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40 Communication Skills for Lifelong Success and Happiness

40 Communication Skills for Lifelong Success and Happiness

How many times have you heard that good communication is important, without being told what that actually means?

This article will give you tons of helpful, specific communication skills that you can start learning right away.

Being able to communicate better could:

  • Improve your relationship
  • Help you get along better with family and friends
  • Reduce feelings of social anxiety
  • Help you to get the career you want
  • Make other people enjoy speaking to you more
  • Increase your self-worth
  • Allow you to help others more effectively
  • Reduce conflicts and arguments

Are you ready to seriously boost your communication skills? Let’s go.

Communication skills at work

Learning to communicate well at work means you’ll get along better with coworkers, perform better, and be more likely to get the promotions you want.

How to give compliments

How to keep your team happy and motivated as a manager.

How to receive constructive criticism.

How to manage workplace conflicts.

How to deal with a co-worker you don’t like.

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How to be confident without coming across as arrogant.

How to give helpful feedback.

How to leave a job on good terms .

How to deal with an angry customer.

How to fire an employee.

Communication skills in relationships

Communication is so important in a relationship. Learn to weather the bad times as well as the good with these key skills.

How to argue constructively with your partner.

How to have a great first date.

How to ask somebody out on a date.

How to spend more quality time with your partner.

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How to get to know your partner better.

How to make up after arguments.

How to take a compliment.

How to stop lying and be honest.

How to meet your partner’s family for the first time.

Communication skills with friends

Friendships can be just as complicated as relationships, and being able to communicate well makes everything easier. Make friends for life by following these tips.

How to come across as funny.

How to make conversation with new people.

How to comfort a crying person.

How to listen effectively to others.

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How to keep a conversation going

How to say no to an invitation.

How to be a good roommate.

How to end a friendship.

How to reconnect with old friends.

How to use body language to communicate.

Communication skills with family

We all have a family of some kind, whether we like them or not. Learning to communicate well cuts down on arguments and strengthens your bond with parents, siblings and extended family members.

How to communicate with moody teenagers.

How to get along better with your parents.

How to deal with big family gatherings.

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How to have fun with your siblings.

How to talk to elderly relatives.

How to play with children.

How to become closer to your family.

How to stay connected when you don’t live near family.

How to balance work and family life.

How to avoid toxic family members.

Strong communication skills make almost every situation easier. Take some time to learn them now and your future self will thank you.

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Last Updated on February 19, 2019

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

No one wants to suffer. As a general rule, people like to avoid hurt and pain as much as possible. As a species, humans want a painless existence so much that scientists make a living trying to create it.

People can now choose “pain-free” labor for babies, and remedies to cure back pain, headaches, body-pains and even mental pains are a dime a dozen. Beyond medicine, we also work hard to experience little pain even when it comes to loss; often times we believe a breakup won’t hurt as much if we are the ones to call it off.

But would a world without pain truly be painless? It’s unlikely. In fact, it would probably be painful exactly for that reason.

If people never experienced hurt, they wouldn’t know what it was. On the surface level, that seems like a blessing, but think for a moment: if we didn’t know pain, how would we know peace? If you don’t know you’ve hurt or been hurt, how would you know that you need to heal? Imagine someone only knowing they have an incurable cancer at the final stage because no obvious symptoms have appeared at early stages.

Without the feeling of pain, people won’t be aware of dangerous situations—what should or shouldn’t do for survival.

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Pain Is Our Guardian

Pain serves to protect human beings from harmful actions. It’s the same reason parents teach babies that fire equals hot, and that hot equals hurt. Should the baby still place its hand in a fire or on a stove, the intense pain remains so memorable, that the child is certain never to repeat that action.

In the same way, pain within human bodies can serve as a warning that something is not right. Because you know what it is to feel “well,” you know what it is to feel poorly.[1]

Along with serving as a teacher of what not to do, pain also teaches you what you are made of in terms of what you can handle as an individual.

While the cliche, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is a tired term, it’s used excessively for a reason: it’s true. Pain helps you learn to cope with life’s inevitable difficulties and sadnesses— to develop the grit it takes to push past hardships and carry on.

Whether it’s a shattering pain, like the loss of a loved one or a debilitating accident, pain affects everyone differently. But it still affects everyone. Take a breakup as an example, anyone who has experienced it knows it can hurt to the point of feeling physical. Especially the first breakup. At a young age, it feels like the loss of the only love you’ll ever know. As you grow and learn, you realize you’re more resilient with every ended relationship.

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No Pain, No Happiness

You only know happiness when you have known pain. While the idea of constant happiness sounds nice, there is little chance it would be. Without the comparison to happiness, there’s no reason to be grateful for it. That is to say, without ever knowing sadness or pain, you would have no reason to be grateful for happiness.

In reality, there is always something missing, or something unpleasant, but it is only through those realizations that you know to be grateful when you feel you have it all. Read more about why happiness and pain have to exist together: Chasing Happiness Won’t Make You Happy

In a somewhat counter-intuitive finding, researchers found one of the things that brings about the most happiness is challenge. When people are tested, they experience a greater sense of accomplishment and happiness when they are successful. It is largely for this reason that low-income individuals can often feel happier than those who have a sense of wealth.[2]

This is a great thing to remember the next time you feel you would be happier if you just had a little more cash.

Avoiding Pain Leads to More Suffering

Pain is inevitable, embrace it positively. Anyone who strives to have a painless life is striving for perfectionism; and perfectionism guarantees sadness because nothing will ever be perfect.

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This isn’t a bleak outlook, but rather a truthful one. The messy moments in life tend to create the best memories and gratitude. Pain often serves as a reminder of lessons learned, much like physical scars on the body.

Pain will always be painful, but it’s the hurt feelings that help wiser decisions be made.

Allow Room for the Inevitable

Learning how to tolerate pain, especially the emotional kind, is a valuable lesson.

Accepting and feeling pain makes you human. There is no weakness in that. Weakness only comes when you try to blame your own pain on someone else, expecting the blame to alleviate your hurting. There’s a saying,

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.”

Think back to the last time you were really angry with someone. Maybe you were hurt because you got laid off from a job. You felt angry and that anger caused so much pain that you could feel it in a physical way. Being angry and blaming your ex boss for that pain didn’t affect him or her in any way; you’re the only one who lost sleep over it.

The healthier thing to do in a situation like that is acknowledge your pain and the anger along with it. Accept it and explore it in an introspective way. How can you learn and grow? What is at the root of that pain? Are you truly hurting and angry about being laid off, or is the pain more a correlation to you feeling like you failed?

While uncomfortable, exploring your pain is a way to raise your self-awareness. By understanding more about yourself, you know how to deal with similar situations in the future. You can never expect to be numb to difficult situations, but you will learn to better prepare financially for the loss of a job and be grateful for an income since you now know nothing is promised (no matter how much you work or how deserving you may feel).

Pain Hurts, but Numbness Would Be Worse

Pain does not feel good, but the bad feeling of it will help you learn and grow. It makes the sweet moments in life even sweeter and the gratitude more sincere.

To have a happier and more successful life, you don’t learn from success or accomplishment, but through pain and failures. For it is in those moments that you learn how to do better in the future or at least cope a little more easily.

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You are the strong person you are today because of the hardships this life has presented to you. While you may have felt out of control when those hard times came, the one thing you will always have control over is how you choose to react to things. The next time you hurt or you’re angry or sad, acknowledge it and allow yourself to ruminate in it. Then take a deep breath and start learning from that pain. You’ve got this!

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Reference

[1] University of Calgary: Why is Pain Important?
[2] Greater Good Magazine: The Importance of Pain

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