5 Phrases We Need To Say More Often

5 Phrases We Need To Say More Often

Words are more powerful than we think

Sometimes it only takes a few keywords to make a situation better or to brighten someone's day. There are a few essential phrases that everyone could use a little more in their everyday life. Challenge yourself to use these 5 phrases a little more this week:

1. Thank you

Who doesn't love to get thanks once in a while? A simple "thank you" can instantly make someone feel valued and appreciated. When it takes no more than 2 seconds to say, it's a wonder more people don't sprinkle this phrase of gratitude into their interactions.

2. I'm sorry

It's one of the first phrases we teach kids--when you hurt someone's feelings, you should apologize. Yet, as adults, it's often harder to be the first to muster up an apology. A simple "I'm sorry" can do wonders for any wounded relationship or hurt feelings. It's time to get over your pride and just apologize already.

3. How can I help?

Life is busy, and it's easy to get caught up in yourself. Offering your help to someone in need can make that person feel instantly better, and it'll probably do wonders for your mood, too. Whether you offer to carry something for someone with too much in their hands or proofread a paper for a roommate, there are so many moments in life that we can actively choose to help those around us.

4. I don't know

Too often do we feel like we have to have all the answers. No one knows everything, and that's OK. There is power in being vulnerable and accepting that you don't know something... yet. Saying "I don't know" shouldn't make you feel bad; this phrase should empower you to learn about something you don't already know.

5. I love you

Tell your parents more. Tell your significant other every morning. Tell your roommates and your friends. Spread love around to everyone. You can never say "I love you" too many times, and no one will ever be upset that you took a moment to tell them how you feel.

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The Importance Of The 5 Types Of Friends In Your Life

I'll never find more selfless and unique people in my life.

Friends are not easy to find. They are taken for granted and are always there when needed. Good friends are the ones that are by your side through thick and thin, support you during a breakup, and are the scapegoat to temporarily dealing with problems.

There are five main types of friends which include: The Leader, the Cheerleader, the Prophet, the Confidant, and the Motivator. Within each friend is a blessing, one you do not expect. Friends hold you up, they support and guide you. They are there to listen to you and be there whether you are in a time of need or just around for shits and giggles.

The Leader will tell you to pull your act together and keep fighting, they are the reason you are so put together even when you feel like you are not. They push you to be your best self.

The Cheerleader will cheer you on and tell you that you're doing great, even if you are doing everything wrong and should stop altogether. They have that special kind of pep that you used to get from the girls in uniforms at those football and basketball games in high school.

The Prophet gives wise advice, not the crap (sorry dad) that you get from your parents, but the type of advice that relates directly to your situation. Although parental advice is always needed and is awesome and all, friend advice is always good because they understand what you’re going through because they are going through the same things.

The Confidant is the friend you can trust anything with. Secrets, help, support, they got you.

The Motivator is the friend who motivates you, duh. They give you reasons to not quit and will be there 100% of the way.

If you're anything like me, I'm not an easy person to love. Friends put up with A LOT of shit and the majority of the time, we take them for granted. Take the time to thank them for being there for you through thick and thin and don’t do anything stupid to lose them. They are your friends and they want to be there for you, so let them.

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The Struggle Of Living In This World As A 'Caitlin'

If your name is Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Kaitlin, etc., you understand the struggle of having this name.

For some reason, in the years 1994-2000 everyone decided that they wanted to name their kid "Kaitlyn". I mean, I don't really see the appeal, but man was this name popular.

My name is Caitlin, and living with this name has cursed me all my life.

First off, there are probably a hundred different ways to spell this name. The most popular ones are Kaitlyn, Caitlyn, Caitlin, Kaitlin, and Katelyn. But seriously I've seen some weird ass spellings, like Katelynn (it's so literal), Caetlin, Katelin, Kaitlynn, etc. Pretty much any combination of those letters can spell my name.

Because there are literally so many ways to spell my name, people always end up spelling it the using the wrong way (and it doesn't help that my last name is also hard to spell).

I've gotten to the point when people ask me how to spell my name, I just say "with a 'C' and an 'I,'" and they understand.

Now my mom chose the spelling of my name so people wouldn't shorten my name to a nickname easily. Well despite my mom's intentions, I have still gotten called a shit load of nicknames, no matter how many times I tell people I liked to be called "Caitlin." I've been called Katie, Caddy, Kate, and Cici.

Because this name is so damn popular for my age, I was always surrounded by other Caitlins. In elementary school, there was never a year that I didn't have another Caitlin in class with me. In elementary school, I was always "Caitlin C." or "Caitlin with a C." I didn't know how to respond to anything different.

One awesome thing about there being so many of us with this name is that we truly do stick together. in elementary school, I had a close friend names Katelynn. My best friend for the past 8 years is named Caitlyn ( we're going to write a memoir about our friendship called "Caitli/yn").

It's super funny when I introduce her to new people as my best friend, and they ask what her name is and I say "Caitlyn." Everyone is always hella confused.

No matter how terrible a person you are, if your name is Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Kaitlin, etc., I love you. You understand the struggle of having this name.

No matter how annoying this name is though, I would never change it. Don't call me Kate, Katie, Caddy, or whatever bullshit nickname can be contrived from my name.

I am CAITLIN, with "C" and an "I."

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