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If you feel like 2017 was a major challenge in your life or you just want to amp up your 2018 positivity, here are some ideas that we hope our residents in Chicago, Illinois will consider.


Some days that may be easier said than done. But there are plenty of opportunities to put yourself in a situation filled with humor. Rather than scrolling through the off-putting news headlines, click on a stand-up comedy video, Google something like “cheesiest food jokes,” sign up for a joke-a-day email or watch more late-night comedy on the weekends. If you don’t fear your stomach muscles cramping up, go to a live comedy show once per month. Laughter releases endorphins and a regular dose can fill you with good vibrations.


Take time to step away from the distractions of text messaging and multitasking among other things. Work on being in one place at one time and conversing with one person. Meditation or spending time in nature can go a long way to settle the short attention spans so prevalent in today’s culture. Take a moment and just breathe.


If you don’t play the guitar, write poetry or some other creative activity, 2018 is the perfect time to start. If you already have a special talent, invest more time doing it. As human beings, we are all naturally creative in some fashion. Being in that space between intellect and intuition can have a profound impact on everyday emotions and outlook. Besides learning to do something super cool, it provides a sense of accomplishment. Be more creative and enjoy the joy.


Joining and participating in charitable organizations is a wonderful way to give back. But in many ways, you are giving to yourself as well. That’s because performing acts of kindness provide us with a sense of positive self-worth. Waking up every day knowing you have helped others just feels good. Dedicating a day off to help at a soup kitchen, organize a food drive or work with children brings meaning and joy into our lives.


Many people have experienced falling outs with friends and loved ones. Perhaps 2018 is a time to reconnect in a loving way by just telling people in your life how you feel. Letting others know that you care can help break down barriers and rekindle positive feelings for one another. Also, being more of a hugger can help as well. Embrace love.

We hope residents of The Montrose consider these 2018 positivity suggestions. If you or a friend would like more information about our Chicago apartments, call us today.

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