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Teen Wins $40K Scholarship - Decides to Give It All Back For This Reason

Getting an education and strong grades are definitely important, and those values were certainly ones that a teen named Verda Annan grew up with. But she was also raised to understand the importance of community and giving back, so when she saw an opportunity to make an incredible difference in someone else’s life, she rose to the occasion.

Former Addict Stands at a Street Corner and Talks to the School Children Passing By - Spreading His New Addiction
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Former Addict Stands at a Street Corner and Talks to the School Children Passing By - Spreading His New Addiction

Often the simplest actions go the furthest. While an action as basic as a high five may seem inconsequential, with the right intentions the result can be extremely empowering. One New Yorker is proving this daily, by giving out high fives to local students -- every single day. What One Determined Man Does Each MorningPhoto by fauxelsEvery weekday, Eddie Pabon stands on the corner of 56th Street and Hudson Avenue to wish passing students a great day on their way to school. He refers to the ritual as a “high-five for a beautiful school day,” and told a local publication he has been doing it for a year.As students pass him on their way to school, he greets them with a smile, a wave of positivity, and a high five. He continued, “I strongly believe when you do this… you put your positive energy into them, you give them that boost." Take this energy with you into the school, make it through your school day. Bada bing, bada boom.”Eddie knows how important this simple act is, as he has overcome some significant struggles in his own life. In the past, Eddie has struggled with addiction, and even spent time in prison. “Fentanyl. Heroin. I had no willpower,” he said. “I had hopes out the window. I thought I was going to die an active addict.” Despite these depths, and the hopelessness he felt, Eddie never let his past define him. In fact, he did just the opposite.He sees the positivity he now spreads as redemptive, and a powerful way to combat the negativity that once consumed him. “As much as in my dark I took, now I’m giving back,” he said.His new addiction, he said, is putting smiles on peoples' faces -- and he certainly is doing just that. “I’ve had two teachers come up and tell me like, ‘I love what you do. When I see my students, they’re literally still full of energy since they saw you,'” Eddie added. Comments like these only confirm that Eddie is doing the right thing, and encourage him to keep going. How One Man Is Winning Hearts With His New “Addiction”Though we often get lost in our own internal worlds, sometimes all it takes is a simple act of positivity to snap us out and give us a boost. People like Eddie are unfortunately rare, but we can all learn from the example he sets. Simple acts like a high five can spread positivity that is infectious, and have exponential benefits. Even just spreading the same warmth and positivity to a stranger with a smile can achieve the same effect. Eddie has become a staple in his own community, and for good reason. Now, students look forward to crossing paths with Eddie, using his grin and charisma to boost them through a school day. By setting a positive example, he is also showing younger adults in his community how to spread good energy effectively -- leading by example. In a society that often seems self-obsessed, figures like Eddie can be powerful reminders of how important it truly is to uplift those around us. More from Goalcast:10-Year-Old Girl With Autism Bullied At School — Turns Out Her IQ Is Higher Than Einstein’sStudent Refuses to Take His Hat off in School — What the Principal Does Next Goes ViralPeople Think School Police Officer Is “Drunk” After Watching Him – But That Couldn’t Be Further From the Truth

Mom Refuses to Terminate Her Pregnancy After Doctors Suggest It - Now Her Toddler Is Proving Everyone Wrong
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Mom Refuses to Terminate Her Pregnancy After Doctors Suggest It - Now Her Toddler Is Proving Everyone Wrong

Expecting the birth of a child is often the highlight of any parent's life. Michael and Michelle Bower were no exception; they were overjoyed when they learned they were having a daughter. The Indiana couple's excitement took a turn, however, when they found out about some major complications at the 20-week mark. An ultrasound informed them that their daughter had a condition called spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect that can cause paralysis, changes to the brain, and severe trauma injuries to the nerves.How a Little Girl Proved Doctors WrongThe parents-to-be were devastated when doctors informed them their child would likely be unable to walk, talk, or breathe on their own. They even suggested Michelle terminate the pregnancy -- the odds of a healthy life for a child with this condition so unlikely. However, Michelle and Michael were determined to see it through. They decided to go through with one of the riskiest types of surgery, one that would attempt to close the opening in their baby's spine -- while still in utero. So Michelle underwent surgery on April 27, 2020, with over 35 medical professionals present for the delicate, 3-hour long, operation. Michelle was then confined to a strict bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy.Ultimately, the couple's daughter -- Lacey -- was delivered via a cesarean section on July 20. Lacey was immediately taken to intensive care, where she spent the next 18 days learning to feed and beginning to wiggle her toes and ankles. Doctors determined she was partially paralyzed from the waist down, but Lacey soon began to surprise everyone, and hasn't stopped since. At just 19-months-old, Lacey was able to speak at the level of an average 3-year-old. Soon after, she even began to maneuver her body more than doctors ever expected. The Miracle One Couple WitnessedNow at 3 years old, she has even taken her first steps with the help of a walker. In the above video shared to Michael's Facebook page, Lacey can be seen walking up the family's driveway with her walker. The parents regularly share updates regarding Lacey's development to the Facebook page, which has now become a beacon of hope for others with similarly challenging medical conditions. "Every day you get to witness a miracle," Michael proudly told a publication. “It really is incredible because one year ago, she was standing for the first time,” he marveled. “You know, doing something we never thought we’d see Lacey do. And now it’s been a year, and she can walk in her walker, and I mean completely supporting all of her own weight, which is just incredible, and I truly believe we’re going to get to a point where she doesn’t even need a walker. She has that drive.”How One Little Girl Proved the Importance of PerseveranceThis drive is the most impressive part of Lacey's journey, and precisely what makes her such an inspiration. Despite the bleak outlook of her diagnosis, Lacey is a ray of joy. She is rarely seen without a smile on her face, and is constantly laughing. She remains clever, inquisitive, and determined -- traits her parents believe have helped her defy the odds. Lacey is the embodiment of perseverance. She possesses an unstoppable spirit, and is a shining example of the power of determination. Her progress exhibited on Facebook is now an inspiration to hundreds of thousands who follow the updates. Most recently, her father shared an update that Lacey would begin preschool.By all accounts, Lacey is beating the odds of her diagnosis, and leading a full life. Her story is an inspiration for any facing hurdles in their life, beyond medical challenges. The strength of her spirit is remarkable, and can teach us all to keep going, especially when it seems most difficult. More from Goalcast:Doctors Wanted to Put Baby with Down Syndrome in an Institution – 15 Years Later, She Proves Them WrongGirl Who ‘Can’t Smile’ Is Constantly Bullied by Classmates – Years Later, Proves Everyone Wrong and Becomes a SupermodelBlack Woman’s Family Thinks She’s “Crazy” to Quit Her Full Time Job – Proves Everyone Wrong by Achieving Her Dream

13 Years After Losing Both Legs in Afghanistan Explosion, Double Amputee Reaches Summit of Mount Everest
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13 Years After Losing Both Legs in Afghanistan Explosion, Double Amputee Reaches Summit of Mount Everest

We all have days when we feel down in the dumps. It can be easy to question ourselves and wonder if our dreams or the things we’re trying to achieve really are attainable. But nothing is impossible, so long as you don’t give up. At least that’s the lesson we’re taking away from this incredible story about a double amputee who recently reached the summit of Mount Everest.A Man Makes HistoryThirteen years ago, Hari Budha Magar lost both his legs above the knee after he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan. The former Gurkha soldier (a historical term for a Nepali warrior) who lives in Britain faced many challenges as a result, including a major setback in his dream of climbing Mount Everest — something he had wanted to do since he was a kid.You see, Nepalese officials had previously banned those with disabilities from climbing the mountain in hopes of decreasing the number of fatalities. The Supreme Court later overturned the ban, but then Magar had to wait out the pandemic, when all mountaineering was halted. Finally, this year, the man got his shot to prove himself on the 29,032-foot climb.Magar began climbing on April 17, according to The Guardian. It was a tough trek from the beginning. At one point, he had to wait 18 days for the weather to clear. Along the way, he saw two dead bodies being carried down. And at one point, as he was descending, he ran out of air."My lifetime goal is to change the perceptions people have of disability."Hari Budha Magar“When I came down, we ran out of oxygen. I was bumping down on my bum, and we had 30, 40 minutes of oxygen, and we still had about two, three hours to get down,” he explained, as per the Associated Press.“This was the first time I experienced what it is to be deprived of oxygen. I had the tingling sensation; my hands and feet were cold, and I was gasping for breath.”One of Magar’s climbing partners gave him more oxygen, and he was able to complete the climb. Today, Magar has made history as the first-ever double above-the-knee amputee to climb Everest.An Important Lesson to Impart One of the reasons Magar was so intent on completing the climb was to change the perception of people with disabilities. It’s a cause that’s near and dear to the man’s heart, and it continues to drive him in everything he does.“My lifetime goal is to change the perceptions people have of disability. My life changed in a blink of an eye. But whatever happens, you can still lead a fulfilling life,” he declared after the climb.It was a lesson even Magar had to learn. Growing up in Nepal until he was 19 years old, he saw how disabled people were treated in remote villages. “Many people still think that disability is a sin of previous life and you are the burden of the earth. I believed this myself because that is what I saw. That is how I grew up,” he said, as per The Guardian.“We all have our own weaknesses and disabilities, but instead of the weaknesses, we should be focusing on our strengths, and only then we can all lead a better and meaningful life,” he continued to AP.“If a double above-knee amputee can climb Everest, you can climb whatever mountain you face, as long as you are disciplined, work hard, and put everything into it.”The Importance of Not Giving UpIf Magar was able to realize this extremely tough physical and mental feat after suffering such a huge loss, there’s no reason we can’t all pursue our own dreams and life ambitions. There will always be things to overcome, but this man reminds us all of the importance of sticking with it and maintaining a positive mindset.Besides, life is more than a destination: it’s about the journey. And any journey worth writing home about is filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. It’s how you handle those integral moments along the way that will ultimately determine your outcome.

Stranger Sees Boy Visiting His Moms Grave With Piece of Paper - Then She Discovers the Heartbreaking Reason Why
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Stranger Sees Boy Visiting His Moms Grave With Piece of Paper - Then She Discovers the Heartbreaking Reason Why

Losing a loved one is never easy, but it’s particularly devastating when a child loses a parent. There are so many missed moments and questions about what could have been, making it one of the hardest situations to go through. So to witness a child handling that kind of thing with grace is heartwarming. And it’s one reason why this story has gone viral.Little Boy Suffers a Heartbreaking LossIn April 2023, a TikTok video capturing a little boy visiting his mother’s grave was shared far and wide. In the clip on the since-deleted account, a boy named Kike sits in front of the grave with a piece of paper. He speaks to her in what has become a daily ritual for the child.One day a woman noticed the child, which is how the since-deleted TikTok was born. According to La República, Kike visits his deceased mother as a way of staying close to her.“She died six months ago. I come here for six months to visit her and do my homework,” he explained. “I just got out of school, and every day I come to visit her. When I leave school, I come because she is close.”According to the child, he misses his mom a lot but knows she is with him in spirit. So when he visits her, he brings his homework and always shows off his grades to make her proud.“I miss her a lot, and even though she is in heaven, I know that she sees me and is very proud of me,” he explained. “She died of a pain in her stomach, she died in bed, she screamed a lot, and one day she was no longer capable, so she passed away.”A Community of Support While the TikTok post was active, many people shared their thoughts and sympathies. It’s hard to lose a parent, no matter what your age, but as a child, it seems particularly tough.“It broke my soul,” “My heart breaks,” “It breaks my heart, that boy is so cute,” and “It really is the saddest thing for a child,” were some of the comments people shared, as per La República.“Some ungrateful kids need to watch this video,” wrote one person. “This boy is so strong and brave. He definitely feels his mom’s presence.”“My heart broke into pieces,” added someone else. “It shows he will be an amazing man, regardless of his mom being gone.”The Universal Experience of LossThis story just reminds us that the experience of loss is universal and it can be devastating, but it’s communities, friends, and family coming together that help a person get through. The mourning process is never easy (and it never truly goes away), but by sharing stories of the person you’ve lost, you really do keep their memory alive.The little boy in this story also just makes us want to hug our own parents, children, and anyone else who is special to us while we still can. Never take those you love for granted, and make the time now before it’s too late.After all, tomorrow is never promised, so it’s important to make those memories while we still can.

“Forever Young”: 102-Year-Old Woman Leads Exercise Classes at Her Senior Living Home 4 Days a Week
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“Forever Young”: 102-Year-Old Woman Leads Exercise Classes at Her Senior Living Home 4 Days a Week

Just in case you're sitting on the couch, binge-watching Netflix, and thinking you're too old to work out, think again. This centenarian is about to change your mind.Meet Jean Bailey, the 102-year-old fitness guru from Omaha, Nebraska, who leads workout sessions four days a week at her senior living complex.She may be over a century old, but she's not about to let something as trivial as age slow her down.How a 102-Year-Old Woman Became a Fitness InstructorFor the past three years, every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:45 am about a dozen of Bailey's fellow residents at the Elk Ridge Village Senior Living Center gather together in the hallway to participate in her fitness class. They spend 30 minutes working out their arms, legs, shoulders, backs, and necks. They do everything from arm circles to leg raises to touching their toes.And while the participants may be seated in chairs to perform the exercises, that doesn't mean Bailey goes easy on them.“You move every part of your body. I’m kind of tough on them because I want them to do it right. I want all of us to keep walking,” Bailey tells TODAY.She started the classes during the pandemic lockdown as a way to keep people moving. Everyone loves them so much, she hasn't stopped. Nor does she want to. “You have to keep your body busy and your mind busy… why would you just give up?” she says.Who Is Jean Bailey?elderly woman wearing a grey sweaterBorn in 1921, Bailey grew up during the Great Depression. She's lived through World War II, the Golden Age of Television, and the Cold War. She's seen a man walk on the moon, witnessed the dawn of the technological revolution, and has been around longer than sliced bread.Bailey's been a J.C. Penny model, a wife, a stay-at-home mother of 3 kids, a 4-H leader, a hospital volunteer (for 34 years), and the owner of a floral business.She's also been a widow, and a bereaved parent, losing her daughter at the age of 55 to cancer. Now, she's a grandmother of five and a great-grandmother of four.Bailey has lived a rich, full, and active life. One that she admits hasn't always included working out.“Well, (I spent) most of my life at home with the kids — I didn’t need to do exercises,” she says. What a 102-Year-Old Has to Say About the Secret to Living a Long LifeBailey says she doesn't know what the secret is to living as long as she has. She credits good genes and keeping busy as part of it. It also probably doesn't hurt that she's spent most of her life "trying to eat the right things and do the right things.”Obviously, she's done something right. She lives in the independent living section of her community, does her own cooking and baking for staff, enjoys creating flower arrangements, and walks to her many activities.RELATED: Woman Finds Her Elderly Neighbor Living in a Destroyed House – Decides to Takes Matters Into Her Own HandsAdditionally, she likes reading mystery novels, dealing blackjack, eating dessert, and indulging in the occasional happy hour.And while she believes in keeping her body healthy, mental health is important too.“I think mainly I’m an optimist,” Bailey says. “You can get down like anybody else… and nobody keeps (optimism) 24/7, but I guess I just try to think positive.”It definitely seems to be working. Bailey is an inspiring example that you're never too old (or young) to stay active and healthy. And she is living proof that the old adage is true: age really is JUST a number.

74-Year-Old Woman Stands by the Highway Every Day and Waves - For a Very Special Reason
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74-Year-Old Woman Stands by the Highway Every Day and Waves - For a Very Special Reason

Patricia Bracey spent the pandemic on a mission. Six days a week at 8:15 a.m. sharp, the motivated 74-year-old would stand on the side of Iron Bridge Road in the town of Chester and wave. Yes, just wave. Oh, and smile. RELATED: Passengers Stunned At Stranger’s Response To Anxious Elderly Woman On FlightFor Bracey, the side of the expressway is her "church," and the passersby her "ministry." "Lord told me to do it… he told me to just wave and smile,” Bracey told WTVR CBS 6.Why an Elderly Lady Chooses to Radiate Kindness in a Post Pandemic WorldA couple of decades ago, Bracey hit rock bottom. She was homeless living out of her car for nearly a year, but her family helped her and she turned to religion. Since then, Bracey has made it her mission to bring positivity to others. And with the pandemic bringing so much misery to her neighbors, she knew just what to do: Smile and wave.It just makes people’s day and when it makes other people’s day, it makes my day.Patricia Bracey"It is the highlight of my day. So I am walking in this crisp morning and feeling good," Bracey told WTVR CBS 6. "I haven’t heard my choir yet though. My birds normally be singing."Why Her Community Appreciates Her Thoughtful ActionsIn a video posted by the local news station, Bracey can be seen smiling and laughing when people honk and when they pass by. In one instance, a woman pulls over to express her gratitude for Bracey's unconditional love.“She brings a lot of joy... she has a beautiful smile and she always has a nice word from the Lord," Tisha Lee told her local news outlet.RELATED: Waiter Causes Elderly Customer to Break Down in Tears in Heartwarming Viral Video“I think that small act of kindness can spur another act of kindness,” another neighbor, Mary Ginet, told WTVR CBS 6. “Some mornings when we leave it’s like… ugh… but I see her and I think, how awesome… how awesome it is.”Whether for safety or politics, the pandemic divided so many people and Bracey demonstrates that we're all humans worthy of love and respect. She also proved, once again, that all that's needed to make someone's day is genuine kindness.More Uplifting News from Goalcast:Waiter Causes Elderly Customer to Break Down in Tears in Heartwarming Viral VideoWoman Has Only $10 to Her Name – Saved by Perfectly-Timed ’30-Day Kindness Challenge’Unlucky Man’s Bicycle Is Stolen – But a Little Boy Steps in with Selfless OfferSingle Mom Asks to Bring Sick Baby to Class – Her Professor Gives a Surprising ResponseSmiling can heal. “Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.”– Christie Brinkley

Student Finds A Bully Has Posted A Hateful Message About Her On Facebook - Responds In An Unexpected Way
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Student Finds A Bully Has Posted A Hateful Message About Her On Facebook - Responds In An Unexpected Way

One day someone broke into 16-year-old Caitlin Prater-Haacke’s locker at George McDougall High School in Airdrie and used her iPad to post a Facebook status update that told her to die.Instead of replying to the message, the grade 11 student took out a marker and some Post-It pads and fought back with positivity: By posting positive messages on every locker in her school.Caitlin Got Into Trouble for Littering After She Left Positive NotesLittle messages like, “‘You’re cute,’ ‘You’re beautiful' [and] 'You look amazing today,’” she told CBC.Bullying is not necessarily addressed, and people get really down about it, I wanted to do something positive- it was about due time. Caitlin Prater-Haacke to the Toronto SunBut the school didn’t like the idea and reprimanded her for littering. According to the student’s mom, Nicole Haacke, a teacher yelled at Caitlin and the student was also taken out of the classroom and told janitors weren’t there to clean up after her.“I don’t understand that when my kid is bullied, nothing happens, but when she tries to do something positive, she is punished,” Nicole said.Airdrie Launched an Anti-Bullying Campaign Called 'Positive Post-It Day'The mom also noted that nothing was done when she approached the school with concerns about the locker break-in. She wrote about the situation on the Airdrie Moms Facebook page, where she received more than 400 comments of support.This sparked a movement and city council launched Positive Post-It Day: An anti-bullying campaign that encourages people to leave anonymous notes of kindness for one another on October 9.The teen’s mom said she can’t believe the support her daughter has received.What's come out of it is 100 times better.Nicole Haacke to CBCCaitlin Proves the Importance of Leaving the World a Happier PlaceAccording to the Calgary Sun, a George McDougall student, who asked to remain anonymous, said that many students kept Caitlin’s positive messages because the notes made them feel special.When faced with the ugliness of bullying, Caitlin decided to make the world a happier, more positive place. Remember that one kind word can change someone's entire day. More uplifting newsHow A Struggling Single Mom With $12 In Her Bank Account Rescued Herself To Become A Millionaire CEOPlumber Refuses To Charge 91-Year-Old Woman For His Services – Then, He Hands Her A ReceiptCouple Finds Out Waitress Walks 14 Miles Round Trip To Work Daily – Hours Later, They’re Back With A SurpriseOwner Has A Surprising Reaction Towards Thief When He Finds His Restaurant Has Been Broken Into At 4 AMspread kindness"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." — Mother Teresa

How to Use The Most Powerful Healing Crystals
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How to Use The Most Powerful Healing Crystals

With the rising acceptance of alternative medicine, different tools for healing have become more mainstream. From acupuncture sessions to tarot card readings to crystal healing, shamanic journeys to aura interpretations, people are discovering more and more ways to find clarity and relieve various ailments aside from traditional means. Using healing crystals is one of these “new to western mainstream society” but not new to the world practices. Healing stones have in fact been used for thousands of years. Crystals throughout historyVarious crystals adorned the breastplates of soldiers in ancient battles as tokens of good luck and strength, were given as gifts to find favor among royalty and were used in antiquated medicine practices as curing stones. Healing crystals can be used during meditation or yoga practice, incorporated within a piece of jewelry or just placed within your home. Below, we’ll go over some of the most popular crystals and what healing benefits they each have, but first, a little crystal 101.What is crystal healing? There are many different kinds of healing crystals and each one has its own purported benefits. In fact, some estimates say that there are as many as 45 different varieties of crystals that can be useful to heal the mind or body in various ways. So what makes a healing crystal an actual healing crystal and not just a pretty rock? Conduits for healingAn alternative medicine practitioner or crystal healer would say that crystals are actually conduits for healing. By allowing positive energy to flow into the body, negative energy is then able to flow out, helping rid a person of disease, which could mean a specific sickness or simply negative vibes. However, in the end, healing crystals really are just pretty rocks. There is no scientific evidence to show that crystals can actually heal various maladies and traditional doctors wouldn’t try to cure a disease by sending a patient home with a prescription for crystals. That said, while there are no official, verified benefits to using crystals, that doesn’t mean they’re useless. Far from it, in fact!Why are crystals so powerful?Even though science can’t verify crystals’ power, that hasn’t stopped people from using healing crystals since ancient times. While there is warranted skepticism about crystal healing as an alternative to modern medical practices, these sacred stones can serve an important role in self care.Helping people focusWhat crystals can do is help people focus on what’s troubling them and engage in mindfulness about whatever that ailment may be. Perhaps someone is having a hard time focusing on finding self love after a hard breakup. Maybe someone is working to save money to follow a dream. Or suppose a person is feeling bogged down by negative energy and just wants to break free of those bad vibes.Crystals, each one with its own purported power, help people by providing a tangible object through which to channel their emotions, whether they’re working through sadness and struggle or just need a mental boost. Through the power of positive thinking and manifestation, crystals can become an important tool for turning things around. The best healing crystals To find the right healing crystal for you, it’s important to think about what it is that you want to focus on. Each crystal has its own history of how it was used in ancient times, a specific connection with the earth in how it formed and inherent properties that make it special. So while there are many other stones with supposed healing power, these are some of the most popular.Clear quartz(Tetra Images / Getty)Clear quartz has earned a distinctive title over time of “master healer.” This healing crystal is known for its ability to amplify energy by both absorbing and then regulating that power. These clear crystals were known in ancient times for balancing out the body’s systems and were even used to help stimulate the immune system. Because clear quartz has been associated with concentration and memory, these crystals are popular with students who are embarking upon a big test or anyone giving an important speech or presentation. This stone is also known for aiding in ​​clearing the mind if you mind yourself getting anxious or overwhelming with negative energies. Overall, clear quartz is a solid starter stone if you’re interested in delving into healing crystals. It’s also a great companion stone to smoky quartz or rose quartz, which are both discussed below.Smoky quartzThis clearish gray iteration of quartz is all about smoking out that negative energy so positive vibes can once again become abundant. If you’re in need of an energetic or mental boost, smoky quartz is supposed to attract both good vibrations and good luck into your life. This quartz crystal can also serve as a reminder to think positively and not fall down a rabbit hole of pessimism. Rose quartzAnother quartz crystal, this one a light pink color, rose quartz is best known for its healing powers. Associated with the heart chakra, rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love. This healing crystal brings emotional balance to relationships, helps restore trust and aids in forming close connections. Rose quartz is also said to help foster self love and respect, so if you’ve struggled with confidence or worthiness, this stone can help you become more mindful about how you love yourself. While raw rose quartz is a more rare form of quartz, this stone is still quite affordable if you’re looking to buy one. Some people wear this healing stone as a pendant necklace, keeping this crystal close to their heart. To use a rose quartz as a way to clear your heart chakra, lie down and place the stone over your heart. Then take six breaths—six is the number that’s most typically associated with love—and imagine that the stone is clearing negativity and darkness from your heart space. Breathe in love, then breathe out what no longer serves you. TourmalineOne of the most versatile stones, tourmaline is formed when crystalline boron silicate mineral is compounded with another element (like sodium, aluminium or iron), which makes it available in a variety of colors, or even multicolored. It’s reported benefits are just as varied: Tourmaline is known for enhancing communication, self-confidence, concentration and creativity. This healing crystal was used for treating anxiety, making it a calming stone for the nervous system both in the way it provides peace and how it channels good energy. Black tourmaline in particular is known for being an antidote to bad vibes. Called an energetic bodyguard, these healing crystals ward off negative energy and are supposed to provide protection from anyone or anything that’s trying to steal your joy. Black tourmaline can be a helpful talisman when you’re entering a social situation where you’re bound to encounter an energy vampire or two, for instance if you’re visiting relatives who you know can’t stop arguing about politics. Sneak this stone in your pocket beforehand so that you can be mindful of not allowing anyone’s negative energy to affect your mood. BloodstoneOne of the most popular healing crystals used in antiquity, bloodstone was popular with the gladiators of ancient Greece, who used to carry these mystical stones into battle thinking these crystals’ power would help them win. This crystal is still apparently popular among some athletes who use bloodstone for good luck. The stone is thought to increase willpower and stamina in addition to providing an all-around good luck vibe. Tiger's Eye(Joel Papalini / EyeEm / Getty)The stone of opportunity and abundance, tiger’s eye symbolizes good luck. The patterns of lines on this healing crystal are thought to represent the various paths one can take to find that luck. In this way, this stone is thought to help people stay open to all of life's opportunities and possibilities because you really never know which path will lead you to where you want to go. TopazThis golden stone is known for its ability to channel energy to where it is needed the most. If you’re feeling blah or uninspired, this stone can help you get unstuck. Historically, it’s been used to bring forth good fortune, good health and even love into your life. It may also help relieve tension and help you be more open to new experiences and people. One form of topaz, the yellow variety, is especially helpful for boosting confidence and optimism. If you’re embarking on a big goal or coming up to an accomplishment this healing crystal will help you stay focused as well as balance the ego so you can focus on what really matters to get the job done. Topaz is also associated with the moon, giving it a celestial element that connects it to nature and femininity. In fact, some believe that the stone’s power actually follows the cycle of the moon. (This, of course, has not been proven but it’s still an interesting idea nonetheless.)Labradorite A stone for positive energy and emotional balance, labradorite is known for attracting good luck and self confidence. If you’re feeling deflated from a breakup, uninspired about being passed over for a promotion or just all around gloomy, this stone is supposed to help you transform a pessimistic attitude and help you reinvent yourself into a more creative, dynamic version of yourself.Moonstone(Getty)Associated with the divine feminine, this healing crystal is thought to help balance emotions and increase both patience and acceptance with what is. If you’re in need of extra nurturing, this stone is the right one to turn toward. Moonstone is also a stone for encouraging you to follow your passions and can help support your inner knowing. Because of these two elements, this stone can be a powerful tool for both accepting (and celebrating!) yourself and making the most of your life. CitrineThe stimulator of intuition, citrine is an important healing crystal to support manifestation and transforming dreams into reality. It’s been associated with healing the sacral chakra, which governs your creativity and emotional well-being, because it promotes self esteem, motivation and self expression. This healing crystal can be held when daydreaming or imagining your future to help you channel your most creative ideas on how to get to where you want to be in life.Citrine is also associated with money and finances, making it a popular healing crystal for those who are embarking on a new business, saving up for a big purchase or trying a different investment strategy. Because it’s associated with both manifestation and abundance, it has become a stone for garnering wealth. Some people tuck a small citrine stone into their wallet (or their business’ cash box) to help attract good fortune.Amethyst(Naomi Rahim / Getty)This purple healing crystal is the stone of mental clarity and focus. In fact, in ancient Greek stories, amethyst was used as an antidote for intoxication so that people could regain their facilities after overdoing it on the wine. When you’re feeling like you're at a crossroads and you’re not sure what decision to make about a given situation, this healing crystal is supposed to help clear your mind and allow your inner voice to shine through, clarifying what truly is best for you. If you’re simply brainstorming or need fresh ideas, amethyst can also help new thoughts flood your brain and allow you to feel more clear about the direction you want to go in. Some crystal healers suggest sleeping with an amethyst under your pillow to help you find mental clarity. Lapis lazuli(Walter Geiersperger / Getty)This radiant blue stone is typically used for healing both the throat chakra and the third eye chakra. Known as the stone of truth, lapis lazuli is a healing crystal that promotes honesty in all forms: Spoken, written and thought. When you’re having trouble communicating or need to have a tough conversation with someone, this stone can be your rock (no pun intended) that reminds you to stay focused on what’s really important to convey. Holding one in your palm while you speak can remind you to remain calm, keep an open heart and say what’s on your mind honestly. How do I choose the right healing crystal for me?Choosing the right crystals is an intuitive process. The best way to find the right healing crystal for you is to visit a store in person, if that’s possible, so you can look at and touch the stones. Usually, one or two stones in particular will quote-unquote speak to you: You’ll feel something when you hold them or you’ll be drawn to a certain color or shape of a stone. You can also look to your zodiac sign to see which healing crystals are associated with when you were born and choose your birthstone, which will have an added significance. If you're still unsure about which stone to purchase for yourself, you can try a crystal healing session first to work on anything that’s currently bothering you. A crystal healer can tell you more about the stones that interest you and show you how to use them, as well as suggest other crystals that you may have never heard of. This session can also be a great way to relax and get in touch with your mind-body connection.Finally, while crystal healing may or may not be scientifically proven as effective, these crystals truly are what you make of them. When you use crystals thoughtfully and with a clear intention, you allow yourself to go inward and focus on what’s important to you. Your mind is more powerful that you can imagine—by allowing yourself to be honest and vulnerable about something you want to work on, you can use your healing crystal to channel better, more mindful actions in your daily life.

The Magic in Affirmations for Success
Motivation

The Magic in Affirmations for Success

You’re human, so chances are you’ve noticed that when you get trapped in a cycle of negative self-talk, it can seem impossible to break. You may even tell yourself that negative thinking is just part of who you are—which is just more negative self-talk! But there’s hope. Repeating positive affirmations for success can help disrupt the cycle and make it easier to create a fresh, new positive outcome. These positive pathways can allow you to actually change the way you think about yourself, and—by extension—change your reality. The more you repeat daily affirmations, the more you will actually believe them. And that, friends, is powerful—magical even. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.With regular practice, affirmations for success can become a new and more positive framework for your life. There’s even science behind it! One study which used an MRI to observe the brains of people using affirmations for success found that key parts of the brain involved in self-processing saw increased activity.In other words, daily affirmations can quite literally light up your brain. They do work. And with the right practice, you can find all the success and all the abundance you’ve been dreaming of. Achieving success and finding a dream life full of life blessings and endless opportunities is within your grasp - as long as you can find a way to create a positive attitude that brings you all the good life has to offer.What is success, exactly?Different people have wildly different definitions of success. But exactly what does it mean to you? While many think of success as being aligned with financial wealth—this is but one facet of one kind of success, so don’t limit yourself. Perhaps, true success in your life would mean achieving a meaningful work-life balance, having deeper friendships, or finally being in a healthy romantic relationship. (MilosStankovic / Getty)Consider writing out what success means to you to gain a better understanding of your values, passions, and goals. Once you understand what it means to succeed in the context of your own life, you’re ready to start choosing affirmations for success (or writing your own!).What are positive affirmations for success?According to the National Science Foundation, the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, 80% of which are negative and 95% of which are repetitive thoughts which carry over from day to day. In other words, most of us are stuck in a negative feedback loop.To affirm is to say something positively. To speak an affirmation, then, is to confidently and assertively declare a positive thought—as though it were the truth. A positive affirmation for success is a concise and powerful statement designed to give you better control over your own thoughts. “I am” affirmations hold particular power, as they speak directly to the self—about the self. When you say, write, or think an affirmation regularly, whether part of your morning routine looking in the mirror or spoken out loud on your commute to work, they can become the basis for a new thought-pattern that actually shapes your reality.The following affirmations for success in different areas of life can be taken as they are, or molded to meet your own needs! Affirmations for success in your work lifeI am capable of undertaking difficult challenges.I am deserving of success.(draganab / Getty)I am capable of achieving meaningful work-life balance.I am financially stable and successful.I hold the power to attain all my career goals.I excel under pressure.I am intelligent and resourceful.I am focused.Affirmations for wealthI attract wealth from many directions.I am ready to use all my skills and knowledge to grow my riches.I think of wealth, but I also strive for it.I am able to thrive.I deserve financial freedom and a joyful life.My money multiplies as I give more of myself to serve others.I am a money magnet.I welcome all the wealth life offers me.Affirmations for success in romanceI am worthy of love. I am loved.I accept the love that I deserve.I deserve someone who loves me for me.I am attractive—both inside and out.(FG Trade / Getty)I attract partners I desire.I am enough.I can turn my fantasy into reality.Affirmations for confidenceBecause confidence is the key to changing the beliefs we hold about ourselves, the last set of affirmations included here is devoted to cultivating more confidence, which can unlock exciting new possibilities.I am unshakable. I stand up for my beliefs.I am a force for positive change.I am learning to thrive outside of my comfort zone.I am at ease with my strengths and my weaknesses.I am proud of my accomplishments, both large and small.I am capable of thriving under any circumstances.I release limiting beliefs about myself which no longer serve me and probably never did.Do affirmations actually work? Can they bring you a wonderful and successful life?We often doubt ourselves when what we should be doing is supporting ourselves. Repeating affirmations for success is a way of getting in touch with the fact that we are all brimming with power and imagination—if we only open ourselves to it.The words we say out loud (and in our heads) can impact our present as well as our future. Not to mention, they can also have a lasting impact—for better or worse—on those around us.If you want to make a change in your life and naturally attract good results, watch your words and restructure your thoughts as necessary. Stay positive and success is inevitable. The power of morning affirmations for success Affirmations can calm your body, relieve stress, and give you large and lovin’ doses of confidence and contentment. Especially first thing in the morning! There’s a certain magic to a quality morning routine. After all, morning is the perfect time to start fresh and choose the way you want to feel before anything or anyone else gets a say. Think of it as setting the tone for your day.Although affirmations can work any time of day, morning affirmations hold particular power because your mind is still waking up, and is more receptive. (draganab / Getty)What you do in your first 5-10 minutes (maybe even before you get out of bed) can determine your mood and your energy for the rest of the day. With your mind poised for success, you can face any kind of day.How to make daily affirmations more effectiveConsider taking the following steps to get the absolute most out of your affirmations, and achieve meaningful success in your life.Make a list of your negative traits which you've always told yourself were ‘true.’Include criticisms others have made of you that you've held onto in spite of yourself. Don't bother determining whether they’re ‘accurate’ or not. After all, we all have flaws. Simply make a list and search out a common theme, like “I'm unworthy,” or “I'm too much.” This is a great place to start. When you write out the recurring belief, notice if you are holding onto it anywhere in your body—maybe with tightness in your chest or clenching in your stomach. Write an affirmation that flips the overarching negative belief on its head.Get creative with your wording to find better ways of resonating with your deeper self. For instance, rather than, “I'm just enough,” you could say, “I'm everything I need to be, to the nth degree.” Once you've written your affirmation, consider asking someone you trust for feedback on making it even stronger.Say your affirmation out loud for five minutes, three times a day.Say your affirmations while looking in the mirror, perhaps while applying makeup, fixing your hair, or shaving. If saying it out loud just doesn't work for you, or you're not there yet, another option is to write it out several times instead. This is easier to do at work or in public as well. (Getty)Either way, over time as your perception of the affirmation changes, the way you feel will change as well.Root your affirmation in your body.As you repeat your affirmation for success, place your hand on any area of your body that may have felt uncomfortable when you wrote down your negative beliefs. Try to breathe your affirmation into this area while you're saying it. Ask a friend to repeat your affirmation back to you.As they tell you “You're everything you need to be, to the nth degree,” see if you can perceive this statement as a ‘good parenting’ message—in other words, someone outside of yourself who is reinforcing a positive and loving message. Alternatively, use your own reflection in the mirror. The idea is to learn to receive positivity and caring.Bottom LineDaily affirmations for success are an incredible way to redefine yourself. They can absolutely transform lives. The right affirmations can facilitate your ability to welcome positivity into your life and help you work toward accomplishing even your most harrowing goals. So let go of any negativity that’s been holding you back and make these affirmations a part of your life moving forward!SPEAK YOUR DREAMS INTO EXISTENCEAre you ready to beat those negative cycles?