You might know that a touch is the most primitive and powerful nonverbal cue. But did you know that by touching someone on the arm, hand, or shoulder for as little as 1/40 of a second creates a human bond?
At work, physical touch and warmth are established through the handshaking tradition. And this commonly used form of contact makes a lasting and positive impression. A study on handshakes by the Income Center for Trade Shows showed that people are two times more likely to remember you if you shake hands with them. The trade show researchers also found that people react to those with whom they shake hands by being more open and friendly. So, to connect with someone instantly – shake hands.
When I woke up early this morning I was experiencing such intense gratitude and happiness for all that I have in my life, that I started laughing – I simply love when that happens.
It made me reflect on what easy-to-implement habits we can develop to make our lives easier and more joyful. Here’s 15 simple tips for a happy living:
- Count your BLESSINGS, not your troubles.
- Live ONE DAY at the TIME.
- Say “I love you” OFTEN.
- Be a GIVER, not a taker.
- Seek for GOOD in EVERYONE and EVERYTHING.
- Pray EVERYDAY.
- Do at least one GOOD DEED a day.
- Learn to count (keep PRIORITIES in line).
- Let NO little and/or imaginary things bother you.
- Practice a “DO IT NOW” habit.
- Fill your LIFE with GOOD.
- Learn to LAUGH and to CRY.
- SMILE and the world will smile with you.
- Fear NOTHING and no one.
- Let go and let GOD take over.
The skills of being transparent is the key to developing authentic relationships with your team – and with other people. Being transparent is about sincerity, honesty, grace and composure.
Transparent leaders are authentic and respected. They are true to themselves and know their team members well. They share of their knowledge and information, instilling trust and understanding amongst their associates.
Here are some easy tips on being transparent:
– Own up to mistakes.
The act of owning up to a mistake demonstrates humility and a genuine desire to do the right thing.
– Responsibility share true opinions and emotions.
Be responsible for the manner in which you share your opinions with others. For example, express your concern but without contempt.
– Ask for feedback on your own performance.
Ask those who you respect for feedback and accept it with an open mind.
– Communicate both good and bad news.
Do not sugarcoat bad news to make it sound better and don’t downplay good news. Simply tell the truth with a touch of compassion when necessary.
– Create meaningful connections with your team.
Don’t force an unnatural or uncomfortable bond with your employees. Instead, go out of your way to get to know each person on a real level.
How do you practice transparency in your organization and your life? Is there something you can do to improve even further and if so, in what way?
All successful people get inspired and learn from others. Fuel your own creativity and be motivated to action by some of my own favorite quotes.
What you think, you become.”
The power of your thoughts is astonishing. Not only do your negative thoughts drain your energy but they also block your development. What you think about – where your focus is – is crucial to your success in life, and in business.
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust
It is so easy to take the people closest to us for granted, yet they are the ones that makes life extra meaningful. Tell the ones you love how much they mean to you – and then show it in your actions.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Many roads may go to Rome but there’s only one foolproof road to success – preparation. There are no shortcuts.
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.”
– Harry S. Truman
If you want to be truly successful, drop your Ego and live from your heart. Be supportive and encouraging of other peoples achievements. What goes around comes around. Besides, do you want the acknowledgement of being successful or do you want to be (genuinely feel) successful?
“There’s no ‘ifs’ amongst believers. Anything can happen.”
Whatever you perceive you will achieve. There are no boundaries, no limits at all, to what you can create in your life. Anything is possible!
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
The way we treat other beings says a lot about our true essence – more so than any external showcases of practicing religion. What you sow, you shall reap – that’s just the way it works.
“When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.”
– Vietnamese proverb
Remember that everything that you have in your life – and I know that you have a lot – you have simply because of someone else’s efforts and hard work. Acknowledge and be grateful for what’s in your life, be it things or beings.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
If you don’t know your true self, how can you genuinely know someone else? It’s first when you know your deepest desires and dreams, that you can take the next step in achieving them.
“When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough.”
There are many people who at some point in their lives got themselves into a situation where they ended up with absolutely nothing. I am one of them. It was through that situation though, that I – by the grace of God – managed to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. And it was with the comfort, security and knowledge that God is always within me and God is enough, that I moved forward with such success that I created a life beyond what I thought was possible. With God, all things are possible.
“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”
– Neale Donald Walsch
Be grateful for what you have as opposed to focus on what you have not. Make a list of everything in your life that you are grateful for – don’t leave anything out. If you at any time still feel like you don’t have anything to be grateful for, take a look at that list. Show Gratitude for what you have, no matter how little, and God will provide you with more to be grateful for.
Do you have any favorite quote of your own? I’d love to know about them! Send me an email to gustolifegroup[at]gmail[dot]com and I might include them in a future post as your personal favorite quote (if you consent).