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How To Move On With Your Life After The Results Of The Election



Move On With Your Life After The Results Of The Election

The results are in: “Trump Triumphs”, or so the banners spouted this morning.

If you’re like me and a lot of people I know, this news made you want to burst into tears on the spot or start planning your exodus to go work in the Arabella vineyards of South Africa.

So much energy has been poured into the election hype, drama and anticipation, and now we have to digest the reality that the Trump name will soon be on, not only businesses, books and bottles of vodka, but also the White House.

If there were ever a doubt that “energy flows where attention goes,” this election result should squash any lingering scraps of skepticism, demonstrating once and for all that what we focus on does indeed expand.

As a nation and world, Trump has held our collective attention in massive quantities and ceaseless captivity for months on end. Oh, Hillary occupied our focus, too (which is what had her on the Democratic ticket instead of Bernie Sanders in the first place), but the drama she stirred up couldn’t trump Trump.

Whether it be positive or negative is irrelevant; energy moves in the direction of the object of attention, and Trump has held both ends of the spectrum—best and worst—in spades. To say it another way, whether you were for or against a certain candidate, your focus—thoughts, words and actions—contributed to the momentum of that very contender.

And Trump got the most energy overall.

Admittedly, I am not a political aficionado so I’m a little out of my realm when it comes being well versed in civic affairs. But I am a hardcore human-thought-energy geek. It’s the quality of our thoughts and the energy that comes from them (good vs. bad vibes) that creates our outcomes.

What has been fascinating to me in these past months leading up to the election is how most people tend to get hooked by the drama—competition and comparisons, scandal and slander—and give the majority of their attention to that, rather than focus on what’s constructive and advantageous about each candidate.

Focusing on drama only brings more drama. So here we are.

As a group, we have co-created this new Trumpified reality that will ensue at the 2017 inauguration. Game over.

Or is it?

I would assert that we still have choices available to us. We still get a vote.

We get to vote each day on the quality of the thoughts and energy we are putting out there, now, from this day forward, to support the well-being of our national community as a whole. We have the choice to focus on the positive, and to take leadership of the perspectives we are empowering regarding the success of our future.

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, or whether your preferred candidate won or not, you are still powerful in your focus as you are part of the greater energy. You are an active participant in the conversation that is happening first in the ethers with your thoughts, then in reality with your words and deeds.

You are a contributor to the collective, and YOU matter.


So how do you move on after this election?

First and foremost, you take charge of your own “mattering” and how you’re influencing others. Your thoughts matter, your beliefs matter, your words matter. Be diligent about what you are co-creating by being conscious about how you are thinking about the future. Are you hopeful or doubtful?

Only you can choose that. No one but you can vote on your perspective or opinions and their associated energetic quality.

If each one of would choose hope and good faith, rather than catastrophizing or fixating on drama, we would co-create a world that matches hope and good-faith.

Here are a few ideas for embodying a positive energy in spite of our ensuing circumstance:

Allow time for release and processing. Before finding better-feeling ways to think about the election outcome, you may need to slow down and take time for grief, particularly if you were a strong Hillary supporter. There is a loss of a vision and a dream that accompanies her thwarted would-be presidency. It’s important to allow that energy to get movement and come to resolution in order to make way for any potential optimism you may choose to step into about the end result.

Be judicious with social media. There are already countless negative messages and images flooding the worldwide web, popping up in your pocket or purse on the various apps of your (maybe-not-so-) smart phone that are stirring the pot of negativity, fear and rage.

Please be careful with what you are engaging and passing along. Which side of the conversation are you contributing to? What’s the energy you are spreading, and where will it take us collectively when exponentially more attention is placed on it? Consider this before you share or retweet.

Look for an alignment of values. What is the shared space between Mr. Trump’s ideas and messages and your personal values and beliefs? You might have to find broad generalities on this one, but even something as simple as “experiencing a greater America” can build a bridge. I think most of us can get on board with that idea.

Be encouraging with your words. People will want to gossip and collude about this election outcome and predict the worst. Be one who uses the power of your spoken—and written—words to uplift the conversation and give it a positive spin. Or change the subject altogether if the group momentum is too tough to overcome.

Keep an open mind. Be curious about what kind of benefits can come from Donald Trump being president. This is an entirely new role for him too, and for all we know, he may embody stellar leadership in ways no one ever imagined. Miracles happen, but only if you are open to the possibility of them coming into your experience.

The purpose of this article is not to persuade anyone to suddenly love any candidate or jump on the Trump bandwagon if you (like myself) weren’t before. Hardly. It is to say, here we are, in a freshly co-created reality.

Now, what are we going to do about it? How are we going to respond as individual leaders of our unique lives and as a collective voice for the greater well-being of humankind? It’s not through amplifying the drama, I can assure you. It’s through acceptance and courageous, positive forward focus.

Your job now—our job collectively—is to find ways to feel good, optimistic and hopeful about the incoming leader of our nation. And if you can’t find something nice to think about, get off the subject and focus your beautiful mind on something—anything—that feels better to you.

For at the end of the day, it’s your positive energy going out into the world. And your state of joy in general, that makes the most difference in the promising unfoldment of life and peaceful, productive progression of our shared world.

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The Happiness Index: How To Measure Happiness Around the World



The Happiness Index

“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.” ― Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)


The Optimum Happiness Index Project recognizes that happiness is not merely about the individual, but the human family, intrinsically linked as a community of influence. The worldview of a person, community, or nation, can have a profound influence on national and international relations.

Our worldview can bring us in conformity (peace and happiness) with others—religions, races, and cultures—or in conflict with others. It begins in the family; with the lessons that we learn as children in our homes and in other foremost institutions such as schools, colleges, universities, churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues.

The happiness of a nation is the “aggregate happiness” of its happy people, which are mutually inclusive. One might assume that effective leadership, good governance, and hospitable ecological conditions of life are factors that contribute to a high national “Happiness Index” (HI).

The Happiness Index

Conversely, poor leadership, bad governance, and inhospitable living conditions, are factors that contribute to a low national happiness index in some nations. GNP and GDP are not true barometers of a nation’s overall health, living standards, quality of life, “Poverty Index” (PI), or happiness of its people.



The Happiness Index: Measuring Happiness Around The World

It would be a noteworthy statistical asset to nations to develop a third statistical measure such as Gross Social Progress (GSP).

This important measure is an essential barometer of a nation’s social and economic health. It’s also a measure that would be consistent with the happiness of the people of the nation depicted in global studies in a nation’s happiness indicator, such as the United Nations (UN) World Happiness Report.

The Happiness Index

Many other organizations that record world trends paint a bleak picture of the future if global leaders continue to leave unchecked cataclysmic events such as: global warming, poverty, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation.

When researchers measure the happiness index of nations, they could highlight nondemocratic leadership and bad governance as a predominant factor in the “happiness equation.” They should also highly recommend effective leadership and good governance as essential enablers to the happiness of their nations.


Happiness Begins with You

We can all influence the “happiness index” when each of us recognizes that we are responsible for the sum of human suffering, though we may not be directly involved. We are by our spiritual, moral, social, intellectual, and physical connection responsible for all of the genocide, the wars, the hunger, the brutality in the world, and all of the unhappiness.

The Happiness Index

Happiness will blossom when we reject any “moral alibi” for human suffering. We can do something to tap into the wellsprings of humanity that flow through a heart of love (agápē) for fellow human beings – regardless of station in life.

When we see the world through the eyes of our “neighbors,” we can begin to understand their plight. We can begin to communicate with them as a human family. It is only then that hope can exist for humanity, notwithstanding the unhappy “clash of cultures” playing out on the world stage within nations – and between some nations worldwide.


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How To Add More Good News To Your Timeline



Add More Good News To Your Timeline

At this day and age, it is clear that we have become addicted to our social media channels and digital tools. People often can’t wait to respond to posts or read replies. Even though it’s a great way to stay connected, it does seem that much of what is going on in the news is negative.

It is then up to us, the general population, to bring out the positive in all that is going on. We can’t rely on mainstream media to make our days bright. We must take an active role in being the light in the world we live in.

Someone is going to read your post today. Will it make them happier, sadder, or more stressed? Or will it life them up and add hope and perspective?  Let’s go over some of the ways that we can add good news to our timelines to make them more motivating.



6 Ways To Add More Good News To Your Timelines

1.) Share Great News

Add More Good News To Your Timeline

One of the easiest ways to spread the good is to share good news that is already out there. When your friends, family and professional connections take the time to embrace the good things that are happening in their life, celebrate with them.

This not only allows you to be a more positive person, but it gives them additional support. This strengthens your current relationship. As much as misery loves company, accomplishment, happiness, and joy love a great social media celebration.


2.) Be a Fan

Like someone’s fan page or business. Take the time to browse and find something that is amazing, outstanding, or simply original to share on your own timeline.

This allows you to find joy and celebration with them. It also gives your audience new perspective on positive things that are out there that they may not have known about.

Make it a habit to explore pages and businesses that you didn’t know much about. This is an added tool in your arsenal of positive things to share.


3.) Tagging

Tag to include people on your positive posts that will agree and share your good news. Tag folks could benefit from a positive spin on things. Allow it to amplify throughout your timeline.

You can tag organizations and companies, along with friends and professionals that this news will be well received by. Many times, people will re-share and like it, which increases the magnitude of the happiness that you are sending through social media.


4.) Blog

Add More Good News To Your Timeline

It is important that we all have a place where we can be free with our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Start a blog. Write down your thoughts on certain issues and feel free to explain them. Elaborate and be as expressive as possible.

Every issue has a good and bad side. Make sure that you highlight it and always conclude with possibilities and solutions. Your blog could be just the thing that lets somebody know that they are not alone. Don’t forget to post on your timeline and tag your friends.


5.) Videos

There should never be a shortness of fun and positive things happening in your life. Record them and share on your social media. Get the laughs. Record the dancing. Get the bloopers and funny moments. Catch the random goofy instances.

Make sure you share this good news. And guess what, they will be re-shared! This is also a way to have a track record of great things that have happened in your life. With all of the negativity surrounding us, it’s truly refreshing to see smiles, laughs, giggles, and public displays of affection.


6.) Pictures

Add More Good News To Your Timeline

Pictures are a great way to make your timeline positive. Colorful pictures can brighten anybody’s day.

Certain images increase positivity: like babies, animals, and food. Who doesn’t get happy when they see a delectable dessert as they scroll down their timeline? Some people may do a double-take, or even ask you for the recipe.

Images from nature are also a good idea. The vivid colors always give a positive spin on whatever negative is going on. With each picture you can add wonderful words of wisdom, or your experience with this particular picture and how it came to be.

A beautiful picture is one of the best ways to spread good news on your timeline.


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Add happiness throughout your timeline by sharing this article – and see how fast it spreads!

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