Does Money Buy Happiness?

Written by Gayla Swihart DeHart

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6. Enjoy momentary pleasures. Stop and smellrepparttar roses. Seriously. When you see a flower, donít walk on by. Stop. Look at its beauty. Smell it, and enjoy. When you go for a massage, donít think about allrepparttar 142501 things you have to do after, just focus on how nice it feels to be pampered at that moment.

7. Do new things. Try a new sport, go torepparttar 142502 theatre, go somewhere new for your summer holidays. Read a new kind of book, eat at a different restaurant, try listening to a different kind of music. We get habituated torepparttar 142503 familiar- noterepparttar 142504 difference betweenrepparttar 142505 excitement you feelrepparttar 142506 first time you experience something new andrepparttar 142507 fifth time you experience it.

8. Forgive people who have wronged you. You donít have to forget, just forgive. It takes a lot of energy hanging onto grudges and bad feelings. Think of allrepparttar 142508 happy things you could so with all that freed up energy!

9. Learn how to be more optimistic. Yes, you can learn how. You need to pay careful attention to your thoughts so you can inspect them and refuterepparttar 142509 ones that arenít working for you. This takes practice, and donít be afraid to ask for help with this one.

10. Get a coach to help you implement systematic (and fun) strategies for improving your happiness and well-being

It is widely agreed that there is a natural set-point range within which our happiness levels are likely to fall, and this is unique for each of us. But with knowledge and practice, we are able to ensure that we spend most of our time atrepparttar 142510 uppermost limits of our happiness range. Courses and coaching are available and measurable results have been proven to work. Go to for more information on a teleclass series (you just have to get onrepparttar 142511 phone) that can help you increase get happier immediately.

Dr. Gayla Swihart DeHart, from Vancouver, Canada, is a Professional Coach with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She helps busy professionals manage stress, improve goal-setting and follow-through, develop emotional intelligence, and increase life and work satisfaction. More information on Dr. DeHart and her services can be found at

Making the Most of Your Time

Written by Mary Carroll

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6.Get organized. Donít begin a project until youíve assembled allrepparttar necessary resources and tools youíll need. Use your day planner to remind yourself of upcoming tasks. Atrepparttar 142500 end ofrepparttar 142501 day write down where you left off and make a list of priorities for tomorrow.

7.Set priorities. Knowrepparttar 142502 difference between important tasks and urgent ones. Urgent tasks have short-term consequences while important tasks are those with long-term, goal-related outcomes. Work toward reducingrepparttar 142503 urgent tasks so you'll have plenty of time for more important priorities. This will help prevent urgent items from becoming emergencies.

8.Learn your software. Learning how to getrepparttar 142504 most from your computer and its software will also help make your work easier and less time consuming. Spending time learning how to improve your work is more productive than wasting time doing itrepparttar 142505 same old way. Take advantage of computer software tutorials to become more proficient in your work.

9.Be flexible. Plan time for interruptions and distractions. Make yourself available to respond to surprises and new opportunities.

10.Avoid procrastination. Procrastination isrepparttar 142506 tendency to avoid, for as long as possible, completing an action or task that needs to be done, usually by focusing on some other distraction. Getting it over with right away will keep time from being wasted.

11.Stay focused. Avoid jumping from one uncompleted task to another. Try to finish one job before moving on torepparttar 142507 next.

12.Delegate. What tasks can be delegated to others?

13.Follow a routine. Make your new routine a habit. Every new habit you develop is an important step toward taking control of your time.

14.Reward yourself. Balance your work with pleasure and reward yourself for completing your goals, evenrepparttar 142508 small ones.

15.Reevaluate: After completing a project, revisit your ďTo DoĒ list. Were there any unnecessary steps? Is there a wayrepparttar 142509 task could be accomplished with less effort next time? Wasted time is lost opportunity. Lost opportunity equals diminished productivity. Lost productivity means less time to spend doingrepparttar 142510 things you want to do. Your life is a progression of choices. You have control overrepparttar 142511 choices you make, notrepparttar 142512 flow of time. Time management is one source for a happier more productive life, and studies have shown that happy people feel less rushed because they are in control of their time. Once youíve mastered these skills, youíll find yourself able to maintain a healthier balance between your work, and your family. Copyright 2005, Video Professor Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Mary Carroll is a customer advocate for Video Professor, the leader in self-paced software learning tutorials, helping our customers to better understand Video Professor and how our tutorials can provide tools to learn various software programs to your desired level.

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