Ten reasons to spend time alone.

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We spend most of our daily lives with other people. The day is filled with different responsibilities and duties, and it is getting harder to find time for yourself. Enjoying life and being successful starts with having a good relationship with yourself. So, here is a list of ten reasons to spend time alone.

1. Get To Recharge.

Often times when we’re surrounded by other people, we’re expending a lot of energy. A little alone time lets you recharge and take a break from the emotionally and mentally taxing job of constant interaction.

2. Reflect More Often.

Your life is always moving at a crazy fast pace. So fast in fact, that it’s probably rare when you have a moment alone to sit and reflect on your life. Being alone gives you the perfect opportunity for a little self reflection.

3. Get in Touch with Your Own Emotions.

When you start to enjoy being alone, you’ll gain a greater perspective for your own emotions. You’ll create a deeper understanding of what makes you happy, what upsets you, and what saddens you.

4. Start Doing Things You Actually Enjoy.

When you’re constantly in the company of other people, you’re always making compromises. So it’s easy to enjoy being alone once you realize that doing so gives you more freedom to do the things you actually want to do.

5. Become More Productive.

Being in the company of other can seriously affect your productivity. Time spent alone can be some of the most productive time in your life mostly because there are less distractions, and you can just put your head down and get to work.

6. Enjoy Your Relationships Even More.

When you spend time alone on a regular basis, and eventually start to enjoy being alone, you’ll enjoy your relationships with other people even more. And that’s because the time spent alone gives you a greater appreciation for yourself.

7. Feel More Independent.

Once you enjoy being alone, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to actually be alone. And that naturally leads to you feeling more independent. You won’t feel the need for constant interaction with people.

8. Get a Break.

Life is filled with relationships, and most relationships only last when both people are kept happy. Once you’re alone, the only person’s happiness you have to worry about in that moment, is your own.

9. No Apologies For Anything.

So often, we do things that end up upsetting other people, or hurting someone else’s feelings, and then have to quickly apologize for it. But when you’re alone, you don’t have to apologize for anything.

10. Stop Looking For Validation.

People feel we the need to get validation from our friends and family before we take action. When you start to spend more time alone, you’ll learn to trust your instincts and make decisions without any third party validation.

“All great and precious things are lonely.”

Anonymous.
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Ten best ways to convince anyone.

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There are countless books that all claim to hold the keys to convincing. They’re valuable resources for learning how to convince, but they tend to overcomplicate the matter and ignore practical methods of communicating effectively with people. So, here is a list of ten best ways to convince anyone.

1. Make Your Words Powerful.

The pitch itself needs to be full of words that actually elicit a response. You can do this easily by framing your statements around key phrases. So, make your words powerful when you are trying to convince someone.

2. Dress Up Well.

Nice clothes go a long way in helping you maintain confidence, even if no one is around to see you. The side effect is that being the most well-dressed in the room can result in talking down or being patronizing to people who are actually above you.

3. Focus on the Future.

Using future tense is a great way to establish confidence. It helps the other person know that you are moving forward and ready to carry out what you promise.  Try not to make decisions for the other person, but instead talk about possibilities.

4. Make Yourself Scarce.

People want what they can’t have. Make it clear that this offer you’re extending to them won’t last for ever, and they will be missing out. This especially works if you’re selling some kind of products.

5. Choose the Right Medium.

You’re trying to convince someone to do something they probably don’t want to do yet. This means that cultivating the environment for your conversation is quite essential. Study the person and determine how they prefer to communicate.

6. Speak their Language.

Listen closely to how the person talks and watch how they carry themselves. Choose your own approach accordingly and match that with your own relaxed style. Even body language should be matched effectively.

7. Repeat what they Say.

Prove that you are listening to and acknowledging the thoughts and feelings of the person you’re talking to. You can affirm their stance by simply saying words that express agreement or by nodding your head.

8. Do Something for Them.

People are more likely to help us out if they’re returning the favor for something we’ve done. You can do this before you even pitch anything. You should also return the favor, because you never know what’s being noticed about you.

9. Be a Master of Timing.

This goes along with getting to know the person you’re pitching to. Study them and find out the best time to talk to them. This is easier if you’re trying to convince a family member or friend because you understand them better.

10. Express Your Opinion Reluctantly.

Talk about what you used to believe, and what you believe now. Use your own learning experience as a story that they can model after. By doing this, you are pacing the conversation and giving the person assurance that this will work for them.

“Do not waste time trying to convince people who have their mind made up.”

Anonymous.
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Ten skills that will pay off forever.

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The best things in life may be free, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire. That’s especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills. So, here is a list of ten skills that will pay off forever.

1. Time Management.

Effective time management is one of the most highly valued skills by employers. While there is no one right way, it’s important to find a system that works for you and stick to it. Time management is a skill that pays off forever.

2. Empathy.

You can be the most disciplined, brilliant, and even wealthy individual in the world, but if you don’t care for or empathize with other people, then you are basically nothing but a sociopath. Empathy is a skill that pays off forever.

3. Mastering Your Sleep.

Numerous studies show that being consistent with your sleep schedule makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up, and it helps promote better sleep in general. Mastering your sleep is also an important skill that pays off forever.

4. Positive Self-Talk.

Ultimately it doesn’t matter what others think of you, but what you think of yourself certainly does, and it takes time to build that level of confidence and ability to believe in yourself when nobody else does.

5. Consistency.

People often stop working hard when they reach the top, he explains, but to maintain that top position, they have to work harder and be more consistent in their work. Consistency is an important skill that pays off forever.

6. Asking For Help.

knowing when you need help and then asking for it is surprisingly difficult to learn and do because no one wants to be perceived as weak or incompetent. Asking for help is an important skill that pays off forever.

7. Knowing When To Shut Up.

Keeping your mouth shut when you’re agitated is one of the most valuable skills to learn, and of course, one of the most difficult. Knowing when to shut up is an important skill that pays off forever.

8. Listening.

One tip for active listening is repeating back what you heard to the other person. It makes things so much easier when everyone is on the same page. Listening is also an important skill that pays off forever.

9. Minding Your Business.

It takes ages to learn and master this skill. Sticking your nose into other people’s work isn’t helpful and wastes time and resources. Minding your business is also an important skill that pays off forever.

10. Mastering Your Thoughts.

To do what you want to do and accomplish what you want to accomplish, you need to consciously direct your thinking. Mastering your thoughts is also an important skill that pays off forever.

“Schooling doesn’t assure employment but skill does.”

Anonymous.
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Ten tips to overcome social anxiety.

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Social anxiety is much more than feeling shy and not wanting to speak up in big groups. Experiencing social anxiety and fear of social interactions can make simple responsibilities almost impossible to overcome. So, here is a list of ten tips to overcome social anxiety.

1. Challenge Your Negative Thoughts.

Challenging your mentality and negative thoughts can be an effective way to reduce symptoms of social anxiety. Start by identifying the anxious thoughts that automatically pop into your head when you think of social situations.

2. Be Mindful.

Being mindful and practicing mindful meditation helps you to be present and aware of your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental and positive way. According to some studies anxiety levels decrease after mindfulness training.

3. Go Out.

Do an activity you like and feel comfortable with, in an environment that would usually make you anxious. You have the comfort of being able to concentrate only on what you’re doing, but will be pushing your boundaries.

4. Create An Exposure Hierarchy.

Make a list and write down how you think you would feel for every situation, no matter how small or big. From walking into a room at a gathering to asking a stranger on the tube for the time. Start creating your exposure hierarchy right now.

5. Do Not Focus on Yourself.

It’s hard to stop the endless mind chatter when you’re in situations that make you particularly anxious. We often turn inward and focus on ourselves and how others will perceive us, almost always assuming it will be negative.

6. Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle.

The mind and body are linked, and how you treat your body can have a significant impact, including your anxiety levels. Making small lifestyle changes can help to improve your self-confidence and your ability to cope with anxiety symptoms.

7. Take a Breath.

The physical symptoms of anxiety include increased heart rate, pounding chest, dizziness, and muscle tension. Learning to take a minute and slow down your breath can help you take back control of your body.

8. Act Confidently.

There are a large number of adults suffering from social phobia and crippling shyness. You can learn to be confident in the same way you learned to ride a bike. Act more confidently, and people will react positively.

9. Find Social Situations and Engage.

Make a conscious effort to be more social. Actively look for supportive social environments that can help you overcome your fears. Perhaps start with a social skills training class. Here you can properly practice your social interactions.

10.  Be Kind to Yourself.

By overcoming social anxiety and shyness, you will hopefully start feeling more confident during conversations. Talking to someone can be very challenging but talking to people gradually will help you be less anxious each time.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Anonymous.
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Ten best ways to love your life.

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Sometimes people forget being happy about life in search of the things they don’t have or the things they want. It’s important to love the life you have, as this will generally improve your happiness. So, here is a list of ten best ways to love your life.

1. Choose Happiness.

To start loving your life, make a conscious decision to start thinking more positively. It is important to remember that while you can’t always change what happens to you, you can change how you react to it.

2. Live In The Moment.

We are so busy remembering the past and worrying about the future. While learning from the past and planning for the future can be beneficial, try to make sure you are spending the majority of your time focused on enjoying the present.

3. Be Your Own Best Friend.

In order to truly love your life, you need to start to love yourself. We are sometimes disappointed about life. however, it is important not to be hard on yourself and blame yourself just because you feel something in your life hasn’t worked out.

4. Make Every Day Special.

Most people hate their lives, because of their bored and routine daily life. Don’t wait for special occasions to live your life to the full, start making every day count by living it to the fullest, the way you want.

5. Fill Your Time With Things That Matter.

Often we fill our time with the things we think we should be doing rather than the things we want to, which means we never quite get around to doing the things that make us happy, instead we do things for time being.

6. Practice Gratitude.

If you live your life in gratitude, you maintain an awareness of all things that are good in your life and focus less on what’s not working. When you acknowledge what is going right in your life, it’s impossible to become stuck in negativity.

7. Become A Problem Solver.

Many of us fall into the habit of spending lots of time discussing and moaning about our problems, but very little time thinking of ways to solve them. Rather than viewing yourself as victim, turn yourself into a problem solver.

8. Know Your Limits.

To enhance your happiness, know your limits and learn how to say no, whether you need to report a task in work or turn down an invitation to a social event. It is better to know your limits and priorities in life.

9. Challenge Yourself.

We rarely, ever challenge ourselves or do anything that makes us feel truly alive. If you Add some excitement and a sense of adventure to your life by stepping out of your comfort zone and setting yourself some goals and objectives.

10. Appreciate The Small Things.

We often spend our time looking forward to the next big thing in our lives and awaiting our next shot of happiness. However, to truly love your life you need to start appreciating every day and those little things that make you happy.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”

Oscar Wilde.
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Ten best ways to start a conversation with anyone.

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Most people find it hard to start a conversation with anyone, this is because they probably don’t know how to start. You can overcome it by learning to introduce yourself and having a few ready-to-go questions to start things off. So, here is a list of ten best ways to start a conversation with anyone.

1. Skip the Small Talk.

Try skipping small and regular talks if you want to start a conversation with anyone. Avoid tired and regular topics. Every situation is unique, so you should be able to find a unique conversation starter.

2. Ask For their Opinion.

Everyone has an opinion. For someone you don’t know well, start with light subjects like the food, the music, the atmosphere, etc. It’s probably best to stay away from sticky subjects, unless you already know the person very well.

3. Ask For their Advice or Recommendations.

This works very well when you want to start an conversation. Try asking for an advice or recommendations about something you have right there at the moment or prepare well in advance if you know the person.

4. Ask them a Question.

This is great when you know or find out that a person has expertise in a particular field. But avoid asking anyone to explain something super complex or difficult to answer. Even asking too personal things is bad.

5. Comment on the Environment.

No matter where you are, there are things to comment on, like the music, the food, the lights, the guests, and so on. Even if you are stuck in an elevator with someone, you can comment on the speed, the crowd, etc.

6. Ask For an Update.

If you know someone a little or know them by lifestyle, ask for an update on something you know they’ve been doing. Be it about the project they have been working on or the series they’ve been watching.

7. Avoid Asking Straight Forward Questions.

If your question is straight forward or can be answered with a simple yes or no, don’t be surprised if that’s what you get. Having follow-up questions ready can also help the conversation start and keep in flow.

8. Ask a Hypothetical Question.

These can be great conversation starters, but try to tie them into something happening at the event or in current events to avoid seeming too random. So, check out with some hypothetical questions if you want to try this approach.

9. Ask about their interests.

Most people love to talk about the things that are either important to them or something that they are interested to do. Be it about their plans, hobbies, interests, kids, pets etc., it works very well.

10. Body Language is Everything.

You’ll be a more successful in starting a conversation with anyone, if you look approachable. Try maintaining a good body language by putting a smile on your face instead of a serious look.

“Every good conversation starts with good listening.”

Anonymous.
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Ten popular programming languages on GitHub.

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GitHub has become a hub that 40 million developers use to collaborate and share code for their projects. As one of the largest online gathering spots for developers, GitHub tracks what programming languages are most popular. So, here is a list of ten popular programming languages on GitHub.

1. JavaScript.

JavaScript remains the most popular programming language in the world. That’s because it’s one of the main languages used for building web pages and applications. Developers love it because it’s lightweight, flexible, and powerful.

2. Python.

Python is both one of the most popular programming languages and one of the fastest growing ones. This open source language is used for artificial intelligence applications and data science, but it’s also known to be easy to get started with.

3. Java.

Java is open source language, used by companies like Twitter and Netflix, and is something of a standard at large companies. Developers have used Java to create mobile and web applications, games, and database-driven software.

4. PHP.

PHP is an open source programming language for web development and creating interactive web pages. It also works well with databases. However, developers have long ridiculed it one of the worst programming languages.

5. C#.

C#, also pronounced as C sharp is a general-purpose programming language. It’s similar to the programming language java. It’s used in mobile applications, games, and enterprise software development.

6. C++.

The programming language C++ builds off of C. It was built to add additional features to C. Today, it’s still widely used, as it’s the core language in many operating systems, browsers, and games.

7. TypeScript.

TypeScript is an open source programming language. It’s not only one of the most popular languages, it’s also one of the fastest growing. It’s very similar to JavaScript, but with more powerful features to build large-scale applications.

8. Shell.

Shell is especially popular with the IT department, allowing them to write commands that directly tell the operating system what to do. It can be used to automate processes like installing or uninstalling programs remotely, or to manage the files.

9. C.

C is one of the oldest programming languages still in popular use today. It was designed to be a general-purpose language, for programming of computer systems and hardware. Many popular languages today have their roots in C.

10. Ruby.

Ruby is an open source programming language that focuses on being simple to use. It was created by blending the best parts of some languages. It was released in 1995, and since then, it’s become even more popular.

“The purpose of technology is not to confuse the brain, but to serve the body.”

Anonymous.
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Ten common myths about masturbation.

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The stigma attached to masturbation gives rise to various myths and misconceptions, ranging from vision loss and acne to infertility and pregnancy. This matter is barely talked about. So, here is a list of ten common myths about masturbation.

1. You Will Get Pregnant If You Masturbate.

No, you cannot get pregnant through masturbation. For you to get pregnant, the male sperm will have to enter your body through the vagina and fertilize the egg which will then get embedded in the uterus hence leading to pregnancy.

2. Masturbation Will Make You Infertile.

Another myth doing the rounds among men, who believe that masturbating too much will deplete the sperm count. This is not true. Masturbation has no impact on your fertility. But, excess masturbation may affect your sperm count.

3. Masturbation Damages Your Genitals.

Another extremely common myth, but is actually false. Masturbation involves stimulating your genitals, and damaging them in the process is highly impossible, unless you do something horribly wrong.

4. Masturbation Leads to STDs.

STDs spread through blood, breastfeeding and through exchange of sexual fluids. However, masturbation cannot lead to infections or diseases unless the objects you are masturbating with are not clean or unsanitary.

5. Masturbation Causes Acne.

Various misconceptions link masturbation to acne but this isn’t true. Breakouts, pimples and acne are not due to masturbation and are mainly dependent on hormones in your body.

6. Masturbation Leads to Loss of Vision.

This myth is perhaps the most ridiculous, yet the most common. There is no evidence to a link between masturbation and vision loss, masturbation is in fact extremely healthy for your physical, mental and sexual well-being.

7. Masturbation Damages Mental Health.

Masturbation does have an effect on our mental health. Any bad effect that masturbation may have on your mental health is the feeling of guilt which comes with the stigma attached to masturbation and the inherent belief that it is bad.

8. Masturbating Is Wrong If You Are in a Relationship.

There is nothing wrong with masturbating while being in a relationship with someone. In fact, this can help you recognize what you are comfortable and what you enjoy and communicate with your partner.

9. Masturbation Makes You a Pervert.

Masturbation is perhaps one of the most normal things to do and it does not make you a pervert. In fact it’s healthy and a personal thing. So, as long as you are not making the people around you uncomfortable, masturbation is absolutely normal.

10. Masturbation Is Unhealthy or Bad for You.

Masturbation is actually healthy for you. Besides the pleasure effect masturbation can help you relieve stress. Masturbation is an excellent way to explore your body and your sexual needs and desires.

“Fall in love with taking care of yourself.”

Anonymous.
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Ten best things to do before you die.

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If you’ve got the time, the guts, and in some cases lots of cash, then there are few things that you’ll need to get started on to do straightaway. There are few best things in this world to explore before you leave this world. So, here is a list of ten best things to do before you die.

1. Take a Pilgrimage.

Many people of all faiths make pilgrimages, often to a shrine or place of significance, to experience spiritual enlightenment and deeper understanding of their beliefs. Beauty of pilgrimage is meeting people of diverse backgrounds.

2. Take an Antarctic Cruise.

Antarctica is one of the most epic, awesome landscapes you can experience on Earth. It’s genuinely magnificent. The place has resisted human colonization, and that makes it all the more magical. Imagine how great is a cruise in mid ocean.

3. See the Pyramids.

Pyramids are the only ancient ones left standing. It is a marvel of human engineering and construction, and its sheer size and scale rivals any structure built within the last few hundred years, which makes them worth visiting.

4. Go Skinny-Dipping.

Skinny-dipping simply means to swim naked and is perhaps one of the most invigorating and freeing things a person can do. This thing comes with some legal aspects, make sure you check them before doing it.

5. See the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights divert you from typical nature views such as greeneries and oceans, since it can’t be seen in all parts of the world unlike these mentioned. Also, the Northern Lights is the best place to experience stress relief.

6. Float in Dead Sea.

One of the most unique experiences the dead sea has to offer is fun, free, and available all over there. Floating in the Dead Sea is a must do thing before you die. Just lay back, relax, and enjoy this natural phenomenon.

7. Travel Somewhere Alone.

Solo travel gives you a chance to listen to your gut and control what direction you want to head. Go out in the nature for a week and be all alone. Away from everything, technology, people, everything.

8. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride.

Riding in a hot air balloon is nothing less than a fantasy for many. This activity has tremendous aesthetic appeal, sighting incredible scenery from high above in the open air, floating in a basket being carried across the skies, like an alien ship.

9. Produce something.

Producing something on your own is a great feeling that can’t be explained in words. Be it growing your own vegetables or making a small furniture item by yourself from the scratch is thing worth doing.

10. Love Deeply.

Tell the people in your world be it family or not, tell you love them. Love someone whole heatedly for once in your life. It’s the most worthy thing in life. Spread a little love around, it will cost you nothing but will give so much in life.

“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.”

Frank Borman.

Ten reasons to spend time with family.

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The word family is not just a couple of individuals living together under the same roof, but a group of people who are connected and share good as well as bad times. There is not an investment wiser than spending quality time with family. So, here is a list of ten reasons to spend time with family.

1. Strengthens Family Bonding.

Spending time with family and indulging in leisure activities together strengthens the family bond. This holds true to all type of activities. The strengthening of family bonds is one of the important reason for family time.

2. Improves Child’s Academic Performance.

The academic success of children is associated with having their parents provide help and guidance when needed. The first steps are always the hardest and most important. This holds true especially in terms of studying and schooling.

3. Helps Kids Develop Parenting Skills.

Time together with the parents helps the kids develop parenting skills. As strange as it may sound, it really is true. If you set a good example on how to behave with your children, they will definitely remember that.

4. Results In Less Behavioral Problems.

Family time is beneficial for parents and children. Children who spend more time with their parents tend to have less behavioral problems. One of the benefits of family time is that they are learning interpersonal skills from the way we treat them.

5. Results In Less Violence.

Adolescents that have a closer relationship with their parents are less likely to engage in acts of violence. Adolescent period of people lives is usually full of emotions, which are sometimes difficult to control.

6. Less Chance of Bad Addictions.

Studies show that teenagers who spend more time with their family are less likely to have bad addictions. Youths who experience various problems are in general, frustrated, are likely to seek pleasures in experiencing artificial highs.

7. Results in Greater Happiness.

A lot of who we are as people is developed when we are kids. All we know is our parents and family initially. Developing a sense of belonging as a child is a greater happiness that stays with you throughout your life.

8. Lead To Greater Self-Confidence.

Another reason to spend time with family is to build self-confidence. When parents display self-confidence in a way that shows they have a positive value of themselves without putting others down, kids can learn to value themselves.

9. Results in Conflict Resolution Skills.

Every family is sure to suffer its share of conflicts. At times, siblings seem born to argue with each other. After all it is good for them to learn to express their emotions and say what is bothering them, which both helps in conflict resolution.

10. Offers More Chance Of Success.

One of the most important reason to spend time with family is to have increased chances for success. A positive family environment allows the individuals to be confident and clear to succeed instead of worry.

“Today’s little moments with family become tomorrow’s precious moments.”

Anonymous.
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