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213 Questions To Ask A Guy (Know Him Deeply, Bring Him Closely)

So you are going to meet him today and don’t want to look dumb? Or is he not communicating with you more often? Either way, you want to know about the questions to ask a guy and know him better. No need to search anymore as here we are.

Then these random questions to ask him will give you a good insight into his nature and personality. Moreover, some flirty questions to ask will cherish your relation to a new level. We have picked 213 different questions to ask a guy for you.

Asking questions is definitely good. You will know him better and get a deeper look at his thoughts, mind, and personality.

We know that you are afraid about the fact that asking too many questions might give absurd vibes. You are also scared about which questions to ask and which should not. What if you say something silly or awkward?

That’s why we have picked these questions from different surveys and crafted them to be natural.

Don’t just ask them all in one go. These are applicable on different occasions as guys don’t open up about their insecurities easily. They hide their emotions and secrets well.

It’s just a myth that women are difficult to understand. Everyone is difficult to understand if they do not open up quickly.

Note: Questions in categories mentioned higher are selected from various surveys and kind of must-ask. That is why we have elaboration on every question. A few categories down the article are self-explanatory, so not every question is described in detail.

So without any further waiting, let’s begin.

❓ General Questions To Ask A Guy ❓

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These are the general questions to ask a guy either on the first date or you just met him. Even if you both get connected on social media, these questions are better. The answers may be general too, but they can create a better understanding.

You could search a few, but asking all of them will give you a good insight into his personality.

1. How do you describe yourself?

It is one of the most general questions to ask a guy when met first, and a great one to start any conversation, even on a date. It is one of the most general yet flirty questions to ask.

2. What is your nickname?

Knowing his nickname at the beginning will give you a chance to start a friendly relationship right away. You could choose this one as a question to ask a guy 1 as it will give him a vibe of comfort.

3. How are you unique?

Questions like these are worth millions of dollars on the first date or first meet-up. It is some of the best questions to ask a guy to know better from him.

4. Where had you been born?

Talking about his birth city (or country) can start a good conversation. You would at least like to know about it.

5. Have you ever get to know your best quality?

It will be better to ask about the best qualities from his mouth. See if he exaggerate or remain logical and honest.

6. What triggers you most to get rage?

It can give you info about him not doing things in the future that could make him angry. Although this is question replied friendly, it helps massively in the long run. Don’t take this as one of the flirty questions to ask.

7. How is your overall dating experience?

It is a little bit absurd question to be asked at the first meeting or date. So, better to ask after a couple of meet-ups.

8. Do you visit your parents often?

A question about his family is among the good questions to ask a guy to get to know him better. See how much he cares for family values.

9. Would you like to tell me about your family?

This question will tell you more about his family. Please don’t talk to him on this topic longer on your first date, as he would like to know about you too. Not there to tell you about his family tree.

10. What is the goal that motivates you?

This question will describe his passions and life goals. What excites him? He will tell you about his dream job or what he will prefer more.

11. What are your ambitions?

Somewhat the same question but still with different answers. Maybe he will tell you something different about his goals, about his bucket list. Just don’t ask him at once.

12. Who is your favorite personality?

In the initial talk, it is one of the good questions to ask a guy. 1 He will tell you about the personality. 2 He may be more likely to give a funny answer.

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13. What is the best achievement in your life?

Questions about his achievements are great to make him feel good. They will create delightful connections.

14. Do you think you are an introvert or extrovert?

This general question will help you to know about his nature on the first date. Either he is the life of the party or just a party popper.

15. How religious are you?

If you prefer religious ones, then asking this question will help you to get to know his religious preference.

16. How are your relations with your friends?

Asking a guy about his friends’ relations is good to know about his social activeness. This question will also build a base for your extrovert/introvert question.

17. Do you think guys and girls could be best friends?

It is among some general questions to ask a guy. Most of them are not open to these kinds of relations. It is good to know about it at the start.

18. Which qualities would you want to see in your life partner?

It is one of the most favorite girls’ questions to ask a guy they had a crush on. And it is not a wrong question to ask on a date too.

19. How was your childhood?

It is fun to ask something like that. Guys mostly come up with any colorful childhood memory to talk about. Cute questions are sometimes more important than the flirty questions to ask.

20. How will you describe yourself in one word?

It is a short question to ask a guy if you want to test his selection of words. How he describes himself is a sign of how you could strengthen your relations with him.

21. Do you like winter or summer more?

Talking about weather and likeliness towards a particular season is something even a stranger would discuss. Why won’t you?

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💞 Questions To Ask A Guy For More Intense Connection 💞

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Asking questions like these will make a more intense connection between you two. Some of these are asked on a date, while others can ask a guy you like. Let’s have a look at these questions.

22. How do you feel around me?

For a guy, questions like these will trigger a strong connection towards the asking girl. It can spice up the conversation too. It surely is one of the straightforward flirty questions to ask.

23. Do I make you nervous?

After asking this question, you will control the conversation (even if you are nervous too). It can also ease up both of you.

24. Would you rather choose a love marriage or arranged one?

A question like this one will give you an idea about his thoughts towards love. We have more detailed questions about it down the article. So sit back because there are still 189 to come.

25. What is your number one priority?

It will be an excellent question to ask as he might tell you something that you can help with. If you can help, then he will be more attracted.

26. Which of your trait do you hate most?

Asking something like this is allowing you to analyze himself. It will be helpful for you to build a closer connection by not provoking that trait.

27. Would you confess your love at first sight or wait till the right time?

Ask a guy something like this will also create an intense connection. It is one of some random questions to ask a guy yet allows you to get deeper into his comfort zone. It is one of the cutest flirty questions to ask.

28. What do you like about me?

Now, this is an intense question to ask a guy for stronger connections. He may tell you about your personality or any trait which he likes most. Pay attention!

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29. Do you believe in love at first sight?

If yes, then there is a chance he might have felt something towards you too. And believe me, most of them answer this question as yes.

30. Would you search for your girl or let fate bring her to you?

His answer will tell you a lot about his intentions to find a mate. Either he is looking for someone or just waiting for the right time.

31. How do you imagine your dream girl?

Asking about his ideal girl will create an intense connection between you two. It will open up a more personal portal for him.

32. How do you start a conversation with a girl?

The answer might be interesting as he will tell how he could approach you. It would be better if you don

33. What is the first thing that you notice in a girl?

It is also among intense questions to ask a guy, as he will look at you again in a different way. He will search for traits about you that appeal to him most.

34. What is your idea for love?

It can be a thoughtful question to ask a guy. If he’s deep, you might get an emotional definition. Or he’s a funny one, you laugh.

35. What do you expect from a love relationship?

And you got the best intense question for the guy you like most. It will give you a chance to do stuff that he had expected.

36. Do you believe that love can happen multiple times?

Another thoughtful but intense question for a guy and the answers may be different from different personalities.

37. How can a woman gain your trust?

It will be a million dollars question to ask your guy. He will describe what he likes most so you can do those things.

38. What is your biggest regret?

When a guy tells someone about his biggest regret, it means she is too close to him. Try your luck to be that particular person and get closer to him.

39. Have you ever dated someone your family relative?

If a guy tells you about him dating a mother’s friend or sister’s classmate, it means he feels comfortable around you.

40. What was the one time when you stepped out of your comfort zone?

Guys don’t tell much about their comfort zones. So feel free to ask it, as it may bring him closer to you.

41. How would you introduce someone stranger to me?

In explaining so, he might tell you things that you haven’t noticed, but he likes about you as a partner/friend.

💣 Questions To Get A Guy’s Full Attention 💣

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These are some questions to ask a guy to get his full attention towards you. No matter what he is doing, he will stop for a moment and look at you.

And it also has some questions about things of your guy’s interests. Guys love talking about what they love most, their passion, and the exciting time of their lives.

This category includes some surprise questions too. So let’s take grab his full attention.

42. Did you have a girlfriend in the past?

It is a girl’s most favorite surprise question to ask her guy. It doesn’t matter if he says ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but for a second, he will be stunned.

43. In your life, what would you want to achieve more?

Talking about his interest will be great to get closer to him. He would love to tell you more and more about it.

44. What are some other side goals of your life?

It will help you to get to know him better and his side goals. There should be more on his bucket list; you maybe want to know.

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45. Have you ever kissed someone?

46. How old were you when you had your first kiss?

47. How was your first kiss experience?

For a guy, questions like these three mentioned above will make him divert all of his attention towards the speaker. You will make him go to memories years ago.

48. Rate your last relationship on a scale of 0 to 10?

It is not a risky question to ask. If he had any, he would rate it. Even if he doesn’t, then you have gotten his attention and know about his simplicity. Though it is flirty questions to ask but it will make him think deep.

49. Tell me a story about your wildest adventure?

People encounter various moments that they enjoy the most. Definitely, your guy has experienced it too, and he might get excited to tell you all about it.

50. One thing that is the most embarrassing in your life?

The majority of the most embarrassing moments are funny to talk about later. It will create a stronger bond between you two when a bit of some personal experiences are shared.

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51. What would you do on your first date?

There is no doubt he has some imagination about how his first date will happen, what he will do? Asking such questions will help you to know his romantic side better.

52. In your life, what would be your ideal wedding like?

He will love to tell about his ideal wedding plans, gaining his interest and attention. Since you are getting your hands on the flirty questions to ask, this one would be ideal.

53. What do you prefer, love or friends with benefits?

Questions like these are also potential to gain the full attention of your guy. He might answer the love part casually, but look you at words friends with benefits.

54. Do you believe in ghosts?

It is an interesting question as well as can grab the attention of guys when asked from nowhere. And it will help you to understand his belief in paranormal activities. Maybe he’ll think about this question later.

55. Have you ever encountered a paranormal activity?

It can be asked if he replies ‘yes’ to the above question. The conversation will be great.

56. What’s the worst injury you ever had?

Although it is a sad question to ask, some funnily tell their worst incident. Ask it if you think he will tell you a great story instead, hence gaining his attention and knowing him better.

57. Would you rather spend on fashion or food?

It is also among some good questions to ask a guy to know about his preferences.

58. Have you ever been addicted to anything?

Talking about this topic will make him perplexed. And he might tell you the truth; replies are often no.

59. What are you too old for but still enjoy?

Again a question about his interest that he will love to talk about.

60. What’s the most meaningful gift you’ve ever gotten?

People sometimes receive gifts that are so helpful to be the best. Did your guy has gotten something like that?

61. How do you deal with people you don’t like?

It is also a surprising question. As it is uncommon, he will convert all of his attention towards you to answer this question.

🤣 Funny Questions To Cherish The Mood 🤣

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These are some random questions to ask a guy with a slightly fun element in them. These questions are fun to ask and fun to answer. They will cherish the mood and build a stronger bonding between you two.

Some of them are not explained as they are self-explanatory. To a guy, questions like these will show them how good your sense of humor is? Also, here’s included some fun questions to ask a guy that will result in an interesting story.

So, let’s have a look at these.

62. Would you love to smoke a joint if it becomes legal?

63. Have you ever been pranked by someone?

Everyone gets pranked; probably he had been too. He will be amused to describe the story.

64. Have you ever prank-called someone?

Been pranked and prank someone, you know both are different, and probably he had experienced both. So ask this one too.

65. Did you ever have a crush on your teacher?

It is also a fun question to ask. Maybe in this world, his first crush might be his teacher. These things from school time, years ago, are never forgotten.

66. Have you ever fall in love with a movie character?

67. When was the last time you were stoned?

68. Can you think of movies without a script?

69. If someone wants to know about your sense of humor, what joke would you tell them?

And he got a chance to make you laugh, so brilliant one divert the conversation to something interesting.

70. Are you made of Copper and Tellurium? (’cause you are CuTe)

Mostly, guys ask this pickup line, but there’s nothing wrong if you said it.

71. Name someone with whom you would most likely get stuck in an elevator?

72. Have you ever teased your siblings till they get mad?

73. Do you enjoy eating free food?

74. Who would you haunt if you were a ghost?

It is among the best fun questions to ask. He would love to tell you about it.

75. What is one story you tell that always makes people laugh?

76. What always makes you feel like a little kid?

77. What was fun to do once, but you’ll never do it again?

78. If you wake up as a girl one day, what will be the first thing that you do?

Now this question will be great to make your conversation a funny gender-biased war.

79. Which came first, the egg or the chicken?

80. What’s your biggest kitchen failure?

81. Has anyone ever walked in on you naked?

It is a bit personal, so don’t ask it on the first date. It is suitable when you both have proceeded.

82. What is your craziest dream?

Everyone has absurd dreams that never make any sense. He must have that crazy one in his memory and would love to share it.

🔅 Questions To Make A Match 🔅

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These are some questions to ask a guy to see which things both of you have in common and different? And these questions also include what about him is perfect for making a match with you. They are actually fun questions to ask a guy, but a separate category will cover them better.

You don’t have to ask them all; ask what you desire.

83. What is your favorite movie?

84. What genre of movies do you like?

Everyone has a favorite movie, which is considered perfect in the world. Also, there is always a genre people love to watch. Ask him his and share yours.

85. What is the number one cuisine you have ever tried?

86. Who is your favorite actor/actress?

87. Who is your celebrity crush?

Now don’t be afraid and jealous to ask about his celebrity crush. She might be someone whose acting both of you like. And there is nothing wrong to fall in love with a celebrity, right?

88. Who do you think is the best singer in this world?

89. Which type of music do you like the most?

90. What are the top ten songs on your list?

What brings two people closer is music. If they had a shared taste in music, they could remain together for longer, and the connection between them is more substantial.

The questions to ask a guy about which song, singer, or music do you like to hear are great. It will be better that you two have the same genre of music taste and what could be more than best if both of you have almost the same top tens list.

91. Do you watch anime?

92. Who is your most favorite anime character?

93. What is your favorite pet?

94. What is your hobby?

Asking about his hobby is among the must-ask questions if you want to get to know him deeper. Either the hobbies themselves match, or both of you are north and south poles that attract.

95. What is your favorite color? Why?

Asking a favorite color is a general question, and guys can’t usually describe why. But if you insist, then he might tell you reasons that could help you understand him closely.

96. What is your favorite food to eat when you are sad?

97. What makes you smile, no matter what happens in this world?

This question will tell you did he also pleases on things that please you. It has a romantic element too.

98. Would you ever lie to someone you love?

And remember, you are most likely to get the answers like ‘It depends.’ But eventually, the guy will tell you what his honest answer is and why.

99. Would you like to change anything about yourself?

100. What is your favorite destination for your honeymoon?

If you are in a relationship, it is one of the perfect questions to ask a guy. Do both of you think about the same honeymoon destination?

101. Do you lead your life with your heart or your head?

102. What is one thing a woman can do that would instantly turn you off?

It will help you to be cautious about things that can turn his mode off. Also, he maybe curious to know about yours. In the end, both of you will understand what not to do that will displease the other.

103. One thing you like about me?

A conversation about what both of you like in each other is a giant leap towards a strong relationship.

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🥂 Romantic Questions To Ask A Guy 🥂

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These are some romantic and flirty questions to ask a guy to make a stronger bond with him.

A guy likes when his girl asks romantic questions too. Ask a guy flirty and romantic questions like these and enhance your relationship bonds.

104. What is that one temptation you can never resist?

For a guy, questions about his temptations touch his pleasure instincts.

What in the world he cannot resist is good for you to know.

105. What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

It is too flirty to ask a guy. Would you rather take the step or let it go?

106. What’s your go-to flirting move?

107. What is your best pick line so far?

Ask a guy flirty question like this one, and he will do his best to impress you.

108. Would you think of dating someone older than you?

109. What would you say is your idea of romance?

Ask a guy questions like these ones to get familiar with what he can think of romance.

110. What part of the female body are you most attracted to?

Ask this question in light mode, as it has a kinky flavor in it.

111. What are your thoughts about the world celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Every lover in this world thinks Valentine’s Day is special.

You can also think about how he will make this day great for you by this question.

112. Do you think that there is a special reason why we met?

113. Is there a song that reminds you of me when you’re listening to it?

114. Do you have a pet name for me?

115. How do you feel when I send you a text message?

Ask a guy flirty question like this, and next time you will definitely smile about the results.

116. What outfits do you like the most on me?

117. Would you carry me in your arms if my feet hurt?

Now, this is truly romantic. Ask a guy flirty and intensely romantic questions as such to take your relationship to a higher level.

💠 Personal Questions For A Guy 💠

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Warning: These are the questions to ask a guy if you are together for a long time. They cannot be asked if the relationship is newly built and both of you haven’t covered the likes and dislikes stage.

These questions could target the insecurities of a guy, or something too personal, or about anything he hates.

If asked at the wrong time, these questions would upset him and could affect your relationship.

But if answered properly, these questions will make you know your guy deeper and more closely. They will open a more personal door for you towards him.

So, ask them according to the situation and the complexity of your connections with him.

118. What will be your first step when faced with a conflict?

119. Who is the first person with whom you share your disputes?

120. Who is the most important to you in this world?

121. Have you lost someone close to you?

These four questions will open him up to tell the person he cares about most.

122. Which personality trait do you see in others and wish you have?

123. How much is your salary?

124. How do you deal with failure?

Both of these questions can drive insecurity in a guy. Be cautious while you say the words.

125. Would you share any significant childhood memory that has played a role in your development?

126. Have you harmed yourself over something?

127. What’s your worst family memory?

128. What is something you would never spend money on?

129. What are you most afraid of in this world?

A couple of them might sound general. You can think about what’s wrong with these, but to a guy, questions like these may not be so general.

These questions could be too personal for him to share. Or they could remind him of a terrible memory.

When asked at the wrong time, these can upset him about something.

130. How many people have you seriously dated?

131. Have you ever done drugs?

132. Have you ever been physical?

These are seriously too personal questions to ask a guy. Ask him if you are close enough to him, as these questions will make you his best friend and secrets keeper.

If he tells you what he has ever done from any of these, then think you are the special and really close person in his life.

133. Are you comfortable telling me your weaknesses?

Answer to this in the form of weaknesses means he trusts you enough to tell you.

134. What’s a bad movie that you love even though you know it’s terrible?

If there is a movie that people criticize much but a guy likes it, he would feel shame talking about his likeness. By asking this question, you will get closer to him if he tells you.

135. What’s your definition of a healthy relationship?

136. Do you think your zodiac sign is accurate for you?

137. Would you rather travel with friends or a significant other?

138. What is something you think everyone should experience at least once in their life?

139. Is there a song that always brings up old memories for you?

140. What is something you know you are judgmental about?

These may seem like some trivial random questions to ask a guy, but they have different personal opinions about them. They usually don’t answer these questions seriously, but you will get a deeper look into him if he tells you.

141. What’s your biggest phobia?

Guys are shy to talk about their phobias, so they don’t open up quickly to tell them. Only their therapist knows or those who are personally close.

If you think you have reached that stage, then ask to become that one particular person.

142. How many kids would you like to have in the future?

If you are not his better half, fiancé, or girlfriend, then stay away from this question to ask. If you don’t have reached the stage, then questions like these will give other meanings to a guy. It is way too personal.

👐 Interesting Questions To Ask A Guy 👐

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Here is also a list of questions to ask a guy, which are exciting and creates a colorful relationship. As these are self-explanatory, so they are not described in detail.

You will have fun asking them to a guy. He would think and answer something silly to make you laugh too.

With these questions, the conversation will be so interesting. Hence making your relationship deeper.

143. Which music do you like to listen to while traveling?

144. What is your favorite shop to store at?

145. What is your favorite fashion trend right now?

146. What is the one thing that you are really good at cooking?

147. How do you get to know when a girl is interested in you?

148. What is your least favorite food?

149. What is the one piece of advice you would give to your younger siblings?

150. Do you work out more often?

151. Have you ever been dieting?

152. If you are a superhero, which superpower would you like to have?

153. What is your bucket list?

154. Which holiday do you like the most?

155. Would you rather game or play physical sport?

156. What is your favorite scent?

157. Who would you choose to play you in a movie about your life?

158. Would you rather have the power to be invisible or to read minds?

159. What did you think was silly until you tried it?

160. What’s your favorite reality show?

161. If you could travel back in time, which moment would you love to relive?

162. What is something illegal that you think should be legal?

163. What is one thing you will never get bored of for the rest of your life?

164. What is your dream job?

165. What would you do if you win a hundred million dollars?

166. If you could learn one skill right now, what would it be?

167. Do you have a favorite car? Which one is it?

📴 Dirty Questions To Ask A Guy 📴

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If you want something kinky and spice up your relationship to the next level, then these questions to ask a guy will be best.

For a guy, questions like these are a big turn-on.

Warning: If you are not close enough to him, he won’t answer. Instead, take them as something else. You will be portrait as any lust slave.

168. Have you slept naked?

169. Have you had a wet dream?

170. How are you in bed?

171. Do you like to role-play?

172. Have you watched any blue films?

173. Have you ever made out with someone?

174. What’s your favorite sexual fantasy?

175. What is your favorite place to be massaged?

176. Do you like it when someone pulls your hair?

177. Do you like it when the girl makes the first move?

178. Do you like cuddling?

179. Have you ever played dirty truth or dare?

180. What is your favorite thing to do to me?

181. How do you feel when I touch you?

182. What have you always imagined doing with a girlfriend that you’ve never done?

183. When you’re alone, do you ever imagine that I am there next to you?

❔ Questions Girls Are Afraid To Ask Guys ❔

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Below is a list of questions to ask a guy that are girls afraid of. These have the potential to upset him, or he may not be comfortable answering.

These questions are usually not advised, but they might enhance your relationship status if asked appropriately.

Because they are just situation sensitive, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be asked.

184. Which trait do you consider an imperfection in women? Do you see that in me?

185. How do you feel if I earn more income than you?

186. If you could change anything in me, what would that be?

187. Would you choose to cheat on me for someone rich?

188. When are you gonna propose to me?

189. Would you let me check your phone?

190. Do you mind if I have male friends?

191. What is something you don’t like about me?

These questions have the potential that you may be given answers that you won’t like to hear. So be cautious before asking them.

192. How do you feel about (any of your friends)?

193. Why did you break up with your ex?

194. Would you rather choose, Career or Family?

Girls are afraid of these questions to ask as they may upset him.

195. Have any of my qualities reminds you of someone else?

196. Do you think you are the person you have dreamt of?

197. Do you still miss someone you have loved in the past?

198. Do you often get compliments from females?

As these questions may trigger his insecurities, girls are afraid to ask them. And for these questions, they are right not to ask.

🚫 Never Ask These Questions 🚫

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Last but not least, you should never ask these questions. Above are the hesitant questions to ask a guy, but the following are a big NO.

All of them are about severe insecurities or those to which they will always lie. So, avoid these questions to ask a guy.

199. What is your worst quality?

200. Do you believe your friends describe you negatively?

201. How do you compare yourself with (name of any age fellow)?

202. Do you think (name of a person) is more successful than you?

203. How do you manage your job earnings?

204. Have you ever cheated?

205. What are your measurements?

206. What does your family think about me?

207. How was your last relationship ended?

208. What is the one thing that you will regret for the rest of your life?

209. Would you tell me your social media accounts’ passwords?

210. Are you jealous of one of my male friends?

211. What is the name of your ex?

212. Are you rich?

213. Who is more important to you, your family or Me?

Conclusion

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You have an ultimate list of 213 questions to ask a guy. All of these questions are selected by various surveys and real-life scenarios.

You don’t have to ask all of them. Just pick those according to the situation and personality of your partner. Ask the critical ones at the right time.

These will not only help you to strengthen your relationship but also make you know him better.

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ProMind Complex Reviews: Does it Really Work?

Are you facing memory issues like remembering more, forgetting things, focus, or lack of concentration? Are you facing the symptoms of cognitive impairment like difficulty to learn new things, meetings to deadlines? If so then you no need to worry because many people living around the world are facing the same issues.

According to the survey of Statista, U.S. adults aged 40 and older will undergo an evaluation of their cognitive function in 2021 like 63% recommended by their doctors for cognitive evaluation. Whereas 53% feel they forget more often than unusual, similarly 37% having difficulty to focus and so on.

These all are quite common but serious memory loss cognitive issues that damage brain health. And for all that reason cognitive impairment issues have many medications and supplements that improve brain function. Similarly, the purpose behind supplements is to enhance cognitive functions.

In this ProMind complex review, you may know about all your queries relevant to ProMind complex supplements in your mind. How you can get rid of memory loss cognitive issues, and how you can improve your brain ability by using dietary supplements.

So, without further ado, let’s get the business start.

ProMind Complex Reviews Customer Reviews: Pros and Cons Overview

ProMind complex reviews show that supplement helps you to synergize your memory retention, memory recall, and all cognitive related issues. Besides, it is observed that ProMind complex supplements have no side effects on physical and mental health conditions.

Here are some pros and cons of the proMind complex natural supplement that are significantly helpful for you to make the right decisions to elevate your brain ability and hearing well-being.

PROS

  • Prevent memory loss like Alzheimer’s diseases due to Huperzine ingredient
  • Remove brain fog, plaque formation, and bacteria due to Ginkgo Biloba ingredient
  • Boost your brain health due to st john’s wort ingredient
  • Helps in deep mental clarity and memory recalls due to Vinpocetine ingredient
  • Increase brain cells and blood flow
  • Improve your memory retention and immune system
  • Elevate your all function due to bacopa monnieri ingredient
  • No side effects diagnoses
  • Risk-free to use pills for mental illness and disorders

CONS

  • Not purchase from offline stores
  • Only purchase from online official website
  • Not intended to diagnose and treat any diseases
  • Product delivery timings effects due to Covid-19 scenario
  • Not a full replacement of medical professional consultation
  • Do not take pro mind complex if you are under 18 age or pregnant
  • Supplement take 3 to 6 months to prove results if used regularly
  • High consumers demand affects the outreach of the supplement stock
  • Serious disease patients should consult their doctors first before grabbing
  • Results may vary due to individual differences in metabolism and immune system

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ProMind complex review shows that supplement supports you to elevate your memory retention and all cognitive related problems.

Further, consumers’ review explicates that the proMind complex supplement ingredients are GMP certified and enhance the brain functions ability of the human brain.

Moreover, consumer review explains that the proMind complex natural supplement is a powerful formula made after multiple research on ingredients for your age-related mind and body well-being.

It is observed on consumers’ reviews that it prevents you from memory loss, mental bacteria, and improves your brain health in all aspects.

Hence, you can get relieved from memory loss, cognitive issues, and easily improve your brain cells and brain functions by using proMind complex supplement.

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What is a ProMind Complex Supplement?

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ProMind complex supplement is a US-based natural formula design to resolve age-related memory loss issues and elevate your brain health. Carl Henderson, Professor of Psychology from Austin, Texas is behind proMind complex nootropic formula to resolve all your cognitive issues.

ProMind complex supplements are powerful dietary brain boosters that sharpen your normal daily activities and restore your memory loss issues.

You may find this supplement named ProMind complex UK, ProMind complex Ireland and other countries but in the same health solution with the same ingredients and functions.

Carl Henderson formulated these supplements for two basic purposes; one is mental health, second is dental hygiene. It is the most promising health supplement that works for both internal and oral health hygiene.

How does ProMind Complex work?

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Carl Henderson proMind complex supplement works for all types of health solution clinically tested ingredients. ProMind complex solution supplement works in very complex ways as a nootropic function that provides you all brain effectiveness, benefits, and maintains overall well-being by getting to the root cause of your brain problem.

It is a potent ingredient supplement that synergizes with you to address all brain issues and remove bacteria that affect your mental functions. Therefore, it is recommended to take ProMind complex one capsule daily for at least three to six months for long-term significant brain health results.

By using a regular basis you can get relieved from memory loss, cognitive issues, and easily improve your brain cells, and give brain functions benefits by using ProMind complex dietary supplement.

Why is ProMind Complex Effective?

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ProMind complex supplement elevate your memory retention, memory recall, and all cognitive related problems. Because nootropic proMind complex supplement is GMP certified and enhances your brain functions of the human brain.

Therefore, it is a powerful formula made after multiple research on ingredients for your age-related mind and body well-being. It is also observed that it prevents you from memory loss, mental bacteria issues and improves your brain elements in all aspects of brain health.

According to the consumers’ surveys, this natural brain supplement first eliminates bacteria, which initially resides in your mouth. Research shows that supplement work to destroy the bacteria that disturb your brain cells and improve your cognitive functions by maintaining proper neurotransmitter communications.

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What are the ingredients in ProMind Complex?

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Carl Henderson spends thousands of hours doing proper research to explore nootropic proMind complex ingredients that give you significant results.

ProMind complex supplement works for two purposes; one is mental fitness, second is dental hygiene. Its ingredients prevent memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, dementias, brain cancer, mental disorders, mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders. 

Dietary supplement ingredients are naturally after thousands of hours spent by doctors to maintain brain ability as well as brain health.

Vitamin C (As Ascorbic Acid)- 50 mg 

  • Vital vitamin for your body functions
  • Helps in liberations of hormones activate your better mood
  • Improves the brain ability and immune system
  • Improves dopamine and catecholamines functions

Vitamin E (As D-Alpha Tocopheryl Succinate) – 10 mg

  • Intensifies radiation levels in human cancer cells
  • Reduce chromosomal damage levels in human cancer cells
  • Magnifies gamma irradiation on neuroblastoma cells

Proprietary Blood Balance Blend 415 mg

  • Cinnamon Bark Powder (Cinnamomum Cassia)
  • Licorice Root Extract
  • Guggul (10% Extract)
  • Bitter Melon (4:1 Extract)
  • Gymnema Sylvestre Leaf Powder
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • L-Taurine
  • Yellow FlowersPower
  • Banaba Leaf 1% Extract
  • Lagerstroemia Speciosa
  • Juniper Berry Powder (40M HU/G
  • Vanadium (as Vanadyl Sulfate)

Huperzine

  • Gives an antibacterial action on the surface of your brain ability
  • Huperzine help to improve neurotransmitters
  • Better treat Alzheimer’s diseases
  • Protecting the nervous system

Vinpocetine

  • Vinpocetine provides a protective effect in the brain
  • Enhance the utilization of oxygen and glucose to improves mental clarity

Ginkgo Biloba

  • Provide circulation of mental function
  • Provide antioxidants to prevent degenerative diseases
  • Protect from fungus and bacteria
  • Prevent from infections

Phosphatidylserine

  • Maintains healthy cellular functions
  • Prevent from bacteria

St. John’s Wort 

  • Improve mind wellness issues
  • Its hyperforin and hypericin regulate mood
  • Increase brain activity
  • Release serotonin hormone
  • Helps to regulate your sleep, digestion, and feelings of well-being

Bacopa Monnieri

  • Facilitates healthy mind functions
  • Helps with antioxidants
  • Protect against cellular damage

N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine

  • Useful in converting fats into energy for optimum functions
  • Control memory loss and mental functions
  • Improve energy levels in adults

All components like ginkgo biloba leaf, bacopa monnieri, n acetyl l carnitine, st john’s wort, vinpocetine, huperzine provide a practical solution to maintain good hygiene. You can use it to improve your wellness.

What is the cost of ProMind Complex? Any ProMind Complex Discounts?

ProMind complex supplement boost your brain ability, blood flow, and improves memory loss with natural key ingredients to maintain your healthy lifestyle. If you are suffering from memory loss issues, cognitive impairment, or focus issues. Then it is an essential nootropic solution to maintain your good mental ability and body functions. You can purchase supplement formulas from their official website. Currently, they are offering massive discounts and free US shipping with a 60 day money back guarantee. Their Offers are different on each package you can save more money while buying any one or more bundles.

Cost of ProMind Complex – Basic 1 Bottle

You can purchase one bottle of proMind complex supplement for $99 which is a 30 day supply of proMind complex pills for one month with 60 capsules.

Cost of ProMind Complex – Popular 3 Bottles

You can purchase three bottles of proMind complex supplement for $297 which is a 90 day supply of proMind complex pills for three months with 180 capsules.

Cost of ProMind Complex – Best Value 6 Bottles

You can purchase six bottles of proMind complex supplement for $594 which is a 180 day supply of the proMind complex pills for three months with 360 capsules.

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Currently, supplement is offering three limited-time discount packages for their users; Basic, Most Popular, and Best Value with 60 days money return guarantee. The details are as under:

ProMind Complex Discounts – Basic 1 Bottle

You can purchase your order one Bottle of proMind complex supplement, its discount charges are $69 per container which is a 30-days supply of the proMind complex pills with 60 capsules with $15.95 domestic shipping and handling charges for international consumers only.

ProMind Complex Discounts – Popular 3 Bottles

You can purchase your order three Bottles of proMind complex supplement, its discount charges are $59 per container which is a 90-days supply of the proMind complex pills with 180 capsules with $15.95 domestic shipping and handling charges for international consumers only.

ProMind Complex Discounts – Best Value 6 Bottles

You can purchase your order six Bottles of proMind complex supplement, its discount charges are $49 per container which is a 180-days supply of the proMind complex pills with 360 capsules with $15.95 domestic shipping and handling charges for international consumers only.

After using the brain booster pills if you feel it’s improving your symptoms and elevates your brain ability and memory loss issues. Then it is suggested that you should continue for long-term improvement till 60 to 180 days to protect yourself from the gum-bacterial attack.

As most trustworthy results show, supplement take two to six months to elevate your age-related well-being. However, after placing your order on the official website it takes 5 to 7 business days for your order to arrive at your home or office address if you are living in the US state. If you are an international customer it takes up to 10 to 15 business days to ship to your address. Each of your product orders saves 60 days money return guarantee.

What are the ProMind Complex Pricing and Refund policy?

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ProMind complex supplement pricing and refund policy are very genuine for their US and international customers. Currently, the most popular and best value discount offers nootropic pills are providing free domestic shipping and handling services to their United States customers. If you order a natural formula, one container costs $69 each container, the most popular discount offer of 3 bottles cost $59 for each container, and the best value discount offer of 6 pack cost is $49 for each container with 60 days money return guarantee.

Review proves that natural ingredients supplement shows adequate results in two to six months. So it is recommended that you use the formula as listed on the pills instructions or consult with a qualified medical professional to avoid any risk. However, for any specific reason if you are not satisfied with the brain health ingredients formula. Then you can simply submit your request through contact to the consumer service team to get direct support from the official website to request a refund after your product order within 60 days. The customer service team gets back to you immediately and accepts your request for a refund without asking any SINGLE QUESTION and you get your money returned in 48 business hours which is 2 working days.

Conclusion: Is ProMind Complex right for you?

YES, Nootropic ProMind complex is right for you. 

Review shows that complex proMind supplement addresses all types of mental issues like memory loss, mental illness, brain fog and provides you with a full significant health solution. If you regularly use at least three to six months you can get relieved from memory loss, cognitive issues, and easily improve your brain cells and brain functions by using proMind complex age-related supplement.

To sum up all discussion, that research shows that pills work to destroy bacteria that disturb your genius ability and improve your cognitive functions by maintaining proper neurotransmitter communications. Users’ research shows that it is a powerful mind booster ingredient that sharpens your normal daily activities and restores your memory loss issues. It also reduces the risk of mental illness and Alzheimer’s disorders and provides you with natural benefits and solutions for all body health conditions.

By using a regular basis you can get relieved from all issues like memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, brain cancer, mental disorders, mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Currently, they are offering a massive discount for health solutions and free US shipping with a 60 days money return guarantee. Their Offers are different on each package you can save more money while buying any one or more bundles.

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ProMind Complex ​​Reviews FAQ

Q: Is ProMind Complex safe to use?

‘Absolutely YES’. It is one of the most repeated questions from users in the frequently asked questions.

It is 100% SAFE to use for both women and men with zero side effects. Complex ProMind complex pills are formed with High research guidelines to provide you significant results. Therefore, consumers review unveil that pills made up of nootropic nutritional ingredients improve your memory loss and elevates your brain ability.

ProMind complex pills formed in the USA country. Therefore, all vitamins are registered in the cGMP facility with Non-GMO that have been approved by the FDA. Hence, it is safe and secure to use these pills to communicate between your brain factions to minimize the signs of memory loss and brain fog. Results explicate that the potent formula sharpens your memory and focuses on your well-being.

Q: Is ProMind Complex FDA approved?

ProMind complex formula formed under the FDA-approved guidelines. Therefore, all exclusive product quality control measures are properly taken to make the wellness booster pills. It includes natural ingredients and each ingredient testified under the research and development unit to use for men and women safety. This nootropic formula gives you Alzheimer’s disease relief and prevents you from memory loss. Even each capsule is manufactured in a registered cGMP facility with Non-GMO ingredients that have been authorized by the FDA.

Q: Can I buy ProMind Complex on Amazon or Walmart?

No, not at all.

ProMind complex supplements do not offer any third-party distributors i. e. Amazon, Walmart, or any other trade services. This maneuvering is to avoid trading scams and deliver trustworthy services to their consumers. ProMind complex dietary supplements formulas are registered through trademark CLICKBANK sales and only offer their product for sale on the proMind complex official website.

Further, all rights are reserved to click bank proMindcomplex.com. Therefore, as per rights, no one can legislate to approve or inspect supplement nor anyone has the right of assurance or appraisal to use the product for promotional purposes. You can order proMind complex cognitive fitness pills on their official website. Currently, they are offering massive discounts and free shipping for US users with a 60 day money back guarantee. ProMind complex review reports that the dietary supplements are extremely easy to use and prevent memory loss. As it is 100% made up of nutritional ingredients that genuinely improve your attention and give your health benefits.

Q: Is ProMind Complex a scam?

‘Absolutely Not’. It is one of the most repeated questions from users in the frequently asked questions. In fact, nootropic proMind complex dietary supplements are 100% safe to use as manufactured in the USA under GMP facility with Non-GMO ingredients with no side effects. ProMind complex is a brand on which you can trust to use for mental fitness.

Consumers’ review manifests that the pills are pure advanced Alzheimer’s disease support mind booster supplements that focus on your memory. It is observed that powerful formulas supercharge you naturally and maintain your overall well-being. ProMind complex ingredients formulas fully support your memory loss, brain fog, and transform your wellbeing.

Q: How much does it cost?

ProMind complex formula 1 bottle cost is $69 per bottle. Similarly, if you purchase the most popular discount offer then 3 bottles of proMind complex supplement cost $59 each bottle. And if you purchase the best value discount offer then the 6-pack of proMind complex pills costs $49 for each container. However, the plus leverage is that proMind complex pills are offering US free domestic shipping and handling in all packages but domestic shipping and handling for international consumers charges $15.95. Moreover, every product order saves you 60 day of money back guarantee.

Q: How long does it take to ship?

You can get your proMind complex supplements ordered in 5 to 7 business days at your home or office address with free shipping and handling if you are living in the US. However, if you are Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand consumer then you can get your proMind complex order in 10 to 15 business days to ship to your address with $15.95 domestic shipping and handling charges.

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How To Get A Guy To Like You: 20 Sizzling Tips and Strategies

As women, it is always a mystery how to get a guy to like you. It really isn’t rocket science as guys are really simple on how they think and process relationships. They like simple things like attention, flirting and spontaneity. All this coupled with some tips and tricks can make him fall over you and keep you on his mind.

Even if you like him and desire him a whole lot, you should still let him work for you. Even though you get a guy to like you, you should not be doing too much to get him but tease and tempt him enough to want to keep pursing you. If you do not keep piquing his interest then he may start taking you for granted. With this said, you can learn a few of the tips and tricks needed to keep the guy chasing you.

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☗ 20 tips on how to get a guy to like you ☗

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1. Guys love adventurous women

Guys love when their woman is adventurous, it gives them excitement and makes them anticipate what will happen next. A guy likes to be kept on his toes and the more activities you can do with him, the more you will keep him intrigued.

Some examples of this could be:

  • Heading out to a different city for sightseeing.
  • Going to the gym together
  • Going on a date to exciting places

This really just requires you to make an effort to create different experiences to make him feel special. This will get you the guy you want and create the basis of a great relationship. Also, having new experiences together is a great way to enjoy life together and creates a solid basis in a relationship. It also makes dating fun and helps to create a mutual connection.

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2. Make him feel good

This is something that is known by women for a long time. All men love to feel good especially when you let him know you like spending time with him. Talk to him, stroke his ego, make eye contact and let him know you are interested.

When you give hints and let him know you want to be more than just a friend, he will love to know you are interested. This is a great tip to allow the right guy to fall for you. It is just how the male psyche is built, to build him up to make him feel confident will allow him to feel comfortable with you and gain you his respect.

Now, it is important that you do not pressure him, let him feel like he is in control while leading him with your hints. There is a delicate balance with this as you do not want him to think you are desperate but you need to give him enough space but enough hints to allow him to contemplate you being his girlfriend.

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3. Make eye contact

Eye contact is one the most seductive ways to get him to like you. It can make a guy go crazy when you look him straight in the eyes when you interact and say things to him. It creates a connection that is terribly underrated and makes him feel good when you dedicate all your focus to him.

Eye contact also helps to show him how intense you are. That allows his mind to roam and think about how focused you are in anything you do.

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4. Men like physical contact

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book as men love physical touches from a woman. No matter what kind of person you are, you will like when someone physically interacts with you as this creates a connection and in some ways helps to build confidence.

It does not necessarily mean anything sexual, it can be as simple as placing your hand on his shoulder when joking or removing dust from his clothes. Playful touches can initiate feelings and passions letting him know your level of interest.

Touching will enable him to feel comfortable especially when you make it a habit as it can be reassuring to him. This will act as a green light to show him to keep going and encourage him to pursue a relationship with you.

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5. Make him want to spend time with you

This is some advice that you are going to want to practice almost daily. A man will want to stay where he is comfortable and feels relaxed. Feelings for both men and women are important, this is what helps to guide our behaviors. Definitely for a man, he is probably going to follow what he feels 9 out 10 times than what he thinks. Lets be honest, to get a guy to like you, he has to feel you first then his mind will catch up.

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6. Ask him for help

A man loves to know that you need him in your life. Whether you started as friends then leading to dating, it is a good idea to always play to his ego. His ego can be stroked by you depending on him for things. These things will make him feel confident and boost his interest in you. Maybe, just maybe, you will make him like you more as he sees that you need him around.

If you find something he likes to do and letting him know this, his interest and confidence will be heightened once he knows you need him around to do this. Also, when you give him respect and make him feel depended on, this helps him to make him feel like a man.

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7. Talk to him

A man loves when you talk to him and me him feel like you respect him and you consider his feelings. Things like talking about the future or just general talk about life or advice will help to boost his confidence. It can even just be a fun conversation and this will help to put a smile on both your faces. Try to make him understand your thought process which helps to build relationships which girls want.

Sometimes relationships can seem hard but it really just requires knowledge of self and your partner so it gives the relationship a sense of direction. If you really like him, keep focused on the person and discuss your passions with them. This enables you to deeply connect and love them and allow them to see you as a real person and allow them to connect and really like you too.

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8. Focus on your appearance

Your appearance is something that can boost your confidence. A man will love when his woman takes care of herself and makes her appearance top notch. It also helps to lead him to compliment you and make him proud to call you his girlfriend.

There is nothing else for a man than to see his girlfriend looking appealing and for him to know that you also show interest and want him too. Men find confidence sexy in relationships so for you to know one of the secrets to keeping his interest, you should exploit it!

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9. Dress up

You do not have to be a supermodel for you to feel like you are sexy. Clothes can be fun and completed related to your confident state of mind. Whether you aim to date for love or any other related feelings, dressing up will definitely make you feel good.

I am also sure your man will like and respect you for all the effort you put into your appearance. Try to make an effort to look good at all times, when he sees you going out of your way to take care of your self, this will make him appreciate you

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10. Laugh at his jokes

Even if he is not funny, this can make him feel a sense of being special to you. This is one of those things in relationships that make you want to be around each other for assurance. During a conversation, it can definitely make him feel like you want him when you support him and make him feel important to you. Him making you smile will make him walk confidently into a relationship with you.

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11. Blow his mind in bed

Sex is another important part in relationships. Once you know what your partner likes, then you will know how to compliment him and how to put a smile on his face. If you are an amateur in this space, you can do research by watching a video or reading an article on what men like. Men aren’t too hard to please in bed, once you are adventurous and open to trying new things you should be able to make things spicy in the bedroom.

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12. Show interest in his interests

As humans, we tend to be attracted to persons who have similar interests as we do. Girls can use this to spark conversation and make the guy want to spend time and share his interest with you. Make him want to share and show you what he is interested in. This can create a sense of attraction once you share in different things that help you build friendships and possible look to the future together.

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13. Expose your all to him

Exposing your all doesn’t necessarily have to mean physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Passions, feelings, talks of the future will make a man feel like you are opening up to him. When you have exposed your all to him, this will make you most vulnerable to show him all that you feel. When you engage in deep conversation, this will definitely add points for you to build your relationships.

Once you feel and express what it is you are thinking, this can make your relationship stronger. Women are also interested in hearing what men feel and to date and love a man it is all about reciprocating ideals with the person to make it work.

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14. Go in depth and be honest

It has been shown that once you are honest with each other this can help to build the relationship and allow you to be confident with each other. It is a great way to ensure you are both on the same page especially when looking forward to the future.

When a girl likes a man she will express herself and her expressions can let him fall for her. Guys love a girl who is confident and someone they can share and seek advice from. Maybe, this could be you?

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15. Be honest with your feelings

If you think you love him make him know. Some advice may tell you not to open up to him but as a girl with a guy you like, make sure you express your feelings. This could lead you to get the person you are interested in. As a woman, for some guys vulnerability is attractive.

Want to make him fall for you? Could this work for you? if you are interested in the person, go ahead and let them know you are interested. What could you lose?

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16. Test him out

Do little things to test the relationship to see how he will react. Are you dating, are you friends? Test the waters a little bit to see how he reacts to some things. If you are sad for example, he would want to make you happy if he is genuinely interested. If you lack something, he would want to make you get what you need to be satisfied. Anything a guy likes he would want to improve your life and make sure his woman is good.

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17. Leave thoughts with him

When pursuing a relationship, you want to connect on many levels. Talking, dating and spending time together is a good idea to make the relationship work. Making memories are important and doing special things to compliment each other seems to be a good way to get things going.

It could be as simple as your walk, your talk or even your smile to bright up his day can make him think of you. The more you know about your partner, the more things you can connect over and make thoughts linger with him.

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18. Flirt

A little bit of flirting never hurt anyone as a matter of fact, it may let him know what you are thinking. Almost any guy loves flirting and this may be an effective way on how to get a guy to like you. Make a guy think about you by saying things that get you to think about you instead of someone else.

You can even elevate this to sexting which can take your relationship to higher heights. It can allow you both to forget life outside and focus on life and a future with you both.

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19. Show him how to be the man you like

Another important step in a relationship is to show each other what type of man or woman you want to be with. This article can show you many things but do not ever discount what you want to get out of your relationship. Show him what you want or you may get something else.

It is important to give a him a sense of what you like and what you expect. An example, ” I am born in August which is the summer, so I like a man who is thoughtful and will take me on a boat ride or a picnic”. Give him examples of how you want him to love you.

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20. Do meaningful activities

Engage in activities that are fun and allow you to feel each other out to see what you both like. If you know what you both enjoy and like, then this is a great way to understand how to love each other and how to put a smile on each others face. Girls like thoughtfulness and guys like this too. Men and women speak different languages so meet halfway to see what each other enjoys so you can let him know how to treat you.

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🔹 How to make him chase you 🔹

There are several things that a girl can do to make a guy chase her for a relationship. It is a good idea to check an article to see how to move from being friends to dating to being in a full relationship. We will explore 5 things to make a guy go crazy over you and make them fall for the person you are.

1. Be Mysterious

Once you save some of yourself from him, you can make him like you even more. You can tempt him with some areas of your life so you can pique his interest so he would want to get to know this person. Why give him everything all at once? Let him work for access to different parts of you so he can appreciate it as he gets it.

You can keep the male psychology active by giving him some parts of you and teasing him with different parts of you that he may love. To date you is to know you, to fall for you could be interesting for him. Leaving some amount of mystery around you would raise his interest and make him want to spend more time with you.

2. Playing hard to get

When you are on a date, a woman usually plays hard to get. This may be an interesting way to allow a guy to fall for you. This is a move that can allow you to gauge the interest of the guy. If you play this right, he may place a high value on your and again you are using the male psychology to make this effective. If he still keeps going hard for you, no matter what you do will prevent him from going the distance for you.

Playing hard to get can include hiding out from him sometimes or just remaining mysterious in some areas. This will be a tease for him and you will see if he continues to pursue you and test if his interest level will remain the same.

3. Do not chase him

Do not chase him at anytime. If you do, it may seem as if you are desperate and for girls this is not a good thing. A man will not necessarily keep going after someone he can access at anytime. Sometimes you have to walk and tease him with your self and let him express what he would want. It will not interest him to go after a girl that is willing to give her self away easily.

Chasing him will be an instant turnoff, he will see you as easy and a guy will not like or be interested in that. You guys could be talking, moving towards dating or getting serious but acting easy will kill the deal for guys. Its not very attractive for women to be easily accessible as a guy wants to pursue what he wants.

4. No sex right away

Do not be easy with sex. If you have sex too early in the relationship then it is going to give the wrong signals. This is especially problematic as if he gets this too early especially before he respects you, he can easily lose interest. It may seem harsh but if you want a guy to chase you, let him wait and want things over time.

Sex is much better when it is anticipated and built up over time. The longer you make him wait, the better it will be. Even over time you can learn what he likes and what he does not like. This can be very useful once you have learned many things that he likes to do then you can put it into action right away.

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5. Learning to flirt

There is a subtle way to do this to keep a guy interested. This is good if you know what he likes, then you can use this to your advantage. How to get a guy to like you will involve you doing things that continually tease his interest.

Flirting is a love language that will get a guy interested and this guy will just keep following you. Someone else may be on his mind but if you step your game up and make your flirting highly effective, it will be guaranteed that he will keep you in his mind and will keep him coming back to you.

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🔰 The moves and words to notice you 🔰

1. Exude high energy and positive body language

When you look at anyone who gets what they want is it the shy person or the confident person in the room? When you exude a high energy and positive body language you will be sure to garner some attention.

Simple things like open arms that are uncrossed or a smile are things that will be attractive to guys. This will be more welcoming than folded arms or turning away from someone. Openness will attract guys to want to talk to you as they will see you as being open to conversation and their approach. This gives guys some amount of confidence as they think you are approachable.

2. Get Creative

When you are creative in life, you can be a genius in spontaneity that can blow his mind while you are dating. This push your relationship to higher heights and make his life more interesting. Know what he is into and what his interests are, once you play on these areas you will let him know you are thoughtful. Once you show him you think of him, he will definitely notice you and he can fall for you.

Creativity can also be a love language that a guy can speak as he will always be surprised. This will make dating exciting and especially if you are outdoorsy, you can make life outside interesting. We are talking about exciting things like skiing, hiking, racing cars or just about anything that can come to mind. If you can keep his adrenaline rushing, you will be sure to have his attention all the time.

3. Smiling, eye contact techniques

Women have many techniques to their advantage to get a guy to like them. Smiling can be a flirtatious technique to get a guy to notice you and get a man to respect and notice you. Some advice is to use this technique sparingly, as this can drive a guy crazy when he thinks you are interested. Maybe, you are just trying to feel him out to see where his head is at but this can be an effective way to communicate to see how he reacts.

Even if you are not the hottest woman in the room, eye contact and smiling can get you halfway to know if the guy is into you. Feel him out to see how he reacts and this is good to see if he would like you. Guys love interacting with women in this way and if he is interested more than likely he will come over and compliment you.

4. Pay attention to his friends

Some women may not know this, but they may think once they are into a guy, they must focus on him alone. This isn’t so, you should also pay attention to who he is with as well. He would want his friends to feel welcome as well, this is an effective strategy. He would not want them to feel like a third wheel, so give his acquaintances some attention as well. Put them at ease and make them both feel comfortable around you. This will make him see you as caring, welcoming and make him want to be around you.

5. Be yourself

Sometimes getting a guys attention could be as simple as you being yourself. You never know, he may just like you for who you are. Show him your interests and what you like to do. Share with him your experiences and where you are going in your future. He may just be enthralled with you and want to join the ride.

Also, in different situations you just being yourself can be attractive to him. It may be good to know how you react in different situations to understand you. Let him see how you are so he would know what you bring to the table.

⚜ How to flirt the right way ⚜

1. Confidence

Confidence is a plus that any man will like to see in his woman. This is a sexy trait when he can watch you walking and see you being very confident in yourself. This is a way to get a guy interested in you and one of the most effective ways how to get a guy to like you. This is a way for a guy to consider that he wants to have you in his life.

2. Show interest in his life

Who doesn’t like compliments? Many people love to speak about themselves and when you get the chance to show some interest in them you should talk to them about their life. Ask them relevant questions to show your level of interest and they should appreciate how much attention you are paying to them. This can be a way to lead to more conversation in the future and can help to build your dating life.

3. Bring attention to your lips

This is an effective way while you are talking to bring attention to your lips. If you can make your lips look pouty and accentuated with lip gloss or chap-stick. When you are around your crush, you can do these things that allow your lips to look fresh and definitely when you are talking, pout at him and let him dream about those lips.

You can get a guy thinking about you if you wear certain shades of lipstick that compliments your skin color that can also go with your makeup. If you spend time fixing yourself, he will appreciate the effort you put into putting yourself together.

4. Constant smile and be nice to him

When you see your crush coming around, show that confidence to him and make sure you constantly smile with him. Being nice also helps as this makes him feel welcome and coupled with your appearance he will love and may tempt him to want to be more than friends. Make him look you up and down and with your great attitude will leave a mark in his mind and let him constantly think of you. No matter how small it seems, a great smile can make a guy really like you. Don’t underestimate the power of your smile.

5. Let him see you checking him out

This can be a scary thought but this can let you score many points with him. Giving him flirtatious looks to make him know you are definitely interested. If you guys are friends, this could be less than obvious way to show your friend you may want to date. Let him see that you like him and may want to talk to him more. Some of the greatest love stories comes from people starting as friends. This can even give him the confidence to talk to you as well, you may never know if he is checking you out as well. If he sees you checking him out, you may just give him an excuse to approach you as more than a friend.

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🔎 What do guys like in a girl 🔍

1. Clothes

Guys love a girl who can put themselves together in a neat and sexy way. When a woman is well groomed this will make a man appreciate what she is doing and how she put herself together. If in all situations you dress appropriately and have a good dress sense this is great. When you make yourself look beautiful this is well appreciated as a man will like being with someone who has great fashion sense.

2. Smelling Good

Having a wonderful fragrance is a great way to make a guy think of you. When you smell good, you can use this to your advantage as your smell can linger with him and let him think about you long after you have gone. Maybe you spray the fragrance on your neck, on your wrists and behind your eyes and this is a way to make your fragrance long lasting.

This is also a good opportunity to have different fragrances as well. This can be used in different occasions and you can test which works best for you. When you go around him with the different smells you can see which one has the most effect on him.

3. Motivational

Women are normally highly emotional and guys may not appreciate that at times. He may want a woman that can be emotionally intelligent and able to approach situations with a level head. This can be a woman who can inspire and encourage her partner or friend to be the best they can be. She can give advice to motivate him and this can increase his interest and make him like her even more. This type of woman can be very inspirational and will say the right things at the right time to encourage him with little or no issues.

4. Be a little naughty

A little naughty thought or approach from a woman is something that a man will like. A naughty woman will be a turn on and this will be something that can really work in your favor. Teasing your man is one effective way to make him think about you in a way that is not very obvious without it being too much. The touches and thoughts do not have to be sexual but some simple non sexual touches can send a message to him. This could be that I like being around you and I like you so spend time with me.

5. Passions

A woman with interests that she is passionate about is something that can impress a guy. Whatever hobbies or interests you are involved in can make a man admire you and get a guy to be crazy about you. This is a good way to cultivate things to do in a relationship and also creates avenues for you to share in these interests. It is also a way to make him support you in whatever you are doing and you can see how much effort he will put into you to support what you like to do.

6. Being kind

This is an important attribute that a woman can have that will get a guy to like them. Definitely starting as friends, with the aim to start a relationship, this is something a guy may look on and take into consideration before pursing you. He will see how you treat others and how warm you are when interacting with them. This can attract him even more and let him think just how you might be in a relationship with him.

7. Thoughtful

This is something that can score big points for a woman with a guy. If he sees who thoughtful you are, this is a big plus for men. A woman who thinks straight and knows exactly what she wants and goes for it is completely sexy. She can make her decisions and be confident in it and be willing enough to allow him to enter into her thought space to share in her decisions and future. This is a big thing in a relationship and just may be the thing that gets a guy to like you a little more than friends.

8. Femininity

A guy usually likes a woman who is soft and feminine, this is a trait that a man desires in his woman. She should be gentle and caring which is something a woman would expect a guy to like. Today’s society has a lot of strong women and nothing is wrong with that, however while being strong, still embrace your feminine side and do what makes you feel confident and happy to attract a man.

9. Sense of Humor

This is actually a quality a guy likes in a woman. This seems to be a high quality that is valued by men. So this means that a guy will not only like a woman to laugh at his jokes but a woman who can make them laugh too. It is a great feeling to have a similar sense of humor with someone so the time you spend together can be fun and more meaningful. This kind of positive interaction will help to make the relationship more exciting and pleasurable.

10. Playfulness

This is another great quality that can get a guy to like you more. A woman who is playful is one who may not take herself too serious and possibly not afraid of what people think of them. They may be laid back and invariably this can cause them to have more confidence. You will not mind laughing at yourself and you will be open to being silly and fun. This is almost guaranteed for this guy to remember you.

Conclusions

We have seen many things that a guy will like in a woman and some of the moves a girl can use to get a guy to like her. Overall, one of the most attractive qualities that a man will find sexy in a woman is confidence. This is important to keep this quality in check and make sure it does not borderline arrogance.

This is something men find very attractive and if that line is crossed, no matter how beautiful and successful you are, this will be an instant turnoff as that is not a good trait to have. Do not be selfish, self-absorbed or have a heightened sense of importance. A woman should be caring, understanding and welcoming. This will make him want to introduce to his family.

A man likes to talk and especially when you are friends moving on to dating. Friends can do many things together to build their relationship by going out and trying new things. This is someone who is adventurous and doesn’t mind trying new things. No matter how pretty your face is, you must have qualities that blow his mind. This will make him think about you and want to be with you all the time.

Also, this article explores a woman being sexy. flirty and naughty. These are a combination of traits that can get your relationship going. These qualities will help to keep your relationship exciting and fun.

When you have executed some of these things that are contained in this piece, you can then test if the guy like you. If the guy smiles when you are around, this will be a good indicator that he likes when you are in his presence. Even if he is having a bad day, you will make it better for him. This is a great test to see how he reacts when you come around.

Does he make an effort to talk to you and be with you? This is another way to verify how he feels about you. If you are highly rated by him, you will see when goes out out his way to spend time and to be with you. This normally would entail him doing something out of his way to get to know you better.

When you are making the effort to be with him and he is too is a beautiful thing. Once you try to meet halfway in the relationship there would be things that are common between you both. If he is making an effort to bond on these commonalities, this will be a good indicator that he is interested in you.

Another thing, while you are flirting with him it is another indicator when he is responding and flirting with you are well. If he is into you, it will be simple to get a guy to flirt with your effortlessly.

Talking to a guy is an important part of how to get a guy to like you as he will learn more about you. As you explore each other, this is another good way to see if he remembers what you tell him over time. Things you like, things about yourself or just random things. If he remembers what you told him before, there is a great chance that he finds you interesting and may want to pursue something with you.

If the guy is attentive to you, this will also indicate that he is into you and feeling what you are doing. If you apply some of the ideas explored in this article, then you will see how he reacts and where his mind is at. Attention from a guy is a great way to get a guy to express himself. He may not be able to express himself in words but definitely in his actions you will see if he likes you are not.

Additionally to his actions, his body language will show how he is feeling and what he is thinking about while he is around you. If he leans towards you while he is near to you, then its highly likely he is interested. Possibly if he is fidgety around he possibly nervous around you. This could indicate many things but you can be cognizant of how he behaves to see what he is about.

Physical contact is another good thing to pay attention to when evaluating how far you are with a guy. If he loves to touch you and be near to you, this could indicated that he has feelings for you. Things like touching your hands, shoulder or hugging you can be a good indicator that he likes you and love being around you.

Another good indicator to see if he is interested is to see if his friends or family know about you. If his loved ones are interacting with you then more than likely you are his number 1 and really indicate whether the relationship is going somewhere.

Advice and motivation was something that was also offered as something that men like in a woman. If you provide that kind of support to him and he values what you say, this will be shown in how he reacts to this advice and how he shows how your opinion will matter. If he looks to you for the support and advice this will be a good quality that you can be assured he is into you.

Does he notice when you make changes in your appearance? Your perfume? Your hair? These are things that you can pay attention to see if he is observant and really takes an interest in you. This is very clear that he is into you if he notices these little things that you do to enhance your appearance.

Do your wins make him happy? Is he genuinely happy for you? Does he remember your birthday or other special days to show you how important you are to him? If he makes a special effort to be with you on these special days, this will indicate that he is into you.

Finally, does he make you happy? If he does, this is one of the most important things to ensure you have landed a guy that is going to make you happy. While you are working to get a guy to like you it is also important for you to be happy as well. It makes no sense for you to put out all this energy into trying to get a guy and he is not reciprocating.

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Related Questions

Q: What to do to avoid rejection

A: Avoiding rejection will include you not putting yourself out there too much. There are guys to meet and actions you are doing while trying to figure out how to get a guy to like you. The best thing to do is first test the waters by doing some of these things that the article has suggested to see if he is into you.

These are good things to try on your prospect without you doing too much to get a guy to like you. Once you test the waters you can gain confidence to know if you should move further. There will be indicators to see if he is interested and if he is, then you can be certain to move forward and will be less likely to face rejection.

Q: How to get him to text/chat to you first?

A: You can flirt with him and tease him when he comes around you. Give him enough to remain mysterious but definitely make it interesting so he would want to know more. This is what makes a guy go crazy, once he is interested and you are making him think about you, this will be the ultimate tease.

Once a guy is teased and interested, you will push him to want to reach out to you as he will want to be around you. Once this is established, he will try his best to get to you. If he cannot take it anymore, then he will eventually reach out via text or phone call.

Q: How to get a guy to open up?

A: A guy can open up to you once you have established a deeper connection via your relationship. Once this deep relationship is in place, there will be soulful connections where you talk and discuss things such as love and life. When you have these discussions, this will lead him to feel comfortable discussing his feelings once you will not judge him and use these feelings against him.

If you are a motivational person that will look to build him up will be more welcoming for him to share what he is feeling. Once he feels comfortable then he will feel open to sharing and will be willing to discuss with you for he knows you will be there to lift him up.

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Am I Toxic? (31 Signs You Should Know)

Have you ever called someone toxic or asked yourself the same question? Do you often find toxicity in other people and think “Am I a toxic person too?” Well, there might not be some clear indication at first about you being toxic but other people may notice certain behaviors that they consider toxic about you. It’s sometimes difficult to realize on our own but someone else can tell you exactly what you are doing wrong.

What is the definition of toxic?

A toxic person is someone who frequently tries to hurt other people with bad behavior or actions that they consider okay and fine. Being toxic basically means that you love hurting others without feeling any kind of remorse for it. You love the negative behaviors and do it so frequently that it might become a part of your definition.

These direct or indirect behaviors in you are considered as signs of being toxic. A toxic person most often doesn’t realize the damage they are doing to their surroundings. The people in your life, your family, your friends, or your partner might tolerate your toxic behavior to some extent but you should feel guilty about it because what you are doing is absolutely wrong.

But how to properly define who is a toxic person? Am I toxic? Is my toxic behavior destroying mine or someone else’s life? Is my mental health fine and well? Such questions may arise when you first notice the toxicity in you.

But to pinpoint the exact sign might be difficult for certain people. That’s why I will share with you 31 clear signs you should know about a toxic person. This article will explain everything in detail so reading it till the end will help you a lot. Let’s get started.

💣 Am I toxic? 31 signs that you’re the toxic person in people’s lives 💣

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📌31 signs that you’re toxic 📌

1. Not caring about other people feelings

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Emotions, something that humans show when they feel something. There are different types of emotions we can display depending on the behavior of our surroundings. Everyone wants to feel “Happy” but that’s not always the case, unfortunately.

People want to feel loved, to be cared for, to be understood even if they don’t talk too much. They want to share and love as much as the other person. They all have feelings, some are even more sensitive than others. Even tiny damage to their heart can cause a wound of a lifetime. But why am I telling you all this?

Because someone who is toxic will do harm to you regardless of keeping your feelings in consideration. They simply won’t care if your heart hurts all the time. Or if you are dealing with worldly problems. Instead of providing emotional support, they will tend to hurt you more. They will blame everything else but themselves because they feel good about their wrongdoings. It’s a clear indication of toxic behavior. And I think it’s one of the worst signs too because words carry energy. Talking or having a conversation positively is perhaps much better than talking negatively constantly.

2. Mood Swinging Dilemma

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Okay, this one is just as bad as the first one. Treating people around you depending on your different kinds of moods will make people fearful. They won’t know what kind of mood you are in because they can’t speak to you properly. They are careful with their words to not trigger you because of your mood-swinging behavior.

They will control you by showing their unpredictable versions of them making you think many times before doing or saying something to them. To live like this in constant fear feel like living in a world full of hypocrites!

So if you portray your mood swings in a way that can hurt others, seek help instantly. Clear your head and look for support. It’s not other people’s fault that they feel constrained while talking with you. Such a personality is considered a mess.

3. Jealousy, The Green-Eyed Monster

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Do you often find yourself talking about what other people have or achieve? Do you constantly talk about other people’s success with your friends and family? Do you feel bad that other people have more than you? That’s what we call jealousy.

It’s toxic behavior that is very common in the world. Instead of being happy for the other person, you feel bad because you don’t have all that. “Someone is better than you” is something that makes you restless. Instead of wishing good luck or be supportive, you tend to think more about “Why?” It makes you upset because of which you act with jealousy then. You might go as far as to curse the people.

Jealousy may cause you to lose your relationships with your friends. It may affect your health and cause you pain. It will emotionally drain you and maybe later when you think of the past, there will be no one there but only you, alone. Because you are jealous of the things that your friends have.

People really hate someone who is of the jealous type. They can’t deal with such behavior that seems to harm someone. My advice would be to not feel jealousy my friend, not even a little bit. It could destroy the most precious thing that you have. Your bond with someone close to you or things that matter the most to you.

4. I’m not going to apologize

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Admitting to your mistakes and believing you are wrong takes a lot of courage and heart. Instead of playing the blame game, fixing things on the spot is much better than treating people badly and causing them more pain. A toxic person may not apologize or admit to their mistakes because they feel they never did something wrong in the first place.

Perhaps you think it’s fine to harm other people and get away with it without saying sorry. People are aware of such behavior and clearly know that you are not the person they thought you to be. Forgiveness goes a long way but people who think negatively only have negative outcomes.

You don’t consider the other person to be the victim of your toxicity and simply ignore the fact that your behavior might have caused some damage to their life. You simply don’t care if they get upset with you or you don’t give a damn about the world at all.

The honest truth is, in all healthy relationships there is compromise. There is forgiveness and there is love, patience, support, and trust. If you take the first step towards forgiveness, you took the first step towards a healthy relationship.

A toxic person may not consider forgiveness an important matter. Maybe they seem to be just fine with their personality. Emotions might not be there with them and that could lead to such a terrible disaster of toxicity.

5. What is Compromise?

Being selfish and only caring about you, you, and you mean that you will never compromise when it needs to be. You are like ” My wishes and need comes first, I don’t care about yours at all! ” This seems to be the case of today’s modern world. Relationships are breaking off left and right just because you don’t know how to compromise.

Self-care is all you think about. You will do anything to get what YOU need even if makes the life of other people hard. ” So what if it causes pain to other people? I come first” is the type of mentality toxic people have. You never feel guilty about such behavior and just portray your selfish side to people which causes them to hate you.

I believe people who want healthy relationships should have their mental health checked. Maybe it might feel like not something everyone is going to do but if it fixes the problem then why not? If every single person starts checking on their behaviors, it would lead to more healthy relationships around you. Your head will feel lighter and people around you would be happy to have you in their lives.

6. Negative is my Positive

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Whenever you hear a story from your friends or family, you always seem to assume the outcome is negative. Like I mentioned before, negative thinking will only bring negative results. Instead of becoming better, you become toxic. Your relationships seem to disconnect often and you feel just fine because you think negatively anyways.

All toxic relationships seem to have one culprit who seems to think negatively all the time. A relationship could get healthy if we think positively and maybe just maybe life could get better in a matter of time.

People believe that someone who constantly talks negatively will do a lot of harm and cause pain to someone. Which is the truth, if you keep thinking negatively how can you or the people around you be happy? How will they understand that you matter? when you always say negative things

People have emotions, they want to support and always seek the truth. They get upset when others don’t consider their feelings. People deal with so many things in their everyday life that listening to someone negative just messes their heads even more.

Thinking like that will only create more problems and will only attract people who love problems even more. They will act exactly how you seem to think. Maybe they feel it’s okay too because in your head it’s okay to spread negativity. There is no future if you always think like that, your past is just the same. But your present can be changed. I believe if someone really cares about their health, they will perhaps try harder more than anyone to do right instead of wrong.

7. Drama is fun!

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Drama in a relationship is a pitfall everyone tries to avoid. People deal with drama all the time. And every single time when someone creates a drama, it’s a start towards many toxic behaviors. In the beginning, it may feel like nothing but at some point, people will realize that you enjoy escalating things and creating drama. You love to act in silly scenarios and don’t care about people. Your wrong seems right to you in your head. You believe feelings are useless and it’s okay if people get emotional over your act. You are self-obsessed and simply feel nothing towards people who are emotionally hurt.

If someone else tells you that you are wrong you even start to act more on it because it’s fuel to you for what you want to create. Sadly the victim can only blame themselves because you won’t stop anyways. Imagine how people will feel when you talk and lie instead of telling the truth. Not admitting to your fault and blaming someone else. It might not harm you but it certainly harms the people who want to avoid such scenarios.

8. I am more upset than you!

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A toxic person upsets people more than any other person. They will tell you they are more upset even if you didn’t do anything wrong to them. They feel it’s fine and okay to see you sadder and sadder. They don’t have a care about the world or people getting hurt. Or even their family and friends, they perhaps just are used to upsetting people. And you when you point out the obvious in them, even for tiny little things they will say “So? I am more upset than you!”

They will upset you and make you deal with it alone. They will make you feel the worst about yourself and that is how all toxic relationships are.

You may feel relationships can last while doing such childish behaviors but in truth, it’s really not. Your personality will be in shambles if you don’t care about how much you are upsetting people. People are not stupid enough to let it slide all the time.

Toxic people’s personalities tend to have such behaviors. In life, you may find it really difficult to find friends. People will avoid you, nobody would like to have a conversation with you let alone sit with you.

9. ME, ME, ME, ME, ME, ME

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Toxic people often only talk about themselves. That’s their favorite topic! Their favorite conversation is ” Well, I ” and ” But, I ” or my most favorite ” You see, I “. That shows the exact personality of toxic people. They are self-obsessed, they love themselves and they only talk about in ” I ” and ” Me ”

People in your life want a healthy relationship with you, not a toxic one. How can you even make friends when all you talk about is yourself? You won’t even let other people talk because you want to stay above everyone. How will you know what’s going on in your friends or family life when you only spend time talking about yourself. They will feel having a proper conversation with you is just not possible.

People can find someone else, why should they always show interest in what you have to say about yourself only? You might not notice it but it can hurt people too. And when someone gives you a piece of advice, you should act on it and not just shrug it off. People are just as same as you. They matter too. Their lives are interesting too. If someone tells you about their past or how they are living in this world, you should listen to them carefully.

10. Always suspicious

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Being always suspicious is one of the toxic behaviors I really hate. It’s against the conduct of a healthy relationship. You are constantly making scenarios that don’t exist and have a suspicion of your partner doing something bad. If it stays the same and doesn’t change how could your partner even trust you then? How could your partner connect with you emotionally when you are always telling her about the thoughts in your head that don’t exist.

People feel emotionally drained when their partner is such type of a person. Relationships like these don’t tend to last longer and both are left to deal with this alone. It’s sad, isn’t it? When someone can be your soulmate and then they become a victim of your toxicity.

11. Tell me your secrets so I can share them with everyone

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You make people trust you, listen to their hearts, minds, and darkest secrets. You are so confident in your smooth talks that they believe you are the person they can trust this with. But then you go on and backbite. Share all their secrets with everyone. And tell them just the same that ” Don’t tell anyone else” while the poor victim secrets spread across your friends.

Toxic people don’t care if you have an important person in your life. They don’t care about someone’s past or consider their fault in things. They will do anything that they enjoy. Even share your classified information with the world.

A person who is toxic can never be someone’s friend. Because if they could share your personal things with others, how can you even trust them? My advice is to be wary of a person who is toxic.

People want to have a good and best friend, not a toxic one!

12. People in your life are not important

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Did you ever think about why your friends leave you suddenly and find somebody else? Why your relationship doesn’t last long? Why does the person feel emotional all the time when they are with you?

Well someone has to tell you that because you are not giving them the importance they deserve. Maybe you are giving more importance to the gadgets around you. Or your hobby or yourself. People want to know and feel that they are just important as other things that you love. Why should they look for somebody else when you are showing them that they matter too?

The point is that you have to fix things that are important, you have to be the person that someone can call a friend. The person who can make a relationship much better than others. A person who knows what is the most important thing in life. Self-care is okay but while giving importance to others as well.

13. Deceiving is easy when you are toxic

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You find it much easier to do things accordingly to you by deceiving and manipulating others. It’s fine and okay to you if you manipulate others to think or do things how you want.

You make people doubt others, you make them think others are wrong and you are right. They think someone else has done things just because you know how to deceive others. You feel happy that everyone can believe your lies so easily.

But people are smart nowadays and know when a lie is being told. They don’t take everything so seriously because society has become full of toxic people now. They are aware of your techniques and lies. Even an average person can lie to others but the point is to fix such problems.

Lies only make our life difficult. A relationship is a very precious thing in life. Lying to others would not only worsen the relationship, but the trust will just not be there. Can you make a friend while being so deceitful? Of course not! It may be fun and games to you but to others, it’s an emotional thing. No friend of yours would want a toxic relationship in life. So why should you?

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14. If I suffer, wouldn’t I get more care and attention?

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In life, we get through a lot of different kinds of tragedies. Life is cruel, that’s the truth. But some people take that to their advantage and use it against people. Some people don’t know how to self-love because they are used to creating disasters after disasters to have pity on themselves from others. They love that!

In a relationship, a person may want to change themselves to have a better life. But there exist some people who gain something from opposing such change, lots of attention and pity. It’s a clear sign of a toxic person who not only tries to bring you down with themselves by having THEIR way but also disagrees to fix things in life. They will blame themselves so much that you will feel bad about even thinking about doing anything with your life.

You might feel good when your friend or partner is there giving all the care and support but honestly, it’s putting a lot of strain on them. All that attention and care will go away soon and when you are back to reality, you will be fine. While others will be not so fine at all. So think before doing something as toxic as this.

15. No shame when discussing someone’s flaws

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A toxic person may have a friend in his circle that might have some flaws. He/She might be going through something like the passing away of a dear friend, have a disability, or is just not in check with their emotions. Think of a scenario where you gather all your friends and single out one to just make fun of their flaws and discuss it for so long that they feel the worst in their life.

It’s something that only an awful person will do. Making fun of someone’s skin, degrading them to the point they start to cry, shaming a family member with a disability and bullying can be the best example of this. Why should anyone have to go through this? Why increase their pain and anxiety more? You never know what people are dealing with in their life.

The mental health of a person is a very important part of life. It should be protected at all costs. This article should be a valid point for you and others to fix things more. It will make your relationship with others better.

16. Fix it yourself, why should I?

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Toxic people often don’t fix problems but create more. They don’t provide help because they consider themselves to be always right and you wrong. Instead of giving you self-confidence, they think it’s okay that you deal with your problems alone rather than helping you fix your problems. And when it’s their turn to need help, they will do anything and play the pity game to get help from you. Which is hypocrisy at its best. Playing with people’s emotions, putting blame on others, lack of support, and not telling the truth are the most common traits in a toxic person.

Asking for help is fine but providing it not just shows how self-centered people can be.

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17. Ungrateful

You think that you have just the worst life anyone can have. You consider yourself to be the most unlucky and feel like the world should show pity on you. You have a firm belief that you suffer more than others. You can’t stop discussing it with others because you fail to understand that there are so many things to be grateful for.

It’s easy for you to be a sore loser than actually doing something about it. You let everything slide right past you because you are just so ungrateful for this beautiful gift that God has bestowed upon you, your life.

All you do is nag and complain which eventually leads to people distancing themselves from you because they just can’t stand a person who has toxic behavior.

Make a note to self, to be grateful for the tiniest things that you have in your life. And see how it affects your relationship with others. It will fix your problems without you even knowing about it.

18. Optimism is a NO for me

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If you can’t think positively, and always drag down people to your way of thinking then you are simply a pessimistic person. You think of only the worst things that can happen but not the good. You only seem to find bad in everything.

You are the destroyer of moods, dreams, and wishes. They can’t even talk with you because if anything that they say was not right by mistake, you will be there to make them feel even worst by saying “See, didn’t I say that to you?” It’s like you are waiting for an opportunity to make someone feel unhappy about maybe their past or anything they are going through in the world.

It’s like you can’t stand a positive outcome but only expect bad to happen. A relationship like that won’t last long at all.

19. People start to point out your behavior

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When someone has enough of your toxic behavior and just cannot tolerate anymore the way you are treating them, they will start to call you out on your actions. Only then you will know that you did something they won’t sit idly upon. They will most definitely call you out on it.

Most of the times people will ignore it and just let it slide right by them but eventually they know that they have to distance themselves from you. They will cut ties with you, remove you from their relationship, and will not associate themselves with you anymore.

It takes a lot of time to directly confront someone about doing something bad. If they did that to you then it means you have really crossed the line and should apologize as soon as possible.

20. You are competitive and the only winner

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You make everything a competition. And you want to be the only winner in it because that’s what exactly toxic people do. If you don’t win then you get mad and throw a tantrum like a kid and start arguing about everything and how it should be your way.

A harmless competition can be fun, a test of skills perhaps can be good for both you and others. But you even make the simplest of things into a competition which not many people like. By showing such behavior you are simply alienating people who just want to have a good time. They feel restless and simply tired to cope with your silly competitions.

21. You make people do things they don’t like

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In a group of friends, you single out one person and persuade others to convince him/her into doing something they are afraid of or don’t want to do. You put so much pressure on it by taking advantage of your like-minded peeps that the poor person has no other choice but to either break down or do what you are asking from him.

You like to ignite such behavior among groups and enjoy the outcome of someone not doing what they like. Without a care about the consequences that might happen, you simply put more oil on fire while the poor man is just finding a way out of it.

22. You have a way with your comments

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Toxic people act smartly and it seems they can get away with their passive-aggressive and mocking remarks. They have a way with words and can simply sit back and enjoy your reaction while they feel no empathy towards what it may cause to other people.

For example, they might say things like “Wow, I didn’t know you were so capable of doing such a simple task” or when you have a rush of emotions and show a bit of feeling they might say ” Why is this making you so… Mad? ”

Such words can only hurt others and everyone should avoid speaking in such a manner. A toxic person will find every opportunity they can get to make other people feel guilty about themselves. They don’t even consider it might harm the relationship with someone. But there is an easy fix for such people. Simply ignore them, every time they comment on something that you strongly feel about, ignoring them will shut them up for good. Don’t show that you care about what they are saying and simply avoid such people in the first place. Only YOU can fix this.

23. Threatening to manipulate behaviors

Nobody likes to be threatened, especially not when they didn’t even do anything. If you treat people like nothing and constantly threaten them and make them fear you, how could they feel comfortable around you?

You assure them with your threats that if they ever say even a tiny fragment of something bad to you, they will see your wrath.

In a relationship, I have seen that on many occasions partners use this card to make them in check and behave how they want them to be. It’s easy for them to manipulate because they always fear the outcome that you have placed in their head.

The majority of the time these threats are harmless and just for time being. There are many cases of physical threats too in a relationship which I consider to be one of the worst things that someone has to go through in life. People should feel secure and comfortable, not living in a state of fear.

Maybe you threaten people to do something to yourself like inflict harm upon you, or share their secrets to others, or it can be a breakup. You use your partner’s fears to your own advantage and threaten them if they go against your will. That’s really nasty and most toxic thing to do.

24. You don’t give space to others

In this article, I have talked about most of the common things that you may find in a toxic person. Not giving space to someone and being nosy all the time is another example of someone who is toxic. When people are always asking you to stop asking questions they don’t want to answer, you push even more.

People hate such behavior and may ask you to leave them alone as soon as they get a hint that you are nosy. You think that in a relationship, you are putting more effort than your significant other but actually, it’s the other way around.

You become dependent on the person for everything which may feel like you are only more affectionate than them, but that’s not the case really. It just shows how immature and lazy you are because all of the time you are not letting your partner do what they want to do.

If you are one of those people who thinks everything in the world should go according to your thinking and your way, then my friend you are a person who people consider toxic.

25. People think you are two-faced

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Kindness is something that people want to see in everyone. In a society, kind people are appreciated more than others because they know how to be compassionate. They can put themselves in other people’s shoes and experience how others will go through something if anything like that happened.

But that’s what toxic people have mastered too. The masters of disguise are on a level of hypocrisy that they can change how you see the world in a matter of seconds. They are so charming and so smooth talkers that you would want to spend most of your time with them.

But little do you know that they are only using you because it is beneficial for them. Once they have no use for you, they will show you their true side and you will be left shocked and surprised with only a bruise that they have left you with.

It might make you think twice before befriending someone as toxic as them. Sadly, there is no easy fix or way to know about certain people.

They might be very friendly and awesome on the outside for some time, but when it comes to their wishes and demands only then you can see their true colors. They will show you a side of them you have never seen before.

They will use their fake kindness to gain favors and trust. If you see them behave differently from other common people, only then you will know that you are dealing with a person with toxic traits.

26. Your explosiveness doesn’t define your toxicity

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Explosive behavior doesn’t necessarily mean that you are awful. Perhaps it’s a cover-up for what’s really toxic about you. For example, you want to meddle in other people’s affairs to get a reaction, you won’t admit that you are incorrect but will escalate things easily just to see a reaction from others.

You say one thing while doing another. You clearly have no interest in anything else but doing something to get a reaction from someone that you might enjoy.

Arguing all of the time when you are in a relationship, procrastinating more deliberately, being lazy all day, and saying no to everything that is asked of you. You think everything is a movie and the world is your stage and you are the only actor and viewer of such a movie. Isn’t that come off as rather selfish and childish? You should curb such behavior as soon as you notice it. It’s really shameful if someone else points it out for you.

If you like to destroy a relationship more than finding a fix, then your life will be hard.

27. You are a taker and not a giver

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In a relationship, there is always give and take. It’s quite puzzling to me that someone can only be a taker or a giver in a relationship. How can someone even think like that? It’s so awful and disgusting to be only the taker because you don’t consider the amount of effort, energy, love, feelings, and trust the other person is putting into this relationship.

A relationship is a very special bond that cannot be severed by anything. Love, trust, everything should be mutual and equal from both sides. If you are the type of person who takes more of other people’s time, love, favors, emotions, energy, feelings, or even physical space then be prepared for the consequences of losing someone close to you because they will know that you are taking advantage of them. And no one will tolerate that one bit.

28. Things get really personal when conflicts arise

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In a relationship, conflicts may arise frequently. They are a part of our life and most of the time we solve them peacefully. But occasionally there are times when toxic behaviors may arise due to sudden anger or anxiety. You may lose control of yourself and may not think logically for the moment that you are in.

When disagreements come during a relationship, you try to sabotage everything by getting way too personal. You don’t care about hurting people badly or scarring them for life. You will throw everything you have on them specifically in a conflict and will try to hurt them as much as you could without caring about their feelings.

To win an argument you will attack them personally about anything, it can be their height, something that they might have done in past, abuse them, swear at them, mentally torture them, calling them with racist remarks, even go as low to bring their family in it. But after the storm, you still blame them for your behavior because you can never admit your mistake. That’s when you should really ask yourself “Am I toxic?”

29. Your one friend is leaving you too

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Imagine a scenario where you are so popular among your group. Everything you do is right but with the passage of time, your circle of friends is becoming smaller and smaller. Even your so-called best friend has left you alone. That one person on whom you have the utmost trust is gone as well. Every single thing that you tried to maintain in your relationships is not working. And the reason for this all? The toxic behaviors that you deny to change.

Truth is, in a healthy relationship, whether it be with your friend or a partner. Your mental health should be in a state that is acceptable by the mass. If you are always emotional, they will think you are oversensitive. If you don’t care about others, they won’t care about you too. When their pain is as much important to you as your pain. Then people around you will try to appreciate and support you because your personality will be acceptable to them. They won’t hesitate to make you their friend. Nobody wants to live alone.

30. A grudge that won’t budge

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If you hold grudges against people for a long time, who has done something upsetting to you or made you worry means you are a toxic person. You don’t forgive them and blame them all the time for something they have done to you. It drains not only your energy but the people surrounding you too.

And you will show them occasionally that they are not forgiven at all even when you said you did. It doesn’t make you worry at all even if it’s an important person to you. You will hold the grudge forever and just pretend they cease to exist anymore.

Directly or indirectly, you will inflict harm upon them, and eventually, they will have no choice but to leave you alone.

31. You are TOO proud of yourself

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Having some pride with dignity is fine and acceptable. But being too proud of yourself gives off a bad impression on people. You can’t accept the fact that other people can be better than you and you are above and beyond them all. You make people shameful and think that you are making yourself better by belittling them.

You often propose that things should go or have gone your way. And when people disagree with you, you simply are too proud to accept their suggestion. You make fun of their traits or behaviors and let them suffer humility in silence.

This is the reason why you become toxic and your behavior starts to affect your relationship with others. Nobody wants to spend time with you because all you do is being proud of yourself. Why should they even bother?

🗡 How do toxic people affect others 🗡

1. They make people stop believing in themselves

Toxic people will simply destroy your everything. They will leech away all your joys and happiness. They will make you so doubtful about yourself that the only way to get out of that dark place will be with therapy.

Your confidence level will be at the bottom because they will try to come up with new ways on how to take your happiness away. They will discourage you every time you see them and will make you self-doubt about every choice you make. You won’t be able to try new things because it’s all their fault for making you weak.

2. They make them suffer from the mental torture

A good person may become toxic too if he is exposed to lots of toxicity. It could destroy their lives and they might even go as far as to harm themselves! or others!

I mentioned this before in the article too that mental health should be protected at all costs. If your mental health is good then you can protect and save yourself from behaviors like these. My advice to you will be to seek help immediately if you have ever encountered any type of person I mentioned in my article.

If you can’t think straight, you cannot make critical decisions that can alter your path towards your goals and dreams.

3. They make them uncomfortable

They will make you uncomfortable everywhere you go. Whether you are eating at a restaurant or having a birthday celebration. Or even doing something ordinary like doing your homework.

They will go out of their way and think of something absolutely so outrageous that you could only be stunned and shocked there on the spot. Their spontaneous yet accurate deeds will make you think twice before doing something simple.

If you have a sensation of not being comfortable with a person or don’t like the way how they act. You will simply leave them alone, right? But an awful person will simply avoid that fact and will make you think of the worst as much as possible.

They believe their comfort comes first which is when they make you uncomfortable.

4. They burden them with guilt

An awful person will always try to make you think of yourself as guilty, even over for the smallest of things. To imagine such persons exist really scares me. Everyone can tolerate to a certain degree, carrying around guilt for all of your lives is such a terrible thing to imagine.

Sadly behaviors like these are too common now. The feelings have dried up in their hearts and they show no remorse for giving such a heavy burden to carry.

5. They make them confused and depressed

They make sure your future becomes meaningless. They put you in a state of constant disbelief and confusion. They control everything in you and manipulate you which directly affects your future. They are the ones who can shape it, not you because you are confused while they are in control.

Relationships are built on truth and trust. They get the best out of your depressed state because to them it’s fun. They can see you like this but you should not. They even go as far as to bring your friends and family into this because they have no honor at all. If you are thinking they won’t harm you if you are depressed or confused, think again. They will affect your everything, EVERYTHING!

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❌ Different toxic behaviors ❌

🛑 Lying

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The most common trait would obviously be lying because it takes no time or effort to do so.

Lying is easy because you don’t have to do any actions with it. You can spew hate, spread false information, trick and trigger others with minimum effort. You can see it everywhere, in every country, in every city, everywhere you go you can find them easily, it’s full of them.

They will tell you lies, to make you either think positively or negatively about certain things. They think it’s fine and well to do so because they are the biggest liar themselves. They can’t even be true to themselves.

Parents have always advised us to never lie in our lives, the reason is crystal clear. To not become a vermin of a society which all liars are.

🛑 Cheating

Another form of such behavior would be cheating. A relationship or more precisely, healthy relationships are uncommon these days because of all the cheating that is happening. Trust is lost and we are moving at a fast pace that has a no stop or a slow down button.

Your friends and families have the same story to tell that their spouse or love has cheated on them. Why? Reasons can be many but behavior like this are clear signs of who is not thinking about a fix or solution to problems but rather running away from them.

🛑 Stubbornness

Another behavior that is too much to handle or tolerate. Imagine having conversation after conversation and not getting your point across just because the personality of the other guy has stubbornness in it.

You can go as deep as possible, try to help as much as you can, even sacrifice your time and dreams to make an effort to find a fix but their stubbornness will always win in the end. They will leech away all your energy and sleep peacefully while you will be in a constant worried state to find a fix or solution.

🛑 Jealousy

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Jealousy is the type of behavior that perhaps be hidden for quite some time from you. It may not be seen clearly because those who are jealous will often not show them directly.

They do masquerades to give off a vibe that they are not jealous of. They think it’s awful that you have more than them. They believe they should have more than you because you are undeserving.

Jealousy can lead to many problems in a relationship and losing your love over that is the most heartbreaking thing to experience.

🛑Manipulation

In my article, I have discussed this many times already but I am putting it here again just to show you that how badly it can affect your friends and families. Your relationship can’t last long if you find yourself or others to be manipulative.

A control freak is something you might have heard in movies or shows. It’s a common phrase that is used when you are in a relationship.

They won’t hesitate to manipulate you with lies and control your mind according to their will. They love to see you suffer and in their behavior, it’s obvious that they love doing that.

Conclusion

With everything said above, the answer should be simple.

Avoid toxicity at all costs. Ignore them when you find them. You can only tolerate to a certain extent.

Just see how many types are there, can you really tolerate everything and put your heart out there for them?

Let them do what they please with you? Of course not!

It may be hard to identify and point out each and every trait in others. But what we can do is try to change and try to be better ourselves.

We cannot change everyone, that is the harsh truth. We also cannot deal with the problems of others.

We can’t fix everything but we can protect ourselves from the harm of such a society.

It only takes one friend to help you build up. Reach out and find them. They do exist. The kind and honest ones. The lovely and sweet ones. The brave and Protective ones. They are all there.

You deserve better! Be the change that in the lives of others.

📍 How to change and become a better person? 📍

Finding a light that can change you may look hard at first but reaching out for help is easy. The first step towards getting better is always the removal of the root problem. The cause has first to be identified and pointed out in order to get better.

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Finding a friend who can help you change will be the fastest way to see a change in you because sometimes we may not open up to our families. Discussing and finding a fix to your problem with the help of your friend will make you somewhat better already.

If you find yourself not changing on your own try reaching out to doctors or hospitals that can help you. The sooner you get rid of this dark side of you, the sooner you will get better.

You will find love, peace, smiles, and care around you. The initial step is always so difficult but I believe and trust in you! You have the power to change everything! This is nothing but a small hurdle that you have to cross. You got this! Don’t be shy or hide away from problems, face them head-on. You are brave and courageous. Deep down nobody is bad or awful, they have time to change.

” I will be better ” is something that should always be on your mind! Keep fighting!

🌚 What are the different personalities of a toxic person? 🌚

We can get these answers by taking a quiz. The internet is full of them and I will also share some with you. But let me shortly mention the types of personalities a toxic person can have with you.

Depending on their many traits, they are:

  • The Fabricator – Associated with lying, exaggerating, fabricating, etc.
  • The JJ – JJ stands for someone who is Jealous and Judgmental.
  • The Drama Magnet – Person who enjoys creating and acting in the drama.
  • Spiritual Vampire – Someone who leeches your happiness by always talking negatively.
  • The Straitjacket – A control freak.
  • The Narcissist – Self-centered.
  • The Tank – Someone is who thinks they are always right and are arrogant.✅Fix Hidden Psychological Glitch To End Your Shyness For Good
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Sonus Complete Reviews: Is it Really Effective Against Tinnitus?

Are you disturbed by the ringing, buzzing or hissing sound in your ear? Is it affecting your sleep or your daily life? Aren’t those stressful moments due to these sounds affecting your moods at work or when you are out partying with your friends bothersome to your life? Well then Sonus Complete is here to help. Gregory Peters who developed this dietary supplement himself suffered from Tinnitus disease. Sonus Complete help improve your brain functions and the disturbing sound in your ear are commonly known to be caused by a barrier in communication between your ear and brain this can cause hearing loss.

The sounds entering the brain remain unprocessed which in turn confuses the brain and these sound then turn into different sound frequencies like buzzing or hissing which are prominent signs of the tinnitus disease. Sonus Complete is designed so that it fixes the brain network used to identify these sound which in turn could directly cure or reduce symptoms of tinnitus.Sonus Video

Sonus Complete Customer Reviews: Pros and Cons Overview

Pros:

  • It does not flood your body with potential toxins, it is made up of 100% natural ingredients.
  • You can notice results in little time i.e. as less as three weeks.  
  • Sonus Complete is known to improve overall brain function and hearing.
  • It is also known to improve blood circulation and also maintains the health of blood cells and the nervous system.
  • Improves listening experience and helps in normal hearing problems such as hearing loss.
  • Treats tinnitus naturally by enhancing neurotransmission and repairing cells.
  • It improves memory and cognitive function.                 
  • Helps reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Cons:

  • Limited stock is available in the market and they are only available online on their official website.
  • They are not backed up by any scientific studies however you can look at customer reviews instead to make up your mind.

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Reviews from Customers 2021- Find out what they said!

  •  Aletta from Norway stated in her review that the buzzing, buffering or ringing sounds were very annoying to her and tinnitus was very frustrating for her to handle. It irritated her and also made her feel depressed. She was also unable to focus on work due to these issues.  Sonus complete helped her overcome these issues and in a matter of no time that is only a week she was able to feel a huge difference in her ears. Concentrating on work had become much easier for her and she was able to hear more clearly as well. She also had no side effects to the product.
  • P Radhakrishnan from Nevada, USA also gave in another review about Sonus Complete. He stated he heard about the product and that it used all natural products as well. He ordered it the very next day and had his order at his door step with 5-7 working days He also said that he thought it was most effective product to cure problems like the buzzing sound in the ears. He was very satisfied with the product and would be happy to recommend it further as well to people facing any such problems

What is Sonus Complete Supplement?

Sonus Complete is a ground breaking dietary supplement that rescues you from the unbearable condition that conventional medicine cannot cure. It offers a safe and affordable way to fix your brain passageways and restore you to perfect health by getting rid of the noise within a month of using it. Sonus Complete is a dietary supplement product that combines natural ingredients like different minerals, plants and vitamins that might help cure hearing problems and even greatly might even help with tinnitus. Gregory Peters created this supplement as he thought that natural nutrients might help cure health condition better as they are all natural and safe to use without any side effects.

After many trial Gregory Peters combined a number of natural ingredients that can be consumed without any harm or side effects. Sonus Complete could be the new future and the most efficient cure to Tinnitus with the safest most harmless ingredients. Gregory Peters carried out extensive research to find the most effective cure for this very annoying problem called Tinnitus that has taken the privilege of having a normal life away from many people. These ingredient in this product help improve brain functionalities and increase energy and productivity levels of an individual as Sonus Complete can also help with problems like depression, anxiety or insomnia. All these problems halt a normal daily routine of an individual and it’s time to change and cure these problems for a better and healthy life style for these people who suffer with problems like tinnitus. Tinnitus

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Does Sonus Complete Supplement really work?

Sonus Complete does not work everyone but its sure has a success rate of more than 90%. It not only helps an individual manage symptoms related to tinnitus but has been proven to provide other number of benefits as well, in terms of ear, brain and individual health. It has passed the health test and proven to have health benefits as a whole.

Sonus complete is known enhance brain function and cure hearing or ear problems without having any harmful effects on the user. The extensive research, analysis and testing has proved the product to be effective for people suffering from the tinnitus disease. It has shown remarkable results in curing problems with sleep cycles, anxiety, hearing, hissing or other sounds in the ears. It also improves cognitive function and helps enhance the memory or users as well.

What are the ingredients in Sonus Complete?

Sonus Complete formula is made up of all natural un-harmful ingredients like hibiscus, hawthorn berry, olive leaves, vitamin B3, garlic, vitamins B12, B6, Buchu leaves, green tea, juniper berry, uva ursi and vitamin C.

· Buchu leaves

They are used to treat diuretic, urinary tract infections or inflammations. This ingredient also has anti-inflammatory properties. These leaves also cure diseases and infections like cystitis, leukorrhea, prostatitis and yeast infections.

· Uva Ursi

Is used to cure infections or inflammations that might have affected the hearing of an individual or even cure urinary tract infections. Tannins in this ingredient contract the herd mucous membranes in the body.  

· Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also called an ascorbic acid and it is a very essential ingredient as it helps repair and enhance all body tissues. It helps with formation of collagen, helps heal wounds as well as absorbs iron in the human body.

· Vitamin B12

It helps keep the blood cells and nerves in the body in a healthy condition and also helps prevent a particular type of anemia that is known as megaloblastic anemia that makes a human weak or tired.

· Vitamin B6

It enhances moods and also reduces depression or its symptoms. Vitamin B6 improves brain health and aids hemoglobin production which helps to treat anemia.

· Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 also widely known as Niacin helps the body process proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy for the body. It reduces cholesterol and improves brain function and memory. This vitamin is only to be used in small quantities and Sonus complete uses the correct ratio of these vitamins that can be used without any harmful effects on the body.

· Hawthorn berry

These berries have antioxidants contain properties that are helpful in curing problems like heart failures, increased blood fat levels, heart palpitations or chest when they are used with standard medications.

· Juniper berry

Is a herb that is useful in treated ear problems and is also well known because of its unique anti-inflammatory properties. It increase productions levels of urine and reduces edema and blood pressure as a result of its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

· Olive leaves

These leaves naturally help cure gastroenteritis as they contain antimicrobial, antidiabetic and anti-cancer properties. It also secures the nervous system which is why it is also a very essential ingredient in the formula. It also cures different problems like inflammation, herpes and makes the immune system stronger by it antioxidant properties. It relieves pain caused by tinnitus.

· Garlic

Garlic controls high blood pressure, improves blood circulation and also cures inflammations. A constant and smooth flow of blood in the human body helps cure symptoms related to tinnitus and also ensure proper brain function.

· Hibiscus

It is ought to be the base of this natural dietary supplement because of the unique properties it has. The melatonin that is extracted from the cherry tart is known to help solve sleeping problems. This particular ingredient also contain antioxidants that help decrease blood pressure and prevent diseases like cancer as well as protect the liver from any kind of damage.

· Green tea

Reduces pressure levels in an individual’s ear and also has healthy bioactive compounds that burn fat, reduce risks of cancers and also improves brain function.  

Different symptoms caused by tinnitus like nausea, insomnia, depression or anxiety can all be cured or at least reduced by the use of Sonus plus.

This dietary supplement has an all-natural formula that is proven to cure or reduce symptoms caused by tinnitus. All the herbs, vitamins and berries used in this formula have properties that work towards curing and improving the roots causes of the tinnitus problem specially the ringing sound in your ears.

What is the cost of Sonus Complete? Any Sonus Complete Discounts?

A single container of Sonus complete has 30 servings and since the ingredients used in the production of this formula are natural there could be a shortage of the product in the market in the long run.

Therefore, consumer are encouraged to purchase more of the product at once and the pricings of different package are set in accordance to this goal as well. The more quantity a consumer purchases the more discount he can benefit from.

Package 1 is 1 bottle of Sonus Complete: $69 per bottle

Package 2 is 3 bottles of Sonus Complete: $59 per bottle

Package 3 is 6 bottles of Sonus Complete: $49 per bottle

Pricing and Discounts

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Sonus Complete Pricing and Refund policy?

Sonus Complete can be purchases at the cost of $69 per bottle but a customer can also avail discounts by purchasing a greater quantity. Buy Sonus Complete in more quantity to avail greater discounts. A customer can save $10 if he/she purchases 3 bottles in a package and $20 per bottle if the package with 6 bottles is purchases.

Sonus Complete dietary supplement is a formula that’s is scientifically backed and the creator behind this supplement is confident about the results of the product. The 100% natural ingredients have no side effects and do not harm an individual in any way. Customers can try using the supplement for up to 60 Days. If they are still not satisfied with the outcome after using the formula the customer is entitled to a 100% money back guarantee even if the container the customer has is empty. The company offer a 100% money back policy without even questioning the customer. The customer is able to receive a refund within just a few hours.

Conclusion: Is Sonus Complete right for you?

Sonus Complete is a dietary supplement formula that was formulated improve people’s lives and health. Anybody suffering from a disease or problem like tinnitus can consume it, and it will work towards curing the root causes of the problem. The creator Gregory Peters has mainly focused on brain function to be the root cause of tinnitus. The main root cause of the tinnitus problem is that the brain is unable to process sounds which are then turned in buzzing or hissing sounds into the ear. The main function of the formula is to improve brain function which will help the brain to process the sounds better and hence reduce the irritating buzzing or ringing sounds in the ear.

All ingredients in the dietary supplement are natural and have zero side effects. It does not really matter how this disease or problem called tinnitus got to you but the natural ingredients in Sonus Complete will help you manage health complications. The ingredients in this supplement help with problems such as hearing loss, blood flow to the brain, buzzing or wheezing sound in your ears or any kind of inflammation as well. Taking Sonus Complete gives you a solution that helps you improve your nervous system and also helps you get rid of any such unbearable sound.

It helps patients suffering from tinnitus to regain a healthy lifestyle. The side effects Sonus Complete has on a consumer are also zero. Sonus Complete also has other benefits like it also helps with anxiety that can arise due to the buzzing in your ears. Other treatments for tinnitus are much more costly and risky and could have adverse health effects as well. Sonus plus not only helps cure symptoms related to tinnitus but also helps the person with other health benefits with no risk. Lastly although the product is made up of all natural ingredients but anything used excessively can harm the human body. Sonus complete is also supposed to only be used at the prescribed quantities.

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Sonus Complete Supplement Reviews FAQs:

Q: Is Sonus Complete Supplement safe to use?

A: Sonus Complete Supplement is completely safe to use as it is made up of all natural ingredients that do not have any effect on the health of an individual until he/she is allergic to any of the ingredients used in the formula.

Q: Can I buy Sonus Complete on Amazon or Walmart?

A: Sonus Complete is only available on the company’s website and it is not available on any other online website or store.

Q: Is Sonus Complete a scam?

A: There is no proof that the supplement is a scam but it is recommended not to purchase any item under the name of Sonus Complete from other website or stores as they could be a copy and not the original products, thus only purchase from the original website should be purchased.

The product is also guaranteed for 60 days which also helps reduce the risk of scam as it does have a 100% money back guarantee policy is not effective.

Q: How much does Sonus Complete cost?

A: One Sonus Complete holds 30 servings that is 60 tablets and costs up to $69 for a single bottle of formula. A customer benefits with a discount of $10 on the purchase of 3 bottles and benefits with a discount of $20 per bottle on a purchase of a package consisting of 6 bottles.

Q: How long does it take to ship?

A: Order from the U.S are delivered within 5-7 working days without any shipment fees whereas other countries like Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are charged a shipment fee of $15.95 and receive their orders within 15 business days.

Q: Are there any complaints or bad reviews about Sonus Complete?

A: As mentioned above as well the product is 100% accurate and safe to use. About 95% users have all had positive remarks about the product. Most people have also recommended the product further as well. Unfortunately there is a small ratio of 3-4% who have had a bad experience but that had nothing to do with the Sonus complete supplement. It happened due to underlying health conditions of the individual or in their case the supplement was not taken as per the prescribed dose. Hence they could’ve had negative effects due to these reasons.

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Understanding What Motivates Your Reasoning

We’d all like to consider ourselves logical, objective, and reasonably intelligent individuals. We listen to facts, understand them, and then form our opinions and conclusions. And most of us feel we do that in a fair and unbiased way – but do we really?

The truth is that most of our reasoning is motivated by personal experience and outside influences. This causes a bias in our conclusions which is referred to as motivated reasoning and allows us to justify certain thoughts and feelings that we already have or want to believe.

What Motivated Reasoning Can Look Like

Motivated reasoning is exactly what it sounds like – reasoning motivated by something, namely our own preconceived ideas or beliefs.

In other words, it’s the process that many of us employ to use information that supports what we want to believe in, coming to the conclusions we prefer while ignoring the contradictory things.

This isn’t to say that a person using motivated reasoning is acting blindly. When employed, motivated reasoning seems, well, reasonable. It’s not quite as blatant as wishing you’re right about something and ignoring direct evidence you’re wrong.

Generally, there is clear evidence that can be interpreted so that it supports a person’s desired conclusion or belief. The problem is when there’s also evidence that dispels those conclusions and beliefs, and that is ignored.

One of the most widely used examples of motivated reasoning involves climate change. Depending upon what you are predisposed to believe, you can find information to either support or deny its occurrence.

While much of the information has a scientific basis, certain aspects of it are used to support either a grim outlook or a dismissive outlook about what’s happening with current climate changes. What you choose to cite and believe can depend on your motivation to believe or dismiss the gravity of these changes.

When Motivated Reasoning Affects Your Personal Life

Climate change is a large and controversial topic, so what about a more personal application? What does it look like when motivated reasoning is used in our personal lives and relationships?

One of the most common places in a relationship where motivated reasoning is employed is when one partner suspects the other of cheating. Evidence of cheating can often be vague. Many behaviors or physical indicators can be seen as both confirmations that a partner is cheating or explained away as normal and justifiable.

Texting all the time? Well, work is really busy – or he’s arranging to meet his mistress. Suddenly working out and strangely happy? She’s just getting in shape and feeling better about herself – or she’s meeting her lover and making sure she looks good for him.

Let’s be clear, this isn’t about what you’d rather believe, but what you’re inclined, or motivated, to believe. We’d probably all rather believe that our partner isn’t cheating, but if you’ve had experience with cheating, or you’re suspicious, jealous, or insecure, you may be more inclined to believe the worst and see all indicators as evidence of an affair. Whether there’s really an affair going on or not is a different story.

Where Motivated Reasoning Comes From

Even if you’re the most selfless, non-egotistical person on the planet, your understanding and interpretation of the world around you is shaped by how you see yourself fitting into it and your personal feelings and reactions to what’s around you. In other words, your own personal bias. We all have it.

It’s extremely difficult to leave personal bias behind when reasoning. We interpret things based on what we want to believe, what previous experience tells us is true, what we feel we’d do and how we think we’d react in a certain situation. All of this is present even when we think we’re completely objective.

For instance, if you’ve had an affair or thought about it, you’re more likely to believe that the signs you see are indications of your partner having an affair. If you were an errant teenager, you might more easily believe that your own kids will cross lines and interpret their behaviours.

So, as you try to reason through things and come to conclusions, you are naturally influenced by your personal biases, whether you want to be or not.

How To Be More Objective

The most important step in avoiding jumping to personally motivating conclusions is to understand and admit that personal bias exists and that you have it too. Doing this will open you up to be more objective in your reasoning.

Next, make sure you’re in the right headspace to look at things clearly.

  • Allow any intense emotions to calm before coming to any conclusions.
  • Consider each possible conclusion and which one seems most likely overall regardless of your own feelings or desires.
  • Make no assumptions. Before you reason yourself into a conclusion about anything, make sure you have supporting information and are not using guesswork or filling in blanks with your own assumptions.
  • When in doubt, consider talking to someone with a different viewpoint or who seems more objective than you are.

To conclude

We all use motivated reasoning in our lives. It’s an innately human thing to do. Unfortunately, it’s also often the source of inaccurate conclusions and causes problems on a large scale and within our personal lives. So, before you assume you’re right about anything – especially something that has painful, life or relationship changing implications, take a moment to examine your motivations and other viewpoints.

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The Importance Of Mental Wellness And How To Achieve It

The human brain controls every function of the body and is one of the most important organs. When an organ is in pain, it is the brain that indicates it so a person can take proper action. If the brain is not healthy, then the functioning of other organs will also suffer.

Mental health is essential for the overall wellness and health of a person. A healthy person is one who is physically, mentally, and emotionally active. In recent times, the number of people suffering from constant anxiety and depression has increased significantly worldwide.

Many people try to consume a balanced diet and exercise regularly but underestimate mental wellness, which is actually just as important as your physical health. The emotional state influences much of an individual’s life and impacts the health, productivity, and decisions they have to make.

Good physical and mental health is necessary to prevent chronic diseases such as heart problems, obesity, and diabetes. As for mental health, stress and depression are the most common and affect a lot of people.

Unfortunately, there is no one solution to fix stress and anxiety as it keeps recurring. However, counseling and therapy can considerably help those who suffer from a mental problem and improve a person’s well-being.

Why Mental Wellness Important

There have been numerous studies that suggest that mentally well people are happier and are likely to think positively. They can effectively control their actions, behavior, and emotions. Mental wellness helps a person to handle problems effectively, make timely decisions, and improve personal relationships.

However, it’s also clear that stress is part of everyone’s life. We live in a fast-paced world where people think they have too much to do, but end up running out of time. The pressure of balancing your personal and professional life can be difficult.

You have to do personal chores, manage office work, and also look after your family. Then also comes finding yourself in a financial predicament, which is one of the main reasons why you may have consistent stress.

To help those who need it, few counseling practices provide effective therapy and counseling sessions to treat different mental health issues. Some of the common problems clients want treatment for include trauma, anxiety, stress, and relationship issues.

The reasons why you may want to achieve good mental health are:

  • Help to cope with challenges and issues in life
  • Realize your abilities and true potential
  • Keeping yourself busy in productive work
  • Give time and support to your family and friends
  • Try to focus on your personal and professional goals and ambition

In adolescence, a person is running free with little expectation or goal, but things change when he becomes an adult. As a person grows with time, there are expectations and responsibilities to fulfill. Only a person who is physically and mentally healthy can take on these responsibilities and fulfill them diligently.

However, there are some individuals who crumble under pressure, which also gives them the tendency to find relief in alcohol consumption and drug use. The growing trend of addiction is also one of the leading causes of stress, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

Common Types Of Mental Illness

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Mental illness is sometimes referred to as a collective term that may include various symptoms affecting a person’s health. The severity of symptoms may differ from one person to another. But it does affect a person to cope with work, relationships, and other daily routine tasks.

Stress is connected with mental health, and a person has to take both medication and counseling to find relief. Some of the common mental problems for which a person has to take support of new behavioral sciences are:

Depression

One of the most common problems that people of every age face is depression, a mood disorder. Some symptoms are loss of interest, deep and worrying thoughts, lack of energy, and loss of appetite.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

One of the most common neurological disorders in childhood is ADHD. Children who have ADHD are said to have trouble focusing and making decisions. Children may also make careless mistakes and have difficulty getting along with others. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, but it involves medical tests, hearing and vision tests, and medical history.

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Many people may not know, but they may have OCD which is characterized by recurring thoughts, impulses, and unwanted images. The treatment is through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Anxiety Disorders

Nearly everyone gets anxious or frustrated due to different things. Anxiety disorders include various other issues such as phobias, social disorders, and eating disorders. If proper treatment is not timely given, it can significantly impact an individual’s life.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

PTSD is another quite common mental health issue that happens after a traumatic event. A person may have worrying thoughts due to physical accidents, sexual harassment, or torture.

The Treatment Options To Consider

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The counseling practice has a team of professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and occupational therapists. The type of therapy or treatment usually depends on:

  • Type of mental illness
  • The severity of the signs and symptoms
  • Medical history of the individual
  • The medications that person may be taking to find relief

There are several types of therapies that can help a person recover from mental or emotional disorders. Sometimes, a combination of therapies may be effective to reach the desired result. The common types of therapies include:

Family Counseling

Family matters are discussed, and family members must be present to give their point of view and settle issues.

Behavior Therapy

Stress, anxiety, and mental disorder tend to alter a person’s behavior towards people and things. Behavior therapy emphasizes changing unhealthy thoughts and actions with positive ones. The key is to allow the individual to express their feelings and thoughts, whether positive or negative. Expressing out your thoughts helps a person to get the burden off their shoulders and relax.

Cognitive Therapy

The treatment that is common when it comes to mental wellness is CBT (cognitive behavior therapy). The purpose of CBT is to make a person understand that his thoughts directly reflect his actions. If a person thinks about things differently, then it can alter the outcome of a situation. CBT therapy aims to allow a person to know the pattern of negative thoughts that lead to stress and anxiety.

Group Therapy

If a person is open to expressing his thoughts in front of others, group therapy is the best solution. Hearing similar stories and experiences gives confidence to a person to share his own story and get the proper support.

What happens in a Counseling Session?

Counseling and therapy are a fine art where words replace medicine and give relief to a person with mental issues. Many people are pretty apprehensive thinking about talking about their feelings with a total stranger. Finding the right counselor or therapist is hard, but you can easily search for the credentials of psychologists and psychiatrists.

However, some of the questions for which a person must consider and prepare before attending a counseling session are:

  • What brings you to the therapy session?
  • Have you seen a counselor before?
  • What are the problems you are going through?
  • How you pass your day, your personal or professional chores?
  • The expectation you may have about the counseling session

The first session is crucial as you will want to know about the psychiatrist and vice versa. You will need to explain your current mental condition and symptoms. The psychiatrist is not only authorized to prescribe medication, but also to recommend therapy.

At the start of the session, the therapist will ask how your life is going and what thoughts are bothering you. You will be asked to share, and the therapist will observe and take notes, no interruption and no judgment.

The session’s conversation will be kept confidential to talk about your relationship, if there’s any, openly. At the end of the session, the therapist will assign a homework. The progress will then be checked at the next session. Things that are persistently causing you stress and anxiety will also be checked.

Every therapist may employ different methods such as dream interpretation or introducing music or art. Some of the therapists even practice hypnotherapy, meditation, or life coaching.

How Long Will A Person Has To Take Therapy Session

One counseling session is usually 30 to 40 minutes. The total number of hours or days a person has to come for the session may vary from one to another. Some clients may take the sessions for weeks until they find relief.

Therapy is something that may solve the matter in one conversation, or it may take several weeks. The interaction with the therapist also matters. For example, a face-to-face conversation is better than being done through phone or video chat.

Conclusion

Counseling and therapy are two valuable tools that are much better than any medication or medical procedure. Expert consulting firms offer various counseling and therapy sessions if one faces ADHD, PTSD, stress, or any other marital or personal problem.

You can choose the therapy plan according to your needs. You can schedule an appointment and get an initial session where the psychiatrist or therapist will get to know you and where you can also share your emotional or mental health problems to get help.

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How A Man Cured Anxiety And Panic Attacks With A Bottle Of Aftershave

Have you ever wondered why you have a favourite smell, a favourite song or a favourite meal? Is it just down to how pleasant they are, sending messages to the brain to secrete the right chemicals to cause happiness or does it go deeper than that?

Think of your favourite smell… now think about why it is your favourite smell. For me it’s the smell of frying onions coming from an outdoor catering van. I don’t need to see the van, the smell takes my mind back to the seven year old me, entering a huge fairground, excited at exploring, the games, the rides, the flashing lights, the chips with tomato sauce that was mainly vinegar. It’s not that the smell takes my memory back to that moment, it’s that the smell now has an emotional attachment to that moment and can create the same feelings of excitement and joy I felt when I first smelled it.

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This is a great example of classical conditioning. I bet your favourite smell takes your emotional response back to a moment when you felt happy, excited or calm. Your favourite song probably isn’t even that great a song, it’ll just remind you of someone special or a special moment in your life. It’s been suggested that our favourite foods even had a connection to those we ate when we were growing up, that mother or father used to make because it triggers that innate sense of home comfort, feeling safe and looked after. What has all this to do with the man and his aftershave?

Many people are either dismissive or sceptical of new treatments and that is understandable. They can be based on faith or suggestion (such as Reiki) rather than being rooted in scientific fact. Total SENSE Therapy however is rooted in all of the introduction to this post, classical conditioning. You may have heard of Pavlov and his dogs. Each time he fed his dogs, he would ring a bell beforehand. Eventually, whenever the dogs heard the bell they would associate it with food. One day, Pavlov rang the bell but did not feed the dogs yet they still produced saliva in readiness for it. There was no food, no smell of food, no sight of food. Their response to food was replaced by the sound of a bell. They were conditioned to act in a certain way based on something completely unconnected to their innate reflex.

This is how Total SENSE Therapy (TST) works. This is how one of my clients now has his anxiety and panic attacks under control. TST works in many different ways but one of the most effective is the association of smells, flavours, textures and sounds with a sense of calm and safety. My client started by deciding that ‘smell’ was going to be his ‘base stimulant’ and so, bought an aftershave he’d never previously smelled. (The only way you can build an association of calm with a smell is if you have no previous association to it.) He then created a treatment space, which in his case was a corner of his bedroom with a zero gravity chair, a sound system linked up to his computer an atomiser filled with the aftershave. (He got his girlfriend to fill the atomiser to ensure he didn’t smell it until he was in the treatment space).

My client had a history of acute anxiety, feeling heightened stress in circumstances most of us would consider everyday situations. If you’re a sufferer or either anxiety attacks or panic attacks, then you’ll understand. He’d been to see his GP who referred him to a cognitive therapist. Whilst I don’t want to make any judgments on that particular therapy, he said it didn’t work and although it helped a bit, he still suffered panic attacks – often having to leave the office at work for a time until he felt ready to return. He tried TST as a last resort after I explained the concept to him and to his surprise it worked. In the treatment space he would play a youtube video of the sound of the sea which was about twenty minutes long. He lay back in his chair for this time, eyes closed, spraying the atomiser every few minutes to fill the space with this new, quite sweet smell.

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He did this for twenty minutes, every day for a week. He noted that even without ‘enacting’ the ‘portable sunshine’ part of the therapy, the twenty minutes a day he spent in the therapy space had already reduced the amount of anxiety attacks he was experiencing. On day eight he started the ‘portable sunshine’ part of the treatment, that is to take the smell with you throughout the day. He brought his atomiser to work. He said that knowing it was there was enough to settle his mind; he stopped worrying about the anxiety attacks, which was often what would bring them on. Whenever he felt a little anxious, he would spray the atomiser. Pavlov’s theories on classical conditioning kicked in and took his mind back (like my smell of frying onions) to the calm, relaxing state in the therapy space back home. The anixety faded and he felt happy, sometimes excited or amused.

He’s been using this for four weeks now and he’s confirmed it works every time. What I can tell you is that no matter how many times I smell those catering vans (usually in B&Q car park), I’m taken back to my childhood and we’re talking over 30 years ago. Imagine what would happen if I was to reinforce that emotional attachment like my client does by using his treatment space just once a week for twenty minutes.

If you want to know more about how you can turn smells, flavours and even textures into Portable Sunshine then check out the website at https://totalsensetherapy.com/

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Why Is Seeking Help For Mental Health Furtive?

Why is seeking help a taboo or a deciding factor for your social status of being sane?

Is going to a therapist wrong? Does it mean you’re crazy?

Why is it a dirty little secret?

It seems controversial to know someone who goes to therapy as if it’s wrong. Why? Why does all the elbow-hitting start when you see a relative of yours who’s in therapy, arrive at the party? Why does our mind start with its judgments? Why is it so wrong to seek help?

One musters the courage in admitting the need for help, but is always hesitant to seek it because how can he? He is afraid to come out of the closet to face being called insane. And what do we do about it? Instead of offering support and compassion, we unfairly call someone crazy! Somehow, that’s like pushing someone who’s already suffering over the edge, making him believe that he is as daft as a brush.

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He knows something is wrong but instead of making it right, the individual focuses on covering up his ‘dirty little secret’ as if he committed a crime by acknowledging the need to seek help. Eventually forced to believe that therapy is for the crazy ones, the fear of being caught outside the clinic by someone he knows bubbles up. People don’t even want to accompany their family members or friends to a clinic to avoid being associated to that place.

If we can go visit a dermatologist to get rid of acne, a general doctor for viruses, a dentist for a toothache, then why not a shrink if we’re having some issues with our mental health! It is part of our body too; our brain needs as much attention as the rest of our body does. Why do we find it acceptable to ignore our brain and its issues?

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We often come across hypocrites who say that they are ‘carefree’ and don’t get affected by what society thinks, yet when they see a relative of their own who is seeking help, they start feeling sorry for the person. You don’t need to! Feeling sorry for them is not the solution.

They don’t need our sympathy, what they truly need is our support and if that is too much then nothing at all. Some of us say we don’t give a damn about what people think, yet we fear asking ourselves whether we’re fine or not, or whether we need help or not.

It’s not entirely our fault, our upbringing and the environment where young minds are nurtured contribute majorly towards this mentality. If a child is having mental problems and approaches the parents about it, some parents often say “No! You aren’t crazy!” They feel that it’s just a phase and it’s all in the mind, which gradually makes a visit to the psychologist a forbidden task.

The majority believe that kids are too young to have issues regarding their mental health. They find it horribly wrong if a kid says that he isn’t fine mentally. They force him to think otherwise and that is how some of us grew up, believing that mental health can’t be an issue for children. We’re led to believe that only adults can have issues and not kids.

It’s very possible that even at a tender age, your child could be developing problems. Instead of thinking of it as something to be ashamed of, look into the matter and help them by simply being there and listening, not shushing them! There isn’t a certain age group for such issues. Anyone, irrespective of their age, their loss, their achievements, their happy face, and their normal lifestyle can suffer.

That’s why brave are those who can acknowledge that they aren’t fine and understand that some issues need to be dealt with, the ones who do something about it and take a step forward. And strong are those who deal with it gracefully no matter how much it takes from them, because they know that their loss is going to be nothing in front of what they are going to gain. It takes your peace, your strength, your belief, your trust, your power, your sleep and so much more, which many of us will never come to know.

All you need to remember is that even if you’re not okay, just know that you’re strong enough and you will fight it out. No matter how weak you get in the process, you know you will tackle it. And sometimes, it helps to be reminded that it’s just okay to be not okay.

Whatever it is that’s making you feel miserable, whether it’s serious or not, no one gets to decide except you. No one can categorize or put labels to what you’re going through. Only you know what it means. For others, it might be inconsequential but if for you it’s colossal, then it is! And there should be no shame in being honest about that.

Your life is too precious to be wasted in hiding from yourself. Live and speak up. Speak up to and for yourself. Acknowledge your need and let your loved ones know about it. It is just a problem that has a solution.

By spreading awareness and enlightening the ones who don’t see mental health as part of our overall wellness, we’re helping fight the stigma of mental health.

Thank you!

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How To Make A Vision Board That Works

You’ve probably seen the idea of a vision board on the internet a couple of times now. Most articles show you how to make the board, but not how to actually use it. I don’t want your board to be just a decorative piece. I wrote this post to help people realize their dreams through making a vision board because there may be some things I think you haven’t thought about. Read this post and let me show you what I mean!

What Is A Vision Board?

A vision board goes disguised under a bunch of names, but it all amounts to the same thing. You might have seen mood board, dream board, vision map, and goal board passing by. And I’m sure you can think of a few more synonyms.

What it essentially is, is a collection of (mostly) pictures, but you can also use a quote or anything else that inspires you and resonates with you and your goals. So it’s a visual representation of the goals you want to accomplish. Your goals are what create your vision as this is the route you aim to take for your life.

A vision board can then be seen as a mixture of goal setting, visualization, and for some, affirmations as well.

Why And How Does It Work?

A vision board works because of multiple reasons. The first and most important is that it creates pathways in your brain. These pathways are formed through daily repetition and it could be seen as forming a habit for the future.

When you look at your vision board and visualize everything that’s on there, you are tricking your mind into believing that it already has the things you’re visualizing. The more lively you can see these things in your mind’s eye, the more effectively you are creating those brain pathways. In a sense, a vision board allows you to program your mind.

When you have, over time, established these brain pathways, you will be more receptive to spotting opportunities and thinking and behaving in certain ways that correspond with your vision. If you hadn’t programmed your mind, you may have never spotted these opportunities.

Your mind truly has incredible power, so why not leverage it? That’s what a vision board is about!

A few bonus reasons to get you in the mood for creating a vision board:

  • People are visual creatures and thus, will respond better to a vision board as opposed to a sheet of paper filled with goals
  • If your vision board truly resonates with you, you will see an increase in intrinsic motivation
  • It’s a fun way of focusing on what you want in life; writing down your goals in a notebook can be pretty boring and does not spark a lot of creativity

But Before We Start Creating Our Board

how to make a vision board that actually work

You can’t make a vision board without a clear vision. So let’s start there!

Here’s a quick guide to creating a mission & vision with goals. Take the time to write down a set of goals, and of course, your mission & vision. They should really encompass what you want to achieve, from within. Whether this is based on the relationships in your life, your career, health or finances, it can be anything. As long as it offers value for you to be focusing on that aspect of your life.

What you shouldn’t do is make your board about superficial things like getting an expensive car, an exotic animal like a tiger (pretty sure it’s illegal in most places), or getting a chiseled body. Once you acquire those things, you will only be happy with it for a little while. Then, the race starts all over again.

So instead, make it about how you would want to feel when realizing your vision. Don’t settle for ‘happy’. Define happiness, be precise. You can do the same for success or any other generic term. Also, think about the growth you would experience on your journey to realizing your vision. Where are you now and where would you like to be? Fill in the gap!

We’re almost ready to begin creating our board. There’s just one last thing.

Make your board represent you. If you’re an ambitious person this means that you might want to make several boards for different aspects of your life. Of course, you can also divide your board into sections or even put everything at random on one board.

The most important thing is that your board, as a whole, should resonate with you. After all, you’ll be looking at and dreaming about it every day!

Let’s Make Our Board!

What you’ll be needing

  • Your vision, (mission if you see fit) and a clear set of goals
  • A bit of time to get in an arts and craftsy kind of mood (unless you will be doing it online, which I wouldn’t recommend)
  • Images (quotes and affirmations) that resonate with you, your vision and your goals, collect them! You can really pull these from any source you like
  • A nice picture of yourself to put in the middle of the board (optional, but recommended)
  • The actual board. You can use a board made of cork, a big sheet of paper, a whiteboard with magnets, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Decorations (very optional)
  • Music that will get you in the mood!

Creating The Board

Now you should have everything you need to create your vision board! Make sure that every picture you’ve collected gives you a feeling of ‘yes, this is what I want and I will definitely strive to get it!’. Then lay your pictures out on your board without actually sticking them to it. Just get a feel for what you want your board to look like.

Do you want to create categories or subjects (health, relationships, etc.)? Do you want to write down the goal and stick a picture under it? The options are endless and it’s all up to you. Make your board clear, structured and inspiring in the sense that you can make sense of it.

Managed to find your ideal layout? Good! Now make it definitive by sticking all the pictures, quotes, and affirmations to your board. Place it somewhere you will see it easily multiple times a day. This could be on the wall of your living room, bedroom, your office or in the kitchen, for example.

How To Make The Vision Board Work

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You’ve now made your board, but we’re not finished yet. The last thing you need to do is learn how to effectively use the board to manifest your dreams into reality!

So, we’ve established that a vision board works because of the influence it can have on your unconscious mind. Simply glancing at your board a few times a day will probably not help you an awful lot. Instead, I encourage you to just spend a few minutes, 3 to 5 at a bare minimum to ponder in front of your board. Doing this when you wake up and before going to bed are the most effective times of day.

Spend these minutes visualizing and really feeling the desire, intention and positive emotions that you associate with your board. This, in a very basic form, is invoking the Law of Attraction. This is the real magic behind a vision board! I can’t urge you enough to emphasize these sights in your mind, feelings, and emotions, because these are what make a vision board work!

If you would like to dive a bit deeper into the mechanics of this, I recommend you go through How To Apply The Law Of Attraction To Realize Your Dreams. This offers more details and a case study of how this has been applied successfully. It can really help you to get the most out of your vision board.

That’s it! These are all the things you need to know to create a vision board that works. With this, our ways part, for now. I wish you all the best with creating your vision board and hope you will realize your dreams by using it. There’s no doubt in my mind that it will have some positive impact on your life.

I hope to welcome you once again in the near future. All the best!

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6 Tips to Stay Sane During Quarantine

An unprecedented global health crisis has forced many countries to implement quarantine and lockdown protocols to contain its spread. Because of this, people are left to stay at home for longer periods of time than they could ever imagine.

Being stuck inside your home doing the same things every day, staring at the same wall day in and day out, can be suffocating. The threat of the virus outside makes you feel anxious and terrified, but the new normal is also causing you immense boredom.

That’s okay, and it’s understandable. Know that feeling bored is a luxury in this trying time. Being bored at home means you’re safe. It’s the best thing you can hope for when millions of people are being affected by the virus outside.

Now, what you can do to curb this boredom, and all the other pressures you feel while isolated at home, is to adapt. Find useful things to make yourself productive, boost your mental health, and help you stay sane, such as the ones below.

Break a sweat

It’s important to remain physically active for metabolic purposes and better mental health. If you used to go to the gym before the virus swept your country, this shouldn’t be a reason for you to stop working on your physique—you can still work out at home.

You can check YouTube for different at-home workout exercises. You can find workouts that don’t require equipment, low impact for beginners, and various activities (e.g., HIIT, barre, yoga, etc.) you can choose from. Alternatively, you can try fitness apps. Staying active not only helps you keep up with your fitness, but it also makes you feel better.

Find a new hobby or expand your interests

to stay sane during quarantine

If your hobbies involve going outside, you might want to check out other pursuits you could do at home. Below are some ideas you can try and see if you’ll get hooked yourself:

  • Coffee home brewing
  • Gardening
  • Sewing
  • Painting
  • Embroidery
  • Repurposing or revamping furniture pieces

On the other hand, you can also expand your interests and skills. Since you have more time to kill at home, you can consider learning a new language, exercising your cooking skills, and upskilling or cross-skilling for your career growth.

Pick up some books

One of the best ways to ease your mind and focus on your time with yourself is by reading. If you still have a few untouched books lying around the house, it’s the perfect time to dust them off and start reading. On the other hand, you can ask your friends or family to hand you a couple of books to read at home.

You can make reading a part of your routine by allotting a couple of hours daily for it. If you want to talk about the books you’ve read, join online book clubs. If there’s none you find interesting, you can always start your own!

Stick to your routine as close as possible

staying sane during quarantine

To help you get a sense of normalcy, try to keep and do your routine pre-pandemic days. Staying at home doing nothing can make you feel lethargic. If you now work from home, get up at the same time pre-quarantine, and take time to get ready for work. If you used to grab some coffee before heading to the office, brew your own cup at home.

Clean up your space

Clutter and unnecessary knick-knacks often cause stress; you just don’t realize it. Keeping things tidy is especially important for your workspace, as it helps boost your productivity and lets you focus better. The last thing you need during this time is more stress at home. Make sure to declutter and keep your place neat as much as possible.

Reframe your mindset

Instead of thinking, “I am stuck at home,” shift your mindset and think about how much time you now have for yourself: “I can finally focus on myself.” Doing something you’ve always wanted to try (e.g., starting a podcast) or you’ve always needed to do but never had the time (e.g., decluttering your wardrobe) during this time can be productive.

This can also lead to shaping a more positive attitude and outlook for the future.

Wrapping it up

Until the world manages to fight the virus and reach a point where it’s safe to gradually go back to normal, the best you can do is make the most of your time at home. Hopefully, the tips above can help you start to organize your day-to-day for the better and inspire you to discover more about yourself.

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The Secret To Learning Any Skill Insanely Fast

Some say your brain is your most powerful asset, so why not learn as much as you can? There are many benefits of being a jack of all trades, such as being able to adapt to unanticipated changes. For example, a lifelong learner will take a job loss, change in work responsibilities, and/or technological advances much easier than their underskilled counterparts. However, the benefits of lifelong learning extend far beyond being adaptable.

Today, seventy-three percent of American adults consider themselves to be lifelong learners, and eighty percent have pursued learning about an interest to make their lives fuller. Furthermore, eighty-seven percent of learners feel their new skills make them more well-rounded and capable. Overall, continuous learning can lead to personal improvements, gained confidence, and a new perspective in life. With so much to learn in such little time, what’s the most effective way to learn new skills?

Set a Goal & Break it Down: Pareto’s Principle

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Singapore’s National Institute of Education concludes that people who solely attempt to solve math problems don’t come up with the accurate answer; however, it is in this process that leads to the generation of ideas concerning the nature of practicable solutions. In summation, this leads to improved potential to solve kindred-natured problems in the future.

To achieve this, it’s best to set goals. Consider modeling your goals after Pareto’s Principle, saying that 20% of your efforts will lead to 80% of your desired results. Understanding your ultimate goal is the first and most important step toward learning anything. Knowing what you want will keep you on the road to progression, especially as challenges arise. To define your goal, ensure it’s concrete. Make a list and check off your completed tasks to build momentum.

After you’re aware of what you want, you’ll need to break it down to further understand the outcome of your goal. Start by doing some research into the skill you want to master without forgetting your original goal and overall purpose. Moreover, list down all the components involved in accomplishing the task, no matter how small these are. Thinking analytically from the get-go can help you in the long run.

Practice Makes Perfect – Use the DISS Method

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The more comfortably we know something, the easier it is for our brains to do the work. Even further, mastering a skill leads to increased activity in the parts of our brain not involved in the performance. Each time we learn something new, our brain chemistry changes.

Performing various activities can increase a synapse’s strength when we learn new skills, so repeated stimulation of two neurons simultaneously can create new links between them. After a new connection is developed, stimulating one will activate the other.

This can dramatically change your mind and attitude, allowing you to look beyond what you already know. It can also be argued that the more you learn, the better understanding you’ll have of the world. With that being said, go outside of your comfort zone and be ready for new opportunities.

Using the DISS Method can guide you into these new opportunities. Before approaching something, deconstruct the problem. Ask yourself: how can I break down what I need to know? Following this, choose a selection process. Ask yourself: which steps should I focus on first in order to achieve my most ideal outcome? Then, align your tasks in the smooth sequence. Ask yourself: in what order will it be easiest to learn these steps? Finally, weigh out the stakes in your situation. Ask yourself: what are the consequences if I am not able to complete my task?

From here on out, you should have a perfect understanding of what you want and how to get it. The only thing left to do is to practice. Some tips along the way are to focus solely on your task, and avoid distractions as much as possible. Furthermore, split practice time into concentrated periods, multiple times a day or week. Finally, visualize yourself accomplishing your goals.

The Value of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning has led 64% of people to make new friends and connections, 58% to feel more involved in their community, and 43% to become more open to taking volunteer opportunities. Outside of this, lifelong learners have also noted personal improvements such as improved memory, fine-tuned emotional intelligence, and increased language skills. Many have even felt a boost in confidence as learning new things gives us a feeling of accomplishment, making you feel ready to take on challenges and new ventures.

Half feel underskilled and fear missing out on growth opportunities. The infographic below provides visual tips to learn any skill fast.Learn Any Skill Fast
Source: Fast Online Masters

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12 Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

Few activities have stood the test of 2500 years. Today we still have running, music, writing, swimming and… mindfulness meditation (among scarce others).

Such ancient interests that are still practiced today have a good reason for thriving so many centuries later. But while our ancestors could feel the benefits of meditation, they didn’t have the luxury of modern science to support their claims; it seemed to improve their lives, so they kept doing it.

Now, as western researchers have applied scientific rigor to mindfulness meditation, the results are in… and they’re more incredible than you might have imagined. Below are twelve science-based benefits of mindfulness meditation that will blow your mind.

Make your brain younger

A Harvard neuroscientist and her team wanted to determine whether meditation can change the brain over the long run.

Amazingly, their research found that 50-year-old meditators had the same amount of gray matter (brain cells) as 25-year-olds in the prefrontal cortex (a key brain region used for decision-making and memory), which normally declines with age. The scientists concluded that “regular practice of meditation may slow the rate of neural degeneration.”

Meditation has also been shown to fight age-related cognitive decline and even slow cellular aging. While most peoples’ memory and other brain functions decline as they get older, these effects aren’t seen to the same degree in long-term meditators.

Increase pain tolerance by 57%

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Meditation has been shown to increase pain tolerance.

Your read that right: After just four days of training in mindfulness meditation, participants in one study found painful hot sensations to be 57% less unpleasant on average.

This may sound too good to be true, but there’s solid neuroscience to suggest why. As you learn to meditate, your brain can begin to separate the physical sensation of pain from your emotional reaction to it. Most of the suffering we experience, scientists have found, is a result of our psychological reaction, rather than the pain itself.

See Also: Easing Back Pain: 7 Things You Can Do To Promote Comfort

Gain back half of your waking life

Harvard researchers found that we spend an average of 47% of our days lost in thought. That’s nearly half of your waking life spent in some kind of mental simulation, daydreaming about the future or past. And the same study found that many of those thoughts are negative!

Mindfulness meditation can help you regain presence and spend less time mind-wandering. As you practice, you’ll spend more time immersed fully in whatever you’re doing and get more out of your life.

Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

In our modern western world, millions of people suffer from anxiety and depression.

This has also led many of them to take up meditation, which has been shown to help with both mental problems. One of the reasons that mindfulness meditation helps in this area is that it teaches you to identify and detach from the harmful stories you might be telling yourself. Anxiety and depression, after all, are both negative narratives that get repeated over and over again in a mental loop.

Become more self-aware

This isn’t something that can be studied in the lab, but it’s one of the first benefits that every meditator notices at some point.

Having sat for some time directing your attention inward during mindfulness meditation, you’ve trained in the art of self-awareness (or what psychologists refer to as “introspective metacognitive awareness”). To put it one way, your mind gets good at observing itself.

This benefit doesn’t just help others, who have to deal with less of your annoying habits, but it’s also a fast path to self-improvement. Us humans are the only species on earth with this skill of “5th-degree metallization,” the mind’s capacity to become aware of its own processes.

Improve your concentration and working memory

In our current distraction crisis, it’s never been more important to have control of our attention. Furthermore, working memory is your ability to hold something in your mind in the short-term and is something that seems to be declining. Could you remember a 7-digit phone number if you had to?

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve both of these key areas of cognitive functioning. So to all the kids drinking insane amounts of caffeine to get better test scores, try meditation instead!

Diminish inflammation

Inflammation is a major underlying cause of many illnesses, including depression, heart disease, acne, and fatty liver disease. While most people look to decrease inflammation by going on a special diet or exercising, there’s another option available that takes just a few minutes each day.

Studies have confirmed meditation’s ability to help diminish inflammation. Because of the mind-body connection, mindfulness meditation benefits your body’s health as well as your brain.

Overcome addictions

Whether to a chemical drug or something more minor, like chocolate, meditation has been shown to help reduce cravings and even addiction.

Addiction recovery centers are now using meditation, along with traditional treatments, to help addicts. Brown neuroscientist Judson Brewer, Ph.D. and his team found that mindfulness meditation was as effective as any other method for helping people quit smoking.

Reduce feelings of stress

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One of the benefits of mindfulness meditation is that this happens less often.

The modern world is full of things that stress us out, from traffic jams to an unreturned text message. But your brain often can’t tell the difference between those minor issues and a lion attacking you on the savannah, as it sets into the motion the fight-or-flight response.

When you meditate, the brain goes from active beta brainwave states to slower and more rejuvenating alpha and theta brainwaves. One of the first things you’ll learn to activate on command is a state of deep relaxation that you can spend more of your time immersed in.

Boost your immune system

Nobody likes getting sick, and oftentimes we think of washing our hands as the best preventative.

But it turns out there’s another way to help bolster a healthy immune system. Some of the top meditation researchers in the world, including Richard Davidson, Ph.D. and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. found that eight weeks of mindfulness meditation training significantly increased key antibodies compared to a control group.

Cultivate positive emotions, like compassion

While you won’t feel happy all the time, training a mindful mentality will gradually build up positive emotions. You’ll come to appreciate the smaller things in life more and better bear turbulent times.

Meditators commonly report feeling like they can better “surf the waves” of life, even when the ocean waters aren’t perfectly calm. And you also might uncover a natural well of untapped compassion within yourself as your practice continues.

Enhance your sleep

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Sleep is something that’s often viewed as a waste of time… until we get a bad night’s sleep and realize how important it is for mental clarity, mood, and productivity.

Shockingly, 40% of U.S. workers chronically under-sleep, costing over $63 billion in lost productivity each year.

And while some people try to use various cocktails or drugs to knock themselves out, oftentimes they are just knocking themselves out rather than actually sinking into a restful state.

Better to do it the old-fashioned way with an ancient practice that’s been the hero of our story: mindfulness meditation. In a randomized clinical trial, meditation significantly improved sleep quality and lessened fatigue.

How much would you pay for a “magic pill” that accomplished all of the same benefits of mindfulness meditation? But all it takes is a few minutes each day. And if you’ve tried meditation but it didn’t seem to work, it’s likely that you weren’t taught correctly.

So if you feel like getting all of these benefits for yourself, here’s where to start:

The Best Way to Learn Meditation

Many people find it best to learn from a professional app, where they can meditate on-the-go and access some of the world’s best instructors in their pockets at any time. But most of the apps provide only surface-level instruction and are trying to make a quick buck.

That’s why we recommend one app in particular, the FitMind meditation app, which was created with the help of neuroscientists and monks and takes a more in-depth approach to meditation. Unlike the other apps, you’ll learn over 50 different methods, progressing from beginner to advanced techniques.
fitmind mindfulness meditation benefits

Via fitmindFitMind teaches this same program at Fortune 500 companies, like Amazon and Uber, and was recently named the #1 meditation app for better sleep and less stress by CNET.

If you’re trying to start a meditation practice or take your current practice to the next level to reap the full benefits of mindfulness meditation, we recommend giving the FitMind program a shot.

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5 Tips for Aging Men And Women to Improve Memory and Focus

Memory and focus are both parts of the psyche negatively affected by age. Fortunately, there are tons of tips on how to keep your memory sharp.

As both memory and focus play integral roles in completing everyday activities, working to keep them sharp can help avoid a number of problems that come with aging. This includes memory loss, decreased independence, physical health problems, and serious mental issues like depression and suicidal thoughts.

Here we have outlined 5 tips for aging men and women to keep their focus and memory strong and ultimately avoid the physical and mental health issues that often accompany memory loss.

Mental Exercise

keeping your memory sharp

Exercising your mind is a great way to keep it young. Saying the word “neurobics” is a brain exercise in itself, but it is, indeed, a real science. Many resources online offer easy-to-use programs and games to work out the brain. For the phone-savvy, there is a wide array of mental exercise games available in the app stores.

Things you already do may also be mental exercises, such as newspaper games like crosswords and Sudoku. Anything that makes you think is contributing to your mental aerobics!

Sleep

Sleep leads to a more focused mind and a well-rested memory. If getting more sleep is something that seems like a difficult challenge, there are many healthy ways to extend the number of hours your mind is at rest.

Some of these coincide with mental exercise, such as reading before bed or listening to music. The easiest way to try to improve your sleep is to simply go to bed when you feel tired, even if it seems early or late.

See Also: Importance Of Sleep: How It Can Put Your Health In Serious Jeopardy

Social Activity

This may be the opposite of sleeping, but it’s just as important for memory and focus improvement. Connecting with individuals, especially new individuals keeps the mind fresh.

Staying in contact with friends or re-building an old friendship is as easy as ever, thanks to technological advances. Calling family or friends and catching up for a while helps trigger memories. Meeting new people, on the other hand, makes the brain focus to realize who they are and what they’re telling you.

There are many avenues for the senior population to meet new people, including senior fitness classes and senior sports leagues like bowling and golf.

Exploration

Though jumping in an RV and going to a place you’ve never been is certainly worthy of being called “exploring”, you can take your brain for an excursion without leaving your town or even your home.

In relation to the social aspects above, going to unfamiliar places strengthens the brain. This can mean a new restaurant in town, a new park down the street or a bookstore that you haven’t been to in a while.

Different environments force the brain to adapt and learn something new. Exposing yourself to these environments can be a very enjoyable form of mental exercise.

Diet

keep your memory sharp

A diet consisting of eating fruits and vegetables is as important to mental health as it is to physical health. Increasing the “good” cholesterol and decreasing the “bad” cholesterol (steak, dairy, fried foods) can be as instrumental in preventing memory loss.

Trying a new healthy restaurant is a great way to exercise the brain with new activities while also starting a healthier diet!

See Also: 5 Practical Tips to Boost Energy and Brain Power

Taking small steps every day to work on your mental processes can pay off largely in the long run. After all, there’s nothing more important than mental health.

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8 Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

Few activities have stood the test of 2500 years. Today we still have running, music, writing, swimming and… mindfulness meditation (among scarce others).

Such ancient interests that are still practiced today have a good reason for thriving so many centuries later. But while our ancestors could feel the benefits of meditation, they didn’t have the luxury of modern science to support their claims; it seemed to improve their lives, so they kept doing it.

Now, as western researchers have applied scientific rigor to mindfulness meditation, the results are in… and they’re more incredible than you might have imagined. Below are science-based benefits of mindfulness meditation that will blow your mind.

Make your brain younger

A Harvard neuroscientist and her team wanted to determine whether meditation can change the brain over the long run.

Amazingly, their research found that 50-year-old meditators had the same amount of gray matter (brain cells) as 25-year-olds in the prefrontal cortex (a key brain region used for decision-making and memory), which normally declines with age. The scientists concluded that “regular practice of meditation may slow the rate of neural degeneration.”

Meditation has also been shown to fight age-related cognitive decline and even slow cellular aging. While most peoples’ memory and other brain functions decline as they get older, these effects aren’t seen to the same degree in long-term meditators.

See Also: The Profound Effects Of Meditation On The Mind

Increase pain tolerance by 57%

Your read that right: After just four days of training in mindfulness meditation, participants in one study found painful hot sensations to be 57% less unpleasant on average.

mindfulness meditation benefits
Meditation has been shown to increase pain tolerance.

This may sound too good to be true, but there’s solid neuroscience to suggest why. As you learn to meditate, your brain can begin to separate the physical sensation of pain from your emotional reaction to it. Most of the suffering we experience, scientists have found, is a result of our psychological reaction, rather than the pain itself.

See Also: Easing Back Pain: 7 Things You Can Do To Promote Comfort

Gain back half of your waking life

Harvard researchers found that we spend an average of 47% of our days lost in thought. That’s nearly half of your waking life spent in some kind of mental simulation, daydreaming about the future or past. And the same study found that many of those thoughts are negative!

Mindfulness meditation can help you regain presence and spend less time mind-wandering. As you practice, you’ll spend more time immersed fully in whatever you’re doing and get more out of your life.

Become more self-aware

This isn’t something that can be studied in the lab, but it’s one of the first benefits that every meditator notices at some point.

Having sat for some time directing your attention inward during mindfulness meditation, you’ve trained in the art of self-awareness (or what psychologists refer to as “introspective metacognitive awareness”). To put it one way, your mind gets good at observing itself.

This benefit doesn’t just help others, who have to deal with less of your annoying habits, but it’s also a fast path to self-improvement. Us humans are the only species on earth with this skill of “5th degree metallization,” the mind’s capacity to become aware of its own processes.

Diminish inflammation

Inflammation is a major underlying cause of many illnesses, including depression, heart disease, acne, and fatty liver disease. While most people look to decrease inflammation by going on a special diet or exercising, there’s another option available that takes just a few minutes each day.

Studies have confirmed meditation’s ability to help diminish inflammation. Because of the mind-body connection, mindfulness meditation benefits your body’s health as well as your brain.

Reduce feelings of stress

The modern world is full of things that stress us out, from traffic jams to an unreturned text message. But your brain often can’t tell the difference between those minor issues and a lion attacking you on the savannah, as it sets into the motion the fight-or-flight response.

When you meditate, the brain goes from active beta brainwave states to slower and more rejuvenating alpha and theta brainwaves. One of the first things you’ll learn to activate on command is a state of deep relaxation that you can spend more of your time immersed in.

mindfulness meditation benefit
One of the benefits of mindfulness meditation is that this happens less often.

Boost your immune system

Nobody likes getting sick, and oftentimes we think of washing our hands as the best preventative.

But it turns out there’s another way to help bolster a healthy immune system. Some of the top meditation researchers in the world, including Richard Davidson, Ph.D. and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. found that eight weeks of mindfulness meditation training significantly increased key antibodies compared to a control group.

Enhance your sleep

Sleep is something that’s often viewed as a waste of time… until we get a bad night’s sleep and realize how important it is for mental clarity, mood, and productivity.

Shockingly, 40% of U.S. workers chronically under-sleep, costing over $63 billion in lost productivity each year.

And while some people try to use various cocktails or drugs to knock themselves out, oftentimes they are just knocking themselves out rather than actually sinking into a restful state.

Better to do it the old-fashioned way with an ancient practice that’s been the hero of our story: mindfulness meditation. In a randomized clinical trial, meditation significantly improved sleep quality and lessened fatigue.

How much would you pay for a “magic pill” that accomplished all of the same benefits of mindfulness meditation? But all it takes is a few minutes each day. And if you’ve tried meditation but it didn’t seem to work, it’s likely that you weren’t taught correctly.

So if you feel like getting all of these benefits for yourself, here’s where to start:

The Best Way to Learn Meditation

Many people find it best to learn from a professional app, where they can meditate on-the-go and access some of the world’s best instructors in their pockets at any time. But most of the apps provide only surface-level instruction and are trying to make a quick buck.

That’s why we recommend one app in particular, the FitMind meditation app, which was created with the help of neuroscientists and monks and takes a more in-depth approach to meditation. Unlike the other apps, you’ll learn over 50 different methods, progressing from beginner to advanced techniques.

fitmind mindfulness meditation benefits
FitMind’s science-based meditation training program. Via FitMind

FitMind teaches this same program at Fortune 500 companies, like Amazon and Uber, and was recently named the #1 meditation app for better sleep and less stress by CNET.

If you’re trying to start a meditation practice or take your current practice to the next level to reap the full benefits of mindfulness meditation, we recommend giving the FitMind program a shot.

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The Effects of Being In A Sexless Marriage On Your Mental Health

What is a sexless marriage? Can it affect your mental health?

Research suggests that being in a sexless marriage doesn’t mean that you and your partner are never intimate. It means that you are only having sex once or fewer times a month.

When sex is lacking in a marriage, both partners suffer. It’s more than just having an orgasm and feeling great (though that doesn’t hurt either). It’s about connecting with your partner in mind, body, and soul. It is about feeling secure in your relationship.

When these important aspects of love are taken out of the marital equation, trouble is soon to follow.

Here are 7 studies that prove that a sexless marriage can hurt your relationship and your mental health- and there’s nothing shallow about it.

Sexless Marriage Causes Depression

Research proves that marital satisfaction is significantly associated with being satisfied in bed. Not only does sex feel amazing and lower your stress levels, but it also connects a couple on a romantic and emotional level.

Another study highlights that increasing sexual activity from once a month to once a week can raise happiness levels as much as making an extra $50,000 at your job.
When you do not have the emotional connection and the flow of beneficial oxytocin running through your body that comes from having sex, you may begin to feel depressed.

Here are some signs that your mental health has taken a turn toward depression:

  • Feeling helpless, sad, and alone
  • Experiencing feelings of worthlessness
  • Constant fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constant pessimism
  • Feeling unmotivated
  • A significant change in appetite or eating habits
  • Irritability
  • Digestive issues
  • Scattered thoughts or difficulty concentrating

See Also: 7 Ways You Can Start Coping With Depression Naturally

Reduces Marital Trust

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Studies done by Northwestern University and Redeemer University College found that trust is important to a happy marriage.

The precious oxytocin hormone released during intimacy has been shown to cause a substantial increase in trust, allowing people to feel braver, more trusting of their spouse, and more willing to take emotional and social risks together.

When you are in a sexless marriage, you may feel less physically and emotionally trusting of your partner, which can damage other areas of your relationship.

Straying Thoughts and Hearts

Couples who spend time together are happier than those who don’t and it doesn’t have to be special. Studies show that anything from washing dishes side by side to romantic date night can boost happiness and lower stress. And sex certainly contributes to happiness.

Studies also suggest that the oxytocin released after sex is responsible for feelings of monogamy – particularly in men.

When you are not feeling emotionally or sexually satisfied in your marriage, you may have thoughts of looking elsewhere for such satisfaction. This may cause you to feel guilty or worse, follow through with your desire to cheat and possibly ruin your relationship.

See Also: Tips For Happy Marriage: 7 Simple Ways To Maintain A Loving Relationship

Stunts Communication Skills

When you are no longer intimate with your spouse, you may feel uncomfortable opening up and being vulnerable with one another. This can severely stunt your communication skills.

We have all heard that communication is the backbone of a healthy marriage, but did you know communication also contributes to a healthy sex life? Research proves that couples who are willing to talk about sex enjoy higher relationship satisfaction and increased orgasm frequency in women.

Couples need to discuss their sex life. Communicate about what feels good in bed, what kinks you’re into, and what you and your spouse can do to make sex feel more satisfying for you. It is also essential that couples be open, honest, and kind about what may be stopping them from enjoying a healthy sex life.

Studies show that stress can negatively affect your libido. Hurt feelings from past relationship mistakes, marital boredom, and certain medications can also play a role in a lowered libido.

You Become Easily Irritated

Sexual satisfaction predicts heightened emotional intimacy for couples. The more satisfied you are in bed, the closer you will feel to your partner. When this intimacy is lacking, you may find you are growing apart or becoming irritated with one another.

Because oxytocin makes you feel calmer and less stressed, a lack of this love hormone can do just the opposite. As your mental health and relationship happiness decline, you may start to feel annoyed with your spouse over small things. Arguments become more frequent and you may even hate being in the same room with them.

Lack of Intimacy Hurts your Emotional Connection

Is it normal for your sex life to take a dip? Yes and no. Research shows that later life couples (ages 70-86) were more likely to choose emotional intimacy over sexual intimacy as they age. But those same studies also indicate that midlife couples (ages 50-69) often become distressed by changes in their sex life.

So yes, your sex life is sure to change and go through ebbs and flows the older you get. However, a complete lack of sex or only having sex once a month is sure to create problems in your marriage and with your mental health. Instead of favoring your emotional connection, you may feel like you are growing apart.

Resentment Snowballs

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When you are not being regularly intimate with your spouse, it can cause resentment to build. You may start to wonder why your spouse doesn’t care about your sexual satisfaction. More importantly, you begin to question why they are giving up on the emotional connection you share or overlooking the wonderful benefits that sex brings to your marriage.

If you have discussed your sex life at length and your spouse doesn’t seem to want to change or communicate about why they are resistant to intimacy, it can cause you to feel neglected, hurt, and angry.

If a lack of intimacy is causing you to have thoughts of straying, you may even start to resent your spouse for making you feel the need to look outside your marriage for pleasure or validation.

Are you living in a sexless marriage? If so, this can affect your fidelity and self-esteem. It can weaken the love you once felt for your partner. There is no doubt that a lack of sex can hurt your mental health, your feelings, and in some cases, even your physical health.

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Nikola Tesla: The Man Who Defeated The Prediction Fate

In today’s world of advancing technologies and innovation-obsessed cultures, there are a number of technological heroes we should be thankful for. The new gadgetry made feasible for every day use has since reverberated with billions of people across the globe.

One of those original superstars of inventions was Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), who is responsible for nearly 300 patents and numerous breakthroughs in technology. His fame fluctuated significantly during his lifetime while it reached to a well-deserved peak in the recent times.

Today, Tesla’s name has already graced one of the most reputed and newsworthy technological companies. Also, his reliable predictions have made him a bona fide inspiration of all time. He also collaborated with Thomas Edison, another prominent inventor.

Nikola Tesla had correctly predicted the birth of smartphones, internet, Wi-Fi, and every type of wireless communication. Along with that, he had invented a great number of innovations developed in the 21st century.

Without Tesla, it is hard to even imagine what it would look like if he had not influenced them. We may not have the TV, the radio, AC electricity, fluorescent lighting, Tesla coils, and radio-controlled devices. We wouldn’t have neon lighting, x-rays, microwaves, robotics, radar, and hundreds of other useful inventions, too.

Wondering what we have done without this genius? Let’s have a look at these Nikola Tesla predictions.

Wi-Fi

Prediction: “Present wireless receiving apparatus will be scrapped for much simpler machines; static and all forms of interference will be eliminated, so that innumerable transmitters and receivers may be operated without interference. It is more than probable that the household’s daily newspaper will be printed ‘wirelessly’ in the home during the night. Domestic management—the problems of heat, light and household mechanics—will be freed from all labor through beneficent wireless power.”

Undoubtedly, a person who was obsessed with wireless technology can easily envy Wi-Fi and can gladly predict how a wireless device can be beneficial for future generations.

See Also: How WiFi6 Will Make Your Home (And Business) Better

Smart phones

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Prediction: “When wireless is perfectly applied, the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this but through television and telephony, we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”

The above description by Tesla may quickly sound like the prediction of a smartphone to the current generation. Nikola envisioned wireless devices, just like a Wi-Fi, that would be able to incorporate telephonic technology and videos over the rays of transmission like the internet and virtual reality.

See Also: How Do Smartphones Help Business Succeed

Self-driving Cars

Prediction: “As early as 1898, I proposed to representatives of a large manufacturing concern the construction and public exhibition of an automobile carriage which, left to itself, would perform a great variety of operations involving something akin to judgment.”

After the prediction of wireless technologies, he went on to predict today’s driving technologies. Although it took more than a century to make it into a reality, the effort led a larger than life innovator company making it possible with a timeless imagination.

Wireless Energy Transmission

Prediction: “When the wireless transmission of power is made commercial, transport and transmission will be revolutionized. Already motion pictures have been transmitted by wireless over a short distance. Later the distance will be illimitable, and by later, I mean only a few years hence. Pictures are transmitted over wires—they were telegraphed successfully through the point system thirty years ago. When wireless transmission of power becomes general, these methods will be as crude as is the steam locomotive compared with the electric train.”

As mentioned above, Tesla’s lifelong inventions involved a massive project of wireless transmission of energy across long distances. During a lecture at her research center, Stella Drake (Physicist at Crowd Writer) elaborated that; “Tesla came to know the revolutionary potential of the generation and consumption of energy in 1926. This is the thing our scientists are still struggling as a challenge to understand and implement.”

Since, Tesla worked and, fortunately, got a motivating outcome of the Tower of Power in 1904 in Shoreham, Long Island, New York; however, the tower was destroyed curiously by the U.S. Government in 1917 on suspicion of it being used by the Germans.

Fuel-less Aircrafts

Prediction: “Perhaps the most valuable application of wireless energy will be the propulsion of flying machines, which will carry no fuel and will be free from any limitations of the present airplanes and dirigibles. We shall ride from New York to Europe in a few hours. International boundaries will be largely obliterated, and a great step will be made toward the unification and harmonious existence of the various races inhabiting the globe. Wireless will not only make possible the supply of energy to the region, however inaccessible, but it will be effective politically by harmonizing international interests; it will create understanding instead of differences.”

With the idea of wireless energy transmission, he predicted the ability of rays to transmit energy over great and long distances without wires and even fuels.

The Death Ray

The death ray or mass destruction mutually assured destructive weapon was the last invention of Tesla. He worked on a particle beam weapon in hope to end all wars. He thought that if countries would have these weapons, wars would be endless. The reason was that it can throw out attacks hundreds of miles away.

The death ray was never completed, while the documented plans were lost mysteriously as well. Successfully, the concept was the cornerstone in cold wars. The mutually assured description and countries with nuclear weapons were not daring to attack each other.

Blogging Reporter Scotsman Richard at Premium Jackets confirmed that there was an FBI man charged for searching for Tesla’s notes after his death, concluded that there was nothing useful in his paperwork regarding the death ray. However, it is expected that it’s not the first time an official governmental agency is hiding information and not telling the truth.

MRI

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Prediction: “I expect to photograph thoughts. In 1893, while engaged in certain investigations, I became convinced that a definite image formed in thought, must by reflex action, produce a corresponding image on the retina, which might be read by a suitable apparatus…Now, if it be true that a thought reflects an image on the retina, it is a mere question of illuminating the same property and taking photographs, and then using the ordinary methods which are available to project the image on a screen… If this can be done successfully, then the objects imagined by a person would be clearly reflected on the screen as they are formed, and in this way, every thought of the individual could be read. Our minds would then, indeed, be like open books.”

When talking about modern inventions, Tesla expanded outlandish ideas with the above prediction, more like an MRI, serving as the most useful diagnostic tool of the century.

Drone Technology

In 1898, at an Electrical Exhibition at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Tesla demonstrated a remote-controlled boat. He made the antennae-equipped four-feet long boat went through a small pool with flashing lights. Sost of the audiences present were mesmerized with the magic with military officials taking it like a torpedo. In the present, there are a variety of controlled devices the military has made use of. This includes drones and missiles.

See Also: 7 Creative Ways To Use Drones For Kids’ Learning

Flying Cars

Prediction: “I foresee the development of the flying machine exceeding that of the automobile, and I expect Mr. Ford to make large contributions toward this progress. The problem of parking automobiles and furnishing separate roads for commercial and pleasure traffic will be solved. Belted parking towers will arise in our large cities, and the roads will be multiplied through sheer necessity, or finally rendered unnecessary when civilization exchanges wheels for wings.”

Tesla delved into the world of anti-gravity successfully. In 1928, he came up with an electro propulsive flying machine resembling a helicopter. Also, he was reported to have plans for the engine called an anti-electromagnetic field drive or Space Drive as well. This may lead us to his vision of the future with flying cars.

Woman Empowerment

Prediction: “This struggle of the human female toward sex equality will end in a new sex order, with the female as superior.”

This prediction may not be a technological invention. However, Nikola Tesla’s vision of a world where women could be superior and do jobs that only men did before is now starting to actively manifest. Recently, the U.S. Presidential election featured the first-ever female nominee; the prediction may reach an apex soon.

Conclusion

The above Nikola Tesla predictions are some of his most famous statements. There are other multiple predictions that are expected to come true from the veritable oracle. Let’s see where the time takes the vision of the genius named Tesla.

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink looks to begin outfitting human brains with faster input and output starting next year

Neuralink, the Elon Musk-led startup that the multi-entrepreneur founded in 2017, is working on technology that’s based around ‘threads’ which it says can be implanted in human brains with much less potential impact to the surrounding brain tissue vs. what’s currently used for today’s brain-computer interfaces. “Most people don’t realize, we can solve that with a chip,” Musk said to kick off Neuralink’s event, talking about some of the brain disorders and issues the company hopes to solve.

Musk also said that long-term Neuralink really is about figuring out a way to “achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence.” “This is not a mandatory thing,” he added. “This is something you can choose to have if you want.”

For now, however, the aim is medical and the plan is to use a robot that Neuralink has created that operates somewhat like a “sewing machine” to implant this threads, which are incredibly thin I(like, between 4 and 6 μm, which means about one-third the diameter of the thinnest human hair), deep within a person’s brain tissue, where it will be capable of performing both read and write operations at very high data volume.

All of this sounds incredibly far-fetched, and to some extent it still is: Neuralink’s scientists told The New York Times in a briefing on Monday that the company has a “long way to go” before it can get anywhere near offering a commercial service. The main reason for breaking cover and talking more freely about what they’re working on, the paper reported, is that they’ll be better able to work out in the open and publish papers, which is definitely an easier mode of operation for something that requires as much connection with the academic and research community as this.

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Neuralink co-founder and president Max Hodak told the NYT that he’s optimistic Neuralink’s tech could theoretically see use somewhat soon in medical use, including potential applications enabling amputees to regain mobility via use of prosthetics and reversing vision, hearing or other sensory deficiencies. It’s hoping to actually begin working with human test subjects as early as next year, in fact, including via possible collaboration with neurosurgeons at Stanford and other institutions.

The current incarnation of Neuralink’s tech would involve drilling actual holes into a subject’s skull in order to insert the ultra thin threads, but future iterations will shift to using lasers instead to create tiny holes that are much less invasive and essentially not felt by a patient, Hodak told the paper. Working on humans next year with something that meets this description for a relatively new company might seem improbable, but Neuralink did demonstrate its technology used on a laboratory rat this week, with performance levels that exceed today’s systems in terms of data transfer. The data from the rat was gathered via a USB-C port in its head, and it provided about 10x more what the best current sensors can offer, according to Bloomberg.

Neurlalink’s advances vs. current BCI methods also include the combined thinness and flexibility of the ‘threads’ used, but one scientist wondered about their longevity when exposed to the brain, which contains a salt mix fluid that can damage and ultimately degrade plastics over time. The plan is also that the times electrodes implanted in the brain will be able to communicate wirelessly with chips outside the brain, providing real time monitoring with unprecedented freedom of motion, without any external wires or connections.

Elon Musk is bankrolling the majority of this endeavour as well as acting as its CEO, with $100 million of the $158 million its raised so far coming from the SpaceX and Tesla CEO. It has 90 employees thus far, and still seems to be hiring aggressively based on its minimal website (which basically only contains job ads). Elon Musk also noted at the outset of today’s presentation that the main reason for the event was in fact to recruit new talent.

Benefits of Handwriting: How Handwriting Can Boost Your Productivity

In the world of laptops and mobile devices, it’s hard to imagine anyone using the good old handwriting technique. Most people consider it to be a charming skill, but the vast majority still finds it obsolete and impractical in the 21st century.

But there is a lot more to penmanship than just writing.

As a matter of fact, it turns out that handwriting can boost your productivity in a number of different ways, making this activity much more useful than sheer typing. Different studies prove the potential of cursive, but we will only point out a few examples:

  • Handwriting creates a drain on mental resources needed for higher-level aspects of writing such as attention to content, elaboration of details, and organization of ideas.
  • In the case of learning cursive writing, the brain develops functional specialization that integrates sensation, movement control, and thinking.
  • Handwriting is important for early recruitment in letter processing of brain regions known to underlie successful reading, so it may facilitate reading acquisition in young children.

Longhand writing is obviously beneficial, but how does it make people more productive? Keep reading to find out as we are about to show you seven benefits of handwriting.

Handwriting Helps You to Concentrate

This activity encourages you to concentrate on what you are supposed to do instead of procrastinating and focusing on the things around you. It successfully eliminates distractions and enables writers to delve deeper into the subject.

Now, the real question is this: how handwriting can boost someone’s concentration?

The answer is simple. Unlike typing, cursive writing is not an automated activity. When we type letters using digital devices, we basically repeat well-known moves and don’t think about it at all. On the other side, handwriting forces people to pay attention because they have to create each word single-handedly.

Every letter matters here, so you have to stay focused 100% of the time. A lot of individuals use anti-procrastination apps these days to ensure peace of mind and concentrate on their work, but handwriting might as well be much a simpler and cheaper solution.

Handwriting Makes Brainstorming Easier

Brainstorming is a mental activity that enables you to generate fresh ideas all by yourself in a relatively short time. However, the process is even faster and easier if you write down your random thoughts, suggestions, and concepts. It allows you to scrabble and note alternative proposals, no matter how strange or meaningless they might seem.

Once again, this is not something you can do by opening a Word document and typing in different ideas. It’s because digital writing is too sterile and mechanic. Using your own hand to write can set you free from creative barriers and serve as a genuine idea generation booster.

Handwriting Improves Memory

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Do you know that handwriting can improve your memory? It’s a well-known scientific fact and it reveals that cursive writing strengthens an individual’s potential to retain information and figure out fresh concepts.

Namely, studies show that typing and handwriting produce pretty much the same results when it comes to the sheer number of facts students are able to write down. But the big difference is that handwritten notes help students to truly understand the concepts and ideas. Once again, it happens because typing is automatic, while longhand writing demands much more effort and engagement from students.

See Also: 7 Tips on How to Improve a Child’s Working Memory

Handwriting Strengthens Creativity

Another benefit of handwriting is that it can strengthen your creativity. First of all, it encourages you to exercise and improve results over time. After all, we do understand that practice makes perfect. But this is not the only way handwriting enhances creative skills.

Various studies show that longhand writing actually boosts cognitive processes in the brain and forces people to make logical connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. This is exactly what happens to human beings when they want to perform any other type of intellectual activity. They have to establish relationships between different ideas and find a way to make them work together.

Handwriting Makes Mind Mapping Simpler

Mind mapping is a precious mental activity that helps to organize ideas, thoughts, and concepts into visually appealing diagrams. As such, mind mapping is perfect for complex projects demanding a lot of planning and analyses.

While you can find tons of mind mapping tools online, none of them can assist you in planning, scheduling, and organizing ideas as quickly and effectively as the plain “pen and paper” technique. Handwriting makes it easy to test a number of alternatives in no time, thus, helping you to prepare and launch professional projects very productively.

Handwriting Impacts Personal Motivation

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Cursive writing creates a special feeling of engagement and involvement. Unlike alienated computer-based typing, handwriting brings the notion of something deeply personal and unique. This is exactly why people tend to approach it more carefully and studiously.

For instance, a handwritten to-do list feels like a promise that you give to yourself. It’s a big motive for most people to treat it with all due respect and try to fulfill every item on the list as planned. It is only one but very significant example of how longhand writing impacts self-motivation and persistence.

See Also: 3 Writing Techniques to Increase your Self-Esteem

Handwriting Slows Down Intellectual Aging

Handwriting does not only bring you short-term benefits. On the contrary, this type of activity also helps you to nurture your intellectual stamina. It can help you stay productive in the long run. It keeps you fresh and agile, so you can successfully cope with mental tasks even as you get older.

This is a long-term effect of cursive writing that most people neglect, but it is actually very important if you want to stay mentally competitive after decades of hard work. It makes you a better employee and slows down the intellectual aging process in general.

Conclusion

The power of handwriting is immense, but it is often neglected in the world dominated by mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. However, the fact remains that longhand writing is extremely beneficial and useful to individuals who are trying to boost personal productivity.

In this article, we explained seven ways how handwriting can impact your achievements and make you a more efficient person. Give it a chance and you will probably notice the same effects very soon!

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Watch Out for These Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Many people often joke about forgetting the names of their loved ones or where they put their things. That forgetfulness may not be that alarming if it’s because of a lack of focus. However, forgetfulness caused by the effects of Alzheimer’s disease should be a cause of concern.

Alzheimer’s is a deadly neurodegenerative disease that results in a gradual decline in memory, thinking, reasoning, and communication skills. In Australia, Alzheimer’s is the most common type of Dementia, comprising of 50–75% of the diagnosed cases.

Some people can display early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, allowing for early diagnosis and possible treatment for its symptoms. Therefore, check out this list of warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Forgetfulness

As mentioned previously, one of the common indicators that you have Alzheimer’s is forgetfulness. For instance, forgetting recently learned information, significant life events or appointments, asking for the same information repeatedly, and constant dependence on memory aids.

Difficulty in Planning and Solving Problems

People who are suffering from the disease struggle in developing and following a plan or solving problems. For example, they may find it hard following a daily to-do list or balancing a checkbook. Challenges in their ability to concentrate and doing or solving things longer than they did before are also common signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Confusion with Time or Place

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Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease often forget dates or lose track of the passage of time and seasons. For instance, being uncertain about the day of the week. Also, they may find it a considerable challenge to understand a thing if it’s not happening at the moment. They may also get confused about their current place or how they got there.

Challenges in Doing Simple and Familiar Tasks

One of the nasty effects of the disease is the difficulty to complete simple tasks. There are times that people with Alzheimer’s find it hard to drive to a familiar location, keep in mind the rules at work or do simple household chores. Occasionally, they need help in operating a gadget or a home appliance.

Difficulty with Words

Alzheimer’s disease can cause people to have problems carrying a conversation. People who have the condition may find it hard to speak and socialize with other people. Sometimes, they stop in the middle of a speech and don’t know how to continue a sentence. Vocabulary and finding the right words are real challenges to them.

Trouble Understanding Visual Images

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One of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease is having vision problems or difficulty in understanding visual images. People who have the disease may have trouble figuring out a color or contrast and determining distance and spatial relationships. These effects are dangerous because they can lead to accidents.

Changes in Judgment or Decision-Making Skills

Individuals affected with the early onset of the disease may show signs of poor judgment or a slow decision-making process. For instance, they might not make wise decisions on financial matters. Specifically, they tend to waste money on unimportant things or put their money in bad investments. Moreover, paying less attention to their hygiene is also a common sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Misplacing Things

People who have Alzheimer’s are notorious in misplacing things. Often they place their things in an unusual spot, they’ll find it hard to remember where they place them. Sometimes, they lose things and put the blame on others or accuse others of stealing their things. This situation can happen frequently to someone who is suffering from the disease.

Unusual Changes in Personality and Mood Swings

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may experience mood swings or unusual personality changes. For instance, he or she can become suspicious, confused, anxious, fearful or depressed. Even simple matters may be a source of worry or cause of anger for the person suffering from Alzheimer’s.

He or she may develop strange ways of doing things and become upset when a routine is disrupted. These mood swings and personality changes can happen at home, at work, and everywhere.

Becoming Aloof from Social Activities

People with Alzheimer’s disease often start to shy away from work or social activities. They may not do their hobbies or sports they liked doing before. In addition, they become aloof from their family, relatives or friends. Individuals who have this disease become tired of family, work, and social obligations.

Takeaway

Alzheimer’s disease is indeed a serious medical condition that we should understand better. This disease can disrupt the normal functions of the brain that can lead to memory loss and gradual degeneration of our cognitive abilities. Hence, we should be aware of its early warning signs for us to seek possible treatment of its symptoms.

See Also: 9 Ways To Keep Your Brain Young

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Watch Out for These Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Many people often joke about forgetting the names of their loved ones or where they put their things. That forgetfulness may not be that alarming if it’s because of a lack of focus. However, forgetfulness caused by the effects of Alzheimer’s disease should be a cause of concern.

Alzheimer’s is a deadly neurodegenerative disease that results in a gradual decline in memory, thinking, reasoning, and communication skills. In Australia, Alzheimer’s is the most common type of Dementia, comprising of 50–75% of the diagnosed cases.

Some people can display early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, allowing for early diagnosis and possible treatment for its symptoms. Therefore, check out this list of warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Forgetfulness

As mentioned previously, one of the common indicators that you have Alzheimer’s is forgetfulness. For instance, forgetting recently learned information, significant life events or appointments, asking for the same information repeatedly, and constant dependence on memory aids.

Difficulty in Planning and Solving Problems

People who are suffering from the disease struggle in developing and following a plan or solving problems. For example, they may find it hard following a daily to-do list or balancing a checkbook. Challenges in their ability to concentrate and doing or solving things longer than they did before are also common signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Confusion with Time or Place

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Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease often forget dates or lose track of the passage of time and seasons. For instance, being uncertain about the day of the week. Also, they may find it a considerable challenge to understand a thing if it’s not happening at the moment. They may also get confused about their current place or how they got there.

Challenges in Doing Simple and Familiar Tasks

One of the nasty effects of the disease is the difficulty to complete simple tasks. There are times that people with Alzheimer’s find it hard to drive to a familiar location, keep in mind the rules at work or do simple household chores. Occasionally, they need help in operating a gadget or a home appliance.

Difficulty with Words

Alzheimer’s disease can cause people to have problems carrying a conversation. People who have the condition may find it hard to speak and socialize with other people. Sometimes, they stop in the middle of a speech and don’t know how to continue a sentence. Vocabulary and finding the right words are real challenges to them.

Trouble Understanding Visual Images

signs of alzheimers disease

One of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease is having vision problems or difficulty in understanding visual images. People who have the disease may have trouble figuring out a color or contrast and determining distance and spatial relationships. These effects are dangerous because they can lead to accidents.

Changes in Judgment or Decision-Making Skills

Individuals affected with the early onset of the disease may show signs of poor judgment or a slow decision-making process. For instance, they might not make wise decisions on financial matters. Specifically, they tend to waste money on unimportant things or put their money in bad investments. Moreover, paying less attention to their hygiene is also a common sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Misplacing Things

People who have Alzheimer’s are notorious in misplacing things. Often they place their things in an unusual spot, they’ll find it hard to remember where they place them. Sometimes, they lose things and put the blame on others or accuse others of stealing their things. This situation can happen frequently to someone who is suffering from the disease.

Unusual Changes in Personality and Mood Swings

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may experience mood swings or unusual personality changes. For instance, he or she can become suspicious, confused, anxious, fearful or depressed. Even simple matters may be a source of worry or cause of anger for the person suffering from Alzheimer’s.

He or she may develop strange ways of doing things and become upset when a routine is disrupted. These mood swings and personality changes can happen at home, at work, and everywhere.

Becoming Aloof from Social Activities

People with Alzheimer’s disease often start to shy away from work or social activities. They may not do their hobbies or sports they liked doing before. In addition, they become aloof from their family, relatives or friends. Individuals who have this disease become tired of family, work, and social obligations.

Takeaway

Alzheimer’s disease is indeed a serious medical condition that we should understand better. This disease can disrupt the normal functions of the brain that can lead to memory loss and gradual degeneration of our cognitive abilities. Hence, we should be aware of its early warning signs for us to seek possible treatment of its symptoms.

See Also: 9 Ways To Keep Your Brain Young

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Boost Your Memory With Exercise

Generally, I think it’s a good thing we can forget things.

Would you really want to remember all your homework and assignments from grade school with the same clarity as you would present-day events?

I certainly wouldn’t!

That’s why you should be tracking your workouts. That way, you won’t have to waste memory space on remembering what you are currently lifting or if you broke a personal record.

But when it comes to boosting your memory with exercise, the memories most of us are referring to are the really important ones. It includes memories with family, friends, and our general knowledge of how to live our day-to-day lives. Yet, diseases like Alzheimer’s threaten these memories.

Currently, there are around 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is projected to rise to around 14 million by 2050. But you don’t have to accept that your memory will decline. Instead, you can protect your health and memory with exercise.

Develop Brain Volume With Regular Exercise

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As we age, our brains tend to shrink, losing not only its overall volume but also impairing some of its functionality. One critical area which can be affected is the hippocampus. It’s the area of our brain where long-term memories are stored and accessed.

As this area of the brain decreases in size, our memories become harder to reach. It becomes difficult to store new memories, too.

But with exercise, this grim, memory loss future doesn’t have to happen.

A particularly engaging study made a connection between exercise and an increase in brain volume, specifically with the hippocampus. In the study, the participants in the regular exercise group had an increase of 2% brain mass volume in their hippocampus. This means the effects of age-related brain volume loss was reversed for as much as 1-2 years worth of loss.

That means, if you set up regular exercise patterns, you can protect yourself from years of brain volume loss and keep your hippocampus healthy. In fact, you can even reverse some of your brain volume loss if it has occurred.

Acute Exercise Can Also Positively Impact Your Memory

Along with the great benefits of long-term exercise, you can positively impact your memory with just one short workout, according to memory researchers.

In a study on activating semantic memory in older adults, researchers studied to see if acute exercise had any impact on the memory. To clarify, acute exercise ranges from moderate-to-high intensity exercise that lasts under 45 minutes. Most HIIT workouts fall into this category. So if you have some favorite HIIT workouts, you may want to break them out.

Well, the participating older adults did experience greater memory activation, particularly their semantic memory. It’s the memory which contains your knowledge of your culture, basic world knowledge like how to hold a spoon, and all the simple things we tend to take for granted.

So, even if you haven’t quite mastered a regular routine of working out, even doing periodic, intense workouts can be helpful for your memory.

Create Greater Cognitive Function With Focused Workouts

You don’t have to just do aerobic workouts to boost your memory. A meta-analysis of multiple studies found that more meditative and focused exercises like Tai Chi can also help seniors improve their overall cognitive function.

It makes sense when you consider what slower, focused exercises offer. The person performing the exercise needs to not only engage their body but also their mind as they move through poses, patterns, and keep their movements mindful.

So, rather than doing a Soduku puzzle, maybe take up Tai Chi or yoga for brain engagement.

See Also: 10 Tips to Develop Both Sides of Your Brain

Blend Different Types of Exercises For Cognitive Benefits

exercise for memory boost

I often advocate for blending different types of exercise together, like how runners should lift heavy to support their muscles and joint while weightlifters should run to boost their cardiovascular health. And the same kind of balanced, blended workout effects can apply for memory-building workouts.

So, if you are determined to incorporate good, memory boosting workouts into your daily life, shoot for a mix of workouts. Say, dedicate 1 to 2 days to the more meditative and focused exercises. Then, maybe 3 to 4 days where you do longer aerobic workouts. Feel free to swap out one of the days with a more acute, anaerobic exercise program.

As you do things like work in simple posture exercises into your daily routine, be sure that you are also incorporating some of these other types of workouts. That way, you can boost your memory both in the short- and long-term.

See Also: 10 Brain Damaging Activities You Need To Stop Doing Now

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How to Rewire Your Brain for Success

The brain is an incredible organ. It is constantly regenerating and renewing itself while absorbing the information being thrown at it. However, not every piece of information it absorbs is positive or even correct.

For example, if you fall down in public and feel embarrassed, the thought “I’m an idiot” pops into your head. Your brain will absorb it and form a neural pathway. This pathway is the connection through which neurons send their signals from one part of the brain to another.

And as more things cause embarrassment for you, the stronger that pathway becomes to the point that it affects how you live your life.

What if you utilize how your brain works naturally to promote productivity, happiness, a sense of self-worth, and success in your workplace? The results will amaze you.

What Am I Talking About?

importance of mindfulness

What I am really referring to is something called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a therapy used by mental health professionals all over the world. CBT is an evidenced-based therapy that assumes changing harmful thinking can lead to an ultimate change in behavior. Even further, more recent versions of CBT focus on changing a person’s relationship to harmful thinking. It rewires the brain and those aforementioned neural pathways to initiate a change in behavior.

This kind of practice can also be described as ‘mindfulness’. It involves focusing on the present moment and acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings while noticing one’s relationship to those feelings. It is much easier to change one’s relationship to feelings and circumstances when they are acknowledged.

Does This Even Work?

The Harvard Gazette recently published an article outlining a study done on the effectiveness of using the above techniques to change one’s brain with respect to depression. I believe this to be interchangeable with anxiety, stress, or even a lack of productivity in one’s life.

Dr. Gaelle Desbordes, an instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical school and a neuroscientist, began practicing mindfulness and experienced great benefits. As a scientist, she wondered how it could benefit others and how the process could be documented.

What is amazing about her study, outlined in this article, is that she could visually see a difference in scans of patients’ brains before and after they practiced mindfulness and the change seemed to be there to stay.

See Also: 7 Ways Mindfulness Can Unlock The Door To Your Authentic Life

What Does This Mean For You?

practice mindfulness

Even if you are not struggling with something as serious as depression or PTSD, utilizing a tool or practice like mindfulness or CBT could really make a difference to your success as a person. It’s possible that you have some thought patterns cycling on a daily basis that are hindering your success in work or your productivity on a project.

I truly believe that taking inventory of your daily thought patterns can tremendously help you. You can begin by pinpointing something in which you have a physical hiccup.

Do you struggle with deadlines and procrastinate until the last second? Do you eat healthy all day and binge on all the unhealthy foods right before bed?

Whatever your goals or scenarios are, write them all out as they pop into your head.

See Also: How to Deal With Depression: 22 Things You Need to Try Today

For example, if you struggle with procrastination, your thoughts surrounding this issue may be one or a few of the following:

  • I feel overwhelmed.
  • I want to do a perfect job so I fear to start the project.
  • I’m not good enough.
  • I dislike my work and do not want to begin the project.

You probably have a lot more thoughts or reasons for feeling such way. So, sit with yourself for a few minutes and really think about them before writing them out. Choose one that you deem is harmful to your productivity and write down why it shouldn’t be that way.

In Conclusion

Now, you know how to rewire your brain for success.

The next time you are procrastinating, revisit what you’ve written and it’ll create the positive changes you want in your brain. It will file this new information and override the old, ultimately changing your behavior.

I hope you find this information helpful in your quest for a more productive, happy, and successful life.

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Depression Is A Myth: 4 Simple Reasons Why You Think So

It’s easy to understand why depression is a myth for most people. Unlike cancer which has physical symptoms that you can easily relate to, the symptoms of depression aren’t easy to recognize.

What exactly is depression?

depression

Depression, also called depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a mood disorder that affects your basic activities. It affects how you sleep, think, handle situations and the way you relate to others. Depression can also make you suddenly lose interest in things that would normally bring you pleasure.

See Also: Social Media Causing Depression and Anxiety: Is It True?

Why You Think Depression Is A Myth

Quite a lot of people think depression is a myth and you just might be one of them. Below are some possible reasons why.

You have never been a victim

This, I believe, is the number one reason why you think depression is a myth. Experience is the best teacher and this is particularly true in this case.

There are over 300 million people worldwide suffering from depression. They all have their respective stories to tell.

These people believe depression is real simply because they have lived through it or are still experiencing it. They understand what it means to not be in control of your mood, to suddenly hate the things you used to love and to have sudden suicidal thoughts.

You have no personal relationship with someone experiencing depression

A mother who had to watch her child go through depression will never think of depression as a myth. You, on the other hand, would believe depression is a myth because you have never watched someone you know go through the agony of depression.

It’s usually easy to disprove a thing or not believe in it when it has no direct effect on you.

You confuse sadness with depression

sadness not depression

As humans, it is perfectly fine to feel sad at various times- your favorite team lost a perfectly fine match, your favorite designer ruined a dress you love, your relationship isn’t going all too well.

In each of those situations, it’s perfectly fine to feel sad for a few days. Depression, however, is totally different.

Unlike sadness, depression does not stay for a few days. It stays for weeks or months and even years. And the crazy thing about it is that you can feel depressed without a single reason.

You have zero idea what depression means

It is quite easy to consider depression as a myth when you have no idea what it means.

A kid believes Santa is real simply because the kid doesn’t fully understand the things that are going on. The same principle goes with depression but with a little adjustment.

Instead of believing like a kid, you don’t believe depression exists because you do not understand what it is.

See Also: How to Deal With Depression: 22 Things You Need to Try Today

Don’t be ignorant of the truth. Just because you say something isn’t true, that doesn’t make it any less true. You might consider depression a myth, but it’s not.

If you still can’t comprehend, talk to people who have gone through it. Try to get a feel of what it truly means or do a little research and get your self up to date.

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About Dementia: The Silent Epidemic

Despite the notable dips in life expectancy in the United States in recent years, humans’ overall life expectancy is up. A hundred years ago, life expectancy in the U.S. was 48.3 for men and 51.1 for women. That is, of course, factoring in the exceedingly high rate of infant mortality people experienced back then.

Today, most people live well beyond childhood, their childbearing years, and even retirement. With this uptick in life expectancy has come an uptick in age-related illnesses. This makes it important that you do your research about dementia well.

What Is Dementia?

Part of the problem with treating and even diagnosing dementia is that it is not just a single condition with a single cause. The three most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to tell which kind of dementia a patient has until after death when the brain can be examined.

Common warning signs of dementia include:

  • Memory impairment
  • Difficulty with speech and communication
  • Loss of focus or attention
  • Decreased vision
  • Poor judgment
  • Decreased reasoning skills

Dementia Is Incredibly Common

dementia

Between the ages of 65 and 74, your chance of developing dementia is only 3%. Once you make it to 75, your chances increase dramatically. That’s 17% between 75 and 84 years of age. When you hit 85, your chance of developing dementia jumps to a staggering 32%.

There are currently at least ten different known forms of dementia and post-mortem studies suggest that only 49% of diagnoses are correct. To make matters worse, any form of treatment is incredibly complicated, thanks to the blood-brain barrier which keeps foreign objects and organisms out of the brain.

New treatments seek to circumvent this issue using ultrasound technology. For now, making patients and their families as comfortable as possible is the greatest concern.

We Need Better Dementia Care Now

If we can’t cure or even treat dementia effectively, then we should exert more effort in making sure that patients can live a life as dignified as possible. We all know that dementia care is expensive. One study found that it was 80% more expensive than caring for someone with cancer.

Unfortunately, many people don’t plan for their life once they become older. This can leave loved ones scrambling to figure out how to care for them with a limited budget. The most basic care can cost $70,000 per year.

Higher quality care can lead to better patient outcomes for dementia patients. Choosing a facility with a lot of green space and residences that appear normal can encourage independent behavior. Those green spaces can even cut down aggression, a natural reaction of a dementia patient when he can’t make sense of the world around him.

Making the patient’s surroundings as familiar as possible can also cut down on confusion and make them feel more at home. Some nursing homes even make their patients’ door look like the ones they have at home.

A nursing home in Germany did something ingenious to help their residents who suffer from dementia. They carefully studied patients who tried to run away and realized one very important thing: they all headed to the bus stop first.

Their solution was to build a fake bus stop in front of the nursing home so that when a patient couldn’t be persuaded not to leave, they would have a place to go and calm down. Oftentimes, staff would accompany them to the bus stop and escort them back into the building.

See Also: Exercise Your Mind and Reduce Your Risk of Dementia With These 10 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Humane Treatment Is Imperative

Dementia has to be a very frustrating experience for a patient. Could you imagine literally being locked up in your old age? Encouraging greater independence and trying to give the patient something familiar to cling to are very important steps toward giving dementia patients greater peace of mind.

Learn more about the need for better dementia care from this infographic!
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Source: Executor.org

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How Can Stroke Prevention Save Your Life

No one wants to think about the possibility of having a stroke, but someone in the United States has a stroke an average of every 40 seconds. It could be life altering or even life ending.

The good news is that it is possible to survive a stroke and it’s also possible to prevent one from happening in the first place. You should take steps to understand your risk factors, make lifestyle changes, and finally plan for your best possible outcome should the worst happen.

Do You Have Risk Factors For Stroke?

There are certain risk factors that make you more prone to developing a stroke. According to the National Institutes for Health, here are some of those risk factors:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Personal history of stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Existing heart Disease
  • Smoking
  • Malformations of brain blood vessels
  • Age
  • High Cholesterol
  • Gender
  • Race or Ethnicity
  • Family history
  • Poor diet
  • Stress and Depression

See Also: 4 Ways To Overcome Depression Naturally

When you have any of those risk factors, it’s important to check your lifestyle and make the necessary changes to prevent stroke. Eat a healthier diet, be more physically active and quit smoking. Seeking medical treatment for other risk factors is also crucial.

stroke risk factor

See Also: 16 Essential Tips for Quitting Smoking

How To Know If You Are Having A Stroke

When you or someone you love is having a stroke, it isn’t always immediately obvious. Someone having a stroke may just seem tired or even a little drunk, so early warning signs are often brushed off.

According to the American Stroke Association, you should think FAST. It’s an acronym which stands for:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call

Another easier method is to have the person stick out their tongue and see whether it is lopsided.

No matter what, if you suspect you or someone else is having a stroke, you must get to the nearest emergency room immediately or call 911.

call 911

Stroke Prevention: Giving Yourself A Better Chance Of Survival

Obviously, getting yourself to the hospital as soon as you suspect a stroke is crucial to your survival. Preventing a stroke from happening in the first place is also a great idea. But if you know you are at risk and you have already done everything you can to prevent a stroke from happening, it’s time to plan for the worst-case scenario.

How do you give yourself the best chance of surviving a stroke once it already starts?

With a little planning, you can identify which hospitals in your area will give you the best chance of surviving a stroke. It starts with identifying the Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

A hospital with a Comprehensive Stroke Center certification is one where the doctors, nurses, and other staff have been trained to work together to ensure the best possible outcome for stroke patients. These healthcare professionals are constantly updating their training to be on the cutting edge of research that will allow patients to recover more quickly and more thoroughly.

This research is not only used to stop your stroke as quickly as possible, but it is also used to put you on the right path toward recovery. It can help you get your life back as quickly as possible.

It’s not always easy to identify which hospitals in your area are certified as comprehensive stroke centers. This is why it is important to do your research ahead of time and talk it over with your family. When you make a plan before anything bad happens, it will be that much easier to get where you need to go in an emergency. It could save your life.

Learn more about Comprehensive Stroke Centers from this infographic. A little bit of preparation could lead to a 7% reduction in death when the absolute worst happens.Comprehensive Stroke Centers

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7 Unhealthy Behaviors That Affect Your Mental Health

Bad mental health habits are behaviors that have a negative effect on the way we think and the way we feel about ourselves.

We often believe our mood and our mental health are solely dependent on external factors and we only have little ability to control them. We often wonder why we get so easily irritated, upset, sad, lethargic, and bored in life. As a solution, we try to improve our mood and cope with stress by engaging in unhealthy behaviors. This, unfortunately, makes our mood even worse.

Yes, our mood is affected by our brain chemistry. But, remember this:

Our brain chemistry is largely affected by our behaviors and habits in life. If we treat ourselves with care and know what makes us happy, we are going to have a more balanced brain chemistry.

Here are a few common bad mental health habits that are making you unhappy and unsatisfied with your life:

Bad Sleep Routine

bad sleep routine

Even if you get enough sleep, having a regular sleep routine matters a lot.

Going to bed early promotes more happiness and energy in life. Studies have shown that going to bed late may be linked to depression and poorer mental health in general. The reason could be that negative thoughts are more likely to appear in our mind at night.

So, by staying up late, you get more and more overwhelmed with worries and negative thoughts. Also, by being a ‘night owl’, you socialize less with people and may start to feel isolated over time. You’ll also be less productive and less energetic the next day.

See Also: Get Strong, Sleep, Repeat: The Importance Of Sleeping

Not Taking Time to Relax

Many of us live with a lot of stress and have a lot of thoughts going through our minds on a daily basis. We may have a stressful job or suffer from anxiety or other problems. Most of us may be hyperactive and constantly seeking new stimuli without realizing that they are making us feel worse.

Taking some time during the day to relax and be with yourself without distractions can significantly improve your mood and well-being.

Lack of Physical Activity

It is a well-known fact that physical activity is necessary in order to maintain a healthy body. But, exercise has huge benefits for your mind, too.

When you exercise, your blood flow improves and your body releases feel-good chemicals. You are also releasing the tension build-up from excessive stress and anxiety. Your muscles feel and work better.

Spending a Lot of Time with Toxic People

We all know people in our lives that just make us feel bad whenever we are interacting with them. They may put us down, undermine our success, not respect our boundaries, and find ways to ruin our mood when we are happiest.

If you are continually trying to change those people, you are just wasting your time and making yourself more miserable. So, try to avoid toxic people as much as possible.

See Also: 8 Types of Toxic Friends That Are Holding Your Happiness Hostage

Lack of Personal Goals

Goal-oriented behavior is what activates our reward system. This has a huge influence on our mood and happiness. If you don’t push yourself to achieve your goals, even small goals, you will not feel fulfilled and you are likely to seek unhealthy ways to activate your brain reward system.

Also, not focusing on achieving your goals leaves you feeling like you are stagnating in your life and that can easily trigger poor mood and depression.

Excessive Use of Technology

excessive use of technology

Most of us enjoy our computers, phones, social media and we naturally want to watch the news and see what is currently happening in the world. Even though those tools are great at making our lives and work easier, they can also be great tools for distraction.

They also promote inactivity and tend to be overly stimulating to your brain. Your brain doesn’t like too much stimulation and you may find it more difficult to relax and unwind after spending hours on social media.

Not Being in Touch with Your Emotions

Our emotions often feel too intense and too difficult to deal with, so we tend to suppress them. We distract ourselves with all kinds of unhealthy behaviors.

The problem with that is that we don’t get to process our emotions and face our real problems. We fail to find out through attention and awareness what truly makes us unhappy, anxious, angry or sad.

Poor Nutrition

Our nutrition affects everything in our body, including our brain chemistry. A deficiency in certain nutrients can cause imbalances in our system. Even if we don’t have any serious deficiencies, our eating habits can still affect our mental health. Overeating and not eating enough are both unhealthy behaviors that can affect our relationship with food and our overall mental health.

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Seven Mindfulness Steps To Build Self-Esteem

It’s no secret that a lot of what we think and do are the products of our habits. These habits are often carried out unconsciously and they lead to our emotions and beliefs. These emotions and beliefs then lead to certain actions. These actions can reinforce our beliefs or have consequences that start the cycle all over again.

What exactly is mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been defined in many ways. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn has described it as, “Awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”

Generally speaking, mindfulness has two major aspects to it.

The first involves the following:
• Being generally aware of the present moment
• Noticing when that awareness wanders
• Bringing that awareness back to the present moment

The second most common aspect of mindfulness is focusing on something in particular. This involves:
• Paying attention to something in particular, like one’s breath
• Noticing when the mind drifts from that thing
• Bringing attention back to that thing.

Strengthening mindfulness for self esteem

Mindfulness is a skill that most westerners are not used to. Becoming more mindful usually takes specific forms of practice. Many traditions and methods have been developed over the years.

The different forms of meditation have been generally accepted as mindfulness practice. Still, the main goal of being more mindful is to apply its principles to real life situations.

mindfulness and meditation

See Also: The Profound Effects Of Meditation On The Mind

Seven steps to utilize mindfulness for self-esteem

Stay in the present moment

Most of your distressful feelings are either memories of things gone wrong or thoughts of a less than optimal future. If you find yourself feeling less confident, odds are you’ve been harping on past failures or are worrying about a particular outcome.

You must strive to vigilantly observe when your mind isn’t focused on the present. When you notice your awareness drifting, bring it back to the here and now. Concentrate on what you’re doing right now at this very moment. There’s a saying, “If you have one foot in the future and the other in the past, you’re pissing on today.”

Don’t confuse ruminating and worrying about the future with planning. Depending on how ingrained your habit towards negative thinking is, it can be a thin line between worrying and planning.

Think of it like this.

If you tell yourself that you are going to do x, y and z, it’s usually planning. But, if your thinking is along the lines of “what if” or “such is probably going to happen”, then you’re probably worrying.

Don’t judge

Judge not or you shall be judged.

This saying has more truth to it than most people realize. Judging can become a formidable unconscious habit. What you often don’t realize is that by judging others, you’re actually drawing comparisons.

You will eventually judge someone to be better at something than you. And once that happens, you will start to down yourself and attack your own self-esteem.

A good way to practice being non-judgmental is to watch the news or read the newspaper and not form an opinion about what you see. In other words, try not to think that the event, the people involved or their actions are right, wrong, smart or stupid, etc. Then, try to bring this same mindset when dealing with others.

When you judge others, your mind slips out of the present moment. It makes you vulnerable to ruminating about the past and future. Remember, judge not, or so you shall be judged.

Stand tall

Research has shown that standing with good posture can have beneficial effects on your mood. It is hard to walk with one’s head, shoulders and chest held upright and not feel good. If you’re standing with good posture, most people will look at you and treat you as if you are confident. It can help you feel better about yourself.

One of the hindrances that make it hard for many people with low self-worth to stand tall is fear of eye contact. If you keep the two previous steps in mind, staying in the present and forming no judgments, it will be easier for you to look people in the eye.

Don’t stare. Just occasionally look people in the eye, especially if they’re looking at you. If you still find eye contact hard, there are a couple of hacks for it. You can look at the bridge of a person’s nose, instead of directly in the eye. Another trick is to look at a person’s ears if you’re directly in front of but not too close to him.

Demand your space

People with low self-esteem often don’t want to be noticed. When in public, they try to be as unobtrusive as possible. Whereas people with high self-worth stand out. One of the ways they do this is by taking up space.

For instance, when standing, try to keep your feet shoulder-width apart. When sitting, keep your knees apart as much as is appropriate for the situation. When you do this, you’re basically telling the world that you not only have balls, but they’re big ones. Try and keep your hands away from you as well, being mindful not to consistently fold your arms across your chest.

If you are a man, you should also be mindful of keeping your elbows away from your torso as well. Keeping the knees and elbows drawn in is often viewed as weak and submissive, not to mention effeminate in some cultures.

Make faces

The look you hold on your face often influences your mood. You should strive to have the look of a confident winner. Different people show that differently.

For one person, it could be a smiling face. For another, it could be the look of a person who’s serious and doesn’t play games. The choice is yours, as long as it is the facial expression that you feel a confident person would wear.

A lot of times, when you have low self-esteem, you defeat yourself before you even start. You have a look of defeat, submission or unhappiness plastered on your face. Not only does this affect your mood, but it can influence those around you.

When you smile, the whole world smiles with you. If you look upbeat and confident, it can make it easier for people to gravitate towards you. People instinctively know that emotions are contagious. Therefore humans tend to be attracted to people who feel good.

On the other hand, if you look like a depressed loser, not only will you tend to feel that way, but it can make people hostile towards you. They don’t want to feel like you do, so they will tend to avoid you or drive you away.

You’ll even find people will often be attracted towards you if you look slightly angry. The key word is “slightly”. If you look enraged or ready to explode, people may stand clear out of fear for their physical safety. Anger is not generally considered a positive emotion, but an angry person is generally looked at as having more confidence than one who looks submissive.

Relax

mindfulness and relaxation

Relaxation techniques help to alleviate the effects of the fight or flight response. Being in a relaxed state won’t necessarily build confidence, but it can help to relieve anxiety and other adverse moods. This step takes practice.

In the beginning, it’s recommended that you practice some type of relaxation technique. This is so that you know what relaxation actually feels like. Once you have established how it feels, you’ll have to be mindful of the stress on your body. The common trouble spots are the face, neck, shoulder region and the central torso. During your day, you can do a quick self-check to see if there is unnecessary tension in those trouble spots.

Act as if

This step includes bringing all the other steps together. It’s sort of like being a method actor.

You contemplate how you would imagine a person with high self-esteem would act and then you strive to emulate that type of behavior. It may be awkward at first and people that know you may be put off a little. They may not take the ‘new’ you seriously. But, if you’re consistent, they will fall in line. The key is consistency.

You will eventually slip into your habitual ways of behaving. This is where mindfulness plays its part. You have to train your mind to become aware of your thoughts, attitudes and behaviors so that you can correct them as soon as possible. If done often and consistently enough, this in and of itself will become a habit.

See Also: 7 Ways Mindfulness Can Unlock The Door To Your Authentic Life

Conclusion

We see that high self-worth can be influenced by what you do and don’t do. Always remember that it’s about progress and not perfection. You should strive to be mindful of using your thoughts and behavior to:
• Prevent self-defeating thoughts from arising
• Eliminate self-defeating thoughts that do arise
• Bring up esteem building thoughts when they are not presently in mind
• Maintain esteem building thoughts that are currently in mind

If you want moderate gains in your self-esteem, be mindful of the steps you take to move through life. Your limits are only set by the limits of your mindset.

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7 Ways Mindfulness Can Unlock The Door To Your Authentic Life

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

In between work, family and social media, we take few precious moments to reflect upon our lives and realize the importance of mindfulness.

Perhaps, you purposely avoided looking at your life because, if you’re totally honest, it can be brutal. Just think about the tsunami of judgmental thoughts that swamped your mind and caused you a great deal of stress and anxiety.

Not surprisingly, a lot of worries are just byproducts of our society. However, our greater personal dissatisfactions are actually the result of our own internal turmoil driven by confusion.

Are you feeling confused?

You’re not the only one. Notice how confusion is self-evident all over the world.

Research scientist Kathryn Tristan suggests in her book Why Worry that at some time in our lives, half of us in the U.S. will suffer from anxiety, depression or addiction—the very opposite of an authentic life.

But, then something miraculous happens.

On your way home from work or a rushed meal out, the dusk’s rising luminous moon captivates you and you experience a moment of ecstasy and utter peace.

All is right with the world and you weren’t thinking about a thing. You were just alive and brilliantly so!

From mundane to miraculous

What was the shift?

The clouds of confusion lifted. For a moment, you were in perfect balance, consciously mindful of the miracle of life that involves you.

Here’s the big picture:

You were being your best, most authentic self instead of listening to habitual, self-limiting thought patterns.

Authenticity emerges when you live not just from mind and body, but from the heart which is your natural state. Done consciously, it is mindful living. It is the mastery of life.

A life lived without a heart and soul is a life filled with confusions. This can manifest as problems in your personal life.

“If quality of life is important to you, mindful living trades confusion for life’s magical moments—every single day.”

In his book, Living from the Heart, Nirmala said, “What you are seeing, smelling, hearing, sensing, and pondering is limited by and filtered through your thoughts. Your thoughts mediate between you and reality and interfere with seeing it more fully and purely.”

According to neuroscience, what thoughts are and what gives rise to them is still a mystery.

Think of thoughts as one of the many useful tools the brain uses to navigate our physical world. By themselves, thoughts are two-dimensional mind fences.

An expanded awareness that includes the heart means a far richer life that is fulfilling, regardless of the circumstances or what you are doing.

Shocking to some, you don’t have to do anything at all to experience an authentic life.

But, ask yourself this:

Would you rather run through a meadow at sunset with fences? Or the meadow of your life unhindered as far as the eye can see or even beyond?

When we live from the more inclusive reality of our mind, body, and spirit (heart), we open our lives to the miraculous on a daily basis.

How to enjoy the miracle of your authentic life

Slow life down each day

Although you’re not fully aware of the importance of mindfulness, you’ve been actually practicing it intermittently throughout your life without realizing it. Immersing yourself in nature, going for a walk and even hand-washing dishes are forms of mindfulness.

Recall how you felt a sense of calm and well-being within your body. Notice how balanced your world became. Now, do these things consciously and with your heart. Add yoga and meditation.

Life gets immensely satisfying when we let go of our mental expectations and enter the “Zen” or the flow.

Mind the gap for miracles

“When you allow your thoughts to breathe by paying attention to the gap in between, you move out of reactive-ness to being response-able.”

Thought devoid of the heart and soul is a form of insanity. No wonder so many people are confused.

You have the ability to tap into your highest wisdom and determine whether the glass is half empty or half full.

Minding the gap is how you go from continually making lateral moves in life to sky-high vertical limitlessness.

Whenever there’s a challenge, rather than carelessly and spontaneously reacting, surprise everyone by saying you’ll give it some thought. This means giving your initial thoughts some space to breathe.

Silence without judgment is extremely powerful and contains miracles. It shifts, even breaks, habitual destructive patterns.

Give up planning for 90 days

In Western culture, planning is thought to be one of our greatest assets. Google the power of planning and you’ll be inundated with reasons why a plan is paramount to reaching your goals.

Are you willing to open the door to the even higher power of synthesis the Harvard Business Review calls “strategic thinking?”

Strategic thinking lets go of planning initially, integrating intuition and creativity to allow spontaneity to appear naturally.

Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

Rather than projecting different possible scenarios, be a blank slate by asking, “What’s next?”

Leaving infinite possibility open is to create a vacuum that life must fill. It’s more powerful than projecting imagined preferred scenarios which contain limits.

Say “I don’t know” often

get comfortable with emptiness

At least to yourself!

Emptiness is very challenging when you are pressured by society to fill every nook and cranny with busyness. Your brain will be sure to scream it to you every chance it gets.

Emptiness removes all barriers, including you getting out of your own way.

I can tell you, based on my experience as a writer, that the muse is within. Any artist or creative person will agree to that. All inspiration arises from the void of emptiness.

Get comfortable with emptiness and learn to play with unlimited possibilities.

I personally prefer being a blank slate every chance I get. Like the unofficial Buddhist mantra goes, “Empty, empty. Happy, happy.”

I can easily put myself into a state of emptiness by watching trees blow in the breeze.

Open yourself to higher consciousness

In Practicing the Power of Now, spiritual teacher and author, Eckhart Tolle, extols the value of mindfulness by acting as witness to your thoughts. To quote, “So when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in.”

Have you tried being a witness to your own thoughts? It’s life transforming.

The beauty of learning to be mindful at any age is that it allows you to express your thoughts at your personal level of truth and authenticity while enabling you to dig for deeper understanding.

Don’t stop there. Yes, keep going. There is always more inclusive wisdom to discover.

“Let us honor one another where we stand, knowing we each travel
a unique journey toward higher consciousness.”

Be bigger than your body

practice meditation

Ask any Zen Master or Yogi and she or he will tell you that your identity is not wrapped up in your thoughts. Yet, it’s one of the causes of human existential crisis.

As you climb Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs toward self-actualization, you will come to realize that you are much more than your body. Only in the complete synthesis of mind, body and spirit can you see beyond basic survivalism so that you finally begin to thrive!

Know you are enough

Mind, body and spirit realization is fulfillment in and of itself!

There is no greater authenticity than to know who you really are as part of the infinite. Greater is the gift of YOU, boundaries removed.

As a guiding light, you now offer others, by example, the same freedom and opportunity. No longer confused, doing good naturally follows as you move from a place of selfishness to one of service to humanity.

Are your choices today filled with love?

Your authentic life

As part of evolution, aided by the tools of technology, human consciousness is expanding faster than ever. Living multidimensionally in mind, body and spirit will be your brilliant future.

Embodying consciousness, your new, authentic life will change everything for you. Your mojo is now working for you, instead of the other way around.

You will wake up energized in the morning, excited to be alive because you’re expressing yourself authentically. You will feel empowered like never before as things you despise begin to disappear. Freedom and prosperity will flow more abundantly in your life.

The importance of mindfulness is now completely clear to you. You will see the world and the Universe supporting you every step of the way.

It got you here, didn’t it?

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What To Do When You Hit A Roadblock: The Power Of The Subconscious Mind

Many of us know that if you want something in your life, you’ve got to visualize it, hold it clearly in your mind, feel it and be it. In essence, you have to implant that thing using the power of the subconscious mind.

You can spend time each day visualizing exactly how your life is going to look. You can imagine yourself there, living the lifestyle you want, doing the things you want to do and being the person you want to be.

Another way is to journal. It can help you imprint your goals in a much stronger way.

You can try writing out your life in detail, repeating all those things you want to have in your life over and over again. Or you can meditate and spend time each day doing affirmations about who you’re going to be and what you’re going to have and do. You can do an evening gratitude list to get your mind to concentrate on the good things that are happening instead of the not-so-great.

You dream, you visualize and you act.

But, what if something comes along that knocks you sideways?

You see, the thing is, you’re really powerful- unbelievably powerful.

All the tools and techniques that I’ve listed out are just to help you harness and utilize the enormous power of the subconscious mind.

The problem is that we let our subconscious minds get on with things.

For a long time, our minds have ruled our lives. What the mind says, we believe. What the mind tells us to do, we do. The opinions our minds have seem like they’re their own. And for most of our lives, we’ve listened to our minds as though they are us.

We’ve Believed Everything It’s Told Us

And then, you suddenly decided that wasn’t good enough and you want to be in charge. You started exercising your mind on your terms, telling it what to think, where to place its attention, and even – heaven forbid – telling your mind that it’s wrong in what it’s thinking.

Now, you might think that you’re in charge here and that you’re going to get that stuff together and harness the power of the subconscious mind as though it was some tidal power station. Unfortunately, your mind has other ideas.

If you’ve been in charge for all those years, would you let go of control easily and quietly?

Didn’t think so? Your mind isn’t going to either. It’s got way more subtle (sneaky) powers than you ever dreamed possible.

You can visualize and journal and focus and imagine all you like. But, your subconscious mind will test your resolve- every time.

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See Also: 5 Benefits of Journaling To Inspire and Motivate You

You say you want something? The mind will check if you really do. Your mind will create a massive roadblock that’s going to stop your visualization train in its tracks.

Let’s say you’ve been visualizing a wonderful and relaxing Caribbean holiday. You’re imagining yourself there on the beach. You can hear the waves, smell the ocean and feel the warm breeze upon your skin. You’ve almost saved enough for your holiday. You’re going to go out after your next payday and book your trip.

Then, your car breaks down and what do you know? The repair bill is what you’ve saved for your holiday TO THE DOLLAR!

At this point, you’ll probably think “Why does this stuff always happen to me?” or “I can never get ahead” or “I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this.”

But, consider this:

That, my dear, is just your mind testing you. It’s just your mind at work making sure that you do want all the things you’re thinking about.

How Powerful Is Your Mind?

How powerful is your mind that it can create stuff like that? It’s extremely powerful.

Instead of getting upset (like we tend to), acknowledge the power and creativity your mind has. See it as proof that you’re on the right track and your mind is just making sure. See it as evidence that you really can have everything you want. If not, the things you want are going to pose no problem.

subconscious mind

Your job is to visualize the end result. Leave working out how to get there to your subconscious mind. It knows far more about how to work the universe than you do.

So, next time you run into one of those roadblocks, don’t stop and just keep going. Get straight back into visualizing the end result, journal about it, do whatever you can to get that vibration back to the level you want.

See Also: The Secret Mind Hacks That Can Change Your Life Today

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Do You Drown Out Your Intuition?

Our higher self

You can call it intuition, inner knowing, the universe, higher beings or whatever works. Everything that exists contains this flow of energy. It’s always there. When you are in that flow, you know that you are safe. You know you can do anything. You know that everything will go well and everything will work out.

There are no mistakes when you’re in the flow. You can’t do anything wrong.

It’s kind of like being in that make-believe world we had as children where we could do anything we set our minds to and nothing could ever go awry.

That’s what being in the flow is like.

We are designed to live in the flow. We are designed to live our lives as powerful beings.

Unfortunately, our minds get in the way

Our minds live in the physical world. Our minds need PROOF. Our minds KNOW…

…that we’re individuals

…we’re not connected to everyone else

…we’re separate

…other people are dangerous

…mistakes are wrong and bad and we must avoid making them or other people will think we’re really stupid

…we measure success by comparing ourselves with others

We live in a world created by our mind.

The Subtlety of Our Intuition

Our minds are so loud that we often miss what our higher self is trying to tell us because our higher self is very subtle, very gentle. In fact, it’s the complete opposite of how the mind is!

Our higher self might give us a nudge to go in a different direction when we think that we absolutely know the way. Synchronicities and coincidences map out the path that our higher self is guiding us along.

The difference between the way the mind works and the way our higher self works is like trying to compare Las Vegas and Vienna. You can bet your bottom dollar that the path our higher self will take us on will be the quickest and most beneficial one for us in more ways than we can possibly imagine.

Our higher self gives little nudges: ‘take the next left turn’ or ‘call Sam’ whom you haven’t seen in ages. Before we know it, something completely unexpected happens. It’s like landing on a ladder square in snakes and ladders: we bypass three rows of squares and catapult forwards.

Can you remember how it feels when that happens in snakes and ladders? You’re way behind everyone else then you land on a ladder square and suddenly, you’re in the first place and way AHEAD of everyone else?

You feel amazing: light, happy, gleeful, joyous.

Anything and everything become possible.

That’s how life SHOULD feel. You SHOULD feel happy, joyful, excited, safe, loved ALL THE TIME.

You’re meant to live your life IN THAT FLOW of energy.

But to do that, you must quieten the mind down to the point where you can hear those intuitive nudges.

Which is easier said than done, to be honest, because the purpose of the mind is to protect you.

And really, all it wants to do is to keep us safe from harm. It works to be KIND to your mind, to not judge it and to understand where it’s coming from.

The more you resist what your mind is trying to do, the louder it’s going to become.

Give your mind a break: its job is to protect you.

Quieten The Mind To Hear Your Intuition

Having said that, how can we quieten our minds to the point at least where we can hear our intuition?

  • Doing something physically strenuous will usually get your mind to calm down: e.g. running, swimming, boxing or an aerobics class.
  • Doing yoga
  • Meditating
  • Journaling
  • Visualising

Find a method that you can do DAILY to help calm your mind to the point where you can at least HEAR the nudges from your intuition.

Get into the habit of listening out for those nudges. Look for synchronicities, the coincidences, the little hints and suggestions…

And then, FOLLOW them! Now you can hear them, FOLLOW THEM! Don’t ignore them!

When you get one of those nudges, it’s like landing on the ladder square: take advantage of it!

If you were playing snakes and ladders and you couldn’t see where the ladder was heading, you STILL wouldn’t hesitate to take the ladder square, would you?

You wouldn’t take another turn just in case you ended up somewhere you didn’t want to?

You wouldn’t take another roll of the dice just because you couldn’t see what was at the end of the ladder…

Because you’d KNOW that the ladder was heading UPWARDS and by taking it, you’re going to end up that much closer to the end square.

Your higher self wants you to win

It wants you to have everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

You just need to listen to it when it’s talking to you.

Try thanking your mind kindly for its input, give it a big hug, quieten it down and listen out for those nudges from your higher self and follow where they’re leading.

You will end up somewhere completely unexpected and more amazing than where you planned to be!

And I’d love to hear where that is!

 

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Mental Toughness: The Secret To Success

Have you ever wished you had a super power? Something that can make you special or better than everyone else?

Of course, almost everyone wishes, in one way or another, to have some secret potential to unlock. Well, what if I told you that all your superhero dreams of unlimited power, potential, and unmatched skills are completely attainable?

Now, you might probably be thinking that this is another cheesy scam. Well, it’s not. I’m not trying to sell anything either.

I am trying to tell you the simple yet spectacular secret to success: mental toughness.

You may have probably heard of this before many times, but let me give you a new perspective. There are two kinds of talent in this world: talent you are born with and talent you develop.

einstein

Think of Mozart, Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. These are examples of people born with an amazing talent or just pure genius.

How could anyone ever be like them? Especially you and me, right?

This is where mental toughness comes in.

You see, we all know that if we want something, all we need to do is work hard to obtain it. Easier said than done, but it makes sense. The problem with doing this is the universal law: nothing is free. Ever.

We might be willing to give up some time and hard work to achieve a goal, but to truly achieve that goal, we need to understand what it is going to cost. This is mental toughness. It’s not just mentally pushing yourself to endure through the hard times, but it is knowing what you are willing to give up, the challenges, and rewards.

Let me give you an example. I love to run. I run quite often and have even done races and triathlons. A friend of mine coaxed me into training for a 50-mile race…50 MILES!!!

running mental toughness

For some reason, I agreed (probably because I’m an idiot) and have been training for this demon of a race for several months. But, I ran into a problem.

You see, training so hard for so long tends to take its toll on the body, especially the tendons, ligaments, and joints. I have developed a pretty bad case of runner’s knee (if you are a runner you will understand), and have put a lot of thought toward what I am going to do about this 50 miler.

Should I keep training and risk further injury? Or should I quit?  Well, if I am truly mentally tough, I will push through and suck it up, right? Wrong.

Being mentally tough does not mean being an idiot. Being mentally tough means you see all your options and do the math. For example, with that situation, I can look at the problem as if there are only two perspectives: injure myself or quit.

I can consider what needs to be done to continue and if it is worth it. Could I run this race with my injury and still complete it? Yes. It would hurt like hell and maybe give me a permanent injury, but, yes, I could do it. But, do I want to take that risk? No, I don’t.

So how can I achieve my goal without so much risk and pain? I can treat the injury, let myself heal and then resume training. Is this a perfect plan? No, I may still be injured and unable to race when the scheduled date arrives but that doesn’t matter. Why? Because I have an entire lifetime to achieve this goal.

See Also: How Runners Can Easily Improve Their Foot Strength

The point of this story and article is to give you a new perspective of what you can and cannot do. Can you climb Mt. Everest? Some of you reading this will say no. BUT YOU CAN, you just don’t want to.

Can you do 1,000 pushups in under an hour? Right now, maybe not. But, eventually, could you? YES! You just have to want to.

You must understand what you are giving up (time, sweat, pain) and the worth of that to you. This is mental toughness. This is the power of the mind. Your body can do just about anything, you just need your mind to guide it.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you want to be successful, then you must endure through the hard things. But more than that, you have to understand things in a simpler way.

One plus one is two. Pain plus sweat can give you a healthy body. Hard work plus schooling can give you a successful business. Walking one step millions of times can get you across the country. Swimming one stroke over and over can take you across the ocean.

Think about these things. If you want to be successful, remove yourself from your body and win with your mind. This is mental toughness. This is mind power.

See Also: 5 Ways To Use The Mind Muscle Connection For Better Workouts

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The Secret Mind Hacks That Can Change Your Life Today

Have you ever wondered about that little voice in your head? What it actually does to you and your way of thinking?

In reality, it’s possible that it mostly does you harm. It puts up invisible self-sabotaging barriers for you. What’s worse is that it creates habitual, unconsciously negative emotions in your body that can lead to real physical pain over time. Eckhart Tolle, author of “Practicing The Power of Now”, calls this “the pain body”.

The good news?

It’s just your mind, NOT YOU! That voice is just one of your brain’s many tools. It can definitely be turned off. And by doing that, you also gain the power to consciously choose your thoughts, emotions, and responses to the outside world.

In this article, I’m going to tell you how to first shut that voice off so it doesn’t bother you and how to make your mind work for you. You’ll get actionable insights on how to make fast changes, delete horrible, life-long habits and set your mind to put you on the fast track to success.

Freeing Yourself From The Toxicity of Your Mind

Studies suggest that humans think between 12,000 – 70,000 thoughts daily. Around 80% of these thoughts are negative.

With this number, it’s easy for your actions to turn into habits.

Keep in mind that thoughts coupled with feelings become emotions. Emotions, when felt frequently and consistently, become actions. Actions then become habits which shape our entire lives.

This makes it important that you free yourself from the negative, self-sabotaging thoughts and self-talk. Replace them with positive, empowering thoughts that can move you into a better, happier place.

How?

By becoming intensely in the “here and now” and shutting off that chatterbox in your head. You can do that through physical activities, like Yoga or meditation.

practice meditation

Meditation trains and strengthens the “choosing muscle” in your brain. By monitoring what goes on in your mind, you become intensely focused in the here and now.

With daily practice (10-20 min), meditation can remove the toxicity from your whole being. It can help you shut off your senseless thoughts and bring focus into the present. Meditation has an amazing 76 scientifically confirmed benefits.

See Also: Questions and Answers: A Beginners Guide to Meditation

The most important relationship in your life is between you and your mind. It’ll make you or break you so make sure you build a healthy and strong relationship with it.

5 Hacks to Make Your Mind Work For You

The majority of people are stuck in the same, limiting ways of thinking and feeling throughout their entire lives. These limiting beliefs, fears, habits and thoughts consistently disempower and damage them.

Mohammed Ali said: “A man who sees the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”. Remember, what you think and feel frequently, you BECOME!

The good news is that there are powerful mind hacks that can help you break the chain and let your mind work for you. Here are five of them:

Your Mind is Hard-Wired to Like Pleasure Than Pain

“The secret to success is learning how to use pain and pleasure, instead of having pain and pleasure use you” – Tony Robbins.

What does that really mean?

If you want to change, your current situation has to be more painful than the pain of change. That can happen either by circumstance or through your own effort.

For example, if you wanna stop the habit of procrastinating, one of the best mind hacks you can do is to think of what may happen if you don’t change it.

procrastinating

Take, for example, the following:

– The more you procrastinate, the more time you waste
– Self-loathing
– Loss of self-respect
– Horrible self-esteem and confidence
– Feeling constantly anxious until it’s done
– Less creative
– Poor health
– Less money
– Missed opportunities
– Possibly get fired from your job for low productivity or poor quality of work
– The longer you wait, the more stressful it will be in the end
– Forcing yourself to stress at the last minute

If you wanna change a bad habit, you absolutely have to reward yourself when you act on a new, better habit. That can be done through strong, positive, inner self-dialogue. You choose how you want to reward yourself, but make it pleasurable and good for you.

See Also: 7 Mentally Damaging Habits You Need To Let Go

Your Mind Loves Familiarity

The key here is to make the familiar unfamiliar (through pain) and the unfamiliar familiar (through pleasure). Reward yourself when you do something good that’s unfamiliar to you and watch what happens.

Smoothly Build High Self-Esteem

You know what the major reason for depression is?

Harsh, hurtful, critical words you say to yourself- repeatedly.

You know the best way to build your self-esteem?

Praise yourself, especially if it feels odd to give yourself compliments. That’s a tough one for many people to do but you absolutely have to do it. Your happiness and self-esteem depend on it.

Don’t wait for external validation. It’s not as effective and it rarely comes in sufficient amounts.

My own inner dialogue was like poison to me, until I came across Marisa Peer’s video.

It’s deeply changed me and many people. I now consistently feel more whole, self-loving and free from worry of others’ opinion of me.

Practice your inner dialogue by saying these lines 3 times, with strong emotion:

“I am Lovable. I’ve ALWAYS been Lovable. I am Enough!”

No matter how odd it feels, say it and make it a habit.

Your Mind Gives You Specifically What You Ask For

Have you ever experienced hoping you wouldn’t get sick on an important day and then you got sick? Wished you wouldn’t be late for a meeting and that’s exactly what happened?

Your mind can’t tell the difference between your sentences and ideas. It takes everything as a yes.

So, instead of beating around the bush, the key is to tell your mind exactly what you want. It loves specifics.

Example:

If you really want to lose weight, say 5 kg or 10lbs, then soon enough you’ll start seeing pieces of advice everywhere on how to lose that weight. You’ll see and hear them online, from your friends or at the gym.

What your mind thinks, it attracts.

Two Things To Change How You Feel

How you feel at any time is tied to two things: the images you hold in your head and the words you say to yourself.

Imagine two people preparing to do the exact same workout at the gym.

One is telling himself how much he hates it and would rather be home, watching TV on the couch. The second one, meanwhile, is telling himself how exciting it is to go to the gym and push harder than last time. He’s thinking of all the benefits he could get from the workout.

The first person was able to exercise but didn’t feel too motivated to do his best. The other person was able to happily finish his workout despite how tough it is.

Don’t let your mind wander with random thoughts. Actively choose good words and imagery. They shape your life.

 

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5 Ways To Use The Mind Muscle Connection For Better Workouts

Ever wonder why some people are so committed to working out? Maybe it’s because you have never experienced and truly enjoyed the feeling of what many weightlifters call the ‘pump.’ It’s the stimulating and euphoric feeling that directly results from the mind muscle connection.

Contrary to what you might be thinking, it’s actually easy to achieve.

We are not always in the prime position to reap the full benefits of exercise. If we are simply going through the motions and repetitions, we miss out on the good stuff. We miss out on that euphoric feeling and “pump” that comes with exercising.

As a guide, here are 5 tips to help you achieve the right mind muscle connection for a better workout.

Touch the muscle you are trying to work

Before starting out with your routine, you should do a pre-ritual. It will mentally prepare you to give your best in your workout. Flexing and touching the muscle you are about to exercise can help you build the right mind muscle connection. It will bring awareness to the muscles.

Think positively

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Arnold Schwarzenegger believed that the origin of all of his power came from “channeling positive energy into his muscles during every exercise.” He created such a positive emotional attachment to them that each time he steps into the gym, he aims to re-experience the rush of endorphins his mind and body work together to create.

In practice, we must learn to imagine the strength we are gaining and embrace the struggle. Remember why you are working out and visualize the body and physique you are trying to achieve. Because, when we become aware, we generate more happy feelings and endorphins in our body.

Understand the feeling of the muscle working

When we take the time to visualize and experience the feeling of the muscles we are working out, we subconsciously remember what that feels like during the exercise. This helps us to know whether or not we are working our muscles properly. Armed with this knowledge, we can determine if we need to make any adjustments to our exercise routine.

Sometimes, touching our muscles and flexing them is not enough. Try to do a lightweight isolation exercise that focuses on the muscle you are trying to work so you can get an idea.

Check your ego

check ego

Sometimes, we get caught up in reaching that PR that we forget about proper form.

For example, when we add more weight without establishing a good foundation, we are only tricking our minds into thinking we can handle it. This is the primary reason for muscle imbalances, which eventually turn into pain.

The body is a complex mechanism with hundreds of muscles, bones, and tissues. All of these things work together to help you complete a move.

This makes it essential that you know what other muscle groups are used in every exercise you do. If your primary focus is muscle X, don’t allow yourself to become lazy and allow other muscles to compensate for it.

Take a 5-minute warmup before your workout

Rushing into anything rarely produces the best results. When we jump from one task to another, it becomes harder to gain immediate focus, especially if we haven’t cleared our minds enough to focus on the present moment.

When our workout becomes focused on getting the job done, we rush in order to advance to the next task on our list. This makes us miss the whole purpose of working out.

Don’t jump right into the thick of things. You can take as little as 5 minutes to calm your mind and clear your thoughts before your warm up. Get lost in your music, float around and stay loose.

Think about getting into “the zone.”

See Also: 5 Essential Items to Enhance Your Gym Experience

Moving forward

If we cannot feel the muscles we are trying to work on, then what is the point of exercising? Achieving the ‘pump’ or muscle stimulation is the primary purpose of lifting weights. If you have experienced this, then you are in on the secret. You have a very good idea of what makes a good mind muscle connection.

The ‘pump’, however, is something anyone can achieve.

By making your mind work together with your muscles, you can progress at a much faster rate. Don’t just move the weight, lift it purposefully! You will soon discover how exercise can make you experience that ‘pump’ feeling, and it can be the driving force that keeps you progressing in the gym.

How do you channel your inner beast?

See Also: 19 Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise

 

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Is My Cat Going To Drive Me Crazy?

Studies have previously suggested a link between cat ownership and the development of neurological diseases such as schizophrenia. However, a new study published in Psychological Medicine by Francesca Solmi and colleagues at University College London failed to find such a link.

Why would researchers suspect such a link in the first place? This is because of a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma can infect any warm-blooded vertebrate, including people, but it only reproduces in the gut of feline species. When a cat becomes infected with the parasite, it excretes infectious oocysts into the litterbox or elsewhere in the environment for one to two weeks. A new host can acquire the infection through ingestion or inhalation of these oocysts.

Toxoplasma presents a clear danger to two primary groups: immune-compromised patients and unborn children. The latter is why doctors advise pregnant women to avoid changing the litterbox, to wear gloves and a mask while gardening, and to wash fruits and vegetables before eating. Importantly, Toxoplasma can also infect people who consume undercooked meat since the parasite can encyst in muscle tissues of infected animals.

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See Also: The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Healthy Living

Given these multiple routes of parasite transmission, it is no wonder that Toxoplasma has spread widely around the globe with an estimated one-third of the human population carrying this parasite. Despite its prevalence, most people have not heard of Toxoplasma because it rarely causes symptomatic disease.

However, reports have surfaced over the last fifteen years that Toxoplasma infection may be producing neurological changes in people. Taking up residence as tissue cysts in the brain, heart, and skeletal muscle, the parasites are never eradicated from the body. Given the parasite’s predilection for the brain, it is tempting to speculate that neurological problems may ensue.

Well-documented studies do indeed show that Toxoplasma causes mice and rats to lose their fear of cat urine. That seems like an oddly specific behavioral change until you recall that the cat is where the parasite completes the sexual stage of its life cycle.

Since 2001, Robert Yolken and E. Fuller Torrey at Johns Hopkins have published many correlative studies showing a link between Toxoplasma infection and schizophrenia. Other neurological problems have also been linked to Toxoplasma infection, as have personality changes.

cat ownership

Since cats are the definitive host and one means of parasite transmission, investigators have been trying to find a link between cat ownership and the development of psychotic symptoms. Yolken and Torrey have published studies suggesting a correlation, but the latest study by Solmi and colleagues contradicts these data.

There are important differences in study design that may account for the discrepancy. The newer study by Solmi’s group used a much larger sample size (nearly 5,000 individuals) than previous studies, and accounted for several confounding variables that could have been misconstrued as a link between cat ownership and neurological disorders. The current study also followed individuals in real-time since the 1990s; previous studies have been retrospective, which relies on the participant’s recollection of the past.

It should also be noted that the current study tracked individuals up to eighteen years for psychotic experiences, which are typically predictive of schizophrenia later in life. Previous studies supporting a link were based on a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia.

None of these studies address whether Toxoplasma actually causes neurological issues in people. This is still an outstanding question that deserves further research. It is estimated that 60 million people in the US are infected with the parasite yet 3.5 million people in the US are schizophrenic. If Toxoplasma is involved with schizophrenia, there must be another factor at play in this relatively small subset of patients.

To date, there is insufficient evidence to declare pet cats to be a cause of mental health problems. Nevertheless, simple precautions can be taken to safeguard you and your cat from getting infected with Toxoplasma. Keep your cat indoors. Do not feed your cat raw or undercooked meat. Finally, clean the litterbox promptly, as it takes a day for the oocysts to mature into an infectious state.

 

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Is My Cat Going To Drive Me Crazy?

Studies have previously suggested a link between cat ownership and the development of neurological diseases such as schizophrenia. However, a new study published in Psychological Medicine by Francesca Solmi and colleagues at University College London failed to find such a link.

Why would researchers suspect such a link in the first place? This is because of a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma can infect any warm-blooded vertebrate, including people, but it only reproduces in the gut of feline species. When a cat becomes infected with the parasite, it excretes infectious oocysts into the litterbox or elsewhere in the environment for one to two weeks. A new host can acquire the infection through ingestion or inhalation of these oocysts.

Toxoplasma presents a clear danger to two primary groups: immune-compromised patients and unborn children. The latter is why doctors advise pregnant women to avoid changing the litterbox, to wear gloves and a mask while gardening, and to wash fruits and vegetables before eating. Importantly, Toxoplasma can also infect people who consume undercooked meat since the parasite can encyst in muscle tissues of infected animals.

wash fruits and vegetables

See Also: The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Healthy Living

Given these multiple routes of parasite transmission, it is no wonder that Toxoplasma has spread widely around the globe with an estimated one-third of the human population carrying this parasite. Despite its prevalence, most people have not heard of Toxoplasma because it rarely causes symptomatic disease.

However, reports have surfaced over the last fifteen years that Toxoplasma infection may be producing neurological changes in people. Taking up residence as tissue cysts in the brain, heart, and skeletal muscle, the parasites are never eradicated from the body. Given the parasite’s predilection for the brain, it is tempting to speculate that neurological problems may ensue.

Well-documented studies do indeed show that Toxoplasma causes mice and rats to lose their fear of cat urine. That seems like an oddly specific behavioral change until you recall that the cat is where the parasite completes the sexual stage of its life cycle.

Since 2001, Robert Yolken and E. Fuller Torrey at Johns Hopkins have published many correlative studies showing a link between Toxoplasma infection and schizophrenia. Other neurological problems have also been linked to Toxoplasma infection, as have personality changes.

cat ownership

Since cats are the definitive host and one means of parasite transmission, investigators have been trying to find a link between cat ownership and the development of psychotic symptoms. Yolken and Torrey have published studies suggesting a correlation, but the latest study by Solmi and colleagues contradicts these data.

There are important differences in study design that may account for the discrepancy. The newer study by Solmi’s group used a much larger sample size (nearly 5,000 individuals) than previous studies, and accounted for several confounding variables that could have been misconstrued as a link between cat ownership and neurological disorders. The current study also followed individuals in real-time since the 1990s; previous studies have been retrospective, which relies on the participant’s recollection of the past.

It should also be noted that the current study tracked individuals up to eighteen years for psychotic experiences, which are typically predictive of schizophrenia later in life. Previous studies supporting a link were based on a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia.

None of these studies address whether Toxoplasma actually causes neurological issues in people. This is still an outstanding question that deserves further research. It is estimated that 60 million people in the US are infected with the parasite yet 3.5 million people in the US are schizophrenic. If Toxoplasma is involved with schizophrenia, there must be another factor at play in this relatively small subset of patients.

To date, there is insufficient evidence to declare pet cats to be a cause of mental health problems. Nevertheless, simple precautions can be taken to safeguard you and your cat from getting infected with Toxoplasma. Keep your cat indoors. Do not feed your cat raw or undercooked meat. Finally, clean the litterbox promptly, as it takes a day for the oocysts to mature into an infectious state.

 

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Is My Cat Going To Drive Me Crazy?

Studies have previously suggested a link between cat ownership and the development of neurological diseases such as schizophrenia. However, a new study published in Psychological Medicine by Francesca Solmi and colleagues at University College London failed to find such a link.

Why would researchers suspect such a link in the first place? This is because of a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma can infect any warm-blooded vertebrate, including people, but it only reproduces in the gut of feline species. When a cat becomes infected with the parasite, it excretes infectious oocysts into the litterbox or elsewhere in the environment for one to two weeks. A new host can acquire the infection through ingestion or inhalation of these oocysts.

Toxoplasma presents a clear danger to two primary groups: immune-compromised patients and unborn children. The latter is why doctors advise pregnant women to avoid changing the litterbox, to wear gloves and a mask while gardening, and to wash fruits and vegetables before eating. Importantly, Toxoplasma can also infect people who consume undercooked meat since the parasite can encyst in muscle tissues of infected animals.

wash fruits and vegetables

See Also: The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Healthy Living

Given these multiple routes of parasite transmission, it is no wonder that Toxoplasma has spread widely around the globe with an estimated one-third of the human population carrying this parasite. Despite its prevalence, most people have not heard of Toxoplasma because it rarely causes symptomatic disease.

However, reports have surfaced over the last fifteen years that Toxoplasma infection may be producing neurological changes in people. Taking up residence as tissue cysts in the brain, heart, and skeletal muscle, the parasites are never eradicated from the body. Given the parasite’s predilection for the brain, it is tempting to speculate that neurological problems may ensue.

Well-documented studies do indeed show that Toxoplasma causes mice and rats to lose their fear of cat urine. That seems like an oddly specific behavioral change until you recall that the cat is where the parasite completes the sexual stage of its life cycle.

Since 2001, Robert Yolken and E. Fuller Torrey at Johns Hopkins have published many correlative studies showing a link between Toxoplasma infection and schizophrenia. Other neurological problems have also been linked to Toxoplasma infection, as have personality changes.

cat ownership

Since cats are the definitive host and one means of parasite transmission, investigators have been trying to find a link between cat ownership and the development of psychotic symptoms. Yolken and Torrey have published studies suggesting a correlation, but the latest study by Solmi and colleagues contradicts these data.

There are important differences in study design that may account for the discrepancy. The newer study by Solmi’s group used a much larger sample size (nearly 5,000 individuals) than previous studies, and accounted for several confounding variables that could have been misconstrued as a link between cat ownership and neurological disorders. The current study also followed individuals in real-time since the 1990s; previous studies have been retrospective, which relies on the participant’s recollection of the past.

It should also be noted that the current study tracked individuals up to eighteen years for psychotic experiences, which are typically predictive of schizophrenia later in life. Previous studies supporting a link were based on a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia.

None of these studies address whether Toxoplasma actually causes neurological issues in people. This is still an outstanding question that deserves further research. It is estimated that 60 million people in the US are infected with the parasite yet 3.5 million people in the US are schizophrenic. If Toxoplasma is involved with schizophrenia, there must be another factor at play in this relatively small subset of patients.

To date, there is insufficient evidence to declare pet cats to be a cause of mental health problems. Nevertheless, simple precautions can be taken to safeguard you and your cat from getting infected with Toxoplasma. Keep your cat indoors. Do not feed your cat raw or undercooked meat. Finally, clean the litterbox promptly, as it takes a day for the oocysts to mature into an infectious state.

 

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Yoga and Health: From Better Mental Health To Improved Sleep Quality

Did you know that yoga and health are intertwined?

Although a spiritual practice at its core, the Western world views the ancient practice of yoga mostly through the lens of holistic healing. Even the National Institutes of Health classifies yoga as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). But there is some truth to this because at the core of yoga philosophy is a focus on one’s health with the purpose of preparing the mind and body for enlightenment. Furthermore, the healing benefits of yoga are now widely recognized within the medical community thanks to a growing body of research confirming the yoga’s healing power.

Most of these studies found that yoga prevents stress-related diseases and improves overall health and well-being. Considered a holistic practice, yoga is said to heal the mind, body, and soul. Whatever ailment you may be suffering, yoga can help you without any risk of side effects.

If you need more convincing on why you should start practicing yoga, here are a couple of the health benefits yoga provides.

Better mental health

yoga mental health

According to an article published in the International Journal of Yoga, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are one of the most common reasons why people seek alternative treatments such as yoga.

Yoga seems to be just as effective, if not better, like medication and talk therapy in relieving the symptoms of mental illness. The reason for this being that yoga helps one relax by downregulating the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis) which is, almost without exception, overactive in people with mental disorders.

Put simply, yoga helps one achieve tranquility of the mind, greater levels of well-being, relaxation, improved self-esteem, lowered irritability, and a positive outlook on life, all of which are lacking in people with anxiety and depression. The mood-boosting benefits of yoga are also long-lasting and become permanent aspects of one’s outlook on life.

Reduced stroke and heart attack risk

Chronic stress is now recognized as a major contributing factor for atherosclerosis, a condition which increases a person’s risk of stroke and heart attacks. But yoga does not solely reduce your risk of stroke via stress relief.

The deep breathing and stretching during yoga practice are known to help thin the blood and as such reduce your risk of blood clots. Twisting poses wring out the venous blood in internal organs, and this allows oxygen-rich blood to reach these organs once the twist is released.

Similarly, inverted poses help the venous blood in the lower extremities go back to the heart and into the lungs where it is oxygenated. Yoga postures that increase heart rate can also provide aerobic-like benefits to the heart muscle, strengthening the heart and with this reducing the danger of stroke and heart attack.

Greater flexibility and strength

Stiff joints, sore muscles, and poor function biomechanics are today’s common complaints that tend to get worse with age. Regular yoga practice can help prevent age-related decline in flexibility and strength.

This is simply because yoga postures help gets your body through a whole range of movements that inevitably lead to greater flexibility and muscle strength. One of the main reasons why people develop arthritis with age is simply limited and repetitive movements that lead to muscle atrophy and joint cartilage wasting.

Yoga can help with other age-related problems as well such as osteoporosis, cognitive decline, hormonal imbalances, and even urinary incontinence. Because incontinence can result from weak pelvic floor muscles, yoga postures that strengthen the pelvic floor can provide much relief just like Kegel exercises for men and women.

See Also: 13 Yoga Trends To Immerse Yourself In On Your Journey To Health & Happiness

Improved sleep quality

sleep quality

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), as much as 1 in 3 US adults are not getting the sufficient amount of sleep. This is rather concerning considering that sleep disorders increase a person’s risk of systematic disease, mental illness, and even cancer.

One of the main reasons why people of today seem to have trouble sleeping is an overactive nervous system. Yoga calms the central nervous system by helping you turn your senses inward which inevitably bring you into a relaxed state of mind – something that is crucial for quality sleep.

A study that was published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine even found that older adults practicing meditative yoga for 12 weeks reported better overall sleep quality, reduced anxiety and depression, reduced fatigue, greater vitality, and improved sense of well-being.

See Also: Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep 

Stronger immune system

One of the strongest side effects of chronic stress is a weakened immune system. On the other hand, the stress-reducing benefits of yoga are known to lead to overall greater vitality by strengthening immune system functioning.

Our immune system protects us from pathogenic diseases but also from cancer, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and general disease-susceptibility. Because stress leads to the suppression of the mechanisms that control the immune system such as T-cell production, our risk of becoming ill increases.

Yoga can help keep us disease-free thanks to the stress-relief it provides but also by improving blood flow to vital organs, establishing hormonal balances, and making us more attentive to our health by increasing our awareness.

Conclusion

In today’s hectic world, stress is taking a toll on our health and well-being. Reducing your stress levels can make a big difference for your health, but this seems to be easier said than done.

Thankfully, the ancient wisdom of yoga that’s over 3000 years old has provided us with the secrets to keeping our mind’s at ease during the most stressful times. But the gentle stretching and deep breathing in yoga also help us stay healthy throughout life.

Yoga postures improve flexibility, joint health, and cardiovascular functioning. The result is no more aches and pains. Yoga also strengthens our immune system which research shows is important not just for fighting viruses, but also for preventing cancer and chronic illness.

In short, yoga as a holistic practice treats our body as a whole and provides healing from within. Practicing yoga will provide you with more health benefits than you can count.

 

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Yoga and Health: From Better Mental Health To Improved Sleep Quality

Did you know that yoga and health are intertwined?

Although a spiritual practice at its core, the Western world views the ancient practice of yoga mostly through the lens of holistic healing. Even the National Institutes of Health classifies yoga as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). But there is some truth to this because at the core of yoga philosophy is a focus on one’s health with the purpose of preparing the mind and body for enlightenment. Furthermore, the healing benefits of yoga are now widely recognized within the medical community thanks to a growing body of research confirming the yoga’s healing power.

Most of these studies found that yoga prevents stress-related diseases and improves overall health and well-being. Considered a holistic practice, yoga is said to heal the mind, body, and soul. Whatever ailment you may be suffering, yoga can help you without any risk of side effects.

If you need more convincing on why you should start practicing yoga, here are a couple of the health benefits yoga provides.

Better mental health

yoga mental health

According to an article published in the International Journal of Yoga, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are one of the most common reasons why people seek alternative treatments such as yoga.

Yoga seems to be just as effective, if not better, like medication and talk therapy in relieving the symptoms of mental illness. The reason for this being that yoga helps one relax by downregulating the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis) which is, almost without exception, overactive in people with mental disorders.

Put simply, yoga helps one achieve tranquility of the mind, greater levels of well-being, relaxation, improved self-esteem, lowered irritability, and a positive outlook on life, all of which are lacking in people with anxiety and depression. The mood-boosting benefits of yoga are also long-lasting and become permanent aspects of one’s outlook on life.

Reduced stroke and heart attack risk

Chronic stress is now recognized as a major contributing factor for atherosclerosis, a condition which increases a person’s risk of stroke and heart attacks. But yoga does not solely reduce your risk of stroke via stress relief.

The deep breathing and stretching during yoga practice are known to help thin the blood and as such reduce your risk of blood clots. Twisting poses wring out the venous blood in internal organs, and this allows oxygen-rich blood to reach these organs once the twist is released.

Similarly, inverted poses help the venous blood in the lower extremities go back to the heart and into the lungs where it is oxygenated. Yoga postures that increase heart rate can also provide aerobic-like benefits to the heart muscle, strengthening the heart and with this reducing the danger of stroke and heart attack.

Greater flexibility and strength

Stiff joints, sore muscles, and poor function biomechanics are today’s common complaints that tend to get worse with age. Regular yoga practice can help prevent age-related decline in flexibility and strength.

This is simply because yoga postures help gets your body through a whole range of movements that inevitably lead to greater flexibility and muscle strength. One of the main reasons why people develop arthritis with age is simply limited and repetitive movements that lead to muscle atrophy and joint cartilage wasting.

Yoga can help with other age-related problems as well such as osteoporosis, cognitive decline, hormonal imbalances, and even urinary incontinence. Because incontinence can result from weak pelvic floor muscles, yoga postures that strengthen the pelvic floor can provide much relief just like Kegel exercises for men and women.

See Also: 13 Yoga Trends To Immerse Yourself In On Your Journey To Health & Happiness

Improved sleep quality

sleep quality

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), as much as 1 in 3 US adults are not getting the sufficient amount of sleep. This is rather concerning considering that sleep disorders increase a person’s risk of systematic disease, mental illness, and even cancer.

One of the main reasons why people of today seem to have trouble sleeping is an overactive nervous system. Yoga calms the central nervous system by helping you turn your senses inward which inevitably bring you into a relaxed state of mind – something that is crucial for quality sleep.

A study that was published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine even found that older adults practicing meditative yoga for 12 weeks reported better overall sleep quality, reduced anxiety and depression, reduced fatigue, greater vitality, and improved sense of well-being.

See Also: Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep 

Stronger immune system

One of the strongest side effects of chronic stress is a weakened immune system. On the other hand, the stress-reducing benefits of yoga are known to lead to overall greater vitality by strengthening immune system functioning.

Our immune system protects us from pathogenic diseases but also from cancer, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and general disease-susceptibility. Because stress leads to the suppression of the mechanisms that control the immune system such as T-cell production, our risk of becoming ill increases.

Yoga can help keep us disease-free thanks to the stress-relief it provides but also by improving blood flow to vital organs, establishing hormonal balances, and making us more attentive to our health by increasing our awareness.

Conclusion

In today’s hectic world, stress is taking a toll on our health and well-being. Reducing your stress levels can make a big difference for your health, but this seems to be easier said than done.

Thankfully, the ancient wisdom of yoga that’s over 3000 years old has provided us with the secrets to keeping our mind’s at ease during the most stressful times. But the gentle stretching and deep breathing in yoga also help us stay healthy throughout life.

Yoga postures improve flexibility, joint health, and cardiovascular functioning. The result is no more aches and pains. Yoga also strengthens our immune system which research shows is important not just for fighting viruses, but also for preventing cancer and chronic illness.

In short, yoga as a holistic practice treats our body as a whole and provides healing from within. Practicing yoga will provide you with more health benefits than you can count.

 

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Yoga and Health: From Better Mental Health To Improved Sleep Quality

Did you know that yoga and health are intertwined?

Although a spiritual practice at its core, the Western world views the ancient practice of yoga mostly through the lens of holistic healing. Even the National Institutes of Health classifies yoga as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). But there is some truth to this because at the core of yoga philosophy is a focus on one’s health with the purpose of preparing the mind and body for enlightenment. Furthermore, the healing benefits of yoga are now widely recognized within the medical community thanks to a growing body of research confirming the yoga’s healing power.

Most of these studies found that yoga prevents stress-related diseases and improves overall health and well-being. Considered a holistic practice, yoga is said to heal the mind, body, and soul. Whatever ailment you may be suffering, yoga can help you without any risk of side effects.

If you need more convincing on why you should start practicing yoga, here are a couple of the health benefits yoga provides.

Better mental health

yoga mental health

According to an article published in the International Journal of Yoga, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are one of the most common reasons why people seek alternative treatments such as yoga.

Yoga seems to be just as effective, if not better, like medication and talk therapy in relieving the symptoms of mental illness. The reason for this being that yoga helps one relax by downregulating the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis) which is, almost without exception, overactive in people with mental disorders.

Put simply, yoga helps one achieve tranquility of the mind, greater levels of well-being, relaxation, improved self-esteem, lowered irritability, and a positive outlook on life, all of which are lacking in people with anxiety and depression. The mood-boosting benefits of yoga are also long-lasting and become permanent aspects of one’s outlook on life.

Reduced stroke and heart attack risk

Chronic stress is now recognized as a major contributing factor for atherosclerosis, a condition which increases a person’s risk of stroke and heart attacks. But yoga does not solely reduce your risk of stroke via stress relief.

The deep breathing and stretching during yoga practice are known to help thin the blood and as such reduce your risk of blood clots. Twisting poses wring out the venous blood in internal organs, and this allows oxygen-rich blood to reach these organs once the twist is released.

Similarly, inverted poses help the venous blood in the lower extremities go back to the heart and into the lungs where it is oxygenated. Yoga postures that increase heart rate can also provide aerobic-like benefits to the heart muscle, strengthening the heart and with this reducing the danger of stroke and heart attack.

Greater flexibility and strength

Stiff joints, sore muscles, and poor function biomechanics are today’s common complaints that tend to get worse with age. Regular yoga practice can help prevent age-related decline in flexibility and strength.

This is simply because yoga postures help gets your body through a whole range of movements that inevitably lead to greater flexibility and muscle strength. One of the main reasons why people develop arthritis with age is simply limited and repetitive movements that lead to muscle atrophy and joint cartilage wasting.

Yoga can help with other age-related problems as well such as osteoporosis, cognitive decline, hormonal imbalances, and even urinary incontinence. Because incontinence can result from weak pelvic floor muscles, yoga postures that strengthen the pelvic floor can provide much relief just like Kegel exercises for men and women.

See Also: 13 Yoga Trends To Immerse Yourself In On Your Journey To Health & Happiness

Improved sleep quality

sleep quality

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), as much as 1 in 3 US adults are not getting the sufficient amount of sleep. This is rather concerning considering that sleep disorders increase a person’s risk of systematic disease, mental illness, and even cancer.

One of the main reasons why people of today seem to have trouble sleeping is an overactive nervous system. Yoga calms the central nervous system by helping you turn your senses inward which inevitably bring you into a relaxed state of mind – something that is crucial for quality sleep.

A study that was published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine even found that older adults practicing meditative yoga for 12 weeks reported better overall sleep quality, reduced anxiety and depression, reduced fatigue, greater vitality, and improved sense of well-being.

See Also: Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep 

Stronger immune system

One of the strongest side effects of chronic stress is a weakened immune system. On the other hand, the stress-reducing benefits of yoga are known to lead to overall greater vitality by strengthening immune system functioning.

Our immune system protects us from pathogenic diseases but also from cancer, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and general disease-susceptibility. Because stress leads to the suppression of the mechanisms that control the immune system such as T-cell production, our risk of becoming ill increases.

Yoga can help keep us disease-free thanks to the stress-relief it provides but also by improving blood flow to vital organs, establishing hormonal balances, and making us more attentive to our health by increasing our awareness.

Conclusion

In today’s hectic world, stress is taking a toll on our health and well-being. Reducing your stress levels can make a big difference for your health, but this seems to be easier said than done.

Thankfully, the ancient wisdom of yoga that’s over 3000 years old has provided us with the secrets to keeping our mind’s at ease during the most stressful times. But the gentle stretching and deep breathing in yoga also help us stay healthy throughout life.

Yoga postures improve flexibility, joint health, and cardiovascular functioning. The result is no more aches and pains. Yoga also strengthens our immune system which research shows is important not just for fighting viruses, but also for preventing cancer and chronic illness.

In short, yoga as a holistic practice treats our body as a whole and provides healing from within. Practicing yoga will provide you with more health benefits than you can count.

 

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10 Brain Damaging Activities You Need To Stop Doing Now

The brain is one of the most vital organs in the human body, and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep it in optimal condition. People race for time, information and money nowadays and some even cling to limitless brain pills out of their desire to perform better mentally. However, even with the desperation to become mentally infinite, there is little to no attention given to brain health.

There are many movements and advocacies done to help people lose weight and become more aware of their heart health. Less attention is given to brain health, yet more people are diagnosed with brain illnesses every year.

This increasing growth of brain illnesses is probably because brain damages mostly produce degenerative diseases that aren’t experienced in real time by individuals and the physical changes aren’t so visible. Nonetheless, there is a need for you to know how bad your day-to-day routine might be affecting your brain.

Excessive Coffee

excessive coffee

The aroma, the richness and the taste. That’s how we usually start our day. Quitting coffee is probably the craziest thing a sane man would do. However, studies showed that coffee is only healthy when you take in 4 cups with only 100 mg caffeine content. Coffee is an incredibly rich source of antioxidants, however, drinking too much can result in brain damage.

Many people believe coffee to be their morning wake-up call in a cup. Coffee lovers believe that coffee can imbue them with superhuman thinking and wakefulness that help them finish a 4-hour workload much much faster. Unfortunately, that’s not true.

Coffee is not a limitless pill. What coffee does is to hinder your brain’s adenosine receptors to make your brain think that you’re still good for the day and you’re not sleepy yet despite your adenosine levels shouting that you are. Of course, this wears off, and people who need to stay up late drink more coffee to stay awake.

The effect of caffeine hinders or alters the standard brain mechanisms and the body develops tolerance to its effects resulting in coffee addicts drinking more to stay awake and active as they were before.

Frequent Headbutts

There’s nothing wrong with boxing or football except the fact that you have higher chances of headbutts. A lot of sports superstars and athletes lost their brain health at an earlier age because they neglected to take headbutts seriously.

Muhammad Ali and Freddie Roach (Manny Pacquiao’s coach), to name a few, have Parkinson’s disease because they retired a little too late. Numerous football players also developed CTE ( Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a progressive, degenerative disease that can be a product of head traumas such as headbutts and concussions.

Constant Exposure To Devices

“Is the drug from Limitless real?”

You may think staying in bed and googling all day is safe, but it’s not.

Constant exposure to devices also has its fair share of damage to the brain as research says. Technology has granted us the capability to be better multi-taskers. However, this caused a shorter span of attention even among adults. This chronic lack of focus is a result of a rewiring in the brain.

Getting used to instant gratification from being able to search things instantly actually rewires the brain and this results in a lack of focus and attention. Expect generation Z to be like this, though.

See Also: 4 Ways Technology is Gradually Ruining Humanity and How to Tackle it

Lack Of Sleep

Aside from cutting off years from your average life expectancy, lack of sleep also damages the brain. Sleeping is the body’s natural way to regenerate new cells even for the brain. Sleeping is also one way for the brain to develop new neural connections, to process the left-over information during the day which usually appears as dreams.

Sleeping is also the time when the brain develops plasticity in brain neurons, aside from brain stimulation. Mental flexibility helps protect the brain from degeneration and eventual cell loss.

Sleep is not just for the weak; it is for everyone.

See Also: Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep

Missing Breakfast And Insufficient Water Intake

Not eating breakfast is not just starving your tummy. It is also starving your brain. Lack of nutrients and enough energy to keep your body up and running for another busy day will make your brain work harder. Using your brain without getting enough nutrition is like expecting your car to run without enough gasoline.

Failing during exams is no surprise especially when you don’t usually eat breakfast to start your school day. If you don’t want to fall behind your colleagues when it comes to performance, you should eat your breakfast.

No breakfast, no work.

Another lingering concern that has been given little attention is the lack of water intake. Almost everyone doesn’t count how many of glasses of water they have taken for the day, and this is the reason why most are dehydrated but know nothing nor care about it.

The brain is more than 80 percent water, and having enough water to function, it will result to faster thinking, better focus, creativity, and clarity. The brain knows no other way to store water on its own, so it is important to stay hydrated all the time. Drinking enough water will help both your body and brain in all of their vital functions.

Overeating

In addition to the last item, overeating or binge eating is also not healthy for the human brain. Ever remember having a headache after a hearty meal?

Overeating slows your brain down, and this is why some people feel sleepy when they eat too much. Doing it on a regular basis can also become an addiction in the long run. Eating affects the brain reward system, which releases the hormone Dopamine, or the “feel good” hormone. If you overeat, the brain’s circuitry will change, and it will be difficult for you to control your eating habits.

Researchers think this is the reason why obese or overweight people find it hard to go on a strict diet.

Vices

Needless to say, there’s too much harm in illegal drugs and smoking.

Drug addiction in itself is a brain illness. Nicotine is addictive, and that addiction is a brain disease. Mood and anxiety disorders are said to tie in with drug and nicotine abuse. In fact, researchers think schizophrenia is highly related to smoking.

Although no study has confirmed this yet, we have heard of substance abusers seeing the devil in their mother’s face and what happened next is yours to imagine. Illegal drugs are not the pill from Limitless. It was either Modafinil or Donepezil.

Alcoholics are also subject to long-term brain damages. No one takes alcohol seriously because its effect seems instant and short term, however, there are a few studies that link alcohol to diminishing brain size which affects mental functioning.

Thiamine deficiency among heavy alcohol drinkers also leads to WKS or Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome which affects cognitive function, memory, learning ability, eye nerve paralysis and muscle coordination.

Too Much Sugar and Unhealthy Food

too much sugar

Just like any other drug, there is a need to regulate the use of sugar in every household, especially when you know excessive sugar is addictive. Sugar intake also signals the brain to release dopamine- the reward. The brain will think that this practice is something necessary for survival and will naturally make you desire for more.

People who have too much sugar will have insulin spikes and lows, which eventually makes a super perked person suddenly tired. The only way to become high again? Sugar. People think sugar to be the “new limitless pill,” but it’s not.

“Junk Foods” also have artificial sweetening and may have an excessive amount of sugar; even some cereals can be part of this category.

Lack Of Mental Stimulation

Yes, boredom kills. Lack of mental stimulation will cause brain cells to die faster. There is a need for your brain to develop plasticity to protect the brain from cell death in the future. Solving puzzles, doing a little arithmetic and chess can save you a ton of brain cells.

Researchers suggest that the lack of mental activity or stimulation is the cause of cognitive decline and even dementia. Depression is also highly related to lack of mental activity.

Exercise your brain! Sharpen your memory, solve problems, practice reason and logic, and read. Train your brain.

Lack Of Oxygen When Sleeping And Pollution

Air pollution also causes brain damage. Toxins that live in the city air kills brain cells as numerous studies suggest. Lead exposure, carbon monoxide poisoning, pesticides and mercury toxicity are just a few of the air pollutants that exists in big metros.

Covering your face while sleeping will also cause a severe lack of oxygen which will make the brain suffer. The brain needs oxygen to function, and without enough oxygen, in the bloodstream, it can cause instant brain cell death.

So sleep somewhere not too cold so you won’t have to cover your face when sleeping.

Takeaway

The brain is the body’s headquarters, and it has the chief function of maintaining balance and organization in the entire body. Taking care of the human brain should be on top of everyone’s list. Although the brain can still reproduce brain cells throughout its lifetime, there is no guarantee that the brain is going to replenish them as fast as we lose them.

If you think what you’re doing is not brain damaging, think twice.

 

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Get Strong, Sleep, Repeat: The Importance Of Sleeping

When you’ve had a long and tiring workout, you just want to go home and sleep. You feel satisfied knowing that when you wake up, you’re ready to take on another day at the gym for successful growth.

How do we fall asleep?

In a simple manner, your internal body clock recognizes your environment. When it is bright, your brain signals to your body that it is daytime. When it is dark or night time, your body automatically releases a chemical called melatonin. You will start to feel drowsy as your melatonin level increases.

If you’re a bodybuilder and you’re aiming for a more muscular size, don’t disregard the importance of sleeping. There are certain hormones released for muscle reconstruction during sleep. You will recharge your mind and mentally recuperate to prepare for your next day’s workout during your sleep.

Benefits and the importance of sleeping

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How many hours?

How long do we have to sleep? If we lack sleep, we feel weak and don’t want to get up from bed. If you give in and oversleep though, all you get is feeling even sleepier and a throbbing headache.

According to National Sleep Foundation, there is a specific number of hours we should be sleeping depending on which age group we belong to.

AGE GROUP AND HOURS OF SLEEP
0-3 Months —> 12-18
4-11 Months —> 14-15
1-2 Years —> 12-14
3-5 Years —> 11-13
6-13 Years —> 10-11
14-17 Years —> 8.5-9.5
18-25 Years —> 7-9
26-64 Years —> 7-9
65+ —> 7-8

What are the benefits to my body?

It’s a win-win situation when you get enough sleep every day. Here is what happens when you don’t lack sleep:

• Your body regulates insulin to control your blood sugar thus lowering your risk for diabetes.
• During sleep, your body recovers. It repairs damaged cells. Your muscles grow and heal themselves during your sleep.
• Natural growth hormones are released. It is important for children, teens, and adults.
• Your immune system strengthens during your sleep. It helps you fend off common sicknesses that you may otherwise catch from the people around you and your environment.

Enhanced Performance and Senses

alert in school

When you’ve only had a few hours of sleep, the tendency is that you feel uncomfortable throughout your day. You will only disappoint yourself by not performing well in your activities. Sufficient sleep improves your performance in a significant way.

• You’ll have a lower chance of getting into car accidents because you will be aware of the hazards around you. If you drive and you still feel a little bit sleepy, your life is already at risk.
• You won’t feel lazy in your line of work because you are well rested. You wouldn’t want to get fired just because you are caught sleeping on the job, do you?
• As a student, listening to lectures won’t be hard because you can focus more on lessons.

See Also: Personality & Sleep: How To Be More Productive At Work

Importance of Sleeping for My Muscles

I have been lifting for around six years now and I have experienced the importance of discipline in my workouts, maintaining a proper diet, and getting all the sleep I can get. I have been working hard for it because I wanted to improve my body and see what I can do with it.

I started lifting when I was in 3rd-year high school because it was a fad amongst my friends. I would always stay up late because of my school works and my social life. I never saw the importance of sleeping to grow muscle. One day, I realized that I wasn’t getting any bigger, and I always looked tired. My performance in lifting was getting poorer and poorer every single day. I didn’t think it was my diet though because I was eating clean.

It wasn’t until the summer break when I was finally getting enough rest and sleep that I noticed an improvement in my lifting performance. My lifts increased. I was burning excess fat and gaining leaner muscle.

That’s when I realized that I should never take the amount of time to rest for granted. Lifting weights is just a part of the process, and the diet is just another. Rest and sleep is just as essential for muscle growth.

Sleeping Advice for Muscle Growth

No more lifting near bedtime

• Even after your workout, your adrenaline is still pumping. You’ll likely toss and turn if you lift too near before your sleeping time.

Turn off your electronic devices

• Your senses reactivate themselves under the influence of light. Make sure to turn off your gadgets. Using your mobile phone or tablet disrupts the production of melatonin thus making you wide awake.

Keep to your sleeping schedule

• Keep track of your sleeping schedule. If your sleeping schedule gets disrupted, you will have difficulties sleeping and waking up on time.

Control your caffeine intake

• For the coffee lovers out there, coffee makes you more hyperactive and will keep you from falling asleep easily. I suggest that you only take caffeine in the morning, and the latest would be in the afternoon.

See Also: Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep 

Conclusion

Sleep deficiency, in general, is harmful to us. It can do a lot of damage and in an instant, it can take away one’s life. The importance of sleeping is bliss. With our fast-paced culture today, we need to find time to get enough sleep as much as we can.

 

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Top Tips On Training Your Brain To Be Creative

Creativity is one of the most vital aspects of life. Were it not for people’s creativity, we would not have the Internet or smartphones or even the car that we drive to work.

Think about all of life’s necessities that exist because of human innovation and you can see just how important it is that we all encourage and train our minds to be creative. You may never be a world leader in innovation but you may just be able to come up with a great fundraising idea for a charity you support or a fresh marketing strategy for your business.

The great thing about creativity is that you can develop it. Yes, there are people who are more naturally adept at being creative but even if this does not apply to you, there are still strategies which exist that can help you to be more creative in the way that you think.

The most important thing you have to do is be open to the idea. If you tell yourself that you are “not the creative type”, then you are already closing the door on a whole world of opportunity. It’s important that you embrace your creative potential.

Let’s see what you can do to help this happen.

Give routine the elbow

creativity tips

We are not suggesting that you dispose of all routine in your life; most people need some sort of shape to their existence in order to keep all the balls of life in the air. What we do want to encourage is the variance of routine to include new experiences.

Have you had a meal at that new Japanese restaurant? When was the last time you took a walk around the park enjoying the flora and fauna? Why not actually go that meeting about local amenities? It could be interesting to get involved.

If you stick to the same routine all the time, then your brain is not exposed to any new stimuli. It sees the same places and people all the time. This is not an environment which is conducive to creativity.

You do not have to train your brain to think creative thoughts all the time. You just have to give it the benefit of new stimuli. This may sound strange but it’s not. If this is not something that you normally do, then your brain is being opened to a new experience. It’s doing this to your brain which puts it in a position where creative thought comes more naturally.

Share with a wider network

We all have people around us who we happily confide in when it comes to sharing ideas. This is often because we feel comfortable with receiving their feedback. But here is the thing; if you do this all the time, how do you know you are getting the right feedback? A major part of encouraging your brain to be creative is making sure that you get constructive responses to your creativity.

The more people you share your ideas with, the more likely you are to get a full range of feedback which is more useful in developing your ideas going forward. Think about it, your friend or partner is not usually going to be an expert when it comes to commenting on innovative ideas for your business, just like a business colleague may not be the best person to ask about your design for a state of the art treehouse. It’s all about getting a well rounded perspective to help develop your thoughts.

Do not be constrained by rules

One of the most common mistakes that people make, when it comes to creative thinking, is they try to think within the constraints of what they believe to be normal or sensible. If you really want to flex your creative muscles, you should not shut your mind off to any possibility. It really does not matter how absurd your ideas seem to be; you should still let them happen unrestricted. You may even find yourself laughing at the ridiculousness of some of the things you consider; this is actually good for you and for your creative mind.

The fact is, that the more you open your mind to thought, the more creative ideas you will have. Even if you only have one though out of one hundred that actually works out, it’s well worth it.

See Also: One Awesome Tip On How To Shift Perspective 

Take notice of your environment

creativity tip

Too many people walk around as though they have blinkers on because they lead such busy lives. This is very restrictive for your brain. If you see something that you have not noticed before such as new flowers in the park or a new building being constructed, take an interest. This could mean that you make a mental note or that you capture an image on your smartphone. If you meet someone new, make a note of it and of what effect the experience had on you.

It’s all about training yourself to be more aware of the world around you and making a note of things that catch your eye or ear. The more “stuff” your brain is exposed to, the more ammunition it gains to help it be creative.

Hopefully, we have helped you to see that anyone can be creative. The most important thing is that you give your brain the best life and training in order to help unleash its creativity.

See Also: Here’s How to Get Creativity Bursting Out of Your Eyeballs

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Can you “hear” flashes of light? Do you have synesthesia? Take a test.

Can you “hear” motion or light flashes? If so, according to new research from City University London, you may be experiencing a not-so-rare form of synaesthesia. Synesthesia is the fascinating neurological phenomenon whereby stimulation of one sense involuntarily triggers another sensory pathway. For example, a synesthete might taste sounds or hear colors. (In this study, 8 out of 40 participants, a very high percentage, were considered to have hearing-motion synaesthesia.) Here is their test for you to take yourself. From The Guardian:

(This new study) suggests that many more of us experience a less intrusive version of (synesthesia) in which visual movements or flashes are accompanied by an internal soundtrack of hums, buzzes or swooshes. Since movements are very frequently accompanied by sounds in everyday life, the effect is likely to be barely discernible.

When tested under laboratory conditions, the “hearing motion” effect appeared to enhance a person’s ability to interpret fine visual movements, but also interfered with the ability to hear real sounds when visual and audio signals were mis-matched.

“These internal sounds seem to be perceptually real enough to interfere with the detection of externally-generated sounds,” said Freeman. “The finding that this ‘hearing-motion’ phenomenon seems to be much more prevalent compared to other synaesthesias might occur due to the strength of the natural connection between sound and vision.”

In a separate study, the team tested for the phenomenon in trained musicians and found that it was much more common in the group. It is not clear if this is due to a natural disposition to link sounds and visual cues or whether thousands of hours of training might have strengthened the neural circuitry behind the effect.

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