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6 Ways To Become A Better Person

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Let’s face it: we’ve all made mistakes in our lives. There isn’t a single person on the planet that can claim to be perfect. Still, one thing we can do is learn from our mistakes and hopefully avoid repeating them in the future. At some point in our lives, we’ll sit back and reflect on what we’ve done, and ponder the things we are yet to accomplish in life.

The thing about achieving goals in life is that we can only do so if we are true to ourselves, and we carry out our actions to the best of our abilities. Sometimes, though, we might need to re-evaluate what we do. You might not realize it, but there are some things you could change in your life to help you be a better person. By making a few small changes in your life, you’ll find empowered to achieve almost anything! Here’s what you can do:

 

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Be content with what you’ve got

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve things in your life, some folks get carried away and aren’t happy with what they’ve got. They always want more, and when they get more, it’s still not good enough for them.

You should be more content with what you’ve got in life because there are many individuals that don’t have even a fraction of what you enjoy daily. Life isn’t about keeping up with your neighbors, being the trendiest person in town, or earning millions of dollars. Many of us are guilty of being very materialistic. We sometimes forget about the things we’ve got that we should be thankful for in life. It’s important to be thankful for what we’ve got and to not feel dissatisfied with all that we’ve achieved.

 

Do things that make you happy

The last thing you want to do is be a person that is always unhappy with their life. You may not know it, but many unhappy souls out there feel the way they do for one reason in particular. They only devote their time to making other people happy, and rarely do anything that makes themselves feel the same way!

It’s important to have a balanced work and personal life. But, it’s even more crucial to devote some time to yourself regularly and do the things that make you feel happy in life. We all have hobbies and pastimes that interest us in our spare time. Make sure you aren’t forgetting about yours, or rather devoting time to them each day or week.

 

Keep your health and appearance in check

Following on from the previous section about happiness, the only way you’ll have a chance to do so is if you’re feeling in good spirits. If you’re always feeling fatigued, ill, or have a lack of interest in doing anything, it’s time to get a medical check-up.

On a separate note, you’ll also feel good about yourself and more inclined to do things if you’ve got a lot of confidence. The thing is something that can often cause low self-esteem is when we aren’t taking pride in our appearance. So, if you want to give yourself a new you with a dental makeover or a change of hairstyle, go for it. You won’t just feel better about yourself, you’re also making yourself a better person!

 

Set aside time to cultivate your religious connections

It’s likely you are here on this website because you are religious and find strength in God. Of course, life has a habit of getting in the way of maintaining our spiritual and religious connections. With that in mind, another way you can become a better person is by cultivating your religious links with God.

There are many ways where you can strengthen your bond with God. For example, you can spend more time praying, reading Bible verses, and reflecting on how you can be a more kinder, caring person.

Also, one of the most common themes across all religious, irrespective of whether you are Christian or not, is love. It’s important to love both your friends and enemies alike. Hate is a negative theme and never brings the best out in people. As such, if you spend part of your life hating others, you can’t easily let the love inside of you shine through.

 

Listen to what others have to say

Something that many of us are guilty of is spending most of our time talking and very little of it listening to others! It’s no secret that the way we learn about anything in life is from listening to what other people have to say.

 

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When we wish to learn a new skill or more about a particular topic, we listen to a teacher or someone knowledgeable on the subject. And when we wish to understand and empathize other people, we listen to what’s troubling them.

Giving other people a voice in life is one of the best things you can do as a person. It’s also one of the foundations of being a good person. If you’re guilty of talking too much, give your voice box a rest and let someone else do the talking! You’ll discover and learn all kinds of interesting facts and stories, both about people you know and the world around you.

 

Help those less fortunate than yourself

Many people in the world end up in desperate situations for various reasons. It’s easy for us as humans to judge one another. But, it’s sometimes challenging to recognize when we should help those less fortunate than ourselves.

There are many ways that you can help other people in your daily life. For example, the simple act of giving up your seat on the bus for a frail and elderly person. Or you could volunteer in a local community center to help those in need by offering practical help. The more that you help other people, the better a person you will feel and become.

 

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My Encounter with a Facebook Scammer

There are so many scammers around now, it is super scary. I hear about social media scammers taking over social media accounts and demanding money, especially on Instagram. Luckily my Instagram is safe and secure so no issues there. However, I had an interesting encounter with a scammer on Facebook yesterday.

It started off with the scammer sending me a message on my Facebook page offering me $1500 every week in advance. All he said I needed to do was to publish 2 articles on my Facebook page every week for $1,500. As soon as I read his messages, my alarm bells went off!

 

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First his approach was off! Brands hardly ever contact you first on social media, and if they do, that usually happens on Twitter, not Facebook. Message a blog is such an informal approach, so I am always cautious when I get messages on social media. Secondly, his grammar was all over the place and his Facebook profile didn’t match or refer to the website he was supposedly working for. Also, he mentioned he wasn’t trying to take over my Facebook page from the blues. I never accused him of that or even thought of it. All these made me super alert but the biggest giveaway was the amount he offered. No one ever offers $1,500 for 2 Facebook posts and opts to pay in advance. The offer was just too good to be true and you know what they say about offers like that.

I decided to play along with him and see where it goes. I accepted his offer and mentioned I took payment via Paypal. He was happy to pay via Paypal but first I needed to register on his Facebook page and that required me putting in my Facebook password. That was the end of our conversation. I declined and reported his profile and page to Facebook, while I was busy doing that, he quickly blocked me.

 

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It looks like the scammers are after bloggers with established social media platforms. I have heard quite a few similar stories in the last few weeks and some of the scammers were unfortunately. What they do is take over the social media account once you put in your password on a website they send to you, and then try to sell the platform and threaten to delete your entire page if you don’t pay up. It is so pathetic and scary but these scammers are out there so we all have to be vigilant.

The lesson here is simple, when a deal looks too good to be true, it is. Best to take your time and make sure it is legit. Also, don’t click or put in your social media passwords into any website you are not 100% sure about. If in doubt, don’t do it.

I hope my experience with this Facebook scammer helps others who may come across people like the idiot I came across yesterday. Keep your eyes open while you are online. Scammers are everywhere now.

Have a good one.

How to Increase the Time People Spend Reading Your Blog Content

As a blogger it’s getting incredibly difficult to sustain the interest of our readers. People have short attention spans and with social media it’s getting even shorter. You may work hours trying to craft the best blog content but if the level of engagement on your content is low then that’s not time well spent.

 

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However there are ways you can sustain your readers’ attention when reading your blog and encourage them to engage with your blog content.  If you’re having trouble keeping your readers on your blog longer then here are some things you can do to increase the time people spend reading your blog content.

 

  1. Make it easy for your readers to spot the value you give

Since people’s attention span is short, you need to make sure that you put value upfront. Make your content easy for your readers to scan through your content and spot areas of value. When you do this you’ll encourage your readers to stop on valuable points and read further instead of keeping them lost in a sea of words.

Here are ways you can achieve this:

  • Break up your content using bullet points, subheadings, subtopics or takeaways.Let each section focus on a single idea. This makes it easy to scan through and if they come across a section they’d like to know more about then they’ll read more about that bullet point.
  • Make use of quotes or call outs.You can creatively use quotes or call outs to capture the attention of your readers and encourage your readers to dive deeper into your content.

 

  1. Incorporate imagery

If there’s anything that captures people’s attention it’s imagery. Readers relate with images a lot better especially when the images compliment the blog content. Images don’t only engage your readers, they also make your blog content colourful and more visually appealing. This makes your content so much easier to consume.

There are many ways you can add imagery to your blog content. Here are a few you can get started with:

  • Break your content up with relevant images that enhance your content.Try placing images that represent the idea behind each sub topic. That way you’re creating a picture in the mind of your readers of the message you want to pass across in your blog.
  • Insert infographics. Infographics present data in a creative, fun and engaging way which effectively sustains the attention of your readers.

 

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  1. Add videos

If there’s anything that can keep your readers longer on your blog, then it has to be videos. People love videos. Videos can add more context to your content. Although it’s so much better to insert your own videos, you can place videos from other sources on your blog so long as the videos you choose are relevant to the content of your blog post.

Here are some types of videos you can incorporate in your blog post:

  • Instructional videos.These are ‘how-to’ videos which teach your readers something related to your content. Instead of going into detail about how a particular thing is done, you can insert a helpful video which does just that for you.
  • Complementary videos.These are videos which focus on enhancing your content like videos that give examples or summarizes the content in your blog post.

 

 

And remember to enjoy your blogging journey. It is a journey into the unknown.

 

 

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