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June 26, 2007
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Happiness INDEX:
One Minute Tip
Power Quotes
Tips for your Happiness
Tips for your Health
Tips for your Prosperity
Sponsored Resources
Editor’s Note / Humour / new free books

One Minute Tip:

Dealing With Work Related Stress

Examples that can cause work related stress are trying to get too much work done in too little time, cutting corners or otherwise taking chances that may put you, or someone else at risk, and trying to get along with superiors and co-workers.

Everybody has days when there simply seems there’s too much work to get done. Trying to get everything done by yourself can bring on stress. Some people try and deal with the pressure by delegating certain jobs to others. If you can unburden yourself and not worry about when and how the work gets done, if you can put full faith and trust in co-workers or subordinates it can be an effective escape valve. Trouble is, most people can’t let go. If you have the type of personality that demands to know how things are going, chances are you’re only increasing the pressure and stress on yourself by constantly worrying if the work is getting done or not.

To lessen stress you must either learn to trust others to get the job done, or prioritize jobs to get rid of “what must be done” first. Many people tend to “put off” the difficult jobs they hate to do until the last possible minute. Of course, this only makes it all the more difficult and stressful when you finally get around to doing what you should have done earlier.

When you feel the “walls closing in on you” if possible, take a break. Many people in trying to relax actually kick their bodies into overdrive by using their break time to either get a nicotine or caffeine fix. Instead of calming you down, both substances being stimulants speed up your body processes. You may think you’re relaxing, but your blood pressure and heart are working harder.

Instead of coffee or cigarettes try a brief chat with friends, a short leisurely walk, even just looking out the window for a few minutes. Never take breaks, or eat lunch at your work station. The point of a break is to get away from whatever work you’re doing. You can’t get your mind off your work if you’re chained to your work area.

Getting along with your co-workers and the boss can be more than a sore point. It can be something you learn to put up with, or it can turn into a festering wound that only gets worse with time. If you’re having problems, get them out in the open. Most managers today at least have some training in dealing with personal problems. If you can’t clear the air or have tried using all the company procedures to resolve a grievance, and you no longer enjoy your job, hate to go to work in the morning, or feel that the pressure is getting to be too much, it may be time to seriously consider a change.

Power Quotes:


“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really HAPPY is something to be ENTHUSIASTIC about.”
- – C. Kingsley


”Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night, instead of one a day, just isn’t going to get the job done.”
- Jim Rohn


”If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you?
Not much!”
– Jim Rohn

Tips for your Happiness:

Achieving the Impossible

When anyone tells you that something is impossible what is your response? Not only your outward reaction, what are your inner thoughts?

Do you accept it and go on thinking to yourself, “Yeah! It’s probably too hard too…” or “They’re right. That could never work.” Or do you just passively go on with your existence never to give it another thought?

Well listen. S T O P thinking that way. Before you achieve anything that you think may be even a little difficult, you must – repeat – YOU MUST own the belief that it is not only possible, it is probable. Then, owning that belief, ask yourself some very focused questions.

• What do I want?

• What is the first step I should take to be one step closer to achieve what I am after?

• Who can clear up any lack of knowledge that I need to achieve this?

• What is my plan to get from Point A to Point B?

The most important objective to achieve anything on this planet (or out of this world) is to believe. Without belief there is nothing.

Become what you focus on. Whether you want to or not you will become what you concentrate your efforts on. If you concentrate on achieving wealth, you will become aware of opportunities to achieve that wealth.

If you allow yourself to become consumed with bad things that happen to you, you will become a person that bad things happen to.

You need to become just like the person you want to be like. This requires reading and diving into the lives of those who have already achieved what you are striving for.

You must become a filter for what you allow in and what you push out. Do this by reading what you want to learn. Listen to audio books that support your goals. Talk with people who build up your ideas.

Just remember you will become what you want to achieve even if others say it’s impossible.

Beware of the idiots. I have a friend who has a brilliant outlook on life. He is an entrepreneur and has a lot of great ideas. Not only are they great ideas they actually make him money.

There are plenty of people who would look at him and his ideas and tear down any effort he would make at trying to achieve.

Here’s the part you need to adopt and adapt to your way of life.

To the people who tear down or do not support his ideas are automatically dismissed as idiots. Those who support him and his ideas are always geniuses. That’s a great way to win! Develop your genius tribe. Totally ignore and dismiss the idiot pool.

Now you don’t have to be so raw about it calling people idiots (although it may help). You can still apply the same principle. Beware of the nay-sayers. Embrace the encouragers.

Surround yourself with geniuses.

Few things will kill a million-dollar idea faster than idiots telling you it can’t work.

Be You
The last sentence “Few things will kill a million-dollar idea faster than an idiot telling you it can’t work.” is SO true. Another thing that will kill a million-dollar idea faster than anything is not being yourself.

Being yourself is the most unique thing you can offer anyone. Why would you want to rob yourself of the most valuable asset you can offer?

Trying to be someone else is a nasty habit that is so transparent it turns off everyone who sees it. Don’t do it. No one likes a phony. But everyone loves those who love being themselves.

People are attracted to those who are glad to be themselves and are confident in who they are. These people understand that they are valuable being the only person they can be. Be yourself and don’t be ashamed of you.

Once you have accepted that you are valuable and are sure in who you are, you will begin to notice in a very short time that people will begin to be attracted to you. They will want to be around you and unconsciously want what you have got.

Use your YOU power. Be yourself and you will be on your way to successful living.

Successful living isn’t easy. It’s simple but it isn’t necessarily easy. Stay tuned throughout the year for more valuable ideas and tools that will help you accomplish what others would call “The Impossible”.

5 Ways to Become More Likeable

Man is a social animal, as Aristotle once said. This want and need to belong and be accepted by others is what drives us to be civil toward others. In fact, there might be times when we want nothing but to see our intimidators get run over by a bus (yikes!) but we choose to endure the pressure and react in an amiable manner in order to merit niceties, as well. In order to achieve this kind of response from everyone we meet, we must strive to be likeable.

Now, likeability does not always entail that people will throw a party every time you come into the room. A person can be likeable yet not grandstanding. You don’t really have to be popular to be one. All you need to do is adjust your attitude and outlook in life toward the positive. When you feel good about yourself and always look at the bright side of things, your likeability factor will naturally rise.

Here are five ways to become more likeable in any situation.

1) Think happy thoughts
According to Peter Pan, think happy thoughts and you will fly. This applies to your attitude toward the challenges that come your way. For instance, if you received low marks for your exam, don’t think of it as the end of the world. Instead, be grateful it happened because it will motivate you to study harder and manage your time better next time. Behind every dark cloud is a silver lining. If you keep this as your mantra, you will never have to harbor depressing thoughts ever again.

2) Contribute something
Whether its a group project or a personal endeavor, contributing something of value, no matter how small makes a big difference. If you compare a person who always mutters about how difficult a task is and a person who acknowledges the difficulty but tries to lighten the mood by finding humor in the activity, you’d want to go with the latter, right? If you want to be likeable, don’t put others down and bear more weight on a challenging activity.

3) Rein your insecurities in
There is none more annoying than a person who throws a pity party for himself or herself. Examples of insecure people are those who always have to be right at everything, those who always say ‘just kidding’ at the end of every comment, and those who do not know how to laugh at themselves and their mistakes. An insecure person is a crab. A crab is animal that brings everybody down when he or she is down. If you want to have more friends, don’t be one. You don’t have to apologize for everything you say with ‘just kidding.’

4) Believe in what you are saying and stick to it
A person who keeps changing his or her opinion or merely mimics what other people are saying about a particular event or object not only has zero personality but a very low likeability rate, as well. You don’t need to have an opinion about everything — that would be equally annoying, but you don’t need to say ‘yes’ to what others say either. You’ll only end up looking like a desperate sycophant.

5) Avoid judging others
Finally, if you don’t want to be judged, don’t judge. First impressions might sometimes put you off but it pays to know the other person better than to immediately make conclusions about his or her character. Judgmental people, if you notice, are the ones who usually eat alone at the cafeteria because his or her colleagues are tired of hearing him or her point out the flaws of others. Surely you don’t want to be this person.

Tips for your Health:

Love, Affection and Health!
Positive emotions keep us healthy. These emotions may be shared with family or friends. A healthy diet is more than the food we eat. It is everything that nourishes us physically, mentally or spiritually. Even picturing images of being nurtured or loved by someone strengthens the immune system. The effect last for about one hour.

How Too Much Television Can Affect Children’s Behavior

For many busy households, the prospect of the television becoming a surrogate nanny – sometimes even a substitute to parents – is just too tempting.

The advantages are obvious. The children stay still and quiet and the adults are able to do what they need or want to do. We can also say that they may actually be learning something new if they are watching an educational show.

Before this article sounds like a tribute to the great idiot box, we must say that this piece of technology is in no way comparable to the most inane interaction with another human being. To understand the benefits of watching television, we need to see what a child needs to learn at a specific age.

Here is a quick run-through.

0 to 6 years old:
development of psychomotor skills, may start talking, forming basic concepts, learning languages to describe social and physical reality, learns sex differences and sexual modesty, and gets ready to read

6 to 12 years old:
gets along with peers, builds wholesome self attitudes, learns the appropriate masculine or feminine social role, develops a conscience, learns morality and a scale of values, achieves personal independence, and develops attitudes toward social groups and institutions

Looking at the list of developmental tasks, we are able to contextualize the boon and bane of watching television shows. Watching TV is a form of entertainment; this is its primary purpose.

However, it is potentially harmful if it occupies a significant amount of the day. Watching TV as a habit can actually promote psychomotor retardation and passivity. Kids come to expect to be entertained and may fail to develop initiative for action. There is also very little opportunity to practice and develop motor and social skills in this passive entertainment.

Not surprisingly, research shows the poor development of reading skills relative to the number of hours spent watching TV. Other researchers have also established a connection between aggression in children and the amount of TV viewing.

It is important for children to have routines and habits. They need to learn that there is a time and a place for everything, including TV time. Limiting this form of entertainment to the least amount of time every day may be ultimately beneficial to any child. Around 30 minutes to two hours is enough.

However, parents need to introduce alternative indoor and outdoor activities. Playing games, running in the yard, interacting with other kids, helping to prepare his or her snacks, picking up a book, and learning household chores are some of these alternative activities.

Some of the most important skills that children need to learn come from real-life activities, like interacting with their peers. Try to maximize the time they spend in a social environment. The socio-emotional skills of negotiation, compromise, and sharing are too valuable to miss just because of television.

How to Negotiate Effectively With Your Child

“Negotiation” is a term you do not expect to hear when talking about kids.

After all, you will only hear it in the boardroom or in movies like S.W.A.T. Yet, this word is very important for children. This is also something that parents should learn when dealing with them.

Whether you like it or not, life with children involves negotiation. At worst, it can be a very challenging process. At best, it can be a great learning experience for you and your kids. It is in negotiating about little things that kids learn how to deal with conflicts constructively.

To make negotiation an effective process, parents need to keep their cool and learn to manage their own emotions and frustrations. Here are some pointers to help you:

1) When you want your child to do something, say it in a way that appeals to his need for control and independence.

This will make him more inclined to agree to your request and make him feel more responsible. For example, say, “Would you like to park your bike in the garage all by yourself?” rather than “Put that bike away now!”

2) Involve your child in the decision-making process

Make him feel that his opinion matters to you. Give him a chance to think on his own. For instance, say, “How many minutes more do you think you will need to wash up?” or “What punishment do you think you deserve for hitting your sister?”

3) For a child to have a full understanding on an issue, you must always explain your point of view.

Be ready for any response from your child!

4) When negotiating, you do not have to give in.

This is not about winning or losing. It is about meeting halfway. However, as far as health or safety reasons are concerned, putting your foot down and saying no is always the answer.

5) Use age-appropriate and fun ways to negotiate.

If your toddler refuses to eat, do not force him. Instead, present meals in fun ways. Cut up sandwiches into different shapes or write his name on an omelet with ketchup.

6) Give him a smooth transition from one activity to another.

Allot a few more minutes so he can finish what he is doing before moving on to another activity. This will lessen the chances of an argument. If it is almost dinnertime and your child is still playing, he will surely fight his way to continue doing so. Tell him he has two more minutes to play then it is time to eat. This way, he will feel that you respect his time.

At the end of the day, remember that you still have the final say. You are in charge. Make sure that you listened to your child’s point of view and have a fair decision. Eventually, children will come to respect your decision. They may not like it but later on, they will realize that you were just being fair, after all.

When negotiating with your child, do not lose your temper. Take time to cool down, practice these tips, and you will come up with a win-win situation. After all, this is the essence of negotiation.

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Tips for your Prosperity:


There have been many articles and reports written explaining supposed ways to cut your grocery bills. Sure, you can eat only bargain noodles and generic beans.

That will save a little money. Wash out those plastic bags and reuse them. That will save a few cents.

But there is one sure way to cut your grocery bills in half (or more!) that is easy and you can still buy brand name items.

By intelligently using the system detailed in this report, you will see savings from the first day.

First, save coupons. Too many people think coupons are a waste of time, or that they only raise the prices that are charged on items. This is false!

Buy a box of envelopes, and label your envelopes with the categories of food and products you buy regularly.

You can be as broad (“vegetables”) or exact (an envelope for each brand of canned vegetables you regularly buy) as you want. Clip every coupon you come across and file them in the proper envelope.

Sunday newspapers are the best source for coupons. If you find a lot of coupons you can use on a particular Sunday, it may be worth your while to buy a second copy of the paper, to get another set of coupons.

If your paper costs $1.00, you can make that back with two 50-cent coupons. The rest will be profit!

Next, watch the sale flyers. When you see items on sale that you have coupons for, that’s the time to buy. Here’s something a lot of people don’t realize. Say you have three 50-cent coupons for “Bill’s Beans.” You can only use one coupon per purchase.

But, if you buy three cans at once, that’s three purchases, and you have every right to use all three coupons. Also, watch for stores that offer “double coupons.” That means that they will double the value of the coupon, usually up to 50-cent value coupons. Buy the sale items with doubled coupons, and your saving increase!

For best results, you should try to have a coupon for at least one-half to two-thirds of the items you buy on your shopping trip. Make a shopping list before you go and stick to it. This prevents impulse buys.

Also, funny as it may sound, don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. If you do, you’ll no doubt buy extra things that sound good to you at the time, but you may not end up eating. That’s the first half of the system. Using coupons to their fullest extent is a major part of grocery bill cutting.

Next comes rebates.

When you use any canned, boxed or bagged goods, save the package. Labels can be soaked from cans with warm water, and the outside layer of a box (the part with the printing on it) can usually be carefully peeled off.

Use a few grocery boxes to organize these. Alphabetically is the best way. These can be stored in an unused closet or the garage.

Also, keep your receipts. You’ll need them for rebates. Then, when you see a rebate for an item you regularly buy, you can get the required proof of purchase easily and quickly from the packaging.

Here’s how these fit together: For example, you have three 15-cent coupons for a 79-cent canned vegetable. The vegetables go on sale for 69-cents at a store that doubles coupons. You can now buy three cans of the vegetables for 39-cents each (69-cents minus 30-cents per coupon).

Then, a few weeks later, the manufacturer has a $1.50 rebate that requires three proofs of purchase. By sending in the rebate, you have now made a profit of 33-cents ($1.50 minus $1.17). Many manufacturers will reimburse you for the cost of postage to send the rebate and proofs in, so you get the full 33-cents.

Think about it. If you are able to do this with at least half of your grocery purchases (and you should, if you try), you can cut your grocery bill at least in half, if not more! All this for not a whole lot of work. It may seem a bit much at the start, but once you get a good, organized system in place, it will be quite easy.

1. Turn off lights in any room not being used.
2. Shut off dishwasher for dry cycle. Let your dishes “air dry”.
3. Use a window fan instead of air conditioner whenever possible.
4. Turn off your TV, radio, record player when not in use.
5. Use large bulb instead of several small ones where bright light is needed.
6. Use lamp shades with white liner. This reflects more light.
7. Replace incandescent with fluorescent bulbs wherever possible.
8. Teach all family members to turn off lights when leaving a room.
9. Don’t use dishwasher or laundry equipment until you have a full load.
10. Use outdoor lights only where they are needed.
11. Make sure your refrigerator and freezer door seals are airtight.
12. Save electricity by using old-fashioned clothesline for clothes drying.
13. Keep air conditioning condenser shaded from sun or on north side of house.
14. Vacuum or dust off coils of refrigerator and freezer regularly.
15. Turn off air conditioning when no one is home.

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