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15 Simple Things You Can Start Doing to Make You Stand Out

Find out how confidence can be your biggest shine factor.
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  1. Love Yourself

Confidence isn't based on what other people think of us, it comes down to how highly we think of ourselves which for the most part may be quite opposite. This pin covers acceptance and self-love, the first step in gaining confidence.

  1. Girl Power Playlist

Sing along to Beyonce who knows who really runs this world or your fave artists that give you that energy and positive vibe, plus points if you can sing it too!

  1. A Woman to Look Up To

We really love Emma Watson but there are so many women out there who have an amazing story to tell, research about their struggles and achievements so you can get inspired by what you are capable of. Pin their quotes to your Inspiration board.

  1. Move

Whether it's dancing or a favorite sport, don't forget to engage in a physical activity. Your body also needs to be in good health; even simple stretches can make a stressed mind calm. Try it out!

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  1. Dress for Success

The general rule is to love what you wear, if you feel good about those shoes or cute cap, you'll have the tendency to flaunt yourself, so go ahead and strut that pedestrian crossing! Let this board inspire your style and personality.

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  1. You are Awesome

Give yourself a moment every day to stare at the mirror and tell yourself how awesome and beautiful you are. Match it with this gorg DIY mirror with crystal frame.

  1. Give Yourself a Pep Talk

In the same mirror, give yourself words of encouragement. Chant affirmations and read quotes out loud. You'll be surprised at how amazing it feels.

  1. Journal What You Love About Yourself

Work on a self-love journal that reflects your strengths, talents and your fave things that make you happy. A physical reminder you can flip through when you need a confidence boost. This journal is giving off major inspo!

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  1. Pay a Compliment

Acknowledging someone's cute outfit, hair or trait brings positive vibes, especially when it makes them smile, feels good doesn't it? Let that fuel your self-esteem.

  1. Watch Your Self Language

Negative thoughts like you aren't good enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough and so on does nothing but drag you down. Instead of maximizing your talents to see what you can achieve you stop yourself from trying at all. What you should be stopping is that negative thought from taking over, so next time, ask these questions.

  1. Take a Selfie

Because it's a celebration that you are awesome! Take one with a friend and in a new environment, get creative! This woman has turned her bathroom mirror into an adventure. 

  1. Be Grateful

We are thankful to all you amazing Candy Girls who have supported us for all these years. The best feeling you can get is contentment.

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  1. Photo Album of Love

Isn’t this cute heart-shaped album the best way to store all the pics of people you love? Include your pets too, and everyone that makes you smile. So you can grin silly when you need that pick-me-up.

  1. Smile!

You look ten times better even without makeup! Yes, that is a pupcorn and yes, you are welcome.

  1. Start a Compliment Jar

Write down the cheesiest pick-up lines and other quotes on a piece of paper to put into a jar. So starting tomorrow, you can pay yourself a compliment, smile, laugh and have a great day ahead.

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Serene Fae 2 days ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

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