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Being successful is one of those tricky concepts that I usually tend to shy away from writing about, simply because there are so many interpretations of what “success” truly is. For some, “successful” mean money, for some it means happiness. There are so many different approaches to being successful that the waters get muddied on what really works and what doesn’t. Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on my own personal success with challenges in my life. So, I boiled the concept of success...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

There’s a fine line between feeling comfortable in your love life and falling into a rut. While most of us wish that our relationship had more excitement and spontaneity, few of us feel up to making the effort. Adding a spark to your relationship takes creativity, energy, and a whole lot of hope. However, the results often speak for themselves. HERE ARE 30 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LOVE FEEL NEW AGAIN: 1. Learn to play a challenging game together. Chess is a good one. If you’re outdoorsy, tennis might...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

Some people live in social or financial poverty, but are able to cultivate happiness with the very little they have. Others are surrounded by a wealth of family, friends, and material blessings, and still find that happiness eludes them. WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE ABLE TO CONSTRUCT A HAPPY LIFE FROM VERY LITTLE, WHILE OTHERS CAN’T SEEM TO COME CLOSE? The answer is in the choices we make every day. As Akilnathan Logeswaran wrote, “Happiness is a choice, a repetitive one.” When we choose to replace...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

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

As Marisol Santiago wrote, “A girl’s first true love is her father.” A father has the power to make his daughter kind, clever, confident, and brave. He sets the example of love she will look back on for the rest of her life. He can build her up, or he can break her down. A truly great father can make his daughter so much stronger than she ever could have been on her own. HERE’S HOW TO DO IT: 1. SWEEP THE FLOOR ONCE IN A WHILE. Do the dishes. Change a diaper. Cook a healthy and delicious...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

It has everything to do with the things you DON’T do. Pretty much everyone who is in a committed relationship agrees that if they found out their partner is cheating, even once, with someone else it would be a challenge to move past it and stay together. That’s the big one-event shake up that most people assume is the beginning of the end if not the mile marker for the end itself. While both of us would be nonplussed if the other had an affair or one-night-stand, there are three patterns that...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

She’s with you because she wants to be. There’s nothing more powerful than a woman who can stand on her own two feet without the help of a man to keep her afloat. While she is strong, independent and perfectly OK by herself, there’s a lot more to her than just coming across as “that girl who doesn’t need a man.” If you can love her in the right ways, your experience will be unlike anything you’ve known. Here’s what it means to love a woman who’s capable of being on her own. 1....

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

My ex-husband was abusive: physically, sexually, and most of all emotionally. (Whoever came up with the expression “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” obviously lacked any ability to harbor feelings.) In short: my ex was an emotional psychopath. When we split after a nearly 8 year marriage, he left with a suitcase packed with pieces of me: my pride, self-worth, hopes, dreams. He didn’t take those things using his hands; he took them using his words. But here’s...

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

There are thousands of parenting books out there, each one thicker than the last. Ironically, most parents I know do not have the time to read them. We’re all too busy actually parenting, and most of them contain the same brand of kind but ultimately impractical advice anyway. For this reason, the best parenting wisdom is often missed as it sits on the shelf. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled some highlights from the most accessible and authentically written parenting book I have come across....

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016