Self Improvement

Become Happier By Recognizing And Thanking People Who Inspire You

How many people around you inspire you?

How many people in your life have inspired you?

Do you even think about that?

Have you ever thanked them?

I originally started off writing a completely different story about a co-worker who really inspires me, until I realized I never thanked her for what she inspires me for. Then my brain branched off to other co-workers who inspire me in the their own way and realized than so many people inspire me, yet I haven’t really expressed any gratitude to them. Yet.

Take a minute and think about it for a moment.

You’ll see it takes no time to realize things other people do that inspire you. And it doesn’t have to be people you know really well either. Heck, it could even be someone you hate! You don’t have to agree with everything they do.

Recognize and Thank Your Family

You rarely give much thought about recognizing your family because you take them for granted. When you take the time to think about the things they do, you’ll realize how much they’ve influenced your life decisions.

My mom is an incredible person. She raised me and my 3 brothers by herself. My father left when she was pregnant with my younger brother. She was left with nothing. We obviously grew up poor, but my mom made sure we always had food and lodging. She did everything she could to earn enough money while making sure she had time to spend with us. I’ve learned my perseverance and hard work from her and will always thank her for that.

My wife is a gift to everyone. When she’s not organizing vaccination camps across the poorest countries in the world with Médecins Sans Frontières, she’s raising hygiene awareness through Sundara, an NGO that recycles hotel soaps and re-distributes to communities in need around the world. How can I not be inspired by her?

No one has a perfect family, but everyone can find things some family members inspire them with. Give it some thought and you’ll find the good in them.

Recognize People Around You

Here’s a very interesting quote from Jim Rohn:

You’re The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With — Jim Rohn

Think about it.

It’s a simple exercise: List the five people you spend the most time with now. Last month. Last year.

Didn’t you pick things up from them? Good or bad?

Who was it?

What did you pick up from them?

Anything that inspires or inspired you?

Did you thank them for it?

Without naming anyone, I’m currently inspired by co-workers here who:

  • have changed career paths when people deemed them too old or incapable;

  • share their experiences and help others achieve their dreams;

  • made the leap into very risky fields and see their hard work pay off years later;

  • live in countries very different from where they come from;

  • are able to communicate fluently in Spanish in a record time;

  • live a perfectly serendipitous life abroad with their life partner; and

  • build a medium-scale international co-working space in a city, or country, not known for diversity.

And that’s only scratching the surface.

When you stop to think about it, you realize the good in people. Be grateful and give them the thanks they so deserve.

Why thank them?

Doesn’t it seem awkward?

“Thank you for inspiring on/about <insert reason here>!”

They didn’t really do it for you after all. Most of the time, they’re doing it “for their own good”. Because they want to do it. Nonetheless, a simple thank you will inspire them to keep going. You don’t know, but maybe the thing they inspire you for is hard for them and they were thinking of quitting. Thanking them proves them they’re on the right track and will inspire them to continue.

The graphic below summarizes very well why thanking them is good, both for you and the person receiving the gratitude.

 

However, don’t think of thanking someone for your own benefits, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Thank them for them. That is true gratitude.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve done it once, do it again. Yearly, monthly, weekly. Daily even! You’ll be a better person and be happier for it.

Hope this was helpful!

You can do this!

Thanks for reading! :)

First published here: https://medium.com/swlh/become-happier-by-recognizing-and-thanking-people-who-inspire-you-a4862da1b184

How To Passively Learn Any Language Using These 3 Unconventional Methods

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Let me start by saying this: I don’t think I’ve got a particular talent of learning languages. Like you, I find learning a new language hard. There’s no shortcut that I know to become a master in a short amount of time. Though it would be nice wouldn’t it?

I currently live in Spain. I’ve been here for a little less than 2 months and yet I can have decent enough conversations with my new Spanish friends. I understand really well. But of course, speaking it is still the biggest challenge. And again, that’s normal. I’m sure you can relate to that.

I’ve known for a while that I wanted to live in a Spanish-speaking country for a bit. Or at least travel to one or multiple for an extended period of time. That’s when I came up with my unconventional tricks — to prepare for the time I would need to communicate in Spanish.

Without further ado, here are the tricks:

Tip #1: Change your phone language setting to the language you want to learn

This is one of my favourites.

Have you noticed how a lot of non-native English speakers put their phones in English? And somehow they can communicate with native English speakers after a while?

It’s not by accident.

It’s a great trick. I changed my phone to Spanish 3 years ago and learned an incredible amount of words, without spending any time learning them. I never looked back. My phone is still in Spanish.

You’re so used to knowing how to navigate your phone that when you switch to another language, you still know how to navigate it. You see these new words every day yet know what they mean instantly. And then your subconscious works and assimilates new words while you use your phone.

The tricky part is that it translates content in the apps and games as well. And that takes a while to get used to. If there’s something crucial I needed to fully understand, I would put my phone back in English until I was done.

Try it out. I takes no time and gives increases your vocabulary really quickly.

Tip #2: Label every physical object

I learned that one from a teenager when I visited a small rural village in Vietnam.

He was very eager to practice his English with me, and I was surprised at how good he was. He was by far the best in his village. Then he invited me over to his house for tea. As soon as I got in, I understood how his English was so good:

Every single object in his house was labeled, with the help of post-it notes, with its English name. Everything!

 

(Not an actual wall of his house) Photo Credit:  https://hbr.org/2015/05/the-surprising-persuasiveness-of-a-sticky-note

(Not an actual wall of his house) Photo Credit: https://hbr.org/2015/05/the-surprising-persuasiveness-of-a-sticky-note

And he placed random things around the house just for the purpose of seeing the label every day.

After he assimilated the words, he would switch it up.

Awesome, awesome trick. Doesn’t take much time, and again, it lets the subconscious do the work.

Tip #3: Passively listen to content you like

 

Here’s another great time-free trick you can start doing right away: listen to things you like while commuting, washing the dishes or while doing any mundane activity.

Depending on the language you can find audio books online. Try typing https://audible.es in your favourite browser. You’ll see a collection of audio books in Spanish. I haven’t tried it in every language, but just change the domain to the country code of your choice (.de, .it, .fr). Or start here: https://www.audible.com/ep/Non-English-Audiobooks.

There are also tons of podcasts you can find in any language. And it’s all free. Apple’s Podcast app is the most popular. You can use Podcast Addict on Android.

But really, you can get pretty much everything read to you on your phone. Turn on the voice assistant on your phone. It can read you anything: emails, web pages, etc. And you can adjust the speed too.

On iOS: http://osxdaily.com/2017/06/27/enable-use-speak-screen-ios/

On Android: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6007100

Conclusion

I hope these tricks were helpful to you.

I learned an incredible amount of words using these methods prior to moving to Spain and it has paid off greatly. People are surprised at how much I understand and can communicate in so little time. And it’s not because I’m immersed in the language, I work from a co-working space where we all speak English after all. It’s because of the preparation I did beforehand thanks to these time-free tricks.

You can do this!

Thanks for reading! :)

I learn 3 new skills a month, and so can you!

I learn 3 new skills a month, and so can you!

You can learn anything in life, provided you find Usefulness in it, are Consistent about practicing it and keep the Momentum going. Learning 3 new skills is not even a challenge with the right mindset.