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8 Ways To Spot Emotional Manipulation And How To Avoid It

Having strong connections to the people in your life is a really important thing to do in order to live this human experience fully, but sometimes, we let in people who manipulate us emotionally.

Here are 8 ways to spot that emotional manipulation.

1. They turn your words against you in a negative way.

A person attempting to manipulate you emotionally might say they're someone you can confide in, but then later use your words against you as gossip or in an attempt to convince you to do something you don't want to do.

Your words can also be used against you in a confrontation.

Telling a manipulative person about something they did to hurt you, they often turn it around, making it about their own personal struggles, and make you out to be the bad guy.

Sound familiar?

2. They present themselves as someone who just wants to help.

If you need help, a good friend will step up and help you. If you ask for help, they're there for you. Even if you didn't ask for help, they'll always ask if you need anything. It's a wonderful quality to have in a friend.

But with someone who's emotionally manipulating, that help is a bargaining chip that will be used against you in the future, or as a means to acquire your assistance with a future endeavor.

3. They say one thing, do another, then claim it wasn't what they said.

This is a good one. We see it in politics a lot. People say they're going to do one thing, then do another, and then they say that they never claimed the first thing in the first place.

What? Is your memory failing you? No, you've just encountered someone who has mastered the art of manipulation.

4. They try to guilt trip you.

Friends don't try to make each other feel guilty. Sometimes we do things and feel guilt about it, but you friends shouldn't ever try to impose that guilt on you.

A manipulative person might impose a guilt trip onto you in order to get you to perform a set of actions, even if it's just an apology.

Sometimes they'll get off on having that upper hand.

5. They tend to be passive-aggressive.

This enables a manipulative person to deal with things indirectly.

They'll leave a note, talk about you behind your back, and even sometimes support your decisions before turning around and acting put out by their role in supporting your decisions.

It's difficult to deal with passive-aggressive people. The best thing to do is confront them about it.

6. They aren't ever accountable for what they do.

When it comes to the manipulative people in your life, there's always someone to blame, and it's never themselves. Always something else.

Some external factor. They blame it on their upbringing, how tired they are, how hard they work.

Does this sound familiar at all?

7. They always seem to have it worse than you.

Your friends will be there through tough times. They'll let you know that they care and offer what support they can. But a manipulative person's problems are always a little bit worse.

Your grandma is in the hospital?

Well, sorry to hear that, but I have just had back to back to back exams at school and I just can't talk to you about this. You aren't the only one with problems.

Sound familiar?

8. They lower the energy of everyone around you.

There are just some people who are like that, aren't there? You spend a little bit of time with them and you're simply exhausted when you're done. What can we do about people like this?

Break free.

We all come across manipulative people at some point in our lives. It's important to fully understand how they operate so you can free yourself of them and their influence.

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The Older You Get

7 Steps To Living A Simpler Life

"That's been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." ­– Steve Jobs

People want to live full, happy lives, but sometimes life's complexities keep us hung up in our current situations.

We find we don't have enough time, we enjoy things less, we feel so much stress, we consume too much, we obsess over our possessions, we don't live in the moment and we pursue things that just aren't right for us.

Are you still searching for your life purpose? You won't believe what the science of Numerology can reveal about you!

That's right, the numerology of your birth date, regardless of what month you were born, can reveal surprising information about your personality.

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Well, it's time to shake all that off! These are the seven steps to living a simpler life. You can start today!

1. Declutter your home.

This is one of the most satisfying steps, so I make it number one. Look at the surfaces of your home. Your desk, your tables, your counters, etc.

Are they covered in stuff? Old mail? Dirty dishes? Nick knacks you don't really need? Take a deep breath and think about what you really NEED to keep and what can go.

The result should be a significantly less cluttered surface.

Think you're done there? Sorry to say it, no. What's hiding in your desk drawers? In your cabinets? Are they full of junk? Those need to be cleared out too. After that, what's next?

2. Get a grip on your finances.

Do you have satellite TV you never use? Do you have expenses that aren't important? Are you just spending too much money in general?

Get a grip on your finances! A great question to ask yourself is: is this a want or a need?

3. Center yourself.

It doesn't matter what faith or spirituality you follow. Or if you don't follow one at all! Find your center.

Quit rushing around, take stock of the things that are truly important to you, consider meditating, reading scripture, or whatever it is that gets you in touch with what's larger than you.

4. Be careful not to overuse technology.

Computers and smart phones are great, but don't overdo it.

If you're the kind of person who gets four hours of sleep because of computer games or the internet, it's time to take a step back and disconnect.

5. Find some alone time.

Relax, rejuvenate, and spend some time by yourself. Solitude allows your mind to relax, enhances creativity, improves your focus, and helps charge your batteries, so to speak.

6. Slow down!

We rush too much from one place to the next, one chore to the next, one job to the next, and if we're not careful, right into our graves.

Life isn't about moving as fast as you can. The finish line might not be something you want. Be present. Think about the here and now.

7. Take on one task at a time.

I am a believer in spreadsheets. I keep two spreadsheets open at all time. One for the tasks I need to do in the short term, and one for more long term tasks.

Writing out all my duties and chores like that helps me get a grip on them and not multitask. Try it!

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Compliments You As A Person

20 Simple Ways To Say "I Love You" Without Saying A Word

Do you remember the first time you realized you loved someone?

If you were like me, you got that intense urge to tell them just how you felt, but you also hesitated to say it because you knew just how much it meant.

Not to mention, what if they didn't feel the same way about you? But, once you told them and they reciprocated the feeling, you were on cloud nine!

Saying "I love you" is a small phrase that lets a person know you care about them, but as the saying goes, "actions speak louder than words."

The Huffington Post asked readers what kinds of small things their partners do regularly just to show how much they care and they had some pretty amazing responses!

Here are 20 ways we can let our partners know just how much they mean to us without having to say a word:

1. "My fiancé keeps a hair tie in his pocket because he started noticing I always forget! Whenever he sees one, he always sticks it in his pocket for later when I inevitably forget to bring one when we go out." — Leah W.

2. "He helps out with things my parents need done." — Rima B.

3. "Every morning before he goes to work, he loads the dishwasher and puts away the toys so when we wake up, we have a nice clean house to start the day with." — Sarah B.

4. "He warms my side of the bed for me before I come to bed." — Cathrine L.

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5. "After a long day, we relax in our living room and watch a little TV. He sits on the couch and I lay down. He reaches for my foot and begins to rub. Next is the other foot. I don't ask, he just does it. I would say that's love." — Deby H.

6. "I have night terrors and PTSD and he stays up so I can fall asleep first so I know I'm safe." — Taye S.

7. "He makes me dinner every night. 12 years strong." — Katy A.

8. "He lets me sleep in and brings me bacon sandwiches in bed when I've been out till 6 a.m. on a girls night out." — Ze N.

9. "My husband died suddenly when he was 48. What I miss the most about him was when he made me coffee, he heated the cup first so it didn't cool off quickly because he knew how much I love hot, hot coffee." — Jacque C.

10. "He kisses me goodbye and then I see him eyeing my tires to make sure they're filled with air." — Clarees E.

11. "I love Snickers and salted caramel. Whenever he goes to the market, he always comes back with either a Snickers or salted caramel snack. Doesn't matter what day or occasion, I know whenever he looks at a Snickers he thinks of me and gets me one just to see me smile." — Laura C.

12. "He doesn't allow company over on 'Grey's Anatomy' nights because that's my favorite show." — Crystal L.

13. "He takes allergy medication as part of his morning routine. I've recently started suffering from allergies but I'm way too forgetful to include in my routine, so every time he takes his pill after breakfast, he brings an extra upstairs to me as I put on my makeup. It's silly but it warms my heart every single time." — Renee C.

14. "He carries band-aids if we go out on the town because he knows my shoes will start to chafe!" — Ashleigh M.

15. "My fiancé has to get up pretty early to get ready for work but he makes a point to wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier than he needs to so he can get back into bed and cuddle with me before he leaves for the day. He does this every morning even if I don't wake up to realize it." — Heather M.

16. "If my fiancé can tell that I'm upset by something I don't want to talk about, he makes me food, cuddles me on the couch and watches stupid shows and documentaries with me until I finally talk to him about what's bothering me." — Rebekkah A.

17. "He takes the bus so I can go to work by car." — Audrey B.

18. "He has texted me every day at 4 p.m since the day we met. It's always something sweet just to brighten my day." — Terri H.

19. "He runs errands after work, like picking up my prescriptions, so I can come right home and not worry about it." — Ali E.

20. "My husband Nick cleans the hair out of the shower drain for me because it makes me gag." — Mahina H.

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I Cannot Think Of Anyone Stronger

9 Things Your Parents Never Told You

1. They shed tears for you more times than they can count.

At your birth, they shed tears. When you took your first step, they shed tears.

When you spoke your first word, performed in your first play in school, played in your first piano recital, when you walked in your first graduation ceremony and every graduation after, they shed tears.

Your parents will be endlessly proud of every accomplishment in your life.

2. They made greater sacrifices than you could ever know.

Parents make enormous sacrifices when they have children, and that includes you. When you were a baby, nights out and sleeping all night were nearly out of the question.

As you grew up, vacations, careers, and every major goal likely took a back seat to you. There were probably even times they wanted the last piece of cake but still gave it to you.

Chances are, they never complained even once.

3. They were pretty much constantly worried for you.

Parents can be such worryworts.

But their full time job was to make sure that you grew up to be a successful adult. You'd worry too. Life is beset with traps. With any luck, your parents bestowed upon you the skills needed to avoid them.

4. You caused them pain, but they love you anyway.

There must be a special bond between mother and child after everything a mother goes through. I've been told the pain of childbirth is like crapping out a watermelon.

But picture trying to love the watermelon afterward.

5. They're not perfect.

It's one of those things I think we all realize in time. Our parents present themselves as strong people, but they're not perfect.

When you become a parent, you won't be perfect either. But you still need to be strong.

6. They love to just look at you.

You are their creation. You're there pride and joy. They've never loved someone quite like you before.

7. They hated to hear you cry.

And not because crying is annoying.

Your parents only wanted you to be happy. When you fell and scraped your knee and shed tears, they felt the pain of it too.

They were right there with you.

8. Letting you go was a terrible loss for them.

When you left to go to college, join the military or join the workforce, it stung letting you go. It was a loss for them. But it was also a great win for them.

They succeeded at what they needed to do.

9. They'd do it all again in a heart beat.

Why wouldn't they?

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You've Worked So Hard To Get Here

5 Ways To Make A Woman Feel Truly Loved

1. Tell her she's beautiful.

Because she is, isn't she? I mean, you picked her, after all. It's not a given. She wants to hear it. And when she does, she'll know you care.

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2. Make sure she know she's a part of your life.

Include her in decisions, big and small. Make sure that she knows she's a factor in everything that you do; in every plan big or small.

She'll appreciate it and return the favor. The best relationships are the ones where you grow together, not apart.

3. Let her be fully exposed.

If she's mad, let her holler. If she's sad, let her cry. Just be there. If she fall to pieces, just be there. Listen to her talk about whatever happens to be on their mind.

Let her know it'll be okay, she'll get through it, and she'll be stronger for it.

4. Leave your door open.

Figuratively and literally. Make sure that you aren't secluding yourself too much physically or emotionally. Be open. Let her in.

She'll know you're always around for her, and she'll return that favor in a heartbeat.

5. Get intimate.

Hubba hubba! At the core of it all, express yourself physically. She'll be able to tell it's way more than just banging one out casually. She'll feel the love.

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