As I read the book looking for personal work applications, as well as tips for my own readers, I reduced the list down to what I feel are the most useful hacks for the busy entrepreneur or professional.
The key thing here is this: Don’t just read them for entertainment or information; apply them, be transformed by them, and pay them forward to change someone’s life.
My favorite hacks toward a life of happiness.
- Don’t harbor a grudge.
- Write three things you love about yourself.
- Quiet your mind before starting your day (think meditation or mindfulness).
- Practice a random act of kindness every day.
- Make a 10-point list of what’s really important to you.
- Write a mission statement for your life (try these steps to get started).
- Think of three topics to begin a conversation (ask these questions).
- Lavishly praise behavior you want repeated.
- Go on vacation every year.
- Ask a favorite boss or someone you admire to mentor you.
- Think of two reasons you haven’t moved forward in your job.
- Create a chart to outline the steps of your career.
- Brainstorm three ways to be happier at work. Then follow through.
- Safeguard your professional relationships.
- Show up on time and prepared for meetings.
- Speak the truth for a whole day–no fibs allowed.
- Single out one co-worker each week for praise.
- Think of three tasks someone else could do and delegate them.
- Schedule moments of relaxation during the workday.
- Ask your boss for a special assignment.
- Choose a date to ask for a promotion.
- Keep your promises to others.
- Refuse to engage in malicious gossip.
- Inspire a negative person to think positively.
- Ask someone to tell you her purpose in life.
- Tell a story to inspire someone who is feeling down.
- Ask competitors or adversaries to name their issues (don’t assume).
- Ensure that you understand your adversary’s position.
- Find common ground on one or more points.
- Ask for three specific ideas to resolve the conflict.
- Walk away, if that’s your only option.
- Think of three things you can do to make the world a better place.
- Spread happiness through e-mail.
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