The Gift of Being Your Real Self — Purpose Fairy

At some point in our lives, we have probably come across someone or several people that told us that we should change something about ourselves.  It could have been a casual suggestion like a new hairstyle, a personal probe about our health and diet, or social concern about how we come across to others. For most people, unsolicited inferences can put us on the defense and imply that we are doing something wrong and need to be corrected. That’s not…

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How to Use Your Positive Memories To Boost Mental Health and Prevent Depression

When you think back on your life throughout your day, are you more likely to revisit “positive memories” or “negative memories?” According to a new study published in Nature Human Behavior, recalling positive memories may play an important role in managing stress, preventing depressive symptoms, and boosting our mental health overall. Researchers set up an experiment where participants were shown either a “positive” or “negative” word on a screen, and were then asked to recall a specific autobiographical memory from…

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Why a Pet Can Be Incredibly Helpful For Social Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression

Too anxious to make new friends at the moment? Feeling lonely living by yourself? Just need a boost in your mental health in general? Maybe a nice loyal pet is exactly what you need right now. While I certainly don’t think a pet can replace human relationships, they can be a very valuable companion for someone who suffers from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression. A relationship with an animal can often feel just as valuable as a relationship with a…

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Tiny Social Anxiety Hacks To Make Your Daily Life Easier and Less Stressful

If you suffer from social anxiety (or you’re just a very shy person), you’ve likely developed little ways to make your day a tad easier and less stressful, whether it’s at school, work, home, or just out walking in public. We all get socially overwhelmed sometimes, and in those situations it can be helpful to have “tiny hacks” to help you get by without causing a scene or going into full-on panic mode. Here’s a comprehensive list of these tiny…

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5 Transformative Reasons to Start Writing a Journal NOW! – *Positive Provocations*

“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson As this glorious December begins and we are all in introspective modes cause of the end of the year approaching rapidly…I’m thinking about Essence. I’m thinking about that Essence that is revealed when we have…

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110 Insightful Wisdom Quotes and Wise Words

All around the world, you can find incredibly intelligent individuals. From brilliant mathematicians to crafty researchers and explorers, these people challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of the unknown. At the same time, however, just because someone is exceptionally intelligent and astute does not necessarily mean they are wise as well. Quite the contrary, one can have an IQ that is above average but lack any emotional intelligence, foresight, and wisdom. Our collection of insightful wisdom quotes will…

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Learning to Experience Life as a Gift — Purpose Fairy

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt When I was in my 20’s, I found a TED video called “Why do we do what we do” by Tony Robbins and it made me realize that it was a question that I’ve been asking myself subconsciously all my life. Why was I destroying my life in the ways I was doing…

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Meditation Makes You Less Reactive to Negative Feedback in Life

Meditation is one of the most scientifically-supported “mental tools” for improving your mental health, well-being, and overall happiness. A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience has now added another piece of the puzzle for why meditation can be so beneficial for you. Researchers conducted an experiment with 3 groups of people: experienced meditators, novice meditators, and non-meditators. They had all participants perform a task where they were trained to pair certain images with a…

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