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10 Things Only People Who Have a Playful Dad Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Have a Playful Dad Would Understand

There is a saying that a father is a son’s first hero, and a daughter’s first love. Those fortunate sons and daughters would unarguably agree with this. A father’s role starts the day his child is born. A father is that person who is the strongest pillar for his children, shelters them like a banyan tree, and supports them throughout their lives. A father is a combination of coolness, humor, and playfulness.

Do you have a playful dad who is loved by all ages? Here are 10 things only people who have a playful dad would understand!

1. You have a unique bond with him.

A dad’s general daily routine is to wake up early, go to the office, come back home dead tired, relax and fall asleep. But your dad would make space some time in between those coming-home-tired-going-to-sleep periods and entertain you. You are very comfortable with the relationship you share with your father, instead of being scared of him. You had the experience of climbing up on your father, as if he’s a tree. Or, you made your dad bend down on all four, sat on top of him and rode him like a horse. And he never complained.

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2. You trust him blindly.

When you were young, while running or jumping, you fell down, and your father was the first one to pick you up. This is a shout out to you that no matter how minute or silly a matter is, dad will always be there to pull you to your feet. This has helped to build a trust, a faith inside your mind. By the time you are an adult, you know the person you can count on with your secrets is your dad.

3. He is your best friend.

When you were young, you went to the park with him. He would push your swing high up in the sky, he would ride the see-saw with you and he would even play on the slides with you. And now, you guys play basketball, or softball together. He was your first soccer coach and you are forever grateful to him for introducing you to sports. He is that playful!

4. You would go fishing with him any given day.

It is so relaxing to go fishing with your dad because he has the best tricks up his sleeves and you guys can go hours sitting silently yet not feeling bored at all. It is a feeling of serenity, a feeling of contentment which only a playful dad can give.

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 5. Your favorite wrestler is your dad.

A serious father would restrict you from watching wrestling on television from a young age. But a playful dad would never do that. Not only would he watch and allow you to watch with him as well, he would also try some moves on you. You are smiling at this, aren’t you? Yes, the children of such playful dads have undergone similar experiences sometime in our lifetime!

6. You prefer to wander the mall with him.

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    As a young kid, regardless of your gender, it was always fun to wander around the mall with your dad. One specific reason was he would allow you to play on those mini merry-go-rounds and he would lazily sit on the nearby bench watching you. He would never say no to your tantrums of buying you chocolates from the vending machines. Even as an adult, you would still prefer to cruise the mall with him than your mum.

    7. Your favorite pastime at home is playing video games with him.

    Your dad is a kid at heart. He’s the one who bought your first Playstation for you, and he’s the one who continually play with you at every chance. He would jump around, get excited, even curse, and would try to beat you at the game. You two become the best opponents and no one can stop you guys!

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    8. Your dad is the masterchef, while you are his assistant.

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      I know some playful dads would wake up at middle of the night and raid the fridge. I also know, he would prefer company, specifically his children. Or, there are those dads who would simply raid the kitchen and cook up a storm, taking aid from you. You love such experiments with your dad and those foods taste blissful!

      9. When asked, “Who is your hero?”, your answer is always, “my dad.”

      Your dad would dress the young you up as Batman, or Superman, and would take you on his shoulder and run around the house, pretending that you are flying. But it was always on your mind that not you, but HE is the Batman, your Superman. He is your hero, your playmate!

      10. Because you are nothing without him.

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        You are who you are because of your dad. You know the correct time to become serious, you know the perfect place  to act accordingly, yet you know that all seriousness would never get you to your destination. You have to be playful, fun loving, and open-minded to see the world in a rich way. Because your dad has always been full of spirit, and not SERIOUS, he has made you think in an audacious way, and made you feel in a rational way.

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        You are grateful that you have a dad who is playful and full of life. You are proud of him. And you thank your fate that you are blessed with such a good soul, a hero in your life.

        Featured photo credit: father and son playing on the beach at the day time via shutterstock.com

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        Published on May 18, 2021

        How To Improve Listening Skills For Effective Workplace Communication

        How To Improve Listening Skills For Effective Workplace Communication

        We have two ears and one mouth for a reason—effective communication is dependent on using them in proportion, and this involves having good listening skills.

        The workplace of the 21st century may not look the same as it did before COVID-19 spread throughout the world like wildfire, but that doesn’t mean you can relax your standards at work. If anything, Zoom meetings, conference calls, and the continuous time spent behind a screen have created a higher level of expectations for meeting etiquette and communication. And this goes further than simply muting your microphone during a meeting.

        Effective workplace communication has been a topic of discussion for decades, yet, it is rarely addressed or implemented due to a lack of awareness and personal ownership by all parties.

        Effective communication isn’t just about speaking clearly or finding the appropriate choice of words. It starts with intentional listening and being present. Here’s how to improve your listening skills for effective workplace communication.

        Listen to Understand, Not to Speak

        There are stark differences between listening and hearing. Listening involves intention, focused effort, and concentration, whereas hearing simply involves low-level awareness that someone else is speaking. Listening is a voluntary activity that allows one to be present and in the moment while hearing is passive and effortless.[1]

        Which one would you prefer your colleagues to implement during your company-wide presentation? It’s a no-brainer.

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        Listening can be one of the most powerful tools in your communication arsenal because one must listen to understand the message being told to them. As a result of this deeper understanding, communication can be streamlined because there is a higher level of comprehension that will facilitate practical follow-up questions, conversations, and problem-solving. And just because you heard something doesn’t mean you actually understood it.

        We take this for granted daily, but that doesn’t mean we can use that as an excuse.

        Your brain is constantly scanning your environment for threats, opportunities, and situations to advance your ability to promote your survival. And yet, while we are long past the days of worrying about being eaten by wildlife, the neurocircuitry responsible for these mechanisms is still hard-wired into our psychology and neural processing.

        A classic example of this is the formation of memories. Case in point: where were you on June 3rd, 2014? For most of you reading this article, your mind will go completely blank, which isn’t necessarily bad.

        The brain is far too efficient to retain every detail about every event that happens in your life, mainly because many events that occur aren’t always that important. The brain doesn’t—and shouldn’t—care what you ate for lunch three weeks ago or what color shirt you wore golfing last month. But for those of you who remember where you were on June 3rd, 2014, this date probably holds some sort of significance to you. Maybe it was a birthday or an anniversary. Perhaps it was the day your child was born. It could have even been a day where you lost someone special in your life.

        Regardless of the circumstance, the brain is highly stimulated through emotion and engagement, which is why memories are usually stored in these situations. When the brain’s emotional centers become activated, the brain is far more likely to remember an event.[2] And this is also true when intention and focus are applied to listening to a conversation.

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        Utilizing these hard-wired primitive pathways of survival to optimize your communication in the workplace is a no-brainer—literally and figuratively.

        Intentional focus and concentrated efforts will pay off in the long run because you will retain more information and have an easier time recalling it down the road, making you look like a superstar in front of your colleagues and co-workers. Time to kiss those note-taking days away!

        Effective Communication Isn’t Always Through Words

        While we typically associate communication with words and verbal affirmations, communication can come in all shapes and forms. In the Zoom meeting era we live in, it has become far more challenging to utilize and understand these other forms of language. And this is because they are typically easier to see when we are sitting face to face with the person we speak to.[3]

        Body language can play a significant role in how our words and communication are interpreted, especially when there is a disconnection involved.[4] When someone tells you one thing, yet their body language screams something completely different, it’s challenging to let that go. Our brain immediately starts to search for more information and inevitably prompts us to follow up with questions that will provide greater clarity to the situation at hand. And in all reality, not saying something might be just as important as actually saying something.

        These commonly overlooked non-verbal communication choices can provide a plethora of information about the intentions, emotions, and motivations. We do this unconsciously, and it happens with every confrontation, conversation, and interaction we engage in. The magic lies in the utilization and active interpretation of these signals to improve your listening skills and your communication skills.

        Our brains were designed for interpreting our world, which is why we are so good at recognizing subtle nuances and underlying disconnect within our casual encounters. So, when we begin to notice conflicting messages between verbal and non-verbal communication, our brain takes us down a path of troubleshooting.

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        Which messages are consistent with this theme over time? Which statements aren’t aligning with what they’re really trying to tell me? How should I interpret their words and body language?

        Suppose we want to break things down even further. In that case, one must understand that body language is usually a subconscious event, meaning that we rarely think about our body language. This happens because our brain’s primary focus is to string together words and phrases for verbal communication, which usually requires a higher level of processing. This doesn’t mean that body language will always tell the truth, but it does provide clues to help us weigh information, which can be pretty beneficial in the long run.

        Actively interpreting body language can provide you with an edge in your communication skills. It can also be used as a tool to connect with the individual you are speaking to. This process is deeply ingrained into our human fabric and utilizes similar methods babies use while learning new skills from their parents’ traits during the early years of development.

        Mirroring a person’s posture or stance can create a subtle bond, facilitating a sense of feeling like one another. This process is triggered via the activation of specific brain regions through the stimulation of specialized neurons called mirror neurons.[5] These particular neurons become activated while watching an individual engage in an activity or task, facilitating learning, queuing, and understanding. They also allow the person watching an action to become more efficient at physically executing the action, creating changes in the brain, and altering the overall structure of the brain to enhance output for that chosen activity.

        Listening with intention can make you understand your colleague, and when paired together with mirroring body language, you can make your colleague feel like you two are alike. This simple trick can facilitate a greater bond of understanding and communication within all aspects of the conversation.

        Eliminate All Distractions, Once and for All

        As Jim Rohn says, “What is easy to do is also easy not to do.” And this is an underlying principle that will carry through in all aspects of communication. Distractions are a surefire way to ensure a lack of understanding or interpretation of a conversation, which in turn, will create inefficiencies and a poor foundation for communication.

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        This should come as no surprise, especially in this day in age where people are constantly distracted by social media, text messaging, and endlessly checking their emails. We’re stuck in a cultural norm that has hijacked our love for the addictive dopamine rush and altered our ability to truly focus our efforts on the task at hand. And these distractions aren’t just distractions for the time they’re being used. They use up coveted brainpower and central processes that secondarily delay our ability to get back on track.

        Gloria Mark, a researcher at UC Irvine, discovered that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds for our brains to reach their peak state of focus after an interruption.[6] Yes, you read that correctly—distractions are costly, error-prone, and yield little to no benefit outside of a bump to the ego when receiving a new like on your social media profile.

        Meetings should implement a no-phone policy, video conference calls should be set on their own browser with no other tabs open, and all updates, notifications, and email prompt should be immediately turned off, if possible, to eliminate all distractions during a meeting.

        These are just a few examples of how we can optimize our environment to facilitate the highest levels of communication within the workplace.

        Actions Speak Louder Than Words

        Effective communication in the workplace doesn’t have to be challenging, but it does have to be intentional. Knowledge can only take us so far, but once again, knowing something is very different than putting it into action.

        Just like riding a bike, the more often you do it, the easier it becomes. Master communicators are phenomenal listeners, which allows them to be effective communicators in the workplace and in life. If you genuinely want to own your communication, you must implement this information today and learn how to improve your listening skills.

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        Choose your words carefully, listen intently, and most of all, be present in the moment—because that’s what master communicators do, and you can do it, too!

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