Why Friday 13th Is Your Happiest Day 365

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Some think it’s their lucky day. Others take it as a special one. One person can be scared of it, while for another it’s like every other day.

Well, what is the answer then? What kind of day is Friday the 13th?

I’ll tell you. It’s the best day of your life. It’s your happiest day. It’s the moment you want to remember and enjoy the most. Only because it’s today.

What I mean is that each day of the year is like that. Every single day of your life is the most special one when it is happening now. And you know it will never come back. So you can either experience it to the fullest, or let it pass.

People think they are not happy because of the place they’re at right now, or the people around them, the house they live in, the season, workdays and so on. You can find hundreds of excuses.

But actually happiness is all about inner peace and awareness. It’s about being here, now, on that date, with these people. And about being happy with that, grateful and satisfied. Only then a person’s soul, mind and body can be in harmony with the rest of the world.

What I want to say can be summarized in one quote:

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
A.A. Milne

You see, only being happy with what you have now can save us from living in the past or future, from having regrets and being sad.

A date is only a number, as is age and many other things we worry about. And even the calendar is useless if you don’t make any day count.

How to make the best of today?

So it’s time to change things. Actually one thing – your perspective, attitude towards life.

Until now Monday has been the start of your week and you hated it, the weekend was what you were expecting the most, 23rd is when you get your paycheck, the beginning of every month is when you’ve got many projects at work, and out of the whole year you like only August and December because that’s the time you have holidays or go abroad.

These random examples show how we take dates, days of the week, months and seasons way too seriously. Instead, we should love every single day of the calendar and look forward to the next one.

So let go of numbers, dates and waiting for a certain time of the year and feel the magic of today. Here is how to do it:

  • Don’t think about the past or worry about the future.
  • Stay present.
  • Find the positives of that exact day.
  • List everything you’re grateful for.
  • Spend quality time with your family.
  • Do something new or something that scares you. This way the day will be remembered.
  • Do your daily tasks with a positive attitude. Be excited and appreciate how responsible you are.
  • Smile a lot.
  • Do little acts of kindness.
  • Find the beauty in little things. Stop to smell the roses on your way to work, enjoy going to bed after a long day, drink tea, have a nice meal, take a long shower…
  • Get up early and make this day longer.
  • People will be surprised of your unusual happiness and will ask questions. Telling them that it’s a wonderful day for you will make it so.
  • If something bad happens, don’t react negatively. Almost every problem can be fixed somehow. Accept it with understanding and think what you can do about it. Don’t get too emotional.
  • Meditate and take some time for yourself.
  • Be kind with people even if they are mean, angry or grumpy. You’ll be amazed how both you and the other person will improve your mood.
  • Just change the way you look at things. Once you raise your inner energy, even your coffee will taste better and your favorite show will be more interesting.

What a great day, wasn’t it?

Here is an example:

I went to bed late and had to get up at 6:00, then go to university to have a test at 7:30. It’s snowing. It’s cold outside. Everyone is in a bad mood in the morning. Sounds like a bad start of the day…

Let’s get a new angle on that now:

I’m so proud of myself for studying yesterday evening. I managed to get up as soon as my alarm went off which is quite a boost for my willpower. And will help me with my new goal to get up earlier from now on (because I haven’t been doing it for a while).

I look outside. It’s snowing. For the first time this year. And it’s beautiful. It was really cold when I got up but after putting on warm clothes and going out everything was fine.
I did well on my test. And even went back home on foot.

And here I am now, at 10:00, writing this post. And as you know writing always makes me happy and helps me find contentment. So by now, while my roommate is still sleeping, I’ve done a few very good things – got up early, went out, did my test, enjoyed the snow, found inspiration, wrote a post.

So far, so good.

And by the way, while writing, I just looked out of the window and noticed how a boy went on the balcony on the last floor of the building opposite. Although it’s far away, I saw how it looked around and got excited. Then hurried back inside. So I just witnessed a child’s joy of the first snow for the year. Nice!

Now that sounds like a good start of the day.

Everyone can have this attitude towards life. You just need to find the beauty and simplicity in everything.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.