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  • Death, Reincarnation, Life Review & The Afterlife Explained
    01 October 2022

    I was contacted by one of my loyal email subscribers about the topic of reincarnation and keeping your memories from a previous incarnation. 

    I couldn’t find the answer to that question, but I did learn that you can tap into past lives with regression therapy using hypnosis. 

    I know some people don’t believe in reincarnation. However, much of my research shows me that our souls reincarnate into another physical body sometime after death.

    I cannot confirm if we pick our bodies or our parents or do we get what we get.

    This article will also discuss what happens when we die. Where do we go? What happens on the other side and that our 3D reality is, in fact, a game to be played with complete amnesia.

    Death & Reincarnation

    We all, at one time or another, contemplate what happens when the body dies. 

    It happens to us all, but where do we go? Is there life after death? 

    Without having any evidence, many people create a belief system around it; whether it is a religious dogma, a New Age, a philosophical angle, an agnostic “There may or may not be an afterlife” approach, or the pure atheistic or conservative scientific viewpoint that there is no afterlife.

    What are we doing here on this planet at this time? Why are we here? What should we be doing? What would we be doing one hundred years ago, one thousand, ten thousand years ago?

    What happens to the soul after you die where do you go?

    Is there an “in-between life” area where you review your previous life experience?

    So, in the spirit of “Paranormal October Month,” where I write about topics I usually wouldn’t. Subjects that are “out there,” so to speak, I will delve into death, reincarnation, the afterlife, and the life review process.

    This is a research paper since I don’t have any experience with the afterlife. I’ve never had a Near Death Experience, NDE, so I can’t write from personal experience.

    I’ll do my best to cover as much as possible in this article about the afterlife.

    (FYI: This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to be the absolute truth. As with anything you read, do your research and come to your own conclusions.)
    Jainism and Reincarnation

    When a being dies, the soul goes to its next body instantly. This body may not be human or even animal.

    The quality of its next life is determined by its karma at that time.

    The mental state of the being at the moment of death is also essential: a calm and contented death, with the mind focussed on spiritual matters, is the best.

    Dolores Cannon – The Afterlife

    I have a copy of Dolores Cannon’s Book: Between Death & Life; Dolores was a regressive hypnotherapist and psychic researcher who began her work in 1979.

    The book is a question-and-answer type, so I will describe what some of the answers are to people who Dolores transgressed using hypnosis.

    Dolores states the most common descriptions she has found the moment death occurs is a feeling of coldness. And then suddenly, the spirit is standing by the side of the bed (or wherever), looking at their body.

    Also, the human body feels heavy and uncomfortable to most spirits. But when you die, it’s a lifting of the weight.

    People carry all sorts of problems with them throughout their lives, and it’s like they carry around a weight because they are heavy and laden with all these other things.

    When you die, it’s like tossing them out the window, and it feels good. It’s a transition.

    [I liken being in a human body while experiencing this reality to wearing a scuba suit and exploring the ocean. While you would need a scuba suit to explore the sea, it feels good when you get out of the water and take it off.]

    Another states that after you die, you just rise and leave it. You go up into the light.

    And then this regression patient asked Dolores have you ever dived into a deep pool to where it’s dark and murky at the bottom?

    As you come back up toward the surface of the water, it gets lighter and lighter. Then when you break through the surface of the water, there’s sunlight all around. 

    Death was like that.

    Below is a great Q&A about fear and why souls reincarnate. It starts after she explains to Dolores how she passed away from drowning.

    D: Do you know where you are?

    S: (Her voice still childish.) I’m in forever.

    D: Is anybody with you?

    S: They’re working. They’re all busy…contemplating what they have to do. I’m trying to get the hang of everything.

    D: Do you think you think you’ve ever been to this place before?

    S: Yes, it’s very peaceful here. But I’ll go back. I must overcome fear. Fear is something you bring on, and it is paralyzing.

    I don’t really think the water was deep. I think I doubled up because of my fear. The worst thing that can happen isn’t near as bad as we fear.

    It’s a monster in a person’s mind, and fear only affects those on Earth. It’s the carnal mind. The spirit is left unaffected.

    D: Do you know one of people’s biggest fears is dying?

    S: That’s not so bad. That’s the easiest thing I’ll ever do. It’s like the end of all the confusion until you start all over again, and then it’s more confusion.

    D: Then why do people keep coming back? 

    S: You must complete the cycle. You must learn and overcome everything in the world to enter perfection and everlasting life.

    D: Is it mandatory that you return to Earth and inhabit a body again, or do you have a choice?

    S: No, for there is no have to. If it is most appropriate, yes, then that might be the best thing to do. However, no rule says one has to incarnate, for who is to say that one may choose not to reincarnate forever?

    It is up to the life force involved. I can stay here and learn, or I can go back. I will probably go back. I look at the peace and think I am ready for the challenges.

    D: Many people ask me why we don’t remember our past lives. They think it would help a lot if we knew about these karmic connections.

    S: It wouldn’t; it would make things too complicated. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to function in the everyday world if you had the memories of countless past lives constantly bombarding you?

    You would never be able to concentrate on the lessons you must work out in this lifetime.

    D: So, what is the purpose of reincarnation? To correct what you did in the past?

    S: The purpose is to learn more. To always learn more. For never can you learn all there is to know in one lifetime. The purpose of living again is not to correct but to add to. Your knowledge cannot be complete in one simple lifetime. Many lifetimes must be lived to enable you to completely understand those lessons which you assigned to yourself.

    There is no stern taskmaster with a whip and shovel in hand ready to bury your body, punish you on the other side, and then return you to this land with displeasure.

    The experiences of life and rebirth should be viewed with a more positive outlook.

    Naya’s Corner of the Universe – NDE

    I stumbled upon Naya’s work after reading a comment on a YouTube video mentioning her. I searched for her on YouTube and found her page.

    Sometimes she reminds me of Barbara Marciniak, who channels the Pleiadians.

    About Yvonne Ballard: She is a Retired Nurse and mother of two; Yvonne had an amazing NDE during a life-threatening illness in 2008, which changed how she viewed everything. 

    Since her NDE in 2008, Yvonne has channeled her higher selves, the other side, and reading the infinite timelines. Yvonne remembered many of the secrets of the multi universes and beyond during her time in the nonphysical realm. She saw her life plan, why she came to Earth, what we are all doing here, and much more. 

    I’ve listened to dozens of Naya’s YouTube videos. She has many good insights into why we don’t retain our memory and what happens after death.

    Yvonne states that all of us are Gods, yet when we incarnate, we lost the “God Power” within us. So, while on Earth, we are very human and have complete amnesia, yet when we die, we go to the other side where we retain our “God Like Abilities.”

    Some of us remember this, which is why we get so frustrated when we can’t do or get something we want. On the other side, all we have to do is think about something, and it appears. You can also do this in 5D.

    Here, we have to go through the long process of creating in physical reality.

    We came here for the contrast, challenges, and ups and downs.

    Life on earth, as well as on other planets and dimensions, is a game, as Naya puts it. We forget or don’t remember who we are because this is how the game is played.

    The purpose of this life is to forget you are a Creator God. This makes the game more real. The game wouldn’t be as interesting if you knew you were all-powerful.

    As a Creator God, you’ve got everything you want. If you don’t have it, you can create it. Here, you lost your “God Powers.”

    Here, in this reality, you can go hungry, be homeless, or get sick. You can also start a business from the ground up and be successful. You’ve come here for the experience.

    The problem many people face now is that “Us Gods,” yes, all of us on this planet, have gotten tired of this reality.

    You can move up dimensions that don’t have as much contrast or duality as here, such as in 5D Reality. To do this, you must lighten up spiritually and be more like Sadhguru or Eckhart Tolle instead of being stressed out.

    This 3D reality is in stark contrast to the nonphysical reality you come from.

    Naya also mentions learning to laugh things off. Anger is a form of fear, it only lowers your vibration. Remember who you are. You are a God in physical form.

    Naya claims during her Near Death Experience (NDE), she did not see a white tunnel of light. She believes the tunnel is a reincarnation portal that zaps you back to Earth in a new body.

    She says the white tunnels of light are now gone when you pass over.

    Naya also states that life reviews are bogus. She says that the life review is b.s. to control you. You are a God; you incarnated on Earth and forgot this.

    Yes, you can review your life, but it’s not about who you hurt and what you did wrong, but more about “why” things happened the way they did.

    You played the game however you chose to. There is no judgment when you pass over. 

    Naya states the Earth is an illusion.

    Not in the sense that it’s not real, but it’s like a movie. You can watch a car crash in a movie and think, wow, that’s terrible.

    But in reality, it’s all done with stunt drivers and special effects. 

    She said don’t be scared when you’re on the other side. 

    >>>Naya’s Corner Of The Universe YouTube.

    Wes Penre Talks About The Afterlife

    Wes is an online friend of mine, and he is a brilliant researcher and writer. 

    Wes Penre: What is very important is that before you die, make sure you have an exit plan. Think about where you want to go and what you want to get out of the afterlife. 

    Maybe share it with your loved ones and ask them if your plan is something they would consider or perhaps something similar. You don’t have to have the same plan to be able to meet again, though; you have to decide that you will.

    The Pleiadians are fully aware of the traps set up for us after we exit.

    If the dying person is of higher consciousness, it may even be appropriate to suggest they go in a different direction after death; (I advise the reader to review the paper, ‘‘There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel–What Happens After Body Death?” if you are curious about what happens after we die).

    What is very important is that before you die, make sure you have an exit plan. Think about where you want to go and what you want to get out of the afterlife. 

    Maybe share it with your loved ones and ask them if your plan is something they would consider or perhaps something similar.

     You don’t have to have the same plan to be able to meet again, though; you have to decide that you will.

    They are not always clear-cut because some information must wait for the right time. Still, they suggest that we banish our fears of dying and, in general, die with courage, using the same vigor that propelled us into this life. 

    They advise us to leave this world with “sweet respect and gratitude for all our creations. Death is the beginning of another grand adventure.”

    They also add that we need to leave with love in our hearts, a clean conscience, and clear intentions to go to the next level of expanded awareness. Your spirit will take us there.

    The Universe is fluid, and we have the power to break any boundaries and walls if we have the right intentions.

    Regression Therapy in Modern Times – A Brief Background

    I highly recommend that the readers get the books Journey Of Souls” and “Destiny Of Souls“ by Dr. Michael Newton.

    Dr. Newton is a therapist and hypnotist whose original purpose was to relieve people from stress and depression with the help of regression therapy or hypnotism. 

    After a while, he noticed that some clients started returning to previous lives and even into the between-lives area, where souls go after they depart from the body after death.

    Dr. Newton has hypnotized over 7,000 people he has taken back to previous lives, especially in the between-lives area (BLA). 

    To his astonishment, all these subjects were telling the same story, only with their subjective personal experiences differing from each other. Other than that, the stories were coherent! 

    After a while, Dr. Newton could see a pattern and draw a conclusion, which built solid evidence. Seven thousand people don’ lie; in particular, they don’t tell the same story independently from each other.

    The Positive Version of Afterlife – Wes Penre

    I want to start by summarizing the experiences of Dr. Michael Newton’s clients. 

    The exact details of what happens after body death differs from case to case, depending on each person’s life experiences and advancement. 

    Still, according to the study, which includes more than 7000 people, it doesn’t matter if the person was religious, an atheist, agnostic, Gnostic, or whatever belief system the person subscribed to in life; the experiences in Sitter space (time/space or afterlife) are still very similar.

    After the soul has departed from the body, one of two basic things typically happens, depending on if the soul is more “advanced” or less “advanced.” 

    The lesser advanced soul may stay around for a while, a little confused over being dead and unable to communicate directly with their relatives and friends. 

    These souls may also try to hang on to possessions that were dear to them during their lives and which they now miss. They may also want to stay around to ensure their body is taken well care of; perhaps there was an agreement on whether the person should be buried or cremated. 

    The soul may want to ensure that the directions set in life are now carried out.

    The soul typically leaves when this category of souls has stayed around for a while and made sure that everybody is doing relatively well due to the circumstance—leaving means that it separates from the Earth planes and is drawn towards a dark tunnel which seems pretty much like a wormhole or a black hole in space. 

    Very soon, the soul is aware of a bright light at the end of the tunnel and is hurrying towards this light. Many subjects say that “side tunnels” depart from the main tunnel, but I have never heard anybody choosing that route; I’m not even sure if it is possible.

    As the soul gets closer to the light, the light gets bigger and brighter. The departed soul can usually start distinguishing one or more people standing in the light. 

    First, they are vague but are soon getting more precise; the persons waiting are either old relatives (mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents), dear friends (or soul mates), or all of the above. 

    These people greet the recently departed soul; quite an emotional reunion is taking place, and an overwhelming feeling of love and joy fills the departed soul. 

    It feels like it wants to stay there forever because of the incredible sense of oneness with its loved ones.

    After that, the relatives withdraw and tell the departed soul it will be assisted in crossing over by its Spirit Guide and that they will all meet again soon.

    So they disappear, and the Spirit Guide, who usually was there in the background all the time, but often went unnoticed by the departed soul due to their focus on the loved ones, now steps forward to help the newcomer. 

    The testimonies are entirely coherent when it comes to describing the Spirit Guide; it may be a male or a female; very loving and helpful, and the departed soul feels like it has reconnected with a very good, old friend, which also seems to be the case because a particular Spirit Guide is often apparently dedicated to a specific soul. 

    Hence, in most cases, we meet the same Guide every time we die. In some cases, subjects under hypnosis say that the Guide can be mischievous. 

    A bit awkward as well, and in a few cases, they have even scared the departed until they eventually tell the newcomer that it was a “joke.” 

    It was the right thing to do at the moment. However, these cases are extremely rare.

    I want to back up here for a moment to describe the journey of a more advanced soul, as Dr. Newton puts it, and how they differ from the less developed.

    Instead of hanging around after body death, they usually move on quite quickly, move through the tunnel and meet with the Spirit Guide. 

    Everything happens rapidly, as if this is just some routine that needs to be done rather than necessary. Then the soul moves on from there and typically joins the path with other souls in its soul group (more about soul groups soon). 

    On some occasions, the very advanced soul doesn’t even meet with its Guide right away but knows where to go and travels to its destination immediately, eager to move on.

    A third category is what Dr. Newton calls the “young soul,” who hasn’t had much experience in the physical world. These souls may be much more attached to people and material things in the physical Universe than “adult” and “advanced” souls. 

    Therefore, if such a young soul dies under trauma or sudden and unexpected circumstances, they may hang around and become ghosts. 

    They refuse to let go of their physical life. Sometimes they may hang around for centuries in terms of linear time, but as time is different in time/space than in space/time, the ghost doesn’t consider it that long. 

    Still, its Spirit Guide always tries to reach the lost soul and guide it in the right direction, but sometimes the soul refuses to go anyway, and the Guide honors its “free will.” 

    Sooner or later, the lost soul will typically be released from its trauma and move on and follow the Guide.

    Lastly, Dr. Newton mentions what happens to a soul that has led a violent and criminal life to the extreme. These souls sometimes get separated from the rest after body death. 

    They are so damaged that they can’t interact with the other souls, so their Spirit Guides will take them aside and work with them in some quarantine area. 

    They will not merge with the others until they are healed.

    Kevin Williams summarizes pretty neatly what Dr. Newton explains in his series of books regarding wrong-doings and what happens at the end of a life cycle:

    Because wrong-doing takes so many forms on Earth, spiritual instruction and the type of isolation used is varied for each soul. The nature of these variations apparently is evaluated during orientation at the end of each life. The relative time of seclusion and reindoctrination is not consistent either. 

    For instance, I have had reports about maladjusted spirits who have returned back to Earth directly after a period of seclusion to expunge themselves as soon as possible by a good incarnated performance.

    All souls, regardless of experience, eventually arrive at a central port in the spirit world which I call the staging area. Once past the orientation station, there seem to be no further travel detours for anyone entering this space of the spirit world. 

    Large numbers of returning souls are conveyed in a spiritual form of mass transit. Spirits are brought in, collected, and then projected out to their proper final destinations, similar to a central terminal of a metropolitan airport that can fly people out in any direction. 

    The most outstanding characteristic of this world is a continuous feeling of a powerful mental force directing everything in uncanny harmony. People say this is a place of pure thought.

    After souls arrive back into their soul groups, they are summoned to appear before a Council of Elders. While the Council is not prosecutorial, they do engage in direct examination of a soul’s activities before returning them to their groups.

    Group placement is determined by soul level. After physical death, a soul’s journey back home ends with debarkation into the space reserved for their own colony, as long as they are not a very young soul or isolated for other reasons. 

    The souls represented in these cluster groups are intimate old friends with the same awareness level. Members of the same cluster group are closely united for all eternity. These tightly-knit clusters are often composed of like-minded souls with common objectives, which they continually work out with each other. Usually, they choose lives together as relatives and close friends during their incarnations on Earth.

    Three Levels of Soul Groupings

    1. The Beginner Soul: The “Beginner Soul” is, in its turn, grouped into two sub-categories, where the first one is the young soul, who hasn’t had the chance to incarnate that many times in physical form. 

    Secondly, we have the souls who have been incarnating for quite some time but still act immaturely and haven’t developed close to what was expected.

    The beginner soul sometimes lives several lives in relative confusion, having a hard time figuring out the Earth curriculum; they are used to the supportive harmony in time/space. 

    They tend to surrender to the social structure of the planet and more easily fall for propaganda and the “functional insanity” which is so dominant on our planet. 

    They can be brilliant in some ways but often lack compassion for others, are usually self-centered, and can’t think outside the box or even independently. We have all been in this stage, according to Dr. Newton.

    2. The Intermediate Soul: These souls, who are more mature than the Beginner Souls, tend not to cluster as much as the first category. This doesn’t..

  • Ben and Jessa Greenfield Go On A Walk & Talk About Education, Legacy, Finances, Daily Habits & More (Boundless Parenting Book Series).
    01 October 2022

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  • [Transcript] – Ben and Jessa Greenfield Go On A Walk & Talk About Education, Legacy, Finances, Daily Habits & More (Boundless Parenting Book Series).
    01 October 2022

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  • [Transcript] – Dirt Cheap Performance Enhancing Hacks You’ve Never Heard Of, The Best Bottled Waters, Cold Thermogenesis Pre-Post Exercise Tips, & Much More With Dr. James DiNicolantonio, Author of WIN.
    01 October 2022

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  • The 7 Best Benefits of Not Caring About What People Think
    01 October 2022

    I still cringe when I remember that day, the most embarrassing moment of my life. Riddled with anxiety, I walked […]

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  • Why Work
    01 October 2022

    To me, one of the sad truths about the world today is that most people look upon work as something to escape from. To them, this major part of life is a necessary evil, even an obstacle to the life they dream about.

    Want proof?

    I could add, from plenty of personal conversations, that there are some people who choose simplicity as a means to escape work. I don’t think that’s what the simple life is for.

    There’s not a doubt in my mind that some of the discontent we feel about work comes from our faulty thinking on the reason for it. In our desire to get out of work, we are missing the point of it.

    Dorothy Sayers, in her famous essay Why Work? begs us to see work anew. She seeks nothing less than “a thoroughgoing revolution in our whole attitude to work.”

    Sayers believes we should look upon work, “not as a necessary drudgery to be undergone for the purpose of making money, but as a way of life in which the nature of man should find its proper exercise and delight and so fulfill itself.”

    Work, in this regard, is not something to be avoided. It is something to be pursued and enjoyed.

    Your work contributes to the good of society and moves us ahead. We need your talents and abilities. We need you to work hard and do it well. It makes us better as people and it enriches our lives.

    I enjoy hard work. I work 50 hours most weeks because I find happiness and joy in it. And I believe that those who feel the most fulfilled at the end of their lives are those who have chosen to work hard on the right things during it.

    Now, just to be clear, I am not advocating to be busy just to be busy. And I am not advocating working hard for wrong, selfish reasons (i.e., getting rich). I am advocating for the importance of doing your work (whether paid or unpaid) in a focused and deliberate way and putting your whole self into it.

    I am advocating for doing the best you can, to accomplish the most you can, with the one life you have to live.

    Reasons for Work in the Simple Life

    If one has chosen simplicity as a lifestyle, where do we find the motivation to learn how to work hard? If we are content to own less (even prefer it), what is the point of hard work and striving for success?

    Let me offer a few reasons:

    1. Work forces personal development.

    Work, by its very nature, presents challenges and growth opportunities. It requires us to improve and develop and become better versions of ourselves. The more we grow, the better at work we get… and the greater the challenges become.

    We learn important life lessons when we give ourselves over to hard work: determination, attentiveness, responsibility, problem solving, and self-control. These lessons, in turn, serve us in other areas (health, relationships, hobbies, etc.).

    2. Our work brings benefit to society.

    Like I mentioned earlier, our work contributes to the good of society. It serves others, it enriches people’s lives, and it moves everyone forward. Whether we are bagging groceries, delivering mail, analyzing stocks, curing cancer, or managing other workers, we can view our work as an act of love to the people we serve.

    3. Hard work is an example to our kids.

    When we strive to do our best work each day, our kids take notice. And among the greatest lessons I hope to pass on to my children is the importance of working hard on things that matter.

    4. The hours will pass anyway. It makes sense to try to make the most of them.

    Each new day brings with it an important choice: either we fill it with our best or we allow it to slip away. There is no other option—the hours are going to pass anyway. Choosing to work hard makes the most of them. (Please note: I am not discounting the importance of rest or balance. I have written about both extensively.)

    5. Work is fulfilling in and of itself.

    In my opinion, there are few joys in life more satisfying than lying down at night with tired legs attached to a tired body. To know I gave my full energy to something important is an amazing feeling and fulfilling in itself.

    6. Working hard keeps our lives occupied with important matters.

    Living an unoccupied life is a recipe for disaster. Choosing to fill our time and energy with things that bring value to others helps keep us from selfish and foolish decisions with idle time.

    There is value in hard work—both for ourselves and others.

    How to Enjoy Work More

    I have known countless people who are happy with their work. They find meaning, significance, and joy in it. Additionally, I have met many people who are unhappy with their work and choose to spend an additional percentage of their life complaining about it.

    Changing our attitude toward work isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. And I would argue, important. As I’ve stated above, there is joy and fulfillment to be found in it.

    Sometimes, learning to love work can come from a simple change in our thinking—rather than the much more drastic change in jobs, which doesn’t usually solve the problem anyway.

    So let me end with a few thoughts on how to think differently about work and find more fulfillment in it:

    1. Realize that you were designed to work.

    Whether by creation or evolution, humans are designed to work. This is an important part of our nature. It explains our drive to grow as individuals and as a society. It explains the internal satisfaction we experience when completing a task. It makes sense of the positive emotions we experience when resting after a hard day of work.

    2. Understand that work always takes place in an imperfect world.

    Our world is imperfect because we exist in a universe full of people who often fall short. Though we each have an ingrained desire to accomplish good for the sake of others, in reality, we often function with selfish desires and intentions. These imperfections always lead to less-than-ideal working conditions.

    As a result, work includes overbearing bosses, deadlines, stress, under-resourced projects, tasks we do not enjoy, and often anxiety.

    The realization that these imperfections are always going to be present in our workplace allows us to accept them and move forward.

    3. Notice how your work contributes to the common good.

    If the goal of our work is to contribute good to society in exchange for provision, then our work ought to benefit society. We should spend 40 or more hours per week producing a benefit for others—notice how your specific work accomplishes that.

    Whether you grow healthy food, produce quality clothing, intentionally parent children, create beautiful art, build strong shelter, develop new life-enhancing technology, do taxes, research medicine to prolong life, educate others, govern society honestly, or operate in any other of countless opportunities, you contribute to the common good of our neighbors and our society.

    4. Do your work ethically.

    Work done ethically and honestly with proper balance will always result in more enjoyment than the alternative. Your motivation for work is also a part of your ethic.

    These same principles of life hold true to every aspect, including the 20% we spent working.

    5. Stop trying to get rich.

    While fair compensation is always appropriate, the pursuit of riches and wealth as an end goal is a losing battle. Riches will never fully satisfy. We will always be left searching for more.

    People who view their work as a means to get rich often fall into temptation, harmful behavior, and foolish desires.

    When we replace the desire to get rich with a more life-fulfilling desire to receive honest compensation, we open our hearts to find peace in our paychecks and greater value in our work.

    The Value of Work

    Please don’t view your work as something only to be endured or avoided. Rethink the value of it—whether you are 18 or 80.

    Regain focus and motivation to use your passions and abilities to contribute good to a society in need of them. Utilize your strengths. Develop your talents. Study your craft. And encourage others.

    Work hard. Enjoy it. And at the end of the day, we will all be better because of it.

  • Make Your Life More Abundant
    01 October 2022

    Today, there are three simple things that you can start doing today that will make your life more abundant in what you are seeking.

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    01 October 2022
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  • Agile Modeling: The Key To Creating Relevant Software
    01 October 2022

    The primary goal in agile modeling is to create software that is relevant to the business need it is intended to address. In order to achieve this, agile modelers focus on creating models that are of the highest possible quality and that can be easily understood and used by those who need to use them. Agile modelers also work to ensure that their models are kept up to date as the project progresses and as new information is discovered. This allows for the software to be continuously improved and refined to better meet the needs of the business.

    A practice-based methodology can be defined as Agile Modelling, which entails modelling and documenting software systems. To achieve the greatest efficiency in Agile modeling, a good team should improve its communication and comprehension. Creating the right Agile model is critical for increasing project transparency and clarity, which can greatly increase project success. It strives to put in place the right values while adhering to the right principles to reduce the rate of system failure. All of the values that define Agile modelling play a role in the development process. The key values of a business include: Maximizing a stakeholder’s investment, keeping things simple, and being open to change. Stakeholders are in charge of overseeing Agile software development projects from start to finish.

    They should be actively involved in the development process, in addition to using real-time tools and participating in regular feedback cycles. We should only have enough information in each document, so there should be no changes. When there is too much information at hand, the task will be hampered. Prepare ahead of time, as this will reduce the risk involved in the project. Model storming is the process of putting your team’s heads together to solve a problem in a session of model storming. Stakeholders’ requests are prioritized according to the order in which they are likely to yield the greatest return on investment. Test driven development (TDD) is a popular Agile practice in which the Just in Time development method is used to develop a specific task.

    The software is divided into six phases: concept, design, iteration, release, maintenance, and retirement. Depending on the project management methodology selected by the team, the Agile life cycle will be slightly different.

    A agile process model, as defined by the Agile SDLC model, is comprised of multiple iterative and incremental process models with a focus on process adaptability and customer satisfaction through rapid delivery of working software products. Through the use of Agile Methods, the product is broken down into small incremental steps. A subset of these builds can be obtained in series of iterations.

    Agile testing is critical to agile development in large part due to its scope. The feature makes it easier for agile teams to make changes to software on a regular basis while ensuring that the changes are tested quickly and consistently. Continuous integration, which allows software to be delivered iteratively, necessitates continuous integration.

    What Is The Primary Goal In Agile Modeling Quizlet?

    There is no single primary goal in agile modeling quizlet, as the goals of the agile modeling process will vary depending on the specific project and organization. However, in general, the main goals of agile modeling are to improve communication and collaboration among team members, to create more accurate models and documentation, and to improve the overall quality of the software development process.

    What Is The Purpose Of Agile Process Model?

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    A agile process model is a method of software development that involves the use of iterative methods. When developing agile methods, the tasks are broken down into smaller iterations rather than being directly planned out over time. The project’s scope and requirements are outlined at the outset of the project development process.

    An agile process model, for example, is a software development method that involves iterative methods. The methods of agile are simple: they divide tasks into smaller iterations or do not explicitly involve long-term planning. We clearly define the number of iterations, duration, and scope of each iteration in advance. The goal of Scrum is to provide a method for managing tasks when working in a team-based environment. In contrast to agile methods, the DSDM strategy streamlines software development by providing a distribution of projects. It is based on the principle that lean software development is just in time.

    Agile process flow is a well-known method for developing software. Collaboration and feedback are emphasized in this process. It is critical that projects are completed on time and within budget. One advantage of using the Agile process flow is that it allows you to become more adaptable when developing. This means that specific requirements of a team can be met by tailoring a project to meet their needs. A process flow based on agile principles is not intended to be an all-inclusive process. We create a template that is specific to the team. As a result, different teams can use the same approach, or they can use different approaches depending on their needs. A new method of process flow is not needed for agile process development. Over the last few years, it has been widely adopted in software development.

    In Agile Modeling What Are The Two Important Reasons For Building Models?

    In agile modeling, the two important reasons for building models are to communicate and to explore. Models help us to communicate our ideas to others, and to explore the design space to see what is possible.

    The Benefits Of Agile Modeling

    It is a process that aims to simplify the development process by establishing clear guidelines for modeling software. We want to make concepts and processes more understandable and less prone to interpretation and re-engineering. Maintaining simplicity and creating models that can be easily maintained is a key principle of agile modeling.

    Which Of The Following Is Not An Agile Modeling Principle?

    There are several agile modeling principles, but not all of them are universally agreed upon. Some popular principles include: communication, simplicity, feedback, and courage. However, there is no one principle that all agile modelers agree on.

    Working software that is delivered on a regular basis, features that are tailored to the needs of the users, and system improvements are all part of Agile development. What are some good Agile methods for a project? Depending on the nature of the project, this will vary. If the project is brief and focused, the Scrum method may be the best option. If the project is more complex and lengthy, XP may be a better option. It is critical to select an Agile methodology that best meets the project’s requirements.

    The Advantages Of The Agile Modeling Values

    Individuals and interactions with processes and tools are valued in Agile Modeling. Over time, software is updated using a combination of written documentation and automated programs. Contract negotiations can be improved through customer collaboration. We respond to a change in our plan. These values promote an Agile mindset, which entails collaborating, communicating, and receiving feedback. By adhering to these values, the teams can speed up the development process. The Agile Modeling values will make it easier for teams to create better software faster and less stressful. While there is no single way to model software, adopting these values will help you create better software more quickly and less stressful.

  • What Is The Importance Of Goal Setting To Business Strategy
    01 October 2022

    Setting goals is important to any business strategy because it provides a sense of direction and a benchmark for measuring progress. Goals also motivate employees and help to focus their efforts. Without goals, businesses would have no way of gauging their success or determining whether they are on track to achieve their objectives. Most businesses have some sort of goal, whether it is to increase sales by a certain percentage, to launch a new product, or to open a new location. Whatever the goal may be, it is important to have a plan in place to achieve it. This is where goal setting comes in. Goal setting is the process of identifying specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound objectives that a business wants to achieve. These objectives should be aligned with the company’s overall strategy. There are a few things to keep in mind when setting goals: 1. Make sure the goals are specific. 2. Make sure the goals are measurable. 3. Make sure the goals are achievable. 4. Make sure the goals are relevant. 5. Make sure the goals are time-bound. By following these guidelines, businesses can set goals that are realistic and attainable. Doing so will help to ensure that the company is able to achieve its objectives and reach its desired level of success.

    Strategic planning is critical if you want to grow your business. The goal setting process for your business is the GPS mapping of your route, which displays your current location and where you are going. The acronym S.M.A.R.T stands for Set Aim and Reach Results, and it is a motivational symbol for setting goals. How do you measure the quality of coffee at your local coffee shop? You could ask your customers in addition to sales, but that would be unethical. By measuring your company’s goals, you can keep track of how you are doing. As a result, you will be more accountable, and your goals will become real rather than just those that are pie-in-the-sky.

    When creating your business plan, make sure it is based on current economic conditions and business realities. You must have goals that are relevant to your vision, mission, and purpose to have them in alignment. Make certain that each goal has a deadline that you can use to set goals and celebrate them on the day you achieve them. Regardless of which way you look at it, you can either be driven to succeed in achieving your goal or you can make a decision to play it safe and slowly progress. Along the way, you will be able to track your progress by establishing a time limit on your goal. You will be amazed at how much you will improve as a result of the right encouragement.

    According to Barney and Griffin, organizational goals serve four fundamental functions: they provide guidance and direction, enable planning, motivate and inspire employees, and help businesses assess and control performance.

    Employees use goal setting theory to motivate themselves to complete work quickly and effectively. Setting goals leads to better performance because you raise your motivation and efforts, but you also improve your feedback.

    Setting goals is a useful tool when you know how to achieve them and set them correctly. When non-realistic constraints are placed, the majority of disadvantages are avoided. Make a realistic goal that you can achieve without fear of disappointment or the fear that you will fail if you fail to achieve it.

    What Is Goal Setting And Why Is It Important?

    Setting goals aids in the trigger of new behaviors, the guiding of your focus, and the maintenance of momentum in your life. Goals also help to align your attention with what is important to you, promoting a sense of self-governance. To put it simply, you cannot manage what you do not measure and you cannot improve on what you do not manage.

    A goal is an object or an aim that we want to achieve through action. Daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, quarterly goals, and yearly goals are all part of the goals. We set goals to guide us and fulfill our purpose in life. When we set goals, we are in charge of maintaining a certain level of motivation and desire. When we set goals on a daily and weekly basis, we can be motivated and stay on top of them. If a well-thought-out strategy is used, the smaller goals will take care of the larger ones. By breaking a large goal down into steps, it is much easier to achieve success.

    We are more likely to achieve what we want when we have a clear-cut plan for our life. Setting goals for myself has been one of the most enjoyable things about my life. The first way that goals increase motivation is by providing context. Our motivation grows as we accomplish each goal we achieve, and our goal is given a target to work toward. By setting small goals, we can keep track of what we’ve achieved in the past. As a result, we will be motivated and on track to achieve our objectives. In addition to the criteria used to set goals, they are much easier to follow.

    In other words, there is a set of guidelines that must be followed if goals are to be met. Make sure your goals are not too vague. The path to their fulfillment can be difficult if they are to occur. It is difficult to achieve one of the most difficult aspects of a SMART goal: making it happen. It may not be as difficult as you think now to achieve the results you want within a few years. A goal must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound in order to be classified as a SMART goal. Our ability to develop these goals will help us focus, clarify our direction, and find our purpose in life. You will almost certainly fail to achieve your goal if you do not have a timeframe in place.

    You can accomplish more in your future if you set goals. Without goals, you will no longer know what you want or where you want to go. Goals can assist you in determining your objectives and ensuring that you are spending your time and energy wisely. Having goals motivates you more. As a result of your focus and direction in life, you will be able to stay on track and achieve your goals. Setting goals is a critical component of your success strategy. Setting goals is a good way to achieve your dreams while also improving your quality of life.

    What Is The Most Important Part Of Setting Goals?

    In order to stay on track and to know whether you have met your goal, you must create a specific goal. If you can clearly articulate your goal, you have a better chance of getting it done.

    What Is Goal Setting In Business?

    Goals are objectives that a company or individual has set for themselves and must reach in a specific period of time. There are two types of goals: short-term and long-term. Business goals can be tailored to meet individual goals or they can be expressed in terms of general objectives.

    Business goals and objectives have always been the key to success in the workplace. Executives have only recently come to understand the power of corporate goal setting frameworks such as OKRs, SMART goals, and BHAGs. In this article, we discuss why they are so important in driving performance, as well as how you can start setting goals in your own company. The first step is to select your business’s goals for this year. It was necessary to break them down into segments by quarter. Step 3: Determine your SMART goals, which are specific, measurable, aligned, relevant, and time-bound. Step 4 recommends setting no more than 3-5 OKRs per quarter – having too many will make it difficult to focus on the goals.

    There will be no one-size-fits-all goals for each organization, but it is useful to look at other businesses’ corporate goals to gain insight. Once you’ve established SMART company goals for the quarter, you can start cascading goals down the organization from one department to the next. As a result, team and individual goals will be further divided. Creating goals for your business will help you keep your entire organization focused on what is important. A successful business goal setting process will motivate teams, drive engagement, and accelerate results. It is critical to select the right goals in order to position your business for long-term success. In terms of financial performance, alignment and goal setting are directly related.

    Companies that provide clear goals to their employees tend to outperform those that do not directly connect top company priorities to their specific objectives. Employees have a direct line of sight to the results of their efforts when alignment is in place. It’s a great way to retain top talent that requires a high level of goal setting.

    Importance Of Goal Setting For Employees

    Employees who set goals for themselves feel more connected to their organization, according to research. This increases optimism at work not only because it helps to improve employee performance, but also because it influences other aspects of the office.

    Your employees will be happier and your company will move forward more effectively if you boost their spirits, smash your goals, and keep them motivated. Setting goals for your business is an effective way to keep your employees motivated while driving your company forward. Employees who have clear, measurable goals will be more productive, creative, and proactive. It is critical to celebrate milestone achievements and break through goals to build employee confidence and satisfaction. By consistently planning goals and objectives in a transparent manner, workplace culture can be improved. Employees who are linked to your business’ overall strategic direction are better prepared to understand what is at stake if they know their objectives. Employees are required to participate in the goal-setting process in order for you to gain their support.

    Nat Cook is a motivational speaker who competed in five Olympic Games and is regarded as one of the most inspirational speakers in Australia. Nat’s attitude is always uncompromising, allowing her to help employees recognize their hidden talents, desires, and motivating factors. You’ll be able to persuade your staff to stick together as Nat’s natural story-telling abilities and superhero antics will put them at ease.

    Why Is Employee Goal Setting Important?

    Setting goals for your company is a simple way to keep your employees motivated. Employees who are given no specific goals to work on may be less motivated, and work efficiency may suffer as a result. By achieving goals, they are motivated and gain confidence and job satisfaction.

    How Do Goals Motivate Employees?

    Employees who have SMART goals are motivated by their energizing behavior, providing direction, challenging employees, and forcing them to think outside the box in order to accomplish their objectives.

    Why Are Goals Important In An Organization?

    A goal serves as a guiding light for a company’s objectives, growth, and financial objectives. Having specific organizational goals can help a company measure its progress and determine the tasks that must be improved in order to meet those goals.

    Importance Of Goal Setting In Entrepreneurship

    The goal of this method is to provide a clear path to follow and motivate you to reach your destination. Goals are worthless if your business is merely operating. When you have goals in place, it is easier for employees to understand why they are working so hard to achieve them.

    To help you achieve your goals, you can rely on Va Va Assistants. Entrepreneurs want to make certain that their businesses are on the right track. Employee goals motivate and motivate them to work hard because they know they are on their way to achieving something. It is possible to set goals, but if you do not stick to them, they will be meaningless. Keeping your goal in mind should always motivate you. If your team members are motivated to work harder after achieving something, they are more likely to work harder in the future.

    What Is The Importance Of Setting Marketing Goals In A Business?

    Goals in marketing are important because they direct the marketing department and the company’s objectives, purpose, and vision. By setting measurable goals, marketing teams can determine whether their campaign or efforts were effective, how much impact they had on sales, performance, or engagement, among other things.

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  • Doing This at Night Ruins Your Immune System, New Study Says
    01 October 2022
    <p>Living through a global pandemic has given many of us a better appreciation for the importance of our <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/kombucha-boosts-your-immune-system-news/" >immune systems</a>. However, far too many among us still embrace unhealthy habits that chip away at our bodies' defenses. We do this, in part, because scientists are still learning all of the ways that our lifestyles and immune systems are linked—and until recently, it fair to say that most of us simply didn't know any better.</p> <p>Now, new research is shedding light on how one nightly habit could be ruining your immune system, and putting you at increased risk for a range of serious health conditions. Read on to learn which one unhealthy habit could be tanking your immune system, and why doing it often could lead to a higher likelihood of heart disease, dementia, and more.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/news-leg-pain-night-cholesterol/" >If You Notice This at Night, Get a Blood Test, Doctors Warn</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >A robust immune system is crucial to your health.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1138155900.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="Close up side portrait of healthy young african american woman holding apple" width="1254" height="837" /></p> <p>A robust and healthy immune system helps your body protect itself from disease. Without it, you're far more vulnerable to illness and infection, including everything from <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/vitamin-c-supplement-cold-news/" >cold and flu viruses</a> to more serious chronic conditions.</p> <p>"<a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/features/enhance-immunity/index.html" >Our immune systems</a> are complex and influenced by many factors," explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Vaccines build immunity against specific diseases. Some additional ways you can strengthen your immune system are eating well, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, not smoking, and avoiding excessive alcohol use."</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/sleep-hours-dementia-risk-news/" >If You Sleep This Way, Your Dementia Risk Soars, Study Warns</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Sleeping too little at night can ruin your immune system.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/11/man-cant-sleep.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="Man suffering from insomnia lying in bed, can't sleep at 2 am, according to clock on nightstand" width="1200" height="801" /></p> <p>A good night's sleep leaves you feeling rested and restored—but the benefits go much deeper than that. A new study published in the <em>Journal of Experimental Medicine</em> shared data from both human and animal trials, which determined that failing to get adequate sleep for just six weeks can all but <a href="https://rupress.org/jem/article/219/11/e20220081/213487/Sleep-exerts-lasting-effects-on-hematopoietic-stem" >ruin your immune system</a>.</p> <p>In the human study, the researchers gathered a group of 14 healthy adult volunteers who were accustomed to sleeping for the recommended eight hours per night. After drawing control samples of their blood, they shortened the subjects' sleep by 90 minutes per night for the six-week study period, then re-drew a second blood sample for comparison.</p> <p>"In subjects who had undergone sleep restriction, the number of immune cells circulating in the blood was higher. These cells are key players in inflammation," study co-author <strong>Filip Swirski</strong>, the director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Icahn Mount Sinai in New York, told <em>NBC News</em>.  "The key message from this study is that sleep lessens inflammation and <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/happens-dont-get-enough-sleep-heart-immune-risks-rcna48734" >loss of sleep increases inflammation</a>."</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Losing sleep can leave you more vulnerable to serious conditions.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/06/Doctor.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="Couple talking to doctor closeup hands" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>When your <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/immune-system-stronger/" >immune system is compromised</a>, you're more vulnerable to a wide range of health conditions, says <strong>Kristen Knutson</strong>, an associate professor at the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. "It plays a big role in a lot of other health conditions," she told <em>NBC News</em>. "Anything that impairs the immune system can have far-ranging effects."</p> <p>In addition to making you more susceptible to infectious diseases, chronic lack of sleep can also increase your risk of inflammatory disorders including sepsis, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia.</p> <p><strong>For more health news sent directly to your inbox, <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/newsletters/" >sign up for our daily newsletter</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >The effects appear to be long lasting, though changing your sleep habits can help.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/06/covid-worst-case-scenario-jha-warning-news.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>In addition to seeing an increased number of immune cells after the six-week study period, suggesting an inflammatory immune response, the researchers also saw that the stem cells—which go on to become immune cells—also showed functional changes which worsened with each new bout of impaired sleep.</p> <p>More research is needed to determine whether these effects of <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/jennifer-aniston-insomnia-cure-news/" >poor sleep</a> are permanent, or if the stem cells may fuller recover over the course of months or years. However, experts say one takeaway is clear: getting consistently adequate sleep is crucial to your health. "You can't run yourself ragged during the week and make up for it on the weekend," said Knutsen.</p>

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  • The Tea You Should Drink, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
    01 October 2022
    <p>Tired of grabbing that same <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/zodiac-sign-coffee-order-news/" >cup of coffee</a> every morning before you head into the office? Or maybe you're just looking for something warm and cozy to sip on chilly days? Whatever the case may be, there's nothing quite as comforting as a hot cup of tea. It's a beverage with roots in countless countries and cultures, and all you need to make it is some hot water and a tea bag. Don't know which variety to start with? We've consulted <em>Best Life's</em> resident astrologer to help pair up each zodiac sign with their own perfect tea blend. Keep scrolling to find the tea you should be drinking.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/breakfast-order-zodiac-sign-news/" >The Breakfast You Should Order, Based on Your Zodiac Sign</a>.</strong></p> <p><em>Lauren Ash is a St. Louis-based astrologer and lifestyle writer. Ash is the resident astrologer for Best Life, Glam, and Sanctuary Astrology. Follow Lauren on <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenashastro" >Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/laurenashastro/" >Instagram</a> or subscribe to her blog for <a href="http://www.laurenashastro.com/" >monthly horoscopes</a>.</em></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Aries: Earl Gray</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-498435900.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Aromaic earth grey Tea on Wooden table" width="500" height="328" /></p> <p>As an Aries, you're an <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/energetic-zodiac-sign-news/" >energetic and confident</a> person who loves rising early and using the morning hours to plan the day ahead. To ensure you can take on the world at your best, you'll want a beverage with a healthy amount of caffeine. Change up your morning routine to include a cup of earl gray tea. This aromatic black tea has a surprisingly sweet flavor thanks to the hidden notes of bergamot, so you'll be fully awakened.</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Taurus: Chamomile</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1277086333.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Herbal chamomile tea and chamomile flowers" width="500" height="371" /></p> <p>Tauruses tend to be practical and down-to-earth. Because it's easy for you to see the big picture, you'll <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/most-patient-zodiac-sign-news/" >take all the time and effort</a> required to reach your goals. This also makes you someone who enjoys life's little luxuries more than most. So the next time you crave a cup of tea, pour yourself a cup of floral chamomile. The comforting and rich flavor is sure to please your earth sign sensibilities.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/zodiac-sign-candle-scent-news/" >The Candle You Should Burn, Based on Your Zodiac Sign</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Gemini: Bubble Tea</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1178912216.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="boba tea with tapioca" width="500" height="375" /></p> <p>People born under the sign of Gemini are <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/social-butterfly-zodiac-news/" >chatty socialites</a> who like to keep the good times rolling. This fun-loving attitude comes from the fact that you're the first air sign of the zodiac, so you're more flexible and easygoing than most. Therefore, you're not afraid to try new things. Bubble tea is a fun twist on a classic that you can put your own twist on. And bubble tea shops are just about everywhere these days, so you can easily find one while out and about with your friends.</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Cancer: Masala Chai</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1330800524.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Masala chai tea on a dark background" width="500" height="466" /></p> <p>You're the authority when it comes to cozy comfort, Cancer. You innately create a soothing and relaxing environment, so, in a way, your personality is like a warm sip of tea. But <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/sweetest-zodiac-signs-news/" >for all your sweetness</a>, there's a bite to your personality that might catch some people off guard. That's why masala chai, with its rich variety of spices, including clove, cardamom, and cinnamon, is the perfect encapsulation of Cancerian energy. Brewed with warm milk instead of water, this luxurious blend can be enjoyed whenever you need to steal away for a moment of self-care.</p> <p><strong>For more astrology content delivered straight to your inbox, <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/newsletters/" >sign up for our daily newsletter</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Leo: Blooming Herbal Tea</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/herbal-tea-in-a-glass-cup-decorated-with-dried-rose-buds-picture-id1415859299.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="blooming rose herbal tea" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Lavish and over-the-top, you're never one to shy away from <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/most-extroverted-zodiac-sign-news/" >making a statement</a>, Leo. While you certainly don't want to dull your passion for life, it might be a good idea to pick a tea that can soothe your spirit and help you relax after a long day. Herbal tea is known for its many health benefits and calming effect, but the blooming variety turns tea leaves into stunning floral displays once activated by the hot water—which will appeal to your more theatrical side.</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Virgo: Lemon Rooibos</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-590242446.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="cup of lemon rooibos tea" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>On the surface, Virgos read humble, reserved, and practical. And while you do possess all these qualities, you also have a flexible and fun-loving side. As an earth sign, you enjoy soaking up nature or catching up with your closest friends. You're always on the move, <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/type-a-zodiac-sign-news/" >checking things off your to-do list</a>. So you need a tea that is quick to brew, boosts your energy, and tastes delicious, of course. A cup of lemon rooibos tea has just the right zing to get your day started on the right foot; not to mention the health benefits that will keep you performing in tip-top shape.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/zodiac-sign-flower-news/" >The Best Flower for Your Zodiac Sign, According to Astrologers</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Libra: White Tea</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1146980588.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="delicious white tea in a beautiful glass bowl on a table" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Libra is known as an easygoing sign, and in most cases, you are. In work, love, and friendships, you're always willing to <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/zodiac-sign-people-pleaser-news/" >play the mediator</a> and find a compromise. But when it comes to indulging in your favorite things, your cardinal sign energy makes it harder for you to step outside your comfort zone when you're not presented with the facts. So here's the case for why you should start enjoying white tea—it's only lightly caffeinated, has antioxidants to boost your immune system, and the mild flavor means you can add whatever sweetener you'd like. When it comes to striking a balance you'll find acceptable, this tea does just the trick.</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Scorpio: Darjeeling</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1067436654.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="darjeeling tea" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>The deepest and most <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/most-mysterious-zodiac-sign-news/" >mysterious personality</a> of the zodiac needs a tea that packs a punch. You keep your life private from anyone who might be looking to dilute its richness, which is why you have such a close inner circle. This leads people to think you're standoffish and cold, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Once you've let down your walls, people are usually shocked by your unsuspecting warmth. For this reason, you'll appreciate the decadent goodness of Darjeeling tea (with a splash of cream and sugar for extra sweetness).</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/fruit-zodiac-sign-news/" >The Fruit You Should Eat, Based on Your Zodiac Sign</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Sagittarius: Oolong</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/cup-tea-on-table-picture-id1292675670.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="oolong tea" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Feisty and warm-hearted, you view life as <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/most-adventurous-zodiac-sign-news/" >one grand adventure</a>, and you're looking to see and experience it all. Chances are, you've already dipped your toes in the world of loose-leaf teas, so you're better off skipping the basic blends and instead diving headfirst into oolong tea. This blend gets its unique flavor from the oxidation process that happens when the tea leaves are harvested; making each batch of oolong unique. You could drink a cup every day for the rest of your life and still never have the same drink twice. Pretty cool!</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Capricorn: Matcha</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1356367433.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Soy milk pouring in matcha ice tea." width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>As a lover of tradition, matcha tea might seem too trendy for your tastes, Capricorn. Much like the other cardinal signs, you find <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/most-boring-zodiac-sign-news/" >what works and stick with it</a>. The good news is that while matcha has recently had a boost in popularity, it has roots dating back as far as the eighth century, so it doesn't get much more traditional than this. Another thing you'll appreciate is that matcha must be prepared in a very particular way, which your process-focused nature will no doubt respect. And who knows? Before long you might just decide to skip the coffee shop altogether and start making your own matcha blends at home.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/zodiac-sign-cookie-flavor-news/" >The Cookie You Should Eat, Based on Your Zodiac Sign</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Aquarius: Kombucha</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1396531555.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="kombucha" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>Aquarians are affectionately known as the <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/quirkiest-zodiac-signs-news/" >oddballs of the zodiac</a>, as you're always looking for new ways to approach old problems or trying things that others might be too afraid to. That's why kombucha should be your go-to tea the next time you're looking to indulge. This fermented black tea beverage packs a serious punch, and it has tons of healthy bacteria and cultures for improved gut health. Fizzy, tart, and refreshing—you won't be able to get enough of it.</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Pisces: Butterfly Pea Flower Tea</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/iStock-1080768938.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="butterfly blue pea tea" width="500" height="333" /></p> <p>As the <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/most-creative-zodiac-sign-news/" >most creative sign of the zodiac</a>, you go to great lengths to inject a bit of personality into even the most mundane moments. So your tea of choice needs to be equal parts delicious and artistic. Commonly known as blue tea, butterfly pea flower tea is an herbal blend that's completely caffeine-free, which means you can enjoy it in the morning or before bed without wrecking your sleep schedule. Not to mention, something truly amazing happens to the color and flavor of this tea when you add a dash of lemon to your cup. Whether you like it hot, iced, or served up as a latte, this beautiful beverage will taste great and make for an Instagram-worthy photo.</p>

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  • You Can Use Oven Cleaner to Strip Wood Furniture
    01 October 2022

    TikTok and Instagram are awash with accounts featuring DIY and furniture flipping instructional videos that make refinishing thrift store finds into expensive-looking pieces look quick and easy. (Of course, when you edit four hours of paint-stripping and sanding down to two seconds, you can make any project seem quick…

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  • Has Your Relationship Lost Its Spark? This Challenge Will Rekindle Your Romance
    01 October 2022
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  • 8 Money-Saving Hacks Major Airlines Don't Want You to Know
    01 October 2022
    <p><a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/news-flight-attendants-travel-hacks/" >Airline travel</a> is on the rise, and so are prices. In fact, NerdWallet reported that <a href="https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/travel/travel-price-tracker" data-follow="true">prices are up by 34 percent</a> since the summer of 2019. It's not just standard inflation causing the price increase, either. Airlines are getting sneaky about the ways in which they're making more more, including adding fees on things that used to be free or raising rates on existing costs. While some of this is unavoidable, there are some money-saving secrets that can help your bottom line.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/news-checking-bag-flight/" >Never Do This After Checking a Bag, Flight Attendant Says</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div >1</div> <div >Get familiar with the new cancellation policies.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_1882851175.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Cancel Board in Airport" width="500" height="281" /><br /> Needing to cancel a flight happens for all sorts of reasons. In those situations, know that you often have some recourse. For instance, <strong>Dan Gellert</strong>, <a href="https://skiplagged.com/" data-follow="true">travel expert and COO</a> of Skiplagged, notes that the U.S. government requires airlines to provide a 24-hour free cancellation policy (so long as the flight is at least seven days out.) That means you can cancel within 24 hours of booking any flight.</p> <p>"Additionally, many airlines have changed their fees around changing or canceling a flight," he adds. "You need to check each specific airline, but many now allow you to change or cancel your flight for free, as long as it is not a Basic Economy ticket."</p> <p>Understanding these cancellation policies can save you money in the long run by not forfeiting the amount you spent in scenarios when you need to adjust a flight time or cancel altogether. You can also cancel and rebook a flight that's cheaper, which may save you hundreds of dollars.</p> <div > <h2 > <div >2</div> <div >Don't cancel a non-refundable ticket.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_515243494.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Two Passports and Boarding Passes" width="500" height="333" /><br /> Some airlines don't allow for changed or canceled tickets. If that's the case—and if you're outside of that 24-hour window—don't cancel the flight.</p> <p>"It's better to simply be a no-show rather than calling to cancel," says travel expert <strong>Justin Johnson</strong>, <a href="https://www.govy.co/" data-follow="true">co-founder and CEO</a> of Govy. "In the scenario of a flight cancellation or schedule change—[which has been on the rise recently]—you may be entitled for a credit or refund. Had you canceled the ticket, you wouldn't be entitled to anything."</p> <p>This is a bit of a risk, but it could save you money in the long run. If a delay or cancellation occurs, call the airline to request a refund. Johnson says it'll likely be in the form of credits. Also call the airline afterward if you have a return flight, because it may cancel the return if you no-show without explanation.</p> <p><strong>For more travel advice delivered straight to your inbox,<span> </span><a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/newsletters/" >sign up for our daily newsletter</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div >3</div> <div >Look into "Hidden City" flights.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_729806845.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Person Walking Through Airport" width="500" height="333" /><br /> A hidden-city flight is a flight where you get off at a layover city versus the airline's final destination. So let's say you need to get to Phoenix from New York City. The ticket may actually go all the way to San Francisco, but has a layover in Phoenix.</p> <p>"The average traveler that purchases a hidden city ticket saves $128, and many save thousands of dollars," notes Gallert. The Skiplagged search portal is actually dedicated to finding these fares for you, which makes the process a cinch. Just be aware that you can only bring a carry on when taking a hidden city flight.</p> <div > <h2 > <div >4</div> <div >Know what you're entitled to.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_1465389734.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Luggage With Lost Tag" width="500" height="375" /><br /> Be aware of federal regulations and specific airline policies relating to canceled flights, changes, and missing/delayed baggage. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/individuals/aviation-consumer-protection/refunds" data-follow="true">requires a full refund</a> in the case of any canceled flight by the airline, as well as a refund in cases of significant schedule changes or delays.</p> <p>You're also entitled to a refund if your class of service was altered, or if you were unable to use a service you paid for, such as checked baggage, seat selection, and in-flight WiFi that was spotty or unavailable.</p> <p>There's also plenty of recourse in the case of an MIA or <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/apple-airtag-luggage-news/" >lost suitcase</a>. Not only are airlines required to refund you if the luggage was declared lost, but many also have policies in place that provide you with some form of compensation. For instance, American Airlines <a href="https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/baggage/delayed-or-damaged-baggage.jsp" data-follow="true">reimburses for any necessary items</a> you need while without your bags (like clothing and toiletries), and United does the same and will pay a flat <a href="https://www.united.com/en/us/fly/travel/baggage/delayed.html" data-follow="true">$1500 per lost bag</a>.</p> <div > <h2 > <div >5</div> <div >Report damaged suitcases.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_1286855830.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Damaged Blue Suitcase" width="500" height="333" /><br /> In the same vein as above, make sure to report severe damage to suitcases caused by airline handlers. Many airlines have policies in place that will reimburse you for the damage or provide a check for the cost of a new bag. There are some exclusions—such as normal wear and tear—but if your suitcase is severely damaged or largely unusable then file a complaint immediately.</p> <div > <h2 > <div >6</div> <div >Be proactive about avoiding fees.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_1541680016.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Open Bag of Airplane Pretzels" width="500" height="375" /><br /> Airlines make a good chunk of their money off fees. In 2021 alone, fees brought in billions on everything from checked bags to seat selections.</p> <p>"We recommend doing some planning to know exactly where the airline is going to charge a fee and plan as much as you can in advance to avoid these fees," says Gallert. "Fees can include printing a boarding pass at the airport, overweight bags, or charging for headphones or airplane snacks."</p> <p>Many airlines won't show mercy even on the tiniest thing—like a bag being a pound or two overweight—so be mindful of the rules they set. A little planning can go a long way to save you money. In some cases, you can use your airline miles to pay for things like seat upgrades, and being a credit card holder for the airline often comes with perks like free checked bags.</p> <div > <h2 > <div >7</div> <div >Forget what you've heard about buying tickets on certain days.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_520314439.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Person Searching Flights" width="500" height="333" /><br /> You might have heard that <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/booking-cheap-flights/" >booking a flight</a> on a specific day or time of day will save you money. This isn't a rule of thumb, says Johnson, so broaden your search times so you have more visibility into price fluctuations and then book when the cost is at its lowest.</p> <p>Flight aggregating websites like Kayak and Skiplagged have price tracking features that allow you to keep tabs on fluctuations, and they'll even send you an alert when prices to your destination drop.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/news-drink-water-flight-takeoff/" >Never Forget to Do This After Takeoff, Flight Attendant Warns</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div >8</div> <div >Book if there's only a couple seats left.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_308693075.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="Two Airplane Seats" width="500" height="333" /><br /> It may sound like a "scare tactic" that pushes you into booking, but pay attention when an airline notes only a few fares are left.</p> <p>"There are dozens of different fare classes—not just first and economy," says Johnson. "When you see the 'one ticket left at this price,' that really means there's one ticket left in that fare class. Once it's gone, it jumps up to the next fare class and you'll see a price jump."</p>

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  • Your Core Self—Values and What They Mean for Your Life
    01 October 2022

    Who you are and how you engage with the world can be influenced by a variety of factors. These may include your needs, what you want to achieve, the influence of others, and your reactions to events. But the most significant driver of your identity and behavior should be your own values and worldview. For some, these might be, to some extent, influenced or even dictated by authority figures, e.g., parents, religion, or other individuals or groups with a creed or specific set of values that you have been expected to follow. However, it is important to live according to your own values and be true to yourself. Only by doing this can you live genuinely.

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  • 4 Tips for Wearing a Leather Jacket Over 60, According to Stylists
    01 October 2022
    <p>As we get older, many of us become more <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/style-tips-over-40/" >confident in our personal style</a>. We know what we like and what we don't, we know what looks good on us, and we have a handful of go-to outfits we can throw on in seconds to feel like a million bucks. Still, there are certain clothing pieces that can intimidate even the most daring dresser—and leather jackets are one of them. These sophisticated toppers can overwhelm us with choice (there's one available in literally every color and cut you could imagine) and present a styling challenge. But fear not. Read on to hear from personal stylists about the best ways to style a leather jacket over age 60. Prepare to put together your chicest outfits yet.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/wearing-heels-over-65-news/" >5 Tips For Wearing Heels Over 65, According to Doctors and Style Experts</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div >1</div> <div >Opt for a classic cut. </div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/older-woman-classic-leather-jacket-.png" alt="older woman classic leather jacket" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>If it's your first time wearing a leather jacket in a while, you'll want to stick with something simple. "Too much hardware and trendy looks are tough to pull off as we mature," says <strong>Elizabeth Kosich</strong>, certified image stylist and founder of <a href="https://elizabethkosichstyling.com/" >Elizabeth Kosich Styling</a>. "Consider a timeless blazer style or bomber cut to minimize bling and extreme lines." This way, your jacket will be versatile and easy to style.</p> <p><strong>Tara West</strong>, a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/tarawestfashion/" >fashion stylist</a> who serves clients in Connecticut, Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles, also suggests a classic blazer style for clients over 60. She specifically recommends the <a href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-us/shop/product/veronica-beard/clothing/blazers/hollis-vegan-leather-blazer/46376663162632172" >Hollis Vegan Leather Blazer</a> and the <a href="https://www.intermixonline.com/veronica-beard/cooke-leather-dickey-blazer/2108LT161482-EXCL.html" >Cooke Leather Dickey Blazer</a> from Veronica Beard. "The tailored cut and large metallic buttons make an elegant statement while flattering your figure, hitting comfortably at the hip line and giving just enough shape at the shoulder," she notes. Wear them with a silk blouse, tank, or T-shirt for a cool, casual look.</p> <div > <h2 > <div >2</div> <div >Or a shacket.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/woman-smiling-in-leather-jacket-near-palm-trees.png" alt="woman smiling in leather jacket near palm trees" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>What's that, you might ask? It's half shirt, half jacket. "It's a beautiful and transitional silhouette for a more casual play with leather," says <strong>Allie McKenna</strong>, <a href="https://alliemckenna.com/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://alliemckenna.com/&source=gmail&ust=1664574655581000&usg=AOvVaw2aYhv_hD0RrqpYGGEY_OVR"></a><a href="https://alliemckenna.com/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://alliemckenna.com/&source=gmail&ust=1664584610054000&usg=AOvVaw2hDZJ_DqrENeltFmlN3dJ6">wardrobe stylist, and personal shopper</a>. "Pending the length of my client's torso, and taking into consideration the fit and style they prefer, I recommend either a hip-length leather shacket or a longer shacket. Both can be paired with a multitude of outfits as a chic finishing touch." She specifically suggests them with a dress. If you've got a hip-length or longer leather shacked, try a T-shirt and jeans. "It instantly updates and upgrades your look to be timeless, yet trendy," McKenna adds.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/nail-polish-over-50-news/" >If You're Over 50, Stop Wearing This Nail Polish Color</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div >3</div> <div >Find your "personal black."</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/woman-brown-leather-jacket.png" alt="woman brown leather jacket" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>Yes, it's possible to find a classic leather jacket in a hue other than black and camel. In fact, <strong>Liana Chaouli</strong>, a <a href="https://imagetherapists.com/" >personal stylist and image therapist</a>, suggests it. "Find what I call 'your personal black,'" Chaoli says. "That is to take your prominent eye or hair color and deepen it as far as you can. Think navy blues, burgundy, chocolate brown, and emerald green." These colors will enhance your features without becoming difficult to style.</p> <p><strong>For more style advice delivered straight to your inbox, <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/newsletters/" >sign up for our daily newsletter</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div >4</div> <div >Choose a matte leather.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/woman-laughing-in-leather-jacket-hat.png" alt="woman laughing in leather jacket hat" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>One small but important styling tip is to choose a matte leather jacket. "As we age, shiny materials tend to accentuate skin imperfections like fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and the like," says Kosich. "For this reason, reach for the buttery soft leathers, not the patents."</p> <p>If even those seem harsh, you may want to take a different route entirely. "For some, suede jackets may be a better choice than traditional leather because it softens the jacket while still allowing you to wear a timeless piece," says Chaouli.</p> <p>Of course, the easiest way to know the leather type that best complements your features is to try on a bunch. So, you'll want to schedule a day to hit the shops in search of your perfect leather match. Chic and stylish layering lies ahead.</p>

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  • Doing This With Your Phone Can Save Your Relationship, New Study Says
    01 October 2022
    <p>There's lots of mixed advice when it comes to how your phone should be involved in your relationship. Some experts say it's best for you and your partner to have time to connect sans technology, while others claim cell phones are a valuable tool for <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/questions-break-up-therapist-news/" >boosting communication</a> and staying in touch throughout the day. If you're in a relationship, you've likely developed your own methods of using your phone to connect with your partner, whether that's a lunchtime phone call or a text before leaving the office. But according to a new study, there's an unexpected phone habit that could actually save your relationship. Read on to learn what the findings say and get therapists' reactions to this recommendation.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/relationship-red-flags-everyone-misses-news/" >5 Relationship Red Flags Everyone Misses, Experts Warn</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >A new study found that texting can improve your relationship. </div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/07/man-phone-dating-website.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="man holding smartphone texting message or play mobile game" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>A <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/14614448211043192" >recent study</a> published in the journal <em>New Media & Society </em>looked at the way Generation X (those born between 1965-1980) conducts their relationships via text (or, in the study's case, WhatsApp, due to the fact that it was directed in Israel). The researchers found that how this group digitally argues mirrors their style of doing so in person, whether that pattern is avoidant, emotional, or rational.</p> <p>"Correspondence over WhatsApp not only offers another venue to conduct the relationship, but <a href="https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/962815" >it can also help save it</a>," the researchers said in a media release. They note that this offers "another place to fight and make up." But why is having one more place to unleash our frustrations a good thing? According to therapists, arguing over text presents several conflict-resolution tools that couples wouldn't benefit from otherwise.</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Therapists agree arguing via text can be helpful at times.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/08/shutterstock_1755781610.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="man looking at text on phone" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>No, rage texting your significant other your stream-of-conscious thoughts after a disagreement will never be productive. But there are times when you can use a text conversation to your advantage.</p> <p>"This type of communication can allow people to have some time to cool down before responding, and it can also allow for a more considered response," says <strong>Ketan Parmar</strong><i>,</i> MD, psychologist and <a href="https://www.clinicspots.com/" >mental health expert at ClinicSpots</a>. "It can also be helpful for people who find it difficult to express themselves in the heat of the moment." For those types of people, texting lets them gather their thoughts and communicate more effectively. In other words, they can say exactly what they need to with the assurance that they can edit their response as many times as they'd like.</p> <p><strong>READ THIS NEXT: <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/news-behind-partners-back/" >32 Percent of People Do This Behind Their Partner's Back, New Study Finds</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Texting can help you work through major disagreements.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/04/woman-texting-on-couch.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="young asian woman texting on couch" width="1200" height="800" /></p> <p>While many of the therapists we chatted with noted that couples should avoid having major disagreements via text, they did add that there were some exceptions.</p> <p>"If people are in perpetual cycles of heightened tension in arguments, and often find themselves reverting to crying, yelling, criticism, interrupting each other, or name-calling, this is too charged [of] a topic to discuss without some guard rails up," says <strong>Chelsea Johnson</strong>, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist at <a href="http://horizonsmft.com" >Horizons Marriage & Family Therapy</a>.</p> <p>In that case, a text or letter might be helpful. "I encourage my patients to write out all of their thoughts virtually they wish to share with a partner, and then go back and edit out anything 'editorial' like name-calling or emotionally charged language," explains Johnson. Avoid "you" or blaming statements to ensure your correspondence reads factually like an essay.</p> <p>So, when is texting most helpful? "This may work best for disagreements about making a certain decision, financial topics, or any topic that feels very stuck," says Johnson. "The nature of a back and forth text exchange also encourages partners to not interrupt one another and take turns sharing their perspectives." If you need help employing this strategy, schedule an appointment with a couples therapist.</p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >Texting can also be used for small disagreements.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/03/woman-texting.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="Woman texting" width="1200" height="801" /></p> <p>On a more everyday basis, texting can be used to solve low-risk issues and problems, says <strong>Kimber Shelton</strong>, PhD, licensed psychologist and owner of <a href="https://www.kls-counseling.com/" >KLS Counseling & Consulting Services</a>. "For example, one partner texts, 'Hey, it hurt my feelings today when you left and didn't say goodbye,' and the partner responds with, 'Oh, sorry; I was rushing to a meeting and didn't mean to hurt your feelings. I hope you have a good day,' the issue is resolved," Shelton says. "Now both parties can go about their day without carrying emotional weight from an unintended emotional slight."</p> <p>You can use a similar strategy for small disagreements about household chores, schedule changes, and more.</p> <p><strong>For more relationship advice delivered straight to your inbox, <a href="https://bestlifeonline.com/newsletters/" >sign up for our daily newsletter</a>.</strong></p> <div > <h2 > <div ></div> <div >However, this is not for every couple.</div> </h2> </div> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/shutterstock_2108236211.jpg?quality=82&strip=all" alt="older couple looking at receipts" width="1200" height="633" /></p> <p>It's important to note that because everyone argues differently, not every couple can employ a text-message method for their disagreements.</p> <p>"Resolving conflict over text messages would be best suited for couples who have already a conflict resolution strategy outside of text messaging," says <strong>Katie Borek</strong>, MSW, a therapist at <a href="http://www.aligned-minds.com/" >Aligned Minds Counseling and Therapy</a>. "This includes couples who understand each others' attachment styles and are responsive and empathic to any anxieties that may arise; also, couples who understand the difference between minor conflict and major conflict will have high success in deciphering which conflicts are appropriate for text messaging."</p> <p>Finally, you'll also want to have healthy boundaries in place with regard to communicating via text. "This means if one partner expresses their inability to participate in a dialogue via text, the dialogue ends immediately, and the couple can agree to readdress the issue later," says Borek. "Boundaries could also include topics which are off limits completely. A simple example of this could be discussing calendar coordination so the couple can arrange to see each other because one party gets overwhelmed trying to coordinate and would prefer to discuss this in a phone call."</p> <p>With these tips in mind, your phone can help you work through your differences in a healthy, controlled manner so you can go back to your usual messaging habits.</p>

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  • NASA Just Revealed Stunning Images of Earth's Biggest Waves Caught from Space
    01 October 2022
    <p><span>They're waves so big they can be seen from space—and NASA just released satellite imagery of this lesser-known natural phenomenon. The agency has captured the world's "tallest, longest, fastest, and heaviest waves" around the globe, and even if you're not a surfer, it's an interesting look at how our planet works. Read on to find out more.</span></p> <p><span> <div > <h2 > <div >1</div> <div >The World's Tallest, Longest, Fastest and Heaviest Waves</div> </h2> </div> </span></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/waves-1.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="" width="500" height="366" /><br /> <span></span></p> <p><span>NASA revealed the satellite-taken images in </span><span>a video</span><span>. They record Earth's tallest waves crashing into the coast of Portugal and the fastest wave racing into Hawaii. The world's tallest and longest waves were also recorded—in Tahiti and Peru, respectively. </span><span>Keep reading to learn more and see the video.</span></p> <p><span> <div > <h2 > <div >2</div> <div >"So Magnificent," They're Visible From Space</div> </h2> </div> </span></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/hawaii-1.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="" width="500" height="366" /></p> <p><span>"There are some places where these waves are so magnificent, they can be seen from space," the video's narrator says. "With the broad perspective of satellites, we can see how these iconic waves develop into the world's tallest, longest, fastest, and heaviest." </span><span>In Hawaii, for example, summer storms create extremely fast waves known as "freight trains" off the coast of Maui. This is caused by the "dramatic transition of the seafloor from deep water to shallow."</span></p> <p><span> <div > <h2 > <div >3</div> <div >Underwater Landmark Powers Portugal's Waves</div> </h2> </div> </span></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/potugal-1.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="" width="500" height="366" /></p> <p><span>In Portugal, "waves are magnified and focused by a deep underwater canyon that comes to an end at Nazaré Bay," the video's narrator says. The waves also can get their punch from far-away storms. A Portuguese surfer reportedly rode a wave that was more than 100 feet tall.</span></p> <p><span> <div > <h2 > <div >4</div> <div >Tahiti's Distance Creates Big Waves</div> </h2> </div> </span></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/tahiti-1.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="" width="500" height="366" /></p> <p><span>Tahiti is known as a remote escape, and its distance from other land creates some terrific waves. "The swells from storms thousands of miles away often travel unimpeded across the South Pacific toward the southern coast," the narrator says in the video. "These southwesterly swells carry energy across the deep, open ocean until crashing into the very shallow reef off Teahupo'o."</span></p> <p><span> <div > <h2 > <div >5</div> <div >A Surfer's Delight In Peru</div> </h2> </div> </span></p> <p><img decoding="async" src="https://bestlifeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/09/peru-1.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=500" alt="" width="500" height="366" /></p> <p><span>According to NASA, in Peru, the long waves at Chicama are influenced by the shape of the land. "Waves arriving from the open Pacific roll nearly parallel to this part of Peru's coastline," the video's narrator said. "They start to roll up at a cape that juts into the Pacific. Then they progressively break at a series of four points along the shoreline." When the conditions are right, surfers can ride the waves at Chicama for minutes at a time. </span><span>"All of these iconic waves are shaped by the unique features of our oceans and coasts," the agency notes. "There are many other coasts with waves revered by surfers. Given the vastness of Earth, there are probably a few more to be discovered."</span></p> <p><iframetitle="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IN2Ev-BgSxs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>

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  • Family Killer: The Story of Chris Watts
    01 October 2022
    In 2018, Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife, Shanann, and two daughters. Here's what led to the incomprehensible act, and what happened next.

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