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New-Books

You might have already heard the news on Instagram awhile back, but today I'm officially sharing the details of my upcoming books! I'm soooo excited to announce that in 2016 I have not one, not two, but FOUR new books coming out! [Insert wide-eyed emoji face here.]

These four books are part of a series called Effortless Inspiration for a Happier Life, designed and written by me for Watkins Publishing. The goal of these compact books is to provide bite-sized inspiration and on-the-go insights on four topics that are absolutely essential for living a positively present life: living in the moment, gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness. 

Creation of these little books began last year, and it's so exciting that they'll be arriving on bookshelves in 2016! Read on for more details about the series and the individual books. (And keep scrolling to see how you can download a free PDF sample!)

 

ABOUT THE EFFORTLESS INSPIRATION SERIES

What's so exciting about these books is how different they are from anything else I've created before (like Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively Present and The Positively Present Guide to Life)! Each little book features 18 inspirations quotes on a specific topic (Living in the MomentGratitude, Compassion, or Forgiveness) followed by an insightful explanation, a thought-provoking activity or question, and a memorable affirmation. The design and layout of these books was created with the goal of keeping inspiration accessible, providing insights that can be incorporated into day-to-day life.

Just as I strive to do here on Positively Present, these books were created with the intention of providing uplifting, inspiring content that you can actually use in your real life. Here's a sample from the Gratitude book: 

Gratitude-SampleDownload a PDF Sample Here!

Isn't it pretty?! I'm so pleased with how they turned out! (The colors pop even more in person!) Of course, looks aren't everything. The real purpose of these books is to zero in on important topics and here's a breakdown of each topic (with release dates!): 

 

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Living in the Moment
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UK: May 19, 2016 / US: September 13, 2016

Life transpires in the present. Yet so often we let the present slip away, wasting precious seconds worrying about the future or ruminating about what's passed. Learning to live in the moment (also known as mindfulness) can have immense power to stop us focusing so much on doing and thinking and instead focus on being.

Living in the Moment inspires readers to think about mindfulness in a fresh way, while encouraging them to incorporate it into their everyday lives. Mindful people tend to feel more relaxed, less distracted, more balanced and decisive. They have increased energy and self-esteem as well as greater productivity, stronger relationships, and an enhanced immune system.

With its appealing design, uplifting content and friendly tone, this little book on living in the now provides beautiful, bite-sized inspiration for people around the world to live in the now. And, with increased awareness, we can really savor each of life's precious moments.

 

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Gratitude
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UK: May 19, 2016 / US: September 13, 2016

Cultivating gratitude doesn't cost any money and doesn't take much time, but the benefits can be enormous, helping you focus on what you have rather than what you don't: friends and family, positive personal qualities, your surroundings, a healthy body, a vibrant mind, and the list goes on.

Research has shown that grateful people tend to be less envious, more relaxed, more humble, more emotionally resilient, and less materialistic. They have increased energy, greater self-esteem, increased productivity, and are able to build stronger relationships. What's more, when children see a thankful parent, they are more likely to become thankful children.

Modern design paired uplifting content make this little book on gratitude essential for anyone seeking beautiful, bite-sized inspiration to live more grateful, contented life.

 

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Compassion
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UK / US: October 18, 2016

Compassion is the ability to feel sympathetic towards those who are suffering while desiring to relieve their pain. It's not just a feeling -- it's a desire to help others who are struggling or in pain. Imagine what the world would be like if we all experienced compassion on a daily basis!

Recent scientific research has shown that compassionate people tend to be more understanding, less angry, and less stressed than other people, with stronger relationships and even enhanced immune systems. People who live with compassion or show concern for others' wellbeing also tend to create a more harmonious atmosphere around them. Compassion breeds compassion, leading to all-round enhanced contentment.

Compassion is a topic that's often discussed around the world in relation to kindness and generosity, but rarely is it explored on is own. This little book, with its modern take on the subject and uplifting inspiration, brings light to a life-changing subject that will appeal to readers around the world.  

 

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Forgiveness
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UK / US: October 18, 2016

To forgive is to be free. Forgiveness is one of life's great challenges; it is so difficult to let go of anger and pain once you've been hurt. But people who forgive both themselves and others tend to feel more relaxed and open, have less risk of getting stressed or depressed, and experience stronger relationships.

Holding on to past resentments and negative energy tends to cause painful memories to fester in our subconscious, which prevents us from moving forward with joy in life. Learning forgiveness allows us to move on, to create more peace in our lives, and to release ourselves from re-experiencing painful moments. 

Tucked within the pages of this book, readers will find insights and inspiration for letting go of pain, cultivating a forgiving heart, and ultimately finding a deeper sense of awareness and peace. 

  

FABULOUS FEATURES

Each of the four books will feature a similar carefully-designed layout created with the intention of providing thought-provoking (but accessible!) content. The beauty of these little books is that, while they have a beautifully consistent layout (making them a gorgeous little collection as a whole), each one zeroes in on a very specific topic, allowing readers to really home in on the subject matter.

Though each book as a unique theme, they all share these fabulous features: 

  • Inspiring Quotes: Each book features 18 quotes on its specific subject. 18! That's a lot of quotes for one topic! It was so much fun to for me to go in search of these quotes, looking for inspiration that would spark new ways of thinking about each concept, and each one has been carefully chosen to suit each topic. 

  • Bite-Sized Wisdom: Quotes are wonderful (I can't get enough of them, as you may have seen on Instagram!), but sometimes it's nice to take them a step further and explore what they're actually saying. Each quote in each book is followed by a bit of wisdom written to provoke deeper thinking. 

  • Easy-to-Do Exercises: I know, "exercises" sounds like work, but I promise these are actually enjoyable -- and so, so worth it to create more presence, gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness in your life. With each quote in the book, you'll find an activity you can do to bring inspiration into your life. 

  • Motivating Mantras: Mantras aren't something I use often, but sometimes you really just need a short phrase that you can use to remind yourself to focus your attention. Each section of each book concludes with a simple, powerful statement that you can use to remind yourself to stay present / grateful / compassionate / forgiving. 

  • Top 10 Lists: Sometimes you just need a list of actionable ideas to take what you've learned and apply it to your life. Each book features lists (like, "Top 10 Ways to Stay Present at Work") filled with inspiration to take the quotes and exercises even further in your day-to-day life. 

  • Beautiful Layouts: I designed these myself so I'm a tad bit biased, but I really think the layouts turned out beautifully. Of course the content is what's most important, but if it's beautifully packaged in bright colors with simple, inspiring illustrations, that certainly doesn't hurt, does it? 

 

If you have any desire to stay present, be grateful, cultivate compassion, or find forgiveness, these are absolutely the books for you. If you can't tell, I'm SUPER excited about these books, and I really hope you will be too! Yay for new books! 


believe, see, act: how to create your own wellth

Believe-See-Act

 

About a month ago, I was sent a copy of Jason Wachob's Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé, and the title alone had me hooked. I love clever wordplay, and I've always believed the concept of "wealth" should include much more than financial prosperity, which is exactly what happens with Wachob's creation of the word "wellth." The book focuses on the various building blocks of wellth: eat, move, work, believe, explore, breathe, connect, love, heal, thank, ground, live, and laugh. Each of these elements is an important aspect of living a positive, present life, so it was wonderful to read about them and how they connect with one another. 

Each section of the book was filled with insights, stories, and inspiration, but my favorite section was BELIEVE. In this section, Wachob talks about how the "belief in oneself is a huge factor in successful careers, love, and life in general," and explores the idea (one that I fully support!) that everything is connected and you're exactly where you're meant to be in your life. As Wachob puts it, "You may not know why, and you may hate your current situation, but in time the reason will become clear." I love this section's focus on acceptance and the way Wachob takes acceptance a step further by reminding readers, "You can't just sit back and expect good things to happen. It requires hard work." 

There's a balance between believing in yourself, accepting what is, and taking control over your destiny, and Wachob's assessment of this balance is spot-on. In Wachob's words, believing is a three-part process. He writes, "My problem with a lot of self-help gurus is that they promote a message that is about entitlement. Yes, I truly believe that we all deserve a great life, a life filled with happiness, health, and abundance. But I also believe that this is a three-part process: believing, seeing, and doing." 

Again, I love how this process focuses on balance between acceptance and action. Below are some of Wachob's insights on this three-step process (in italics), along with my thoughts. 

 

BELIEVE 

"The first step is BELIEVING. You have to believe -- otherwise you won't accomplish anything. If you don't believe...then it's over before you even start." 

This might sound obvious, but it's important to believe in yourself, in what you can accomplish and achieve in your life. As Wachob puts it, if you don't believe, you really cannot accomplish anything, let alone big, crazy, exciting things. Of course, believing in yourself can be tricky sometimes, especially when it comes to things that might seem overwhelming or obstacle-filled. Believing in yourself is an act of self-love and, like all self-loving acts, it can prove challenging when you're going through a tough time, but it is absolute essential to achieving anything. Whether you're looking for love, aiming for that stellar career goal, or simply trying to make the most of your life, if you don't believe in yourself, you're going to have a really hard time getting where you want to go. 

 

SEE

"Next comes the importance of SEEING. If you don't envision where you want to go, then how are you going to get from point A to point B? ... The plan doesn't have to be perfect, and quite often it will change, but you have to start by envisioning it." 

Believing is so important but this next step -- seeing -- is equally as vital. If you believe you can do something, that's wonderful, but you need to have a vision of what exactly you plan to be doing. As Wachob mentions in the book, if you're looking for a partner, you need to envision exactly what traits you're looking for in that person if you ever hope to find your dream guy or girl. Believing you deserve love isn't enough; you have to envision what that love will actually look like. You have to know what specifically you want in a partner. And the same goes for any other kind of goal you're hoping to achieve. Believing in yourself is wonderful, but what does achieve that goal look like? How exactly are you going to get from where you are to where you want to be? 

  

ACT

"The third step is TAKING ACTION. You need to do what you set out to accomplish... Your behavior on the mat or at the gym (or at the office or the dinner table) affects your entire persona." 

Believing in yourself and envisioning how you're going to get from where you are to where you want to be are two essential steps for creating more wellth in your life, but the third step is absolutely essential: taking action. You can believe and envision all day long, but that's not going to get you too far if you don't take action to get where you want to be going. Wellth is created when you proactively move forward toward your goals, making positive progress with each step. (And knowing that, yes, sometimes you might take a step back or two.) What you actually do matters so much more than what you envision you'll do. Personally, I think the best way to make positive progress is to break down big goals into more manageable steps, all the while keeping your vision in mind (and never forgetting to believe in yourself!). 

Personally, I feel wellthy whenever I've followed these three steps in my life. For example, when I knew I wanted to leave my full-time job and pursue Positively Present as a career. First, I had to believe in myself, that I could actually take the leap into the unknown. Then, I had to see what life would look like if I actually did it. I had to envision the future. And, finally, I had to act. I had to venture into the unknown, choosing the unpaved path over comfort and stability. Following this three-step process (in my career, in relationships, with myself) has always lead me to feel wellthy.

This three-step process is one of the many, many insights Wachob offers in the book. It's an easy-to-read format and each section ends by summing up the key points. (I really love when books do this, as it offers reminder of the various points discussed in each section, some of which are forgotten by the time you get to the end of the chapter.) If you like Positively Present and you're interested in creating a more mindful, meaningful, and empowered life, you'll love this book. Visit the book's website to learn more here

  


WellthToday's post was sponsored by Harmony Books, publisher of Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé, a book that redefines successful living and offers readers a new life currency to build on, one that is steeped in wellbeing—Wellth. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Eat. Move. Work. Believe. Explore. Breathe. Connect. Love. Heal. Thank. Ground. Live. Laugh.

These are the building blocks of Wellth. In this blend of memoir and prescriptive advice, Jason Wachob shows us all how to enjoy truly “wellthy” lives—lives that are deeply rich in every conceivable way. Through his experience and personal story, as well as in exclusive material from popular expert contributors (including Dr. Frank Lipman, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Joe Cross, Charlie Knoles, Kathryn Budig, Dr. Aviva Romm, and Dr. Sue Johnson), we learn how we, too, can embrace this new movement, while exploring what we can do to make frequent deposits into our own “wellth” accounts. What’s your life worth to you? Come and explore it.

ABOUT JASON WACHOB 

Jason Wachob is the founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to health and happiness, with 15 million monthly unique visitors. He has been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Vogue. Jason has a BA in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and loves German shepherds, Chuck Taylors, and guacamole.


reader request : is forgiving a skill or a choice?

Forgiveness

 

Note: The following article is based on a request from a reader. If there's a topic you'd like me to write about, feel free to email me here, leave a message in the comments, or reach out to my via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

 

A few weeks back, I received a request from a reader asking me to write about whether I think forgiveness is a skill or a choice. It was perfect timing for me to receive this request because I happened to be struggling to wrap my head around the topic of forgiveness myself. Someone had hurt me quite unexpectedly, and the pain was making it difficult for me to let go of negative feelings and actually forgive. So, when I received this request in my in-box, I couldn't believe the timing. It was just the topic I needed to be thinking about, and the more I pondered the question, the more I realized: forgiveness is both a choice and a skill. 

In order to forgive, you have to actively choose it. (Which can be hard, I know!) And to become good a forgiveness you have to practice it, the way you would any other skill. If you're lucky, you won't have a lot of opportunities to practice, but most of us do encounter quite a few situations in which we can practice forgiving others. Whether it's forgiving someone who has cut you off in traffic or forgiving someone who has caused your heart to break, opportunities for choosing forgiveness are likely to crop up often. 

For some, forgiveness comes easily. They're all too happy to let go of the ways others have hurt them -- and this is a great skill to possess. For others (ahem, most of us), forgiveness is tricky. It's hard, sometimes, not to let being hurt or offended impact the way you think about and interact with others. It's hard not to let these pains (both big and small) influence your own mindset. But, as I've written about before, forgiveness is freedom. The more easily you forgive others, the more positive your life will be. (Keep in mind that forgiving others isn't the same as condoning their behavior. You can forgive while still believing the other person is wrong. You can forgive someone you never want to speak to again.) 

Though forgiveness is one of the surest paths to emotional freedom, it's often a difficult trek to make, which is why it requires both the act of choosing to forgive and the art of mastering forgiveness as a skill. Both of these can be challenging, the the skill part can be extra tricky. Saying you're going to choose to forgive is one thing -- actually putting it into practice is something else entirely. 

I believe there are four considerations when it comes to practicing forgiveness, and I'll outline them in a bit more detail below. Understanding and considering these four things can make practicing forgiveness a lot easier.  

 

  1. CONSIDER WHAT UPSET YOU. 

    First and foremost, it's important to consider what actually upset you. Focus on why exactly you're hurt. Try your best not to bring in anything else into this consideration. For example, if you're angry about something your partner did, focus only on that specific incident (not on all the times s/he has upset you). Don't bring in past grudges or your own personal baggage (e.g., the way that your last partner did the same anger-inducing thing). Narrowing in on exactly what has hurt you will allow you to assess why exactly you're hurting, if there's anything the other person can do to right the wrong, and will give you information you might need for avoiding similar situations in the future. 


  2. CONSIDER THE OTHER PERSON. 

    After considering the specifics of the situation, it's time to turn your focus to the person (or people) who has hurt you. Try, as best you can, to put yourself in his/her shoes. Is it possible that the pain caused was unintentional? Is it possible that the other person might believe he/she is doing the right thing or making the situation better in some way? Is there a chance that someone else might be trying to help you? Or that s/he might be dealing with his/her own pain? Sometimes the answers these questions will be no (and that's okay), but quite often we'll find that someone else isn't intentionally trying to hurt us, which can make it easier to forgive them. 


  3. CONSIDER YOUR OWN POSITION. 

    Once you've closely looked at the situation and the person who has hurt you, it's time to turn your gaze inward and consider where you're coming from. Why are you so hurt by this situation? Is it really about this or is something else impacting how you feel? (For example, let's say you're upset with your spouse for not following through but you're doubly irritated at him/her because you just had a really bad day at work.) This is not to say that someone else's actions are your fault, but it's merely an encouragement to look at where you're coming from. What's happened in the past that's impacting how you feel now? What's going on in the present that might be influencing the situation? These facts are not meant to condone another's behavior, but to help you see the bigger picture and how interconnected everything is. 


  4. CONSIDER THE FUTURE. 

    After taking the situation, others, and yourself into consideration, now it's time to consider what is going to make this situation better for you (and for others). Will holding on to anger and unhappiness make your world a better place? Will clinging to the past improve your present and future? The answer to these questions is definitely no. No matter what the situation, holding on to anger, disgust, or any other unpleasant feelings will not make your world a better place. It will only hurt your heart more and make it more difficult for you to live a positive, present life. Even if someone has treated you terribly, forgiving them will only help you. Choosing not to forgive will only continue to cause you pain in the future (and who wants that?!). 

 

These four considerations can really aid in the art of forgiveness. However, like developing any skill, mastering forgiveness takes time and effort. Don't give up on it, even when it's hard. Believe me, I know from experience that forgiving is always better than holding on to a grudge. It may seem nearly impossible to forgive, especially if someone has hurt you (or someone you love) deeply, but the more you practice forgiveness, the more freedom you'll experience. And remember: the act of forgiving is something that frees you, not the person who hurt you. You have everything to gain by forgiving and nothing to lose.  

 

Loving-Your-Self

Forgiving others (and yourself!) is an amazing act of self-love. Want to empower yourself with some more serious self-love and acceptance? Start loving yourself (or increase the love you already have for yourself!) with the inspiration and motivation found in Loving Your Self: An Empowering Workbook for Increasing Self-LoveFilled with uplifting encouragement, thought-provoking questions, and engaging exercises, Loving Your Self is an essential tool for mastering the art of self-love. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your own copy here.


how to find the good in yourself

Give-Yourself-Love

 

Today's post is part of Find the Good February, a month dedicated to finding the good in your life (and in yourself!). Each week features a unique theme, and this week's theme is SELF. 

 

Self-love is absolutely vital for living a positive, present life. It is the foundation for all of your relationships (and relationships are a big part of life!), which is why it's so important to pay attention to, and cultivate a good relationship with, yourself. Self-love it's about adoring every single aspect of yourself. We all have things we'd like to change -- and that's a good thing. If we didn't want to change anything, we'd be living pretty stagnant, boring lives. That being said, self-love is about focusing on the good things about yourself. It's about turning your attention to your strong traits more often than not and cultivating an acceptance for the things you don't particularly enjoy about yourself. 

As you probably know, this is much easier said than done. We all, to some degree, struggle with loving ourselves. There's a lot of pressure (particularly with the rise of social media) to be perfect, to appear as if you have it together all the time. (News flash: no one has it together all the time -- not even in the picture-perfect celebrities we see on the covers of beautifully glossy magazines.) But, as hard as it can be sometimes, self-love is so, so important. Here are some of the best ways to find the good in yourself: 

 

THINK DIFFERENTLY. 

Unfortunately, it's sometimes easier to be hard on yourself than it is to lift yourself up, but if you want to love yourself, you have to change your mindset. You have to believe that you're worthy of love, and you have to actively seek out good things about who you are. Changing the way you think about yourself is the first (and most essential!) step to finding the good in yourself. 

APPRECIATE THE PAST. 

One of the hardest parts of self-love is not beating yourself up for things you've done, said, been in the past. We all have things we're not super proud of, but clinging to these things can get in the way of finding the good in the present moment. If you struggle to embrace your past, remember this: everything that happened in the past made you the person you am today. That, in itself, is a reason to appreciate it. 

GIVE IN TO YOUR DESIRES. 

Of course, not every desire should be indulged, but, when it comes to finding the good in yourself, it's important to treat yourself to the things in life that make you happy. Consider what inspires you, delights you, or fills you with excitement. These are the things you love, and recognizing these can give you insight into who you are -- and show you what you deserve to indulge in. 

SET YOUR GUILT FREE. 

We all make mistakes -- that's a part of life. Looking at them (and overanalyzing them) can really make you cringe, so why dabble in that negativity? Instead, recognize what you've done wrong, resolve to change your behavior in the future, and move forward with the knowledge that you are a self-aware and thoughtful person. Guilt is a huge waste of time, and the less of it you have in your life, the more self-love you'll cultivate. (Another way to avoid guilt: ask yourself before you do something you're unsure about, "Will I feel guilty about this later?")

DO WHAT YOU LOVE. 

Most of us are passionate about something. We all have things that really matter to us -- whether it be a cause, a job, a loved one, or a hobby. Whatever it is that really excites you, focus on that. Spend time doing it as often as you can, and try to be really mindful when you're enjoying it.  One of the best ways you can learn to love yourself is to zero in on the things that you really, truly love. 

BE PROUD OF YOURSELF. 

It can be tough to be proud of yourself without feeling as if you're boastful, but it's okay to remind yourself how awesome you are every once and awhile. It's okay to admit that you did an amazing job on something or accomplished something you never thought you could. When you celebrate yourself and your achievements, you're focusing on the really good things about you -- and that's going to make self-love a lot easier!


LISTEN TO YOURSELF. 

Have you ever ignored your instincts or avoiding following a gut reaction? Self-love means not doing that. It means believing that, deep down, you know what's right for you -- and you should follow your own advice. Recognize that your thoughts and feelings are valid (even if they make no sense to anyone else!) and be brave enough to listen to them. You know, better than anyone else, what you need in your life. Never forget that. 


BE OBSESSIVELY GRATEFUL. 

As Danielle LaPorte said: "Be obsessively grateful." Be grateful not only for the things, people, and experiences around you, but for every inch of yourself. Be grateful for your body, which allows you to function. Be grateful for your mind, which allows you to even contemplate the idea of self-love. And be grateful for all of the goodness you bring into the world. If you want to find the good in yourself, direct your attention to what you have, not what you lack. 

 

Finding the good in yourself can be an uphill battle at times, but never, ever give up on the idea of self-love. When you love, appreciate, and respect who you are, everything in your life changes for the better. Your relationships are stronger. Your work is more brilliant. You feel braver and better and more in love with simply being you, just as you are.  

 

 

Loving-Your-Self

Finding the good in yourself is a brave act of self-love and self-awareness. Want to empower yourself with some more serious self-love and acceptance? Start loving yourself (or increase the love you already have for yourself!) with the inspiration and motivation found in Loving Your Self: An Empowering Workbook for Increasing Self-LoveFilled with uplifting encouragement, thought-provoking questions, and engaging exercises, Loving Your Self is an essential tool for mastering the art of self-love. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your own copy here.


announcing... find the good february!

Find-the-Good-February

 

Today is the first day of Find the Good February: a month dedicated entirely to finding the good all around (and within) you! Read on for more details and info on this week's theme: finding the good ONLINE ... 

 

WHAT'S FIND THE GOOD FEBRUARY? 

I'll be honest: I've been dreading February for months. It's so silly, but the thought of a valentine-less Valentine's Day made me feel really down. Last month, I was feeling bummed (due to the post-holidays blues) and not at all looking forward to the cold and (romantic) love-less February so, instead of wallowing, I decided I needed to change my attitude big time. (As my mom used to always tell me when I was a kid, I was in need of an "attitude adjustment!")

The first thought that popped into my mind was to create a self-love campaign (based on some of the content in my e-books Finding Your Self and Loving Your Self), and I was initially really excited about this idea because, as you know, I believe self-love is absolutely vital. (It is, after all, the foundation for all of your relationships!) But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to focus on something even broader than self-love -- and that's when I got the idea for Find the Good February! 

I made the decision to dedicate the entire 29 days of February to focusing on finding the good in life -- online, at work, in my relationships, in myself, etc. Because, honestly, the best thing to do when you're having a hard time is to focus on being grateful for what's going right (instead of focusing on what's going wrong). So that's what Find the Good February is all about!

Get ready for a month of blog posts, Instagram goodness, and more -- dedicated entirely to finding the good in life. Each week will feature a different theme around the topic of finding the good, and this week's theme is all about finding the good ONLINE! 

 

FIND THE GOOD... ONLINE!

If you haven't noticed, there's a lot of negativity going on in the world, and a ton of it takes place online. There's bullying and negative comments and all kinds of hostility (especially when it comes to the upcoming presidential elections here in the US). It can be disheartening at times, but this week in Find the Good February, we're going to focus on two things (1) all of the wonderfully positive content online, and (2) celebrating and spreading positive content as much as we can! 

This week, I encourage you to...

  1. FIND POSITIVE CONTENT. 

    I know it's hard to find sometimes, but it's out there. There are people all over the world writing and creating and sharing uplifting content. It's so amazing that we can all be connected online in so many ways and that we have the power to create and share things with others. This week, seek out positive online content. Try not to click on anything that promotes negativity, and, instead, focus on the things online that bring positivity, encouragement, and joy into the world. 

  2. THANK THE CREATOR. 

    The best thing you can do when you discover positive content online is tell the person who created it how much you like it. Those who create and share online content would love know that you enjoyed an article, painting, photograph, meme, tweet, etc. Drop the creator a quick email (or leave a comment on his/her site) to let him or her know how much you enjoyed what s/he created. Even if this person is a big-time creator and receives tons of messages, take the time to leave yours too. You never lose out by sharing your gratitude!

  3. SHARE POSITIVE CONTENT. 

    Another excellent way to focus on the goodness online this week is by sharing the positive content that you find, spreading the goodness and allowing others to experience it. When you find something really uplifting, spread the word about it by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. Or, if online sharing isn't your thing, email a link to a friend (or, if you're really old school, print and mail an article or image). Not only will you brighten your someone else's day, but you'll also help creators spread positive content. (As an added bonus, it also just feels nice to share something positive with others!) And don't forget to use the hashtag #FindTheGoodFebruary

  4. SPREAD SOME ONLINE LOVE. 

    It's important to find and share positive content this month (and always!), but another great thing you can do is create your own goodness by sharing the online love this month. Like as many things as you can on Facebook and Instagram. Retweet tweets and leave comments on your friends' Facebook and Instagram posts. Do you know how long it takes to leave a comment like "Love it!" or "Looking good!"? A matter of seconds -- and it can make someone's day. Clicking a "like" button takes even less time. Of course, the world shouldn't revolve around likes and hearts and comments, but these are small little things you can do that really make others feel nice, so why not spend a few extra moments this week doling out some serious online love? 

  5. HASHTAG IT! #FINDTHEGOODFEBRUARY

    I'd love to see what kinds of good things you find online. When you share on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #FindTheGoodFebruary so we can all share in the good things that we find. :) Hopefully this can become an annual event and every time we're struggling to stay positive or need some inspiration, we can click on #FindTheGoodFebruary and find all kinds of great, empowering, enlivening content!

 

MY FAVORITE ONLINE FINDS

To kick off the week of finding online goodness, I'm going to share some of my current favorite online finds with the hope that you'll enjoy them too! The first thing I've been really loving is the CaseApp website, where you can design your own phone case! I created the one below so I can remind myself to find the good all month long. Want to create one? From today until February 8, 2016, get 20% off on a custom case from CaseApp with the code POSITIVELY20. (If you want to create this exact one, you can download the PNG file here.)

  CaseApp Sample


The next thing I've really been loving in the online world lately is YouTube. I've never really understood all of the hype about YouTubers until the six months or so when I really started watching them. There's something really wonderful about following along with others' adventures and getting a glimpse into their lives. Some of my favorite YouTubers of the moment: Zoella, Sprinkle of Glitter, Anna Saccone, and Tanya Burr. Check them out for some lifestyle tips, inspiration, and more.

Third on my list of current online favorites is: Caroline Winegeart's Made Vibrant. I've been loving Caroline's work for quite awhile now, but I recently took her course (Your First E-Course) and was reminded of how talented and awesome she is. Her weekly newsletter always makes me think differently and feel inspired (and this is coming from someone who hates weekly newsletters!). Plus, she's been doing this amazing Abstract Affirmations series that combines her beautiful artwork with inspiring words and I absolutely l-o-v-e it. So, if you're a creative soul looking for bright, beautiful, brilliant inspiration, check out Caroline and Made Vibrant! 

Those are just a few of the positive online finds I've rounded up, but you can keep on top of my favorite things (and find new sources of inspiration) with my weekly Positively Present Picks, featuring links I love, books I'm reading, and a brand new playlist every Friday.  

 

I'd love to see what goodness you find online this week! Feel free to share it in the comments section or with me via social media. And feel free to share your own work / writing / sites too! 

 

  

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You know where else you can find good stuff? In yourself! If you're looking for some more soul-searching inspiration, check out the Finding Yourself workbook. Discover more about yourself, and uncover what you want most by downloading a copy of the e-book Finding Yourself: A Soul-Searching Workbook for Surprising Self Discovery. Filled with inspiration, questions, and activities to get you thinking about what it means to be you, Finding Yourself is a must for learning more about who you are and about what matters most to you. Learn more about the workbook here and purchase your own copy here.