Did you know that being nice and showing kindness to others will lead to a more meaningful, satisfying and healthier life?  “It is often the small kindesses – the smiles, gestures, compliments, favors – that make our day and can even change our lives.”  This is what Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval say in their book, “The Power of Nice”.  Want to end up being an cranky old goat?  Not me!  If your want to live a fabulous and extraordinary life, try these six tips from my own life and the advice of some of my favorite authors. 

1. Be thankful for everything, good and bad in our life.  When life is “good”, we have a sense of relief, and ease.  When life is a struggle, we can be thankful that we will grow and learn from overcoming obstacles, forging a nHappy Thanksgiving to Everyone! by Through Joanne's eyeew path or taking a new opportunity.  No matter what our current situation may be, we can always find many things to be thankful for.

2.  Connect with people, make them smile, share a story, tell a joke or chat about their life.  I get such a kick from seeing a child’s whole face light up when they are complimented or encouraged.  Words or acts of kindness go so very, very far, and can be a life changer for someone on the receiving end of your kindnessHelping Grandmother Walk by Rosie O'Beirne.  Start a conversation with those in a waiting room, or in the line at the grocery store.  Give a compliment, ask a question, talk about the weather – just connect!

3. Give your best!  “…Do you lighten someone’s burden or add to it?  Do you lift someone up or put someone down?  Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional.  At the end of the day, the only question that matters is, What kind of difference did you make?” “The Fred Factor”, by Mark Sanborn.

“Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.”  “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Are we contributing something meaningful to the lives of others? Do we embrace the opportunities presented throughout each day to offer help or encouragement to those we meet?

4.  Humor is so important!! Laughing at ourselves and with others about events in our life, how our bodies are changing,  or something we have heard, keeps us relaxed and in a spirit of fun!  It also has benefits to our health when laughter is shared.   My favorite “funny gals” are Joanne Fsadni and Barbara Kimmel, the artistry and wit behind www.PerrieMenoPudge.com.  Together they have a weekly midlife cartoon, midlife e-cards and a steady stream of guest bloggers that share with the middle-aged community tips for our health and happiness.  I look forward to Tuesdays when their cartoon of the week is in my inbox!! laughing by szatya

5.  “Mind your mind” ~Candace Keefe, CEO of Apriori Beauty, and author of “How Bad Do You Want It?” gives this advice:  “…Mind your mind. Listen to your thoughts to be sure others are not affecting you negatively.  Take inventory of your thoughts throughout the day (and at night).  Are they negative or positive?  If they are negative, notice how poor they make you feel and how bad your mood becomes.  If this is the case, make a conscientious choice to change your perspective.  When your thoughts are positive, you feel great and the day (or night) is wonderful.  Mind your mind, then change your mind if your thoughts are not constructive.  Life is what you make it, not what others make for you.  You have all the power, hang on to it.”

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6. Celebrate! May we celebrate each day that we live by making a positive difference in the lives of everyone around us, finding some way to add value to their lives.  Let’s relax a little more, fill our days with a whole lot of laughter, and bring others into our circle of joy.  May we discipline our minds to focus on all that is good and all that is beautiful in everyone who crosses our path each day, and most of all may we …….

“Make Life Beautiful”A Bouquet Of Roses by Cupcake Land by ShamsD wherever we go!

May you be blessed with abundant joy in your heart and in your life!

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