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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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                                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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