3 Ways to feel happier, guaranteed!

Hi there to you all,

 

Happiness is one of the best emotions that we can feel. There is no perfect definition of ‘happiness’, but we all know what happiness is when we do (or don’t) feel it.

 

Be happy

 

“Happiness is when what you THINK, what you SAY, and what you DO are in complete harmony” [As said by my hero, Gandhi].

 

One of my personal goals for this year is to spend more time being happy.

 

1) ONLY spend time with people who make you feel good, respected and loved. 

Laugh with your friends

 

As much as possible, we should spend time with people who make us feel good about ourselves. People who want us to be happy and positive. Be in the company of people who make you smile, in fact, that make you laugh so much that your jaws start to hurt.

 

2) Find something that YOU enjoy doing, and do it!

Do something you enjoy

 

I’m willing to bet that most of us can think of things we would love to do IF we just had the time. It can be anything – walking your dog / painting / ice skating / swimming / eating ice cream ….

Spending even just 30 minutes a week doing something you enjoy is certainly going to help you to feel happier.

Don’t just talk about it – do it!

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3) Be kind and helpful

I know it sounds a bit corny, but spending time helping others really does make us feel better.

Knowing that we have helped somebody (even in a really small way) makes us feel good. 

Be kind today 

You don’t have to be Mother Theresa to be helpful.

simple kindness

 

‘Help’ and ‘kindness’ can take many forms:

  • Volunteering at your local library;
  • Donating some food / resources to a charity of your choice;
  • Helping an elderly person carry their parcels;
  • Writing a letter to somebody you know is going through a tough time and telling them that you are there for them;
  • Giving somebody a hug and telling them how special they are.

 

acts of kindness

 

 

So, those were my top 3 tips to feeling happier. I really hope that you try them out and that they work for you.

Inspiration Ideas:

By the way …. if you would like some inspiration about hobbies or creative things you would like to get involved with, why don’t you take a look at the great hobbyist courses offered by College SA?

We have everything from Interior Decorating to Web Design courses. Who knows … your new hobby could become your new career!!!

 

 

That’s all for today. Wishing you lots of laughter and happiness,

Your friends at College SA.

7 Quotes to Inspire Success

Let’s face it – we all want to be successful. Sometimes we just need a bit of inspiration to get us to where we want to be.

Here are 7 quotes about success that will inspire you to reach new heights, and achieve more than you ever thought was possible. Let’s start off the weekend on a positive note. Remember – you can do ANYTHING that you put your mind to!

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  1. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself” – Mark Caine

This quote is about wanting more for your life. Don’t simply accept the life that you were given – we are free to change it at any time. You may live in a poverty-stricken area that is rife with crime. But are you stuck there? No! You can improve your life. Study, get a good job, and refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you find yourself.

 

  1. “If you want to SUCCEED as bad as you want to BREATHE, then you will be SUCCESSFUL” – Eric Thomas

How badly do you want to be successful? If you really want something – so much so that you are willing to fight for it and work consistently hard for it – then you are sure to get it!

 

  1. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edison

Don’t give up! The most successful people got to where they are because they persisted. You are so very close to seeing your dreams come true – so keep at it!

 

  1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill

Whether you succeed or fail in your endeavours – keep working hard. You can’t simply sit back and do nothing once you have reached your goals. You need to make sure that you don’t lose what you have achieved – otherwise what was the point in all of your hard work?

 

  1. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

Some people fail over and over again before they eventually succeed. The secret is to not let these failures get the better of you. You need to remain positive, and never lose hope. Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams – you will get there!

 

  1. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” – Leonardo da Vinci

It is very tempting to take the easy way out of situations. We want to be successful, but sometimes we are not willing to work hard to get it. Success is not something that can just fall into your lap. We need to decide what we want from life, and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

 

  1. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will” – Vince Lombardi

Successful people are not stronger than us, nor are they smarter than us. So what then sets them apart? How do they become successful? It is quite simple really – they have a WILL to succeed. They WANT to succeed, and so they will! Be determined to reach your goals, and you will.

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Students of College SA, we believe in you! Now you just need to believe in yourself. Go out there and show the world what you are made of!

Turn your dreams into a reality

“Dream it. Believe it.  Be it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Do you sometimes just feel like giving up?

I’m sure we have all felt this way at some point in our lives – especially where studies are concerned. At times, the work may become very difficult and overwhelming, and on top of that, many of us have other full-time responsibilities to deal with.

You may be juggling many things at once – work, studies, children to look after, and other family responsibilities.

We are only human, and it is natural to want to give up when things get too tough. What we don’t always realise, however, is that when we feel this way, we are actually so close to success.

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If you just keep on, and persevere, you will be one step closer to making your dreams a reality.

Discipline plays a big part in becoming successful. It is not always easy to give up things that you like in order to make time for work and studies – but you definitely won’t regret it in the long run!

Vanessa Scott, who studied Child Care Courses through College SA, shares her story with us. She tells us how she had to give up certain things that she enjoyed doing in order to make time for her studies. She made these sacrifices because, she says, “I knew that my dreams were achievable”.

Her sacrifices and perseverance was well worth it! For she is now living her dream:

“I established an organisation and run a programme for children with learning disabilities. It is run from a school in an impoverished area in the community, but being with these children and knowing that I play a small role in the outcome of their futures is reward enough. Knowledge is power, and I want these kids to have that gift of choice.”

Vanessa wants to study even further, but she cannot afford to at the moment, as most of her money goes into the children’s programme. However, Vanessa maintains a positive attitude:

 “I will not give up though. I am saving, and even though I will probably only start next year, I will persevere! Thank you, College SA for the role you’ve played in my dreams becoming a reality. The journey was rewarding and I learned that one is never too old to study. The service was excellent and the tutors are pleasant and patient. The experience has inspired me to study, study, and study some more! Nothing is impossible.

We really admire Vanessa’s optimism and determination, and hope that each one of you reading this will be inspired by her story.

Are you currently studying with us? Do you have an interesting or inspiring story to tell about your studies? You can leave us a comment below and we will happily share it with the rest of our students!

The Time is Now

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

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Have you ever looked at your life and wondered why you still do not have the career you wanted, why you aren’t driving a better car or live in a house you always thought you would have by now?

There are many reasons why we “get stuck” in certain stages/phases of our lives. It can be something serious, such as dealing with emotional problems that may stem from a series of things – You might have lost somebody close to you, maybe you were bullied, or maybe you were abused.

Sometimes we are stuck in a career because we do not possess the necessary skills to be promoted, or we cannot afford to buy a new car because we might have other obligations, such as our children’s school fees. Whatever the reason may be that you feel you are not moving forward in life, I have some advice for you.

You might have heard the saying “there is no better time than the present”. I could not agree more. Every so often we tell ourselves the reason why we cannot recover from emotional pain, financial loss, or get a new job is that we feel it is going to take too much work and effort. And yes, it may take a lot of time, work, or effort, but it will be worth it!

It is never too late to become who you were supposed to be, and as the wise Karen Lamb said: “In a year from now you will wish you started today”.

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Let go of your past and have the courage to do something that will help you achieve what you were destined to accomplish. So instead of feeling unaccomplished and unhappy in your career, get up and do something about it. Study a course that will help you to get promoted or embark on a new career path. Sometimes the confidence that we receive from a life-changing career is all we need to turn our lives around.

Let go of all the negativity and emotional baggage. The time is now to take back your life! Take back what is yours, and take back what was always supposed to be yours. We all deserve to be happy and live a prosperous life. So make it happen!

That being said, if you want something to happen, you should prepare for it. You should not sit around and wait for something to happen, or wait for somebody to come along and do it for you. No! Look in the mirror and you will see that what you need to succeed is already there. It always was!

“The mental and physical space we create by letting go of things that belong in our past gives us…the option to fill the space with something new.” – Susan Fay West

Success Begins with You

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Studying can do wonders. It can broaden your mind, open up many doors for you, and – in so doing – liberate you and make you self-sufficient.

Candice Young, a College SA student who studied towards her Diploma in Child Day Care, shares her success story with us.

She tells us how, since completing her Diploma, her employer has recognised and commended her great work with children – and she has even been given a raise in her salary!

Candice says of studying:

“It taught me things I didn’t know, and challenged me beyond what I thought I was capable of.”

Here is her story:

I highly recommend College SA. I chose to study the Child Day Care diploma. I was so worried doing a correspondence study. I thought I wouldn’t get the support and help that I needed. However, I was wrong.

Throughout my 18 months of studies, each tutor supported me so diligently, helped me with anything I wasn’t quite sure of, sent me motivational messages, really cared, and my ‘silly’ questions were more than welcome and answered. 

I just knew I wanted to get this diploma to better myself in the field of work I am in, and to one day have my own day care. It added knowledge to the experience I had, and putting these two things together has paid off quite well, and I know it will continue to.

It taught me things I didn’t know, and challenged me beyond what I thought I was capable of. It opened my eyes to the fact that I could one day run and begin my own day care – which is so exciting, and has been my motivation – the prize dangling before my eyes!

Since receiving my diploma, my work has been recognised more, I have had a raise and been commended by my employer for my work with the children. I am second in charge of running the day care which is of a good and decent size.

I thank College SA for its commitment to me as a student and as a person. I will remember those tutors that really went the extra mile with and for me! 

I have recommended College SA to friends wanting to pursue their studies and I will more than likely be studying with College SA in the future! 

Thank you College SA, and all the hardworking tutors, whom I had the pleasure of learning and growing with.

God bless!

Are you currently studying with us? Do you have an interesting or inspiring story that you would like to share? You can leave us a comment in the comment box below, and we will happily share it with the rest of our students.

To study, or not to study?

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Are you thinking of studying, but still have a bit of doubt in your mind?

Siyabonga Ngema, who successfully completed his studies through College SA, has kindly offered to share his story with us – with the hopes of motivating other aspiring students.

He has shared his reasons for studying, how he experienced distance learning, what motivated him, and how his studies have helped to improve his life.

Here is his story:

I chose to study:

Because I wanted to grow in the line of work that I’m in, and also to earn more money than I do now.

 My experience on distance learning:

This was my first time, but I have to say that it was great, because no one was pushing me – I had to find that place within me to push myself.

 How I motivated myself:

I looked at my family and I said I want to give my family a better life. I said I want to give my daughter the best life under the sun. I said to myself, I want to give my wife a husband she can count on and someone that will give her a warm home. And I knew that with this course, I will be walking closer to see all these things come true. But most importantly, I knew that this will put me where I want to see myself.

 Things that helped me to study:

Well, I kept on reminding myself why I was studying and what life will be like when I complete the course. These thoughts kept me focused on my studies and motivated me to make time for my studies.

 How has studying changed my life?

It has improved my life in the work place and also at home. I now get to sit in the proposal briefing and add where I can. It has showed everyone that I’m willing to learn and grow myself – not because someone is pushing me, but because I wanted to see myself becoming a CEO someday, and these steps will take me there.

I would also like to thank the student advisor for all the help and phone calls that I received. I was asked if I was still on track, and told that if there are any bumps that I should feel free to call for assistance.

Thank you, Siyabonga, for sharing your story, and all the best in your pursuit to becoming CEO! We know that you will make a success of your life.

Are you currently studying with us? Do you have an interesting or inspiring story that you would like to share? You can leave us a comment in the comment box below, and we will happily share it with the rest of our students.