Let’s face it Barbie is a cultural icon. There aren’t too many people who are known on a first-name only basis. She’s in the category with Elvis, Beyoncé, and Oprah. To make matters worse—she’s perfect. She’s 54 years old and super sexy. She has a perfect body, perfect hair, and a perfect life with boyfriend Ken. Do we have any haters yet? Maybe you have a few Barbie’s in your life. Maybe she’s the girl at the gym, your boss, or your best friend. It’s hard to be around someone you think has everything and not be envious, especially in today’s body obsessed culture. But if Barbie were real, I bet she’d have plenty to say about the pressure she’s been under over the last 54 years—all in the name of being “perfect.”

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As the old saying goes, “money can’t buy happiness.” No matter how much wealth we have, it’s rarely an indicator of personal satisfaction. But still, at the end of the day, wouldn’t it be nice to have a couple extra bucks? A little bit of spending money for your own indulgence? A budgetary boost to keep you feeling safe and secure when the economy isn’t looking too bright? Sure, of course that’d be nice, but finding a dollar on the street corner will only get you so far. The key to a real lasting pick-me-up is in its utility, not in its market value.

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When our jobs require us to seek out mistakes and fix errors, our brains become trained to find the negative. So instead, keep an eye out for the positive. Your coworker who held the door open, your new pen that writes so smoothly, that comfortable chair, etc… Merely noticing these small items can boost your happiness.

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“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Many people don’t put in their best effort unless they have to. When was the last time you tried to skimp by and just do the bare minimum? We’ve all been there and it probably won’t be the last time we battle with motivation. I struggle with motivation when I don’t care about what I’m doing or when I lack interest. Sometimes my lack of effort comes when I am feeling drained of energy and am overwhelmed with responsibilities. Either way, when I get in a funk I have to be intentional about giving my full effort and making the most of my experience. So what can you do the next time you start getting negative and are struggling with enthusiasm and engagement? Here are twenty tips to help you be at your best and make the most of each and every day.

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No matter how exciting we try to make life there will probably be times when it seems mundane and boring. There will be things we don’t want to do and we’ll have to learn to make the most of them. Even things that were once exciting can lose their luster if we do them over and over again. People are attracted to novelty and variety and it’s easy to end up seeking more and looking for something new. That’s why I took the last week off from writing. I wanted to make more time for relaxation, recreation, and family. If what used to give you pleasure and enjoyment has become ordinary and dull it’s time to get your joy and enthusiasm back.

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When life doesn’t go your way, how do you respond? Do you develop a negative attitude and cynical outlook? Do you become absorbed in all the problems and misfortune you are experiencing? This is a default way of dealing with obstacles for many people. I have my fair share of bouts with negativity and pessimism and always have to remind myself that I have a choice in the way I respond.

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Our beliefs were instilled at a very young age, and many of these beliefs are toxic and false. Our beliefs have been established from our past experiences and interactions with family, friends, teachers, church, the media, and culture. Fortunately we recognize the beliefs that hinder us and begin to shift our thinking and expectations to develop beliefs that serve our happiness and success. Our mind is like a garden and we can plant what we see fit.

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