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20 Definitions Of Happiness You Need To Know

20 Definitions Of Happiness You Need To Know

You may be successful and wealthy, but you won’t find your life meaningful without happiness. What is happiness and why do we want to find the pursuit to it? Here are the definitions of happiness, take some time to absorb the meaning of it:

  1. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
  2. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. – Dale Carnegie
  4. Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens. – Andy Rooney
  5. Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. – Joseph Wood Krutch
  6. Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable. – Leo Rosten
  7. Happiness is not something you experience, it’s something you remember. – Oscar Levant
  8. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
  9. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. – Denis Waitley
  10. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. – Aristotle
  11. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. – John Barrymore
  12. Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. – Don Marquis
  13. Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. – Maxim Gorky
  14. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. – Bernard Meltzer
  16. Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. – Robert Green Ingresoll
  17. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn
  18. Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing. – George Sheehan
  19. Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. – Theodore Isaac Rubin
  20. True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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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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