My Own Favorite Words:

 

Luck

I consider myself lucky. That’s why luck is my favorite word. There is something important I want to share with you regarding luck. Why do lucky accidents seem to happen to some people and not to others? Did you know that you do make your own luck and there is a scientific proof for that?

Luck is everywhere, opportunity knocks at all doors. Some people notice when luck smiles on them, and some people miss it. That’s the secret. Luck might be out of your control but since it’s everywhere, all you need to have is the wisdom to spot the opportunity and act on it.

The psychologist, Richard Wiseman, has spent years researching luck, culminating in his book, “The Luck Factor” (Publisher: Miramax, 2004.) He wanted to find out why some people seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. Wiseman found that they were not luckier — just quicker to spot and seize opportunities. In one experiment, he asked people to read a newspaper and tell him how many photographs were inside. He had secretly placed a message halfway through the newspaper that read “Stop counting — there are 43 photographs in this newspaper”.

– “It was staring everyone in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people spotted it,” says Wiseman.

Why is this? “Unlucky people are generally more tense than lucky people and this anxiety disrupts their ability to notice the unexpected. As a result, they miss opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. Lucky people, on the other hand, are more relaxed and open, which means they see what is there.”

Before, I was an introvert and had to push myself to the limit to become more active. I learned how to look outside as much as inside, and things have changed quite a bit for me. Noticing much more than I did before, brought so many new opportunities into my life, it inspired me to become a real extravert. Though it’s not really in my nature, how can I complain? When you train yourself to pay more attention to everything and everyone around, you simply become more powerful.

Luck smiles on people who try new things instead of worrying about what could go wrong. If you want to be lucky just be more attentive to what life throws at you, and try to notice as much around you as possible, as often as possible. Don’t be afraid of failure; be more open. Go out there, the more people you are in touch with the more chance encounters you are likely to have. Try new things and luck will become one of your favorite words as well… because you’ll be lucky!

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Smile

I really love when people smile. I especially like when women smile. A research conducted by Orbit Complete revealed that 69% of people find women who smile more attractive than women who wear makeup. Smiling is a sign of good intention, joy, acceptance, and happiness. Smile is the most beautiful expression. Smiles are contagious. In one Swedish study, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.

We smile when we feel good but this connection goes both ways: we feel good when we smile.

I’ve heard this story about one village in the Uzbek mountains where people don’t get sick. They help others heal their diseases. A reporter visited to find out their secret. It was a long journey, but eventually with a group of other seekers, he reached the village. He saw some people leaving the village. All of them were smiling and it made him wonder even more. Once he settled in, the first thing he was asked to do by a local person was to bring some water from a spring located far from the village. With one interesting condition: throughout all the way there and back, he had to smile. So, the newcomers went for water and had to have idiotic smiles on their faces despite being tired after a long journey, carrying heavy buckets, and wishing to finally eat and to sleep. But they made it and were allowed to stay in the village for the next 40 days, after which they were promised healing. The deal was they had to smile all day, every day. They were working in the village like everybody else, growing plants, breeding cattle, bringing water, and doing everything they were told to do. Of course endless smiling was hard in the beginning. Gradually though, it became natural expression and wasn’t so hard. With each new day, their spirits and bodies felt better; their stress and problems were gone. They enjoyed everything they did. In the end of his adventure, the curious reporter had his years-long spinal ache issue cured. Other people got their health problems gone too. When they thanked the village people and left the place, they met other pilgrims heading to the village. The reporter noticed how unhappy those faces were. He then understood that smile was the only thing that made the difference. Smile heals.

Smile boosts your immune system and improves your physical condition overall. Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile. It becomes more relaxed even when you force the smile, which contributes to good health. You release stress and feel better.

Please, smile!

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Ideas

I love ideas, I am all about them! I can create ideas day and night. I even run a list of all imaginable idea-generation techniques and have a website called Ideadom, which will one day be a central place for ideas with crowdsourcing, automated tools, and more. Ideas make our lives better; they shape the course of history and drive progress. Ideas are the core elements of the air I breathe.

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Mood

I like the word mood and I know a lot of great ways to improve it. I would like to give you some nice ideas that are worth sharing.

Of course, the best way to improve your mood is by playing with your favorite words. All the aforementioned ideas can be coded with your favorite words as well. For example, you can eat something you really love and that will make you happy for some time and thus improve your mood. Is it chocolate that you like? Pizza, maybe? Pineapple? Anything else? Add your favorite food to your list of favorite words and get back to them whenever you feel like improving your mood.

So, what else helps with feeling better? Here you go: massage; sauna; swimming; making yourself a gift; vacation; party; dreaming; sleeping; Internet; meeting a friend; a gift to someone you love; shopping; visiting a beauty salon; drinking tea with family; dining at a nice restaurant; walking; running; dancing; shaping/fitness/gym; yoga; playing a game (table tennis, monopoly, chess, video game, soccer, basketball; racing; kokology); smiling; laughing; flirting; making love, hugging, kisses; watching a movie; reading a book; listening to music; looking through photo-albums; trying on clothes; modeling/photography; flowers; playing with a pet; spending time with your kids; doing something new and completely unusual; outdoors & nature (woods, beach, park, mountains, river, ocean); cleaning a house; creativity, arts & crafts; your hobby; helping others; and visiting favoritewords.com – there is a lot of fun out there, after all.

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Kokology

One of the most entertaining social games is Kokology. It’s a series of self-discovery quizzes created by Tadahiko Nagao and Isamu Saito (Japanese bestselling authors.) It can be played on your own, within a couple, or in a group. Besides being quite accurate, especially if you sharpen your skills interpreting people’s answers, Kokology is a lot of fun. I really mean a lot. There wasn’t a single person who I ran a Kokology session with who didn’t like it. There is only one warning: these tests can reveal a lot of information about someone who might otherwise prefer to be kept private, so I’d suggest playing Kokology only with people who can be open with each other.

I really love Kokology!

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Faith

Faith starts where knowledge ends. Faith makes the impossible possible. Faith is what makes a human succeed in anything.

I want to share this beautiful parable with you to better show what faith is about:

A drought continued for what seemed like an eternity. A small community of farmers had no idea what to do as rain was vital to keep their crops healthy and sustain their lives. So, they went to a local priest and asked him to pray for the rain. Thye had faith God would help them. Many concerned people arrived at the church and the priest greeted most of them as they filed in. As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting, he noticed the people were chatting across the aisles about their mutual situation and socializing with friends. His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet and it was then he noticed a young girl sitting in the front row, her face beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. It made the priest smile as he realized how much faith the girl possessed. No one else in the congregation brought an umbrella. All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer.

Do YOU have faith?

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Table Tennis

I love playing table tennis, aka, ping-pong. By the way, ping-pong is a trademarked term that became increasingly used in the generic sense to describe table tennis. Same thing happened to other trademarked words “escalator” or “linoleum” that we know as generic words. That’s why professionally and commercially, “table tennis” is the preferred term. Because Chinese players are usually best in the world and in most clubs around the world, including most US clubs, many people assume ping-pong is a Chinese word. Well, it’s not. It comes from English and it’s just an interpretation of the sound of paddles striking a ball. The game was created in England during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlor game.

Table tennis is quite popular as an activity, but not as a sport. It’s not as impressive to watch as tennis or soccer, which explains why it lacks spectators, fans and money. Meanwhile, about 19 million Americans play it for recreation, and it’s even more popular in Asia and Europe. Overall, there could be around 100 million people ages from 5 to 85 occasionally playing table tennis around the world. Over 10 million professional players compete in sanctioned tournaments each year. The popularity increases in America and in the world due to easy accessibility of table tennis and a number of its other advantages.

Do you know why people are beating time with fingers when they are nervous? Well, a good explanation is that our mind is reminding itself of the safest worries-free time of all – in utero. The only thing you heard distinctively was your mother’s heartbeat. Finger tapping does ease stressful situations, especially when waiting. Table tennis offers that beat (ping, pong, ping, pong…) and I have a suspicion it’s one of the reasons for its popularity. Other reasons are its simplicity, fun factor, and availability. Table tennis is like martial arts, boxing and chess combined, multiplied by extreme speed. It is one of the safest sports out there and at the same time it’s incredibly competitive. It’s also good for your heart and for your sight. I encourage everyone to play table tennis, it’s just awesome!

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Now

What if someone was putting over $80K in your bank account every day? What would you do what that much money? Would you try to usefully spend as much as possible knowing that the next day the account’s balance will be cleared? I bet you would. Well, guess what, you do have that much wealth at your disposal and it does fill up daily. They say that time is money. It would be fair to say that money is time. You get exactly 86,400 seconds every single day of your life that you are free to spend as you wish. But most of us don’t spend our time wisely; we waste a lot of time on things that aren’t important or sometimes even harmful to us. We procrastinate a lot. We should spend every second usefully and enjoy it.

In his book, “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” (Publisher: Penguin Books, 2002), David Allen writes:

“The fact that you can’t remember an agreement you made with yourself doesn’t mean that you’re not holding yourself liable for it. Ask any psychologist how much of a sense of past and future that part of your psyche has, the part that was storing the list you dumped: zero. It’s all present tense in there. That means that as soon as you tell yourself that you should do something, if you file it only in your short-term memory, there’s a part of you that thinks you should be doing it all the time. And that means that as soon as you’ve given yourself two things to do, and filed them only in your head, you’ve created instant and automatic stress and failure, because you can’t do them both at the same time.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got some storage area at home—maybe a garage that you told yourself a while back (maybe even six years ago!) you ought to clean and organize. If so, there’s a part of you that likely thinks you should’ve been cleaning your garage twenty-four hours a day for the past six years! No wonder people are so tired! And have you heard that little voice inside your own mental committee every time you walk by your garage? “Why are we walking by the garage?! Aren’t we supposed to be cleaning it!?” Because you can’t stand that whining, nagging part of yourself, you never even go in the garage anymore if you can help it.”

Successful people solve problems whenever they can without procrastination. Follow their lead, solve it now. Anything that is still waiting for your attention can be solved right away. Take care of it right this second. There is no past or future here, there is only NOW!

 

Other Appendices:

Appendix II:  Most Popular Favorite Words

Appendix III:  Three Most Favorite Words Research

Appendix IV:  A List of Positive Words

Appendix V:  Interesting Word Facts and Word Stats

Appendix VI:  Favorite Words of Celebrities

Appendix VII:  Favorite Word Quotes