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20 Pictures Of Small Tips To Live A Satisfying Life

20 Pictures Of Small Tips To Live A Satisfying Life

What does it mean to live a satisfying life? It means living a life in balance. It means making sure that your emotional, mental, physical, and social needs are taken care of.

Daily Health Gen has come out with 20 small tips to help you live a satisfying life. Take a look and implement some of the following tips to your life.

1. Try to Make At Least Three People Smile Each Day.

Real happiness comes from helping others and showing kindness. When you make other people smile, you make yourself smile. Plus, would you rather surround yourself with happy people or grumpy people? Surrounding yourself with happy people makes you feel good, so start making people around you smile.

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    2. Sit in Silence for At Least 10 Minutes Each Day.

    Your mind has been working hard for you the whole day at school, at work, or at home. Give them a break during the day. Taking a moment off your busy schedule not only helps you be more productive, but it also helps your mind process what happened during the day. Also, take a look around you and admire how beautiful the world is – it will make you happier.

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      3. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously.

      Don’t be too hard on yourself. Have a sense of humor. Humans makes mistakes. No one is perfect, so give yourself permission to make mistakes. Making mistakes might make you look bad in front of others, but it also makes you human too. Others will relate to that, so laugh it off instead.

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        4. Dream More While You Are Awake.

        Dreaming gives you inspirations. All the things we enjoy now, such as electricity and airplane flights, are a result of someone else’s dreams. Someone has to conjure up an idea before the idea can be executed. Since most people don’t remember the dreams they had when they are asleep, why not dream during the day when you are awake?

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          5. You Don’t Have to Win Every Argument.

          Most bad relationships are a result of arguments. Why do you have to win every argument? Winning an argument doesn’t make you or the other party happier. There is usually no right or wrong, just a difference in perception. Looking at the other person’s point of view and understanding where they are coming from doesn’t mean that you have to agree with them. It’s more important to show the other party that their view is valued.

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            6. Spend Time with People Over the Age of 70 and Under the Age of 6.

            These two groups of people have different perspectives towards life. People over the age of 70 have a lot of experience and wisdom. Ask them to share what they have learned, so that you can apply these important lessons to your life. People under the age of 6 are innocent and happy. They don’t hang on to grudges. Learn how they let go of their emotions so quickly and you’ll be happier.

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              7. Don’t Waste Your Precious Energy on Gossip.

              Your energy is better spent on yourself. Why waste your energy listening to things about other people that may not be true? Gossip doesn’t add value to your life. If you want to satisfy your curiosity, use your energy to learn and improve yourself instead. Read books and listen to inspirational talks or podcasts.

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                8. Life Is Too Short to Waste Time Hating Anyone.

                You can spend the rest of your life hating someone, but that doesn’t mean that person will change. In fact, the other person may not even know that you hate them or realize that they have done something wrong. Get rid of those ill feelings towards them. Learn how to forgive. It will give you so much more freedom.

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                  9. What Other People Think of You Is None of Your Business.

                  You can’t control what other people think about you. Your business is what you think of yourself. You can work on how you think about yourself. If people think negatively about you, but you have a strong self-worth, you won’t get affected. However, if you don’t think highly about yourself, no matter how other people praise you, you will still feel that you aren’t good enough.

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                    10. Sleep for 8 Hours a Day.

                    Getting adequate sleep gives you energy and attention for the next day. Sleeping helps to repair the damage you have done on your body during the day. It also enhances the consolidation of your memory. Be certain to get enough sleep and make sure your sleep is uninterrupted.

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                      11. Smile and Laugh More.

                      Endorphins are released when you smile. They make you feel happier and less stressed. Laughing helps you release emotions that have been bottling up inside. When you smile and laugh, you will attract other positive people to smile and laugh with you. That will help you to bond with other people easier and make you feel even better.

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                        12. Forget Issues of the Past.

                        When couples argue, they like to bring issues of the past into their argument, making the argument worse. Learn to let go issues of the past go. It’s not fair to judge your partner with the mistakes they made in the past. Both of you should focus on the current situation or problem, and come up with a solution to resolve it.

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                          13. Drink Plenty of Water.

                          Water keeps you hydrated. It is essential for the circulation of nutrients in the body. It also helps to flush out toxins, waste, and bacteria through sweat and urine. Furthermore, drinking water makes you feel refreshed and improves your moods.Therefore, it’s extremely important to drink at least 2 litres of water per day.

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                            14. Read More Books Than You Did Last Month.

                            Most people read for two main reasons – pleasure or knowledge. Knowing your purpose for reading helps you read more books. It will help you select books you are attracted to read and eliminate books that you don’t need to read. Reading books also help you reduce stress. You either lose yourself in great stories or find solutions to your problems in books.

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                              15. No One Is In Charge of Your Happiness Except You.

                              You are 100% responsible for your life. If you are unhappy, it’s up to you to do something about it. Don’t wait for other people to make you happy. Other people might not know what makes you happy or how to make you happy. More importantly, you can’t control other people’s behaviors. You can only control yours, so take charge of your happiness.

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                                16. Your Job Won’t Take Care of You When You Are Sick. Your Friends Will.

                                Good friends are always there to support you and lift you up. They provide different perspectives to your life. Staying in touch with your old friends reminds you of where you came from. It’s difficult to keep up with everybody’s life, but schedule a time and plan something to catch up with your old buddies. It’s rewarding to listen to their stories.

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                                  17. Call Your Family Often.

                                  Family is important. It’s your origin. It’s what shapes and defines you growing up. You can always count on your family during good and bad times. Even though you may be busy and have a very different focus in life from your family, call them regularly and find out how they are doing. A call to your mom and dad means a lot to them.

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                                    18. No Matter How You Feel, Get Up, Dress Up, and Show Up.

                                    Woody Allen said, “Showing up is 80 percent of life.” When you make a commitment to yourself or a New Year resolution, show up and do what you promise to do. There will always be times when you don’t feel like doing what you promise. However, if you don’t show up, nothing you desire will get done.

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                                      19. Take 10 – 30 Minutes to Jog Every Day.

                                      If you sit in front of the computer most of your waking hours, try to schedule 10 – 30 minutes each day to move your body. Jogging is a good exercise. It helps you to strengthen your muscles and improve your cardio. Plus, it helps your mind too. Exercise boosts your confidence, helps you concentrate, and relaxes your body tensions.

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                                        20. Make Time to Practice Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer.

                                        Meditation, yoga, and prayer can help calm your mind and deal with anxiety. It can help you get centred and listen to your inner voice with better clarity. Sometimes, you get too busy and forget to breathe. Practicing these activities will focus your breathing and help you relax the body and the mind.

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                                          How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                          How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                          Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

                                          I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

                                          I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

                                          Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                          How Communication Skills Help Your Success

                                          Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

                                          Create a Positive Experience

                                          Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

                                          When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

                                          What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

                                          Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

                                          As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

                                          Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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                                          Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

                                          Help Leadership Skills

                                          It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

                                          Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

                                          As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

                                          Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

                                          If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

                                          Build Better Teams

                                          Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

                                          In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

                                          If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

                                          When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

                                          Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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                                          How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                          There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

                                          Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

                                          1. Listen

                                          Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

                                          Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

                                          People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

                                          Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

                                          Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

                                          2. Know Your Audience

                                          Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

                                          Here is a good way to think about it:

                                          Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

                                          You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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                                          3. Minimize

                                          I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

                                          He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

                                          Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

                                          State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

                                          The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

                                          4. Over Communicate

                                          So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

                                          What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

                                          Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

                                          Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

                                          Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

                                          There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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                                          5. Body Language

                                          The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

                                          When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

                                          In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

                                          When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

                                          Conclusion

                                          Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

                                          Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

                                          There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                          Now go communicate your way to success.

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