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Top 6 Life-Changing Music Apps

There are endless ways to kill time on the Internet, but we can all agree that discovering new music is never a waste of a time. After all, it’s music. It makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel… whatever that means. Here are the best ways to discover new music on the internet.

spotify_thought.jpg1. Spotify
If you’re anything like me (someone who has limited space on their hard drive and subsequently, a non-existent music library), Spotify is a godsend for those times when you’re in the mood for a Weekend Jam session but don’t have the patience to cherry pick YouTube videos to satiate your auditory needs. You can browse through music by theme, artist, or user — the users being anyone from your Facebook friends to DJs to celebrities like Napster founder Sean Parker (who obviously makes a killer playlist).

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2. Turntable.fm
Last June the Internet went quiet, but it wasn’t because its key players were all summering in the Hamptons — they were just completely absorbed by interactive music sharing platform Turntable.fm. Productivity plummeted to new lows as amateur DJs spent the workday battling each other in themed rooms like 1998, Hard Rock, and Chillwave(?). While I had to get back to work, the most addicting web experience of 2011 is still alive and well and continues to be one of the best ways to discover new music without lifting a finger.

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3. Pandora
Sure, Pandora is old news but if it’s not the best music website for the lazy listener, I don’t know what is. Type in a genre, artist, or song and allow the Music Genome Project to crawl the web looking for similar tunes you’ll (probably) like.

MOG_thought.jpg4. MOG
MOG is a celestial jukebox, a digital library of almost every single song and artist on the planet. For a small subscription fee, it allows you to listen to whatever, whenever, wherever (on your computer, your cell phone, even in your car). MOG also sponsors a host of awesome music blogs like Death and Taxes and AsianManDan.

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 5. SoundCloud
SoundCloud democratizes digital music sharing by making it simple — and free — for anyone to upload and share their tunes. As such, it grants the user access to smaller acts, hard-to-find mashups, and various remixes that won’t be found on bigger platforms.

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SongKick scours your iTunes library and keeps you up to speed on which of your favorite artists are playing shows and festivals near you. It also gives you recommendations based on your tastes — like a music-savvy friend you actually want to listen to.

Top 10 Positive Habits to Cultivate

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People often think of habits in a negative way. Ask someone to name a few of their habits, and they will probably report what they believe to be ‘bad’ habits such as smoking or eating too much. In fact, almost everything we do – the good, the bad and the ugly – is driven by habits.

Some habits are very positive and developing them will greatly benefit you. In fact, cultivating these habits will almost certainly have the effect of causing some of the more negative ones to drop away.

Here are some of the most constructive and beneficial habits you can try to develop.

1. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes

The importance of empathy cannot be overstated. It is so easy to think we are right, and yet our own mental habits or beliefs are, just like everyone elses, provisional and do not correspond to reality. The map is not the territory. We are not ‘right’ and other people ‘wrong.’ Genuinely trying to see the other person’s perspective can be liberating and mind opening.

2. Embracing change

People sometimes say that we live in a time of unprecedented change. It is true that change is happening quickly and that the world is complex and interconnected. But it is probably true to say that this has always been the case. The future is inherently uncertain, and the ability to adapt to it by being open to new ways of doing things will keep you relevant and engaged.

3. Embracing technology

One of the obvious theatres of change is technology. It’s changing the world and, if we don’t move with it, we will become deskilled and irrelevant. Some people try to resist technology – this seems like a very unwise move to me, like king Cnut trying to hold back the tide – it cannot be done and you will only get into trouble.

4. Taking time for yourself

It’s important to spend a little time each day just for you. Spend a bit of time on your own to o what you want to do. Read, write, meditate, play music, dance, sing – do what makes you feel happy.

5. Exercising (almost) daily

The benefits of just 20 minutes of exercise per day are well documented. Even 10-15 minutes of vigorous exercise per day can be enormously beneficial. It will keep your metabolism high and build muscle tone, both helping you to burn more calories; it will help you sleep better and make you less prone to illness.

6. Eating healthily

No complicated diets or spending hours at the market or in the kitchen are required. Just make some simple changes to the way you do things – eat a piece of fruit at breakfast; buy a salad for lunch or dinner; take some nuts of fruit to work as a snack; have a couple of ‘sugar free’ days per week; stop taking sugar in your tea. Simple, little changes can have a huge impact on your health.

7. Meditating

People who meditate regularly experience tangible benefits. Studies have shown that physical and mental health improves as a result of meditation. Nothing difficult is required – no training or special equipment and no religious beliefs. Just sit quietly for 10 minutes and watch your breathing, trying to focus only on the breath and nothing else. That’s it. It is hard to focus only on one thing for any length of time but, with practice, you will get better and reap the benefits.

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8. Reading

Reading can be one of the greatest and simplest pleasures. It can open up new worlds. It can truly change your life. With the advent of kindle and iPad, you can carry a whole library around with you. Even without the technology, just slipping a book into your bag for that commute for the ‘dead time’ we inevitably experience is a simple way of building the reading habit.

9. Keeping in touch with friends and family

People with strong social networks are happier, healthier and live longer. It is so easy to stay in touch these days, even if you live a long way from home. A short phone call once a week, just to ‘touch base.’ Technology makes it easy to stay in touch – Facebook, love it or loathe it, is actually a remarkably effective way of keeping in contact.

10. Positive Thinking

And finally, the most important one … developing positive ways of thinking will make an enormous difference to your experience of life. Your mind is where everything starts. The way you think is the key to everything. What you focus on persists and grows.

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By keeping your mind on building these positive habits, the more negative ones will start to drop away. Try it and see.

For Better Life’s Instructions

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Life’s Instructions

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle.
  11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
  13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  16. When playing games with ! children, let them win.
  17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  18. Be romantic.
  19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
  22. Be a good loser.
  23. Be a good winner.
  24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  27. Keep it simple.
  28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
  31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the
  32. things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.
  33. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  34. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  35. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  36. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
  37. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  38. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  39. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
  40. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  41. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  42. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  43. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  44. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  45. Become someone’s hero.
  46. Marry only for love.
  47. Count your blessings.
  48. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
  49. Wave at the children on a school bus.
  50. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  51. Don’t expect life to be fair.

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7 Steps for Surfing the Cycle of Growth

Have you ever noticed how your whole life expands whenever you grow and change in any one area of your life?

I do. It’s like I’m different. I act different, I think different, I respond differently, and things that didn’t used to work start working. I get functional. I get fluid. I get solid. Things I’ve been looking for can find me. Opportunities show up. Doors open. Everything clicks. Life feels easy.

It’s like catching a big wave and riding it all the way in to shore.

As sweet as that ride is, it only lasts for a time, and then its over. There is no more momentum behind me, no more force beneath me. If I want to feel that free and fast and strong again, it’s time to get back in the water and start paddling out.

Paddling isn’t effortless or easy. It’s all muscle, determination, and the perseverance of dodging wave after wave. Sometimes there is a little rip that makes the way back out a little easier, but for the most part, it’s initiation time.

This is where most folks give up. They want the thrill of the ride but don’t want to work for it. We’ve been trained to think that everything should be easy and fun and that when things get hard, something is wrong.

Nothing is wrong!

You know the whole “what’s wrong with me” hamster wheel that sucks so much energy and time? How awesome would it be to totally bypass it? You can! As soon as you get the fact that there is a cycle to growing. Winter, spring, summer, fall. Dawn, day, dusk, night. Seed, sprout, leaf, fruit. Why would we be any different? We’re a part of nature and nature moves in cycles.

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So when things don’t feel easy, remember, nothing is wrong! You’re just growing. And you’re in the part of the growth cycle that isn’t comfortable. So don’t stop. If you keep going, you will catch another mighty wave and ride it to shore.

Steps for Surfing the Cycle of Growth

  1. Clarify Your Intention. ‘I want to lose 5 pounds’ or ‘I want to be really kind to my husband/wife/kid/mom/friend’ or ‘I want to get 3 new clients’. Whatever it is, set your intention.
  2. Look at the Evidence. Are your actions lining up with what you say you want? The evidence will show you what you really want. Report accurately. Own it. Choose it. Even if it’s ugly and scary and out of integrity. Say ‘I want to eat 5 gallons of ice cream a night’ or ‘I want to blame everyone and anyone for my misery’ or ‘I want to tear everyone in my life down so I don’t have to feel my own dissatisfaction’ or ‘I don’t want to grow. I just want to complain’. Whatever it is, choose it. Once you choose it fully you will be free to fully choose something else.
  3. Access + Choose a Direction. Are you going to stay where you are, or move in the direction of your intention? There is no right answer. Look at everything you’ve got going on in your life and be honest. Can you take on this challenge right now? Do you have the energy to see it all the way through? If the answer is NO, back yourself up. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Put it away for later and do what you are already doing, and do it well. You’ll eventually be ready to take on the next challenge. If the answer is YES… read on.
  4. Paddle Hard. Work for it. Dodge the waves. Put the spoon full of ice cream down. Put your car in manual and steer yourself where you want to go. Stop the words from coming out of your mouth. It’s not supposed to be easy. You’ve got to work at it. Your automatic patterns will take you back to where you were. This part is grueling and there is no way to avoid it if you really want what you say you want. It’s hard work, but if you do it, it will pay! Nothing is wrong! You’re just growing!!!
  5. Ride + Wipeout. You might not stand. You might stand and fall right back off. It doesn’t matter. You’re putting in the effort. You’re surfing. Poorly maybe, but you’re doing it nonetheless. The truth is, you’re bound to wipe out. You’re gonna get a mouthful of sand. It’s cool. It’s supposed to happen. You’re learning. There is no way to look good and learn. It’s a messy process.
  6. Recovery Time. You might think you want something, but the real question is do you want it bad enough to do whatever it takes? You’ve got to want to surf so bad that you’re willing to go face down in the sand… a lot, because you will. How quickly do you get back on the board and into the lineup? How long do you wallow in the water? Do you give up? If so, go back to step 1. If not, get back on the board, baby. You’re getting close!
  7. Stand up + RIDE. It will just happen. One day you will respond differently. You won’t have the urge to eat the sugary thing. Or you’ll have the urge but it won’t be hard to say no. You’ll just say the kind thing, without second thought. You’ll find yourself doing the action you said you wanted to do. Congrats, baby! You caught the wave. Enjoy the thrill. Revel in the effortlessness. Enjoy the speed and the ease of you and the universe lining up. Bliss out in the slipstream.

6 Useful Apps to Improve Your Overall Health

These days, you can use technology to do more than just check your Facebook page or play Angry Birds. Apps have been developed that focus specifically on diet and exercise, two key components to keeping you healthy. With just a little bit of motivation, you can learn more about what you’re eating before you take that first bite or get in shape by tracking all of your daily activity. Not only can these apps help you lose weight or firm up, they can also help you improve your overall health, leading to a longer, more happy and productive life. (And who doesn’t want that?)

1. Fooducate

If you’ve ever stood in front of a box of cookies wondering just how bad they are for you, then you’ll want to check out Fooducate. Created by dietitians and concerned parents, this app pulls up important yet “digestible” information when you scan a product’s barcode. It won’t just give it a grade and tell you the calories per serving, it will highlight both the good and bad traits of that particular food. Best part? Fooducate will offer better options so you know that you’re making healthier choices.

2. Runkeeper

Ready to put on those running shoes and hit the pavement? Don’t forget your smartphone. Use RunKeeper to track your fitness activity including your distance, time, pace, calories and heart rate. Curious to see how you’re pacing? This app will provide audio cues of your time and distance. Because RunKeeper works with your GPS, you can even see the path you’re traveling on a map. After you’re done running, check out all your stats on RunKeeper’s website. If you’re so inclined, you can even share this info by posting these activities to Facebook and Twitter.

3. Nike Training Club

Want a trainer but don’t have the time, money or energy to devote towards one? Check out Nike Training Club, an app that’s as close as you can come to having your own personal trainer. Nike’s created over 60 custom-built workouts for you to tap into including full body 30 or 45 minute full-body workouts, for all skill levels and targeted, professional athlete workouts that last 15 minutes. All you have to do it pick one of their routines, choose your music and go. You can count on audio guidance to even keep you on track and stay motivated. If you’re so inclined, you can also access step-by-step instructions and videos to make sure you’re doing your drills right. Track your workout history and progress, and then, just like Runkeeper, you can share your workout and reward status on Facebook or Twitter.

4. Lose It!

Are you ready to lose some weight? Who doesn’t want to shed those extra 5-10 lbs we put on during the holidays? Lose It! wants to help you by getting you to set your weight loss goals and daily calorie budget. Of course, it’s up to you to record your food and exercise stats, but once you do, you’ll start to notice how much your consuming and how often you’re exercising. The app comes with a calorie-counter that has a large database of brand name and generic foods, including items you’ll find at popular restaurants. Best part? The daily budget will help you stay on track by telling you how many calories you need to burn if you want to eat that extra cookie or devour that last piece of cake.

5. Restaurant Nutrition

Going out to eat? Craving fast food? Before you order your Big Mac check out the Restaurant Nutritionapp to see the nutritional information about what you’re about to consume. With over 200 restaurants and 60,000 food items in their database, you’ll be able to learn more about what you’re putting in your mouth. Though more and more restaurants are posting some nutritional information like calories on their menus, you’ll find more information here like protein, fat and carbs. Looking for healthier alternatives before you step out? Just find the name of the restaurant with the healthiest food, look for the map button near it and tap on it to be launched into Google Maps which will show you nearby locations. Want to remember what you just ate? Click “I ate this today” and you can keep track of all that food.

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6. WebMD

Feel like you’re coming down with a cold or maybe the flu? Check out WebMD to diagnose your ailments. This powerful app isn’t a good substitute for your doctor but it will help give you an idea of what kind of sickness you could be experiencing. First, let the app know what symptoms you have by cllcking the Symptom Checker and tapping on the body part you’re having problems with. Then, choose your symptoms and learn about your conditions or issues. You can also search through WebMD’s extensive database for information on drugs and vitamins, learning about possible side effects. Got an emergency? Look to WebMD to help guide you on what to do if you have an insect sting or a broken bone.

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3 positive steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your life

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In this article we will discuss the concept of life and its underlying principle. We will be going through a step by step procedure, exploring your feelings and options, and by the end of this article, you should have a fairly solid tool you could immediately employ in your life, to give it a meaningful direction.

There are three steps to discover the purpose of life:

Understanding the principle of choice
Creating your underlying principle
Aligning your life with the underlying principle

Understanding the principle of choice

Norman Vincent Peale has this to say about the power of choice. “The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choice that are made”.

Choosing is the most important activity of your mind, because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind get to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your goal. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.

Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want. But it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes and aptitude. A lot us of let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think is ‘correct’, even if that means that we go against our wishes. What is right for someone is may not be right for you, and the way to know this is listening to what your heart says.

So, begin with, make a list of things which interests you; things which you have always enjoyed, which makes you feel better, which inspires you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature, do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s life?

What ever it is that interests you, go ahead and make a list under the following headlines:

Things you love to do:

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What is it that you love in this thing and why? How you could do this for money, and make a living out of it?

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Creating Your Underlying Principle:

The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there is any recurring them. Maybe, it is the contribution that keeps coming up, or an effect to seek or give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is try to identify the central them of the things you love to do, and try to put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow up, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now, write down your Mission Statement.

Aligning your LIFE with the Underlying Principle:

The final step in this journey is to map your path to your ultimate purpose. Make the little changes in your lifestyle that would accommodate this principle in your life. LIVE this principle each and every day. It might take a few days, but you will certainly feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life. If you realize that you love being amidst nature, plan out your holiday. Maybe an outing with your children could be enough to recoup with your energy. On the other hand, you might even want to change your job, or start a new business, that is more in line with your mission.

Please Remember – “Do what you love, and money will follow”.

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How Technology Will Change the Way We Buy

You don’t need to hop in a time-traveling DeLorean to see how the wonders of technology will continue to reshape many aspects of our lives, such as the way we shop. They might not be widely used just yet, but several emerging technologies that are bound to change your buying habits already exist. From virtual dressing rooms to high-tech checkout counters and shopping carts, get to know what’s in store for your future weekend and holiday shopping sprees.

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Social shopping

Social media has become an enormous part of our lives in recent years, so it’s not surprising that both brick-and-mortar and online stores have started giving their businesses a social spin. Urgently looking for a gift to buy? Check out popular online pinboard Pinterest to browse items, filtered according to price.

Many traditional retail stores have Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts where they announce their newest and hottest goods, as well as the deals and discounts they’re offering. Social community The Fancy offers discounts and coupons to users based on the nature of the images they “Fancy,” which is the site’s equivalent to Facebook’s Like and Pinterest’s Pin It. Fab.com, another social shopping site, has a Live Feed similar to Facebook’s news feed that shows you what other members buy and like.

Other social shopping services include Karma, which helps you buy gifts for your Facebook friends; Sneakpeeq, which posts every item you “peeq” at on Facebook; and Kaboodle, a social bookmarking service for online shops.

Location, location, location Apps like Shopkick (download Shopkick for your iPhone or Android Tablet) give you incentives for simply walking into stores. If you use popular location-based social networking app Foursquare, chances are you can find several local establishments that offer discounts when you check in. A web portal called Poorsquare makes it easier for you by collating all the generous deals for 85 U.S. cities in one place.
Companies like Groupon, LivingSocial, and even AT&T and Google offer local deals that encourage you to support businesses in your area. Clearly, your location will play a bigger and bigger part of your shopping experience.

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Tired of jeans that don’t quite follow your curves or shirts that fit your torso but are too tight around the arms? Everyone’s body is shaped differently, and to get a perfect fit, you sometimes have to get your clothes altered. But by using 3D scanning technology, all the clothes you buy will fit the contours of your body to a T.

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Companies like Bodymetrics and Fitted Fashion scan your body in high-tech booths to get the most accurate measurements, so they can customize clothes just for you. Right now, both companies focus on making the perfect pair of jeans, but they plan to expand their offerings.

Technologies to look forward to

Try it on, virtually We bet trying on fab clothes in cramped, cubicle-like fitting rooms isn’t your idea of a good time. But unless you’re a VIP in a posh, high-fashion boutique, you don’t have much of a choice. That’s why we’re sure you’re going to love the virtual dressing rooms and augmented reality apps that put your passion for fashion dresses at your fingertips.

Want to shop online for a new pair of shades or eyeglasses? You don’t need to guess which pair looks best on you — use the eBay Fashion iPhone app to superimpose a pair of eyewear you’re checking out on a picture of your face.

But what if you want to buy something bigger than a pair of glasses?

Thanks to Microsoft Kinect’s motion tracking camera, systems like FaceCake Swivel and KinectShop can overlay clothes and accessories on your onscreen counterpart. While KinectShop is only a prototype, FaceCake Swivel has been around since 2011. With FaceCake, you can even choose the background of your virtual fitting room (try on a wedding dress against a chapel or a garden backdrop!) to enhance your shopping experience.

High-tech shopping carts and checkout counters Shopping carts given high-tech makeovers could, in time, be a common sight in malls and supermarkets. Natural and organic food retailer Whole Foods is currently testing prototypes of Microsoft Kinect-enabled carts that can follow you along the aisles, steered merely by your movement and the sound of your voice. In China, a supermarket chain introduced tablet-equipped carts that guide shoppers around the stores’ mazes of aisles.

Welcome to the future We have a long wait ahead of us before some of these technologies become so intimately intertwined with our daily lives that we can’t imagine life before them. Change may be a scary thing, but in this case, it will not only make everyday tasks more convenient but also tailors your every purchase to your wants and needs.

Now, if we could just find some way for our tech to pay for everything we want to buy…

7 Quick And Easy Ways To Feel Happier

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All of us have days when we’re out of sorts. You just wish you were in a better mood. You’ve had days like that, haven’t you? Perhaps you tried to get yourself into a better state of mind but struggled to achieve it.

Sometimes we get stuck in our own emotional dumps and forget how easy it is to feel happier, so here are seven simple ways to lift your mood. Many people have found them useful. Some of them may surprise you!

1. Go for a walk.

Most people know that going for a short daily walk is one of the best forms of exercise. When you are feeling down it is even more beneficial. If you can, go into a natural environment with plants and birds. Can you think of such a setting not? What do you notice first? The different shades of greenery, the fresh smell of country air, the sounds of birds, or the sunlight shining through the trees? Make it real by taking a short stroll.

2. Listen to quality music.

Music can shift a listener’s state within moments. It’s effect can be nearly magical. Dig out that CD you haven’t listened to in ages or tune in your radio to something you’ve never listened to before.

3. Open yourself to discovering something new.

Read something (printed, not on line) different than what you would normally watch. There are a ton of different types of magazines can you get these days. Visit your local library or browse through a magazine rack. Pick up or buy a magazine you wouldn’t normally buy. You may discover something wonderful.

4. Find something to laugh at.

Laughter is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. Find a humorous book, or watch a comedy. Even better, try to learn a few new jokes and tell them to others.

5. Simple breathing meditation.

Breathing meditation is a great exercise that you can do anywhere. Simply allow yourself to sit comfortably with your back straight. Now close your eyes and become aware of the flow of air into and out of your nostrils. That’s all there is to it. Do this for 10-15 minutes. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.

6. Doodling for the fun of it.

Most people can remember when they were young and used to doodle for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures. Drawing is not just for kids or artists. Whoever you are get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind shifts.

7. Think of others less fortunate.

The fact that you are reading this article suggests that you are probably much better off than most people on this planet. At times this may be hard to believe, but if you can read and have access to the internet, just those two things alone means you are better off than most people in the world. There are many human beings that barely have access to the basics of survival. There are people in lots of pain. Allow your compassion for them to grow.

These are all pretty simple. There’s nothing profound or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need. Putting simple ideas, methods, tools and techniques into action will help you achieve change more quick and easily–surprisingly so at time– than you imagine.

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Power of Uncertainty

The Power of Uncertainty

“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.” – R.I. Fitzhenry

Uncertainty can be challenging but ultimately it’s what keeps life meaningful. Uncertainty is…

  • Stressful and exciting
  • Fear invoking and empowering
  • Unnerving and confidence building

The process of uncertainty is called life. It’s what keeps things interesting, engaging, and fulfilling. If you knew what to expect at all times, my guess is you’d get bored, very bored. Yes, of course there are plenty of areas where we don’t welcome uncertainty. From simple things such as having your morning coffee taste just right to knowing your car will start to more major things such as getting a clean bill of health from your doctor each year.

You may feel uncertain when you step into the unknown and decide to be your own boss, start a family, buy a home, change jobs, or even sign-up for a class. I felt lots of uncertainty when I left my finance job in NYC and started a new career as a Business Coach, and then again when I moved from NYC to Los Angeles. I also built a lot of confidence by making it through each of these transitions. You have to step through the phase called uncertainty to create something bigger in your life.

Many people condition their mind to view a change in their situation as a bad thing when in reality it’s neutral. The event only takes on a positive or negative spin when we classify it. Typically, we are excited for “positive” events and uncomfortable with “negative” events because they fall outside our comfort zone. Feeling unsure or being in the uncertain phase is similar to being outside your comfort zone.

People who turn ideas into action agree that the magic happens outside your comfort zone.

Here’s why uncertainty can be a good thing in your life:

1. Uncertainty Leads to Major Breakthroughs

Think about major shifts and successes in your life. Were you 100% sure of the process the entire time or did you have some doubts?

One of my clients had a catering business in NYC that was highly respected but she was always struggling to get her next gig. She wanted something better for herself. She researched other careers and together we decided that her strengths matched a career in Residential Real Estate. Everyone told her it was a difficult time to enter the NYC market, and it was, but she was determined. She became a broker at a well-known company and became Rookie Broker of the Year in 2011. She’s on track to be the top broker in the office this year and, most importantly, loves her career. She had to step into the unknown to discover what she could accomplish.

2. Uncertainty Leads to a Confidence boost

When you successfully move through challenging periods such as starting your own company, changing careers, losing weight, or taking on a new project, you gain one more data point and prove to yourself that you can do it. These are called “wins” and they need to be acknowledged. There’s nothing new about the concept of uncertainty just that it pushes you outside your comfort zone, which is naturally an uncomfortable feeling.

We all have uncertainty in our lives — sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of what we’ve achieved and leverage these wins to build confidence.

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3. Uncertainty Leads to Growth

After 25 years, Oprah said goodbye to her #1 rated talk show. Few people would part with this level of success to start a network. There’s much doubt around the network but they continue to take small steps forward each day. Oprah always wondered what her initials could be used for and when she started her network, OWN, it finally made sense (OWN = Oprah Winfrey Network). All achievers and entrepreneurs have to move through uncertainty to continue to grow.

The simple truth is that you need uncertainty in your life because it’s the fuel that helps you Live in Your Top 1% and reach for your highest potential.

TOP 1% BOTTOM LINE: Challenge yourself to condition your mind to realize that uncertainly leads to extraordinary opportunity and potential. Becoming comfortable with uncertainty is one of the key ingredients to success. And to share your best self, you need to produce genius level work and continuously move through these transition periods.

“Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man (and woman) to unfold his powers.” – Erich Fromm

Bob Parsons® 生活和工作成功的16 条准则

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1.

离开安乐的环境。

我相信,当我们身处安乐的环境之中时,将不会取得任何成就。我听有人说:“但离开舒适的环境令我没有安全感。”对此,我的回答很简单:“死人才需要安全感。”

2.

永不放弃。

当第一次尝试某件事情时,通常都不会取得成效。但你的所作所为没有取得成效,并不意味着它不会成功。这仅仅意味着,你的工作方式可能不正确。如果事情非常容易,每个人都能成功,那你也将不会拥有任何机会。

3.

当你准备放弃时,目标往往已近在咫尺。

中国古语云:“行百里者半九十。”意思是:“在即将成功前,放弃的诱惑是最大的。”

4.

对你担心的任何事情,不仅仅是需要接受可能产生的最坏结果,而且要度量究竟哪些坏事可能会发生。

只有在极少的情况下,才会出现无法度量的最坏结果。在很早以前,当我用光所有金钱努力拯救帕森斯技术公司时,我的父亲说过:“罗伯特,即便不成功,天也塌不下来。

5.

专注目标。

记住古老的谚语:“有志者事竟成。”

6.

每天做每天的事情。

无论你的境况如何糟糕,只要你不是想得太远,而是专注现在,你肯定能度过难关。慢慢来,总有一天你会克服所有困难。

7.

不断奋勇前进。

永远不要停止投入,永远不要停止进步,永远不要放弃尝试新鲜事物。当你放弃改善你的组织时,它就会开始走向死亡。循序渐进地,每天逐步提高目标。请牢记日本人的“持续改善”理念:积少成多,聚沙成塔,你终将获得伟大成功。

8.

当机立断。

请记住巴顿将军的名言:“今天即可认真执行的好计划,要远比明天的完美计划好得多。”

9.

衡量每件意义重大的事宜。

我发誓这是完全正确的。任何受到衡量和关注的事情,都会有所进展。

10.

任何无人管理的事情都会恶化。

如果你想知道你还没有发现的问题,花少许时间密切观察一下你从来没有检查过的领域。我保证你想知道的问题肯定在那里。

11.

关注你的竞争对手,但是更要关注你自己的业务。

当你观察竞争对手时,请记住,由于距离相隔很远,所以对手的每件事看起来都完美无缺。即便我们的地球,如果你在太空中足够远的地方观看,地球看起来也像个井然有序到处和平的地方。

12.

不要任人摆布。

我们的社会拥有法律和平等竞争的赛场,你拥有的开拓事业的权利与其他人一样多。

13.

永远不要期望生活是公平的。

生活是不公平的,你需要自己实现突破。你付出代价(即车费)才能登上公交车,当你认为这类事情很公平时,你的事业肯定会取得成功。

14.

用自己的方式解决问题。

你会发现,只有通过自己提出解决方法,你才会建立起竞争优势。索尼公司的共同创始人井深大说过这样的至理名言:“跟随在他人后面,你永远也不会在技术、经营或其它事业上取得成功。”我常常用一句古老的谚语来提醒自己,它的大意是“聪明的人会坚持己见”。

15.

不要太苛求自己。

放松自我。通常,我们取得的成就至少有一半要归因于好运气。我们中没有任何人能够随心所欲地控制事态的发展。

16.

总有微笑的理由。

找到微笑的理由。毕竟,你还幸运地活着。生命是短暂的,我很同意我弟弟的说法。他时常提醒我:“人生苦短,我们要尽量享受快乐!”

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