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A is for Attitude Adjustment – Are you reAdy?

Sometimes the bull gets you by the horns instead of the other way around and you just gotta have an attitude adjustment.  We’ve said it before, shit happens.  Things go wrong, the dog eats your homework and life just sometimes sucks.  So what are you, a naturally beautiful woman (or man) going to do about it?  Cry – yes!  Yell – Yes!  Scream – Yes!  And now that that five minutes is over, you’ve got to, got to, got to do something different.

In Twelve Step recovery programs, it’s called “Acting As If.”  It’s like going back in time to your childhood and playing “Make Believe.”  It’s like Adam Sandler in “Remote Control” or rubbing the genie lamp in Alladin.  It might not be real, but sometimes make believe is what you need in the moment.

Pretend you’re happy.  Put on a happy face.  Watch a funny movie and laugh.  Dress up in a floozy costume or dance naked to Zydeco music – really loud Zydeco music.

SMILE.  Just the act of smiling and having the corners of your mouth turn up instead of down might fool your brain into sending out happy hormones and neurotransmitters instead of those dopey, droopy, depressing ones that were hanging around before.  The brain can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s imaginary, so it just might start putting out feeling good thoughts, just cause you’re putting in feeling good thoughts.

Hey look – why not take ten minutes, or an hour, or even a whole day to change your attitude.  You never know – it might just change your life!

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A is for Awake! Anew! Again! A BrAnd new day!

A New Beginning for your Natural Health and your Natural Beauty

Good morning!  It’s a brand new day and you get to start all over again.  Anew!  Afresh!  Alive!  Amazing, isn’t it?

Don’t look back.  Maybe yesterday you didn’t eat enough fruits or vegetables, and you forgot to drink some water.  Maybe you didn’t wash off your makeup last night, or never put any moisturizer on your face.

Guess what?  You get to do it today.  Anew!  As trite as it might sound – Today really is the first day of the rest of your life.  You get a new chance to do it right today.  You get to choose how to live today.  A new beginning.

For the next twenty-four hours, you can choose what kind of person you will be, what kind of day you will have.  Will you be happy?  Or will you be sad?  Will you eat a healthy meal or two, or will you choose to just shove some stuff into your mouth?  Will you drink that glass of natural health that we call water?  Or will you choose something sweet and syrupy and not so good for you?

Maybe today you have a crisis at work, or a sick family member who needs care.  Maybe today you can’t find a job or you’re losing your home.  Shit happens.  We know that for a fact.  But maybe just for a moment, a little teeny moment of today, you can remember that this too shall pass.  There will be a tomorrow.  Another brand new day.  Another chance to wake up and begin again.  Anew!  Alive!  Again!

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Z is for Zest and Zeal and Zip A Dee Doo Dah – Hurray for Life!!

Zest for your Life is good for your natural health

Get up in the morning!  Jump Out of Bed!  Try something new!  Make a new friend!  Have some fun!

Fun is a state of mind and you get to choose it every day.  Sure we all have work to do and lives to lead and responsibilities to bear.  But even if your work takes up 12 hours of every day, you still get 12 hours more to live a zestful life with zip.  So if you sleep 8 hours of that time, and I hope you do because it’s very important to your natural health and your natural beauty to get a good night’s sleep – that gives you at least 4 hours of time to enjoy the rest of your life.

What will get you smiling?  Listening to music or singing along with a movie?  Watching the waves break on the ocean or spending some time in your garden?  Playing with the kids or the puppies or the kittens?  Baking some chocolate chip cookies.  Watching a funny movie.  Hiking in the mountains.  Etc. Etc. Etc.

Just like Nike says – JUST DO IT!!!  Kick up your heels and have some fun today.  If you have a zest for life, you will never miss out on fun.  There’s no need to be serious and uptight all the time.   Drop your worries and just learn to enjoy this moment, and then the next, and then the one after that.

Some of the most brilliant geniuses of our time, who worked very hard to invent and discover and show us the serious side of the world, also enjoyed life to the fullest -

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”  ~Abraham Lincoln

“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.”  ~HH the Dalai Lama

 

“What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.”  ~Leo Buscaglia

 

“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”  – Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

 

 

 

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H is for Happiness

Put on a Happy Face

Forget your troubles, come on get happy!

Don’t worry, be happy!

Everywhere we turn, we are told to be happy, cheer up, look at the bright side.  Who are the happiest people in the world?  The University of Michigan did a World Values Survey and came up with the following list of how countries rank on the question of happiness. Denmark is the happiest nation in the world and Zimbabwe the unhappiest. The United States ranks 16th on the list, immediately after New Zealand.

Where do you live?  Are you happy?  Would you be happier if you were thinner, fatter, taller, shorter, bald, grey, older, younger?  How do you get to be just a bit happier than you might be today?

Cultivate your friendships. Pick up a phone and call your old high school best friend. Lend a helping hand to a neighbor.  It’s also been said that it’s hard to be unhappy when you’re helping someone else to be happy.

Pet a dog or a cat.  Petting animals can bring instant stress relief to most people.  The joy that you will give your pet, be it a cat or a dog or a gerbil (???) can’t help but put a smile on your own face.

Stuff is not important.  People and experiences are the things to collect.  They go a much longer way to bring happiness into your life.

Smile.  Just smile.  Look someone in the eye when they walk by and just say Good Morning or just smile.  Spread a little bit of happiness and joy to everyone you see, and you will be delighted at the joy and happiness they give back to you!

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A is for Attitude – All that reAlly counts!

 

Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right!!! Henry Ford said this quite a while ago, and it still holds true today and every day.  You have the power to make choices – for the good and for the bad, as well.

Whether you want to call it “The Secret” or “The Law of Attraction” or just plain old common sense, having a positive attitude can create more happiness in your life than walking around scowling and complaining and being unhappy.

Now, I’m not saying that going out into the world like a Pollyanna and hiding your sad feelings behind a clown face is the answer to your troubles (if you do this too often, please see A is for Agrimony – the Bach Flower Remedy for people who need to deal with the truth and stop hiding it!).  But I guarantee that if you look at people and smile, you might have people smile back at you – and that will make you feel better.  The first steps to creating change in your life has to be to change your attitude.  The next steps include finding something you love and at least starting to do it, help other people (it’s hard to be unhappy when you’re helping someone else), and give yourself a pat on the back once in a while for anything you can think!

A positive attitude can change your life.  It can give you more energy on the outside and more inner strength and peace on the inside.  It can help you to overcome challenges more easily and to achieve success faster.  A positive attitude can make you do what you can do, what you want to do, and what will ultimately bring you happiness!  Remember, the letter A as in Awesome – that’s you!

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