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26 Things To Keep In Mind February 9, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Mindfulness.

IMGP1472aHere are 26 Really Important Things to Keep in Mind while developing the habit of focusing on the positives:

1. Acceptance of the “what is”

2. Balance

3. Compassion

4. Delight

5. Enthusiasm

6. Forgiveness

7. Gratitude

8. Health & Wellness

9. Inspiration

IMGP2751b10. Joy

11. Kindness

12. Love

13. Mindfulness & Meditation

14. Nature

15. Observing the NOW as it is

16. Peace & Patience

17. Questioning (with alert curiosity)

18. Relaxation & Breathing

_0001c19. Stillness & Serenity

20. Tranquility

21. Uplifting thoughts

22. Visualization

23. Well-being

24. Xanadu

25. Your purpose & passion

26. Zen Wisdom

Aah . . . that’s better!

What would YOU add to the list?

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.” ~ Rene Descartes

Related reading:  How To Be Happy Right Now (Gems of Delight)


1. Rainee - February 9, 2014

A lovely post thanks Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Thanks, Rainee. I enjoyed putting together this list, but could have used a few more slots for some of the letters:

That’s a GOOD problem though . . . too many POSITIVES!

2. PAULSON LOVES BOOKS - February 9, 2014

Wow, three years ago we started to blog on wordpress, and you have really come up with the best of the best here on wordpress. Keep up the great work!

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Thanks, Jackie. It’s been a fast four years.

3. colonialist - February 9, 2014

Although encapsulated in some of the others, I would give beauty and music slots of their own.

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Good ones, Col. I had MUSIC in the “M” slot before swapping it out for Mindfulness and Meditation.

Nature and Beauty often go hand in hand. Except when Lions are eating Zebras . . . or Snakes come into view. 😉

4. Eric Tonningsen - February 9, 2014

I am a fan of choice. And my once over-analytical mind would appreciate having 26 or more possibilities from which to consider. Given my trend to simplify over the recent years, 26 considerations actually makes the process of choosing more complex for me. Give me five or six solid possibilities (and the 26 you have proffered are all solid) and I’ll find a way to work them into my solutions. This also acknowledges, ‘to each their own’ process. 🙂

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

I agree completely, Eric. We don’t want to try to keep ALL 26 of these possibilities in mind at one time. Maybe one or two a day with the expectation that they would all get cycled through in the course of a month.

5. Lisa A. McCrohan - February 9, 2014

Thanks for coming to my blog, too! I take one of these “qualities” every few weeks — some times I take just one for a year — and I let it “take up residence in me.” So glad we found each other! Thank you to Brenda! Kiddos are now jumping on me – -more later! love, lisa

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Thanks, Lisa. That’s a great practice. As Eric noted, it would be difficult to keep ALL these qualities in mind all the time.

Lisa A. McCrohan - February 9, 2014

Definitely. But it’s interesting, practicing one, we begin to embody several other of these qualities. Thank you for taking the time to list these and write about them. Love, Lisa

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Yes! When I’m feeling enthusiastic or grateful . . . joy springs up of its own accord. And forgiveness goes hand in hand with love. Thanks for sharing, Lisa.

6. Behind the Story - February 9, 2014

It’s a good list. I agree with colonialist on adding beauty and music.

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Very good additions. Beauty and Music can be quite uplifting.

BTW: I just commented on your comment on Kate’s blog. Like you, I just didn’t find his humor amusing. It seemed like outdated stereotyping.

7. Grannymar - February 9, 2014

Good but long list. It would be one a day for me, I think.

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Sometimes just reading through a list like this makes me feel more positive. But I agree, trying to focus on 26 at once would be a bit overwhelming.

8. ericjbaker - February 9, 2014

We’re out of spots, but I would add Empathy and Knowledge.

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

Good qualities to have in our arsenal. When I am at my compassionate best, empathy comes naturally. We’re all dealt some “crummy” cards.

9. Booksphotographsandartwork - February 9, 2014

I agree with Eric there is a huge need for empathy. Of course the rest of the list goes without saying. And it is so lacking in today’s world. What a sad, sad thing.

nrhatch - February 9, 2014

If I’m mindfully viewing the world with kindness and compassion, I tend to tap in to my empathetic core.

10. diannegray - February 9, 2014

I would add patience, Nancy. It’s something I had never realised the importance of until about three months ago (I know – and at my age!) 😉

nrhatch - February 10, 2014

Patience is there . . . partnered with peace. (I doubled up b/c I didn’t want to leave either one out).

Patience is such a powerful tool to have in our toolbox.

diannegray - February 10, 2014

Do’h! I must have missed it. Okay, I’ll think of another (although I think they’re all covered). 😉

nrhatch - February 10, 2014

There are other “catch phrases” one could add ~> Let it Be (Acceptance), Let it Go (Forgiveness), etc. I find running down this list leaves me in a better place than when I started. It’s hard to touch Joy, Gratitude, Peace, etc., without being lifted up in the process.

11. bluebee - February 10, 2014

Empathy, and sticking to values.

nrhatch - February 10, 2014

Honoring our values and being true to who we are is key. If I am not ME . . . I am nobody.

12. jannatwrites - February 10, 2014

Great list! Forgiveness is a big one – holding back on that one keeps us from attaining so many others (like peace, tranquility and relaxation.)

nrhatch - February 10, 2014

I agree. When we forgive ourselves and others, we FREE up LOTS of energy for more positive endeavors.

13. joannevalentinesimson - February 10, 2014

Good list! What’s Xanadu?

nrhatch - February 10, 2014

Xanadu is an idyllic, exotic, or luxurious place ~> like Nirvana. Samuel Coleridge wrote a poem about it. Olivia Newton John did a song and movie about it.

14. Three Well Beings - February 11, 2014

Fantastic list, Nancy. Making a list makes it easy to see that there are so many wonderful points of entry to being positive. 🙂

nrhatch - February 11, 2014

Yes! When we are “swamped by negatives,” we may forget to reach for a lifeline. Having a single list within reach may keep us from drowning in our own tears.

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