Today’s tip comes courtesy of The Happiness Project. When I read Gretchen Rubin’s One big tip for changing the way you think on the use of catchphrases, I just had to share it because I am also a believer in brief, zesty expressions that can motivate and inspire. They are like little verbal energy bursts. Their brevity makes them more effective because your subconscious mind doesn't have time to “argue” with the message, like it may in case of longer affirmations. So next time your self-doubt sets in, turn off the negative thought flow with one of these phrases. Gretchen’s post has a list of her favorites. I like “Punch it, Chewie!” from Star Wars, which is my equivalent of “Let’s do it!” And when I look for a solution, I remind myself: “The answer is closer than you think.” What are your favorite expressions?