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Schedule things that make you happy

Schedule things that make you happy

The activities that we have on our calendar are most likely the things that we're supposed to do but in order to not tire ourselves out, we must also make time for the things that make us happy.

The people who spend more time on projects that energize them and with people who bring the same energizing energy tend to be happier.

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The best piece of advice in order to make sure that your life is on the right track is by remembering that we were born with a limited number of days, and with each passing day, the memories we carry will not be perfect.

The two things our brains remember about an event are:

  1. The emotional peak

  2. The end

With this in mind, we'll be able to structure events where both the peak and the ending are great. When we make sure that tomorrow has something amazing for us, we can end the day on a positive note.

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If you're the type of person who spends more time in front of the computer instead of socializing, research shows that digital natives are not really suited for jobs that involve diplomacy and sales. There are high-trust fields and having prolonged exposure to computers reconfigure a person's natural networks and are likely to have low levels of empathy and social skills.

Moreover, how we communicate towards people includes things we don't notice as much like their tone of voice or inflections.

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Shortly after we wake up early in the morning, our brain is unwound, disorganized, and we're more open to understanding a wide variety of unconventional ideas. We actually do some of our best thinking when we're half asleep.

It is also important to know the groove of our circadian rhythm in order for us to deliver the best output possible without overexhausting our bodies.

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The feeling of time constraint is not from the idea that you are losing time, but instead, it is due to how you perceive it. Ironically, researchers claim that the best way to feel less busy is to give away some of our time to others in order to feel less time-constrained.

Moreover, people who perceive time with equivalence to money are more likely to feel impatient when they're not using it to earn money and that hurts their ability to derive happiness during leisure activities.

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