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50 Simple Things You Have to be Happy About

50 Simple Things You Have to be Happy About

We’ve all heard the phrase “money can’t buy happiness.” Modern society has done everything it can to refute this notion; I can’t count how many commercials advertising luxury items I’d never be able to afford have been shown on TV since I started writing this a half hour ago. It also doesn’t help that I’m watching Sportscenter reporters discuss multi-million dollar contracts for people whose job it is to throw and catch a ball.

But it’s easy for society to skew your perspective. Turning off the TV for a moment, pawing through a National Geographic, it’s easy to find examples of happiness sans material possessions across the globe: children living in slums, playing with a makeshift soccer ball, never pausing to wonder about the things they don’t have. Women walking dozens of miles a day to get clean water for their families, and doing so with pride. Men working for pennies to feed their children, and finding happiness in having shelter from the weather.

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The happiest people are not those who have the most money, the biggest house, or the most “stuff.” People all over the world (who some would consider to have nothing) believe they have more than they’ll ever need. The richest people in the world could learn a lot from the poorest citizens in the poorest countries. Being monetarily poor is not synonymous with being emotionally bankrupt. Being happy is not about what you own; it’s about your mindset and outlook toward life. Most of the items on this list probably apply to you, and are 50 reasons you have to be grateful every day of your life.

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  1. Waking up every morning

  2. Waking up under a roof every morning

  3. Waking up next to your love (or waking up to texts from a loved one)

  4. Seeing group texts from your friends first thing in the morning

  5. Taking a hot shower to start your day

  6. Getting rid of that morning breath

  7. Replacing morning breath with coffee breath immediately

  8. Leisurely eating breakfast before work

  9. Catching up on all your news feeds while you eat

  10. Work from home days

  11. Dressing to kill

  12. Having a great hair day

  13. Having a full tank of gas in your car

  14. Having a job to go to (any job at all)

  15. Hearing your favorite song on the way to work

  16. Getting down to business the second you get to work

  17. Feeling accomplished by 9:30

  18. Actually getting acknowledged for your work by your boss

  19. That second cup of coffee

  20. Being assigned a group project with coworkers you actually like

  21. Actually getting work done and having fun in the process

  22. Lunch breaks

  23. Pizza Fridays

  24. That first sip of caffeinated soda

  25. Getting back to work feeling refreshed

  26. Quitting time (be honest, nothing good happens at work from 2:00-5:00)

  27. Fridays!

  28. Paydays!

  29. Weekends!

  30. Calling your mom, dad, sister, brother, etc. just to say “Hey”

  31. The smell of your slow-cooked meal as you open your door

  32. An equally satisfying dessert

  33. Relaxing with a good book

  34. Watching your favorite rerun of your favorite syndicated show

  35. Answering Final Jeopardy correctly (especially when the contestants don’t)

  36. TV night with your significant other (or in the case of my wife and I: TV nights)

  37. Taking a vacation

  38. Taking a staycation

  39. Taking a mental health day

  40. The first orange leaf in Autumn

  41. The first snowfall of Winter

  42. The first 70° day of Spring

  43. The first Summer day when it’s hot enough for a swim

  44. Getting an even tan (for once)

  45. Holidays with friends and family

  46. Planning a life with your love

  47. Starting a life together

  48. Looking back on past successes

  49. Improving upon past failures

  50. Living every day of your life to your fullest potential

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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