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Five Reasons to Become a Morning Person

For those who are not morning people, getting up early can be one of the hardest things to do. However, research has shown that those who get up before 7 a.m. are happier, healthier, and thinner than those who wake up later.

If you are not even close to being a morning a person, here are five more reasons that might help you convert:

1. Weight Control

While health insurance companies can put you into contact with a good doctor who can help aid in your weight loss goals, research has proven that those who get up early to exercise weigh less than those who exercise later in the day or not at all. Working up a sweat in the early morning helps your metabolism speed up throughout the rest of the day, helping you burn more calories all day long. Plus, when your metabolism is higher, you will be able to curb your cravings easier than if your metabolism was sluggish.

If you can’t muster up the energy to get in a morning workout that early in the day, try to at least get a walk in during the morning. Studies have shown that those who got out in the fresh air in the morning had lower body mass indexes than those who got outside later on.

2. Being Less stressed out

Getting the day started earlier often frees up your time, which is essential to being stress-free and feeling relaxed. The later you wake up, the less time you have available to complete all of the day-to-day tasks. Plus, studies have proven that people who wake up before 7 a.m. are less likely to become stressed, depressed, or overweight. So while you think sleeping in might be helping your body, it could be hurting you instead.

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3. Being More Alert and Mindful

Getting up early can help prepare you for the day ahead by helping you be alert earlier. An early bird’s brain shows that they are more excitable and alert at 9 a.m., which is ideal for a professional, for they are more prepared for their presentations and the workday ahead. However, for those who are night owls, whose brains peak in the evening, you can train yourself to be an early riser. Each week, go to bed 10 minutes earlier and wake up 10 minutes earlier. If you continue this, you can become a morning person.

4. Procrastinate Less

Early risers are also less likely to procrastinate or miss deadlines as well as appear to be more emotionally stable with less mood swings

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5. More productive

While both night owls and early birds bring a unique perspective to work, early risers usually have more problem-solving skills, which means most early birds can anticipate a problem (and solve it) before it gets out of hand.

Training yourself to become a morning person doesn't sound so bad anymore, does it?

 

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Take A Break. Healthy Study Tips To Make You a Better Learner

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Your brain is constantly working, whether you're cramming for a deadline, doing research or simply going about your daily activities, your mind never stop processing information. Our brains need occasional break – not only to store and categorize the newly acquired information, but also to get ready for the next round of data intake.

What You Can Do to Improve Your Self Esteem

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Self esteem is one of the most important forces that shapes our lives. Being self confident not only forces us to take risks but also helps us determine whether we choose to accept what life throws at us or fight our way out, to succeed, to better ourselves despite all the obstacles we have to face.
 
Unfortunately, many who are suffering from low self esteem fail to grow and evolve simply because they lack confidence and are unable to live up to their true potential. Lack of confidence influences everything in their life from choices of clothing to occupation to relationships. Poor self esteem allows individuals to "settle" for less and lower their goals.

Get Happy. 10 Effective Tools To Become Happy!

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Does such a thing as true happiness exist in this world? Can even one person in the whole world vouch for the fact that they are truly happy? Happiness has different meanings for different people. People fail to understand whether they are truly happy or not.

Tips To Improve Your Communication Skills

We all are social beings. There's no doubt that very often our success in the workplace and in private life depends on how effectively we can communicate with the others. Some of us, developed much higher skill levels to be able to communicate and connect with others. The others, however, find it difficult to communicate as effectively. Luckily, communication, like any other skill, can be learned and imporoved with proper practice. Here are few tips you can follow to become a better communicator:

1.    Listen. Yes, we all think we are great listeners. But very few of us know how to really listen instead of just waiting for our turn to speak. Listening is without a doubt one of the most essential skills. Learn to listen actively, try to picture yourself from speaker point of view. Focus on the speaker fully, without interrupting and follow up with relevant questions to show that you paid attention and heard everything that was said.

2.    Focus on building personal rapport first. Try to connect to someone on a personal level in the beginning, and only then as a colleague or a business partner. Finding common interests will more likely result in stronger and longer lasting friendship bonds than if you just connect with someone strictly on a business level.

3.    Stay positive and don't dwell on negatives during the conversation. Even if you have different points of views, don't let it make your communication less effective. Show you understand and appreciate everyone's point of view and acknowledge that just because you might not agree on certain topics, you can still discuss them logically without getting personal. Stay away from complaining and criticizing - it can turn people away from you.

4.    Watch the body language. Very often non-verbal signals can tell us much more than verbal ones. If the person you're talking to takes a closed pose (crosses hands or legs), doesn't look you in the eyes or just looks distracted, it usually shows that they're just not interested in what you have to say or it's possibly they might have gotten offended by what you had said. There are many body language signs that can help you get a fairly good idea about what the speaker really is trying to tell you, often without even realizing it. Look for these clues as guides to help you during your conversation.

5.    Maintain good eye contact  and smile. Keeping the eye contact says you’re confident and you can be trusted. Also, make sure to smile and nod to show you're open, friendly and paying attention to what the speaker has to say.

6.    Use mirroring. One technique that has been used and shown that it works, is called mirroring. Mirroring is simply mimicking body getstures, tone of voice and other other behavior patterns to build a better rapport.  It works on subconscious level and it has been shown that people who mimick others can greatly increase the chances of building a stronger connection. However, you must be careful and be very subtle at using this subtle to use this technique in order not to be obvious and get caught.

8.    Ask open ended questions. This simple technique will not only show others that you're enjoying what they have to say, but also interested in learning more about the topic discussed. It also will give the speaker a chance to expand on  their point of view which and give you a chance to practice your listening skills at the same time.

Use these tips wherever you have to communicate with people and you’ll notice that it’s easier for you to make contacts with people effectively!


About the author: Melisa Marzett is a blogger and a writer who likes to share her ideas. She enjoys traveling and meeting new people. You can find more works by Melisa here: top guestposting

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Lose Weight, Reinvent Your Life

Obesity and overweight have become a global health problem. According to Mexico Bariatric Center, the United States leads the way in obesity rates, both in absolute and relative terms. The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.

"Obesity and overweight have in the last decade become a global problem - according to the World Health Organization (WHO) back in 2005 approximately 1.6 billion adults over the of age 15+ were overweight, at least 400 million adults were obese and at least 20 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight. Experts believe if the current trends continue by 2015 approximately 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese. The scale of the obesity problem has a number of serious consequences for individuals and government health systems.” — News Medical.net

Health experts underline the health risks of being obese and overweight. It could lead to major health problems like heart ailments, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and depression. If you were enjoying every bite of your giant burger and relish every box of pizza, think it over. You may hate it for the rest of your life.

In a hurry-and-scurry world where time is considered gold, maintaining a healthy weight can be difficult to many people. But earning a living should not be used as alibi or reason why you were not able to manage your weight.

Let us set aside the fact that this is a global issue and focus the spotlight to a more personal level. Even if I was not asking, I know there are lots of insecurities and self-doubts going on deep inside you now. But let me tell you this, you can change everything in your life starting right now. How?

Educate Yourself. You might have missed the truth—obesity is unhealthy. Try to have time to meet and greet “o-b-e-s-i-t-y” and discover why you should start changing your lifestyle. This abnormality is detrimental to your overall wellness and could lead you to a life of disappointments and insecurities. Read, explore and find out how to battle it.

Make A Plan And Execute. Do not procrastinate, time and opportunities wouldn’t for when do you like to make changes to yourself. Create a plan, make a timetable and practice self-discipline. Slowly, you will depart from your unhealthy lifestyle and embrace a chance to a healthier and better you.

Eat Right. Proper food diet is essential to this life-changing undertaking. If you would want not to waste your time and effort, then you should eat right. Also consider the foods’ nutritional values to ensure that your food diet will effectively help in achieving your fitness goal.

Consider A Weight Loss Program. A weight loss program on the other hand, will introduce you to alternative, fast and safe diet plans that will help you manage and achieve your desired weight. Weight loss management program is important to make sure that there are no complicated health issues to surface. If you were in California, you can go to Medifast California Weight Loss Center for guidance.

Get Fit. Various physical fitness programs have proven to be of help to many people who wanted to get fit and look good. Once you are already on a desirable weight and size, hold on to it like a lifeline. Maintain proper diet and regular physical fitness.

Eat right, lose weight and reinvent your life. Sounds easy to do and realize, but no. I am warning you, there is no “quick-fix” to obesity and overweight. Transforming yourself into a new, slimmer, healthier, and more confident you takes enough time, a lot of hard work, severe self-discipline, and a huge dose of inspiration.

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Top 3 Strategies for a Lighter, Healthier and Happier YOU

Living a vibrant healthy lifestyle is much easier when you have a strategy, a detailed plan to follow and support. And with the right tools you can simplify the steps and stay on track towards your long-term success. These 3 strategies are a great starting point.

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