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How to Make Your Life Better by Sending Five Simple Emails | TIME.com


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This article is a classic! Here are my notes from the original posting:

http://pandawhale.com/post/23297/make-your-life-better-by-sending-five-simple-emails

Of the five, my favorite is HAPPINESS:

Every morning send a friend, family member or co-worker an email to say thanks for something.

Might sound silly but it’s actually excellent advice on how to make your life better.

There’s tons and tons and tons of research showing that over time, this alone – one silly email a day – can make you happier.

Via Harvard professor Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage:

This is why I often ask managers to write an e-mail of praise or thanks to a friend, family member, or colleague each morning before they start their day’s work—not just because it contributes to their own happiness, but because it very literally cements a relationship.

More on increasing happiness here.

Of the five, my second favorite is JOB:

At the end of the week, send your boss an email and sum up what you’ve accomplished.

They probably have no idea what you’re doing with your time. They’re busy. They have their own problems.

For your boss, this let’s them know what you’ve been up to without having to ask and saves them from wondering and worrying. They’ll appreciate it and probably come to rely on it.

For you, it’s proactive and shows off your efforts, which Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer says is the key to success in any organization:

…you should make sure that your performance is visible to your boss and your accomplishments are visible. Your superiors in the organization have their own jobs, are managing their own careers, are busy human beings. And you should not assume that they’re spending all their time thinking about you and worrying about you and your career.

More on improving your work life here.

It is also a good way of clarifying your plans and organizing yourself. I do this and I look forward to it (now that it is habit)

Kurt, you're right, it's a good habit to get into, and it doesn't take long.

And it does help me to self-organize. Well said.

The five are: happiness, job, growth, friendship, and career.

Hat tip to Eric Barker for the shout out in Time Magazine!

Read the whole article here: 

http://time.com/22752/how-to-make-your-life-better-by-sending-five-simple-emails/

Great article!

Michael, I concur, this is among Eric's better articles, and he has a LOT of great articles.

Hey Adam, and everyone who contributes here,

I don't think I've told you how much I enjoy and appreciate PandaWhale.

Thank you.

-- Kurt

(See what I did there?)

I do see what you did there! Thank you Kurt!!

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