Everything in life, including your work and personal commitments, depends on the way your brain works.
Most of us today are severely affected by stress. According to the American Psychological Association, stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. However, many feel not enough is done to manage stress.
When we are stressed, negativity surrounds us and we lose our ability to think rationally. However, we can make things better by being mindful. According to Mindful.org, mindfulness can be described as;
“the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
By being mindful, you can rise above a certain situation and bring positivity into your life. The question that arises here is: what will a person with zero mindfulness do?
Suffer lifelong? Not necessarily. People can train themselves to become mindful and take charge of their lives. This is where meditation plays an important role.
It is no secret that meditation can reduce stress significantly, but studies have now proven that it also has certain neurological benefits. It can actually change the brain and the way it functions.
This means by practicing meditation in the right manner, people can become mindful and make their life awesome. According to Shawn Achor, world’s leading expert on the subject of the connection between happiness and success;
“In just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire your brain (with meditation), allowing your brain to actually work more optimistically and more successfully.”
Some ways in which meditation and mindfulness can help are:
- Enhancing brain performance
- Promoting creative thinking
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Increasing compassion
4 Meditation Tips to Become Mindful
People often become preoccupied with regretting the past and worrying about the future, so much that they miss out on the present experiences that make life beautiful.
Meditation can help you cultivate a mindful, meaningful and happy life. Here is how you can start your journey towards being mindful:
1. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system for relaxation response.
Deep breathing also lowers the heart rate and blood pressure quickly and effectively.
In the beginning, the inhalation tends to be longer than the exhalation. But as you gradually calm down, the exhalation becomes longer, indicating the body has reached the “rest and digest” mode. This relaxes the body from inside.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Count till four when inhaling and till eight when exhaling. When you practice breathing, concentrate on your breath and nothing else. As you exhale, imagine stress leaving your body and mind.
Early morning is the best time for deep breathing, but you can practice this at any time in the day. You may find it difficult to focus initially, but with regular practice, you can train yourself effectively.
Apart from relieving stress, deep breathing also helps in improving concentration.
2. Running as Meditation
Not many people think of running as a form of meditation, but just as meditation helps you connect your mind and body, running helps you do the same. When running, we listen to our body to reach our next goals. For mindful running, you need to:
- Focus on your breathing.
- Notice your alignment (to ensure you place your feet at the right place, lean your body at the right angle, take notice of the things around you to avoid getting hurt, etc.).
- Compete against yourself (instead of others) to increase endurance.
Running helps you synchronize your mind and body. By practicing mindful running, you can improve your health, endurance and prepare for the challenges ahead.
3. Body Scan Meditation
The body scan method aids complete relaxation and makes you aware of the different regions of your body, where unconscious suffering resides. This method allows you to experience how each part (of your body) feels without trying to change anything.
Experts describe body scan meditation as;
“a way to get in touch with the body, let go of feelings of needing to get stuff done, and release pent-up emotions.”
Research also shows that including body scan meditation in the mindfulness practice reduces sleep problems and improves symptoms and severity of fatigue as well as depression.
Body scan meditation can be performed when lying down, sitting or in any other posture. Find a comfortable posture and take a few minutes to calm down while keeping your eyes closed. Breathe steadily while you do this.
Next, bring your awareness to the various sensations in your body. Start with your feet. Notice how they feel against the floor. If you find any discomfort, take a deep breath and exhale slowly allowing the discomfort to flow out of your body.
Gradually, move up to your back. Experience how it feels against the grass or the chair on which you are sitting. Focus on each and every part of your body and whenever you notice any discomfort, breathe in and relax as you breathe out.
The major benefits of the body scan meditation are:
- It improves concentration.
- It makes you more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
- It helps you relate differently to your present experience.
- It helps you to be in the present moment, so you no longer worry about the past or the future.
4. Listen, Don’t Hear
Do you know the difference between hearing and listening?
Hearing is defined as receiving sounds or information by the ears.
You need not pay attention to what you are hearing. But listening is the act of paying 100 percent attention to what you’re hearing. When someone listens to you, you feel special and respected. The same thing is experienced by others when you listen to them. So, you bond better.
When listening is done as part of meditation, it helps you become aware of your surroundings without being judgmental and opens up your mind.
For example, if you are listening to inspirational quotes, do not allow yourself to judge what you are listening or how it can affect your life. Just close your eyes and explore every aspect of the speech.
This exercise helps you improve your focus and relationships. So while you become a better parent or spouse, you also become a better employee or boss. This is because when you actually listen to people, you are in a better position to provide a solution or empathize.
Mindfulness can improve the overall quality of life and help you become a better human being. The best thing about it is that you can instill mindfulness through regular practice.
So if you lack mindfulness at present, try the above tips to gain and improve it, and exercise better control over your emotions and in the way your brain reacts to different situations.
Lunchtime Life Hacks: How to Improve Your Life In 1 Hour
For most of us, the non-eating portion of our lunch hour typically consists of browsing through forums and news sites, making small talk with colleagues or staring at our phone.
In truth, all that time squandered adds up. What could you do to improve your life and emotional well-being if you devoted just one hour a day to it?
How to Improve Your Life In 1 Hour
Here are just a few of the most brilliant ways you can improve your life in one hour, and take advantage of the lunchtime break.
From Paul McCartney to Oprah Winfrey, some of the most successful names in the showbiz industry swear by meditation for its stress-reducing and levelling effect. Best of all, it can take very little time to do.
Here’s how you can fit it into your workday:
If you’re lucky enough to have your own office, close the door or find a quiet place such as the park or an unused rec room. From a seated position – ideally, on the floor with your legs crossed – rest your arms on your knees and keep a straight back.
Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing by taking a big breath in through your nose, slowly pulling the air upwards from the abdomen for as long as you can.
Then, release the breath through your mouth in a slow, controlled way, until you have completely emptied the air out of your lungs. Repeat for 5-10 minutes. The goal of this focus on the breath is to distract your mind from stressful thoughts and worries bouncing around in your head- by the time you finish the exercise, you should feel able to think more clearly.
2. Ignore Your Social Media Feeds
In defence of squandered hours, Oscar Wilde once said:
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
While you might normally use your lunch hour to glance through news stories, Instagram, Facebook feeds and group chats, consider putting a lunchtime ban on mindless scrolling.
Instead of glazing over at your phone screen every day, mix things up by finding a way to engage with the environment around you: consider starting a conversation with someone new, draw something or start reading a new book.
You’ll be much more aware of what happened in your lunch hour rather than merely letting the time slip past uneventfully.
3. Start A Project or Blog
If you’re feeling somewhat proactive, consider starting a blog project.
Blogging is a relatively low-maintenance pastime which as well as giving you a place to open up, can increase confidence and help you achieve goals- particularly if you are blogging about a personal journey such as parenthood, weight loss or body-building.
Treat yourself to a personalized domain name; there are plenty to choose from, they’re cheap to run, and give your blog more integrity and a sense of ownership. Once you’ve started, enjoy exchanging ideas and inspiration with a like-minded online community that will spur you on in pursuit of your goals.
4. Reach Out to Someone
We always assume we’ll have tomorrow to do what we could have done today, and making the time to catch up with someone or reply to an email is usually one of these tasks.
If you have just one hour, phoning a family member, messaging an old friend – or even making peace with an ex – can do wonders for your mental well-being.
A familiar voice will push those work-related anxieties to the back of your mind by reminding you about what really matters in life, so pick up the phone and prepare to feel a weight lifted off.
5. Take A Bite Out of a Big Task
The question is, “How do you eat an elephant in one go?”
You don’t. The answer of course, is to approach the task in stages.
Begin something you’ve been putting off with the expectation that you are not going to finish it. This mindset immediately takes the pressure off and allows you to think pragmatically about what your first moves will be.
Chances are, if you dedicate yourself to a project or task for just one hour, you will get in to it enough to keep going once things get underway and achieve a lot more than you thought you would. Wouldn’t that be a satisfying achievement for one little lunch hour?
6. Make A Worthwhile Purchase
Aside from ordering a lumbar support cushion from Amazon, booking a mini break or a holiday could be the smartest purchase you ever made. Travel is good for the soul, so instead of just thinking about it, actually commit yourself to that trip of a lifetime.
Whether travelling alone or with a friend/partner – the more spur of the moment, the better!
Browsing through a website such as holidaypirates.com can be a solid starting point – they independently source and report on budget breaks for people who have no specific agenda on when or where they want to go- a good place for inspiration if you’re not sure where to start.
7. Revamp your Résumé
Even if you’re not job hunting, taking an hour to update your CV and Linked In accounts is a smart move throughout your professional career to ensure you’re not a position of playing catch up later on.
Updating your résumé forces you to take stock of your core skills and abilities, which can bolster confidence and highlight the areas where you may need to expand your know-how or undertake additional training in order to be proficient in the necessary skills which will land you that dream job.
Review your To-Do
Lists are a great way to help you focus on the things needing urgently addresses in your life, but to avoid getting overwhelmed by a list of To-Dos and ‘should have done’s’, by taking stock of your week past and using this a the basis for reasonable objectives for the week ahead.
Secure the likelihood of achieving these targets by syncing your To-Do goals with your phone and computer calendars, or invest in a task management app to really harness your inner planning powerhouse.
Top 45 Self-Improvement Blogs For Men 2018
Wealthy Gorilla’s top blogs are back for 2018!
This year, we have our new entry to our collections of top blogs to follow, and that’s the best self-improvement blogs for men.
This isn’t something we’ve covered in previous years; however for the 55% of our audience who are male, we thought that showcasing a list of the top self-improvement blogs specifically designed for men, would be a great idea.
We’ve scoured the web, and tracked down what we believe to be the 45 best self-improvement blogs for men to be reading. These blogs are perfect for guys looking improve their lives in every area, including productivity, mindset, success, dating, sex, style, you name it.
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Top 45 Self-Improvement Blogs For Men
Without further ado, is the complete list of the best self-improvement blogs for men. These haven’t been ranked in any particular order, so don’t forget the blogs towards the bottom of the list.
They’re all filled with useful information and advice!
Founded by Tom Matlack – The Good Men Project is one of the leading self-improvement blogs specifically for men. There’s so much wonderful info for men to improve their lives, you have to see it for yourself.
Founded by Sean Russell – MenProvement has an awesome collection of articles to help any man become the best version of themselves. Their podcast and academy are also rapidly evolving. The site now receives over a million views per month.
Founded by Unknown – Daily Manliness has some solid content on all kinds of areas that would interest guys: Dating, technology, lifestyle, sports etc. They also feature some unusual, yet bad-ass quote collection you definitely need to check out.
Do you know the founder of Daily Manliness? Get in contact with us so we can add them to the article.
Founded by Unknown – Mode is a platform curates stories/articles from around the web. It’s not just a platform for men, but they have an awesome category that helps guys to improve their life.
Do you know the founder of Mode? Get in contact with us so we can add them to the article.
5. Return of Kings
Founded by Daryush Valizadeh – Return of Kings is another awesome self-improvement blog for men, and it offers great tips and stories on masculinity and male culture. Definitely a great blog for any man to follow.
6. Order of Man
Founded by Ryan Michler – I follow Ryan on Facebook, and love some of the stuff he’s featuring on Order of Man. Check out their latest articles on self-improvement, and don’t forget to listen to the podcast!
7. How to Beast
Founded by David De Las Morenas – How to Beast targets the fitness aspect of self-improvement for men. His blog has two main areas of specialty. How to get jacked, and how to get confident.
Founded by Charlie Houpert – Charisma on Command is designed to help guys achieve more confidence and charisma in their lives, therefore improving their overall happiness and success. Charlie coaches people on doing just that, and currently lives in Las Vegas.
Founded by Sonny Arvado – Strength by Sonny is another self-improvement blog that doesn’t specifically target just men. There is some great content for people of any gender. The general advice is geared towards improving your mindset and your social skills, bodybuilding advice, business advice and dating advice.
Founded by Keith Lai – FitMole contains some awesome fitness advice to help men transform their bodies and get in shape. There’s also some other ‘cool shit’ thrown in here and there.
11. Art of Manliness
Founded by Brett McKay – I love the retro theme of Art of Manliness. It really gives the blog that masculinity, and you can pretty much learn awesome new info in all areas to help you become a true man.
Founded by Unknown – Alpha Male Lifestyle contains some great guides on becoming more attractive to women, and mastering your dating and sex life. They also have some great tips on style, grooming, and other lifestyle topics.
Founded by Unknown – Attract Get Women is an awesome resource for advice on sex, dating and becoming more attractive. This is definitely another of the top self-improvement blogs for men.
Do you know the founder? Contact us so we can add their name to the list.
Founded by Nick Coughlin – Compassionate Man is an online magazine that features everything guys love. Not just advice on self-improvement, but also on hobbies, sports and such.
Founded by Jason Batansky – Aspiring Gentleman is geared towards entertainment, travel, style and tech. The ultimate hub for any enthusiastic man.
Founded by Andrian Red – The Quintessential man has some awesome self-improvement, and social life advice for men. Go over to their site and download their list of the 30 most influential books for men.
17. The Modest Man
Founded by Brock McGoff – If you’re looking for advice on style and fashion, head on over to The Modest Man to see what they have for you. Style still classes as self-improvement, and this deserves to be a top self-improvement blog for men.
18. Illimitable Men
Founded by Unknown – The illimitable man says: “this blog allows me to help wayward souls and direct them toward the path to greatness. If I can share what I’ve learned in my life’s journey to assist some of my fellow-men, why not?”
19. Man Thesis
Founded by Unknown – Man Thesis provides some very interesting points on being able to seduce and attract beautiful women. You can check out their eBook for more seduction secrets.
Do you know the founder of this blog? Let us know!
20. Effortless Gent
Founded by Barron Cuadro – Effortless Gent is another of the top self-improvement blogs for men, that specifically focuses on improving your look and personal style. Definitely another one to follow for style advice.
Founded by Christopher Deoudes – What was most interesting about Good Looking Loser, was Chris’ story. Whether he knows that or not is another thing, but it’s worth a read.
22. The Minimalists
Founded by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus – The minimalists focuses on exactly what you’d think. Learning how live life more simply.
23. Bulletproof Exec
Founded by Dave Asprey – You may have heard of Bulletproof coffee. Well they also have an excellent self-improvement blog for both men and women. Definitely check out the blog, and the coffee if you haven’t done so already.
Founded by Bernard Miller – GQ is the long-time, world-famous website targeted towards men. Every sbject men would love to hear about, it’s in there. I’m sure your familiar with the magazine, and may even read it regularly.
25. Day Game
Founded by Yad Bar – Day Game teaches averages guys to be able to talk to and seduce beautiful girls. Yad backs up his statements, and the homepage even includes a few awesome video clips.
Founded by Kyle Boureston – Mantelligence is another blog 100% specifically for men, that also features a women’s perspective, to strengthen the overall advice given. They also offer regular giveaways, which is always a good thing to get in on.
27. Man of Many
Founded by Frank Arthur & Scott Purcell – Man of Many is a men’s lifestyle and fashion blog, with a bunch of other cool stuff thrown in there. Some great reads for any man.
28. Ape to Gentleman
Founded by Unknown – Ape to Gentleman is an excellent grooming and fashion blog for men. There’s a lot of different product reviews featured on the blog, usually in the grooming section such as colognes, and sometimes within entertainment such as headphones.
29. Man Packs
Founded by Ken Johnson & Andrew Draper – Man Packs puts together different selections of grooming products for men, into various packages. Give them as gifts, buy them for yourself, Man Packs knows what’s best.
30. Nick Notas
Founded by Nick Notas – Nick is a dating coach, and offers great services to help men become a lot more confident with women and themselves in general. His blog has some great advice you should checkout.
31. David Wygant
Founded by David Wygant – David offers great dating advice, not just for men, but also for women. He’s been seen on MTV, Millionaire Matchmaker, Huffington Post, Fox and more! Check out his blog for more info.
Founded by Sam Thomas Davies – Sam scouts the leading edge of the human sciences for what’s new, surprising, and important in life and business. Then he reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs so you too can achieve greatness.
33. Tripp Advice
Founded by Tripp Kramer – Tripp’s latest article is about picking up Asian women when you don’t speak the same language. Having just spent 7 months in Asia, naturally I loved the article! Check out his blog for more awesome stuff like this.
Founded by Christian McQueen – The opening line on Christian’s blog: “A man’s guide to a better life.” You can’t help but follow a blog when that’s the number one aim. Christian also offers coaching for men looking to improve their lives.
35. MSI College
Founded by Unknown – I love MSI College. There’s so much great content, self improvement, success, and being great with women. Head on over to learn more. They’ve got a little something for everyone.
36. Love Life Solved
Founded by Julian Reisinger – What’s great about Love Life Solved is that the content also comes from a women’s perspective, as Julian’s partner Kristina also runs the blog with him.
37. Men’s Health
Founded by Mark Bricklin – We’re all familiar with Men’s Health. It’s one of the most popular Men’s magazines, and helps men improve their health and their bodies.
38. Doctor Nerd Love
Founded by Harris O’Malley – Dr. NerdLove dispenses love, sex and life advice for geeks, otaku, dweebs, poozers, nerds and the occasional neo-maxie-zoom-dweebie. Making geeks sexier since 2011.
39. Paul McGregor
Founded by Paul McGregor – His blog is geared towards helping men become the best version of themselves. There’s some top notch advice to help you excel in your career, improve your mindset, and improve yourself in general.
Founded by Antonio Centeno – Real Men Real Style has some incredible content on becoming more stylish. There’s articles, resources, download, courses. Everything you need to become a stylish man.
41. Urban Beardsman
Founded by Eric Bandholz – Urban Beardsman is a style blog for men. If you currently have a beard or are looking to grow one, you might want to check out this site for some tips and help on the subject.
Founded by Jesse Charger – Seduction Science is a pickup blog, with awesome advice being able to seduce beautiful women, and become better at sex and dating in general.
43. Anabolic Men
Founded by Ali Kuoppala & Christopher Walker – Anabolic men is such a cool resource for men who are looking to improve their fitness and boost testosterone levels. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, get involved.
Founded by Lee Myer – Peak Testosterone is a blog that targets men’s health, and covers a range of articles within the health niche, particularly on testosterone. For any guy looking to learn more about testosterone, this is another great self-improvement blog to check out.
45. Masculine Intent
Founded by Chris Bale – Masculine intent is last but not least on this list of top blogs for men. I’ve been following Chris on Facebook for a while now, and I love the transparent way in which he gives advice.
That concludes this incredible collection of the top self-improvement blogs for men. If you’re a guy who’s looking to improve his life in any of the following areas, then you need to definitely check these blogs out.
Thanks for checking out the list guys, and if your blog has been featured, don’t forget to share the achievement with your followers on social media.
Do you have a favorite men’s self-improvement blog? Leave a comment below.
30 Positive Thinking Quotes to Overcome Negativity
Today, in the world that we live in, there are a lot more people thinking negatively than there are thinking positively.
It’s sad really, that so many people are depressed with their lives; most of them because they just can’t quite see how great their lives would actually be if they changed their attitude and the way they think.
I’ve compiled a list of 30 positive thinking quotes, which you should definitely read to destroy and overcome negativity within you. It amazing how much of an affect quotes can have on someone’s mindset.
30 Positive Thinking Quotes
It may only take 1 of these positive thinking quotes to completely change your attitude about things. Only 1. But I can’t tell you which one that may be.
Sometimes certain words speak to certain people. Enjoy:
1. “Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou
2. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
3. “We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin Sharma
4. “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali
5. “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone
6. “The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.” – Unknown
7. “Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” – Michael Landon
8. “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Dr. Wayne W Dyer
9. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln
10th of 30 Positive Thinking Quotes
“Minds are like flowers, they only open when the time is right.” – Stephen Richards
11. “Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman
12. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
13. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey
14. “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore
15. “The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success.” – Eric Thomas
16. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller
17. “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit, and the choice is yours.” – Tom Hopkins
18. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams
19. “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain
20. “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx
21st of 30 Positive Thinking Quotes
21. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
22. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen
23. “If someone tells you, “You can’t” they really mean, “I can’t.” – Sean Stephenson
24. “If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” – Guy Finley
25. “The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
26. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin
27. “The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert H Schuller
28. “I am thankful for all those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein
29. “Always think extra hard before crossing over to a bad side, if you were weak enough to cross over, you may not be strong enough to cross back!” – Victoria Addino
30. “You will evolve past certain people. Let yourself.” – Mandy Hale
I hope you enjoyed these 30 positive thinking quotes. Please don’t forget to share them with your friends and family by dropping them an email or sharing on Facebook, Twitter etc. Especially if you think today is a day that they will need to see these.
Which were your favorite positive thinking quotes? Leave a comment below.
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