51 Fun And Painless Ways To Meet New People

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When you live in one place for a long time, you establish a lot of friends and acquaintances.

You don’t realize how these concentric circles of people in your life create a familiarity that feels safe and comforting.

You take for granted how effortless friendships are that have so much time and history.

You know one another really well, you know what to expect from each other, and even if you don’t see your friends every day, you know they are there for you

They are the netting that holds life in place and gives you a sense of belonging.

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119 Uplifting Affirmations For Women To Use Daily

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Do you sometimes struggle with low self-esteem?

Do you engage in negative self-talk and neglect to praise yourself or show yourself love?

Women have so many demands on them — work, family and home responsibilities, children, and other commitments we make thinking we can and should do it all and do it perfectly.

Then we get overscheduled and overwhelmed and begin doubting our abilities and our own inner beauty.

To stay mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy and balanced, you have to practice self-care, and one of the best self-care activities is using positive affirmations for women.

An affirmation is a declaration or phrase that you repeat to declare to yourself your intention to make the positive affirmation statement true.

With each positive affirmation, you are reinforcing a vision of what you know can be true.

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How To Gain Confidence and Feel Good In Your Own Skin

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Are there times (maybe more than you’d like to admit) when you feel insecure because of your lack of confidence?

Have you worried about how to gain confidence in your personal or professional life?

Most people struggle with a loss of confidence from time to time.

But sometimes low confidence can hang around like a bad rash.

You just can’t shake the feeling that you’re missing some confidence that everyone else seems to have.

  • Maybe you feel insecure about your appearance or weight.
  • Maybe you fear you’re not as intelligent or educated as you think you should be.
  • Maybe you think you don’t have the social skills to meet a romantic partner.
  • Maybe you worry that you don’t have what it takes to be successful in your job.
  • Maybe you think life is stacked against you, and you don’t know how to change it.

The truth is we all have weaknesses, areas where we need to improve, and even unchangeable aspects of our personalities or appearance that can make us feel insecure.

But don’t let those insecurities drag your confidence through the mud.

You can accept your drawbacks and setbacks, improve and change what you can, and live confidently enough to find happiness and success in life.

Want to know how? Read on.

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Are You Socially Inept? 25 Of The Best Ways To Know For Sure

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What do you call a person with no social skills or who has difficulty making or keeping friends? Socially inept is one description that comes to mind.

When you think of someone who is socially inept, you may not think of yourself.

You probably figure since you have friends, you go out, you know people who like you, and you are good at your job, you must be socially skilled.

Otherwise, wouldn’t you be a loner?

Maybe, but here’s the thing.

People who are inept in social situations are often unaware of the fact that they are this way because it’s uncomfortable for their friends talk to them about it.

This makes sense because no one wants to risk hurting someone’s feelings, especially if it is a friend.

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33 Of The Best Small Talk Topics And Questions

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Do you ever find yourself in that dreaded situation where you’re face-to-face with an acquaintance or stranger, and you’re forced to make some kind of conversation?

Whether or not you were expecting to be with this person, you’re now stuck in the moment trying to come up with small talk topics and struggling to know exactly what to say.

How was your weekend? What do you think about the weather?

Do you have any plans for the summer?

The prospect of having these short conversations can lead to anxiety, as you try to straddle saying enough while not saying the wrong thing.

Let’s review some small talk topics you can bring up in these uncomfortable situations that will seem neither forced nor awkward.

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21 Simple But Effective Communication Techniques

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Do you struggle to communicate effectively with others — either verbally or in writing?

You may need some effective communication techniques at work and in your personal life.

Your words come out easily enough, but the consequences of those words are sometimes far from what you intended.

Communication sounds so easy.

Words come out of your mouth. Someone hears them and reacts with more words and then boom — you’ve had a conversation.

Or perhaps you had a monologue or an incoherent prattle, and you’re just not aware of it and how it impacts the other person.

Maybe one of your word exchanges didn’t go as well as you’d hoped — either because one (or both) of you didn’t understand the other’s message or because something else got in the way.

This confusion is particularly embarrassing or uncomfortable when you’re in a work setting.

  • So, how do you make sure to communicate your meaning more effectively next time?
  • How do you recognize when your communication style is off-putting?
  • What are positive communication techniques you need to learn to make your next conversation or meeting more fruitful and enjoyable?

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99 Of The Best Ways To Be More Outgoing

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Can you think of the last time you initiated conversation at a party or asked an acquaintance to go out for coffee?

If you can’t, it might be time to put more effort into being outgoing.

A recent study found that being outgoing in your youth can lead to a greater sense of happiness as you age.

The results of the study showed that people who were friendly and sociable in their twenties ended up being happier with their lives over the following 40 or 50 years.

But how can you just change from being a reserved person to being more gregarious and socially skilled?

There are a few steps you can take to get started, which is the hardest part.

If you’re wondering, “How do I stop being quiet” when everyone around you is engaged in lively conversation, help is on the way.

Being outgoing doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but putting yourself out there doesn’t have to be so scary.

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29 Top Signs Of An Attractive, Confident, Kickass Woman

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The signs of a confident woman are hard to miss. You definitely know one when you see her — but do you see those signs in yourself?

When you walk into a room, do you feel confident like you own it?

Or do you tend to hide in the corner trying to fly under the radar or simply blend in with the crowd?

It can be hard to exude confidence as a woman, especially in our competitive, media-driven society that sends so many messages about who we are supposed to be and how we should look.

Fortunately, you can become a more confident woman by changing some of your mindsets and practicing the skills of confidence — skills that can be learned.

One thing that confident women have in common is the self-awareness to recognize their imperfections and even celebrate them.

They know their strengths, where they have room for improvement, and when to step back and let others take the lead.

You may be a confident woman in one area of your life, but signs of confidence in other areas.

So how do you become a self-confident woman in everything you do?

Let’s look at the traits that confident women often share and how you can increase your confidence to embrace just how kickass and amazing you are.

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