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10 Tips for Positive Vibes

Want to keep your life positive? YOOCAN!

I've often heard, "People that are always positive are fake." "How can I be positive when things aren't great? OR "How do you stay so positive all the time?"

The truth is that anyone can have a positive mindset! If you have challenges in your life, it may take work (like most things in life), but YOOCAN DO IT!

Here are 10 tips for creating positive vibes in your life!

Tip #1: Focus on the Good Stuff

Nobody said life would be easy, but when you focus on the negative aspects or events in life - that's what you're going to get, more negativity. We've all been there: You feel heavy, low and depressed. You can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. You have 0 motivation.

All it takes are a few positive thoughts to pull you out of the abyss of sadness.

Grab a piece of paper & pen. I want you to write down all of the positive things in your life. I'll help you start...

1. You're alive! (You may think this is silly, but life is so precious and not to be taken for granted.) Keep going! I know you can come up with at least 10 positive things in your life!

Don't overthink your list! The tiniest positive things in your life are just as important as the big things - like landing your dream job. Without those tiny victories, the large victories wouldn't be possible.

Tip #2: Say Cheese

Maybe you've heard these encouraging facts about smiling...

Smile when you are sad to create endorphines in your body. This reminds me of the saying,"Fake it until you make it." That's exactly what you need to do in this case!

Genuine smiles boost your immune system by decreasing cortisol in your body. How cool is that?!

Smiling is contagious. Not only will you make yourself happier by smiling, but you'll also lift up the people around you. Sharing is caring!

Show those pearly whites, and begin feeling better!

Tip #3: Unplug

I think we can all agree that many people are addicted to their electronics - more specifically, the internet.

There's a great quote by Anne Lamott that is simple but true...

<span style='font-style: italic;'> "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." </span>-Anne Lamott

I've noticed when on social media I tend to be envious or experience other unhealthy and negative feelings about my life. I'm so busy comparing myself to others and their lifestyles that I forget all of the wonderful things within my own life. This can often lead to sadness.

"Unplugging" has been on the rise, as more and more people recognize the unhealthy side effects of staying virtually connected 24/7.

Life is happening NOW! Right in front of your eyes! Put down the electronics, get away from the overstimulation and go experience life, rather than trying to capture it on your device.

I promise, living life is much better than showing off what you've done in a day on social media.

Like nature? Go outside. Like reading? Grab your favourite book. Creative? Start doodling. (or noodling, if you're a musician) It doesn't have to be anything out of the ordinary.

Learn to be present &amp; enjoy the moment, rather than showing it to the world via the internet. We will all believe you when you say you went to that place or did that thing that is supposed to be the "newest, latest &amp; greatest."

Tip #4: Stay Grateful

Living in a place of gratitude is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. When you genuinely recognize all the things that we are grateful for, it's difficult to feel bad.

Remember that list of positive things in your life that you were making? This is the second part of that list.

While we may be grateful for positive aspects of our lives, it's also important to recognize and be grateful for the bad things in our lives. WHAT?! BE GRATEFUL FOR THE BAD THINGS?! Yes, you read that correctly. BE GRATEFUL FOR THE BAD THINGS! Why? I'll tell you why...

The bad things in life teach us lessons and make us stronger people. When you endure and get past bad situations you have tougher skin for the next things you will go through.

I believe having epilepsy has made me an incredribly strong and determined person. Without having epilepsy, I don't know if I would be where I am today... a place of happiness &amp; joy.

Make another list &amp; write down the tough stuff in life. Beside each thing or situation, write what you learned &amp; how it helped to contribute to the person you are today.

Stay grateful, always.

Tip #5: Pray

I used to be scared of the word "pray." I'm not a religious person in my adulthood, but I was raised in a