A Guide To Guilt-Free Daydreaming

You probably feel guilty, irresponsible, and unproductive when you catch yourself daydreaming during an important task. In the words of Harvard psychologist Matthew Killingsworth and his colleagues: “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.” On the surface, the source of this guilt and despair seems obvious. Daydreaming implies you are procrastinating — and nobody likes to […]

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You probably feel guilty, irresponsible, and unproductive when you catch yourself daydreaming during an important task. In the words of Harvard psychologist Matthew Killingsworth and his colleagues: “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”

On the surface, the source of this guilt and despair seems obvious. Daydreaming implies you are procrastinating — and nobody likes to waste time or be off-task. Yet, if you look more deeply at the reasons for this guilt, the scene becomes much more complex.

For example, when our minds wander, we feel freer. As philosopher Søren Kierkegaard pointed out, freedom may seem appealing, but it also causes anxiety. This anxiety makes us feel dizzy as if we are without “gravity” when our minds are adrift.

Psychology researcher Jerome Singer confirmed that this type of guilty daydreaming is no good for us. Yet, as he also pointed out, daydreaming can be spectacularly great — but only if we do it the right way.

Daydreaming The Right Way

In my book, “Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try,” I explained in detail how daydreaming can lead to glorious outcomes with a few tweaks.

tinker dabble double try

What you want to aim for is called positive constructive daydreaming (PCD) — also known as “daydreaming that rocks!” These sessions of unfocusing can be spontaneous or planned, and they will ultimately make you feel more self-aware, more creative, and far less bored.

When you engage in PCD, you give your focused attention a break and allow yourself to plan and rehearse what’s to come. In other words, if you allow yourself to constructively daydream, you are likely to realize things about the future that you would miss otherwise.

Let your mind wander on a leash; it will lead you to the jewels of self-awareness and illuminate missing information hidden in your brain. When you find these clues, you can connect the dots of your past and present to construct a more accurate prediction of the future.

How to Engage in PCD

PCD is drastically different from the guilty daydreams you suddenly slip into, like the ones about last night’s shenanigans instead of tomorrow’s big meeting. Here are four steps to help you master daydreaming psychology.

Start by planning

daydreaming planning

Planning a daydream may sound counterintuitive. Just think of it as taking the time to plan a skydive rather than spontaneously jumping out of an airplane.

When you consciously set aside time to daydream, you avoid the shock and dismay of unexpected mind-wandering.

Turn your attention inward

You spend most of the day engaging the world with your senses, which means the majority of what you learn comes from the outside.

Daydreaming is all about closing the door on perception and turning your attention inward. Closing your eyes may help you get disconnected faster.

At first, it may feel like your mind is simply going on a wild goose chase. But, studies show that this is simply your brain’s planning mechanisms just under the radar. If you find it difficult to turn inward at will, try marking the switch with a relaxing chair tilt or a much-needed walk to the window.

attention inward

Do something low-key

You may think of daydreaming as total downtime, but a recent study claimed otherwise. Daydreaming actually has the potential to improve your creative ability.

Doing nothing at all or something that takes up too much attention will be less effective, so try knitting, gardening, coloring, or light-hearted doodling while you daydream to get your creative brain charged.

do something low key

See Also: Top Tips On Training Your Brain To Be Creative

Overcome the vomit response

Social psychologist Jennifer Mueller and her colleagues found that although we laud the attributes of a creative mind, we are actually predisposed to hate our own creativity. This goes particularly true during times of uncertainty.

Our brains, without overt warning, associate the word “creativity” with “vomit” and “agony.” Someone else being creative may feel like music to your ears, but once you start to become creative yourself, the music metaphorically becomes haunting and disturbing.

It’s crucial to acknowledge the fact that creativity will cause your stomach to churn. When you find yourself feeling queasy, recognize why you feel this way and keep on truckin’.

vomit response

The Lowdown

So, what’s the earth-shattering lowdown here?

• Daydreaming can improve your focus, creativity, and self-awareness. It can also help you envision and prepare for the future.
• Set aside a time in your day to veg out.
• Turn your attention inward by switching off your perceptions. Close your eyes to get a quick start.
• Do something low-key or don’t do anything.
• Beware of your brain’s tendency to resist, and use self-talk to tell it to chill. Sit back, relax, and daydream yourself to success.

See Also: 5 Top Weird Brain Facts

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The Evolution of Men’s Fashion

Time has been the biggest witness of the evolution of men’s fashion. Every period, both wearers and designers experienced immense changes that led the industry to what it is today. In this article, we made sure no era has been overlooked. We’ve listed down the time frames and the respective fashion must-haves that made men look […]

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Time has been the biggest witness of the evolution of men’s fashion. Every period, both wearers and designers experienced immense changes that led the industry to what it is today.

men's fashion

In this article, we made sure no era has been overlooked. We’ve listed down the time frames and the respective fashion must-haves that made men look stylish for each period.

Late 1800s

Also known as the Victorian age, you’d find men wearing frock coats with pocket watches, long chains, and walking sticks during this period.

frock coats

These things were considered as a gentlemen thing. With the 19th century coming to an end, the Georgian age followed where you would find men getting a hang of pantyhose, high heels and more.

1900s

Fit didn’t matter a lot during this time. What mattered were athletic silhouettes and 3-piece suits that included a sack coat, identical waistcoat, and ill fit trousers.

1900s fashion

Although there was no hard rule when it comes to matching, there were common trends during this period.

Generally, when the waistcoat matched the coat, the trousers were the ones with the contrasting shade. There were times when the trouser and coat matched and the waistcoat stood with a different color.

1940s

This was the time when the World War had come to an end. During this period, the classic rules of luxury dressing faded, too. One probable reason was that the war had taken a lot of workforces that the ones left were too tired to give importance to formal wear.

1940s fashion

For the same reason, America saw an upsurge of brands that offered ready-to-wear clothing articles which needed no alterations and changes. The good thing about this period was that clothing became highly accessible at inexpensive prices. The variety, however, had gone down the drain.

1950s- 1960s

Often called as the Age of Conformity, the late 1950s saw the return of form-fitting clothes. When things started to settle down after the war, the then-designers focused on providing fitted suits to men for the formal wear.

age of conformity

For example, Ralph Lauren Polo & Tees were born in this decade. It came along with the other brands that still are luxury labels providing fashion solution even today.

During the 1960s, the younger generation leaned towards unconventional styles which were used for self-expression. Elders who desired to look more appealing and younger than their age looked up to the younger generations of this period.

1980s

Ever wondered where the term Power Dressing came from?

power dressing

This was the decade where men invested in clothing articles that showed off their authority in the industry. This included trousers with suspenders and bold accessories that called for power and attention. Brands like Burberry and Hublot were established in this era.

2010s

It was in the 2010s that men’s fashion became widely available online. Although online shopping had started earlier, it was during this period that major luxury labels began to set up their online stores to help more men with fashion issues across the world.

It this period, men can easily find form-fitted suits, crisp shirts, and versatile trousers as well as statement accessories. Everything is available online with slashed down prices.

The evolution of men’s fashion might look like a roller coaster ride to you all, but every decade had its own sunshine and rains. If they didn’t experience what they did, you all wouldn’t have these options placed in front of you today.

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10 Actually Useful Fortune Cookie Fortunes

During weekends, my son and I would go out and do stuff. We’d do different activities, like going to a video arcade and hitting different adventure games. It’s a lot of fun and it’s great that I could spend time with him. But, as we go through our day, we inevitably hit a point where […]

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During weekends, my son and I would go out and do stuff. We’d do different activities, like going to a video arcade and hitting different adventure games. It’s a lot of fun and it’s great that I could spend time with him.

But, as we go through our day, we inevitably hit a point where we get hungry and we need to eat something.

One of the things my son likes to eat is Chinese food. And, while I like the basic vegetable lo mein and General Tso’s Chicken, he ends up liking it more than I do most of the time. We’ll mainly hit Chinese buffets, but anywhere we go, it’s usually a relatively enjoyable meal.

At the end of the meal, we always have the fun of opening up our fortune cookies. Not only do they taste good, but the little fortunes inside are generally fun to play with.

As any of you who’ve eaten a fortune cookie before know, the fortunes are just basic words of wisdom and really very generic. They could be applied to pretty much anyone.

One of these times, it got me thinking. What would be the best thing that I could put in the fortune cookies for you?

Here are the 10 fortune cookie fortunes I came up with for you.

“Know Where You’re Going”

If you don’t know where you’re going, then it won’t really matter. You can decide to go north, south, east or west, but if you don’t have an exact destination, you’re just going to wander around.

To have a better chance of getting somewhere you like, stop wandering and figure out what you want and where you’re going. If you don’t know, then stop reading here and don’t continue until you do.

“Take Action”

This is the single thing that is hardest for a lot of people to do. People can decide where they want to go or what they want to achieve, but taking the action needed to achieve their goal is hard for them, especially if it requires stepping out of their comfort zone.

Say, you decide you want to go on a trip to London. You can wish it, plan it out and tell all your friends how you’re going to London, but unless you start doing the things you need to get there, you will never be able to go to London. Take action and do it now.

(Editor’s Note: Have you heard? Stephen Hawking is actually going to space very soon! A perfect example of taking action.)

“Be Consistent”

Action is great, but if you don’t take action consistently, it’s not going to matter. The same is true with exercise and eating healthy. If you aren’t going to do them consistently, you won’t be able to get their full benefits.

It also applies to success. People tend to be a lot more successful doing at least one thing each day towards their goal rather than trying to do everything in a day or two.

Be consistent. It really does make a difference

“Successes Are Built On Failures”

When you’re trying anything new, you’re not going to do it perfect the first time, and that’s okay. You just need to work through things. The more you work through, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you are likely to succeed.

Don’t be afraid of failures because they will eventually bring you success. A lot of today’s successful people failed massively before getting to where they are now.

See Also: Why The Road to Success is Always Full of Failures

“Success Can Be Exponential”

Think about this in an investing sense. If you go and put $100 on a stock and you happen to get lucky, you can increase it up 10 times. That means you can have as much as $1,000. Now, you can do the same thing and take that $1,000 out, put it in 10 other stocks, and see what happens.

You’re not going to hit that home run every time. You’re going to experience some losses along the way. Despite this, you should know that the more you try, the more you are increasing your chances of succeeding. Be smart about it and work hard. Learn from your mistakes and success will build upon itself.

“Good Friends Are Better Than Lots Of Friends”

good friends

This is something that you hear even in grade school and middle school. There’s a big difference between a true friend and an acquaintance.

You may be friendly and know a lot of people but not all of them will actually have your back. So, find a few in your life who can really be there for you and stick with them.

See Also: Why You Need to Get Out and Meet Your Friends

“Believe In Yourself”

No matter how many friends you have or how much action you take, if you don’t believe that you can do it, you’re going to find a way to fail every time.

This isn’t just positive thinking. Things aren’t necessarily going to be easy and things won’t just completely flow for you. It may be hard, you may make mistakes, but you have to believe it’s possible.

When you believe it’s possible, it becomes easier to deal with the inevitable setbacks and keep pushing on. Remember, if it’s possible for anybody, that means it’s possible for you, too. So, believe in yourself and believe that you can do it.

“Track What You’re Doing”

One of the biggest things I see people do is start taking massive action on something and have it not turn out as they expected. They may have a plan and an idea of where they want to go, and they start working on it without really knowing if the work that they’re putting in will actually give them the results that they want.

That’s why you need to track things. It’s kind of like a GPS for your goals that helps you to stay on track and get where you want to be- with fewer mistakes and less wasted effort.

There are various ways to do this and there are programs to do it. You can keep it on a spreadsheet or even a notebook.

In addition to tracking your goals and mistakes, it’s important that you also take down notes of your mistakes. This way, you’ll be able to learn from them. They will guide you in what you should and shouldn’t do.

“Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment”

food experiment

For a long time in my life, I just stuck with the things that I knew I liked. As I got a little older and more stable, I decided that I wanted to try new things.

One of those things is to go and take a trip to Japan for a couple of weeks or even a month. However, before actually booking my trip, I figured that if I’m going to be in Japan that long, then I need to make sure that I can eat Japanese food.

One time, when I was at a conference, I went and tried some sashimi. It was the first time I ever had it and I ended up liking it. Since then, I’ve been more experimental with what I do.

I gained more confidence in experimenting because I know that if I like something I tried, I’ll get to treasure it. If I don’t, then great. I’ll be able to avoid it in the future. Either way, I get to learn something new about myself. This mindset has opened up new possibilities for myself and new avenues in my life.

The best part is that you can apply it to all parts of your life. Failure is a lot easier to deal with when it’s just an experiment that didn’t work. It’ll be easier for you to say: “Ok, that way didn’t work. What else can I try?”

“Do The Truly Important Things First”

This is true in business, family, and life in general. You do the things in business that are going to move you ahead. Although there are little tasks that can take up a lot of your time,  make sure to prioritize the big things. They are the things that will keep your business moving forward.

It goes the same with family. You need to make sure you can be there for them when they need you. Show up at birthdays. Make sure you’re there for the important times in your family members’ lives as that will help build a great bond. Do the important things in life but make them your first priority.

 

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Cure For Hangover? 5 Things To Do To Get Through The Morning After

You finally shut down your computer and realize that it’s the start of a long weekend tomorrow. As you get out of the office, you and your co-workers brace for what’s going to happen next: getting drunk. Having to endure a long and arduous week, it’s only right that you relax and let out all […]

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You finally shut down your computer and realize that it’s the start of a long weekend tomorrow. As you get out of the office, you and your co-workers brace for what’s going to happen next: getting drunk.

Having to endure a long and arduous week, it’s only right that you relax and let out all the stress. Just don’t get drunk or you’ll wake up in your room with a massive headache. 

A hangover is that annoying thing you experience when you wake up the next morning from a night full of drinking. It’s your body’s response from the alcohol you consumed and its attempt to get rid of that excess alcohol in your system.

So, how do you get rid of it?

Frankly, there’s no solid cure for a hangover. Fortunately, there are ways to help you ride it out more easily. The following list should help you out.

Rehydrate

rehydrate

Remember last night when you consistently went to the bathroom and peed a lot?

Alcohol has the ability to suppress the release of ADH or Antidiuretic Hormone which is responsible for water retention. In essence, this means drinking lots of alcohol can make you lose lots of water.

Rehydration is essential in replacing the fluids you lost while drinking alcohol. Increasing your water intake is one good way to lessen the headaches.

See Also: Top 5 Tips On How To Stay Hydrated

Eat

Your body considers alcohol as damaging. In effect, it works hard to make sure alcohol gets removed from your system. This process requires energy.

After a bout of drinking though, your body would be low on energy. This translates into physical discomforts, like severe headaches and stomach upsets. In certain cases, it can even make your breath stink.

Reward your body with food and provide it with energy to help it in removing excess waste. Food that would be considerably good to eat at this time includes fruits, mainly oranges, and apples, or hangover soup

If eating doesn’t improve your stomach upset, you could try and take antacids. These medications can balance out the acidity in your stomach to help you feel better.

Drink more water

Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to manage the wide range of discomforts that can come with a hangover. In addition to rehydrating yourself, it helps relieve the acid in your throat and esophagus.

Since your stomach is empty and there’s alcohol inside, it’s inevitable to feel nauseous and vomit. The thing is that hydrochloric acid, the acid responsible for digesting the food in your stomach, can go up your throat while you vomit.

This won’t only make your throat feel itchy, it can also make you feel pain. In certain cases, hydrochloric acid can also erode the enamels of your teeth.

Drinking too much alcohol is one of the main causes of GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. The disease happens when your esophagus is always irritated because of the acid reflux and this can make you throw up more.

Drinking water is one good way to relieve the discomforts as well as prevent further damage.

Avoid the “Hair of the Dog”

The hair of the dog that bit you works” means that when you are suffering from a hangover, a cure would be to drink more and more until you are relieved. Although this may have a positive effect, it would only be temporary as you are still loading more and more alcohol into your system.

Rest

get enough sleep

Give your body a well-deserved rest. It is, after all, working the extra mile to remove excess waste in your body.

Doctors say that a full 48 hours is needed before the body can recover from the damage done by excessive drinking. Allow your body to fully recuperate before attempting to grab another bottle of beer.

Takeaway

A few drinks won’t hurt you that much. Too much alcohol, on the other hand, is a totally different story. Remember to drink responsibly and avoid grabbing the wheel. Cars and alcohol do not mix.

Getting home safely is only one of the hard parts of getting drunk. You should also prepare for what may happen the next morning: hangovers.

There’s no total cure for a hangover. As long as you are drinking, you should be prepared to go through it. The tips in this article, however, can help reduce the effects.

See Also: 5 Seriously Easy Ways to Get Home Safe from Your Holiday Party

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Changing Perceptions: Understanding What We Can Control In Life

Differentiating what one can change and what one cannot control in life can be invaluable for some people. As obvious as it sounds, there is no point in trying to change what is outside of one’s control. However, that shouldn’t always be the case. Although we can’t control everything, we still have the power to […]

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Differentiating what one can change and what one cannot control in life can be invaluable for some people. As obvious as it sounds, there is no point in trying to change what is outside of one’s control.

However, that shouldn’t always be the case.

Although we can’t control everything, we still have the power to change how things can affect us. And it starts with changing perceptions.

Why We Should Do This

A full understanding of the things that are out of our control gives us a greater sense of power and authority over our own lives. Accepting our inability to influence many external events allows us to focus our time on the things we can change.

For example, we cannot change our past but we can certainly change our future by influencing the present. We always have the choice to focus on the parts of our lives that can make us happier. A lot of people fail to realize this and they get pushed to a series of disappointments trying to chase things outside their control.

control in life

Although there are things in our lives that we don’t have control over, we can always work on how we think of them. How we react to a situation is ultimately our choice. One can choose his own perception of a certain event.

Take, for example, traffic.

We can’t always control the traffic in front of us but we can choose how we’ll react to it. We can shout and argue or stay calm and collected.

“Reality doesn’t bite, rather our perception of reality bites” – Anthony J.D’Angelo

In essence, there are still some controllable aspects to the things we consider uncontrollable. Once you know what they are, you’ll have more power, freedom, and clarity.

We have our own mind and its power is endless. Our choices can never be taken away from us.

How You Can Start

You can start off by identifying which areas of your life are outside and inside of your control. By differentiating them, it will give you more clarity.

Once you know the things that you don’t have too much control over, examine your feelings about them. If you realize that you are unhappy, try to start changing perceptions. You’ll be surprised at how much it can improve your life.

A common example is the rain. We cannot change the weather; it is external to us. If it rains, we should let go of any negative emotion and simply accept that we cannot do anything about it. We can, however, change our perception of it. We can either complain and be miserable, or we can choose to be strong about it and see it in a positive manner. Rain today will allow us to appreciate sunny weather tomorrow. Also, rain in itself can be a pleasurable thing. There is no point building up negative energy within you for things which are not in your control.

The Benefits

1. We will live a happier life. Once we realize that most of the things that don’t make us happy are outside of our control, we can easily start changing perceptions.

For example, when we know that we can’t force certain people to agree with us all the time, we can accept that they won’t agree and therefore be at peace with it.

happier in life

See Also: 10 Life-Changing Tips That Will Boost Your Happiness

2. We will live a life feeling more powerful. Although we can’t win all battles, there are still things in our lives that can be controlled. We just have to realize that we have an advantage over them.

3. We will live a life with greater clarity and focus. The more we understand that it is our choices that shape us, we’ll be able to have a better understanding of the people around us.

See Also: How To Find A Dose Of Clarity In Your Life

4. It will motivate us. Because we now have a greater sense of control, we can start working harder towards the goals that truly matter to us.

We shouldn’t let outside events get in the way of pursuing our dreams. Instead, we should focus more on the things we have more control over, like changing perceptions and choices.

These tips will take time and effort before they can completely change your thought process. The positives, however, far outweigh the negatives of inaction so just keep trying.

Don’t try to change what you can’t control. Instead, start changing your perceptions and you can change your reality.

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The Truth Behind Your Zodiac Sign And Your Desires

Believe it or not, your zodiac sign can reveal a lot about your personality and temperament. It can show your hidden desires and secret thoughts that drive your behaviors every day. And it’s not just your sign. In fact, each of the twelve signs in the zodiac chart has its own unique characteristics, both positive and negative […]

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Believe it or not, your zodiac sign can reveal a lot about your personality and temperament. It can show your hidden desires and secret thoughts that drive your behaviors every day. And it’s not just your sign. In fact, each of the twelve signs in the zodiac chart has its own unique characteristics, both positive and negative qualities.

If you are curious to know, here is what astrology can say about the most hidden desires of each zodiac sign.

Aries

aries

Hidden Desire: To be a leader and achieve big things in life

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and one of the most determined signs. Aries people are born leaders who dream big and strive to put an example in front of others. They are independent, enthusiastic and extremely driven people.

People with this sign usually have huge goals in life and are willing to give their 100% to achieve them. They desire to be leaders, and their kind nature and optimism make them great role models.

Taurus

taurus

Hidden desire: Safety and security in all areas of life

Taureans crave safety and security in all areas of their life, including home, love, and money. These people are extremely loyal and dependable, but they are not very confident and they prefer to follow instead of lead.

Taureans are cautious, stubborn and good with finances. Due to their stubborn nature, if they have set their mind to something, they will make sure to achieve it- no matter what.

Gemini

gemini

Hidden desire: Variety and new experiences

Gemini is a communicative sign which has a thirst for knowledge and information. These people desire variety, new experiences and learning new things.

Geminis are curious, talkative, clever and adventurous people who can easily fit into any situation. They are independent, energetic and restless.

One of their biggest desires is to feed their inner wanderlust with traveling and new experiences. They like to learn through experiences, discovery, and inquiry.

Cancer

cancer zodiac

Hidden Desire: To feel emotionally, financially and romantically-free

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac chart and one of the most fiercely independent signs. Cancerians hate to be tied down, even though they are very loyal and dedicated.

Those born under this sign are very shy, insecure and sensitive. However, once they overcome their shyness, there’s nothing they can’t achieve.

Cancerians are also highly intuitive and prefer to use these powers to achieve their goals. Their secret desire is to be free and unrestrained.

Leo

leo

Hidden desire: Respect and praise from others

Leo’s hidden desire is to be praised, admired and respected constantly. People born under this sign desire absolute power, authority, and praise for their achievements.

Leos are born leaders. They are ambitious and confident individuals who have big aims and will work hard to achieve them. They’re very generous, kind and caring, but they also like to have things under their control. Their biggest desire is to achieve recognition for their accomplishments and they’ll find it insulting if they’re not.

Virgo

virgo

Hidden desire: To love and be loved

Virgos are reliable and loyal people who are filled with love. Even though they can be cold and calculating, Virgos crave love and are passionate about falling in love and finding someone to pour their affection on.

Virgos can be fussy about small details, but they are very intelligent and have great analytical skills. They use their skills to logically solve their problems and navigate their way out of difficult situations.

Libra

libra

Hidden Desire: Balance, clarity, and justice

Libra is a sign that desires balance, harmony, and clarity in life. Libras are content only when everything is at a perfect equilibrium. They are peace-loving individuals who want justice and absolute order.

Libras try to avoid conflicts in their lives as much as they can. They can be really indecisive at times so they usually don’t embark on big projects that require a lot of time and hard work.

Scorpio

scorpio

Hidden desire: To make it to the top

Scorpios are extremely determined individuals who will never back down from a challenge. Their biggest desire is to make it to the top and beat all odds, proving everyone who has ever doubted them wrong.

Scorpios are very ambitious and want to succeed where others have failed. They are passionate and won’t rest until they achieve all of their goals. In trying to achieve their goals, they can become jealous and a bit too obsessed with success.

Sagittarius

saguittarius

Hidden desire: To make a change in the world

People born under the sign of Sagittarius are innovators and builders who are not afraid to branch out and try new things. Their desire is to make real innovations and a difference in the world which can change many people’s lives.

Sagittarians are imaginative, creative and hard working people who prefer to work alone in order to maintain their independence. These people are introverts and prefer a small group of people. However, they are kind and loyal friends and great at solving problems.

Capricorn

capricorn

Hidden desire: To be admired by their family and friends

Capricorns have a desire for admiration and praise for their achievements from their family, friends, and co-workers. They are responsible, loyal and trustworthy, but they crave respect and affection from their families and friends.

They are great leaders and good friends who are always there when you need them. When they don’t receive the admiration and affirmation they crave so much, they can become moody and difficult to deal with.

Aquarius

aquarius

Hidden desire: To stand out from the crowd

Aquarians have a strong desire to stand out from the crowd and they desire recognition. People born under this sign are smart, witty and inventive individuals full of original ideas.

Aquarians are great humanitarians who want to help people in need. They can be emotionally detached and lost at times which can make them insensitive to the people around them.

These people are rebels who don’t like following directions and will never settle for anything less than what they think they deserve. They know their worth and they desire acknowledgment. Their humor and wittiness make them excellent leaders.

Pisces

pisces

Hidden desire: To turn their wildest dreams into reality

Pisceans are daydreamers who desire to turn their craziest fantasies and dreams into reality. Those born under this star sign are imaginative, compassionate and ultra sensitive. They are great friends and even better problem solvers who are always thinking outside the box.

Pisceans like to dream to the point that they become lazy. These people do not want to be in the lead; they prefer to follow and take directions. Their biggest desire is to see the world as they see it in their dreams.

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For problematic papers, don’t retract or correct, say publishing experts: Amend

A group of publishing experts have proposed a somewhat radical idea: Instead of retracting papers, or issuing corrections that address problems, authors should amend published articles. Here’s how it would work – any post-publication changes would be added as amendments labeled “insubstantial,” “substantial,” or “complete” (equivalent to a retraction). Is this a better way? We […]

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A group of publishing experts have proposed a somewhat radical idea: Instead of retracting papers, or issuing corrections that address problems, authors should amend published articles. Here’s how it would work – any post-publication changes would be added as amendments labeled “insubstantial,” “substantial,” or “complete” (equivalent to a retraction). Is this a better way? We […]

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Early Career Researchers and Forbes 30 Under 30 Innovators Have What It Takes

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Snip20170403_10000-0002-8715-2896Source: Early Career Researchers and Forbes 30 Under 30 Innovators Have What It Takes 0000-0001-7318-5892 In advance of the third Early Career Researcher Travel Award Program launching today, PLOS reached out to recipients of Forbes

6 Things That Can Help You In Understanding Millennials Better

Millennials are known for a lot of things. Some consider this generation as hard-headed, self-centered and irresponsible. There are people who think that millennials are born to be lazy and dependent on technology. These misconceptions create conflicts and they make understanding millennials more difficult. As a way to help you connect better with today’s youth, […]

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Millennials are known for a lot of things. Some consider this generation as hard-headed, self-centered and irresponsible. There are people who think that millennials are born to be lazy and dependent on technology.

These misconceptions create conflicts and they make understanding millennials more difficult. As a way to help you connect better with today’s youth, here are six things about millennials you should know about.

Millennials have the heart for the environment

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Millennials care for the environment and they are knowledgeable about what is happening to the planet. This generation values the Clean As You Go campaign (CLAYGo) and is active in learning and practicing valuable recycling methods.

They are more mindful of the environment than the past generations.

Millennials are ambitious and eager

Millennials are often labeled as greedy and self-centered employees by their bosses and their eagerness is usually misunderstood as impatience.

They are, however, none of these things.

Millennials are not entirely at fault if their minds work in a different direction the next day and when they want to be in two places at once. These traits allow them to boost their creativity and harness their other skills that make them an asset in their workplace.

In reality, millennials are just open to success and change. They are the generation that is eager to learn and wants to attain something big when it comes to their career, family, and relationships.

Most millennials are highly educated and grew up in an environment that has a lot of pressure from peers, family and the society. That is the reason why they easily get bored and change their mind quickly.

Millennials think and dream bigger than other generations. They fuel their dream jobs with ambition.

Millennials are open to change

Millennials know how to adapt. They are independent and open for changes. They can connect with other people and adapt to their culture quickly.

With social media as their main mode of communication, they are able to understand different people across the globe. They are also able to respect their cultures and beliefs.

Millennials are diverse and welcoming

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Change is inevitable and so are differences. Millennials understand this and have no problems making adjustments. In fact, almost 75% of them are now in favor of gay marriage. They no longer mind gender differences and would gladly accept the LGBT community in their place of work.

Millennials are committed and loyal

This generation gives less priority over marriage and family compared to the past generations. For millennials, they need to have a solid source of income before they can engage in serious commitments.

It doesn’t mean that they are irresponsible. It only shows that they want to experience life first before settling down. Some of them even choose not to marry and have kids.

The priorities millennials have are just different compared to the other generations.

Millennials love taking risks

With the money they earn from the hard work that they do, millennials often live with sayings like YOLO (You Only Live Once) and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

These two things aren’t as bad as they sound. They are actually great motivators for them to strive harder. Unfortunately, they can also involve unhealthy ways of spending.

This lifestyle is often misinterpreted by the other generations.  They think that having a YOLO and FOMO lifestyle is a careless way to live life. What they don’t know is that these things help millennials live life to the fullest.

See Also: Adulting Isn’t Just Instagramming Your Dinner – Soft Skills For Millennials

Takeaway

Millennials have different ways of coping with issues and they are unique in approaching and experiencing things. There are a lot of things that we don’t know about them but that doesn’t make understanding millennials difficult.

We just need to avoid concluding things about them.

Let us all be open and try to understand the differences between generations. They might have the wildest dreams and biggest ambitions but they also are the ones that will run the world in the future.

See Also: Guide For The Millennial (And Everyone) Who Plans To Be Big

 

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Sleep Debt: Do You Have It?

There is no such thing as catching up on sleep. Although a lot of people think that they are effectively catching up on sleep, in reality, they are just compromising their health. Most people need 7 hours of sleep each night at minimum, with 8 hours being the most recommended. Unfortunately, a large number of […]

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There is no such thing as catching up on sleep.

Although a lot of people think that they are effectively catching up on sleep, in reality, they are just compromising their health.

Most people need 7 hours of sleep each night at minimum, with 8 hours being the most recommended. Unfortunately, a large number of people get less than 6 hours of sleep each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Sleep deprivation can cause problems with memory and attention span. It can weaken your immune system, prevent your body from fighting infections, and even cause you to gain weight.

If these things don’t sound too good to you, then read on to know if you have sleep debt and what you can do about it.

Stages Of Sleep

stages of sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the normal stages of sleep are:

  • Stage 1 – transition from wake to sleep
  • Stage 2 – light sleep
  • Stage 3 – beginning slow wave sleep
  • Stage 4 – deep slow wave sleep
  • Stage 5 – rapid eye movement sleep

Your body typically cycles through these stages from start to finish and then starts over at the beginning. During these stages of sleep, several things happen.

The first two stages are when creativity, intuition, and emotion are at their strongest. This is the time where you experience relaxation and your mood becomes balanced once again.

Stages 3 and 4 are the phases where your body, including your central nervous system, undergo physical recovery from the day’s activities. Your immune system is regulated here and this is, most often, the stage that gets cut short when you miss sleep.

The last stage, REM sleep, is when your mind is most lucid. In this phase, when you dream, your mind solidifies it into memories. This stage is crucial to your learning and skill-building abilities. Because these things are all crucial to your daily life, it’s important that you don’t miss them in your sleep.

See Also: Get Strong, Sleep, Repeat: The Importance Of Sleeping

Keep A Routine

sleep routine

Sticking to a schedule, even on the weekends, is the best way to prevent problems related to sleep deprivation. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day for optimal sleep health.

If certain factors make it difficult for you to get to sleep, you can try creating a more favorable environment. You can use a sleep mask and a pair of earplugs to block out light and sounds. There are many different things you can do to optimize your sleep.

If you do find yourself in a “sleep debt”, allow yourself weeks or even months to make up for it. The longer you are awake, the longer your body needs to be in slow-wave sleep to make up for it. Eventually, if you keep the same schedule, your body will find it easy to sleep and wake up on time.

Sleeping 12 hours on Saturday may sound like a good way to make up for some serious sleep debt. Unfortunately, that can actually be quite counterproductive. When you sleep for more than ten hours at a stretch, your cognitive abilities tend to get lower than if you had not slept at all.

Parents are all too familiar with this problem. Take, for example, babies. It can take parents several months after their baby is born before they can fully adopt a healthy sleeping schedule.

See Also: Five Ways of Overcoming the Problem of Getting Sleep

Being free from sleep debt is crucial to your mental, emotional, and physical health. If you want to stay productive and healthy, make sure to get the right amount and quality of sleep.

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