C'mon Get Happy: 4 Ways to Force Happiness

We've all had one of those moments in life where it seems as though things just couldn’t get any worse. In them, it's important to stay focused on the positive. Otherwise, the negative can completely consume you. Here are a few little things that can go a long way for your happiness when done consistently:

1.) Do A Good Deed

Giving back always feels good. Whether you partake in a 5k for charity, volunteer an hour of your time at a soup kitchen, or donate food or cloths to people who need them. When you give back, you put someone else’s happiness above your own. As a result, you feel happy that you were able to positively impact another life.

2.) Spend Time Outside

So many of us are cooped up in offices working our lives away that we don’t really realize how being inside affects our mood. During your lunch break or between meetings, try to get outside and walk for a few minutes. Fresh air clears the mind and leaves you in a better mood.

3.) Reflect on the Positive

At night, before you go to bed, write down three good things that happened that day. This is a great way to focus on the positive, no matter how big or small. That way, before you go to sleep, your mind is left thinking about the good parts of your day. This could even improve how you sleep at night.

4.) Practice Yoga

Yoga focuses on breathing control and getting in touch with your own body. 
Yoga helps the brain to produce more of the chemical GABA, according to an article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a chemical that regulates nerve activity. It can impact mood and anxiety.


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4 Foods that Fuel Focus

4 FOODS THAT FUEL FOCUS

You know what the say— when you eat better, you feel better. Food is the fuel that regulates your energy and mood, both of which can significantly affect your focus.  
 
Here are a few foods to work into your diet that are proven to increase concentration:

BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries have been proven to boost concentration and memory for up to five hours. The antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and keep the mind fresh. 

GREEN TEA

Green tea helps you focus because it contains caffeine and l’theanine. L’theanine is an ingredient that’s been shown to increase alpha-wave activity. The two ingredients combined produce a better ability to focus attention, with improvement of both speed and accuracy.

NUTS

Nuts and seeds are great for your body in the long-term. They are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. They’re also rich with essential oils and amino acids that aid your focus.

DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate helps you focus because it contains a small amount of caffeine, which has been proven to heighten mental alertness. Dark chocolate also contains magnesium, which stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin. This release makes you feel energized while heightening your mood.


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Our Favorite Instagram Accounts for Motivation

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Over the past few years, people have turned to Instagram to share their fitness journeys. Instagram’s feed allows users to be inspired by transformation pictures, exercise videos, motivational quotes and healthy meals. Which is EXACTLY why we love it! 

If you're looking for some good vibes and motivation to live a healthy life, here are some top accounts we recommend following:

1. @thegoodquote: #TheGoodVibeTribe helps spread good vibes worldwide. They post motivational quotes everyday that make their followers look at life in a different perspective. They also have their own apparel line.

2.  @millionaire_mentor: This account motivates, inspires and educates anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship.  Millionaire mentor gives you daily quotes that encourage users to dream bigger.

3.  @jockowillink: Jocko Willnik is a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer and author of the book Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. He also has his own podcast. 

4.  @fitnessmotivationguide: This hilarious account posts fitness inspired memes along with transformation pictures and workout videos of new exercises to try!

5.  @kayla_itsines: Kayla Itsines, creator of the BBG program, uses her Instagram account to promote her fitness program and mobile app.

6. @mandiiross: Amanda Ross is a beach body coach who strives to help inspire others to choose a healthy lifestyle for the right reasons. She actively shares her story about her fight against reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND) and anxiety on her posts. Ross tells followers how overcoming RND and anxiety has helped her live a healthier life.

7.  @amandalatona: Amanda Latona is an athlete, model and entrepreneur. She recently was on ABC’s Shark Tank and made a deal with investors for her clothing line: Booty Queen Apparel. 

8.  @gvoquotes: Live a confident life with the positive words and encouragement of #GVO.

9.  @skinnytaste: Gina Homolka is a cook and author of skinnytaste.com. She features the most amazing, healthy meals on her Instagram page for her followers to try. Most pictures on her Instagram also have full recipes on listed her website. 

10. @thepositiveminds: Positive minds shares poetry and quotes to encourage followers to turn the bad into good by looking at things in a different perspective. 


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4 Ways to Find Happiness

Day in and day out, the concept of happiness plays a big role in many of our lives. Whether you regularly stay late at work, moonlight, or even hop from job to job, chances are these actions are being fueled by a deeper desire. The desire to find happiness. But what if we told you that happiness actually precedes success and is not in fact a direct result of it

That’s what author Shawn Achor discusses in his book The Happiness Advantage. We don’t want to spoil it for you, because it truly is a great piece. However, we did want to share his logic with all of you and encourage everyone to try it for themselves. According to Achor, here are a few things that you can do for as little as 2 minutes per day to train your brain to default to positivity and happiness.

Document Gratitudes: This can be really easy or extremely difficult depending on your current outlook on life. Simply write down 3 things that you are grateful for. It can be very general or a recent occurrence. Just try to be specific, and don't default to the same responses day after day.

Record a Positive Experience: This tactic requires you to recall a positive experience you had and relive it by writing it down. Putting pen to paper can be extremely powerful, so can taking the time to appreciate an event you may not have had the opportunity to enjoy and/or acknowledge in the moment.

Workout: Exercise is packed full of benefits for your brain. Just getting your heart rate up for a few minutes a day can make a huge difference in your happiness levels.

Be Kind: Conducting a random act of kindness has dual benefit: it surprises and delights the recipient, and makes you (the giver) feel good, too!

According to Achor, it only takes 21 days of doing just 1 of these tasks per day to see a difference in your overall level of happiness. You can learn more about his studies by watching his 12-minute TED talk, here. If you decide to give these techniques a try, be sure to fill us in on your progress. We would love to hear how it goes. Above all else, always remember - happiness is a choice, a feeling; it's not a destination. 


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5 Self-Help Books to Add to Your Reading List

Having trouble getting motivated as of late? Need something to inspire you, or just entertain your brain? We've got your back. Our team collaborated and put together a list of books that have made us better people personally and professionally (at least we think so). We hope you find something worthy of adding to your winter reading list, and if you do please feel free to pass this post on to someone who might need it.

1. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Author: Gary Keller
This book has a ton of accolades, but perhaps the most impressive statistic is that it has made over 350 appearances on national bestseller lists. It is said to help you “cut through the clutter” of daily life and streamline your day to day routine. A solid choice for anyone trying to learn how to do more with less.

2. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
Author: Jeff Olson
This self-help book is all about thinking. It demonstrates how to make daily choices that lead to happiness and success. The version linked above is actually the eighth anniversary edition, so it comes with some extra insight and knowledge.

3. Eat Fat Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health
Author: Mark Hyman M.D. 
A great read for anyone who fears fat, this #1 bestselling author instructs on how to “eat fat, get thin”. Essentially, it shows you how to incorporate “good fats” into your diet for maximum weight loss that’s backed by science.

4. Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Author: Shawn Achor
The author of this piece is Harvard University lecturer, Shawn Achor. It’s centered around a large study that proved that happiness precedes success, and is in fact not a direct result of it. An extremely interesting and eye-opening read for any adult.

5. Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success
Author: Rory Vaden

This book is all about resisting quick-fixes. It’s composed of 7 steps that help tackle the work that needs to be done in order to reach any given goal. It proves that “taking the stairs” over the elevator is the best way to achieve success.

How to Lose Weight, Not Money in 2017

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If you’ve committed to drop a pant size or two in the new year, you’re not alone. Weight loss was the top new year's resolution made in 2015, with 38% of people who made a resolution choosing it as their end goal. While the surge in gym traffic this time of year is a common complaint among fitness buffs, we’re all for people who want to improve their health and wellness. In fact, we encourage it, and there’s no better time to get started than right now. Literally. Here’s why…

Someone You Know Wants to Lose Weight, Too
With statistics like those listed above, it’s inevitable that someone in your network will be working to shed some weight come 2017 as well. Ask them to be your accountabilibuddy! Set goals together, check in with each other, and motivate each other throughout the journey. You definitely don’t have to do this alone!

You’ll Pay Less for Your Gym Membership
If you really plan on committing to the #fitlife, you’ll get a heck of a deal by signing up for your membership in December or January. Gyms tend to take advantage of all the new year’s resolutioners because they know that a great majority of them will rarely (if ever) use their memberships, despite good intentions. If you are confident that you will get your money's worth throughout the year, try to negotiate a 12-month pass at a lower monthly rate. Once everyone’s fitness fever cools down in February, you’ll truly reap the benefits.

You’ll Have the Pick of the Gym Litter
Since most gyms are working overtime to sign on new members during December and January, it’s a great time to shop around. Rather than choosing your fitness center based strictly on price, you’ll be able to get trial memberships to test the water. Then, once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can negotiate with them for the best pricing. Nothing is set in stone. Let them compete for your business, not the other way around.

Truth is, 67% of people who have a gym membership never use it, and gym owners are well aware. If you are willing to commit and negotiate, you’ll end the year with skinnier jeans and fatter pockets.


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Jumpstart a Productive Day

"You have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce."

If we all had a dollar for as many times as we’ve come across this saying, we’d all have at least five dollars. Obviously, it’s supposed to be motivational, but it leaves out one small little detail. The idea of Beyonce being superwoman in the flesh is a complete mirage. Behind Queen B is an army of assistants, stylists, and makeup gurus working to prep her every move. That said, while you do run on the same 24-hour clock, your resources are likely far more limited. So how can you maximize your time as an army of one? It all starts with a solid morning routine. 

A consistent morning routine is a staple among successful individuals - specifically high-level executives and entrepreneurs. Waking up early to relax, tackle the “little things”, and/or organize the day is not just efficient, it sets you up for success. Here are a few AM activities you can try to jumpstart and optimize your day.

Meditate: It takes just 20-minutes of deep meditation to boost your energy level - and without a sip of coffee. Not only that, it helps you filter out the internal and external “noises” that bottleneck your mind during the day - ultimately providing clarity and focus. 

Express Gratitude: Studies show that actively expressing several (call it 3 to 5) gratitudes per day can make you a happier person. They also show that happier people are more successful. The proof is in the pudding. 

Review Your Goals: “A destination without a road map is just a wish.” That couldn’t be more true. However, failing to actively review your goals is equally dangerous. In order to stay on top of your goals, you have to keep them in front of you. By regularly reviewing your goals, you will be more likely to keep your eye on the prize. Additionally, you will give yourself the opportunity to reflect on your journey and adjust your plan accordingly. 

Work Out: Research suggests that morning workouts increase focus, boost energy levels, and rev up the metabolism. Whether you do a full 60-minute workout or just enough to get your heart pumping, just getting your blood flowing nice and early will provide added benefit to your day. 

Self Help: Being your best self takes action. Spend a few minutes every morning to reflect on who you are, how you want to be perceived, and what you want to accomplish. Then pick up a book that coincides with your wants and needs. Just a few minutes a day can really add up. You’ll be surprised where you’re at and how far you’ve come after a few short months. 

We encourage you to try at least one of these activities first thing in the morning over the next 30 days. We truly believe that you can channel your inner Beyonce and better slay each day, even as an army of one. 


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Hard Work & Patience

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Whether the task at hand is big or small, it's going to require work. And lots of it. From cutting a couple seconds off your fastest mile to excelling in your professional life, preparing yourself both physically and mentally is an absolute must.

Gary Vaynerchuk is one of True Recovery's favorite entrepreneurs and a great source of motivation that can be applied both in and out of the business world. In the video above, Vaynerchuck highlights the importance of creating the correct mental mindset to work as hard as you possibly can.