Spending time in the outdoors is a guaranteed way to relieve stress and actively engage in a positive lifestyle. But, with time and space becoming an ever-diminishing commodity in our lives, getting your patch of green close to home is becoming more and more important. Cue the rise of good old-fashioned community gardening.
Stuck in traffic? Run out of milk? Battling to see the wood from the trees? It’s pretty easy to get sidetracked by the pressures and inconveniences of everyday life. Sometimes, you just need to stop and think about all the positive things around us. By actively engaging in positive thought we become the masters of our own destinies. When we feel in control, everything seems achievable. So, here are five simple things you can do that will help you think and be more positive.
Stop trying to keep up with the Jones.
Worrying about the success of others does nothing to change your own circumstances. Focus on what you have and what you’re doing and you’ll immediately start to feel more positive because you’ll be putting your energy into things that are within your control.
Understand that falling down is a necessary part of picking yourself up. Michael Jordan once said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Act as if.
Even if you don´t feel positive, confident, calm or decisive you can make the conscious decision to act like you do. And after you have done that for a few minutes, guess what happens? You will actually start to feel positive, confident, calm or decisive.
Live in the now.
Don´t let your thoughts drift into the past or future more than necessary. It’s often a sure-fire way to start negative loops of thoughts in your mind. What you’re doing right now will always be more important than what you’ve done previously or what you plan to do in the future.
Remembering how good you’ve got it is a simple thing you can do to bring more positivity in to your life, and is a great way to turn an angry, sad and frustrated mood around.
So, think positive thoughts and good things will start to happen.
Tranquini has introduced a new way to relax in Ireland in cooperation with Jaymark, our country distribution partner. Major retail accounts were very excited about Tranquini, supporting the development of new age beverages as the healthy alternative to soft drinks. The range of Tranquini flavours is already available in Supervalu, Centra, Spar, Eurospar, Mace, Yes Key Stores, Londis, Musgraves Cash and Carry and Elliotts Cash and Carry.
The country launch was accompanied by numerous activities. As part of Heritage week, Tranquini was present during morning yoga sessions in Dublin City Hall on the 22nd – 26th August. Aideen O’Connor, yoga instructor from Markeivicz Sports and Leisure, encouraged participants to practice active relaxation and to reach a state of “body and mind balance”. Tranquini Chill girls presented the products, explaining the benefits and role of Tranquini in active relaxation to achieve a positive state of mind. In one of the Yoga hubs a Yoga teacher reacted to the Tranquini offer: “Sounds like just what we need”.
To celebrate World Relaxation Day and offer people a positive moment of relaxation out of their busy schedule, we set up a Tranquini Relaxation Station in the middle of Dublin City Centre. We offered Tranquini for people to taste in the wonderfully relaxing area of South King Street, adjacent to Stephens Green Park, which attracted many people. This Tranquini Relaxation Station allowed people to participate in some unwinding activities like playing mini golf, or yoga exercises while listening to music. It was a great atmosphere activating people to take the time to relax and feel how important it is in a daily routine. Consumers were intrigued by the drink as they had never seen it before and they were keen to try the product. They appreciated the unique experience of Tranquini Positively Relaxed and more than 3000 people said that they enjoyed our product.
Tranquni also shared its positive relaxation with people at work and with shoppers to enable them stay calm despite their daily stresses in the office or handling family duties. Tranquini brought its healthy lifestyle offering during an in-store Musgraves Robin Hood Olympics Event on 4th of August, where we promoted health products for the Olympics.
From the start, the reaction to Tranquini was very positive. One young couple said ‘This is exactly what we need, especially just after work when we have had a very stressful day…we’ll take two of each please!’
When you hear the word ‘Jazz’, you tend to think of smokey, underground clubs in prohibition era America. You imagine middle-aged virtuosos belting out improvised sets on brass instruments and sultry singers scatting along to the whiskey soaked tunes while the audience reclines in comfortable leather chairs. But, the truth is, that was only the beginning.
Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown and more have all pointed to Jazz as one of their earliest and ultimate inspirations. Even in Hip Hop and Rap the Jazz influence is prominent, turning up in freestyle and countless numbers of old classics being sampled and reinterpreted for a modern audience.
What has remained constant is that jazz and its offsprings are typified by positive, chilled vibes.
Here are five modern songs you have probably never associated with jazz before that found their mojo by sampling classic Jazz tracks and reinventing them. So, sit back, kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy as we bring jazz into the 21st Century.
A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (We Got)
A Tribe Called Quest – one of the most popular hip hop crews. Inspired Jazz (We’ve Got) Buggin ‘Out by shots of Eli “Lucky” Thomson, a contemporary of John Coltrane – this is their love letter to the Jazz.
Jay Z – New Day
Jay Z – one of the most famous rapper and producer brings his interpretation of this timeless classic to jazz and blues singer Nina Simone, back into the spotlight. Distinctive features include the song underlying jazz tones that have the genre breathed a new life.
Lauren Hill & Carlos Santana’s – To Zion
Lauren Hill – it could even be considered as legend from the old jazz days. In the song “To Zion” it closes for a reinterpretation of the song “Ode to Billie Joe” jazz legend Lou Donaldson, with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana together
Ludacris – The Number One Spot
Ludacris is one of the most renowned rap artists of modern times. His unique lyrics and take on the genre have brought rap to a diverse audience. Never was this more apparent than when he turned to Jazz producing legend Quincy Jones to sample ‘Soul Bossa Nova’ for his hit ‘The Number One Spot’
US3 – Cantaloop
US3 – the English band has dedicated the song “Cantaloupe Iceland” from Herbie Hancock to compose their song “cantaloop”. In many clubs and cafes cantaloop runs today as background music.
Whether you have been aware of it or not, the chances are good that you’re inside a deep jazz fan.