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3 Ways to Modernize Your B2B Customer Service – Margaret Buj – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

The stats are in. Ninety per cent of B2B industry leaders say that customer experience is a massive priority for them. You don’t need us to tell you that top-notch customer service plays a huge role in delivering a premium consumer experience. If you’re working in the B2B industry, you need to do everything possible to enhance the quality of your customer service. To help with that, we’re going to reveal three ways you can modernize your customer support. 1. Use a…

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What I Now Know After Feeling Miserable and Worthless at Work – Happiness Article

“You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you—it’s something inherent.” ~Danielle Koepke Imagine you’re in your early thirties, in a job you enjoy at a company you love, and you just got promoted (without lobbying for it),…

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The Best Planners for 2020 – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Photo by Plush Design Studio from PexelsAs the new year approaches, it’s time to start making resolutions and goals. One great way to stay on track with your goals is by keeping a planner. Whether you want to make better grades or just be more organized, a planner makes the perfect companion for success. Although some planners are pricey, you can find a quality academic planner or daily planner for an affordable price. And they make good gifts for friends…

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4 Tips to Make Your Resume Better Than Ever – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Mapping out the perfect resume is easier said than done. There are tons of different ways to approach writing out your CV, and experts have a variety of opinions on what can make or break your application. The challenges behind a good resume are twofold: first, you have to be able to list out your relevant experiences and accomplishments, and second, you have to be able to stand out from the crowd. CareerBuilder found that over 42% of hiring managers…

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How to Love an Addict (Who Doesn’t Love Themselves) – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

I grew up in a family of high-functioning addicts. We looked like the perfect family, but as we all know, looks can be deceiving. No one was addicted to drugs, so that obviously meant that we had no problems. Cigarettes, alcohol, food, and work don’t count, right? I have come to realize that what we are addicted to is nowhere near as important as the admission that we’re addicted to something. When we try to make ourselves feel better by…

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My Pain Was a Gift and a Catalyst for Growth – Happiness Article

“Sometimes pain is the teacher we require, a hidden gift of healing and hope.” ~Janet Jackson I was becoming more and more confused as to what my feelings were toward my husband. Longing for that personal adult male connection, I started to feel trapped in my marriage. However, I still had a very strong sense of our family unit and my commitment to it. I wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardize the family, even if it meant sacrificing my…

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How to Break Unstable Relationship Patterns – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Being willing to accept responsibility for the situation you’re in is the first step to a more fulfilling love life.” ~Renée Suzanne Remember the haunting ballad “Foolish Games” by Jewel? Jewel wrote the song when she was sixteen. She kept a serious journal, and said in an interview that a verse in the song was “about a relationship that I was dramatically involved in on paper.” That pretty much sums up my first relationship, which was a dramatic pseudo-relationship in…

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Your Emotions Will Not Drown You; They Will Save You – Happiness Article

“You weren’t built to be calm, cool, and collected all the time. If you were, it wouldn’t feel so exhausting.”~Ryan O’Connell  There’s a lot of talk nowadays about “highly sensitive people” and “empaths.” It can be difficult for people who don’t relate to these labels to understand, or even believe what more sensitive folks experience. As a culture, we’re just beginning to grasp what sensitivity is and how to manage our energy. What Sensitivity Actually Is It’s easy to get…

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Acceptance Is Not Passive; It’s the Path to Peace – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“The price of our vitality is the sum of all of our fears.” ~David Whyte  Acceptance by its very nature is imperfect; it’s messy and often unpleasant, while ultimately leading to a place of growth, a sense of freedom, and a life familiar with ease. I know this because I have had a lot of painful acceptance in my life, and it has been crucial to helping me move beyond the stuckness of fear and suffering. Years ago, being the…

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What Helps Me Put Things in Perspective – Happiness Article

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” ~Douglas Adams The Buddha famously said that life is full of suffering. While I acknowledge there is much suffering in the world, for my privileged life in the West, I like to think…

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Pregnancy Discrimination | How to Avoid Maternity Discrimination – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

The joys of motherhood are tremendous. If you’re pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant, there’s so much to look forward to. Of course, waking up at three in the morning probably isn’t one of them.Your job shouldn’t add to the list of stressors you’re about to experience.Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is a problem.According to this report, one in nine mothers (11%) reported they were either dismissed or made redundant. Some were even treated so poorly that they felt…

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Finding the Courage to Go After What You Want Out of Life – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Just because you’re not doing what other people are doing, that doesn’t mean you’re failing or falling behind. You’re charting your own course and staying true to yourself, even though it would be easier to join the crowd. You’re creating a life you can fall in love with instead of falling in line. You’re finding the courage to do what’s right for you, even though it’s uncertain and scary and hard. Give yourself some credit, because these are all reasons…

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4 Simple Habits That Can Soothe Your Anxious Mind – Happiness Article

“I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh There is so much noise and overwhelm these days it’s almost impossible to not feel crippling anxiety on a regular basis. With a march of commitments, appointments, and obligations that never seem to end, we’re a nation of chronically stressed and overwhelmed. We often spend our lives in a rush, running on autopilot, completing task after task until we finally…

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I Spent Years Looking for Happiness in the Wrong Places – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Never put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.” ~Unknown About ten years ago I made the mistake of re-reading my journal from high school. Wow, was I ever a miserable, slightly unstable person. I dated the same (great) guy for three years, but looking back over my handwritten confessions, you would have thought I was dating Mussolini. I had endless complaints, wanted to control everything my boyfriend did, and every other word I wrote was a gripe.…

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Why I’m in Therapy Again, and Not Ashamed to Share It – Happiness Article

“Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” ~Vironika Tugaleva Ah, therapy, my old friend. We meet again. I really thought I’d released you from my life; that I no longer needed your help to maintain my sanity. Boy, was I wrong. Third time’s a charm, as they say. The First Time I Went to Therapy I was eighteen when I had my first encounter with therapy; my parents had…

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When People Want to Help but Just Make Things Worse – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

When I was fourteen years old, my family spent a week of vacation in the northwoods of Minnesota. We rode horses, sailed on the lake, sang songs around a campfire, and all the other things most teenagers tell their parents is lame. Even if they are having fun. After this week of boring, according to me, my family loaded up into our van and began what should have been a five-hour drive home. Except it wasn’t five hours. Thirty minutes…

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How Empaths Can Stop Sacrificing Their Needs for Other People – Happiness Article

“Sometimes you don’t realize you’re actually drowning when you’re trying to be everyone else’s anchor.” ~Unknown Have you ever felt trapped? No, actually, have you ever felt absolutely paralyzed? Like you’re fearful of making any choices at all? It feels like any step you take could end in utter catastrophe. Five years ago, that was me. I was living in a small, run-down house in Peru, in a city that I didn’t want to be in, far away from family…

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3 Powerful Job Interview Tips from Experts – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

The following post is sponsored by Algrim.coJob seeking can be really overwhelming and intimidating. You send your resume to a number of companies, go to several interviews, and still, there is no positive answer for you. First of all, don’t despair! Job interviews can be difficult, especially if you can’t perform at optimal levels when you are stressed. So, here are 3 powerful tips from HR experts to help you be prepared and nail your next job interview:1. Research the…

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Tips To Land Your First Job When You Graduate College – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

When you graduate from college, the next thing on your agenda is often to get your first job. The job market is fairly strong right now and employers are looking for top talent and often having a hard time finding it. That puts you, as a job-seeker, in a good position in many instances, particularly depending on what you studied while in school.  Of course, when you graduate, it’s not necessarily just about finding employment. You may want something that’s…

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How I Found Hope and Inspiration After Years of Quiet Desperation – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” ~Henry David Thoreau How many years do we live with a sense of quiet desperation, faking the connection we have with ourselves? Why do we deny ourselves authentic living and exchange our time for mindless living? Over the years, life silently and slowly eroded my identity away. By the time my son was twelve years old, I’d completely lost touch with reality.…

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How I Started Enjoying My Alone Time Instead of Feeling Lonely – Happiness Article

“The only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.” ~Bessel A. van der Kolk Learning to be alone as an adult has been a struggle for me. It’s taken quite a while for me to adjust to spending periods of time by myself. It may sound strange to those who know me because I am most definitely an introvert and need my…

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3 Uncommon Engineering Skills That Engineers Should Develop for Extraordinary Success – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

This is a guest post by Nader Mowlaee There comes a time in every engineer’s career where they’ll want to take their roles to the next level by managing others, overseeing projects, and even running their own engineering startups. It’s a given that to catapult your engineering career, you have to do what’s necessary to be successful in outshining the rest, and sometimes that calls for identifying and fine-tuning the skills companies need. Research shows that companies desire soft skills, such as…

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The Art of Slow Living: How to Reclaim Your Peace and Joy – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“In today’s rush, we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being.” ~Eckhart Tolle We’re going to start with a visualization exercise. Set a timer for one minute, close your eyes, and reflect on your happiest childhood memories… I was born into a family of wanderers, individuals who held a deeply rooted love of travel, and an even deeper sense of adventure. My happiest childhood memories are the times when…

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The Negative Impact of Not Feeling Your Feelings – Happiness Article

“If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world.” ~Sidney Banks I spent most of my life scared of my feelings. Having feelings and expressing them made me mentally ill—or so I was led to believe by a large number of mental health professionals. When I felt sad, they labeled me as depressed. When I showed any signs of anxiety, they gave me another list of mental health disorders…

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Prayer Exercise: Where Can We Find Faith In Media? – Spiritual Article

Media’s place in our lives goes beyond the “Star Wars” prayer we tried a few months ago. In our ever-connected culture, we spend a lot of time consuming various media. Since it has so much influence, even in daily conversation, we ought to take some time to intentionally analyze what we watch rather than merely consume it.  We can find meaning in the stories from popular culture. Sometimes we even feel the Spirit of God move in and among us…

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My Favorite Tip to Ease the Pain of Grief – Happiness Article

“It’s also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now…with its aches and its pleasures…is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.” ~Pema Chodron Many people like to think of grief as an emotional experience. It’s something that dominates your internal, emotional space, and that’s it. But it doesn’t take long when you’re in the thick of grief to experience grief that isn’t emotional at all. You…

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Our Odd Culture of Over-Sharing and the Quest to Be Relevant – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just be.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh We show off our best moments—another sunshine shot from the beach, big smiles, cocktails and all. We try to be controversial. We ride the wave of the latest trend, showing we’re ‘on point’ and ‘in the know.’ We follow in the slipstream of something clever or enlightened…

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7 Ways Running Helps Me Live My Best Life – Happiness Article

“I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” ~Ronald Rook Growing up, I was always a bit on the tubby side, or, as my mum would say, “stocky.” Old and grainy camcorder footage from the early nineties shows me at four years old, waddling sassily around the garden naked on a summer’s day. Watching the nostalgic home footage recently, I thought to myself, “Wow, I had a beer belly long before…

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Why I’m Trying Harder to Be Kind to Strangers – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo Buscaglia From uttering unkind words to sleeping with unkind men, I’ve had many moments of shame in my life. Still, there is one particular moment of shame that stands out from the crowd. It happened at least ten years ago, but I…

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When Someone You Love Is Grieving: How to Really Help – Happiness Article

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ~Henri Nouwen It’s hard to stand at the edge of someone else’s grief. There’s the awkwardness. You always feel a little like an uninvited guest who arrived late and…

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