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Simple Hacks For A Happier Life

Simple Hacks For A Happier Life

Everyone wants to live a better life. Looking for ways to do that is what brings most readers to Lifehack. Whether it’s finding ways to improve your relationships with your family and friends, improve your productivity at work, live a healthier lifestyle, have more peace of mind, and so on, you can find advice on how to achieve all of those things right here.

But, what if you were just looking for a few basic tips and tricks for life in general? If that’s the case, here are the five best pieces of advice we can give you.

1. Eat less CRAP and eat more FOOD.

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    That’s right– eat better. For our bodies and minds, it all begins with what we put in our mouths every day. You can work out all you want, but all the exercise in the world can’t overcome a bad diet. Everyone is always benefited by eating healthier.

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    2.  Pick an exercise routine you’re going to enjoy and not dread.

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      If you hate running on a treadmill, don’t force yourself to do it. You’re most likely going to eventually quit. If you enjoy playing tennis instead, then do that. Whatever form of exercise you enjoy the most (running, lifting weights, yoga, playing sports, mountain climbing, bicycling, etc.) just do it because as long as you’re doing some form of exercise, you’re improving your health and life in many ways.

      3. Develop positive habits.

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        To improve your life you need to develop positive habits that will override any negative ones you already have. So, how do you accomplish that? The answer is: you spend the next 66 days (or so) developing a new habit.

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        Science now says that it takes, on average, 66 days to develop a habit. How long it takes you to develop it depends on two factors — the complexity of the habit and your dedication. Drinking a glass of water every morning when you wake up is going to be easier to make as a habit than something that requires more physical effort.

        Still, scientists have offered suggestions on how to create habits. It’s basically a three-step process where the 66 days is broken down into thirds. The first 22 days is about loudly proclaiming your desire to create this habit and asking your friends and family to hold you accountable. The second 22 days is about looking inward and holding yourself accountable. The final 22 days is about making that final push and getting that extra motivation. After that, it’s about enjoying your success.

        4. Be in control of your responses to actions and words.

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          Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor and the last of the ancient Stoic philosophers. Stoics believed in mind over matter and to use logic and not emotions when dealing with what happens around them. Aurelius dealt with many issues in his reign, including his best friend attempting a coup against him. Through it all, Marcus chose to forgive those who betrayed him. In his collection of writings, Meditations, he also wrote that, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” People say things based on how they perceive what’s around them. How you react to what people say and do to you is purely up to you.

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          Another way to put it is the quote from Dennis Kimbro, “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” So, control your reactions… All of this brings us to our last tip.

          5. Love unconditionally.

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            Unconditional love is affection without limitations or boundaries. Conditional love is requiring someone else to earn your affection. Your family and loved ones should not have to earn your love. It should be given freely and without obligations. When you give unconditional love, you will receive it in return– maybe not by all– but you will. Conditional love, on the other hand, can lead to resentment because it requires some sort of exchange between individuals. Exchanges can be measured, and if one party feels their exchange is worth more than what they get in return, anger, resentment and jealousy will build up.

            If you love someone unconditionally, you accept their flaws, and you will still love them regardless.

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            Certainly, there are hundreds of more tips and tricks we could include here. You have an entire website here with Lifehack to help you uncover them. These five tips are meant to be the foundation you will use to build upon with all of the other tips and tricks available in the articles on this site. They are the building blocks for adding more success into your life.

            Featured photo credit: Pietro and Silvia via flickr.com

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            Published on March 25, 2019

            How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

            How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

            Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up. You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out.

            But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

            Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

            “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

            It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

            Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

            As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

            As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

            Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

            Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

            1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

            When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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            Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

            2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

            Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

            But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

            If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

            3. Go to All Office Networking Events

            Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

            If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

            Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

            Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

            The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

            Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

            4. Show Initiative

            Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

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            Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

            Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

            5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

            Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

            Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

            6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

            A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

            Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

            Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

            A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

            Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

            Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

            These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

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            Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

            7. Find a Mentor

            With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

            Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

            Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

            8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

            After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

            What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

            Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

            Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

            You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

            9. Set Your Professional Bar High

            Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

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            Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

            Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

            Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

            The Bottom Line

            Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

            “Half of life is showing up.”

            The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

            Remember, your career is your business!

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