A Whole New World
Life you know is over—if you recently graduated from college. No more crazy parties or keggers. No more student discounts. No more living in the same house with your best friends.
Now that your degree is firmly in hand, what next? The transition can be exciting and intimidating.
Known as The Cowboy Philosopher, author Carew Papritz shares a few life hacks for the new-world-newbies:
Want to impress someone? Look them in the face, not in the phone. The most important person in the world is the person you’re with at that moment. You are giving them the most important gift you have in your possession—your time. Constantly looking at your cell phone during a conversation, whether it at the table or while just talking, tells the person you’re with that they’re not as important as the next best text message or call from someone else. People know when they’re second fiddle. Give them all of you as long as you are with them
Give “Thank You's” and “Pleases” like flowers. Who doesn’t like to receive flowers? They always make people smile. The same goes for giving out a “thank you” and a “please.” Do it five times a day (or more) and watch as the smiles come your way. And once a smile is given, then a smile is returned.
Want to really shock someone? Write them a thank you note or letter. The curious and wonderful thing about a letter is that the time you give to writing a letter becomes part of the letter. Once again, you are giving that best precious possession you have to offer another human being which is your time on this planet. People love handwritten anything. Besides saving pets, people, and photos from a fire (and not necessarily in that order), people will save their letters. It only takes five minutes to write a simple thank you letter or note to someone. And that five minutes of gratitude on paper will make a long and lasting impression.
Ask someone how their doing. Try it. We are so hot and bothered to always be someplace else, thinking about something next to do, and always in some sort of 24-7 tizzy, that we forget that amazing act of conversation that jolts people out of their whirling dervish lifestyles. Try it the next time you’re in the grocery line or at the drugstore. It’s such a simple act of humanity to ask how someone is doing. And what amazing and powerful replies you’ll receive as people are caught off guard with such honesty and empathy.
A handshake, a hug, a pat on the back. Yes, I know it’s getting tougher out in the big world to touch anyone for any reason. But that doesn’t mean a simple you shouldn’t try. We convey so much feeling when we give someone a reassuring touch.
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Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like snacks. They are evil.
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