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A Happier You In 5 Minutes A Day

So, this just happened. I released what was supposed to be one little Kindle book but then thought..."what the heck" let's make it into a little notebook as well. This tiny 4 x 7, 60 pages, slip in your purse or pocket is a quick recap on what we need in our lives to be happier. How we are responsible for our own thoughts and feelings. Plus what we can do more of each day to feel happier.


Over the next few months, I have a few different Kindle books that I will be releasing and will probably turn into these cute little 'pocket' books.

So, what does it take to be happier in 5 minutes a day?
Well, I don't want to give away all the secrets, but ultimately it comes down to mindset. What we decide to focus on is what we receive more of.

If we focus our energy on being miserable we will get more misery, but if we focus our intention of happiness, we will get more happiness in our lives.

So pick up this cute little quick read or download it to your Kindle app.

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4 Tips For Training Your Brain To Act With Kindness

Being kinder is not about making sacrifices or denying your own needs. Treating people kindly is not an imposition or another task on your checklist.
 
It’s the outward manifestation of living positively. Kindness is all about mindset, and you can train your brain to make kindness almost automatic. Ever notice that being kind to someone makes you feel good too? It’s because altruism promotes a chemical reaction in your brain, releasing serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine. These chemicals not only make you feel good but also work to reinforce positive social behavior. By laying down new neural pathways, you set yourself up for living a positive, kinder life.
 
Here are some scientifically proven tips for engineering kindness into your brain.
 
1. Choose to be kind
In choosing to be kind, you are consciously resetting your mindset to treat people with compassion and empathy. Notice the effect of your kindness on others. When you smile, people’s natural reaction...

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Creativity?

What does Creativity mean?

To most Creativity is the creation of a masterpiece or writing a novel, maybe playing in a symphony. But really, creativity is in everything we do. From cooking to gardening, starting a business to creating a spreadsheet. Creativity is at the base of all new inventions. 

When we open ourselves up to creativity it fills in all areas of our lives. It makes our lives juicier, funner, more experiential. Increasing our creativity makes life worth living.

What are some ways you can increase your creativity?
10 quick and easy ways
1. Journaling: start with one page a day and grow forward
2. Gratitude: write down 5 things your grateful for every day
3. Color: markers, crayons, pencil crayons, it doesn't matter
4. Garden: plant something or even just buy a new pot
5. Cooking: shake it up and change the recipe, or maybe even cook without one
6. Read a book: instead of watching TV
7. Create a spreadsheet: for your budget, get fancy and use color
8. Pick up a rattle or...

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You Won'T Want To Miss This!!!

Creative U (that's us!) is hosting this amazing FREE summit starting February 2nd. But you can register now so you don't miss out.

28 Presenters sharing 28 amazing courses on healing with creativity.

We've got Artists, Art Therapist, Healers, Musicians, Coaches and so much more for you. 

The summit is Free, you get access to each presenter for 3 days. We have 2-3 presenters a day.
But, the Early Bird Special is $47 USD and you get unlimited access and ... you get all in access on February 2nd, no waiting for each day to release another amazing course for you.

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Creativity Journals

 
 
 
So this year so far has been all about journaling for me. 

I am an avid journaler and believe that there is no wrong way to journal. I teach many different types of journaling and I usually subscribe to the Julia Cameron Morning Pages style of journaling for myself. 3 pages of longhand, brain dumping, writing first thing in the morning. But, I also wanted to track some of my morning habits like drinking enough water, getting up at a regular hour, and how much meditation I was doing. So I created a journal for myself.

A few friends who looked at it were of one of two camps, they either loved it and wanted one or they thought it was overwhelming and didn't know where to start.

So for the first group I thought why not publish it for everyone who wants it, and for the second I created another, simpler to use journal. 

Both are now available on Amazon.

How Do I Have an Amazingly Creative Day? is for beginners to journaling, there is only one page of journaling...
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The Benefits Of A Gratitude Journal

It might seem unreal that writing in a journal could be so beneficial. But the scientific evidence is in, and gratitude journals do benefit you in big ways if you keep one for the long term and use it daily. 

Experience Stronger and More Fulfilling Relationships
It’s so simple, but it can be hard to accept. You are the one who makes yourself happy with your own choices. Another person cannot make you happy or grateful. Only you can do that. But something amazing happens when you express gratitude often – your relationships simply open up and become better. Those that don’t, you start to recognize for what they are and let them go.

Become Physically Healthier 
Being grateful for the ability to move and breathe will eventually cross over into wanting to ensure that you can always do that. Therefore, you’ll be more motivated to go on walks, eat right, stay hydrated, and live in gratitude for every aspect of your life.

Increase Your Mental Dexterity 
The...

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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I love this time of year. No matter what holiday you celebrate you have to admit it is a magical time. The majority of people are being nice to one another, even though people seem rushed they still try to take time to acknowledge and give to others.

It is a wonderful thing to see. But, what I have always wondered is why people save up their kindness for 1 month out of the year. Why can't we be in that giving spirit year round? Why can't we be kind to each other all the time? Why do we need the sparkling lights and holiday music to remind us to love one another?

I don't know the answer to that. I've been trying to figure it out for years. Share your thoughts.

But  this time of year can also be a tough time for some. Depression increases, suicide rates soar and every December there seems to be at least one parent in our city that takes out themselves and their kids, which is a huge eye opener for all...  for a few seconds. What is it about this time of year that brings such...

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What Will The New Year Bring?

I can't believe that a whole new decade is upon us. 2020!

I remember when I was a kid and thought about the year 2000 and how I would be 32 that year, and it seemed so old. 2000 was like some sort of magical number, a new century. And, as it got closer we had the whole Y2K thing, and everyone was so freaked out about what would happen to our computers and I worked for a large corporation at the time and was one of the ones tasked with staying up all night to report any issues that may or may not happen because we were all so concerned that we wouldn't have our beloved computers come January 1, 2000.  Maybe the world would come to an end, we had no idea.

In hind-site it all seems so ridiculous now. Of course nothing happened, the world went on, computers went on and life as we knew it went on. 

Now here we are on the precipice of 2020, and we have no concerns about our computers blowing up. But, we do have concerns about our political climate, about the issues in the world...

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8 Ways To Energize Your Creativity

If you have a career that requires creativity or you’ve ever needed a creative solution to a problem, you’re aware of how challenging it can be to be creative on command. Creativity seems to come and go with little rhyme or reason. Have you ever wished you could proactively boost your creativity? You can!
 
Like any other skill, the ability to increase your creativity gets better with practice and experience. Get started today and you’ll find yourself being more creative in the future.
 
These strategies will encourage your creativity to blossom:

1. Work in a new environment. It’s amazing how much a change of scenery can help! Try working in the library or a coffee shop. Rearrange your office and change the view. When you do the same things in the same place, you’ll tend to think the same thoughts.  
  • Turn off your autopilot and expose your senses to new stimuli.
2. Pretend you’re helping someone else find...
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Finding Your Creative Spark

Don't you love it when your creativity manifests itself? Creativity brings us benefits that go far beyond artistic expression. Being a creative person can help you to be a better (and higher paid) employee, a better problem solver and an all around more effective person in anything you choose to do.  

Even if you don't think of yourself as an especially creative person, you'll be glad to know that it's there within you just waiting for you to use it! Creativity can be expressed in many different ways. Plus, there are many techniques you can use to develop and nurture your natural creativity.  

How to Learn Creativity
Like many people, you may think that you’re either creative or you’re not. What a myth! If you long to be more creative, then go for it! 

Here are ten tips you can use to become a new, more creative you:

1. Think of yourself as creative. We all have the spark of creativity inside us; it’s just a matter of fanning that flame to...
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