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Boost Your Confidence And Become Happier

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Think back to some of the happiest times in your life. Chances are that these are also the days when you felt your most confident. Maybe you excelled at sports during that time, or you aced a project at work. Confidence can be a huge happiness booster. But why wait for something good to happen in your life? Why not work on boosting your self-confidence, which in turn will increase your feeling of happiness.

There are all sorts of things you can do to boost your confidence. We’ll run through a few of them here. I also encourage you to read up on the topic, pay attention to times when you’re feeling more confident, and then work out a plan to intentionally boost your self-confidence based on your own research and experience.

The problem with boosting confidence is that we tend to respond to different strategies, techniques, and events. Some of us thrive on words of encouragement, while others want to see results, or thrive on kind actions from others. Are you the type of person who puts more meaning into a kind word from your boss, a raise, or a promotion? Or how about some public recognition at the latest company meeting. We all have different confidence triggers and the trick is to figure out what yours is and how you can get more of those types of boosts.

General confidence boosters include words of encouragement, seeing how far we’ve come, listening to some upbeat music, going out for a run, and dealing with failure in a positive way. Give each of those and any other interesting confidence boosting tip you come across a try. Then sit back and notice how much confidence impacts overall happiness.

If you respond well to compliments and words of encouragement, call a friend or anyone else in your life who makes a great cheerleader. Get those positive verbal affirmations whenever you need a little boost. Keep a journal so you can look back and see how much progress you’ve made. This is particularly sound advice if you’re trying to change your life, your habits, or make progress on a long-term project. Being able to flip back and see how far you’ve come can be very encouraging.

Cranking up some tunes, or heading outside for a little fresh air and exercise can be another great way to boost your confidence and your mood. Combine the two for even better results. Last but not least, let’s take a look at how to deal with failure. When things go wrong – and let’s face it, they will sooner or later – you can either allow it to bring you down and undermine your confidence, or you can look at it as a learning experience. Guess which view is better for your self-esteem?

I hope you take these suggestions to heart and make an effort to work on your confidence. Not only will it make you a happier person, you also get more done, and become more successful in the long run.

Did you know that being creative boosts your confidence? It is a critical point we are unraveling in my community Finding Your Creative Bones which starts today, my mother's birthday, for she always supported my creativity with the most beautiful of words and thought. She was my biggest cheerleader and I thank her forever for the gift. Because of her and others I believe in myself and I am confidently starting my new business!

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  • I am generally a confident person and I’m creative too! I love passing compliments to others and have seen a change in people when they receive them. Great topic and Happy Birthday to your mom.

  • Great post. I will give it some careful thought. I’m lacking confidence in a few areas. Thanks for the post.

    Lily Leung
  • Love this! Confidence is key in life!

  • Second-guessing yourself will often slow progress – or enable procrastination… (procrastination is one of my weaknesses). I see your point about building our confidence by paying attention to our “confidence triggers”. Thank you for prompting some thoughts…

    Lori Ferguson
  • I’m not quite so sure. I can see how feeling confident may boost your morale, but I am generally happy- even if not confident that all I shall essay today will be done.

    Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA

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