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31 Quotes To Inspire You To Live For Meaning Instead Of Money

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Is money everything that you need to make you happy? This young generation, more famously known as the Generation Y, thinks not. These teenagers and young adults prioritizes better work-life balance and flexible working rather than earning heaps of money. According to The Guardian, they don’t live for work, rather, they work to live.

This isn’t only about Generation Y. Happiness comes from things that are really not about money, but that which comes from within yourself.

There is a new book that gives away 12 secrets of being happy, and shows how to look on the bright side of your life. As you go along reading this research, here is a list of 31 quotes just to inspire you to live for meaning instead of money. Maybe one day you might think of changing your mind of chasing money, rather, assemble your courage, and chase your dream!

1. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. . . Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful. . . that’s what matters to me.” –  Steve Jobs

2. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” –  Kevin Kruse

3. “Strive not be a success, but rather to be of value.” –  Albert Einstein

4. “No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Maya Angelou

5. “Don’t trade away your happiness now to earn money in hopes that if you make enough you’ll be able to buy it back later. You can’t.” – Unknown

6. “You are more than what you do. Your title should not confine you, and your job does not define you.” – Unknown

7. “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Ancient Indian Proverb

8. “When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

9. “A real woman is not impressed by money because she knows her love is priceless.” – Unknown

10. “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown

11. “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”  – Abigail Van Buren

12. “Today be thankful, and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and your health is wealth.” – Unknown

13. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.” – Jesse Owens

14. “You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.” – Stephen Covey

15. “Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small, but meaningful accomplishments.” – Bryant H. McGill

16. “It’s so easy today to get swept up in celebrity fixation and materialism, and searching for some validation outside of yourself, when we know it’s really found within, and through meaningful connections with other people.” – Geoffrey S. Fletcher

17. “There are other ways of finding satisfaction, recipes for human happiness, enjoyment, dignified and meaningful, gratifying life, than increased consumption that increases production.” – Zygmunt Bauman

18. “Look everywhere you can to cut a little bit from your expenses. It will all add up to a meaningful sum.”  – Suze Orman

19. “Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe, and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

20. “The richest most meaningful stories are found in small places: made, carried, crafted, told, and retold by apparently unimportant people.” – Louise Brown

21. “Don’t go broke trying to look rich. Act your wage.” – Unknown

22. “The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms.” – Chris Brogan

23. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

24. “Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.” – Unknown

25. “Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

26. “Never spend your money before you have it.” – Thomas Jefferson

27. “Materialism won’t make you happier. It will just keep frustrated to make sure you’ll buy more.” – Jean Sebastian Monzani

28. “Money is numbers, and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” – Robert Nesta Marley

29.”Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin

30. “No amount of money or success can take the place of time spent with your family.” – Unknown

31. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”  – Mark Twain

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35 Quotes On How To Care Less About What Others Think

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As kids we have to listen to our parents because we care. Soon our various relatives, friends, mentors and even people we barely know tell us how to live our lives, because we care. If you want to swim right, they tell you left is the way. And then begins the flurry of doubt that maybe what you want to do, or are doing, is wrong. As if all the self doubt wasn’t enough. So here we bring to you 35 quotes that will lead you to where you want to be, all the time telling you to take that leap of faith. Don’t care about what they want. Worry about yourself today. After all, self-care is the best kind of care that you can give.

  1. “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” ― Virginia Woolf

  2. “A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.” ― Mae West
  3. “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.” ― Richard P. Feynman
  4. “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”—Lao Tzu
  5. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.” ― Tyra Banks

  6. “If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” ― John Lennon
  7. “I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.” ― Michel de Montaigne
  8. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”— Dr. Seuss
  9. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. “― Suzy Kassem
  10. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”— Oscar Wilde
  11. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”—Steve Jobs

  12. “Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.” ― Tina Fey
  13. “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”— Albert Einstein
  14. “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.”— Angelina Jolie
  15. “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”— Coco Chanel
  16. “Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.” ― Erma Bombeck
  17. “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.” ― Marianne Williamson
  18. “Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” ― Cynthia Kersey

  19. “No name-calling truly bites deep unless, in some dark part of us, we believe it. If we are confident enough then it is just noise.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton
  20. “When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.” ― Marilyn Monroe
  21. “Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” ― Tina Fey
  22. I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” ― Charlotte Brontë

  23. “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.” ― Amy Poehler
  24. “You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.” ― Olin Miller
  25. “There is nothing more attractive than confidence, once she sees her own beauty, everyone else will.” ― Habeeb Akande
  26. “Few and mean as my gifts may be, I actually am, and do not need for my own assurance or the assurance of my fellows any secondary testimony.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. “People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman
  28. “So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But it all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach.”― Michael Phelps
  29. “Well, laddie, if you’ve let an old buzzard like me hurt your confidence, you couldn’t have had much in the first place.” ― Tamora Pierce

  30. “Most people just want to see you fall, that’s more reason to stand tall.” ― Emma Michelle
  31. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ― Aristotle
  32. “He thinks himself rather an exceptional young man, thoroughly sophisticated, well adjusted to his environment, and somewhat more significant than any one else he knows.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
  33. “When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” ― Lily Tomlin
  34. “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” ― Sigmund Freud
  35. “My dear, I don’t give a damn.” ― Margaret Mitchell

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10 Things Only The Colorblind Would Understand

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Most people dismiss colorblind people as having a minor problem with red and green. As we shall see below, color vision deficiency (CVD) is not as simple as that! About 8% of males (one in twelve men) have this condition while females suffer more rarely from it (5%). While it is normally an inherited condition, many people may suffer from it later on in life when it is caused by other illnesses such as diabetes or as a side effect of medication. Here are 10 things that the colorblind will understand only too well. It is much more than an eye health problem.

1. People think their world is only in black and white.

When people see the world in black and white, this is not the usual color blindness at all. It is a condition known as achromatopsia and sufferers see the world in different shades of grey. It is rather like viewing the world on an old black and white TV. Fortunately, this condition is very rare and about 1 in 33,000 people are affected.

2. People think the colorblind mix up red and green.

It would be great if it were that simple. They think that they just get their reds and greens confused. But, if you look at the actual cause of color blindness, it tells a different story. The eye has certain nerve cells, called cones, in the retina which can differentiate color. When this is defective, the eye fails to pick up the red elements so the colors of red and green appear to be the same color, a shade of light brown, in many cases. Another example of this red/green color blindness is that there is difficulty in seeing the red element in purple so they will have problems in distinguishing blue and purple.

3. People think it is a minor problem.

Many people dismiss color blindness as a minor disability. But the reality of life tells a different story. Colorblind people have difficulty when they do not realize their child may be getting sunburnt! They may have problems when gardening or when they have to prepare food, not to mention when buying clothes. Laying the table may become problematic when they select the ketchup instead of the chocolate sauce for the dessert. Glasses which can help block glare can usually help a little in better distinction of colors.

4. Colorblind children have problems with food.

Imagine telling a colorblind child to eat up his spinach. The problem is that it appears to him as a rather unattractive brown color which will remind him of something else which is totally disgusting. Similar problems arise when they have to distinguish between an unripe green banana and a nice yellow ripe one.

5. People think that colorblind people can adjust easily.

In many cases, colorblind people adjust and they can tell the difference between red and green traffic lights by their position. But, in many cases, their choice of career can be limited as they will have problems with colors. Becoming a fashion designer, graphic designer or an electrician are usually impossible for people with this condition.

6. Effects on the business and the economy are rarely taken into account.

It is only recently that the idea of changing colors in reports, graphs, presentations, brochures, colored house plans and maps to become more color-blind friendly has begun to make an impact. The truth is that all this colorful information may not be fully accessible for a small minority, around 10%. If the reds and greens are seen as brown, it may be impossible to fully understand a report, graph or a PowerPoint presentation.

7. Food marketing needs to take color blindness more seriously.

We seem to live in a red/green world. From traffic lights to the green economy and food packaging these two colors are everywhere! Let us take an example from supermarkets which use a red/green traffic light system which warn people of levels of fat, salt and sugar. A quick glance to spot the red colors which are unhealthy will do for most of the population. But for those who are suffering from CDV, then they have to read the actually detailed info on the label which is usually far too small anyway. This will affect about 5% of customers.

8. LED lights are infuriating.

Most warning systems use red and green to signal that a device is on standby. The red/green system is also used to indicate whether a battery needs charging. For the colorblind, this can be frustrating to say the least because they never know what is really happening. It is always the same old color!

9. Working in a safe environment is important.

Most employers have never even bothered to reflect on whether their premises are actually safe for the colorblind. Are the warning signs for health and safety using color as the main component? If they are, then this may lead to accidents. Health and safety authorities in the UK warn that under sodium lighting, red is not easily read by people with normal vision.

10. Using a computer with colorblindness.

British Telecom have issued a short guide for web designers to help make their pages more color-blind friendly. Keeping in mind such things as luminosity with background will make the text more readable. This is an excellent initiative because most web designers have never even taken this into consideration. It is high time they did!

Are you or a loved one color blind? How do you cope? Let us know in the comments.

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10 Great Instagram Tools Every Business Should Know

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Instagram is a highly popular photo sharing website which is increasing in popularity every month. With over 300 million monthly active users and over 55 million photos being shared every day, Instagram should be a vital part of your social media marketing strategy.

That’s not all. The number of people who join Instagram increases with every passing day, and soon, Instagram will become a core part of the world’s social media life. Instagram has a huge audience that you can tap into, and is relatively easy to generate interest on.

Luckily, it’s quick and easy to make Instagram a roaring success for your business. There are plenty of tools out there which automate the process of scheduling updates and make chores like editing images and making images “Instagram-friendly,” a simple task.

This guide will take a look at the ten best tools which will enhance your Instagram activity and make Instagram a seamless part of your social media marketing strategy.

All tools mentioned below are free, unless otherwise stated in some cases.

1. Latergramme

Latergramme allows you to schedule your Instagram posts by giving you phone notifications. All you have to do is upload your desired image through the web or your phone, and then schedule when you want to post the image. Once your scheduled time comes, you will get an instant notification to your phone, which provides a link to posting the image to Instagram.

This is very useful because it gives you instant notifications and takes away the hassle of trying to remember when to post and what the image was. It makes the job of remembering what to post on Instagram very seamless and surprisingly easy.

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2. Onlypult

Onlypult allows you to edit your Instagram images and schedule them to be posted on your business’ Instagram account. It doesn’t just give you a notification to upload the image; it uploads the image to Instagram automatically, at the scheduled time.

Onlypultgives you a variety of options to edit your image including adding captions, applying filters, cropping, rotating, changing brightness/darkness and much more. Once you’ve edited the image, you can schedule it to be uploaded to Instagram for whenever you want.

If by accident, you happen to schedule the wrong image to be uploaded or want to elongate the scheduled time for when the image will be uploaded, you can very easily and quickly delete the scheduled upload

Instapult really strives to make business for Instagram as easy as possible, and it has really struck me as the kind of tool that is always innovating and being innovated. It’s easy to use interface and simple steps makes it a joy to use Instagram for your business.

It’s free to sign up, and you also get a 7 day free trial. After that, it costs $12 a month.

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3. Iconosquare

This tool enhances your Instagram experience by curating all images from your feed into a mash up which makes it quick to comment, like and share other Instagram posts. You can also get statistics such as most popular content and number of followers. These statistics give you valuable insights into Instagram marketing such as what works, and what doesn’t—and what makes your followers the most engaged.

Iconosquare also has a wealth of other tools which are sure to enhance your Instagram efforts, such as giving you a full platform to organize and host an Instagram contest.

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4. Canva 

Canva is a graphic design tool which allows you to create designs for social media, either using images or not. One of the features on Canva gives you the option to create Instagram sized designs which have the optimial size for Instagram sharing. You will also find dozens of fresh Instagram design templates which you can use to quickly make an Instagram design. To change the design, you use the icons, text (in a variety of fonts and colours) and symbols which all make the design more unique and appealing.

Once your design is ready, you can download it and upload to Instagram.

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5. Crowdfire

Crowdfire (previously JustUnfollow) is a tool which helps manage your Instagram followers. This handy tool allows you to:

  • See users who unfollowed you
  • Follow large amounts of people interested in your niche
  • Users who are inactive on your profile

In short, you can manage all your followers on Instagram and target large amounts of people who are interested in your niche and would love receiving updates on your business or website. With over 10 million users, Crowdfire is becoming the go-to tool for managing your Instagram or Twitter followers.

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6. Repost

Repost is a mobile app which allows you to repost other Instagram photos (with attribution), where the regular Instagram platform doesn’t allow you to. This makes it quick and simple to repost other people’s content, build relationships and interact with your community.

What I particularly like about this app is that it makes reposting a seamless experience. I have found that by using this app, many of my followers have actually interacted with me more as a result of me re-posting their photos.

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7. Twtrland

This tool allows you to evaluate your competition’s Instagram accounts such as which photos are their most popular, statistics on their weekly Instagram activity, their followers plus who they’re following. This tool was originally developed for Twitter but it recently expanded by including Instagram and Facebook too.

This tool is exceptionally useful because it gives you access to the biggest influencers in your industry, and shows you what works for them. Since these people work in the same niche as you, it is very easy to see what your target audience is interested in and create images which will highly resonate with them.

Competitive intelligence gives you more insights on what your competitors are doing, and shows to you what works and what doesn’t—in your niche. This tool makes snooping on your competitors simple and very straightforward. Once you see which photos are the most shared, you can try and replicate that success by posting a photo which has the same style or uses a similar approach to their photos.

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8. Over

Over is an iPhone and Android mobile application which allows you to write text on your images, and create beautiful text overlays. This app is perfect for Instagram marketing, because Instagram users adore sharing images with text overlays.

You can get very creative with this tool. Here is a quick sampler of the kinds of text overlays you could create:

  • Quotes – Instagram users love sharing motivational and inspiring quotes. Get some quotes that are related to your niche through QuoteBrain or … Then, get some images either through your own camera or with free stock image sites such as Unsplash. Then, upload your desired image to Over and add text with it. You can then upload it to Instagram, and get a ton of shares!
  • Statistics – Got a surprising statistic that’s sure to shock your followers? Use Over to add a statistic to an image, and upload to Instagram.
  • Questions – If you want to get Instagram commenting on your profile, the best way to do it is through questions. Ask your followers a simple yet interesting question through overlaying the question’s text on an image. Eg: An icecream company could ask something like, “What’s your favorite icecream flavour?” Use this tactic to do some market research or to find out if your customers have any ideas for new products.
  • Announcements – If you’ve got some exciting news about your business that you’d like to share, do it by adding the announcement text to an image. Make it exciting and choose a great image!

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9. SocialRank

SocialRank allows you to get exclusive insights into your Instagram followers, such as who your most valuable follower is, what posts your followers are sharing, what interests your followers have, where your followers are located and much more. Basically, it’s an analytics platform for your Instagram followers.

This tool was previously only available for Twitter, but since the userbase of Instagram has grown exponentially over the last year, SocialRank have decided to make their analytics available for Instagram too.

Once you sign up, you can get access to all the stats on your followers, and a variety of other extras such as seeing how your brand matches to your competitors, and filtering your followers by interest, activity and location.

Overall, I think that this tool is a fantastic platform that you can use to see who your followers really are. Behind the number, is an audience of real people. SocialRank will help you to identify with your followers and create Instagram posts that will resonate with them.

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10. Pic Stitch

Sometimes, the best Instagram photos are collages which comprise of multiple images, all mashed up into a single photo. Making a collage saves time, and spares your followers from receiving multiple images all at once. For example, if your business hosted an event, and you had photos you’d like to share, you could create a collage of the best images of that event. Creating collages brings your Instagram profile to the next level.

The best and easiest way to make collages is with Pic Stitch, a mobile app. This is particularly useful and better than other photo collage makers, because it can be used on the go. When you’re at an event, you can simply use the app to make the collage, and then, upload to Instagram. There’s no fuss, no online editors needed and everything is done in minutes, if not seconds.

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7 Amazing Health Benefits of Walking in the Woods You Probably Don’t Know

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Did you know the Japanese have a word for “forest bathing”? It is shinrin-yoku. As you can imagine from the translation, it just means losing yourself in the forest while enjoying the air, the scents, the vegetation and the sounds of birds and animals that live there. But did you know that there are some amazing health benefits as well? Apart from the obvious ones like getting fresh air and exercise, there are studies that show that a walk in the forest or a park with lots of trees may be the healthiest thing you can do.

1. It may help prevent cancer.

A vital part of our immune system is made up of NK (Natural killer) cells which can fight cancer. Could a walk in the forest really get those cells going? That was what researchers led by Dr. Li of the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, set out to show. They took blood samples from small groups of volunteers before they set out on their forest expedition. They spent two or three days in the forest. After their stay in the forest hotel, their blood was taken again for analysis and it showed a remarkable increase in the NK cell activity which also lasted for a month afterwards. Even a one day forest trip showed an increase in these cells although the long term effects were obviously shorter. Imagine the health benefits of doing this on a regular basis!

2. Scents of the forest may reduce stress.

Scents and smells have a powerful effect on our health and emotions. It seems that smells are closely tied to the emotional center in our brain. This is why certain smells and scents can arouse a sense of nostalgia or other emotions relating to our past.

But can they help reduce stress? This is what researchers at Kyoto University wanted to demonstrate. They asked subjects to evaluate their moods and stress levels on their forest days and on the control days when they were in their normal environment. Their conclusions show that the forest days were crucial in reducing their chronic stress.

As to why this happened, the explanation given by scientists is that pine, fir, cedar and cypress trees contain the phytoncides such as alpha-pinene and beta-pinene which make up the essential oils of many plants and trees. These were found to decrease levels of the cortisol stress hormone.

3. It may help with depression.

In an interesting study, Londoners living near trees were found to have better mental health. Even the presence of street trees seemed to have a positive outcome and one study found that areas with more trees had lower rates of prescriptions for antidepressants.

The fact of being near a tree or seeing it change with the seasons helps people to cope with living in an urban setting which can be depressing in itself. Much better to go for a walk in a forest but many people have to make do with gazing at a tree or a walk in a neighboring park.

4. It can make your brain work better.

Walking through a forest or green area with trees has been found to aid memory and learning. Forest kindergartens have become popular in Germany where there are approximately 450 while in the US and the UK, the idea is slowly taking off. Research indicates that children playing in these forest environments are better at many cognitive skills but also have better manual dexterity and can assess risks better than those kids educated in an enclosed space. The great thing about this outdoor education, even if it is just a day out, is that children learn about the importance of forests, their maintenance and how they help the planet.

5. A forest walk can help lower blood pressure.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in America are promoting National Trails Day because they know that a natural environment such as a forest really does have enormous health benefits. It also helps to maintain the forests as working parties are invited to participate.

One of the health benefits mentioned is that forest walks can help to keep your blood pressure down. Japanese researchers asked a small group of volunteers to go for a two hour walk in a forest park in the Tokyo suburbs. As a control, they had to do a similar walk in an urban setting. After all the tests were carried out, the group had lower blood pressure when walking in the forest area than when they walked in the city area.

6. It can help overweight people get back in shape.

According to the Global Burden of Disease study, nearly 30% of the world’s population is now obese or overweight! In the UK, 67% of males and 57% of females are now in the overweight category. There are many solutions but walking, cycling, tai chi or doing conservation work regularly in forested areas will help. The Forestry Commission in Wales (UK), together with help from family doctors are strongly recommending that people with weight and other health problems should take a walk in the forest. It is far healthier than doing a workout in the gym.

7. Forest walks are great for reducing loneliness.

As you will see from the Facebook page here, walking in the green, forested woodlands is one of the best ways there is to overcome general health problems and above all, reduce loneliness by walking with other people.

451 years ago, Shakespeare was well aware of the benefits of walking for health.

“…a turn or two I’ll walk,
To still my beating mind.”
Prospero, The Tempest.

So, what are you waiting for? That urban park or nearby forest is just crying out for a visit from you!

Featured photo credit: Path through the woods above Lough Hyne in West Cork/ degreezero2000 via flickr.com

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What These 11 Colors of Urine Reveal About Your Health

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Have you ever noticed how your urine changes color according to how you eat and what you drink? Your pee can be a variety of colors, but peeing the colors of the rainbow isn’t necessarily a healthy thing. This is why it’s good for you to understand what your urine color says about your health!

If you’re like me, you drink a lot of water on a daily basis. I drink around 4 bottles of water a day. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is recommended that men drink about 13 cups and that women should drink about 8 cups of water daily depending upon their weight and activity level. When you’re active and drink plenty of water, your pee is most likely clear or has a light yellow tinge to it. But if you’re an active person and your urine is red, this could indicate that you may have a kidney disease or a urinary tract infection; or you probably have just eating beets which can result in beeturia, the passing of pink or red urine because of a compound called betanin in the vegetable.

Your urine is a very useful tool in diagnosing any health problems you may have, and thanks to this info-graphic by the Cleveland Clinic, you now have a guide to understanding what your pee color says about the status of your health.

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Some of the colors that can leave your body can be scary, but they are all real and reveal something about your internal state! If you got value from this post and infographic, share it with your friends so they can too become aware of how their urine color explains their health!

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11 Foods That Taste Better In Summer

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Something about the summer just makes some foods taste better. Sure, some fruits and veggies are only truly in season during the hot months, but the aesthetics of eating outside with the wind in your hair just changes the entire dining experience, and allows you to enjoy food you simply wouldn’t eat in the dead of winter. Most importantly, some of the best summer foods are also the healthiest.

1. Corn

July and August are the go-to days for sweet, buttery corn on the cob. (Of course, if we’re talking healthy, go easy on the butter). Corn goes well by itself, as a side, or in salads and salsas. No matter what month it is, the best time to eat corn is as soon as it’s harvested: as time passes, the sugars that give it that snap slowly turn to starch, and it loses its zing.

2. Blueberries

Blueberries are a sweet treat that can be found pretty much all over the country. They’re a natural source of antioxidants and Vitamin K, and have an incredible amount of health benefits. And they’re healthy on your wallet, too: compared to other berries and most tree fruits, blueberries are fairly inexpensive.

3. Apricots

Apricots are generally freshest in May, but they don’t last too long unless dried or preserved. Biting into a fresh, juicy apricot is incredibly refreshing; biting into a not-so-fresh one is quite the opposite. However you prepare them, apricots are another source of antioxidants, and are reportedly good for your eyesight. Pick some up while they’re still fresh!

4. Cherries

May is also cherry season, although the West Coast enjoys an earlier harvest. The sweet and tangy fruit also has a wide variety of health benefits, such as arthritis relief and reduced muscle pain. Studies show that cherries might also reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

5. Avocados

Once again, May is the month to jump on the healthy fruit (yes, that big thing in the middle is a seed) bandwagon. Avocado is a soothing addition to salads, and is the main ingredient in healthy, homemade guacamole. Although they are produced year round in more temperate climates, domestically produced avocados are best during the early summer months. A quick peek at the vitamins avocados offer tells more than can possibly be explained here.

6. Watermelon

I waited much too long to discuss the most obvious summer fruit out there. Made up of 90% (you guessed it) water, the juicy red melon is a great source of hydration on a hot summer day. Not only that, but watermelon contains more cancer-fighting lycopene than tomatoes, and is on the same level as spinach as far as iron content goes. Okay, I’m starting to get hungry…

7. Zucchini

Raw, grilled, or sautéd, zucchini is an incredibly versatile summer veggie that has a wide variety of health benefits. Not only does it contain no cholesterol or fat, but it also contains 35% of the recommended vitamin C intake. My wife has recently made me aware of the magic of zoodles, a substitute for pasta (which will come in handy during those sticky dog days of August).

8. Shrimp

Moving away from fruits and veggies, shrimp is a staple of the summer months. Anyone who’s seen Forrest Gump knows there are a plethora of ways to prepare shrimp. The “fruit of the sea” can be prepared as a light lunch, an appetizer, or part of the featured entree. The little guys are high in protein and iron, and low on calories. Which is good, because you can never have just one or two of them.

9. Fresh-brewed Iced Tea

You can only truly say you’ve enjoyed iced tea if you’ve prepared it yourself on a hot summer day. The zero-calorie refresher is full of antioxidants, and if you prepare it on your own you can control its sugar capacity. Avoid store-bought teas if you’re trying to find a healthy alternative to juices or sodas; many health-related claims made by popular brands have been proven untrue.

10. Gazpacho

The soup of the summer, the tomato-based meal combines the healthiest vegetables into one bowl of refreshing goodness. Peppers, onions, and cucumbers combine to create a soup that is low on calories, fat, and cholesterol. Definitely not something you’d want on a cold winter day, gazpacho keeps soup-lovers happy throughout the sweltering months of summer.

11. Ice Cream

Why not? If you can’t indulge yourself without worrying about vitamins and cholesterol, what’s the point of getting out of bed? Grab some Ben and Jerry’s and slurp it up before it melts!

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