4 Key Life Skills For A Better You
Human life is a pretty complex concept, and there are a lot of skills that each of us develops – to some degree – over the course of our lives. These skills make it easier for us to navigate life and make it easier for us to navigate life on something close to our terms.
Don’t limit yourself to a study of these four skills, but keep in mind that these four in particular a pretty important for being the best possible you.
Communication is a two-way street. Learning to express yourself is important at every stage of life, including within your relationships., family and regardless of what position you occupy at work.
Expressing yourself is often seen as most important, particularly for people in leadership positions. However, learning to understand others is very important as well.
Knowing how to listen makes you aware of other people’s viewpoints and concerns, which can go a long way toward solving problems and living with people even if you don’t see eye to eye.
- Critical Thinking
The “powers that be” in this world are always trying to get people to see things their way, even if it means pitting people against one another. The most readily visible case is that of politics.
“Critical thinking” involves taking documents or ideas and asking questions like “What is the meaning? What is their agenda? What is the author trying to say?” This kind of thinking allows you to prevent yourself from being manipulated by those who wish to control others through misinformation and divisive dialogue.
But many miss the key opportunities to use critical thinking in everyday life, for example critically analyzing that which you want to change about yourself, or your life’s circumstances. Being able to analyze from this perspective gives you an edge in not only personal development but in developing the life that you really want to live and ultimately finding true fulfillment.
Empathy can be seen as the ability to see another person’s position from their perspective. This is often confused with sympathy, which can be seen as seeing another person’s position from your perspective. Sympathy can be powerful, and it can also be a way of approaching empathy.
Empathy allows you to provide comfort, to provide solutions, and to understand why people think the way that they do. The actions that other people take, the decisions that they make, and the things that they say are often the result of their unique position in life.
You will never be able to entirely understand another person, but empathy gets you close. More than helping you come to terms with disagreement and face difficulties, empathy makes life a much richer experience.
Understanding and meditating on the fact that everyone that you see around town and everyone on earth is a person who has thoughts and feelings in much the same way that you do can make our daily actions and interactions seem far more meaningful. It’s an obvious fact, but one that too many of us take for granted.
Mindfulness is a rather nebulous idea. It roughly tracks to the ability to focus on your own biological, mental, and emotional needs and the ability to take everything else for what it is.
A grasp of mindfulness can help you to make decisions more clearly, live a healthier life, and avoid the adverse effects of chronic stress from your daily life. Mindfulness is a way of managing stress, but it is also a way to approach life that can impact every aspect of your life and wellbeing.
With the exception of mindfulness, none of these skills focus on you. There are a lot of life skills that make you a better person from within, but the world is often more complicated than that. In most cases, the best way to become a better you is to change the way that you think about and interact with those around you.