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6 Simple Ways to Make Someone Smile Today

6 Simple Ways to Make Someone Smile Today

Do you like to provoke giggles, chuckles, and smiles in your close friends or loved ones? If so, you’re in the right place! Here are six simple ways to make someone smile today:

1. Surprise someone with a random kind act.

The First Rule of Surprises: they cannot be obvious or forced–that is why it is called a “surprise”. Be creative. You could ask a friend what theme park they enjoyed most as a child, then surprise them with tickets for a weekend visit. You could find out their biggest celebrity crush as a teen, and surprise them with a cute (corny?) poster displaying their cherished one. Or you could just buy a ridiculous gag gift that you know is guaranteed to make them laugh.

2. Compliment a co-worker’s cute haircut, new outfit, or confident posture.

Nothing makes people smile like receiving encouraging compliments…and work isn’t always the most exciting place to be. So why not brighten your days with a little positive energy? Don’t invent praise out of thin air, because you won’t fool anybody. Do point out the things you like about other people’s personalities and appearances.

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3. Buy a friend that book/movie they keep saying they want to read/watch, but never actually do.

They will appreciate the thought (and, as an added bonus, they will finally stop talking about doing the thing, and just do it already).

4. Kiss your partner out of the blue (seriously, right now if they’re in the room!).

Touch is my strongest sense, and I have to admit that I can get a little antsy without the occasional cuddle or kiss. By the way, I’m not kidding with that header up there–if your loved one is in the room right now, go kiss them without warning. I’ll still be here when you get back…promise! Physical contact is a great way to express love and appreciation for your partner, so please do more of that (I hope their reaction is priceless).

5. Play a fun game with your children (human or otherwise).

Confession: I am as child-like as it gets (for a “grown up”). I say this, because I still enjoy playing games like Hide-and-Seek or having water-gun fights with my cousins, and all kinds of things people might call, “silly”. Spending time with my cousins is a huge emotional outlet for me, because it’s awfully easy to become suffocated in our “grown-up” shells. It’s easy to forget how much freedom comes from doing something so fun that you forget about the world and all of its problems.

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Have kids? Hop, skip, jump rope, go to the park, or maybe even play some laser-tag.

Pet owner? Play fetch, or you could just take your pooch on a walk (my puppy-daughter’s favorite activity).

On your own? Climb a tree, take a hike, go bowling, spend time with young family members, or join a sporting league.

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6. Is anyone else in the room with you right now? If so, tell them a fun joke. If not, watch this video.

If you don’t have a joke, here’s a bad one that you are free to borrow (when I say “bad,” I mean REALLY bad!).

“What did Batman say to Robin before he got in the car?”

“Robin, get in the car.”

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Ba dum chhh!!!

(That was supposed to be the drum noise that comes after jokes just in case you didn’t get that.)

I told you it was gonna be bad! To make up for it, here’s an adorable video that will definitely make you smile.

If you know a good joke (hopefully better than mine), leave it in the comments. Vote for your favorites by clicking the *like* button. And please share this article with your friends. I hope it gives them a reason to smile. :)

Featured photo credit: Smile [94]/suvival198 via flickr.com

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How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

1. Always Have a Book

It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

3. Get More Intellectual Friends

Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

4. Guided Thinking

Albert Einstein once said,

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

5. Put it Into Practice

Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

6. Teach Others

You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

7. Clean Your Input

Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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8. Learn in Groups

Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

9. Unlearn Assumptions

You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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11. Start a Project

Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

12. Follow Your Intuition

Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

13. The Morning Fifteen

Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

14. Reap the Rewards

Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

15. Make Learning a Priority

Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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