Day 3: Surround yourself with love today

Your home and work environments should reflect everything in life you hope to be creating.

It is critical to feel that our environments are "ours", and that they reflect our personal values.  At home, we should feel comfortable, nurtured, secure.  At work, our environment should set the tone for productivity, efficiency and results.

Make your home deliciously yours. Indulge here, it's where you live.

How do you expect to achieve outstanding results in a space that reflects messiness, disorganization, and clutter.  Make it a priority to keep and leave your space in excellence

12 Tips to Make your LIFE LOVELY

1) Express Yourself

Speak up and express with pride what you believe in. Doing so can strengthen your self-esteem while lowering your stress level.  Even if those around you aren’t communicating well, ask questions, make suggestions and do whatever else you can to improve the situation.

2) Slim down your schedule

Don't take on too many projects or commitments at once. Learn to prioritize and say "no”, so you can simply enjoy being at home and having a day of rest each week.  Don't be a frazzled, overcommitted mess.

3) Chill, baby, chill.

Find those things that bring you pleasure and weave it into your daily routine (meditating, doing yoga, knitting, listening to music or gardening). Integrate your relaxing activities with being at home.

4) Take financial action.

For many people, financial pressures are a major source of stress. Take action to address the issue: create a budget, increase your savings or explore ways to earn more income.

5) Accept what you can't control.

There are many situations in life that simply are out of our control, and if you fail to recognize such situations, your stress level is likely to skyrocket. Accept what you cannot control.

6) Build your "Inner Circle"

The people you consider to be your "inner circle" should be sources of solace, not stress. If this isn't the case, it's time to re-examine just who should be in that circle. Surround yourself with good people, and you'll be good too.  ;)

7) Get organized. 

Living in an organized, tidy house – coupled with creating a feasible, prioritized home to-do list – brings with it a sense of control.

8) Make time for fun

Simple activities can make for a home steeped in happiness, not stress. Consider these simple but fun pastimes – reading to your child, playing with a pet, making a meal with family or friends.

9) Create a personal space.

It's important for each of us to have a physical space where we can spend time away from others; it can simply be a lounge chair in the backyard or a couch in the basement – anywhere that enables you to relax and quiet your thoughts.

10) Infuse your home with calm

Your home's physical surroundings can contribute to creating a sense of calm, so integrate natural elements such as stone, wood and plants. It's also recommended that walls be painted in cool, calming colors such as light greens and soft blues. Another suggestion is to integrate soothing lighting by using lamps with dimmer switches.

11) Eat Well. Really well.

You can adopt a healthy diet and add life and length to your years.  There's no time like the present to decide if you need to make a major change in this area, or simply a few tweaks.

12) Open yourself to opportunities

I dare you to say "yes" to every request you receive today.  See the video (below) for more fun around this amazing opportunity to experience life, from the movie, "Yes Man" with Jim Carey.

How to Get Stuff Done When You're Depressed: Say YES!

Golden Globe-winner Jim Carrey ("Bruce Almighty," "The Truman Show") stars in the hilarious comedy about a man who decides to say "yes" to everything, instead of saying "no" all the time, which had left him depressed and alone. Now, as the "Yes Man," he finds himself leading an exciting life, traveling the world meeting interesting people, and along the way, finding romance. 

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Yes Man (Starring Jim Carey)

If you haven't already, watch the movie, "Yes Man"... and have fun!

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