15 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Grateful For Life…

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Curious? This is about the beauty of life, about being grateful to life. I mean, we are all mortals, our emotions are constantly being juggled. It is natural to be upset with the sad moments we face in our lives, despite living in this beautiful world – but making sadness an obsession is BAD. You have to open your eyes and see all the beautiful things around you. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Thus, wiggle off your depression and look afresh.

1. Get lost… in nature

Honestly, I don’t like to work right after I wake up in the morning. So, what I usually do is take my steaming cup of hot coffee, stand in front of the window and look outside. The lush green trees, the blooming flowers, even the houses look absolutely brilliant. If that’s not good enough to make you “not” grateful, nothing is. The next time you are feeling down, why don’t you take a stroll in the park, and enjoy what nature has to offer you?

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2. Grow younger. Not that again!

This is specially for those parents who are frustrated and become melancholic with life. I know it is not so easy to tend the kids, work, and handle the household chores. You have been gifted with the most precious gifts – your children! Be thankful for such a priceless present. For a change why not try grow young, be their age, play with them, laugh with them. Trust me, you can’t be any happier!

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3. Who said laughter is the best medicine?

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Yes, you, Mister-or-miss Serious! In the words of the movie, “Why so serious?” Aren’t you grateful that jokes exist in this world? Even if you are not a “lame” person, it is always a welcome break to wisecrack sometimes. If you can’t come up with something as bad as the above joke then read some! You’ll be grateful for life for the existence of such remedies. Because laughter is the best medicine!

4. Who likes music anyway?

As if you don’t! Whether consciously or subconsciously, you do frequently hum a tune that gets stuck in your mind. There have been studies about music as a therapy and the results are very positive. Whether you are feeling down in the dumps or not, music has great impact on our mind and body. It is a powerful treatment tool. Aren’t you grateful that musicians exist?

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5. Isn’t sitting on the couch and sulking away the best?

Don’t misinterpret this! Party hard and go wild if it suits you, but don’t make it into a habit. You can dye your hair pink, dress like hobo; that’s absolutely your personal matter. What I mean is if you think there is nothing for you that the human race can offer, then go into the jungle and hang out with the animals. Yes, I am talking about safari! You will be in a safe distance from the wilds, but it will really unwind you and make you feel gratified that life has so many things to gift you. Always remember:

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6. Chocolate, yuck!

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Having a bad day? Feeling worthless? Don’t. Because it is not the answer to your problems. If you want to overcome your roller-coaster of an emotion, go buy yourself some chocolate. It is another medicine to cure your dreadful mood. The good news is, it is WAY cheaper than a therapist. If you want to be adventurous, then make one! Aren’t you glad? Happy eating!

7. Cooking sucks!

Cooking helps. Oh yes, cooking helps to lift up your mood like magic. Look at this picture of broccoli:

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Isn’t it beautiful? This is just an example. Nature has presented us with such amazing, vibrant foods that we are forever grateful to. So, why not utilize these beauties and cook up a storm?

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8. Life has given you money, so, bankrupt yourself!

This is for the lovely ladies out there (the guys are most welcome too). You have a career, you get paid for your hard work, and most of the money is gone before you can count it. It is mainly draining away due to the household costs, babies, or paying bills – but that’s not life, that’s living. You should reward yourself as well. Visit the mall, and be a shopaholic for one day. It won’t harm you, neither will it kill you! Just make sure you don’t overindulge in this too often.

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9. The big bang theory

No, I am not talking about physics. I am talking about physical activity. It is actually a rhetoric term for sex. Sex is a sensational cure for depression. Because life has offered you a beautiful partner, and you guys complete each other, you are in bliss when you are in your partner’s company. Part of the bliss is having sex. Studies have shown that sex has a great impact on your psychological aspects. So, the next time you are down and your stunning partner is roaming around you, just do it!

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10. You are ugly, face it!

How ugly do you think you are? Everyone is born with their own beauty. Looking pretty naturally makes you feel pretty. To define your beauty, you can always take professional help. Say, after a haircut, or a massage, or even getting a mani-pedi, don’t you feel beautiful? Why not try meditation, or yoga? This form of exercise will revitalise your body and soul, leaving you happy and fresh. Whether you hit the salon, or your yoga mat, you’ll be grateful for life that such things matter and will increase your confidence.

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11. Hate hate hate dancing!

Did you know that you can release stress by dancing? You don’t have to wait for Saturday night to go clubbing. You can simply put on music and dance to the rhythm. Take half an hour from your time and you will be surprised to see the result. Here is a step by step guide on stress-relieving for your benefit. Check this out and thank me later!

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12. A friend in need…

You have amazing people around you. Your parents, your partner, your children, and your friends. Perhaps you don’t have your parents any more, or you are single with no kids. Don’t stress. You have friends because everyone has friends. It is not necessary to have a whole bunch of hanger-ons constantly around you. Two or three genuine sidekicks are sufficient. Just be yourself with them. Laugh out loud. Play games. Movies would do. Eat out. Drink till you are drunk. Party. Cry. SHARE. Trust me, these are more than enough to life a longer life – and you will be grateful for life that you are blessed with such wonderful souls.

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13. Reading is so overrated!

Read as much as you can. Not only will it make you forget your worries, it will rejuvenate your spirit as well. Be it Shakespeare or Jane Austen classics, to Sidney Sheldon or Agatha Christie. Be it William Blake or J.K. Rowling, it does not matter. Just read. You will thank your books forever. They can be one of your trusted friends.

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14. Loathe your mistakes

What are we without mistakes? Would we be the person we are today if we didn’t make any mistakes? Of course not! You face many hurdles in your life, it is okay. Some hurdles make you frustrated, some make you sad. There are some hurdles that push you to make mistakes. Do not fear your mistakes, embrace them. Walk with them. Talk to them. Laugh at them.

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15. School was boring. Why not relive it?

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Imagine waking up early in the morning, going to school, attending classes with a bunch of teenagers, doing homework, sitting tests… I know, you don’t want to live in that nightmare AGAIN! You don’t have to of course, there is the internet. You can type whatever you like into a search engine and then… Learn! Knowledge has no bounds. There are many free online courses that provide certificates as well, to help you out, here are three such websites for your convenience:

If you can get your hands busy on acquiring education, you won’t have time for moping around. You will be grateful for LIFE! You’re welcome!

Lastly, I would like to say that we all have our differences, we all have difficulties in life, sorrows, and challenges. It is only natural to be upset, but next time, look around you. Love your flaws, love your life, and you shall be grateful for life. Here is Marilyn Monroe for you. Cheers!

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10 Things You Can Do Today To Be A Gentleman… (For Man) ;)

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Some guys never grow-up. Don’t be one of them! If you want to become a confident man who is capable of catching a female’s attention, check out these ten ways to be a gentleman.

1. Take a trip.

You can’t expect to have much of a perspective about the world if you confine yourself to the limits of your hometown. Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive; you could hop in your car and start driving without a destination in mind, explore a nearby town you’ve never heard of, split the cost of a beach trip with a group of friends, or take your partner on a discounted tropical cruise during an off-season.

2. Adopt a pet.

If you ever feel lonely, please don’t fret, because I’m about to share the best cure for loneliness ever: pets! As a single guy who lives by himself, I am thankful for my dog (a beagle named Dixie), who serves as a cute little shadow that follows me around and makes me feel needed. Being a pet owner will teach you to be more caring and compassionate. That said, don’t even think about adopting an animal unless you’re 100 percent willing to take care of it. As an added bonus, dogs are scientifically proven to be lady magnets. Don’t believe me? Take Fido to the park during peak hours to test that theory.

3. Read a book.

While there isn’t anything “wrong’ with playing video games, you definitely don’t want to spend all of your time in front of a television screen. No woman (or man) will be impressed by how quickly you made it to the final boss battle, so you might want to read an interesting book or thought-provoking article that arms you with knowledge that could prove useful if you ever find yourself having an engaging conversation with a person you are attracted to and would like to invite to dinner.

4. Find a hobby.

Life can get pretty boring in a hurry if your days consist of waking up, going to work, watching TV, sleeping, and eating some food in between. Do your friends often compliment your sense of humor? Combine your funniest jokes that seem to elicit the best reactions in a stand-up routine and perform it at an open mic night. Do you have a knack for giving speeches or presentations? Audition for a community theater play, take an acting class, or join a local toastmaster’s club. You could even learn something new like a foreign language, instrument, or technical skill like carpentry.

5. Throw a party.

I’m not suggesting you should hang flyers everywhere, especially if you’re a college student who could end up with a bunch of strangers showing up and making a mess. Instead, choose five or 10 of your closest friends, ask them to all bring a single dish or bottle of wine (coordinate this together so you don’t all end up bringing the same thing), and have a fun time together. If it’s a hit, you could make this a recurring occasion where a different person hosts the event every week or month.

6. Learn to cook.

If you’re a grown adult, there is no excuse to be completely clueless in the kitchen. Having to rely on prepackaged foods and restaurants isn’t only bad for your health and expensive for your wallet, but also something a child would do. Get started with something basic like chicken tacos or a ham and cheese omelet. Keep practicing with a single dish, adjusting your recipe every time until you’re finally pleased with the result (when you think it might impress a female). Repeat this process consistently, moving up to more difficult recipes as time goes on, and you’ll be a master chef before you know it.

7. Keep a journal.

There is nothing “weak” or “sissy” about confronting your feelings. Letting the things that trouble you build up inside will only make them harder to deal with later, so it’s best to find an emotional outlet that allows you to express yourself without a filter. Reflecting about your struggles in a journal (or blog if you’re feeling brave) will help you better understand your personality, get over your struggles, and figure out what you hope to accomplish in the future.

8. Meet new friends.

The best way to feel happy and positive? Simple. Surround yourself with happy and positive people. The impact of our social setting on our quality of life cannot be overstated. If you spend all of your time hanging out with people who judge you and complain about everything, don’t you think it might hard to stay positive yourself? This concept might sound too simple to be true, but the hard part is having enough courage to walk away from a friendship that isn’t worth having.

9. Pursue your passion.

It’s wonderful to have someone to love and share your life with, but it’s also insane to expect any person to be your single source of happiness. People who put all of their emotional stock into a relationship often end up with a broken heart that takes a long time to heal, because they foolishly invested all of their time and energy into that person (and as you know, not many relationships last forever). Besides, there aren’t many people that would appreciate having so much pressure placed on them — they would probably feel a lot better if you had an interest outside of your relationship — so it’s in your best interest to find something else to care about.

10. Stand for something.

I encourage you to live according to a set of ethics or principles that guide you in business and relationships. Those principles shouldn’t be governed by gender roles, societal standards, what your parents expect of you, or anything like that. Instead, they should be based on the lessons you have learned during this adventure called life. Don’t get too attached to whatever you decide, because you will evolve as you learn and grow and change your mind, but you should nonetheless follow a personal code that helps you act confidently and decisively when faced with difficult decisions.

10 Incredible Benefits of Living With Best Friends You Never Realized…

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There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with terrible roommates, since waking up to no food or a trashed apartment gets old fast. If you’re lucky enough to live with your best friends on your first trip away from home, we envy you. And if you’re tired of cleaning up some else’s meals, we feel your pain. Living with best friends is not only entertaining and fun, close relationships with friends are good for your health. But whether you’re stuck in roommate hell or heaven, the following 10 reasons for living with best friends reminds us all it’s worth the move.

1. Spontaneous Parties

Living with best friends makes your social life much more convenient. Instead of planning for weeks, suddenly you’ll find excuses to have fun anytime everyone’s at home. Spontaneous parties or nights out are a huge plus to loving your roommates, and might just help you have more fun in life.

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2. Sharing Take-Out

The daily struggle to cook yourself something marginally edible is less stressful when you live with friends. Not only can you cook large meals together and save money, there’s always someone to split ordering a pizza with. Who doesn’t love a pizza party with friends?

3. Never Go Alone

Where you used to struggle to find someone to accompany you to last-minute events, your roommates are now an automatic date. They might put up a fight sometimes, but you know deep down they love being your plus one. Just don’t whine too much when they need a last-minute date too.

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4. Someone to Come Home With

Nights when you’re going home alone shouldn’t have to feel awkward. There’s nothing wrong with having a good time and keeping it at that. Living with best friends is a lovely solution for not feeling lonely, since they’ll be coming home with you no matter what kind of night you had. Plus, when you get home, you get to drunkenly swap stories over junk food.

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5. Make Boring Errands Fun

Probably the best part of living with best friends is that daily errands become an adventure. Whether you’re headed to the store, gas station, or fast food joint, you now have a bunch of passengers to help you holler along to the radio. It’s amazing how fast grocery shopping becomes grocery store games when you’re living with best friends.

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6. Chores Together

Like making errands fun, daily and weekly chores quickly become a social affair when living with best friends. You no longer need to feel silly singing while you clean, since you now have back up vocals and dancers. 

7. Clothes Are Optional

Sometimes, your day is done and pants are just not going to happen. You no longer need to struggle through your night in clothing when you’re living with best friends. Since they’ve likely seen you change outfits or get drunk enough to start losing clothes, wearing clothes around the house is suddenly optional.

8. Binge Viewing Partners

We all love to park it in front of the TV or laptop and spend a few hours with our favorite show. When you’re living with best friends, however, this scene is no longer lonely, but borderline amazing. Even the simplest TV marathon becomes a party when you love your roommates, who definitely won’t judge when it’s time for just one more episode, six times in a row.

9. Gaming Days

Much like TV marathons that become full on parties, gaming with friends is a lot more enjoyable. Even if your roommates don’t know an RPG from an MMO, it’s still better to laugh with a group. Plus, you don’t have to spend all your money on consoles and accessories, because you can pool your gaming resources with your friends.

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10. Spontaneous Road Trips

Last but not least, living with best friends will surely lead to at least one spontaneous road trip. Where you might have reservations if your trying to plan a road trip, no one can say no to waking up to a packed car. Throw caution to the wind and jump in, these days of living with your best friends will spawn some of your favorite stories for years to come.

 

11 Easy Ways To Boost Your Confidence…

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Are you overwhelmed by negative thoughts and past failures? If you are, then it is difficult to feel confident. My father’s advice always was, “Look on the bright side.” I did not realize that was such good advice until about 30 years later! Here are 11 easy ways to boost your confidence if you are feeling glum and pessimistic.

1. Focus on positive thoughts.

Looking on the bright side means focusing on the positive aspects of your life. Focus on your good health, achievements, talents, and experience.Research has shown that when elderly Canadians were convinced that their health was poor, they were much more likely to end up in hospital than those who were convinced their health was excellent. Time to dismiss all those negative thoughts!

2. Use the power of mantras.

Thoughts need to be verbalized and this is how the power of mantras, repeated to yourself, can work. Perhaps you are dogged by critical comments, desolate because of insults or crippled by setbacks? How on earth can you boost your confidence with all that going on? Many experts believe that when we repeat mantras, we can boost confidence. Try a few of these for yourself:

  • “What others say is a reflection of them, not me.”
  • “The only approval I need is my own.”
  • “I am good enough.”
  • “I look great.”
  • “I can succeed in this.”

3. Sit up straight.

There are now posture corrector apps which can be attached to your lower back to remind you to sit up straight with head lifted and shoulders back. The experts tell us that when we slouch, this affects our whole outlook on life. One study showed that those who sat upright were much more optimistic about their prospects in careers and their relationships. Those who were slouching were way down the list as regards confidence. Stop slouching!

4. Learn from setbacks.

Maybe you think that there are far too many setbacks and this has ruined your confidence in getting that dream job or getting a great figure. You may be thinking that your weight loss program is useless because you will never achieve your goal. The secret here is think of a setback or failure asfeedback. It is telling you what to adjust and how to continue on the road, using a slightly different approach.

“Life’s problems reveal who we really are”- Unknown

5. Think of expectations rather than fantasies.

If you fantasize too much and visualize lots of success, happiness and wealth, there may be a shock coming. Research now suggests that positive expectations are a much safer route to take to boost your confidence. After all, dreaming is part of a fantasy. Expectations are based on past experiences. Studies show that people with realistic expectations were doing better at getting the dream job or finding a partner.

6. Choose 5 things you can easily do.

Maybe you are a great jogger or cook? Perhaps you are kind and compassionate? Whatever it is, choose 5 of these things that you are really good at and always make you feel great afterwards. This is a great confidence booster and an even better one is to tick them off your list at the end of the day.

7. Seek out positive leisure time.

This is where you have to make an effort to avoid toxic company and also exposure to bad news. We are surrounded by disasters and every time we log on, there is news about some catastrophe, There is very rarely good news. This can drag us down into doom and gloom. The solution to boost confidence is to dedicate more time to physical activity, watching funny videos and above all, enjoying the company of positive friends and colleagues.

8. List your achievements.

You need to constantly remind yourself of what you achieved in your life so far. This often gets overshadowed by problems and worries. These can cloud your vision and make your goal seem impossible. A good idea is to keep a list of your successes near your computer to remind yourself. There is nothing wrong with self-promotion. This is a great confidence booster. The great thing about being self-confident is that you can inspire others to be like that too. Spread the good news!

9. Count your blessings.

My father also said this! Look at what you have now. You are in a comfortable space, you have enough food to eat, and you can even read my article! Did you know that happiness is made up of 90% of how you actually view your life? The other miserable 10% make up the actual circumstances. Too often, when you are not self-confident, you tend to concentrate on this tiny percentage.

Every single day, make sure you list all the things you have to be grateful for. Your list will probably be quite long. That will make you feel happier straightaway and also boost your confidence

10. Keep taking risks.

Imagine that you have had negative feedback or that you have screwed up at work. These things happen all the time and your confidence takes a battering. The worst possible thing you can do is to crawl back into your shell and decide to keep a low profile. Head down and work away without taking any risks. This is not a good way to recover. We need to keep taking risks and keep moving forward to achieve success. That is the best recipe to get back your confidence. Retirement is not an option yet!

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

11. Forget perfectionism.

We all strive to be the best, the nicest, the most successful. The list goes on and on. But recognizing that perfectionism is simply not achievable can be a great recipe to boost confidence. Nothing wrong with excellence but perfectionism will ensure we spend too much time comparing ourselves to others all the time. That is not healthy at all and can ruin our confidence as we observe their successes. The best way forward to self-confidence is to stop beating ourselves up for our mistakes and our faults.