5 Things To Make Your Day Better
Life can be dull, stressful, boring, heartbreaking,….must I go on? But I have narrowed down 5 things to make your day better every single day.
Did I mention that life can be stressful? I think that out of all the adjectives we can apply to life “stressful” is one that affects us all the most.
For the first time in history I think life is more stressful for American people my age (child raising, mortgage paying, working people) than it was for our parents.
The rise of the “convenience” age has actually made life speed up instead of slowing anything down. We no longer have to go to the bank to do business, can get a college degree completely online, – heck. we haven’t had to get off the sofa to change the TV channel in years.
And yet, there’s a general lack of happiness floating through the air. Everyone is carrying around so much anxiety that it is difficult to enjoy even the simplest things.
What we all need is to quit our jobs, take up our favorite hobbies, and relax for the rest of our lives, right? Well, since this is not la la land and that will never happen, let’s focus on what can be done in our present circumstances.
First of all, if your life is not happy, then it is time to change it. I know that can sometimes be difficult to accomplish, but almost every person’s life has some room to begin some changes. If fact, small changes over time can lead to big changes down the road.
Second, stop putting off being happy and start doing it now, even if you HATE your current circumstances. Being happy (to at least some degree) is a habit – like brushing your teeth.
There are lots of things we can do to lift our spirits and make yourself feel better, but here are five I have narrowed down that take almost no effort at all.
5 Things To Make Your Day Better
1. Be Present
This is probably the most important one, and also the one I am most guilty of not doing. It is very easy to live in the past or the future. Sometimes mixture of both. You can’t do anything about yesterday or tomorrow, so just think about today. Pay attention to your breathing and how you feel on the inside, not on the environment outside your body. You are your own island and it’s sunny on your island today.
2. Do Less
Having fewer tasks in your day will make you feel less hurried, and thereby, also less stressed. When you think about it, some of the things on your to do list are probably not as important as others could probably wait or even be eliminated altogether. Go over your list as if you were a stranger on the outside of your life looking in and see if you really need to do each of those tasks.
3. Get One Important Thing Done
This step will help make Step 2 (above) easier. If you get at least one important thing done each day, those things will really add up over time. This will lead to a wonderful feeling of accomplishment because narrowing it down to just one thing each day will force you to focus on what’s important on your list.
When you declutter your environment, you declutter your heart and soul. I truly believe that. Eliminate all that you can, both physically and mentally, and you will be left with space to breathe and enjoy. Remember, less is more.
5. Hug Someone
Nothing makes me feel better than a big hug from my kids or husband. Human touch has been known to lower blood pressure and slow the pulse. It naturally calms you, which is better than taking medications. Plus it spreads joy to those you live so everyone have a happier day.
In conclusion, we all need to start thinking about being more instead of having more. That’s where true happiness lives.
Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara Review
I have been researching mascaras for some time, which let do this Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara Review.
First, I set out to find the ultimate lengthening mascara. I tried a couple different ones before realizing that my eyelashes were suddenly getting shorter. They were literally breaking off. They got so short that I actually freaked out a little. I was afraid they might not go back to their previous length.
I can’t say for sure if the mascara caused the problem or if it could have been the make up remover. Again, I tried several different removers at this time. It would be difficult to pin the blame on any one product because I switched so many times.
Next, I started looking so a mascara that was just “safe”. I tried a couple different ones before realizing that my sight was become extremely blurry. However, I noticed that every time I had some extended time of work my sight would improve again.
After doing some research and doing some trial and error, it became clear that either mascara or make up remover (or both) was making my eye sight blurry.
No girl wants to give up her mascara, right?
I have been wearing and/or playing in make up since I was five years old and I don’t care to stop now. So I started researching and looking for a mascara without chemicals.
Turns out these are amazing difficult to find. You have to look past the advertising and read the actually ingredient list. (Look Up Any Cosmetic on EWG.org.)
This led me to Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara. (This mascara has a rating of “1” on the site, which is the best you can get. I simply searched “mascara” and the most natural ones came up first.)
The Good & the Bad
After reading some of the reviews of other more natural mascaras I was afraid this one might go on wet and glumpy, but it didn’t. Two coats on each eye gets a nice look that gets my eyelashes looking long and luscious without looking over coated. (I actually must put three coats on one eye because those lashes haven’t completely recovered from previous products.)
It stayed on all day and I had no problems at all with smudging or flaking.
Some reviews I had read mentioned that is came off easily while others said it was difficult to remove. It came right off for me. No raccoon eyes after I got out of the bath. I used a mild cream remover, but tonight I plan to try plain soap and water to see what happens.
This morning it applied the mascara again, and it went on perfectly again. (JOY, JOY!)
This is my assessment so far. Today is just the second day of wear for me. However, I will update this post if anything changes.
- Goes on evenly
- Defines & lengthens
- No flaking
- No smudging
- Removes easily
- Only comes in one color – hope you like black 🙂
Here is a list of the ingredients as listed on EWG.org:
Aqua, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cyclopentasiloxane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Alcohol Denat., Palmitic Acid, Nylon-12, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glycerin, Polybutene, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Panthenol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polyquaternium-10, Polyvinyl Alcohol, VP/VA Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77499) PÜR does NOT test its products on animals.
I love this mascara at the moment and I really hope to continue loving it for a long time to come. I am cautiously optimistic that this mascara will become my new go to.
Get it on Amazon:
Check Cosmetics For Harmful Ingredients
Lately, I have been trying to go a little more green. Chemicals are definitely bad. Today I found this website to check cosmetics for harmful ingredients:
Daily Lessons In Minimalism & Happiness
Minimalism is not a one time decision. Once you decide to simplify your life there will be ongoing decisions, just like any other lifestyle.
After all, minimalism is really just a process to help you see what makes you happy in life, and then to make the decision to pursue those things.
One of those decisions should be to learn something new every day. Lessons in minimalism are everywhere if we are just willing to see them.
For example, lots of people dream of selling everything they own and moving to a tropical island (although few people ever actually do that). But the question is this: what exactly makes that lifestyle so appealing?
Could it be:
- fewer responsibilities?
- more free time?
- slower lifestyle?
- less “stuff” to clutter the home?
Wow, that sounds suspiciously like….you guessed it…..minimalism!
Lessons in Minimalism Can Be Difficult
But minimalism is supposed to be easy, right?
Well, yes, once you get going. But when you are making some tough decisions such as whether or not sell your home, or move, or downgrade your vehicle……the list goes on…..those times can be a little stressing.
Until you make your decisions and see how much better your life can be.
You know, those decisions ALWAYS look easier when someone else is making them.
The good news is that the more stressed out you are when you decide to embrace minimalism, the easier it will be to part with things because at that point you have just had it. Change is definitely needed.
Finally, you learn that if something you are doing is not working, you need to try something else.
Then you continue to learn something new that helps you grow everyday in this new lifestyle. The following was taken from the Lifehack website (I just LOVE that site). Take the time really think about each item on this list and incorporate it into your daily life:
So ask yourself everyday, “What have I learned?”
This simple question will help you:
- Have a focus on growth and self-transformation rather than seeing yourself as a finished product.
- Allow you to keep evolving as we are all works in progress
- Help you find lessons from everything you experience
- Make the best out of things and grow from the most difficult of circumstances
- Think of how you can make something positive come from a difficult lesson, even if this is one lesson you could do without learning!
- Make peace with the fact that sometimes you are on the “fast track” and other times you might feel more in the “remedial class” of life. We all learn at different rates. and the best part is – in the school of life there is no such thing as “staying back” even if you experience failure.
- Will help you focus on moving on a in a positive direction instead of measuring how far you “should have” come already.
- Make peace with the fact that sometimes lessons are learned the hard way.
Taken from the Lifehack website. Click here to read the entire article.