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Richard Branson’s 10 Favorite Quotes on Happiness

Richard Branson’s 10 Favorite Quotes on Happiness

What is the key to success? Who wouldn’t love to know the answer, right? I believe many of you know Sir Richard Branson. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs nowadays. He built his Virgin empire from scratch, expanding from his music label Virgin Records to the aviation company Virgin Atlantic to his ambitious project Virgin Galactic. He has gained the type of success many of us only dream about. Richard revealed his secret: he believes that success comes after happiness. So show us your beautiful smile and read Richard Branson’s favorite quotes on happiness.

1. “Happiness is not a goal… it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

How many times you found yourself saying “I just wish to be happy”? Being happy is our natural state. Do what you love, smile a lot, forgive yourself and others, be grateful, and serve. This is a simple recipe for happiness.

2. “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” (Andy Rooney)

Did you know that it takes approximately 10 years of hard work to become an overnight success? Ten years of failures, small successes and lessons. On the way up you learn the most; you grow. Be happy on your journey and do not give up. You will eventually get where you want to be, so just enjoy the trip.

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3. “Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” –  (Drew Barrymore)

Ah dear Drew, you couldn’t be more right. Happy people are spreading so much positive energy around. You become happier just by being the right company. If you are happy and beautiful inside, you reflect it on the outside. Just take a mirror, smile and have a look at how beautiful you are.

4. “If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.” (Chinese Proverb)

The entire proverb goes like this: “If you want happiness for an hour take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.” This ancient wisdom has already been proven by science. People who are helping others have significantly higher levels of endorphins, the hormone of happiness, than those who are treating themselves. Every day offers a lot of opportunities to help someone.

5. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”  (Steve Maraboli)

Happy people have their own problems. If there is one person in the world without a single problem, I would love to meet them. The only thing we can do is to deal with all the problems and learn from them.

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6. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” (Benjamin Disraeli)

We all deal with fear. But it shouldn’t prevent us from doing what we consider important and what makes us happy. Go out, do, kiss, laugh. Do not be afraid; take action. If it hurts you, you will learn. If it doesn’t, you will be just purely happy.

7. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Money cannot buy happiness, nor can the new yacht or beautiful villa. Happiness is an inside job. How long are you happy when you get a gift? Probably a couple of moments or days. When you are giving, your body fills with warm feeling of happiness.

8. “The greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” (Martha Washington)

Whenever we are sad, we tend to blame it on a situation or person. I know I have been doing it for a long time and sometimes fall back into it. You cannot change the situation, but you can always change your reaction. You are the one who choose to be happy or unhappy.

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9. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” (Bernard Meltzer)

Imagine you share something and it multiplies. That’s what happiness and love is doing. Pretty amazing, huh? Share your happiness with your loved ones.

10. “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” (Dalai Lama)

Happiness is not waiting anywhere for you. You become happy if you decide so. You must do what makes you feel great. If you forgive past sins and practice gratefulness, you will find happiness.

Maybe you will build another Virgin empire, maybe not. Being happy will make your days fuller and, as Sir Richard Branson is saying, we all take it very seriously. You will attract all the success in the world just by being simply happy. Have a beautiful day and put smile on your face.

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Featured photo credit: Richard Branson/[email protected] via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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