Want To Be Happier, Healthier? Keep A Gratitude List!

Do you ever feel like you’re down in the dumps and can’t climb out? Do you ever wish you had more energy? The antidote? A gratitude list.

Gratitude List Helps

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Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships, say researchers.1

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Wow! Who doesn’t want to feel that way? The most common way to cultivate a pervasive feeling of gratitude is to keep a gratitude list – it will change your life! People who keep a gratitude list report feeling:

  • More alert, alive, and awake
  • More joy and pleasure
  • More optimism and happiness
  • Less lonely and isolated2

Writing Your List

When writing your gratitude list, use a full sentence for each item like, “I’m grateful for…” or “I’m grateful that…”

This allows you to put down a thought that is giving thanks as opposed to just listing things or people.

 

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
—  A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

Try it yourself! Within only a few weeks, you will find that doing a regular gratitude list can actually change your entire perspective on life!

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Here at MONAT, gratitude is a core part of our culture.

Which is why we all exhibit a MONATtitude of gratitude! Gratitude is what makes our world go around!

1 MAIN, D.5 SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE. NEWSWEEK. NOV. 25, 2015. HTTP://WWW.NEWSWEEK.COM/5-SCIENTIFICALLY-PROVEN-BENEFITS-GRATITUDE-398582
2 EMMONS, R., Ph.D., Why Gratitude Is Good. Greater Good Magazine. Nov. 16, 2010. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/

Change To Achieve Success

Meet Samantha Kelly. Samantha is anything but your typical wife, mother or working woman. She’s an Executive Director with MONAT, a known leader in the social selling business. She’s a real star in the business and says she made a change to achieve success. Let’s hear her story!

What exactly did you change to achieve success?

I had a few "real jobs" and failed at them miserably. I didn’t like “following the rules” and being pinned to a time clock. As a result, I struggled financially for a while because I refused to give in to the employee life. I somehow knew if I pushed through the financially hard times, the right opportunity would appear. And that's exactly what happened with MONAT. I had been part of another company full-time for four years but realized it wasn’t my home and something bigger was in my future. That’s when I realized I needed to change to achieve success so I joined MONAT in October 2016.

 

Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.
—  Jim Rohn

 

What gratification does social selling give you?

In the beginning I loved making the money and knowing that I was providing for my family. But then I saw the big picture and what one can really do with this type of work. This is so much more than just a job. It’s given all of us who work at MONAT a platform to reach so many people and help them find their strong suit in life. When people realize if they change their mindset, they can change to achieve success and then anything is possible.

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How have you become so successful?

That's a loaded question! There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle of success but deep down it’s a desire for change so bad that nothing can set you back or stop you. I have been through some scary times with my health, at one point even beating death. So for me, nothing...and I mean nothing…can stop me from reaching my goals. I’ve learned not to let the small things get in the way and to appreciate every failure as a learning experience. I also learned a lot from a wonderful book called The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz. It’s extremely motivational for all areas of life. I always recommend it to my team!

What’s your advice for others who want to succeed at what they do?

I think you have to learn to retrain your brain for success. Failing, quitting, giving up…none of those phrases are on my radar. Our dreams are too big to leave any space in our heads for fear and doubt. Our brains are a powerful thing. You have to make a conscious decision to take control of it and give it what YOU want it to put out. Your brain is hungry; make sure you feed it with the right foods. And that means to take your desire, your passion and change to achieve success. For me, that change was MONAT.

Thank you, Samantha, for sharing your experience with us. She asked us to end our interview with another one of her favorite quotes:

 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
Don’t settle.
—  Steve Jobs

 

Have You Mastered The Art Of Grooming?

Calling all men! How many of you have stepped into the 21st century and developed your own art of grooming ritual for your hair? Spending time in the bathroom – but we don’t mean lots of time! – is no longer reserved for women. Masculine hair and facial hair grooming is a habit that all men should embrace, regardless of your look.

Let’s Talk About Hair

The unkempt, grunge style of the 90s has long gone and the “man bun” is reserved for millennials. But there are still numerous ways to wear your hair. To give you an idea of the many ways you can wear your hair, pick up some men’s magazines, google “men’s hairstyles” and read a link like this. If you’re still at a loss for what to do with your hair, ask your stylist for advice.

Above all, any guy with a clue knows that the “just got a haircut” look is passé. Anyone who has an art of grooming knows your haircutter should practically be your friend…and a good friend, not a bad one! You certainly don’t want to be like Jim Morrison, who once said, “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” A steady schedule of monthly visits to a good stylist to keep your hair shaped is vital to looking your best.

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Overwhelmed by Haircare Products?

Choosing hair products is often where men stumble. Which products should you use to clean and style your hair? The right products can make a huge transformation in your overall appearance. Save time by using MONAT's BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner 2-in1 system that cleanses and conditions hair while maintaining essential moisture. It also helps stimulate natural hair growth and who doesn't want that?

The art of grooming also includes styling your hair, even if you think styling is not for you. This is where choosing the right product becomes critical. Putting a finish on one’s hair is important for everyone, from hipster youth to athletic go-getters to seasoned executives. Remember, sloppy gets you nowhere. Try BLACK Groom Styling Clay to give you just the right hold (not too much!) and the variety you want in how your hair looks.

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Treat Your Facial Hair With Care!

Time to talk about your facial hair. If you wear it, regardless of length, it needs to be regularly trimmed and groomed. While beards are on trend right now, the Paul Bunyan look definitely is not in!
If you shave, shave like a master! Prepare your skin so your razor gives you a smooth, comfortable shave. Shave creams like BLACK Cream Shave is rich and soothing and helps open your pores to leave less redness. Finish off with BLACK Aftershave + Moisturizer to soothe skin, reduce ingrown hairs and leave a silky (not greasy!) feel!

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Remember, just as a stylish woman is admired, so is a man. Develop your own art of grooming and watch the heads turn!

MONAT Raises Funds For Wounded Warriors

Being grateful and appreciative of services performed is something MONAT knows firsthand since gratitude is at the very core of its culture. The company expresses gratitude in many ways.

For example, recently for a Memorial Day sale, MONAT included a special donation offer with all proceeds earmarked for the Wounded Warrior Project in the U.S. and Wounded Warriors Canada.

Wounded Warrior Project U.S. serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.

MONAT wanted to give thanks to those who fought for our country and gave of themselves to protect us. While Canada does not celebrate Memorial Day, MONAT Canada took this opportunity to participate in the sale to help their country’s Wounded Warriors organization, which was developed to support all Canadian Forces members wounded on operations and to improve the general morale and welfare of the injured soldiers and their families.

The U.S. raised $14,000 USD and Canada raised $5,000 CAD for the cause. The donations were given to each organization this past Friday, June 16, during live Facebook events streaming from Miami, Florida, and Ontario, Canada.

MONAT really does practice giving back as a way of life!

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1 Engaging Families 2015 Special Editions—Mother’s Day. https://www2.ed.gov/news/newsletters/engagingfamilies/index.html
2 O'Reilly, Andrea (6 April 2010). Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Sage Publications (CA). p. 602. ISBN 978-1-4522-6629-9.
3 Recession or not: Mom comes 1st (phillyBurbs.com) | Local Business. http://phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/147-05082008-1530894.html

Top Tips To Condition Your Hair!

How to Properly Condition Your Hair!

So all this time, you thought you’ve been conditioning your hair the right way. After all, what is there to do but put conditioner on your head, massage it through your hair and rinse. Right? Wrong! There actually is a proper way to condition your hair so you get maximum benefit and shining, lustrous hair. Let’s get to it!

  • Prepping Your Washed Hair: After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze some of the water out of your hair before you condition your hair with Revitalize Conditioner.
  • Applying Conditioner: Add conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair to the tips. You don't need to condition your hair at the roots because the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there; you don’t need it.
  • Let It Sit: If your hair is long, clip it up and finish showering. The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs. Rinse out the conditioner as the final step in your shower.
  • Give Hair a Squeeze: Before you rinse, though, give your hair a few gentle squeezes since excess water dilutes your conditioner and prevents hair from soaking up moisturizing ingredients.
  • Bring On the Cold: This conditioning tip is important. Finish with a cold water rinse. Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer. This will cause it to reflect the most light and shine.
  • Pick Products for Your Hair Type: Most importantly, be sure to select a shampoo and conditioner that are made especially for your hair type. If your hair is dry, choose moisturizing products like Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. If you color your hair, opt for color-safe formulas and extra special treatments, like masques such as Replenish Masque. Volumizing products are great for fine hair types; try Revive Shampoo and Revitalize Conditioner.
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Work On Your Split Ends: We’ve all got them but now we can get rid of them with a product like REJUVABEADS™, which selectively targets and penetrates damaged hair and pulls split ends* together like magnets, mending them completely through a proprietary technology. Continued use leads to stronger, healthier, more flexible and resilient hair.

Remember, how often you wash your hair depends on your hair type. If you have oily or fine hair you may need to shampoo daily. Normal hair can probably be washed three times a week and dry to very dry hair can go 4 to 5 days to a week without washing.

By following these conditioning tips properly, you can now happily dry and style your hair, knowing your locks are ready to turn into shine and luster!

* Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

Top Hair Washing Hacks!

Try These Top Hair Washing Hacks!

How often have you just slapped shampoo on your hair, scrubbed and rinsed and thought your hair was clean? You may think you’re doing the right thing…but unfortunately that’s not the way to get sparkling clean hair. People who don’t wash their hair properly don’t get their hair truly clean so it ends up covered in a sort of film that leads to dullness and lack of shine over time.

Follow these hacks for washing your hair and you’ll make a genuine difference in hair health as well as its bounce, shininess and maximum luster.

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  • Hair should be thoroughly wet before adding shampoo. Warm water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair.
  • Condition first… sometimes: If you have long hair, condition it first. If your hair falls beneath your shoulders, protect its fragile ends from drying out and incurring more damage by running a small amount of conditioner like Revitalize Conditioner through them and lightly rinsing before any shampooing. This not only will keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making the hair smoother and enhancing shine.
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  • A big mistake is using too much shampoo in the first place. Look at how much you’re using. Then cut that in half, to about the size of a quarter. That’s all you need! A shampoo like Renew Shampoo removes all the dirt and oil from you hair while holding onto essential oils and lipids you need to prevent dryness and breakage.
  • Don’t scrub too hard. Vigorously massaging shampoo roughs up the cuticle, causing frizz, flyaways and miniscule tangles. Don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair.
  • Lather from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will be the oiliest while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair. First, rub the shampoo between your hands with a little water to emulsify it. Then gently massage the roots with your fingertips and run what’s left through the length of your hair. This is the first wash and known as external cleansing.
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  • There’s a reason to shampoo your hair twice. The first wash removes excess dirt and grime. The second wash gets your hair squeaky clean. The second shampoo also is the time to really get your shampoo right into the roots and create a proper lather. The suds will run down the rest of your hair and get the mid-length to ends clean.
  • Get the shampoo fully out of your hair so your conditioner can do its tricks. A full two minutes of rinsing is recommended. Then gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair. Now you’re “conditioner ready!”
  • How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type. If you have oily or fine hair you may need to shampoo daily. Normal hair can probably be washed three times a week and dry to very dry hair can go 4 to 5 days to a week without washing.

A word of warning – skip the sulfates! Sulfates are detergents that give shampoo its foamy lather. But they strip skin of oil and dry out your hair. Sulfates also can strip hair of color. Shampoos without sulfates keep the cuticle tighter, which prevents color fading. Ignore them all together and use a shampoo without any harsh ingredients in it like Renew Shampoo or Revitalize Shampoo.

These hair washing hacks will have you on your way to a gorgeous mane. Stay tuned for next week when we talk about the best hacks for conditioning your hair!

Yay! It’s Summer!

Summer Hacks For The Best Summer Hair! Ready?

With Memorial Day just past us, the long-awaited days of summer are finally here! Shorts and loose tops or filmy sundresses are the standard ware. So bring on the picnics, barbecues, pool and beach! But before you start soaking up these days, are you equipped to care for your most prized possession – your hair? Here are some summer hacks to protect your hair from the sun’s rays, the humidity and heat, and chlorine and salt water.

First, cover up! Being outdoors in the hot sun can damage your hair. The sun’s heat drains moisture from your hair, leaving it dry, faded, and prone to breakage. Use a scarf or hat to provide extra UV protection, helps your scalp retain moisture and protect color-treated hair.

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Be careful washing your hair too much. Summer heat and humidity causes excess sweat and greasiness. The temptation is to wash your hair more often. But some shampoos, especially those with sulfates, can have a drying effect, which is made worse by the hot sun. Use a sulfate-free shampoo, like Renew Shampoo, which will clean your hair and scalp without stripping natural oils, leaving you with clean and silky hair. You also can simply rinse your hair after a day at the beach or pool and then use a dry shampoo like The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo to get rid of any extra oiliness.

Cool the blow dryers and other heating tools! Blow dry your hair as infrequently as possible. And that goes for your hot iron and curling wand too. During the hot, sunny summer months, air dry your hair whenever possible and go au naturel if you can. Slightly messy hair is actually quite “in” during the summer. Go for effortless, beachy waves by washing or wetting your hair before bed, then piling it up in a bun or braid on top of your head. Finish it off the next morning with a spray like Tousled Texturizing Mist especially designed to give a beachy look.

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Use a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from sun damage. This is especially important for colored or highlighted hair. Find a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to keep your hair from fading and to lock moisture in, adding volume and texture. Consider Restore Leave-In Conditioner.

Don’t forget to give special care to split ends! No matter how hard you try, you may still be plagued with split ends from a winter full of straightened, slicked back hair. Use a product that specifically cares for split ends, like REJUVABEADS™, which selectively targets and penetrates damaged hair and pulls split ends* together like magnets, mending them completely through a proprietary technology. Continued use leads to stronger, healthier, more flexible and resilient hair.

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Keep your scalp and roots hydrated by drinking lots of water. Water is critical to every single cell, including those that contribute to hair growth and overall quality of hair. Eat healthy, including lots of omega-3 fatty acids, to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy, and drink plenty of fluids to keep your hair beautiful and lustrous.

Now kick back and enjoy yourself those long lazy, hazy days of summer!

*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

Father’s Day Is Around The Corner

What Role Does Your Father Play In Your Life?

Fathers have a very special place in our hearts. If you’re a female, you might be “Daddy’s little girl” no matter how old you are. If you’re a male, your dad might be your biggest hero. But do we let our fathers know how much we love and treasure them often enough? Maybe you do…or, well, not as much as you’d like to. Well, Father’s Day gives everyone a reason to celebrate the father figure in their life, whether it be a dad, a stepdad, an uncle, a grandfather or even a great-grandfather.

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While mothers usually tend to get the starring role in a family, research demonstrates that if a child’s father “is affectionate, supportive and involved, he can contribute greatly to a child’s cognitive, language and social development as well as academic achievement, a strong inner core resource, sense of well-being, good self-esteem and authenticity.”1

For example, girls will seek out in a future partner the attributes that their father held, like being nice, loving and kind. For boys, fathers serve as a role model and boys will look for their father’s approval in everything they do.2

Another point about the importance of good relationships with fathers? Girls tend to do better in math and boys tend to have better grades and perform better on achievement tests!3 Who knew?

But back to Father’s Day, which is around the corner. What are you giving your father? There are so many ideas. Depending on your dad, you may give a gift like a sports accessory, an electronic gadget, outdoor cooking supplies, tools or even a new fishing pole. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts!4

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But don’t forget men, like women, always like to look their best. You could treat him to a spa package of haircare and shaving products, which would be quite unusual. Try the MONAT BLACK System which includes BLACK Cream Shave, BLACK Aftershave and Moisturizer, BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner and BLACK Groom Styling Clay. Your dad will definitely thank you!

1 Gross, Dr. G. THE BLOG/The Important Role of Dad Aug 12, 2014. HUFFPOST. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross/the-important-role-of-dad_b_5489093.html
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid.
4 FATHER’S DAY.HISTORY. HTTP://WWW.HISTORY.COM/TOPICS/HOLIDAYS/FATHERS-DAY

Today Is National Visit Your Relatives Day!

We all do it. We get so caught up with our busy, busy lives and fast-paced lifestyles that we barely see our relatives unless they live with us. In fact, far too many of us lose touch with relatives that aren’t close by. National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment, take time out and call or visit those relatives we care about and haven’t seen for a while. Life really is too short not to make time for family and that goes for extended family too.

Seeing a special aunt, uncle or cousin brings back memories, usually of childhood when get-togethers seemed to be more common. Be grateful for your relatives, as few or as many as you have. There’s a unique thread that’s woven through all families that ties us together. Who among us doesn’t have a favorite relative who acts as a stalwart support, helping us get through tough times and celebrating with us when we have successes? We need our families and they need us.

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Your relatives are your past, present and future. The older ones are living history. Not only can they tell you stories about your heritage, they can tell you what the world was like when they were young – far, far different than today. Your older relatives also are important when it comes to finding out genetic health issues that might be passed down. And don’t forget that the younger ones are the future and will carry on your family’s legacy.
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Even if it’s only by phone, keep the connection. A favorite, 90-year-old uncle can answer questions you may have about your mother if she’s passed. Your cousin and you can dissect family dynamics. It’s quite likely you had holiday diners together when you were younger and no one can erase those memories. Like the time your aunt put a Brussel sprout on top of your cousin’s piece of pumpkin pie because he refused to eat them? We all have funny memories.

And yes, some of course are sad. That’s part of life. But if you regularly keep your arm extended to your entire family, you can share your melancholy with people who really, truly understand what you feel and will walk down memory lane with you.

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Think about it for a second. What would life be like without your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and/or nephews? Pretty dull, heh? Take some time right now and pick up the phone. Better yet, get in your car and go for a visit!

What Are You Doing For Your Mother This Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day is annually held on the second Sunday of May. As you know, it celebrates motherhood, mother figures, maternal bonds and the contribution mothers make to society. And it’s not just about mothers. Grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and just about anyone who is a mother are included too. The gifts people give on this huge holiday range from cards, flowers, candy, chocolate, clothing and jewelry to a brunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant to a beauty treatment or trip to a spa.

But how did Mother’s Day actually begin? Social activist Anna Jarvis started a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her mother died. The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Ms. Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Ms. Jarvis succeeded in her campaign for a national holiday when President Woodrow Wilson established the first U.S. national Mother’s Day in 1914.1,2

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Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant (have you made your reservation yet?). In fact, Americans spend about a whopping $2.6 billion on flowers and another $68 million on greeting cards annually for this holiday!!3

So what are you doing to celebrate the important mother figure(s) in your life? If you live close by you could go the unusual route and cook a meal for her at home instead of brunch out and then do something out-of-the box fun, like go to a play, a comedy show or take an art or cooking class together. If the weather is nice, perhaps there are gardens nearby to visit or a waterfront pier you could stroll on.

If you live far from your mom, of course call her and do it early in the day so she doesn’t sit around wondering and waiting. If you’re sending a card or package, let’s hope you mailed it already! A cool idea would be to arrange for a credit or purchase at a favorite restaurant or shop. Finding out that a book she wants is at the local bookstore waiting for her will surprise her and show her your thoughtfulness. Or book a local spa day for her, the complete works, facial and massage down to manicure and pedicure! (If you can afford it…but if you can’t, a surprise manicure would be just as nice.)

But say you are going out. You want to look your best and so will your mother. And what’s the biggest thing women fuss about? Their hair! When you go to pick your mother up, treat her by re-styling her hair for her! Freshen up her hair easily with a dry shampoo, like THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo, and then re-style her hair using a styling product like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy and finish it off with Refinish Control Hairspray.

1 Engaging Families 2015 Special Editions—Mother’s Day. https://www2.ed.gov/news/newsletters/engagingfamilies/index.html
2 O'Reilly, Andrea (6 April 2010). Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Sage Publications (CA). p. 602. ISBN 978-1-4522-6629-9.
3 Recession or not: Mom comes 1st (phillyBurbs.com) | Local Business. http://phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/147-05082008-1530894.html

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