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10 Creative Gifts for Your Valentine

Candy and flowers make nice Valentine’s Day gifts the first year or two a couple is together, but after a while, this routine gets a bit old. Maybe you can’t afford to buy your special Valentine a yacht or a trip to Hawaii, but you can use your imagination to delight your honey with something that shows how much you care. Why not surprise your sweetheart with a gift that’s as unique as your relationship? Take a weekend getaway.Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, making this a great time for a weekend trip. You may not be able to pull together a major jaunt at the last minute, so keep it simple. Don’t try to pack too much into a small amount of […]

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10 Effective Ways to Increase Your Energy Levels

Here are 10 simple (and unique) exercises you can use to increase productivity and energy levels. If you are in search of a boost, consider implementing a few of these recommendations over the next few weeks and see how you feel: Ditch the Strict Schedule! If you start to feel anxious and stressed when working on a task, try switching to something else. Do not force yourself to work on something because your predetermined schedule says so; in fact, coming back to that project later when you have a more accepting attitude will yield better results. Loosen the reigns and allow yourself to work on projects that are most appealing to you during the present moment!  Sleep in the Dark Light interferes with sleep, at […]

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10 First Date Tips for the Modern Gentleman

Courting a lady isn’t as straight forward as it used to be. Back in the day, dating etiquette was well-established and everybody played by the same rules. Men would open doors for women, help them with their coats, and have them home by nine. Couples would go to the soda shop for the first date, to the drive in for the second, up to “old make out point” for the third, and would most likely be getting married on the fourth.     The rules of the road have changed. Somewhere between Say Anything, and MTV’s Next bus, we throw out the rulebook completely and just started winging it. Our individual quests for love and sex have become as varied and strange as life itself. […]

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10 Foolproof Tips for Better Sleep

  Don’t worry about not getting enough sleep. Try not to worry about how much you sleep. Such worrying can start a cycle of negative thoughts that contribute to a condition, known as “learned insomnia”. Learned insomnia occurs when you worry so much about whether or not you will be able to get adequate sleep, that the bedtime rituals and behavior actually trigger insomnia.  Don’t force yourself to sleep. The very attempt of trying to do so actually awakes you, making it more difficult to sleep.  Go to bed only when you are feeling really tired and sleepy.  Don’t look at the alarm clock at night. Looking at the clock promotes increased anxiety and obsession about time.  Body-heating procedures. Some studies suggest that soaking in […]

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10 Keys To Becoming a Better Communicator

A few weeks ago, I met up with an acquaintance, B, for lunch. Throughout the lunch, I couldn’t help but feel there was some sort of communication breakdown. He would cut me off even though I was still talking. He kept offering unwanted advice and opinions, even though I was not asking for help. It became quite frustrating just 15 minutes into the conversation. After 30 minutes, I stopped sharing and nodded away to everything he said. After the meet-up, I reflected over the situation. It was clear that there were fundamental problems in the communication. For one, there was a lack of active listening on B’s part. He didn’t sense I wasn’t asking for his opinions and kept pushing his way through even when […]

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10 Products That’ll Save Your A** At Work (And Maybe Even Get You a Raise)

When you work for someone else, that little behind of yours is always on the chopping board. You know you’re a peon in corporate America if you stress over deadlines, get scolded by managers, get that nervous sweat when the big bosses pop in for a visit, deal with annoying or unproductive coworkers, lose sleep over job insecurity, and decide whether to work through your lunch break or not. Other than those things, your job is great. Working hard is 50% of the battle to get off the chopping board. You may work hard, but do you work hard enough? It’s not your company, so chances are that you slack off every once in a while. Of course, your Facebook chats at work usually happen […]

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10 Reasons Not to Eat Fast Food

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight, a good way to start is by cutting back on fast food. Those burgers and pizzas may be quick, convenient and cheap, but they’re also loaded with things that can defeat your diet plans. Check out these reasons to make 2014 the year you decrease your consumption of fast food! FatWe all need some fat in our diets, but most of us are taking in way too much. According to the Institute of Medicine, we should be getting 20% to 35% of our daily calorie intake from fats. If you’re following a 1,200-calorie meal plan, this would mean you can have 27 to 47 grams of fat per day. If you’re eating most of […]

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10 Reasons Why You’re Enough Just the Way You Are

Since you’re reading this post, you’re probably drawn to personal development in some way. Maybe you’re going through something heavy right now or maybe it’s just your daily mental multivitamin. It’s been many years since I first felt drawn to the self­help genre. Tony Robbins’ “Awaken the Giant Within” was my gateway drug so to speak. Then came numerous others. Reading these books always made me feel better about myself, but just like a drug, I found myself wanting and needing more to help me feel okay with who I was. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve been immensely helpful in understanding myself and others more and have helped change my life for the better. And I still read them on a regular basis. But often […]

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10 Signs That The Matrix Has You

I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid… you’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you. -Neo, The Matrix The other day I was watching The Matrix for what was […]

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10 Simple Ways To Overcome Depression and Sadness

We’ve all been upset. Sadness is a totally natural emotional response to certain environmental stimuli. Most of us have support, or systems in place to overcome sadness, reach balance, and go on to be happy as quickly as possible.  There are two groups of people that have prolonged sadness, or depression. One group consists of those that have a severe chemical imbalance, which requires a doctor, and possibly medication to treat. This article is not geared for that group. Rather, this is directed to the people in a funk or seem stuck in a rut, those that lack the tools, know-how, and support systems to bounce them back. In my opinion, and I’m no doctor (BA, Psychology; MS, Biomedical Science), the latter group of people […]

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