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15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

New Year is already here, and we’re going to witness different types of events. The best way not to miss all the right stuff this year is to know when they’re going to happen and create a reminder in your smartphone. This article brings you 15 things you simply can’t miss this year. Just like Oprah said once “Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right.” Let’s find out what to expect in 2016.

1. The X-Files returns

After more than 13 years of absence, the most famous FBI agents in the world, Fox Mulder, and Dana Scully are making their big comeback. Outstanding agents are ready to continue where they left, investigate government’s cover-ups and alien conspiracies.

The X-Files mini-series premieres January 24, 2016, on FOX. First two episodes will be focused on shows mythology while remaining four episodes will bring back classic writers for standalone monster series.

Make sure you don’t miss the new investigations of Mulder and Scully. Remember to switch to FOX and many latest stuff. The truth is out there.

2. Leap day

It isn’t an event per se, but those who were born on February 29 will finally get to celebrate their birthday. Yes, this year we have a leap day. Below, you can see some fun facts about leap years:

The famous poet Lord Byron was born on a leap day

People born on February 29 are called leapers or leaplings

Rapper Ja Rule was born on February 29

Anthony, Texas is the self-proclaimed Leap Year Capital of the World. The town even hosts a festival dedicated to the leap day

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In Greece, getting married on leap day is considered a bad luck

February 29 is also a Rare Disease Day

It is believed that “leapers” have special talents.

3. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Batman and Superman are fighting against each other, a new threat Doomsday created by Lex Luthor will endanger mankind. Both superheroes will have to set their differences aside and fight the villain.

The unique plot isn’t the only reason Batman vs. Superman is highly anticipated. People also want to see how Ben Affleck portrayed one of the main characters. Superman is played by Henry Cavill.

Movie’s going to be released in March. See your two favorite superheroes in action in cinemas worldwide.

4. Game of Thrones Season 6

Is Jon Snow alive? What happened to Sansa and Theon Greyjoy aka Reek? How’s Cersei’s revenge going to look like? There are so many questions whose answers will finally go to be replied to in Game of Thrones season 6.

HBO announced the 6th season would premiere in April although they didn’t set the exact date. We’re also going to see Bran, who wasn’t on the show last season. This time, he’s all grown up.

In 2016, you don’t want to miss the most popular show on the planet. If you haven’t watched the show before, start now to catch up.

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5. 2016 Olympics in Rio

Although it ‘s hard to believe that Olympics in London were four years ago, this summer we can enjoy watching one of the most appreciated sports spectacles in the world – Olympics. This year, Rio will be the host and its perfect time to enjoy summer vacation while supporting athletes from your country.

The Olympics will begin on August 5, and the closing ceremony will be held on August 2016. Get the props, buy T-shirts in colors of your country and support the talented athletes who’ll fight for the most prestigious prize ever – the Olympic gold medal.

6. William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary

April 23rd marks William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. What many people don’t know is that according to historians, William Shakespeare died on his birthday.

Shakespeare was one of the most notable literary talents in history and played a significant role in development and progress of English language. To mark the death of this genius, make sure you write one of his many plays or sonnets.

7. US Election

The presidential campaigns are heating up, and it’s going to be interesting to see who will replace President Obama as the most powerful man on Earth. What we can expect in 2016 is to see how presidential candidates will occupy world news and fight for their place in the White House. One thing is for sure, US election of 2016 will be one of the most interesting yet.

The elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, so if you’re a US citizen don’t forget to vote and make your contribution to the history.

8. Euro Cup 2016

2016 is going to be fascinating for all sports fan. Before the Olympics, you can enjoy watching European football teams fight for the title of the best team on the Old continent. The Euro Cup 2016 will be held in France, and it’s going to last for a full month (June 10 – July 10).

Get the tickets and head to France to enjoy a major spectacle watching your favorite players show what they’re made of. Or you can organize Euro Cup watching parties at your home. Have fun.

9. Adele tour

You play Hello and other Adele songs on your phone every day. You sing Adele’s greatest hits in the shower. Well, in 2016 you can watch Adele performing all the marvelous songs that made you cry in your city.

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After announcing European tour dates, Adele also made US fans happy by announcing she will travel across the country as well. The tour will start in July which means you can still get your ticket.

10. Queen of England turns 90

On April 21, 2016, Elizabeth II Queen of England will celebrate her 90th birthday. In 2015, she has become the longest serving monarch in the British history. It will be interesting to see what types of celebrations will the Queen have this year.

If you plan to visit the United Kingdom, you should do so in April and experience the magic from the “first hand.”

11. Jupiter at opposition

The biggest planet in the Solar system will be at its closest approach to Earth, and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than in any other time of the year, and you’ll be able to see Jupiter all night long. Set March 8 in your calendar, get the telescope and don’t miss this astronomic phenomenon.

A good pair of binoculars will also allow you to see Jupiter’s moons appearing as dots on either side of this magnificent planet.

12. Penumbral lunar eclipse

Here’s another astronomic phenomenon that you can’t miss this year – penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23. It occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow or penumbra.

The moon will slightly darken, but not completely. The eclipse will be visible in eastern Asia, eastern Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the West Coast of America (including Alaska). Don’t miss this great event. Although it’s going to be visible without a telescope, using this “tool” can only add to the magic of the entire experience.

13. 4K screen becomes norm

In 2016, we can expect that 4K screens will take over and become the new standard. There are already tons of 4K monitors and TVs, but not so much on phones. Technology experts assume that’s going to change with the release of new smartphones.

Make sure you watch tech news and get the latest release of your favorite smartphone with new 4K screen. Watching videos and photos on phones will become even better with 4K screens.

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14. Rare transit of Mercury across the Sun

On May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will move directly between our planet and the Sun. It is a very rare event that only happens once in ages. Viewers with telescopes and solar filters will be able to see the dark disk of the Mercury moving across the face of the Sun. Other transit of Mercury across the Sun will be in 2019 and the next one after that in 2039.

Get your approved solar filters and telescope and don’t miss this rare event.

15. iPhone 7

Apple tends to release new iPhone each year, and it is assumed the biggest tech news and event of the year will occur in September with the release of iPhone 7. Although we still don’t know how this new smart-phone will look like, it’s quite sure the new device won’t have a headphone jack. It means that wired headphones will go through the lightning connector instead, but wireless Bluetooth headphones will work as usual.

Tech experts assume that with the absence of headphone jack Apple is in the bid to make the phone even thinner. The new device will have improved performance and more memory.

Conclusion

Throughout this article, you have had the opportunity to see a broad range of events that will mark 2016. Get ready to plenty of sports events, prepare yourself for the astronomic phenomenon, watch your favorite TV shows, and plan to visit London in April.

Featured photo credit: http://www.shutterstock.com via shutterstock.com

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5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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