10 Life Lessons
Practice empathy; Practice listening; Smile a lot; Walk; Manage your money; Avoid credit; Public speaking; Investigate the truth for yourself; Learn to dance; Avoid loneliness; plus 1 more.
Learn to practice empathy. One of the most important life skills to learn, indeed we must all learn, is empathy. Empathy is the ability to put oneself in someone else’s position, understanding and comprehending their emotions and feelings. Empathy is not sympathy or pity. And one of the skills needed for empathy is to listen, without interrupting.
Practice listening. Listen to understand, not just to reply. When you do reply, first repeat the other person’s main point, in order to demonstrate that you have listened. While listening keep in mind that you don’t know everything, nobody does.
Smile a lot. Smile at people as a greeting and see what reaction you receive back, hopefully positive. Look at the two images above, one sad the other smiling, my friend is beautiful in both images, but which one is uplifting?
Walk, every day if you can. Take long walks to relax, not necessarily for fitness, although that is good as well. Long walks should be for enjoyment not problem solving, but they can be like a meditation and then good ideas may come to mind.
Learn to manage your money. This boils down to saving, that is, not spending everything you earn and develop a regular saving habit. Wealth is not so much about how much you earn but how much you save.
There is plenty of budgeting and saving advice online.
With some sites suggesting saving from 10% to 40% of your income, and budgeting plans that are all basically describing adding up your expenses including savings over a year and dividing by how much you earn over that year. Then reducing or eliminating expenses as required. Easier said than done but necessary if we are to live within our means and be without the stress of debt.