September 19, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller
Catchy title, agree? This great article by Jen Groover in the July 13th HuffPost Healthy Living section caught my attention as well—after all, who doesn’t want to live an Empowered Life?
The 7 Habits for an Empowered Life listed by Jen include:
*Be More Mindful…becoming more aware, more attentive of your surroundings and your thoughts (as opposed to mindlessly getting through the day)…UCLA has a Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) with a tagline of Actively Observing Physical, Mental, and Emotional Experiences. That sums it up quite well.
*Forgive More…stopping resentful, angry feelings toward someone for an offense, disagreement, or mistake…Psychology Today describes the nature of forgiveness as “mustering up genuine compassion for those who have wronged us, instead of allowing anger toward them to eat away at us.” Time to stop the ‘eating away’!
*Have Complaint-Free Days…pretty self explanatory: no complaining…period. And for all you over achievers, you can actually receive a Certificate of Happiness after becoming a 21 Day Complaint Free Champion. Before you laugh at this idea, try to imagine what a positive difference this would make in the world around you if you lived among such champions! The testimonials on the site are thought-provoking.
*Gratitude…the state of being thankful and appreciative…a great follow up to Complaint-Free Days, don’t you think? Especially as we think about those who have made a positive difference in our lives. Quoting Albert Schweitzer: At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
*Inspire and Empower Others…increasing the capacity of others to make choices that lead to the desired action or outcome. As the Empowerment Institute shares, Empowerment provides The courage to dream…the knowledge to change the world. What a powerful goal…Empowering Others…for the good.
*Set Out to Constantly Be Compassionate…showing empathy, caring, and understanding to others (as opposed to being ‘me-focused’). What a game-changer it can be to our ‘Compassion Tank’ if we Walk A Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes.
*Smile More…again, pretty self-explanatory…and speaking from experience, working on smiling more really has made a difference…in my own life and the lives of others. Smiling is a Universal Means of Communication–No Words Necessary!
Each of these habits can have a positive effect on your overall health—and—once again—they’re FREE!
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