Recipes for a life well-lived

1. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

1. Be proactive

2. Begin with the end in mind.

3. Put first things first.

4. Think Win/Win

5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

6. Synergize.

7. Sharpen the saw (attend to your physical, mental, social/emotional and spiritual needs daily).

2. 24 Character Strengths as discussed in Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman

1.  Be curious and show a keen interest in the world.

2. Have a learn of learning.

3. Have sound judgment, critical thinking skills and an open mind.

4.  Show ingenuity and “street-smart” practical intelligence.

5. Show high emotional and social intelligence.

6.  Have perspective and be able to see the “bigger picture”.

7. Show courage., including moral courage.

8. Show perseverence and conscientiousness.

9.  Show integrity, genuineness and honesty.

10.  Be kind and generous.

11. Be able to give love and to receive love.

12. Be a good and loyal team-player and citizen.

13. Be fair.

14. Be a good leader.

15. Show strong self-control and to regulate your negative emotions.

16. Be prudent and careful.

17. Be humble and modest.

18. Appreciate beauty in the world and excellence in others.

19. Be grateful.

20. Be optimistic and forward-looking.

21. Have a strong sense of purpose and faith.

22. Be forgiving and merciful.

23. Be playful, light-hearted and show a good sense of humor.

24. Be enthusiastic and passionate about life.

3.  21 Tips from H Jackson Brown Jr.

1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
6. Be generous.
7. Have a grateful heart.
8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
12. Commit yourself to quality.
13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationship with people you love and respect.
14. Be loyal.
15. Be honest.
16. Be a self-starter.
17. Be decisive even it it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
20. Take good care of those you love.
21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

4.  Nine Tips from Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

5.  Twelve Priceless Qualities of Success from Marshall Field

1. The value of time.
2. The success of perseverance.
3. The pleasure of working.
4. The dignity of simplicity.
5. The worth of character.
6. The power of kindness.
7. The influence of example.
8. The obligation of duty.
9. The wisdom of economy.
10. The virtue of patience.
11. The improvement of talent.
12. The joy of originating.

6.Take Time from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Take time to think–It is the source of all power.

Take time to read–It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to play– It is the source of perpetual youth.

Take time to be quiet–It is the opportunity to seek God. [alternatively, to reflect]

Take time to be aware–It is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved–It is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh–It is the music of the soul.

Take time to be friendly– It is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream–It is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray–It is the greatest power on earth.[alternatively, to commit to our higher purpose]

Take time to give–It is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to work–It is the price of success.

There is a time for everything. . . .

About Anne Austin

I have created this website to show you simple, proven ways to improve all aspects of your life.

I hope the practical ideas I present in Practical Savvy help you become happier and more effective in all aspects of your life.

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