Twenty Tips for Lively Living
By Dr. Ron Ross
Tips 1 – 10 were previously printed; here are tips 11 – 20. Be sure to read the special offer at the end of the column.
- Persevere. Difficulties are sure to come, some failure is likely, but anything worth having is worth working for. As you journey through life sing the song, “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow ‘til you find your dream.”
- Be generous. Stingy people are miserable while generous people are happy. You don’t have to be rich to be generous. Besides your money, you can give your time, your talents, your love, your hope, your smile, and your encouragement to folks around you.
- Laugh heartily. A sense of humor will get you through some really tough times. Learn to laugh through your pain and the hurt will soon disappear. Mark Twain said, “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
- Be in constant awe. Enter your second childhood as soon as possible. Dance, sing, laugh, hug, marvel, and live each day with wide-eyed enthusiasm. Smell the roses, see the sunset, walk in the rain, and stretch out in the sunshine.
- Go somewhere, do something. Move your body and flex your muscles. A healthy and well-maintained body makes life so much more enjoyable. Don’t let your couch become your casket.
- Learn something new. Continually update your knowledge. Read books, listen to books-on-tape, surf the Internet, become an expert in something. If you study one subject for one hour every day for one year, the world will beat a path to your door because of your superior knowledge.
- Pray continually. Contrary to what many folks think, God is nice. Not only that, He likes you, so talk to Him. He is not mad at you! He made you, He knows you, He loves you, and wants the very best for you.
- Be real. Don’t play head games with people. Be the genuine article. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Authenticity is in short supply. Someone once said, “Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently.”
- Listen attentively. Lean forward when someone is talking to you. Gaze into their eyes as they speak. Repeat back to them what they say to ensure you understand what they are conveying. The great writer and speaker Simon Sinek said, “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.”
- Let others praise you. As success comes to you, don’t boast about it to others. No one likes a braggart. Humility and grace are characteristics of truly successful people.
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