DWD: “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” -Lou Holtz

Thought of the day – 10 Things To Do Every Day: A Prescription For Happiness And Personal Organization
1. Make Your Bed

Don’t underestimate the sabotaging power of an unmade bed. It sends a negative message to your subconscious. Make your bed daily and you’ll form a habit of doing it fast (mine takes me about 3 minutes). It will mark the threshold into starting the day well, and offer a welcoming sanctuary when the day is over.

2. Deal With The Urgent

Every day, scan your emails, mail, noticeboard, phone messages, etc, for anything that demands prompt attention. Stuff like school notices, renewals, and bills due for payment can become time-consuming or expensive problems later. Avoid those problems by dealing with the urgent today.

3. Get Some Exercise

Take a gym class, go for a walk, lift tins of soup, lunge* around your house while on the phone – do anything that gets you moving. And if you have a sedentary life, get as much micro-exercise as you can. Stop making excuses (no one is listening) and just do it. *Um no, not lounge – I said lunge.

4. Have Something To Look Forward To

Plan to do something that makes you happy every single day. I can’t wait to get out of bed every morning because I love drinking coffee and doing the crossword. And I love reading in bed at night, so that’s a minor indulgence I have every day. Your daily treats could be playing Angry Birds, taking a bath, making your favourite tea after dinner, listening to tunes – anything you enjoy and look forward to.

5. Eat Vegetables

They help you stay slim and healthy, so eat them! If, like me, you self-medicate with junk food when you’re feeling down, getting some veggies every day can help you compensate. Add salad or vegetables to your meals wherever you can.

6. Do Something Nice For Someone Else

This is a lovely habit to get into. Can you give someone a genuine compliment? Offer encouragement or compassion? Give a gift or do a favor? The important thing here is to choose things you can do lovingly – don’t choose big or difficult gestures that feel like a burden. If your good deeds come from love rather than obligation then both you and the other person will will great. Find something nice to do every day.

7. Achieve Something Productive Or Meaningful

Can you make progress on an important project, take time with a loved one, take action toward a goal? Something small that matters is better than something big that’s not truly important to you. So forget busywork and instead focus on achieving something every day that gives you a sense of meaning and/or achievement.

8. Tidy Up At Night

Spending 10 minutes every night doing a quick tidy will make all the difference to the way you feel as you head to bed, and especially to the way you feel when you start the next day. Keep it simple. Even if all you do is wash the dishes, toss toys in a toy bin and clothes in a basket, and use a hand-vac to scoop up the day’s crumbs, you’ll feel pretty pleased with yourself.

9. Feel Grateful

Happiness research has shown that counting your blessings boosts your happiness. So make it a ritual to reflect on the good things in your life every day. Do it as you eat breakfast in the morning or while you brush your teeth at night – but make it a habit. Got all your limbs? Have a nice house, good friends, or mad skills in ikebana? Lucky you!

10. Make A List For Tomorrow

Before you head to bed, make a quick list of things to do and remember tomorrow. This will get them out of your head so you sleep better, feel organized, and have a map for the next day.

Source: http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2013/04/prescription-for-happiness-personal-organization/

Brain teaser of the day
Today’s riddle: Find the missing number

Answer for the last riddle is 6.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

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DWD: “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” -Lou Holtz

DWD: “Fortunate are those who take the first steps.” – Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Thought of the day – 9 Simple Steps for Accepting and Loving Yourself:
Like it or not, problems, or challenges, are a recurring part of everyday life. Whether you choose to call them challenges, as I do, or problems, certainly doesn’t change the fact that they happen. However, it does change the way we respond to them and that little shift can make a huge difference in our state of mind!

Subconsciously, having a problem means,“There’s something wrong here.” Our mind hears, “This isn’t right, life is not as it should be.” How does this perception affect us? It causes our energy to be funneled toward repairing something that’s gone wrong. Not a very empowering state of mind.

On the other hand, facing a challenge sends no such mental message. Instead of trying to repair a malfunction, a challenge encourage us to recruit our inner resources and to view the situation as a new opportunity. This is a very empowering state of mind.

Words send signals to our brain

It’s not uncommon to use the words problems and challenges interchangeably, but the fact is, they send entirely different messages to our brains. One message represents a struggle just to regain the status quo. It means that we have somehow lost ground and now we must struggle just to get back to where we were.

The other, more empowering choice, tells our minds that everything is great. So great in fact, that we are ready to take on something new. To our subconscious mind, challenges are represented as opportunities. We see them as a way to move up to the next level. It’s our chance to demonstrate what we’re made of.

That is why learning to use the word challenge instead of problem has such a positive effect on our outlook. It’s the difference between our day being plagued with problems or full of opportunities? Are we struggling just to maintain, or are we ready to accept a challenge and take it to the next level?

Take empowering words for a trial run

Changing the words we use changes our state of mind and our perception of life, but please, don’t take my word for it. Instead, why not try it out for yourself? Simply replace the word problem in your vocabulary with the word challenge and see what happens?

This is such a simple way to ramp up the quality of your life. Why not try it for a week and let me know how it works for you? Improving the quality of your life doesn’t need to be complicated. Many of the most powerful life skills you will ever learn are as simple as exchanging one word for another.

Of course, it doesn’t really matter how simple they are if we don’t use them. And therein lies the real secret of personal growth. Nothing happens unless we actually apply what we learn. The power of any skill or strategy is in the application. If we make it a habit to consistently incorporate the things we learn, even the simplest of life skills will have a profound effect on our life.

Brain teaser of the day
Sorry! There was a mistake in last riddle:

19

11 8 (and not 18 L)

9 4 6

3 6 2 8

Today’s riddle:

2 0 9

23

1 8 ?

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “Fortunate are those who take the first steps.” – Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

DWD: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Thought of the day – 9 Simple Steps for Accepting and Loving Yourself:
1. Be present.

Make it a practice to enjoy and live life in the moment. Appreciate each day. Let go of business and hyperactivity. Now is the most important time of your life. Let go of what you have to “do” and choose how to “be.” Learn to be your own best friend. Enjoy yourself and your life.

2. Identify with your higher self. You are not your successes or your failures. You are not your habits or your mistakes. You are not your past or your stories. There is nothing about you that is broken. There is nothing to fix. Your essence is goodness and love. You are a miracle. You are whole and complete just as you are.

3. Hit delete. Replace your negativity with high quality thoughts. It’s mean to belittle, judge or punish yourself. Let go of self-put downs. Learn to think well of yourself. Treat yourself with gentleness and compassion.

4. Learn to trust yourself. Do what you say you’re going to do. Use your intuition or inner wisdom to dissolve any problems. Keep your promises and speak your truth. Integrity wipes out doubt, anxiety and fear. As you trust yourself, you learn to trust all of life.

5. Say "yes." You either accept or reject yourself all of the time. There is no in between. Poor self-care and ignoring your needs are acts of rejection. Learn to say "yes" to yourself. "Yes" to healthy living. "Yes" to self-honoring. "Yes" to self-kindness. "Yes" to goodness and pleasure.

6. Forgive yourself. Accept that you will never be perfect. Making mistakes are a part of life. Give yourself permission to begin again. Give yourself a clean slate. When you do, your entire life and spirit shift and you restore not only your happiness but an awareness of your inestimable value.

7. Feel good. Self-acceptance feels good. When you feel good, you notice, accept and attract more abundance in your life. Your heart opens, your cup overflows and life feels amazing.

8. Focus on your strengths. Praise yourself for what you do right and what you get right. Learn to praise and talk lovingly to yourself. What if you did that for the rest of your life? How would your self-image change?

9. Help others. Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.” Be kind, volunteer your time and help others get ahead.

It is through service that you will discover your passion and place in the world. When you share from your heart, the gifts you give are multiplied. There is always enough to go around and you discover what really matters.

Self-acceptance is about connection. When you connect with yourself, you simultaneously connect with more energy, more love and more joy. Life becomes magical.

Source: http://theboldlife.com/2013/04/accepting-and-loving-yourself-in-9-simple-steps/

Brain teaser of the day
Find the missing number.

?

11 18

9 4 6

3 6 2 8

Answer for the last riddle: 9

111111
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

DWD: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”- Arthur Schopenhauer

Thought of the day – Five Simple Brain Exercises
The premise of these brain aerobics or neurobics is to do familiar things, but do them slightly differently.

1. Switch Hands

So, a really easy thing to do is to try one of your daily activities — brushing your teeth or dialing a phone number — with your non-dominant hand. I used my left hand to brush my teeth this morning and it’s a lot harder than you realize. I really had to concentrate. And basically, what that does, apparently, is strengthen those pathways and connections in the opposite side of your brain.

2. Close Your Eyes

Try a safe activity, like eating or showering, with your eyes closed. That forces you to use and strengthen your other senses. Most of what your brain does is process what your senses are bringing in. So, closing your eyes forces the brain to process that information in new ways. But one thing you obviously shouldn’t do with your eyes closed is drive.

3. Play Games

Games help you strategize, but the brain is particularly stimulated by multi-tasking. So, play games with other people that require you to strategize and interact socially at the same time. Examples include board, word and card games.

4. Don’t Get Repetitive, Do Something Different

Introducing novelty is crucial. Your brain doesn’t need anything complicated; it just needs something new. So, take a new way to work, or sit in a different seat. It forces you to look at the world from a new perspective.

5. Watch What You Consume

You want to make sure to consume brain-boosting foods or supplements. Try antioxidants in food, such as berries, tea, and leafy greens. And you also want to consume fish (if you are a non-vegiterian) oils, which also come in supplements.

Brain teaser of the day

Find the missing number.

Note: Please don’t reply to this puzzle J. Keep the answer with you and check with the one that will come in tomorrow’s DWD.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”- Arthur Schopenhauer

DWD: “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them” – Benjamin Franklin

Thought of the day – 7 Tips for a Fearless Life
Here are seven areas to be aware of that may be holding you back and keeping you from creating the life you desire.

1. Fear of failure
Fear of failure relates to all areas of life, whether it is relationships, career, or personal. In any one area it can prevent us from living a meaningful and rich life because we will stay stuck. We will never move beyond our comfort zone with fear in the driver’s seat. When we make decisions based on fear we are limiting ourselves from the life we are born to live because fear is an emotion of survival. Fear is about avoidance and keeping safe instead of striving to be and experience more. If we want to thrive we must live from a place of courage, inspiration, and faith. Start expanding your comfort zone to break this pattern.

2. Saying "I don’t know how!"

Many people stay stuck and misguided because they don’t know "exactly" what they need to do. They are afraid to take any action until they feel like they know everything they need to know. Believing we don’t "know how" to do something is a poor excuse in today’s world. We can learn anything and develop the skills and tools to capture what we want. Information is at our finger tips. Go out there and gather the information you need. Learn everything you can about what you want and don’t hesitate to take action and accomplish it!

3. An inflated ego

Many people’s worst enemy is their ego and self-image. When we get caught up in our image and how other people perceive us we will certainly make misguided choices. Our ego prevents us from being our true self and connecting with others effectively. The ego will keep us in a cycle of trying to prove our self-worth, be right, and be better than others. This is a self-defeating pattern because it will keep us thinking rigidly. We will become judgmental, critical, and blaming. We won’t reach out for help or acknowledging our weaknesses. Practice being more vulnerable and allow yourself to be wrong. Find a way to humble yourself this week.

4. Bad habits

Small bad habits can be a major barrier to our success and happiness. It is easy to fall into unhealthy patterns when we’re under pressure and not paying attention, and before we know it our habits are driving our decision making. What habits do you circle back to even though you know they are causing you more harm than good? For me this is alcohol. I never feel at my best after consuming alcohol, but the habit still persists if I don’t have plan to engage in more healthy and productive activities. Remember to pay attention to your daily actions and incorporate healthy habits to replace the unhealthy ones.

5. Burning bridges

We may not like everyone we encounter but this doesn’t mean we have to make enemies. We can learn to have positive interactions with others even when we disagree. Burning bridges only leads us to be isolated from others and prevents us from making the valuable connections that will serve our growth and progress. Let go of the expectation that others own you something, and always focus on treating others how you want to be treated. When we are focused on serving others instead of taking from others we are less likely to burn bridges.

6. Not learning from mistakes

We all have an opportunity to learn from mistakes. This is how we develop wisdom. As long as we learn something from our mistakes we can use failure as opportunities to grow. Be willing to learn from your past and recognize you will make more mistakes. Keep moving forward in the face of obstacles.

7. Denial

Acceptance of our weakness, uncertainties, and mistakes is the first step to moving forward, and it a catalyst to move past almost all of these other obstacles. When we are in denial of our bad habits and weaknesses we will be stuck because we won’t work on ourselves or make improvements. Awareness of our weaknesses is a blessing because it is the only way we can improve. If something isn’t working, fix it! Don’t pretend it isn’t working. I hope these disrupting behavior patterns are more clear and present in your awareness after this post. We all have the opportunity to better our life when we start by working on ourselves. We can disarm our self-defeating patterns when we practice being aware and intentional day by day.

Source: http://shakeoffthegrind.com/extraordinary-goals/top-seven-reasons-people-stay-stuck-helpless-and-frustrated

Joke of the day
A teacher is talking to a student.
Teacher: Did your father help your with your homework?
Student: No, he did it all by himself.
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them” – Benjamin Franklin

DWD: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

Thought of the day – 7 Tips for a Fearless Life
1. Visualize life without fear. How magnificent would your life be? Write out a description of your best life. Make a mental movie and give yourself the leading role. Rerun your movie as often as necessary.

2. Have faith. Do you faith in your fear or faith in your ability, talent and wisdom? We never lose faith; we only misplace it. Believe in possibilities and opportunities. Believe in yourself. Believe in your higher power, the universe or God. Believe that you have a part in making the world a better place.

3. Delete mental garbage. Give up your negative affirmations. “I can’t do it.” “I’m not as good as the others.” “I don’t have time.” “I’m not smart enough or qualified.” Replace the garbage with positive self-talk and affirmations.

4. Identify and use your resources. This can include your mastermind group, spiritual practices, strengths, skills, books, classes and anything else that will give you the courage to be your brilliant self.

5. Take action. Do your most important tasks at the beginning of your day. Don’t get caught up in busy work. Stay committed. If you veer off course, begin again. If you make a mistake, begin again. Keep going and you will reach your goal.

6. Persist and persevere. Don’t become discouraged by a previous failure. Instead use it as a learning opportunity. Answer the following questions: How does this make me stronger? What opportunity does it give me? What is the next move I must take? Press on!

7. Trust the process. Learn to trust life. Trust that things have a way of working themselves out. Trust that the right people will be put on your path. Trust that you’ll pick yourself up if you fail. When you trust the process, you’re able to live in the present moment without worrying about the past or the future..

Source: http://theboldlife.com/2013/04/7-tips-for-a-fearless-life/

Joke of the day
An 80 year old man went to a doctor for his pre-surgery clean up. The doctor requested him to open his mouth and asked “Are your teeth original?”. He didn’t seem to understand, so the doctor asked him again, “Do your teeth belong to you ?”. The patient said, “Yes, I have paid for them, now they are mine.”
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney