Would you like to respond better to stress or difficult situations?   Would you like to develop resilience? Would you like to be a positive influence to others around you, or just simply feel happier, at peace and more joyful?

The experiences we have in advance to a situation can profoundly affect the choices we make, how we react and the results we get. This effect is called “priming,” in other words, it’s the power of suggestion.

The clear implications of priming on our daily behavior has great potential for training ourselves in advance to the way we would like to react to different situations, especially the challenging ones.

We need to surround ourselves with positive influence that will act as a guiding force for our later behavior.  What you read, the people you surround yourself with, even what you watch on TV will be an influence on you and the way you behave in the near future and will also influence your social behavior.  You can create an environment that will help you to be the best version of yourself.

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Here are 3 simple things you can do to create an uplifting environment:

 • Connect to Gratitude 
When you first wake up, and before going to sleep think of all the good things that you have in your life. Have things around you that remind you to connect to the idea of thankfulness, for example, a sign that says gratitude, or any element in your room that reminds you to think of the good things you have in your life.  Have a gratitude journal to make a list of 3 good things you are grateful for.  And set up alarms in the morning with the word gratitude.

• Past Success Reminders
Look back at your past accomplishments and surround yourself with reminders of that success.  It can be a diploma, an award, a meaningful photo, something that reminds you that you have been successful in the past and you are able to replicate that success again.  Those reminders are your stepping stones to move towards higher levels of motivation and accomplishment.

• Constant Exposure to Meaningful & Inspirational Ideas 
Surround yourself with powerful quotes, prayers, affirmations or words that inspire you.  Meditate on them during the day while you are taking a break, having coffee, or even in the morning while brushing your teeth. You are not only the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with but also an average of the messages you receive, movies you watch, books you read, etc.  Think twice about what you expose yourself to, because it influences you, especially if its a repetitive action that might guide you in the near future.