Flowers – simple way to make your life more beautiful

So when I’m crying alone
Yeah, when I’m cold as a dying stone
Grow me a garden of roses
Paint me the colors of sky and rain

~Poets of the fall – Roses~

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3 ways to experience art therapy

This is all so beautiful
But how much of this will really be
Enough to keep me on my feet
~Rachael Lampa – The Art~

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, combining traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with a subtler, more modern way of getting rid of your psychological and even physical problems. Also it’s a favorite of more and more people because you can do it at home, with your friends or family or alone, it’s fun and you train certain skills. It’s especially good for teenagers, people in their 40s, junkies and really stressed out people, but it has shown incredible results for just about everybody who tried it.

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    The point of it is not directly to paint, but rather to know yourself better and to understand your most inner feelings, in a liberating and fun gesture. It doesn’t matter if you can’t paint or never painted at all, the only important thing is to be yourself and to try to express what you feel through lines, shapes and colours. You don’t need words to express yourself, and this is a great example. After you’ve finished a painting, take a look at it and say out loud what you think it means; then take a small break and think if it actually means that in your case. Continue reading

    More spare time! – how to improve your schedule

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    “Relax, take it easy
    For there is nothing that we can do.
    Relax, take it easy
    Blame it on me or blame it on you.”
    ~Mika~

    I am sure most of you reading this article found themselves at least once in the situation of not having enough spare time. Classes, endless hours spent everyday at work and then home sweet home…or maybe not. As soon as you return your phone starts ringing. When did you last do something just for your own entertainment? If the answer is “a long time ago” it is a clear sign that you must change your routine. And it’s not hard at all!

    STEPS
    1. Decide what your priorities are. Each morning create a schedule for the day in each you have settled some time for yourself. Do your best to stick to this schedule!
    2. Try to become more organized and to improve your time management.
    3. Keep an agenda of everything you do. See where you spend most of your time and decide on what you can change. It is also a method to become more efficient!
    4. Try to choose a certain order in which you will handle your errands. Try to solve everything at once in order not to waste time returning to town to buy something you’ve forgotten. Try to shop on the Internet as much as you can.
    5. Hire a maid or a gardener if you afford one in order to save more time. A few more hours for yourself can prove priceless!
    6. Make technology your friend. Use the cell phone, the e-mail and the Internet as much as you can to gain time and also to become more efficient.
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    Nothing can bring me down! how to be optimistic

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    “it’s just me and my puppy
    together were so very happy
    and a bit of world won’t bring us down
    i’m looking on the bright side of things”
      ~Lissie~

    A study made by the University of Yale shows that optimism can grow your life expectancy with at least seven years. Optimism decreases the effects stress has on people and improves their balance, both physically and mentally. And changing your mood is not difficult at all!
    1. Chat! Gossip can prove to be very useful in some situations. Chatting with your friends and family helps you create a “social web”. Studies show that sociable people are more likely to live happily ever after. Phone chats have useful effects on brain activity and blood circulation. A long-lasting friendship can worth as much as not smoking or being active. It’s also important to meet your friends in person. Phone calls are useful, but not enough!
    2. Dear diary…The benefits of keeping a diary are well-known. It’s important not only to talk about what makes you unhappy, but also about the good moments, even about the small pleasures of life. Studies show that the people who are grateful for everything that happens to them are more satisfied and tend to be physically stronger. You can write in your diary once a week or just from time to time. What is important is not to regard this as another duty.
    3. Be generous! Generosity increases the level of happiness hormones. You don’t have to give valuable items, just make unplanned surprises to acquaintances and to strangers. Offer your bus seat or give some food to a hungry homeless man. You will feel much better about yourself and the others’ gratefulness will make you feel appreciated. “Generosity has therapeutical effects” as scientists often claim. So why not help yourself by helping the others?
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    Accumulating ideas and feelings by relaxing

    I heard this old story before
    Where the people keep on playing for their metaphors
    But don’t leave much up to the imagination[…]
    Never knowing
    Shocking but we’re nothing
    We’re just moments, we’re clever but we’re clueless
    ~Jack Johnson~

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    One of my favorite quotes is (I’m not sure exactly how it is) “life is happening while you are too busy planning your future”. A whole lot of people get bored, or just miss out on some very important things just because they don’t know what to seek for in other activities. Let me put this in a different way: If you were to watch a movie, a very fascinating movie, and you are kept tense, you’re imagining varios possible scenarious, trying to find explications, the tension and imagining of scenarios will probably last a while after the movie. If you are trying to find motivations in the protagonists’ actions, you will probably stumble on to a piece of thought which will be useful, or at least interesting for you.

    Even if the movie is not very serious, you can use your own mind to extrapolate the situations, to picture yourself as the main actor, and other things similar to those; this kind of activity will help you make 110% of that movie, literally. Have you ever wondered why some movies, or songs, or books are great, while others are just incredibly great? It’s because there is something about them which just makes you go to a certain place, they say something to you. If you listen to such a song, you almost certainly have a favorite lyric, which you just feel great saying, or the melodic line gets stuck in your head. This is the subconscious at work for you, sticking on to what it thinks is more important, even when you think you enjoy another tune more.

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    Which takes us to the initial quote; while you’re expecting for a song to come next in the playlist, another just pops in and makes you feel better than the one you were expecting for would have. This could happen in some cases. You should stop and feel the moment; get caught in the music, just by listening to it! Stop thinking about your day to day problems, just try to make the most out of your relaxation time. Find your inspiration from a fragment of a lyric, from a line in a tv show, or from the plot of a cinematographic mastermind, or even from a character within a book. Also, inspiration doesn’t have to come from certain places, it could come from everywhere, even from reading this!

    Let’s take the music of Jack Johnson, for example (if you haven’t listened to his stuff, you really should). I don’t know about you, but whenever I listen to it, it just takes me to a special place; it gives me a certain special feeling, and charges me with a positive energy, its effect is very calming and soothing. It may not do the same thing for you, but definetly there is some kind of music that has the same effect. Try to think and feel the music, don’t let it just pass through you! It’s very important, in virtually everything, from music and movies, to life itself. Feel life, instead of letting it feel you. Try to be aware about everything that happens to you, because if you do this, not only will you accumulate numerous ideas that will help you and feelings that will make you feel better, but just by paying attention to some small things in life, you will see things in a way that you probably never imagined before.

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    Setting up a healthy morning routine for yourself

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    Out of the dark and into the light
    When the morning comes
    I will be alright
    ~Coral~

    If your morning is great, you have a very good chance your whole day is gonna be great. You can enter that (rare) state when almost nothing can upset you, and you just feel great, and you can get a health boost too. Every morning can be just great, if you just set up some easy non time consuming goals for yourself. These have to be done regularly, but make sure they don’t become a drag! They shouldn’t, but if you have a strange schedule, the effect may not be the same. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t fall into the trap of monotony; when you feel it’s setting in, just do things a bit differently.These things are not hard to do, just something you can do with a minimum of time and effort. As strange as it would sound, if you want to have a good morning, you have to start things at night. Don’t eat (especially fat foods) for 3-4 hours before you sleeping time; and try to go to bet at a decent hour, so you can get enough sleep for the next day. Now, when you get up, the first thing you should do is wash your teeth and face. Make this become almost a reflex, something you do without thinking.

    Then, if you have the time (even 10 minutes would do), try to exercise. Drink some water, and then go for a little run, do some push ups, yoga, or just meditate. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise, so reading something would be a very good idea. Swimming is also a great thing to do, but not something which is very easy for everybody. After that you definetly need to have breakfast; keep in mind that it’s the most important meal of the day.

    After you’ve eaten, take a shower and by the time you’ve finished it you should feel very refreshed. Bagging your lunch before going to work or school is a good idea, because it saves you time, money, and it’s healthier than eating at a restaurant or fast food. Now those things are definetly not too hard to do, it’s just up to you to make it happen. Do something good for yourself!

    Things that help you save money

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    “Money it’s a crime
    Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
    Money so they say
    Is the root of all evil today
    But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re
    giving none away”

    ~Pink Floyd~

    In case you’re not Bill Gates or something, you’ve felt at some moment in your life that you would have been better if you had some extra cash. The thing is that problem is always hard to solve, but there are still some things you can do which can save you money without causing you any trouble; in fact, as you will see, some of these tricks are even helpful aside from the fact that they save you money!

    The thing you can do which could save you the most money (but it’s pretty damn hard to achieve) is quitting some vices. If you’re a smoker, just make the math and find out how much you spend on cigarettes a week; that would be the first step, and of course you know the other health benefits which come from quitting smoking. But that can be quite a drag, so if you’re not down with quitting smoking, stay calm. There are still so many things you can do. Another easy and healthy thing you can do which saves you money is bagging your lunch and bringing it to work; instead of going to a fast food or restaurant, make your own sandwhich. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes, and it saves you money, and it’s healthier.

    Another thing which has been talked about a whole lot is turning off the appliances you are not using. Saving energy and water is really easy. This does not only save you money, but also helps the environment and it’s basically just a click away. Also, try not to drive when you don’t necessarily need it; this is also good for the environment and you can drink as many beers as you want (or can).

    Other things you can do include putting your spare change in a jar instead of losing it behind the couch or somewhere, buy only things you know you’re gonna need, and if you’re buying things such as shampoo, soap, and that kind of stuff, buy more, because that also helps you save money. But I have to underline the fact that getting rid of cigarettes is definetly the best thing here, and if you can do that, you’ve shot a whole bunch of rabbits with one shot. So by doing those things, you can save up to 50-100$ a week, and even more in some cases! Not quite the biggest amount of cash in the world, 100$ is a 100$.

    Escape from the daily routine; easy yet helpful tricks

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    Most of us (if not all) have felt at some point that the routine of the daily life is suffocating and even further, we wanted to get away from it; and it’s not necessarily that what you do is boring, even a 
    skydiver could feel caught up. But that’s not as easy as it seems, because vacation days are rare and it seems there never is enough time. But still, there are simple things you can do which can make all the difference in the world.

    Learn new things. If you keep doing the same things it will be harder and harder to escape from the routine. Instead, try to learn something new everyday of your life; learn from everything, even the smallest of beings and remember that nature is an endless pool of knowledge. During the process of learning, try to apply some of the things you’ve learnt; and try to travel, visit new places, you definetly have some place you would want to visit, so go for it.

    Of course, this would involve taking some chances. In fact, taking chances is the next important step in your victory over monotony in your life. Remember, the things which you don’t say are lost, so whenever you want to say something, say it. Hey, now if you want to swear a policeman or something, that wouldn’t be good. I’m talking about things such as telling a friend how much you appreciate him or her, asking that girl you can’t look enough at out, and that kind of things. You know better what you need to say, so quit sitting there, go out and do it!

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    If things don’t go your way, just start from there. Don’t be upset because you made a mistake, learn from that and keep walking and don’t resign yourself with everything, believe in yourself and believe in the fact that you can do better. In fact, getting away from the daily routine means changing your life for the better, and if you truly believe that you can do that, you have already done half the job.

    8 important motivation tips

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    We all have to do things we would rather not do; some would say that’s just how life is. We use inner motivation to give us the momentum we need in order to solve whatever it is we are doing and achieve your target. You need it, otherwise it will practically going to be impossible to fulfill your goal. In order to obtain it, you need to understand that nobody is going to make a change in your life; you have to help yourself!You need to create and develop your own self motivation to give you the energy needed; this could be a very difficult task itself because there is nobody who could help you directly and you could think that you have absolutely no idea about this kind of thing. You would be surprised to find out just how easy it is; just read the following and try to apply them as much as possible.

    1. Keep going even after you’ve made a mistake. We all make mistakes; some bigger than others. What makes the difference is that some learn from them, don’t make the same mistake again, and start from there. You have more to learn from your own mistakes than from any other thing.
    2. Get out of your comfort zone and take risks. You need to get out there and explore possibilities and then start achieving your goals. Unfamiliar surroundings can inspire you as well as enhance your ability to achieve your goals and your self confidence. It will probably lead to making some mistakes too; if so, go to point 1.
    3. Solve your problems instead of running away from them. Unless you are extremely good and lucky your road will not be smooth all the time. You’re going to have to solve problems and deal with frustrations and setbacks. Face them! and ASAP. It’s going to bring you great benefits in the long term and without solving your problems you’re not going to get anywhere.
    4. Be happy and appreciate every moment. The journey can be just as good as the destination and even better. Think about life and what really it means to you, think about the past, take a moment to daydream. It will make you feel much better about your struggle. Besides happiness generates more positive energy within you; the energy will keep you optimistic and enthusiastic. Happy people are always more productive.
    5. Care less about what people say. Bill Cosby said “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” and he was right on. Don’t ignore everybody, take their oppinions into consideration but keep in mind that your goal is not to please everybody.
    6. Read the oppinions of an authority. Almost certainly you are going to feel stuck at a moment or another; even if not, it still is a good idea to try and improve yourself. Sometimes just reading or listening to inspirational materials can do the trick.
    7. Reach for the sky, but be prepared. You should not limit yourself, instead you should try and live your dream. There are going to be problems, expect them, but keep in mind that you have the power to surpass them.
    8. Finish what you start. Don’t leave things halfway done; you want to finish things, that’s why you start them in the first place.

    Now whether you are trying to just learn for your next exam or starting a career, you need motivation. The list doesn’t stop here; there are so many other things you can do. In fact, please share some of your motivation tips and tricks with us! But by applying these 8 steps, you will most definetly see the results.

    How to start reading

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    Since we are going to give you all sort of tips and lifehacks and how to’s here it would seem sensible that we start with telling you how to read something. Sure so you’re not a first grader or something and you can’ read. Sure you can read; the question here is can you make the most of your reading? Most people can’t and quite frankly it’s a big loss.The big thing here is speed. We life in very fast times and seems everything is in a rush; everybody hurries up and doesn’t want to waste any valuable time (and we all know how valuable time could be) with reading meaningless words and scans every sentence for it’s core and reads just that; more words and less time. Huge mistake here; sure sometimes it is very effective as you are moving information fast from whatever you read to your brain. Yet sometimes gathering 90% of the information is useless because you lack 10%.

    Take a short moment (very short; wouldn’t want to waste any more time) and think about why you read. Is it to learn something? to entertain yourself and get away from the mundande day to day living? or just to make the time go faster? either way make the most out of your reading time and do it right. You shall benefit the most from that. Let’s put it this way; could you read very fast a story by James Joyce and make the most of it? Unless you are some sort of genious you can’t.

    Here’s a good advice; slow down. It is going to make reading more useful and enjoyable as well. Mark a passage in notepad or something; think about more than just a single meaning to the sentence. Take something with you from reading whether you are just reading a blog article or a masterpiece of literature.