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10 Reasons The Sun Is Good For You

10 Reasons The Sun Is Good For You

Sunlight is important to all living things. The sun is the source of our planet’s energy – it nourishes our plants and warms the earth. It revitalizes human beings and gives us a reason to wake up every single day.

Unfortunately, most people today don’t get enough natural sunlight. Because our jobs and careers keep us indoors most of the day, we miss out on essential vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy and happy. Need a reason to go outside? Here are 10 reasons some time in the sun will improve your life:

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    1. It lifts your mood

    When you’re feeling sullen and down, the sun can make a difference. Sunlight lifts your mood to a state of tranquility and radiance. Notice how your mood usually improves as the day progresses? That’s because the sun starts to rise and makes everything seem alright.

    Those that suffer from depression should make a habit of pulling back the curtains in the morning everyday and taking in some sunlight. I have suffered at the hands of depression and know how hard it can be to make it through every single day. However, I’ve learned that the sun plays a crucial role in my mood. If the sun is out, I usually feel much better than I normally would have if it weren’t. So, some days I step out in the sun and go out for a nice long walk, basking in its warmth and glory. It makes a world of difference to tell you the truth. Really does, I must say!

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      2. It gives us Vitamin D

      Vitamin D is an essential part of our bodies. Luckily, you don’t have to take any vitamins to get your daily dose of it. Our greatest source of Vitamin D comes from our very own sun. So take it in, bask in it. All you need to do is embrace the warmth and glory of the sun’s rays to get your recommended dose of Vitamin D. Make sure you get an adequate amount to keep you going throughout the day. It will make you feel much better.

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        3. It eases depression

        Studies show that the sun’s rays can actually alleviate depression. The sun has the capability of easing  depression, no matter how minimal or severe. Even those who are not affected by depression can benefit from the sun because it keeps you happier and fit. So, if you seem to be feeling the blues lately, try to spend some more time in the sun. You will feel much better, lighter, and stress-free! I know I surely do.

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          4. It brightens your surroundings

          The light of the sun brightens everything in sight. It makes colors more vibrant and enriches our surroundings. Brightness is a gift of the sun. Embrace it.

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            5. It makes things easier for us

            When the sun is out, doesn’t everything just seem easier? Work is easier to do and the day feels much more special, if I say so myself. After it rains, the sun warms up everyone and everything quite spectacularly. It’s incredible phenomenon to behold, I have to say. Everything is lighter and easier with the sun out on a bright day.

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              6. It’s a great energy booster

              Your energy levels increase when the sun is out, which is something that statistics show and demonstrate as well. Just as the sun brings life to our planet, it recharges people as well.

              Next time you’re at the beach, take a look at the people around you. Are they happy? Excited? Moving around? It’s natural to feel energized when you are basking in the sun’s boundless energy. And with so much warmth coming from our sun, there is surely enough energy to go around for everyone.

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                7. It livens the senses

                All of your senses awaken when the sun is out. You can see more clearly and breathe more deeply. The sun breathes life into our world and makes the air around us feels like its alive. It’s no wonder some people feel their best when they go outdoors.

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                  8. It warms you up

                  Besides it’s wonderful psychological effects, staying warm is good for your body. It keeps circulation flowing through your body and its organs.

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                    9. It helps keep internal balance and rhythm

                    Your internal balance is maintained in a rhythm that regulates your body. Our waking, eating, and sleeping patterns are a natural part of that cycle. The sun is a major factor in how our body determines what time of day it is, and what to do. When the sun is up, our body knows it’s time to get work done. Once the sun is down, our body knows its time to rest and relax.

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                      10. It helps you feel good about yourself

                      The sun makes you feel plain old good. It’s as simple as that. And who doesn’t like to feel good about themselves?

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                        How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                        How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                        Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

                        “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

                        But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

                        Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

                        1. Always Have a Book

                        It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

                        Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

                        2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

                        We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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                        Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

                        3. Get More Intellectual Friends

                        Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

                        Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

                        4. Guided Thinking

                        Albert Einstein once said,

                        “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

                        Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

                        5. Put it Into Practice

                        Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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                        If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

                        In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

                        6. Teach Others

                        You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

                        Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

                        7. Clean Your Input

                        Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

                        I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

                        Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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                        8. Learn in Groups

                        Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

                        Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

                        9. Unlearn Assumptions

                        You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

                        Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

                        Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

                        10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

                        Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

                        Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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                        11. Start a Project

                        Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

                        If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

                        12. Follow Your Intuition

                        Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

                        Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

                        13. The Morning Fifteen

                        Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

                        If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

                        14. Reap the Rewards

                        Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

                        15. Make Learning a Priority

                        Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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