Top Personal Development, Confidence Articles

These are all top, helpful articles on self-improvement, personal development life-enhancement and confidence. They’re grouped roughly in the categories of maintaining youth, stress-free, happiness, health and personal development. The articles themselves aren’t strictly limited to one group.

Please note: all of these articles are original creations. If you quote any part of them, regardless of how small, you're required to accompany that quote with a link to this blog.

Stress free and confidence

Boost Your Confidence: 5 Top Ways To Do It
5 fabulous ways to really build your confidence, boost it, and keep it flying high. 

What Is Confidence
Confidence is not just a definition. It's the way we feel and a state of mind. Find out how you can regain the confidence you once had and have lost.

10 Powerful Steps To A Calmer, More Peaceful YOU
It is very difficult to keep calm in today’s world where success is no longer measured by who we are, but how much we’ve achieved. It has become acceptable to be as nasty and as cunning as possible as long as it can help us to achieve material success and world-wide fame.

Self-help ways of maintaining youth

Lines and grey hair are not the only signs that show your age. Oh, no! There are a lot more subtle indicators that old age is quickly catching up with you. If you're not into broadcasting your age and are confident you’re ready to make the best possible use of your good looks, follow some simple rules and youth could be yours for the taking right up to the day you retire (and beyond).

Forget 'Gracefully' How Not To Age, Period
Now, if it is so easy for people to guess our age from the evidence of merely our appearance, it stands to reason then, that it is possible to present ourselves as whatever age we choose to. Of course, this does not apply to us until we’ve reached the age where we could be judged as ‘older’. However, with a few precision tweaking here and there, we’ll find that our appearance age has nothing to do with our old we actually are.
Here are valuable tips (for both men and women) to help you confidently stave off that ‘certain age’ appearance until you’re well into your sixties. Here’s to presenting your appearance age at least 10 years younger than your actual years.

Give yourself a free face-lift in the time it takes to cook the roast.
For those of us who can’t or won’t have a surgical face lift, this is the next best thing.  In the following article I will suggest tried and tested ways to take years off your face.  I’ve discovered that these ways work instantly with lasting impact. The personal development you seek can start right here.

Many of us want to stave off getting old for as long as we possibly can. Even if we still look young on the outside, there are tell-tale signs the body insists on doing without our consent, when we get to that dreaded ‘certain age.’ If your answer is a confident b to most or all of the following, you are well on your way to getting old.

Signs You're Giving 'Old Age' A Good Run For Its Money
A humorous look at ageing and events/behaviours that signal the onset of old age.  I think we'll all find something to smile at. This article focuses on the things that keep us young in body and mind. See where you fit in.

The role happiness plays in personal development and confidence

Happiness is more a state than a feeling.
As we all know, gentleness is not the absence of strength. It exists and is expressed in spite of it. Likewise, happiness is not exclusive to those without life’s worries – for who is? It is the application of learned ways to deal with external issues which threaten our contentment. Here are five ways which help bring us closer to achieving happiness.

Here are some things I've learnt over the years. I have to keep them in the forefront of my mind, or life gets stressful and full of anxiety and unfulfillment. I wanted to share them with you. I’m confident you’ll be able to relate to them.

Wise Gems To Banish Unhappiness In Your Life
A list of wise gems to help you see that unhappiness need not be a part of your life.

Emotions That Heal And Emotions That Don't
Having a healthy relationship with your inner-self is based largely on the ‘feelings’ you allow yourself to dwell on. Sure, as humans we invariably experience several different kinds of emotions every day. The important question is, which ones do you place most emphasis on and how do they impact on your well-being, personal development, and confidence.
Here are some emotions that heal and motivate, and some that chip away at your mental and physical well-being. Which ones have you chosen to dwell on today?

How To Beat Your January Post-Sale Blues
The winter holidays are over. Spending sprees are to be paid for. The weather is rubbish. It gets dark at 4 in the afternoon. You’re freezing cold every time you take a step out the door and it’s not getting better any time soon. This is why it’s time to take action to de-stress and address the low moods. Here are some quick ways to feel happier and confident in the dark, bleak month of January.

Quick And  Easy Pick-Me-Ups
Everything today is about quick and easy access. Chopped vegetables, microwaveable dinners, two-in-one-shampoos, online-banking; and the list dribbles on. Here’s my version of quick and easy fixes when it comes to brisk pick-me-ups that help with confidence and personal development.

A discussion of some important facts of life which we allow ourselves to forget.
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Personal-development and self-help

Pictures of baby animals depicting our era of consumer gluttony.

How to Become A More Charming You
It’s great to be yourself! How much greater and more enjoyable would it be if you had to spend 24/7 with a better you. Here are 10 simple ways to becoming a more charming you with confidence.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Twelve Ways To Go Green
Fun ways to use the holidays to help yourself and family go green.

How To Cope With Grief
If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one, this article is for you.
The choice not to grieve is unfortunately, not ours to make. No matter how wealthy, famous or happy we are, grief will hit us squarely in the face many times during the course of our lives.
As we get older, we’re bound to lose people who’ve meant a great deal to us for a very long time. The first of these people to go are usually our parents. How do we cope with this loss and rebuild our lives while nurturing this immense pain inside our hearts? Here are some workable suggestions.
Have you made some resolutions for the New Year? If so, does it include anyone else but yourself?

Do you sometimes need your spirit lifted? During the grey, cold, dark time of year many people with no history of depression suffer occasional bouts of the ‘blues.’  
If this is you, I definitely have some projects that will help. They are for you to do, without being about you (you’ll see what I mean). 
Many women these days work late and/or live on their own. It's important to pay attention to key points on staying safe in and out of the home. Once something is done, there's no undoing, so time spent preventing something nasty happening to you is time well spent. Of course, an attitude of constant fear is counter-productive, so a wise balance of awareness and trust has to be kept at all times. Here are some of the ways you can ensure your own safety with confidence, and be aware of the dangers around you.

It's great to be yourself! How much greater and more enjoyable would it be if you had to spend 24/7 with a better you. Here are a few suggestions for making yours a relationship everyone wants to keep. Practice in personal development enhances growth in the same way that physical exercise builds muscles after time. The following exercises enrich our personality and make us better for doing them, so go ahead and indulge! Self-help your way to a better you.

Gardening is not just about having beautiful plants and flowers, it's also about feeding and taking care of nature, being a part of a wholesome activity and nurturing our local environment. Gardening is used around the world in hospitals to help convalescing patients heal. It's used to calm kids with behavioural problems, and also by individuals for therapeutic and personal development purposes. So, not only is it significant for our world, it's also important to us as humans.

Most of us have filled our lives with so much stuff we have to keep very busy to cope with it all. Daily living is reduced to a noisy buzz, so the quality of life has to be measured on a weekly basis.  We have the same amount of hours in a day as our fathers and forefathers, yet because of all the fringe that surrounds everything we do, less and less time is allocated for living. There are some easy ways to get rid of (or at least lighten) the growing collection of stress-inducing fringe that buries us.

Monthly personal-development is very important. The following are vital things we could do well to keep up every 4 weeks or so. The pressure isn’t on to fit them into our daily lives, but the body, mind and spirit will richly benefit from the regular upkeep.

Modern living means we spend more and more time checking our Facebook friends' photos of their cousin's birthday bash.  Twitter updates also take away that precious time we once found to play monopoly with the family, or arrange to meet up with 'real' friends. We collectively have longer lives, but progressively fewer hours to spend on living.  Here are some necessary things you should take time off to do at least once a year.

A smile can get you what you want even if the person doing the giving was in a bad mood to begin with. Smiles are contagious. If you approach the counter at an office, the reception at a busy hotel desk, or a fellow shopper who's tall enough to get the box of cereal down from the top shelf; remember you're not the only one who's nervous. The person at the other end of the desk interviewing you is most likely a bit shaky as well. Break a smile and show people you're there to be nice - you're not the enemy. Even if you don't feel like smiling, do it with confidence and the rest will follow.

Close inspection of yourself can reveal your qualities aren't as lowly as you think.

Like tulips, if we're planted in a shady spot, we just have to grow taller to reach where the sunlight IS available. 

How To Have Self-Confidence: Dig Deep 
To find the lost coin, you need to bend down low, and the most precious diamonds are buried the deepest. Sometimes we have to dig deep for the confidence that's within us.

Step Up With Confidence
It takes a lot of self confidence and self esteem to step up and keep stepping up when life gets rough. Sometimes the top becomes clearer when someone points it out. We then become more confident and are able to get there because we can see that glimmer of hope. 

Top 10 Flexible Jobs for Mums and Dads
Find out what you could retrain to do. 

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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