Image courtesy: DenverPost.comWant to enjoy driving more and reduce your stress level? Start by improving how you drive!

I try hard not to get up on a soapbox and lecture the population with my blog, but I'm afraid some of what follows is very necessary, so please read and do your best going forward while behind the wheel.

Before I dive in: Please don't sit there and act like everyone else is guilty of the transgressions I'm about to offer advice on - we all do most, if not all, of these. We can, and should, act much better on the roads, people - myself included.

Read more: Drive positively - for everyone's sake!

Image courtesy: TaskComplete.comMake an elderly person's day by helping them with their daily tasks!

Since today is Willing To Lend A Hand Wednesday, it's the perfect day to offer someone your time, help, or advice! It doesn't have to be anything grand or large - although I'm sure that'd be appreciated! - even the tiniest bit of help to someone means a lot.

A quick note before I dive in: When you offer to help a person in need, don't say "If there's anything I can do to help, please call me!" because most of the time they won't call you. Instead, make good on your offer by contacting them personally to offer your assistance.

Suggestions on ways to help

  • Promise to keep an eye on a neighbor's home and animals while they're away and offer to take care of their lawn while you're at it (keep it mowed, water their outdoor flowers and foliage, etc.).
  • Help a friend or relative move, or at least pack for the move.
  • Take an elderly person grocery shopping - or pick up their groceries for them! - or drive them to a doctor's appointment if needed.
  • Offer to clean the home of a friend or family member if they cannot tidy it themselves.
  • Give someone a ride to work if their vehicle is in the shop or if they lack transportation in general.
  • Volunteer for community projects!

Resources and more ideas

Global Impact - Charitable people who work to provide food, shelter, medical care, job skills and education to those who need it most.

Useful Community Development - This group of positive-minded individuals works to improve communities bit-by-bit via a wide array of projects large and small.

As always, I welcome your positive feedback, thoughts, and suggestions for future articles - feel free to contact me any time!

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Image courtesy: Welzen.orgFew things in life can immediately improve your mood the way music can. Put on one of your favorite albums and sing along - you can't help but feel better!

I thought I'd do something a little different with today's article and share some of my favorite albums. Every single time I play one of these, I smile inside and out and my day instantly brightens. I've even gone so far as to create a "happy music" playlist on my iPod that tends to dominate my listening time in my car. And before you ask, my car has an iPod interface - I never, ever drive while wearing headphones, and you shouldn't either!

Without further ado, here is a baker's dozen of my favorite upbeat albums, in no particular order. Many of them you're probably familiar with already... the rest I highly recommend checking out ASAP! I've included links to each album on Amazon for your convenience. Happy listening!

The B-52's - Cosmic Thing (1989)
The B-52's - Cosmic Thing (1989)

Did you think I'd start this collection with anyone other than the irrepressibly happy band from Athens, Georgia? Of course not. Cosmic Thing is just plain crammed full of ridiculously happy music - well, virtually their entire catalog is, to be fair - and I bet there hasn't been a month that's gone by in the nearly 30 years since this classic came out that I haven't listened to at least part of it. Start to finish, it's like a musical energy drink.

Favorite tracks: Love Shack (duh!), Topaz, Follow Your Bliss, Deadbeat Club

Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party (1985)
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party (1985)

There's a good chance you've never heard of this quirky California band, but you've probably heard the amazing orchestral work of their lead singer, Danny Elfman. He's scored dozens of movies, including Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland and Fifty Shades of Grey. Featuring Boingo's signature hit, Weird Science, this album is a addictively catchy reminder that we only go around once, so make every day count. How can you not love lyrics like "It's a dead man's party - who could ask for more? Everybody's comin' - leave your body at the door"?

Favorite tracks: No One Lives Forever, Fool's Paradise, Dead Man's Party (of course), Same Man I Was Before

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (1988)
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (1988)

A good friend of mine saw these amazing folks play live at the University of North Texas right before this album reached the college radio station airwaves. I can't even comprehend how cool that must've been, and it makes me want to invent time travel just so I could soak it in myself. Oh well, at least I can listen to their debut album, which sounds for all the world like a perfect moment in time perfectly captured. Throughout every song, you can hear the love they poured into this album. It's sublime and incredibly uplifting.

Favorite tracks: Love Like We Do, Nothing, What I Am, I Do

Read more: A baker's dozen of musical positivity!

Image courtesy: MoneyManagement.orgToo much month left at the end of your money? Make financial awareness a priority, and you'll be amazed at how quickly your fortunes will change!

Today is National Financial Awareness Day, which makes now a great time to talk about possibly the biggest obstacle between you and positivity - money!

Here's a life lesson that might dent your ego a bit... you are your own worst enemy when it comes to your money. It's always incredibly easy to let the money you earn slip away, and there are countless outside forces trying to push your buttons to and empty your wallet just that little bit faster. Oh look! - a new restaurant just opened near you... cha-ching! $40 just went poof, and that tasty dinner suddenly isn't sitting so well. Your favorite footwear store is having yet another big sale... cha-ching! You're stepping in style, but now you've got two fancy bits of buyer's remorse staring up at you each time you look down. Oh wow... that new convertible is totally you... cha-ching! Your zero-per-month beater just became a $400-per-month gorgeous ride... that you can't afford gas or insurance for. But hey, it sure looks sweet in the driveway!

Don't get discouraged! It's actually a whole lot easier to chart a better course for your financial ship than you might think. It all starts with having the right mindset and developing a solid plan from there. You might think that it sucks to stay mindful of your finances - and you're not wrong, if your current financial situation is less than ideal - but guess what? Once you have things under control, it becomes very empowering to think financially and know that your money outlook is headed upward.

Have your eye on a big purchase, like a house? You can do this! All it takes is your willingness to stick to your plan and the patience to get there. Here are 4 great ways to stay mindful of your financial picture without letting your (lack of) money weigh you down.

Read more: Earn and spend positively
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