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Life is a continuum where all your acts are intertwined. People who are generous, who give more than they get, and who genuinely try to help others are more likely to succeed. Here are some ways to continue being helpful to others. The simplest way to help others is to build on their ideas.
Creativity is driven by generosity. Made famous by serial entrepreneur Adam Rifkin, 5-minute favors are small yet impactful favors that take little time. Consider all the ways you can help others. Talking aloud brings clarity and perspective. Paying attention and understanding requires generosity. Sometimes we overlook how our behaviors impact others.
Practice giving and inspire others to be helpful too. Non-profits, people or companies that are just getting started, need your services more than those that can afford it. I learned that from direct experience. Or browse volunteering opportunities in the U. The world is full of Givers and Takers. Some people like to contribute, and others just look out for themselves. The side we choose shapes our Karma. Gustavo Razzetti is a change instigator that helps organizations lead positive change.
Rating: 5 stars I can't say enough about this book except read it and you will be inspired. For some time, I have experienced hearing Nick Vujicic's teachings and was intrigued. He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk--and without legs! If that doesn't inspire, I don't know what would. This amazing motivational speaker, evangelist, advocate, author, musician, adventurer, brother, son, husband, and father of four beautiful children is someone we should all hear and meet.
With a heart so big Rating: 5 stars I can't say enough about this book except read it and you will be inspired. With a heart so big it is a wonder he does not fall over all the time! All I can say to everyone is I dare you to check out his story.
Or his Youtube videos, especially the one where he is surfing! Enough said. NICK ur such an amazing person.. Dec 21, Shaoola rated it it was amazing. At times you have a great laugh at other times your grateful for what you have and sometimes you're somewhere in between. I liked the part at the end "Action Plan" in which some questions are provided for reflection and that serve as guiding steps for an action plan towards a more fulfilling life for yourself. I strongly recommend the book for everyone especially those going through hardships. As the book sheds light that there are many out there less fortunate than you are yet they are happy and enjoying life the best they can Jan 30, Noura rated it it was amazing.
No arms no legs Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent ridiculously good life.
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As a kid Nick was treated differently and was called an alien just because he was born without limbs. Now he's a successful motivational speaker, Nick enthusiastically spreads his message. The most important goal is to find your life's purpose and to never give up, despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in your way.
Nick tells his story about his physical disabilities a No arms no legs Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent ridiculously good life. Nick tells his story about his physical disabilities and his emotional battle and how he faced them as a child, a teen and a young adult. This book inspired me to never give up no matter what. Let Nick inspire you to live your life without limits. Jan 17, Natasha rated it it was amazing Shelves: church-internship-stuff.
Absolutely amazing. It does reference faith and God in this book, but honestly anyone can take this and apply it to their own situation. It's given me some things to think about and helped me to put a lot of my own struggles into perspective. This man with born without limbs is living a fuller and better life than most of us are, but the cool thing is that we can be too. So freakin goooood. Encouragement to the max! Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs. But through conquering adversity - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - he's been an inspiration to people all around the world.
His life maxims are encapsulated in many of the chapter titles: If you can't get a miracle, become one. Attitude is altitude. He says the most powerful attitudes are: 1. He's made giving his mission in life and encourages others to do the same. Nick is open about his faith in God. His first speaking opportunity was in front of a Christian group, even before his own faith had bloomed. Through it he realised that perhaps motivational speaking was part of his calling in life.
God , he says, has a sense of humour. Through the encouragement of the school janitor, Mr Arnold, He wrangled Nick into speaking to the very group he was studiously avoiding and there He revealed Nick's life purpose. For so many people who have considered taking their own lives, Nick has shown a way forward into true wholeness. This is a testimony of faith, love and humour - and the fact that, even without arms and legs, it's possible to surf, skateboard and dive!
Reading this book shows you how small and insignificant your problems are, and how wrong you are in wanting to wallow and drown yourself in a pool of self-pity. It tells you to "live life to the fullest", or, in other words, a ridiculously good life, one without limits. It tells you to follow your dreams, how to do it, and also gives you a glimpse at Nick see, whenever I talk about a writer, I always put "Mr.
Nick is also a very humerous writer, as well as a pretty good one. The writing was never really boring or dull, and is highlighted by real-life experiences. This was a great book, one that I recommend to all. Mar 12, Ammara Abid rated it really liked it Shelves: inspirational-stuff , self-help. Read with capital R This one is totally a morale booster and believe me you'll get positives vibes from it. A man named Nick without having arms and legs only having a little left feet yet so ambitious, happy and grateful.
I truly admire his positive attitude towards life. Inspite of facing so many challenges he didn't complain a single time and thankful to the Creator for all what he had. He's extremely grateful for all blessings he have and the most precious one i. He's happy and satisfied because he's ready to live, ready to face his challenges and ready to dream with affirm faith that one day his dreams will come true.
I got inspired from him but I do feel ashamed of myself what I do whenever I have to face a single problem : This book will make you think And one will get the answer within this book : infact we all, already know it but somehow forget the purpose of our living. For particularly this book I'm not rating it for its writing style or the selection of events, or anything else, this book touched me that's all.
He could made this book more emotional by potraying the darker picture of his sufferings but he wrote it in a lighter mood, cracking jokes on himself, adding humorous element too. Without any doubt he's an amazing person. Jan 19, Sarah Diaz rated it really liked it. Nick is the type of person that I want to be, in female form. I admire his positivity, and his willingness to THRIVE since he was a little kid, turning the other cheek on his physical disabilities.
This book not only inspired me, but his quirky comments on his own physical appearance made me laugh and sometimes even shed a tear or two. It reminded me to never underestimate the power of making fun of yourself to lighten up, let go and have fun. When I talk about him to people I often refer to him Nick is the type of person that I want to be, in female form.
When I talk about him to people I often refer to him as a nugget. I recently did actually, and I'm pretty sure I offended somebody. My intention was never to offend, I actually kind of think of him as a cute nugget. He talks a lot in this book about unapologetically being who you are the best version of yourself of course and never allowing other people to dim your SHINE or your own quirkiness.
That's something that I really absorbed from the book for some reason. Calling him a nugget in my mind is a sweet way of acknowledging him, and I'm okay with the fact that somebody else might not understand that. In conclusion, take yourself less seriously and more seriously when you should.
That's literally the theme of this book. Have goals, do everything in your power to accomplish them and then do, but not without having a little fun along the way and maintaining a healthy attitude towards yourself while you're at it. Thank you Nick! I hope to someday have the opportunity to meet and hug you.
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I probably need it more than you! Jun 30, Susan rated it it was ok. I had seen one of his books in an airport bookstore and thought it would be inspirational. While okay, the book is repetitive which makes for a slow read. I admit to skipping chunks of chapters because the theme is the same -- give to others and you'll receive more in return. I get it and I'm not putting down the work that he has done that he's trying to share.
It's just how it was done in this particular book. To think there are challenges in my life when compared to what he has overcome does pu I had seen one of his books in an airport bookstore and thought it would be inspirational. To think there are challenges in my life when compared to what he has overcome does put things into perspective.
The reminder to help others even when you don't think you have something to offer is a very good one. It's too easy to get caught up thinking if we had more time, money, etc. We all have something to give right now, no matter what we may feel we are lacking, and taking the time to reach out to someone could make a significant difference for them.
Nov 17, Julie Raymond rated it it was amazing. One has to admire the courage of this man, and ask the question: 'How does he summon it? The book well answers the question, and of course, it's not a silver bullet answer. Nick has a deep faith, solid family support and a purpose in life that is proven to lead to happiness: the service of others. We can truly thank God for people such as Nick, who don't give up despite all seeming to be against them. I would rec One has to admire the courage of this man, and ask the question: 'How does he summon it? I would recommend this book to anyone facing seemingly insurmountable problems.
It makes a great gift, even to those who don't profess any faith themselves - the mix of life story which Nick tells with great honesty and motivational passages will not offend, only inspire! Highly recommended. Jan 04, Damos rated it really liked it Shelves: biography. Nick Vujicic defies the odds. What he lacks in body parts he overcomes with spirit.
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He shares a triumphant story of a love for life through family and faith. Nick's story is true to the title of his book and he is a testament to what the Bible explains about Jesus coming that we may have life abundantly and live life to the full. What can a man without arms and without legs possibly achieve in life? Nick makes it very clear in this book - there's not really much he can't achieve and there's nothi Nick Vujicic defies the odds. Nick makes it very clear in this book - there's not really much he can't achieve and there's nothing he won't have a good crack at. Well worth reading, well written and easy to read, ironically relatable.
Dec 11, Dani Moore rated it it was amazing. What an amazing man! Born without arms or legs Nick Vujicic had it rough growing up, but blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and faith he has become one of the worlds most sought after motivational speakers. Hansome young Nick smiles out from the cover, clear eyed and ready to take on the world and help those "less fortunate" than himself.
That gives you your first clue that this will not be a story you expected to read.
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He even gives us his "Ridiculous Rules" for life! A blessed man, you wi What an amazing man! A blessed man, you will be blessed to read about his life and thoughts. Dec 23, Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian , adult , inspirational. Are you the type who complains when the slightest thing goes wrong? Nick Vujicic has written a book that teaches us not to dwell on our circumstances because we can't control them. He advises we dwell on our reactions to those circumstances because we can control them. There is very little that Nick Can't do.
He exhibits such a thirst for life and gives all of the credit to God. So, the next time you think things are going so wrong and you have it so b Are you the type who complains when the slightest thing goes wrong? So, the next time you think things are going so wrong and you have it so bad then maybe you need to pick up the book and read it.
This advice is unfortunate for two reasons. The first is that absence of distress is not sufficient to warrant happiness. We have described above that phlegmatic people are low on distress and low on well being. Also, choleric people are high on distress, but high on well being as well. It can be concluded that happiness is a more positive state than the mere absence of pain. The second reason is that emotion-focused coping keeps people from actively pursuing the goals in life they find important. Schopenhauer tells them not to try too much, because in the end nothing lasts.
Research, however, shows that having goals can add structure and meaning to daily life and that progress towards goals can produce high well being Diener et al. Reaching a certain goal makes people feel more in control of their lives and increases feelings of self-worth Baumeister, , pp. Happy people are usually active, outgoing, concerned in the world and involved in the lives of other people Veenhoven, We mentioned above that optimism is correlated with higher well being, and it is worthwhile to go deeper into this subject, because Schopenhauer believed that superficial optimism would render people vulnerable to depression.
He advised people not to be too optimistic, because the worst is yet to come. Research however shows that optimism is also a positive trait in challenging circumstances. It helps people to see the negative in perspective: by seeing the future as enjoyable, you are more likely to see negative events as temporary. Optimism gives people the strength to deal with the negative, because it helps people to focus on aspects of a given situation that are within their personal control, so they can make the best of adversities. Optimism correlates positively with well being Scheier et al. Pessimism however is not always bad.
Norem explains that defensive pessimism the cognitive strategy where individuals set low expectations for an upcoming performance, despite having done well in the past helps people high on anxiety to prepare for challenges. People using this strategy usually perform well. They realize what a bad performance can mean for them and this inspires them to put effort into the preparation. By expecting the worst they curb anxiety about failures.
In these circumstances the low expectations are not self-fulfilling. Unrealistic optimism can lead to risk behaviour and quitting when things turn out to be more difficult than expected. People need enough optimism to start something new and enough pessimism to see that the road ahead might be difficult. His message is that no matter how terrible our ordeal is, we must try and make the best of it.
We should never give up, and should never let our misfortune get to us. He also makes it easier to accept misfortunes by helping people to acknowledge that they are only partly to blame for them. After all, we must realize that we do not live in the best of all possible worlds. Try to face the negative aspects of life bravely, and concentrate on what you have instead of what you lack: this is also a form of advice that is almost optimistic.
The same is true for his idea that we should not hesitate to spend time or money to avoid misfortunes. Not all people are awful and we can even find some friends and a partner of our liking. Our well being is greatly served by it. According to Schopenhauer people and friendship should not be trusted and especially the talented should prefer loneliness.
The empirical findings indicate that this is not correct. This idea is not supported by contemporary data. It seems that women are more able to form social networks that buffer the loneliness of being single. Below we will see that marriage is especially profitable for neurotics.
Schopenhauer warns his readers about the dangers of conformism. You can better be yourself and not pay too much attention to the opinions of others. The existing findings on this subject are mixed. There is a positive correlation between happiness and being courteous, cooperative, tactful, conscientiousness, trustworthy and with seeking social approval, which seems to indicate that compliance with a group raises happiness. The advice of Schopenhauer may have been too extreme in his emphasis on self-determination, but his emphasis on internal motivation instead of giving in to societal pressures, is probably conducive to happiness.
Yet our assessment of reality consequences was largely based on investigations among the general population. Possibly, the recommendations work out differently for different people, and it is not far-fetched to think that the advice could work out positively for people like Schopenhauer. As noted earlier, Schopenhauer seems to have been an introvert, to have had trouble making and keeping friends, to have been lonely, thoughtful and emotionally unstable anxious, nervous.
This makes him a melancholic personality. This seems to fit the description of Schopenhauer very well. Actually, Schopenhauer , p. Headey and Wearing , p. They have poor social networks. They feel relatively helpless, vulnerable and unable to control their lives. They worry a lot. Schopenhauer fits this picture very well. Are neurotics like him better off if they cultivate their misanthropy, avoid social contacts and forego marriage? We investigated if the effects of marriage for melancholic people are as strong as for people with sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric personalities.
The correlation between life satisfaction and marriage for different personality types. Is such a comparison appropriate? At first sight there are reasons to doubt it. First, one could object that the paradigms are too different, since Schopenhauer was a philosopher, while contemporary research is done by social scientists. The questions asked are similar. Furthermore, the particular book by Schopenhauer we are considering is not a straightforward philosophical book, but a practical guide. Did Schopenhauer consider his work as universal and timeless?
His book is still very readable, but some of his remarks, for example on honour, have little bearing on our times. Other values are more implicit and consequently more difficult to understand. His advice, which was predominantly aimed at men, was to refrain from marrying, for in his times women depended on marriage for their income. Even if it is sound advice now—according to recent data—to marry, it may be that this was different in his times. Schopenhauer himself, however, in his introduction answers the question whether his philosophy was intended to be.
According to Schopenhauer, the wise have, said the same throughout the ages, and the fools have said the complete opposite. Therefore, we conclude that Schopenhauer considered his statements to be timeless, although we may not agree with him about this. Another question we have to ask is: Are Schopenhauer and contemporary researchers concerned with the same thing? Note that we use a modern definition of happiness as the subjective appreciation of life as a whole. However, as this is—according to him—an unattainable state, his advice is meant to enhance durable life-satisfaction.
This comes very close to a modern definition of happiness as the subjective appreciation of life as a whole. In a sense, his book is empirical, but exclusively based on his personal findings in life. Schopenhauer wrote one of the first self-help books. It gives the reader advice on how to make life bearable. Some of his remarks are very apt. For instance he advises the reader to restrain from striving for wealth; and contemporary data shows that once a basic income is achieved, more money does little to increase happiness.
He also advises us to stay busy, which is a valid suggestion. Ironically, he did not realize the strong interaction between his own personality and his view on happiness. His gloomy view on human interaction dominates his advice about happiness. Contemporary data prove Schopenhauer wrong in these remarks on social interaction.
Social interaction is a key determinant for happiness. His advice to shy away from people and to distrust others is probably the worst advice for anyone to follow. The book is amusing and well written, but it would be a mistake to follow all of its recommendations.
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Schopenhauer did not succeed in using his pessimistic world-view constructively for creating happiness enhancing advice. Misanthropy and social isolation will make you unhappy, even when you are someone with a neurotic personality like Schopenhauer. Neymeyer has shown that Schopenhauer uses different concepts in his philosophy. In this article, we have used the definition that Schopenhauer adopted for his practical advice. The way Schopenhauer describes other people says a lot about him. It seems he had what we may call a superiority complex, which means that you have an exaggerated striving for superiority to compensate for deep feelings of inferiority.
This might have to do with the unloving family he grew up in and the attachment to his mother cf. Note that the concept of marriage has changed over time. Many thanks to Ms. Schalkx-van Dijk, Ms. Hibberd, Ms. Schalkx, Mr.
Veenhoven and two anonymous reviewers for their comments. A special thanks to Mr. Ehrhardt for his statistical analysis of happiness and neuroticism. Skip to main content Skip to sections. Advertisement Hide. Download PDF. Open Access. First Online: 28 February Schopenhauer was aware that he had written a remarkable book, considering his pessimistic views. He writes Schopenhauer divides life into different phases. His recommendations for dealing with other people fall into two categories. The first fosters acceptance of imperfection, the second is plainly pessimistic about the possibility of having satisfying relationships.
A few examples: People are essentially only interested in themselves. Friendship is usually concealed self-interest. True friendship is extremely rare. Maybe it does not exist at all. Trust is often a sign of laziness, selfishness and vanity. Extraordinary people find ordinary people very annoying and will prefer solitude. They found that certain types of personality encounter certain types of events in their lives.
The same people keep telling us that they made new friends, that a friendship with someone of the opposite sex became closer, that they got promoted at work, or were sacked. Harmony or fights in the family also tend to be recurring experiences. Headey and Wearing use the personality traits extraversion and neuroticism emotional in stability to explain the differences in types of events people encounter. Headey and Wearing distinguish between positive and negative life events and between well being and psychological distress.
Stable Neurotic Introvert I Phlegmatic: II Melancholic: Passive, careful, thoughtful, peaceful, controlled, reliable, even-tempered, calm Quiet, pessimistic, unsociable, sober, rigid, moody, anxious, reserved Extrovert III Sanguine: IV Choleric: Sociable, outgoing, talkative, responsive, easygoing, lively, carefree, leader like Active, optimistic, impulsive, changeable, excitable, aggressive, restless, touchy.
The data strongly suggest that intimate personal relationships add to well being, especially for people high on neuroticism and low on extraversion. Acknowledgements Many thanks to Ms. Baumeister, R. Meanings of life. New York: The Guilford Press. Google Scholar. Calne, D. Within reason; Rationality and human behavior. New York: Pantheon Books.
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