourself.

Now get into a deep state of meditation.

When you feel that you have a clear and empty mind, place the piece of fruit in front of you. Examine the fruit closely. Notice the colour of the skin, the texture and smell.

Shut your eyes and return to your relaxed state. Make sure your have a clear mind. Now, create a mental image of that piece of fruit with as much detail as possible. Picture the colours, textures, smells, feel of the skin. Get your visualized image as vivid and real as your brain can make it.

When you feel this exercise is becoming too easy, you should try mentally recalling an abstract object or something high in detail.

Eventually you will be able to create images in your head without even having to look at any particular object. This is what you are aiming for.

Visualization technique #3

Do not worry about the how and why. Leave that up to the Universe. Just focus on painting a mental picture of what you want.

Put all of your focus into creating the most detailed mental imagery you possibly can.

Do this frequently and you will start to see results.
Dreams become reality when passion and persistence meet.
Read: Finally! You Can Now Get Positive Affirmations to Work For You Too

Conclusion

You too can unlock your full potential and tap into unused brain power with the use of mental imagery.

By putting what you've learnt in this post into action you can use creative visualization to get what you want in life. What you choose to focus on becomes your reality so be mindful of your thoughts.

So, if you're lonely or looking for love then visualize your future husband or wife, if you're unwell you should visualize healing light? Visualize your ideal future.

Tell us about your creative visualization success stories in the comments.

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Positive Affirmations: Finally You Can Get Them to Work For You Too!

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Positive affirmations; you've probably heard of them before.

The big question is do they actually work?

The answer to this question is not so straight forward. It depends on how you use these affirmations as to whether they help you manifest your desires using the Law of Attraction.

Looking at your reflection in the mirror repeating "I believe in my abilities and can achieve anything" is about as useful as an inflatable dartboard if you do not really believe it to be true.

So, what's the big deal with these positive affirmations?

If these affirmations are so useless then why are experts always recommending you introduce them to your daily routine?

Well, people do gain successful results from using daily affirmations.

Here's the catch though: it's not the affirmations themselves which produce the results.

Positive words on their own without emotional backup are pretty much redundant.

Effective use of daily positive affirmations

In order to affirm a positive thought you need to create an emotional connection to it. Convince yourself that your desire is already the truth, as opposed to just saying positive phrases you wish were your reality.

To keep things simple, I advise you to continue saying your positive mantras, phrases or affirmations (whatever you wish to call them). They can help you stay on track.

All you need to do now is learn how to integrate your daily affirmations with your core belief system. It's honestly not as hard as it sounds. Keep reading to see how.

The proper way to use positive affirmations

If you are going to use affirmations then you might as well use them properly.

There is no complicated formula, nor is it an exact science, but when you do get it right you will know!

It is actually stupidly simple and I am going to explain it to you in the most straight-forward way possible.

Step #1: Create your perfect affirmation(s)

You may already have this part figured out but if not, figure out which area of your life you would like to see improvements in.

Here are some examples of positive affirmations:

Positive Daily Affirmations for Love:

I am grateful for the love that is in my life.

Positive Daily Affirmations for Money:

Wherever I go in life, wealth follows me.

Positive Daily Affirmations for Success:

I live a life of abundance, wealth and  success.
Be creative and have fun with it. Write down some ideas.

Step #2: Repeat positive affirmation and visualize

Say your affirmations. Out loud or in your head, it  doesn't really matter, whatever you feel most comfortable with. One affirmation at a time works best. This enables you to focus better. Repeat over and over.

At the same time, visualize how you will feel with this statement being your reality. The more you immerse yourself into the visualization, the more you will benefit.

You want this to feel as real as possible. Involve as many of your senses as you can: sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste.

Most importantly you need to create the feeling you will experience emotionally.

Step #3: Believe

As you get the hang of visualization this will start to come naturally.

You need to use your affirmations and visualizations to start changing your core belief system. They will act like a prompt when rewiring your brain to a default positive mindset.

Step #4: Receive

This is the bit everyone looks forward to.

You will only get to this stage when you bring your desires forward into the present moment. A great way to this is by having an attitude of gratitude, an "already got" mentality.

Final words

You may have started to notice a pattern - how similar those steps are to some of the other Law of Attraction methods I have made posts on. Here and here.

Positive words hold a lot of power on their on but when you throw in positive emotions on top you gain a ridiculous amount of power.

Use this exact technique daily. It will not be long until you are wanting to share the power of affirmations with your friends.

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How to Meditate Properly - The Best Relaxation Techniques

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When there are thoughts, it is distraction; when there are no thoughts, it is meditation" - Ramana Maharshi

When was the last time you granted yourself permission to relax completely?

Chances are that last time you had some down time you were still immersed in some activity. Even if it was something low-key like reading or watching TV.

People spend most of their lives focusing on what's going on around them; they never slow down to go inside themselves and explore what is going on within.

There are many benefits of meditation including but not limited to:

Just to make your life easier I am going to let you in on the best meditation techniques I know. So now you know how important it is to relax, read on.


The best meditation techniques.

Meditation is a natural function of your mind.

Everyone has the ability, whether you have mastered it or not.

Even if you have seemingly uncontrollable racing thoughts, you can still tame them and find inner peace and happiness.

Here are some tips and tricks. Follow the advice I am about to give you and you will be able to experience wonderful feelings of well-being.


How to meditate effectively:

These relaxing tips are in no particular order, they are all effective and you can use them however you see fit. Have fun!


find a nice quiet place.

Somewhere away from distractions and noise. A place that naturally makes you feel more relaxed.

Get yourself comfortable

You do not have to sit in any particular position. Just make sure that the position you do choose is one that is comfortable so that you can stay this way for as long as needed.

You can be laying down, sitting or standing. It helps if your spine is straight but relaxed and natural. Don't strain yourself to keep your back straight.

Deep breathing exercises

Breath in to a count of five. Hold it for a count of one. Exhale for a count of five. Repeat.

You can tweak the duration of the inhale or exhale if you so wish. Find out what works for you.

Walking meditation

Practise mindfulness whilst you walk through a peaceful location. Preferably somewhere that you can be with nature.

Walking meditation is a great way to get a bit of exercise. It can also help you if you find sitting meditation difficult due to restlessness.

Binaural Beats Meditation

Your brain's frequency is measured in HZ and it changes according to what state of conciousness you are in.

Binaural Beats allow you to automatically alter your state of state of conciousness by listening to the the correct frequency. Choose your tone according to what you are looking to achieve from your meditation session.

Count backwards

A great thing to focus your mind on whilst you let all those other thoughts fade away.

Try counting backwards from 300 or whatever works for you.

Open eye meditation

You don't have to close your eyes while you are meditating.

There are two main ways to meditate with your eyes open:
Focus on an object: Any object that takes your fancy. It could be a tree if you are outdoors in the park. If you are indoors then try a candle as the flame can be very mesmerising and calming.
Keep focus soft: Do not focus on anything. Just direct your eyes into the space in front of you. Try to disperse your focus evenly.

Loosen up with basic yoga poses

Doing some Yoga stretches works great before or after a meditation session.

Helps to release any tension in your muscles, therefore enhances the physical health benefits of meditation.

Guided Meditation

Get on Youtube and see what you can find. Here is a list of guided meditations on Youtube at Live the Life You Love.

If you wish for a higher quality guided relaxation experience you could always invest in a professionally made CD or MP3:


Observe your thoughts

It is perfectly natural to have stray thoughts in your head. Just observe your thoughts. Do not resist as this can be frustrating and hinder your relaxation.

When an unwanted thought comes in your head, do not connect an emotion with it. Just observe it and dismiss it by counting backwards from 300 until it has gone.

Conclusion

Every person experiences meditation differently. Each session of deep relaxation session goes in a different direction.

There are no rights or wrong way to be mindful. Just do what feels right for you.

Allow your mind to wander, see where it takes you. Just be in the moment.  There are no strict guidelines you have to follow.

Listen to the natural rhythm of your body.

Here is another tip: If you are working or studying and you find yourself zoning out, that is your body's way of telling you to take a break. Use this to your advantage and do a quick meditation. You will find you are much more productive afterwards.

Most importantly - enjoy yourself. A deep state of relaxation is one of the most rewarding feelings on the planet. It also vastly improves your connection to the universe, which is vital for living a life of joy and happiness.

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