20 People Shared Advice They Thought Was Useless Until They Tried It

Compliment people behind their backs. Sounds stupid but works wonders.

Compliment people behind their backs. Sounds stupid but works wonders.
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My dad always told me ‘Ask anyway, the worst they can say is no’ when buying something or when I needed something from another person. Seemed stupid to ask if I was sure they would say no but I was also a socially anxious kid. Turns out that advice has helped me with school, with raises, with people in general, with plans with new friends...
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Cleaning your house before leaving for more than 5 days. Nothing is better than coming to a clean house.
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Instead of saying, "I'm sorry for being late," or something,
say, "thank you for being patient"
Didn't realize the effect that could have on people, and instead of putting yourself down, you bring another up.
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Directly expressing my needs instead of hinting.
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Its better to lose a second of your life than to lose your life in a second.
People on the road need to just slow down a little. It’ll save your life
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Practice gratitude. Grateful people are happy people.

Clean as you cook, dishes right away, and 10 minutes every day walking through the house picking things up/organizing.
So much better than hours of cleaning on one day
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If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say nothing at all.
People don't wanna hear "Eww, yuck, you like that?" When referring to someone's food for example.
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On my wedding day my Grandmother said to me "Never do anything around the house that you don't plan on doing for life". At the time I thought it was a terrible advice. When I was mowing the lawn at 7 1/2 months pregnant I got what she meant.
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Pay bills, SAVE, then spend.
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My mom told me to spend good money on the things that separate you from the ground: tires, shoes, mattress. I finally bought good not cheap shoes and life was SIGNIFICANTLY better. They last so much longer and my back and posture improved too. She’s not wrong about tires and a mattress either.
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Leftie loosie, rightie tightie.
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Just shut up and listen. Actually listen.
Too many people don't know how to just listen without thinking that they have to add to the conversation. No just stop. You don't have to add anything. You are not helping. You aren't even paying attention to wait is being said because you are thinking of what you can say.
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When you’re stressed, make a to do list. I was always like, I KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO GET DONE I JUST CANT DO IT ALL. But if you write it down it doesn’t have to all live in your brain and you can focus.
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My grandfather told me this and I never understood it until I had my own place. Always buy the cheap tools at first and if you wear it out/break it then you use it enough to justify getting a nicer more expensive one.
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If it takes less than 5 minutes, do it immediately.
I do so much less housework on weekends because of this.

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
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Unclench your jaw, open your hands, drop your shoulders, and breathe in.
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Don't suffer future pain. In other words, worrying about all the stuff that could happen stops you from doing things and worse, turns potential pain into actual worry and mental pain.
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If you have body image issues, find one even very small thing you like about yourself. My starting point was a freckle in the middle of my left hand. Whenever you’re feeling bad about yourself, remember you like that ONE thing. Find a new small thing to like about once a month if you can. It becomes easier to find things, and eventually easier to like yourself, in my experience. Thanks for that advice, Mom.
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