It doesn’t have to be so serious. When was the last time you danced or sang at the top of your lungs? It is good to allow ourselves to be creative and let loose occasionally to boost our spirit. Life isn’t just about work. We can say no and it’s important to set boundaries. People will respect you for standing up for what you believe, and your relationships will flourish.

The primary way humans learn is by making mistakes. Mistakes should be seen as an opportunity to grow. We learn from them and move forward in life. Even good relationships have some ups and downs. Spend more time with positive people and set limits with difficult people. Focus on what could have been done differently.

Begin your day with a positive affirmation. Affirmations are short statements said to counteract the subconscious discouraging thoughts that run your life. They can interrupt the pattern of negative beliefs and take away a bit of their power.

Every affirmation is medicine the body will use to heal and return to balance. Every worry and negative thought feeds disease. Be in the present moment with affirmations that start with “I am.” Louise Hay is known for her popular books, “You can Heal Your Life and Heal Your Body”. She says, “I’ve learned for every condition in our lives, there is a need for it. We must go within to dissolve it. Before we begin to use the new thought pattern, we must be willing to release the need for the condition. When the need is gone, the outer effect must die.”

A few of Louise’s affirmations are:

My day begins and ends with gratitude and joy.

As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others.

Peace begins with me. The more peaceful I am inside, the more peace I get to share with others.

Life is short; take time for good life choices:

Take time to stop and focus on the little things for which we are grateful.

Listen more than we speak.

Appreciate and give thanks for our unique personality, skills, and talents.

Practice kindness at every opportunity, even with people with whom we disagree.

Take a walk outside every day and pay attention to the trees, grass, water, and breeze.

Notice and listen to the birds while outside.

Spend time planting or digging in the soil to improve our microbiome.

Watch more sunsets.

Clear clutter and invest time in our home to create an inviting space.

Deal with emotions. Take a moment and sit with them quietly to understand them.

Listen to uplifting and energizing music. Sing in the shower.

Create a collage of dreams.

Do something silly alone or with a friend.

Take time to eat quality food.

Volunteer or offer to help someone who needs it.

We always have a choice. Our choice can affect whether we simply survive or thrive. It’s our body, and it’s our life to live authentically, be genuine, real, and honest. We get to let go of who we think we should be and be open to embracing who we truly are. Find the verve, enthusiasm, and sparkle, to live with passion, joy, peace, and happiness. Life is short.