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Top 6 Friendliest Cities in the US

Top 6 Friendliest Cities in the US

Travelling is the most amazing thing you can do for your body and mind, because it makes you feel free and fills you with positive energy. You feel inspired by all the gorgeous places you go to and sights you see, from ancient buildings and relics to breathtaking modern architecture.

Exploring new cultures and the stunning artwork of different civilizations only adds to the beauty of all the places you visit, especially meeting the locals that add that special charisma to the cities. Your travel experience is definitely a lot better because of those friendly faces and smiles you come across along the way. It’s the people who make a city special and, when they are visibly happy, hospitable and always greet you with a warm smile, you cannot help but feel like home. They are the ones who make your stay amazing and make the city they live in friendly, warm and welcoming.

There are a number of beautiful and friendly cities in the world, but here, we will explore the six friendliest cities in the United States, so let’s check out what they have to offer and why they made the list.

San Francisco, California

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    The famous Rudyard Kipling once said: “San Francisco has only one drawback – ‘tis hard to leave.”

    He was never more right. This beautiful city has mesmerizing sights wherever you look and it makes you never want to leave it. Among San Francisco’s famous landmarks, the most iconic one is definitely the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the things this city offers that seems out of this world is the fog throughout the whole year, making the city look like actual paradise.

    This city has amazing activities everywhere and for everyone, from concerts and exciting nightlife to volunteering activities and community art projects. All of those things make the locals happy and stress-free, and those are the main reasons why they are all so welcoming and greet the tourists with open arms. Throughout the whole year, San Francisco treats its residents with amazing art, music, literary and theatre events, making them both happier and healthier and making the tourists fall in love with it.

    If you haven’t already visited San Francisco, be sure to put it on your bucket list, since you are certain to meet only friendly and easy-going people there, who will make your stay the most wonderful experience ever.

    New Orleans, Louisiana

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      New Orleans is a city known for its vibrant music scene, amazing art and history, and a fascinating mix of African, American and French culture. The locals are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and chances are that you will end up getting to know your future best friends there. New Orleans is the cradle of Jazz and has a number of music festivals throughout the year, making the city alive at all times.

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      If you visit this fabulous city in the winter, you must witness the Mardi Gras Carnival, the annual celebration of New Orleans, where you can enjoy amazing music and meet extraordinary people. New Orleans is definitely one of the most charming, electric and energetic cities in the world and its locals are the most awesome people you will ever meet. It has that Southern charm you will absolutely adore, as well as the greatest spirit you will ever encounter.

      You must visit New Orleans at least once in your life, for a breathtaking experience that will definitely leave a lasting impression on you.

      Austin, Texas

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        Austin is known as the “live music capital of the world” and, let me tell you, for a very good reason. The city is overrun with musicians and loving and friendly people at every corner. The beautiful capital of Texas can become your new home pretty easily, since you will fall in love with it the moment you go there. I know I did. It has a number of tourist attractions and parks you can visit to enjoy your time and recharge your batteries after a crazy night out at its fabulous clubs made for every personality.

        There is something for everyone in Austin and you can engage in a lot of fun activities, from biking and hiking to boating in some of its gorgeous lakes, where you can find a lot of friendly locals jogging. Austin is a highly social city and it is truly one of the friendliest ones in the United States, with neighborhoods full of happy and youthful people who will make you never forget their beautiful city.

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        Salt Lake City, Utah

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          Salt Lake City is among the top friendliest cities in the United States because of the locals who will literally treat you as family when you go there. They are known to be extremely friendly and they absolutely love making the tourists feel at home. You will have a truly fascinating experience if you visit Utah’s capital and its amazing residents will help you have the best adventure of your life.

          Salt Lake City is known for its incredible restaurants and shopping scene, art and museums, as well as the historic Temple Square, the 19th-century neo-Gothic Mormon Church. You can find pretty much anything you wish in this family city to make your travel experience one of the best ones ever.

          Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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            Pittsburgh is one of the liveliest cities in Pennsylvania that lies on the three rivers known as the Golden Triangle, which has made this city a natural commercial center, rich with natural beauties, as well as a number of museums and historic parks you can visit. If you go to Pittsburgh, you are certain to meet amazing people that will make you feel as if you’ve gone to heaven.

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            That’s the exact feeling this beautiful city will inspire in you, where the locals are most welcoming and friendly towards tourists. They like helping people and taking them under their wing, which will make you absolutely love both them and the city. They are among the kindest people you’ll ever meet and they are very passionate when it comes to sports, so you’ll definitely have some new friends to go to a game with and give your team spirit a little push.

            So, make sure you include Pittsburgh in your tour across the United States, since the locals will surely enrich your life spiritually and make you experience the best adventure ever.

            Park City, Utah

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              Park City is another city viewed as one of the friendliest in the United States, thanks to its locals who are extremely friendly and welcoming. This city is rich with fascinating culture and history, as well as a lot of incredible places that bring the city to life. The community of this stunning resort city of Utah includes some of the kindest people in the world, which is exactly what makes Park City so lovable and friendly. It is a small town with a big heart that can warm you up pretty easily, even in the coldest winter days.

              It’s no wonder it made it to the top of the charts in the America’s Favourite Places survey – it has that kind of charm you simply cannot resist.

              If you are a passionate traveler like me, you must check these amazing cities off your list. I am certain you will find them as stunning as I did and it will be unimaginable not to come back, just to take another look at them up close and feel their friendly spirit. If you haven’t already visited these cities, pack your bags right now and set off for an adventure of your life. Bon voyage!

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              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

              Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

              Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

              I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

              You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

              Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

              When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

              I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

              Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

              Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

              Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

              1. The Inner Critic

              This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

              • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
              • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
              • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
              • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

              The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

              Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

              2. The Worrier

              This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

              The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

              3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

              This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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              This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

              The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

              4. The Sleep Depriver

              This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

              The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

              • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
              • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
              • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
              • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

              How can you control these squatters?

              How to Master Your Mind

              You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

              Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

              There are two ways to control your thoughts:

              • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
              • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

              This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

              The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

              Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

              For the Inner Critic

              When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

              You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

              For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

              You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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              “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

              If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

              • They rile up the Worrier.
              • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
              • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
              • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
              • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

              Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

              Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

              For the Worrier

              Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

              Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

              You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

              • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
              • Muscles tense

              Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

              If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

              Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

              “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

              Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

              If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

              Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

              Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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              For example:

              If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

              “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

              Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

              “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

              Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

              For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

              Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

              The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

              • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
              • Muscles tension

              I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

              Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

              Breathe in through your nose:

              • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
              • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
              • Focus on your belly rising.

              Breathe out through your nose:

              • Feel your lungs emptying.
              • Focus on your belly falling.
              • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

              Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

              Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

              One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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              Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

              For the Sleep Depriver

              (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

              I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

              Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

              1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
              2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

              When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

              From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

              For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

              If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

              You can also use this technique any time you want to:

              • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
              • Shut down your thinking.
              • Calm your feelings.
              • Simply focus on the present moment. 

              The Bottom Line

              Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

              You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

              Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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