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A Positive Workplace
Bosses are often the ones who motivate, support, lead and compliment their employees. But employees can do the same and help foster a more positive workplace. Below are some effective ways for employees to take the initiative and feel good about it.

· Just do it. Don't wait for your boss to give you work. Find out what needs to be done and suggest to your boss that you do it.
· Generate new ideas. Think of better or more efficient ways to do the work and tell your boss.
· Offer solutions. Bosses need to hear solutions, not just problems or requests for help.
· Give compliments. Your boss is human, and it always feels good to receive a work-related compliment. If your compliment is sincere and done in good taste and for a good reason, your boss will appreciate it.
· Stay positive. Employees who talk and act in a negative way can depress people around them, including the boss. Have a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

Make It A Habit
With a bit of work and perseverance, you can form a good habit and stick to it. It takes at least 21 days to form a habit, so pursuing a goal for just a few days will rarely get you to your end result. For example, if you want to wake up at 6 a.m. every morning to exercise, you need to carry out this plan for 21 straight days or you're likely to give it up. Follow these tips to successfully form good habits:

· Decide exactly what you want to do and be as specific as possible. Write it down and post it where you can see it every day, such as your bathroom mirror, nightstand or refrigerator.
· Schedule a time for your activity. Remember to block out 21 consecutive days on your calendar and don't let anything get in the way of your schedule. If you miss one of your scheduled days, it's best to start over and schedule another 21 days.
· Once you reach your 21 days, congratulate yourself. But don't stop! Schedule another 21 days and keep going. Be consistent and dedicated in your efforts.

Be A Positive Thinker And Doer
Positive and negative thinking are both contagious. Negativity is emotionally draining. It can result in disappointment, low energy, a bad attitude, fear and irritability—and who wants those? It’s much better and healthier to be a positive thinker and doer. A positive person focuses on a good attitude, enthusiasm and successful outcomes in situations and events. The results may be more happiness, better health and increased energy—things we do want! A few ideas:

Read or listen to positive or motivational books or tapes.
Smile and make eye contact with more people than usual.
Write out your to-do list every night before you go to sleep, whether you feel like it or not, and prioritize it.
Stop making excuses, whining, complaining or blaming others.
Try to compliment or do something nice for someone every day.
Follow through, and do it not because you have to, but because you want to.
Wear a bracelet that says “Think Positive.”

Make The Most Of Your Time
Many individuals and families live hectic lives. They feel like they have too little time and too much to do. You have work, household chores, errands, kids’ activities, exercise and cooking. It can sometimes be overwhelming and you may often say, “there are not enough hours in the day!” But there are things you can do to save time and create less stress.

· Allow small blocks of time for planning. Or wake up early one or two days a week and use the time to think and plan.
· Write daily “to do” lists. Keep the list in the kitchen or in a place you will see often.
· Prioritize activities using an A-B-C system (A = very important, B = somewhat important and C = less important). Do not fill your time with C activities that are not as crucial to get done that day.
· Create a visible place to post reminders and special notes.
· Plan ahead for meals. Make extra meals on weekends and freeze them for the week ahead.
· Schedule appointments together. For example, try to get dentist appointments back to back for family members.
· Plan time for family meetings to discuss goals, family decisions and fun activities to do together.

The 10 Things In Life You Control
There are some aspects of life that we can’t control. Although it’s normal to dwell on those things, it’s not healthy and can sometimes lead to frustration, uncertainty and anxiety. Fortunately, there are things and events you can control. By focusing your time and energy on those you can significantly improve the quality of your life.

What you do. You choose your actions and you are responsible for the effects of those actions.

What you say. The words you speak or write are also consciously chosen. Like actions, they have an impact on your life and the lives of those you contact.

Positive attitude. You have a responsibility to be the best you can be at your job and with your family.

The people you associate with. Your friends can either lift you up or bring you down. You make the decision which type of friends you wish to have.

Your basic physical health. Our health is influenced by genetics, the environment and exposure. But it is also a result of things we choose: healthy vs. poor eating habits, exercise vs. no exercise, sleep vs. lack of sleep.

Be smart with your finances. Many people fall into the trap of spending more money than they earn. Make the decision to save as much as you can.

Your time. You choose how to spend your time and how much of your time to give to various activities. You'll never get more time than the 24 hours in a day!