Thinking Humanity

Subscribe to Thinking Humanity feed
Freedom of Speech, Human Values, Human Rights & Justice!
Updated: 1 week 1 day ago

Billionaire Is Giving Away Most Of His Fortune To Help Clean Plastic From The Ocean

Sun, 2017-06-18 23:49

Kjell Inge Røkke, one of the wealthiest men in Norway, and previously famous as “a ruthless corporate raider” is donating $2.7 billion of his fortune to create a mega-yacht that will aid cleaning plastic from the oceans.

Røkke made his money in off-shore drilling and shipping companies. However, he now aims to clean up the plastic that is destroying marine life and making the ocean a sea of death.

The billionaire wants to create a 596-foot vessel, named the REV that will clean 5 tons of plastic trash every day from waters and then melt it down, according to Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper. It would be big enough to travel around the globe to make independent expeditions gathering trash and measuring the oceans' health.

Røkke states that,

“the oceans are also under greater pressure than ever before from overfishing, coastal pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and ocean acidification, and one of the most pressing challenges of all, plasticization of the ocean. The need for knowledge and solutions is pressing.”
Boyan Slat, the 22-year-old who is planning to launch his Ocean Cleanup Project in 2018, has determined the situation of the oceans with his expeditions. The Arctic Ocean, for instance, is a dead end for billions of pieces of plastic trash.

More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are already in our oceans, and by 2050 plastic's weight will be more than fish's in the sea, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's estimations.

The plastic trash also has an impact on big and small animals.


Polar Bear rescued from plastic-polluted habitat.
When younger, the billionaire was a fisherman. He notes that the oceans have offered him and the world in general so much, that it was time for him to give something back.

According to Business Insider, the yacht could carry 60 scientists and 40 crew. It would sometimes be used by Røkke and his family as well as possibly carry approximately 36 guests and a crew of 54 — a model that will allow him to generate extra funding for further oceanic research.

The REV would also become the biggest yacht on Earth by gross tonnage at 16,000GT, overtaking Alisher Usmanov’s Dilbar by 100GT as mentioned at the project’s website.

“The REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge,” Røkke told Business Insider. “I would like to welcome researchers, environmental groups, and other institutions on board, to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas.”
Images' sources: Eco Watch, The Atlantic

Related:

Here's How Electrical Brain Stimulation Can Make You More Creative

Sun, 2017-06-18 23:44

Researchers passed a weak constant electrical current through saline-soaked electrodes positioned over target regions in the scalp. NeuroscienceNews.com image is adapted from the QMUL news release.
Scientists have discovered how to boost creativity through brain stimulation, as mentioned by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Goldsmiths University of London.

They managed this by briefly suppressing a key part of the frontal brain known as the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), that is participating in the majority of our thinking and reasoning.

The results, which were published in the journal Scientific Reports, prove that participants who took the intervention presented an improved competence to ‘think outside the box’ and be more creative.

“We solve problems by applying rules we learn from experience, and the DLPFC plays a key role in automating this process,” said Dr Caroline Di Bernardi Luft, first author from QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, who conducted the research while previously working at Goldsmiths University of London, with Dr Michael Banissy and Professor Joydeep Bhattacharya.

“It works fine most of the time, but fails spectacularly when we encounter new problems which require a new style of thinking – our past experience can indeed block our creativity. To break this mental fixation, we need to loosen up our learned rules,” she added.

The researchers used a technique known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which included passing a weak constant electrical current through saline-soaked electrodes positioned over the scalp to modulate the excitability of the DLPFC. Based on the direction of the current flow, DLPFC was temporarily suppressed or activated. The very low currents applied ensured that it would not lead to any unpleasant sensation.

60 participants were tested on their creative problem-solving ability before and after receiving one of the following interventions: DLPFC being suppressed, DLPFC being activated, and DLPFC being unstimulated. The participants solved “matchstick problems”, some of which are difficult because to solve these problems, participants need to relax the already known rules of arithmetic and algebra.

The participants whose DLPFC was temporarily suppressed by the electrical stimulation were more likely to solve difficult problems than other participants whose DLPFC was activated or not stimulated. This shows that suppressing DLPFC briefly can contribute in breaking mental assumptions known from experience and thinking in more creative ways.

But the researchers also found that these participants were worse at solving problems with a higher working memory requirement (where they need to keep in mind many items at once). These problems demand that the participants try various moves until they find the solution, which means they have to remember all their mental operations.

“These results are important because they show the potential of improving mental functions relevant for creativity by non-invasive brain stimulation methods,” noted Dr. Luft.

“However, our results also suggest that potential applications of this technique will have to consider the target cognitive effects in more detail rather than just assuming tDCS can improve cognition as claimed by some companies which are starting to sell tDCS machines for home users,” she added.

“I would say that we are not yet in a position to wear an electrical hat and start stimulating our brain hoping for a blanket cognitive gain.”

Sources: Queen Mary University of London, Neurosciencenews.com

The Rhythm Of Our Breathing Influences Our Brain Function And Behavior

Sat, 2017-06-17 12:47

Breathing is not just for consuming oxygen; it’s also related to brain function and behavior.

Northwestern Medicine scientists have found for the first time ever that the rhythm of breathing causes electrical activity in the human mind that boosts emotional judgments and memory recall.

These influences on behavior are based on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the mouth or the nose.

In the research, each person was able to identify a fearful face faster if they saw the face while breathing in compared to breathing out. Additionally, individuals were more likely to recall an object if they encountered it on the inhaled breath than on the exhaled one. Interestingly, the effect vanished if breathing was through the mouth.

“One of the major findings in this study is that there is a dramatic difference in brain activity in the amygdala and hippocampus during inhalation compared with exhalation,” said lead author Christina Zelano, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “When you breathe in, we discovered you are stimulating neurons in the olfactory cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus, all across the limbic system.”

The study was published Dec. 6 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The senior author is Jay Gottfried, professor of neurology at Feinberg.

Northwestern scientists first found these differences in brain activity while examining 7 patients with epilepsy who were scheduled for brain surgery. A week before the surgery, a surgeon implanted electrodes into the patients’ brains to identify the origin of their seizures. That gave scientists the opportunity to acquire electro-physiological data directly from their brains. The electrical signals proved that brain activity fluctuated with breathing. The activity takes place in brain areas where feelings, memory and smells are processed.

The discovery led scientists to ask if cognitive functions typically related to these brain areas — especially fear processing and memory — could also be influenced by breathing.

The amygdala is strongly connected to the emotional processing, especially fear-related emotions. So scientists asked about 60 individuals to make quick decisions on emotional expressions in the lab environment as their breathing was being recorded. While looking at pictures of faces expressing either fear or surprise, the individuals had to tell, as fast as they could, which feeling each face was expressing. (NeuroscienceNews.com picture is for illustrative purposes only.)

When faces were shown during inhalation, subjects recognized them as fearful faster than when faces were shown during exhalation. This was not the case for faces expressing surprise. These results decreased when individuals performed the same task while the breathing was through the mouth.

In another experiment — tied to the hippocampus — the same individuals were looking at pictures of objects on a computer screen and tried to remember them. Later, they were asked to describe those objects. Researchers discovered that recall was better if the pictures were shown during inhalation.

According to Zelano, the discoveries indicate that fast breathing may offer an advantage when somebody is in a dangerous situation.


"If you are in a panic state, your breathing rhythm becomes faster,” Zelano said. “As a result you’ll spend proportionally more time inhaling than when in a calm state. Thus, our body’s innate response to fear with faster breathing could have a positive impact on brain function and result in faster response times to dangerous stimuli in the environment.”

Another potential result of the research is on the main mechanisms of meditation or focused breathing. “When you inhale, you are in a sense synchronizing brain oscillations across the limbic network,” Zelano noted.

Sources/References: Northwestern University, Neurosciencenews.com

Assange: The World Is Threatened By Artificial Intelligence's Controlled Propaganda

Sat, 2017-06-17 12:43

The beginning of a dystopian world, where human logic can't deal with the controlled by Artificial Intelligence propaganda, is what Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, predicts. He specifically believes that AI's creators don't realize what its consequences might be, but, instead, they envisage a utopian future-"nirvana".

As mentioned in RT, Assange spoke about how controlled by Artificial Intelligences social media threaten the world via video link in the context of Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre, that was organized by activist and raper M.I.A.

Speaking of Artificial Intelligence's future, Assange, who was in a panel together with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, said that there will be a time when AI will be able to affect human mentality. "Imagine a Daily Mail run by essentially Artificial Intelligence, what does that look like when there’s only the Daily Mail worldwide? That's what Facebook and Twitter will shift into", he said.

Assange also talked about how Facebook and Google were related to all the pressure regarding Emmanuel Macron's winning in France's presidential elections instead of Le Pen's. When asked about whether Artificial Intelligence and the technology of Visual Reality could make society more vulnerable and less politicized, Assange replied that "“Yes, of course we can be influenced, but I don’t see that as the main problem. Human beings have always been influenced by sophisticated systems of production, information and experience, [such as the] BBC for example."

Additionally, Assange noted that the main issue is whether and how Artificial Intelligence could be used for propaganda. "The most important development as far as the fate of human beings are concerned is that we are getting close to the threshold where the traditional propaganda function that is employed by BBC, The Daily Mail, and cultures also, can be encapsulated by AI processes... When you have AI programs harvesting all the search queries and YouTube videos someone uploads it starts to lay out perceptual influence campaigns, twenty to thirty moves ahead. This starts to become totally beneath the level of human perception"

Assange admits that his dystopian predictions might be wrong, but he is still saying that: "I know from our sources deep inside the Silicon Valley institution[s] that they genuinely believe that they are going to produce AI that's so powerful, relatively soon, that people will have their brains digitized, uploaded to these AIs and live forever in simulation, therefore have eternal life"

"It's like a religion for atheists,” he adds. “And given you’re in a simulation, why not program the simulation to have endless drug and sex orgy parties around you."


Reference: RT

Related:

United Nations Use The Ethereum Blockchain (Cryptocurrency) To Help 10,000 Syrian Refugees

Sat, 2017-06-17 12:37

One of the greatest-ever implementations of the ethereum blockchain for charity purposes has just achieved a successful trial.

Finalized on the 31st of May, the project run by the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) was created to direct resources to countless Syrian refugees by offering them cryptocurrency-based vouchers which could be redeemed in any participating market.

The platform was favorably used to record and authenticate transfers for approximately 10,000 individuals. The platform was introduced by Parity Technologies, a startup led by ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood as well as blockchain big data firm Datarella.

According to Alexandra Alden, a WFP innovation accelerator consultant who helped oversee the implementation:

"All funds received by the refugees from WFP were specifically used to purchase food items such as olive oil, pasta, and lentils."
The WFP is currently in the process of gathering more precise analytics, for example, the exact number of transactions that were conducted.

Actually, the WFP is planning expand the project to include 100,000people in Jordan in August. If that goes well, the effort will grow to aid the entire Jordanian refugee population by the end of 2018.

Alden told CoinDesk that the agency wishes to expand the service beyond the borders of Jordan.

As she explained:

"The plan is to expand the project pilot firstly across Jordan, but we are also evaluating use cases and potential applications in other regions."
Now the agency is in communication with partners from the humanitarian and private sectors who can aid it with its purpose of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030, according to Alden.

It's notable that since the Jordan project was first introduced, the UN has presented various blockchain projects.

Jordanian refugee camp shop image via Shutterstock

Reference: CoinDesk

Related:

How to No Longer Take Things Personally

Thu, 2017-06-15 00:25

The Minds Journal
“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

We live in a world where people aren’t always nice to one another. Where people use unkind and unloving words to talk to, and about, each other. And because I believe that there is always a better way to deal with negativity, and with those people who spread out these negative vibes, I decided to write this blog post on How to No Longer Take Things Personally and live in peace and harmony.

Enjoy :)

1. It’s Not About You, It’s About Them.
“But it is not what I am saying that is hurting you; it is that you have wounds that I touch by what I have said. You are hurting yourself. There is no way I can take this personally.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

Most people are very unconscious of their own unconsciousness, projecting their own darkness, their own pain and internal struggles onto those around them. Failing to realize that what’s on the outside isn’t the problem, but rather what’s on the inside. And that most of the things people say and do, have little, or nothing, to do with the people they are “describing”, but a lot to do with who they themselves are, and the internal struggles they are facing.

The words that come out of a person’s mouth, their actions and behaviors reveal the many things that are hidden deep within a person’s heart. Their words don’t describe the people they are “attacking”, nor do they reveal who others are. But rather they reveal the pain, the suffering, the darkness and the many wounds that are present within them. They reveal the pain that’s present in their hearts. And that is why is so important not to take things personally, and to always remember that it’s not about you, it’s about them.

2. Don’t Give It Too Much Attention.
Thoughts have power, creative power. And since there are no idle thoughts ( for every thought you think creates a belief, belief that you will later on craft your reality on), it’s very important for you not to dwell upon the negativity that comes out of people’s mouths. It’s very important for you not to give too much attention to the negative things people say or do. For these things have the power to poison your heart, your mind, your body and your life.

“People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.” ~ Steve Maraboli

3. Just Be Yourself.
Bernard Baruch said it best with these words: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Always do the things you feel in your heart that you are meant to do, and don’t give too much thought about what others might have to say about you. Never make other people’s opinions of you more important than your own opinion of yourself. Keep in mind that your job here on this Earth is to be true to yourself. To honor your heart and Soul, and to walk on the path life needs you to walk upon, not on the many paths other people might think you should walk upon. If certain people don’t agree with the way you live your life, that’s their problem, not yours.

4. What Other People Think Of You Is None Of Your Business.
In The Tao Te Ching (500BC), a work many consider the wisest book ever written, there is a great line that goes like this: “Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.” And the truth of the matter is that once you care about what others think of you, and once you start chasing after their validation and approval, taking everything other people say and do personally, you immediately become their prisoner and their slave… Don’t allow them to put you in that position. Remind yourself constantly that what people think or say about you, is none of your business. And that their negativity has little or nothing to do with you, but a lot to do with who they themsleves are.

5. It’s Not Worth Your Time And Energy.
It’s incredible how much we care about what other people think of us. And how much time and energy we are willing to waste trying to understand why certain people don’t like us. And why they choose to talk and behave to us, and about us, in ways that aren’t always friendly and loving. Instead of focusing on those who love and cherish us, and instead of feeding our hearts and souls with the love and kindness we receive from these people, we choose to dwell upon the negativity of those who don’t like us. Failing to realize that by doing so, not only we are wasting our precious time and energy, but we are also poisoning our minds, bodies and souls, which by the way, it’s just not worth it.

6. People Give What They Have In Their Hearts To Give.
I really believe that we are all born with this innate need to give. To offer to those around us that which we have in our hearts to offer. Those people who are at peace and whose hearts are filled with love, kindness and compassion, give love to everyone they come in contact with. They give joy, laughter, peace and happiness. While those people who are in distress, and whose hearts are wounded because of the many challenges, trials and painful experiences they have gone through, they give fear, pain and a lot of negativity. Because that’s what they have to offer at the moment… People give that which they have in their hearts to give, nothing less and nothing more.

With that being said,“Can anyone be justified in responding with anger to a brother’s plea for help? No response can be appropriate except the willingness to give it to him, for this and only this is what he is asking for. Offer him anything else, and you are assuming the right to attack his reality by interpreting it as you see fit. Perhaps the danger of this to your own mind is not yet fully apparent. If you believe that an appeal for help is something else you will react to something else. Your response will therefore be inappropriate to reality as it is, but not to your perception of it.” ~ ACIM

7. Never Confuse The Behavior With The Person.
We all know that children are born pure and innocent, and that all they have to offer is their unfailing love. But as they grow older, and as they start experiencing life through the filters of the many beliefs and limitations they adopt from those around them, their innocence starts to fade. And if in the beginning they looked at life and everyone around them with eyes of love, welcoming the whole world in their pure and loving hearts, as they grew older, and as they advanced through life, they learned that it was unsafe to live life that way. Thus, the love that they once held in their pure and innocent hearts is slowly but surely being replaced with a lot of fear. Fear that “forces” them to act in unkind and unloving ways, creating a lot of pain and suffering for themselves and for those around them…

Don’t take it personally. Don’t make their pain your pain. Don’t make their darkness your darkness. Help them if you can, by giving them your love, compassion and understanding, and by helping them understand that love is their true nature, while fear is nothing but an illusion. And if that’s something you can’t do, make sure you don’t feed their pain by reacting in unkind and unloving way, and by confusing the behavior with the person, for that would only create more suffering into their lives, and into your own life.

8. Guard Your Heart, For Everything You Do Flows From It.
No matter what anyone might say to you, and about you, and no matter how much negativity people might try to bring into your life through their actions and behaviors, never allow the pain that might be created to make you hate. Never allow resentment to pour through your system, continuing to poison your heart long after you have been “bitten by the snake.” Keep your heart pure, free from negativity, hate and resentment. For everything you do flows from your heart.

9. Let Love Forgive.
“Fear condemns and love forgives. Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced.” ~ ACIM

When I was a little kid, whenever me and my siblings would argue or get into a fight, at the end of it all, I would often run to my mom and complain about the mean things my siblings said or did to me. And my mom would always tell me the same thing: “If you are the bigger you will forgive and let go…”

Even though most of us believe that forgiveness is an act of weakness, the truth of the matter is that forgiveness is an act of strength not of weakness. You don’t forgive because you are weak but because you are strong enough to realize that only by giving up on resentment you will be happy…. And the bigger person always forgives. Not necessarily because they think that the other person deserves it, but because they know that they themselves do. Because they know that forgives cleanses the mind and purifies the hearts of all the negativity that might have gotten into our system because of all the hurtful things that might have been said and done. Keeping our hearts open and allowing life’s many gifts to shower us and to continue to make us feel nourished, loved, cared for and appreciated.

10. Set Peace Of Mind As Your Highest Goal.
Turn your back to those things that aren’t meant to bring you peace, joy and happiness into your life, and constantly focus onto those things that fill your heart with love. Set peace of mind as your highest goal in life and let nothing and no one interfere with that. Let nothing and no one disturb your inner peace. Whenever you are faced with a difficult person or situation, ask yourself: “How can I handle this situation in a way that will not disturb my inner peace?” And make sure you only act in ways that will help you maintain a state of inner peace and tranquility.

Why do you think it’s so challenging for people not to take things personally, constantly chasing after people’s approval and validation? You can share your insights in the comment section below!

Written By Luminita D. Saviuc

Source: Purpose Fairy

He’s Not Your Forever Person Unless He Actually Puts Effort Into These 12 Things

Thu, 2017-06-15 00:18

1. He should make an effort to plan dates. He shouldn’t expect you to come up with ideas every weekend. Once in a while, he should take you to a new restaurant or shop that he thinks you’re going to love.

2. He should make an effort to text back. And he should remember to tell you where he is and what he’s doing. It’s the easiest way to build trust. If he’s always open with you, then there’s no reason to doubt what he says.

3. He should make an effort to flirt. I don’t care if you’ve been dating for decades. He should never take your love for granted. He should still try to woo you, even though he already has you.

4. He should make an effort to give you an orgasm. You don’t have to climax every single time you have sex, but you should climax the majority of the time. That means there should be plenty of foreplay and oral.

5. He should make an effort to save his money. If he honestly wants to spend the rest of his life with you, then he has to prepare for the future. He should be resisting the urge to waste all his cash on alcohol and should be working alongside you to save up money for a house.

6. He should make an effort to make you feel like a major part of his life. He should update you on what’s going on at work. He should invite you out with his friends. He should make you feel important.

7. He should make an effort to get along with your friends and family members. He doesn’t have to go on one-on-one brunch dates with your mother, but he should treat everyone you care about with respect. Even if your disapproving father is a little rude to him, it doesn’t mean he should be rude back. He should be trying his best to make a good impression.

8. He should make an effort to come to compromises. If you two disagree on something, there shouldn’t be a big blowout that ends with only one of you getting your way. You should find a solution that benefits you both. Otherwise, the resentment is going to kick in.

9. He should make an effort to cook and clean. You’re not his mother. He shouldn’t rely on you to do all of his chores for him. He should be doing just as much housework as you.

10. He should make an effort to look good. He doesn’t have to wear a suit and tie during every date, just like you don’t have to wear a skintight dress. But he should at least look presentable. He should keep that beard trimmed and wear that underwear that he knows his butt looks amazing in.

11. He should make an effort to keep himself healthy. If he loves you, he’ll take care of himself, so that you two can have a long life together.

12. He should make an effort to make you happy. He should think your smile is the most beautiful thing in the world, and he should aim to see it as often as humanly possible.

Source: Thought Catalog

How To Instantly Eliminate Phlegm & Mucus in Chest And Throat (Homemade Remedies)

Thu, 2017-06-15 00:01

People frequently feel some kind of blockage in the nasal passages or throat, constant cough, and find it difficult to breathe.

Phlegm is the thick substance hidden by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract whose role is to eliminate infections, especially in a case of a serious cold.

It accumulates in the throat and chest, thus congesting it and the body uses a cough to expel it.

Excessive amounts of phlegm usually occur in the case of cold, flu, sinusitis and viral or bacterial infections, as well as allergic reactions because of hay fever, asthma, or damaged vocal cords.

In these situations, symptoms usually include a runny nose, weakness, fever, constant cough, and also difficulties in breathing. Unless the phlegm is treated on time, it might cause clogging of the bronchial tubes, and maybe upper respiratory infections.

The homemade remedies listed below can eliminate phlegm and mucus in the chest and throat, and treat all their symptoms, in a quick, safe and effective way.

Honey And Lemon
Honey contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that calm the irritated respiratory tract and cause an instant relief. On the other hand, lemon is rich in vitamin C, which empowers the immune system, and eliminates congestion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of Lemon juice

Instructions:

Add the honey and lemon juice in a bowl, and stir well. Drink the concoction at once three times daily to alleviate congestion.

Ginger
Ginger can act as a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It has also powerful antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties. Therefore, it eases chest and throat congestion by drying out excessive mucus and stimulating the elimination of buildup.
You need to chew 3-4 raw ginger slices every day, or drink ginger tea a few times daily.

How to prepare a ginger infusion

Ingredients:

  • 6 or 7 pieces ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (has antiseptic properties)
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns (fights infection)
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

Heat the water in a pan. When it begins to simmer, add the ginger and peppercorns. Cover the pan, leave it to boil for 1minute, and then lower the heat. Simmer for 5-7 minutes until it turns pale yellow. Strain and add 1 tablespoon of honey. You should drink this tea 2-3 times every day by sipping to instantly relieve the congestion.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body and keeps a healthy pH balance, that will protect from excess production of mucus in the body.

You can add 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to 1 glass of water and mix well. Then, drink it 2-3 times every day to eliminate phlegm or gargle to soothe a sore throat.

Turmeric
The active compound of turmeric, curcumin, is a powerful medicine which destroys bacteria.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon of Salt (has potent antibacterial properties)
  • 1 glass of Warm water (calms an irritated throat)

Instructions:

Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water, add the salt, stir and gargle with the solution. Repeat 3 to 4 times every day to ease mucus and reduce phlegm in your throat.

Gargling with salt water is extremely beneficial, as the water soothes the throat, and the antibacterial qualities of salt kill bacteria and fight infections.

Steaming
Steaming is a really effective way to eliminate mucus and phlegm in the throat. The inhaling of vapors will provide quick relief.

Breathing in steam lets the vapors travel down your throat and loosen up clogged mucus. Infusing the water with herbs is also very helpful.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups of boiling hot water Rosemary (contains antiseptic properties) – ½ teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon of thyme (reduces excess mucus)
  • ½ teaspoon of dried rosemary

Instructions:

Add ½ teaspoon of thyme and dried rosemary to the water. Lean over the bowl to inhale the steam. You'd better put a towel over the head so that the steam can go directly into the face. Repeat 3 to 4 times every day.

In addition, you can enjoy a steamy shower twice daily.

More tips:

-Regularly blow the nose to expel the phlegm
-Avoid colds drink and foods
-Avoid smoking
-Use a humidifier to reduce the mucus production
-Avoid exposing yourself to household cleaners, paint fumes, and hazardous chemicals
-Do not swallow the phlegm or mucus, but try to gargle and spit it out to accelerate the healing process
-Eat spicy foods such as garlic and peppers to decrease the mucus and break up the congestion.

References: Womansenergy.com, Healthyfoodhouse.com

These 12 Foods Will Clean Your Arteries If You Eat Them Daily

Wed, 2017-06-14 23:50

Nowadays, cardiovascular diseases become prevalent, and many people suffer from some heart issue. Clogged arteries are one of the basic factors contributing to these issues.

The role of the blood vessels is to carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of our body. When they are healthy, they are elastic, flexible, strong, and free of deposits.

Nevertheless, they frequently become clogged, hard, and narrowed, because of the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, and more substances. This state is also known as atherosclerosis and leads to a lower flow of blood through the arteries.

What you should know is that the blockage of arteries is a prolonged process, that grows gradually, and is usually caused by bad dietary and lifestyle habits.
Nevertheless, you can prevent such issues by following a healthy nutrition, including the foods mentioned in the list below:

1. Broccoli
Broccoli is a type of food that's rich in vitamin K which prevents calcification or hardening of arteries. This vegetable contains countless nutrients which prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol and serious heart diseases.

It is also high in fiber which reduces anxiety, regulates blood pressure, and, also, prevents tears and eventually plaque build-up in arterial walls.

2. Green Tea
Green tea – especially Matcha green tea, that is rich in nutrients – is high in catechins that are antioxidant plant phenols which protect from absorption of cholesterol during digestion.

As a result, you must have one or two cups of green tea every day to boost blood lipid levels and reduce arterial blockage. In addition, this tea also helps metabolism as well as weight management.

3. Flaxseeds
Flaxseeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which reduces blood pressure and inflammation and keeps arteries clean.

4. Spinach
Spinach is rich in nutrients and provides countless health benefits. It is rich in nitric oxide, that protects from contractions of the arteries, blood coagulation, and plaque, and also lowers the chances of strokes and heart attacks.

Clinical Nutrition Research published a 2015 study that discovered that seven-day consumption of spinach as an inorganic nitrate source reduces postprandial arterial stiffness.

Spinach is also very rich in vitamin C and A. It prevents bad cholesterol from reaching the arterial walls and minimizes the risk of atherosclerosis. Additionally, it's a rich source of potassium and folic acid, which regulate cholesterol and blood pressure.

You should eat at least half of a cup of spinach daily, and add it to smoothies, salads, soups, and juices.

5. Pomegranates
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants that prevent damage due to free radicals and lower the accumulation of sat in the arteries, plus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In addition, they trigger the production of nitric oxide, which supports blood flow and keeps the arteries open, preventing blood clots and plaque buildup in the arteries.

For a research conducted in 2014, and published in Clinical Nutrition, patients with carotid artery stenosis who drank pomegranate juice for 3 years experienced reduced blood pressure, lowered common carotid intima-media thickness, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation.

Another 2013 study published in Atherosclerosis proved that pomegranate extract led to atheroprotective results that reduce inflammation in the vessel walls.

You need to consume one or two pomegranates daily and drink a glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.

6. Cranberries
Cranberries are abundant in antioxidants and also support heart health since they reduce LDL and raise HDL cholesterol levels.

The juice is more antioxidant than all other fruit juices, except for the 100% red or black grape.

You need to drink two glasses of 100% pure organic cranberry juice every day to protect from heart diseases and boost your health in general.

7. Avocados
Avocados are rich in healthy fats and more significant nutrients which enhance blood cholesterol by lowering LDL and raising HDL levels.

As s 1996 study, published in the Archives of Medical Research, shows, increased monounsaturated fatty acids in a diet rich in these fruits boost lipid profiles in healthy and especially in mild hypercholesterolemic patients.

Moreover, the vitamin E prevents cholesterol oxidization. Avocados are rich in folate that reduces harmful homocysteine levels in the blood, while potassium lowers blood pressure.

You must eat half of an avocado each day so that you can consume it either as butter or as a cream replacement on bread and toast.

8. Asparagus
This natural artery-clearing food protects from blood clotting and reduces blood pressure.

The B vitamins, especially B6, lower homocysteine, that is an amino acid related to heart issues, and C-reactive protein levels.

A 2005 study which showed that raised homocysteine levels increase the risk of CAD and blood clots in the arteries and veins.

Asparagus lowers these levels due to the high folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 content. Asparagus causes the production of glutathione, that is an antioxidant that prevents inflammation.

Also, the vitamin K in asparagus prevents artery hardening and maintains calcium out of the arterial linings. As a result, you should consume it frequently, as a side dish or as an appetizer.

9. Turmeric
The ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which boost heart health. It also empowers the cardiovascular system, reduces and prevents blockages of the arteries.

In addition, it lowers LDL, or ‘bad’ cholesterol, levels, and also prevents buildup in the arteries. According to a 2015 study (International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pathology), turmeric prevents blocked arteries and strengthens heart health.

Researchers proved that the main culprits for the boost of coronary artery permeability are the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin.
You need to drink a glass of milk with a teaspoon of turmeric once or twice every day. Also, you can take curcumin supplements of 400 to 600 mg, three times daily.

10. Apples
Apples are high in a particular type of fiber, pectin, which reduces bad cholesterol by interfering with the stomach absorption of bile acids.

Additionally, apples are high in flavonoids which reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.

Apples are rich in magnesium and potassium too, which helps the control of blood pressure. Try to consume an organic apple every day, with the skin, to enjoy all its benefits.

11. Garlic
Garlic is a true healthy powerhouse that prevents blockage of arteries and cardiovascular issues.

Its regular consumption reduces the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood, regulates blood circulation and widens blood vessels.

According to a 2016 study, the aged garlic extract reduces coronary plaque volume in the case of metabolic syndrome. (The study was published in the Journal of Nutrition.)

You should eat 1-2 garlic cloves each morning on an empty stomach, and add it to your soups, stews, salad dressings, and all kinds of dishes.

12. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been used in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, as they have a myriad of health benefits.

This plant is the richest in Omega 3 fatty acids plant, and it is also high in fiber, which makes it ideal for lowering bad cholesterol, regulating blood pressure and clearing the arteries.

You can eat chia seeds in countless ways. You can sprinkle the dry seeds on yogurt and oatmeal, or add them to crunchy dishes and salads. You can also add them to desserts, smoothies, and even baking recipes.

Don't forget to remain hydrated when consuming chia seeds, because they absorb lots of water.

10 Successful Psychological Tricks That Can Get You What You Want

Wed, 2017-06-14 01:08


According to Jim Butcher, “the human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place.” This is an understatement. The human brain is, actually, a total madhouse.

This can be devastating when other people's minds keep them from understanding our way of thinking.

Nevertheless, it can be amazing when we learn to appreciate the chaos and use it to our advantage.

Below you'll find 10 successful psychological tricks that can get you what you want:

1. If you want a person to like you, ask them for a very simple favor. Most people won't refuse to help someone if it is something trivial. This will put them in a mindset of collaboration and so they'll end up seeing you as a team member.

2. If you find yourself trying to make a path through a crowded street, try to look directly at your destination. People usually look subconsciously into the eyes of others around them in order to forge their own path. So, they will inherently realize where you are heading towards and make way for you.

3. If you want to ask someone to help you carry something, hand it to them while you are talking. The majority of people will be paying more attention to what you say than you do and take the item instinctively. Even in case, they are distracted, they would likely rather help than cut you when you talk.

4. If you would like to understand whether or not somebody has their eye on you, then yawn. If they are indeed watching you, they will probably do the same.

5. If you want to make someone behave in a certain way, then give them options within the bounds of the desired behavior. For instance, instead of saying “Will you, please eat a vegetable for dinner?”, say “Shall I make carrots tonight, or do you prefer green beans?”. This usually gives the other person a feeling of control and makes them believe the choice was their own.

6. If you want to seem like a great listener to someone, paraphrase their words back to them. Be careful to say what they said but in your own words. It will make them think you listened and you also understood them.

7. If a song has stuck in your head and it’s driving you crazy, follow it all the way until it ends. It’s more difficult to shake a song if our mind thinks that we’re leaving it unfinished.

8. To make someone agree with your position, nod while you are explaining it. It's highly possible that your audience will unintentionally mimic you. After nodding with you while you're speaking, they will possibly become predisposed to agree with you. Nodding is also a proof of trustworthiness and confidence in your position. On the other hand, you should avoid shaking your head.

9. If you met a new person and want them to like you, then warm your hands before you shake theirs. People feel at ease with warm hands, while cold ones make them feel guarded and uncomfortable.

10. If you want people to trust your advice, say that you heard that from your parents or grandparents. People tend to trust older family members more.

Have you ever tried any of these tricks? Comment below to share your view with us!

30 Indications That You Are Emotionally Abused And You Need To Do Something About It

Wed, 2017-06-14 01:04

Of all the different kinds of abuse, nothing is worse than the results of emotional abuse on somebody’s sense of self-worth.
In situations of emotional abuse, although there might not be any physical proof of abuse, the effects can be far more damaging.

As the tactics that are used by the abuser are more smart and evasive than that of physical abuse, the victim is not totally conscious of the damage that is being done to them. If this is a consistent behavior in a relationship, the victim will possibly develop coping mechanisms to deal with the anguish. Sooner or later, they are likely to present symptoms of depression, panic or even PTSD.

Emotional abuse (AKA Psychological abuse or “Chronic Verbal Aggression”) can be defined as any act that isolates or confines a person, including the use of intimidation or humiliation or anything else that can harm the victim’s self-esteem.

Here are 30 ways to recognize emotional abuse:
1. Emotional abusers try to humiliate you or mock you when you’re in a group of friends.
2. Emotional abusers overlook your needs as well as your beliefs.
3. Emotional abusers make scornful and often sarcastic remarks to embarrass you or make you feel pity for yourself.
4. Emotional abusers try to blame their abusive behavior on you for being "too sensitive."
5. Emotional abusers try to infantilize you (treat you as if you were a kid).
6. Emotional abusers try to punish you for every little thing you don’t do in the way they want it to be done.
7. You feel like you always need their permission to go anywhere or do anything.
8. Emotional abusers try to take charge of your finances.
9. Emotional abusers squash your goals and dreams, disapprove of your successes and generally criticize you about almost everything.
10. Emotional abusers will never admit that you might be right since their word is law and you are always wrong if you disagree.
11. Their non-verbal attitude is intimidating, as you will never be looked at as an equal to them.
12. Emotional abusers often rub your face in your flaws.
13. Emotional abusers randomly come up with false accusations about you.
14. Emotional abusers are unable to handle criticism, so they try to use it on others all the time.
15. Emotional abusers won't tolerate disrespect, but they do nothing to deserve respect.
16. Emotional abusers make up excuses to justify their behavior and they never, ever, show remorse.
17. Emotional abusers incessantly push your buttons and disregard anything you ask from them.
18. Emotional abusers try to make you think that you are the reason of all of their problems and misery.
19. Emotional abusers call you names all the time, but they never accept you speaking to them in a bad language.
20. Emotional abusers are usually withdrawn or totally unavailable emotionally.
21. When they need your attention, they become passive aggressive.
22. Their attitude towards you is entirely apathetic; they have no feeling of compassion.
23. Emotional abusers victimize themselves in some attempt to make you feel like you are the abuser.
24. Emotional abusers will set up abandonment scenarios to make you fear that you need them.
25. Emotional abusers don't know or care about how you feel.
26. Emotional abusers steal away your individuality by trying to make you think you are a part of them.
27. Emotional abusers hide important information from you as a way to control you.
28. Emotional abusers lack any sense of confidentiality.
29. Emotional abusers will never agree to their behavior as being abusive.
30. Another way that they take control of you is by making obscure threats and underhanded remarks.

If you are familiar with any of these signs of emotional abuse, it’s time, to be honest and straightforward with yourself. That is how you can regain control over your life, and finally, start to heal.

6 Ways In Which Your Partner Tries To Control You

Wed, 2017-06-14 01:02

How can you tell if your partner has a controlling personality? Controlling is someone who needs others to behave in certain ways and does what it takes to make them do so.

For the majority of us, we have faced situations when somebody tells us not to do something. Then, when we naturally ask "why not?", they reply with, “I don’t want you to do that,” or “That’s not how it should be done.”

Controlling personalities usually comes from having codependency issues. That means that they depend on their ability to control your feelings so that they can feel self-confident and secure. Nevertheless, by doing this, they finally end up making you feel like you have lost your own independence. Therefore, they have you under their thumb, and your self-esteem is destroyed.

So, here are 6 ways to tell whether your partner is trying to control you.

1. At first, they are too affectionate and, then, they suddenly create distance.
This is an indirect manipulation tactic that is easily unnoticed unless you know how to recognize it. Once you meet them, they will start creating intimacy between you in order to make you trust them and depend on their tenderness. As soon as you believe they feel for you, they will begin to distance themselves.

This tactic is used to make you fall in love so quickly that when things slow down, you have no way to escape. You will find out that suddenly the compliments are over and it is you who is expected to do everything for this relationship.

2. They always find a reason to criticize you.
Controlling people are never happy with what their partner does, even when they give the instructions. They will judge the way you speak, the way you dress, your job, your house and basically everything. Their favorite thing is to tell you what you should've done to be 'perfect', like them.

3. They hate to be questioned.
People who are controlling can't stand being questioned. Their word is law. They get frustrated when you ask them to explain their actions or words and they end up being mad at you for asking.

This, of course, happens because their actions and words don’t make sense. They just want you to surrender to their control without question.

4. They try to make you feel guilty.
Guilt is the perfect way for controlling people to make you do what they want. They will try to use your love for them to manipulate you. This is a horribly destructive tactic in toxic relationships of any kind and can lead to permanent emotional damage.

5. They have a list of rules.
Of course, only they know what is best for everybody. Controlling people have a list of rules that everybody should follow, and unless they do, judgment soon follows.

6. They won't let you be yourself.
Once you notice these behaviors for what they are and refuse to be controlled any longer, your partner will probably tell you how much you have “changed.”

They depend on their words having an impact on you, and as soon as that stops, it’s all your fault. How dare you ask for your independence after they've tried so hard to take it from you?

You should remember that change is good. Especially when it comes to letting go of toxic people. Nobody can tell you what to do or say. That decision is only yours.

4 Indications That Someone Is Trying To Manipulate You

Wed, 2017-06-14 00:04

It can be hard to identify psychological manipulation from other, especially if you have grown up with it. Here are 4 signs that will make it easier for you to understand.

Whether you have been emotionally manipulated for years, or if this is the first time it ever happens to you, psychological manipulation can be complicated to describe. Manipulators behave in a self-serving, abusive, and dishonest way, but at the same time, they are sweet and kind. What you need to understand is that they just try to gain your sympathy, to get what they want.

Psychological manipulators make feel you unsure about your thoughts and feelings. Psychological manipulation is a kind of social influence by a person who is trying to change the behavior or perception of other people through abusive or dishonest tactics.

But how do you really understand whether somebody is psychologically manipulating you? It can be difficult to reveal their smart tactics, so only your intuition can become your best friend.

Still, there are 4 signs that will help you:

1. Manipulators claim to be 'experts'.
These kinds of people will try to overwhelm you with all those things they pretend to know. Manipulators do this to show off their intelligence and make you feel like they're superior. Of course, they are not experts! They just want you to fall for their words.

They are constantly pretending to know every single thing, like the best places to travel, the best foods to eat when you're on a diet, and, of course, everything about politics. Don't fall into the trap. They just want to take over every single conversation.

2. Manipulators force you into taking decisions.
The reason why manipulators want you to hurry up while trying to make a decision is just that they don't want to let you weigh your options. They want things to go their way, and they'll do it without you even realizing that you've chosen poorly.

Pressure is their favorite way to make you answer their questions. Instead of falling into the trap, the next time you'll feel pressured into making a decision, just reply 'not now' in a calm but decisive voice. Show them that you take the time you need to make your own decisions.

3. Manipulators make you feel guilty.
Feeling guilty can be exhausting. If you're also a highly sensitive person, you'll most probably feel guilty all the time around manipulators. When a manipulator realizes that you're not willing to do a simple favor for them, like going to the grocery shop, they'll say something like 'It's totally ok, I understand that you don't want to go! Of course, I will be extremely tired after work, but what can I do?'.

It's probably difficult not to give in if you hear such things from someone. But you need to understand that when someone cares about us, they don't ever try to make us feel guilty. There are other ways to ask for a favor. This is plain manipulation.

4. They become aggressive.
If manipulators don't like something you did, prepare yourself for an adult tantrum. It usually doesn't make any sense, but it can be really hurtful.

Manipulators want to get their way, and they will use hurtful language, or even violent outbursts if needed. You should expect anything from slamming doors to threatenings.

Of course, this is a totally unhealthy aspect in any relationship. If you are afraid of fury and violence, you should seek help.

We all have to make tough choices that affect us, and others around us. Don't forget that taking care of your mental and emotional health is crucial. Don’t let anyone bring you down. Find someone who will build you up!

15 Signs That Your Relationship Is Coming To An End

Wed, 2017-06-14 00:03

Sometimes it's hard to admit that a relationship is over. We are stubborn to keep it and try even if we suffer. That might be because we don't like failing or because we're afraid of being alone.

Whatever the reason might be, the thing is that we can't awaken the dead. If a relationship is over, there's usually no way to fix it. We should move on with our lives, and that's for the best.

But how can you understand if your relationship is coming to an end? It's not always easy. However, these 15 signs can help you know:

1) You don't have fun anymore.
That's a simple one. If you're bored when you're around your partner, then that's a gigantic sign that something's going wrong. You can try new things to light the fire again, but most of the times these tricks only work temporarily.

2) You aren't looking forward to meeting your partner.
If you would rather stay at home with a book or see your friends than seeing your partner, then you should think if that's always the case. If the answer is yes, then it means you're not in love anymore.

3) You hardly ever have sex with each other.
Sex isn't everything, but it's still a crucial factor in every relationship. Even if you're both too busy, you still need to find some personal time. If you are not willing to sleep with your partner anymore, it means you are in an unhealthy relationship.

4) You think of other people in a romantic/sexual way.
These things happen of course - but only when you're not in love with your partner.

5) You don't find your partner attractive anymore.
Appearance isn't that important, but, still, there must be something that attracts you to that person.

6) You are annoyed by things that didn't annoy you in the past.
That's also a huge sign that you are not attracted to your partner anymore. Arguing for insignificant reasons usually means that your partner now brings you negative energy.

7) You have different goals in life.
If you want to settle down and your partner wants to travel the whole world, we've got a problem. Same if you want to live in different cities - not to mention different countries or continents.

8) You feel like you're not free.
If you feel pressured in any way, then this relationship is not the right for you.

9) You don't trust your partner.
Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship. If you don't trust your partner, you'll never feel secure and happy beside them.

10) You only are with your partner because you don't want to be single.
Many people do that, unfortunately. But you need to remember that you'll be better off single than in a bad relationship.

11) Your partner is abusive.
Physical or mental abuse should be the #1 reason to break up. Don't let anyone destroy you.

12) Your partner has cheated on you.
Even if you chose to forgive them, things will never be the same, and you know that. You won't trust them again completely, you won't feel the same, and you'll always wonder why.

13) You don't communicate.
Communication is another critical factor in a relationship. If you feel like your partner speaks a different language, then maybe it's time to find someone who speaks yours!

14) You have nothing in common anymore.
People grow and change. And sometimes they grow apart, even if they live together. It's a sad reason not to be with someone, but wouldn't you like to be next to someone you can share the same thoughts and feelings?

15) You don't dream of your future together.
You both know that there is an expiration day. End of story.

15 Ways To Make Other People Respect You

Wed, 2017-06-14 00:03

People should respect each other by default. However, sometimes we need to try harder so that others don't belittle or undermine us.

Here are 15 ways to earn respect from other people:

1. Stand up for your rights.
Even adults can bully other adults. When you feel mistreated, dare to speak up. Show others that this type of behavior is not accepted by you.

2. Avoid quick emotional reactions.
Connecting with your feelings is a positive and powerful trait. However, your quick emotional reaction is usually not the wisest one. Don’t react immediately in moments of fury and confusion. Give yourself time to process your emotions and respond in a healthy way.

3. Say 'no'.
Know your limits – energy, money, and time, for instance, since they always seem to be in short supply. Know the things you care about, and prioritize them. Say no to the rest. There's no reason to always try to please others.

4. Don’t waste other people's time.
When you have an important meeting, you should be well prepared, avoid small talk and stay on topic, so that you don't waste your colleagues' time.

5. Know your own morality.
Give an important amount of thought to your own moral compass. What do you really believe in? What do you value? Clarify that to yourself and do your best to live according to your own principles.

6. Respect the moral codes of people around you.
Even if you disagree with somebody’s values, it is critical to respect them in following them. Don’t try to convince a vegetarian to eat meat, for instance. Nobody really wants to be converted from their deeply held beliefs.

7. Treat others with kindness and equality.
No one respects somebody who kisses up to their boss and then is rude to the taxi driver. Don't forget that we are all equals.

8. Stand your ground.
Don’t devalue your own dreams and thoughts. Assert yourself. Being kind and listening actively to other people is something you should do, but without forgetting who you really are. If you disagree, express it. People appreciate sincerity.

9. Don’t gossip.
Gossip might be fun, but it's also a thing that makes other people lose their respect for you. You should support other people's privacy and feelings.

10. Be honest when you apologize.
Apologize when you've done something wrong. Don’t do so if you don't feel guilty. When you say you’re sorry, you must mean it. Your apologies should always be thoughtful and sincere.

11. Keep your promises.
If you promise to be somewhere at a certain time, then do it. Show people that you are trustworthy and respectful of their schedule. They will then depend on you and respect you back.

12. Take action.
Don’t always wait for somebody else to take the lead. Be proactive in discovering solutions to issues and following the things that you want. If you like someone, ask them out. Don’t beat around the bush.

13. Stop being too nice.
Distinguish kindness from being way too nice and doing anything you are asked for. Trying to please everyone won’t get you very far. Being a pushover is highly undesirable and not respected. If you’re too nice to everyone, some people may even think you’re not genuine.

14. Practice humility.
There are going to be times when you won't be right, or you won't succeed at something. Appreciate the lessons life teaches you and realize that you're not the best at everything. Confidence comes from practising humility and learning from your mistakes.

15. Be open-minded.
Being open-minded is not complex, nor should it be in conflict with your moral code. It just means that you recognize that you still have so much to learn and appreciate, and you keep on learning from others, even if you have a strong core belief system.

The Sad But True Reasons That Explain Why You Should Let Go Of Someone You Love

Wed, 2017-06-14 00:01

Love alone is not enough. Loving someone doesn't mean that they're the right person for you.

Each one of us is a unique creature on a special soul journey, with different emotions, ideas, beliefs, desires, needs, and motivations.

When you meet a new person, especially if it's someone you are romantically attracted to, you often hope and pray that they can meet you at the exact place you are at in your life. Sadly, this is not always the case.

This disconnect can also happen with the person you have been in a long-term relationship with. You both evolve and go through countless changes, so there's a time when you don’t adjust well to each other.

You may place unrealistic conditions and expectations on your partner, and when they won’t or aren’t able to meet them, you take it personally and feel rejected or unwanted. You question if there was ever a connection between you and them in the first place.

But, in reality, you just may not be compatible at that period. It is usually no one’s fault that the bonds won’t seal down on every corner. However, for reasons often unknown, something is causing relationship dysfunction.

Unless you want to experience endless pain and suffering by trying to force a relationship that doesn't work, the only choice that's left is to take a deep breath and then just let it go.

It is also necessary to work out how to release our anger and/or sadness and surrender so that everything that's meant to be can truly be, without you pressuring it to be something different—something based only on your own individual needs, desires, and emotions

People often feel that they are stronger for holding on to fragments of their relationships. We think that if we pour enough time, attention and effort into it, then, miraculously, the other person come around to our way of thinking and feeling. Nevertheless, this flood of emotional energy is often aimless since we end up having the opposite effect. Instead of feeding the relationship, it kills the residual positive emotions that have been lingering.

What we should all understand is that sometimes, the most courageous choice we can make is gently and gracefully let go of a person who isn't the right one or us.

When we listen to the term “let go,” we become easily confused believing it has a negative meaning. However, letting someone go can be the most positive, loving and considerate thing we can do for them but for ourselves as well.

When we let go, we consciously forgive, forget, and choose to move one with our lives.

We are afraid to let go of the one we love. But this fear can be replaced by faith in ourselves as well as the person we are choosing to let go of. This is a spiritual signal to the world that we trust in our own power to face what is and what isn’t meant for us.

As we enter the new chapter in our lives, fresh new energy comes in, along with new chances that we would never notice before. All our energy was captured since we were holding on to the past - a past that was preventing us from beginning anything new.

When we let go, we don’t just let go of our partner. We also let go of all the sadness, pain, anger and misery that we had been hiding from ourselves while we were stubbornly trying to force something that wasn't meant to be.

We can frequently become attached to emotions that have faded away, just because the can feel familiar. Letting go can sound terrifying as there is always a risk of us ending up alone. However, we shouldn't be afraid of being on our owns for some time. Alone doesn't necessarily mean 'lonely'. All people need some time by themselves to breathe, re-consider and then make new choices. Happiness is something that comes, first of all, from our inner selves and, later, from other people.

So, don't be afraid to let go of a relationship that's old and exhausting. Good things are around the corner; you just have to make way for them! If you have faith, you'll see that love can always find you.

Artist Swaps Billboards With Pictures Of The Landscapes They’re Hiding

Sun, 2017-06-11 19:48

Art Installation by Jennifer Bolande for Desert X
Photograph by Lance Gerber Studio
Visible Distance / Second Sight is an art installation made by Jennifer Bolande for DesertX. In this temporary artwork, there was a series of consecutive billboards that have been swapped by totally aligned photos of the sceneries they are hiding.

From the DesertX project page:

"Each photograph is unique to its position along this route and at a certain point as one approaches each billboard, perfect alignment with the horizon will occur thus reconnecting the space that the rectangle of the billboard has interrupted.

In the language of billboard advertising this kind of reading is referred to as a Burma-Shave after the shaving cream company of the same name who used sequential placement to create messaging that could be read only from a moving vehicle.

Within the desert empire of roadside signs, Bolande chooses to advertise the very thing so often overlooked. Looking up at the billboards our attention is drawn back to the landscape itself, pictured here as a stuttering kinesthetic of real and artificial horizons."


The Coachella Valley and its desert landscape were the canvas for a curated exhibition of site-specific work by established and rising artists. Their projects illustrated global and local topics that varied from climate change to shining skies, from tribal art and immigration to tourism, video games, and golf.

See more at desertx.org

Here are some amazing examples of the project:


Art Installation by Jennifer Bolande for Desert X
Photograph by Lance Gerber Studio


Art Installation by Jennifer Bolande for Desert X
Photograph by Lance Gerber Studio


Art Installation by Jennifer Bolande for Desert X
Photograph by Lance Gerber Studio


Art Installation by Jennifer Bolande for Desert X
Photograph by Lance Gerber Studio

Harsh Truths About An Over-thinker With A Sensitive Heart

Sun, 2017-06-11 19:46

Over-thinkers tend to analyze every single thing, stick to details and try to find a meaning about everything. They don't give themselves a break and, so, they are always too hard on themselves.

If you are an over-thinker, you probably take people's opinions too seriously and try to understand exactly why they say whatever they say. If you also have a sensitive heart, then all this overthinking probably drives you crazy, because you try to analyze everything without sounding insane to others.

Another harsh truth about sensitive over-thinkers is that they see the world in black and white. They can't be in the middle and settle for gray. They don't have 'half-feelings,' they either do or don't, love or hate, feel completely happy or completely devastated.

Sometimes, you might be 'too much' for some people; too sentimental, too analyzing, too emotional, too nervous, too romantic. And that will make you sad, but you've got to realize that not everyone is going to like us. Because if you don't, then you'll always feel like you don't belong.

Another common thing in sensitive over-thinkers is that they have an inner struggle to be present in life, but they usually don’t really feel connected to their environment or the people around them. That’s why they thrive when they work alone or when they are isolated from their routine.

They crave love most of the time, but they don’t like to put themselves out there much. Their heart is fragile and hopeful, so when they don’t get the affection or the love they were looking for, it breaks them. Then they shut themselves off from the world because they need time to heal, even if it wasn’t anything major.

They’re always trying to find the meaning behind everything; behind their pain or their heartbreak; behind their losses and the lessons they’ve learned. They can’t just live without trying to find answers to the questions they have.

They have a special relationship with the universe. Sometimes they feel deeply connected like their bond is so strong and powerful, but sometimes they feel so distant like they don’t understand the world anymore. It often feels like it’s them against the universe and that’s a battle they can’t figure out how to win.

When you’re an over-thinker with a sensitive heart, it's possible to suffer from insomnia, as your bed is the place where your worst thoughts and fears haunt you all at once. It’s where you question everything you say and everything you do.

However, sensitive over-thinkers are characterized by some of the best traits in the world. They are artistic, creative and unique. They have an extraordinary way of thinking which may not be loved by everyone, but it's worth loving. They have high emotional intelligence, and that's why all their relationships, romantic or not, are deep and sincere.

10 Things You Should Let Go Of To Be Happy

Sun, 2017-06-11 19:45

Sometimes we enter a phase in our lives where things are just not working for us. Unluckily, as human beings, we are frightened of change. We are not determined to allow ourselves to get rid of toxicity – so we end up living with it instead. We carry our own baggage, and that destroys us

It is in these times when we need to hear something powerful.

We should let go of things, people, and situations. We need to unburden ourselves before we drown.

Here are 10 things all of us should let go of to be happy

1. You Should Let Go Of A Relationship That Makes You Feel Bad.
There are countless reasons why a relationship could work and countless reasons why it could fail. If your partner is cheating on you, or if they're abusive, then it's obvious that you need to find the strength to leave. However, sometimes things aren't that obvious. Maybe your partner is a wonderful person who, unfortunately, isn't the right one for you. Whichever the case is, remember that it's always better to end an unhappy relationship as soon as possible.

2. You Should Let Go Of Your Mistakes.
We make mistakes to learn. Of course, you shouldn't repeat the mistakes of the past. However, you shouldn't also always blame yourself for old mistakes. Forgive but not forget. Move on wiser and stronger.

3. You Should Let Go Of Your Addictions.
This might be the tougher one since addictions can make both the mind and body suffer. Even if its alcohol, smoking, drugs, food or anything else, you should try to find the strength to quit before it's too late. Speak to your loved ones and let them help you. Learn how to love and take care of yourself.

4. You Should Let Go Of A Toxic Friendship.
Friends should support you and bring out the best of you. If they bring you down, if they're jealous of you, if they drown you into misery, then they're not the right friends for you.

5. You Should Let Go Of Your Bad Habits.
It can be from something minor like biting your nails to something serious like telling lies. The thing is that to become happy you'll also have to become a better person and to achieve that you need to reconsider your personality traits as well as your habits.

6. You Should Let Go Of Unrealistic Expectations.
It's good to set goals in life. It's also fine to be ambitious. But, if your expectations are too high and unrealistic, you might end up disappointed. Don’t hold yourself to standards you set that don't suit you. You have the right to redefine your expectations, at any time.

7. You Should Let Go Of A Job That Doesn't Fulfill You.
Having a job isn't just about making money. Your job should also make you feel happy and fulfilled. If your job leaves you feeling unstimulated or undervalued, then you should find the courage to search for a new one. Don't underestimate your capabilities and your needs. You have permission to find something better.

8. You Should Let Go Of The Place You Live In If It Doesn't Feel Right.
This place might be your parents' house or the city where you were born. If you feel that you're not independent or that you need to be given new opportunities in life, then don't be afraid to move - and move on! You shouldn't be forced to stay stuck in a place that brings out the worst in you.

9. You Should Let Go Of A Lifestyle That Doesn't Suit You Anymore.
Don't be stuck to old habits. Sometimes an old lifestyle might not be who we are. Try to be original and choose the best for yourself.

10. You Should Let Go Of Bad Memories.
You are not forced to carry your bad times with you forever. You should be the best version of yourself. If you don’t like who you are, change it. Get rid of bad memories. This is exclusively your right.

Don't Be Afraid Of Letting Someone Go. If It's Meant To Be, They'll Find Their Way Back To You.

Sun, 2017-06-11 19:41

Thought Catalogue
When you break up with someone you truly loved, there are no words to describe your emotions. Especially if it was your fault, you keep thinking about all the things you could have done that you didn't or all those things you shouldn't have done and you did. You can't shake the feeling that you two could still be together.

There's nothing worse than such a breakup. You feel it was unfair and that you deserve a second chance. Especially after a long-term relationship, you end up constantly thinking of the other person. Everything reminds you of them; the clothes they forgot in your apartment, their favorite song, your pictures together, the places you used to visit together, your favorite restaurant.

You keep doing the things your ex used to love doing. Eating their favorite food, drinking their favorite wine, watching their favorite movie. Nothing can be the same but, still, nothing can change as long as you think that there is - and that there should be - hope.

When a significant person is out of your life, you feel like a part of you has left too. You pray that they come back, every single day. You still text them for their birthdays, you still write them love letters. You still have no interest in meeting someone new, because you feel that you have already met the love of your life - and want them back!

The question is, will they ever come back?

Well, that's something you can't answer now. But remember, if it's meant to be, then it will never be over. You'll eventually be back together, even if it takes years.

You might think they have forgotten and moved on. You might think that the circumstances are not the right for you. Timing is a bitch, and you have to realize it in the hardest way. Your life will begin to progress again, but you'll never stop thinking and dreaming of the love of your life.

And then, one day, it will happen. Their name will appear on your phone as you had always wanted. You'll be caught up somewhere between surprise and excitement. And then it will all start again, from the beginning. It will be hard at first, but since you waited for so long, you know that you have to make things right.

And you will make things right. There's no time left for mistakes, no turning backs, no time to feel remorse again. It will be your second chance, and you have to take what it gets to make it perfect.

Don't listen to those saying you won't make it. You're meant for each other, that's why you got that opportunity. A breakup isn't always the end. It's a chance for us all to become better persons and reconsider everything we've done. And when that time comes, everything will be fine...

Pages