10 Keys to a Happier Life – Part 2

More6. Pay Attention To The People Around You.  Is there anyone that you’re walking with on the sidewalk of life and they’re steering you into potholes, puddles, and piles of poop?    If so, why are you walking with them?  Oh, they’re saying such nice things but the talk is deceptive and they’re not treating you nicely.  Get away from them.  Now notice the people who are looking out for you, watching your back, encouraging you, cheering you on.  Aren’t giving them as much attention?  Why not?  You can analyze that later.  Right now.  Pay attention and get in step with the good people around you.

7. Be Loyal Back.  When you’ve started to notice the people who are around you that are great to be around, be loyal back to them.  Encourage, cheer them, watch their backs, look out for them, enjoy their successes!

Say what you mean8. Speak up and Say What You Mean.  This can be difficult for some of us.  Especially if  you’ve been in a position where you got really bad feed back from others. Especially if you were made to feel marginalized, minimized, discounted and dismissed.  Henry David Thoreau wrote, “If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined…you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  The life that you imagine is one in which what you say is valued.  Say it.

9. Listen Well.  There’s “Active Listening”, “Appreciative Listening”, “Dialogic Listening”, “Informative Listening”, “Reflective Listening”, “Workplace Listening”.  Whichever you are doing, Listening is paramount to success, effectiveness, and satisfaction.

Random Acts of Kindness10. Perform a Random Act of Kindness.  Whether you pay someone’s toll, buy someone a Starbucks, pay for someone’s groceries, or pick up litter along a stretch of road near your house while you’re taking a walk, doing something kind for someone else expecting nothing in return really does give you some warm fuzzies that you can’t get anywhere else!

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