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How to Feel Good and Stay Feeling Good

Everyday, as soon as you wake up and turn on the TV, you get bombarded with negative news – this is how majority of Americans begin their day. Unless you have the ability to never allow these negative messages to linger in your sub-consciousness and ruin your day, then your day will definitely be ruined.

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., one of the best academicians in the fields of positive psychology, affective science, and social psychology says that positive emotions can change one’s perspective on life, improve decision making, boost one’s performance and productivity and attain greater success during negotiations.

In her book titled “Positivity,” she offers some really valuable information on how one can have and maintain positive emotions. These include practicing gratitude, being kind, connecting well with others, spending time to appreciate nature, and learning how to savor even the smallest good things in life.

Songwriting—Know Your Style!

It is inevitable that all songwriters will experience the dreaded writers block at some point in their creative career. However, it is important to distinguish writers block from just knowing when to take a step back.

Different artists work best under different circumstances. You may be the type to sit down and crank out a song in one sitting, or you may be the type who needs inspiration to flow to you in due time. It is important that you know which style you are so that you are able to produce your best material.

If you try to force the music, then you won’t get the results you truly want. At the same time, if you are the kind who waits for the inspiration to hit you at random times, then be prepared for that. Always carry a notebook with you so that you don’t forget a great thought.

This quote from Albert Einstein is great in understanding why your individual writing style/talent is truly important for your success:

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”