9 Indoor Date Ideas If You’re Quarantining With Your Partner

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Want some creative ways to stay connected with your significant other without leaving the house? Look no further!

For many of us, staying home is the only option because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which means that we have to adjust our date night expectations.

While many of us typically bond with our partners at restaurants, movie theaters, concerts, and beaches, it’s important that we find fun indoor alternatives.

Here are nine fun “social distancing” date ideas to try if you’re in quarantine with your partner.

  1. Cook a meal together.

Your food might not taste as good as the restaurants you usually go to for date night, but cooking together can be fun, even if one (or both) of you usually specializes in microwaved food.

Working together to make something is a great bonding experience, especially when it’s something you get to eat afterwards.

  1. Make art.

If you and your partner are creative, try doing arts and crafts together. Whether you paint, draw, or start a collage, there are so many possibilities to try!

You can draw, paint, or sculpt each other or channel your competitive side into an art contest. Post the finished products on social media and ask your friends to vote for a winner.

  1. Work out together.

If you want something more active, there are plenty of online exercise videos that you can do together. Sweat together, stay together!

  1. Go outside (in your own yard).

Whether your local weather is more conducive to a snowball fight or lounging by the pool, take advantage of your own backyard. A change of scenery can help alleviate the boredom of never leaving your house.

  1. Play board games.

Remember how you used to complain about how long Monopoly takes to play? Well, now that you have extra time to kill, it’s the perfect time for a game night with your partner. Pull out old favorites, like Sorry or Life, or try something new.

  1. Look at pictures of outer space.

If you’d like to get away from Earth’s Coronavirus drama without ever leaving your living room, check out NASA’s free photos of outer space. Get lost in space with your significant other — it’s better than staying on Earth!

  1. Take a virtual tour.

Because of the Coronavirus, many museums currently offer virtual tours. Enjoy art and history alongside your partner right from the comfort of your own couch.

  1. Listen to music together.

Even if you and your partner have different tastes in music, now’s the perfect time to share your favorite songs with each other.

Take turns playing songs for each other and sharing why you like them. You’ll bond with your partner and may even find a new favorite song!

  1. Watch a movie.

If all else fails, Netflix has your back. Watch something you wouldn’t normally choose to mix up your movie night. After all, even if you see a horrible movie, you and your partner can still connect over how terrible it is.

While social distancing definitely makes planning date night more difficult, there are still plenty of fun date options for you to try in quarantine. You and your partner may even discover a date idea you love and keep up the tradition after the virus outbreak ends.

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Free Trial Streaming Services to Watch While Theaters Are Closed

Now you can get new movie releases at home

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New movies such as the Jane Austen comedy Emma — which opened just three weeks ago — will be available for streaming starting Friday, March 20, along with the Feb. 28 release of The Invisible Man and last week’s The Hunt. You can see them all, months earlier than usual, for $20 each, on Comcast video on demand, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and FandangoNow. Disney’s Frozen 2 started streaming three months ahead of schedule, on March 15 (see it on Disney+, Amazon, YouTube, GooglePlay and Vudu).

Studios have long wanted to release movies to your home the same day as in theaters, but theater owners fought it, fearing loss of revenue. With theaters closed, Universal’s Emma, The Invisible Man and The Hunt are breaking what’s called the “90-day window,” the period when movies screen only in theaters, not in homes.

While older movies may be seen for cheap or free, prices for newer movies are higher, because massive ads and publicity make more people want to see them. It’s been 90 days since Little Women was released, so you can buy it digitally for $14.99. Later on, it may rent for $3.99 or less. Disney’s first Frozen is $1.99 now.

Many streaming services such as those below are offering free introductory memberships now, many extending week-long deals to a month during the coronavirus crisis.

Free trials may be canceled at any time, but if you don’t (or forget), the services will start billing.

Amazon Prime Video

Besides originals like the Shia LaBeouf’s excellent fictionalized film about his father, Honey Boy, and the triple Oscar-nominated grownup love story Cold War, Amazon has a vast trove of movies and shows from major studios. After the free trial: $13 a month, $119 a year. If you have Amazon Prime for free delivery of other products, you’ve already got the streaming service, too.

30-day free trial: Amazon.com

Netflix

The popular streaming site offers several tiers of service, so it makes sense to try the top one, Premium with Ultra HD (4k), for free — and you can use it on up to four devices. If you’ve ever had a Netflix account, you can use your email to open a new free trial account. After the free trial: $9 to $16 a month.

30-day free trial: Netflix.com

Hulu

Famous for TV shows, it’s also got great films like 2019’s Booksmart, which got unfairly overlooked in theaters. After the free trial: $5.99 a month with ads, $60.99 a month with no ads, plus live TV.

30-day free trial: Hulu.com

HBO

You can watch pilot episodes of True Detective, Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and Big Little Lies for free, and a good selection of movies, recent and classic. After the free trial: $14.99 a month.

7-day free trial: hbonow.com

Showtime

There’s a wide selection of good movies, including a Women’s History Month list of great performances. After the free trial: $10.99 a month, $109.90 a year.

14-day free trial: Sho.com

Apple TV+

If you buy an Apple product, you get a free year of Apple TV+, which offers recent hits Ford v. Ferrari, Helen Mirren’s The Good Liar, Parasite, Knives Out and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Otherwise, the free offer is just seven days. After the free trial: $4.99 a month.

7-day free trial: apple.com/tv

CBS All Access

CBS is famous for grownup-pleasing broadcast programming, and now it has a good streaming site as well. After the free trial: $5.99 a month with ads, $9.99 without.

7-day free trial: cbs.com/all-access

Epix

The streaming site from oldtime studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has classics and originals of distinction, like Forest Whitaker’s Godfather of Harlem and Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd’s superb Elmore Leonard series Get Shorty (different from the Travolta film but the same spirit).

7-day free trial: Epixnow.com

Kanopy

If you have a library card, you may have access to 30,000 movies streaming for free on Kanopy. You could watch classics like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or recent hits like 2018’s heartwarming Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman as a guy who starts a band with his daughter.

Free offer: kanopy.com, or check your local library

Criterion Channel

Good people go to heaven, good movies go to Criterion. After the free trial: $10.99 a month, $99.99 a year.

14-day free trial: criterionchannel.com

Acorn TV

The streamer that specializes in British (and Canadian and Australian) shows, switched from a seven-day free trial to a month. It’s got lots of mysteries set in beautiful places you can’t travel to just now. After the trial: $5.99 a month, $59.99 a year. Code for free trial: FREE30

30-day free trial: acorn.tv

Sundance Now

Known for true crime, thriller films and shows like John Le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl. After the trial it’s $6.99 monthly or $4.99 a month with an annual membership. Code for free trial: SUNDANCENOW30

30-day free trial: Sundancenow.com

Shudder

The thriller, horror and suspense site is extending its normal seven-day free trial to a month. After the trial: $4.99 a month, $47.88 a year. Code for free trial: SHUTIN

30-day free trial: Shudder.com

Tubi

There are ads on movies on this streamer with over 20,000 titles from big studios. But Tom Hanks is great in The Road to Perdition, even interrupted by ads. And it’s always free.

 

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14 Movies to Fill the Sports Void

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For you sports fans missing the games due to the corona-virus, below are a list of sport movies you can stream while you are staying indoors.

Any Given Sunday (1999)

We could argue for days about why there aren’t nearly as many great football movies as baseball movies, but this Oliver Stone pigskin flick is wild, and wildly entertaining. Al Pacino hams it up mightily as the old-school head coach of the fictional Miami Sharks, struggling to adapt to the new-school corporatization of the sport he loves. Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, James Woods, Dennis Quaid, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret, and about a million other A-list stars round out the cast.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft

Bull Durham (1988)

In a movie that’s an elegant, eloquent love letter to baseball, Annie (Susan Sarandon) supports her beloved team by having an affair with a player each season. Should it be Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), a down-on-his-luck one-time major league player now forced to play in the low minor leagues? Or should she become the lover and life coach of the talented, untrained rookie pitcher, Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins)? How about both? Funny and original, with a backspin of lovely melancholy, this may be the great American movie about the great American game.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Starz, Vudu, Fandango Now

Borg Vs. McEnroe (2017)

They were diametric opposites on the tennis court: Bjorn Borg, the cool, precise baseline automaton and John McEnroe, the brash, serve-and-volley hothead. Fire and ice. In Janus Metz’s underseen snapshot of their brilliant rivalry, a perfectly cast Shia LaBeouf steals the show as the “super-brat” McEnroe, showing us what made this champion tick against the backdrop of the two players’ epic match in the finals at Wimbledon in 1980.

Where to watchAmazon, YouTube, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Vudu

Blue Chips (1994)

Written by Ron Shelton, who played in baseball’s minor leagues and wrote Bull Durham and Tin CupBlue Chips shows us the darker side of college basketball recruiting — without ever letting up on the gas when it comes to on-court action. It’s part morality tale, part ESPN highlight reel, with Nick Nolte as a grizzled NCAA coach in the mold of Bobby Knight, who bends the rules to save his job. Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird, and Penny Hardaway all chip in to give it some authenticity.

Where to watch: Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu

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Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010)

They first met at the 1979 NCAA Championships. Larry Bird was the “hick from French Lick” playing for Indiana State; Earvin “Magic” Johnson seemed to possess an effortless grace on the court playing for Michigan State. The next year they would enter the NBA, redefine the sport and spark an East Coast-West Coast rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers for the next decade plus. Narrated by Liev Schreiber and featuring interviews with both of the legends, this is a giddy, glorious snapshot of the moment when the NBA came of age.

Where to watch: HBO On Demand, Vudu

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Semi-Pro (2008)

This Will Ferrell comedy may not quite soar to the same lofty heights as Anchorman, but it has some inspired moments of hilarity. Ferrell stars as Jackie Moon, the player/owner of the woeful ‘70s ABA franchise the Flint Tropics. The Me Decade jokes come fast and furious and the shorts couldn’t be any shorter or snugger. If you don’t mind a few comic air balls, this one sinks more gags than it misses.

Where to watchNetflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Fandango Now, Microsoft

The Natural (1984)

If you’ve seen this adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s literary masterpiece inspired by a mad fan’s 1949 shooting of Phillies player Eddie Waitkus, it’s even better the second time around. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Robert Redford is at the peak of his blonde, matinee-idol prime as Roy Hobbs, a baseball phenom whose career is cut short by a shooter (Barbara Hershey) and a femme fatale (Kim Basinger). But he loves the game too much to give it up, and returns for one last shot at glory. This is a magical movie in every sense of the word. Glenn Close, Robert Duvall and Wilford Brimley seal the deal.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Crackle, FandangoNow

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

Imagine Bull Durham, but real. Then you’d have something like the Portland Mavericks, a motley gang of renegade baseball players formed by ex-TV Western star Bing Russell, who shocked the minor leagues in the mid-’70s. Bing built it and the crowds came. Bing’s son, Kurt Russell, played for the team and lends this wacky documentary some of his grinning mischief. It’s a look at a brief window of time when a band of outsiders became insiders … before it all went up in smoke.

Where to watch: Netflix

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Without question the greatest sports documentary ever made. Steve James follows two inner-city Chicago basketball phenoms for their entire high school career. The obstacles they face are devastating, but their dreams are boundless. This is as personal as filmmaking gets, and at times you want to look away, but can’t. You’re already in too deep — too invested in these kids’ lives. This is a movie about beating the odds, and what happens when the odds beat you. A masterpiece.

Where to watchNetflix, HBO on Demand, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play

Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010)

They first met at the 1979 NCAA Championships. Larry Bird was the “hick from French Lick” playing for Indiana State; Earvin “Magic” Johnson seemed to possess an effortless grace on the court playing for Michigan State. The next year they would enter the NBA, redefine the sport and spark an East Coast-West Coast rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers for the next decade plus. Narrated by Liev Schreiber and featuring interviews with both of the legends, this is a giddy, glorious snapshot of the moment when the NBA came of age.

Where to watch: HBO On Demand, Vudu

Semi-Pro (2008)

This Will Ferrell comedy may not quite soar to the same lofty heights as Anchorman, but it has some inspired moments of hilarity. Ferrell stars as Jackie Moon, the player/owner of the woeful ‘70s ABA franchise the Flint Tropics. The Me Decade jokes come fast and furious and the shorts couldn’t be any shorter or snugger. If you don’t mind a few comic air balls, this one sinks more gags than it misses.

Where to watchNetflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Fandango Now, Microsoft

The Natural (1984)

If you’ve seen this adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s literary masterpiece inspired by a mad fan’s 1949 shooting of Phillies player Eddie Waitkus, it’s even better the second time around. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Robert Redford is at the peak of his blonde, matinee-idol prime as Roy Hobbs, a baseball phenom whose career is cut short by a shooter (Barbara Hershey) and a femme fatale (Kim Basinger). But he loves the game too much to give it up, and returns for one last shot at glory. This is a magical movie in every sense of the word. Glenn Close, Robert Duvall and Wilford Brimley seal the deal.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Crackle, FandangoNow

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

Imagine Bull Durham, but real. Then you’d have something like the Portland Mavericks, a motley gang of renegade baseball players formed by ex-TV Western star Bing Russell, who shocked the minor leagues in the mid-’70s. Bing built it and the crowds came. Bing’s son, Kurt Russell, played for the team and lends this wacky documentary some of his grinning mischief. It’s a look at a brief window of time when a band of outsiders became insiders … before it all went up in smoke.

Where to watch: Netflix

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Without question the greatest sports documentary ever made. Steve James follows two inner-city Chicago basketball phenoms for their entire high school career. The obstacles they face are devastating, but their dreams are boundless. This is as personal as filmmaking gets, and at times you want to look away, but can’t. You’re already in too deep — too invested in these kids’ lives. This is a movie about beating the odds, and what happens when the odds beat you. A masterpiece.

Where to watchNetflix, HBO on Demand, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play

 

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Keep your head up!

Spring Green Grass Sunshine Bokeh Photography BackdropsKeeping a humble demeanor, avoiding being too proud, and keeping your hopes up high, are things that are very beneficial for you to do in your life so that you may ultimately become who you desire to be.  Keeping your hopes up high isn’t always the easiest task to accomplish, especially when life gets tough.  To keep your hopes up high you have to first adjust your thinking to do so. If you are constantly thinking, speaking, hearing and seeing negative words, chances are you will have a lot of trouble with keeping a joyous and hopeful attitude, as you deal with life, and all of it’s troubles.

Instead of nonchalantly allowing negative energy to infiltrate your life and your thinking, be proactive and aggressive in seeking a more positive environment for yourself to immersed in. Thinking positively in this world is very important in being able to sustain the hope and right attitudes needed to make the best out of each situation in life, which will very greatly affect the quality of life for us as well.

Hoping you all are well and doing what you can to keep yourself and others safe.

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One-Pot Meal for When You Don’t Feel Like Doing the Dishes

Dirty dishes are generally unavoidable when you’re cooking, but there is no rule that says you can’t use fewer dishes when life calls for it. And I would say life most definitely calls for it right now.

Easy One-Pot Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables and Rice

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Skip takeout for this one-pot teriyaki. Another family favorites, it’s so easy to throw together any night of the week. When we’re really busy, which is often, you can use frozen vegetables to cut down on prep time.

Get the recipe: Easy One-Pot Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables and Rice

 

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Ways You Can (Safely) Brighten Someone’s Day During Quarantine

Find More Background Information about Laeacco Spring Sunrise City Field Landscape Photography Backgrounds Vinyl Custom Camera Photographic Backdrops For Photo Studio,High Quality photographic backdrops,China backdrops for photos Suppliers, Cheap photography background from Laeacco Photography Backgrounds Store on Aliexpress.comMost of us have been working from home remotely during these trying times and having to learn a new way of life, which they call “social distancing” But for some people being alone can be challenging both mentally and emotionally. Luckily, we have a lot of options these days thanks to technology. Small gestures can make a big difference these days when everyone is feeling uncertain or anxious. So if you’d like to safely spread some cheer to your loved ones, here are a few different ideas for brightening their day from a safe distance.

Send some greenery their way

Nothing can brighten your day like receiving a plant or flowers when you’re least expecting it. You can have your favorite houseplant or orchid delivered straight to their doorstep without having to hand it to them from six feet away.

Video chat

Most everyone is on Facebook. Having your children at home from school and especially if you have a toddler visiting family and friends is out of the question, which can make not going out somewhat difficult, but with the use of technology such as Facebook, you can have daily chats with school friends and grandparents that we aren’t able to see on our regular schedule.

Send notes of love

Bring back the days of having snail mail pen pals! Buy yourself some cute stationery and sparkly gel pens and start corresponding with those you miss most. Everyone loves receiving mail!

Create a playlist for them

Back in the day we burned CDs for our friends or made mixtapes. It was a true sign of affection and friendship. Make your loved ones an uplifting playlist on Spotify to let them know you’re thinking about them.

Decorate your exterior

There’s a trend right now of people putting up Christmas lights to spread cheer during this “quarantine,” but if you don’t feel like busting those back out just yet, get creative with chalk and create a cheerful message on the sidewalk or driveway in front of your space. Someone at work mentioned her and her children created inspirational sayings on their driveway with chalk and with so many people taking walks these days that is a way your creativity will be seen and brighten someone’s day.

Make some self-care baskets

If you’re able to support small businesses right now, curating a self-care basket for your loved ones is a great option that not only spreads cheer but also helps local business owners during a stressful time. Fill a basket with your favorite self-care items like snacks, beauty products, candles, and wine. If businesses aren’t open to the public but you still want to support them, buy a gift card so you can still help financially and the recipient can use it later.

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Things to Do With Your Down Time While In Isolation

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While spending so much time inside and isolated might not be our favorite thing to do, we recognize how important it is as an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19. To help fill your hours, I’ve compiled a few things you can do to help past the time.

  1. Clean out your closet and place those shoes and clothing you no longer use in a donation pile for those in need.
  2. Catch up on your reading (you know those books on your to-be-read list.)
  3. Watch those movies you’ve been meaning to watch, but never got around to watching.
  4. Watch some comedy on Netflix to heighten your spirits.
  5. Organize your kitchen.
  6. Do a deep spring cleaning of your home.
  7. Rearrange your furniture.
  8. Straighten out your wardrobe and coordinate outfits.
  9. Learn a new skill.
  10. Try out a new recipe to cook.
  11. Learn some coding with animation drizzled in there. Coding is fun.
  12. Learn a hobby, like sewing, knitting, jewelry making, photography.
  13. Reorganize your music or movie collection.
  14. Give yourself some pampering without guilt. You deserve some me-time.

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The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal

The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal

Journaling isn’t just for teens. Here’s why keeping a career journal can help you get ahead at the office.
We’ve probably all fallen into this trap. We are so concerned with accomplishing the many tasks on our to-do lists that we forget to stop and look at the big picture. We forget to think about how we can go above and beyond, consider what we’ve accomplished, or even check-in with how we’re feeling at work.
One of the best ways to make sure you’re regularly reflecting on your career? Keeping a work journal.
In a Harvard Business Review article, “The Power of Small Wins,” Teresa Amabile and Steven J. Kramer discuss the concept of what they’ve termed the “power principle”. The authors asked professionals to keep diaries at work and, after studying these diaries, they identified the power principle, which states:

“Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run.”

The authors wrote about how managers could effectively use work journals and the power principle to motivate employees, but I think that you can use their findings to motivate yourself by making sure that you’re regularly reflecting and celebrating your progress and small wins at work.
Keeping a daily journal on office life and career progress is imperative to keeping track of just that.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. Sitting down and staring at a blank page at the end of a long workday can seem like just another thing to cross off of your to-do list unless you come prepared. Instead, it may be helpful to write the answers to these five questions daily (or weekly, if you prefer):
  • What is one lesson (or lessons, if you have many!) that I learned today?
  • Did anyone compliment or comment on my work today? What did they say? (Bonus: This makes it easier to remember your accomplishments when you want to ask for a raise or promotion!)
  • What is one big thing that I accomplished today?
  • Did I do anything above and beyond my basic job description today?
  • What is one way that I can go above and beyond tomorrow?
Even if you can only fit this in once a week, this exercise will help you reflect, focus, and consider the big picture of your career.

 

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12 Habits of Genuine People

12 Habits of Genuine People

Genuine people have a profound impact upon everyone they encounter. In this article, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse, Dr. Travis Bradberry unveils the unique habits that cause them to radiate with energy and confidence.

Emotional intelligence won’t do a thing for you if you aren’t genuine.

A recent study from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington found that people don’t accept demonstrations of emotional intelligence at face value. They’re too skeptical for that. They don’t just want to see signs of emotional intelligence. They want to know that it’s genuine—that your emotions are authentic.

According to lead researcher Christina Fong, when it comes to your co-workers, “They are not just mindless automatons. They think about the emotions they see and care whether they are sincere or manipulative.”

The same study found that sincere leaders are far more effective at motivating people because they inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. Many leaders say that authenticity is important to them, but genuine leaders walk their talk every day.

It’s not enough to just go through the motions, trying to demonstrate qualities that are associated with emotional intelligence. You have to be genuine.

You can do a gut check to find out how genuine you are by comparing your own behavior to that of people who are highly genuine. Consider the hallmarks of genuine people and see how you stack up.

1. Genuine people don’t try to make people like them.

Genuine people are who they are. They know that some people will like them, and some won’t. And they’re OK with that. It’s not that they don’t care whether or not other people will like them but simply that they’re not going to let that get in the way of doing the right thing. They’re willing to make unpopular decisions and to take unpopular positions if that’s what needs to be done.

Since genuine people aren’t desperate for attention, they don’t try to show off. They know that when they speak in a friendly, confident and concise manner, people are much more attentive to and interested in what they have to say than if they try to show that they’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what or how many people you know.

2. They don’t pass judgment.

Genuine people are open-minded, which makes them approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is not willing to listen.

Having an open mind is crucial in the workplace, as approachability means access to new ideas and help. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. This doesn’t require you to believe what they believe or condone their behavior; it simply means you quit passing judgment long enough to truly understand what makes them tick. Only then can you let them be who they are.

3. They forge their own paths.

Genuine people don’t derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from the opinions of others. This frees them up to follow their own internal compasses. They know who they are and don’t pretend to be anything else. Their direction comes from within, from their own principles and values. They do what they believe to be the right thing, and they’re not swayed by the fact that somebody might not like it.

4. They are generous.

We’ve all worked with people who constantly hold something back, whether it’s knowledge or resources. They act as if they’re afraid you’ll outshine them if they give you access to everything you need to do your job. Genuine people are unfailingly generous with whom they know, what they know and the resources they have access to. They want you to do well more than anything else because they’re team players and they’re confident enough to never worry that your success might make them look bad. In fact, they believe that your success is their success.

5. They treat EVERYONE with respect.

Whether interacting with their biggest clients or servers taking their drink orders, genuine people are unfailingly polite and respectful. They understand that no matter how nice they are to the people they have lunch with, it’s all for naught if those people witnesses them behaving badly toward others. Genuine people treat everyone with respect because they believe they’re no better than anyone else.

6. They aren’t motivated by material things.

Genuine people don’t need shiny, fancy stuff in order to feel good. It’s not that they think it’s wrong to go out and buy the latest and greatest items to show off their status; they just don’t need to do this to be happy. Their happiness comes from within, as well as from the simpler pleasures—such as friends, family and a sense of purpose—that make life rich.

7. They are trustworthy.

People gravitate toward those who are genuine because they know they can trust them. It is difficult to like someone when you don’t know who they really are and how they really feel. Genuine people mean what they say, and if they make a commitment, they keep it. You’ll never hear a truly genuine person say, “Oh, I just said that to make the meeting end faster.” You know that if they say something, it’s because they believe it to be true.

8. They are thick-skinned.

Genuine people have a strong enough sense of self that they don’t go around seeing offense that isn’t there. If somebody criticizes one of their ideas, they don’t treat this as a personal attack. There’s no need for them to jump to conclusions, feel insulted and start plotting their revenge. They’re able to objectively evaluate negative and constructive feedback, accept what works, put it into practice and leave the rest of it behind without developing hard feelings.

9. They put away their phones.

Nothing turns someone off to you like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When genuine people commit to a conversation, they focus all of their energy on the that. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them. When you robotically approach people with small talk and are tethered to your phone, this puts their brains on autopilot and prevents them from having any real affinity for you. Genuine people create connection and find depth even in short, everyday conversations. Their genuine interest in other people makes it easy for them to ask good questions and relate what they’re told to other important facets of the speaker’s life.

10. They aren’t driven by ego.

Genuine people don’t make decisions based on their egos because they don’t need the admiration of others in order to feel good about themselves. Likewise, they don’t seek the limelight or try to take credit for other people’s accomplishments. They simply do what needs to be done without saying, “Hey, look at me!”

11. They aren’t hypocrites.

Genuine people practice what they preach. They don’t tell you to do one thing and then do the opposite themselves. That’s largely due to their self-awareness. Many hypocrites don’t even recognize their mistakes. They’re blind to their own weaknesses. Genuine people, on the other hand, fix their own problems first.

12. They don’t brag.

We’ve all worked with people who can’t stop talking about themselves and their accomplishments. Have you ever wondered why? They boast and brag because they’re insecure and worried that if they don’t point out their accomplishments, no one will notice. Genuine people don’t need to brag. They’re confident in their accomplishments, but they also realize that when you truly do something that matters, it stands on its own merits, regardless of how many people notice or appreciate it.

Genuine people know who they are. They are confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin. They are firmly grounded in reality, and they’re truly present in each moment because they’re not trying to figure out someone else’s agenda or worrying about their own.

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