Spring is finally here. After long and cold winter, we can rejoice in warmer temperatures and brighter days. This is the time for renewal, cleaning and new perspectives. Are you ready to spring clean? Beside your home, you can spring clean your body, diet, relationships, maybe your entire life!
Spring-clean your relationships; observe where are the areas in your relationships that need improvement. Decide you will do whatever it takes to improve those areas.
- If you need someone to forgive, do it. Call the person or write a letter expressing your feelings and stating you are forgiving her or him. By forgiving, you are doing favor for yourself. Keeping grudges against someone will rob of large amount of vital energy-and you cannot afford to waste your precious energy.
- Have an honest conversation with the person (your spouse, parent, children, friend, etc), admit there is a problem and show intention to make it work. Do not be afraid to show your emotions. Let the person know how are you feeling about the “issue” and ask the same in return. If we live in denial, then the issue will only get bigger and bigger. In order to make change, you have to address it. Look directly into the bull’s- eye, as the saying goes. One of the major disasters in relationships is when we start taking it for granted. We have to build them from day one. If you love someone, you owe to him or her-and to yourself- to work it out. To keep relationship alive you have to have fun and open communication. Show appreciation for every member of your family, for every one of your friends. Surprise them with a letter of appreciation. Make someones day today.
- If you feel uncomfortable openly expressing your feelings (many of us never learned growing up), write a letter as the first step.
Spring- Clean Your Mind and Heart: Removing negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones will make a huge difference in your life.
- Focus on what is working for you and don’t dwell on negatives. When you focus on positives more things of that nature will come into your life.
- Have a grateful heart. If you feel down, start a gratitude journal. Write down each and every day three things for which you are grateful. Learn to appreciate good things in your life.
- Volunteer! Help people in your community and that will make a shift in your emotions.
- Don’t rush to judge other people; try to find gold in them, instead.
Spring clean your environment; Are you ready to organize your home, to get rid of the extra stuff, frequently not needed, but emotionally charged? This can make a huge difference. Objects we own are not just physical objects. They have a memory, an experience, a feeling associated with them. Organizing and cleaning will give you a sense of control.
- If you have extra clothing, donate them. There are less fortunate who will be grateful for your generosity.
- Be mindful of the cleaning stuff you are using; choose the environmentally friendly ones. I challenge you to minimize chemical exposure in your home. Use microfiber clothes for dusting; open your windows for fresh air. Instead of air fresheners, use bags with dry lavender or aromatic oils.
Golden Nuggets #2
1. The Power of Gratitude
Gratitude is a powerful force that expands our happiness, creates loving relationships, and even improves our health.
Research by renowned psychologists, Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional wellbeing and physical health than those who don’t. The subjects who focused on gratitude felt better about their lives as a whole, experienced greater joy and happiness, felt optimistic about the future, got sick less often, and much more.
2. Losing Weight Lowers Risk of Developing Diabetes
A National Institutes of Health study found that a combination ofdiet and exercisecuts the risk of developing diabetes by 58%. The study involved people who wereoverweight(average BMI 34) and who had high (but not yet diabetic)blood sugar levels. If someone with diabetes loses 5% to 10% of their weight, they will significantly reduce their blood sugar.
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