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By Better Days Global, Jan 19 2018 05:38PM

Technology has some wonderful benefits. I use it almost every day. And I would never, ever argue against the responsible use of it. However, that being said, it is becoming increasingly obvious that our world is developing an unhealthy attachment to it:

84% of cell phone users claim they could not go a single day without their device.

67% of cell phone owners check their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.

Studies indicate some mobile device owners check their devices every 6.5 minutes.

88% of U.S. consumers use mobile devices as a second screen even while watching television.

Almost half of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls.

Traditional TV viewing eats up over six days (144 hours, 54 minutes) worth of time per month.

Some researchers have begun labeling “cell phone checking” as the new yawn because of its contagious nature. But we don’t need statistics to tell us we are over-attached to our technology. We already know this to be true—which is probably why this powerful video has received over 13,000,000 views in less than six days. But we need to be reminded again and again: Technology has a power-off button. And the wisest of us know when to use it

Consider again, just some of the Important Reasons to Unplug Our Technology:

1. Powering-down helps remove unhealthy feelings of jealousy, envy, and loneliness. Researchers recently discovered that one in three people felt worse after visiting Facebook and more dissatisfied with their lives. Certainly, not every interaction with Facebook is a negative one. But typically, our own experience validates their research. From family happiness to body image to vacation destinations to the silly number of birthday greetings on a Facebook wall, the opportunity for envy presents itself often on social media. Powering-down for a period of time provides opportunity to reset and refocus appreciation and gratitude for the lives we have been given.

2. Powering-down combats the fear of missing out. Scientifically speaking, the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) has been recognized as a recently emerging psychological disorder brought on by the advance of technology. The premise is simple. Our social media streams are ever-filled with everything happening all around us. Nowadays, we even see the plates of food our friends are enjoying. And within this constant stream of notification, our fear of being left out continues to grow. Turning off social media and finding contentment in our present space is a welcome skill.

3. Solitude is harder to find in an always-connected world. Solitude grounds us to the world around us. It provides the stillness and quiet required to evaluate our lives and reflect on the message in our hearts. In a world where outside noise is coming quicker and louder than ever, the need for solitude becomes more apparent… and easier to overlook. True solitude and meditation will always require the intentional action of shutting off the noise and the screens.

4. Life, at its best, is happening right in front of you. Our world may be changing. But the true nature of life is not. Life, at its best, is happening right in front of you. These experiences will never repeat themselves. These conversations are unfiltered and authentic. And the love is real. But if we are too busy staring down at our screen, we’re gonna miss all of it.

5. Powering-down promotes creation over consumption. Essentially, most of our time is spent in one of two categories: consuming or creating. Certainly, technology can contribute to creating. For example, this article was written (created) on a computer. But most of the time we spend in front of technology is spent consuming (playing video games, browsing the Internet, watching movies, listening to music). But our world doesn’t need more consuming. It needs more creating. It needs your passion, your solution, and your unique contribution. Power-down. And begin contributing to a better world because of it.

6. Addiction can only be understood when the object is taken away. Through a recent technological fast, I learned something about myself. I learned I am far more addicted to technology than I would have guessed. But that is the nature of addiction, isn’t it? We can never fully realize our level of addiction until the item is taken away. And the only way to truly discover technology’s controlling influence on your life is to turn it off, walk away, and sense how strong the pull is to turn it back on.

7. Life is still about flesh, blood, and eye contact. There are valuable resources online to help us grow and evolve. I have been enriched by the connections I have made and the friends I have met. But no matter how much I interact with others through the miracle of technology, there is something entirely unique and fantastic about meeting face-to-face. The experience of looking another person in the eye without the filter of a screen changes everything. Each time, I am reminded that life’s most fulfilling relationships are the ones in the world right in front of me. And spending too much time looking away from them does a great disadvantage to my soul and their

How then, in our ever-connected world, might we take appropriate steps to find balance and intentionality in our approach to technology? If you need help getting started, try one or more of these helpful tips to unplug and find space:

• Choose to start your day elsewhere. Henry Ward Beecher once said, “The first hour is the rudder of the day.” Spend it wisely. Commit to not turning on technology during your first waking hour. After all, the world ran just fine without you for the previous 7-8 hours, one more won’t hurt. Blocking out that one hour to focus on meditation or your upcoming day will help you wisely shape the other 23.

• Power-down for one period of time each day. Choose a specific period of the day to intentionally power-down. As mentioned above, this may be the first hour of the day. Or maybe the last hour of the day works better for you… or maybe lunch, dinner, or the hours just before your kids go to bed. The specific time of the day is not important. What is important is the discipline of learning when and how to power-down. Choose something that works for your specific lifestyle and stick to it at all costs.

• Better manage the time-wasters. There are a number of Internet tools that can help you better manage your time online. Freedom will disable your entire Internet connection for a time period set by you. Selfcontrol will allow you to block access to uniquely specified websites (for example: Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, your favorite blog) for a period of time, but still have access to the rest of the web.

• Take one extended break on a regular basis. I have found great value in choosing 40 days each year to power-down unnecessary apps (leaving only phone and text privileges on my phone). And I have completed the exercise each of the last two years. It has taught me about technology, relationships, and myself. Whether it be for one weekend, one week, or 40 days, there is great value in taking an intentional extended break from technology. Pick something. And get started right away. Your life is waiting.

Learning to power-down technology is an important life skill with numerous benefits. It is becoming a lost art in our ever-connected world. But the wisest of us take time to learn the discipline. And live fuller lives because of it.

By Better Days Global, Jan 16 2018 05:36PM

I pride myself on projecting an image to the world that is authentic and true of my character through my interactions with my audience via my social media platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. This also can be said of the social media accounts for my magazine In-spire LS. We currently live in a world where numbers rule and it does not always matter how talented, educated or passionate you are about your work; interest is far greater when your followers are in the double figures. Of course, there are now more than ever a number of quick fix -it schemes that I could employ to raise my game in this area. However, nothing is more important to me than to show my journey, the ups and the downs, the successes and the failures, the highs and the lows, the moments of uncertainty and self-doubt and the times when I feel like I can take on the world; and win. Because I want you to know that you can experience the very same, share it with the world without fear of rejection or superiority and still reach the levels of success you dream of.

I want you all to know that I hustle and I grind all day, every day. There are no rest days and there are no days off. Then, I return home and in any spare second, I can get my hands on; I am pursuing my passion writing. Whatever your passion may be, you should be dedicated to doing the same. No matter what. No quick fixes, no faking it for the gram. Just pure dedication and truth in the parts of your journey that you share. Sharing content like the type I put out on In-spire LS and spreading a positive message is what I LIVE for. My passion encapsulates me. It is the first thing I think on upon waking and the last thing I think about before going to sleep.

As my mind remains focused on what I am building and the message I want to convey. I cannot be caught up in what the next person is doing. I cannot allow myself to look around at others and compare what I have to them because that would be selling my vision, my dream; and myself short. I cannot allow myself to convey a life to those who follow me that is not true, that is false and constructed to raise my game because that would not be right. Of course, I have had many a naysayer comment on the decisions I have made in the growth of my brand. There’re those who have believed that they could and would do a better job than I have or attained a higher level of success than I have managed to attain in the time I have pursued this venture; had the dream been placed in their heart.

However, it was not placed within their heart, it was given to me and your dream has been given to you. It may take you 5 months, 5 years, 15 years to reach the levels of success you aspire to but on this path never ever compromise on your authenticity and what makes you intrinsically you.

You will reach the level of success you require but in the process, never lose sight of who you are what you stand for and the steps you have taken to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Your journey to success will be that more rewarding and the respect you receive will be that more greater if you stay true to who you are and the journey you have taken to get there.


By Better Days Global, Jan 16 2018 04:39PM

How would you like to bit sitting on this rock? Not working on pointless tasks, rather overseeing your operation. Delegating is a great way to ensure that more tasks get done in less time, and it also builds team capacity. Unfortunately, a lot of managers don’t pay enough attention to the delegation process, and thus fail to reap the benefits. Are you a successful delegator?

There are six steps to successfully delegating tasks. The problem is that most managers only do one or two of them, and then, when a task isn’t completed to their satisfaction, complain that their employees aren’t good enough to get the job done, or even worse they try to do everything themselves. Over the years, I’ve seen scores of executives from a myriad companies do this. Getting outstanding results from delegating demands following a formula. Only once this formula is mastered is it fair to evaluate whether you really have the right people for the job. The good news is that employees are rarely the problem. It’s a lot easier and much less expensive for a manager to learn a new approach than to replace staff.

Here are the six steps you should work through when delegating:

1. Prepare

Employees can’t deliver quality results if the task delegated to them isn’t fully thought out, or if expectations keep changing. Take the time and develop the discipline to map out exactly what you’re asking for. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

2. Assign

Once you’ve taken the time to map out exactly what you’re looking for, you need to convey that information to your employees. Be sure to include clear information on timing, budget, and context, and set expectations for communication and updates, including frequency, content, and format.

3. Confirm understanding

One of the most common mistakes made in delegating is assuming that employees understand what you want, rather than making sure that they do. Confirming understanding only takes about 60 seconds, but is the most important determinant of success or failure. The best way to confirm understanding is to ask your employees to paraphrase the request or assignment in their own words. If you’re not comfortable doing that (many managers feel–often correctly–that it makes them sound like a teacher), you should, at the very least, ask questions to make sure employees understand all aspects of what’s required.

4. Confirm commitment

This is another part of the delegation process that most managers skip. They often just assume that employees have accepted the tasks they’ve been given. The most important part of a relay race is the handing of the baton to the next runner. Runners spend a huge amount of time learning this skill. It should be no different in the workplace. Commitment means making sure you’ve successfully handed over the baton. Confirm that employees are committed to the expected results, and to the process that’s been set out (including the schedule, budget, and tools), and that their overall goals for the task are aligned with yours. Make sure they’re aware of any consequences (for the company and for themselves) that may result if they fail to deliver on the desired outcomes.

5. Avoid “reverse delegating”

Many managers are extremely overworked. Sometimes, this is because their employees are better at delegating than they are: Managers often end up completing tasks they had delegated to others, because those tasks somehow end up back on their plate. I call this “reverse delegating.” It’s rarely, if ever, necessary for a manager to take back a task that he or she had delegated to someone else. (If this is necessary, it likely means that not enough time was spent on the preparation stage, and that time, resource, or other constraints have led to problems that you did not foresee.) If an employee reaches an impasse, treat it as a learning opportunity. Coach the employee through it, making sure he or she has the resources and knowledge needed to complete the task. That way, you’ll still be free to focus on other things, and the employee will be better equipped to carry out similar tasks in the future. The bottom line? Don’t take tasks back.

6. Ensure Accountability

Two-way communication is a key part of delegating. Finding out at the completion date that a deliverable hasn’t been completed or has been done unsatisfactorily is the nightmare scenario of delegating. That’s why you need to make sure your employees are accountable for the task. Accountability is key to the process of delegation: It means employees are regularly communicating with you about the status of the deliverable and the timing of delivery so that there are no surprises at the eleventh hour. The delegation process becomes faster and more fluid the more you do it. Once you’ve mastered it, it will become a part of your managerial DNA, and you’ll consistently reap outstanding results.

If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate. While delegating sounds like an easy enough task, that isn’t always the case. Many CEOs struggle with delegation. Delegating tasks ensures you’re spreading the work around. It also helps you get more things done in less time. Even more, it helps you build a team that works well together. Yet, all too often, CEOs aren’t well-equipped to delegate, and they hold too much responsibility too close. If you are a successful delegator, you’ll find you get better results from your team. You’ll also have the right people doing the right jobs exceptionally well.

Lastly as a CEO you need to ADD.

A: Automate - Things that can be automated

D: Delegate - Things that you should not be doing as a CEO

D: Delete - Things that bring no fruit

Follow the above steps, create a good plan and enjoy your work/vacation.

By Better Days Global, Jan 12 2018 09:31AM

My best friend & I tell each other we love one another, probably on average, once a day. We’re close, and we give each other running commentaries of our days via text. Sometimes the ‘love you’ is in response to one of us saying something a bit quirky and ridiculous, so it’s a light hearted, never change, love you. Sometimes it’s because one of us is having a bad day and they are the comforting words we say, because they are the only ones that will do. At other times, saying ‘love you’ is completely unprompted and it’s just because we want to let each other know how much we appreciate one another, that we care, that we want to tell the other person they are loved. Who doesn’t like being told that they’re loved? How nice is it hear those words? From a friend, a partner, a parent? Or from someone else. Whenever I speak to my Mum on the phone, we always end the phone call with an ‘I love you’. Sometimes we then have an ‘I love you more’, ‘no, I love you more’ debate. It always makes me smile.

As a child, every night, my Mum would tuck me into bed and she would always say ‘good night my darling, I love you very much, you have a beautiful sleep, and you dream lovely dreams, and I’ll see you in the morning’. It made me feel safe. Sometimes I still get her to say it to me, I find comfort in those words. Of course I know that she loves me but sometimes I need to hear it. Often, when I can’t sleep, I’ll pray. Last night, was one of those nights and as I was thinking that it would be good to pray, I was trying to think of what it would be good to pray about and for. I’ll often start my prayers with thanksgiving, thinking of different things to be grateful for, whether that be something that has happened that day or a characteristic of God that I’m thankful for. Last night as I was lying there, I didn’t think that one of those long elaborate prayers was sufficient. Sometimes I think we can get carried away, trying to use great language, or making sure that we say enough to be thankful for before reeling off our shopping list of requests. Last night was different.

Instead, all I said was, ‘I love you Jesus’.

That was it. Nothing more. Nothing less.

It was peaceful. It was real. It was, and is, my heart. It was honest.

So often we try and over complicate things. We use words that we might not fully understand. We try and show people that we love them instead of telling them. Whilst this has a purpose, sometimes it wouldn’t hurt us to just strip everything back and come back to the truth. Come back to love. To say I love you.

It’s a vulnerable thing to do. Even saying it to Jesus was vulnerable, and I know he loves me back. Sometimes we’re worried that someone won’t say it back or doesn’t feel the same but doesn’t everyone deserve to know that they are loved? God sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us. John 3:16 says ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. God did this before we were born, before He knew if we would ever love him back. Some of us still don’t.

This week, let’s strip things back. Tell Jesus that you love Him. Tell your parents, your wider family, your partner, your friends. Stop dressing it up. Stop expressing love through social media posts or gestures.

Let’s go back to basics and say what we mean.

By Better Days Global, Jan 11 2018 02:21PM

If you’re someone who tries to maintain a positive mindset, you may have noticed that it’s not easy to stay focused or enthusiastic when everything and everyone is fighting for your attention. Through the news, blog posts, podcasts, videos, emails, or conversations, there are so many ways information can overload us. This overload clouds our brains and causes us more stress than necessary. That’s when the negative vibes start to take over. If you want to be more positive, you should watch what you watch. That’s the simple the conclusion that I came to after spending 100s of hours researching happiness.

When people say that “the eyes are the windows to the soul,” they usually mean that you can tell a lot about a person just by looking into their eyes. What some people forget is that windows let light travel in both directions. Our eyes tell the world about us. But, they also tell us about the world. The problem is that the information that our eyes see is not always accurate – especially in today’s “always connected” world. TV channels and websites broadcast a constant stream of sensationalized news. They maximize their ratings, by cherry-picking only the most shocking, tragic and violent stories. As a result, our minds form the opinion that the world is much more dangerous than it actually is. Once visual information enters our minds, it is almost impossible to remove. If we want to have a move balanced and positive view of the world, it is more effective to control what we see.

How to be More Positive by Watching What You Watch

Think about the latest news show that you watched. What stories do you remember? Do you think that the world that is presented in the media is accurate? The first step to forming a more positive view of the world around us is to become conscious of how we consume information. Take a look around you. How many electronic devices do you have in your house? Do you have a television? How much do you watch it?

How Much TV Do You Watch?

The average person watches between 4 and 5 hours of television every single day. And, that doesn’t even count the time that we spend watching our computer screens, listening to the radio or reading social media streams. When so much of our day is spent passively consuming what the media wants us to see, is it any wonder that we feel anxious, depressed and nervous? Watching one hour less of TV per day will have a huge impact on your happiness, especially if you use this time to engage with the world in a positive way. How do you feel about the amount of time that you spend watching TV and surfing the Internet? The best way to reduce the amount of negative information that we consume is to turn off our electronic devices and get out into the world. But, for most people, turning off the TV for good is not an option. So, the next best thing is to force ourselves to be conscious consumers of information.

Make Yourself an Active TV Watcher

Don’t watch the TV passively. Whenever you see a “shocking” story in the news, ask yourself whether it really represents the world around you. Many people are afraid of flying because they see images of plane crashes in the news. The truth is that flying is one of the safest ways to travel. Don’t be afraid to look up the facts. If you hear that “Alzheimer’s is reaching epidemic proportions,” check the facts yourself. You might find that the risks are not as bad as you fear. More importantly, you might discover some ways that you can tip the odds in your favor with exercise, diet and other lifestyle choices.

Can you think of a news story that you saw recently that scared you? Is there a way that you could check the statistics yourself?

Look for Sources of Good News

Another way to counter the negative impressions that bombard us every day is to actively look for good news. Spend some time every day reading positive and life-affirming stories. Better Days Global is dedicated to positivity and happiness. But, there are many others.

Technology has brought us so many amazing opportunities to connect with the world around us. But, in some ways, it has become too easy to access information without really thinking about what we are watching. Do we really need to watch 4 to 5 hours of TV a day? Or, would some of this time be better spent explore our passions, enjoying our families or improving our minds and bodies? When we do watch TV or surf the Internet, does it need to be a passive process? Or, should every new story be a starting point for our own exploration of the world? If our eyes really are the windows to our souls, don’t forget to keep your rose-colored glasses handy.

Take Action to Find Happiness

Visit a happiness-focused website every day to add a daily dose of positivity to your life. Every time you see a negative new story, ask yourself whether it is accurate and representative of what is going on in the world. Chances are that it isn’t.

Your detox isn't just a trend, it's a lifestyle.

By Better Days Global, Jan 10 2018 09:16AM

Really organized people are not born organized people. They have to cultivate healthy habits, which then help them to stay organized. Here are the essential ten habits they use to keep their lives in order:

1. Write Things Down

We all know someone that remembers every birthday and sends cards for every holiday. It’s not magic and they don’t use memorization. Trying to remember things will not help you to stay organized. You should try writing things down. A pen and some paper is our way of remembering things externally, and it’s much more permanent. You can also use a computer or a smart phone. You will only further complicate your life by trying to contain important dates and reminders in your head. Write down everything: shopping lists for groceries, holiday gifts, home decor, and important dates like meetings and birthdays. As an experiment, try writing down people’s names shortly after you meet them (when they’re not looking). I’ll bet you remember a lot more names that way.

2. Make Schedules and Deadlines

Organized people don’t waste time. They recognize that keeping things organized goes hand-in-hand with staying productive. They make and keep schedules for the day and week. They make deadlines and set goals. And most importantly, they and stick to them! Similarly, by living a cluttered lifestyle, you will not have the time or space to make your deadlines or achieve your goals. As an experiment, look at your bucket list or make one. Write down the things you want to achieve this year or in your life. Then write down what you need to do to achieve them.

3. Don’t Procrastinate

The longer you wait to do something, the more difficult it will be to get it done. If you want your life to be less stressful and less demanding, then organize as soon as you can. Putting in the effort to get things done as soon as possible will lift the weight off of you from doing it later. As an experiment, think of one thing that you should organize in your life. Write it down. Then write down when you can do it and what you need to get it done. If you can get it done right now, then go do it!

4. Give Everything a Home

It’s easy to get lost if you don’t have a home. Keeping your life organized means keeping your things in their proper places. Organized people keep order by storing things properly and by labeling storage spaces. Make easy-to-access storage spaces for things you use all the time, and don’t let your storage spaces get cluttered. Be creative about finding places for things. In addition, as a BIG NO: never label a storage space as “miscellaneous!” As an experiment, choose one place in your home that you can re-organize. If there are scattered items, then group them together. Once you’ve sorted everything, find or make a “home” for similar items, label the “homes,” and put them in the proper places. For example, a cup holder for your pens and pencils should go in an easily accessible place, but the rarely used craft materials can be stored out of sight.

5. Declutter Regularly

Find time each week to organize. Highly organized people make sure they find time every week, or more, to organize there things. Stuff does not stay organized on its own; it needs to be reorganized continuously and consistently. As an experiment, look at your schedule and find a time to organize, then do it.

6. Keep Only What You Need

More stuff means more clutter. People who live organized lives only keep what they need and what they really really want. Having fewer things also means that you enjoy those things more and feel better about using everything you own, rather than letting half of what you own collect dust. Have you ever felt like you don’t have the space to keep all the stuff you own? Instead of renting a storage unit or buying a larger home, get rid of some things. As an experiment, write down the number of things you think you actually need. Then, write a list of all the things that you own. If the number of things you actually own exceeds your ideal need list, then it’s time to organize.

7. Know Where to Discard Items

Do whatever you can to get rid of stuff. Less stuff means less clutter. Donate to thrift stores. Sell on Craigslist or eBay. Take a trip to the recycling center. Set up a garage sale. Find a place to get rid of your things. As an experiment, choose one space in your house to purge. Go through shelves, drawers, and boxes. Everything you find that you don’t need, set aside. Make a pile of things to maybe keep, which you can go through later, and a pile of things to discard now. Then find a way to kick those things out the door immediately.

8. Stay Away from Bargains

You have removed the things you don’t need. Will you replace them when you see something on sale? Instead of bargain shopping without planning ahead, write down down exactly what you need and buy only those items. Organized people do not give in to false advertising. Items on sale will only produce more clutter. As an experiment, go to a shopping mall with no money. Just look at all the things on sale that you wish you could buy if you had brought your wallet or purse. If you find nothing, then good for you. If you made a list, then keep that list somewhere and look at it a month from now. If you still want it, then it’s safe to buy.

9. Delegate Responsibilities

A really organized life is not overfilled with responsibilities, meetings, and deadlines. In fact, it has less because things that create stress have been slowly organized out. As an experiment, look at your to-do list or make one. Go through the list and find one task that you can remove from your list or give to someone else. Now feel the stress of having to do it fall away.

10. Work Hard

Put in a little effort. Actually, put in a lot of effort when necessary. Once you have delegated responsibilities and made a schedule, then you can organize what you have to do and when you can do it. Staying organized is not all a breeze. It requires that you work hard with recognition that when you work harder, you can enjoy your clutter-free home life later. As an experiment, worker harder when you feel like giving up today.

By Better Days Global, Jan 8 2018 06:47PM

If you do a Google search for happiness hacks it will quickly become overwhelming. There are hundreds of articles with anywhere from 3 to 50 tips, tricks or hacks on how to be happier. It’s pretty clear, we are all seeking a happier life. What does it take to live a happier life? Do you think you need more money? What about more of a social life? What void do you think you need to fill in order to become happy? We may ask these types of questions often without finding concrete answers. Happiness is something that eludes us, if we don’t have a clear-cut way of finding it and recognizing it. Happiness is also something you simply cannot sustain unless it turns into joy, which will take you to a place you’ve never been before in your life. Once a person becomes a truly joyful person, it’s just a part of who they are and happiness is a by-product of that joy.

If you’re on the search for more happiness in your life, there are very simple hacks for a happier life I have found to help you out.

Stop Complaining

When we complain, we are basically telling the world and ourselves, we are not happy. Complaining is often done in the United States about first-world problems that really are not problems. We don’t have real struggles in this county, even though we all think we do. Real struggles include trying to figure out where your next meal will come from or how you will have a roof over your head or where you will get clean water from? When you look around and take a hard glance at your life, do you really have anything to complain about? Start replacing your complaints with something you’re thankful for.

Cultivate Healthy Relationships

Do your friends actively improve your life on the whole? Or do you find some of your friendships exhausting. Sometimes, friendships can become energy sucks. And that unfortunately means it is time to move on. Life is too short to waste on people who don’t make you happy. Be polite and steadily cut off ties with those relationships that no longer serve you. And while you can’t choose your family, you can put the effort in to make sure those relationships are as healthy as they can be, too.

Fill Your Life With Passion

No no, don’t start looking for your passion. Think of the pressure! Instead, fill your life with stimulation, art, culture, fun and creativity. Seek out any activity that plants a seed of interest within you and watch it blossom. A life without passion or purpose feels empty at best. Stop waiting for your purpose to find you by exercising your creative juices and proactively exploring. There is something out there for everyone.

Use your Body

There is a reason we have bodies. They allow us to frolic and galavant; to write and type; to celebrate and make love; to create and destroy. Rather than being a floating energy force devoid of physical form, you have this incredible body! Enjoy it to its fullest and keep it fit. Remember, your body needs and deserves love. The more you love your body, the easier it will be for you to realize how beautiful it is. And it is beautiful.

Seek Balance

On the same line, in order to be happy, you have to be reasonably healthy. Eat nourishing foods, treat your body and mind with respect, hydrate, get plenty of sleep. Oh, and don’t stress too much—yes, even about health. Take a load off for a slice of cake once in a while. If you use moderation, you can celebrate the wildest parts of life, like walking and talking with an old friend until the sun rises, eating half a pie on your birthday, or celebrating with friends. Be healthy, yes, but don’t begrudge yourself the treats of living.

Experience Life

Have you ever stood on an empty beach, staring into the sunset, and thought, “All of this, this whole incredible world, is merely a speckle in the vastness of the universe! Wow!” No? Just me? Well, anyways… we live on this miraculous planet that not only supports life, but encourages it to thrive! Make time to explore every facet of the Earth you possibly can, from the majestic Grand Canyon to the bustling streets of India to historic Canadian sugar shacks to the coffee plantations of Guatemala. Even if you must remain local, there is always something new and incredible to discover in the wondrous world around us. Expose yourself to new environments and cultures as often as you can.

Live With Gratitude

We are so accustomed to taking stock of all the unfortunate and negative aspects of our lives, we tend to glaze over the sweet bits. Take a break from the constant over-analysis and negativity to acknowledge the good parts of your life. If you’re reading this, you probably have a warm place to sleep, nourishing food on the table and access to some sort of computer. You may have a truly supportive family, or perhaps you enjoy your job, or perhaps you don’t enjoy your job but at least it helps to pay the bills for now…Take some time to journal about all the wonderful things you have and what a good life you’ve created for yourself. And don’t forget, you are pretty incredible!

Happiness can seem elusive at best, so indulge in the path towards happiness rather than the destination itself. Americans are more obsessed with happiness than anyone, but that obsession is making us anxious and, ironically, unhappy. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be happy; that defeats the point. Just practice moving your life in a more positive, healthy and balanced direction, and you’ll be on the journey to longterm life satisfaction.

By Better Days Global, Jan 7 2018 05:53PM

Have you ever noticed how 20 minutes spent on your phone feels more like five? But what are we even really doing when we’re on our phones? For most people, it’s mindlessly scrolling through social media, endlessly taking in information that, for the most part, does absolutely nothing for us. People always complain that life’s too short. So, why are we wasting it with something so meaningless? Many people feel they are spending too much time surfing the net or playing games on their phone. Overuse of smart phone can greatly affect your daily productivity and cause health problems such as short sightedness. It can also induce isolation and loneliness. So it's important to stop using your phone so much.

Look, you already know why you shouldn’t be on your phone so much. There’s even evidence that people ages 18 to 24 send more than 100 daily text messages and check their cellphones about 60 times per day. So if you account for eight hours of daily sleep, that means that, on average, you check your phone nearly every 15 minutes and send more than six texts per hour. This makes me wonder: How on Earth do we get anything done? And can we really keep it up without impacting our health, from our mental alertness to our real-life engagements… not to mention our ability to exist anxiety free without our fingers wrapped around a smartphone? Social media addiction is a trending topic; our inbox dependence feels like the foundation of our career. There’s an app for everything. It’s no wonder our smartphone feels like an extension of our mind and body.

Before you climb into your bed tonight for your evening smartphone fix, consider these reasons why you should leave your phone in the other room.

5 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Using Your Phone in Bed at Night

1. You’re Ruining Your Eyes

Cell phones emit a special type of blue light that comes with many different health risks. Among the most serious risks of using your smartphone at night is eye damage that this blue light causes. According to the American Macular Degeneration Association, blue light causes damage to the retinas that can be permanent and lead to macular degeneration. This involves the gradual loss of your central vision until you can no longer see things that are right in front of you. Currently, research is also being conducted to identify the connection between smartphone usage and the development of cataracts. While leaving your phone behind at bedtime is the best way to prevent eye damage, you can limit some of the damage by turning down the screen’s brightness and keeping the phone as far away from your eyes as possible.

2. You’re Disrupting Your Sleep

Reading on your phone at night can lull you into a false sense of sleepiness. However, the blue light from your phone actually tricks your brain into thinking it is sunlight and disrupts your body’s melatonin production. Melatonin is an essential hormone that regulates your sleep cycles, and improper levels can lead to less restful sleep, night waking, and insomnia. Over time, not getting enough sleep leads to further health problems such as heart disease, obesity, and premature aging. To ensure that blue light is not disrupting our circadian rhythms, experts recommend turning off all electronics at least two hours before bedtime. Since that may not be possible for everyone, an alternative is to wear orange glasses at night that help block the disruptive blue light.

3. You’re Putting Yourself at Risk of Depression

The side effects of disrupted sleep go far beyond just physical health problems. When blue light disrupts your hormones and sleep patterns, you also become vulnerable to feelings of depression. Additionally, low energy levels during the day, combined with foggy thinking because of sleep deprivation, can make you feel as though it’s just not worth getting out of bed. Chronic sleep disruptions also lead your body to experience a neurotoxin buildup that can have long-term effects on your mood and ability to get a good night’s rest.

4. You’re Increasing Your Cancer Risk

In 2011, The World Health Association ruled that cell phones could be carcinogenic to humans since they emit electromagnetic radiation that has been linked to certain types of cancer. While the cancer risk of cell phones is still being studied, prolonged exposure to blue light and its affect on the sleep cycle has been shown to increase the risk of breast and prostrate cancer. The risks of exposure to cell phone radiation also increase when you hold your cell phone close to your body. Since lying in bed often means that the cell phone is next to your head, you could be placing yourself at risk for brain cancer as well.

5. You’re Destroying Your Memory

Smartphones literally can help you become smarter, but they can also ruin your memory when you use them incorrectly. Night phone usage and disrupted sleep make it impossible for your brain to repair connections that were damaged during the day and form new ones. This is why you often feel as though you can’t think clearly after a night without sleep. Whether you need the full eight hours of rest or are one of those rare people who can wake up rested after four, it is important to keep the phone out of your bedroom so each of those hours provides maximum rest.

Below are some useful tips that you can use to build a healthy relationship with your phone:

1. Enjoy your errands.

As soon as I step out sans phone, I notice the smell of the air, the light of the sky, the hilarity of my dog sniffing every tiny thing on the ground… and I feel the delicious sensation of my body just loosening up. It feels good. Your inbox can survive without you for 30 minutes, I promise. The worst that can happen is you miss an Instagrammable moment. You’ll live. And yep—you’ll actually be living, not just documenting. Enjoy it.

2. Go push free.

Yup, you can lose all those buzzing, useless notifications that distract you every few minutes. Aside from texts and calendar reminders, I no longer get any of these. I have to proactively check my apps to see if I’ve received an email, a tweet, a Whatsapp message, a friend request, or an alert about someone sharing something lame on LinkedIn. This means I see stuff I don’t really care about maybe just once per day. It’s liberating. The world can wait—I’m enjoying my tea!

3. Kick it old school.

When was the last time you bought an actual book, put your feet up, and dove on in? The same goes for a magazine or the paper. Instead of scrolling or swiping on a Sunday morning, why not grasp something real—in ink? Sometimes there’s no substitute for paper.

4. Sweat.

As much as it pains me to admit that exercise has yet another benefit—I prefer anything, even cleaning my oven, to working out!—the one thing I really appreciate about spin class is the "no phones allowed" policy. This gives me 45 minutes of undisturbed Me Time, no exceptions. It feels almost naughty and indulgent to be unreachable, even if only for a little while. I use this time to repeat my affirmations and visualize achieving my goals, instead of checking my texts and Facebook updates.

5. Give yourself a curfew.

I opt for an "electronic sundown," which is when you put all your devices away an hour before bed. You’ll probably sleep better too! Do some stretches. Light some candles. Journal. Talk to your spouse or roommate. Meditate. Have sex. There's so much more to life than stuff involving a screen!

6. Buy an alarm clock.

If nothing else, let the first minutes of your day be phone free. Actually taste your coffee. Set an intention for the next 24 hours. Breathe. It’s a major win if you’ve just started the morning with no external influence.

What will you do this week to let go of your device for a bit and inject some you-time into your life? Don’t stress; you’re not breaking up with your phone. You’re just taking some time away from each other. And all relationships benefit from a little space.

By Better Days Global, Jan 7 2018 11:28AM

I often sit and think back to how life was when I were growing up. In a kind of nostalgic way my mind drifts into the past where notifications were not a part of my life. Where people wrote letters to one another, where every single conversation mattered, and where my home phone was the only way to truly contact me. My mind drifts and I’m back in the 2000’s, and think about how gradually the need to be contacted overshadowed my life. So much so, that the only time my phone is ever switched off is when the battery dies (and we all know the panic to find the nearest working, correct fitting charger). Shocking when I came to this realisation. I paused, and considered if my privacy even existed. Or if my time really belonged to me when anyone can invade my space at any time they so choose and call or text me. And then I got so tired of being everything to all people at anytime, and switched my phone off. This wasn’t great at first because it wasn’t comfortable. Change is often uncomfortable, especially when you realise that you cannot use your apps just because you’re avoiding being disturbed. It was then I discovered ‘Airplane Mode’

My life changed. I set boundaries.

People soon knew that they cannot call or text me after 5pm because I’ll be in the air. It mean’t so much for me and the great thing was I could still use my phone as I so chose to.

- I choose when to respond

- I am the CEO of my time

- I protect my peace

- I am not distracted during my quality time with my family

- I didn’t feel like my phone was a huge part of my life again

Now while I couldn’t exactly emulate my past nostalgia, I did learn a few things about phones. We make them so much more valuable than we need to. We are less productive the more we are on them. We cannot give people our undivided attention when our relationship with our inbox is more of a time investment than the important people in our lives. I learned the art of control, and my original discomfort turned into power. Knowing fully well that I own my phone and that it doesn’t own me changed the way that I communicated with everyone. My phone turned into a phone and not a lifeline, I became more focused on what is most important, and I didn’t care for the red notification bubbles and instant nature of communication as I once did. I became a 9–5 person in my private life and this means that I no longer overcommit, over work and over stress about responding. Those who matter will wait, those who don’t want to wait do not value your time. The final point on Airplane Mode is… your battery charges faster when it’s activated. Gotta love it.

Try it sometime. Fly. This is not how your story ends;

Written by Steve Whyte

By Better Days Global, Jan 5 2018 06:01PM

Striking a balance between work and personal life isn’t easy, but it is extremely important to most of us. In fact, a strong reason why many employees stay with their employer is for work-life balance.

It’s proven that those with a better work-life balance, feel more fulfilment and are usually happier. You are more likely to feel in control of your life because you have choices as opposed to being forced to make sacrifices. You’re also likely to be less stressed and as a result be healthier, both mentally and physically. So, if you are feeling stressed or overworked, there are a number of changes you can consider to better your work-life balance.

Maintaining a work-life balance is about separating your personal and professional lives without allowing one to encroach upon the other. Both are important, neither should be neglected.

There are five main reasons why you absolutely must maintain a healthy work-life balance.

1. To maintain your mental health

It’s unfortunate that not all employers place enough importance on mental health in the workplace.

But the topic is really prevalent at the minute, as studies show the dangers and risks that could lead to a variety of issues, from stress-related illnesses to depression. A very common issue that you may have heard about is burnout. This occurs when immense pressure is put onto a person, culminating in “chronic stress.” That stress could be caused by a variety of things, from outrageous workloads (and no work-life balance) to simply not feeling valued for the hard work you do. If you do notice that you have been acting out of character lately then it may be time to start assessing your work-life balance or speaking to a professional.

2. To ensure your physical health and wellbeing

And, as the old adage says: healthy body, healthy mind… so a great way to maintain your mental health is to ensure that you are physically feeling healthy too. That includes regular exercise and eating healthy but also not overdoing it at work! Perhaps money can buy happiness in certain circumstances, but if you spend all of your time working or thinking about work then it’s more than likely that it won’t. (Yes, there are some exceptions obviously). Worse still, the stress caused from such a lifestyle can lead to other physical issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. It’s just not worth it.

3. It increases productivity

Your company wants employees who are hard-working and productive. And staying for unnecessarily long hours at the office might make you feel like you are contributing a lot to the office; however the quality of work is probably worse… making the effort much less productive. Studies reveal that those who maintain a steady work-life balance are much more productive than those who do not. A positive way of life automatically leads to amazing results.

4. Become a more rounded individual

If your life revolves around work, then you lose a lot of the other positive dimensions that make you attractive to employers (and other people). Having interests outside of work will increase and improve your skills and make you a more rounded and interesting individual. You’ll be able to share those experiences and knowledge with other people. This is seriously something that employers look for. That’s why you need to include a hobbies section on your CV and that’s why they ask what you enjoy doing in your spare time.

5. You only get one life

You only get one life, so live it to the fullest. Whatever happiness means to you, chase it. You don’t want to get years down the line and realise you missed out; time is something you can never get back.

What can you do, now?

Here are some tips to help you maintain a good work-life balance:

- Don’t shy away from taking some personal time off

- Always take your breaks

- Exercise is always a good option

- Going on holiday is a great idea

- Spend time with friends and family

- Don’t take work calls from home

- Get some real sleep

- Maintain a proper diet

- Continue to follow your own passions

- Turn off your phone

Think about who you are, what you want, and what’ll make you happiest. Although those things might change over time, as long as you’re always evaluating and understanding your own direction and goals, you’ll make better decisions. With your personal and professional goals set, decide what you need to do to hit those goals, their order of importance, and the amount of involvement they’ll need from you. Balance is what makes everything “feel right” and what makes everything work. Achieving balance in your own life means putting in the time and energy to hit your personal and professional goals, with an emphasis on balancing the 2. Find an equilibrium between elements like time, motivation, efficiency, willpower, energy, and honesty. This will enable you to remember that you are a human being not a human doing.