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15 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Grateful For Life

15 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Grateful For Life

Curious? This is about the beauty of life, about being grateful to life. I mean, we are all mortals, our emotions are constantly being juggled. It is natural to be upset with the sad moments we face in our lives, despite living in this beautiful world – but making sadness an obsession is BAD. You have to open your eyes and see all the beautiful things around you. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Thus, wiggle off your depression and look afresh.

1. Get lost… in nature

Honestly, I don’t like to work right after I wake up in the morning. So, what I usually do is take my steaming cup of hot coffee, stand in front of the window and look outside. The lush green trees, the blooming flowers, even the houses look absolutely brilliant. If that’s not good enough to make you “not” grateful, nothing is. The next time you are feeling down, why don’t you take a stroll in the park, and enjoy what nature has to offer you?

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    2. Grow younger. Not that again!

    This is specially for those parents who are frustrated and become melancholic with life. I know it is not so easy to tend the kids, work, and handle the household chores. You have been gifted with the most precious gifts – your children! Be thankful for such a priceless present. For a change why not try grow young, be their age, play with them, laugh with them. Trust me, you can’t be any happier!

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      3. Who said laughter is the best medicine?

       

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        Yes, you, Mister-or-miss Serious! In the words of the movie, “Why so serious?” Aren’t you grateful that jokes exist in this world? Even if you are not a “lame” person, it is always a welcome break to wisecrack sometimes. If you can’t come up with something as bad as the above joke then read some! You’ll be grateful for life for the existence of such remedies. Because laughter is the best medicine!

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        4. Who likes music anyway?

        As if you don’t! Whether consciously or subconsciously, you do frequently hum a tune that gets stuck in your mind. There have been studies about music as a therapy and the results are very positive. Whether you are feeling down in the dumps or not, music has great impact on our mind and body. It is a powerful treatment tool. Aren’t you grateful that musicians exist?

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          5. Isn’t sitting on the couch and sulking away the best?

          Don’t misinterpret this! Party hard and go wild if it suits you, but don’t make it into a habit. You can dye your hair pink, dress like hobo; that’s absolutely your personal matter. What I mean is if you think there is nothing for you that the human race can offer, then go into the jungle and hang out with the animals. Yes, I am talking about safari! You will be in a safe distance from the wilds, but it will really unwind you and make you feel gratified that life has so many things to gift you. Always remember:

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            6. Chocolate, yuck!

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              Having a bad day? Feeling worthless? Don’t. Because it is not the answer to your problems. If you want to overcome your roller-coaster of an emotion, go buy yourself some chocolate. It is another medicine to cure your dreadful mood. The good news is, it is WAY cheaper than a therapist. If you want to be adventurous, then make one! Aren’t you glad? Happy eating!

              7. Cooking sucks!

              Cooking helps. Oh yes, cooking helps to lift up your mood like magic. Look at this picture of broccoli:

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                Isn’t it beautiful? This is just an example. Nature has presented us with such amazing, vibrant foods that we are forever grateful to. So, why not utilize these beauties and cook up a storm?

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                  8. Life has given you money, so, bankrupt yourself!

                  This is for the lovely ladies out there (the guys are most welcome too). You have a career, you get paid for your hard work, and most of the money is gone before you can count it. It is mainly draining away due to the household costs, babies, or paying bills – but that’s not life, that’s living. You should reward yourself as well. Visit the mall, and be a shopaholic for one day. It won’t harm you, neither will it kill you! Just make sure you don’t overindulge in this too often.

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                    9. The big bang theory

                    No, I am not talking about physics. I am talking about physical activity. It is actually a rhetoric term for sex. Sex is a sensational cure for depression. Because life has offered you a beautiful partner, and you guys complete each other, you are in bliss when you are in your partner’s company. Part of the bliss is having sex. Studies have shown that sex has a great impact on your psychological aspects. So, the next time you are down and your stunning partner is roaming around you, just do it!

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                      10. You are ugly, face it!

                      How ugly do you think you are? Everyone is born with their own beauty. Looking pretty naturally makes you feel pretty. To define your beauty, you can always take professional help. Say, after a haircut, or a massage, or even getting a mani-pedi, don’t you feel beautiful? Why not try meditation, or yoga? This form of exercise will revitalise your body and soul, leaving you happy and fresh. Whether you hit the salon, or your yoga mat, you’ll be grateful for life that such things matter and will increase your confidence.

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                        11. Hate hate hate dancing!

                        Did you know that you can release stress by dancing? You don’t have to wait for Saturday night to go clubbing. You can simply put on music and dance to the rhythm. Take half an hour from your time and you will be surprised to see the result. Here is a step by step guide on stress-relieving for your benefit. Check this out and thank me later!

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                          12. A friend in need…

                          You have amazing people around you. Your parents, your partner, your children, and your friends. Perhaps you don’t have your parents any more, or you are single with no kids. Don’t stress. You have friends because everyone has friends. It is not necessary to have a whole bunch of hanger-ons constantly around you. Two or three genuine sidekicks are sufficient. Just be yourself with them. Laugh out loud. Play games. Movies would do. Eat out. Drink till you are drunk. Party. Cry. SHARE. Trust me, these are more than enough to life a longer life – and you will be grateful for life that you are blessed with such wonderful souls.

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                            13. Reading is so overrated!

                            Read as much as you can. Not only will it make you forget your worries, it will rejuvenate your spirit as well. Be it Shakespeare or Jane Austen classics, to Sidney Sheldon or Agatha Christie. Be it William Blake or J.K. Rowling, it does not matter. Just read. You will thank your books forever. They can be one of your trusted friends.

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                              14. Loathe your mistakes

                              What are we without mistakes? Would we be the person we are today if we didn’t make any mistakes? Of course not! You face many hurdles in your life, it is okay. Some hurdles make you frustrated, some make you sad. There are some hurdles that push you to make mistakes. Do not fear your mistakes, embrace them. Walk with them. Talk to them. Laugh at them.

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                                15. School was boring. Why not relive it?

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                                  Imagine waking up early in the morning, going to school, attending classes with a bunch of teenagers, doing homework, sitting tests… I know, you don’t want to live in that nightmare AGAIN! You don’t have to of course, there is the internet. You can type whatever you like into a search engine and then… Learn! Knowledge has no bounds. There are many free online courses that provide certificates as well, to help you out, here are three such websites for your convenience:

                                  If you can get your hands busy on acquiring education, you won’t have time for moping around. You will be grateful for LIFE! You’re welcome!

                                  Lastly, I would like to say that we all have our differences, we all have difficulties in life, sorrows, and challenges. It is only natural to be upset, but next time, look around you. Love your flaws, love your life, and you shall be grateful for life. Here is Marilyn Monroe for you. Cheers!

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                                    Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                    How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                                    How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

                                    For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

                                    If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

                                    Example 1

                                    You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

                                    You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

                                    In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

                                    Example 2

                                    You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

                                    People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

                                    You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

                                    Example 3

                                    You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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                                    The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

                                    Example 4

                                    You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

                                    Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

                                    If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

                                    Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

                                    • Understand your own communication style
                                    • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
                                    • Communicate with precision and care
                                    • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

                                    1. Understand Your Communication Style

                                    To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

                                    In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

                                    Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

                                    2. Learn Others Communication Styles

                                    Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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                                    If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

                                    “How do you prefer to receive information?”

                                    This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

                                    To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

                                    3. Exercise Precision and Care

                                    A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

                                    On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

                                    Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

                                    I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

                                    I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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                                    In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

                                    The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

                                    Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

                                    4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

                                    Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

                                    In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

                                    “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

                                    Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

                                    Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

                                    It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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                                    It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

                                    It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

                                    Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

                                    Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

                                    The Bottom Line

                                    When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

                                    I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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