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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jul 14, 2019.

What You're Getting Wrong About Gratitude

What You're Getting Wrong About Gratitude

One of the first things we learn about manners as a kid is to use our “please” and “thank yous” early and often. But we’re not teaching it right, because everyone is doing it wrong and they’re doing it wrong in a variety of ways. So here’s a refresher on how not to effectively express true gratitude.

Saying “thanks” doesn’t always make you seem grateful

My husband recently told me I should...

Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Jul 14, 2019.

You Can Force Yourself to Be More Grateful for Your Life

You Can <i>Force</i> Yourself to Be More Grateful for Your Life

Thanksgiving is over, so you can forget about feeling gratitude for life’s bounty for another year. Or you can keep working that muscle; with practice, you can be happier and more grateful for your life.

Sometimes it’s hard to think about what’s good in your life. Weirdly, this even happens to people who you would say have a demonstrably better life than your own—more money, more friends, more...

Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Jun 29, 2019.

Why You Should Keep a Gratitude List in Your To-Do App

Why You Should Keep a Gratitude List in Your To-Do App

Gratitude isn’t just some corny mind fluff; it can make you happier , more resilient, and even help you save money . A gratitude journal is great, but to make it even more actionable, add it to your to-do list.

Why Gratitude Makes You a Happier Person

“Stop pitying yourself, people have it worse, you should be grateful.” You’ve probably heard this…

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Jun 27, 2019.

Your Budget Plan Won't Be Complete Without Gratitude

Your Budget Plan Won't Be Complete Without Gratitude

Budgeting is all about solving a math problem, right? Nope. It’s about psychology . It’s about happiness . Your budget is more complex than just numbers. And it’s hard to find balance without practicing gratitude .

As personal finance blog Afford Anything points out, gratitude, as a function of your budget, helps you maintain perspective. It allows you to focus on the expenses that already...

Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Jun 04, 2019.

Think of Happiness as a Crucial Part of Success, Not the Reward

Think of Happiness as a Crucial Part of Success, Not the Reward

Most of us tend to think about success in terms of working hard to accomplish something in order to find happiness. Neil Pasricha, author of The Happiness Equation , makes the case for the opposite: start with happiness, then use it to accomplish your goals.

Focus on the Process, Not the Milestones, For Better Success

When you're trying to reach a goal, it's comforting to focus on...

Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Dec 19, 2018. 6 comments

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

There’s school smart, street smart, business smart, but we tend to forget about feelings smart: emotional intelligence. Like your ability to think critically, your ability to read and express emotions can be developed. 

All exercises designed to gradually increase are abilities involve dedication, and that includes heightening one’s “EQ.” Author Justin Bariso writes for Inc.com that his new...

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Alicia Adamczyk Alicia Adamczyk Nov 22, 2018. 6 comments

What Are You Thankful for This Year?

What Are You Thankful for This Year?

Happy Thanksgiving, Lifehacker readers. However you’re celebrating, we hope your days is filled with family, friends, butter, carbs and, of course, a delicious turkey .

This, year I’m thankful for my family, friends, job, health and the generosity of people who have stepped up, disaster after disaster, to help each other. It’s been a tough year in many ways , but I’m grateful to get the...

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Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Jul 30, 2018. 5 comments

Stop Feeling Awkward About Thanking People

Stop Feeling Awkward About Thanking People

It’s good to recognize what’s good in your life (even, and especially, when it seems like the rest is terrible). But if you express that in the form of gratitude journals, prayers, or meditation, you’re sort of making that feeling a solitary one. What about the people in your life you’re truly thankful for? Couldn’t you tell them how you feel? Well, no, a lot of us might say. That sounds...

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Carla Naumburg Carla Naumburg Jun 28, 2018. 2 comments

How to Be Less Distracted With Your Kids

How to Be Less Distracted With Your Kids

You want to be more present for your children, to engage with them from a place of intention and connection rather than distraction and knee-jerk reactions. But more often than you’d like to admit, you’re bored or preoccupied, sneaking glances at your phone, reviewing your list of everything you need to get done, or just wishing the kid would hurry up and finish this endless story already.

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Melissa Kirsch Melissa Kirsch Feb 04, 2018. 12 comments

Define Yourself by What You Love

Define Yourself by What You Love

This graduation speech by Australian comedian and Groundhog Day composer Tim Minchin contains a bit of advice that I’ve certainly heard elsewhere, but seems especially useful at a time when we’re all exhausted by the constant pressure to assert our identity on social media.

The whole speech is good, but I especially like this part:

Define Yourself By What You Love

I’ve found myself...

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Jaime Green Jaime Green Dec 30, 2017. 21 comments

Be Willing to Throw Gifts Out

Be Willing to Throw Gifts Out

If it somehow hasn’t happened to you yet, it will someday. You unwrap a gift from a distant relative or your beloved partner, and… it’s terrible. You force a gracious smile and say, “Thank you so much, I love it.” What happens next?

Do you keep the gift forever, letting the ugly tchotchke mar your shelf or shoving the hideous sweater to the back of your drawer? Or, once you’re home and in the...

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Jaime Green Jaime Green Dec 23, 2017. 8 comments

How to Support Creators You Love for Free

How to Support Creators You Love for Free

The best way to support creators you love is usually to buy their work—it’s financial support and support for the idea that they can make a living from their art. But even when you don’t have a cent to spare, there’s a lot you can do to support your favorite artist’s career. (There are many kinds of creators and many ways to support them—please add anything missing from this list in the...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Dec 07, 2017.

Thank a Colleague at the End of the Day To Start Tomorrow on a Positive Note

Thank a Colleague at the End of the Day To Start Tomorrow on a Positive Note

A bit of gratitude does more than just make you feel good: it can improve your finances , help your relationships, and even make you work better. Throwing a little gratitude at your colleagues at the end of the day can help set a productive precedent for the following day.

It’s a simple enough suggestion. Over at Business Insider, Tim Hird, executive director of Robert Half Management...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Dec 01, 2017. 10 comments

How to Cultivate Everyday Gratitude in Kids

How to Cultivate Everyday Gratitude in Kids

By now, we know how important it is to instill a sense of gratitude in our children—according to the book Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character , those who practice thankfulness get better grades, have a lower risk of depression, and are more engaged in their hobbies and communities. And we’re trying. Around the parenting sphere, there are countless posts about teaching kids...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Nov 23, 2017. 4 comments

Be Thankful for What You Have, Past and Present

Be Thankful for What You Have, Past and Present

Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and a guide to using its waters to reflect on and improve your life.

The More You Want, The Poorer You'll Feel

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This week’s selections come from Epictetus. In this time of thanks, he...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Nov 23, 2017. 1 comments

Respond to Criticism With a "Thank You" to Get the Most Out Of It

Respond to Criticism With a "Thank You" to Get the Most Out Of It

Nobody likes getting criticism, which is silly. Criticism is a great way to improve yourself . If you want to get better feedback, and improve your reaction to it, respond to criticism with a heartfelt “Thank you.”

As business blog Inc. points out, the entire criticism process can be awkward for both parties. The person giving criticism can feel like they’re being mean, while the person...

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Mihir Patkar Mihir Patkar Nov 12, 2017. 7 comments

Have Kids Write Their Thank-You Notes Before Playing with Gifts

Have Kids Write Their Thank-You Notes Before Playing with Gifts

You want your children to be raised with the right values and good manners. When someone gives them something, the kid should thank them. Use this holiday season to instill that habit with a simple rule: use a gift only after a thank you.

Redditor Pockaleelee’s little law in his home isn’t rocket science, but it’s a simple and effective parenting tip.

Train your children to write a Thank-You...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Oct 12, 2017. 9 comments

Practice Gratitude and Get Your Home Clean with This Simple Exercise

Practice Gratitude and Get Your Home Clean with This Simple Exercise

It’s easy to forget how good we have it and instead focus on all the little things that go wrong in our lives. This 20-minute exercise can help you appreciate what you have and help you keep your house tidy.

You can be much happier when you find appreciation in the people and things you surround yourself with. The problem is that we start to take things for granted because we get used to what...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Sep 29, 2017. 1 comments

Learn How to Write Unforgettable Thank You Notes With This Primer

Learn How to Write Unforgettable Thank You Notes With This Primer

A great thank you note is a lot more than a piece of paper with “thank you” written on it, however. This primer will have you writing thank you notes so good, people will want to give you presents just to receive one.

Thank you notes are a terrific way to show your gratitude, and this video from the Art of Manliness YouTube channel covers all the ins and outs of writing the best...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Sep 05, 2017. 6 comments

Boost Your Happiness With This Exercise You Can Do While Brushing Your Teeth

Boost Your Happiness With This Exercise You Can Do While Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth only takes a couple minutes, and so does increasing your happiness. Here’s a super easy way to train yourself to look on the bright side.

Being happier is often as simple as finding appreciation for the little things in your life. To make gratitude a more regular thing in your life, happiness researcher Shawn Achor, from GoodThink and the author of The Happiness Advantage ,...

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