No matter how much you plan, prepare, and try to live well, hard times in life are inescapable. It may be a job loss, financial strain, family conflict, or relationship issues. It may be an accident or physical injury, or perhaps an emotional injury. It may be the death of a loved one, the death of a beloved pet, or some other type of loss.
Whatever the circumstances, sooner or later, everyone experiences some hardship in life. And while these situations are never pleasant while you're going through them, they're as much a part of life as the good times are. But there is a silver lining: these hard times have the power to change you for the better.
Here are 5 ways the hard times in life help to shape who you are.
“Every thought on which a person dwells, whether he expresses it or not, either damages or improves his life.” Lucy A. Mallory, Writer
Do you believe your thoughts have the power to impact your life?
Consider that every action you've taken, every decision you've made, and every word you've spoken, have all originated from an initial thought. Every thought is like a single physical step; in isolation, it doesn't appear to accomplish much. But a sequence of physical steps can move you from one place to another, from a few feet to several miles. Likewise, a sequence of thoughts will lead you in a particular direction, and ultimately move you towards a particular destination.
Your challenge? To ensure that your thoughts are leading you in the right direction and taking you where you truly want to go.
From major social media platforms to individual websites, most online spaces are designed to support user engagement and interaction. At their best, these spaces allow groups of individuals to connect, share ideas, and engage in fruitful discussions. Ideally, everyone comes away better and richer from the experience.
But these online spaces also have a dark side. They can foster hostility, negativity, and aggression. Far from coming away encouraged and enriched, you can find yourself feeling angry, tense, and depressed. Over time, this can take a toll on you mentally and emotionally.
Here are 3 steps you can take to protect yourself and stay healthy when participating in these online spaces.
Have you ever spent time online, and then been unable to recall most of what you read? That's what happens when you consume large amounts of disparate information in a relatively short space of time. During one online session, many of us will consume more information than our ancestors would have consumed over several weeks.
This steady stream of incoming information can easily become mentally exhausting. And much of the time, it distracts us while providing little in the way of substance and value.
Leaving the online world and spending time in a book can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Here are 3 compelling reasons to get offline and into a good book.
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