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Investing In Yourself For Happiness

Develop your skills

Improving your skills doesn’t always mean investing in higher education, though that’s surely an option, and perhaps a necessary one depending upon your career field. Investing in your knowledge and skills can take many forms. In addition, expanding your level of knowledge and skill isn’t limited to the business arena and doesn’t necessarily need to be formal. There are many “skill investment” avenues.

Advance your education

Taking extra classes, advanced degrees, and relevant certifications, are all valuable investments. Take classes, either in person or online.

Utilize available training

Enroll in workshops, attend conferences or participate in webinars.

Expand your knowledge

There’s lots of information available on nearly any subject imaginable. Read books, articles, white papers, or anything related to the talent or skill you want to work on. Keep current – stay abreast of the latest trends or advancements. Subscribe to publications, read blogs of experts, and follow the latest news.

Explore your creative side

There is a fountain of creativity within most of us that has never been tapped or certainly hasn’t been used to its highest potential. We may need to unearth and hone our individual creativity. Creativity, in any form, helps us to grow personally and professionally, view problems and solutions in different ways, and utilize other parts of our minds that may have been previously untapped. It’s important to keep in mind that creativity has many faces. It’s far broader than being a painter or sculptor; it’s also about trying new things.

Learn a new language

Take a class or use language training software.

Try gourmet cooking

Enroll in a formal class, buy a new cookbook, or ask someone you know who enjoys cooking in a different way.

Write something

Whether a book, short stories, poetry, or anything that inspires you.

Explore the outside world

You can try gardening, bird watching, or landscape photography. Step outside of your house for a while and find a perfect subject for your quick photography session.

Enjoy the music

Play an instrument, learn a new one, or join a music group of some kind.

Create something tangible

Paint, sculpt, make pottery, make jewelry or design your own clothes.

Choose some form of activity that you have never tried, haven’t practiced in years, or have never explored fully.

Nurture your mind and body

Nurturing both your mind and body allows you to have more to give now and in the future, more energy, more knowledge, more compassion, more ideas, greater strength, and physical and mental endurance.

Expand your mind. Learning new things and keeping your mind active even in simple ways helps to grow and maintain your mental ability.


Anything and everything

Explore culture

Attend performances, listen to different styles of music, travel, or join an organization or group comprised of people from different backgrounds.

Open your mind

Engage in conversations with those who disagree with you. Look at an argument and try to make a case for the opposing point of view.

Keep your mind active

Play word games, (yes, even Words with Friends counts,) board games that include strategy, or try using your brain to perform simple calculations rather than relying on a calculator.

Care for your body

Your body is like a well-oiled machine. If you care for it in the way that you might maintain an expensive car, it will perform marvelously and last for a very long time. Remember the basics:

Give it high-quality fuel

Make healthy food choices as often as possible. What you eat does play a large role in your energy and ability to perform. You truly are what you eat.

Don’t push it too hard

Rest and relax often, slow down, and don’t overload your system. Also, don’t shift gears too quickly; it causes stress and damage to “your machine,” A.K.A. your body.

Get regular and necessary maintenance

Go to the doctor when you are sick – don’t put it off until you totally break down. Better yet, use preventative maintenance; get check-ups, take appropriate vitamins and pay attention to irregular or erratic behavior.

Polish the exterior

Take care of the outside too. Many people dismiss this as frivolous and self-indulgent, but it’s not, as long as you don’t go overboard. We’re not talking about facelifts and Botox, we’re talking about grooming, whether it’s a new haircut or getting your nails done, getting a good wax to be clean or even a spray tan to feel more confident.

Investing in yourself truly makes a difference in your life, your well-being, and your ability to thrive and perform to the best of your ability. The extent to which you invest in yourself, mind, and body, not only shapes the way you interact with the outside world, it often reflects the opinion you have of yourself. Your future is in large part determined by your willingness and ability to invest in yourself now



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