TRULY, HAPPINESS IS NOT WHAT WE ARE GIVEN. IT’S WHAT WE CHOOSE TO RECEIVE. THIS IS WHY AN ATTITUDE OF POSITIVITY IS SO IMPORTANT. “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,” explained Oprah Winfrey. We are inundated with reasons to become a positive thinker. A positive mindset can strengthen our relationships, help us to overcome obstacles, and even lead to success in the workplace. THE QUESTION...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

Almost all of us periodically sets ourselves a new goal or challenge — and just as often in the end fails to achieve them. We end up telling ourselves that we’re just not ready yet, that we’ll do it next week, next month…next year. We’re filled with laziness We might even pursue them with zeal at the start. But once we’ve made a small amount of effort, we’ll tell ourselves we’ve done enough, and it’s time to take this whole ‘starting a new life’ thing...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

You went to school and got good grades. You behaved yourself. You got into college. You graduated and got a job. You settled down. You bought a house and saved diligently for your retirement… DID YOU EVER STOP TO ASK YOURSELF WHY?. All too often, we get caught up in our short term goals in a way that blinds us to the big picture. The average American will spend nearly 100,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. For those who work beyond a nine to five schedule, it will be much more....

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

Many people mistakenly associate negativity with intelligence and worldliness. While these traits can coexist, the second two do not feed off of negativity. Rather, they survive in spite of it. People who cultivate a negative mindset are dangerous. They can bring us down with them. They can cause us to stop believing, stop pushing, and, most tragically, to stop finding joy in the world around us. POSITIVITY IS NOT JUST A FLUFFY, FEEL-GOOD MINDSET. IT HELPS US TO SET AND REACH GOALS. IT KEEPS US...

by School Of Life on 25 November 2016

Most of us regularly let fear rule our lives in the name of comfort. We refuse to speak in public. We decline an invitation to a party where we won’t know many people. We might even avoid driving on the highway or wearing a swimsuit to the pool. THESE BOUNDARIES ARE NOT STUPID. They are designed to keep us safe, physically and emotionally. We stay in the comfort zone we have created, and we feel…well, comfortable. Comfort doesn’t hurt us. That’s the wonderful thing about it. However, it...

by School Of Life on 25 November 2016

You just woke up and are ready to get out of your bed and start your day. But wait! Let’s bring some mindfulness into life from the moment we get lucid. I recently saw a list floating around of five things you should do before getting out of bed, and a chain of events led me to putting them into words to share with others. These five things can be looked at as life hacks because they’re so simple and easy to add to our daily routine yet so effective that it begs the question why we weren’t...

by School Of Life on 20 November 2016

When you make a mistake, big or small, cherish it like it’s the most precious thing in the world. Because in some ways, it is. Most of us feel bad when we make mistakes, beat ourselves up about it, feel like failures, get mad at ourselves. And that’s only natural: most of us have been taught from a young age that mistakes are bad, that we should try to avoid mistakes. We’ve been scolded when we make mistakes — at home, school and work. Maybe not always, but probably enough times to make...

by School Of Life on 24 September 2016

In various religious texts, there can be found some interesting personal development gems. One from the Bible is “The Parable of the Talents.” The Parable of the Talents is one of the stories Jesus told to teach a moral lesson. Although the word “talents” in the story refers literally to money, you can obviously extend the meaning to other areas. It’s interesting to read it using the common definition of “talents.” Here’s the story: The Parable of the Talents Again, it will be like...

by School Of Life on 12 August 2016

Here is a collection of quotes on dreams: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”. – Colin Powell “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”. – Harriet Tubman “You have to dream before your dreams can come true”. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams...

by School Of Life on 10 August 2016

After a stock market rally, many investors will sell some of their stock to “lock in their gains.” They cash out and take the rewards they’ve accumulated. Partly this is to ensure that the rewards of their efforts are actually received because in a short period of time the market could very well erase them. The money from the stock sales can be used to pay taxes, to upgrade the person’s standard of living, or to reinvest elsewhere. This strategy of locking in your gains applies to personal...

by School Of Life on 10 August 2016