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7 Reasons to Be Friends With Your Sister

7 Reasons to Be Friends With Your Sister

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    The bond that sisters have with each other starts at an early age, and as you grow up with each other you automatically know each other’s inner workings. Only children often wish they had the camaraderie that siblings have together, someone they can play with. Yes, you fight with each other and do mean things like cutting the hair off their favorite Barbie. But at the end of the day, there is a sacred bond between sisters.

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    As we get older, sometimes it becomes more difficult to remain close. There may be arguments or perhaps an ocean between you, but when you need your sis’, she’ll be there as though a day hadn’t passed. Here are seven reasons why it is so great to be friends with your sister.

    1. You have unconditional love

    Whatever mistakes you make, your sister will always love you. While she may not agree with your choices or understand your decisions, she will be there when everything falls apart. That unconditional love can be a miracle for those messy times in your life.

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    2. The silly factor

    There’s something about a sister that brings out the silliest parts of us. Nobody else can have me rolling on the ground with a sore stomach from laughing so much the way my sister does. The child in us just comes out and we can be outrageous and goofy with each other.

    3. You’ve been friends since you were in diapers

    Our sisters have seen all the struggles and triumphs we experienced in our most important, formative years. You relate to each other in a way nobody else could. Although there is a difference between the oldest, middle and baby of the family, you were all raised by the same parents. You were taught the same values and manners. You experienced the same family vacations and lived in the same house with the same dog. Not only do you have these factors, but you also come from the same blood, making you genetically similar.

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    4. She’s your mirror and quasi-therapist

    Sisters understand many of the actions you do based on the upbringing you shared. Things that happen to you when you’re a child can mold the adult you become. If you can’t see a reason for why you are who you are, a sister will often know where emotions are stemming from, which perhaps might be an experience you’ve long forgotten.

    Sisters and siblings in general can both relate to and understand your behavioral patterns. If you had a home that lacked communication, you could be closed off to people. While most of the people in your life won’t get it, your sisters will. Sisters communicate really well about their feelings and often dig into the past to figure out the present. Having another perspective on the family dynamics can be very helpful.

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    5. Leaning on each other

    When a death in the family occurs, sisters can heavily lean on each other for support. Sisters are compassionate and often open with their emotions. This helps each sister realize that they are not alone in their pain. Months after the death, sisters can cry to each other or laugh about the good times had. A sister can see when you’re exhausted and will take over some responsibilities during a family death. There is a certain comfort factor in having a sister during difficult times that nobody else could replace.

    6. There’s nothing like a sisterly hug

    Some hugs in life are terribly awkward where maybe you hang on for too long or your arms are in the wrong spot. With a sister though, it’s natural, genuine and loving.

    7. Your true self

    You are pretty much forced to be your true self in the face of your sister. If you act differently, she’ll call you on it and what’s the point of acting if you’re not believable anyway? This makes it so easy to just be you, to be honest with your feelings and who you are. Even if something has happened between your sister and you, you can keep it real and talk about it openly.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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