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Published on January 14th, 2012 | by Yellow Magpie

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Accentuate The Positive Eliminate The Negative

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‘Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable’. Philippians 4:8

Often we fill our minds with the direct opposite or indeed have it filled for us by the media as we listen to one depressing news story after another.

How can we fill our minds with beauty, purity and things that are good while at the same time being aware that there is also hardship and suffering in the world?

The key is balance. If we allow ourselves to constantly listen to and read bad news we can become overwhelmed and feel helpless before we even begin our day.

With so much negativity around one would be forgiven for thinking that beauty and purity no longer exist. Yet we are literally surrounded by these very qualities.

Rejuvenating With Nature

Nature is a precious gift that we often neglect or ignore but to hear the birds singing we must turn off the radio or TV and maybe open a window or step outside.

There are so many exquisite gifts in nature that we are spoilt for choice. Majestic trees, babbling brooks, waterfalls, flowers, and the fresh smell of rain are all waiting to shower us with their peace and joy if we will only let them. We need to make visiting nature an essential part of our lives.

What if we live in the city and can’t easily access nature? Then why not try to bring nature indoors? Bunches of beautiful colourful flowers are now relatively cheap in most supermarkets. Large vases can also be purchased in euro and dime stores. Invest in both and fill your home with beauty either in the window or on a table.

Vase Of Flowers

Not everyone is lucky enough to live near the sea or a charming little brook however all of the sounds of nature are now readily available on CDs or on YouTube. From birdsong to flowing water to the sound of the ocean. Just play, sit down, close your eyes and relax for a few minutes. If you find it difficult it is just a measure of how far you need to go to learn the art of relaxation. Here is one to get you started.

If you live near a park why not go there on your lunch break or early in the morning and get your fix of fresh air, birds, trees, grass and most of all, peace.

Accentuate The Positive With Music

Listening to your favourite  music is a great way to unwind, let go, inviting beauty and joy into your life. However, it must be joyous not loud or harsh if you want to relax. If you are not the possessor of a library of music then turn to YouTube where you have a terrific selection of all types of melodies from classical, to New Age to bouncy dance music.

Or better still sing yourself. Singing has wonderful health benefits including circulation, digestion and of course breathing. The great Ella Fitzgerald said ‘The  only  thing better than singing is more singing.’ Singing is uplifting and fun so what’s stopping you?

Let this choir put a smile on your face.

Beautiful pictures or paintings can give great joy merely by gazing at them for a while. Happy scenes of animals playing, people laughing or other joyous scenes are good ways to increase our endorphins.

Going to an uplifting movie can help us relax for an hour or two.  Yellow Magpie recommends Chocolat. It is delicious and sensual in every way with the added bonus of all that chocolate!

The American President. A fictional story about the President of the United States. Bright, intelligent and beautifully shot.

These just get you started but there are no end to the wonderful films that are out there for you to enjoy and escape some of the stresses of life.

Some people relax with poetry, if this is your thing then try this one for size.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live
sensibly and sanely hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

(Nadine Stair,
85 years old.)

Laughing is another spirit lifter and is a real tonic. ‘A merry heart doeth good like medicine.’ Proverbs

Here are a few one liners.

‘A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.’
‘So you’re a feminist, isn’t that cute.’
‘Boldly going nowhere.‘ (bumper sticker)
Everytime I find the meaning in life they change it.

Bring some good cheer into your life, and do your best to find something to laugh at every day. If all else fails go for a brisk walk, exercise has so many health benefits it would be silly not to engage in some. Exercise can improve your mood, help prevent heart disease and high blood pressure. Help older people to become strong and helps with weight loss.

We hope this article has given you some ideas as to how to bring some good cheer into your life that’s if you need of course! Remember where there is a will there is most certainly a way.


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