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The EASIER Way to Happiness – Part 4 – Invest Wisely

by | Jul 8, 2013 | Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

Before we tackle the fourth part in the ‘EASIER’ way to being happy NOW tool, let’s recap and reflect on the first three parts of this six part guide…

Part 1: Engage and enjoy the present moment
Part 2: Attitude and action
Part 3: Screen and simplify

How are you doing? Where would you still like to improve? For me, part 1 and part 2 are my easiest steps to take. Part 3 is the trickiest and I have to be vigilant about it. Remember that happiness is up to you. You have the power to choose to be happy and to create the reality you want and deserve. Keep at it, keep on taking Key Steps and make sure you also…

Part 4: Invest Wisely

1. Invest in relationships. Surround yourself with happy people. Being around people who are content buoys your own mood. And by being happy yourself, you give something back to those around you. Friends and family help you celebrate life’s successes and support you in difficult times. Although it’s easy to take friends and family for granted, these relationships need nurturing. Build up your ‘emotional account’ with acknowledgements, kind words and actions. Be careful and gracious with critique. Let people know that you appreciate what they do for you or even just that you’re glad they’re part of your life.

2. Cut ties. Some people in your life are better loved from a distance. It’s amazing how much happier you can be when you let go of, or at least minimise time spent with draining, negative, incompatible, not going anywhere relationships or friendships. As you reflect on your relationships, ask… Which ones encourage you and which one discourage you? Who energises and who drains? Who lifts you up and who brings you down? The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and happiness… the easier it will become for you to cut ties and invest in the ‘right’ relationships. Remember that the people you surround yourself with will affect every aspect of your life, from your self-esteem to your wealth. Who do you choose to invest in, start with you, make yourself happy and…

“be the difference that makes the difference

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NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’

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