Many are under the false assumption that in order to achieve great wealth, happiness, or success a superhuman effort is required. This type of negative thinking is discouraging and gives rise to a myriad of excuses. It’s too much effort. It takes too much time. It requires too much willpower…Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is smaller than you’d think.
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With all things being equal, all you have to do is put in a bit more effort. You don’t have to work twice as hard or even half as hard. Simply putting in 10-percent more effort can push you over that edge and result in success. Here are twelve areas in your life where you can apply this rule today.
1. Spend 10% More Time Cultivating Meaningful Relationships
Having strong and meaningful relationships with family and friends can increase longevity and significantly reduce health problems. A research study published by PLOS Medicine, and conducted by psychologists at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, found that those without satisfying relationships had a 50-percent increased risk of premature death from all possible causes. Lack of meaningful relationships was also associated with increased levels of depression, anxiety, immune problems, cardiovascular disease and later onset cognitive decline.
It takes effort to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships. In today’s hectic society it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day struggles of life and forget to nurture and maintain friendships. All you have to do is put in 10-percent more effort. This can be as simple as sending a text, email or calling to say hello. The health benefits are well worth the effort. So why not make that extra 5-minute connection with a loved one today?