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Eco conscious – What does it (really) mean?

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Eco conscious – what does it really mean? Due to various factors such as global warming, climate change, or industrial pollution, a good part of today’s population has been changing their habits towards more environmentally conscious ways of living.

The same could be true about Industries that, whether to comply with local legislation or some other motives, have turned to more sustainable means of production.

But what are these Eco-Conscious, Eco-Friendly (or Green) ways of living everyone keeps talking about? Stick with us as we explain what each term means, as well as its implications.

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Eco conscious vs Eco friendly, and other similar terms

There is a tendency (mainly for Marketing purposes) to carelessly mix the terms Eco-conscious and Eco-friendly, ignoring that one is not akin to the other.

It is also important to clarify that, although both terms denote a certain degree of awareness towards the environment and Social responsibility, there are some variances in their meanings.

  • Eco-friendly: According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term Eco-friendly speaks of something that is not environmentally harmful, which in itself is a somewhat vague term.

Keep in mind that this term applies better when referring to activities rather than to production processes or a determined way of living.

  • Eco-conscious: when we look at the same source, Eco-conscious is defined as marked by or showing concern for the environment.

Note that this is a broader term, which can be indistinctly applied to either Industrial means of production as well as personal, environmentally aware ways of living.

Sustainability is another widely used term (it has even been adopted by the United Nations) that defines an action or item that generates benefits without harming the environment.

This definition is so precise that it even sets the scope on the future, referring to various social or economic activities that allow future generations to meet their needs.

Green has become the most used word when referring to any product or activity that benefits the environment, often used when referring to all of the previous terms.

But its regular use also makes people incur some unwilling mistakes because sustainability may refer to green products and Eco-friendly activities. But the term green does not automatically imply sustainability

For example, something made of recycled/renewable resources is a “green” product. But, if its manufacturing and shipping demand a lot of energy, it will not be considered a sustainable process.

Zero Waste is the act of conserving or recovering all resources. Living a zero-waste lifestyle aims to send nothing into landfill. It’s about reducing consumption of products / food / energy / water etc… reusing items as much as you can and composting or recycling what you cannot reuse. Recycling should always be the final step after reducing and reusing.

Although recycling is much better than manufacturing new plastics / paper / metals and other materials, it can take up a lot of energy to sort, clean breakdown and remake things and this is often done overseas.

Eco Conscious Companies – Businesses and Brands

Now that we are familiar with the general terminology is time to dig deeper into some aspects that might help a business be included in the “Eco-conscious” category.

Ethical

As the name implies, Ethical refers to paying respect and consideration to some basic principles and fundamental concepts that act as the basis of decent human conduct.

Because ethical businesses are generally based on social/environmental responsibility, their employees usually have fair wages and favorable working environments.

Their supply chains tend to be transparent, mainly because it is aimed at reducing its negative impact. Both on the environment as on the general population.

The downside of this is that just as with sustainability, the term “Ethical” represents a broad concept, with different meanings to people from different backgrounds or with different values.

Local

This term refers to those goods (generally food or “artisan” products), which have been made, crafted, or grown, involving minimal industrial processes, and then sold around a specific area. The fact that they are less processed helps to considerably lower the production of carbon emissions.

Also, as with many terms in this article, not having a standard definition of what qualifies as a “local” business causes it to be kind of open to interpretation.

Handmade

When speaking of handmade products, we refer to all those goods crafted almost entirely from hands and tools by skilled workers, with minimal machinery or automated processes.

One of the main traits of handmade products is their quality. Which is generally far better than their mass-produced counterparts.

Although the term handmade or “artisan” suggests that no industrial means of production are involved, it does not automatically imply that all artisan businesses are sustainable.

Natural

We might all agree that the term “natural” refers to all those products that originated from nature or whose ingredients are derived from it.

Because of this ambiguity, it has been extensively used by all kinds of businesses but. Due to its lack of legal standards, it might lead to consumers receiving misleading information.

This situation is much less present when speaking of “Fair Trade” or “Certified Organic” products, as these have to meet quality standards and comply with their respective legislations.

Organic

For a product to be considered organic, its materials/ingredients must come from farms whose practices avoid the use of synthetic chemicals, growth promoters, hormones, or artificial fertilizers among their farming practices.

Organic means of production must provide animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and a healthy working environment for their employees. While maintaining and improving the quality of its land and water sources.

Organic certification is generally administrated by government agencies. These may be applied at any level in the supply chain ranging from farmers to clothing manufacturers, restaurants, and seed suppliers.

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Fair Trade

Fair Trade refers to the movement and organizations that work for better working conditions and stable crop prices for farmers around the world

On the other hand, Fairtrade is a rather specific term. This can only be used by farmers whose products have been certified by an international organization such as the Fair Trade Federation.

Aside from ensuring farmers get paid a minimum Fairtrade Price, this certification allows the consumer to identify those products that meet internationally established quality standards.

For products to carry the “Fairtrade” mark, they must be audited through their supply chain by independent agencies.

This system allows not only that the benefits of Fairtrade are received by farmers but also for the final consumers to be well-informed of the nature of said benefits.

As a final note, you must know that many countries lack regulations on packaging labels. Because of this, businesses might use the term “Organic” without any certifications.

And, while this does not necessarily mean a product does not meet quality standards, there have been cases of “greenwashing” complaints from customers.

So, for the sake of consumer trust and to ensure business transparency, the best course of action is to apply for the appropriate certification of your organic products.

What is eco conscious packaging?

Eco conscious packaging is often made using recycled, recyclable, or sustainable materials through manufacturing processes that use low energy consumption. When buying products try to choose items with minimal or no packaging or that is made from materials that are recycled, easily recyclable or home compostable. Try to avoid plastic where you can and buy from eco conscious companies that are continually trying to take steps to reduce their impact on the environment.

What are Eco-conscious consumers?

We have already pointed out many of the major traits that define an Eco-conscious business. But what about the consumers?

It can be said that Eco-conscious consumers are all those people that pay real attention to what they buy, where they buy it, and from who are they buying it.

This type of consumer, generally do some research and check many labels before purchasing a new product. Usually, this will be from a brand that practices sustainable production processes.

How can I be more environmentally conscious?

So, you feel identified and would like to become part of this increasingly popular and wholesome trend? The best way to start is to take a good look at your daily habits.

After reflecting upon it, you might realize that you are unknowingly consuming more natural resources or contributing more than you thought to the pollution of our planet.

Of course, there are a lot more (and bigger) things damaging our planet. But just doing your part in healing the environment is a small but well-appreciated step forward.

Recycling and conscious waste-managing

  • Stop buying single-use bags, bottles, and dinnerware, as most of these items end up either in landfills or polluting the environment.
  • Use multi-compartment trash bins to separately collect waste. Organic residues can be used for compost, while metals, paper, and plastic can be recycled and reused.
  • Be especially cautious with your electronic waste. As these require special processing, this must be done to avoid leaching of chemicals and toxins.

Do not waste any more food

  • According to the S Department of Agriculture, up to 40% of the total food in the U.S. (which could help those facing hunger) ends up wasted at retail or consumer levels.
  • Aside from being a waste of money, keep in mind that whenever you throw away food. You are also throwing away the time, labor, land, and water used to produce it.
  • Avoid purchasing more food than you can eat in a certain amount of time and move food to the freezer if you cannot eat it before it expires.

Eco conscious clothing

  • Before buying new clothes, always ask yourself first. Will I wear it often? If the answer is yes, then buy it.

You might find it difficult to believe how many of the clothes we buy, we actually end up wearing less than 30 times.

  • Avoid the urge to buy that show-stopper piece of clothing that you already know you will be wearing one time only, and go for something more versatile instead.
  • Opt for pieces that you can wear in many different ways, thus using them again and again. This prevents them from going out of fashion and extends the longevity of your wardrobe.
  • Vintage and second-hand clothing also represent a valid option when putting together a more Eco-conscious wardrobe. There is a wide variety of second-hand stores, both physical and online.

Some of the best designers even have their own resale sites, where you can get many of their original pieces for a fraction of the initial price.

Eco conscious household products and toiletries

  • By switching to using eco-conscious toiletries and household products made from eco-friendly and plastic-free or recycled materials, you are well on your way to reducing your pollution footprint on the planet.
  • Because they are made from recyclable or biodegradable materials, eco-conscious toiletries do less harm to our environment and help preserve natural resources.
  • Among the essential items that you might want to get to start transitioning to this alternative, eco-conscious lifestyle is a wooden comb, bamboo toothbrush, and biodegradable cotton swabs.
  • Try switching to washable face wipes, eco-friendly loofah, or cellulose sponge, and, for the ladies, there are even organic tampons, washable sanitary pads, the ever-popular menstrual cup or period panties. You can even get washable toilet paper! And if that sounds a little too ‘eco’ for you, then try just sourcing toilet paper made from recycled materials in plastic-free packaging.
  • For your dental care, there are now quite a few plastic-free options including toothpaste tablets, natural mouthwashes, and plant-based floss. These solve the issue of hard-to-dispose toothpaste tubes and there’s often a lot less waste too!
  • For skin and hair care, there are some great choices. Solid shampoo and conditioner bars are plastic free and often last longer than bottled products, and a great bonus is they’re great for travelling! Shea butter or coconut oil can be used as a makeup remover and cleanser as well as being great moisturizers for dry skin. And for your hands and body, don’t forget the power of a good old bar of soap, there are so many beautiful kinds now-a-days, why not see if you have a local soap maker nearby. There are also many types of eco conscious deodorant, although it may take a bit of trial and error to find the one that works best for you!

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In conclusion, by consciously taking charge of the type and quality of products we consume and the amounts of non-recyclable waste we produce. We are indeed doing our part.

After all, Earth is our home, and it is our responsibility to do everything within our reach to keep it as clean as we can.

Remember, conscious buying and consuming, coupled with eco-conscious waste management, is the way to a cleaner, sustainable way of living.

Keep this in mind because the time to act is now.

If you’ve found this article useful you may be interested in finding out how to grow your own fragrant plants – see our article here about top tips for growing lavender from seed.

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Know Your Worth Quotes – Why is Self Worth Important?

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Self-love & Self Worth

Welcome to this article on ‘know your worth’ quotes and tips to help you to see the importance of self-love and realize your own self-worth. You may have a good school education or degree, but I bet as a part of your training you were never taught the meaning of self-worth? This article takes you through the journey of practicing self-love and everything you need to improve your feelings of self-worth including inspirational know your worth quotes for him, her, work, and relationships.

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Know your worth meaning

Self-worth is the fundamental state of being and is all about how you see and value yourself compared to others. Self-worth is analyzing your past with all its good and bad, knowing how it has made you different from others, and being proud of it. Self-worth is often confused with self-confidence. Self-confidence is only attained when you have acknowledged your self-worth. It is a feeling to of being powerful enough to do anything. To have high self-worth means to have a good opinion of yourself. Indirectly, it’s about you being your favorite person regardless of the past, future, and present life events.

Symptoms that call for self-worth realization

It’s high time to claim who you are proudly and unapologetically. If you ever find yourself in the following situations, then my friend, this article is solely intended for you:

  • The first and foremost sign is not being confident.
  • Feeling powerless to control how your life and situation evolves.
  • Always in doubt about your choices and decisions.
  • Hesitation and difficulty in accepting positive compliments.
  • Always thinking about your flaws rather than strengths.
  • Fear to take on opportunities.
  • Always looking for external validations and pleasing others.

Working on increasing your sense of self-worth

Trust me; life is more complicated when you don’t value yourself. Everyone in the world is so busy being better than the other. Even the best ones have their weakness and flaws, but what they don’t do is- apply it to their whole life! They have got strengths, and are embracing them, and so should you. If you think confidently, you will know that even your negative traits can be turned into positives. If you want to know how to master this game, then click on the link.

Rome wasn’t built in a day! So the self-worth realization process is going to require both your time and patience. Read below to kickstart with your first step:

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  • Know your worth – no one knows you better than yourself! So learn to value your true self. What is it like? What are your strengths? weaknesses? Fears? Dreams? What are you good and bad at? Your best and worst qualities?. You have to be honest with yourself and make peace with your authentic self.
  • Fake it till you make it – an old saying, but it works! No one knows the real you apart from yourself. If you act confidently and positively people will buy it, and so will your own brain after a while! Click on the link below to learn how to be a pro in it.
  • Self-compassion – it’s time to tell your nasty self-critic to shut up! When you keep dwelling on your mistakes and flaws, you establish a sense of inferiority complex or inadequacy. We all make mistakes. Trust me; I have made many blunders in my life, but you can always move on!
  • Take responsibility – I know it feels all cozy lying in your bed, watching Netflix and scrolling Instagram. But trust me, the taste of being responsible is unbeatable. It’s easier to blame circumstances for the way things are, but learning from them and working through them will help you move forward and give you a sense of achievement. Either you can ignore the responsibility thinking there is nothing you can do, or you take in-charge of what’s happening. What happens to you sometimes is completely 100% on you.  Here, the key is choice. You can always decide what happens to you. Your decisions and sense of responsibility can make or break any situation. So you choose what it’s going to be? Being stuck at where you are? Or evolving for a better life?
  • Self-care – The main reason for low self-worth is neglecting your self-care. Maybe you are in a routine that doesn’t help your body; maybe you are with a person who doesn’t realize your worth. The direct root towards self-worth is: Cut what doesn’t help you evolve. Do whatever makes your soul soar! Take a long shower or bath, snuggle up and watch your favorite movie, go out for your favorite meal or drink, do what you love doing a little bit of you time goes a long way. Doing these small things won’t change anything overnight, but will help your subconscious mind realize that you are well taken care of and worthy in all ways. Little things matter. With every small step, you are moving towards self-care.
  • Social media – The most potent platform that can do good or harm! It depends on how you interact with it. If you seek validation from social media or compare your life to others! Then it’s time to take a break. You know this already, but we are telling this again, the number of followers, likes, and comments will never define you. The Instagram or Facebook friends you follow don’t live a perfect life either! Social media is just for fun, and it is not a place for you to seek acceptance. A break will be good for your self-worth. The topic of social media and mental health can go on and on forever. If you want to read more, click on the link.
  • Invest in you – It can be about giving yourself proper time to develop, learn, and rest. An investment in yourself can be in any form, either it can be gym, yoga class, therapy, a much-needed vacation, learning a new activity, or anything else you enjoy. Investing in yourself helps you radiate positivity and makes your self-esteem flourish. Again, these actions may be small, but they develop your inner self-worth in a way that you can’t even imagine. All the love you are searching for out there in the world is inside yourself. Why not invest some of your time each day in reading our know your worth quotes below to cement them into your subconscious!

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Why is self-worth so important?

It can feel like everything is going wrong when you feel detached from yourself! High self-worth spares us from many mental and emotional rollercoasters. On the contrary, low self-esteem has been the prime reason for addiction and overuse of substances that might cost your life. Low self-worth creates a relentless feeling of despair and inadequacy. Now you see, the harm is not just limited to mental health, but it even affects you physically.

So one reason to beat it all: self-worth is a way to live a positive life by improving your mental and physical health. The topic of self-worth is a big ocean to dive into; read below to uncover the advantages of self-worth.

  • Meet your needs: when you value yourself, you trust yourself to meet any needs and responsibility that comes in your way. You make an effort, trust your decision, and take on every opportunity.
  • Problem-solving: problems are inevitable! We all encounter some problems in our daily lives, be it at work, home, or society. To take on these problems effortlessly, you need to believe in yourself. You might even need to reach out for some external help, which you can’t do, fearing other’s judgments. When you feel confident about yourself, problems become a lot easier to handle.
  • Making bold decisions: I know it’s risky when the outcome is dependent on your own judgment. When you have poor self-worth, you doubt your experience and knowledge, and only strong self-worth can sort that out. With solid self-esteem, you can decide the degree of risk associated with a particular situation and reason out the best possible choices available. You don’t fear judgments and failures with solid self-worth because these things will not change the real you.
  • Positive relationships: maybe you are seeking love, maybe you please your friends to stay in the crowd? Stop! You can have a much more honest relationships. And that only happens when you will value yourself. When you don’t hide who you are, you are honest with yourself and people around you. You don’t put up with toxic relationships with a strong self-esteem because you know how you deserve to be treated.
  • Being practical: people who value themselves highly know that perfection is an illusion. These kinds of people are so in sync with fundamental humanity that they don’t follow fake standards to stand clear on them. So it’s important to value yourself to stay in the real imperfect world rather than creating fake perfection scenarios in your head and curse yourself for not being able to follow them.
  • It makes you stand strong: the only fragile thing loved in this world are flowers and babies. Unless you are any one of them, being fragile is not for you! Valuing yourself makes you stand rigid to setbacks in life. When you are low on self-worth, you allow yourself to be devastated by failures. Self-worth doesn’t make you a loser even when something hasn’t gone as planned. You simply take it as a lesson or experience and apply it in future opportunities.

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Know your worth quotes & mantras – learn to value your true self!

Out of all the motivating sections you went through in this article, this one is going to be your favorite. Quotes and sayings can work like magic to uplift us. They are short, simple, require less time to read, and hit you directly to the core of your heart. Here we have highlighted a few know your worth quotes to back you up if you’re feeling down on yourself. Scroll below to read them:

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Know your worth quotes for her:

“When you please others in hopes of being accepted, you lose your self-worth in the process.” – Dave Pelzer

“Women must learn to find self-worth within themselves, not through others. It is important to carve out a place just for you.” – Georgette Mosbacher

“Having a low opinion of yourself is not modesty. It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not egotism. It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success.” – Bobbe Sommer

“The problem isn’t that I think so highly of myself. It is just that you think so little of yourself. Live life BIG, BOLD and OUT LOUD!”― Shannon L. Alder

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”– Tina Fey

“Only when you are aware of the uniqueness of everyone’s individual body will you begin to have a sense of your own self-worth.” – Ma Jian

“To love yourself is to know that your past does not change your worth.”- Unknown

“Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“Sometimes all you have to do is forget what you feel and remember what you deserve.”- Unknown

“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”- Unknown

“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.” – Nic Sheff

Know your worth quotes for him:

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”— Mark Twain

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

“The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.” – Sonya Friedman

“When you refuse to settle for less than the best…the best tends to track you down.” – Mandy Hale

“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”- Unknown

“What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.” – Henry David Thoreau

“When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.”- Unknown

“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” – Ayn Rand

“Know your worth and believe in it. Live life accordingly. No one will dare to let you down.” – Dr. Anil Kumar Sinha

“Refuse to accept another’s estimation of yourself.” – Alison Stormwolf

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

Know your worth quotes for work:

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” – Zig Ziglar

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” – Dalai Lama

“Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.” – Rachel Corrie

“When teachers doubt your potential, show them how wrong they truly are.” ― Ace Antonio Hall

“Know your worth. Then add tax.” – Anonymous

“We are the brightest Star of our sky though we often fail to notice our own brilliance in the presence of others’ light.” ― E.L.Blade

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”– M. Scott Peck

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”– Harvey Fierstein

“If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.”― Brian Tracy

“Do not undervalue what you are ultimately worth because you are at a momentary disadvantage.”― Sherry Thomas

“When you understand that your self-worth is not determined by your net-worth, then you’ll have financial freedom.” – Suze Orman

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” – Yogi Bhajan

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

“Your net worth can fluctuate, but your self-worth should only appreciate.” – Chris Gardner

“Your most important sale is to sell yourself to yourself.” – Maxwell Maltz

Know your worth in a relationship quotes:

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“Remember, you’re not half of anything, you’re twice of everything.”― Viet Thanh Nguyen

“Don’t let your past dictate who you are. Let it be the lesson that strengthens the person you will become.” – Unknown

“Never settle. Know your worth.”- Unknown

“There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.” – Oprah Winfrey

“All that matters is that you know your worth. If they don’t know your worth realize that it’s OKAY because they aren’t meant for you anyway.” – Sonya Parker

“Any relationship that never considered your values should not stay longer in your heart. know your worth!” – Terry Mark

“They keep disrespecting you because they have no respect for you, and you keep holding onto them because you don’t know your worth.” – Sonya Parker

“Two things you will never have to chase: True friends & true love.” – Mandy Hale

“Be with a person who treats you like their crown, proudly honoring you in front of the world. Not with someone who treats you like a trophy, secured for their sense of achievement.” – Henna Sohai

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I hope you enjoyed this article on how to realize your self-worth including inspirational know your worth quotes. Living your life to the best of your ability is so important! For more great tips on how to get the most out of life take a look at our other articles about leading a joyful life and living with gratitude.

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I Just Want to be Happy With My Life – How to Lead a Joyful Life

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I just want to be happy with my life‘. Every living being deserves to have a life full of love and happiness. It is the minimum to which everyone aspires. Anyone who has these two things in their life can develop their capabilities to the fullest.

There is a moment when we say: “I just want to be happy and loved.” We have all been at that point at one time or another. This should be clear: these are basic needs that every human being requires to have a fulfilling life.

You can be sure that love, joy, and happiness are indispensable for a successful and enjoyable life. However, they are not gifts or things that come into your life as a surprise. You must make a decision to live this way.

There are some actions you can take to get your life on track to a state of well-being. There are also certain attitudes you must assume to identify and welcome these changes.

Now let’s get to know some ways to lead a joyful life.

‘‘Happiness is reality minus expectations.’’

This quote by Tom Magliozzi suggests that people tend to be happiest when their expectations aren’t unreasonably high.

What other definitions of happiness are out there?

First of all, it is necessary to describe the term happiness. Sometimes, we think we know the meaning of a word, but we find it difficult to explain it. If someone asks us, we will go round and round in circles without giving a concrete answer.

The Oxford dictionary defines happiness as good fortune or luck. It is also related to success and prosperity. It speaks of a state of pleasant satisfaction with the circumstances of a person’s life.

So, we can conclude that happiness is an emotion that occurs in a conscious being when they reach a moment of contentment and well-being or have achieved specific goals.  However, anyone can give it a different meaning.

“I just want to be happy and loved” Is it true – happiness is only real when shared?

Human beings are an accumulation of emotions. From an early age, we need care and attention. The urge to feel important and unique to another person is the most natural thing in the world.

However, that is not the whole answer. That need comes from the desire to know that we are compatible with other human beings. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, a family member, or a romantic partner.

When we relate to someone and build a space of intimacy and trust, that feeling of harmony is one of the best things we can experience.

In conclusion, happiness can be increased when we have someone special to experience it with.

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Finding happy moments with happy habits

The first step to finding joy in everything is to stop expecting happiness to fall from the sky. You must make a decision and understand that you learn something from all of your daily experiences.

Love and happiness are things that come to life when we do the right things. You must work for it and have the correct attitude. Even if you are in a difficult situation or have a rough patch, there are always things to be glad about. You just have to take a really good look.

You must take time for self-care and enjoy your day-to-day life. Accomplishing small goals in short periods is the best plan.

You can perform small daily habits that you like and enjoy them to the fullest. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a few minutes a day. You will see that they will influence your mood for the rest of the journey.

You must make an effort to be aware of the good things you have. I’m not just talking about health, family, or work. I’m referring to situations that you live every day that normally go unnoticed.

It could be a place you frequently go to, or people you share your daily life with. There are multiple situations in your day where you can find joy.

Focus on the good

Positive thinking is not about denying trouble or ignoring negative situations. It is about hoping for the best and focusing on solutions rather than problems. Even this type of reasoning can be beneficial to your health.

Positive thinking is ideal for reducing stress. But not only that, according to the people at Mayo Clinic, it can generate several health benefits.

They claim it can increase life expectancy and reduce rates of depression and distress. It can build resistance to the common cold and promote psychological and physical well-being. In addition, it can improve cardiovascular health and decrease the risk of death from heart disease.

As we can see, positive thinking not only helps you lead a happier life but also a healthier one.

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Mindfulness

In recent years the term mindfulness has become famous. This practice comes from Buddhism and can be used to combat anxiety and depression.

Mindfulness is about being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment.  The idea is to create a sense of calm from mindfulness of what is happening in our daily lives. All of this without judgment, attachment, or rejection of the experience in any way.

It is a type of meditation that allows us to observe and learn from our daily experiences. We can analyze the workings of our minds and approach ourselves and others with kindness. If you want some data or scientific proof of its efficacy, you can check the following article.

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Switch off and slow down (do some meditation)

As you can imagine, one of the ways to lead a joyful life is to include meditation in our daily life. Switching off and slowing down is a necessity for anyone in today’s world.

People who regularly practice meditation are better prepared to face the challenges of life. They develop tools that allow them to process the problems in a better way. Therefore, they are happier.

Even just the act of taking the time to take a breath, close your eyes, and analyze the situation is already a victory.  However, let’s see what benefits meditation can bring to your life.

Main benefits of meditation

  • Gain a new outlook on difficult situations.
  • Develop stress management skills.
  • Focus on the present moment.
  • Lessen negative emotions.
  • Increase creativity & imagination.
  • Increase tolerance & patience
  • Improved emotional health and increased happiness.
  • Increased personal awareness.
  • Development of emotional intelligence and empathy.
  • Improved memory.
  • Relief from anxiety, stress, and depression.
  • Reduction of blood pressure.

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The act of gratitude can radically change your mood. It can have a positive effect on your life. You only need to invest a few minutes a day to do it.

You can keep a gratitude journal. It may seem simple, but it is a powerful tool. All you need is a notebook or app to write down the good things that happened to you during the day.

Even if you are going through a hard time, you will find that there is always something to be thankful for. Maybe it’s just something that made you smile for a moment or some unexpected help. As the days go by, you will see many things to be thankful for and joyful for.

If you want to read more about gratitude you may want to take a look at our article on ‘Living with Gratitude’ here.

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Surrounding yourself with positive people – Find your tribe

To feel happy and loved, you will need the support of the right people. Your circle of friends and family must be in tune with your interests. You must keep pessimistic persons out of your life, or at least not let them influence you.

Find your tribe of people who seek happiness and practice positive thinking. This way of life is contagious, so it’s the best thing you can do. This way, you can inspire and influence each other to be happier and more positive.

Find a job you love or join a volunteer program.

If you want to be happy and lead a joyful life, it is essential to do what you love. It would be ideal to have the job of your dreams or practice the profession you studied or learned. However, we know that not everyone enjoys this.

Those who have a job they love can develop their capabilities to the fullest and feel successful. That feeling of being in the right place and doing what you love is priceless.

If you are forced to work in something that does not meet your expectations, you have an option to compensate for its shortcomings. You can join a volunteer program where you feel helpful and like you are making a difference.

Volunteering and helping others in vulnerable situations, for example within your community, can be a rewarding activity. It may also be your way to feel valued and loved.

You may find it hard to organize yourself and find the time to do it. However, the effort will be worth it. Getting involved in a project where you can use all your skills will bring joy to your life.

Fulfilling an important task or an activity that you love, whether paid or unpaid, will always bring you joy. That harmony is vital to being happy.

Love nature

For most people, nature has a positive impact on their lives. Doing outdoor activities and visiting beautiful places is one of the best ways to lead a joyful life.

A walk in nature can relieve feelings such as sadness and loneliness. Particularly if you visit beautiful places that cause great admiration. It is even better if the connection to nature is more active. You could do activities like feeding the birds, bird watching, planting flowers for the bees and butterflies or nature journaling.

It has been shown that children who have more contact with the natural world tend to have better self-esteem.  Nature teaches them to take risks and unleash their creativity. In addition, they can exercise, play, and discover. These activities are essential for human development.

Nature can also help those suffering from psychological disorders by providing a source of calm and concentration.

Being in contact with nature is essential for a happy life. It is a way to counteract the pace of life and the worries of the modern world.

It doesn’t matter if you live in an urban city. You should find a way to enjoy the green areas you have nearby or travel as often as possible to rural and wild destinations.

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Find a pet to love.

If you want to feel loved and happy, get a pet! Domestic animals are a magnificent source of love and joy. It is known that you can develop beautiful relationships and strong connections with pets.

Having a pet helps you cultivate love in two ways. First, the animal you choose will make you feel like the most loved and relevant person in the world. Their loyalty and affection will touch you in many ways. Secondly, the care that this companion requires will make you experience exceptional devotion.

The sense of duty needed to care for another can only be achieved through love. But you can be sure that you will be rewarded with beautiful moments of happiness and contentment with your beloved animal.

Happy body, happy mind.

Exercising, practicing a sport, yoga, or simply doing some physical activity is essential to lead a joyful life. It is a way to love ourselves, our bodies. Exercise also has a significant impact on self-esteem.

Do you need a reason to exercise besides weight loss, maintaining your figure, and improving your health? Yes? OK well then, what if I told you regular training will make you a happier person!

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When we exercise, we feel more powerful and more capable of achieving new goals. Why does this happen?

It is indisputable that physical activity fills us with vitality. This is due to the endorphins that are produced through a chemical process during exercise. They have a direct impact on our minds. We feel happier, with less pain, healthier, and with greater well-being. Exercise even makes us look more attractive and have better self-confidence. This undoubtedly improves our thought processes and even our social relationships!

So the next time you say: ‘’I just want to be happy”, you already know some tips to achieve it. We hope these tips to lead a joyful life have been helpful. The power is within you, you just have to take your first step on the road to happiness.

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I just want to be happy quotes (to inspire you):

‘’I think the key to life is just being a happy person, and happiness will bring you success.’’ – Diego Val

‘’Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.’’ – Douglas Jerrold

‘’The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness’’. – Eric Hoffer

‘’I just want to be happy, have kids, enjoy my life, help others and create some good work.’’- David Walliams

‘’No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.’’- Barbara De Angelis

‘’My ambition is to be happy.’’- Penelope Cruz

‘’Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.’’- Dale Carnegie

‘’What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.’’- Baruch Spinoza

‘’If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.’’- Andrew Carnegie

‘’The less you want, the richer you are. The more you need in order to be happy, the more miserable you’ll be.’’- Yanni

‘’If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.’’- Confucius

‘’If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.’’- Dalai Lama

‘’To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness’’. – Bertrand Russell

‘’Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them’’ – Steve Maraboli

‘’A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.’’- Bernard de Fontenelle

‘’The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.’’- Carrie Jones

‘’Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.’’ – Cynthia Nelms

‘’Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions’’. – Dalai Lama

 

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Living with Gratitude – Gratitude Affirmations

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What is gratitude?

Gratitude is nothing but a synonym of thankfulness. With gratitude, people appreciate the goodness in their lives. Think about a time when you were low, and someone gave you a shoulder to cry on. I bet you felt thankful towards them, didn’t you?

Gratitude helps you solidify and acknowledge the relationships around you. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “count your blessings,” which reminds us to be thankful for things we have rather than dwell on things we don’t have. Maybe something you have is asked for in the prayers of others. We sometimes forget to be grateful for the small everyday things, that many people on this earth pray for.

You may have heard gratitude mentioned in articles pertaining to good mental health and positivity, well it’s true! Gratitude is so important and plays a crucial role in building those attributes. If you acknowledge what you DO have, and can practice being grateful for it, life will naturally radiate with positivity. When you’re feeling positive you feel more uplifted and mentally well.

How to practice gratitude?

Well luckily it’s not rocket science. If you look around, and really notice things, you will find that you have so many things to be grateful for, maybe there are things that you overlook daily, for example being able to be around loved ones, sleeping, having a full stomach, eating what you like, wearing what you want, savoring a hot cup of coffee, and so many other countless things. By practicing gratitude, you become fully involved and present in your life. If you are not sure how to start, then I’m are here to help. Keep reading for tips on how you can begin your gratitude practice:

  • Seek out the good: simply look around yourself now. Tune in and magnify every tiny detail that your life is decorated with.
  • Reminding yourself of things you have: Notice things that you might take for granted. Find them and treasure them. It can be in the form of food, shelter, people, or community.
  • Start a journal: being committed to writing down what you appreciate will remind you continuously and notice the good things around you. The great thing is, if you’re having a low moment, reading back through your gratitude journal can be a great pick me up!
  • Follow a ritual: there are many gratitude rituals that we can practice, for example saying grace before a meal or thanking others for little gestures, being grateful for the time they’ve taken to help you or give you company.
  1. Savor your gratitudes: pause and notice when you are amazed by the little things in life. Count your blessings right there and then when they take place. These little moments fill you with gratitude and make your heart sing. Why not read some books on gratitude, they may show you even more ways to savor what you have.
  2. Verbalize your gratitude: You don’t have to express gratitude in an over the top way. Think of expressing your gratitude to someone as more of just good manners, but say it mindfully with feeling rather than an automatic thank you.  When you acknowledge someone it makes you feel good and them too! Spread the gratitude and joy, pay it forward.
  • Think about how you appreciate what they’ve done for you. Express your thankfulness to someone who made you happy or did something helpful for you in some way. Start with something like- I loved it when…, it was so thoughtful of you to…, thank you for this favor, it was really kind of you…, thank you for your helping me out with…., etc. Check out this link for more ways to express your thanks.
  • Being kind is another excellent way to express gratefulness to someone. Try to find a moment when you can be there for them.
  • Show people how important they are in your life: you don’t have to be cheesy or mushy. Just handle it in your own way, in your own style. Even a simple statement will do the trick and it’ll mean the world to someone that you acknowledged their impact on your life.

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Ways to unlock the power of gratefulness:

It is never too late to start working on your gratitude! Welcoming gratitude can change your life for the better. I have outlined the following ways by which you can squeeze a bit gratitude into your life:

  • Journaling: start writing down the things for which you are grateful. You can list down a few things each day which have left you awestruck. Listing your blessings will help you cultivate additional energy and positivity about your day. Check this link out for some ideas on how to keep a gratitude journal.
  • Surround yourself with positivity: you will become more of the energy surrounding you, so make sure it’s positive. Reinforcing the gratitude feelings within yourself will help bring out the positive things surrounding you.
  • Reframe your perspective: we all have our ups and downs, but how we tackle them matters. No, you don’t need to be apologetic about your emotions! All you have to do is change your perspective and see opportunity in every situation.
  • Take Lessons: mistakes are inevitable! Committing a mistake doesn’t always have to be bad. Accept your errors and be grateful to them because you can always learn something from them. Scrutinize how things could have gone differently and how you might do it differently next time.
  • Speak it out loud: even the smallest favor deserves a thank you. Recognize other’s efforts made to help you and thank them in the moment with a hug, handshakes, flowers, coffee, or any other small gestures which will make them feel appreciated. Alternatively write them a message or note after the event letting them know how you are grateful.
  • Be present: Life is happening now! So when you stay stuck in the past or dream about the future, you miss the greatness of now, and real-time opportunities and experiences that are happening right now. Practice staying present in the moment so that you can make the most out of it! If you are occupied in memories or dreams you miss out on living.

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How does it link with the Law of Attraction?

The way that the universe works is out of our ability to understand. Regardless of age, gender, nationality, or religion, one thing that is the same for us all is the law of the universe that binds us all together, and one of those laws is the law of attraction. The law of attraction is loaded with the power to materialize whatever you think and imagine. In short, the law of attraction turns thought into things. If you focus on positive things, positive experiences will find a way into your life and vice versa. It means whatever you imagine can be turned into reality by deploying positive thinking. Whether consciously or unconsciously, humans act as a magnet to the thoughts sent and received back. Unfortunately, very few people are familiar with how these thoughts affect their day-to-day life. As a result, most of us are hidden from the potential that we hold within ourselves.

One way to leverage the law of attraction is to practice gratitude. We spend so much of our energy thinking badly and cursing about things that we don’t have or things that didn’t go the way we wanted. Human nature tends to forget and appreciate good things in life and ends up neglecting them. As a result, we leave positive things unchecked, which calls for negative thoughts which in turn attracts more unwanted stuff in your life. Focusing on what you don’t possess will attract even less positive things. Instead of being concerned about your debts, be thankful for your richness. To keep a reminder of all the beautiful things, you can send write down things you are thankful for. It can be for anything such as-

  • Being able to be with your family.
  • Enjoying a cup of coffee in peace.
  • Being able to see, listen, and taste and feel.
  • Enjoying your pets company.
  • Having your favorite meal made by your mom.

Writing down the things you are credited with will attract more of it. For example, people love receiving gratefulness and will continue to do so when their efforts go recognized. If you don’t want to keep a physical journal there are many amazing diary apps and even gratitude apps available to help prompt you daily to write about your experiences and invite more gratitude to your life.

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How can being thankful change your life?

It’s incredible how one simple thought can change the entire life perspective of a person. When you live your life as if everything is a miracle and be aware of the things you are given, life shifts from a feeling of scarcity to richness. Here are ten ways that gratitude can change your life for good:

  • Appreciation: practicing gratitude will make you the favorite of your people. One “thank you” can make someone’s whole day. People admire you for their recognition in your life and seek an ongoing strong relationship with you. Plus, it is a great way to start a conversation and make friends.
  • Sound sleep: when you are satisfied with your life, you sleep tight! Practicing gratitude improves the quality of your sleep. You don’t want those bags under your eyes! Gratitude can make you well-rested and magnify your health.
  • For psychological well-being: A sane mind is a must for everyone! When you don’t feel resentment, jealousy, envy, and unhealthy competition, you link your mind to peacefulness. And how peacefulness can affect your mental state needs no further explanation.
  • Improves physical health: when you radiate positivity, you attract good health. According to research, gratitude can help lower blood pressure, heart disease, pains, and aches. So practicing gratitude is like an investment in your health. It’s nice to have a healthy heart especially in later life!
  • Motivation and inspiration: realising what you are grateful for will inspire you to attract even more of it. It’s just like we explained in the law of attraction. According to research, people who are thankful for what they have are more productive and enthusiastic than their counterparts.
  • Work-life: if your job in any way involves leadership, you will bloom with profit. Employees are more productive when they are appreciated for their contribution by their boss. Hence practicing gratitude is a great way to evolve your work life too!
  • Strength: gratitude plays a vital role in controlling stress and nurturing mental strength. Once you remind yourself of your blessings, you can maintain your mental balance through any difficult times like failures and losses. So rather than dwelling on the losses, gratitude gives you the strength to focus on positives in any situation.
  • Less stressed: being satisfied with what you have saves you from stressful situations that occur from what you don’t have. Gratitude practice help eliminate the harmful effects of being stressed that make you feel low.
  • Retain confidence: numerous studies have linked gratitude with a high level of self-esteem. It is evident that when you practice gratitude, you cut yourself from social comparison, envious, and jealous feelings, which makes you self-sufficient and boosts your confidence on the foundation of- ” you are enough.”
  • Social relations: Gratitude helps you feel better about what you have accomplished in life rather than jealous about what others are equipped with. When you don’t practice gratitude, you establish jealousy-based differences that can shake your social relationships to the core.

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Gratitude affirmations – unlock the power of gratefulness

Powerful gratitude affirmation:

  • I am grateful for all my lessons and celebrations.
  • I am thankful for my setbacks and comebacks.
  • The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.
  • I attract what my mind desires.
  • My life is filled with blessings.
  • What a miracle to be able to breathe, see, listen and feel.
  • “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama.
  • Gratitude allows positivity to enter and surround us.
  • There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein.
  • You are blessed, don’t be stressed!
  • My “have” is always greater than my “have not.”

Grateful affirmation to the universe:

  • Dear universe, thank you for all of the light and dark.
  • The universe gives you what you desire.
  • Gratitude attracts abundance.
  • Never overlook positivity over negativity.
  • I am allowed to make mistakes.
  • Positive things are reflected to me.
  • I am grateful to enjoy the sun, the moon, and the sky.

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Morning gratitude affirmation:

  • I am thankful for another day in my life.
  • I am grateful for whatever I am.
  • Today I will practice the attitude of gratitude.
  • Another day, another opportunity.
  • I wake up blessed every day.
  • Today is going to be my best.
  • I welcome the support and criticism this day will bring.
  • I am thankful for this warmth of coffee.
  • I am grateful for another chance at life.
  • I am thankful to wake up in my home.
  • I am thankful to wake up to the people I love.

Gratitude formation before sleep:

  • I am thankful to be able to sleep peacefully.
  • I am grateful to return to my bed.
  • Positive thoughts will bring positive sleep.
  • I am mentally and physically relaxed.
  • I am forgiving and forgiven.
  • Today I was at my best, and now it’s time to rest.
  • I close my eyes with a grateful heart.
  • It was a good day.
  • The day is now in the past, and I’m ready for tomorrow.
  • Today I did enough, and now I can let go of it.

We hope you enjoyed this article on gratefulness, it’s such an important practice every one of us should make an effort to incorporate into our daily lives. If you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch with me here.

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Do you want to be a great success? Tips for successful living

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Today being successful is something we all want to achieve. Success is not a matter of luck. You have to work hard to get it. Surely you are wondering, but what makes a successful person different? What does it really take to be successful?

We want to answer your questions and more. That is why we bring you the best tips to have a lasting successful life. Keep reading this article, and we will help you find success.

What is the meaning of great success?

Achieving success can mean many things. High success can have a different meaning for each person depending on their values, principles, and culture. However, there are elements that we can see in common in all the circumstances in which a person considers himself successful. From these, we can try to define or understand what success means in general.

The first common element that we see in successful people is that they feel happy. In a way, success has to do with happiness. Happiness is related to the feeling of satisfaction and self-fulfillment.

Another aspect to consider is that success comes from a series of actions aimed at achieving a goal. These actions are related to certain attitudes, skills, and habits such as effort, planning, and persistence, amongst other things.

You can be successful in different areas. For example, a person can be considered successful at work, in their studies, personal projects, etc. However, success can also be seen in a broader aspect, such as life itself. As well as in specific areas, what will determine whether or not a person has a successful life depends on various factors and personal visions.

In any case, the strategies to achieve success apply to any idea about what it means to be a successful person or having a successful life.

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How to live a successful life.

These are the key things that will help you achieve optimal and sustainable success. With these tools, you can achieve your goals.

Focus on one goal.

For this, you must first establish as clearly as possible the goal you propose to achieve. Once this is done, you should work undistractedly toward that particular goal. Successful people can focus in extraordinary ways. Get this done efficiently by clicking on this link, where you can find the best way to keep your focus active.

Something that can help you stay focused is making a priority list. This way, you will realize when you are giving attention to small matters that are far from your main goal.

Recognize the opportunities and take them!

This point is related to making sound decisions. On your way to success, you will always find unexpected opportunities. Successful people take any opportunity that allows them to be better without questioning.

If the decision turns out to be poor, they take the situation as a learning experience. Every moment strengthens you. There is no such thing as weak or unfortunate situations. In this sense, making decisions is about taking advantage of an opportunity despite fear. Everything is part of the road to success.

Get out of your comfort zone.

This point also has a lot to do with decision-making. Many times we are afraid of making decisions that require us to leave our comfort zone. Successful people are clear that to be successful, at some point, they may have to do things that they are not used to or that require much more effort than they thought.

It is not that you should do something foolish or that it involves a risk in which you put yourself in danger. Although leaving the comfort zone implies making risky decisions, these risks have moderate consequences. Actually, leaving your comfort zone is nothing more than tolerating a little discomfort and doing something that usually generated a little fear or anxiety. Do you need help to take that step outside of your comfort zone? We recommend you visit this link.

Take your time to rest.

Working without resting will not put you closer to your goal. Successful people have time for work and also time to rest. In reality, rest gives you a solid base to have the energy necessary to do all the work that your goal requires. In other words, it is the rest that will keep you going. So try not to be so demanding on yourself. As long as you work with perseverance, you don’t have to work at a dangerous speed or push to be successful.

But in addition to these action strategies, there is also another factor that positively influences success achievement. Your thoughts can play a role in the achievement of success, we will talk about this more below which will make it more clear.

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The law of attraction and success.

While there are no shortcuts to success, having positive and accurate thoughts about what you want to achieve is a great and valuable advantage. Many people believe that the law of attraction has to do with luck, but it is based on concrete actions of thought that have nothing to do with chance. Accurate thoughts can increase the effectiveness of the work you are doing to get you what you want.

The law of attraction includes mental actions such as visualizing your goal, meaning, the result you want to achieve. But it also involves other types of factors such as effort, commitment, and discipline.

Psychology has shown the impact that thoughts have on the creation of our reality. If you focus your thoughts on the result you want to obtain, your skills will be enhanced. You will feel more motivated and inspired, which is necessary to be successful.

There are some steps that you can follow to make the law of attraction work for you. These simple but powerful steps will help you manifest what you want and be successful in what you set out to do!

Understand why and don’t lose sight of it.

First, think about the origin of that idea, its foundations. Where does what you want to achieve come from? For example, if your goal is to have your own business, what was your motivation? why do you want to start it?

Visualization.

Visualize your goal already accomplished. For example, if your goal is to have a business, visualize it already created. If your goal is to go to a place, imagine yourself in it. Also, visualize what you need. If you need someone, visualize that person giving you that help.

Trust yourself.

Your goal can only be achieved if you trust that you can do it. It doesn’t matter what others have told you. The negative or positive comments you may have received will not affect the achievement of your goal in the way that your self-confidence can. Even if others do not believe in you, you must have confidence in yourself, in your project, and that you can carry it out.

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Great success in work.

Having success in work can be accomplished if you follow the accurate strategies correctly. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about you working in a company or having your own business.

Although what is considered a success is different for each person, success at work has one particularity. Success at work can be measured. It is quantifiable. In any case, success at work -as well as in other areas- is related to goals and objectives accomplished. By this, we do not mean simply completing a task but achieving an expected result.

There are many strategies to improve your success at work. These will be adapted to the particular characteristics of the work project. There is a leading company that has shared the most important keys that have made it successful. We are referring to the famous company: Disney. As Disney is one of the companies with the best development and achievement of objectives, we consider it relevant to know ten key bases of their success.

  • Everyone is important.
  • Re-invent often. Creativity is essential.
  • Strengthen your skills. Train your workers.
  • Always look for working with the best quality.
  • Look for ways to always do better.
  • Maintain a professional image with your own style.
  • Know your customers, think about them, and how to satisfy them.
  • Keep an optimistic tone in difficult moments.
  • Don’t be afraid to break the mold.
  • Stand the core values ​​of the company.

Definitely, we can always learn from those who have achieved undeniable success, so we recommend you take a look at this link. These keys are crucial if you want to achieve success with your company. Apply them so that your success is lasting.

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Relationships success.

We can speak of success in human relationships when we establish bonds where the interaction happens naturally. Cultivating mutually beneficial human relationships is the foundation of our social ambit. That is why building successful interpersonal relationships are such a valuable thing. The best way to achieve this type of success is by fostering interpersonal synergies that arise naturally.

Empathy and teamwork are just some of the principles that establish success in relationships. If we develop the diverse principles that promote healthy relationships between people, we will also be ensuring relationship success. With this in mind, we want to offer you some tips to enhance success in relationships.

Encourage communication.

Speaking honestly and clearly while maintaining a sense of respect and empathy enhances good interpersonal communication.

Respect each other.

This is directly related to the tolerance capacity as well as the establishment of limits. Accepting that another person has the right to be and think differently, as long as it does not harm your own rights. It is essential for relationship success.

Giving without expecting anything in return.

When we focus on always getting something from someone, our relationships are created from manipulation, not from the spirit of sharing. This certainly does not help you to create happy and healthy relationships. If you are always thinking about what you can get, you will never develop success in relationships.

In addition to how vital it is to be successful in our relationships, relationships are also a key element to success in other areas, especially at work.

At work, knowing how to get along with others is vital. The success of our business or our work is always determined by teamwork. This way, you can grow professionally. You need others. You will always need others to carry out your ideas and to develop success. Even when it comes to personal business projects.

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Great success quotes.

To inspire you to be successful, we’ve collected the following quotes from successful celebrities. Let their words be an inspiration for you!

“I did not fail the test. I only discovered 100 ways to get it wrong”. – Benjamin Franklin.

“The secret to making dreams come true can be summarized in four C’s: curiosity, confidence, courage and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence.” – Walt Disney.

“Obstacles cannot stop you. If you find a wall, don’t give up. Find a way to climb it, cross it or knock it down”. -Michael Jordan.

“To be successful is to fail repeatedly, but without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill.

“All your dreams can come true if you dare to pursue them.” – Walt Disney.

“If you set absurdly high goals and fail, your failure will be far better than everyone’s success.” – James Cameron.

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” – Aristotle.

“Life is reduced or expanded in proportion to your courage.” – Anaïs Nin.

“As soon as you believe in yourself, you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

So you already know what factors influence success and the top tips to becoming a successful person. Do you know of other tips for living a successful life? Your contribution means a lot to us.

Tell us what you think of this article, we will be happy to hear from you.

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Growing Lavender From Seed – Top Tips

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Thanks for visiting my blog! In this article, I will outline top tips for growing lavender from seed successfully. On this page, I have included links to products that can help you to get set up for growing, if you choose to purchase through a link from this page, I may make a small affiliate commission that will contribute towards the maintenance costs of my site.

Where does Lavender originate from?

Lavender is a genus of around 47 species related to the mint family, it is native to temperate regions in the Mediterranean and from Northern and Eastern Africa to Southwest Asia according to WikipediaGrow your own herbs book

Lavenders are versatile low-maintenance shrubby perennial plants that can be planted in pots, garden beds or be used as hedges. The plants thrive in hot summer climates with shady afternoons and low-moderately fertile, slightly alkaline soils. Lavender has many uses, to name just a few; it’s great for attracting insect life to your back yard, can be used as a culinary herb, for its relaxing calming fragrance, and for its beauty in floral displays.

Growing lavender plants from seed can be a worthwhile and fun way to incorporate this delightful herb into your back garden. Lavender seeds are not quick to sprout, and crops grown from them wouldn’t normally flower in the initial year of growth, but if you’re dedicated and willing to invest the time, you can create beautiful fragrant plants from seed, which is so fulfilling!

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Do I need to refrigerate lavender seeds?

Cold stratification is necessary for some seeds. The idea is that when sowing these seeds, a cool period followed by a warmer period is needed to break their dormancy and invite germination. Sometimes gardeners will advise sowing lavender seeds into dampened soil then placing in a cold greenhouse or refrigerator for a few weeks before then placing them onto heat mats. This is generally not necessary as with fresh seeds, germination is fairly easy, it just takes a bit of time. However if you are struggling you may want to consider utilizing this method of cold stratification to see if you can achieve greater success in germinating your seeds.

Where to Germinate Lavender Seeds

The initial step is choosing a good variety of lavender. It is important to know that not all types will be easy for growing lavender from seed. Sometimes cuttings are a quicker and easier way to produce new plants. A good variety to start off with is Munstead, this can take up to 90 days to germinate, so be patient. You can start them off in late winter and you should get good-sized seedlings by the beginning of the summer. Germinate the seeds indoors, they require warm temperatures between 65-70 degrees Farenheight (18-21C). If your home isn’t warm and you don’t have the use of a hothouse or greenhouse it may be necessary to use a heat mat and/or grow lights to maintain the warmth necessary for your seeds.

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Sowing Lavender seeds

Sprinkle the seeds into shallow trays of moistened earth around 0.5-1 inch apart and apply just enough soil on top to lightly cover them. A vermiculite soil or a sterilized seed starting mix are good blends to keep the seeds just moist enough but not too waterlogged. If you can, cover the tray with a clear domed lid with ventilation holes in it (you can re-use an old fruit or veggie tray for this purpose or a large clear plastic bag with holes in). Be sure to allow circulation of air a couple of times a day by removing the lid and then replacing it.

To water, you can either mist the soil regularly to keep it slightly damp or sit the tray into a shallow dish of water, avoid pouring water directly over the seeds. Once your seeds have germinated keep the soil moderately damp but not soaking wet.

Place your seed tray in a sunny spot, or alternatively, you can choose to hang grow lights above them, adjust the height to keep the light to around an inch above the seedlings at all times as they grow.

Watch this amazing video which shows growing lavender from seed (time lapse)

Transplanting lavender seedlings

Your seedlings will need to be carefully transplanted to their own pots once each plant has several sets of leaves on it (usually after around 6 weeks). To do this, fill a pot ¾ full with a light potting mix soil and poke a hole in it that is just large enough to accommodate the roots. Once placed gently into the hole, lightly pack extra soil all around the transplanted lavender plant stem to hold it in position. You will need to continue to keep these transplanted lavenders indoors until they are bigger (at least 3 inches), this can take 1-3 months.

Hardening off lavender plants

Once the last day of frost has passed in your area, this is the right time to move your seedlings outdoors to harden them off. In order to reduce shock and acclimatize them to the outdoor setting, take your plants outside in their pots for a few hours each day, gradually increasing the length of time they’re outdoors. After around a week, your lavender should be ready to be planted out into the garden.

To plant out, choose an area that receives direct sunlight and has a well-draining soil type (if needed you can mix a bit of gravel into the soil to improve drainage). Lavender can grow in other poorer soil types but do benefit from having a little added organic matter.

During the first year your new lavender plants will be growing roots and establishing, they will need more regular watering but only if the soil has completely dried out. Once established they are much more resistant to droughts.

Cutting off any stems that start flowering in the first year will encourage more vegetation growth so you will have a bigger flowering plant the following year.

During the winter place a mulch or gravel around the base of the plant (but not too close to the stem), to keep the soil warmer.

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Maintaining lavender plants

Each spring cut plants back just as their new growth starts but only on the green parts, (don’t trim back to the woody part of the stems). This will encourage a spurt of growth and bloom. Trim them back again in the autumn after the flowers are gone for best results the following year.

After a few years lavender plants can become quite woody, growing new young plants can give you an economical way of re-invigorating your garden displays by transplanting young plants next to old. The bees and butterflies will thank you!

Harvesting Lavender

In the first year the plant will concentrate on root structure and establishment, but in the second year you should have a much bigger lavender plant that begins to bloom.

Lavender is best harvested when it has formed buds but not yet opened to flowers, this allows the fragrance and color to stay for much longer once dried. Make sure to leave at least two sets of leaves either side of where you harvest on the green growth of the plant, don’t cut into the woody stem as it will not regrow from here once pruned.

Drying Lavender

The easiest way to dry lavender is to gather small handfuls together with twine or elastic band and hang upside down somewhere warm with good airflow. This method can take weeks to months depending on the climate.Herbal Medicine book

Alternatively, you can try to speed things up by drying out the sprigs using a dehydrator, make sure you use a low setting of around 100F and spread in only a single layer. It can take 1-2 days to fully dry out.

When ready, the main lavender stem should snap rather than bend and the buds should feel dry and crumbly and break up easily. For maximum longevity store in air-tight containers in a cool dark and dry area.

Harvesting lavender

Growing lavender from cuttings

If you wish to try to grow new plants from cuttings here are a few tips:

  • Make sure you have permission from the plant/garden owner first!
  • Choose to take cuttings from large well-established plants with a strong fragrance
  • Avoid plants that have just recently flowered
  • Choose a plant with long stalks with a good amount of green leaves at the top and some brown leaves at the bottom.

Take approximately a 3 inch long cutting from the lower stems of the plant. Remove all but a few green leaves at the top of the stem. To speed up the process you can first dip the bottom of the stem into rooting hormone powder (optional), before planting into a pot of moistened compost. Place the pot in a warm area but away from direct sun and mist every few days when the soil is dry. In around 3-6 weeks you should see new leaves growing which means your cuttings have rooted!

Then, follow the same steps as the plants grown from seeds for transplantation and hardening off.

Where can I find lavender seeds for sale?

To try growing lavender from seed, you can buy seeds at garden centers or online (even from Amazon!). A good option for success is to find a local retailer who collects their seeds from plants that have been used to growing in your climate. Choose a non-GMO organic seed source for the healthiest option.

Quick and Easy ways to use Dried Lavender

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Summary

Lavender can take quite a while to grow from seed, if you’re finding it hard, you may need a heat mat and grow lights or try using cold stratification techniques. Alternatively, you can try rooting cuttings or buy an established plant from your local garden center.

This beautiful fragrant plant is great for attracting bees and butterflies and other lovely insects into your garden and can be utilized in so many ways.No matter how you acquire your lavender plants you’re sure to be hooked on their hardy versatility which will leave you wanting to grow more and try out the other amazing varieties available!

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