15 Small Things That Make Life Happier

Sometimes it is the little things that put us in a great mood. Here are 15 things that make life better!

  1. Finishing work early.
  2. Walking home from work when the weather is beautiful.
  3. Waking up before your alarm goes off, and realizing you still have hours left in bed.
  4. Being praised by your friends, family or boss.
  5. Finding money in your pocket or jacket that you forgot you had.
  6. When the elevator arrives as soon as you press the button.
  7. Listening to a new song that you’ve just discovered on repeat.
  8. Listening to your all-time favorite song on repeat.
  9. When you realize that a show you love is back with a new season.
  10. When you see a happy child or puppy in public.
  11. Having a great hair day.
  12. When you sing/rap the whole song correctly.
  13. When the sun starts shining and you put your winter coat away for a few months.
  14. When a package arrives that you’ve been looking forward to. (Today a big box of Twiglets arrived for me. Day = made!)
  15. When you think of a funny memory and you can’t help but to smile.

What small thing made your life better this week? Let me know with a comment!

15 Inspiring Quotes About Inner Strength

 

  1. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius
  2. “I found an inner strength to fight for myself. It was clear that nobody else would.” Tehmina Durrani
  3. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi
  4. “The storm is out there and every one of us must eventually face the storm. When the storm comes, pray that it will shake you to your roots and break you wide-open. Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don’t run from your pain — run into your pain. Let life’s storm shatter you.” Bryant McGill
  5. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
  6. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi
  7. “Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” Sarah Dessen
  8. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou
  9. “Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” Plutarch
  11. “Self-discovery is the most empowering time of your life, you remember who you are and you become the best version of yourself but what they forget to tell you is, to get to a point of pleasure you must face the pain.” Nikki Rowe
  12. “You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks.” Amit Ray
  13. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” Jane Austen
  14. “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.” Mahatma Gandhi
  15. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” Napoléon Bonaparte

What do you think about these quotes? Which is your favorite?

4 Ways To Communicate With Stubborn Friends And Family Members

Long-term friends and family members are important to everyone. For most people, it feels great knowing that there are people in their lives who will always stick by them – even if they don’t always see eye to eye!

After years and years of knowing someone, you’re bound to disagree on something. This shouldn’t ruin your friendship, but sometimes it can be difficult to disagree with stubborn people without creating tension.

If you can relate to this, here are 4 tips to help you communicate effectively with your stubborn friends and family members.

 

1. Find Some Common Ground

The more someone disagrees with us, the more stubborn we become. If you want a stubborn person to see where you are coming from, start by finding some common ground. You don’t need to become a pushover and agree with their argument – just put the focus of the conversation on something you will both agree with. For instance, you could say “I know we don’t see eye to eye on this subject, but I hope that we can still go out for food after this conversation. Where do you want to go?” This will help to diffuse the tense situation.

 

2. Don’t Attack Or Blame

If someone feels backed into a corner, they become emotional and defensive. This means that they are more likely to attack and blame the other person, turning the disagreement into an argument, which is harder to resolve.

Instead of blaming, be honest. For example, instead of saying “You never do anything around the house,” you could say “I did a lot of tidying up last night. I’m really tired now – will you help me tonight?” This will help the other person to see your point, while diffusing the tension.

 

3. Don’t Focus On Proving Your Point

Sometimes disagreements end up going round and round in circles, because one person is only focused on proving their point. Instead of moving forward, they get sucked in and they won’t stop until the other person sees their point.

Don’t let yourself get caught in this emotional trap. Take a deep breath and focus on communication, rather than blindly proving a point. Ask the other person how they feel, and bring the subject back to the main issue.

 

4. Try To Listen And Ask Questions

Most arguments are caused because one person can’t see the other person’s perspective. If you want to resolve the issue, you should focus on listening and asking questions so that you can understand the other person’s point. The simple act of you trying to understand them should help them to calm down and relax, so that you can talk honestly and openly without tension.

Do you have any other tips? Let me know with a comment!

Life Update

I realised that I’ve not really posted anything about myself for a few months, but today it is time for an update!

I created this blog to be useful – I wanted to help other people in lots of little ways. However, I’ve started to get more followers, and I thought I should let you know a little bit about myself, too.

 

I’m a freelance writer/editor/transcriptionist, and I’ve been freelance since I finished studying Journalism at University. I write for Lifehack, Thought Catalog, The Talko, Simple and Bloomwell – lots of different publications doing different things!

Some articles are motivational, such as ”30 things you can do today to make yourself feel better.” (All of the articles I mention here are linked at the bottom, if you want to read them!)

I really enjoy writing list articles, or anything to do with productivity or motivation. It feels like I am being (semi)useful in the world. I (very occasionally) get an email from a reader thanking me for helping them to achieve something, and that makes me feel amazing.

Others are more educational. I write scientific articles for Bloomwell, a family legal company. For instance, I recently wrote “Your daughter’s brain and soccer: here’s what you need to know.”

Simple is a mobile banking service, so I write articles about saving money. I also write budget articles, such as “everything you’ll need to run a triathlon.”

I also run the newsletter, blog and social media pages for online dating website Date British Guys. I recently wrote a piece for the Queen’s birthday – “10 things you didn’t know about the Queen.”

I love writing for Date British Guys, as I manage some interns – so I actually have co-workers! Hurray for social contact with other people. 😉

 

I also do a couple of hours of transcription each week, and I write for a few other publications (but not as often).

Are you a freelancer? Would you enjoy freelancing? Let me know with a comment!

 

http://thoughtcatalog.com/amy-johnson/2016/06/30-simple-things-you-can-do-today-that-will-make-your-life-better-tomorrow/

https://www.bloomwell.com/blog/your-daughter%E2%80%99s-brain-and-soccer-here%E2%80%99s-what-you-need-know

https://www.simple.com/blog/first-triathlon-gear

http://www.datebritishguys.com/blog/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-queen/

15 MORE FUN THINGS YOU CAN DO ALONE

 

Lots of people are introverted, and sometimes they just don’t feel like socializing. They want to spend their day enjoying their own company, but scrolling through Facebook and Twitter can get a little boring.

If you are an introvert who is looking for fun things to do, here are 15 free and fun activities.

 

  1. Watch a classic old film that you’ve never seen, such as Dracula. Alternatively, watch a newer film that you’ve been meaning to watch.
  2. Take a stroll through Wikipedia, and teach yourself everything you can about one subject.
  3. Sit in your back garden or on your roof at night and watch the stars.
  4. Write a song/poem/short story.
  5. Teach yourself to meditate.
  6. Print off your photographs and put them into a scrapbook.
  7. Start to read a book that you’ve been planning on reading.
  8. Play a free online game – the internet is full of them!
  9. Create a half an hour workout session using Youtube videos – Fitness Blender have lots of short videos that exercise different parts of your body!
  10. If you have a pet, teach it a new trick.
  11. Write a letter to your best friend.
  12. Join a forum that discusses one of your passions. Comment and get involved.
  13. Create a full course meal with the food you already have in your fridge.
  14. Read a creepypasta.
  15. Find the answer to a question you’ve always wondered about.

Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know with a comment!

QUOTES ABOUT LAZINESS

Everyone is lazy sometimes! Here are a few quotes about laziness – what do you think of them? Do you disagree with any, or do any ring true with you? Let me know with a comment 🙂

 

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas A. Edison

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” Robert A. Heinlein

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” N.H. Kleinbaum (Dead Poets Society)

“If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.” Joyce Chapman

“Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.” Jules Renard

“How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.” Stephen Richards

“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” Anne Frank

“Both positive and negative thinking are contagious.” Stephen Richards

“Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do.” Elbert Hubbard

“When we hold back out of laziness, that is when we tie ourselves into knots of boredom.” Walter Annenberg

“There is a great volcano sleeping in every laziness!” Mehmet Murat ildan

TIPS FOR NEWBIE BLOGGERS

Blogging is big business nowadays. There are blogs online covering topics from politics to Family Guy, and millions of people go online every day to check up on their favorite blogs.

If you want to start blogging, you are probably wondering where to start. Here is the answer to that question – check out 4 beginner blogging tips here.

 

1. Decide on your subject

What do you want to blog about? There are many blogs covering a variety of subjects, from swimming to bee-keeping to finances. Often it is a good idea to blog about your passions or work, as you are knowledgeable in this area and you will be able to come up with lots of interesting ideas for blog posts.

2. Choose your platform

There are lots of different blogging platforms that you can use. Popular sites like WordPress are totally free, but there are downsides too. You can’t make money from your blog, and the content isn’t really yours. Some people buy their own domain name so that they can fully control their blog and maybe even make money.

3. Choose a name

Now you’ve decided on your platform and your subject, so now it is time to choose a name. Try to think of something that is unique and catchy. It is useful to write down a long list of suggestions and ask your friends and family for ideas.

4. Learn from the competition

It is likely that there are already blogs out there that cover similar subjects to you. This isn’t a bad thing – you can use it as an opportunity to find out what topics are less covered so that you can create a unique blog.

10 WAYS TO BECOME AN IMPROVED VERSION OF YOURSELF

 

Do you want to improve yourself and your life? Many people want to focus on self-growth, but they don’t know where to start. Others feel intimidated by the task; they think it is too big and too difficult, so they put off self-improvement.

It is actually very easy to improve yourself, and it is rarely time consuming. Check out 10 ways to become an improved version of yourself below.

 

1. Connect with someone who you find inspiring. You know those people who are so awesome that you feel in awe when you are around them? Spending time with people who you look up to will make you happier and motivate you to achieve more.

 

2. Choose your priorities. Some people never truly set priorities, and this can mean their goals clash and never get achieved. If you know exactly what you want, it will be much easier for you to get it.

 

3. Wear clothes you love. You will feel happier and more confident, so you are much more likely to have a good day!

 

4. Learn to say “no” without feeling guilty. This may be tough to start with, but you will be much happier in the long term.

 

5. Try new foods that are healthy. Avocado may end up being your favorite food!

 

6. Declutter your home and work space. Do you really still need your old VCR player? Probably not.

 

7. Write down your goals for the next year. You are much more likely to achieve your goals if you make them real and track their progress as you go.

 

8. Spend half an hour a day doing something you love.

 

9. Read every day. It doesn’t have to be a book, but Facebook and Twitter don’t count.

 

10. Write down your perfect working day. Once you know exactly what that is, focus on making your work day more like it. Good luck!

 

Any more ideas? Let me know with a comment! 🙂

7 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET CREATIVE

7 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET CREATIVE

A common misconception is that some people are born creative and others are not. This isn’t true; creativity is something that you can work on, develop and grow. Are you are feeling frustrated about a lack of creativity? Check out 7 tips to help you to get creative here.

1. Take inspiration from others

is nothing wrong with taking a little inspiration from others –Shakespeare famously took inspiration for many of his plays, including King Lear. A good idea is never a stolen one, but taking inspiration from others can help to boost your own creativity, helping you to create something original yet inspired.

2. Welcome all ideas

Many people ruin their own creativity by being too fussy. Welcome all of your ideas, including the bad ideas and the half-baked ideas. You never know which idea will work best until you’ve tried them all!

3. Collaborate

If you are not feeling inspired alone, team up with someone else and see what you can create together. This will give you unique ideas and perspectives – you may even discover that you work better as part of a team!

4. Do nothing

If you are stressed out and frustrated by your current lack of creativity, take a break. Read a book, , sleep, watch a film, spend time with loved ones – and don’t think about it! This will take the pressure off, and a good night’s sleep will help you to feel refreshed and productive.

5. Go outside

Most of us spend too much time sat down in the same place, and this can drain your productivity and leave you feeling restless. Go outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery – this will give you a break and help you to start feeling creative.

6. Ask for feedback or advice

It can be tough to open yourself up to criticism, but you could get advice that hugely improves your work. You could be too close to the problem – let someone with an outside perspective comment on your lack of creativity and why it could be happening. After all, their advice could spark a brilliant idea in your mind!

7. Make your environment pleasant

Make sure your set-up is distraction free and encourages you to be productive. Make sure it is tidy and everything you need has a designated place. When it comes to music and scenery, everyone is different. For some, music and an open window help to inspire them – but for others they are distracting.

Do you think you are creative? Have you ever suffered from a creative block? Let me know in the comments! I hope everyone is having an awesome week.

4 TECHNIQUES TO HELP YOU TO MAKE GREAT DECISIONS

4 TECHNIQUES TO HELP YOU TO MAKE GREAT DECISIONS

Some people make great decisions every time, whereas others can be more uncertain or indecisive. It can be tough settling on a decision but there are methods you can use to make sure you make a well-informed and wise decision.

If making a decision is a difficult and time-consuming task for you, check out 4 techniques that will help you to make great decisions.

1. Look for the sham choice

Remember that if one option seems terrible, all of the other options will seem better than they actually are. Imagine you are buying a car and the salesperson has shown you two cars – one which is far more expensive than the other. Even if the other has problems, it will still seem like a good option because the other option is so expensive.

Make sure that you always know if you are being given a sham option to make your other choices look better. This will help you to be 100% happy with the decision you make.

2. Make sure you have ALL of the information before making a decision

Sometimes a decision is made while you are under pressure and feeling stressed or upset. This means you don’t see the situation clearly and you may not have enough information to make an educated decision, or you could be intentionally blurring the facts in your mind. Remember that each decision you make deserves some planning and thought.

3. Ask someone with relevant knowledge what they think

The easiest way to make sure you know all your options is to talk to someone with relevant knowledge. Ask someone who has made a similar decision in the past, and avoid people who claim to know everything but haven’t experienced anything similar.

4. Play Devil’s Advocate

Humans can be very self-confirming. We look for information that agrees with us, and tend to ignore or avoid information that we don’t agree with. This can make it difficult for you to realistically see the situation. Play Devil’s Advocate and try out another perspective. This will help you to see the decision from all angles, helping you to make a great decision.

Are you good at making decisions? Or do you struggle? Let me know in the comment section!