Thankfulness Leads
to Happiness

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
– Dalai Lama

With Thanksgiving tomorrow and the holidays ahead, now is a great time to take a moment to appreciate what you have. Whether you choose to participate in Facebook’s Thankful November – posting the things you are most thankful for – or you quietly reflect, it’s good to take measure of the things you are grateful for in your life.

How to live a more thankful life:

  1. Live in the moment
    Take the time to savor and experience whatever it may be. No need to think ahead to the next activity or day. Just be present in that moment.
  2. Review and move on
    Be aware of your past milestones, the good and the bad. Take time to reflect, but do not dwell on these moments. Use the lessons learned to move forward and utilize these things in your present.
  3. Resist comparisons
    There’s no need to compare your life with others, whether it be material things or where they are in life. This actually makes you less worthy and inferior to others.
  4. Appreciate what you have right now
    The happiest people are those who appreciate what they have and do not focus on what they lack. It all begins with your frame of mind.

Keep in mind ideas on how to have more gratitude and share your thanks every day.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

4 Travel Tips:
Going Home for the Holidays

Mid-terms are over. Your brain feels hazy. You miss your friends and family. You crave a home cooked meal. You’re ready to go home. Sound familiar? Whether you plan to fly or drive, before you pack up, prepare for travel with these super simple tips.

Mid-terms are over. Your brain feels hazy. You miss your friends and family. You crave a home cooked meal. You’re ready to go home.

Sound familiar?

Whether you plan to fly or drive, before you pack up, prepare for travel with these super simple tips.

Reduce Airfare Costs.

Last minute airline reservations can be pricey. Fortunately, there are several websites that offer price comparisons – eliminating the hassle of shopping around. Loaded with steep discounts, STA Travel should be your first stop to shop. You can search sites like Kayak.com and Farecast.com to compare more pricing options too. Sites sometimes also recommend to wait a few days to make your purchase – potentially saving you a few more bucks. Plus, do not forget to ask for student discounts especially if you buy directly from an airline. You never know how much more you can save.

Prepare to Drive.

Make sure you and your car are ready to hit the road. Prepare to drive by getting a good night’s sleep. Don’t forget to eat well and pack a few snacks or some extra cash for a quick bite. Avoid being stranded along the highway by checking your tires, oil, windshield wipers and other vehicle fluids. If you prefer the DIY approach, check out NAPA’s how to check fluid levels video.

Fuel Up.

Consider carpooling with a friend who’s headed in the same direction. Splitting fuel costs whenever possible will help you save. Save even more cash with sites like FuelMyRoute.com or phone apps like GasBuddy where you can see the lowest gas prices within your route.

Pack and Purge.

Take advantage of the trip back home and empty your closet of the things you don’t need or bring back some things you miss most. Whatever the case, grab an extra bag to transfer items back and forth, even if it’s simply to swap out seasonal clothing. Remember, you can switch the clothes back during spring break or a later holiday.

Use these tips the when you travel and stress-less during your next homebound visit. After all, you deserve a slice of pumpkin pie and an enjoyable time with your loved ones.

 

Sources:

  • Juliff, Lauren. “The Best Websites for Finding Student Airfare.” About Travel. About.com, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.
  • Haskin, Melissa. “Tips For Moving Across The Country | Brass.” Tips For Moving Across The Country | Brass. Brass.com, 13 Oct. 2014. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.
  • “Tips for College Students Travelling Home for the First Time.” SuperShuttle.com. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.

7 Ways to Get More Sleep

Lack of sleep could be hurting your performance in class.

Our bodies have a biological pattern of alternating sleep and wakefulness — roughly 8 hours of nocturnal sleep and 16 hours of daytime activity. This is known as our sleep-wake cycle. Teenagers and young adults naturally require longer periods of sleep, between 8-10 hours, to perform their best in class.

However, like most students, you’re likely getting just 5-6 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, grabbing some extra naptime on the weekends, although it helps, isn’t enough.

Not getting enough sleep can:

  • Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and problem solve
  • Impair memory and inhibit creativity
  • Make it difficult to deal with stress and control emotion
  • Cause irritability, lack of self-confidence and mood swings
  • Effect you physically leading to weight gain, acne, illness, and caffeine dependency
  • Cause impairment when driving —comparable to someone under the influence of alcohol.

So, if you’re locked into a schedule and exhausted, here are a few ideas to help you fix the problem.

  • Make sleep a priority. Get your full recommended 8.5 hours of whenever you can.
  • Stay away from caffeine after noon.
  • Nap when you can.  Limit your nap to about 20 minutes and avoid napping too close to your normal bedtime.
  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule. A set routine helps put your body into a rhythm and brings it on more naturally.
  • Try to avoid stimulating activities like exercising, watching television, looking at the screen of a phone/tablet, or even homework or studying an hour before you go to bed. Doing this will allow your brain and body to shut down slowly and get prepared for good quality sleep.
  • Avoid bright light in the evening, but open blinds or turn on lights as soon as the morning alarm goes off to aid awakening.
  • Sleep in on the weekend, but no more than 2 or 3 hours later than your usual awakening time or it will disrupt their body clock.

By practicing these habits, you should be able to get through classes, exams and or finals week a little easier with your brain fully charged and able to recall important needed information on a regular basis. Make sure you do your best to be well rested for your overall health and acquiring all your needed skills for your future.

Share your thoughts… Would you prefer have later classes to suit your natural sleep schedule? How do you manage your schedule and sleep?