These Hidden Hearts Prove Love Can Be Found Everywhere

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
These Hidden Hearts Prove Love Can Be Found Everywhere
The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life — and your well-being — off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others’ stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing “secret weapons” that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Love is all around us — in the comfort of our friends and family, in the respect for ourselves and even in the random acts of strangers. If we stay mindful of the present — and really notice our surroundings — we’ll discover that kindness isn’t that far from our grasp. Need more proof? Check out the hidden hearts below, which are the perfect symbols of the love we can find everywhere we look.

Love is in our nourishment…

And comes from our pets…

It can appear if we look up…

And in the ties that hold things together…

It can bloom from nature…

Or show up in our work…

But best of all, love is a reflection of what we see when we choose to look for it.

For more GPS Guides, click here.

7 Reasons Likeable People Succeed
We all know this to be true, whether or not we are conscious of it. In the longer term, likeable people win out over all others. It does not matter how smart, experienced, educated or hard working you are. Likeable people are more fun to work with, inspire loyalty amongst their peers and are “lighter to lift” within any team or organization.

I have seen many a talented corporate citizen become victim to pessimism, office gossip and time-consuming complaining. These people, often with absolutely zero intention, become irritating to others and worst of all harmful to themselves and their own professional progression. And the sad part is that their lack of self-awareness paralyzes them.

At a certain level in our careers, we have the skills, talent and capabilities to do the job. What stops a lot of people getting to the next level is their likeability factor. When making hiring decisions and progression planning, managers and executives want the likeable people on their team. Before we are professionals we are all human beings. It is natural to want to be surrounded by positive, uplifting people. If there are two people capable of doing a job, selling a product or service or even sitting next to us in our cubicle, the likeable person will win every time.

Here are seven reasons likeable people succeed:

1. No (or minimal) ego. Who likes an ego? No one.

2. Likeable people elevate others. They praise, share credit and enjoy other people’s successes. Funnily enough, this quality elevates them the most. It’s testament to the lovely old truth that we keep what we give away.

3. They make us feel relaxed. Less-likeable people create stress, tension and can even make people defensive and on edge. Those emotions are not enjoyable.

4. “All else being equal, people do business with people they like,” Jeffrey Gitomer, The Little Red Book of Selling. This does not just stop with sales people. It applies to all relationships — internally and even socially.

5. Positive attracts positive. Negativity repels. This is simple and yet so often misunderstood. A negative attitude, even if it is not directed at us, makes us want to avoid the person generating it. Positivity on the other hand is very attractive.

6. More so than ever, employers are focused on creating supportive company cultures and understand how much it contributes to an organization’s success. Well-liked people supply a lot of value to a professional culture.

7. Likeable people are often inclusive and are therefore always included. They do not operate out of fear in the workplace but out of happiness and generosity. As a result, likeable people are often consulted for their point of view and hold clout when decisions are being made.

Shawn Achor in The Happiness Advantage explains it best: “Success orbits around happiness, not the other way around.”

What have your observations been of likeable people in the work place?

Daily Meditation: Blessing Our Food
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today’s meditation features a Unitarian prayer for blessing a meal. Many religious traditions encourage blessing and prayer over food as a way of showing gratitude for the sustenance that is so necessary to our survival.

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The food which we are about to eat
Is Earth, Water, and Sun, compounded
through the alchemy of many plants.
Therefore Earth, Water and Sun will
become part of us.
This food is also the fruit of the labor of
many. We are grateful for it.
May it give us strength, health, joy.
And may it increase our love.

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