1. In addition to the blog, I will be launching the Peace Love Prosper website. The launch is set for September. The idea is to have a place where all sorts of ideas and strategies related to the ideas of Peace Love Prosper can be found all in one easy to navigate page.
2. I am creating my first book. It’s already started, and I will be revealing more details as time goes. All I will say for now is that it is designed to help people who make less than 25K a year. If you make more than that, the content will just be a little easier for you to apply in your life. Look out for opportunities to get sneak peaks of my book.
3. Soon I will be making videos and possibly a podcast.
I am always looking for great new ideas, and I would genuinely love for you to email me any ideas that you have. Please, tell me what you want to see and what you want to learn.
Tell me what you want to see in the comments below, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The new content will be available soon, but in the meantime, if you haven’t already…
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There is a reason why it is so hard to get out of a slump. Your brain literally remembers your struggles more than it remembers your successes. It all goes back to the caveman days. As a protection, your brain scans your environment for threats. Fortunately, most of us don’t have to worry about being eaten by a lion. However, now our brains are focusing on less physically dangerous threats.
Now, our brains are wired to remember things like work stress and financial setbacks. We end up focusing so much on our struggles, that we go into a mental tunnel vision, and our negative experiences begin to drown out our positive experiences.
Luckily, we are not doomed to be in a slump forever. With neuroplasticity, our brains have neural pathways that change along with our behavior, environment, and our thought processes. As we change, these neural pathways look for repetition. The more a neural pathway is triggered, the more likely it will repeat itself.
Basically, our brains are like play dough. We mold our brains with our behaviors, thoughts, and environment. Once we create something, we are more likely to create the same thing again, because that is what we know how to make.
So, how do we finally reverse this slump? We create new pathways, so that we train our brains to focus more on the positive than on the negative.
1. Make it a habit to focus on the positive experiences in your life. Even if you are just happy that it’s a beautiful day outside, thinking of it will reinforce your brain to think positively.
2. Be mindful of your thoughts. It’s so easy to accidentally get yourself into a negative mindset. Whenever you think a negative thought, replace it with a positive thought.
3. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you find yourself thinking a negative thought, be gentle with yourself, and let it fall away. Do not punish yourself or shame yourself for thinking a negative thought.
4. Actively seek happiness. Instead of stressing out or sulking, go out and do something fun.
5. Meditate. It helps with both neuroplasticity, and it also teaches you to be aware of your thoughts. It’s a major catalyst for rewiring your brain.
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When we want to show our lover that we care, often we start thinking of these grand gestures meant to amaze. We see these large displays of affection done in the movies, and many people feel that they need to live up to that. In reality, you don’t need to surprise your lover with a neon sign at a baseball stadium. There are much cheaper and effective ways to show them your love.
When speaking with people who had recently ended a relationship with their lover, a common theme arose. All of these people complained that they didn’t feel that their partner showed them that they cared often enough. They weren’t looking for any big gestures, just something small to show them that their lover was thinking of them. They were missing the little things in life.
Big gestures can be great, but they don’t trump the small, little I love you surprises. The danger here, is that sometimes when we perform a grand gesture, we later think that we don’t have to do as much. Some people even use these larger displays of affection as a way to make up for things that they did/didn’t do. These gestures might be amazing, but your lover also needs to be shown that you love them on a consistent basis, not just every once in a while.
Now, you don’t need to plan a huge surprise every month, but you do need to show your lover that you care. My favorite way to do this, is to come up with sweet little surprises that I know will make my hunny smile. It has almost snowballed into a game, where we are constantly looking for things to surprise the other one with. One day he might bring me a bouquet of roses that a street vendor made out of palm leaves, and a week later I will bring home a huge chocolate cake that I thought he would like. Nothing huge, just really sweet. Some of the best memories I have with him, are of the little things that he did on a whim, that were just amazingly sweet.
I have also noticed that the happiest couples that I meet are always talking about the sweet little things that their lover did to surprise them. A surprise box of chocolates, or waking up to find that you made them lunch can really go a long way. Keep showing your lover that you care, and they will be adore you until the end of time.
What fun, little surprises have you and your lover given each other? Share in the comments below.
Ever since I was a little kid, I had a habit of jumping up and down and clapping. As a kid, most people thought it was cute. As I got older, I would still clap every time I got excited over anything. I would clap at restaurants, when my food was brought to the table. I would clap when I got something good in the mail, and I even sometimes clapped because my boyfriend came into the room.
So, now that I am an adult, most people see my once cute little habit as a comical one. Every time I got excited and started clapping, my friends would laugh at me. I didn’t mind, so I kept on doing it. I think my boyfriend even likes that I clap when he comes into the room. I’m pretty sure that it makes him feel special that I am that excited to see him.
Anyways, one day it dawned on me that I might have been on to something. Every time I started clapping, I was really happy. So, what if I was just in a calm state, like watching tv, and then just started clapping out of no where? Sporting events and assemblies have been making crowds clap to pump them up for years, so why couldn’t I just pump myself up at home?
I started trying it, and every time I started clapping, I got excited. It would instantly put a smile on my face, I would laugh at myself, and it put me in a great mood. It didn’t matter whether I clapped for excitement, or if I clapped for no apparent reason, the results were the same.
Not long after I began experimenting with this, I was waiting to go somewhere, and I started clapping to get happy and excited. My boyfriend walks in the room, and he laughs at me and asks me what on earth am I doing? I explained to him that since I clap when I’m happy, I started clapping to be happy too. Of course, he thought I was just being silly.
So, I made him try it. At first he said that he wouldn’t do it, but eventually he gave in and clapped his hands. He started smiling and laughing, and even still he tried to say that it didn’t work.
“You’re laughing and smiling aren’t you?” I asked.
“Yeah,” he responded.
“So, then it worked,” I concluded. He then said “ok,” so I took that as a win.
It worked for me, it worked for him, so go ahead and try it. Clap your hand, and see how you feel. Let me know what affect it had on you in the comment section below.
Dr. Susan Shumsky is a doctor of divinity, and she has personally trained with Maharishi for 20 years in the Himalayas.
Every day, there are a multitude of things vying for your attention. We try to juggle all of the things that we need to attend to; our jobs, our families, our dreams, and our finances. Sometimes, we have more balls than we can juggle. Anyone who has tried to juggle before, knows that when you have more balls than you can handle, you drop some. So, in the juggling of our lives, which balls do we drop?
Unfortunately, sometimes we drop the wrong balls. In our lives, we have both rubber balls, and crystal balls. Rubber balls, when they drop to the floor, bounce back up unharmed. On the other hand, when crystal balls drop to the ground, they shatter. Once a crystal ball shatters, no amount of glue will be able to put it back together again.
To put things into perspective, a rubber ball is anything in your life that you can recover from. If you drop the ball, you can bounce back with a recovery. For example: if you lose your job, even though the ball has been dropped, you can bounce back and find another job. So, your job is a rubber ball. Most things related to career and finances are rubber balls. No matter how bad things get, you can still bounce back from them.
Your crystal balls are things that are not so easy to recover from. Oftentimes, once they break, they are broken for good. Your family and relationships are your crystal balls. Once the ball is dropped, there is no putting the pieces back together. For example: once a couple breaks up, they rarely get back together for good.
Even though it may be easy to determine which aspects of our lives are our rubber balls, and which are our crystal balls, we still sometimes drop the wrong balls. The reason for this, is not that we don’t care about our crystal balls. It just so happens that our rubber balls tend to be louder than our crystal balls.
Our rubber balls are often really good at fighting for our attention. You may have a noisy boss, or warnings from work. Our crystal balls, are a little bit quieter. We have to think about them a little more. They are less likely to make a lot of noise. So, sometimes our rubber balls tend to dominate over our crystal balls. Much like when you see an argument, sometimes “the loudest one wins”.
We can take control over that, by deciding to pay more attention to our crystal balls. When you are faced with a tough decision on which aspect of your life you should be working on; it is important to first drown out all of the noise. Once we clear out all of the noise, think about what is truly important and precious, and what wouldn’t hurt to let go in the long run.
This weekend, my boyfriend took me on a wonderful birthday date. We started with dinner, and then he took me to see Divergent. I have read all three books in the series, so I was very excited for this movie.
We had some time to kill before our movie, so we decided to play a few games in the arcade. We tried our hand at a claw machine called “The Lucky Cup”. The machine was filled with cups of mystery prizes ranging from rubber balls and rubber ducks to $10 gift cards.
We put $1 in, and on our second try, we got one. The claw had picked up a cup, and when it went to drop the prize, it got stuck. The cups were each held shut by a sticker, and the sticker had gotten caught right around the claw.
So, we did what most people would. We put in another dollar, to try to figure out how to get the cup down. We tried using the claw to swing the cup against the machine’s walls to knock it down, and we tried rubbing the cup against the glass lining the drop slot to cut the sticker off. We managed to cut the sticker partially, and now our cup was just dangling from the claw. No matter what we did, the cup still wouldn’t come down. So, we cut our $2 loss, and decided to just assume that the cup had a rubber duck in it, and walked away.
We stepped outside and watched the arcade from the window. The old lady who had been watching us try to get our cup down, decided to try her hand at it. She tried a few times, and then she got really mad. She began to violently shake the machine, then she began hitting it as hard as she could, while curse wildly at this machine. Over and over again, she walked over to the change machine to get more coins to try to get our cup down again. She even called her grandson over to try to get him to get it down for her. Finally, she walked away furious. Who knows how much money this lady spent on the claw machine.
Watching her taught me claw machine lesson #1: not to spend too much money on something, if the max payout is $10.
Not much later, my boyfriend and I decided to check up on our cup, and no one has gotten it down yet. A couple of teenage boys tried their hand at it, and they came up with a pretty good strategy. They figured that if they grabbed another cup, then when cup number 2 drops, it will rub against cup number 1, making them both come down. They tried twice, and they caught a cup. When the claw released, neither cup dropped. Their cup also got stuck to the claw by the sticker. Now there are two cups stuck to the claw, and little room is left for anyone else to grab a cup, until the machine is fixed.
This taught me claw lesson #2: If someone won, and didn’t collect their prize, there is normally a reason why. Either the prize was not worth it, or the game was rigged, or both.
I must say though, all the laughs we got watching the mayhem we accidentally caused at the arcade was totally worth $2.
Lately I have been reading Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing, and one lesson in particular has really stuck out to me.
I was shocked to find out that planning to be poor was actually a thing. I thought that no one would want to plan to be poor. That part may be true, but unfortunately most of the people who “plan to be poor” probably don’t even realize that they are doing it.
One of the ways that you can plan to be poor, is to limit your own potential. If you don’t believe you can be rich, then you probably won’t be. If you seek nothing but security in life, then you may be ignoring opportunities for wealth. If you believe in such ideas as “it takes money to make money” then you are ignoring all of the creative, low cost ways that you could start a business. Also, not having a financial plan, is a plan all in itself. Having no plan at all, is definitely not planning to be rich.
We all know that you can plan to be rich. You can actively look into opportunities for growth, research investments, or plan to start your own business.
So, how can you tell whether you, or someone you know is planning to be rich, or planning to be poor? All you have to do, is listen to a person’s words. Do they sound like someone who is looking to grow, and has a positive attitude towards money; or do they sound like someone who doesn’t believe they can grow, and has a negative attitude towards money?
How do you go from planning to be poor to planning to be rich? According to Robert Kiyosaki:
Rich dad was a stickler for words. He often said, “Words form thoughts, thoughts form realities, and realities become life. The primary difference between a rich person and a poor person is the words he or she uses. If you want to change a person’s external reality, you need to first change that person’s internal reality. That is done through changing, improving, or updating the words he or she uses. If you want to change people’s lives, first change their words. The good news is that words are free.
-From Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing
So, take action, change your words, and create a financial plan. Plan to be rich.
Did you know that meditation is not only good for your mind, but it is also good for your body? With its increasing popularity, more and more scientists are beginning to research the multiple ways in which meditation affects your body. It turns out, that it is way more than just a relaxation technique. Here are just some of the benefits of meditation:
1. Meditation reduces stress, by decreasing the amount of cortisol hormone (a.k.a stress hormone) in your body.
2. The sympathetic nervous system increases your heart rate and narrows your blood vessels when your body senses stress. Meditation actually reduces the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn, lowers your blood pressure.
3. Meditation reduces your likelihood of getting a respiratory infection, and it also reduces your symptoms if you already have one. According to a study done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, people who meditate miss work 76% less due to a respiratory infection, than those who do not meditate.
4. Grey matter in your brain increases when you meditate regularly. Grey matter is known to increase your memory, attention span, perceptual awareness, and it has even been linked to intelligence.
Go ahead and meditate. Your body and brain will thank you for it.
How many of you have had a bad experience, or have heard things about a business that just made you mad? Did you complain? Throw a fit? Did you spend a lot of time and energy thinking of a way to teach that place a lesson?
We have all had bad experiences with at least one business, and with media playing 24/7 we have all heard things about companies that have shocked us. What can we do? Instead of getting mad, the easiest and most rewarding thing to do is to simply not buy.
What does a business rely on? Money. When bad things happen, I think to myself, “is this a business that I want to support?” Money is what supports businesses. So, if you’re mad, and continue to shop at that store, you are still supporting them.
Some people might say that changing your spending habits won’t change anything, because you are only one person. That’s true, you are only one person, but what if everyone did that. What if everyone stopped buying things from businesses that engage in upsetting behavior? Then, there would be a much greater incentive for businesses to become more socially responsible.
You may be only one person, but that is all it takes. One person at a time, and over time more and more people will begin to see that their money has power.
We all exchange money, and money can also be a form of an energy exchange. When you give someone money, it’s like saying “thank you” and “I appreciate what you have given me”. So, instead of buying from places that give me a bad taste in my mouth, I use my money to buy from businesses that I believe are doing good.
Since I only shop at places that I feel good about, there is no reason for me to be mad at the businesses that I am not fond of. They just won’t be getting my dollars.