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    Why is a Positive Attitude so Important?

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    I’m not going to lie; there have been multiple moments in my life where I’ve been a negative person. From being convinced that I could never get my driver’s license because of my terrible parking ability to complaining about my confusing math proof assignments, I have had my fair share of frustrating experiences that I’ve let myself get far too carried away with.

    Through all these experiences, however, I have learned that negativity has never led to positive outcomes.

    Having a negative attitude has prevented me from being able to face my challenges head-on. It’s also caused others around me, like my parents, to not be as supportive because they do not appreciate the way I am choosing to handle my problems. Positivity is key to accomplishing anything good in life. Therefore, it is very important to always try to stay positive- even in times when things aren’t looking so great. Here are eight reasons why a positive attitude is so important:

    1. Energetic, Active Mind: It is a fact that people who maintain a positive attitude are more curious and aware of the world around them. These individuals can see past themselves and gain a better understanding of the way life around them operates. Therefore, they are able to be better thinkers and are more creative.
    2. Ability to Develop Meaningful Relationships: People like being around positive people. Individuals who radiate positivity are able to make themselves and others feel good about them. I always love when my friends are positive about both themselves and about others. It lets me know that they are confident and proud of who they are, and are able to appreciate others. It is a good balance, and I think this type of outlook is important for any good relationship.
    3. Better Mood: When an individual has positive thoughts, Cortisol levels decrease and the brain produces the neurotransmitter Serotonin. This helps boost mood by creating a feeling of well-being and safety. Having a good mood makes everything seems to go well. This motivates people to continue to work toward doing positive things.
    4. Better Health: People who have a positive attitude tend to have lower stress levels and other issues in their lives. They stay healthier and maintain a better sense of well-being because they see taking care of themselves and seeking out a good life that they are satisfied with as important.
    5. Better at Overcoming Obstacles: People with positive attitudes are able to view obstacles as regular parts of life that everyone goes through. A positive attitude allows individuals to overcome these difficulties in life and increases people’s ability to persevere. As the saying goes “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” True to that, having a positive attitude can help an individual face anything that comes their way with good spirit.
    6. Increased Productivity: When individuals have a positive attitude, they are able to set goals for themselves and work towards achieving them. Staying positive allows an individual to believe in themselves and their abilities, and work towards overcoming obstacles as they come. This reduces procrastination and leads to more productivity.
    7. People See You As Valuable: In today’s hyper-competitive, stressful world, nearly everyone appreciates positivity. When someone shows that they are able to stay positive in tough times, they will be considered valuable by potential employers. An employee with a positive attitude is a great asset because they can get along with others and be productive.
    8. Greater Satisfaction With Life: With positivity, people are able to appreciate themselves and the things around them better. Individuals with positive attitudes are able to take a greater amount of self-control over their lives, and they are able to live their lives the way they want. This would allow them to follow their dreams and achieve their definition of success. What is life if it’s not worth living?

    Sometimes, you need a little bit of a push to be more positive. That’s where “Perfect to Me” by Anne Marie comes in. Check out the song and instantly feel uplifted about yourself and the journey you’re going through.

  • Tips

    My favorite body and hair brand

     

    Love Beauty and Planet is my latest obsession. Their products are centered around your hair and body. My favorite products are the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. It smells so good and the smell is so strong that it lasts throughout the day. Not only do the products smell so amazing, but they are also good for you. They use natural ingredients and avoid using harsh chemicals that do damage to your skin. The shampoo and conditioner make your hair feel so soft and smell so good. You can tell that the products are organic and healthy for your hair and body.

    This company is positively impacting you and the world around you:

     

    Good for the planet

    The bottles are recyclable and biodegradable. They are reducing the carbon footprint that plastic is causing on the planet.

     

    Good for your skin

    Sensitive skin is not an issue. These products have got you covered and will nourish your skin no matter what type you have. There are no sulfates, parabens, silicone, or dyes. All of those can harm your body so you using these products will not leave you worried. They are vegan and made with organic coconut oil. The products are moisturizing and the ingredients have a positive effect on your skin.

     

    Good for animals

    These products are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. So, you can use this product guilt free.

     

    You can find this brand at Target or Publix. It has been life-changing to my shower routine! If you need other ways to up your shower routine check out our article on skincare tips

    Here is a link to their products.

  • Articles, Dating, GirlSpring.com, Tips

    How to tell if your crush is into you

    Having a crush is exciting… but what are some signs that he is crushing on you?

    He pursues you

    As in pursue, I mean he actively makes an effort to be around you. He texts you every day or every other day or constantly snapchats you. Whether you are at school, church, or whatever organization you’re involved in, he seems to be around you. Not in a stalker way, but in an “I like you I want to get to know you kind of way.”

    He Investigates

    He asks about you, your favorite color, restaurant, food, or candy and he pays attention to the answers. If he is constantly asking you questions and digging to find out more about you then he likes you. One thing I learned is most guys aren’t interested in only friendship with girls.

    He talks to your friends

    Does he ask your friends about you or ask what you think about him? When he asks around about you then it means he cares and he wants to be with you or at least take you out on a date.

    He asks to go get lunch or dinner

    If he asks to go eat, especially alone, then he likes you. I used to think all guys wanted to be my friend so if they took me to eat and paid then they were just being nice. WRONG. They aren’t typically just “being nice.” Them paying is a sign that they like you and are counting this outing as a date…unless they specify otherwise.

    He introduces you to his friends

    His friends are super important. They are his bros and the guys he shares most of his information with. If he introduces you to them then you aren’t just a “friend” he wants to show you off and he is interested.

    He is excited

    If your crush is talkative and fun around you and sort of being goofy, then he likes you. Guys don’t show that side often unless they are wanting to make you laugh and impress you. Obviously, it depends heavily on their personality, but you can tell when most people are excited. If the excitement is there and the chemistry aligns then you can tell he likes you.

    He shares his favorite music with you

    Making mixtapes and burning CDs for someone has always been a huge way to express how much you care about someone. So, if he is sharing his Spotify or Apple music playlists with you and wanting you to listen to the new songs he’s found then he is into you. Guys don’t just share their music with anyone.

    It is easy to feel out whether someone is into you. Simply noticing their vibe and the way they carry themselves when they are around you is a sure way to tell. Sometimes you just need to go with your gut and feel it out, but if he is not making any moves and putting in no effort towards your relationship then he is not into you. Don’t try to make something happen that is not there. Many think because guys aren’t making a move that they need to do something and that couldn’t be further from the truth. You are beautiful and you deserve a guy and that is willing to fight for you and do everything they can to get to know you. Never settle.

    So, you and your crush are talking and what’s next? Here are some first date tips.

    It can be confusing to flirt when so much of it happens on the phone, so here is a video with tips for texting your crush

  • Articles, GirlSpring.com, Holiday, Tips

    3 Ways to be a Good Citizen

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    In 21st Century America, numerous problems run rampant. Becoming, or continuing to be, an exemplary citizen is one of the most beneficial choices one can make. Although different times and situations create various types of citizens in their community, there are a few qualities present in every ideal citizen.

    BE PROACTIVE

    First, citizens should be proactive members of a community. This can be achieved through exercising rights like voting in local, state, and national elections.

    Women have been able to vote for a century now, here are some amazing women that fought for that right!

    They are educated about current events, especially in today’s climate. However, knowing about smaller problems within a community and how to lessen those is essential for being involved. Citizens educate themselves about their surroundings and what actions can solve existing problems and prevent future ones.

    DILIGENCE

    Furthermore, diligence must be part of an exemplary citizen. Recognizing and upholding responsibilities is vital to benefit both others and yourself. Citizens have the obligation to act diligently in completing certain tasks. Putting in hard-work achieves beneficial goals in the fields of the environment, education, and social welfare.

    Lastly, tolerance of others acts as an essential trait of a citizen in 21st century America.

    Citizens must understand and appreciate the valid beliefs, ideas, and perspectives of others. Without this trait, conflicts and problems will continue to rise between various communities.

    Because of America’s diversity in background, culture, and nationality, tolerance of different people is essential to being a citizen in any community.

    Put these three qualities to use!

    These three qualities have shown themselves throughout both history and current events to be vital for growth and improvement. They benefit both the individuals and the community that they live in. Citizens that are involved and hard-working will contribute more to their society as a whole. With tolerance, the ideas and solutions they create will be increasingly accepted and implemented. Therefore, these three traits are the essential qualities of a citizen in 21st century America.

    Amazing and engaged citizens are everywhere! Check out our Sheroes to see good citizens in action!

  • Environment, Lifestyle, Local, Misc, Social, Tips

    Pride Month Safety

    Pride Month

    Some Tips on How to Stay Safe During Pride Events.

    As many of you may know PRIDE month is right around the corner. For those who don’t know what pride month is here’s a definition: The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. ( Wikipedia ) But in my words basically a celebration for the LGBTQ+ community!

    If you are planning on attending any PRIDE events, parades, parties, etc. Here are some safety tips you could use just in case.

    1. Stay with a friend or a group of friends: Often, when attacks have occurred the victim are usually alone leaving a party, at a party by themselves, or simply just walking home by themselves. If happen to find yourself alone stay as open in the public as you can and always check your surroundings. (even if you are just going to a bathroom)

    2. Drinking: If you’re an ADULT please drink responsibly!! And if you have had too much to drink please do NOT drive, have a friend take you home. ( I don’t advise taking an uber or lyft in that state of mind because you do not know the driver.)

    3. Have protection: I do not recommend any type of weapons on any occasion but if you are considering getting one: mace, taser, pepper spray, etc. Anything to protect yourself if an attacker approached you.

    4. Clubs: If you are planning on attending any type of club or public function check if there is security and if weapons are or aren’t allowed in the building. Also, be aware of emergency exits!!

    5. Last but not least… HAVE FUN!!!!: Pride Month is a month of celebration for being who you are! If you are looking for events to attend you can ask a friend you trust or look up events in your area. If you plan to attend one, BRING A FRIEND OR FRIENDS.

    If you are a teen in the Birmingham area, MCAC (Magic City Acceptance Center, http://www.magiccityacceptancecenter.org) has many great events coming up.

    If you are in the LGBTQ+ community and you are not out yet, I understand. Coming out isn’t easy, wait for when it’s perfect for you!!

    Happy Pride Month my loves, bri xx

  • College, Confidence, GirlSpring.com, Goals, Mental Health, Puberty, School, Stress, Tips, Tough Questions

    Uncertainty is Actually A Positive Thing

    Uncertainty is Actually A Positive Thing

    By Maggie Thompson

     

    Being uncertain is a feeling with which we are all familiar.

    A looming pressure to know exactly what we want in life is placed on us as early as middle school – if not before. This question of what we want our lives to be is actually ridiculous. How could one possibly know what they truly want if they have yet to decide what they do not?

    Uncertainty is how we learn.

    When we acknowledge our uncertainty, we open the door for more opportunities. This is because knowledge is not obtained without first admitting its absence.

    Experiences shape our beliefs – on everything.

    Hesitating to wear a certain color, deciding to study before a test, and avoiding certain types of people are all decisions made due to past experience. We believe the color yellow is not flattering for our skin tone because we read it in a magazine, we study before a test to avoid a failing grade, and we choose not to befriend dishonest people so that we don’t get hurt. Regardless of how big or small the belief – it is formed by past experience. However, some of these beliefs will alter as we learn and grow. This is a good thing. Being open to new challenges provides a chance for a new perspective.

    As a result, being uncertain is the best way to unlock change and growth.

    Do not be afraid to admit uncertainty or lack of knowledge, for this is how truth is uncovered – through exploration. So when you are feeling down about not knowing exactly which direction to go, accept that some of the steps you have taken thus far have been incorrect. Although this feeling is initially terrifying, it begins to dissolve as soon as you take the first step into the unknown. Because before you know it, you will find yourself happier and more engaged with life.