3 a Day

Want a simple, easy, refreshing way to start each day? Keep a journal or a few 3×5 cards on your nightstand or in a cozy writing spot and write down these three things each morning . . .

  1. I will let go of . . .
  2. I am grateful for . . .
  3. I will focus on . . .

Mine for today are:

  1. … my need to be right – about anything!
  2. … homemade Greek yogurt fruit salad, sooo good!
  3. … adding another 5 minutes cardio session to my day.

The process is quick and uplifting. I have been listing my “3 a Day” for the past two weeks and I love it. It gives my day a bit more structure and reminds me that each day is a new day.

Author and speaker Neil Pasricha described the idea as “The two-minute morning practice” in his latest book, “You Are Awesome.” He sees it as a “mental release” and a way of cleansing our anxieties and crystallizing our thoughts. I agree and call it “3 a Day,” because like a vitamin, it is good for us! Pasricha also noted, “The process helped me sort, clarify, and confirm my feelings. And, it ultimately helped me move forward.”

Pasricha’s great insights can be helpful for all of us. Give “3 a Day” a try and let me know how it goes.

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Find More Meaning in Your Life

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“FIND MORE MEANING IN YOUR LIFE”

Thursday at 2pm on ZOOM

Do you feel that your life has purpose and meaning?

Are you excited to get out of bed each morning? Do you go to sleep happy and satisfied?

Or, are you busy but not really satisfied with your life?

Are you second guessing your career, your relationships, your life choices? Or are you simply wondering, what’s next????

I have been there! My life did a 180 when I began focusing on what I wanted, not what I didn’t and what truly mattered to me. Those changes led me in many new and rewarding directions.

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Studies show that those who are leading a purposeful life – live longer, are happier and experience a greater sense of resiliency and trust!

Would you like to: learn more about the concept of meaning, the role it plays in your life, and how to find yours? If so, join us to learn about meaning and how it can change your life – for the better.

Also learn my 5 R’s that can help you along the way. The first one is RETREAT, so you have already started!  This event is open to the public, please share the link with a friend!

Meaning matters, and will enrich and expand your life!  If you have been thinking about attending a Wishful Thinking Women event, but haven’t made it yet, this is an easy way to start.

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FREE Top 10 Positive Emotions Online Gathering

Join us on Thursday, April 9 at 11 am when I will be sharing the many benefits of growing “Your Top 10 Positive Emotions.”

Lots of folks, who missed the presentation this past Friday asked for a recording, but since there is not one available, I will simply redo the presentation. (Those who attended gave it great reviews!)

“GREAT Presentation from Patrice as always! Great message and a great exercise to focus on the positives instead of the negative!”

“Gave me a new way of thinking about positive emotions, thanks!”

I am using ZOOM so we can interact and I can share a PowerPoint. You will be able to see me, but you can choose whether or not you want us to see you! Zoom is FREE, you can download now or simply do so on Friday, just give yourself a few minute head start so you don’t miss.

Click here or the link below to join our Zoom Meeting, You will be happy you did!

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Taking in the Good

I wanted to share a quick and easy way to bring more joy into your life. Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist, who has written a number of books on the technique, which he calls “Taking in the Good.” Other folks describe a similar method, known as savoring. No matter the name, it is a simple, fast way to refresh your outlook or your state of mind.

Begin by selecting a positive moment from your life – past, present or something you would like to create in the future, and then close your eyes and create an image of the moment in your mind. Stay with the image for 30-60 seconds.

Let your mind wander and daydream a bit about your moment – fill in as many details as you can. Relive, notice, or create lots of sensory relationships in your mind to your image – sights, smells, sounds, etc. and think about how good you felt/feel/or will feel about your joy-filled memory or moment.

Keep going until you actually feel a difference in your body. You might find yourself smiling, or your shoulders relaxing or wiggling a bit. You may feel sensations flowing through your entire body or you might get goose bumps! When you feel like you are there your brain will react accordingly and release a bouquet of goodness.

Your moments to not have to be momentous, although they will work, as well. I savor each and every lattè or cappuccino I drink, and I always feel as though I have been on a mini-vacation! It is so relaxing.

If you savor your personal positives 6 times a day – for a total of only 5-10 minutes – you will not only change your brain chemistry while you are savoring it, over time you will rewire your brain to think and feel more positively.

Set an alarm on your phone or with Alexa to remind you throughout the day to pause and savor. Or get in the habit of “Taking in the Good” each time you get a cup of coffee, brush your teeth, wake-up, go to sleep – anything you do on a regular basis can be a great reminder for you.

Don’t worry about doing the process 6 times a day when you begin, simply start! If you remember to develop and embellish your thought – you will feel the effects immediately as your brain releases happy chemicals and hormones that help your brain cells connect. It’s science, and it works.

Go for it, “Take in the Good,” or savor a moment right now!

9 Easy Ways to Shake-Off Stress

Dear Wishful Thinking Works Readers,

Even the Market is taking 15 minute breaks. If this is a trying time for you, take a deep breath . . .three deep breaths with a slow exhale can do wonders for your body and your sweet little brain. Come on, right now is a good time.

Easy Ways to Give Yourself a Break

1. Watch kitten videos. If you hate those, watch any videos that will make you laugh or smile.

2. Listen to music. Play your favorites while your work.

3. Dance like nobody is watching. (If that is not your thing, lift your shoulders, stretch your arms, run in place for a few. the key is to move.)

4. Hug your kids- then read or play with them.

5. Clean that closet.

6. Call a friend. Or write those cards you have been meaning to send.

7. Download a good book or read the one that has been siting on your nightstand for months.

8. Get out in nature, if you can’t – check out nature web cams online or visit nature based sites – there are thousands waiting to delight you.

9. Review the photos in your phone, I just spent a few minutes on vacation reliving amazing trips.

Repeat as needed, and increase your self-care – now is a great time to treat yourself gently.

Breathe . . . this too shall pass.

Thinking of you,

Patrice

Advent of Kindness Calendar

Many Wishful Thinking Works Facebook followers have been using an Advent of Kindness Calendar to share a bit more kindness this holiday season.

Visit Wishful Thinking Works on FB to join in the fun. I am posting daily about the Calendar to keep us on track for kindness! There is still plenty of time to jump-in! read all about the Calendar and more on FB.

Peace in the storm

Happy Thursday Morning.

How are you doing today? I hope your are feeling well and enjoying some peaceful moments no matter what is swirling around you.

I used to think that if I was surrounded by chaos I had to jump in and tame the waves. I felt it was my job to calm the seas, no matter how overwhelmed I felt by all the crazy swirling around me.

In my 20’s and 30’s I was often the carrier of bad news and gossipy comments, and I was more than willing to take most things personally.  Defensive mechanisms for sure, but hurtful to others, nonetheless.

Lucky for me, over the years and with lots of trial and error, reflection, and meditation I realized I can observe and care but not connect in ways that create chaos for me or others, and that even in the saddest or scariest circumstances it is possible to find moments of joy, peace, and balance – without guilt!

Trusting in the goodness of others and their abilities is key, and listening and letting people know that we are connected, that we care, and that they are capable, lovable, and worth listening to and being loved is a much better approach – for everyone. 

Today, I wish you joy and peace and the courage to find them during stressful and difficult times. I know you can do it, and I know at times it will be difficult, but I trust that you won’t stop trying. I believe in you and know you are wonderful, lovable and worth it.

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Your life is your once in a lifetime opportunity; what you do with it is up to you.” 
Patrice K. Robson

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