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15 Newsletters That Will Enrich Your Life

15 Newsletters That Will Enrich Your Life

Thanks to the rise of high-quality and curated newsletters from all around the world, it’s now possible to get a daily dose of inspiration, interesting news, and life lessons directly to your inbox without worrying about receiving boring or spam content.

I’m a big fan of newsletters, as they are a key part of my idea workflow and they also make my day funnier. Here’re some of my favorite newsletters that will certainly enrich your life.

1. Start your day with a little bit of everything

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    The Inside Daily Brief is packed with all the trends, news, and other links you need to be smart, informed, and ahead of the curve. Unlike other services, Inside Daily Brief provides only the news you want to be updated on — and all sorts of fun pop culture and entertainment bits too.

    2. Increase your social media knowledge

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      Buffer’s daily newsletter is completely different from all the other social media newsletters. Along with great thoughts on social media and online marketing, you’ll learn what transparency means by reading about their amazing remote-working culture.

      3. Learn more about science

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        Ed Young is a great and a talented science writer at The Atlantic and NatGeo’s Phenomena. Some of his latest articles reveal why some birds are losing their ability to fly and how a brain prosthetic is now allowing a paralyzed man to move his hand again. If you don’t have time to peruse all of his posts, make sure to subscribe to his newsletter.

        4. Sick of the old stock photo? Here’s your answer!

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          If you are already deep inside the never-ending tunnel of the same old stock photos, the Death to Stock Photo newsletter is the light at the end of it. Every month, you’ll receive a great collection of photos and inspiration based on a specific topic.

          5. The media junkie’s ultimate solution

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            After subscribing to MediaREDEF, you’ll become familiar with their daily “interest remixes.” These are curated information streams which focus on industries and pop culture — including media, tech, pop, biz, culture, file, innovation, and music.

            6. Science explained with simple and funny articles

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              Wait but why is the place to learn more about science and things like the “gratification monkey” we all have inside our brain. Who says that science can’t be highly entertaining and funny to read?

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              7. Learn all sorts of interesting things

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                Now I Know, by Dan Lewis, is a free daily newsletter that will teach you something new every day. You’ll never again have to Google why we close our eyes when we sneeze!

                8. For the perpetual skeptic

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                  This Is True is a premium source of bizarre-but-true news.

                  Imagine this scenario: while two robbers were in the process of their crime, one changed his mind and arrested the other. Think it’s impossible? Well, you should give this newsletter a try because it’s actually true.

                  9. If you are looking to live a better life

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                    The Further newsletter is full of articles about the very best tips, trends, stories, and science about health, wealth, and wisdom to maximize your purpose, performance, and potential. Every story is personally selected and sent by serial entrepreneur Brian Clark.

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                    10. For the Sunday-morning thinkers

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                      Brain Pickings is a weekly digest that will enrich your Sunday mornings with the week’s most unmissable articles about creativity, art, psychology, design, science, philosophy, and other many other brain-filling topics.

                      11. For the sports addicts

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                        Casual Spectator is sports news for busy people. They make following sports easy by covering some of the most popular sports, such as the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, tennis grand slams, golf majors, NCAA football and basketball, along with European soccer and boxing.

                        12. If you think all newsletters are made by bots

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                          Dave Pell is the only algorithm behind Nextdraft. Each day, he personally selects the top ten most fascinating items from more than 75 news sites and he straight delivers them to your inbox. No fuss. No bots. No computer algorithms.

                          13. Discover new products every day

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                            The Product Hunt newsletter provides at least five new products every single day. Afraid to receive something you’ve already seen? Hundreds of products are submitted to Ryan Hoover’s Product Hunt, ensuring every email contains only something new and interesting.

                            14. A must-have resource for designers and developers

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                              Smashing Magazine provides a twice-a-month newsletter with useful tips, tricks, and resources to improve your designing and development skills. Once subscribed, you’ll also receive a free eBook.

                              15. If you get bored really easily

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                                Austin Kleon’s newsletter is simple but great. Every week, he shares a list of 10 things about art, writing, and interesting stuff. Some may call it a procrastination, some may call it a source of inspiration.

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                                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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