It is testimony to how much people want to help if we give them the tools to do so, if we make it personal and if we connect them with people in need. Successful people start their road to success with a moment of truth and a decision. A decision to change. A decision to improve. A decision to become more mature. A decision to no longer put up with their own bad behavior and habits. A decision to stop making their own life a complete mess. They wake up and decide, Enough is enough and if I want better results and a better life, I have to do better. After getting up early, making your bed, and going through your stretches and morning ritual, look yourself in the mirror and decide who you're going to be on that day and every day after. Mentally plan and rehearse being that person. Mentally plan and rehearse the good decisions that person makes and avoids. Mentally plan and rehearse that person staying cool, calm, and composed if they encounter tense and unsettling situations. Decide to be better than you were yesterday and tomorrow you'll be better than you are today. Decide any kind of weak and second-rate thoughts and behavior from yourself are unacceptable. Decide second-rate planning, execution and results are unacceptable. Decide to raise the bar and do only what pushes you forward and improves your life rather than sets you back. Unfortunately for Sheila, the company she works for is relocating to a place where she'll need to drive in order to get around, so she now has to face the anxiety of trying again, causing her great concern. Not wishing to lose her job, she signs up with a different driving school. Then, during her first driving lesson in years, she faces that second form of anxiety, the kind that crops up while dealing with a task, which again is less severe than the first type. While as nervous as anyone can be in that type of situation, over the next few weeks Sheila completes several hours of driving lessons and then passes her driver's license test on the first try.

Yet days afterwards, Sheila finds herself procrastinating about everything. Just why is this the case? It was the second and lesser form of anxiety that did Sheila in because, although she was overcome with fear of suffering the same embarrassment, her greater need of facing relocation in order to keep her job took precedence. Once she began re-taking her driving lessons and then passed her driving test, she experienced a form of rebound anxiety that many habitual procrastinators feel. Sheila had her driver's license, but then said to herself: "It was so simple. Why did I get myself in such a twist over it? I'm such a stupid idiot!" It's this form of self-talk that really does habitual procrastinators in, because it leaves us looking at the rest of our put-off tasks, and makes us believe that almost anything we do will result in feelings of shame and self-ridicule. Though the exact mechanism linking omega-3 fatty acids to reduced depression hasn't been identified, researchers have identified potential explanations. For example, administration of omega-3 supplements such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can lower plasma norepinephrine levels and may also affect the release of hormones linked to higher stress. Randomized, placebo-controlled trials using EPA and/or DHA suggests that high doses of omega-3 supplements may have antidepressant effects, though, typically, the dosages required are around fifteen times the current daily levels found in most Western diets. Omega-3 supplements may also help treat postpartum depression and bipolar disorder as well as other conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Still, most of these studies have small sample sizes, and more research needs to be done. While omega-3 supplements such as EPA and DHA have few side effects, they should still not be taken without medical advice, especially for people with other medical problems or who are taking medications such as blood thinners. Children from rich and poor schools are paired up and exchange gifts they have made themselves in order to break down social barriers. In a pillar-like chest of drawers in the middle of a square, homeless individuals have their own box, on which they write down the things they need the most. Caring passers-by can then drop the necessary items in the box. To keep homeless dogs from starvation, the Turkish company Pugedon has invented a vending machine that dispenses dog food in exchange for bottles. When someone deposits a bottle at the top, food is released at the bottom. The Smart Recycling Boxes operate at no charge to the city and the recycled bottles cover the cost of the food. I was giving a presentation at Lille Catholic University in France and a member of the audience had an answer to the conundrum of why France ranks relatively low in the happiness rankings.

Perhaps complaining is not a French thing, or an Estonian thing, or a Portuguese thing; perhaps it is a human thing. We all love to complain. In fact, I think there should be a word for the joy of complaining', so let's invent one: Beschwerdefreude. <a href=''>Obviously,</a> it has to be in German, a language that has not only given us words like Weltschmerz (literal meaning,world pain'; sadness caused by the state of the world) and Schadenfreude (joy experienced when others are suffering) but also has a word for a present you give as an apology (Drachenfutter - literally, dragon fodder') and the feeling you get when you are getting older and fear that opportunities are slipping away (Torschlusspanik), and Kopfkino (literally,head cinema'; the act of playing out an entire scenario in your mind). Every morning, after making my bed and doing my morning routine, I have a meeting in my mind and I start asking questions. What will I do today that'll make a positive and permanent difference in my future? Is who I'm choosing to be today contributing to that positive future? Then I start making decisions. I'm going to make wise decisions today. I'm going to make the right decisions. I am going to take action and not be lazy. I'm going to do better than I did yesterday. I'm going to BE better than I was yesterday. Results are what matter - not my weak feelings. It only takes 5 - 10 mins a day to keep your home clean and presentable. Scrambling to pick up and clean when you're expecting company isn't normal if you have you act together because normal is keeping the house so clean that when someone comes over, you just have to push in a chair or two and you're done. You should never be in the incompetent position of having to tell someone they can't come in because your home isn't presentable. If it does get to that point, you should be really hard on yourself and pressure yourself to tighten it up and get it together. You should make yourself feel terrible for letting your home reflect the condition of a lazy kid's bedroom. It doesn't matter how busy you are, you can make 5 - 10 minutes each morning and night to straighten up, organize, and wipe things down to ensure you don't have a dirty house problem.

If you have kids and a girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife, then it really shouldn't take more than 5 minutes a day because you should be strict on everyone about picking up after themselves and not being lazy. If everyone is physically capable of cleaning up, there's exceptions or excuses. SAMe: Also known as adenosylmethionine, SAMe is a molecule that forms naturally in the body and which plays a role in the synthesis of key proteins, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This includes norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. Available by prescription in many parts of Europe for decades as an extremely popular treatment for depression, SAMe is mainly sold as a dietary supplement in North America. This has been changing in recent years, however, and it has become increasingly popular as a natural remedy for depression. Despite reports that SAMe may work even more rapidly than conventional antidepressants, medical researchers have identified potential side effects. These include gastric problems, dry mouth, and sweating. While many people take SAMe along with regular antidepressant treatment, it is important to get medical clearance first. This is particularly true for people who have additional medical problems or who are on different types of medication. As you can see, there are a number of alternative treatments for depression, and many people who have difficulty trusting conventional medicine may prefer to give them a try. Still, being "natural" doesn't necessarily mean that they are safe to take. Anyone considering one of these alternative remedies should consult with a medical doctor to avoid problems. It is also important to remember that herbal supplements and alternative remedies aren't monitored as carefully as prescription medications are, so potential users should do their homework about which brands are best before trying them. A positive review might read, In 128 inspired pages, Alvin Harter, with his first work of fiction, shows himself to be an extremely capable young American author. <a href=''>A</a> Longer Dawn is a novella - a prose poem, if you will - of tremendous impact. <a href=''>It</a> deals with elemental things - life, love and death - and does so with such great intensity that it achieves new heights of superior writing on every page.' While a negative review might read,In 128 uninspired pages, Alvin Harter, with his first work of fiction, shows himself to be an extremely incapable young American author. A Longer Dawn is a novella - a prose poem, if you will - of negligible impact. It deals with elemental things - life, love and death - and does so with such little intensity that it achieves new depths of inferior writing on every page.' Half the people in the study read the first review, the other half read the second, and both rated the intelligence and expertise of the reviewer. Even though the reviews were almost identical - the only difference being whether they were positive or negative - people considered the reviewers with negative versions 14 per cent more intelligent and as having 16 per cent more expertise in literature.

Professor Amabile writes that `prophets of doom and gloom appear wise and insightful'. Anyone can say something nice - but it takes an expert to critique it. 5-10 minutes each morning of cleaning and straightening up not only helps you avoid crazy, chaotic, and tiring spring cleaning and summer cleaning days, but it also has the same effect as waking up early and making your bed - it puts your mind on the right track, narrows your focus, and leads to a day full of accomplishment. You're already getting up early and making your bed - adding a few minutes of straightening up and cleaning means you're accomplishing more before you leave the house than many accomplish in a whole day! If you don't spend a few minutes cleaning and straightening up each morning and putting everything where it goes, you're more likely to be sloppy and complacent in everything you do for the rest of the day. When you write a goal down, you're making it a seed in your mind and reviewing it helps you water it, grow it, and make it stronger until you accomplish it and make it a reality. Memorized goals are better than no goals, written goals are more powerful than memorized goals, but written goals reviewed morning and night are 100 times more powerful. Les Brown says, Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. In pay-per-click marketing, studies reveal average prospective customers must see an ad 5 - 10 times before they click it because you have to prime their brain with your ad. Reviewing goals over and over primes your mind to accomplish them. The first few times you review them, you understand they're important, but you don't feel that intense urgency and burning desire to accomplish them. But once you've reviewed them over and over and over, they're etched into your brain and go from being things you'd like to do to things you absolutely have to do. Of course, life can be complicated and demanding at times. It seems that, as habitual procrastinators, no matter how much we beg and plead with ourselves, we never seem to take action when we have the time to do so; which means that by and large, we only take action when we're forced to by some sort of crisis. Sometimes, a long history of unsuccessful attempts at dealing with our tasks combines with a desire on our part to not be bothered by obligations. When that's the case, we can become perfectionists. Perfectionism is one of the most common reasons why people procrastinate. Even a non-procrastinator can occasionally act this way, such as when someone says, "If it's not good enough, I can't be bothered with it." Still, being a non-procrastinator, he or she eventually finds a valid reason for dealing with the task. However, we habitual procrastinators take things one step further by saying, "I'm worried that it won't turn out good enough, so I'm not going to try." There's a crucial difference here, because while a non-procrastinator's attitude might be, "Let's give it a try and see what happens." a habitual procrastinator almost expects a one-hundred percent satisfaction guarantee that he will be happy with the results of his task before he's actually dealt with it. Put another way, while the habitual procrastinator demands a satisfactory outcome, he comes to a standstill and refuses to contribute effort or to assume responsibility for the task.