Monday, November 24, 2014

15 Appreciation Quotes to Inspire You

Thank You

1.     The word "appreciation" means to be thankful and express admiration, approval, or gratitude.  It also means to grow or appreciate in value.  As you appreciate life, you become more valuable—both to yourself and others. -Sara Paddison

2.     When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, loving — then making that day count! - Steve Maraboli,

3.     Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.   - Oprah Winfrey

4.     Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

5.     Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.- Sarah Ban Breathnach

6.     I wake up in the morning and I see that flower, with the dew on its petals, and at the way it's folding out, and it makes me happy, she said. It's important to focus on the things in the here and now, I think. In a month, the flower will be shriveled and you will miss its beauty if you don't make the effort to do it now. Your life, eventually, is the same way.
- Dan Buettner,

7.     To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. -Mark Twain

8.     Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.-Voltaire

9.      Appreciate what you have while you still have it because one day you won't. ―Robert Tew

10.        Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.-Epicurus

11.       The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one. Oscar Wilde

12.         Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times.-Steve Brunkhorst

13.      Make it a habit to tell people thank you.  To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.  Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you.  Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.-Ralph Marston

14.       You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now.  How?  By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.  Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.-Dale Carnegie

15.      Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.-Harry Hepner

Monday, November 10, 2014

10 Simple Ways to be Happy at Work

I Love My Job

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. - Theodore Isaac Rubin

There is no need to pursue  happiness at work. It comes naturally to you when you possess the right mental attitude and do the right things at the right time.    

1.     Organized: The world is in your hand when you are prepared. Get ready a to-do list before you start a new day. When you prioritize your work according to your list you are ready to tackle the first important task in the morning with full force.

A tidy desk with a pot of plant on your desk will calm you mind and allow you to work with focus. According to an article, Plants in offices increase happiness and productivity, "What was important was that everybody could see a plant from their desk. If you are working in an environment where there's something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better," said Dr Chris Knight   from Exeter University.

2.     Start early: You are ahead of others in getting things done in the shortest possible time because you will be able to work mindfully without disturbances and interruption. Upon the arrival of other staff, you are ready to take a well-deserved break.

3.     Care of your body: Do you go to bed early so that you can get up early to greet a new day with energy? Are you following a healthy lifestyle such as a balanced diet and drinking enough water while at work? Are you thinking right to boost your confidence?  Happiness is a healthy body and a healthy mind.

4.     Be passionate: Do you enjoy what you do? Develop an interest in your work and work with your heart. It is a sure way to be  happy at work.

You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy. - Bob Ross

5.     Flow experience: When you are passionate about your work, it is no longer work to you.  You will immerse in what you do and forget about the passage of time.

6.    Be productive: You are productive when you are efficient and effective. You think of better ways of getting things done by getting creative.  An aha moment is the greatest joy of all at work.

7.     Be positive: Wear a smile, walk with confidence and dress smartly. When you are looking good you feel good inside and out. Be friendly and helpful so that you inspire others and project a positive image.  

8.     Learn: Learning is a pleasurable experience. You gain more knowledge and keep yourself up-to-date. Reading sharpens your mind to face challenges in life resourcefully.   

9.      Expand your comfort zone: You will be more comfortable when you solve more problems at work. Do more and help others to be more competent at work.   

                 All happiness depends on courage and work. - HonorĂ© de Balzac

10.         Gratitude and appreciation: Be grateful that you are trusted at work. Show an appreciation of keeping your job. You walk tall because you are gainfully employed and enjoying financial well-being.  

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one - Oscar Wilde

Think right, do right and be happy at work.

Monday, November 3, 2014

10 Free Things in Life to be Appreciative

School Of Fish 3
When you are happy, you are free; when you are free, you can be creative; when you are creative, your divine self comes out. - Jeffrey Fry

Getting   more material things may not enrich your life. In fact the happiness of buying the latest gadgets is only short-lived because you will be thinking of purchasing the latest model when it is available in the market. The most valuable things in life are actually free.  The following things which are free are in fact the essence of a good life:

1.     Air and breathing: Air is free but do you breathe deeply and slowly to oxygenate your cells in the body? Dr. K.P. Buteyko is a physiologist and clinical physician who devoted 50 years of his life to the study of respiration. According to him, healthy breathing is slow (about 12 breaths per minute), from the diaphragm (rather than the chest), through the nose (rather than mouth) and is quiet and light. There are deep breathing practices like yoga, qigong, Tai Chi.  With proper breathing the systems in your body work better. It also promotes calmness and mental concentration.

2.     Water and hydration: Water may not be totally free, but the cost is minimal. However, you need to drink water throughout the day to be hydrated. About 60% of your body is water; it energizes the body by maintaining body fluids and keeps your skin looking good.

3.     Exercise and health:  Your body is made for movements. It is the best way to keep fit, healthy and energetic. A sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your health. When you exercise, especially in the open, you embrace nature, breathe in fresh air and bathe under the sun to obtain vitamin D.

4.     Rest and sleep: Are you getting enough sleep? A good night’s sleep rejuvenates and repairs damages done to your body after a hectic day at work.  You can’t work continuously and be productive; you need to take breaks to work with focus and sustain your energy.  

5.     Calmness and peace of mind: Pursuing more wants and comparing yourself with others only make you restless. Getting even and holding grudges only bring about a turbulent mind. Adopt a simple life to enjoy the serenity of a tranquil life. 

6.     Family and friends: Your family is your fortress because family comes first. You may be successful in your career but with a broken family your success does not mean much. All you need to do is to spend quality time with family members. Your friends are your support system. They cheer you up and motivate you. You can’t buy genuine relationships.   

7.     Love and kindness: A good life is about love, kindness, forgiveness and gratefulness. Thinking positively and acting with compassion are the way to live a life with energy and enthusiasm. 

8.     Here and now: Do not allow your mind to wonder about. Be aware of what you are doing. The present moment is the only time to work with concentration and getting the flow experience. To be truly live life is to live from moment to moment.

9.     Happiness and hope: You have a choice. You can be miserable or happy.
Life is short and unpredictable.  Do not allow fear and regret to take hold of your thinking. Choose happiness to live your life. Be hopeful because hopefulness is the only force to propel you to go forward in life. 

10.  Communicate and get in touch: Connecting with loved ones far away is free; thanks to advancement of technology. You can, as an example, use Line to talk to your son who is studying abroad until the cows come home without paying a single cent. You can even use FaceTime to talk face to face for free.

Are you enjoying the priceless wealth in life? Start today and change your lifestyle to reap the benefits.   

Thursday, October 30, 2014

7 Benefits of Calmness

Staffelsee Lake

First a story:

The Secret of Calmness

A disciple and his teacher were walking through the forest.
He asked his teacher, “Why do only a few possess a calm mind?
The teacher spoke, “An elephant was once picking leaves from a tree. A small fly came buzzing near his ear. The elephant waved it away with his long ears. The fly came again, and the elephant waved it away once more.
“This was repeated several times. The elephant asked the fly: ‘Why are you so restless and noisy? Why can’t you stay for a while in one place?’ The fly answered: ‘I am attracted to whatever I see, hear or smell.
My five senses, and everything that happens around me, pull me constantly in all directions and I cannot resist them. What is your secret? How can you stay so calm and still?’
“The elephant stopped eating and said: ‘My five senses do not rule my attention. I am in control of my attention, and I can direct it wherever I want. This helps me to get immersed in whatever I do, and therefore, my mind is focused and calm. Now that I am eating, I am completely immersed in eating. ‘”
Upon hearing these words, the disciple’s eyes opened wide. He looked at his teacher and said, “I understand! My mind will be in constant unrest if my five senses; and whatever is happening in the world around me are distracting me. On the other hand, if I am in command of my five senses, I can disregard sense impressions, and my mind will become calm.”
“Yes, that’s right,” answered the teacher. “The mind is restless and goes wherever the attention is. Control your attention, and you control your mind.”


Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it - Brian Tracy

Calmness is about serenity, tranquility and peace of mind. You are not disturbed easily because calmness is strength:

1.     Clarity: Your mind is not cluttered. You are not thinking about anything else but what you need to do now. It can be an assignment, a problem to solve, an idea for a new article or planning for your next trip. You can think clearly, rationally and you can decide wisely.

2.     Focus: As your mind is like a calm lake without ripples, you are focused on the task at hand. A calm mind facilitates a flow experience at work. It is productive. Working with concentration gives you job satisfaction and a sense of well-being.

3.     Promote positive emotions: Calmness is pleasurable. You feel good and self-assured.

Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral loose, and free-floating –these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything - Wayne W. Dyer

4.     Anti stress: Calmness is the best way to fight stress. You are able to breathe slowly, attend to your work with undivided attention under challenging conditions. 

Never be in a hurry, do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset - Francis de Sales

5.     Enhance Health: When you mind is not at ease because there are outstanding issues bugging you, you can’t relax and you can’t go to sleep with peace of mind. A mind in turbulence is stressful.  Learn to forgive and let go; live in calmness and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

6.     Live in the moment: When you are calm you are not anxious and worrying; your mind is at peace and you pay attention to each passing moment.   You enjoy what you do one thing at a time.  

7.     Avoid negative impulse actions: When you are calm you will not get agitated easily. You are composed under hostile conditions. You are perceived by others to be confident when you stay calm.   

Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought. - Thucydides 

Monday, October 27, 2014

10 Productive Ways to be Happy

World Is Mine

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. 
Dalai Lama XIV

You are responsible for your own happiness. It is a by-product of your positive mental attitudeand doing the right things in life. Be wise and choose the productive ways to happiness:  

1.     Calmness: You are in a state of tranquility and serenity. Your mind is clear and you can do things with concentration and make decisions wisely. Calmness, like meditation is a great source of good health and happiness.

Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
Paramhansa Yogananda

2.     Gratitude: It is about appreciating what you have. You are contented with your life. You think of all the goodness in life. Gratitude is living in abundance and happiness is about satisfaction. 

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Frederick Keonig

3.     Kindness: Be kind to yourself and to others. Be compassionate and speak kind words. Seek forgiveness instead of vengeance. Kindness promotes peace of mind and happiness within.

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.
Dalai Lama

4.     Positive mindset: Be optimistic, look at the bright side of things. Positive thinking motivates you to be more confident of yourself. Happiness is about self assurance and hopefulness of the future.  

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
Mary Lou Retton

5.     Relationships: A family is a great support system. Your spouse and children are your sources of happiness.  One sure way to be happy is to connect with positive people, reaching out to others for mutual benefits and sharing happiness. 

“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.
Mary Stuart

6.     Health: Take care of your health by taking care of your body. Exercise daily, follow a balanced diet and get enough sleep. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Be an early riser to welcome a new day with energy and happiness.  

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
      Albert Schweltzer

7.     Living in the moment: The way to be happy is to focus on the task at hand and live life from moment to moment. Increase your flow experiences by working without distractions.  Go slow, notice and pay attention to your surroundings. The present is all you have to savor, enjoy and be happy. 

8.     Learn new things: Stimulate your mind and beat boredom by learning new things and reading widely. You will find happiness when you immerse yourself by reading a good book.    

9.     Meaning in life: Follow your vision and aspirations. Create a mission statement and be passionate about your goals in life. You will look forward to each new day with excitement and happiness because you enjoy what you do.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Herman Cain

10.                        Resilience: Life is not a bed of roses. Learn a few strategies to cope with setbacks and problems in life. Overcoming obstacles is to extend your comfort zone. You will be stronger and happier.

The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.
Brian Tracy

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10 Things You Should Not Say To Your Boss

Sign Street

Have you ever said such words to your boss? It is possible that your mental attitude decides what to say at work. Think positive before you utter these self-destructive words. These negative words will jeopardize your career prospect and future advancement:

1.      I am late: You are familiar with your daily routine and the traffic situation along the way to work. There is no excuse to be late. You can’t even tell your boss your car breaks down. It is your job to service your car and maintain it in tip-top condition. The best thing to do is to get up early and go to work early.

2.      I am busy: It only discloses your weaknesses at work. You are not organized and cannot prioritize your work. Prepare a to-do list and identify one or two important tasks and get to work first thing in the morning when you are full of energy.   

3.      I can’t: Nobody expects you to know everything. It is for you to ask for help. It is a golden opportunity to learn new things and be more knowledgeable.

4.      I don’t know: It is for you to find out. Your couldn’t-care-less answer is an indication that you are not interested in your work and the company where you work. Be curious and be interested in what you do in order to make progress in life.  

5.      Not my area: Your answer disappoints your boss and paints a negative picture of you. It is a chance to widen your scope of work and build your career prospect for the future. You may be head of the company instead of just one department one fine day.

6.      I think: Check it out and be sure of your answer. Say you will find out immediately and get the right information.

7.      I’ll try: It is not an answer. Your boss wants a firm date from you to get a job done. Be confident and come up with a due date to complete the task.

8.      I always do it this way: Be willing to learn from others. Be flexible and make changes to get a thing done more efficiently. 

9.      It’s too much work: You are hired to work; just do it without procrastinating and you will find out it is done sooner than expected.

10.  Not my fault: Be responsible and do not blame others.  Learn from the mistake and more on instead of looking for excuses. You boss is only interested in getting things done and nothing else. 

Avoid saying dumb things to your boss. Be confident and be wise when you deal with your boss and present your best self

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. - Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Calming Quotes

A Place To Relax

Are you staying in calmness or your mind is in turbulence?
Be inspired by these calming quotes and stay cool at all times: 

1.     Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. -  Buddha

2.     Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax. - Bryant McGill

3.     The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
- James Allen

4.     Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.  - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

5.     There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. - Ralph H. Blum 

6.     A samurai must remain calm at all times even in the face of danger. - Chris Bradford,

7.     By staying calm, you increase your resistance against any kind of storms.   - Mehmet Murat ildan

8.     When your mind is besieged by some inauspicious thoughts, you can bring the sunshine into your life by staying calm! - Mehmet Murat ildan

9.     Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health. - Dalai Lama

10.     Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. - Paramahansa Yogananda
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