Daily Challenge – Expand your thinking beyond yourself

Thinking of others is not only good for everyone around you, it’s also good for your psyche. Don’t make yourself the center of the universe and then it won’t be the end of the world if something goes wrong.

Think of Yourself Less

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

Thoughtful words from C.S. Lewis, but do they equate to real life happiness? Our self-esteem is a bit of a tricky topic, because current research on self-esteem paints a very inconsistent picture: it seems that high self-esteem is certainly related to happiness, but it can produce other problems with the ego.

For instance, a variety of research suggests that self-esteem that is bound to external success can be a fickle beast—certain students who tied their self-esteem to their grades experienced small boosts when they received an acceptance letter (grad school), but harsh drops in self-esteem when they were rejected.

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Daily Challenge – Visualize the release of stress

Visualize your stress is locked up in a helium tank. Fill up balloons with your stress and label them (i.e. job, relationship, a person’s name, etc.) Then one by one let the balloons go. Watch them rise into the sky and disappear into the clouds.

40 Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Pain

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” ~Ajahn Chah

Eckhart Tolle believes we create and maintain problems because they give us a sense of identity. Perhaps this explains why we often hold onto our pain far beyond its ability to serve us.

We replay past mistakes over and over again in our head, allowing feelings of shame and regret to shape our actions in the present. We cling to frustration and worry about the future, as if the act of fixation somehow gives us power. We hold stress in our minds and bodies, potentially creating serious health issues, and accept that state of tension as the norm.

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Quote of the Day – Body&Mind

Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body. ~Irene Claremont de Castillejo

Quote of the Day – Mistakes

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. – Elbert Hubbard

Daily Challenge – Make a mistake

Make a mistake – go ahead it’s okay. Everyone does it and it’s good for you. Without mistakes there is no growth. And feel free to learn from others people’s mistakes. Very successful people made many mistakes before they got it right. Very happy people took a lot of chances before they were able to find what truly makes them happy.

Here are a few things to think about and focus on to expand your capacity for mistakes in a positive way:

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