(The following has been written by Robert Almares of Hear Mind Write)

You’re getting home from a long day of work. Good things have happened, bad things have happened, and you just want to relax. So, you grab a snack from the fridge and sit down in front of the television, or pull out a good book to read, or perhaps… write.

Writing might not be the first thing you think of when trying to wind down from an eventful day, but it may be the most beneficial. Why? The act of writing can not only be insightful, but it can also be therapeutic.

We aren’t talking about writing on a deadline, or writing for other people. This is simply writing for your own pleasure.

When you write for yourself, there are no rules and no boundaries. You are in total control of what you write. Whether you are simply writing about your day, or writing about thoughts you have on your mind, you can decide how it gets written.

If you are a person who values your privacy, you can choose to write in a diary. Diaries are a popular choice because of the privacy they allow their authors. Most of what is written in diaries is usually intimate and not meant for others to read. The security a diary offers is much safer than any private conversation. People may choose to write and reflect on their days, or just highlight their deepest thoughts and emotions without having to worry about other’s reactions. The only thing an author has to worry about is another person getting a hold of their diary.

If you are looking for an outlet that is more creative, you could always turn to fiction. When writing in fiction, you are allowed to put your own twist on reality. Perhaps that guy or girl who turned you down in real life gives you a chance in the fictional world. You can even give our boss a piece of your mind and have the outcome be positive, like a raise and a promotion instead of a pink slip. Whatever you want to happen, you can make it so in fiction. Some of the best fictional works are those which are derived from personal experience. Perhaps those moments in life you found traumatizing will turn themselves into award winning novels.

Maybe fiction isn’t your thing. If this is the case, then you may find a mock article more fitting. Articles can be both serious and playful. When an issue comes up that you feel needs to be explored, then you can write an in depth article or a commentary piece about it. Just getting the issue off your shoulders can be a very relaxing experience. When you are finished, you can pass it out to friends, family, or even submit it to a publication if you feel it is good enough. The reactions you receive from others can be very rewarding. You never know when an article you’ve written may help someone else in life.

So, the next time you feel you need to relax, turn off that TV, and put that book away. You might find the most relaxation may come from a pen and paper.


Being respectful is a way to live your life. It can make or break your career. It’s a way to change your everyday actions. It’s a way to get others to appreciate you. There are unlimited positive possibilities when dealing with being respectful. We have all made the mistake of not being respectful at the correct time, even I am accountable for mistakes like these.

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For instance, yesterday, I happened to be running across the street at an absurd rate and I bumped into a man. Instead of being respectful and saying sorry, I kept on running. Now lets analyze what I did wrong: a) I was being close-minded, only paying attention to where I was supposed to be, b) I did not apologize for what I did wrong. These are two common mistakes in people. Two mistakes that I don’t want you to make.

Be attentive. I believe that there is no way you can respect if you don’t understand. Listen to what others say and act accordingly. Others will appreciate you more than ever before when you listen to what they say.

Be slow. While you may be thinking that you will not hit a soul, there is a pretty good chance you are wrong. In a car, there is double the amount of risk of killing someone when going 35 miles per hours rather than 30 miles per hour.

Be kind. Under any circumstance, always be kind because that is the way you yourself would like to be treated, The Golden Rule. Anyone can use a little kindness in their day. Only positive things can come out of being kind.

Be intelligent (and make intelligent decisions). Intelligence is something that has been valued more and more since the beginning of time. If you want to be respectful, you have to use your brain. Read that one more time. Use your brain.

Be positive. People like people who are in good moods, always ready for a challenge. If you want to be respectful, be up and about. Nobody likes a person who is whining around the office, crying for attention. Be positive, it will attract people to respect you.

Be focused. Focus on a friends problem and try to help get it solved. That friend will respect you more than he or she already does. It will also get the word out that your a helping hand, more friends will come to find your services. You’ll be respected.

Below I challenge you to come up with three “be’s of respecting others”. Go for it!

A smile is a priceless act in the world. It can make or break a day. In that way it is very much like a compliment. The difference? When you give someone a compliment, they probably don’t give someone else a compliment. Whereas smiles are “spreadable”; they use the domino effect.

Why Smile?

One reason and one reason only should satisfy your likings: it will make others happy. It should be one of the main reasons we all live, to make others feel better about themselves and better altogether. Why should there be another reason to smile? Honestly, there shouldn’t. It’s fulfilling enough for me to smile and bring someone’s negative atmosphere into a positive mood.

Because I’m feeling so much good energy, I’ll give you another reason to smile. It will make yourself happy. When you force yourself to do something good, most times you’ll end up being in a great mood yourself. This is because the uplifting sense of being can create new beginnings for your mood.

Uplift Using a Smile

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I like to challenge you, the reader. All I ask as my goal for you is to make one person better by smiling. It doesn’t have to be someone you know, it can be a stranger for all I care, just give someone in this world a smile. It will make them feel greater than you could ever imagine. I didn’t believe until someone gave a smile to me.

How To Smile?

Some people have trouble smiling themselves. If your not smiling yourself, how are you supposed to start the domino effect? If your one of those people who find it very hard to smile on a daily basis or your just plain depressed, here are five tips to smile yourself:

  1. Think if you were in a worse situation. It’s always possible to be in a worse position than where you’re at right now. You could be without a computer, living on the streets. If you are living on the streets, you could be dead. There is always a worse problem you could be facing.
  2. Take a deep breath. In this article, I taught some that taking a deep breath is necessary to release stress when times are incredibly tough. Here we learn that when you take a deep breath, it can actually make you forget about those bad moments in your day.
  3. Take a moment to ponder your redeeming qualities. You have redeeming qualities, trust me. Everyone has them. Are you a good athlete? Do your friends call you smart?
  4. Watch something funny. Whether it be a video that your friend made when he was a clown in a circus or a song that has hilarious lyrics, it really doesn’t matter. You’ll find that even the smallest jokes can make you smile and that is what’s so good about media.
  5. Go to sleep. Sometimes a good rest does some good for short term negative moods. You go to sleep thinking that you’ll never get out of your current status, but low and behold your up in a positive mood. Yes, it’s actually works.

A smile will help someone. It will bring someone up to new places. It will turn that frown upside down, but most importantly it will make you feel good for helping out a fellow citizen of the world.

What is a way to getting the ball rolling in the community? None other than a community discussion. I understand they are currently doing this at Problogger, but I believe it is an effective tool to start a mass of commenting. The following question comes from my own brainpower.

“What has your mother done for you in your lifetime that you appreciate?”

Sometimes our moms are a little bit difficult, but other times they are heart warming and sincere. I hope you feel the same way about your mother and good luck in answering my question.

The sun is a wonderful object. It makes the people we are. It sheds down light on us like we would never know and we, or at least me, take it for granted.

A few days ago I found that extravagant sun shining down on me while taking a bike ride. It was late in the afternoon and I was alone. Before I start to tackle the large hill, I am reminded of the beautiful circle by its jaw dropping horizon. The colors that fled the sky, purple, blue, red, orange, and even a slight shad of pink, were larger than life. After that one afternoon I have reminded myself every day to go look out at the sun for at least five minutes. Not only has my relaxation skyrocketed, but I’ve found some other key factors to note.

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Relaxation is made when you finish a task. How do you finish a task quickly and efficiently? You follow a deadline. How do make sure all work is done on time? You follow a deadline. How do you complement well done work? You follow a deadline. Deadlines make for a very important tool in the workplace and life altogether. When you set and follow a deadline you:

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A deep breathe is extremely meaningful in the scheme of life. It can be the difference between somebody breaking out in a hissy fit, and somebody who is mature and well behaved. I try to shoot for the latter whenever I feel irate. Simply put, you have to stay away from the first idea of nonsense, having an outburst, and one of the greatest ways to do that is with a deep breathe.

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(Disclaimer: I was planning on putting this post out on Monday morning, but due to Leisure Views’ quick quick return I was forced to throw this one out of the hat on Thursday morning.)

The work week is a long five day grueling process for the every day worker. Most days seem to carry on forever. Your wondering when Friday afternoon will arise. Going through work this way will most likely result in a job that is no more. You’ll get fired because of your procrastination skills (or lack thereof) and insufficient work habits. Here are three ways you can put yourself in a better position at work:

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What is a zone? A place where you yourself can go to relax, to have fun, to relieve stress. It can be a place or a time, more times than not it is indeed a place.

Most people have a zone and don’t realize it. When you have a zone you put up another factor of your life and reduce stress. A zone is like a best friend. You can just be yourself and have a good time when your at this place and/or that time. It’s natural. If your having trouble finding a zone for yourself or you don’t know what a zone “looks like”, “feels like”, “smells like”, “tastes like”, or “sounds like”: read on.

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When someone does something gratifying for you, it can make your day, week or even month. I know personally, I feel like “skipping through the streets” when I receive a compliment. A compliment is a type of random act of kindness. An act that I not only appreciate in every way, but think about returning.

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