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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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The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments—you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time. That’s why the art of saying no can be a game changer for productivity.

Requests for your time are coming in all the time—from family members, friends, children, coworkers, etc. To stay productive, minimize stress, and avoid wasting time, you have to learn the gentle art of saying no—an art that many people have problems with.

What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger, or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

However, it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here’s how to stop people pleasing and master the gentle art of saying no.

1. Value Your Time

Know your commitments and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it.

Be honest when you tell them that: “I just can’t right now. My plate is overloaded as it is.” They’ll sympathize as they likely have a lot going on as well, and they’ll respect your openness, honesty, and attention to self-care.

2. Know Your Priorities

Even if you do have some extra time (which, for many of us, is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time?

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For example, if my wife asks me to pick up the kids from school a couple of extra days a week, I’ll likely try to make time for it as my family is my highest priority. However, if a coworker asks for help on some extra projects, I know that will mean less time with my wife and kids, so I will be more likely to say no. 

However, for others, work is their priority, and helping on extra projects could mean the chance for a promotion or raise. It’s all about knowing your long-term goals and what you’ll need to say yes and no to in order to get there. 

You can learn more about how to set your priorities here.

3. Practice Saying No

Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word[1].

Sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

4. Don’t Apologize

A common way to start out is “I’m sorry, but…” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important when you learn to say no, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm and unapologetic about guarding your time.

When you say no, realize that you have nothing to feel bad about. You have every right to ensure you have time for the things that are important to you. 

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5. Stop Being Nice

Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. However, if you erect a wall or set boundaries, they will look for easier targets.

Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.

6. Say No to Your Boss

Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss—they’re our boss, right? And if we start saying no, then we look like we can’t handle the work—at least, that’s the common reasoning[2].

In fact, it’s the opposite—explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.

7. Pre-Empting

It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting,

“Look, everyone, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects, and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”

This, of course, takes a great deal of awareness that you’ll likely only have after having worked in one place or been friends with someone for a while. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be incredibly useful.

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8. Get Back to You

Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, try saying no this way:

“After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.”

At least you gave it some consideration.

9. Maybe Later

If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say,

“This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].”

Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands. If you need to continue saying no, here are some other ways to do so[3]:

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    Simply say so—you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization—but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true, as people can sense insincerity.

    The Bottom Line

    Saying no isn’t an easy thing to do, but once you master it, you’ll find that you’re less stressed and more focused on the things that really matter to you. There’s no need to feel guilty about organizing your personal life and mental health in a way that feels good to you.

    Remember that when you learn to say no, isn’t about being mean. It’s about taking care of your time, energy, and sanity. Once you learn how to say no in a good way, people will respect your willingness to practice self-care and prioritization. 

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