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Top Posts #4: A Perfect Day to Celebrate Smile Day!

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Although today isn’t Smile Day–National Smile Power Day will be June 15, 2018 and World Smile Day will be October 5, 2017–our smiles are no less potent.

Enjoy reading this post, which was originally published on 2/8/15, to find out the many benefits smiling.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

 

 

A Perfect Day to Celebrate Smile Day!

 

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that today is Smile Day. I didn’t! What a fun and easy day to celebrate! You don’t have to spend any money, there’s no special preparation, and you don’t have to travel anywhere.
All you have to do is smile, right where you are!
How cool is that? How easy! What fun!!

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Researchers have proven that smiling is good for you. Here’s what they’ve discovered:
~Smiling is a great picker-upper for your mood;
~Smiling reduces stress;
~Smiling boost endorphins and serotonin, which help you genuinely feel good and be positive;
~Smiling lowers blood pressure;
~Smiling strengthens your immune system;
~Smiling lifts the face and makes you more attractive;
~Smiling makes you look vibrant and alive;
~Smiling is fun;
~Smiling is easy;
~Smiling is contagious! By smiling at someone, you lift their spirits and give their mood a boost and they’re more apt to smile! How cool is that?!

 

Studies have shown that even if you’re in a bad mood and don’t feel like smiling, just the simple act of curving your mouth into a crescent shape will give you these benefits. And, if you keep at it, soon you’ll find that your mood lifts and you’re smiling for real!

Your homework today is to celebrate Smile Day by smiling!
Whether you want to or not, whether you feel like it or not, SMILE!

No one is exempt from your smiles today: friends and family are bombarded with your warm and loving smiles; clerks, salespeople, and service personnel are showered with your smiles! Even strangers on the street aren’t going to get away without a big smile from you!

Make a game of it and see how many people you can smile at! Include your family and friends—especially kids—to see who can smile the longest or give away the most smiles today.

Have fun and SMILE!

You can do it—I know you can! I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

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Top Posts #6: I’d Rather be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest

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This post was published earlier this year on 1/27/17 and it continues to be an excellent reminder that it’s the journey and not the destination that that matters. It’s what we learn, who we meet, the new things we see, and the interesting things that we discover. And it’s how all of this enriches us and our life and how we then share this with others.

This poem also reminds us that riches and influence can be useful tools in crafting a soul-prospering life, but they aren’t what’s truly important. It’s the comforting silence as well as the laughter shared with dear friends and loved ones; playing with your kids; making a difference in someone’s life. These achievements are the true successes in life.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

I’d Rather Be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest

 

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I came across this poem and I thought you might like it, too.

I’d Rather Be a Failure by Edgar A. Guest

I’d rather be a failure than the man who’s never tried;
I’d rather seek the mountain-top than always stand aside.
Oh, let me hold some lofty dream and make my desperate fight,
And though I fail I still shall know I tried to serve the right.

The idlers line the ways of life and they are quick to sneer;
They note the failing strength of man and greet it with a jeer;
But there is something deep inside which scoffers fail to view—
They never see the glorious deed the failure tried to do.

Some men there are who never leave the city’s well-worn streets;
They never know the dangers grim the bold adventurer meets;
They never seek a better way nor serve a nobler plan;
They never risk with failure to advance the cause of man.

Oh, better ’tis to fail and fall in sorrow and despair,
Than stand where all is safe and sure and never face a care;
Yes, stamp me with the failure’s brand and let men sneer at me,
For though I’ve failed, the Lord shall know the man I tried to be.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Top Post #7: Sitting in Silence with Mr. Rogers

 

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Mr. Rogers, in his unassuming and unaffected way, was a very powerful man. His kind, gentle, profound wisdom is as relevant and desperately needed.

We tell ourselves that we don’t have the time to sit in silence, but really it’s the other way around: we don’t have time NOT to sit in silence. Take time today to sit in silence, even if for just five minutes. Promise yourself that you’ll do it every day, then follow through!

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

This was first published on 10/5/16. Click here to be taken to it.

SITTING IN SILENCE WITH MR. ROGERS

Oh my, this is a noisy world…. Real revelation comes through silence. ~Mr. Rogers

 

Mr. Rogers was a soft-spoken, kind and gentle, reflective person. In an interview he had with Charlie Rose, Mr. Rogers talked about making time for thought, reflection, and contemplation. He even commented that with the written word, there needed to be white space on the page so that the reader has time to think about and digest what she/he just read.

Join me in following Mr. Rogers’ advice today and sit quietly, even if for only a few moments. It’ll help you press the reset button on your day and your week and help you set yourself up for a good finish to the week.

But…
Is your mind racing, though, and you can’t figure out what to contemplate? Here are a few quotes from Mr. Rogers that can help:

There’s a special place for you. You have a place that no one else has; there is only one like you. ~Mr. Rogers

Would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor? Won’t you please, won’t you please…please, won’t you be my neighbor?~Mr. Rogers

You always make each day such a special day. You know how–by just your being you! ~Mr. Rogers

I like you, right now, just the way you are! ~Mr. Rogers

I, too, like you just the way you are!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

Top Post #11: Year End Reflections to Make You Think

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This post was originally published almost a year ago on 12/17/16. The thoughts are as relevant today as they were a year ago. And, these ideas will still be powerful in the years to come.

Enjoy the post!

 

YEAR END REFLECTIONS QUOTES TO MAKE YOU THINK

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Here are a few quotes that’ll make you change your thinking–just a little bit.  And that little bit might be enough to let in the idea that’ll make the difference for you.

There is only one way to avoid criticism:  do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.  ~Aristotle

What this is telling us is that no matter what we do or don’t do, there’s always someone who will find fault with it, tell us they’ve already done it, that someone else is doing it better…etc..  So don’t worry about others.  Keep your mind and actions focused on what your heart and soul are guiding you to do.

UPDATE:

Aristotle is still right:   no matter what you do or don’t do, someone will criticize you and gripe about it. You may as well live your passions, pursue your dreams, and craft your soul-prospering life!

 

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.  ~Ancient Indian Proverb

There’s all sorts of flashy, sparkly things that capture our attention.  Oftentimes we think we ought to go after these because everyone else is.  But our eyes can sometimes mislead us so it’s important to take what our eyes see and run it through the wisdom of our heart and soul.  If it captures them, then we can proceed.  If not, then we should let it go and continue looking for that which thrills our heart and soul!

UPDATE:

Our world is noisy and brash; there’s always something flashy to capture your attention. The things that matter, though, are the ones that capture your heart and soul. THOSE are the things to pursue because they are resonating with the Still Small Voice within. Go for it!

 

Let me know what you think of these–if they’ve resonated with you.  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Lauren

UPDATE:

Keep these thoughts–or other thoughts that are favorites of yours–within reach. Refer to them often and let their wisdom and their power infuse you and give you the energy to take the next step. 

You can do it! I believe in you! 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Top Post #14: “I Like You Just the Way You Are.” ~Mr. Rogers

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This week and next week we’ll revisit some of the top posts from 2017.

This post about Mr. Roger’s quote was originally posted in 2014  but it’s still one that you, my followers, and guests to my blog consistently search out.  My thought on the continued popularity of this post is that we all need to be frequently reminded that we’re fine just the way we are.  Sure, we have shortcomings and we aren’t perfect, but on the whole, we’re pretty darned cool in our own way.  And “our own way” is just fine because Source has crafted us perfectly to lead our individual life.

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“I like you just the way you are.” ~Mr. Rogers

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers!  Today (March 20, 2014) would have been his 86thbirthday.

One of the most memorable statements Mr. Rogers would often say is “I like you just the way you are.”  What a relief to have someone say that to you!  What a gracious gift saying it to someone else—even if you don’t particularly like the person.

That last sentence sounds contradictory but think about this:  Most of us have struggles and we’re sometimes amazed to have made it through the day.   Most people are buried under piles of “you should, you ought to, and you’d better”.    It could be that we aren’t seeing the real person so we don’t really know if it’s them we don’t like or the way the pressure is twisting them that we don’t like.

Also consider this:  There are different levels of ‘like’ ranging from the kind of like that’s a common respect of all living things to the type of like that’s deep admiration, bordering on love.  So, when you say to a person, “I like you just the way you are”, it’s okay to intend it in a respectful way rather than meaning you’d like to be the person’s best friend.

More importantly, though, think about what it could do for the other person to hear someone say “I like you just the way you are”.  For a moment, they can let go of their burdens and cares; they can just be—maybe even take a breath, something they may not have done in a long while.  You saying “I like you just the way you are” can be a healing touch to a place inside them that’s been hurt too long.

 

Saying “I like you just the way you are” can have magical and miraculous results.

Your homework today is to join the many others’ in honoring Mr. Rogers’ birthday by putting on a sweater.  Be a good neighbor to someone by saying “I like you just the way you are”.  The second part of your homework is to go to your mirror, look deep into your eyes, and say to yourself “I like you just the way you are”.  Give yourself a big smile when you say it!

I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE!!  I think you’re awesome!

Your Friend,

Lauren

UPDATE: 

This post is still as relevant today as it was over three years ago.  We all need to hear that we’re a-okay in spite of the mistakes we’ve made and the times we didn’t come through for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers when we know we should have.

Each day is a clean slate and an opportunity to start again.  Start it out with one of Mr. Roger’s most famous statement:  I like you just the way you are!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Walk the Talk: How

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You may be thinking that all these posts this week have been fine and dandy but what if you have no idea what your “talk” is so there’s no way you can do any walking of it and forget about doing the work!

No worries!

Here are a few techniques to help you get going:

Sit in Silence – I know, I know.   You’re rolling your eyes at this one because I ALWAYS recommend this technique.  The benefits of regularly sitting in silence and checking in with yourself, including the Divine within, are soooo worth it that it’s my first go-to recommendation.  If you aren’t regularly doing this, I urge you to set up a practice NOW, today.  It doesn’t have to be long—starting out with 5 minutes each day is a great start.  It’s the consistency of showing up for that 5 minutes every day that will give you the payoff.

Sitting in silence is a great place to start for hearing and understanding your “talk” and then thinking of the ways you can walk it.  Not only does the silence help you get in touch with the Divine within and give you the quiet to hear the Still Small Voice within, but the silence gives you the breathing space and elbow room away from the pushing and pulling, poking and prodding of the world.

That in itself is worth it!

 

Playlists – music is a great way to inspire yourself and keep you motivated.  Also, it’s helpful to listen to Audio books and Youtube speeches to encourage you and fortify yourself.

Because you’ve been regularly sitting in silence *ahem*…*wink*, you’ll know which emotions and feelings are your habit.  For instance, perhaps you are easily frustrated or annoyed, or maybe you worry and fret.  You may find that your go-to emotions are discouragement and thinking you can’t do it.

Devise playlists for each of these emotions and feelings.  When you’re feeling any of these, you can play the songs, speeches, bits of wisdom and pull yourself out of these and into a more productive frame of mind.  You can stop yourself from a full-on pity party or sinking into despair or getting stuck and wallowing in it.

 

Socialize with people who celebrate you – Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Beuttner found that the happiest most well-adjusted people spend 3 – 6 hours a day socializing.

No, they aren’t at bars downing brews and jello shots, and no, this doesn’t give you permission to gossip or fritter away your time with useless activities.

Spending 3 – 6 hours daily socializing can take the form of working with your colleagues at work completing your assignments with excellence; it may mean working with others in volunteer and civic organizations on projects you’re passionate about.  Daily socializing can include taking classes as well as sharing your interests, hobbies, and favorite activities with other like-minded people.  And, it can also mean reaching out a helping hand to your neighbor.

Of course socializing also means sharing meals with friends and family, going to cultural activities with those you love, and enjoying an afternoon of golf with your buddies or kayaking with your girlfriends.

Get involved and stay involved with others.   Even if you’re an introvert or very shy, you can find a level that’s comfortable for you.

It’s through socializing—spending time with others talking, laughing, exchanging ideas—that you can get a better handle on what’s important and meaningful to you.  From this you can then determine your purpose and your passion.

 

Give these a try and let me know how they work out for you.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Walk the Talk:  It Isn’t as Hard as You Think 

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You see quotes about hard work and you see successful people who seem to work all the time, and all the motivational videos on YouTube seem to feature men sweating profusely as they push the limits working out with weights or boxing in the ring.  It seems like a lot of effort and energy.

Most of all, it seems very painful…and lonely.

But that isn’t true.

Sure there are going to be sacrifices you’ll have to make but those sacrifices don’t have to be your family or friends or the activates that make your heart sing.

But there will be sacrifices you’ll have to make.  They’ll be thinks like sacrificing:

~watching hours on end of mindless and dumb TV;

~hanging out with people who don’t celebrate you;

~participating in activities you don’t enjoy;

~volunteer projects that you were guilted into joining;

~spending more time at work than what you really need to;

~trying to stay up with the latest trends in pop culture;

~wasting hours on social media and feeling deflated because of it;

~using a toothbrush to clean every nook and cranny of your home…

 

What if your loved ones and true friends complain that they don’t see much of you anymore?  Find a way to make them a part of what you’re doing to create a soul-prospering life.

Perhaps they can’t help you with hands-on tasks but showing them and explaining to them what you’re doing can give them a better idea of what you’re doing. They’ll come to understand how important it is to you.  Then, they’re more likely to help you create more time in your schedule to pursue your purpose and passion.  You’ll probably inspire them to do the same for themselves.  And this will then help you build richer, fuller relationships with those you love and those who are important to you.

It’s a win all around!

Plus that, doing the work isn’t really that hard or uncomfortable because your soul-prospering work is what you love and enjoy doing.

If you aren’t loving it or enjoying it in spite of the challenges then you are working someone else’s idea of what your soul-prospering work and soul-prospering life should be.

IMMEDIATELY change it to what is soul-prospering for YOU!!!!!

Walk YOUR talk:  do YOUR work!

I am positive you can do this.  I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren