5 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Happy

5 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Happy

Many of us put the pedal to the metal when it comes to seeking happiness. We seek new things and experiences to develop a positive outlook, thinking it will come “someday” – once we get that “must have” purse or land that new job. It seems counterintuitive, but your happiness is just as dependent on giving up things. Our routines are so ingrained that we fail to notice the negative parts that we can already shed. Instead of waiting, you can harness happiness and a winning attitude by giving up the negative aspects of your routine now. Take a look at these things you need to give up, and see how they impact your day-to-day attitude: Give up FOMO If you think being a successful entrepreneur means saying “yes” to every opportunity, you’re doing it wrong. The best entrepreneurs take smart, calculated risks instead of embracing every opportunity that presents itself. If the idea of passing up on these opportunities fills you with FOMO (fear of missing out), just take a tip from Sir Richard Branson. “Business opportunities are like buses,” he once said. “There’s always another one coming.” Rather than dwelling on the opportunities that pass you by, realize that there’s another one right down the road. Give up comparison “Comparison is the thief of joy,” Theodore Roosevelt once said, and he made a great point about being happy. Feeling competition from others is never beneficial. Hopefully, you’re already trying your hardest, and negative thoughts will never help you perform better. Stop waiting for praise from others I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but nobody will take the...
Unlock The Surprising Key to Mental Strength

Unlock The Surprising Key to Mental Strength

Often, when we want to be mentally tough, we adopt a “tough it out” approach. That is we try to endure through hard-hitting times, and emerge as a stronger person as a result. That’s all well and good, but new scientific research has revealed that recharging is just as, if not more important, for mental strength. As Shawn Achor put it in Harvard Business Review, “Resilience is how you recharge, not how you endure.” So as a busy, productive person, how can you recharge daily? If you can’t move to a tropical beach, there are still ways to avoid burnout and unlock mental strength in your normal routine: Actually leave the office How often do you actually leave the office? We’re going to bet that while you probably physically exit you workplace daily, you don’t check out mentally nearly as much. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your bed or in a cubicle; if your mind is still focused on work, you’re not truly recharging. That’s why the experts recommend making a conscious effort to focus your mind on recharging outside of the workplace. Science calls this “external recovery.” It involves making a conscious effort to do something mentally relaxing outside of your work zone. This doesn’t mean you have to schedule in time for mindless TV – it can involve anything from an educational podcast to reading a great book. Unplug Although your iPhone might seem like part of your body at this point, unplugging digitally is another key to mental strength. Not only does being on your phone constantly deplete your precious mental resources, HBR recommends using the technology...
6 Positive Thinking Habits to Start Using Today

6 Positive Thinking Habits to Start Using Today

Do you ever envy people who are constantly positive and radiating sunshine – no matter what – and wonder how on earth they do it? Well, the truth is that anyone can become that optimistic. While there are obviously times when the going gets tough and our attitudes are tested, research shows that happiness is actually akin to a skill. Just like you learned to ride a bike or excel at your career, you can practice and strengthen positivity daily. Here are some of the positive thinking habits to start using today: Avoid complainers Nobody enjoys complainers, but besides giving us a headache, research shows that complainers are quite contagious. Their negative attitude can actually spread, and the effects are quite serious, since unnecessary complaining has measurable effects on our brain power. Sure, you can’t completely avoid this (and sometimes, complaining is downright necessary), but the next time everyone in the office is airing their dirty laundry, think twice about joining in. Keep a gratitude journal Entrepreneurs such as Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington swear by a gratitude journal as one of their positive thinking habits. That’s because it’s a research-backed way to reflect on your blessings daily, and it leads to a slew of benefits, like better health, productivity and mental strength. To start reaping the benefits, write down and reflect on five things you’re grateful of weekly. They can range from small (a good Frappuccino) to sublime (the support of friends). Before you know it, you’ll start seeing the positive side of every week. Smile a little more Smiling does more than make you look happy; it...
6 Work-Life Balance Tips to Steal from the Ultra-Successful

6 Work-Life Balance Tips to Steal from the Ultra-Successful

When we’re doing amazing and important things, we usually accept that increased stress and reduced relaxation are part of the equation. After all, getting stuff done in today’s world requires a little bit of a sacrifice, right? What you may not realize is how big of a price you pay by ignoring your work life balance. New studies show that stress (literally) shrinks your brain and reduces your productivity on all cylinders. That’s not to mention the devastating health effects. The best defense against all these ailments is a healthy work life balance. It won’t only restore harmony, but will result in better results during the limited time you’re taking on the world at work. If some of the most successful people in the world can achieve this successful work-life balance, you can too. Here are some of their tips to steal: Don’t neglect time for yourself Shark Tank entrepreneur Damon John spends almost every weekend catching bass at his lakeside cabin. And he’s after something more than a big catch, because studies show that spending time alone is vital for recharging your batteries. Many of us make the mistake of spending our limited free time with friends or family. While time with loved ones is important, you’re never truly recharging if you’re constantly expending your energy in a social environment. So even if it’s just for ten minutes, you should pencil in some time to pamper just yourself daily. Exercise Vogue editor Anna Wintour plays tennis while Richard Branson does Kitesurfing (among other crazy activities) to find a healthy work-life balance.  They realized that exercise doesn’t only have physical...
3 Nighttime Rituals that Will Change Your Life

3 Nighttime Rituals that Will Change Your Life

Starting your day off with success begins the night before. As you’re well aware, having a good night’s rest is the difference between becoming an extra on The Walking Dead and a Wonder Woman in the office. If you’re out and about until three a.m., there’s no morning routine out there that can restore your day back to full productivity. That’s why successful people rely on nighttime rituals to kick-start their days off right, while ensuring some much-needed time for fun and relaxation. Here are 3 of their nighttime rituals you should adopt tonight: Disconnect from work Michael Woodward, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and author of “The YOU Plan,” says, “The last thing you need is to be lying in bed thinking about an email you just read from that overzealous boss who spends all their waking hours coming up with random requests driven by little more than a momentary impulse.” As tempting as it is to burn the midnight oil at work, let’s face it; after a full day, you’re about as productive as a sloth come nighttime. That’s not to mention that opening an email will set off a chain reaction of work-related worries; which is not what the doctor ordered for relaxing into a deep sleep. Instead, consider shutting down your phone/tablet/laptop as one of your must-have nighttime rituals. If you absolutely need your phone, consider putting it on airplane mode or fooling with the settings until all work-related notifications are banished. Reflect Do you ever crawl into bed and start worrying about a slip-up or the bad things that might happen tomorrow? It happens to everyone, but there is...
3 Mental Workouts That Will Make You Ultra-Successful

3 Mental Workouts That Will Make You Ultra-Successful

SoulCycle has become a national obsession, and Fitbits are becoming more popular than regular watches. If you’re also part of the fitness craze – kudos! It’s one of the healthiest things you can do in your spare time. But can you say the same thing about your mind? Isn’t strengthening that just as, if not more, important? You can train your brain to become just as strong as your abs, and build up the success muscle to take on anything during the workweek. And you’ll be in good company; everyone from Oprah to Einstein has done mental exercises to avoid stagnation and see their success soar. Here are some mental workouts you can start doing today to become just as successful: Push it to the limit Your workday is probably a challenge in and of itself. But the world’s biggest success stories know they can never stagnate with their goals. Take Oprah Winfrey – if she had remained at AM Chicago, what would’ve happened to her? Probably the same thing that would’ve happened to Michael Phelps if he stayed in the shallow end. By flexing your goal-setting muscles, you can reach higher too. To start, lock yourself in your room or office once a month, and start thinking of bigger reach goals you can work towards that week. You don’t have to tackle all of them; the key is that you’re progressing and setting your sights higher. Learn something new every night After a long day of work, the only thing you probably want to learn is what happened to your favorite character in the latest Orange is the...