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One Word That Will Secure Your New Year Resolutions

20. January 2018 - 20:00

Every January, most of us start the New Year with fresh new resolutions, including the simple and realistic ones and some bizarre, impractical promises. But along the way, a sizeable number of us start to slowly lose sight of the goal and end up ditching all of them, one after the other. We may blame the failure to fulfill the resolutions on being over-ambitious, other more demanding commitments, and more excuses.

It is January, February or whatever month of the year and being a distinguished psychologist, Susan David knows why many resolutions go unfulfilled. She, therefore, sets out to help using an inspiring post – “Want to help your resolutions stick? Make this one-word change.

Read about Ted and why Alex, his adopted son is worried!

Susan had a London-based client who also doubled as her friend called Ted – an obese, intrepid traveler and ardent lover of cheeseburgers and beers. Ted along with his wife, chose to adopt Alex, an orphaned Romanian boy whose artistic skills are simply phenomenal. But realized that his dad would die because of his failure to stick to his resolution of keeping fit, he did what not even a single ordinary boy can do. He did art of himself, desolate and abandoned!

How “The Orphan” changed Ted and made him re-look at his resolutions

Touched and inspired by the painting, Ted didn’t do what many would have done immediately. He, instead, started changing his lifestyle in gradual steps. As Susan writes, Ted “doubled down on discipline and willpower,” not because he needed to impress his wife and Alex or appear like he’s making a change. He’s a testament to how Susan’s “Want-to” ideology can help a person achieve any New Year’s goal with ease.

Lessons extracted from the post

It isn’t easy to stick to your promises and utterly fulfill all of them. But with a tiny tweak made, not in a rush, but rather by positioning your goals in terms of “want to” not “have to,” everything soon gets back on course to fruition. You see, she explains that behind every “want to” goal is unexplained genuine interest and values that are powered by personal enjoyment and the inherent importance of attaining the goal.

You can choose to pursue your goals out of the fear of failure and end up failing terribly. Consequently, you may set out to conquer your resolutions because, out of them, is a genuine appreciation from within your heart. She says that life is a series of small wins that, all of them combine to be one mega win. These aren’t even half of the lessons obtained from Susan’s “Want to help your resolutions stick? Make this one-word change,” and I’d recommend that you go through it.

To read the full article, click here.

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Being Proud Can Bring A Positive Force To Your Life

20. January 2018 - 16:00

Nobody likes a show off. Pride is a double-edged sword. When you aren’t proud enough, you have trouble feeling successful. If you’re too proud, people mistake you for a narcissist. Are there ever times when pride is a good thing?

Today, we’ll take a look at the different types of pride and how it manifests itself. Pride is more than meets the eye, and you may discover some ways that pride is beneficial for us.

When pride goes wrong

Nothing in excess is ever a good thing–even a sense of pride. Pride is often negative because it puts emphasis on the ego and self at the expense of the group.

Too much praise can inflate a person’s ego and create a drive for external validation. If you rely solely on external praise for motivation, you’ll have a hard time with self-motivation. Enjoying undeserved praise can also get you into the bad habit of bragging to elicit praise.

People with too much pride develop a sense of superiority over others. When an individual is too proud, they may also be unwilling to ask for help, which can make their lives miserable. For these reasons, we generally don’t like to be around people who are too proud.

Pride doesn’t have to be all bad, though. It’s healthy to give and receive praise when it’s been earned. It’s important to offer appreciation when someone does something well, and it’s equally crucial to be appreciated.[1] As long as people accept praise with a balance of pride and humility, there’s nothing wrong with being recognized for doing a good job.

5 reasons to enjoy the positive side of pride 1. You’ll hold high standards

Individuals who take pride in their work are more likely to have higher-quality outputs.[2]

2. You can push back against negativity

When something doesn’t work out the way you want it to, you need some pride to keep going. Pride makes you resilient.[3]

3. It’s a sign that you care

If you don’t take pride in what you’re doing, you probably don’t care about it.

4. Pride spurs leadership

When you really care about something, you’re willing to fight for it. If a project, organization, or place is in jeopardy, a proud person will become a leader to protect it.[4]

5. Proud people look after their families

When you’re proud of your family, you go to bat for them. You try to give them the best things in life, and you won’t allow them to suffer in poor conditions.

How to use pride to your advantage

As long as you nurture the positive aspects of pride and keep your ego in check, pride can be a real asset. Remember, pride is about setting high standards, living up to them, and avoiding narcissism.

Hang with the right crowd

There are many ways to nurture pride and avoid selfishness. Surrounding yourself with the right kinds of people can go a long way to putting you on the right path. It’s been said that you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, after all.

The right kind of people are the ones who will provide support and encouragement, but they’ll be honest with you. People who dole out praise when it isn’t deserved can over-inflate your ego. If you spend time with individuals who offer appreciation when you’ve done something well, they can help you build up a healthy sense of self.

Stay humble

You can feel a sense of pride and still show humility. Just because you do something well, doesn’t mean that you have to go out of your way to brag or seek praise. Be comfortable with knowing that you are doing your best work without having to have validation from outside sources.

Try new things

When you try something new, you give yourself permission to not be the best at something. Whether you’re setting out on a new creative endeavor or developing a fresh skill set, pick something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. This will remind you what it’s like to be a beginner, and when you do master that skill, you will feel the pride of having achieved something new.

Do what you love

People need more external validation when they are unsatisfied with their work. For example, if you despise your job, you might develop an inflated ego to protect yourself from negative feelings. Work doesn’t always have to be fun, but you should derive some satisfaction from it without having to brag and seek rewards all the time.

Take time for self-reflection

Stopping to think about who you are, what you value, and how you’re feeling about life should be ongoing practices. Build in some time to think about how you feel. Are you noticing tendencies that suggest that your level of pride has become selfish?

By monitoring your feelings, you can adjust before extreme pridefulness damages your life. Create a plan of action for when you feel that you have developed an unhealthy ego. If you have trouble recognizing these things in yourself, look to a trusted friend or loved one to steer you in the right direction. The people you have the closest relationships with will have no problem telling you if you’re full of yourself.

Do something outside of yourself

Use your skills to help others. This could mean taking a new co-worker under your wing or volunteering your time in the service of those who need it. Serving others keeps you grounded, and it gives your life meaning. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can make the world a better place in small ways.

It’s okay to feel accomplished

There’s nothing wrong with believing in your ability and feeling good when you’ve done something well. Even as you advance, remember to stay grounded.

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What's The Story Behind Those Tattoos and Piercings?

20. January 2018 - 15:00

Some people are wild about body art. They become living canvases of tattoos and piercings. We were curious to find out what drives people to get such modifications.

We talked to two people who turn heads when they walk down the street because of their obsession with body art. Regina is covered in tattoos. Sam has oh-so-many piercings. What are they trying to say, and what’s it like to walk through the world in their skin?

When you become living art

Lifehack: Why did you get so many body modifications?

Regina: I’ve always liked tattoos. I’m an artist, so it fits. I didn’t intend to get so many, but I got hooked.

Sam: When I was younger, I got into metal music, and the musicians had piercings. Music was like my lifeline, and those guys were my role models. I got my labret (lip piercing) when I was 16, and I haven’t looked back.

Lifehack: What have you learned from having so much body art?

Regina: It’s OK to be different.

Sam: I’m not afraid to stand out. Whenever I go somewhere new, I always have something to talk about with people. Most people aren’t so bad.

Lifehack: How do your loved ones feel about your tattoos and piercings?

Regina: I don’t really talk to my family. By the time my friends met me, I was already inked. The tattoos were just part of the package.

Sam: My family doesn’t mind at all. My mom took me to get my first piercing. My grandparents don’t really understand why I do this to myself, but they are ok about it.

Lifehack: How many piercings/ tattoos do you have?

Regina: I have 7 piercings and 37 tattoos.

Sam: I have 30 piercings, but I’m not done yet.

Lifehack: How much do you spend on body modifications?

Regina: A lot. The key when you’re getting this much ink is to go to a good artist. My guy doesn’t pick up a tattoo gun for less than $150 an hour. The more color and detail, the more expensive it’s going to be. I have about $20,000 wrapped up in these full sleeves, and there’s still more that I want to do with them. I can only get a little work done each year because of the cost.

Sam: I got a few of these – like my ears – done for less than $50 a piercing. These dermals were $150 for the three of them. It just depends on the area.

Lifehack: What kind of identity are you expressing with your tattoos/ piercings?

Regina: I’ve always gone against the grain, so it makes sense that I’d do it with my body too. The tattoos are my way of carrying art on my body at all times.

Sam: I’m not going for a specific identity. I just don’t want to be like everyone else.

Lifehack: Do you get shunned by society? Do people give you weird looks or comments?

Regina: I definitely get looks. My first few tattoos were small, so it didn’t matter, but once I got them on my neck, people started to stare. People do say things, sometimes. Just today, a woman screamed out her car window that I needed to go to church. Go figure.

Sam: The piercings on my face and head are pretty extreme by most standards. People might stare, but this hasn’t stopped me from doing what I want to do.

Lifehack: Is it acceptable for you to have this body art at work?

Regina: The tattoos are part of my work, so it’s fine. I know if I wanted to get a job in an office, I’d have trouble.

Sam: I’m a barber at an edgy shop downtown. It’s completely acceptable there.

Lifehack: Do you need to hide your body art?

Regina: It’s a tough for me to hide them now, but when I first met my fiance’s parents, I did cover them. I was afraid they’d be alarmed by my appearance.

Sam: I can’t cover them anymore. There’d just be big holes all over my face. It looks better when they’re in. People just have to accept me.

Lifehack: Did it hurt? Which one hurt the most?

Regina: Of course it hurt! Have you ever had someone dig a needle into your skin for several hours? The tops of my feet and my rib-cage hurt the worst. It felt like the needle was hitting bones the whole time.

Sam: My nipple piercings were the worst. They hurt so freaking bad! My dermals hurt too. It was totally worth it though.

There’s more than meets the eye with body mods

We enjoyed having Sam and Regina answer our burning questions about body modifications. Our interviewees reminded us that you can’t judge a book by its cover.

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Sometimes, Honesty Is Not The Best Policy

20. January 2018 - 14:00

Liar, liar pants on fire. No one wants to get caught in a lie and appear to be dishonest or deceptive. But does telling a lie actually make you either of those things?

The truth is, there are some advantages to lying; and they aren’t always for self-gain. Sometimes people choose to lie to protect others and spare their feelings. Because let’s face it, the truth hurts.

Why do we even lie?

We all need to take a moment to be honest with ourselves and admit that we all lie. It is in our innate nature to deceive and sometimes protect.

Yes, we sometimes tell lies to cover up bad behavior, manipulate others, or rise to power and attain what we want.

But we also lie to spare the feelings of others, avoid unnecessary conflict, or to simply brighten up someone’s day.

Dishonesty is in our nature.

Researchers believe that the act of lying came into play after the development of language. It is the evolution of deceptive strategy, just as animals use camouflage to deceive their predators or prey.

In terms of efficiency, lying is the easiest way to rise to power and attain resources. If your enemy is larger and stronger than you, then physical force will not be very effective. But if you are able to outwit and manipulate your enemy; not only can you acquire their resources, but make them believe that it was their idea own idea.

How often do we lie?

This of course is relative to the individual. The frequency of lying was first documented by social psychologist Bella DePaulo.

She asked 147 individuals to record their blips of dishonesty throughout the day. On average, her subjects lied at least twice a day. The lies themselves were relatively harmless in nature; innocuous excuses for instances such as lateness. Or fibs that present a false image; saying that you ran 5 miles instead of the truthful 2.

We’ve been fibbing since we learned to talk.

In actuality, we are conditioned to lie at a young age. Didn’t your parents tell you to always thank your host for that “delicious” meal that you had to choke down? Social graces aside, it’s still a lie.

Children typically learn to lie between the ages of 2-5. Kang Lee, a psychologist from the University of Toronto studied children between the ages of 2-8 to gauge the kind of lies that children tell.

When children first begin to lie at the age of 2, it is an indication that they are starting to test out their independence. They lie simply to see what they can get away with.

By the age of 8, the children actually have the capacity of lying to spare the feelings of others. The results of the study actually found that these lies are motivated by empathy and compassion rather than deceit and manipulation.

Lying is a reflection of our goals.

Sometimes you don’t even need to open your mouth to tell a lie. A simple facial expression is enough to convey a mistruth.

Embellishments, exaggerations, these are the close counterparts to outright lies. But in this case, these lies are almost never malicious. But in fact, a projection of one’s aspirations.

In an experiment conducted by Robert Feldman, he questioned a number of students about their grades and efforts in school. Most of them were dishonest about their actual grades. But instead of becoming anxious as most people do amidst a lie, they became incredibly engaged and excited to boast about their achievements.

“We lie if honesty won’t work”- Tim Levine

Is there a difference between moral and immoral lying? If we’re being honest with ourselves, the answer is a resounding yes. Some lies are well intentioned- meant to protect those who are being lied to.

Lying has even been found to have psychological benefits for the liar. Those who are extremely honest with themselves are more prone to depression than those who are not. Overtly honest people are often construed as blunt, sometimes even pathological.

There are even interpersonal benefits to be gained from lying and knowing when it is okay to do so. In fact, if someone detects that you have lied to them to protect them, it could increase the trust that they have in you.

These well intentioned lies are known as pro-social lies.

Lying for the better good.

Pro-social lying involves four distinct constructs of human capacity: theory of mind, compassion, memory and imagination.

In this case, our choice to lie is a result of moral and emotional reasoning. We prioritize kindness over the importance of truth to spare other persons involved. As our brains develop, our moral reasoning progresses at the same rate as self-control as well as cognitive ability.

Further still, the most selfless of lies is known as a blue lie. These lies tend to be altruistic falsities that are actually told at the cost of the liar to protect someone else. In this case, we might subject ourselves to punishment for the wrongdoing of others.

Honestly, lying isn’t so bad.

What determines the magnitude of the lie is the intent behind it. Lies that are told to protect others can actually help to strengthen relationships. Other lies that are told to embellish ones image are debatably harmless.

It all boils down to one fact- we all have our reasons for the lies that we tell and the facts that we choose not to share. At the end of the day, what we don’t know won’t hurt us. Sometimes a tiny lie is necessary to ensure that all is well and all runs smoothly.

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This is How You Can Save Yourself From Feeling Sorry For What You Did

20. January 2018 - 10:00

You are what you do. If you long for good health, make the decision that leads you to good health, and if you long for fortune and happy life, do what takes you to your dreams. The future us is built by the actions we do today and the decisions we make at this moment.

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We Should All Be Feminists. Here's Why

19. January 2018 - 20:00

The book We should all be feminists is written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A few people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why no longer just say you’re a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that could be dishonest. Feminism is, of direction, a part of human rights in fashionable – but to pick out to apply the vague expression human rights is to disclaim the particular and particular trouble of gender. It might be a way of pretending that it was no longer ladies who’ve, for hundreds of years, been excluded. It might be a manner of denying that the problem of gender targets ladies. That the problem changed into now not about being human, but mainly about being a female human. For hundreds of years, the arena divided human beings into groups after which proceeded to exclude and oppress one institution. It is best truthful that the solution to the hassle acknowledge that.

What does “feminism” imply nowadays? This is the query at the heart of We should all be feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from Adichie’s heavily-regarded TEDx speech of the same name.

Feminism in the 21st century

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a completely unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and focus. She shines a mild no longer only on blatant discrimination, however also the extra insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women round the world, with a purpose to assist readers of all walks of lifestyles better apprehend the regularly masked realities of sexual politics. All through, she attracts appreciably on her own reports—in the U.S., in her local Nigeria, and abroad—supplying an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for ladies and men, alike.

Speaking out about gender inequality

Argued within the identical observant, witty and smart prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, right here is one tremendous author’s exploration of what it’s like to be a woman these days—and an off-the-moment rallying cry for why we have to all be feminists. Gender isn’t a clean communication to have. It makes humans uncomfortable, now and again even irritable. Every male and female are resistant to speak about gender, or are brief to push aside the troubles of gender inequality. Due to the fact thinking of changing the reputation quo is always uncomfortable.

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Snacking Is The New Healthy Diet

19. January 2018 - 16:00

When it comes to eating healthily, snacking has a bad reputation. It’s usually synonymous with unhealthy food, habitually eating between meals and gradually putting on weight.

But is snacking always an unhealthy habit? Could it actually help us lead a more healthy lifestyle?

Why Does Snacking Have Such a Bad Rep?

Snacking is a term used to describe eating between regular meals but it doesn’t automatically mean bad foods.

Snacking is primarily motivated by hunger which is when our blood sugar levels are low. This causes the body to crave fatty or sugary foods that will help bridge the gap until our next meal and get the blood sugar levels up in the quickest time. Therefore, snacking has been associated with weight gain.

However, many studies have shown that if a person has a generally balanced, healthy diet, snacking has no effect on weight[1]. The idea that eating extra calories can only be detrimental to weight is another flawed premise. There are many ways that snacking can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Why Snacking is Actually Good For You

So why should we look at snacking as a positive rather than a negative? Is it time to make snacking a habit in our diet?

As long as you’re mindful of what kind of snacks you’re eating, snacking can be used as a way to lose weight and keep you feeling balanced throughout your day. Here’s how…

It Prevents Overeating

While snacking can be seen as adding extra calories, it makes sense that if you’ve kept yourself topped up through the day, you won’t overeat when you finally come to sit down for dinner. Hunger is the culprit here and, ironically, is the main cause for putting on weight. Feeling ravenous will make us eat up to 20% more than we need to eat so snacking to curb the hunger will keep you eating normal portions. Just make sure the snack is calorie controlled because you don’t want to fill up on processed foods only to not want to eat your healthy dinner.

Helps To Get More Nutrients

Smart snacking can be an advantage when it comes to getting all the goodness your body needs. It can be hard to get all the nutrients you need in three main meals especially if we have a busy day. This is where snacking can provide you with an extra healthy boost. Almost everything that isn’t processed can give us much-needed nutrients – nuts, seeds, cheese, fruit or vegetables. Low calorie snacks that fill you up can help your body power through the day more efficiently.

Keeps Your Energy Levels Up

We’ve all had that feeling of weakness and loss of energy when we feel hungry. This ultimately doesn’t lead to a productive day and causes concentration levels to waiver and irritability to rise.

Snacking basically prevents this from happening and helps maintain a positive healthy mind as well as body. In other words, snacking can keep us happy and prevents dips associated with negative feelings.

Healthy Snacks Can Create Smart Food Choices

Not only does it prevent overeating but it helps us make better choices when it comes to meal times. If our blood sugar is maintained, we are less likely to reach for the pizza or burger and instead consider a healthier choice.

Choosing or planning healthier snacks can also convince the brain that we want to carry on the healthy options well into the evening. So snacking on high protein, low fat foods such as protein shakes, plain yoghurts, raw vegetables, or nuts and seeds, can mean you don’t want to spoil your good work when it comes to lunch or dinner.

Snack Smart and Reap the Benefits

So, snacking is far from bad if you’re mindful of the types of snacks you choose. Maintaining your sugar levels and curbing your hunger will go towards eliminating unhealthy choices when it comes to your meals. Try not to over snack, just think of it as tiding you over and giving extra love to your body until your next meal. If you’re aiming to lose weight, snacking will help in your quest for weight loss if done in this smart and mindful way.

Remember to only snack if you’re genuinely hungry. Boredom snacking is very common, generally unnecessary and tends to happen just before a big meal. Try to avoid this and snack when you feel your body needs it not when your irrational mind is convincing you to. Avoid this and you can snack in a positive, healthy way.

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Why a Criticism Is Better Than a Compliment

19. January 2018 - 14:00

Think back to the last time you received a compliment and the last time you were criticized. No doubt, when you received the compliment, you felt good – and when you received the criticism, you felt upset and wanted to reject it.

You shouldn’t be surprised by your reaction to the negative comment, as it’s a human’s survival mechanism to avoid being criticized. Clearly, we don’t want to be seen as failures, so we’d rather shut our eyes and cover our ears than have to take any criticisms from others.

However, there’s a serious problem with this approach. Namely, by doing our utmost to avoid being criticized, we allow ourselves to travel on a never-ending highway of mediocrity.

Without receiving negative feedback and criticisms from others, our growth and opportunities become stunted. And in the long term, we’re not only liable to fail – but to fail badly.

The Microsoft KIN is an example of how lacking criticisms leads to a great failure. Launched in 2010, this smartphone was a major failure despite its $1 billion development and marketing costs. Unbelievably, the phone only lasted on the market for 48 days. The problem? Microsoft failed to do comprehensive testing of the smartphone with the target demographic. It was only after the phone went on sale that it became blatantly obvious that most 15 to 30-year-olds preferred Androids, BlackBerrys and iPhones to the Microsoft KIN.[1]

If criticism and feedback had been received by the target demographic while the phone was in development, Microsoft could have avoided the huge embarrassment and financial loss that occurred. As the story above demonstrates, early criticism is a necessary factor for future success.

Excessive praise weakens your motivation

I believe that criticism is better than compliments. But why do I think that? Well, let me give you a metaphor that will explain my rationale.

Picture in your mind praise being a type of health food. Now, no one would argue that healthy nutrition is a bad thing. However, what’s good for you in small or measured dosages can be bad for you if you take too much of it. You may be surprised to hear this even applies to your water consumption.[2] And your fruit consumption too.[3]

Clearly, too much food or drink – no matter how healthy they may be – can make us ill. For optimum health, we need a balanced intake of healthy food and drink.

It’s the same with compliments. Receiving them from time-to-time is a good thing, but if they’re all you ever hear, then they’re likely to have a negative impact on your ability to achieve things in life.

Excessive compliments take us away from our original motivation of simply enjoying an activity. We start doing the activity purely for the sake of receiving ego-satisfying praise.

However, enough time being stuck in the latter, means we become imprisoned by praise. Without the expectation of praise, our motivation to complete things begins to be lost.

As an example of this, think back to a time when you were learning a new sport. If your coach only praised you, then you’d have missed out on being shown what things you were doing wrong. And as a consequence, your ability to learn and refine your techniques would have be diminished.

Criticism encourages growth

Just to be clear, I’m not talking about trolls or abusive comments, I’m talking about constructive criticism, which I like to think of as ‘healthy criticism’. Feedback that helps to make you stronger.

If you always think you’re right but don’t get feedback from anyone else, how do you know for sure that what you’re doing is any good? Listening and acting on honest views will tell you precisely what you’re doing well – and what you can do better.

This type of feedback forces you to evaluate your actions and the way you work. If you use constructive criticism wisely, it can guide you away from bad practices and move you towards good ones.

The right kind of criticism is honest feedback that will benefit you.

Grow strong through the power of criticism

Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of constructive criticism, let’s delve into several ways that you can use it to boost your productivity and success in life.

Criticism is generally more actionable than compliments.

For example, imagine you’re learning to play guitar, and in your first public performance your tutor says: “You did well.” Now, while these might be welcome words to your ears, they’re not as useful in helping you improve as: “Your timing needs some work.” With this piece of advice, you have specific guidance on how to quickly improve your performance skills. (You might need to spend hours playing alongside a metronome.)

Actively seek criticism by asking for feedback.

This could be in the form of a question.

Continuing the guitar playing example, you might ask your tutor (or other people who heard your performance): “What could I have done better?” You could also ask very specific questions. For instance: “Did my playing in the introduction sound in tune?”

Let’s be honest, most people don’t know how to give feedback – they typically offer vague comments filled with emotions. By asking specific questions, you’ll gain valuable feedback that will help you learn and develop quickly.

However, asking questions should also be to gain useful feedback, not to show you have doubts about your abilities and skills.

Take criticism with patience.

When you take criticism, I strongly recommend the following:

  • Be quiet and listen. Try to listen to as many perspectives as possible to get a full picture and more points of view.
  • Ask clarifying questions. Aim to understand what the other person means when they criticize you. Don’t make an initial judgement that they’re wrong. Understand first, then start to process their opinions.
  • Ask for suggestions to improve, but always refer back to your goals. After clarifying the problem, seek for suggestions, but don’t just try to satisfy others’ needs. Instead, refer back to your goals to see how improvements can align with your original intentions.
  • Take control of the process. Pick the right person. Typically, this would be someone who is honest, impartial but wants the best for you.
Rapid feedback is important.

Speed is also important when it comes to receiving feedback.

The sooner you get feedback from others, the faster you’ll know what to improve before going ahead with your plans or work. For example, if you’re planning on setting up your own business, ask some interested friends to provide feedback on your ideas. Do this before you launch your business, and you’ll save yourself valuable time learning the long and hard way.

Seek criticism instead of praise

The Power of Positive Thinking author Norman Vincent Peale said it well,

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

How true that is.

Fortunately, you now have the keys to help you move away from seeking praise – to instead, seeking constructive criticism. And once you start putting these keys to use, you’ll unlock the doors to a whole new way of learning, developing and succeeding.

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How Can You Transform Your Hulk Anger Into Something Good?

19. January 2018 - 14:00

No one likes an angry person yet it’s such a common feeling within all of us. Losing your cool and being described as having a ‘short fuse’ usually just means you’re unable to contain the negative feelings triggered inside you.

This kind of energy is deemed negative because it creates bad feelings inside of other people who are at the brunt of the anger and even cause the angry person to feel badly about themselves and the world around them.

But can this negative energy be used for good? Does it always have to be interpreted as a failing quality that affects people in a damaging way?

The Positivity Within The Emotion of Anger

Anger is found in most animals capable of emotions which indicates that there is some evolutionary reason why we are able to feel this emotion in the first place.

This reason is survival. Our job is to react to situations effectively in order to survive and if we feel threatened, attacked, frustrated or powerless we need to let the pack know to back off or stop what’s happening.

But anger could play another important role in our lives. Researchers Jennifer Lerner and Dacher Keltner, studied the effect of anger and fear on risk-taking individuals and found that anger gives you the same outlook towards risk as happiness. What does this mean? An angry person has an optimistic view towards risk estimates. They are more inclined towards taking risks which effectively means you can use this inherent inclination to change your bad habits and adopt good ones, according to author and researcher, Dr. Marcia Reynolds.

The Secret to Using Anger in a Positive Way

Reynolds goes on to explain that, “the skill is to shift the focus of your anger away from external circumstances to instead focus on what you strongly desire to change within yourself. It is not your flaky boss or overwhelming responsibilities that make you scream at strangers while you drive. You should be angry that it has taken so long for you to realise that you have the power to change your circumstances. Use your anger to initiate the positive shifts you need to change your life.”

So how can we use anger positively and change our internal world and our perception of the external?

Identifying Your Rage is the First Step

Being mindful of when you step into these angry feelings may seem hard but doing this in the moment is training you in positive self-awareness. It may not seem much but it’s an inner strength that will get stronger the more you use it. This inner strength will serve you throughout your life so in effect you are developing emotional tools that can help you relax. Learning to take yourself away from the situation and use breathing techniques to recover will help in many other stressful situations you encounter later on.

Use Anger to Learn Productive Conflict

Anger is usually synonymous with arguments. If you find you’re quite attacking when you’re in angry, argumentative mode then it means you have an opportunity to practice more self-awareness. Techniques such as slowing down your speech, pausing and breathing, and lowering your voice can all help your mind calm down in the moment. You may even find the other person mimics you in order to relax the situation.

It’s also an opportunity to consider the other person and why they may have their point of view and do this without judgement. Perhaps they haven’t understood what you’ve said or they also aren’t being mindful of how you feel in the angry moment. These moments are a wonderful opportunity for self-development, self-awareness and empathy.

Use Angry Energy For Motivation

Anger is an essential emotion because it allows us to process negative feelings and eventually let go of a situation in our lives. When the anger is all-consuming and lingering, this is when it can be damaging to our well-being.

Channelling negative energy into something positive is the best way of coping with that feeling of rage. Physical activity is the best way to do this as anger causes our body to speed up. If you need to improve performance in anything physical such as running, swimming or any other performance sport, doing this in a more angry state will help improve personal bests.

The good thing about anger, especially if it’s performance related, is you can choose to use it to fuel your desire to perform rather than focus on mistakes. It can even help channel effective brainstorming and solutions. This way you are taking away the negative energy directed at the feeling of anger and focusing it more on a positive solution.

Use Anger as an Opportunity to Grow

Anger may be a problem but know that it’s an essential part of being human and our emotional recovery. If you find you get triggered very easily it means you’ve integrated it more into your being than is necessary. But this doesn’t have to be bad. Truly see this an an opportunity to learn about yourself and your capabilities. Realise that it’s an opportunity to make a habit of drawing on your inner strength, create solutions to problems, understand others better and even motivate you performance-wise.

Anger doesn’t have to be so negative. Let it teach you to grow.

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How Not to Lose Your Best Employee

19. January 2018 - 13:00

Finding good help is hard. When you have a good employee, you want to keep them around.

People leave positions for many reasons. Leadership plays a major role in job satisfaction. Those who feel unrecognized for their efforts are likely to walk. Those who deal with office politics, or find their managers to be self-serving may look elsewhere for a job.

Many people begin their job search under the radar, and as they interview, they recognize how undervalued they’ve become. If their job isn’t offering them opportunities for development and adequate compensation, you can bet that they’ll search for another employer.

While some people may have terrible bosses, many leave because of poor communication and general job dissatisfaction. It’s possible to set up systems so that your employees have the experience they deserve.

The ball is in the manager’s court

Managers are in a perfect position to turn things around for employees. One of the best ways to do this is by considering Catalyst factors and Nourishment factors.

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer discuss Catalyst and Nourishment factors in their book, The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at WorkThese two factors help your employees remain engaged members of the team.

  • Catalyst factors are events and structures that help people make progress at work. Setting clear goals and giving people resources and support to meet those goals are examples of catalysts.
  • Nourishment factors tend to see employees as human beings. Getting to know them, showing respect, and offering emotional support are a few ways to offer nourishment.

Let’s take a look at a real life example of this.

Airbnb ranks number 6 out of 252 businesses evaluated for their employee experience.[1] They have an excellent company culture, which directly affects their success as a business.

Their recipe for employee satisfaction isn’t rocket science. They consider employees needs in all aspects of their work environment. Company culture focuses on creating a welcoming environment, and their vision and mission are clear to everyone who works for them.

Airbnb recognizes that as they grow, their culture has to evolve so that everyone can stay connected.[2] To ensure that employees are supported, they have a Global Head of Employee Experience tasked with making sure that everyone’s needs are met.

To be successful, employees need nourishment and catalysts. Employees in a supportive and engaging environment are more likely to stay with the company. They need the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making progress to give their work meaning and value.

Lead with catalysts: encourage progress 1. Set goals for projects

Setting clear goals gives everyone direction and holds them accountable for their progress.

If your team takes on a big project, have a meeting to set out short and long-term goals. Give employees a chance to speak up and ask questions. Every person can walk away knowing exactly what the end result of their efforts will be.

2. Build autonomy in the workplace

Give employees freedom to do their work in the way that makes best use of their talents. If you’ve set clear goals, it doesn’t matter how they reach the objective as long as they do. Micromanagement is guaranteed to stifle creativity and make people unhappy.

Some of the most talented and creative people don’t do well in extremely structured environments. Albert Einstein failed in school, and he was one of the most brilliant scientists of all time. That employee that never seems to do things the normal way but always produces excellent work is your Einstein.

3. Give people what they need

You wouldn’t try to bake a cake without having all the ingredients. You can’t ask employees to do great work if you don’t offer them the training and resources they need. Providing resources shows employee that the company cares about them and wants them to succeed.

Perhaps you notice that employees are having difficulty using the software at your company. Instead of getting upset, invest in training sessions to get everyone on the same page. They’ll see that you care, and they’ll be able to do the work.

4. Be conscious of your timeline

Giving employees an impossible deadline will discourage them and prevent them from being creative. Employees need deadlines, but they also need enough time to do their work.

When people feel the slight pressure of a deadline, they do their best creative work. According to Parkinson’s Law, tasks will take as much time as you give them.[3] Your job is to find the middle ground between giving them too much time and not enough.

Imagine that you need a detailed report from your team. It’s a mountain of work. If you asked them to give you the report in a week, they might roll their eyes. The deadline is too ambitious. Instead, ask for a rough draft in two weeks and a final by the end of the month.

5. Roll up your sleeves

Employees don’t respect managers who spend their days hidden away in offices or vacationing on exotic islands. You don’t need to be in the trenches on the front line every day, but if you see that they need help, don’t be afraid to jump in.

Helping might mean mentoring a struggling employee, brainstorming with another colleague, or stepping in when you can see that a project is in trouble. Noticing when employees lack a resource and getting it to them is another way you can help.

The employee who is struggling is probably already nervous. They’ll be much more willing to learn if you offer to take them under your wing. That added support shows that you’re invested in their success.

6. Make it okay to fail

We’re taught to fear failure from an early age. Avoiding failure keeps us from taking risks and innovating. Make your work culture one where failure is a a valued part of learning. Employees will be more willing to step out of their comfort zone when you do this.

Pixar’s culture revolves around failing fast and often.[4] Every employee is free to voice their opinions on creative matters, and when they make mistakes, they are actually making progress and trying to breakthrough.

7. Use your ears and give them a voice

Empowering employees to speak up allows ideas to flow freely. Encourage everyone to share their opinions. By hearing diverse perspectives and respecting constructive criticism, you can learn how to support your team and the company’s goals.

I worked for an organization that called together teams from across the region. One team traveled 6 hours to the meetings, while others traveled 3 hours or less. The team with the longest commute voiced their opinions to their manager, who moved the gatherings to a central location. All the teams felt that this was fair, and they believed that their voices were heard.

Nourish your team: respect and support 1. Show employees respect

You set the example for how others should be treated. When an employee comes to you with a concern, consider what they have to say. Even if you don’t agree with them, it’s important that they feel their concerns are heard.

Imagine a team member comes into your office with a problem that seems trivial to you. Hear them out. If the issue is affecting their experience, it may be affecting others as well. By giving them the space, you can make the environment better.

2. Give encouragement

Recognizing effort and accomplishment makes employees feel good, and it shows that you’re paying attention. Lack of appreciation is a major source of unhappiness in the workplace. Take the extra moment to offer a compliment or provide formal recognition, and you’ll create a sense of loyalty and pride.

You might notice that a team member puts in extra time to make sure that their work is high quality. Acknowledge that you’ve seen how hard they work. They’ll feel that they’re part of something bigger.

3. Offer emotional support

You aren’t a therapist, but you can listen. Everybody has a bad day or gets frustrated sometimes. Recognize the effect that the employee’s mood has on the workplace so that you can give them the support or space that they need to feel better.

Imagine that one of your employees experienced a death in their family. They try to come back to work the day after the funeral, but they’re clearly upset. You may be able to support them by letting them know that it’s okay for them to take a few days off to mourn. When they come back, they will be able to do their work, and they’ll know you see them as a human being.

4. Bond your team

Find ways to help coworkers trust and appreciate one another. As they solidify bonds, they’ll be able to have a more pleasant and fun working relationship.

Have a company picnic or celebrate birthdays. Organize an intramural sports team or plan a company trip. These are opportunities for people to socialize and build memories as a team. At Lifehack, we celebrate employees’ birthdays and have regular activities like hiking and video-gaming sessions to engage the team.

Make your best hires stay

You can make the best hires, but if you can’t keep them, your business will never grow. Consider Catalyst and Nourishment factors to improve work culture and help employees have a better experience.

Small actions can have major impacts on how your people view their job. Support them, and your superstar employees will stick around.

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If You Belong to The 9 to 5 Working Class, You Need This

19. January 2018 - 11:50

Do you frequently experience muscle spasms, stiffness, and neck pain, especially when travelling? Sleeping as you, travel is quite normal. The entire process is draining and tiring, which makes it normal for most people to opt to sleep through the entire journey.

However, it is not beneficial to the neck and back. The uncomfortable head positioning leads to soaring muscles around these two areas, which could be detrimental to their movement for some time. This immobility leads to serious aches and pains that might sometimes need the intervention of the doctor or medications to ease it.

Make Your Neck FeelComfortable

The DPL neck relief pillow is a therapeutic alternative system that uses various features to make sure that the user does not have neck related pains and aches. Its form is dense and very comfortable allowing the user to have long sleep hours. The s light therapy company incorporated infrared and red light into it to help curb any stiffness, soreness, and muscle spasms during the journey. The product also aids in neck relaxation and promotion of blood circulation.

It’s Good for Both Home and Travel Uses

This pillow is good for both homes and travel use. This is especially the case for people who frequently suffer from neck related pains. The pillow’s red light and infrared properties allow the user to achieve quick relief when using it. It can be used at any time during the journey, thanks to its power options. This pillow has two power options, namely the standard outlet or the USB outlet. This amazing pillow is also cleared as an OTC class-two medical device. Purchasing it includes an instruction manual, a year’s worth warranty, and a neoprene material LED pad.

A Relief to Your Neck Pain

This product aims at providing temporary relief for people who suffer from neck stiffness, pains, and spasms. The treatment is similar to that offered by chiropractors. A drug-free alternative illustrates the benefits of increasing blood circulating in different areas of the body to ease built-up tension and stress. The red light and infrared emitted are safe for all the skin types.

At home, the user could use it to ease up stressed neck muscles that have tensed up due to working out. The blood circulation aids in repairing tissue and healing any injury caused by sports or exercising. The temporary treatment penetrates deep into the soft tissue and the joints in the neck. It is offered at an affordable price in comparison to the price spent on neck pain medications, consultations, and treatment. It is the first of its kind in its market.

this product Is one of the safest, fastest, and most natural means of neck treatment in the market. A fourteen minute means of treatment, which is convenient for people who suffer from serious neck pains and have busy schedules.

You can use at any time and place including the office, car, and plane. For more information on this product and its purchasing details, visit here.

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This Gadget Allows You A Phone-Free Workout Experience

19. January 2018 - 11:00

Smart wireless headphones can serve as your ideal companion during any of your rigorous workouts or fitness activities. In addition to that, these smart devices help you stay connected without any need to operate it manually. They also feature great audio capabilities, noise-canceling feature, and rechargeable batteries with longer battery life to help you listen to many of your favorite music tracks.

Unlike any other headphones in the market! 

Manufactured by Inspero Inc., Vinci 2.0 is a standalone computing device featuring a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A-7 processor, 3G cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Vinci 2.0 is not just any kind of smart wireless headphones, as it has the capability of doing virtually everything your mobile device can do.

Vinci 2.0 comes with a brilliant design and extremely lightweight. Whether you are looking to make calls, send text messages, get directions etc., Vinci 2.0 can get it done. Above all, you do not need any phone to operate this amazing smart wireless headphone.

The Best Music Companion You Can Have

Apart from the available 16GB storage space, it also features music streaming capabilities. Vinci 2.0 integrates with online music streaming channels such as SoundCloud, Spotify, KKBOX, and Amazon Music. With Vinci 2.0, you can access over 42 million songs while leaving your phone behind.

Vinci 2.0 also has an intelligent way of recommending the type of music that fits your preference, environment, mood, and current activity. Other amazing features include voice control for music, gesture control to change music, and advanced noise cancellation feature.

Your Ultimate Sports Partner

The all-in-one fitness trackers in Vinci 2.0 can make the device offer useful fitness advice and tips just like a personal fitness coach. The magnetic earbuds will help hold the device in place and keep them from falling while you work out. Vinci 2.0 is here to help you work out more and stay connected while leaving your phone behind.

Vinci 2.0 is a standalone hearable designed to be your perfect running partner.” – Wearable

No More Missed Alerts!

The days of missing important alerts because you left your phone at home are finally over. Vinci 2.0 can receive push notifications directly from your phone irrespective of your current location. Get yours here!

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Charge 2x Faster and Wire-free With This Magical Pad

19. January 2018 - 10:00

Feels good being among the few moneyed ‘elites’ who own iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or Apple Watch; no doubt. But aside from the glitz of using a device with a better camera, faster processor, and futuristic screen, what can you compare with the convenience of having a wireless charger?

Oh, maybe you have not used one just yet, and thus can’t understand how it feels!

Well, it is a future-proof charger that Samsung, LG, and most other brands have adopted, though theirs tends to charge a bit slowly. Apple chose to adopt this Qi charging rather than the proprietary route, and they’ll be selling their own version called AirPower soon. Before then, however, there has been quite a list of brands, almost all either retailing expensively or being a bit too slow to rely on.

Funxim – A Single Pad for two devices!

If you are looking for a simple way of charging up your precious Apple device, here’s what you might like – a wireless charging pad that you can just place your device on, and it starts charging. Choose black or white, whichever you want!

Funxim it is a brainchild of some ingenious guys who couldn’t only allow you to sit and wait for the promised one from Apple. As the first of its kind in the standard Qi charging pads available for purchase right now, Funxim ranks among the best on the virtue of its performance. It charges quickly – a terrific conversion rate of 80%.

If you’ve got multiple devices and a single Qi charger kit, then you understand how inconveniencing it often gets. Funxim is a sleek and unique pad, both in its appearance and performance.

Funxim’s charging pad is magnetic, and this means you simply place your gadget on the surface and charging starts. It needs absolutely no cables or USB interfaces and will charge your iPhone through its case. Incredibly, this kit weighs just about five ounces and packs a superior 10watts of energy – common ones claim to offer 7.5watts!

What others don’t know yet is the fact that this Funxim wireless can be used to charge other devices outside the main four. Yes – you will use it on your Android device, which is another plus!

Go Get One Now!

It is almost impossible to talk about AirPower as it is still too soon to make the comparison. But if you take into account the Magnetic pad, 80% conversion rate and ability to charge two devices at a go, then it should be a perfect alternative.

Significant to add, Funxim has featured in several top-dollar review sites, and it has been vouched for as a solution to those looking for an ‘exceptional fast wireless charging experience.You can get yours on Kickstarter now.

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A Question That Your Future Self Would Want You To Answer

19. January 2018 - 9:36

What were your new year resolutions for 2018? Did you wish for good health? We know this resolution won’t be real unless we start to eat a balanced diet, have regular exercise. But are we aware of our actions, are they contributing to the goal we set?

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Step Into The Safe And Wonderful World Of North Korea

18. January 2018 - 20:57

We’ve been made to believe that North Korea is one hell of a place where human rights are nearly unheard of, and Kim reigns supreme. But as we get to view this beautiful country, through the eyes of an 8-year-old girl, residing in “the land of the rising sun” is a lot more beautiful (ironically). Nobody struggles, poverty is a word in the dictionary, young North Koreans are taught to love their country and its leader, or so it seems.

Fact or fiction? 

“Under the Sun” ideally is two films knitted together – one, a judiciously crafted lie, and the other, something close to what you would expect – truth. First, there’s no doubt Vitaly Mansky, the director’s film is stage-managed to portray how beautiful and prosperous Kim’s personal property (North Korea and its people) is. Also, it seems those who participated in it are comfortable about having a fake, fictitious side of their life shown to the world.

If the director needed any help, after two years of asking the North Korean government to do a movie, he inadvertently got excess of what he may have asked for, ironically though. It was to be a documentary of life in this secretive state, but the authorities chose to go the “My country, my rules” way. He filmed as they supervised, over the course of a year.

The documentary mocks the cheery version that we’re made to believe throughout the film. The fictional construct centers on an 8-year-old, humble and innocent Lee Zin-mi whose mind is corrupted by the authorities’ propaganda right at the eyes of the directors. She, along with her two parents, resides in Pyongyang and is evidently as profound to air-brushed ideals as everyone around. Her dad allegedly works as an engineer at a garment factory!

A film that is perfectly choreographed from start to finish

Zin-mi is a typical 8-year-old, cute and bubbly, yearning for knowledge, perhaps naïve to how her bleak future is. Her parents, perfect Communist laborers, only brought to the posh apartment for the sake of the shoot. As the cameras roll, Mansky does what he intended to do, and even gleefully stresses that the film is choreographed by including his minders’ off-camera directions to the cast, live.

The documentary’s first highlight is when the de facto directors urge the employees at where Zin-mi’s mom works to be “more joyfully!” Another scene is when an aging soldier visits Zin-mi’s class to lecture the young, innocent minds about his travails when Koreans were fighting Americans. We’d expect kids to feel shocked or fascinated, but the class isn’t shocked by his revelations of having hunted down and killed young kids, and we can interpret it to the rot they see or hear every day!

Each stage is choreographed to a tee, particularly at the pragmatic historical dogma a teacher stresses. Scenes at the cold grey cement city are perfectly staged too. One thing they, however, failed to script is Zin-Mi’s emotions. At some stage, she is visibly tired, stressed and fed up playing a demanding fictional lead role and she starts to cry.

But occasionally, we’re shown the unscripted life among citizens cycling back home from work or riding the subway, though each is invariably having the cast members near them. No government figures are interviewed from the start to the end of “Under the Sun” which vividly underscores the gap between the nation’s dominating cult and the hapless citizens.

A safe and homely North Korea

The movie is unrated, but it manages to wittily and skillfully show what North Korea wants us to see – save, homely country. It is in Korean with English subtitles and runs for 1 hour, 47 minutes.

To watch Under the Sun on iTunes, click here.

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Want To Know Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact?

18. January 2018 - 18:00

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath is an amazing book that delves into how small things have large impacts. This booth is all about cherishing moments when they occur, making the most out of them instead of regretting them if they pass by.

Human lives and how we progress

At the same time as human lives are without end variable, our maximum memorable tremendous moments are ruled by way of 4 elements: elevation, perception, pleasure, and connection. If we embody these elements, we are able to conjure extra moments that remember. What if a trainer could lay out a lesson that he knew his college students could keep in mind 20 years later? What if a manager knew how to create and enjoy that could make clients happy? What if you had a higher experience of the way to create recollections that matter in your children?

Don’t risk special moments getting lost

Among the defining moments in our lives are the result of twist of fate or luck—however why could we depart our most significant, memorable moments to risk whilst we can create them? The electricity of Moments shows us how to be the writer of richer studies. Whilst remembering studies, human beings more often than not bear in mind the excessive (or low) factors and the endings. For a discrete time frame inside a larger revel in to become a “memorable moment,” it ought to contain either “elevation” (going past expectancies), “insight” (gaining knowledge of something new approximately oneself), “satisfaction” (feeling non-public fulfilment), or “connection” (sharing the moment with every other character).

How to get the most out of life’s happy moments

This book delves into a few fascinating mysteries of happiness: Why we generally tend to bear in mind the excellent or worst second of an experience, in addition to the ultimate second, and neglect the rest. Why “we experience most secure when things are positive, however we feel most alive after they’re no longer.” And why our maximum cherished recollections are clustered right into a brief duration all through our kids. Readers find out how quick studies can trade lives, together with the test wherein two strangers meet in a room, and 40-50 mins later, they go away as first-class pals. (What takes place in that time?) Or the tale of the world’s youngest female billionaire, who credit her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner desk. (What became that simple question?)

Reading duration: 6 hours 36 minutes

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How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Live An Awesome Life

18. January 2018 - 14:00

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is a refreshingly entertaining how-to manual, #1 New York Times Bestselling writer and international-traveling success train, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 chunk-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage recommendation, easy exercises, and the occasional swear phrase. if you’re prepared to make some serious modifications round right here, You are a Badass will help you: discover and trade the self-sabotaging ideals and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast beyond your fears so you can take big exciting dangers, discern out how to make a few damn cash already, discover ways to love yourself and others, set large goals and reach them.

What you’ll learn reading through the book is much more than self-worth

By the end of You are a Badass, you’ll apprehend why you’re how you are, the way to love what you cannot alternate, a way to change what you don’t love, and the way to use The pressure to kick a few severe ass. In case you’ve ever taken inventory of your life and realised that you aren’t dwelling the life that you want, then that is the book for you. Although profession-focused, you’re a Badass: the way to prevent Doubting Your Greatness and start residing a remarkable existence with the aid of Jen Sincero can be applied to any factor of your existence, inclusive of paintings, marriage, and volunteering. Plenty of what she says isn’t new, but her frank manner packs a punch and could depart you doubled over, simplest to arise straighter and ready to tackle the world.

Help yourself and start changing your image of yourself and things around you

You are a Badass is technically a self-assist e book, offering recommendation for a way to see your lifestyles via sparkling eyes, locate your passion and live the existence you need, however it’s a lot greater than that. She additionally explains why we get stuck inside the ruts we do, grants us a outstanding insight into our dating with (and worry of) money, and essentially kicks all excuses to the decrease. If you’re now not left inspired to make adjustments on your existence, then you definitely didn’t take note of the book and must study it again.

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How to Drink Caffeine With Strategy to Boost Your Productivity

18. January 2018 - 13:00

We have a love-hate relationship with caffeine. We all know consuming too much will lead to a crash, and a headache, but we also know it can be a great energy booster in a pinch. Even if you only have a small serving of caffeine, your body will metabolize it out of your system within 8-14 hours, leading you to feel sluggish and sometimes even sick.[1]

But what if I told you strategically consuming caffeine rather than drinking it habitually could provide an energy reservoir, so to speak, that you could tap into any time you liked?

Drink caffeine strategically

Chris Bailey, the author of The Productivity Project, was also sick of the caffeine hangover, but didn’t want to abandon the stuff. So he decided to try something: he consumed caffeine before doing any number of important things. For instance, he would have caffeine before giving a presentation, writing an important article, or just checking off something big on his to-do list. Regardless of what the task was, he made sure it was one that was important and required plenty of focus and brain energy.

The aim of the experiment was simple: how can you make the most of that caffeinated high before the crash comes? Utilize the period before the caffeine crash.

Caffeine prevents your brain from absorbing a chemical called adenosine. This chemical triggers the flags in your brain that let you know you’re tired. While caffeine blocks your brain from absorbing the chemical, it continues to build up until caffeine eventually lets your brain absorb it. So at that point, you’re going to suddenly feel as though you’ve been hit by a train and all you want to do is sleep.

But if you drink coffee, or any caffeinated beverage strategically, you can make better use of that time when your brain isn’t receiving those signals. In fact, you could even rest intermittently before that crash hits.

What you can’t drink

Before you start stocking up on sugary caffeine drinks or whip out your Starbucks mobile app to grab a caffeinated frappuccino, let’s get some ground rules out of the way. You can’t have sugary or alcoholic caffeinated drinks. These types of beverages come with their own kind of crash, so layering them on is only going to make that hit of adenosine come on harder and faster, ultimately leaving you feeling even worse.

Instead, opt for green tea or matcha. These naturally caffeinated teas are full of antioxidants which can help slow and regulate the caffeine crash.

When to caffeinate

At this point, you might be brewing a cup of coffee already, but be careful not to use caffeine as a band-aid. The goal is to take advantage of the window of productivity, not to continue to consume it until you’ve gotten through your day and need to sleep. Along those same lines, it’s important to avoid caffeine as much as possible if you’re about to work on something creative; it’s been shown to hurt right-brain-related tasks.

If it works for your daily schedule, consume caffeine between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This is when caffeine will have the greatest impact on your energy, because it’s usually the time of day when you naturally start to feel a little sluggish. And always remember, avoid caffeine less than 8 hours before you go to bed so it doesn’t affect your sleep.

Pro Tip: Because you know a caffeine crash will typically have you falling asleep about 8-12 hours after you drink it, plan to have a big cup of coffee twelve hours before an overnight flight. You’ll sleep like a baby.

Who can caffeinate

Obviously if you want to drink coffee or caffeinated tea, we aren’t trying to stop you. But it is helpful to note that it does affect certain people differently.

Caffeine has been shown to make introverts perform poorer on tasks that are quantitative and done under time pressure because introverts are more stimulated by their environment; that extra bit of stimulation provided by caffeine can push an introvert over the edge.[2]

Interestingly enough, it’s been found to have the exact opposite effect for extroverts. If you’re a very outgoing and social person, caffeine before a big task could be perfect for you.

For ambiverts, or those who fall somewhere in the middle, strategically consuming caffeine will be your best bet.

What works best for you?

Some of the strategy involves experimenting. You may find your 6am cup of java gets you to 10am only, but that’s when you typically have some kind of protein to get you through. Others may discover they should drink coffee later – perhaps 9:30am when their cortisol is naturally lower – and it changes their whole day. Regardless of what you discover works best for you, the goal is to time your crash.

Personally, I like to go to bed around 10:30p.m. I like to make sure to have my caffeine 12 hours earlier so I can hop into bed and fall asleep. Once you figure out what schedule works best for you, you’ll be amazed at the difference a cup can make.

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Now You Can Serve Fresh Draft Beer Instantly At Home With This

18. January 2018 - 12:00

You could be a skillful bartender, professional in every aspect of your trade and perfect serving every pint. But without a well-built draft beer system, you will look more like a newbie, serving booze for the very first time.

Looking to buy a top quality beer dispenser, kegerator, conversion kit or any draft beer equipment of unsurpassed quality? 

Fizzics Waytap – better than that used at the pub! 

Fizzics Waytap is not that regular device. It is engineered using the best of Fizzics Technology and unlocks that innate taste of natural draft beer and revives it aroma, thus giving you a beer with the best flavor. The patented Fizzics Micro-Foam Technology turns the drink’s natural carbonation into compact bubbles for an enhanced taste.

You Don’t Need To Go To Pubs Anymore

It is a perfect choice, mainly because it is made for all beer styles – P Hotel Industry & Disability ilsners, Lagers, Brown Ales, IPAs, Porters, Stouts, etc.It’s also very easy to use, it is compatible with all 12-25oz cans and 12oz bottles and will never let you down. Very durable!

It is lightweight and portable that you can actually carry it along with you to your friend’s party. You just have to choose your favorite from the four different types available.

Well, Fizzics Waytap beer dispenser is that one product beer aficionados would delight using. It is compact and lightweight, designed using Fizzics Technology and can be carried from place to place. You do not have to worry about what type of beer you will buy, it is universal and accepts all booze types.

And it seems you aren’t the only one who will fall in love with it. Kim got one from Amazon and here’s what he said,

My father loved this. He did a taste test with several different canned/bottled beers and totally noticed the difference between the regular beer and the Fizzics enhanced one.

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Walking 2 Dogs or More has Never Been Easier With This Smart Leash

18. January 2018 - 10:28

As much as there is a lot of fun involved for both the dog owner/trainer and the dog when it comes to walking a dog, it can be a really stressful experience. Controlling the dog and preventing it from wondering about is your sole responsibility. For this reason, it is important that you ensure that the leash you are using is capable enough to help you hold the dog.

Say goodbye to tangled leash

Manufactured by Wigzi, the Wigzi Dual Doggie features two non-tangling, highly durable retractable leash to help hold your dogs in place while strolling around. The device features an in-built untangling mechanism that helps maintain an individual control of each of the dogs.

In addition, the device features color-coded leads and brake buttons that helps indicate the exact dog being controlled. With the Wigzi Dual Doggie, you can enjoy your walk without any need to stop to untangle the dog leash.

Dog-Walking Just Got Easier and More Interesting

Holding your four legged friends with a single leash which untangles automatically takes the stress off one of your hands. With only one hand needed to hold/control the device, you can use the free hand to carry your bag, hold an umbrella, open doors, etc.

Asides that, the leash provides enough freedom for your pets to move up to ten feet in any direction. The dogs can also be stopped one at a time. The Wigzi Dual Doggie is here to save you from struggling to hold two leashes and keeping them untangled.

I have 2 rambunctious fur babies both about 40 lbs. We walk at least an hour every day. So far this double retractable dog leash had been amazing! It is so nice being able to have one-handed control. I always put Lucy on the right and Suzy on the left. It makes it easy to remember which button to push. Now I want custom colors to match their harness!” – Just Jo

Get For Your Dogs Today!

Are you a dog owner with two or more dogs? Do you find it stressful to walk both dogs? Get the Wigzi Dual Doggie today! Start taking your dogs with you during your evening walks. With the Wigzi Dual Doggie, walking two dogs just got easier, stress-free, and more interesting.

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