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16- Feb2021
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Expressing gratitude and appreciation

Expressing gratitude and appreciation is something we don’t usually pay attention to yet it is very important for our happiness.

My upbringing thought me a lot of ways to express gratitude and appreciation.

I remember my mum putting food on the table for me and asking me “what do you say?”. She expects me to say thank you.

I am a first-generation immigrant in the UK and one of the things I have learnt as a foreigner is how many times I have heard people say thank you.

I work in a job that requires me to send and receive a lot of emails. When I am replying to an email, one of the most common words in my email response is ‘Thank you’. I would even say thank you for something that a colleague has done for me.

There are various instances when we need to express gratitude and appreciation.

In the household, we express gratitude and appreciation to one another. In the workplace, we do express gratitude to one another. It could be among friends or in an intimate romantic relationship.

I am a Christian and I cannot tell you more about the fact that God expects us to show gratitude and appreciation to Him. People who believe in God understand the importance of showing appreciation to the universe.

Saying thank you is not the only way to express gratitude and appreciation. There are other ways to express gratitude and appreciation.

We will look at various ways to express gratitude and appreciation in this article.

How to express gratitude and appreciation

Human beings are generally not wired to express gratitude and appreciation. When somebody who has helped you or done a lot of good things does a bad thing to you, it is human nature to hold on to the bad thing and ignore all the good things.

As well, there are a lot of negative things around us which are not helpful to our subconscious mind.

From bad upbringing to life experiences, it’s easy not to appreciate people that have been helpful to us.

When you think deep you will remember people that have helped you through inspiring you to do great things. It doesn’t have to be something magnificent they have done. It might just be that they’ve helped make your life a little bit better. You need to express gratitude and appreciation to these people.

Sometimes it’s kid’s teachers or a bus driver who drop your kids in school. For you, it might be your boss at work or work colleague. Whoever it is, show them appreciation and gratitude.

These are my 7 ways to express gratitude and appreciation.

1. The power of words

I really believe words are powerful and they can communicate our heart. One of the most powerful tools we have to show appreciation is our speech.

A simple ‘thank you’ can do wonders. Use your verbal expression and say thank you to people who help you.

As an immigrant in the UK, one of the most common words I hear in the UK is thank you.

Some of the other phrase to show appreciation and gratitude are

2. Send a message

You can take some time to send an email to show appreciation. We now live in a world where technology is easily accessible. The person you want to show appreciation to will most likely have a mobile phone or computer where they can access either email or SMS message.

Use communication mediums like Whatsapp or similar apps to send a message of appreciation.

You can also send a card accompanied by a written note. This is very common during the festive period when people show appreciation to one another.

3. Give a gift

One of the most common ways to show gratitude and appreciation is to give a gift. There are a lot of gift ideas for showing appreciation.

When you give someone a gift, it goes a long way for them to know the help they offered to you means a lot to you. The gift you give doesn’t have to be expensive.

A flower can be a wonderful way to show appreciation.

4. Have a meal together or meet for coffee

Meeting face to face is a very good way to show appreciation to someone. You can invite someone who has helped you to your house and prepare a lovely meal to be eaten together.

As Africans, we do this a lot. There is an amazing community spirit in Africa. We do invite people to our house to come and have a meal with us.

In the western world, people do this also. One of the most common ways to meet up in the west is to meet at a coffee shop, have a drink and chat.

It is a great way to show appreciation to someone who has helped you.

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22- Jan2021
Posted By: abundanceaware
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Law of Attraction and Christianity

Ever since I came across the law of attraction a few years ago, I’ve been thinking about how it relates to Christianity.

I have been a Christian all my life. I was born in a Christian home. When I became an adult, I had the option to rethink and decide if I should continue in one of the biggest faith in the world or choose another faith.

Choosing to continue being a Christian isn’t really about belonging to one of the biggest groups in the world. For me, Christianity is not a religion but a way of life.

As someone brought up in a Christian home, I was taught a lot of Christian values which are very useful for me now that I am an adult and have my own family.

There are physical and spiritual things in this world.

I strongly believe all the things we see around us did not just come about on their own.

I believe God created them.

The water bodies, the air, the sky, milky way, the wildlife, plants, forest, deserts, and we humans. I strongly believe these were all created by someone who is more powerful than any human being.

This entity is God and HE’s the supreme being.

Stay with me, as I break this further down for you.

God and The Law

As someone who believes in God. I also believe God created the world with the physical law of nature and mental laws.

The most common of God’s laws in the Bible is the Ten Commandments that God gave to the Israelites. The Ten Commandments contain the core principles God wants to govern the people of Israel.

The Ten Commandments was eventually summarised by Jesus to just two sentences in Mark 12:30-31;

  1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
  2. Love your neighbour as yourself.

The major benefit of any law is to maintain order and resolve disputes. This will help improve people’s lives.

In some ways, God’s laws are connected to His promises. When we obey laws, things run smoothly in society. The same is applicable to an individual’s life.

When we consider God’s promises in the Bible, they always have a condition attached to them.

I found the Bible fascinating because the Bible relates to both practical and spiritual.

Some Christians think they can monopolize God by thinking the promises in the Bible are only meant for them. This is far from the truth.

Regardless of your faith, if you meet the condition attached to any promises in the Bible, you can be sure that the promises will be fulfilled in your life.

For example,

Proverbs 22:29, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

That is the word of Solomon, which is also the word of God and it is a promise.

Regardless of race, gender or age. If you are diligent in your work, you will be outstanding.

Stay with me and I will explain why the law of attraction is not in conflict with Christianity and the Bible.

Law of Attraction and Christianity

Following on from the explanation above in the section about God and the law. When we follow God’s instructions and obey His laws, we can attract into our lives whatever we want.

The Bible is full of promises about all subjects of life in the three pillars of human needs –  health, wealth, and relationship.

Whether you want money, happiness or love, you can attract them all if you apply the words of God in the Bible.

In my opinion, the Bible verse that summarises the law of attraction is,

“Jesus looked at them and said; with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

If all things are possible with God, that simply means, when you have a desire and pray about it, it will surely come to pass.

The law of attraction has a lot to do with believing that something will happen. For example, if you want to attract money to yourself, you have to first believe.

There are a lot of Bible verses that support using your mind.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7

I also love where the Bible states,

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” – Mark 9:23

All creation is complete, everything we want is already here in this world.

To think about attracting what we want is not in any way a conflict with Christianity belief.

There is an element of visualization in the law of attractions.

Here is another wonderful Bible verse that relates to getting anything you want by declaring them.

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isaiah 46:10

And my favourite Bible verse is that which refers to Abraham,

“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” – Romans 4:17

Watch the part highlighted in orange colour. That is a very powerful word that can help you attract what you want as a Christian. Things that have not yet existed, you call them to exist.

I am a first-generation immigrant in the UK. While still in my home country in Nigeria, I used to go to my university library to play around with UK universities prospectus. I would look at the colourful prospectus with images of the university environment.

In a way, it was a process of forming the mental image in my subconscious mind. As God would have it, I eventually attracted into my life what I was thinking about and visualizing.

I ended up at a UK university to study for my Master’s degree.

I saw myself in the UK before arriving, then circumstances and people came along to make it happen.

Misconception about the Law of Attraction

The law of attraction was popularized by the movie ‘The Secret’. The criticism I have about ‘The Secret’ is that they made it sound simple as if you can just sit without doing anything and what you want will be attracted to you.

How to make the Law of Attraction work

The simple truth is that the world works on cause and effect. You have to be the cause before you will see the effect.

My opinion might go against what people who preach the law of attraction preaches. I believe you have to also need to put in some work to make the law of attraction work.

The law of attraction is just the spiritual part which is very important. You have to believe, think right. Think about what you want and not what you don’t want.

A lot of people focus too much on what they do not want and they wonder why things are not working in their life.

Everything that happens in the physical world is as a result of things that happened in the spirit.

This is the reason why it is important to first take care of our mind, how we think.

We then need to take action. In my example above about how I travelled to the UK. I did not just sit down and hope UK universities will magically send me offer letters without applying.

In fact, I applied to up to 10 universities and the majority of them offered me a place. I had to think of creative ways to get someone who would sponsor me. And to eventually travel to the UK, I had to apply for a visa.

How to Attract Money

Let’s use an example of someone who wants to attract money into their life.

To attract money, you need to first believe that there is an abundance of money in the world. Trillions of dollars are being circulated everyday, this is the reason why I say there is an abundance of money.

What about opportunities to make money. There are countless opportunities currently available in the world. The good news is that we can not use up all the opportunities to make money. New opportunities emerge every day and every year. The bad news is that you have to find an opportunity to believe in and work towards.

Believe is the starting point, then you need to take action.

I am not ruling out the aspect of using money affirmations and setting a target of the specific amount of money you want.

One of my favourite money affirmation is,

“large sum of money comes to me easily and quickly.”

The most important part of the process is taking action.

Money is not to be won, it is to be earned.

You have to earn it by providing a product or service to the marketplace.

Money is the net product of providing a product or service to the marketplace. To earn money, you need to design a product or service that the world needs. Once you do this, you need to believe that people in the marketplace will pay you for your product.

Anyone that wants to attract money must believe in the fair exchange of money.

It is important to research and offer products the marketplace want.

People often ignore the fact that failure is an important part of success. Sometimes you need to try a lot of things before one of them will work. This is why you must believe in your chosen endeavour.

Successful people always believe in the law of attraction but they put in a lot of work to attract things they want into their life.

The Bible verse that came to mind is,

Proverbs 24:16

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again”

Don’t be scared of failure, try various business ideas and you will see how money will be attracted to you.

 

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Benefits of Coronavirus in the World – COVID-19

As at the time of writing this article, the whole world is living in fear and anxiety. And the source of the fear and depression in the world is the new Coronavirus, COVID-19.

We entered the New Year with excitement and looked forward to an amazing 2020. Little did we know that COVID-19 will throw fear into the hearts of men and women – young and adult. We didn’t envision COVID-19 ruining our year.

Although it isn’t yet considered as deadly as its sister viruses SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it has to be the worst viral infection the world has experienced in a very long time.

Because the human mind is wired to see negative things all the time, it is very easy to ignore the benefits of coronavirus in the world. I know this isn’t what you want to hear but the Coronavirus outbreak has some benefits although the negatives far outweigh it.

It isn’t an easy time to stay positive but still, I choose to see positives. This article is not me trying to be insensitive or turning a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of people infected and dead. This is not me saying lives don’t matter.

In this article, I explore some of the benefits of coronavirus no one talks about.

1. World Reset

When everything is going well, it is difficult to think there will ever be a time like this. A time when you cannot go out to socialise.

We’ve seen pandemics happen in movies but I doubt anyone ever thought they’d get to experience one.

Most of the people currently alive cannot fathom what is currently happening. Life is not linear but full of ups and downs.

The period of economic boom, prosperity and happiness cannot last forever.

As good times cannot last forever, so also does bad times.

The world is currently going through a reset. A reset is not bad. It is good for reflection, solitude and understanding things that are important.

Reset time is a time to make corrections and learn.

So many countries, for example, are now understanding their shortcomings. The virus is really a wake-up call for us all.

 

2. Understanding what is important

We often get our priorities wrong most times. I was at ‘Boots’ the other day to buy hair clipper. Some sections in the shops were sealed off.

I saw what I wanted but could not get it because of the barricade. I asked one of the store assistants for help. Her response was that no one is allowed to buy anything from the sealed off part of the store.

I asked why. She responded by saying those are not essential things and they only sell essential things.

Coronavirus has helped us to understand that food and shelter are possibly the two most important things. We can add quality health care and spirituality to the mix.

No one can afford to be wasteful of their resources at this moment. In fact, most people will have to ration what they have because of the fear of going out to get another.

The lockdown caused by coronavirus has helped us to have perspective and understand things that are essentials of human existence. There are a lot of things that are important to us, like going to the cinema, music festival, watching our favourite football teams on live on TV or in a stadium.

While all these are important, they are not essential.

The arrival of coronavirus helped us to understand this.

 

3. Self Improvement

How long have some of us been putting off getting certain things done because of our busy schedule? When last did some of us take out time to breathe, to self reflect? How many ideas have you written down but haven’t found time to plan and execute?

The untold truth is that no one has an excuse for not making the most of the period. Yes, the quarantine period is boring and most are used to their work environment more than they are used to their own home. But we have to make the most of this period.

There is no better time to think creatively away from distractions. No better time to come up with ideas. No better time to finish up that online course you’ve been putting off.

What I’m trying to say is that we owe it to ourself to come out of this period better than we started it.

 

4. Families coming together

The coronavirus pandemic which has placed a lot of cities and towns on lockdown has also brought families together. Normally, most families spend as little time as possible together because the parents go out early to make a living and come back late. The children also spend most of their time in school.

The pandemic has kept everyone home. It creates opportunities for family bonding and reunion.

Dad, mum and the kids have time to play games, watch movies together and catch up on lost time. Couples have lots of time for those important conversations they’ve been putting off because of time.

It goes further to help some people connect to their extended family via video call, text messages and traditional phone calls. Some people just did not have time to make phone calls before the coronavirus outbreak.

5. Time to look for new opportunities

A lot of problems will originate from this pandemic which will require people to seek solutions. As a result of this pandemic, there will be new opportunities for problem-solving. Money is a reward for solving problems. There will be people whose lives will change for the better from the rewards they will receive from the problems they’ve solved.

Think about it, vaccination will be developed at some point. Whichever company or individual who has the breakthrough of the vaccines will make profits. There is nothing wrong with making profits as long as it’s not someone taking advantage of someone else’s circumstances.

Money is a net result of providing valuable products and services.

6. Homeschooling fun

Most people including me have never thought that I will ever home school my kids. I am not saying I don’t do home works with my kids. The responsibility of having to educate your kids yourself without input from the traditional education systems isn’t what most parents are prepared for.

The pandemic now makes it compulsory for parents to home school their children because schools in most countries of the world have shut down.

Personally I am finding it fun and challenging homeschooling my kids.

I think it’s beneficial because we get to be a bit closer to our kids and take more responsibility for their learning. Not just school learning but also life learning.

 

7. Appreciating one another and stronger community spirit

The pandemic lockdown helps us to appreciate one another more. A lot of people we see regularly now seem very far away from us. Because of social distancing, you cannot even get too close to your neighbour. You only have your immediate family around you. Everyone now seems to be supporting one another through phone calls and text messages. You can see people showing one another kindness and love.

People have been reaching out to one another through social media and staying connected during this difficult period.

 

9. The excitement of travelling abroad reduce

As an immigrant in the UK. I know the craze back home about travelling abroad to seek greener pasture. I know the craze will return after the pandemic is over. But for now, during this pandemic period, no one seems to be interested in going abroad. The talk at the moment is about staying safe wherever you are. Most countries are affected by the pandemic so going to another country will not make anyone safe and makes no sense.

 

10. Closer to God

The coronavirus pandemic is clearly an invisible battle the world is fighting. Human beings are the highest form of God’s creation. Humans will win. The battle with the pandemic has made a lot of people reconnect with their maker.

And it makes sense too because humans are notorious for only turning to God when in fear or things are going bad.

Even people that do not believe that God exists find some solitude and connect with a higher power they think is responsible for making life work.

 

12. Health workers more valued

The health workers are a very important part of the process of getting the world back on their feet.

Who’d have thought that the world will finally see health workers as heroes?

The society now appreciates health workers more than they usually do. There have been kind gestures from various businesses towards the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. Free sandwiches, pizza, special shopping house from the supermarket, The list goes on and on.

 

13. Air pollution is reduced

As a result of the pandemic, the roads are more quiet than usual and mother nature thanks us. The lockdown in various countries indirectly means less pollution. Reduction in movements has even been recorded in places with small coronavirus outbreak. No one wants to go out because of the fear of being infected. This is a good thing because of less pollution in the world. The same goes for thousands of flights cancelled worldwide.

This is another positive.

Obviously, the damage to the economy is massive and will take a very long time to recover.

This article by NBCNews sheds more light on this.

 

14. Working From Home

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have to walk from home. Even organisations who naturally frown upon their staff working from home for any reason are forced to make arrangement for home working where possible.

Let’s be honest, working from home also saves us money from transportation and having to eat out.

The nature of some jobs requires them to be present in their workplace. However, any job that can be done on a computer is now been done from home because of the spread of coronavirus.

 

15. Interest rate down and stock market crash

If not for the Coronavirus pandemic, the interest rates of most countries wouldn’t have come down. The interest rates have both its benefits and disbenefits. If you are a cautious investor, you will surely not like that the interest rate is zero.

Can you believe the interest rate can be reduced to zero? That is what it is in America. In the UK it was initially reduced to 1.25 when the pandemic just started. To save businesses and the economy, it was further reduced to 1.

I do not encourage borrowing but it should be good news for people who have businesses with good growth prospect. If money is why you haven’t taken your business to the next level, you can take advantage of the very low-interest rate during this period.

While it is not a good thing that the stock market has crashed and stock prices have gone down significantly. It is still an opportunity for people that are wise with money to buy stocks of companies they like for cheap.

The stock market throughout history has corrections and crashes. The stock market has been due for a while to either get corrected or crash but coronavirus was very instrumental to the black Monday 2020 crash.

 

Final Thoughts

This coronavirus pandemic period is a strange, unprecedented and extraordinary time. It is a period we have never experienced before. No one really knows what to do as this is uncharted territory for the world. But we must not give up hope. Never.

However long the coronavirus pandemic lasts for, this period will be remembered for a very long time. No one alive now will forget it so quickly.

Stay positive. Remain calm. Follow the authority’s guidelines.

We will win. We are human. We have dominion. God is on our side.

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How to be happy

Happiness is one of many emotions and there is a science to it. This article will take you through how to be happy.

Since the beginning of the world, we human beings as one of the species God created have always been in pursuit of happiness.

There is nothing such as one single thing or act that can bring everlasting happiness. Believe it or not, there are things that can help bring happiness and these things differ for different people.

I am one of those people that like to live a life of happiness and meaning. We all have things that we value and I believe things we value most are the things that makes us happy.

One of the things I value most is family and memories.

I love to be around my family and I always embrace opportunities of important experiences that become lasting memories for me.

Growing up, our brains have been wired to believe somethings we were told by our parents, extended families, school teachers etc.

Things we see, touch, feel and smell all play important roles in the things we value most.

I seriously believe in this quote about happiness ‘Do more of the things that make you happy.’

If we are to do more of the things that make us happy, one thing will need to do is to explore the things that makes us happy the most.

What are the things that make us happy?

From a personal life experience, five things have played key roles in my happiness and they include:

Family and friends

For me, family remains the number one source of happiness. It does not matter who you are or what you have done, your family will always remain your family.

We all have different experiences of growing up.

I am privileged to have had a great upbringing. This has helped me to appreciate the values of my family, both immediate and extended family.

It is very sad to hear some people having bad experiences dealing with their family.

When you have family or friends that you can call upon in difficult times, your life will be peaceful.

Friends are great as well and at times, there are friends that have become adopted members of your family.

I have some friends in my life that have become my brothers and my sisters.

People that you have built a relationship with for a long time can play important role in your happiness.

Spending time with friends and family can boost your happiness and lift your mood in times of challenges.

In my culture, there is a huge community spirit that helps people to stay happy. Even at difficult times when it is not possible for an individual to feed himself or his family.

There are a lot of get together, such as somebody celebrating the arrival of a baby or celebrating their birthday.

These events do bring family and friends together to celebrate and I believe events like these help lift mood and make people happy.

I have to say thought that I am not a fan of people spending money that they do not have, acting rich when they are not or showing off.

It is essential not to show off to the extent of other people feeling depressed and asking themselves “why do I not have this kind of wealth?”

These type of gathering of bringing friends and family together does not really have to be about any particular celebration.

It could just be having few friends around your house to just relax, have a barbecue or have a drink together.

I have been blessed and happy many times having family and friends around at our house over weekends.

And we have been to family and friends’ houses as well for the weekend and sleepovers.

It is usually a wonderful time spent together to show love and appreciate family and friendship.

Events and experiences

 

Take the time and reminisce about some memorable events and moments of your childhood. Take a moment to savour the exciting times visiting a zoo or nature reserves or somewhere nice.

A lot of people will say they have never experienced anything like that before. I am sure if you take a moment to reflect, you will remember some of those times.

I remember during my time in Bauchi City, Nigeria during my undergraduate degree studies, we used to visit the Yankari National Park.

The park is a safari and known for a number of wildlife such as lions and elephants. The highlight of this national park for me was the springs.

At Yankari, one of the springs which comes from under a rock has a constant temperature of 31.1 °C all year both day and night.

Every time I visited Yankari, I enjoyed swimming in the spring. Whenever I remember Yankari National Park experience I fill delighted for the privilege of experiencing nature.

Another example is Malvern Hills, we used to live in Great Malvern, Worcestershire an area known for the Malvern Hills. It is one of the areas designated as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Whenever I go running or walking on the Malvern Hills, I do enjoy the natural environment and the stunning views from the hills.

This is an example of real beauty of Mother Nature and it does sometimes help unlock creativity and joy.

Happiness in its purest form comes from activities like this.

The great thing about such experiences is that there is no judgment of I like this or I do not like this person which is one of human nature.

When the only thing you see around you are beautiful things, there won’t be room for you to feel sad.

Let’s say you have the opportunity to go on tour of Inca trail or see the northern light, I can imagine it will be a wonderful experience that will create a great happy memory.

Experiences like these will help unlock the creativity inside you no matter who you are.

There are some experiences of which whenever the memory come to your mind you will always feel happy and blessed to have had the experience.

I have to admit, I have not visited Peru to see Inca Empire or the Scandinavia to see the northern lights.

What I am saying here is that, I prefer to pay for experiences rather than material things that will depreciate. Experiences create long lasting memories that can help happiness.

Money

Money cannot buy happiness and it cannot make you happy. However, money is essential for happiness.

Whether you like it or not the world runs on money, so is our lives. Most of the points mentioned in this post will need money.

When it comes to the topic of money a lot of people get it wrong. They believe having money is bad because their brain has been wired with the wrong bible quotation of ‘money is the root of all evil’.

There is nothing evil about money, it is just a tool that can be used to do good or bad.

Bad people can use money to perform evil acts while good people can use it to do good. For example, giving to charities and helping people in need.

Money will not buy you happiness but money will pay for the things that can make you happy.

Statistics has shown that having money has a link to happiness.

We know from research that one of the major causes of anxiety is lack of money and lack of money do cause a lot of worries.

In fact, money issue is the second on the list of why couples file for divorce.

Money issue is real. I am not saying here that you have to be a millionaire or financially independent to be happy.

I am not a millionaire or financially independent and I am happy.

If you have a good job and live within your means, you should have some money saved for investment and emergency.

Having this extra cushion in form of investment or savings will help your happiness.

You won’t be waking up in the night or in the morning worrying about paying your bills or providing for your family.

Giving, Generosity and Service

This might be in the form of giving something tangible or sacrificing your time to help others.

A lot of people think they do not have anything to give, so they try to wait until they have a lot of money before they can give.

I am a normal ‘everyday man’, I am not a millionaire nor am I a billionaire. Yet I am comfortable and contented with the blessings in my life.

I find fulfillment, happiness and joy in helping people around me that are in need. From giving money to good causes to going out at times when it is not comfortable to helping a friend or a family.

Giving comes in various form. Ask yourself, ‘how useful are you to other people around you?’.

I always take up the opportunity to help my fellow human being because these acts contribute to my happiness.

I have heard people say the likes of Bill Gate or Mark Zuckerberg can afford to give millions of dollars away for charitable causes because they are billionaires.

The thing is, if you cannot give one pence from your one pound, the chances are when you have a million pounds you will only keep it to yourself.

Giving could be to encourage someone who is depressed.

When you give you will get a return in multiple fold what you have given. With happiness and fulfillment being possible rewards for you when you give.

Giving time or money to help good causes and people around you can be a very great source of happiness and fulfillment.

The greatest teacher that ever lived who was a son of a carpenter said “… the greatest among you will be your servant”, “whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all”.

I personally find happiness in helping and supporting others.

Work

Depending on what you do for a living, you could derive happiness from your business or vocation.

Going to work for me is exciting because I always look forward to meeting my colleagues and I love what I do.

When I am working, I am joyful knowing that the job I do have positive impact on the society.

If you get ‘satisfaction’ from your job, then you are likely to be happy when you are at work. And that will contribute to your over all happiness.

One of the most important things in any job, vocation or business is ‘work life balance’.

Though ‘9 to 5’ jobs get a lot of bad press but being unemployment will surely be bad for your happiness.

One of the benefit of going to work is that it is a way of socialising and socialising can be a source of happiness.

Going to a job you love or working on the business you enjoy can help shape your happiness.

I hope these five points provide you valuable information on things that can help your happiness.

Happiness does not come from just one particular thing but from a variety of experiences, activities and people.

We all have the responsibility to identify things that makes us happy.

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How rising early will help you to be more productive

To be productive is to be active and have a fully functioning mind to combat mental tasks. This means you are able to get important things done, things that are connected to your top-level goal. Staying productive isn’t always easy but you can attain a high productivity level.

I have seen people that have a mindset of luck. There is nothing like luck. Preparedness that meets opportunity is what people regard as luck. People that want to get lucky do not put in the hard work and usually do not prepare for their day.

When you take care of little details of your daily activities you will win the battle of life. There is an adage in my culture that talks about little wins.  Small consistent wins are what usually turns to a tsunami of success and big achievement over time. Become discipline with your time and you will be more productive and feel happy.

There are habits if executed correctly and consistently will help increase your productivity and will help you to be happier and fulfilled.

Now for my number one watchword that will increase your productivity.

THE POWER OF EARLY RISING

Different people think in different ways and we all form different habits over time. Some people believe they are night owls and that’s what works for them. However, for every rule in life, there is always an exception.

Stay with me for a few minutes and I will show you why you need to form a new habit of waking up early if you don’t already do it.

Look, I am not talking here about medical professionals, IT, and Security professionals etc. who have to work night shift because they have to. I am talking about people that work a normal day job or in a business.

I cannot stray from proverbial words of the culture where I was raised. I was thought early on in life that ‘owuro ni ojo’ (the morning time is the most important period of the day).

A pearl of wisdom I found in a book by Malcolm Gladwell, ‘Outliers’ which motivates me is, “No one who rises before dawn 360 days a year fails to make his family rich.”

This wisdom came from ancient Asian rise plantation culture. The wisdom also relates to having an advantage over the morning time to do valuable stuff.

Research by Christoph Randler, a biologist from Harvard found that “morning people” are often more positive, more optimistic and more likely to experience satisfaction in their lives.

It can also be argued that several night owls are known for their creativity. The truth, however, is that they can also pay the price by becoming more likely to succumb to depression and other psychological problems. The mind too likes to calm down and refresh.

If you wake up early consistently every day you could have up to 15days advantage in a year than an average person.

Think about this

Chris usually wakes up at 7am while his friend Luke wakes up at 6. Let us assume Luke makes most of the 1 hour between 6am and 7am, this means Luke has 15 days advantage in a year than Chris.

A lot of people in the world do the minimum to just make a living. However, making your life a masterpiece and contributing something meaningful to the people around you and the world requires something more.

Waking up early to plan your day and do some of the things that can help you move towards your goal is more than the minimum required of a human being.

A large percentage of people of the world stay late in the night watching TV, playing games or partying and then wake up late in the morning to join the craze of rush hours. Things do not happen without you having the right strategies to make them happen.

When I talk about rising up early and how it increases your productivity, I am not talking about rising up early to watch television or just sitting on the couch doing nothing. What I am talking about here is rising up early to do the little things that help move you towards your top level goals.

It is easy to give excuses like, “It is difficult”, “I do not think I can get up early”, and “I just love my sleep”. But the truth is anybody can do it. Anybody can be an early riser; it takes just dedication and sacrifice.

Sleeping late is a habit and old habits are hard to stop. In fact, new habits are equally as difficult to form. Based on research it usually takes about 66 days to form a new habit, which is roughly 3 months. Don’t worry if you struggle in the beginning. Just think about the benefits in terms of increasing your productivity and happiness.

Common Tips To Help You Wake Up Early

There is no denying that cultivating a better sleeping habit can significantly improve your productivity.

I know, some of you are thinking these tips are basic and common sense. But you need to understand that common sense can be very difficult to apply and an average human does not practice common sense.

Tip 1. Go to bed early.

If you want to wake up early and have an advantage in the morning and get more things done, then you need to go to bed early.

How early is early? It varies from people to people. For me, if I go to bed at 10pm, when I wake up at 5.30am I feel very fresh and full of energy. That five hours and thirty minutes of sleep work wonder on me. Sleep is good for the body and brain but you don’t need too much of it.

Waking up early, however, does not mean sleep deprivation so going to bed early helps you maintain the quality and amount of sleep your body needs.

Remember, good quality sleep is more important than the amount of sleep. UK National Health Service (NHS) recommends 8 hours sleep for an adult but some people need more or less. What this means is that people like me can afford to sleep for five hours thirty minutes and wake up fully refreshed while certain people will need the standard seven to eight hours of sleep to feel as refreshed as I am.

Tip 2. Detach yourself from your phone

This tip should come as no surprise to you really. Our lives presently revolve around what we can or cannot do with our phones. So detaching yourself from it should be a great idea.

Before the invention of the artificial lights that we all enjoy today, people used to stay in darkness during the night time. Light during the day is good for boosting our attention, reaction times, and mood but at night, it’s very destructive, distractive and can affect our sleep.

Blue wavelength light is very common in an electronic device with a screen including your tablets, smart mobile phone and computers. We are all increasingly exposed to this blue wavelength. Blue light which comes from our mobile device can affect sleep. This blue light is the reason why a lot of people do not get enough sleep at night because they have their phone with them while falling asleep.

What then can you do to prevent the blue light from disturbing your sleep?

Again, this is not rocket science. I started this not too long ago. I stay away from my phone at least 30minutes before I go to bed and I do not have my mobile phone with me by my bedside.

It is difficult to do but it is possible for you to do this. In the age of mobile phone addiction, you just have to use your willpower to detach yourself from things that will not let you have a good quality sleep.

Tip 3. Set Your Alarm To Wake You Up

 It is very important to put your alarm away from your bedside, well that is unless you a very deep sleeper. When the alarm rings and you have to get up from the bed to stop it then you are already up and it is then easier to get on with your morning routine.

The trick here is you need to make sure you wake up at this same time every day. After some time you will be surprised how your body will get used to it and you will not need an alarm to wake you up.

This is what has happened to me after years of practice. I now naturally wake up between 5am and 5.30am without alarm. By 5.30am I am usually up from the bed.

I have used the power of early rising to get more things done and to be more productive. I am now a better person. If you don’t already, I hope you will form a new habit of early rising and improve your life.

Advantages Of Waking Up Early Are Highlighted Below

  • Waking up early will give you more time to exercise which in turn improves your health.
  • When you wake up early it means you have enough time to plan your day, you are not rushing, therefore, you are able to be more productive.
  • Waking up early will help your mental health because you will be more relaxed because of the advantage of the early hours
  • You also have the advantage of not skipping breakfast because you are in a rush in the morning. Breakfast is a very important meal and will help you maintain a healthier diet.

Cultivate the habit of sleeping early and rising early today and you’ll be surprised at how productive you are about to become.

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Things we have control over

As humans, there are things we have control over. Being in charge is in our nature. We might compromise sometimes but if we all have a choice, we will all be in control. Yet there are a lot of things we do not have control over.

Where we were born, the family we were born into, our sex, the environment and culture we were raised in are just some such examples.

Have you ever heard anyone saying they chose their parent? This is one of the things we do not have control over in life.

Once we grow and develop into a man or woman, we then become the captain of our own ship and the one in charge of our life.

Stick with me for a moment. The fact that we are in charge of our life is established in the best seller book of all time.

See this is not about religion, but the Bible talks about dominion. God gave us dominion over everything he created. I believe we have dominion over things we can see, touch and feel as well as things we cannot see.

How do I know this? Humans are the apex of God’s creation; our intellect ensures we rule even over the various beasts of the wild.

We have been able to use the mind God gave us to create extraordinary things; we have built our environment and created various things that help us to live well and maintain dominance.

The question I am asking you is, are you a spectator or a participant in the world God created?

I have some suggestion for you that will help you to be a participant, this tips will help you on the part to become one of the participants and not one of the spectators.

If you control these three things you will win in life.

Environment

You have control over your environment. This has nothing to do with whether you are poor or rich. It is not rocket science to have a clean environment. Personally, I love beauty.

As you are reading this post, look around and see if things are in order, especially if you are reading this post at home. Look around your living room, or bedroom or wherever you are. Is there order or disorder?

I hope someone will get this, small wins matter, the first win of the day is to lay your bed when you wake up.

See; do not let your cultural belief blindfold you. One of the advantages of laying your bed when you get up from the bed is that it gives you a sense of accomplishment and it sets the right tone for the day.

 

When you see your bed laid, it will help you to feel better and you will be encouraged to tidy up other parts of the room and your house.

Make sure your abode is clean and tidy, a clean and tidy environment will help you think right and unlock the genius and creativity in you.

Time

You must have heard about this before that we have 24 hours a day. Black or white, rich or poor, young or old, man or woman, we all have 24 hours. Time is one of those things that are free to us yet so limited.

And because time is free we all mismanage it.

What do you do with your time? Do you waste your time on things that do not move you towards your goal? I will talk about goals in another post.

Do you just go through the day by default? Are you a believer of taking life one day at a time or do you believe in planning?

If you do not plan your day, the night before or the morning you are going through life by default.

The interesting thing is that you can start anytime. Guess what I started only about a year ago? To properly plan my day, and I can tell you this one thing has been a major game changer in my life.

Health and well-being

I know you will be thinking, you do not have control over your health. I think you are wrong.

See, unfortunate things happen in life, accidents, deadly diseases like cancer, HIV, Ebola, and the likes, are just some of such examples.

The worst part is they can happen to anyone, whether rich or poor, young or old, male or female. However, if you control what you put in your mouth and goes into your body, you can reduce the risk of diseases and sickness.

Let’s use weight as our example here. A lot of people look for a quick fix when it comes to losing weight. They want to keep eating but they don’t want to put in the work to shed that extra pound of flesh.

How to lose weight fast, how to lose weight without exercising, and how to lose weight in 1 week are some of the most asked questions concerning weight loss on Google.

Seriously, you are wasting your time if you buy into this. How long did it take you to gain the weight you have? Probably years and years. You think you can lose what it took you maybe 5years to gain in 1 week? No chance. Eat less, eat healthier, and go out for a jog or run.

If you ask me how can you lose weight? I’ll tell you EAT LESS AND MOVE MORE.

For me, I always look at food as medicine. If you have a headache, as an adult you only need 2 tablets and you cannot have another 2 until after 4 hours.

Anything more than 2 in the stipulated time is considered overdose. This is the way I see food, it is medicine so I don’t want to eat too much of it, I do not want to overdose because it is not good for my health.

If you are disciplined enough to exercise regularly you will significantly reduce the risk of diseases. Remember discipline is the ability to do the right thing even when you do not feel like it.

What I am trying to tell you is that your environment, time and health are all intertwined.

And the best thing is that you have control over them. What you do with your environment, how you interact with it can play a major role in how healthy you are or will be, and you also need proper time management to be able to maintain your health and as well as interact with your environment the right way.

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