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13 Signs You Have The Best Granny In The World

13 Signs You Have The Best Granny In The World

I love my grandma, she is honestly one of the most amazing people on this planet. I expect you, as a grandson or granddaughter, to think that yours is the coolest, too. Here are a few signs to check if your nana is truly the most awesome in the world.

1. You can always count on her.

Either for a hug or a hot bowl of soup when you’re sick, you know your granny will always be there when you need her, because she always has since you were a little moaning and screaming baby. She’s endured you through all those years, as well as your mother’s complaints about you, but she’s still around.

2. You’d pick her food over any fancy restaurant.

She has the best cakes in the history of cakes. Traditional food or pseudo-modern beverages. No matter what it is, you know your granny does it better, and you like to brag about it. For example, my granny is the best at making crêpes. So good in fact, I had to share that with my classmates. Sometimes, it is even hard to share your granny’s food because it is so incredibly delicious.

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3. You value her opinion.

You know well that your grandmother is full of wisdom and knowledge. Maybe she did not even go to school, but she went to the school of life. She learned the hard way what is best and what hurts. You know that your grandma will always give you the advice you need, and you will always do your best to take it, even though sometimes, you will try to compromise. But no matter what, she still stays the best granny.

4. You like to spend time with her.

Spending time with her is so important to you! Every minute spent in her house is a blessing. You enjoy every second she is around you. You are aware that these moments are precious and that one day or another, you will regret those moments if you don’t make the most of it. Try to get as many memories as you possibly can.

5. You miss her when you don’t see her.

This is self explanatory. When you miss your grandmother, your mood can vary from mild sadness to indescribable depressive states full of tears and mourning. The only solution is to go to her place and get your dose of grandma hugs. When you don’t see her for a long time, you feel like something is missing in your life. It doesn’t take too long to realize what it is.

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6. You secretly adore the nicknames she gives you.

You frown when your uncles and aunts use the nickname that she gave you, even though you secretly love it. It might even slightly annoy you that they use it because it makes you feel like a child, but deep down you love it when your granny treats you like a little baby. The nicknames she gives you are just a reminder that she’s been around for so long, and knows you so well she can give you a name that has a special meaning.

7. You respect her because she’s the reason you’re alive.

Your mother gave you birth, and the other half of your genes comes from your father. However, if it wasn’t for your grandparents, your parents would not even exist. You know your granny is the reason you’re alive and you never forget to thank her for it. You feel blessed with this gift that she indirectly gave you: the gift of life.

8. Your inside jokes are unforgettable.

Even your parents think it is odd and weird. But you feel like those inside jokes are impossible to forget. From the silly puns to the awkward lapses, without forgetting all those jokes you’ve told each other, you’ve had quite a bunch of funny conversations. Nobody can take that from you.

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9. You admire her and see her as a hero.

Apart from the fact that she gave birth to one of your parents, you see your granny for the strong woman she is. She might be old, and her muscles might be weak. Her arms might even be fragile, but you can see the history, the story of life, the joys and the pain that she went through, and you see the strength in her eyes. Every time your grandma smiles, you see an honest, loving woman that has sacrificed so much for you and your family. She is your hero.

10. You cannot imagine life without her.

Sometimes, you think about what your life would be like if your grandmother was not in it, and immediately your stomach is nothing but a big ball of anxiety and stress. Luckily enough, she is still around and you promised yourself to keep her for as long as you can, by taking care of her the way she deserves it and making sure she is doing good.

11. You want her to meet your children.

You want your grandma to be a great-grandma because she is already a great grandma. You want your kids to have the chance to meet her and spend time with her, if possible. You want them to taste her food and hear her stories because she is the greatest grandma in the world and you want your kids to know a bit of that too.

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12. You like to impress her.

She occupies such a big space in your heart that it is important for you to make her proud. You always do your best to impress her by playing chess with her, demonstrating your linguistic skills, or even painting a portrait of her. You love to see her eyes get sparkly whenever you tell her something exciting. You would do anything that is humanly possible to make her the proudest grandma.

13. You know she loves you and she shows it well.

Your grandmother might have a special way of showing you that she loves you. For example, mine is not always good at saying, “I love you too”. She often responds to my love declarations with, “I know you love me”. But at the end of the day, one of her precious hugs gives you so much love that it doesn’t matter if she’s good at saying it or not. She will always shows you she loves you, and will always have a special way to do so.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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