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Create Your Life Handbook

Create Your Life Handbook
by Celes on Mar 15, 2009 | ShareThis Email This Post One of the key tools I found critical in my pursuit of personal growth and living a purposeful life is creating my own life handbook. What do I mean by a life handbook? A life handbook, to put it simply, is your manual that contains anything and everything important in living your life, from your life purpose, adages, life lessons, long-term goals, short-term goals, strategies, plans, right down to your daily tasks. Just like you need a driving manual to learn driving, your life handbook is your manual to progress in life. The idea of having a life handbook came to me over a year ago. Fast forward to a year later in 2007, and what did I have? Besides that, I also noticed there were a lot of important things I was learning in life and they were either lost over time or stashed away in my latent memory. When I troubleshooted the situation, I realized it was because I lacked a central system to support my life. Key Sections of Your Book Related:  Charmed Life

Project: Start a Commonplace Book Creating a commonplace book can help you keep track of your educational journey. It’s a place to record favorite quotes from the books you read, ideas you have, and questions that arise from your studies. Over time, your commonplace book will turn into a record of who you’ve been and how you’ve changed. You can use it to track the progress you’ve made and reflect on the thoughts that have shaped your life. This article will show you how to get started. What is a Commonplace Book? A commonplace book is essentially a scrapbook / compilation of information that the creator deems relevant. Wikipedia puts it this way: “Commonplace books (or commonplaces) were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books…Such books were essentially books filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. How Are Modern Commonplace Books Used? “Time was when readers kept commonplace books.

Kindness Ideas Loading 350 Kindness Ideas... Donate! Do some early spring cleaning today and fill some boxes with gently used toys, clothes, and books to bring to a local donation center. If you've already cleaned house recently, think about donating your time or money to a cause that is dear to your heart this week. Make it a priority to do it today! Organize a Teddy Bear Drive Did you know there are many children in your community without homes, whose families can't afford to buy them toys? Anonymous Only My good friend died not long ago. Build a House Help build a house for someone in need with Habitat for Humanity. Let Your Teacher Know You Appreciate Him or Her “Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” - William Prince Return Emails Promptly Returning emails promptly is a great way to show someone respect. Be Polite Online Remember to be respectful of others when you are on the internet. Make Time for Silly Conserve Energy Become an Organ Donor Tip Big Start Now!

How to Rewire Your Brain to Be More Kind Toward Others Kindness is the state of caring about other people’s well-being and taking action to help make other people’s lives better and happier. It is a social glue that allows us to connect with others and build meaningful relationships with them When someone does something kind for us, we like them more and we want to cooperate with them more. When we do something kind for someone, we earn their trust and respect, and we feel better about ourselves for being a good person. Kindness is a reciprocal relationship. The more we practice kindness, the easier it is. Every thought and action we do fires neurons in our brain. Here are scientifically supported ways we can increase our kindness toward others. Get your intentions right Having good intentions is the first step toward being kinder toward others and building positive relationships with them. Cultivating the right attitude about others is often necessary before we start acting in kinder ways. See from the other person’s perspective

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) . Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. Here are the rules: I’ve been at zero a few times, come back a few times, and done it over and over. I’ve had to change careers several times. There are other ways to reinvent yourself, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I’ve seen it work for maybe a few hundred other people. A) Reinvention never stops. Every day you reinvent yourself. B) You start from scratch. Every label you claim you have from before is just vanity. C) You need a mentor. Else, you’ll sink to the bottom. D) Three types of mentors Direct. E) Don’t worry if you don’t have passion for anything. You have passion for your health. F) Time it takes to reinvent yourself: five years. Here’s a description of the five years: Sometimes I get frustrated in years 1-4. Google is a good example. Today. Today. That’s fine.

How to Read Body Language Key Points Look for emotional cues, such as crying, anger, or embarrassment. More ↓Look for physical cues to determine the status of a relationship. Steps Reading Emotional Cues <img alt="Image titled Read Body Language Step 1" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn" onload="WH.performance.clearMarks('image1_rendered'); WH.performance.mark('image1_rendered');">1Watch for crying. <img alt="Image titled Read Body Language Step 5" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">5Notice any manifestations of pride. Reading Relational Cues Reading Attraction Cues Reading Power Cues Understanding Body Language Community Q&A Add New Question How will I know if someone isn't interested in me or if it's the topic of conversation?

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Republished from By Roman Krznaric If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? But what is empathy? The big buzz about empathy stems from a revolutionary shift in the science of how we understand human nature. Over the last decade, neuroscientists have identified a 10-section “empathy circuit” in our brains which, if damaged, can curtail our ability to understand what other people are feeling. But empathy doesn’t stop developing in childhood. Habit 1: Cultivate curiosity about strangers Highly empathic people (HEPs) have an insatiable curiosity about strangers. Curiosity expands our empathy when we talk to people outside our usual social circle, encountering lives and worldviews very different from our own. Habit 3: Try another person’s life

The Happiness Project Toolbox *8Things: Standing in Your Own Power | Magpie Girl (Rachelle Mee I feel powerful in this photo. What image captures you standing in your own power? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this turn of phrase I use with the girls and with clients – “standing in your own power.” I’m not even completely sure what I mean by it, but I know it is key. I know it means not letting your internal authority be overruled by outside sources of authority (religious institutions, schools, “experts”). I know it has to do with tapping into your intuition. And I know it is the most essential thing I can teach my girls. Someday I’d like to do a series of guest posts on this, asking wise souls to guide us. 1. What is your list for *8Things that help you stand in your own power? Tagged as: 8Things, MagpieSpeak, Standing in Your Own Power, Train with Magpie Girl