Something Great is About to Happen
Prepare Accordingly!

Wouldn't it be wonderful to live happily ever now? I mean right now. Today and tomorrow and tomorrow's tomorrow?

Well, of course!

So what's the hold up? What's the crazy glue that is keeping us from living this wonderful life?

Here's a thought—let's live each day knowing that something great will happen that day. I'm not talking about miracles—although; let's not discount those—I'm talking about the little, but meaningful stuff.

A smile. The sunshine. The garage door works. Lots of green lights. Clean laundry. That first sip of coffee. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! The list is endless.

There's always a reason to be thankful, grateful and wonderful each day. That's because we are meant to dance through our days. Living a full life is a choice that we have the courage to make. The days should always be filled with special, heart-felt, joyous moments.

Get excited! When you wake up each day, put on your party pants, lace up those big brave shoes, and make your own happiness. Something great will happen.

What are some habits of those who make friends easily?

• They reach out instead of waiting for others to come to them
Whether you're at a party, waiting in a line or taking your kid to the playground, talking to the people around you guarantees you'll at least have a conversation — which could lead to a friendship. Some of the most meaningful relationships start with people sharing basic interests, hobbies, opinions or aspirations.

• They stay off their phones in public
It might indicate that you are preoccupied or, worse, that you have no interest in connecting with people. Studies show that it upsets people if you are on your phone while they're trying to engage in a conversation with you.

• They're positive
You've probably experienced this yourself: Talking to someone who is repeatedly negative makes you automatically feel like you have to cheer them up. That doesn't mean you have to be fake, but striving for a warm, friendly attitude — when talking to people and about yourself — can go a long way.

• They're good listeners
People like to be heard, to share their intimate information and to feel understood by another. Ask questions and actually listen to the answers.

• They have an easy familiarity with people
Being friendly and warm when you meet people creates an easy sense of familiarity and can help put the other person at ease. It can be as simple as wearing an easy smile, walking up to someone and saying "Hi."

• They smile a lot
Smiling and being genuine about it can be contagious, and it can make the other person feel a little happier and friendlier themselves.


How can you successfully delegate work to someone?

• Pick the right person
"Not everyone can do it all, and the right help can be invaluable," said John Barrett, CEO of Western & Southern. "But before delegating a task, consider who on your team has the skill set to complete the task, and be sure to assign it based on the person, not their position."

• Be specific
"It's easy for things to get lost in translation when you're passing them off," said Alvin Roehr, CEO of The Roehr Agency. "Try to be as specific as possible when communicating your project so the person handling it knows what you want and is able to do things right the first time."

• Set a deadline
"A reasonable deadline can help ensure the project doesn't get forgotten, and it can improve project planning and execution because you know when you can expect the work to be completed," said Roehr.

• Provide feedback
"Offer positive feedback for a job well done, and constructive criticism for a job that could have used a bit more attention," said Barrett. "Positive feedback will encourage that person to do a good job again in the future, and constructive criticism can help iron out any issues."


What if someone takes credit for your work?

• Confront them.
"Often people don't mean to intentionally take credit for your work," says Alvin Roehr, CEO of The Roehr Agency. "If you confront them about it, they'll often apologize and go out-of-their-way to give you credit."

• Emphasize the importance of teamwork.
"Regardless of an apology, stress the importance of sharing credit with the team," said John Barrett, CEO of Western & Southern. "Let them know that the best teams are collaborative and have a 'we' mentality, not an 'I' mentality."

• Talk to HR about it.
"If the behavior continues, you might want to confidentially approach HR about it," said Roehr. "You might find out that this is a consistent behavior that needs to be addressed on a higher level."


Adults need recess too. Why should you make time to play?

• It's physical
When done frequently, it strengthens your heart, boosts your cardiovascular fitness and lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Not only that, physical play like sports and exercise also reduces stress, makes you happy, and helps you escape from the big issues in your life — for a little while at least.

• It makes you laugh
Laughter, which is present in many kinds of playful activities, releases feel-good hormones and gives you a mental health boost. Simply laughing with others fosters a sense of camaraderie and strengthens your relationships too.

• It helps at work
Play increases your productivity, makes you more creative and helps with problem solving.

• Makes you young
As you age, play — especially the social and group kinds — facilitates happiness, wards off depression, improves cognitive health and lowers your risk of developing age-related diseases like dementia.


What are some great ways to motivate yourself to exercise?

• Become an early bird.
"Willpower isn't an unlimited resource — the more you use it throughout the day, the less you have left at night to force yourself to work out," says fitness expert Christine Lindner, co-founder of Inner Fire Fitness. "Also, if you wait until later in the day, it's a lot likelier that things will pop up and get in the way of working out."

• Get other people involved.
"Find a friend who likes the same things you do, like running, playing volleyball or canoeing," says Bobby Slattery, CEO of 50 West Brewery who organizes training groups for runners who also like to drink beer. "It provides accountability. It's social. It's fun."

• Set smaller goals.
"Most of the time, people don't work out because it seems like an intimidating, daunting task," says Emily Dixon, DO from TriHealth. "But you don't have to run a 10-miler or spend hours at a gym. Find something you love and just keep 'playing' at it."

• Keep equipment in a 'good' place.
"Sometimes a simple thing like putting your workout equipment in a central room — not by the washing machine in the basement — can be inspiring," says Dixon.

• Find a fun gym that's close to your work or home.
"If it's too far away or not inviting, you just won't go," says Amanda Bloomquist, co-founder of Inner Fire Fitness. "Invest in a place that you love."

• Involve the family.
"Family time is more important than ever, so try activities like hiking at the park or 'downtown' with the kids," says Dixon.