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These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen If You Grow a Beard

These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen If You Grow a Beard

While plenty of men may be annoyed by rapid growth of their beards; there can be a lot of benefits of growing a beard. While the usual trend is to shave beards daily, some men prefer to grow it for some really logical and valid reasons. It can be a really tough job to maintain your beard; trimming to even-up the surface of the beard and avoiding dandruff and lice from invading it, can really be a headache. However, if you can maintain your beard, the benefits attainable are worth the growing and maintaining process.

Let’s take a look at some of these amazing benefits of having a beard.

1. You look manly

Beard is the symbol of masculinity because only men can grow it. Having a beard makes you look strong and bold, which are heavily linked with manhood.

Though beards can also make you seem angry and cruel, these ‘bad-man’ features still account for the manliness. Most strong male figures, be it from present time or ancient history, are known to have grown beards. Men even complain at times that after a clean-shave, they look childish and less masculine. So, if you want to look manly, growing a proper beard might just be your next step.

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2. You look sexier

As we already said, beard is the symbol of masculinity, so there is no doubt that it also accounts for a man’s sexiness. There are some women who prefer clean-shaved men over bearded ones, but there are also women who would kill for men with grown and well-maintained beards.

You can also try out different styles with your beard, and as style accounts for sexiness, proper beard-style is a great tool to attract women. Especially, if the woman you want to be with loves manly man, growing a beard can serve you well.

3. You look mature

Growing a beard makes you look mature, not only in terms of age, but also with the appearance of depth of your thoughts and understanding. It is a sort of a psychological thing that we see bearded men as mature; maybe it’s because we know that only fully-grown men can grow beard.

Speaking by age, having a beard and not having it can alter your age by up-to five or six years. One might say: why would I want to seem older than how I really am? But there are times when you just need that trick, like when you’re trying to impress people with your maturity.

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4. You can try out different facial hair-styles

As we mentioned earlier, beard is a distinct facial feature in male and people tend to relate style of beard with personality.

You can switch your facial hair-styles by trimming the beard, whether it be with an electric shaver or with a straight razor, or growing it in a new way such that you can impress people around you. Now, only having a mustache can also be a facial hair-style but having a beard offers you a much larger palette of styles.

5. You get philosopher looks

Having a beard not only makes you look mature but also portrays you as a wise person. Perhaps, people consider bearded men to be wise because they assume that they are so lost in their deep thoughts that they don’t even care to cut their beard. You can notice that famous figures in history like Confucius, Jesus, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and Jim Morrison wore a beard. If you have a considerably long beard, it’s very likely that people will take you for an artist, a philosopher, a poet, a musician or a writer.

6. You can look like famous people

Beards are highly significant and descriptive feature of a man’s face. In fact, many famous men are known for the style and length of their beard. You can very easily look like famous folks by adapting their distinctive style of beard. From Charles Darwin to Che Guevara and Clark Gable to Hulk Hogan, beards have regularly been trademark of renowned personalities.

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It’s of no use if you want to look like a famous person with no beard, but if you want to look like a person who wears a beard, you really need to grow one.

7. You can portray yourself as a busy man

Everyone knows the fact that it takes considerably long time to grow a proper beard. If you usually cut your beard but suddenly grow it, your friends will most probably say, “Hey, were you busy or something? Seems like you didn’t get time to cut your beard.” Despite some people who might call you carefree, others might consider you busy and hard-working man.

So, if you want to appear to be a busy, diligent and work-loving person, growing your beard might be a very easy and realistic way to achieve that.

8. Your beard protects your face from sun rays

Beards when fully-grown cover a significant area of your face. It has been known that beard protects your face from the sun’s rays. It is very beneficial for your skin. Sun rays can cause leathery skin, wrinkles and even skin cancer in worst cases. According to researchers at University of Southern Queensland, beards can block up-to 95% of sun’s harmful UV rays.

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While there is a possibility of being left with uneven skin tone at the areas where beard can’t reach, the protection beard provides from chronic sun damage is worth growing it.

9. Your beard keeps your face warm

A beard, in fact, is just a segment of the body hair in mammals. Human race has considerably lost the amount of body hair in the course of evolution, but beard still remains prominent in human males.

The main function of body hair is to keep the body warm and since beard is just another part of body hair, it has the ability keep your face warm. Beard acts as an insulator and prevents heat from escaping the face. So, if you are looking for a face-blanket for this winter, start growing a beard.

10. You can even have an easy way to pass time

Many might find this idea really weird, but if you have a beard, you can kill time just by playing with it. Some people enjoy stroking their beard while thinking or when they’re bored. It can now become a part of your persona. If you are bored and have a long beard, you can even trim, wash or comb your beard to survive the boredom. While you spend time grooming your beard, you are escaping boredom and maintaining your beard at the same time.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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