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You set the boundaries in your relationships. If those boundaries are crossed and the other person can’t seem to take the hint, you have to assert yourself to restore balance. If you have difficult relatives who fail to respect your boundaries and behave as if the purpose of your relationship is for you to bend over backwards to satisfy all of their needs, you certainly aren’t alone. I’m talking about boundaries that you consider to be bottom lines that should not be crossed, ones that make...

by School Of Life on 24 July 2016

Exploring your own resistance to ideas can help you clarify your own thinking and understand why you believe what you do. My goal isn’t to convert everyone to my way of thinking. My goal is to help raise your awareness of how you think and behave and to encourage you to make such choices more consciously and deliberately instead of falling back on social conditioning and/or mindlessness. I have the greatest respect for those who consciously and deliberately explore all aspects of their lives...

by School Of Life on 24 July 2016

Here is a collection of attitude quotes: “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation”. – Brian Tracy “Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude”. – Ralph Marston “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”. –...

by School Of Life on 24 July 2016

Can you give someone criticism without hurting their feelings or making them angry? Can you do it kindly? I think that’s a difficult proposition for most people, but in truth it’s possible to give criticism with kindness and have a decent chance of having the person take it constructively. Let us look at how to give criticism with kindness, so that the person who receives it is more likely to take it well. We’ll also look at why criticism is often the wrong approach to take: positive suggestions...

by School Of Life on 23 July 2016

How do you deal with criticism? I think the first reaction for most of us is to defend ourselves, or worse yet to lash back. That is not a good way of handling Criticism in my opinion. While criticism can be taken as hurtful and demoralizing, it can also be viewed in a positive way: it is honesty, and it can spur us to do better. It’s an opportunity to improve. Stop Your First Reaction If your first reaction is to lash back at the person giving the criticism, or to become defensive, take a minute...

by School Of Life on 23 July 2016

Here is a collection of quotes on anger “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining”. – Stephen Hawking “Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you”. – Joel Osteen “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished...

by School Of Life on 23 July 2016

Feeling grateful for what you have can make you very happy. Why should that be? Why should the simple act of thinking about who and what I’m grateful for make such a big difference in my life? Just a few reasons: • Because it reminds you of the positive things in your life. It makes you happy about the people in your life, whether they’re loved ones or just a stranger you met who was kind to you in some ways. • Because it turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful...

by School Of Life on 23 July 2016

Let’s say you had a blank day staring at you. You didn’t have to work. You could do anything at all (although money is still a limiting factor). What would your perfect day be like?These questions are more than just hypothetical questions to ask for fun or idleness. It’s an exercise meant to get you thinking about designing your life. How do you design your life? Well, let’s assume that your life is under your control. Sure, not everything is under your control, but let’s assume that...

by School Of Life on 23 July 2016

Here is a collection of happiness quotes: “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness”. – Charles Spurgeon “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved”. – George Sand “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition”. – Martha Washington “Achievement of...

by School Of Life on 22 July 2016

The concept of enough is one of the most important concepts in simplifying your life, and in frugality. We often want more than we have now. More money, more gadgets, better furniture, a better house, a better car, more clothes, more shoes, more success. And what happens when we get more? We aren’t satisfied, because there are new ads for new iPods, for new laptops, for new iPhones, for new cars, for new clothes. We have to have those. It’s impossible to satisfy that hunger for more, because...

by School Of Life on 21 July 2016