Breaking a Negative Cycle

girl-690717_1280With only 1% of Americans that truly LOVE their jobs and 70% feeling disengaged, it’s not surprising that many of us can fall into a negativity rut. Where this becomes dangerous is when we allow the culture surrounding us to perpetuate this feeling. Often times, the negative voice is the loudest, permeating the day to day culture and making it hard to break free. Whether you love your job, hate your job or like it well enough, harboring negativity can only bring you further down and can lead to feelings of apathy and dread when facing another work day.

In order to move forward, we have to be willing to step out and break the cycle of negativity. Every day, we have the power to choose not to engage in negative behavior, to be positive and cooperative. Here are five ways to let your positivity shine to combat a persistent negativity rut:

1. Smile and say good morning to everyone you encounter.
2. When tempted by the social aspects of venting together, disengage, step away and find someone to have a more positive interaction with.
3. Stop complaining. It’s hard but worth it.
4. Know that if you stumble, it’s okay – move on and try again.
5. Store happy vibes from other areas of your life and draw from them in times of need.

It’s easy to get bogged down, draw strength from your positivity and be an example to those Negative Nellies. You may not be able to change them, but you can change your own behavior and break free from negativity.

The Power of Tidying

papers-262731_1280It’s nothing ground breaking, you’ve probably read 100 times on Pinterest and other organizing blogs that the key to keeping your home clutter free is tidying, and it is completely true. This is the number one thing I recommend for staying organized. Some people swear by a 10 minute power tidy, others say a pre-bed time tidy is the way to go. It really doesn’t matter when or for how long, the key is doing it.

Much of the time we spend cleaning, whether at home or at the office, is putting things away. Personally, I like to put things away as I’m finished with them, for example, washing prep dishes while the dinner is cooking, but sometimes that just isn’t feasible. Here are my top 2 tidy tips to help you build a habit for tidying:

1. Leave a clean work space – throughout the work day my desk fills with papers, to-do lists, notes, magazine articles, etc. When the end of the day rolls around, it would be easy to get up and leave these things cluttering my work space but we all know coming in to a mess the next day isn’t how we like to start a day. I take less than 5 minutes at the end of each work day to tidy up my desk. Even if it’s just stacking the items into a neat pile to sort through the next day, leaving a clean and clutter free space makes for a more pleasant and productive return.

2. Everything has a place – There are a few important items that we never want to lose, keys, cell phone, purse/wallet. These are things that we always have when we leave the house and if we misplace them, stress and tardiness ensue. For these high priority items, choose a home base for each and before bed each night make sure they are in their homes and easy to find the next morning. I have a key rack by the front door and any time I enter the house I put my keys there. This way I’m never searching for my keys. I also make sure that my laptop is in it’s bag next to my purse before I go to bed so I don’t waste time with it in the morning, or worse forget to grab it on  my way out.

I typically do my tidying at night so that I have less to deal with in the morning but anytime of day will do depending on your own personal schedule and what works best for you. Adding a tidying habit to your life, will help reduce the stress of searching for lost items and keep your home and office clutter free!

The Positive Impact of Tiny Miracles

Miracles are often thought of as extraordinary events that surpass all human or natural powers. We often hear stories of miraculous recoveries from illness or survival stories from terrible accidents or disasters but sometimes the real power of miracles lies in the everyday occurrences that have positive impact on our lives.

A tiny miracle might include a co-worker offering a helping hand when you’re feeling overwhelmed, or your children finally settling down so you have a rare quite moment in your day, or not encountering traffic when you’re already running late. These small things, if recognized can lead to a positive boost in our moods.

One of the top sited ways for increasing personal happiness is the practice of mindfulness. When exercising mindfulness, one focuses on being fully present in experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations.  Being mindful enough to acknowledge the tiny miracles in our lives not only fosters a sense of goodwill for a more positive mindset but can also reduce the effects of stress.

For more information on mindfulness, check out the following links:

Psychology Today, Mindful.org

Launching Happy Heather

Over the course of several years, I have had numerous friends and colleagues tell me that I should launch an organizing and events service. Being organized is something I’ve come to be known for and I often get asked for advice and ideas. In response, I decided to launch Happy Heather!

If you’re offering a service, it’s best to start with a website so after dragging my feet thinking I couldn’t possibly launch a website on my own, I finally dug in and figured it out! In addition to the event and organizing services, as well as consulting I wanted to provide an outlet for advice, tips, and ideas. On this blog, you’ll find just that! If you have any questions you’d like answered or specific blogs ideas you’d like me to tackle, feel free to drop me a comment!

And so, Happy Heather is born!