A Few Tips, Tricks And Hacks That Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier

May 2, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Useful

Try and spend time with the elderly if possible. A little conversation with a lonely old neighbor every now and then can really brighten their life

Most people talk with the elderly as a kind of charity to their elders. I see it when people talk with my grandma. There is this fake excitement to have a conversation with her. The conversation is always “how was that chicken you just ate pretty tasty huh” “the weather is nice today”. I know a lot of people that are creeped out by old people and distance themselves. There also those that don’t see what they can get out of time with an old person. I hate when people talk to elderly like children. What they never talk about with her is how when my grandma was 20 she was a roller waitress in San Diego. She used to have to drive around the south of the bay to get to Coronado island because they hadn’t built a bridge yet. She use to go out there with her friends to make campfires and lounge on the beach. She absolutely lights up talking about that and it really is interesting to imagine my grandma as a young woman exploring the world of the 1940s and 50s. Every old man I meet can tell me war stories about his life as a young bachelor. They are people so don’t treat the act of talking to them like a chore to make grandma feel better. Every elderly person is a time machine that most people don’t even give a shit about.


Tell your parents/grandparents to call your phone number immediately if they ever get a call saying that you need money

Scammers will call older people and try to make it sound like their son/daughter is in trouble and they need some amount of money wired to a weird address. By having them call your phone number if they ever get a call like this, it will prevent them from losing money or having their identity stolen


When you are visiting a friend who is unemployed, don’t ask him how the job search is going. Let them bring it up first if they need to do so.

Your friend has been dealing with the stress of looking for work all day long, isolated, ruminating over what could happen, feeling self doubts. Having you come over is a mental health break from all that, a welcome distraction. Don’t harsh that by asking this common questions and getting his mind back on that track again.


In order to be a better conversationalist, don’t ask yes/no questions. Instead, ask open ended questions that require a more thoughtful, in-depth response

I’ve always liked ” tell me about your day” vs ” how was your day”. I always get a better answer than the normal “good” or whatever.


Always let a dog sniff your fist first before trying to pet him, then scratch under the chin and on the sides. Never reach or stand over a dog. Reaching over top a dog’s head can be threatening.


 50% of a job is just being friendly to the right people

A ‘C+’ worker becomes an ‘A-‘ with the right attitude. Honestly, in many jobs you could practically skate by just being a delight to your co-workers.


If someone calls your phone looking for someone you know, don’t give out the persons info. Instead, take a name and number and give it to the person you know

If you get a call from someone looking for a friend/family member or their information, even if you don’t get a name and number of the caller tell your friend someone called trying to find them.

Just because you didn’t give the caller the info does not mean someone else didn’t give the caller the information. If it’s a stalker/abuser etc. trying to find your friend or family member then they won’t stop at you. Give your friend/family member a heads up! It might prepare them for or save them from a dangerous encounter.


When visiting elderly relatives ask them if they’ve met any new and/or exciting people recently, it could prevent them from being scammed

Everyone knows scammers online prey on unsuspecting people targeting lonely and gullible people. Commonly elderly people get targeted most. Asking them about new people can reveal if they meet new people overseas who the family may not know. It may not stop an initial scam but it can prevent future ones.


Learn how to convince people by asking questions, not by contradicting or arguing with what they say. You will have much more success and seem much more pleasant

I’s about guiding them to the answer. It’s the difference in showing someone how to fix a bike, and walking them through fixing their bike. They’ll be more interested, and will come out with a better understanding. If you know they’re wrong, don’t tell them they’re wrong; ask questions that will make them rethink their point and realize they’re wrong.


 Learn exactly how much you can drink without loosing your temper, your wallet or your erection. Learn this as quickly as possible


Don’t put your life on hold waiting for closure on something you’re struggling with. Many of life’s most difficult situations don’t have reasonable explanations.

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” – Tupac Shakur


Do an online search for which restaurants give out free birthday meals. When your birthday rolls around, your email will be full of coupons for free meals that don’t expire for about a month.


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  • Tingle

    Indeed, a life is like a book and no one wants to read a boring book about Joe Blow in his cubicle.

    • mez

      Joe doing blow in his cubicle on the other hand could be an interesting book…..