Last week I wrote about Why Your Social Media Persona Really Does Matter and for part two in this Be Positive series I want to share some resources to help nurture your positive spirit. If your spirit is dragging due to stress, responsibilities or just plain old life, giving it a boost with some positive vibes can get you back on track. Alternatively, if your spirit is strong and glowing keep the momentum by feeding it.
Some things that I love to renew me are music or taking a walk but I also love reading. Reading takes you on a mental journey far away from anything other than the book in your hand. Television can be a diversion but the commercials and electronic glow aren't what you need at the end of a long day.
Here are a few books that I love that have made me think, engaged my mind and transformed my thinking. I hope they do the same for you.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
“Enthusiasm is more important than innate ability, it turns out, because the single more important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practice.”
— Gretchen Rubin
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
“The human mind is like a fertile ground were seed are continually being planted. The seeds are opinions, ideas, and concepts. You plant a seed, a thought grows, and it grows. The word is like a seed and the human mind is so fertile!”
― Don Miguel Ruiz
Be the Inspiration: 7 Ways to Inspire Your World by Sheri Kaye Hoff
“Live each day with more peace, passion, energy, and joy.”
― Sheri Kaye Hoff
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
“Create your day in advance by thinking the way you want it to go, and you will create your life intentionally.”
— Rhonda Byrne
Do you have any favorite books that you've read that have helped you frame your thinking and created a positive mood? I'd love to hear about them and what you do to nurture your positive spark.
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