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8 Things We Can Learn From Grateful People To Become Happier In Life

8 Things We Can Learn From Grateful People To Become Happier In Life

We’ve all heard about the benefits of being grateful. Just to name a few, people who consistently practice gratitude: have better mental and physical health, have greater levels of self-esteem, demonstrate greater levels of imagination and creativity, and sleep better at night. A lot of times, people make the practice of being grateful too complex.

People who consistently practice gratitude keep it simple and make it something they can do each and every day. The following is a list of common thought practices used by grateful people, which you can use to guide you on your journey to greater inner gratitude.

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1. Grateful People Appreciate the Small Stuff.

There is no rule that you can only be grateful for big things. Grateful people don’t wait for monumental life-changing events to happen to start practicing gratitude. Big events rarely happen, while great things are happening around us all the time. Grateful people are appreciative of life’s small daily gems.

2. Grateful People Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed.

We’ve all woken up in a bad mood or “on the wrong side of the bed.” This is a sure way to limit gratitude in life. Grateful people make a conscious effort every morning to start the day off right. After all, your first hour of the day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Grateful people wake up on the right side of the bed by finding what’s right with the world and affirming that to themselves.

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3. Grateful People Appreciate and Recognize Their Life as a Gift.

One of the greatest gifts we have in the world is our life and the opportunity to make it whatever we want. Grateful people recognize life as a gift and consistently remind themselves how lucky they are to be alive and have the ability to pursue their dreams. They have fun and appreciate each moment.

4. Grateful People Appreciate and Forgive Themselves.

Life isn’t always easy and there are a lot of opportunities to belittle ourselves and focus on our mistakes. Grateful people know who they are and value their strengths. They also understand that there is no such thing as perfection and easily forgive themselves if they make a mistake.

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5. Grateful People End Each Day on a High Note.

Grateful people practice finding and focusing on something positive that happened to them that day. This can occur at the end of a work day or before bed. This practice of positive focus creates appreciation for the current day and excitement for the next day. It rewards positive action and also reinforces the practice of positive thoughts.

6. Grateful People Acknowledge the Positive Things Surrounding Them.

Grateful people take time to breathe and appreciate what’s around them. They are grateful for the things others may take for granted and have mastered the habit of positive recognition. This can range from something as simple as appreciating where they live to the great friends they have around them.

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7. Grateful People Find the Positive Within Challenges and Struggles.

Grateful people know there is always a silver lining to every challenge. They know there is always something that can be learned or gained from adversity. They take challenging situations and find a way to be positive and grateful for the opportunity it gave them to grow.

8. Grateful People Look at Setbacks as Temporary.

People who often experience controversy or challenge view it as a global event that is here to stay. People who are grateful are realistic that life comes with challenges and accept challenges as temporary setbacks that will pass. This allows them to quickly move on to focusing on other things more deserving of their attention.

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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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