Time to Stop Those Positive Mantras! Studies Show They Only Make You More Negative

Positive thinking is one of the most touted philosophies in the world. Many authors have written many different books and articles professing about the advantages of positive mantras, and the list includes not only writers but many notable industrialists, celebrities, and highly respected personalities.

Decoding positive thinking

Positive thinking [1] is actually developing our mindset in such a way that we expect good and only favorable outcomes from any events. In other words, it’s the process of transferring our energy into reality by thinking only optimistic thoughts. (That’s what the notion is, at least.)

Does it really work?

While many people believe that positive thinking really leads you to the path of glory and happiness, there are others who think otherwise. Both sides have put forward many compelling reasons supporting their views. While the argument may be never ending, the detractors have a strong foothold over their claims because the proponents of the debate don’t have too many scientific backings behind their claims.

How positive mantras can backfire

Suppression of negative emotions causes outbursts of dreadful negativity

If we use positive mantras [2] too frequently, then it might work for a shorter period but on the long run, it may cause even more adverse consequences. Why so? When we use a positive mantra, it tends to suppress our negative emotions. But, if it continues for a longer time and becomes a habit, then we might be overwhelmed by even more negative feelings at times when the results are not as expected, as there should be a balance between positive emotions and negative emotions in life. The balance of positive and negative feelings in life is also supported by the Ying and Yang theory developed by the Chinese.

Action speaks louder than mantras

Additionally, uttering positive mantras in our life might work sometimes and also, to channel the energy into reality, utter faith and absolute belief are required. However, the mantras most definitely prove themselves useless, if we just keep chanting positive mantras but fail to put into action the message that the mantra is supposed to convey. As a consequence of that, we might be caught off guard by negative kind of vibes, and feel highly frustrated because our mind will immediately conjure up many negative thoughts.

For instance, if you believe that a perfect body is the one with well-toned abs, biceps, and wings, which you don’t possess, but keep on insisting that you have a perfect body, then your mind will start searching for the fallacies (which you think, mind it) within your body. You will be insecure about the little bit of belly protruding out, you will be insecure about your waistlines and even your arms. This will make you more insecure about your body and will depress you even more.

Trap you into delusional fantasies

A fact is a fact, it won’t change irrespective of the situations and time, so a fact is not going to change even when you utter positive mantras your whole life. For example, if you are a little short on the finances, you aren’t going to miraculously solve your financial problems just because you utter positive mantras million times. It will be much better if you accept the reality and work towards dealing with it. You could rather work on personal budgeting [3] instead of living with a false sense of security. This will make you happier on the long run.

Let’s take another scenario for example. You have an exam tomorrow and you are not prepared well. If you say that you are going to score 100 out of 100, it’s never going to work irrespective of how many times you say it in your head. The reality is you haven’t prepared well and there are certainly going to be questions, which you haven’t prepared for. While positive mantras might help you to write the answers correctly to the questions that you have prepared for, you won’t be able to write the answers, you don’t know. What I am trying to say is ‘there is a hypothetical situation and there is a brute reality’. Conjuring fantasies to wrap up reality is no way to answer any question in the real world.

Hard work is key to success in our life. If you have worked hard then despite all the negative thoughts that might surround your head instinctively, you are going to perform better, however, if you haven’t put on enough work, then no matter how many times you say that you are going to be successful, it won’t be enough.

When positive mantra backfire

A study has also shown that positive thinking works well if you have very high self-esteem [4] . But if you have low self-esteem and utter positive mantras, it is found that it will only strengthen your negative mindset when they are met by set-backs. This will result in many negative feelings. For example, if a good football player believes that he is going to be the best then it will act as a buffer and he will be able to perform to his potential, however, if a player with low self-esteem thinks that he is going to be the best player in the world, he will feel that his shooting is not good and even his passing is not on the par with average football player in the world, which means he will perform worse in the matches.

Are there any alternatives that actually work?

If you are the believer of positive mantras and you are beginning to doubt its functionality, what will you do? Don’t fret because there is another theory called value affirmation which might help you.

What is value based self-affirmation?

First of all, values are the beliefs which we think are desirable and ideal. Our values are dynamic as it is changing accordingly and reshaping as we experience new things in our life, therefore, it is necessary that we update our values constantly, so our objective in life resembles the values we believe in.

If we are aware of our values, it will help to maintain balance in our life. If there is an imbalance between our value and aim, it will undermine our motivation to do things. Hence, value affirmation is recognizing the values we believe in rather than saying the things like positive mantras repeatedly.

Does value based self-affirmation really work?

In one of the surveys conducted recently, students in one of the universities were chosen randomly to write about their values. Those students who were selected performed very nicely in their college years in comparison to those students who had not taken part. This was repeated again with the same success in Hispanic community and African-American community.

Therefore, the next time you find yourself chanting mantras to assure you that everything is going to be fine, stop. Instead, try to recognize your deeply rooted values and check whether your values are in balance with your action and goals or not, and become successful.

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10 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Struggle Through Mental Illnesses

The social stigma around mental illness prevails despite one in five Americans suffering from some form of cognitive disorder. Perhaps there’s no better way to change people’s perception of mental health than examples of wildly successful people who worked through similar situations.

The people on this list are exceptional leaders and successful entrepreneurs in their respective fields. They’re all well known for their success as entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators. Yet they’ve all had to overcome insurmountable odds and various mental illnesses to get there.

1. Steve Jobs

If you’ve ever read Steve Jobs’ biography, you probably know he was impossible to work with. Jobs actually suffered from a form of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or OCPD. This led to him obsess over details and design flaws, rather than be compassionate to his partners and employees.

Jobs channeled his obsessive nature to create the best designed products the world had ever seen, but he struggled to make meaningful connections and was an argumentative boss.

2. Howard Hughes

The late Howard Hughes was a lot of things over the course of his illustrious life. He was a wildly successful and well known businessman, investor, pilot, film director, and philanthropist. He also suffered from obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD).

His condition took a toll on his physical wellbeing later in life, but his achievements live on in his films and work.

3. Henry J Heinz

In his diary, marketing wizard Henry Heinz wrote that he felt compelled to work himself to the point of burnout. He said he would wear himself out rather than “rust” at home.

Heinz carried a tape measure to measure the length of doorways he passed through and had driven himself to the point of nervous breakdown by his late 50s.

4. Estée Lauder

Beauty tycoon Estée Lauder built an empire that’s still one of the biggest cosmetic brands in the world today. Yet, her mental disorder compelled her to touch people’s faces compulsively. She’d even reach out and touch strangers.

5. Henry Ford

In his effort to overcome his dyslexia, Ford would often repeat actions to the point where they were second nature. This helped him fine-tune his abilities and launch one of the most successful companies in the world.

6. Thomas Edison

Most people know Edison as a scientist. They probably wouldn’t know Edison overcame his dyslexia to launch an electric and engineering company that would soon become General Electric. GE is now a multinational conglomerate listed on the Fortune 500.

7. Richard Branson

Perhaps the most famous business leader with dyslexia is Sir Richard Branson. The British entrepreneur parlayed his success with a student magazine into an international brand and conglomerate – Virgin Inc. Branson often says dyslexia should be considered a sign of potential.

8. Jamie Oliver

Dyslexia didn’t stop Jamie Oliver from becoming one of the world’s most well-known chefs and business leaders. His ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ chain of restaurants span the globe. Unbelievably, Jamie read his first book at the age of 38.

9. Ingvar Kamprad

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has managed to create a globally recognized retailer while battling dyslexia.

10. Charles Schwab

The CEO of Charles Schwab & Co. struggled to take notes in school and even failed English twice. He didn’t realize he suffered from dyslexia till his son was diagnosed with the same condition.

These leaders and entrepreneurs suffered because of their illnesses, yet they persevered to achieve their dreams. Mental illnesses and cognitive disorders are fairly common. Millions of people across the world probably suffer from a known mental disease. Millions more are never appropriately diagnosed.

The social stigma and lack of awareness around these issues has probably stymied progress. Many don’t get the treatment and care they need. Studies show that entrepreneurs and business leaders are particularly prone to mental health issues.

A recent survey showed that nearly half of all business owners suffered from a disorder at some point in their careers. The pressure and stress of creating a business from the ground up could be a contributing factor.

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, don’t hesitate to reach out for help and assistance. Take the time to unwind and exercise to keep stress low. Taking care of your wellbeing could make a massive difference to your progress in business.

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Every Family Has Its Problems, This Is How Some Stick Together No Matter What

Families are meant to be there with you through thick and thin. They are supposed to pick you up when you fall down, nudge you to the right direction when you are lost and misguided and correct you when you are mistaken and short-sighted but what happens when you are in a war with the ones you called family? Do you go your separate ways or do you make it work?

Before we make any hasty decisions and come to the conclusion, let’s analyze what a family conflict is.[1]

Family conflict is a struggle or discord among the members of a family, whether it is between the parents or parent and child or between siblings. It is caused due to many reasons. It might be caused by financial problems; when we can’t pay bills. The other reasons might be a rivalry between the siblings, due to different sets of beliefs and viewpoints and poor communication in the family.

Whatever the causes and reasons, family conflicts take away a sense of security and belongings from a person and if not resolved, it will result in breaking of the family or even criminal activities at worst.

Let’s go in depth about the different types of family conflicts.[2]

1. Parental Conflict

It occurs when a husband and his wife are in constant disagreement with each other. This creates a hostile environment, which will ultimately harm socializing aspects of the child as a child coming from a high conflict background can’t socialize with his/her counterparts and is more prone to have a conflict with others. This usually results in the divorce of husband and wife.

2. Parent-child Conflict

It occurs when the parents don’t agree with the viewpoint of children or vice-versa. It is primarily caused due to generation gaps and controlling behavior of certain family members. It leads to the separation of a child from family.

3. Sibling Conflict

It occurs among the children of a family and may result in breaking of the family.

So, what shall we do when there is conflict between the family members? Shall we quit, give up on each other and stop being families? Or we work towards resolving whatever the issue that is causing the conflict?

If you want to resolve a family conflict, then you should know about family counseling.

Family counseling falls under the Family Act, it helps families with relationship problems and manages the issues concerning the family and children during marriage, divorce, and separation. It may also be about the grave feelings, living arrangements, financial issues, and issues regarding children.

Family counselors are trained individuals, who help people solve emotional issues with their family and reach agreement in the case of disagreements.[3] He/she will listen to our problems and help us find effective solutions.

People should go to family counseling whenever there is a source of discontent and disharmony in family or whenever the family is faced with important issues as a unit. It can be after or before or during a marriage, separation, divorce, remarriage or death of a family member. The other scenario might be a case if any of the family members is suffering from physical or mental health problems.

Some of the signs to look for in case you need family counseling are listed below.

  • Communication breakdown in a family
  • Withdrawal of family members from family events
  • Extreme reactions to little problems
  • Violence upon oneself or family members
  • Change of behavior
  • Substance abuse problems in family

These are telltale signs, if you find above signs, then it’s time to take family counseling.[4]

Even after a separation or divorce, family counseling is still necessary.

Whenever we separate with our partners with some irreconcilable differences, we shouldn’t forget that the separation doesn’t only affect us, they affect the children as well. Therefore, if we seek family counseling, it will help address the needs of children and provide children with the stability they need to flourish in life.

The divorce rate in USA is about 40 to 50 percent among the married couple, which is even more in their subsequent marriage. Homeless and runaway youth primarily identify family conflict as the main reason behind their decision to walk away from their family.[5] Most of these could be avoided if we were willing to see the family counsellors and work to mend our relationships.

For instance, take a case of Jacqueline Mary Ray and Tom Selleck.[6] They were the power couple of Hollywood, however, they split because Tom was obsessed with the role in the series Magnum P.I. This could have been avoided if the couple would have given family counseling a try. In many other notable cases, celebrity couple like Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went to family counseling, which resolved their family conflict and helped them remain as a family even amidst the conflict.

Remember when we have a conflict in the family next time that blood is thicker than the water and any conflict can be resolved with the help of family counseling.

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10 Unique Bedroom Decoration Ideas You Might Not Have Heard Of

The bedroom is not just another room of your house. It should be a peaceful retreat for you. Your bedroom is the place where you will forget the ups and downs of your entire day and refresh yourself for tomorrow with sleep, so it is only right that your bedroom should be visually stunning, elegant and as comfortable as possible.

When it comes to decorating the bedroom, you should be more careful than with other rooms of your house, because if the decor is too flashy or stimulating, you are setting yourself up for sleepless nights.

Here is a list of ten unique bedroom decoration ideas that you might not have heard of. These ideas will help you choose your bedroom decor and possibly prevent you from making any foolish mistakes.

1. Choose a theme

The idea of a bedroom with a theme may be common in Western society, but it is a unique idea in many third world countries and in Eastern culture. If you are thinking of redecorating your bedroom, choosing a theme is a great option.

If the bedroom is for a child, you can decorate the bedroom in a princess theme for a girl or a superhero theme for a boy. Why? A theme is a powerful unifying device that creates a soothing effect if you get your theme right. If the bedroom is for adults, don’t be pompous or you might look cheesy and ridiculous.

2. Himalayan salt lamp

For those who haven’t seen these lamps, they are actually made of a block of pure Himalayan salt; a bulb is then placed inside. A well-decorated Himalayan salt lamp with a sophisticated shape can add a visual “wow” factor, and the lamps have many health benefits as well.

For instance, Himalayan pink salt lamps are said to be able to lift mood, increase blood flow, prevent allergy symptoms, and facilitate better and more comfortable sleep. If you are wondering how this is possible, some explain the effects by saying that the lamps release abundant negative ions. Negative ions attract harmful particles (primarily positively charged), balance them and mitigate their adverse effects. Some say that these negative ions also stimulate the flow of oxygen in the brain, keeping you mentally and physically refreshed. The Himalayan Salt Lamp should be placed close to electronic appliances.

3. Photographs

Photographs can really add to the beauty of your bedroom, but they can impede the beauty of your bedroom as well, depending upon the types of photos you use. While it is common sense that family portraits and pictures are to be given priority on the walls of most rooms, they are an absolute no-no for a bedroom.

It is generally believed that the photos you hang on the wall of your bedroom should have as little emotional load as possible. You can use other elegant and calming photos. However, if you insist on hanging a family picture, be sure to use one which doesn’t remind you of specific people. You don’t want to think of your beloved while you are going to sleep, do you?

4. Rug

How would you feel if you woke up in the cold morning and stepped out of bed onto the cold floor? Not so happy. Everybody loves taking their first step of the day on a comforting and cushy surface. The rug is a vital part of the decor of a bedroom because it sets the tone for the entire space.

Since you want to keep your bedroom amiable to sleep, don’t go for a flashy or complex patterned rug. Instead, use a light-colored rug to maintain a peaceful environment. Good materials for bedroom rugs may vary from cotton to wool.

In terms of the rug size, the bigger the rug is, the better your bedroom will look. If you have a carpet on your bedroom floor and are feeling reluctant about buying a rug, I would advise you to go against your instinct and give it a try because a simple rug can make a big difference.

5. Tape around the bed

Many of you might cringe thinking of using tape in your bedroom, but it is not that bad. A simple line of artistic tape, when used in a bedroom, gives a perfect illusion that ceilings are higher. It would be prudent to use the tape just above the headboard.

Speaking of headboards, people normally use a classic bed frame for a headboard. In contrast, if you use a headboard that adds scenic beauty, it will contribute to the aesthetics of your bedroom.

6. Nightstand

A nightstand is not just visually attractive, it’s a necessity of every perfect bedroom. A nightstand ensures comfort before and after you have slept. You can put a glass of water, lamps and even plants on the nightstand, which gives you the feeling of home.

The nightstand doesn’t necessarily have to be exorbitant and stunning. An ordinary nightstand can add to a great deal to the beauty of a bedroom. It is important because it is the testament of your personal style.

7. Mattress

A bedroom might be furnished with expensive furniture and contain all the amenities in the world, but this won’t mean a thing if you can’t get a good night’s sleep. A good mattress is a must for a good night’s sleep because it keeps you cool and gives support to your lumbar region.

Your mattress should have an appropriate foundation height, must fit into your bedroom and must be congruous with the night tables and window sills.

8. Number of pillows

Too many pillows and your bed will look crowded. Too few pillows and it will seem like your bed isn’t a bed and your bedroom isn’t a bedroom at all. This will negatively affect the visual beauty of your bedroom.

Therefore, you should select the right number of pillows, which depends upon the size of your bed. The right number of pillows makes the bed more inviting and sumptuous. If you like having lots of pillows, you can always keep them in layers.

9. Add dramatic items

Items such as a theatrical chandelier, moody wall paint, or an oversized headboard add a sexy and dark glamour to your bedroom. Furthermore, you can hang dramatic artwork in your bedroom.

The best way to hang artwork is to have a midline at fifty-seven inches to sixty inches where the artwork is hung. Also, it is better to hang your paintings at the center rather than directly overhead. Adding visually dramatic items is a great way to decorate your bedroom.

10. Curtains

You have heard of using curtains on your windows or even on a door, but have you ever considered using curtains to hide empty space in an oversized bedroom? I didn’t think so. Yes, you can use curtains to conceal an unused space if your bedroom is too large. By doing so you will prevent your bedroom from looking empty.

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6 Ingenious Ways Businesses Can Save Money In Shipping

Every organization, established or starting up, is keen on keeping cost as low as possible to make maximum profits. Shipping cost can take up a huge percentage of cost if not properly strategized, which could eat into profits or prevent a start-up from breaking even.

Recent developments in technology have opened new doors for businesses to outsource functions to established shipping organizations. This is especially beneficial to organizations with large shipments. What about small organizations that do not have the volumes to economically employ those services?

Shipping cost can drain your business’ profits and extend your break-even point if you do not keep a keen eye on it. These tips could help keep it checked. Check out these six ingenious ways on how businesses can save money in shipping costs.

1. Package Appropriately

You want enough space for your merchandise without paying too much for unused space. Experts recommend that you leave about two inches of clearance to give your merchandise enough space for safety. If the items to be shipped are fragile, be sure to have enough bubble wrap to keep them from breaking.

The essence of having just the right packaging is to avoid paying too much for using larger-than-necessary boxes. Seal it appropriately with heavy-duty tape so that it does not come off during transit and force the transporter to seal it afresh. That, of course, would increase your shipping cost.

In as much as the merchandise in transit determines the type of box used, regular boxes do just fine for most shipments. Avoid using heavy packaging that only attracts high parcel costs for regular merchandise.

2. Establish Relationships

If you are a small start-up, the market is still new to you or you have not gained enough mileage to play in the big league then your best bet are the companies in your league. Look into the start-ups that offer these services and grow with each other. If they provide services as good as the established transport brands, you could score some good rates.

Depending on the number of products you ship, you could negotiate for better rates. Ask them to give you discounts based on targets that both of you set, or generally, agree to a flat rate of the total cost. Check if they provide terminal to terminal shipping and if it can help cut the costs as well. If you stick with them long enough, you could help them become a bigger brand, and they could keep you, their loyal customer at a special rate.

You could also agree to market them to your networks, and they could give you discounts for every referral.

3. Use Volume as Leverage

As your business grows and volume increases, make the numbers known to the more established providers. You could drop a number to an executive from the company that you want to work with and let them bait.

Let them know what your current provider is offering and see if they would come down to your level. If the volumes are decent and the future looks bright (your information is on the internet), most of these companies will let you play with the big boys. Convince them that getting your business would be to their best interest.

“A lot of small businesses think they aren’t large enough to negotiate rates with the shipping services, but they can. Open an account, get a rep and talk about options,” advises Rhonda Abrams, a columnist and business owner in Palo Alto, California.

Established shipping companies such as FedEx are quite expensive, but well known in the industry. With them, you are sure that your merchandise would be safe in transit and that time consumed would reduce drastically. That is why they are worth the premium cost. If you find a way of bringing them onboard at a favorable price, take it. Volumes and consistency are your greatest assets.

4. Recycle and Keep Records

If you have lots of incoming goods as well as outgoing merchandise, you could save the boxes from your incomings. The idea here is to ensure that you unpack carefully to prevent extensive tears that would render the boxes useless.

When you unpack, collect all the perfectly undone boxes, and use them for your outgoing merchandise. If the box is still in excellent condition, none will be the wiser. This only applies to regular packaging. Of course, for premium products, you would have to use brand new boxes.

As for your records, monitor what you send out. Measure the package before it leaves the warehouse and compare the data with your service provider’s. This will inform you on how much you are spending per day even before your service provider sends you the invoice.

5. Declare War on Expensive Packaging Material

You cannot afford to have one supplier and to stick with them for the rest of your company’s life. You have to shop around to establish whether you would get better rates elsewhere. Companies such as USPS will give you flat rate boxes free for using their services (or rather, they incorporate the cost in their rates) and so you can take advantage of that.

You can also buy packaging material in bulk to benefit from quantity discounts. While doing this, you are paying attention to your storage capacity. You do not want to spend too much on storage for material that you will not use in the short run. Keep an eye on the market for cheaper yet quality supplies.

6. Demand Refunds For Late Deliveries

When you are only getting started, you cannot afford to be late in your deliveries. Mistakes like those could cost you the same customer base that you are working hard to build. Most shipping companies, FedEx and UPS included, have a money back guarantee. If they fail to keep the agreed time, they promise to issue a full refund.

As a start-up, you may find it tedious and costly to track all the untimely deliveries and to seek a refund as stipulated in the contract. That is how Refund Tiger helps. They audit your transactions and follow the refund process on your behalf from service providers for a percentage of the total amount.

Conclusion

It is prudent to keep your own records that you countercheck with those of the courier service. Never stop scouting for cheaper means of transport because every penny counts. Establish rapport with shipping companies, possibly the smaller start-ups with a stellar reputation. Endeavor to keep your cost as low as possible, but the services as professional as you can. If you stay with a selected group of service providers long enough, you will reap benefits in the name of discounts.

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10 Best New Years Gifts For the Fitness Junkie In Your Life

Fitness junkies are probably the easiest people to shop for! I am not just saying this, there are all kinds of things out there on the market for the cross trainer in every circle. You just have to think out of the box and try not to bring the same present as everyone else.

We compiled a list of the ten best and appealing new years gifts for fitness junkies.

1. A Pair Of Running Shoes

You can’t go wrong with these. Workout junkies can never have enough running shoes. Get them a new pair, and you will be in their thoughts every time they go for a jog. Focus on getting a pair that’s ideal for running, taking into consideration heel support, cushioning, water resistance, weight, and the heel-to-toe drop.

Do not worry about the jargon. Just ask your retailer for a pair that contains these details. You can always rest easy with renowned brands like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and Saucony.

2. TRX Bands

The word TRX bands come from Total Body Resistance Exercises. If the person has dumbbells, kettle bells, a treadmill and a stationary bike, this is the missing link. TRX bands do wonders for the tummy, and they work arms too.

So, if they have been talking about upping their game in the abs department, these bands will leave them in your debt for a while (or until next year when we give you an exciting new list).

3. The FitBit Charge

This activity tracker is the perfect gift for those who are obsessed with data. The FitBit keeps track of every movement you make, it is super light and easy to wear. It counts the steps, alerts you when you stay idle for too long (60 minutes), acts as an alarm clock, has a feature for telling time, the screen is backlit, and, of course, it counts calories. It also monitors your sleeping patterns. Does it get any better? With those features, this gift will never be out of style.

4. Subscription For A Personal Trainer

Nothing beats working out with a professional trainer. They know what your problem areas are and they take the proper measurements to know your levels of fitness. They ensure that you are working out in line with your goals.

The most memorable gift you would give someone this year is a subscription for a trainer with FitnessTrainer.com. It doesn’t matter which part of the country the receiver of the gift is in. They will connect them with a coach in their area.

5. Hylete Cross-Training Convertible Backpack

Everyone needs a backpack that won’t give up on them every few months. This particular brand is the Swiss-army knife of gym backpacks. It has compartments for everything you could think of; wet clothes, your laptop, a temperature controlled compartment for your meals, your phone, shoes, everything. It is made of heavy-duty nylon, so it has the endurance of seasoned gym-goers. This thoughtful gift will win you a place of honor in their lives.

6. Protein Powder

Anyone who lifts heavy weights will tell you that protein supplements are their best friends. They would rather run out of food than be out of their protein powders (em..kidding. Food is a basic need). The good thing about these supplements is that they have a long shelf life, so you don’t have to worry about them going bad before they are used. Whey protein is a winner.

7. A Mountain Bike

If they work out at the gym every day, then you could give them a bike that gets them outdoors whenever the weather allows. “A bike is a great way to engage in an activity together. You can get one for them and another one for you. You can then challenge each other over the weekends,” says James at Bike Ambition. You can get a great bike from brands such as Cannondale, Yeti, and Ibis.

8. A weekend at the parlor

Even heavy lifters and cross fit queens need a weekend of pampering. They probably need it to soothe those sore muscles. You can get them a spa weekend in a place that offers deep tissue massage. Go for that or get a regular Swedish and hot stone massage. It’s their prerogative, but you will have given them the opportunity to be spoiled.

9. Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle

Staying hydrated cannot be over emphasized. This bottle reminds even the busiest person to take water. It calculates your water intake goals, measures the temperature of the water, and recommends how much you are to take for the day.

It syncs with your FitBit account and iPhone to alert you whenever you are due for hydration. With this bottle, even the busiest techie will meet their water intake goals.

10. Skullcandy Earbuds

Who doesn’t love some music as they workout to stay motivated? Get them a pair of sweat free ear buds so that they can pump up the jam to some funky music. You can be sure that those ear buds will be treasured until they totally wear out.  Skullcandy has a variety of cool colors.

It’s A Wrap!

There you have it. I told you it would not be so hard to find the appropriate gift, didn’t I? Now go and end someone’s year in style.

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5 Of The Most Effective Ways To Keep Your Hair Healthy

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Who does not dream of having long, thick, and healthy hair? Both men and women alike want to get and keep their hair in great shape. Healthy hair is strong, silky, and smooth. Thick, alluring hair that shines bright and makes people look neat and tidy is the kind of hair health most people always struggle to achieve.

Want that long, silky hair for yourself? This kind of hair is often exaggerated for promotional purposes in commercials for hair products and hair care, but the hair of your dreams is still very attainable in real life as well. Here we take a look at some of the most proven and effective ways to keep your hair healthy.

1. Give Your Hair A Trim

Ensure you get your hair regularly trimmed. Have it trimmed by a professional barber or stylist. Short hair should be trimmed every 4 to 8 weeks, while the recommended time period for trimming for medium to long hair is 6 to 12 weeks. If going the professional route is not your preference, it is possible to do it yourself at home with a little bit of practice. All you need is a pair of scissors to get you started with your at-home trims.

Hair trimming aids the hair with its growth. It might sound counterproductive, but this is very true. This is because regular trims help remove damaged hair and split ends, promoting further hair growth from the roots. Trimming your ends will make your hair softer and more flexible, thereby preventing breakage.

2. Cleanse With Shampoo And Conditioner

It is very important to shampoo your hair because it helps clean your scalp. When you shampoo, pay attention to the scalp and not the ends of your hair. You should also know the right amount of shampoo to use, depending on the length of your hair.

This is because over applying shampoo makes the hair dry by removing all the essential oils responsible keeping your hair moisturized and giving it that natural luster. How frequently you need to wash your hair will vary based on its texture, but once or twice a week is perfect for most people.

Condition your hair using a high quality conditioner after shampooing to revitalize your strands with moisture. Dry your wet hair with a clean towel before applying a conditioner. Apply the conditioner with special focus on the ends of the hair and not on the roots.

3. Good Diet

This is probably the most effective and important way of keeping your hair healthy. Vitamins, protein, and iron found in certain foods are very essential for hair growth. The hair cells need these nutrients for growth.

They also give hair its natural sheen. We recommend that you incorporate iron-rich foods such as fish, beans, soybeans and vegetables into your daily diet. You should also include protein-rich sources, such as milk, peas, and lentils.

Drink plenty of water daily to reinforce the work you are doing with your diet. Keeping yourself hydrated means healthy skin, nails, and of course, hair.

4. Apply Hair Oils

This is a common way of promoting healthy hair growth. It is a very traditional way of ensuring a healthy looking hair. It works by regulating the amount of oil produced by the oil gland in the skin of your head.

The oil produced then moisturizes the hair and the scalp. Try applying a little coconut, almond, or olive oil to your scalp and strands regularly. If you have thin/straight hair, apply an essential oil like coconut oil to your hair before shampoos and skip the regular applications. Your hair type is more susceptible to oil, so an overabundance of oil will make it appear weighed down. If you have kinky/dry hair, apply oil when hair is wet to seal in moisture. Because your hair tends to be drier, oil helps the hair retain its moisture, keeping it from breakage. You won’t believe the results: soft, manageable, healthy hair. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

5. Handle Hair With Care

You need to handle your hair with a lot of care. Use a brush with wide bristles to comb your hair. Wet hair should be combed gently as strands are very weak compared to dry hair. Handle strands with great care to ensure you do not overstretch them, causing breakage in the process. Brush your hair daily, preferably twice a day and do the brushing from the bottom up.

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