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15 Things Happy People Do On a Daily Basis

15 Things Happy People Do On a Daily Basis

There’s not one single equation out there that results in happiness for everyone. People are all different; the things that make one person happy might not work for another. But there are some things that all happy people have in common. These 15 things are things that happy people do that you should start doing too.

1. Compliment other people.

Try your best to see the good in others. When you find something you admire about someone, let them know.

2. Volunteer and do small acts of kindness.

Service is a funny thing; as you help others, you help yourself. You lose your bitterness, your jealousy, your misunderstandings, even your unfair judgments. You see the world in a different way, a better way. These acts can be as big as volunteering at soup kitchen every week or just holding the door open for a mom with children in her arms.

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If you look for opportunities to serve, you will find them. They might not be at the most opportune times for you, but it wouldn’t be true service if you only helped others when it was convenient for you.

3. Early to bed, early to rise.

Your mind and body need rest. Get enough sleep at night so that you have the energy and will-power to get up and get things done.

4. Exercise and eat healthy.

Take care of your body. Be active, use it. Eat healthy and exercise.

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5. Meditate.

Take time every so often to just sit and clear your mind. A healthy mind and spirit are just as important as a healthy body.

6. Build strong relationships with friends and family.

Friends and family can be your support and your cheerleaders. They can be there for you when you need it and you can be there for them. Do what you can to build strong relationships with those around you. Be reliable and understanding. Learn how to make a relationship thrive.

7. Work hard.

Whether you are at work or at home, fulfill your responsibilities. Do what needs to get done and do it right. A job well done is a great way to lift your spirit.

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8. Set and accomplish goals.

Everyone is happy when they accomplish a long awaited goal or dream. Be active in setting goals. Be realistic in your expectations. Work hard to make things happen.

9. See failures and weaknesses as opportunities to improve.

When you find a flaw or a weakness in yourself that you aren’t happy with, then look at that as a chance to improve, to become a better you. Remember: that doesn’t mean you have to change and become someone else,

10. Listen.

When someone is talking to you, don’t be planning out in your mind what you’re to going to say as a response. Listen to them. What they have to say might be more important than what you’re planning on saying. Learn to have good communication skills.

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11. Express gratitude.

A simple “thank you” can go a long way. When you look for opportunities to express gratitude throughout the day, you will find them. You will see the good in people around you and the willingness that they have to help others.

12. Don’t judge or compare.

When most people compare themselves to another person, they are comparing their weaknesses with another’s strengths. It’s a flawed perception of reality. Don’t judge other people; you don’t know what they’re going through. Don’t compare yourself to other people. Your life is unique to you. You are the only person who can truly understand what it means to be you.

13. Learn to forgive; don’t hold grudges.

Forgiveness is hard, but by holding a grudge, you are the one who feels it in the end. Holding in resentment, anger, or hatred is unhealthy. It resides in you and puts you on the road to becoming bitter and pessimistic.

14. Have healthy coping strategies.

When people face hard times in their lives they have coping strategies that they fall back on. Some people eat, some people cry, some people get angry. Everyone’s coping strategies are different. Happy people are able to use coping strategies that still allow for them and the people around them to be healthy and strong.

15. Participate in activities.

These activities are things that are meaningful to you, are in line with your values and are things you feel strongly about. This could be anything from participating in religious organizations to joining a rally for animal rights. Be active in things you are passionate about.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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