MEN’S STYLE: DRESS UP DENIM.

MEN’S STYLE: DRESS UP DENIM

 

 

 

Hello 🙌

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend 🙂

In the words of Elio Fiorucci,

“Denim is a love that never fades.”

Denim is more popular now than ever due to its versatility, durability and comfort. For most of us – men and women alike – denim has become the centre of our wardrobe. Each one of us has our favorite pair of blue jeans that feels like second skin. Jeans are a smart, sensible choice and you do not have to give up on your favorite pair to dress stylishly.

✒Here are six easy summer outfit ideas for men to look sharp in blue jeans –

1. Jeans + Shirt.

Style Tip: If you are a conservative dresser, the best pair of jeans for you is a straight legged, well fitted (not skinny), neat (no wash/ distress), dark colored pair of jeans.

fullsizeoutput_16bd
Striped Shirt + Dark Denim

2. Jeans + Plain Crew Tee.

Style Tip: Pair a close fit plain crew neck tee, in a neutral color, with dark denim for a simple yet stylish look. Wear with tan suede shoes to smarten the look.

fullsizeoutput_16c5
Grey Pocket Tee + Jeans

3. Jeans + Suit Jacket.

Style Tip: The formal feel of a grey suit jacket provides a deliberate contrast to the casual feel of jeans. Wear with a tucked in Oxford shirt and tan accessories for a dapper look.

fullsizeoutput_16c9
Grey Jacket + Light Wash Denim

4. Jeans + Striped Tee.

Style Tip: Channel a nautical preppy look with a classic striped t-shirt, cuffed jeans and slip-on boat shoes. Add a jacket in a contrasting shade of blue to make the outfit stand-out.

fullsizeoutput_16cb
Striped Tee + Light Wash Denim

5. Jeans + Chambray Shirt.

Style Tip: The denim on denim trend is huge this year. One of the easiest ways to wear it is to use a light denim/ chambray shirt as a jacket. Complete the look with white tee and sneakers.

fullsizeoutput_16cd
Chambray + White Tee + Jeans

6. Jeans + Blazer.

Style Tip: Keep the blazer pretty slim to avoid a boxy look. Pair with a printed shirt worn untucked and tie-up lace Oxfords for a casual vibe.

fullsizeoutput_16d0
Brown Blazer + Printed Shirt + Jeans

Remember, when in doubt, WEAR DENIM. 💙

Do you own a favorite pair of blue jeans?

What is your go-to denim style?

You can also browse wearable men’s style ideas at: My Pinterest Page.

And follow me on social media;

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ayeniviktor_

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ayeniviktor_

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Avfashionworld

THANK YOU 💕💕.

Advertisements

Is the African diaspora diluting African fashion?

 

African fashion is rising to global acclaim; a form of expression, a mark of heritage, African fashion has contributed in transforming the perception of what was dubbed the ‘dark continent’, ‘hopeless Africa’ by Western media. It wasn’t cool to be African in the UK during the ‘90s, but it sure is now! Back then, nearly everything was up for ridicule, from our names, hair (especially if you had a threaded hair style as a child), features and food. Roll on the 2000s; African diaspora millennials are embracing their culture with zeal, especially when it comes to fashion. Instagram and Pinterest are adorned with African-inspired wax print designs, from clothing brands, bloggers, party nights and weddings.

However, if the diaspora doesn’t celebrate authentic African textile techniques more often, we’re subconsciously complicit in potentially rendering a key part of our heritage obsolete.

african print, ankara

African prints infused with Western style silhouettes are worn with pride by millennials in some of the most cosmopolitan cites in the West – London, Paris, New York etc. In 2005, Taiye Selasi coined the term, ‘Afropolitan’. Subjectively interpreted by many, the Afropolitan is a stylish city dwelling, socially and politically astute person of African descent, with multicultural heritage. The curation of our multicultural heritage gives us a unique and empowering perspective on style and fashion. This cultural hybrid comprising African and European aesthetics has featured in magazines and catwalks around the world.

It’s no secret that Dutch wax prints are the emblem of African Fashion. Africans and the diaspora have fervently championed these prints for decades. This has been to the detriment of authentic African textile techniques. Batik is a process of using wax/dyes to create patterns on fabric. Believed to have originated in Egypt during the 5th century, it was later adopted across Asia, most notably Indonesia. During Dutch colonisation in the 1800s, Indonesians taught the Dutch the Batik process, who then mass produced their own ‘Dutch-wax’ version also known as Ankara.

headwraps, african print

 

After unsuccessful attempts to sell their version back to the Indonesians, they took it to West Africa and the rest is history, as they say. Currently European companies are the main financial beneficiaries of what is commonly referred to as ‘African-prints’.

AU2016-Market-Black-Dolls-Hi-Res-07

Social media is a powerful platform, where we’re able create and tell our own narratives. As consumers, we create the demand that produces the supply of Dutch wax prints. If we want authentic African textile heritage to thrive and Africans to have a greater stake in African Fashion, we should support brands that celebrate this. Rather than always wearing printed imitation versions of Kente cloth (usually printed in China), why not wear the real hand-woven Kente made by artisans in Ghana? Foundations like Nubuke collaborate with diaspora designers making bespoke Kente fabrics. Similarly, why not wear clothes made with the adire cloth, created by Nigerians for centuries or kanga fabrics of Kenya /Tanzania?

sewing machine

The Internet has made African fashion very accessible and the appetite for this has created opportunities for companies in the diaspora. American based ONYCHEKOxosi and UK based Styled by Africa, sell apparel made by artisans in Africa to the diaspora and beyond. Designers are expressing authentic African heritage though their collections. Maxhosa by Laduma celebrates traditional Xhosa symbols and colours, through Knitwear. UK based, AAKS’ handwoven bags, typify weaving techniques used in Ghana and AMWA Designs create their own printed fabrics using Adinkra symbols for their home furnishing ranges.

maxhosa for twtter

The influence of Afropolitans / the diaspora in shaping the African fashion narrative globally is undeniable. When Beyoncé wore an outfit featuring designs by Burundian artist Serge Alain Nitegeka, from the South-African based fashion platform Kisua, the brand was immediately thrust into the spotlight. Through the Internet we have the power to tell our true stories. Whether it’s celebrities or you and I snapping selfies for Instagram and Twitter, we should incorporate traditional African textile techniques within our fashion repertoire, as much as we do Dutch wax prints. Doing so will project an authentic image of African fashion heritage.

There isn’t an African fashion utopia; Dutch wax prints will probably always be the main fabric used in African fashion. However, as African fashion continues to flourish, we should be careful not to inadvertently contribute to its dilution, by mainly championing Dutch wax prints. Our multicultural Afropolitan heritage is valid but should be balanced. This balance is key because we’re representing African fashion in lands from which we don’t originate, but are intrinsically part of us though birth or habitation. Rather than left languishing in the shadows, authentic African fashion textile heritage should get the props it deserves for its artistry, craftsmanship and elegance.

african utopia kente pete woodhead

 

AvfashionWorld :

http://www.avfashionworld.wordpress.com

Twitter: @ayeniviktor_

Instagram@ayeniviktor_

www.facebook.com/AvfashionWorld

5 MUST HAVE SHOES IN EVERY MAN’S WARDROBE.

wp-1471208214556.jpg
👉 AYENI VIKTOR.

I have no qualms admitting the fact that I do judge a guy according to his shoes. From school it was drilled into me that your shoes have to be impeccable, clean and comfortable. That it leaves an everlasting impression and shows that you take effort and pride in the way you look. Comfort and style are two of the most IMPORTANT aspects to look for in shoes. I also believe that the wrong pair of shoes can make even the classiest outfit look trashy and the right pair can make the simplest outfits stand out.

📉 SO HERE’S MY LIST OF 5 ESSENTIALS OR MUST HAVE SHOES IN EVERY GUYS WARDROBE.

1. BLACK DRESS SHOES:

These are a classic. Simple, Stylish and Comfortable. Can be paired with suits, denims and chinos. Perfect for either a formal or a casual affair. There are few things that don’t team up well with Black. I would suggest, especially if you are looking for just one perfect pair of black DRESS shoes that go with everything, that you pick a pair of dress shoes with matte finish rather than a shiny pair of dress shoes simply because a the former are more easier to pair with any outfit.

You can select from loafers, brogues, oxfords, monk straps,MOCCASINS, derby shoes and so on.

Picture Credit

2. BROWN DRESS SHOES:

These are everything a Black dress shoes are but in Brown. They look rich and compliment most of your outfits very well. I would ask all guys to refrain from buying the same design and pattern of dress shoes in both black and brown. The key is to switch it up and experiment a little. Since you are opting only for one pair of brown dress shoes.  I think you should put some thought in it rather than get the same black dress shoes in brown.

3. BOOTS:

These have an allure and are extremely sexy. They work great with casuals and can be teamed with jeans, cargos and corduroys. You can get ankle length boots, chukkas, Chelsea’s, desert snub nose fry, riding boots, army boots, cowboy boots, motorcycle boots… There are many choices. They have a little heel and hence they will add a few inches to your stature making you look taller. Perfect for the guys conscious about their height and definitely beats the lifts used to make you look taller.

Source

4. LEATHER CASUALS:

These are your go to shoes. Absolutely comfortable and hassle free. The kind that you can wear without socks can team up with pants or shorts and give you the freedom to do what you like without worrying about your shoes and what if about if they get spoiled. They are a versatile piece of footwear. You can pick between lace ups or slip ons. I would suggest driving moccasins or driving mocs ad they are usually referred to.

5. SNEAKERS:

Now point to be noted here is that these are not the sneakers you wear for running or training or to the gym, that are meant for exercising or jogging and always look worn even if you brought it last week and only wear it to the gym. I am talking about a nice and different pair of fashion sneakers that you use not for exercising but when you are stepping out for a day around town. You know for something casual and laid back. The fashion sneakers work well with denims and chinos. You can have fun with these by picking up contrasting and bright colored laces or funky prints.

Picture Credit

#Bloggers #Shoes #AvfashionWorld #AyeniViktor

🙏 Don’t forget to follow me on other Social Platforms;

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Ayeniviktor_

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/Ayeniviktor_

Bloglovin – http://www.bloglovin.com/@ayeniviktor

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/ayeniviktor_

LOVE YOU ALL 💞

THANK YOU! 😋

 

TOP MEN SUITS FASHION TRENDS (VIDEO).

It was an Inspiration, so I decided to share this out.
For all that are inclined in ‘FASHION’.

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAhaZPp9pHAzjKL_zv7Z7tA

 

 

So please SUBSCRIBE, WATCH, LIKE and SHARE.
Thanks!!!

7 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER WEAR TO A WEDDING.

7 Things You Should Never Wear To A Wedding

A little disclaimer before we begin. This beginner’s guide is not for the traditional Indian wedding with the traditional desi attire.

Most people believe that only women turn to bridezillas or zombie vampires as they fuss over every aspect of the wedding especially the way they look, whether it is their own wedding, their best friend’s, office colleague’s, relatives near or distant or they are just a plus one. But this belief does not imply that the men get a get-out-of-jail free card and are let off the hook to DRESS and behave as they please.

Men too require to plan their ensemble depending upon the location, venue, and theme of the wedding and their relationship to the happy couple. Of course the general tone is formal but still it is better to consider all scenarios while preparing.

TO HELP MEN TO MAKE MORE RATIONAL AND WISER DECISIONS WE HAVE COMPILED A LIST OF 7 THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT BE CAUGHT DEAD IN AT A WEDDING.

1. JEANS:

However low key the wedding, even your most expensive, uber cool and super stylish denims won’t make the cut. Not even with a blazer or a sport coat. Go for dress PANTS instead.

2. TUXEDO:

Confused. This is because the Groom and his guys in the wedding party are generallyDRESSED in a Tux. It is like girls can not wear white to the wedding. The bride should be the only one wearing it. Same rules apply here. Go for a formal suit instead. It would be really cool if you can enquire in advance what colors the wedding party is sporting on the wedding day and avoid those too.

3. SHORTS:

Even if it is a breach wedding please avoid wearing shorts. If the weather is too warm or the wedding is at a beach then opt for linen PANTS or light weight chinos.

4. OSTENTATIOUS CLOTHING:

Avoid

  • Band T-shirts
  • HolidaySWEATERS
  • Oversized clothing
  • Loud printed ties
  • Angsty/Slogan/Graphic Grafiti T-shirts
  • Bedazzled anything

5. SWEATPANTS & HOODIES:

Avoid joggers too. I am sure you can stay without them for a day. However athletic or fitness freak you are abstain from flaunting it. Even runaway brides are DRESSED elegantly.

6. AVOID ALL BLACK:

The monochrome look is a classic but all black is best reserved for funerals and other grave occasions. It is a wedding for heaven’s sake, lighten up and add a dash of color to make your monochrome look pop.

7. ATHLETIC SHOES:

A strict No No. Go for DRESS SHOES, brogues, and loafers.

6 Rules for a Perfectly Tailored Suit.

Because there are few things worse than a bad one.

Putting on a great suit is transformative. Your shoulders are broadened; your lines, longer and leaner; your waist, that much trimmer. You look great, you feel great. That is, assuming you got the right suit and had it properly tailored. As any man who’s spent an evening in a boxy rental knows, there are very few things as good as a great suit. There are—in the sartorial sense at least—fewer things worse than a bad one. Since even a modestly priced off-the-rack number can look like a million bucks with the right nips and tucks, we’re here to help with six essential rules for getting a perfectly tailored suit.

1. Hem Your Trousers

This is the number one place most guys go wrong when it comes to tailored clothing. Even A-List stars—who should know better—have been known to leave things far too long. Though you don’t necessarily need to embrace the ankle-baring aesthetic espoused by designers like Thom Browne, all that extra length isn’t doing anything but making you look shorter and sloppier. Opt for a very small break (the edge of your pants should just brush the tops of your shoes) for a look that’ll stand the test of time, but still feels modern.

2. Make Sure the Shoulders Fit

The shoulders of your suit jacket should feel like they’re hugging your own. If they’re noticeably tight, the jacket is too small. And if the shoulder seams are sagging past the natural line of your body, like they do for all too many workaday types, it’s too big. The shoulders are the one place that even expert tailors are hesitant to mess with: It’s difficult, expensive, and can ruin your suit. Nearly everything else can be altered, but if the shoulders aren’t spot on, it’s time to return it to the rack.

3. Hem Your Sleeves

Slightly less pervasive than the problem of pooling trousers—but no less pernicious—is that of over-long sleeves. Your jacket sleeve should end a quarter-inch to a half-inch before your shirt sleeve does. All the better to show a sliver of cuff. If your jacket sleeve is hitting your knuckles, it’s way too long. This is an easy and cheap fix if the buttons on the cuffs aren’t functional; your tailor will simply trim from the cuff up and then move them. If the cuffs feature working buttons, it’s a bit more labor-intensive and pricey. The sleeve has to be taken up from the shoulder. Still, better than the knuckle-grazing alternative.

4. Watch for Collar Gap

You might not be able to see it, but everyone around you will. The collar of your suit jacket, if not properly fitted to your neck, will sit away from your shirt collar, leaving a gap. This can happen for any number of reasons, and if it’s not too severe, a tailor can usually fix it. But anything more than a small gap can be a problem. Watch out when you’re buying, and unless you’ve got a particularly skilled tailor that you trust completely, steer clear.

5. Take in the Waist of Your Jacket

Many suit jackets are made with a “democratic” cut, which is a nice way of saying they’re designed to accommodate men of a certain girth around the midsection. If you aren’t one of these men, it also means that your jacket will look boxy until you have your tailor take it in at the waist. Don’t get too aggressive about it, though. Remember, you still need to be able to move in the thing. Aim for being able to comfortably fit a closed fist between your jacket and shirt when the top button is closed.

6. Slim the Sleeves and Taper the Trousers

A lot of guys have tuned into the idea that going narrower on the pants is a great way to elongate the lines of a suit and create a tailored silhouette. Take a page from their book and taper your own trousers. One thing you might not have thought of is doing the same for the sleeves of the jacket. It’s a little more complicated because your tailor will have to deal with the lining, but it’ll make for a much more polished look in the long run. So, you know, worth it.

 

Introducing the New London Tailors: Thom Sweeney.

How one small business is updating traditional English tailoring for a new generation.

For Luke Sweeney, the decision to get into the business of making and designing clothes wasn’t some grand philosophical one. “For me, it was purely visual,” explains Sweeney, who co-founded London tailoring brand Thom Sweeney with Thom Whiddett in 2007.

Still, as he and Whiddett prepare for a U.S. trunk show at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman on September 25th and 26th, Sweeney notes that there’s some family heritage in the mix. “My dad, my family, were always in the clothing industry. And every time I saw tailors working in the cutting room, or coat makers making jackets, everyone looked smart, everyone looked cool, and I just wanted to be a part of it. I didn’t know anything about the business side of it, I just knew I wanted to be a part of it because everyone looked so great.”

Sweeney got his start working in fabrics and measuring for an established tailor, Timothy Everest, who trained under the legendary—and legendarily quirky—Tommy Nutter. It was at Everest’s bespoke atelier where he met Whiddett. The latter man, for his part, fell into the world of bespoke almost by happenstance. While working for Esquire UK, he went along on an interview and met Everest. And things fell into place. Soon, he was working as a cutter, tracing and cutting patterns for garments. “I love the industry and wanted to learn the trade,” says Whiddett. “I wanted to kind of soak it all up there, and then we could do our own thing later on.”

The business did grow, though. And by 2014—after years of customer requests for ready-to-wear options—Thom Sweeney decided to break out of the bespoke world and introduce a seasonal collection to complement their custom offerings. It launched exclusively with online retailer Mr Porter, with whom Sweeney and Whiddett already had a relationship: Mr Porter’s editor-in-chief, Jeremy Langley, was a bespoke customer. The tailoring duo was confident that it was the right outlet.

“We wanted to keep it tight,” explains Whiddett. “We don’t want to be sold everywhere. We want to, in an ideal world, pick and choose the right partners who can buy and sell it correctly, and with Mr Porter, we were really confident that they were the right guys to do it.”

Now in its fourth season, Thom Sweeney’s ready-to-wear collection is the natural outgrowth of its bespoke business. Marked by rich fabrics, muted colors, and a house cut that’s a little slimmer, shorter, and softer than traditional English tailoring, it’s the kind of stuff that even guys who don’t have to wear a suit every day can live in. It is also impeccably tailored, even straight off the hanger. Turns out obsessing over things like armhole height, jacket length, and lapel width for seven years is a pretty good way to iron out all the details so crucial to well-fitting clothing.

“You have to find a garment with those details,” notes Sweeney, “but not gimmicky or in-fashion. You try and create pieces that you can take out of the wardrobe in two or three seasons’ time and they still look current and modern.” To that end, though, both tailors look to the fashion world for inspiration from time to time, they eschew the capital “F” designation—and the often over-tight jackets that grace so many runways.

“I have nightmares about it,” says Whiddett of the so-called fashion jacket. “We always have our customer in mind, and I think our customer doesn’t really buy into that. I think if you’re going to wear something that costs you decent money and last a while, it should be made well. That’s really our focus.”

That doesn’t mean frumpy, though. Thom Sweeney may be informed by the classics, but the end goal is to create garments that are modern, cool, and impeccably constructed. The duo credits their ability to toe this line as the main reason for their success. Says Sweeney: “I think that’s why we’ve really tapped into a market. There aren’t many young tailors doing it the old way with a modern take.”

3 Places In The World That I Want To Visit.

3 Places In The World That I Want To Visit

Traveling has been on my mind for months. Being able to change locations and live somewhere else around the world is life changing. People that travel often have a lot to say about it, traveling is one of the best feelings. Now that there  is social media people are able to see travelers from around the world show their experiences to millions of people. Most people spend half of their life traveling and working at the same time, being able to do this in this day of age is amazing and I feel that more people should start traveling more frequently. A few months ago I started considering traveling soon. I have been in California my whole life and the only place that I have been out of state is Las Vegas, but I live in Southern California so going to Las Vegas and back isn’t quite the adventure that I’m looking for.

Places That I Want To Visit 

Tokyo, Japan


Japan has been on my list for a while, actually ever since I was a kid I had always wanted to visit Japan. The culture is amazing to me and I’d love to be a tourist one day in Tokyo, I had many friends that have been there and they always tell me that it’s one of the greatest experiences they had.

Paris, France 


Paris is every travelers desination, I would love to visit soon and even live there for a few months. I learned the French language so I would be able to communicate with people there.

London, United Kingdom 


Growing up, I watched a lot of tv shows based in London which made me fall in love with the UK. Traveling around the UK has always been a place that I knew for sure that I would love to visit in the near future.

Visiting other countries around the world is something that I really have a desire to do. Many of my friends and family have traveled, I don’t think that it would be long until I will be able to start traveling and really getting a chance to see and experience the world and learn new things!
Have you ever wanted to travel is traveling? 

Leave a like & comment
Thanks for reading!

The Only Five Suits You’ll Ever Need to Own.

What is Optimistic and How to Be More Optimistic What is Optimistic and How to Be More Optimistic

 

Both old school wisdom and modern day science say that optimism is one of the greatest indicators of how successful you’ll be. This is supported by scientific research which found evidence that optimistic people do enjoy a higher quality of life when compared to pessimists. The study highlighted that optimism promoted a healthier lifestyle, greater flexibility, and better problem-solving capacities.

What is Optimistic and How to Be More Optimistic

Let’s try to discover what being optimistic means and what optimistic people do differently.

What is Optimistic Person?

Life has its ups and downs. It can be a fun ride, but you also have some awful stuff happening in life. There is, however, a group of people that stands solid as a rock, no matter how tough it gets. Optimists. They get back up on their feet after each failure and tell you with a smile on their face, “it wasn’t that bad, was it?

An optimistic person sees the glass as half-full rather than half empty. And in situations in which life gives them lemons they always have sugar, water, and salt at hand to make lemonade. Being optimistic can have a profound impact not only on your view of life in general but also your physical and mental health.

Studies are showing that in the long run, having a positive outlook on life will make you happier, healthier, and wealthier while raising your quality of life. It’s key!

Positive psychologist Martin Seligman says “Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think.

Another positive psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky says “All that is required to become an optimist is to have the goal and to practice it. The more you rehearse optimistic thoughts, the more ‘natural’ and ‘ingrained’ they will become. With time they will be part of you, and you will have made yourself into an altogether different person.

How to Be More Optimistic

Studies published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology suggest that positive and negative attitudes might be hardwired into our brains. The researchers found a brain marker that distinguishes negative thinkers from positive thinkers. That’s good news for optimists, but what about the other people out there who swing to opposite end of the attitude continuum? Are pessimists doomed to negative thinking, worry, and anxiety forever?

Fortunately, the answer is no, and if you do tend toward pessimism, there are plenty of inspiring reasons to work on creating a more optimistic attitude. Optimists do better in almost all areas of life.

Reframe your frustrations.Researchers at the University of Kent in England found that people who strived to see the positive side of things that went wrong — rather than venting to friends about what went wrong, or blaming themselves for small failures — were happier and more satisfied at the end of the day.

“If you didn’t get that promotion or you failed an exam or a relationship disintegrated, what can you learn from it? Failure can be a huge gift,” Lombardo says.

Just say “om.” Recent research suggests that people who meditate daily have more positive emotions than those who don’t. Mindful meditation works just as well, says Richard O’Connor, Ph.D.

You can get free android app TinyRelax, ideal for short practices at work and longer sessions at home. Also, you can start 30 Days of Meditation program to cultivate meditation in your daily life.

Look for inspiration. there are several ways you can surround yourself with inspiration, such as spending time with smiling babies, or reading inspirational books,encouragement quotes, and affirmation.

Give yourself daily “done wells.” Get in the habit of recognizing “done wells.” Take a few moments every day to ask the question, “What have I done well today?” This simple gesture reinforces optimism on a daily basis. The answers accumulate and eventually help you develop self-confidence, which is extremely important for success.
Play a 30-second “movie” of your life daily. Create an imaginary movie reel of your ideal life, including specific details about how you look, how you feel, where you live, what you’re doing, what you’ve accomplished, and what your life is like. Set aside 30 seconds every day to play this movie in your mind. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to do it. This simple mental training exercise will instantly boost your mood and transform the way you think about yourself, your potential, and your future.

Inspire yourself with a smile. If you expect the worst, the worst will happen.  If you let things bother you, they will.  But if you smile, you’ll feel better.  Studies have shown that putting a cheerful smile on your face can trigger a part of your brain that actually makes you feel happier and more optimistic about the present and future.

Make a happy list. Every evening, write down three or four great things that happened that day. A recent study in the Journal of Research in Personality found that writing about positive experiences for just 3 straight days has lasting effects on mood.
Focus on solutions, not on problems. If you find yourself obsessing about a problem, feeling negative, or experiencing self-doubt, change your focus by asking: What’s one thing I could do differently that might make this situation better? Replacing problem-focused thinking with solution-focused thinking immediately gives you a sense of forward movement, possibility, and hope — the foundations of optimism.

Give love, receive love. Love is the greatest force in the universe.  It’s a treasure that people would give anything for, yet it costs nothing to give and receive. There is an endless supply, and it can be extended to family, friends, and strangers at any moment.  It increases positivity and acts like a shield against negativity.  It forgives, heals, encourages and inspires.

Be Grateful. There is always something you can be grateful for, so acknowledge it, say it out loud.  My favorite is “thank you for my breath”

Do you struggle with maintaining a positive attitude when faced with life’s challenges? Are you ready to live your life with gratitude and abundance every single day? Unlock the power of daily gratitude and create the life you were meant to lead with 30 Days of Gratitude. This program offers insightful tips and indispensable habits that can help you on your journey to achieving your personal best in all that you do. Filled with thirty diverse topics, this book encourages you to take action based on what you have learned on each day. With your new habits, you’ll be able to design your life with gratitude, new goals, and a vision, which can help in finding your life’s purpose. Whether you have been practicing daily gratitude for years or are just beginning your journey of gratitude, this journey introduces you to new concepts that can enhance your life.

The more you are aware of your negative reactions, the more frequently you change to more positive thinking, and the more you look to surround yourself with inspiration, the more optimistic your life will be.   Once you are in this more positive frame of mind, the easier it is to make the decision to live a fuller life—one with more fun, more joy, more excitement,  and more adventure.