Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Genuine Happiness Comes from Within

by Kim And Charles Petty

Life isn't the sweetest candy. Sometimes, when I feel like the world is just too heavy, I look around and find people who continued to live fascinating and wonderful lives. And then thoughts come popping into my mind like bubbles from nowhere - "How did their life become so adorably sweet? How come they still can manage to laugh and play around despite a busy stressful life?" Then I pause and observed for a while I figured out that maybe, they start to work on a place called 'self.'

So, how does one become genuinely happy? Step 1 is to love yourself.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How To Spend More Time With Your Family

Often families although living under one roof, find it extremely hard to spend time with each other. There are several reasons for this. Here we will discuss different ways how you can spend time with your family. One of the major reasons why family meetings are scarcely found is that they usually turn into an interrogation session where parents often throw 'questions' their children about their lives, instead of 'talking' about it in a healthy and friendly manner. These meetings also tend to get very monotonous and boring over time, mainly because families tend to do the same things again and again. What they don't seem to understand is that, there are plenty of things that families can do together. It will only improve the bond among them, and help them to understand each other better. Try having dinner more often with your family. There are so many things that you can talk about over dinner. However if you make it compulsory everyday, it may become like a mere formality. Instead keep one day in the week depending on everyone's convenience, when the whole family has dinner together. However, make sure that dinner doesn't only consist of the boring things that you have everyday. You can increase the number of things on the menu to make the dinner fun and also longer. Make sure you increase the number of dishes on that day. You can have a couple of starters and a great desert as well. You can also once in a while, watch a good movie with your entire family. Pick a good family movie that everyone would like. There are also plenty of board games that your family could play together. Games like Scrabble and Monopoly. You can also play different card games like Uno.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Motivation To Change, Why Is It So Hard?

by Lynne Dean

We encounter constant changes throughout our life; it could be educational, health, relationships or financial, and of course with oneself. Maintaining or increasing one’s sense of self-worth and happiness are strong incentives for these changes.
Too often trials and errors affect our self-esteem and therefore hinder true engagement in learning and changing. It’s very comforting to have a routine, and very frightening to go forward to the unknown. Its takes courage and determination. This is nothing new. You have done it before, perhaps not deliberately but you have gone through many changes during your life.

Friday, August 19, 2011

If Not Now, When?

by J. E. Burke

How many times have you made excuses for putting off something you really needed or wanted to do? Probably too many times to count. It is all too easy to get in the habit of putting the desires of your heart on hold. You may have been taught to put the needs of others first or that it is selfish to think of your own desires.
Mind you, there is times when it is appropriate and right to put the needs of others first, i.e., children, and others who have a right to depend on you.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happiness: Your Choice!

by Dave Ferruolo

Every day, I witness people leading chaotic lifestyles, responding like robots to the negative circumstances of their lives, creating more dissonance and conflict. They seek solace in the next best thing, person or position they can find, but always end up frustrated and wondering why they are not truly happy. It is a conundrum of sorts. Sadly, it is self-perpetuating. Stress, negativity and unpleasant reactions to everyday situations only beget more of the same experiences on a deeper level. This, of course, creates undue stress on your body, mind and spirit.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Manage the Task, Not the Person

By: Ryan Scholz

In the early 1970’s Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard developed one of the most popular and used leadership models which is called Situational Leadership. While I think a more appropriate name would have been situational management since it deals primarily with task execution, the model is still very relevant and useful today. I’ve had several situations while working with managers that we have used the model to help manage staff more effectively.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Overcoming Depression and Staying That Way

By: Carl Clark

Why do people become depressed? There are some acceptable reasons behind the depression of people such as health problems, a break up, death of a loved one or even financial difficulties. It is really horrible that a person gets to experience these kinds of things. If you are currently in one of these situations, do not feel hopeless for overcoming depression is possible. Yes, there is no quick solution for overcoming depression. However, there is a feasible one.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Do What's Important First, No Matter What

Often times, we are overloaded with little tasks everyday. Little bits of work can often overwhelm us and fill up or day. Usually we start by knowing the most important task we need to do for the day. And we have every intention of completing this work. But then the little tasks come in and by the time we feel that we've accomplished all those little tasks, we already feel burned out and we no longer find time, energy and room to finish the big important task. To be able to accomplish the things that we need to do first, we have to prioritize them no matter what.