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21 Habits of Happy People

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“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” Elbert

Hubbard


Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.


We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:


1. Appreciate Life
Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.


2. Choose Friends Wisely . . .


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Slavica Bogdanov's comment, June 6, 2012 10:51 AM
Totally agree!! A great article. Love it and I am happy to read it:)
Martin Gysler's comment, June 6, 2012 4:21 PM
Thanks Slavica! Happiness goes from inside to outside and is a art of life that we should master!
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10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it
Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our potential to make progress. So here’s a quick reminder:

 

#1 – Education and intelligence accomplish nothing without action.
It doesn’t matter if you have a genius IQ and a PhD in Quantum Physics, you can’t change anything or make any sort of real-world progress without taking action. There’s a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action. It’s as simple as that. For some practical guidance on taking action, I highly recommend The Now Habit.

 

#2 – Happiness and success are two different things.
I know an extremely savvy businesswoman who made almost a million dollars online last year. Every entrepreneur I know considers her to be wildly successful. But guess what? A few days ago, out of the blue, she told me that she’s depressed . . .


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Slavica Bogdanov's comment, May 26, 2012 9:47 AM
Once again a great one, thanks!
Martin Gysler's comment, May 27, 2012 6:06 AM
You're welcome Slavica :)
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Procrastination, or The “Pleasure” to Do It Tomorrow!

Procrastination, or The “Pleasure” to Do It Tomorrow! | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

As a repented procrastinator, I know what I mean.

 

Today I found, fortunately, some very effective tools to avoid mostly resorting to this vicious subterfuge. Why we are procrastinators?


The reasons are many and complex. Without going into the medical maze (yes, it can happen in extreme situations), I’m just going talk from the level “light," which affects many people and that everyone should be able to manage themselves . . .

 

 


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Is Fear Holding You Back?

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Most people have areas in their lives where they would like to make some improvements. Is that true of you? Would you like to be in better shape physically, emotionally, mentally or financially?

 

That’s a lot of territory, I know. Perhaps you would like to make some positive changes in all those areas. Well, you are certainly not alone. I think all of us feel we have room for improvement in all those areas of life, I certainly do.

 

So what’s the problem?

 

If we see things in our life that we want to change, then what is it that is holding us back from doing it? Why don’t we just make the desired changes? Questions like that can sure give birth to a huge list of excuses, can’t they? . . .


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7 Ultimate Ways to Build Self-Confidence

7 Ultimate Ways to Build Self-Confidence | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Self-confidence is the strand of confidence which exclusively deals with the self-assuredness in one’s personal judgment, ability, and power. It therefore is the most important sort of confidence because deprived of it we are simply left without a backbone.

 

That’s why whenever I write articles I always emphasize self-confidence because everything you ever do is built on this foundation.

 

These 7 strategies which will help you not just build, but radiate self-confidence.

 

1. Start Positive
A huge part of self-confidence simply comes from perspective. It comes from your outlook towards the world. So if at this moment you have any negative thoughts, begin replacing them with positive ones.

 

Redirect your substantial energy of frustration and negativity, and convert it into positive, determination. . .


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Seven Smart Ways to Build Self-Confidence

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“Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you.” – Erin Falconer of Pick the Brain.


“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” ~Author Unknown

 

I believe the best way to build self confidence is by broadening your life experiences. When you work hard to increase your knowledge, skills and experiences, you’ll automatically become a confident person.

 

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969

 

As you constantly increasing your exposure to life, you’ll build your confidence in mastering or doing anything.

 

Confidence is something that you have to workout like a muscle.

 

You can’t be confident at everything. We all lack confidence in some areas of life that we are not familiar with. . .


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The Mother of All Excuses – I CAN’T

The Mother of All Excuses – I CAN’T | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Making excuses is a bad habit that anyone can slip into. I’ve done it, you’ve done it, and now it’s time to get passed it. Sometimes we make excuses because we are trying to be polite, or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. Maybe somebody invites us to do something that we really don’t want to do. So, we politely say, “I would really like to, but I just can’t today.”

 

Why do we do that? Why not just say, “No thanks”?

 

The funny thing about making excuses is that we can always come up with excuses for why we do it. That’s pathetic when you think about it. If we want other people to be honest with us, shouldn’t we start by respecting others enough to be honest with them?..


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