3 Quick And Easy Steps To Tell Someone You Appreciate Them

After watching the great video on the importance of saying thank-you, I realised that this is one area where I fail. Sure I say thank-you all the time, but those people are not really the ones who are important to me. They are not people who I spend all my time with. They are people I meet in an elevator at work, or in a class at university.

While I do connect with some of them, the time I spend with them is very short. Most of my time is spent with family and friends. These are the people who deserve a lot more thanks and appreciation then I give. In fact I probably give those superficial friends more thanks and appreciation than my closest family and friends.

I know I’m not alone, I know many people struggle with this. So what can we do about it?? What can we do to let people know that we appreciate them?

Here are 3 quick steps that you can follow to let people know you appreciate them.

Step 1: Take the Time to Say Thank You

Ok it seems pretty obvious that it is important to say thank-you…. but how often do you actually say it?

I don’t mean saying thanks as an off handed remark. e.g ‘thanks for passing the salt’…. but I do mean ‘Mum, I love you and I really appreciate all the work you put into dinner tonight, it was fantastic! Thank-You!’.

See the difference between those two remarks. Both were simple. Both conveyed thanks. However only one was out of genuine love and appreciation.

It is important that we do take that extra heartbeat to express our thanks in a meaningful way. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it shows how much you really care.

Step 2: Give a Hug

Such a simple gesture can mean so much! Giving people we appreciate a hug should never be awkward. It should be easy, and it means a lot. People need to feel loved and appreciated, and hugging is one of the best ways! and Men, a manly handshake is not going to do it for everyone! Don’t be afraid to go in for the big bear hug!

It is often said that people need up to 10 hugs a day to feel truly loved. Maybe that one hug you give a person could be the thing that brightens their day. If you really appreciate someone, maybe even more than one is appropriate.

Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2

What good is a plan if you aren’t going to repeat it over and over again?

Take the time out of your day to truly let somebody know you care…. but don’t just stop with that one person! Let everyone who matters to you know how much they mean. A few simple words and a hug are enough to brighten someone’s day.

Not only will it make them feel great.. but you will be feeling pretty fantastic yourself!

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5 ways to deal with ignorant or annoying people

I logged into my email from home the other day to see a message from a colleague. The message contained a bunch of assumptions that were ignorant of the situation being discussed and which contained a lot of errors. The colleague was wrong about the situation because they didn’t know the full story – yet were trying to assert their point of view like it was accurate.

Dealing with ignorant people in the office is something I’ve struggled with in the past, and I’ve done a bit of searching and here are 5 ways which you can deal with the ignorant people in your life in ways that let you go about your day in peace.

1. Ignore Them

This may or may not be the best solution. However one way to deal with those annoying people is to just not give their comments any time.

When you receive an email from someone who does not know what their talking about, just push it to the back of your mind. Don’t let it get to you. Go and do something else to distract you from the situation. But whatever you do DON’T RESPOND.

If you respond to an email sent to you, it is likely that you will write something which reflects badly on yourself. If you confront them you will likely get into an argument. It is much better for you to go away and calm down, and then not dignify the email with any form of response.

2. Talk to a Friend

One of the most effective ways to not let annoying or ignorant people get to you is to talk to a close friend. Tell them everything thats going on. Yes I do mean everything! All the emotions your going though. All the stress your under. What you feel like doing in response. Sometimes the advice of a close friend is more valuable than you could ever imagine.

As humans we very much make decisions based on what other people do or say. If you have a friend who will level with you. Who will tell you the situation how it is, then you will be fine. Even the act of getting the pressure off your chest is hugely beneficial.

3. Be Kind

Ok, I know you read that and you started to cringe at the thought. However ignorant people are not bad people, they are just not well informed. They don’t know any better. So be kind to them. They can’t help their situation. It’s not their fault they have trouble keeping informed. Give them a hand, and bring them up to speed on the situation.

Not only will being kind make you feel better in the long run, but it is likely that you will place your self in a good spot with the person. If you are kind to them it will be amazing how this might change their attitude towards you. Even if it doesn’t stop them being ignorant or annoying, it much just take the edge off the situation.

4. Do an amazing job.

Sure if one person keeps making uninformed judgements or decision it can be a little off-putting. But you can use that emotion to do a better job. If you become better at your current job everyone else in your workplace will appreciate your work and will automatically not take the comments of the person on board.

If you do your job well enough you may even be promoted into a position where you no longer have to worry about what that person says. Don’t let their comments ever hold you back from doing the best job you can!

5. Tell them your problem

Ok so this might be a little nerve wracking. But if everything else fails you should calmly and politely them your problem. Tell them that they don’t understand the situation and that they need to stop speaking before finding out information.

Sometimes ignorant people just don’t know they are being rude. If nothing works then you do need to tell them. Who knows they may even appreciate you doing so, however if they are not appreciative don’t take it to heart. You won’t have lost a friend, but you will feel much better for telling them.

The Top Ten Apple Commercials Ever Made

Apple have just released yet another instalment to the Get a Mac ads and it got me thinking. There are some really cool commercials that Apple have been made recently, and there are some brilliant commercials from the past, but which are the best? Which are the ads that get people thinking about Apple??

I went for a search to find the answer and here are my top ten Apple commercials of all time! Let me know what you think. Do you agree with my list?

10. 1984

Many Apple fans love this commercial, but personally I don’t think it deserves the right to be the best mac ad ever. It is the kind of ad you would run once and then would be put in the vault, which is exactly what Apple did with it. It is a great ad, but not the best. It doesn’t pull at emotions and is aimed at a tech crowd.

9. MacBook Air

I love this ad for a few reasons. Firstly the MacBook air is a cool looking product. Whether you like its features or not, it just looks cool. Secondly the application of fitting the MacBook Air into an everyday file which people use in their office was ingenious.

8. “Crocodile” Apple Ad

This ad showcases the speed and power of the early Apple computers when in difficult situations. The scenario is a flooded office filled with alligators and crocodiles.

7. I don’t know anything about computers

In this ad you start to see the Mac vs PC debate in full swing. Apple made it clear that Mac’s were easy to use compared to the complicated PC. In fact this ad implies that it is easier to learn 7 languages than learn to understand a PC. That’s why this ad has made the Top Ten.

6. iPod 123 Commercial

This ad is characteristic of all the recent iPod commercials. It focuses the viewer on the great music and the experience of having an iPod. It deserves a top 10 spot.

5. The Internet – What would you do?

This ad asks a class of students the question of ‘what would you do to change the world?’ Using their mac computers the students are able to share with others around the planet. This ad is a light hearted but yet somewhat serious ad.

4. Macintosh Industrial Revolution

This is a powerful ad for the Macintosh. It is delivered as a moving speech to a class of students. The key line is ‘This is an exciting time to be alive”. It is well made, well built, and every bit a powerful ad.

3. I’m a Mac and I’m a PC

These ads include many of the best ads Apple has made. They are humorous, light hearted, simple, and yet have Microsoft spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to counteract them. Personally I love the Bean Counter ad, but they are all great!

2. iMac Window Shopping

This is one of the funniest mac ads around. A guy walks up to a window and looks at the iMac G4, which takes on a personality giving a hilarious exchange. I love the fact this ad uses humour to portray the cool factor of the design.

1. Think Different

This has to be one of the best commercials ever made. It is a tribute to everyone in the world who is crazy enough to believe they can change the world. It is set to some brilliant music, and is sure to set spirits high. I believe this is the best ad Apple has ever made!

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10 years of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra… The health benefits are amazing

When I was younger I was always told to eat my greens. However it seems that members of Vienna’s Vegetable Orchestra may have missed that vital message.

If you did not pick up by the name, the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra is an orchestra which plays on instruments made from vegetables. They have it all from the pepper trumpet, to the leek violin, to the cucumberphone.

They also claim to not be limited by musical style, and in fact one of the members has been quoted as saying their style was – ‘electronic organic music’.

Each show they perform apparently requires 70 kg of fresh organic produce. They then carve out the instruments for each concert. Thats quite an effort!

Anyway, this year is their 10th birthday. I wonder if they have spun out a great rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ yet.

Check out the video! It’s pretty amazing if you ask me!

Photo credit, Nickwheeleroz