The Fourth of July is all about barbecues, patriotic parades, fireworks and summertime camping trips. But the true purpose of this national holiday is about more than just grilling hot dogs and lighting the sky with bright, shining sparklers. This week’s national patriotic holiday signifies our country’s journey toward becoming an independent nation and cutting ties from Great Britain.
In honor of our Founding Fathers'efforts to bring our country independence and freedom, make this year’s Fourth of July celebrations personal by taking the first steps toward declaring your personal independence from negative influences. To help you establish true authenticity, independence and freedom this summer, let the following three tips guide you through your journey.
Focus Your Feelings and Actions on What Is Important to You
Happiness is a choice. And while it isn’t always an easy choice to make, it is ultimately up to you and what you decide to invest your energy in. To truly experience happiness, it is important to break free from the feelings, people and habits that may be holding you back in life. One of the biggest feelings weighing down Americans today is stress.
Instead of running your mind and body ragged by trying to please everyone and doing something just because someone else thinks you should, focus your energy on the people, values and beliefs you love in your life. Feed your body with positive feelings, positive people and positive experiences to experience positive results.
Surround Yourself with Positive People and Positive Influences
Around every corner at work, in public venues and in life, you are bound to run into negative people and influences. While you can’t control the flow of negativity into your life, you can control how you react and funnel the negativity out of your life.
One way to promote a positive environment is by establishing a drama- and negativity-free zone at work or at home where you can take a quick break from negative influences, while relaxing and focusing on realignment of your mind and body.
Achieve Financial Freedom by Gaining a Healthy Perspective
One of the top sources of stress in the United States is money. Whether it is buying the biggest house in your neighborhood, driving the best car, having the latest technology gadgets on the market or landing a high-paying job, many Americans strive for, and stress over, living a luxurious lifestyle.
With a strong focus on monetary values and material things, the American Dream is transforming into living a life full of debt. To break free from the stress of financial burden, it is important to gain a healthy perspective by focusing on what truly makes you happy. Life is too short to live to work to pay for superficial things. Instead, work to live a fulfilling lifestyle that is within your financial means and is focused on what you love.
As you watch the Fourth of July fireworks display this week, enjoy the celebration of our country’s independence and dedicate this joyous time to declaring your own independence from whatever internal or external factors are holding you back. There’s no better time than today to establish your personal freedom and discover what truly makes you happy.