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Apple Upgrades Again: Rumors fly about an Apple Powered Game Subscriptions Store

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Apple has been on top of the subscription service game for some time now.

With the Apple iTunes store for music and news that Apple is working on a subscription service to rival Netflix, experts have been nodding their heads wondering what Apple was going to do next.

Apple’s biggest leap in the service business yet:

Finally, news has surfaced according to six sources that Apple is working on an App store of the sort or a Netflix like service for games. Word has it that Apple has started discussions privately with several game developers to create such a subscription service for gamers.

These discussions reportedly began in 2018 and the platform is still under construction.

What does this mean for the gaming industry?

This news comes at a fine time for the gaming industry, especially when the ‘free of play’ movement, led by the game Fortnite, is at its peak.

People in support of the ‘free to play’ agenda argue that every game should be, in the least, free to play.

Several games have emerged that are essentially free to play, some of them are more scammy than others are, however, games like Fortnite seeming to be doing alright.

What will be the cost of Apples latest subscriptions?

However, it is still unclear what the cost of the games and bundles, (if there is anything of the sort on the platform) is going to be.

Apple may even end up abandoning this idea, however, the possibilities are endless.

Apple may even be getting ready to step into the developing ring.

A developer, for those of you who don’t know, works something like a record label for a game. They distribute, market the product and back it with funding.

Like this? Read this: The Story of Apple; World's First Trillion Dollar Company [Infographic]

What will being a developer mean for Apple?

Experts believe that Apple will greatly benefit from jumping into developing because every game they market can conveniently be advertised on the many platforms that Apple already owns.

A person can simply open their App Store and have the game displayed on it. It’s sufficient to say, developing will be another successful project for Apple if the company decides to jump into it.

Why is Apple making this move?

Apple might be making this move because iPhone sales are finally plateauing.

With its product sales going down it is essential for Apple to compensate its loss of revenue through its many subscription services.

Apple is already working on producing something that rivals Netflix and is working with partnered companies to get more subscriptions for its Play Store and the gaming industry is at a record high.

It is estimated that very soon the mobile gaming industry as a stand-alone will be worth 100 billion dollars by 2021.

And that may just be what Apple is looking for.

Going into gaming now is a good investment for any company, and for a giant like Apple, it may just be a power move. But, the question is what direction will Apple take in gaming, because a subscription like service may just backfire.

What are the challenges?

Apple has a set of challenges ahead of it as well. The first of which is a matter of principle, free to play games are ruling the gaming world today, games like Fortnite make money by allowing in-app purchases that are completely optional.

Is making a gaming subscription store a good choice?

While a vast majority of the revenue that the Apple app store makes is through games, and it has been proven that subscriptions are an excellent way to monetize the mobile market, there has been no such research on how doing the same for gaming will pay off.

However, Apple could be working to develop its own line of exclusive games by working as a developer on several games and offering creators a certain percentage off on the amount of money they'd normally have to pay for distribution and advertisement.

The company's CEO Tim Cook has been looking to increase the companies service business to 50 million by the end of 2020. At the end of the fiscal year, 2018 Apple’s service business was worth 37.5 billion. Apple may just exceed its estimated limit.

In hindsight:

If Apple is truly working on a new subscription store or not for gaming is still an unconfirmed theory, but the idea of a new line of games and software for gamers to enjoy is enticing, to say the least.

Like this? Read this: The Stocks have Spoken! Apple is the First Trillion Dollar Company

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Top 5 Dog Cafes to Visit on a Date

The idea of creating a dog cafe has appeared in South Korea in analogy to cat cafes which have great popularity around the world. It’s great because, as everyone knows, there is two kinds of people: the ones who like cats, and the others who adore dogs. Of course, both species of animal help people deal with depression in a relationship thanks to their loyalty, therapeutic talents, and ability to cheer people up. And if your girlfriend is a dog lover, then lunch in a dog café will be an excellent option for a date. She will be able to enjoy your company and mingle with the cute fluffy and friendly paws of various breeds, sizes, and colors. They are always glad to play with a new friend.

1. Dog House

This is a brand-new dog café which appeared in January 2018. It is located in Novosibirsk, Russia. So if you are looking for your soulmate in this city and decide to ask a girl out, pay attention to this lovely place. You will be met by four dogs that have been taken from an ordinary dog shelter. Each of them is friendly and stress-resistant. Dog House is also a book café, so you will be able to find a small library in one of the corners. In addition, it's great that if someone has a favorite dog: they have an opportunity to take it.

2. We are the Furballs (WTF)

If you are going to visit Singapore or you live there, be sure to visit WTF with your girlfriend. You will be able to spend amazing time with the four-legged friends, thanks to the fact that the café provides a special area for playing with dogs and giving them simple commands like “down” or “paw.” This café has a charming atmosphere, which contributes to relaxing and having a great time. Your girlfriend will be able to pet her favorite puppy until it falls asleep on her lap. For the most part, the dogs are of small breeds like Pomeranians and Beagles. Lunchtime will be the best option because you will be able to buy some treats for your new friends and make them a bit happier.

3. Wan-Nyan Café & Pet Hotel NeoNeo

Japan is famous for different kinds of cafes to any taste. This lovely and unique place is located in Itabashi. In Wan-Nyan Café & Pet Hotel NeoNeo, you will find a dog-staffed café on the first floor, and if you go upstairs, you will be able to visit a cat café as well. As they say, “Two birds with one stone.” Be ready for the fact that this place has quite a different concept from other establishments of this type. It is rather about dining with four-legged friends than about playing with them. Dogs are a part of the staff who entertain the guests. However, unlike other places, you will be able to drink a cup of coffee and enjoy tasty cakes.

4. Cafe Gaene Myeongdong

It will be quite easy to find this fantastic place thanks to direction signs in the Myeongdong area which is one of Seoul's main shopping and tourism districts. The price of admission includes drinks, doggie treats, and unlimited time for playing with wonderful dogs of different breeds, including a bulldog, dachshund, pug, greyhound, Dalmatian, Pekingese, Labrador, and others. Both of you will get only positive emotions.

5. Café Two's and Four's

It is considered one of the greatest dog cafes in India, so if you are looking for the best place to visit with your dear dog lover, then this is the best option. Here, you will find a big zone to play with dogs as well as multi-cuisine café to have a great lunch. This place has a charming home atmosphere, which will be most suitable for a romantic date. You can be sure that this spot will not leave your girlfriend indifferent. You can look for their page on Facebook if you want to be informed about upcoming events and master-classes for four-legged friends and dog lovers.

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Lifestyle

5 Short Quizzes That Will Make You Think Twice

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“Your brain – every brain – is a work in progress. It is ‘plastic.’ From the day we’re born to the day we die, it continuously revises and remodels, improving or slowly declining, as a function of how we use it.” – Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., co-inventor of the cochlear implant and author of Soft-wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life

In life, taking care of both our mental and physical health is important. However, in the modern world, a lot of us don’t spend nearly enough time giving our brains and bodies a proper work out. Instead, we spend much of our time watching TV, scrolling through social media, and in general, glued to our screens. In fact, a first-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report found that nearly half an adults’ day is spent consuming and interacting with media. Pretty scary stuff.

Obviously, we all could make some changes, like sacrificing an hour or two of entertainment in order to get our sweat on at the gym. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada, regular aerobic exercise increases the volume of the hippocampus, a part of the brain that helps with memory and learning. Exercise also helps reduce depression and anxiety symptoms, which allows your brain to function better.

So, you can see how exercise helps the brain perform better, but mental training is equally important. Brain activities and riddles (such as the quizzes below) have been proven to:

  • Increase cognitive abilities
  • Improve short-term (working) memory
  • Increase attention span
  • Reduce emotional reactivity
  • Increase processing speed (the transferring of sensory information into intelligence)

Riddles and brain teasers can help to keep your brain young and sharpen your cognitive skills. The following riddles will keep you guessing, so make sure you pay attention to the details! (You’ll find the answers at the end of the article).

Here are 5 short quizzes that will make you think twice:

  1. The bat and the ball riddle

A bat and a ball cost $1.10 altogether. The ball costs $1 less than the bat. How much does the ball cost?

  1. The 7 candles puzzle

You have a big round cake in front of you with 7 candles along the cake’s edges. You need to blow out all of the candles, placed around the cake in a circle. Keep in mind that once you blow out one candle, the candles near it will go out as well. However, if you blow out an extinguished candle, it will reignite. So if you blow on a candle, as well as the candles closest to it, they will extinguish or reignite. The question is: how can you blow out all the candles with the fewest blows?

Hint: Remember that blowing on the same candle twice will cause it to reignite.

  1. Apples and oranges brain buster

You have 3 boxes in front of you. One contains oranges, one has apples, and one has both oranges and apples. The first box has the label “apples,” the second one is labeled “oranges,” and the third one is named “apples and oranges.” Unfortunately, all the boxes are labeled incorrectly, and it’s up to you to fix them. You can’t look in any boxes, but you can ask for a sample from each box.

What is the fewest number of samples you need to ask for in order to accurately label the boxes?

  1. The hourglass brain teaser

You have two hourglasses in front of you. One hourglass measures 7 minutes and the other measures 4 minutes. How can you time 9 minutes by using only these two hourglasses?

  1. One light, three switches

You are in a room with three switches. One of these controls a lightbulb inside a closet attached to the room. You know the lightbulb is off. You can flip the switches however you want, but once you open the closet door, you can’t flick the switches any more.

So, which switch controls the lightbulb?

Answers to the Quizzes:

  1. 5 cents. The bat costs $1.05, so if you add the cost of the ball, you’ll get $1.10.
  2. Seven. If you blow on each candle one time, starting from the first and continuing around the circle, you’ll blow them all out. Of course, some candles will become relit, but they will eventually extinguish from an adjacent blow.
  3. One. You only need to ask for a sample from the box labeled “apples and oranges.” If you get an apple, the box could contain only apples, or both apples and oranges. However, since the label is wrong, you know that it only contains apples. Then, move to the box labeled “oranges.” Since the label is incorrect, you know the box contains apples and oranges. Finally, the box labeled “apples and oranges” contains just oranges.
  4. Start both hourglasses at the same time. As the 4 minute hourglass runs out, turn it over so it can start again. As the 7 minute one runs out, turn it over and let it start again. When the 4 minute hourglass runs out a second time, you know that 8 minutes have elapsed. Now, the 7 minute hourglass will have sand sitting at the bottom for one minute. Turn the seven minute one over again and wait for the minute to run out. Once this one runs out, 9 minutes will have elapsed.
  5. It could be any of the three. To find out, flip switch number one and wait for a few minutes. Then flip it back to its original position and immediately flip switch 2. Next, open the door and check the light. If it’s on, you know that switch 2 controls it. But if it’s off, then feel the lightbulb. If the bulb is hot, switch 1 controls it. But if it’s cold, then switch 3 (the one you didn’t touch) controls the light.

If you didn’t get the answers right, don’t worry. Practice makes perfect, so try doing a few brain quizzes per day to give your mind a workout!

Tips on Training your Brain

Going back to the quote at the beginning of the article, our brains have the ability to change and adapt throughout our lives based on the information we feed them. We can mold our brains just as we can shape our bodies. If you don’t feel particularly talented or smart in one field, you can always study and train your brain to absorb, retain, and utilize the information.

Within the last 20 years, scientists have made groundbreaking discoveries in regards to neuroplasticity, or the idea that our brains make new connections and pathways as we feed them new information. So, by stimulating and challenging the brain, we can become sharper, wiser, and mentally stronger!

If you’re wondering how exactly to train your brain, here are some tips straight from Harvard University:

Cover the basics: Eat a healthy, mostly unprocessed diet. Get quality sleep. Avoid smoking. Drink alcohol in moderation, and keep in touch with friends and family.

Get a physical exam once per year so you can stay on top of your health and rule out any major issues.

Challenge your brain. Do brain quizzes (like the ones above), learn a new skill, or take courses either online or in person.

Keep yourself happy: easier said than done, but it pays off immensely in the end. People who have a positive mindset have better health, in general.

Repeat what you have learned. If you took up a new hobby, practice it often so you learn to master it. If you do brain quizzes, make sure to engage in them at least several times per week. Finally, if you decided on taking a course, make sure you take tests regularly so that you can see what you’ve learned.

Stay organized. The key to becoming the master of your brain is to only use it when absolutely necessary. For example, if you find that you lose items around the house often, have a designated spot for them so you don’t have to waste valuable brain energy on locating them.

Final thoughts on These Quizzes that Will Make You Think Twice

The brain is the most complex organ in the entire body, and keeping it healthy requires a combination of tools and practices. In general, you’ll want to stay physically active, eat the right foods, drink plenty of water, practice positive thinking, have a good support network, and get enough sleep. That covers the basics.

Then, if you want to “level up,” you’ll want to utilize brain-training exercises such as brain quizzes, riddles, and games. You can look in your app store and find dozens of different brain games to play, as well as browse at your local bookstore if you prefer the old-school approach.

If you feel like your brain lives on autopilot most of the time, you can easily snap it out of this state by giving it a challenge. Allowing your brain to think differently will enable it to form new pathways and networks that encourage it to adapt and grow. So, pick up a puzzle in your spare time and have some fun!

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Lifestyle

5 Signs of A Pet Illness to Never Ignore

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Many of us consider our pets as our best friends, or even a part of our families. We couldn’t imagine life without them. To ensure that they stay healthy, we need to take them to the vet regularly as well as give them at-home check-ups. Sometimes, a pet illness or disease can present with no symptoms at all, which proves the importance of keeping on top of our pets’ health.

According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, common diseases in dogs include cancer, diabetes, ringworm, heartworm, and rabies. Common illnesses in cats include vomiting, urinary tract infections, fleas, tapeworms, and diarrhea.

Even though some diseases don’t have symptoms, you can still rule out certain pet illness by doing at-home check-ups. Knowing the signs to look out for in your pet can help you keep your furry friend healthy, strong, and happy.

Here are 5 signs of a pet illness to never ignore:

  1. An abnormal temperature.

To do this at home, you can buy a thermometer that you insert into your pet’s ear or rectum. Either way, make sure you insert it gently and carefully.

The typical temperature for cats is 100° F – 102.5° F (37.7° C – 39.1° C). For dogs, the average temperature is 101° F (38° C). If their temperature reads one or two degrees higher or lower, it’s no cause for alarm.

  1. A fast or slow resting heart rate.

To do this at home, you’ll just need your hand and a stop watch, smartphone, or watch.

  • To calculate your cats’ heart rate, put one hand on your cat’s chest behind their elbows. Count the beats for 15 seconds and multiply this number by four. Alternatively, you can place two fingers on the inside of the groin and feel their pulse here. A cat’s average heart rate is 140-220 beats per minute.
  • To measure a dog’s heart rate, put your palm on his chest. A normal heart rate for dogs is 70 to 120 beats per minute, depending on how big or small he is.
  1. Eye problems.

Eye problems account for the majority of visits to the vet; however, cats don’t typically have as many eye problems as dogs since they normally live indoors. For outdoor cats, though, they have a higher risk of developing an eye disease. Eye infections and diseases vary in severity and include things such as conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, and blindness.

In general, you’ll want to clean your pets’ eyes regularly and remove dirt and dust. If you notice redness or inflammation, you may want to take them to the vet to rule out anything serious.

  1. Irritation or scratches on the ears.

If you notice your pet scratching his or her ears often, mites could be the problem. Mites are parasites that can live on the skin and ears of your pet and cause irritation, hair loss, and dry skin. Look out for the following in your pets’ ears:

  • Pain in any part of the ears
  • A foul odor
  • Inflamed skin
  • Lumps or bumps
  • Movement in the ears
  • Wax buildup
  1. Bleeding or irritation of the paws.

Dogs and cats use their paws and claws every day, so ensuring their health is vitally important. Common signs your dog or cat is in pain is if they are limping, excessively licking the feet, or bleeding.

For mild abrasions, home care includes rinsing the infected foot under cold water to remove any debris and putting an antibacterial cream such as Neosporin on the wound. Then, put a non-stick telfa pad on the foot pad and wrap with vet wrap or an ace bandage. The bandage should be changed daily and kept clean and dry until the wound has healed.

Other signs of pet illness:

  • Teeth: Your pet’s teeth need upkeep just as much as the other parts of their body. Your vet should check them at least once per year for problems such as bad breath, loose or broken teeth, excessive chewing or drooling, decrease in appetite or refusal to eat, and bleeding or pain in and around the mouth.
  • Weight: Just like humans, dogs and cats can become obese if they don’t have enough exercise and eat too much food. They can also become malnourished and underweight if they exercise too much and don’t eat properly. Make sure you monitor your cat or dog’s weight and take them to the vet regularly for a proper assessment.
  • Behavior: Dogs and cats can suffer from mood problems just like humans. If you notice anxiety, aggression, depression, or other abnormal moods and behaviors, you might need to enroll your animal in behavior classes or investigate alternative treatments. For dogs, getting a trainer is another viable option.
  • Potty habits: If you notice changes in your animal’s bathroom habits, it could point to a gastrointestinal infection, parasite, or even a urinary tract infection.
  • Sleep: If a dog or cats sleeps too much or too little, it could point to stress, lack of exercise, diabetes, or thyroid problems.

Preventative care for your pet

In order to prevent any disease or pet illness, your pet needs a proper vet check-up at least once a year. During the appointment, the vet will make sure that your pets’ vaccinations are up-to-date and examine any abnormalities in their weight and behavior. The vet will also look over your pets’ fur, teeth, eyes, and other parts of their body to make sure everything looks normal and healthy.

If your dog or cat does has a pet illness that needs treatment, getting him or her to the vet early on will minimize the costs of treatment as well as increase the chances of a long life for your beloved animal. At the check-up, you can also address any concerns about your pet’s weight, behavior, diet, or anything else that you might want to talk about.

As far as what you can do at home for your pet, here are some helpful tips to keep your animal healthy and happy:

– Give him or her enough exercise.

Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are just some of the diseases that an animal can get if he’s not given proper exercise. While cats have an evolutionary advantage of having a higher metabolism even while lounging around, they still need playtime throughout the day. Scratching posts and cat trees are great ways for your cat to get exercise. Make sure they get at least 30 minutes of playtime per day.

Unlike cats, dogs need a bit more exercise and need to be taken outside for walks. You should aim for 1-2 hours of exercise daily for your dog depending on its age, size, and breed. Dogs of the hunting, working, or herding breeds will need the most exercise. If you notice your dog turning to destructive behaviors in your house, such as tearing up furniture or barking excessively, he or she is likely frustrated or bored and needs more exercise.

– Feed your animal healthy foods.

In general, feed your animal according to its needs. For example, cats are carnivores, so you wouldn’t feed it solely fruits and vegetables. Make sure the cat food you buy includes all the essential nutrients that cats need, and if you give it fresh meat, opt for higher-fat cuts like steak, chicken thighs, etc.

Dogs can have a little more variety in their diets, but you may want to consult your vet to get the specifics. In general, dogs can eat meats, cheeses in moderation, some vegetables and fruits, and fish such as salmon.

– Groom your pet.

In general, cats probably don’t need anything other than an occasional brushing to get rid of stray hairs. Since they groom themselves, they really don’t need baths. You should keep their nails trimmed, though.

Dogs need a little more maintenance, especially if they go outside often. You’ll need to bathe them once or twice a month, and if they shed a lot, buy a deshedding shampoo and conditioner to get rid of excess hair. Brush them at least once a week (for especially fluffy dogs, you may need to brush them a few times per week). Brush your dog’s teeth with specially made dog toothpaste and trim their nails regularly. Use ear cleaning solution if you think your dog might have mites, and check their fur and ears often for any abnormalities.

– Give them love and attention.

Of course, you don’t want to reward bad behavior by giving affection at the wrong times, but if your dog or cat behaves well, they deserve your love. Your furry friend needs you as much as you need them, so make sure you shower them with plenty of attention and affection! When you give them enough attention you will notice more easily if a pet illness shows up.

Final thoughts

Having an animal is a privilege, as not everyone can have a dog or cat due to allergies or a busy schedule. If you do have a furry friend in your life, make sure you follow the above tips to ensure your dog or cat stays healthy, happy, and disease-free.

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How To Do The Malasana Stretch To Flush Your Colon and Increase Circulation

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The Malasana stretch, also known as the Garland pose, is a yoga position that involves squatting. We all know that yoga moves are meant to be energizing and beneficial, but this particular pose truly takes the cake when it comes to positive results!

Most people practice yoga for fitness and flexibility. But some poses have additional benefits. The Malasana, in particular, has the impressive ability to improve digestion by clearing out the colon. It’s also great for boosting circulation, making it a fantastic pose for the whole body.

But how do you do the Malasana pose at all, especially if you’ve never done yoga? Why is it so good? What scientific evidence is there that suggests it works? If you’re asking these questions, we’ve got you covered. Here is how to do the Malasana stretch to flush your colon and increase circulation.

How To Do The Malasana Stretch To Flush Your Colon And Increase Circulation

1. What is the Malasana Stretch?

The Malasana stretch is a squatting type of pose that involves an individual’s hips and pelvis being placed lower than their knees. It earned its name from “Mala,” a Sanskrit word that translates to “garland.” This is why some people call this pose the Garland Pose. In modern yoga practices, it is often called the yoga squat.

As a pose, the Malasana stretch is fairly simple. All that is required is a balanced low squat, whereby the performer appears to mimic a garland-like shape. It is known for strengthening many parts of the lower body, and it has many additional benefits.

2. Why is the Malasana Stretch so popular?

How, exactly, did something like squatting become a yoga pose? Well, the act of squatting has been a common activity for many people since the dawn of mankind, and it’s a very natural pose for humans. Think about it – very young children and toddlers often squat automatically just for fun!

Many countries, however, have abandoned the squat. With all the chairs and similar types of furniture around, it simply isn’t as possible a position to naturally take. This new way of sitting keeps our bodies stuck at a 90-degree, and it also makes us more likely to slouch. This reduces our mobility and takes away a lot of the natural, positive bodily gifts we were given and that our ancestors took advantage of – gifts we’ve squandered today.

The Malasana squat keeps our bodies at a different angle – approximately 160 degrees. This allows the joints to stay strong and fit so it is easier to keep going well into old age. This pose is also a kind of forward bend which exercises many parts of the body without straining them, including:

  • Stretching and strengthening feet
  • Flexing the legs to release stress
  • Keeping the spine elongated
  • Softening the back
  • Broadening the muscles in the back
  • Rooting the hips and providing them with more mobility
  • Releasing tension throughout the body
  • Allowing more awareness of one’s body in general

In many parts of Asia – especially in India – you will still be able to see many people who sit in a very similar way to the Malasana stretch in their day-to-day lives! Squatting has many benefits for human beings that sitting simply does not. That’s why the Malasana stretch is so widely practiced among yogis; it brings us back to the basics and centers the body in a natural way.

3. What you should know before doing the Malasana Stretch

First, before attempting the pose, allow yourself to wait between four and six hours after a meal. You should not try this pose on a full stomach and ideally should wait for your last meal to be digested before giving it a go. In addition, try to keep your bowels clear as well before starting.

  • The best time to practice any pose in yoga is first thing when you wake up in the morning.
  • Of course, this is not always possible, and your next best bet for practice times is in the evening.
  • It is helpful if you ease yourself into it, especially if this is your first time doing any kind of yoga.

When you start the pose, keep in mind that your torso and spine should be held straight throughout. To keep your knees and hips from becoming strained, do not bounce up and down while squatting. In general, you should try to move slowly and in a smooth fashion without forcing movements or jerking around.

In addition, if you have any kind of leg or back injury, you may not be suited for this position. Speak to your doctor before attempting it to avoid further injury.

4. How to do the Malasana Stretch

The Malasana stretch is a fairly easy pose to use. Start by entering a normal squatting position, with your feet as near to one another as you are able to make them. Your feet should also be mostly parallel.

It’s also a good idea to keep your heels pressed against the floor. If you are unable to do so, use support in the form of a rolled or folded blanket or mat.

Instructions

  1. Set your thighs so they are at a position slightly wider apart than the width of your torso. Now, exhale and lean your torso forward so that you fit between the two thighs with ease. Allow the front of your ankles to relax and keep tension off of them.
  2. Take your elbows and press them against the inside of your knees. This will cause resistance to form. As you do so, take your hands and center them, palms pressed against each other, so they rest in front of the middle of your chest in a prayer position.
  3. Why do you do all these seemingly small steps? It’s simple – these all help to elongate your torso. Just make sure your body weight is pressed forward and not backward as you do so. If this is difficult, seek a natural incline and perform the stretch there.
  4. Now, you will need to deepen the pose. Concentrate on your inner thighs and squeeze them against your torso’s sides. As you do so, extend your arms forwards, allowing your shins to slip upwards to fit into your armpits.
  5. Finally, move your hands to their final position. You can opt to press them into the floor beneath for stability, or use them to hold onto the backs of each heel on your feet. If you choose the latter, make sure your hands are coming from outside to your heels, not from in. Make sure your shoulders feel calm and relaxed and keep your spine nice and straight.
  6. All that is left is for you to hold the pose! Beginners can just hold it for 30 seconds before moving on. Practice regularly and try to work your way up until you’re sustaining the Malasana stretch for five minutes!

After the Stretch

To come out of the pose, inhale and then release the position. The best transition is to the standing forward bend yoga pose, but you can release to any other position you’re comfortable with.

5. Modifications or variations of the Malasana

There are various reasons that the Malasana stretch may not work for you as we’ve described it. It may be too difficult, too painful, or perhaps too easy for you. Luckily, there are some other simpler ways to perform the stretch. In addition, there are minor modifications you can make to the Malasana stretch as you learn to do it properly. Here are some of them.

a) Beginner’s practice

You may find it difficult to enter the squatting position when you first try the Malasana stretch. In this case, start by sitting on the very end of a chair so your thighs and torso are at a 90-degree angle from each other.

Now, set the heels of your feet on the ground, just slightly in front of your knees. Start to lean forward until you are able to get your torso to rest between your knees. Continue to do this and your body will gain flexibility to complete the full pose one day.

b) Balancing practice

If you tend to tip over in the pose, practice the stretch by doing it against a wall or chair. You can also do this in front of furniture, outstretching your arms to grasp it for balance.

c) Pain relief variations

If you often feel painful knee pressure when doing this stretch, fold a blanket and put it at the backs of your knees so you can squat with less pain.

If you experience lower back pain when doing this stretch, spread a blanket – preferably thin and folded – over your thighs. As you enter the squat, reach out with your palms.

d) Advanced Poses

Make the Malasana stretch more intense by including an extra stretch. Simply place one of your hands on the floor right next to the inside of a foot, then raise your other free hand and arm upwards as high as you can. Twist your body and hold the pose. You should then do the same again by switching which hand goes where.

6. Benefits of the Malasana Stretch for the colon

One of the Malasana stretch’s most popular benefits is its ability to flush your colon. As strange as it sounds, the pose has relieving effects and allows the body to flush waste material, making going to the bathroom that much easier.

The body’s biomechanics make this possible. Within the body, there is a muscle known as the puborectalis that helps the body keep continence. It is made up of individual muscle fibers which are strengthened by the body as you practice this yoga pose.

In addition, the Malasana stretch is great for overall digestion. It stimulates the organs in the body responsible for digestion and calms them after waste is removed. It can up metabolism and boost it to healthier levels for weight loss, as the pose puts pressure on the endocrine glands so they stay activated and in top shape.

People often underestimate the positive thinking and relaxing feeling that comes with a clean colon and a well-oiled digestive system. You’ll be surprised by how much everything improves!

7. Benefits of the Malasana Stretch for circulation

A less-discussed benefit that comes with the Malasana stretch involves the body’s circulation, especially around the hips and groin. The position causes the body’s hips to open up, strengthening them and allowing blood to flow into them and throughout the lower body.

This is especially beneficial, as those who sit all day don’t enjoy this amount of circulation in their lower bodies. This often leads to them deteriorating or losing strength over time. The increased blood flow and circulation around the hips, legs, and back are fantastic for this reason. Squatting frequently can help one keep their strength well into old age.

In addition, the Malasana stretch has been known to be great for sexual activity. This is because boosted circulation around the pelvis can help those who struggle in the bedroom to return to fitness.

8. Other benefits of the Malasana Stretch

The Malasana stretch has multiple benefits. Here are just a few of the more common ones!

  • It’s good for the spine. Sitting puts up to 90% more stress over the lumbar parts of the spine and back when compared to sitting. This means the pose can also relieve back pain.
  • It boosts lower body mobility. The openness of the hips in this pose allows the back, hips, legs, knees, and ankles to enjoy better mobility and improve your balance.
  • Keeps the lower body toned and fit. This pose is great exercise and can help your lower body become more toned and strong.
  • It helps posture. Practicing the pose will encourage you to have a much more naturally straight and confident posture.
  • It’s good for the brain. You’ll enjoy better focus and concentration from this stretch.
  • It’s grounding. The stretch’s close position to ground makes it powerful as a grounding technique. It boosts positive thinking, aids in relaxation, and can help release negative emotion.

Final Thoughts On How To Do The Malasana Stretch To Flush Your Colon And Increase Circulation

There is no end to the list of benefits of the Malasana stretch. But clearing your digestion and boosting circulation are certainly great reasons to get started in practicing it! By following our steps and guidelines to do the Malasana stretch the right way, you’ll be well on your way to seeing positive results – for your colon, for your circulation, and for everything else.

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10 Psychological Tricks That Really Work (And How to Do Them)

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The mind is a powerful thing, but it is also easily swayed. That’s why, if you understand human psychology even just a little, you may enjoy more fruitful interactions with others. There are plenty of brain hacks you can use that will help you achieve the desired effect. These psychological tricks can help your persuasion skills, improve others’ perceptions of you, and give you an extra edge in any situation.

But where can you start? How can you learn to do these amazing hacks? To get you started, here are some psychological tricks that really work, and how to do them.

10 Psychological Tricks That Really Work Well And How To Do Them

1. Make someone like you (or dislike you less)

If you have a feeling that someone you spend a good amount of time around dislikes you, there’s a way to reverse that. All you need to do is ask for a small favor. Yes, really!

The trick is to ask for something very, very small. It has to be something that wouldn’t make sense for anyone to say “no” to. For example, you might ask to borrow a pencil or a pen from the person in question. Other small favors you can ask for include:

  • Passing you something that’s closer to them
  • Borrowing any kind of small, trivial item
  • Asking for the time or date (if not done in excess)

Why does this work so well? It’s simple. Although this person doesn’t like you, they realize that saying “no” to something so small would make them look like a bad person. Plus, small favors, in general, are difficult for most people to say no to.

Ask for a similar favor every now and then – not too often! – and the person’s subconscious will realize that if they are helping you, you must not be that bad. This will help them think in a more positive way of you.

2. Get rid of songs stuck in your head

There are few things more annoying than getting a song repeatedly stuck in your head. The repetitive melody can be extremely irritating, and no matter what you do, you just can’t make it go away.

A lot of the time when this happens, you don’t even fully remember the song at all – so all you hear are the same few lines over and over and over again. This problem, often referred to as an earworm, actually has a surprisingly simple solution!

All you have to do is apply knowledge of the Zeigarnik effect to the replaying song. This psychological effect states that the human brain retains information of incomplete things for a long time, but tends to forget them once the task is complete.

To do this psychological trick, just go and listen to the song that is stuck in your head to completion. Once the song is over, there’s a good chance your brain will finally let the tune go!

3. Find out who’s watching you

Do you ever wonder if someone is watching you? Sometimes you might think someone has their eye on you but can’t be sure. After all, you don’t want to assume, and directly asking would be pretty awkward for both you and the person in question. There’s one simple solution to this dilemma.

  • All you have to do is yawn, visibly.
  • If you don’t feel like yawning, just fake it.
  • Make sure the person you’re testing this on can see you easily.
  • If they are watching you, they’ll yawn shortly after.

So, how does this work? Essentially, yawning is contagious. If you see someone yawning, you tend to feel the urge to yawn as well. Watch a video of someone yawning and see what happens. Even if you don’t yawn, you’ll find yourself really wanting to! This is one of those psychological tricks that works so well that sometimes just reading the word “yawn” can cause you to yawn.

4. Win at rock-paper-scissors

Cheating at a game isn’t something we’d typically condone – but if that’s up your alley, here’s another of these psychological tricks that can help you to win games of rock-paper-scissors.

Sometimes, people use the rock paper scissors games to determine who does what, or as part of a bet. This is when this trick will come in handy! It’s all about confusion.

Right before you and your opponent are about to go for it, distract them by asking them a question. It can be a completely random question, or something related to what you’re doing – bu the more confusing the better!

Your opponent caught off guard, will immediately become at least a little puzzled. Now, quickly, before the moment passes, start the chant for the game and say, “Rock, paper, scissors!” Your opponent will likely be confused or defensive, and either way, they have a good chance of automatically choosing “scissors.” Just make sure you’ve picked “rock” to win!

5. Frame requests so they sound like choices

When you ask someone whether they either want to a) do something, or b) not do something, you’re giving them an easy way out of the situation. So instead of saying that, use psychological tricks to get them to agree to your task!

  • For example, if you’re asking for donations for something, don’t ask if they would like to donate. Instead, ask if the person would like to donate $10 or $5.
  • If you’re trying to get someone to do chores, don’t ask if they want to do them. Ask if they would rather do the dishes or sweep the floor.

As another example, if you’re a parent trying to convince your kids to eat their greens, don’t ask if they want vegetables. Instead, ask if they would rather have one scoop or two scoops of veggies, or something similar.

By framing your questions as choices this way, you’re putting it into the minds of the listeners that they get to pick what they do. As such, they’ll be happier with having to do something unpleasant and have more positive thinking about doing it!

6. Avoid conflict

Conflict is a part of life, especially when you spend any time at all around other people. You’re sure to butt heads now and then. But if you want to avoid potential conflict, especially in the workplace, you can head it off with this neat psychological trick.

If you’re attending a meeting or some kind of gathering that includes the person you are concerned about, and you’re worried they might get aggressive or argue with you, pick a seat right next to them.

Yes, this seems counter-productive, but it works! It’s easier for someone to be angry or harbor dislike towards someone who is sitting further away from them. When you sit right next to the person who might start a conflict with you, they might find it too awkward to do so. They might not even feel the same anger anymore, either.

It’s also better if you are able to turn your body towards the person, so they have to face you. Then, make small talk or start a conversation before the meeting officially begins. This personal touch will prevent the person from starting a fight, and inspire positive thinking of you.

7. Get information through silence

We all know people who don’t reveal as much as we’d like them to. Maybe they have difficulty opening up. Perhaps they tend to withhold information. Maybe they are worried about coming across negatively. Or maybe they just don’t like giving out simple information.

Regardless of the reason behind the lack of divulged information, there’s a way around it. When speaking to this person, ask the question you want to ask. If they do not answer it to your satisfaction, don’t move on, and don’t try to ask again.

Instead, say completely silent. Keep eye contact with them and stay quiet. After a few seconds, the person will feel compelled to elaborate, as it seems like you are waiting on or expecting more information.

This tension can also be uncomfortable, so the person might feel annoyed and moved to speak because of it. It’s not always the best option, but for cracking open those serious secrets, this is a psychological trick that has positive results.

8. Psychological tricks to be remembered

Trying to stand out from the crowd? Going for an audition or interview with scores of other people? Aiming to be as memorable as possible? The trick is to make sure you either go first or last!

  • The theory behind this has to do with what we call the serial position effect.
  • Essentially, people are more likely to remember items or people who come either first or last in a list.
  • Around the middle, things start to blur together and may be forgettable, especially if they’re not absolutely mind-blowing.

Of course, it’s not always possible to make arrangements to be first or last for something. But if you can, try to also make a positive impact, and you’re sure to be remembered more clearly than everyone else!

By the way, this also goes for dates. If you want the other person to really remember you, pick either the start or end of the day. In other words, skip the lunch dates! You can also try to set forth a strong impression during the start of the date, and right at the end.

9. Convince people to agree

If you’re trying to sell a story or idea to others and want them to agree with you, there’s an easy psychological trick that really works. All it involves is a little nodding.

  • When you talk about the subject, nod as you speak and maintain moderate eye contact.
  • This makes it look like what you’re saying is a guaranteed true fact.
  • It inspires confidence and makes others inclined to react in a more positive way to what you say.

Nodding is a very powerful action. Aside from convincing others to agree with you, studies have shown it can even convince your own mind if you’re nodding while someone talks! This is another reason why nodding works in persuading others. Humans tend to mirror each other, so if someone mirrors your nods, they may convince themselves that they agree with you!

10. Part a crowd

People say that parting a crowd is all about confidence. That’s true to some degree – but in extremely crowded situations, people bustling back and forth aren’t always going to pay attention to how confident you look!

So if you’re trying to make your way through a crowd in a place packed like sardines, use this trick. Walk with purpose by avoiding eye contact with everyone else. Instead of looking at them, keep your eyes firmly rooted in the place you want to get to, or the direction you’re going.

This works because people often subconsciously check the eyes of those around them to determine which direction they are going. This is how people are able to naturally avoid collisions most of the time.

So, instead of gluing your eyes to your phone or glancing around, just keep striding towards your goal and keep your eye fixed on it. We can’t guarantee that everyone will move out of the way – some might be distracted by devices or talking to someone and not notice – but it’ll certainly help you get where you need to go!

Final Thoughts On Psychological Tricks That Really Work

The human mind works in truly mysterious ways. Your mind is smart, quick, and impressive. But at the same time, the mind can be tricked, so why not take advantage of that? By practicing these 10 psychological tricks that really work, you’ll be able to subtly influence those around you. Just remember to only do them in moderation; being real and true will get you pretty far too!

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5 Ways to Stay Committed to Your Career Goals

Regardless of the industry that you work in, you should be taking a goal-oriented approach to your job.

Ideally, we would all be passionate about our jobs. It’s where we’re going to spending most of our time for most of our lives and so it should be something that we enjoy.

But unfortunately that’s not always the case. We have to make a living and for some people, the aspirations they have don’t work out in a way that allows for that.

If you set career goals for yourself however, you can inject passion into any kind of job, no matter how little motivation you feel like you have to pursue it.

If you are not passionate about your job, become passionate about achieving. Give yourself milestones to each and the process of building towards them will become enjoyable.

So whether you’re passionate about your job or not, setting career goals is the way forward. It will get your through the rough days and remind you why you do what you do.

While a lot of people do this and end up flourishing, there’s also a lot of people who make career goals and never achieve them because they let their commitment waiver.

This is the last thing you want. It will just lead to frustration and dissatisfaction. So how do you stay committed? Well here’s five things that should help in that regard.

1. Set Realistic Goals

This is one of the main reasons why so many people end up setting these career goals that they eventually give up on.

We see people in the field we work in who are making a ton of money and are at the top of the industry with the world at their feet.

It takes a lot of time and hard work to get there, but let’s be honest, it also take a little bit of luck. Perhaps a lot of luck in some lines of work.

I wouldn’t suggest that you should doubt that you can reach that stage yourself, but realistically you probably won’t.

And that’s why you shouldn’t set goals that are too outlandish. Because more than likely you’re just going to realize that they’re unattainable and then give up.

You’re goals should be realistic. Examine your industry and find out about what people who have been doing it a long time have achieved.

Get a reference point for success that is proven to be achievable. Also keep an eye on future opportunities.

Part of being realistic is also accepting that you may have to adapt with a changing industry and alter your goals slightly if necessary.

If you’re in the engineering industry for example, you could check out articles like this one from Vista Projects.

Understand that it’s up to you whether or not you progress in an industry and you have to be realistic about what you hope to get out of it.

2. Get Into a Routine

Unless you are working from home, you’re probably going to be in some sort of a routine at work by design.

You go in there in the morning and spend eight hours working. That’s life for most of us, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re in a productive routine.

There’s nothing to really stop you from procrastinating except yourself. You could sit there for eight hours and not actually get anything significant done.

So in addition to you working hours, get yourself into a routine of mental focus. There’s a book by Cal Newport called Deep Work about how to gain focused success.

The ideas in this book centre around ensuring that you are entirely focused on you work to ensure that you get things done efficiently and to the best of your ability.

It’s impossible to stay focused for eight hours straight, however if you have yourself settled into a routine at work that involves periods of deep focus, you can progress more fluidly.

So don’t think of this from the perspective of setting physical routines. Your goals are set in your mind, so it’s a mental routine that you need.

3. Don’t Overwork Yourself

Like I just mentioned in the previous point, it’s essentially impossible to maintain focus for a very extended period of time.

Your productivity will probably start to slip after about 45-50 minutes and it quickly becomes pointless to try and push forward.

You need to take regular breaks and let your brain recharge for a little while. If you just work and work non-stop for hours on end, you won’t actually get anywhere.

An hour of solid productivity followed by seven hours of tired, unfocused work is actually counter-productive to your goals.

You’ll feel like you should be progressing because you are doing so much but in fact you’ll be moving slower than those with a more structured, careful approach to work.

This is just overwork and it’s damaging to your mental and physical health as well as to your motivation.

If you overwork yourself, you will become miserable in your job and become less and less interested in reaching any kind of goals.

I would suggest that every hour you work for 45 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. Get up and walk around, make a cup of coffee, do something that doesn’t take much brain power.

You do this for the entire working day and you will get places without feeling like you’re under too much strain or pressure.

4. Take Time for Leisure

You absolutely have to have free time. If work is constantly on your mind it will drive you insane really quickly.

No matter how much you want to achieve your goals, work is work and it takes its toll on you. Even if you love your job.

I’ll remind you of an old cliche that says that you can have too much of a good thing. Your leisure time should be when you don’t think about work much, if at all.

You’ll appreciate your time spent working and your time spent doing your own thing more, if neither one of them are dominating your life.

It’s just another one of those things that makes you lose interest in your career goals. So do whatever it is you do for leisure.

It doesn’t even have to be relaxation. If sports helps you clear your mind then make sure you make time to do that.

It’s just important that you have stuff going on in your life that’s not related to your career.

5. Break Your Goals Down

If you just have one big picture goal, every day won’t necessarily feel like a day where you have gotten any closer to that goal.

Have some overall career goals of course that you want to base your working life around, but break those down into smaller ones.

At the beginning of every year set a goal that you want to achieve by the end of that year and work towards that.

But go deeper than that, set one for every month and then set daily ones too. The daily ones should be easily achievable.

Of course, they’ll only be ones that are only easily achievable if you are working hard and being diligent, but they shouldn’t be putting much strain on you.

Having a goal that you can reach every single day that is related to one of your overall goals will keep you motivated. You’ll constantly feel like you’re in motion towards your destination.

Conclusion

Perhaps the most important piece of advice I can give you, is that if you are doing all of this and you still feel disillusioned, maybe it is time for a change.

While I believe that setting career-goals will help you even in a job you have no passion for, if you’re still miserable, you’re still miserable.

But that’s okay, don’t be afraid to change rework your career goals and switch go a different industry. No matter where you are, these same principles still apply.

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10 Things That Happen That Show Your Relationship Is Draining Your Energy

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We all want to be in positive relationships. No one sets out to date an emotional vampire or an energy thief. But sometimes, you may not notice that something is draining your energy until you’re too tired to think much of it.

Relationships are far from easy, and it isn’t a smooth road by any means. But constantly feeling exhausted isn’t normal, and it’s a big red flag you should pay attention to. Here are some things that happen that show your relationship is draining your energy.

10 Things That Happen If Your Relationship Is Draining Your Energy

1. Everything is about your partner.

Relationships are supposed to be about equality. If your partner dominates every aspect of your shared lives, you may be in a draining relationship. Here are some ways this may happen.

a) Conversation

You may feel like your partner is always dominating all the conversation and every single situation. They might speak loudly or cause a scene to draw attention in public, or they may simply talk over you or cut you off.

This can happen whether you’re talking in a group or it’s just the two of you. They seem to think their voice is more important than yours.

b) Constant crisis

Your partner may also seem to be perpetually going through a rough time or be panicking about something, no matter what. They may always be stressed out, and most of the time they’re just making things much bigger than they really are.

Even worse, when you bring up something that is troubling you, they might cut you off and insist that what they are dealing with is worse. For them, everything is a tragedy, as long as it’s happening to them.

c) They’re on your mind

There’s a difference between being so in love your partner is always on your mind and being so worried about your partner and what they’re doing that you can’t stop thinking about them.

If you spend too much time fretting about your partner, they might be draining your energy. If you keep hearing their voice chastising you or can’t stop worrying about what they think of what you’re doing, it may be time to leave.

2. You are walking on eggshells around them.

Relationships are meant to be peaceful. If you’re in a relationship, you should feel relaxed and free, and as though you can share anything with your partner.

If it’s reached the point where you have to constantly watch every move you make, you could be in a relationship that is draining your energy. For example, on a regular basis, you may:

  • Feel nervous about talking about something because your partner might get angry
  • Constantly watch everything you do to avoid upsetting your partner
  • Worry that relying on your partner at all will cause them great distress
  • Avoid certain subjects for fear of your partner reacting disproportionately or badly
  • Fear that even the slightest misstep will get you in trouble

This surefire way to show your relationship is draining your energy is what many call eggshell relationships. These relationships are incredibly toxic and are sure to exhaust you. If you’re always walking on eggshells, it may be time to find a new road to walk on.

3. You feel like you’re being controlled.

In a healthy relationship, each person has their own agency and freedom. In a draining and practically emotionally abusive one, you might feel controlled all the time. Your life may feel like it is under a microscope and subject to constant criticism.

If you feel like you need your partner’s permission to do simple things, that’s a sign that you need to break it off. This permission may feel necessary to:

  • Hang out with friends
  • Spend your own money
  • Go out
  • Try something new
  • Text or call friends

Your partner may also:

  • Demand to see your phone
  • Demand to know who you’re speaking to at all times
  • Be overly jealous and protective
  • Get extremely angry over small things

These are sure signs that show your relationship is draining your energy – and it’s abusive. It’s a sign that it’s time to move on.

4. Being around each other feels like a chore.

There’s nothing wrong with some me-time. But for the most part, partners should enjoy being around each other and feel positive when together. If you’re having trouble doing so, it’s a sign that you’re dating someone draining. Here are some things to look out for.

a) You count down the days to me-time.

Does being alone for the weekend put a smile on your face? Do you feel excited looking forward to a day you’ll get away from your partner? This is a huge red flag. Your brain is rejoicing from a break from the person who is emotionally exhausting you. There’s a difference between enjoying me-time and not being able to wait to get away.

b) You need to recover after being together.

If after hanging out with your partner you feel very tired and need to recharge, it’s a sure sign that your relationship is draining your energy. If you usually have no problem living daily life but suddenly need a long breather after seeing your partner, it may be time to move on.

c) Conversations are exhausting.

Talking to your partner should be a positive experience. If your conversations quickly devolve into frustrations, exhaustion, and an inability to stick to positive thinking, your partner is draining you.

5. You’re In A Negative Mood Constantly.

Have you noticed that you’re always in a “meh” mood? Is positive thinking impossible to dredge up? Do you feel like all joy has left your life?

According to research done by a team at Carleton University, relationships that are draining your energy do not necessarily mean you’re always sad, angry, or in an awful mood. What they do typically cause is an absence of happiness or joy, leaving you feeling like you’re having a depressive episode.

Take a moment and reflect on your mental and emotional state. Are you truly as fine as you pretend to be? Or is your partner draining you to the point that they’re sucking out all your positive emotions?

6. You’ve stopped doing anything just for yourself.

A healthy relationship gives all parties the chance to practice self-improvement. This can come in the form of:

  • Career-building
  • Making new friends
  • Taking up new hobbies
  • Trying new things
  • Balancing your life

But if your partner is upset when you decide to devote time to your improvement, this is a bad sign and they are draining your energy. This is especially true if your friendships are stifled by a relationship. Studies have shown that socially isolated individuals tend to feel more stressed out and exhausted.

A mature, healthy relationship involves support and advancement from both parties. A draining one stunts your progress – and you deserve better!

7. Your self-esteem is declining.

Feeling good about yourself is important. If you’ve noticed a steep decline in your self-esteem since the beginning of your relationship, you need to take a step back and analyze where it comes from. If it isn’t from depression, anxiety, or some other mental health condition, it might be from your partner.

Emotionally draining partners may criticize you frequently, or take jabs at your insecurities and successes, or even give you backhanded compliments and neg you. These people are highly insecure and do these things to lift themselves up.

In a good relationship, you will raise each other up and support each other. Constant criticism and judgment are not healthy in any kind of relationship.

8. There is constant fighting (and you tend to take the blame).

Fighting is a normal part of relationships, but if every day is dominated by arguments, something is wrong. Fights and arguments are incredibly draining to begin with, so dealing with them often is sure to take a toll on your health.

If your partner tends to instigate arguments and ignores your attempts to de-escalate the situation, they are draining you emotionally. This is especially true if you feel that there is no point in you trying to argue because nothing you say will get through to them.

On top of that, if you always seem to be the “bad guy” who is to blame in arguments, your partner may be trying to shift blame away from themselves and project their issues onto you. According to Ph.D.-holder Lisa Firestone, this is a very good reason to end a relationship.

9. You feel you aren’t listened to and your needs are ignored.

The whole point of partners is to be there for each other, to listen to each other, and to meet each other’s needs when possible and reasonable. If your partner always seems to turn a deaf ear to what you say, that’s a sign your relationship could be draining your energy.

When you talk about your day, your partner is occupied by their phone. Or when you tell them about your problems or worries, you are dismissed and invalidated. When you ask them to fulfill your needs, they say it’s too hard – even when they’re very simple needs to meet.

Feeling lonely and alone, and feeling unheard, are very tiring experiences, especially if you’re pouring your heart out and receiving a terrible response each time. If communication doesn’t improve, it may be time to get up and go.

10. You feel exhausted.

Sometimes, the easiest way to tell if your relationship is draining your energy is to see if you’re exhausted all the time. Feeling constantly unusually tired, especially around your partner, is never a good sign.

If you invest so much love and effort into your partner and they return none of it, you’re going to become drained. When your days are filled with disagreements, you’re going to be tired. If trying to take time for yourself to recharge isn’t allowed, you can’t regain your energy.

Be aware of your energy levels and emotional state. If negative periods are linked to time with your partner and positive periods are linked to time away from them, the problem lies in your relationship.

Final Thoughts On Things That Happen That Show Your Relationship Is Draining Your Energy

If you find that some of these points apply to you, does it mean the relationship must end? Not necessarily. Sometimes, bringing up these issues to your partner and working them out will make your relationship stronger and fix these problems.

But if your relationship includes many of these 10 things that happen that show your relationship is draining your energy, and your partner isn’t interested in changing them, it’s time to let go and move on. You deserve better than an energy vampire!

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Scientists Explain The Best Age Difference to Make A Relationship Last

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They say age is just a number, but how true can that be? With society’s tendency to look down on couples with a large age difference, one has to wonder if there are some more serious consequences behind being too free with your chosen numbers.

But do differences in age truly have any effect on relationships and their longevity? The results may surprise you. Here’s how scientists explain the best age difference to make a relationship last.

Scientists Explain What Age Difference Can Make A Relationship Last

1. Research methods: how to determine lasting relationships

This study was conducted by researchers from the Emory University, which is located in Atlanta. The study was run by Hugo Mialon and Andrew Francis, with assistance from Michigan State University’s Randal Olsen to process received raw data.

This research involved 3,000 participants and evaluated their demographics, certain select factors, and the lasting nature or lack thereof of their relationships. In the past, information regarding age gaps in relationships was not widely available, and this study helped to shine light on this little-studied area.

Interestingly, the main point behind this research paper was not to study age gaps at all. Instead, the study set out to investigate engagement and wedding expenditures on married couples and see if these factors affected a relationship’s longevity. The study’s conclusion found that this factor does not relate to longevity at all, a find that could potentially change the way the world views the commercial wedding industries.

In the process of studying factors such as expenditure on engagement and wedding plans, this study also made it a point to collect other potentially relevant data. This included:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion and religious attendance
  • Education level
  • Employment status
  • Income
  • Size of family

As such, there was plenty of data that allowed for other conclusions about the best factors for relationships to be drawn. This allowed people to be able to clearly see and interpret the best age difference to make a relationship last.

With that being said, it’s worth noting that this study did not set out to make a set-in-stone conclusion about age gaps in relationships. Instead, they aimed to better understand trends in romantic relationships and the factors linked to them.

2. Research findings: what’s the best age difference?

There were a number of interesting age-related findings from this study. Let’s break them down one by one.

  1. One-year gaps. Let’s start with couples born within 12 months of each other. Relationships involving spouses with a year or less in age difference were found to have lasted the longest, only having a 3% chance of breaking up.
  2. Five-year gaps. Married couples with an age gap of approximately five years have a divorce rate of 18%.
  3. Ten-year gaps. Couples with a 10-year age gap between them have a divorce rate of 39%.
  4. Twenty-year gaps. Relationships with age gaps of twenty years have the highest chance of divorce by far, with their rates set at a whopping 95%.

This means that the relationships that last the longest and, presumably, are the most positive, involve minimal age gaps. The higher the age gap, the more likely the chances of divorce.

Just for fun, here are some other findings from this research, as well as relationship statistics from other studies that have been proven to be credible and hold significant accuracy.

  1. Children out of wedlock. Families who have their first child outside of wedlock have a 59% higher chance of getting divorced than those who do not have children.
  2. Children within wedlock. Having children during a relationship drops divorce chances by 76%, but increases chances of the couple splitting up due to child-related stressors when their children are older.
  3. Couples who have been together for two years drop their chances of getting divorced by 43%. Meanwhile, those who hit 10 years together are even less likely to divorce by 94%.
  4. A wide difference in education levels between spouses has divorce probabilities of 43%.

3. Reasons behind age difference results

There are plenty of reasons that relationships end in divorce. But why is it that wide age gaps tend to lead to bad endings to relationships? Here are a few speculations.

a) Social convention

It is no secret that couples with large age gaps tend to be looked down upon. Research has shown that those with age differences of 10 years or more don’t particularly receive a lot of positive feedback.

Many times, this social disapproval can lead to decreased relationship commitment. Essentially, if couples do not receive favorable approval from friends, family, and their community because of their age difference, they’re much more likely to break up.

b) Life stage

Someone who is 30 years old will be facing significantly different issues, goals, priorities, and values than someone who is 20 years old. While couples can work things out despite different views and opinions, differences like these can certainly put a rift in relationships.

This is especially true due to the huge difference in priorities those of different ages experience. To make a relationship last, a couple would have to reconcile these differences – something not everyone is able to do.

c) Intimacy

As crude as it sounds, the bedroom is an important place for couples. While intimacy isn’t everything and doesn’t play a role in some relationships, allosexual relationships typically require some degree of bedroom chemistry to last.

The issue is that older individuals tend to have lowered intimacy drive. Women, in particular, will have difficulty having children at older ages, and men will not be as interested in being intimate as they once were. Coupled with someone much younger, this discrepancy in intimacy could lead to a break-up.

4. Do people date their own age?

So, the science shows that dating closer to your age gives you a better chance of relationship success. But are people dating in their age groups, to begin with?

The fact is that, all around the world, couples with large age differences are fairly common. Some non-Western countries have an even higher percentage of them than Western countries, in fact. There are some countries with as many as 30% of all relationships involving significant differences in age.

In Western countries, 8% of all relationships involve age differences of 10 years or more. For those in heterosexual relationships, only around 1% of these relationships involve an older woman, and the remaining near-99% involve an older man. In same-sex relationships, 15% of women unions have this age gap, and 25% of male unions have that gap too.

Interestingly, research performed by dating platform OkCupid’s co-founder, Christian Rudder, found that the chosen age demographic of people vary based on gender. Users identifying as female preferred to date men close in age to them and found them the most attractive. Meanwhile, users identifying as male were always more interested in young women, typically in their early 20’s – no matter what age those men themselves were.

Still, the statistics on age differences in relationships suggest that a majority of the population prefer to settle down with those their own age. This is likely due to meeting partners within their social circles, having similar goals, enjoying the same life stages, and generally experiencing attraction to those within their age groups.

5. Conflicting studies

This isn’t the first study that has attempted to find a link between age differences and the longevity of relationships. In fact, some studies seem to conflict the findings of this one.

Some studies have shown that couples with large age gaps tend to have more positive relationship satisfaction overall. These relationships state that they have higher levels of commitment to each other, with more trust and less jealousy than typically seen in couples of the same age.

Meanwhile, other studies have found that more than 75% of couples involving younger women and older men with significant age gaps show that their relationships are satisfying and positive.

It’s worth noting that some of these studies were conducted more than a decade ago, and others did not involve nearly as large a sample size. However, as with all science, these ideas are interesting ones and further research is needed to fully solidify which ones hold the most compelling findings.

6. What does this mean?

So what does all of this mean for couples with large age differences? What does it mean for those who tend to date much older or younger people? Does it mean these types of relationships are doomed from the start?

The short answer is: of course not! The failure or success of any relationship is dependant on multiple things all at once. There are plenty of components involved in maintaining a happy and positive relationship, including:

  • Similar beliefs, ideals, and values
  • Personal goals
  • Commitment and priorities
  • Positive conflict resolution
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Intimacy
  • Support
  • Personalities
  • Perspectives and world view

As you can see, these components do not involve age at all. Though some may be influenced by age, it’s safe to say that a lot of what makes or breaks a relationship has less to do with shallow things like age and more to do with deeply ingrained behaviors and attitudes.

In fact, Hugo Mialon himself, one of the head authors behind this research, states that sometimes these things have much more to do with personality than age. He believes it could be likely that the couples who find themselves in age-gap relationships are those with particular personalities or traits that increase chances of divorce.

What you can take away from this study is that age differences come with their fair share of challenges. You might need to work harder to stay together and overcome adversity. You may have more disagreements. There may be more clashes and misunderstandings. It may be trickier to understand each other’s point of view all the time.

Final Thoughts On The Best Age Difference That Make A Relationship Last

While couples with high age differences have their own trials and troubles, they’re no different from those that any other couple faces. At the end of the day, it’s about love, support, communication, positive thinking, and shared values. These matter much more than age.

Age is just a number, but to some degree, numbers do matter. However, they don’t need to rule everything you do and each decision you make. While this study shows that large age gaps increase chances of divorce, there are always exceptions. Not every couple will relate to these findings.

So it’s not really about the best age difference to make a relationship last. It’s about the more important things in relationships. Love, mutual respect, trust … these are the most important things to bring into a union, and they matter far more than age.

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Scientists Explain Why Women Should Stop Wearing Bras

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Most women put on their bra without even thinking about it since they have been told since puberty that they should wear one. However, what purpose does a bra really serve other than to make women more societally acceptable in the workplace or at school? Bras have been marketed to women as a way to help lessen back pain, lift up the breasts, and provide extra support.

While bras might serve a purpose for working out, wearing them all the time can do much more harm than good. In this article, we’ll explain why going braless might just be the one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Here’s why women should stop wearing bras:

Professor Jean-Denis Rouillan, of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon in France, performed a study about why women don’t really need bras. According to his study, bras don’t have any medical or anatomic benefits for women. He actually discovered that bras do the exact opposite of what they’re marketed to do – they cause breasts to sag and prevent them from growing.

The Study

In the study, 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35 had their breasts measured over the course of 15 years. The women who went braless had a 7-millimeter lift in their nipples each year, which disproves the notion that breasts will sag without a bra. Also, the women who didn’t wear a bra had fewer stretch marks than those who did wear a bra. Furthermore, their breasts were actually firmer than the women who wore bras.

This study completely contradicts the advice women have been told all their lives. The study shows that not wearing a bra actually allows for better posture since the bra isn’t providing all the support. It also forces the body to develop the muscles underneath the breasts, which help prevent sagging and provide support.

In other words, without a bra, the body must actually use the muscles intended to protect the breasts from sagging. When the bra does all the work, the muscles in a woman’s body suffer from lack of use.

In fact, one woman from the study said that after two years of not wearing a bra, she could breathe better, had better posture, and didn’t have as much back pain. This shows that what we’ve been taught about bras simply isn’t true since they have been marketed as a way to reduce breast and back pain in women.

Other Reasons Not To Wear Bras

It takes a long time to find the right one.

If you’ve ever been shopping for bras, you know just how excruciating the process can be. You might have tried on plenty of different sizes and still couldn’t find the right one because bra sizes aren’t universal. It’s sort of like when you go to a store to try on jeans and can fit into a size 8 but can’t squeeze into a size 12. You might try on dozens of bras and never find the right fit, wasting hours in department stores and leaving frustrated and empty-handed. This makes the process of shopping that much harder for women.

Bras are expensive.

Not to mention, bras don’t come cheap (well, the quality ones, anyway). According to Statista, most women spent between $16 and $30 on a bra in 2017. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but keep in mind that this is just an average. If you go to stores like Victoria’s Secret, expect to spend a lot more. Plus, most women buy more than one bra. If you account for sports bras, work bras, leisure bras, and every other type of bra out there, the cost can add up.

They’re uncomfortable.

Unless you’re buying a wireless bra, bras just don’t offer much comfort. The underwire can break, causing it to pierce into your skin in the most inconvenient situations. Then, you have to either go home to change or just tough it out for the rest of the day. However, it isn’t just the underwire bras that cause discomfort. While sports bras are seen as a necessity for a lot of women, they are often so tight. They might make you feel suffocated and trapped.

Even more casual bras without cups or wires can feel uncomfortable simply. The breasts never get a chance to breathe from being stuck inside a bra all day.

They aren’t necessary for every activity.

If you always wear a bra, you don’t give the breasts a chance to “air out,” if you will. In modern society, we simply don’t need to wear a bra all the time. Aside from sleeping, women are expected to wear a bra during every other activity, including at work, school, the gym, and at social events. However, just because it’s a social norm doesn’t mean women have to abide by it.

While most women would be looked down upon if they chose to go braless to work or school, it should be up to them, ultimately, since there is no law stating that women have to wear a bra.

Why Preteens Should Especially Not Wear Bras

For preteen women, science shows that there’s no reason to push wearing a bra on them. In fact, not wearing a bra provides health benefits since it promotes the growth of breast tissue, according to Professor Rouillan’s study. Going braless also supports muscle tissue growth around the breast.

Training bras are often marketed to women between the ages of 8 and 12, but they just aren’t necessary. Although women are expected to wear bras, there is no scientific or medical reason for women to do so. Bras hinder development and can actually cause more damage to a woman’s health. Parents who have preteen daughters should allow them to make the decision and not force wearing a bra upon them.

Limitations of the study

Even though the study found benefits for women who chose not to wear bras, keep in mind that the women in the study were fairly young. They’ve only been wearing bras for a few decades, whereas older women have been wearing them for much longer. If older women chose to go braless, researchers might not see the same results as in the younger women.

This study is preliminary and researchers emphasize that they aren’t telling women to stop wearing bras altogether. Ultimately, it’s up to the individual to decide what’s best for her. You alone know what makes you the most comfortable. Also, the study didn’t discuss women who engaged in physical activity and what effect it had on their breasts. Since bras were originally invented to hold breasts in place during movement, this is a pretty big gap in the study.

Tips on Going Braless

If you choose not to wear a bra, it might feel a little strange at first. You’ll have to brave the initial anxieties that come with giving up something you’ve depended on your whole life. Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Start out small. If you’ve been wearing bras every waking hour for the last 30 years, you should probably not show up at work or school tomorrow without one. In other words, go slowly. Practice going braless when you pick up your morning coffee or walk your dog. Then, work your way up to going without one at work, school, or social events.
  • Work on your posture. Since your bra has been doing all the work for you, you’ll need some refreshers when it comes to how to stand and sit properly. Make sure to keep your shoulders back, head up, and back straight so that you don’t hurt your neck or back.
  • Wear a bralette. Bralettes are more comfortable bras without padding and wires. If you aren’t comfortable totally ditching your bra yet, you can transition into a bralette first. They are far less constricting than normal bras, so you’ll start getting used to how it feels to go braless.

Final thoughts

Wearing a bra is a highly personal choice. The benefits of going braless include the possibility of less back and breast pain, fewer expenses, less discomfort, and more freedom. Plenty of women around the globe have decided to ditch their bras for these reasons. Some women also consider that bras are sexist.

Young women should not wear bras so that their breasts can develop properly. Once a woman reaches puberty, the effects of wearing a bra are unclear. Very limited research exists about the benefits and harms of bras, so women must do what feels right to them. Perhaps going without a bra for a week or two could give you an idea of what it would feel like. Afterwards, you can make an informed decision about whether you’d like to make it permanent or not.

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