Do yourself a favor and check out these pics of simple ideas for spreading kindness. If one of you gets inspired to do one nice thing for something, then this post was worth my time 🙂 http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-world-isnt-such-a-bad-placeScreen Shot 2014-01-05 at 9.04.55 PM

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This Could Solve So Many Problems!

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This is awesome! So simple and yet revolutionary. Think of how many problems could be solved if this was implemented everywhere? I don’t usually post long videos, cuz I know people are busy, but this is so interesting and well done that the 10 minutes flies by.

Check out the before and after in the picture. It’s not just a landscape beautification project, this is healthy, edible food, easily accessible to the residents of South LA, where healthy store-bought food is not available. It’s a part of a positive transformation that affects the health, economic, cultural, safety and educational aspects of the community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzZzZ_qpZ4w

15 Things to Give-up to Become a Happier Person!

Screen shot 2012-05-25 at 10.57.12 AMThis article is recommended reading for my Health Coach training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. They believe, as do I, that if you give them up,  your life will be a lot easier and much happier. Not sold on the idea? Try a few and see what happens.

1. Give up your need to always be right

 There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. Give up your need for control

Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame

 Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk

Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs

about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining

 Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others

Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change

 Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels

 Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears

Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. Give up your excuses

Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 8.50.56 AMAttitude is EVERYTHING! While often easier said then done   . . . always try to find something positive in every one and every situation. I believe you will be a lot happier. And in turn, a lot healthier 🙂