Dear Friend, we've crafted a 5-day #JoyChallenge to help you and us experience lasting joy. For the next two remaining days, you'll do a new challenge.
It's a perfect way to ease into the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge that we created to help you experience joy in your everyday life.
Did you know that your experience of life is shaped by what you say about it? When we complain all the time, we miss out on a different story we could be telling, and a different experience of life we could be living. How about we flip the script?
Turn your attention to solutions instead of problems.
Replace whining about not having everything you want yet with focusing on how excited you are about it being on its way to you. The desire for something can be harnessed like an internal engine, powerfully propelling us toward our goal.
Also, instead of focusing on what you don't like (disappointments, traffic, high prices, etc.), shift your focus to what you like. By doing this, you transfer your attention from problems to solutions.
Challenge yourself to look for opportunities to say "YES" instead of "NO. When you feel the urge to complain, stop, and ask yourself how you can turn your attention to what you want instead of complaining about what you don't.
The truth is, complaining doesn't solve problems- it only blocks solutions. Every time you feel the urge to complain today, remind yourself that complaining is just one viewpoint.
Decide to take responsibility for the things you can change: your attitude and perspective.
Trust that everything is working out, even when your mind doesn't understand it or you don't see the whole picture. Practice looking for the positive side of every situation, and it will soon become a habit. While many things are beyond your control, your attitude is always up to you.
Complaining trains our brains to focus on the negative, which then predisposes us to see more negative things showing up in our lives. It also releases the stress hormone cortisol, which has several harmful effects on our health.
90% of our thoughts are repetitive and turn into habits. Why not practice having positive thoughts then?
Although changing your perspective isn't necessarily easy, it's worth it. With practice and perseverance, it does work.
Monday. Practice mindfulness—focus on the present moment and away from stressful thoughts.
Tuesday. Gratitude—appreciate what you have as often as you can, and watch how negativity disappears.
Wednesday. Kindness—being kind to others increases dopamine in the brain, for both the giver and receiver.
Thursday. No Complaining—turn your attention to solutions instead of problems.
Friday. Laughter is the best medicine because it floods your brain and body with mood-boosting serotonin.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team