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10 Powerful Affirmations To End The Day On a Positive Note

Let’s face it, we will often dwell over what we perceive as failures and ‘could haves’ at the end of the day.

Whether you didn’t find time for the yoga routine, ate unhealthy food that left you feeling miserable, or just plain forgot something important, not every day will be marked a ‘success’ by the high standards we often hold for ourselves.

Here are 10 affirmations to help you overcome the past (hey, you can’t change it!) and get ready for a healing sleep and brighter tomorrow!

1. I Am Worthy of Self-Love.The-Four-Myths-of-Self-Compassion

If you don’t love yourself, who will? Sure, you’re feeling down, perhaps sluggish or lacking self-esteem.

But say these three words to yourself anyway:

“I love you.”

2. Beauty Surrounds Me.

If you had a day full of experiences you think were negative, when you close your eyes at night think of everything that is good in your life. You probably have friends and loved ones that you can lean on.

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5 Important Reasons Not to Take Life too Seriously

Most of us are brought up believing that life is serious, and that the decisions we make are very important. But this theory makes life pretty dreary! Here are five aphorisms that might allow us to better enjoy the journey and trust that good things are coming.

1. Our Time on the Earth is Limited, Be Happy!

If money can’t buy us love and happiness, then why do we strive so hard for it? Sometimes we are overtaken with what we perceive as our duties and responsibilities, but really there is only one: the responsibility you have to yourself.

Of course this will sometimes involve others! However, ultimately, personal fulfillment is the key here. If you find yourself in a situation that is hard to just ‘let go,’ try the glass-half-full approach.

Sometimes the situation is just not serving you, and it’s time to move on. We’re just blips on the radar of time anyway, and our decisions will have very little, if any, impact on life in the long run. The average lifespan in the US is about 660,000 hours long and we spend about a third of that time asleep. Life is short, live it!

2. The Universe is Unimaginably Large, You Are Quite Small

In fact, we are only now starting to really comprehend what’s out there. However, we do know that space is full of galaxies and stars that are huge on a scale that makes our local ones look pretty insignificant.

We don’t know how we got here, and maybe never will.

Who knows, there are probably civilizations out there thinking that they’re the only ones on the block, living their own lives that they think are very important.

This is all the more reason to love each other and enjoy the time we have.

3. Worrying Doesn’t Do You Or Anyone Else Any Good

Sometimes life throws things at us that are difficult to handle. You may find yourself in new and uncharted territory.

Instead of worrying about it or focusing on how difficult it is, embrace it! It’s a new experience, you will learn from it and get better. Try to go with the flow. If you are being ridiculous, try to laugh at yourself!

If you find yourself failing to get a good night’s sleep or focusing on problems rather than positives, try meditation. It can help you turn your brain off, and if you’re negatively focused, this will help you to gain some perspective.

Problems have this funny way of breeding more problems. You don’t have any, your life is beautiful!

4. Your Work is Not Your Life

Everyone at some point hears about the inherent morals in hard work. Well, the truth is that if it’s too hard, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it. When life is too hard, that means you’ve come up against a rock and are failing to go with the flow.

This isn’t to be confused with taking on a good challenge.

Climbing a new mountain in life can be extremely rewarding and healthy, in contrast to the fatigue that comes with ‘hard work.’ If you’re feeling overwhelmed, step back and take a deep breath.

This is all it takes to fix a bad day at work sometimes. If you find that work is consistently bringing you down, it may be time to peruse the help wanted ads.

5. Life is Absurd, and Ridiculous

We tend to worry and care a lot about things that don’t matter, such as what other people think.

We put on uncomfortable clothes to go to work. We miss the joys of bringing up our children because we’re too busy videotaping and photographing for posterity, rather than just living.

We do things that make us miserable because we’re convinced that we have to. We yell at people who are driving slowly and safely.

We argue and fight because we’re convinced that we’re right, instead of being satisfied that everyone is unique and has an opinion. If you can take a step back and laugh at yourself, then you’re a step ahead.

9 Surreal Facts About Your Brain You Haven’t Heard Before

Did you know that your subconscious mind makes up over 80% of your brain matter? It’s true! Also, the subconscious controls over 95% of what you perceive and how you behave. Maybe those dreams really are meaningful.

Here are 9 more wild and interesting nuggets of truth about your gray matter:

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Do you think someone or something can force you to do what you don’t want to do? Do you feel like life is out of your hands?

Think again! No one and nothing can force you to think, say, or do what you don’t choose to do. There is also some evidence to suggest that mind over matter is a real phenomenon.

The brain can handle approximately does 10 quadrillion processes per second on average.

In contrast, your typical quad-core PC can do about 10 billion per second. The fastest computer in the world was clocked at 360 trillion operations per second.

Your subconscious is constantly aware.meditation builds brain cells

This part of your brain is always analyzing and processing that which is going on around you in the background. This is the reason why it completes so many processes per second!

Your conscious mind is the source of free will.

The small percentage of your brain consisting of conscious thought is the part of you that determines what you will do in life and how you think and reason.

The conscious mind is blind to what it does not want to see.

Your brain wants the things it perceives in the world to match up with what it has already experienced. In this way, it will disregard patterns with which it is not familiar. This is called inattentional blindness.

brain-chipThe conscious mind is the source of self-determination.

You choose your thoughts and impress these upon your subconscious mind. In this way your placement in the world is determined and also where you are going to go next. Conversely:

Your subconscious is silent.

The subconscious mind only understands images and patterns. This is what makes holding pictures of successful outcomes in your mind so important. Your subconscious will come to believe that what it is told is true. In this way…

…your subconscious can’t separate fact from fiction.

When you’re dreaming, most of the time your mind is tricked into thinking those events are really happening. The subconscious can’t tell the difference between a car and an image of a car, or between fantasy and real life.

You can train and re-train your mind.

Sometimes we have addictions or habits that are harmful, but we can train our brain through repetition and consistency. Once you have an idea, if you convince your brain enough times on a consistent basis that it is true, it will become so. We can set goals of happiness, abundance, or finding love by continuing to impress upon your brain the things you desire for your life!