Want to Live a Long Life? Get a Positive Attitude!

You’ve probably heard over and over again that living a long life is caused by a good bunch of genetics. You might even figure that you probably don’t have the “proper genes” to live to be 100 years old or more.

Well, guess what? That whole way of thinking is starting to be sharply questioned and turned on its head!

Recent studies have shown that besides genetics a great deal of what keeps people alive for 100 years or more comes down to certain personality traits that they possess.

You read it right – PERSONALITY TRAITS!

Research is showing more and more that having a positive attitude and a sense of humor could play a pretty big role in helping you live a longer and healthier life.

Groups of centenarians who had participated in the studies have displayed other key traits besides learning to laugh and have a positive attitude. They were optimistic, easygoing, and extroverted, laugh more often than not, and express their emotions instead of bottling them up and letting them fester.

In addition, the participants were also more conscientious and less neurotic than many other Americans. But what does that even mean? Well, neurotic people tend to experience negative emotions more often than not, meaning that they respond emotionally (that is, negatively) to events that wouldn’t affect others. For example, stress and frustration to one who is more on the neurotic side would mean that minor setbacks such as the car being low on gas before going to work (and forgetting to fill up the day before), forgetting your lunch, or the dog having an accident in the house would appear to be hopelessly difficult obstacles. They may find themselves in a bad mood more often in not because they sweat the small stuff. Think of them as Drama Queens (or Drama Kings).

So what do you need to do to help yourself live a long, healthy, and happy life (well, besides eat well and exercise frequently)? It’s in the evidence – you need to get a positive attitude, pronto!

If you happen to be a bit on the negative or neurotic side, then don’t fret – you can get a positive attitude right now! It may be easier said than done, but you’ll find that practicing positive thinking and having a positive attitude will make you experience a happier life. Try to keep light of things and find humor in everything, be kind, conscientious, and work hard, too. This, along with eating well and getting exercise, will help ensure that you live a happy, healthy, long life.

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit www.dawnmushill.com or email me at dawn@dawnmushill.com.  Make it a great day!

10 Ways To Improve Your Day in Just 5 Minutes!

Five minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, but it can mean making your day that much better (or worse)! In just five minutes, you can turn your tough day around to become a great day for you! It can also lower your stress level, raise your energy level, lower your blood pressure, AND give you just the right amount of inspiration you need to get through the rest of your day!

Take five minutes to try out one, several, or all of these tips to help you have a better day!

Stretch – No need to get into the downward-facing dog position! All you need to do is stretch your arms and legs for just a few minutes. Stretching can help improve your flexibility and circulation, and it can help ease any muscle tightness you may be experiencing!

Prioritize – No one’s in a good mood when things are thrown about helter-skelter. Go ahead and take a few minutes to put together a to-do list and prioritize what you need to do in your day. Nibble away at your list bit by bit, and you will find that you will not only get more work done but you will also be in a more positive mood!

When Life Gives You Lemons… – Sniff them! You heard me. When you’re stressed out (and have some lemons around), go grab one and take a few sniffs. Not into lemons? That’s okay – basil, juniper, and lavender do just fine when it comes to lowering your stress levels!

Clean Off Your Desk – Losing focus? Getting more and more negative as the day progresses? Stop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and clear off your desk! Take a few minutes to properly file stray papers on your desk, clean up your coffee mugs, and generally declutter your workspace. You’ll find that you’ll work better than you have all day!

Meditate – If you find that your stress level is going through the roof, take a few minutes to get into a comfortable position and meditate. Just focus on your breathing and work on getting your stress level down. If you’re not into meditation, you can also try praying or finding a short, powerful mantra to help you get through your day.

Have a Laugh – In a bad mood? Feel like you’ll never shake your frown off your face? Go ahead and take a little time find humor in something! Put on a favorite comedy CD, watch a few clips from America’s Funniest Home Videos, or find a funny video on YouTube to watch and laugh at! You’ll find that once you start laughing, your bad mood will be withering away in no time!

Play Your Favorite Tunes – Did you know that listening to your favorite music can help lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost your mood? It’s true! Put on your favorite tunes and watch your bad mood melt away!

Relive a Memory – When times are tough, try to conjure up a happy memory to put a big smile on your face. Think about your wedding day, a favorite outing with your friends, or the best part of your most favorite vacation to get yourself in a better frame of mind.

Turn Your Electronics Off – Technology in large doses can zap your energy straight away. Take some time in your day to log off you computer and stay away from your smart phone. Better yet, if you can, try to get outside and get some sunshine! Remember, just because the world is turned on 24-7, you don’t have to be!

Practice Gratitude – Take a minute every day to write down whatever it is you’re grateful for – big or small! Keep photos of events or people you are grateful for on your desk, too. This can help you appreciate all the positives you experience in your life and drown out all the negatives.

I hope that these tips will help you have a more positive day! Remember, there are no bad days, just bad moments!

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit www.dawnmushill.com or email me at dawn@dawnmushill.com.  Make it a great day!

The Top 10 Things You Can Do TODAY To Improve Yourself!

 

What’s the secret to success?

We seem to seek the answer to this question in our daily lives. Most of the time the answer remains to be elusive. We turn to books, blogs, and perhaps our own parents and mentors to help us discover the secret to success.

When it comes to the secret to success, many of the accomplished athletes, musicians, artists, writers, public speakers, and other accomplished individuals know one sole fact – there is ALWAYS room for self-improvement.

Here are ten things that you can do today to begin improving yourself, one step at a time!

Wake Up Early – Night owls may not like this suggestion very much, but several experts have acknowledged that waking up early (that is, 5 or 6 a.m.) improves your productivity and your quality of life. This is very true as you physically have more hours in your day to accomplish all that you want. In another sense, waking up early helps ready your mindset to be productive each and every day.

Make Your Room Inspirational – Everyone needs a place to go to seek inspiration. But what if you didn’t HAVE to go far to get the inspiration you need? Well, the good news is that you don’t! If your room or space is dull, messy, or leaves something to be desired, then don’t be afraid to change it up! Make your space into something awesome, inspirational, and something meaningful to you!

Learn Something New – Teachers do it right – they’re life-long learners. Why not follow suit and take up something new? Is there a course you’ve always wanted to take but were too afraid to do so? Do you want to learn how to play a new sport? How about cooking a new dish or doing something new on the computer? Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in many ways and promotes growth.

Start Journaling – If you want to gain a better sense of self-awareness, start journaling. Write about anything you like. Afterwards, read through it, and try to put yourself in an outsider’s position. You will see yourself in a different light. Additionally, journaling is quite therapeutic! Keep your journal in a private notebook, on an online blog, or anything in between!

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone – Real growth occurs when we work hard and get out of our comfort zones. Being too comfortable does no good for us – in fact, it makes us stagnate. If you feel like you’ve been in your comfort zone too much, try getting out and trying new things. Mix up your routine now and again. You’ll find that you grow as you learn new concepts and ideas along the way.

Learn From Those Who Inspire You – Think about all those who inspire you. What do you like about them? Which qualities do you admire the most about them? Learn from them and figure out how you, too, can acquire those qualities.

Face Your Fears – Everyone’s afraid of something. But whether we fear speaking in front of others, heights, spiders, or even the unknown, we must all face our fears because these fears prevent us from growing to our full potential. So get out there and give a speech. Go ahead and plant the flowers you want in your yard, even if there are a ton of creepy bugs out there. Addressing and conquering these fears helps you grow.

Let Go of the Past – Is there something from the past that you’re still holding onto? Perhaps an old grievance? If this is so, you need to let go and move one with your life. Holding onto the past impedes your progress of moving forward and becoming who you need to become. Forgive yourself, forgive others, and move on.

Befriend The Top Professionals in Their Fields – Find those who are in the position that you dream of being in. Find out how they got there. What attitudes did they have? What skill sets do they have in their arsenal? These insights can help you improve, and you can someday achieve those same results for yourself.

Be Kind To Those Around You – Perhaps one of the most overlooked practical things we can do to improve ourselves is being kind to those around us. Kindness helps create the qualities we wish to see inside ourselves – compassion, empathy, patience, and love. Start being more kind to those around you, and you will find that not only will they respond differently, but you will, too, and you’ll feel even better about yourself.

If you seek growth and success in your life, I challenge you to implement the above suggestions in your life. You’ll see that day by day you’ll begin reaching the goals that you set for yourself and will live a happier, more fulfilling life.

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit http://www.dawnmushill.com or email me at dawn@dawnmushill.com.  Make it a great day!

YOU Have The Power!

That’s right – you have the power!

Every time I get behind a slow car, I remember what I always say in training – “You have three choices – you can give ‘em a finger from your hand (your choice as to which finger), you can pull alongside them and yell at your first opportunity, or you can turn up your radio!”

It’s scary that I talk about that in every talk I give, yet I have to remind myself of my own advice each and every single time!

It’s crazy what your mind can do. It can provide you with a ton of options, but the trick to a positive attitude is knowing which option to select. Aside from the previous three options, you always have the fourth option – advice from my mother. She always says, “You should have left earlier.”

So last week my mother was on her way home from a golf outing and as we were talking she yelled, “You dummy… this guy just pulled out in front of me – RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.” I calmly said, “Mom, you should’ve left earlier.”

Yep, she was a bit quiet. I know from personal experience that it is HARD to take your own advice.

But another way to look at this particular situation is to realize what you can and what you cannot control. You cannot control the person in front of you, but you can control your own car and your own emotions. What good does it do anyone to get frustrated? I am constantly refraining my thinking in more situations than you can imagine.

I have found that refraining makes you a bit more laid back, too. Yesterday, I set the table for dinner – plates, cups, napkins, silverware – the whole deal. As I went to pick up my cup of water, I dropped it and spilled water all over the table. I remember just picking up the water, walking to the sink, getting a rag, and wiping it up.

No emotion. No frustration.

You see, I can’t control a cup that is already spilled. I finished wiping the table and realized how calm I was. It was a changing moment for me.

So think about situations you encounter every day and how you might be able to handle them a bit differently. It should make a lot of difference in your life as a whole!

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit http://www.dawnmushill.com or email me at dawn@dawnmushill.com.  Make it a great day!