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Daily Habits for A Better and Happy Life

“Good habits are hard to form and easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form and hard to live with. Pay attention. Be aware . If we don’t consciously form good ones, we will unconsciously form bad ones.” – Mark Matteson

On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. We can lead a happy and productive life by living with the following good habits.

Rewrite your goals
My favorite motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, suggests that we re-write our goals every day. Assess yourself every day to find out if you are doing better than yesterday. See what you can do to move yourself towards your goals faster. Most people have the tendency of critically assessing little behaviors of other people but never make the effort to reflect upon themselves.


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Listen to motivational audio program
Whether you are commuting to work or doing mundane housework, listening to motivational audio program is a great way of making full use of your limited time. By keeping yourself inspired, you are better able to meet the daily challenges you face in life.

Read motivational quotes
Zig Ziglar — ‘People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.’ Motivational quotes are short but can leave a lasting impression on our mind.

Saving habit
You can save more money in the long run by controlling your daily spending. If you spend $6 on a cup of coffee from café each day, you will be splurging $180 per month on coffee alone. Instead of spending hard- earned $180 per month on coffee, it is a smarter to use the $180 to pay for a life insurance plan or invest on the stock market. This provides protection for your future and the future of your loved ones. The younger you are, the cheaper life insurance is as you have lower chance of making a claim from the insurance company. By saving for the rainy days, you have less pressure when you suddenly need a sum of money for urgent needs.


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Count your blessings
Our daily lives are full of challenges, be it in work or in personal life. Think of how blissful you are when you compare yourselves with people living in third world countries. Remember that there are always people in other parts of the world who are praying hard for what you take for granted. Count your blessings and think positively each day to make yourself a stronger person.

Focus on good thoughts
By keeping your mind on good thoughts, you can stop your worries. You become what you think about all day long. Find the good in every circumstance. When you change your thoughts, your life will change for the better.

Floss your teeth once a day
Brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough to keep your teeth healthy. Through brushing, we can only remove particles that are on the surface of our teeth. Daily flossing of teeth is required to remove tartars that are in between our teeth. Flossing just take up one minute of your time each day.

Skincare- 3 steps for clear complexion
Wash face with cleansers, apply toners and moisturizers are three basic steps of daily skin care regimen. These steps should be done twice a day. Healthy skin is essential for our self image and self confidence. With healthy skin, you do not have to apply thick make up to cover your flaws in order to look good.

Apply sunblock
You need to apply sun block 20 minutes before you go out of your house to be under the sun. UV protection is a must to prevent dark spots on your skin. Dark spots once formed on the skin are difficult to remove.
Eat fruits and vegetables. Kiwi has more vitamin c content than oranges. This helps to improve your complexion and immune system.

Exercise
Pick a sport that you like to keep yourself fit. Pushup, play skipping rope, yoga are exercises you can do conveniently anytime at home. If you like a sport that enables you to interact with friends, tennis is a good one. Other than having fun, tennis promotes healthy competition and burn more calories than sports like cycling.
Drink water. If you feel that drinking water is a bit bland, healthy fresh fruit juices and green tea are also great source of liquid for our bodies.

Track your daily calories intake
If you have a perfect body weight and shape, that is great. However, there are many people who are struggling with weight problems. Being overweight not only take a toll on the health, it beats up self esteem. By controlling what you put into your mouth, you can prevent exceeding the acceptable amount of daily calories intake each day in order to maintain a healthy body weight. Consider replacing salted chips with cornflakes cereal that has relatively lower calories content when you need to binge on some snacks while you catch your favorite TV drama.


Read
Reading provides an easy and cost effective way for you to learn from experts. Reading is good for our mind and books are great companion when we are bored.

Write a journal
Writing a journal about the ups and downs of your everyday life helps you to release your emotions. Other than that, you can improve your writing skills.

Sleep at least 7 hours a day
In ever busy life, we tend to skimp on our sleep in order to get more time for our life. This is unhealthy in the long run for our health, mind and skin complexion. You should think of ways to make yourself work more productively or spend less time on activities like watching TV.

Smile
Smile not only makes yourself feel happy but will also improve your interpersonal relationships.

You may find it difficult to keep these good habits but you will find yourself happier in the long run.

Donate To charity: water & Help Change Lives

Water. It’s in our history, in our morning and even in our dreams. It’s in the sky, and the earth, and in us.

– Beautiful words from The Spring – 10 years of charity: water video

Have you heard of charity: water? It was founded by Scott Harrison in Year 2006 with the mission of bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Today, more than one million supporters have made clean water part of their story, and together, they’ve changed the lives of over 6.4 million people around the world.

charity: water work closely with their Brand Partners to develop mutually-beneficial fundraising campaigns, co-branded merchandise, media, and experiences that have an incredible impact on the world. They received a $5 million Impact Award grant from Google.org in 2012 to develop and deploy a hand- pump sensor that would monitor and relay data on water flow. Since launching in 2013, Amazon has donated a percentage of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to customers who choose charity: water. Since then, AmazonSmile customer purchases have funded dozens of projects.

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663 million people in the world live without clean water. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick. When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school.

Here are several ways you can help too.

Donate
100% of your money will fund clean water projects for people in need. Give Once or give monthly to help fund water projects for communities around the world. $30 can bring clean water to one person every month.

Pledge
The first step is simple – just pledge your birthday by using the form above, and share your pledge to let the world know you’re serious. When your birthday is near, they’ll remind you to start a fundraising page and ask your friends to donate to clean water for your big day. They’ll use 100% of the money you raise to fund clean water projects. When complete, you’ll see the exact projects you funded with photos and GPS. $9M has already been raised for clean water through birthdays.

Fundraise
Do something crazy or creative to raise money.

Online Store- Purchase to donate
charity: water has an online store selling merchandises to raise funds. 100% of the profits from these goods directly fund clean water projects and help them grow.

 

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$ 46 Lokai Water Pack. For every Water Pack sold, Lokai is donating 10% of net profits to fund clean water projects for communities in Ethiopia.

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Donate today and help spread the word to help change many lives.

Numbers and Calculations in Everyday Life- Part 1

We deal with numbers on a daily basis in areas like finance, work, study and health. Mathematics is an important subject throughout our education. Number start to play an important role in our life from the day we are born. Our dates of birth, weight and height at birth are all important records of our life. Here you will find useful numbers and calculations all in one place. Some are trivial but some can be life changing. In Part 1, you will find important numbers for our health.

Age

Our genes, lifestyles and eating habits determine our life expectancy. Used correctly, life expectancy and longevity can be powerful planning tools that can help provide a truer picture of what you have to do to make your retirement years both comfortable and secure. We can see that people are living longer – which puts even greater emphasis on planning carefully for your retirement. According to the data on website of World Health Organization (WHO), 71.4 years was the average life expectancy at birth of the global population in 2015.

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Blood Pressure

Knowing both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure numbers is important and could save your life.

What Does the Systolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?
When your heart beats, it contracts and pushes blood through the arteries to the rest of the body. This force creates pressure on the arteries. This is called systolic blood pressure. A normal systolic blood pressure is below 120. A systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 means you have prehypertension, or borderline high blood pressure. Even people with prehypertension are at a higher risk of developing heart disease. A systolic blood pressure number of 140 or higher is considered to be hypertension, or high blood pressure.

What Does the Diastolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?
The diastolic blood pressure number or the bottom number indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. This is the time when the heart fills with blood and receives oxygen. A normal diastolic blood pressure number is less than 80.A diastolic blood pressure between 80 and 89 indicates prehypertension. A diastolic blood pressure number of 90 or higher is considered to be hypertension or high blood pressure.

Before you take your blood pressure, it’s recommended to avoid caffeine, cigarettes, and exercise for at least 30 minutes prior to the test. When you monitor your blood pressure at home on a regular basis, take it at the same time of day so the readings are more consistent. Then, take several readings about one minute apart. Be sure to write down these readings in a journal.

Take your blood pressure journal with you to your doctor’s office so you can talk about any changes in your blood pressure numbers. Your doctor will decide if you need blood pressure medications. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer.” The first symptom of untreated high blood pressure may be a heart attack, stroke, or kidney damage.


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Adequate number of hours of sleep

Adults need 7 – 9 hours of sleeps per day to stay healthy. Lack of sleep makes you hungry, increases risks of diseases and may cause early death.

Weight, height and Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI provides a simple numeric measure of a person’s thickness or thinness, allowing health professionals to discuss weight problems more objectively with their patients.

1 kg = 2.21 pounds
1m= 100 cm

BMI
To work out your BMI:
• divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in metres (m)
• then divide the answer by your height again to get your BMI

For example:
• if you weigh 70kg and you’re 1.75m tall, divide 70 by 1.75 – the answer is 40
• then divide 40 by 1.75 – the answer is 22.9
• your BMI is 22.9kg/m2

The BMI is universally expressed in kg/m2. BMI is a measurement which determines which weight category a person belongs to. Depending on their height and weight, a person can belong to one of the following weight categories:
• underweight (BMI less than 18.5)
• normal weight (BMI between 18.5 & 24.9)
• overweight (BMI between 25.0 & 29.9)
• obese (BMI 30.0 and above)

Heart rate/ Pulse

According to Mayo Clinic, a normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats a minute.

For Healthy Teeth
Regular dental visits are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months.

Make the habit of flossing your teeth at least once a day. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association explains the key elements of proper flossing technique in four simple steps:
1. Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
2. Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
3. Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
4. Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

18 inches = 0.45 m
If one pack of dental floss has 50 m, it will last around 111 days if you floss once a day.

Strands of Hairs

Do you know that losing up to 100 strands of hairs per day is normal? Don’t panic if you lose some hairs. However, But if you really feel like you’ve started to lose an excessive amount of hair each day, , you should try to change your shampoo and eat more healthy food. Vitamin C, B vitamins such as Biotin (Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H) and Niacin (Vitamin B3) have been shown to be essential for hair growth.

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Calories

Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in food. Knowing how many calories are in our food can help us to balance the energy we put into our bodies with the energy we use. That’s the key to a healthy weight. For example, an apple may have 80 calories, while a 1 mile walk might use up about 100 calories.

Everyone requires different amounts of energy per day depending on age, size and activity levels. “Empty calories” describe foods high in energy but low in nutritional value. Foods such as ice cream and bacon contain the most empty calories. The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations says the average adult should consume no less than 1,800 calories per day. You can use app such as Fitness Pal to keep track of your calories intake so that you can achieve your target weight.

1 mile= 1.60934 km

Walk 10,000 steps per day

It’s believed that the concept of 10,000 steps originated in Japan in the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, an associate professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre at Louisiana State University. Pedometers became all the rage in the country as Olympic fever swept through Japanese society. One company came out with a device called a manpo-kei, which means 10,000 step meter. “It was a business slogan, like ‘Just Do It’ for Nike, but it resonated with people,” Tudor-Locke says. Since then 10,000 steps has become a commonly-acknowledged goal for daily fitness across the world.

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Hearing

With extended exposure, noises that reach a decibel level of 85 can cause permanent damage to the hair cells in the inner ear, leading to hearing loss. Your distance from the source of the sound and the length of time you are exposed to the sound are also important factors in protecting your hearing. A good rule of thumb is to avoid noises that are too loud, too close, or last too long. An MP3 player at maximum volume has 105 decibels.

Eyesight

20/20 vision (or really, 20/20 visual acuity) is considered “normal” vision, meaning you can read at 20 feet a letter that most human beings should be able to read at 20 feet. Food that maintain healthy eyes are carrots, oranges, fishes and leafy greens.

Body Temperature

37 degree Celsius is the normal body temperature. A fever is when a person’s body temperature is hotter than 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 Fahrenheit).

Nutrients

In order for our bodies to function properly and stay healthy, it is important that we follow a good nutritious diet. Foods are made up of 6 classes of nutrients. These nutrients are macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fats), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and water.

Important Nutrients For Body