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10 Simple Reasons You Should Feel Excited About Your Day

10 Simple Reasons You Should Feel Excited About Your Day

Every day is only as good as you make it. Need a pick-me-up? Here are 10 simple reasons you should feel excited about your day.

1. You are alive.

Every day, another 146,357 exit stage left and don’t come back onstage to perform again in this show called “Life.” I realize this might be a grim way to start this list, but a healthy dose of truth just might help you snap out of that sluggish existence. Be excited that you are still alive and kicking. Your clock is ticking. Time is a limited resource, so get out there and make things happen.

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2. You are blessed.

Do you have a roof over your head, food to eat, and money to afford life’s basic necessities? Are you able to express yourself freely? Can you move your body without pain? Could you name at least a few people who care about you very much?

3. You are loved.

Take a moment to think about all of the people in your life. Not merely the ones you see on a regular basis, but all the people who have added meaning to your life throughout your entire existence. It’s hard to imagine all of the people who you have touched in some way, isn’t it? Be excited about the monumental impact you have already made in the world (and you’ve only just started!)

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4. You are unstoppable.

People who say, “I can’t,” have it all wrong. What they really mean is: “I won’t.” Sure, you might not be able to achieve an outrageously bold goal the first time (or the first hundred times) you try it, but who says that means it can’t be done? It is inevitable that we will mess up sometimes. Failure happens. Be excited that failure does happen because that just means you get the opportunity to become a better version of yourself and try again (but better this time).

5. You can go anywhere.

You could eat at a brand new restaurant that features a cuisine that your palate has never had the pleasure of tasting. You could go to a park you have never visited and enjoy a never-before-seen (to your eyes) view of nature. You could take a day off, fill up a tank of gas, and start driving to a city an hour or two away that you have never visited for a random day-cation. So many places to go!

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6. You can do anything.

You could do something totally insane like get drunk and perform your favorite ’80s song at karaoke. You could call up a friend you’ve lost touch with and ask them out for lunch. You could surprise your partner with an unplanned romantic trip to the park with just the two of you, a warm blanket, a bottle of wine, the crisp fall air, and stars overhead. So many things to do!

7. You have important work to do.

If you could accomplish one thing (only one thing!) before you died, what would that be? Even more importantly: why is this important to you? Figure that out and go make it happen. Develop a sense of urgency. Do the work. If not you, who will?

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8. You have limitless resources.

The internet can teach you how to do almost anything. You could learn how to speak German, tie a knot, do a head-stand, bake cookies, or whatever your heart desires. Anything you want to learn is an internet search away, so no excuses.

9. You will do great things.

Stop looking at every day as an isolated event and see life for what it is: an inter-connected journey that tells a story about who we are. Every day, no matter how good or bad, is but a dying star in the glorious Universe that is your life. Keep your eye on the Big Picture to stay encouraged.

10. You will never walk alone.

Treat other people with respect and you will be respected. Love other people without paying much thought to your differences. Seek out new people to share your life with because everything is more fun with friends. Every day is another opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s day. You could play a starring role in a positive memory that they hold onto for the rest of their life.

How do you get excited about your day? Tell us in the comments!

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Daniel Wallen

Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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