Motivational Monday

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Good morning, you lovely readers! It’s Monday, which means that it’s time for your dose of motivation. To get a little conversation going, I’d love to hear what keeps you going on those weekdays that tend to drag. Comment in the section below and enjoy the rest of your day!

Who is awesome? You are. Just sayin’.

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Motivational Monday

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Good Monday morning, you beautiful people!

After a brief hiatus, I’m happy to say that I’m back and ready to [hopefully] entertain you with my lame sense of humor and wise advice [if my mom says it’s wise, it has to be.. right?]! I’m going to start off this week with some Motivational Monday stuffs and then continue posting throughout the week. About what? I don’t know yet. I guess you’ll just have to check back and see [ BOOM. Got ya.]!

Have a wonderful Monday, lovelies!

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Links I Love Wednesday

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Links I Love Wednesday

1. Secrets to an Amazing Love Life (mindbodygreen.com). “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” [If you know what movie that is from, we just became best friends.]

2.How to Use Makeup Highlighters (wellandgood.com).

3. Pesto Zucchini Fritters with Caprese Bruschetta Topping (closetcooking.com). These look absolutely delicious! I’m going to pretend that they are low-cal because.. veggies, right?

4. Badass Couple Turns Wedding Day Hurricane Into Best Party Ever (cosmopolitan). So basically, their wedding gets pummeled by a hurricane and this cute couple put smiles on their faces and dance in the rain.

5.  9 to 5 Chic: 10 Style Tricks That Show You Mean Business (laurenconrad.com).

6. Five People to Avoid in Life (sweetlemonmag.com). Some people are like poison. This article details the five types of poisonous people that you don’t need in your life [’cause you’re a RAY OF FRIGGIN’ SUNSHINE and don’t you forget it].

7. 3 Yoga Poses to Help You Relax (prevention.com).

8. Let’s Take a Road Trip: Travel Inspiration (theberry.com). You know that restless feeling where you just want to hop on a plane and travel somewhere exotic and new? If you’re prone to those feelings.. Don’t look at this.

9. 7 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Job (hellogiggles.com). Dread going to work? YFeel completely unmotivated when you’re there? Yeah, it might be time to spruce up that resumé, m’dear.

10. The 18 Most Adorable Co-Pilots To Ever Exist (buzzfeed.com). PUPPIES. That’s all you need to know.

And in memory of Robin Williams..

7 Ways to Practice Gratitude

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7 Ways to Practice Gratitude

When we find ourselves in a rut, we often take to thinking about the wrongs in our life or even [*gasp*] spiraling in a whirlwind of negativity. Although it is important to be grateful everyday, it’s especially needed when we find ourselves down in the dumps. Thinking of things that you love and/or what you’re grateful for can put any negative situation into perspective [trust me, boo].

We need to be grateful as hell for all the wonder, victories, small moments and grace in our life. Why? Because life is beautiful and pizza exists. So to help you get your grateful vibes on, here are 7 ways to practice gratitude today:

1. Share your gratitude with others. If you know me, you’re probably aware that I LOVE asking “what are you grateful for today?” [’cause I’m nosey, duh]. Not only do I get to hear what my loved ones are grateful for, it also serves as a reminder to think about what I’m grateful for in my own life. So take a moment and share your gratitude with others. Ask them what they’re grateful for and share your own grateful list.

2. Keep a gratitude journal. Take note of one or two things your grateful for everyday. This is a fantastic way to practice gratitude because if you ever find yourself at a loss for words, you can look back at old entries for a little gratitude inspiration.

3. Say thanks with a RAK (random act of kindness). By doing someone a little act of kindness, you pass the good vibes and grateful feelings along [bonus for the good karma].

4. Thank the people that serve you. Okay, picture this: you’re eating lunch with a friend and are deeply engrossed in gossip. As you’re all like “Oh my gosh, Becky.. look at her butt“, your waiter/waitress has quietly filled your glass and disappeared without you even noticing.

Okay, yes, it’s their job to make sure you’re enjoying your meal, and a good server won’t disturb you.. But that doesn’t mean you can’t flash a quick smile and throw a “thank you” their way! PLUS, when you’re nice to your server, they’ll most likely return the favor and be nice to you [win win].

5. Appreciate the world and its beauty. Next time you step outside, put down the phone and just take a moment to soak up the fresh air. We live in a beautiful world and it’s a miracle that you are even alive! So step away from your twitter feed, enjoy the breeze on your face, and send out a little thanks to the universe for existing.

6. Get involved in a cause. Donate time, money, talent, whatevs. Just go out there and get involved in something you’re passionate about. No matter what you do, you’ll learn to appreciate the organization a little more and realize that there is always something to be grateful for.

7. Say ‘Thank You’ for the little things. Unless you’re a total jerk, you probably say “thank you” when a friend wishes you a happy birthday, your boss promotes you, or the delivery man brings you pizza – you know, the big things.

As easy as it is to say thanks for the big things in life, it’s imperative that you don’t forget to be grateful for the little things. We become accustomed to the small gestures and tiny moments. Stop taking them for granted, bro! Say”thank you” for a small, specific thing today (e.g., your significant other takes the trash out, your coworker turns your computer on for you, etc.).

Readers: How do you practice gratitude? What are you grateful for today?

3 Reasons Why You Should Be a Positive Thinker

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3 Reasons Why You Should Be A Positive Thinker

In the book “The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, Oliver Burkeman says “Ceaseless optimism about the future only makes for a greater shock when things go wrong; by fighting to maintain only positive beliefs about the future, the positive thinker ends up being less prepared, and more acutely distressed, when things eventually happen that he can’t persuade himself to believe are good.”

If I’m allowed to speak freely, I think this is complete and utter bullshit. I don’t believe that thinking positively makes you less prepared for catastrophic events or failure. Instead, positive thinking encourages you to recognize that failure/distress/chaos is temporary.

By looking on the bright side of a terrible situation, or simply encouraging yourself to think positively during a rough period, you’re simply telling yourself things will get better. There will always be a rainbow after the storm, so to speak.

It’d be crazy to think that you can be positive all the time. Everyone is going to have days where they feel down because negativity has creeped in. The important thing is to try to think positive on days like this. Don’t let the negative thoughts consume you and you’ll be just fine.

So, what exactly does positive thinking do for you? WELL, I’m delighted that you asked [cause you did. I know you did. RIGHT?].

3 Reasons Why You Should Be a Positive Thinker:

1. You’ll feel better. When your thoughts are positive, that positivity affects your mind, body and soul.

I know i’ve talked about the dreaded “spiraling” a couple of times.. That strange thing that happens when you start thinking something negative and that negative thought brings to mind another and another and another. 

When this happens, you oftentimes end up in a really dark frame of mind that can affect your sleep schedule, your concentration, your happiness, etc.

To avoid the dreaded spiraling and to keep yourself sleeping like a baby, try to keep the thoughts positive. Even if you’ve made a mistake or you are feeling really down on yourself, don’t give in to the negative thoughts.

If your friend came to you and told you about a mistake she made, would you say to her “Yeah, wow, you really are an idiot. I’d hate to have your life right now, suckahhh!” OF COURSE YOU WOULDN’T. [If you would say that, I think you should make an appointment to visit the doctor. I’m pretty sure they make pills for that.]

So why would you say those things to yourself?

If you make a mistake or screw up, talk yourself up and keep the thoughts positive. You’ll feel better, you’ll sleep fine, and your smile will be as genuine and beautiful as it has always been.

2. People will be attracted to you. Not just in a romantic way, but also professionally and socially.

Think about someone in your life that is consistently negative. Maybe they constantly complain about their spouse, job, lack of ice cream in the freezer, etc.

If you haven’t noticed, people who are always negative are total black holes when it comes to energy. They literally suck your good vibes and energy away. Oftentimes when you leave them you feel down or unhappy. You might also feel negative emotions and dread by simply thinking of them.

Most likely, you try to avoid this negative person as much as possible and find yourself complaining about their negativity whenever they are mentioned.

Unfortunately, they become such energy suckers by allowing negative thoughts to create negative feelings, moods, and behavior. They allow these black feelings to consume them and those black feelings leak out and affect people around them.

NOBODY wants to be around a black hole vibe-sucker. Trust me.

When you encourage positive thoughts, these thoughts affect your attitude and behavior. When your actions and attitude are positive, people will naturally gravitate towards you. Why? Because you’ll make them feel good! BOOM.

3. You’ll feel motivated to accomplish your goals.

There is a reason coaches give their players a pep talk before a big game. Motivational words and encouragement make the players feel like they can do anything – like beat their opponents!

So think of positive thinking like giving yourself a pep talk. If you think positively and encourage yourself to reach further and dream bigger, you’ll be more likely to! Tasks will be easier to fulfill and goals will be easier to accomplish. Why? Because you’re pumping yourself up and setting yourself up for success!

WOOHOO here’s to being a positive thinker!

3 Reasons Why You Should Be a Positive Thinkerr

Readers: Do you have your own reasons for being a positive thinker? How do you banish negativity? Isn’t the weather just SO DANG HOT today?!

Links I Love Wednesday

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Links I Love Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Before we jump on in to fun links and sarcastic side comments, I want to catch you all up on a few things. Numero uno: I have a new domain!

If you haven’t already noticed, my website is now officially called www.daniuseswords.com! I’m only-a-little-maybe-a-lot pumped about it.

Second piece of juicy news: my Facebook page is now up and running! I’m still working out the kinks with it, so be gentle when you visit. If you’re feeling generous today, feel free to click the ‘like’ button. If you’re coming to my blog from Facebook, you’re already ahead of the game [YOU ROCK]!

Okay, back to err.. business. I am SO pumped for this week’s ‘Links I Love Wednesday’!

For those that are new to Daniele Uses Words, this post is part of a weekly series where I round up a bunch of my favorite links from this week. If you have a blog or another link you’d like me to look at, add it to the comment section below! I love to see what stuffs you’re currently loving, so feel free to add your voice to the mix

Half of these posts are dessert recipes.. Is it lunchtime yet?

1. 26 Couples Who Have This Whole Relationship Thing Figured Out (buzzfeed.com). This is so cute. Is there such a thing as relationship inspiration? Relat-iration? Whatevs.

2.Refreshing Lemonade Recipes for Summer (theglitterguide.com).

3. 10 Life Hacks You Need This Summer (youtube.com). A bunch of amazingly cool life hacks from the King of Random [for Myrl :)].

4. Easy Blueberry Pie Recipe (shewearsmanyhats.com). [Did somebody say pie?]

5. Don’t Worry, Be Happy (theberry.com). Looking for some warm and fuzzies? This post is a great way to start your day off on a positive note. 🙂

6. Tips on How to Fall Asleep Quickly (youbeauty.com). Just a few great ways to jump into dreamland the minute your head hits the pillow. Spoiler alert: NOT obsessively checking your Instagram feed helps [guilty].

7. How to Break Into a Manager Role When You’re an Introvert  (levo.com). Just because you’re shy doesn’t mean you can’t be #theboss. This article talks about why introverts actually make great leaders – so step into your leadership shoes, man!

8. 20 Life-Changing Ways to Use Bobby Pins (cosmopolitan.com).

9. Moody Cherry Tarts Recipe (sugarandcloth.com). This site is the cutest! Plus this recipe looks absolutely delicious [c’mon.. you know you want to look].