All posts tagged: positivity

5 Simple Phrases

I’m not always a bright ray of sunshine as much as I want to be. On some days (like yesterday), when I’m feeling under the weather, I just want to sit on the couch, and play video games. I’m sure that I am not the only person who has days like this, so when I encountered an article that lists “17 Things Happy People Say Every Day,” I thought it could pick me up and give me a couple of reminders that I can share with folks I care about, like you! :) First off, the article was fun and informative. But since it focused on happiness as a goal, and my blog is simply about making people smile, I chose the top five phrases that resonated with me, that are so easy to remember, and that could spread positive vibes instantly. And here they are, in no particular order: 1. “Thank You.” From a car stopping at the pedestrian sign to let you cross, a friend listening to you rant about an off day, or a stranger holding the door open for …

Song of the Day: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley & The Wailers

Stressful situations are a part of life. While I try my best to prepare for an event (presentation, interview, etc.), I get to a point when I’ve prepared so much that I amp myself up with energy and a dose of anxiety. I then realized that I need to start looking for ways to calm myself down — almost like a ritual to force my jittering nerves to relax. Lately, I found myself really appreciating a warm cup of coffee/tea while listening to reggae. Although music genre and style is subjective, the message of this particular song called “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers is universal: Things will be alright. It’s not asking you to BE happy… just, stop worrying.

Aspirations, Words, and Diagrams

I came across this article in Forbes.com titled, “40 Things To Say Before You Die.”  It’s simple, straight to the point, and I enjoyed the barebones diagrams because they help put these loaded words in context (or sometimes, in contrast) to an accompanying concept or ideal. It’s a reminder that maybe a simple “I’m sorry” can avoid a bucketload of tears and future heartache. For the record,  I did jump out of an airplane. And I loved it.

Websites I Like: Kiva.Org

I’ve been in the internet industry for over a decade and there are many, many websites I like. However, only a handful make a difference,  and a select few make a positive global impact. For this reason, I’m choosing to feature Kiva.org. Kiva’s mission is to help alleviate poverty worldwide through micro-financing. It’s not about writing checks and dropping it in the mailbox. It is about helping someone through a loan, which they will then pay back.  You can read about the person’s background and life story on the site, you will see their payment plan, and you can fund another person/group after the other loan has been repaid. It’s so simple, it’s awesome. For the first loan I’m lending to, I chose a 54 year old man’s recycling business in Philippines. His annual income is $1200 and he also has adopted children that he supports. I’ve met some people like him in Philippines. They barely have enough for themselves but they find it in their hearts to help others in any way they can. …