Memorise something today. Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to entertain your friends. Try poetry, sayings, philosophies.
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Reduce your attachment to possessions. Possessions own you, not the other way around.
“The future depends on what we do in the present.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Remember people’s names. They will feel appreciated. (Check out the internet for memory saving tricks).
Put your future in good hands – your own.
Get fit! StressTonic is all about brain power, but the body is equally important. Fit bodies lead to better health, confidence and more success.
“If you only do what you know you can do – you never do very much.” - Tom Krause
Focus only on the present. The past is unchangeable so it is futile to reflect on it unless you are making sure you do not repeat past mistakes. Your future is the result of your actions today.
You will enjoyed life a lot more by saying ‘yes’ than by saying ‘no’.
Live in this moment. If you live purely in this moment you will always be happy because there is nothing wrong in the ‘right now’. (Check out Matthew 7 v34).
Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window — or break down a door.
Smile more. Whenever you get a grin on your face, your brain is releasing serotonin - the happy hormone. Smiling is the natural way to force yourself to be happy. Just remember that while happiness leads to smiles, smiles also lead to happiness.
“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus
Drink water. Hydration is tremendously important for overall health. Warning – soda/fizzy drinks have absolutely zero nutritional content; it’s like pouring sugar and syrup into your cup.
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
Don’t take life so seriously. Learn to laugh at the little things and this whole ‘existence’ thing will be a whole lot easier. Do things that you enjoy and remember - life is not just business, it can be mixed with pleasure. “Humour is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles.” - Stan Toler
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Think positive thoughts. When you find yourself thinking a negative thought, stop it immediately by any means necessary. Slap yourself in the face, yell something positive at the top of your lungs or jump up and down. If nothing else it will certainly wake up the people next to you!
When you wake up in the morning, complete the following statement, ‘Today my purpose is to________.’
Read a book. Then read some more. ‘ Zen and the Art of Happiness ‘ is as good a start as any other.
Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
Get in the sun. Superman was completely re-energised when he flew out to space and soaked in some rays and you can do the same right outside your front door. The sun feels amazing and your entire body will be coursing with warmth and life.
Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants.
Help others. It has a ripple effect as you grow by giving and helping them. It is the most fulfilling thing you can do because there are more people in this world than just you.
Today make at least three people smile – plus yourself.
Set aside a specific time to worry today. Ponder all of your problems and anxieties during that time so that they will not distract you during work or moments of pleasure. If you get all of your worry out of the way and have the mental fortitude to keep from reverting back to them, you will be much happier.
Today eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
Be honest. Lies lead to nothing but trouble, so being known as trustworthy is an excellent trait.
Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does (apart from your Tonic therapist!)
Sleep less. As enjoyable as sleep is, waking existence is much more fulfilling and efficient.
Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
Figure out what goals and dreams. Decide what your perfect life consists of and begin to put the steps in motion to reach that place. The most satisfying thing in the world is overcoming a challenge and reaching that goal.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Start today off right. Is this going to be the best day of your life? Do the things that make you feel blissful, optimistic and empowered so that you can set a positive tone for your day.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.
If today a fear, worry or complaint comes to mind, close your eyes and imagine writing down the thought on a piece of paper. Then proceed to light the paper and fire and watch it disintegrate. Even better, actually write it down and burn it. You then won’t have any problem ridding your mind of the thought.
Have a clear vision and focus of what you want to achieve and set a time frame. Challenge yourself to be the best you can be at all times. Visualise what you want to accomplish. See it in your mind. Write down your goals, have a plan of action, and never doubt you will be successful.
Compare yourself to others. Use the success of others as motivation to continue growing and learning. Competition is strong medicine and can be used to your advantage if you don’t get too caught up in it.
Travel. It is one of the most exciting and life-changing activities that you can do. Observing a different culture will expand your mind, while making you further appreciate the life you already live.
Surround yourself with loving, supportive people. Stay away from the dream stealers, the people who would bring you down. Cherish the special people in your life and let them know you cherish them.
Place a rubber band around your wrist and snap it against your skin every time a negative thought finds its way into your head. The outcome is having only positive thoughts, which far outweigh a little slap on the wrist.
Today learn to be unaffected by the words of others. Remember what your mother taught you …’sticks and stones may hurt your bones, but words will never hurt you’.
Develop the ability to forgive. Grudges only bring more misery to those who hold them and prevent good relations with the target. Remaining angry feels horrible while forgiving someone brings a refreshing sensation to the mind and healing to the relationship.
Life is so precious; make the most of each and every day. Rise early, spend some quality time by yourself as well as with those you care about. Go for a walk, workout, read a book. Value not only the time you spend with your loved ones, but also the time you spend by yourself.
Today be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and sympathy.
Today do one thing a day that makes you feel uncomfortable. Push yourself; you will be amazed how far you can go. Remember: on the other side of fear is freedom. To remain stagnant is not to grow. To reach your full potential, you must rise above the fray and soar like an eagle.
What you focus on is what you get. If you complain all of the time, you will run into more of the things you complain about. The same goes for good things like health, wealth and happiness. So spend some time today imagining yourself achieving whatever it is that you currently desire.
Today show passion in everything you do. Let it show in your body language, in your smile, in your voice. Let your eyes sparkle. Let the world see and hear your enthusiasm and let it feel your passion.
Everyday is a gift, even if it sucks. Count your blessings, not your troubles. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone that you love them, because you never know what tomorrow has in store for you. Give people a second chance, because no one is perfect. Love all that you can, give all that you have, smile away your days, and dream away your nights. Life, what a wonderful thing!
Meditate today for 20 minutes. The ability to quieten your mind and relax your body is a skill that everyone should develop. Most important of all - be yourself. There is something that you can do better than any other. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that.
Learn to control your emotions. The only person that can make you unhappy is you! You are the one that decides to be affected by the words and actions of others.
Today be a role model and mentor for people. Volunteer in your community and help others achieve their goals. Your world will be enriched and a better place for sharing your talents and giving freely of your time. Leave a lasting legacy.
Relax! Work is important but you need to take some time to chill. What is the use of doing all of that work if you can’t have a little fun from time to time?
Today let go of the little things you can't control. Don't take yourself so seriously. Recognise that perfection isn't always the only option. Don't let life's imperfections bother you. Lighten up and see the funny side of things when they go wrong, the learning in them. Be tolerant, smile...don't waste your energies on the small stuff, you have much bigger fish to fry.
Today be true to yourself. Take pride in whatever you do. Be proud of who you are and what you represent. Accept others with all their flaws. Show compassion and goodwill to your fellow human beings. Be dignified. Lead a life of purpose and be proud of your values.
Work on making good first impressions. Practice a strong, firm handshake and the small talk that generally goes along with meeting someone for the first time.
Today show gratitude and say thank-you to the people who help you. Send a handwritten letter to someone who has touched you. Call up a friend or loved one and tell them how much they mean to you. Compliment a colleague or business associate on a job well done. Show people you appreciate and care about them. Acts of kindness cost nothing but mean everything.
Those who gossip to you will gossip about you. Say only what you mean, and don't believe everything that you hear because some day the story will be about you.
Today be proud of your achievements. Take time to recognise yourself and others for even the small successes. But also be humble and dignified, sensitive to people who are not as fortunate as you.
Today have a positive attitude and believe in yourself. Yes, you can be well intentioned, you can be determined, but without a positive attitude about yourself and about life, you will not succeed. Dreams will die, goals will fade, and gloom and darkness will replace clear blue skies and sunshine in your mind and heart.
Be mysterious. Don’t give off everything about you and definitely leave out some major details. There is something both alluring and mesmerising about someone who no-one knows all about.
Be there when people need you, because in order to have friends you must first be one.
Come up with a life mantra. You know, like ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Live life to the fullest’, but not as cliché. Make it something that really hits home with you so that you will actually stick to it. Make sure it is not so specific that it rarely applies, but also not so general that it is not personal.
Make the impossible, possible. Never give up! You only fail when you fail to try. So keep an open mind; you never know what you may learn.
"It is possible to be happy without having perfect health . . . Thank goodness my happiness doesn't come from my joints, but from my heart." -Beverly LaHaye
Get good at something. It can be a hobby or a passion but not your occupation. Make it something that you can practice often enough to excel at like magic tricks, surfing, ping-pong, creating short films, unicycling.
Today people will sometimes forget what you say to them or do for them, but they will never forget how you made them feel in their hearts. Make yourself a commitment for this year not only to have the best year ever, but to help others that you care about accomplish this goal as well.
Today work on those abs. Above any other muscle group in the entire body, the abs are the most important. They constitute your core, the centre point of your body. Your ability to balance comes almost completely from the strength of your abdominal muscles and balance is vital to performance in any physical activity.
“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming”. – Richard Branson
Keep your brain sharp. The majority of people are stuck in ruts. They go to the same job everyday, hang out with the same friends and eat at the same places. So try something that you do not know how to do. Learn new things to keep your brain alert.
“When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell
Today read something inspirational. Anything from a famous speech to your favourite self-improvement book.
Do what you love. There is a huge difference between making a life and making a living - which one are you making today.
In three words I can sum up everything that I learned about life, "It goes on." When the going gets tough, make yourself realise that no matter what your problem is, someone is and always will be fighting a harder battle.
Choose your friends wisely. You are affected far more than you think by the people you spend your time with. Do your friends share your values? Don’t let anyone get in the way of you being all that you can be.
Don’t burn bridges today. Maintain your relationships with people even if you think you are never going to see them again. You never know when you might need the help of someone you knew in the past. Plus there is already too much hatred in this world, so why add more?
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Today start a diary. Most of us already stay awake in bed at night pondering the events of the day anyway, so why not document those thoughts in an organised fashion? That will allow you to look back and observe how your way of thinking has changed over time.
Today learn to use and trust your subconscious. Your intuition is usually right. So remember - be yourself. There is something that you can do better than any other. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that.
Develop a charismatic personality. Believe that you already are charismatic even if you fail at being the centre point of the next party. Belief is the first step - reality will come soon after.
Love is all there is. If you truly want to be a master of life, let love be in your every action. Love your friends, family and enemies alike. This is the most difficult thing to do out of this entire list.
Exaggerate your compliments. If you are going to say something nice, why not make it a bit nicer? Only you will know the difference and the target of the compliment will feel that much better.
Forget about insults, even in jest. Nothing good comes of them. ( “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt)
Today notice small, beautiful things. Take a few minutes to be still and be aware of the wonders that surround you. Sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself – you will find sufficient purpose for your day.
Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
Today cut out the rubbish. Take the time to evaluate the constituents of your life to decide what needs to go.
Attend at least one crazy event this year. We remember experiences, not possessions. You remember driving somewhere in that car, not buying or owning the car. So put aside a savings jar to pay for at least one crazy, awesome event this year.
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill.
"Never be satisfied with what you achieve, because it all pales in comparison with what you are capable of doing in the future." - Rabbi Nochem Kaplan
You are what you eat. Your body is constituted only of the food that you put into your body!
The secret of a happy life is a bad memory.
This week give up something. When you get it back you will truly appreciate it. Examples include hot showers, alcohol and television.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain.
Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
Revenge is sweet, but forgiveness is sweeter. If someone insults you and you just smile back, consider how that would really annoy them!
The greatest revenge is to accomplish what others say you cannot do.
Don’t doubt anything without absolute evidence against it. Acknowledge that the world is full of surprises and the ‘impossible’. Therefore, practice being open-minded rather than doubtful.
Use your shower time to practice being ‘present’. Focus on the sensation of the water hitting your skin; the smell of the soap and the warmth of the steam coming off of your body. Remember - The most important opinion you have is the one you have of yourself, and the most significant things you say all day are those things you say to yourself.
Today limit your time-wasting online activities. For example, do you ever find yourself deep in someone’s Facebook photos and wonder how you got there? Practice separates the haves from the have-nots when it comes to skills. So how many hours have you spent doing something you don’t care to master, like Facebook? Do something else that will benefit you for a lifetime.
Today make some rules for yourself. Instead of only reading this list and thinking ‘those are good ideas,’ take a few at a time and make them unbreakable rules until the habits stick.
Today only do things that you love or that you have no choice but to do. When it comes to choosing a career, only do something that you absolutely love or something you have no choice but to do. Don’t waste a second doing something you do not love.
Find the supplements suitable for your lifestyle. For examples if you don’t get a lot of sun, you probably need some extra Vitamin D; if you get cold much easier than other people, you might have low levels of iron in your blood.
Go for a walk. Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, depressed or angry, walking is a sure-fire way to hit the reset button and get back into a positive mindset.
Practice Stoicism – the art of being unaffected by misfortune. A good stoic will recognise that mishaps will inevitable occur so he/she is constantly ready and open to experiencing them. Unlike pessimists, Stoics expect bad things to happen only because they recognise this is the nature of reality.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone is born with different strengths and weakness. Otherwise we would not be individuals and how much fun would that be? Consequently don’t hold yourself to the standards of others as you will never measure up to everyone.
Today take a cold shower. Besides waking you up better than anything, cold showers have been proven to improve blood circulation, keep your skin and hair healthy (hot water dries them out) and boost the immune system.
Try to be rejected today! When you go in with the intention of being told ‘no’, the butterflies go away and it becomes easy. This is a fantastic way to pursue more opportunities while becoming unfazed by rejection. Good applications include asking for phone numbers, job positions, partnerships and advice. Think of all the great things you’ve missed out on by not asking!
Rejoice in not knowing. Knowing everything is overrated, so embrace the areas where you know you are ignorant. When you recognise that someone knows something you don’t, use it as a learning opportunity rather than feeling dumb or pretending you know more than you do.
Take a nap. It is a great way to get a burst of motivation and energy.
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Gandhi
Master what you do most often. Take the time to become the best you can be at the small things you do most often. You will save yourself loads of time, plus it is fun to be really good at something!
Today figure out the minimum income you need to be free. This means doing what you love without having to slave away at a job all day.
Be a source of good on your social network. Share motivational quotes, inspirational videos and anything else that will improve the lives of those come into contact with your feed.