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3 Ways to Break a Bad Habit

Nobody is perfect; throughout our lives we can always strive for self improvement. Remember, that isn’t always an easy process. Everybody has a bad habit hiding somewhere in their closet that they’d like to see disappear.

Breaking a bad habit will help show you that you can make positive changes for good. Plus, it’ll help you live a happier life. As provided by WebMD, here are three tips to help kick a bad habit to the curb and start living your happiest, healthiest life.

Identify Why You Do It
Maybe there’s something that triggers your bad habit. Or, maybe you’re not quite sure what that is. It will be a process to figure out why you engage in the bad habit, but it’s worth it to help you stop doing that habit.

There are often certain circumstances or feelings that are associated with a bad habit that people don’t realize. Once you can figure out why you do something, it’s easier to help stop the habit in its tracks. You’ll come out feeling stronger, happier and more confident once you make even small steps toward kicking the habit.

Write it Down
Putting something in writing, for whatever reason, makes it more official. WebMD suggests logging your bad habit for at least a week. Write down every time you engage in the bad habit.

But not only should you write down when you do it; you should also write down why you did it. What was going through your head at the time? How did it make you feel? Write down all of your feelings and emotions to help make it more conscious. That’s one of the first steps to breaking the habit.

Find a Solution
Now that you’ve identified when you’re doing the habit and why, it’s time to take major steps toward stopping it. For example, if your habit is that you bite your nails, find a different solution for every time you want to do that. It could be putting gum in your mouth for the time being, or making sure your nails have a gross taste on them so you don’t do it.

Another suggestion involves wearing a rubber band around your wrist and snapping it each time you want to engage in the habit. You’ll create discomfort and negative feelings will be associated with the habit by doing this.

Remember, you’re not alone in your bad habit—everybody has one. Recognizing it and taking the steps to kick it to the curb will help you live a happier life. Plus, knowing that you had the power to overcome a bad habit is a pretty great confidence booster.

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Springtime Friendship

When Douglas’ wife called to tell him that their car had been stolen, Mark was there. Another time, Mark was being harassed about his visual impairment, Douglas was there. For the last three years, Mark and Douglas have been there for each other.

“He gets me and I get him” is the gist of the relationship according to Douglas.

This blossoming friendship is made possible by Brain Injury Services’ PALS Program. In this program, a mutually enriching relationship is coordinated between a community volunteer and a client of Brain Injury Services. Doug and Mark’s friendship has grown as they have each navigated the ups and downs of life together as friends.

Douglas ignited a spark in Mark through the years as they’ve enjoyed activities such as attending a craft fair or grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks. It’s a human connection – brain injury or not – and it is something we all benefit from.

Often times, after brain injury, socialization with friends and family becomes quite difficult for survivors. A priority of Brain Injury Services is to assist our clients in reengaging the community in positive and constructive ways.

As springtime is upon us, let’s follow Douglas and Mark’s example and remember to be there for one another. The weather is beautiful and there is no better time than now to engage and reconnect with neighbors and friends.

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Think Positive Thoughts: Positivity for a Healthy Life

They say there are two types of people—those who see the glass half empty, and others who see the glass half full. Which one are you?

Not only is keeping on the positive side of things a good habit, it’s also a key to both your health and happiness. We all have our days, but there are some tips and tricks to make sure you’re living a positive life. Check out these ways to make sure positivity is top of mind.

Note Your Habits
A grumble here, a loud sigh there. There are little things throughout the day that might cause anybody to take the pessimistic path. Next time you let out that sigh, think about what it was that provoked the sigh. Maybe it’s because you’re tired of a certain activity, or it could be because you’re tired. Once you know what it is that causes your positive thoughts to disappear, you can take steps to make them stick around.

Make Small Changes
No, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And changing a habit never comes easily. Start small and celebrate the little victories. If something is causing you to be down in the dumps, take a small step to make sure you’re changing it. Remind yourself that change doesn’t happen overnight.

Focus on the Positive
Have you ever met those people who can see a positive to every single situation? Sure, if you aren’t one of them it can seem annoying. But those people are doing something right! Simply choosing to focus on a positive aspect of a situation can completely change your tune.

Can’t find a positive? Take your mind off of the situation completely by doing something you love. When you’re doing things that are productive and that you enjoy, positive vibes are sure to follow.

Discover Your Mantra
We’re human, so we all need a little reminding to keep a positive outlook. Pick a quote, develop a saying or make your own mantra that reminds you to stay optimistic. Then, write it down and put it in a place where you’ll be reminded—maybe that’s a note on your phone or a post-it note that you’ve placed on a bathroom mirror.

It doesn’t matter where you put it or how you write it down; what matters is that you learn to embrace it and say it often. Now that you have a mantra, it’s time to get out there and live it.

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How to Use Volunteerism to Boost Your Career

Sure, volunteering can do some great things for your overall wellbeing. But have you thought about how volunteering can impact other areas of your life? It’s true—there’s much more to volunteering than what meets the eye.

A recent article by Forbes suggests that volunteering provides some pretty great benefits, including a kickstart to your career. Let’s explore the different ways that volunteering can help you succeed in your current career, or as you look for a new opportunity.

Resume Boosting
It’s no secret that a diverse resume has more of an opportunity to help you succeed. The extras are what will set you apart from other job applicants. If 10 people are all qualified for the same position, employers will start to look beyond simply your qualifications for the job. Plus, volunteering is a great way to gain skills that could help qualify you for a job. You might not get those skills at your normal nine to five.

Remember, it’s not a good practice to volunteer simply because you’re boosting your resume. You should find a general connection with the organization you’re helping. However, it is an added perk to be able to learn new skills.

Common Threads
Humans connect when they feel something, and that’s what nonprofits are all about. When you volunteer your time at an organization, it’s because you care about the mission of that nonprofit. People identify with other people who feel the same thing.

When you volunteer, you’ll meet a multitude of new people. Networking is a great way to help you in your career. There’s a saying that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Plus, simply talking about an organization might help spark a connection with somebody you didn’t know cared about the same organization. There you have it—a common thread that will instantly give you credibility.

Passion Projects
Sometimes, work isn’t as fulfilling as we’d like it to be, and that’s okay. That’s where volunteering can come in to fill a void in our lives. Sometimes, what starts out as a passion project can actually turn into a career. When you start to do the things that you love, you find that time passes quickly and you put a ton of hours into it without minding.

If you’re finding volunteering more fulfilling than your other work and want to make it a full time gig, talk to the organization to see if there are options to make your passion project a life calling.

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Double Duty: How to Make Volunteering Count Twice

Not only can volunteering be good for the heart and soul, it can do double duty if you choose your volunteering options wisely.

I know what you’re thinking—But I’m already doing good. How can it be better than that? You could be killing two birds with one stone (figuratively, of course). Check out these ways to make sure your volunteering counts in more ways than one.

Work Out and Help Out
Use volunteering as a way to get in a workout. The great thing about volunteering for organizations is that a lot of them have some work that requires activity and movement. Although some nonprofits have heavy lifting and grunt work, it doesn’t have to be hard manual labor.

You could volunteer to be a greeter at a fundraising event where you’ll need to walk around all night and say hello to people. You could pick up fundraising materials and hand deliver them to different locations. Use your volunteering as a way to get active, no matter what level of engagement.

Take a Break
But wait, isn’t volunteering supposed to mean putting in work? Absolutely. But if you use volunteering in the right way, it can also help provide an escape from your day-to-day. Use your volunteer time to switch up from what you do at your daytime job so that your mind can be exercised in different ways. That means getting work done while simultaneously taking a break!

Perfect a Hobby
Talents can be applied in the most creative ways at nonprofit organizations. Offer up your hobbies for free so that you get to do something you love while helping a good cause.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Volunteering can be a time to try something that you’ve always wanted to try, but never had a reason to try. Do something that makes you a little uncomfortable. Maybe that means talking in front of people, or speaking up in front of a crowd. Being a little uncomfortable is ok, because pushing past comfort zones is how we continue to grow as a person.

Make Great Contacts
When you volunteer or take on a new task, you meet some pretty fantastic people. The best part is that you already have something in common; you both have a heart for the same type of organization. Use that as a starting block to make new friends and new contacts in the community.