Enrich Your Lifestyle & Make A Difference: Do These 4 Things Everyday!

Life is a precious gift given to all, yet not everyone has the strength or wisdom to appreciate and enjoy every moment. Sadly, a recent survey by Gallup, a performance-management consulting company, revealed that the number of people who are sad or in pain have increased over the last ten years. This research exposes the unfortunate truth that unhappiness affects people worldwide.

But to succumb to depression is to accept defeat. Instead of letting life get you down, the results of the survey mentioned above should even give you a reason to strive for a more meaningful existence. Happiness is a daily decision you make if you want to improve your life and make a difference. You can start by a making a firm resolve to do the following things everyday.

Commit to doing a good deed.

Kindness goes a long way because the positive action benefits both the receiver and giver. It boosts your confidence by knowing you can brighten someone’s day, and at the same time, create a positive influence. So why not make it a daily goal to do something good for others? It does not have to be a burdensome task. It can be as simple as lending a hand to someone in need of assistance or being more patient to someone having a hard time.

Commit to see the good side of everything.

You cannot expect for things to always go smoothly or for people to always be on your side. To fully enjoy every moment, you should try to not allow negative people and situations to dampen your cheerful spirit. You may not be able to avoid gloomy people or situations, but you can choose to focus on the good side of things.

If you stay positive, problems come with valuable lessons and losing something opens an opportunity to find something new. Another thing that will help you focus on positivity is realizing that the negative things or people have nothing to do with you. This means that you can ignore or avoid them. You can also overcome the negative energy with your positive outlook.

Commit to loving yourself more.

If you seek happiness in others, you may end up hurt and disappointed. Your joy should come from within. You can nurture your inner happiness by doing things that you love everyday. Life is tough enough, so don’t be too hard on yourself. You can always push yourself to do better, but don’t forget to be gentle with yourself. Take a break if you are tired or find ways to reward yourself after a long, exhausting day.

Commit to learning.

Famous scientist Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” This quote from a man whose discoveries greatly benefited society states that wonderful things happen when one is always eager to welcome and study new ideas. Learning is a lifelong journey and the vast world will never run out of things for you to discover.

So keep your eyes open for new knowledge and skills to learn. If you find joy in learning new things, you will never lose that sense of wonder which is essential to seeing the beauty of life. Your dedication to gain more knowledge will contribute to your overall satisfaction in life.

So many people are in despair and it isn’t hard to fathom why. Life is not a walk in the park, and sometimes it seems easier to just live in misery day after day. It takes courage, determination and commitment to fully experience the joy of living. To enrich your life, you need guts to rise above failures and disappointments. It may sound difficult to stay happy in a grief-laden world, but it is a challenge worth pursuing.

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Asking the Smart Questions: A Lesson for Success

Voltaire got it right when he said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” In mentoring, as in life, asking questions is the primary way we learn to do better and be better. Questioning things we don’t understand is the most effective way to enhance learning, develop critical thinking skills, and build trust between the question-asker and the question-answerer. The key to success, however, is knowing when and how to ask the right questions. It’s knowing that while it may be true that there is no such thing as a stupid question, there is such a thing as a smart question. So yes, some questions are better than others, and those who ask smart questions are more likely to be the best at what they do because they learn in the best possible way as well.

But what makes a question a smart question?

First off, it is a question asked with intention. It is directed at understanding a specific goal, concept, or idea and is asked in fine detail. It is well-informed and relevant in such a way that it does not sound willfully ignorant. Does this mean you must be an expert to ask a question about a specific idea? No, but it does mean that you have to have done your homework. You have to have researched the information enough to understand the basic foundation of your question so that it is coming from an analytical perspective. A smart question may be framed with the phrase “Can you explain more about X, so that I may better understand Y?” You should know exactly the kind of information you are looking for so that your question creates clarity and you don’t end up with an open-ended answer.

A smart question is also not laced with judgment or asked in a condescending or undermining manner. It should be founded in facts and respect and asked out of honest curiosity. Smart questions express a certain level of empowerment and ownership towards the person to whom you are directing your question. For instance, “Based on your experience, what do you think is the next step?”

More than anything, a smart question is one that is asked to learn something you didn’t know before, and it is asked in a way that acknowledges the ideas and opinions of others. It offers thought and a fresh perspective and encourages others to see things in unpredictable ways. It pushes others to think critically, analytically, and creatively in hopes of provoking inner reflection. For example, consider asking something along the lines of “What did you learn from previous trials that made this one successful?”

As all things in life, timing is everything and asking a smart question is no exception. Make sure to consider the timing and relevance of the conversation and ask your question in a way that further encourages or propels the discussion forward.

By following these guidelines to ask the smartest question, you are ensuring the smartest response.

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