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7 mind-blowing facts that sounds like BS, but are actually true

7 mind-blowing facts that sounds like BS, but are actually true

People always said life is like drama, and the reality sometimes fascinate you more than fictional stories. Below are a list of examples that proving the statement!

Chicago was artificially rised in 1860s

The city of Chicago was raised by several feet during the 1860s without disrupting daily life in order to solve the drainage problem. All the buildings, shopping centres, sidewalks and hotels were lifted up by jackscrews.

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A woman jumped off from the Empire State Building but blown back into the building

On December 2, 1979, Elvita Adams decided to take her life. She went to the observatory, which is on the 86th floor of Empire State Building and jumped. Yet a very strong wind blew her back into the building and she landed on a ledge on the 85th floor with a fractured hip only. The security guard  found her before she could make any other attempts.

Weight is big issue for F1 drivers

As heavier the driver is, more energy is needed for race cars to run. Hence weight is monitored closely for drivers of car racing, especially for F1. For example, team Red Bull once asked it’s driver, Daniel, Ricciardo to lose weight, whom weighed only 143 pounds.

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Parasite that becomes a tongue

There is a parasite named Cymothoa exigua. This parasite can destroy the tongue of a fish and then replaces the tongue for the rest of its lifespan, essentially transforming into a living, parasitic, but fully functioning and harmless tongue.

Tiger’s legs are so powerful that can remain standing even when dead

Tiger’s legs are so powerful, they can remain standing even when dead. Sometimes when tigers were shot, they bleed out and die while standing still.

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People are injecting deadly substance into their faces every year

The most deadly substance we’ve ever known is botulinum toxin. 100 nanograms of botulinum toxin is already enough to kill a fully grown up man; 1kg of it is enough to kill all living human.

Such substance causes muscle paralysis by cutting off proteins which normally enable vesicle function at the neuromuscular junction.

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Yet millions of people voluntarily injected it into their faces, under the name Botox®.

The song “Staying Alive” was used to train professionals to provide correct number of chest compression during CPR

The song has a consistent 104 beats per minute, which is close to the recommended compressions per minute needed for a CPR (the recommended compression rate is 100-120 compression per minute). According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois College of Medicine, the quality of CPR while listening to “Stayin’ Alive” was actually better than not listening to it.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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