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30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

No matter how long we’ve traveled, or how many places we’ve been to, we’re always hungry for more.The world is a fascinating place, and it’s a sin not to travel, not to explore.

Here is the list of the 30 amazing places worldwide you must visit before you die – an ultimate bucket list:

1. Trinidad, Cuba

    Cuba’s exhilarating town in the central region is a very popular tourist attraction for several decades now. In 1988, it is proclaimed as UNESCO’s heritage site. The picture says everything; lovely cultural heritage, delicious food, and staggering Caribbean sea are the features of this mesmerizing place. There are several not-to-miss attractions in Trinidad. Plaza Mayor, both plaza and an open-air museum of Spanish Colonial architecture is first among them.

    2. Beijing, China

      A traveler’s bucket list can’t be complete without the capital of China. The city was the place of Qing and Ming dynasty emperor residences; make sure to visit them. Rich with historical and cultural monuments, this city draws a lot of tourists. The Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, The Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs, and famous Beijing Opera, will fill you with ave and respect for the ancient Chinese culture.

      3. Jerusalem, Israel

        One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem is considered holy by several religions. Ancient history can be seen in the Jerusalem’s stone walls; monumental buildings, heritage sites and fantastic landmarks of culture, faith, and history. A tour of the Old City of Jerusalem is a must since this place holds so much historical and heritage value.

        Old City is home to Western Wall, Church of Holy Sepulcher, and Temple Mount. The organized tour will guide you through the history of humanity and faith in Jerusalem, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

        4. Vienna, Austria

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          Capital and largest city in Austria, famous for UNESCO heritage sites, Schonbrunn Palace, coffeehouses, cakes, and bargains. To experience Vienna truthfully, you’ll need months; palaces, monuments, parks, and many more attractions will make you fall in love with this city. Among many others, in Vienna you must visit:

          • Schönbrunn Palace
          • Belvedere, Vienna
          • Naturhistorisches Museum
          • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
          • Prater Park

          5. Mexico City, Mexico

            The capital of Mexico, with around 21,2 million people, is classified as an “Alpha Global City” which means it is one of the most important financial centers in Americas. One can explore Mexico for a lifetime and still don’t know it all. We’ll mention some of the attractions to visit:

            • The Plaza de la Constitución or Zocalo
            • Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral)
            • Palacio Nacional (National Palace)
            • Xochimilco
            • Basilica de Guadalupe.

            6. Melbourne, Australia

              Australia’s second largest city, several times voted among the top three in the “Most Livable City in the world” list. Rated high in the areas of education, entertainment, healthcare, tourism, and sports, Melbourne allures people from all over the world to visit and admire it, as well to move in.

              Attractions to visit:

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              • The Queen Victoria Market
              • St. Paul’s Cathedral
              • The Shrine of Remembrance
              • Eureka Skydeck

              7. Verona, Italy

                One of the most picturesque cities in the world, Verona, shines brightly on the Adige River. Have you heard the story about Romeo and Juliette? It happened here, in Verona. Juliette’s House – Casa di Giulietta symbolically represents this tragic love story. You can come to the famous balcony, and touch the breast of Juliette’s statue; the old belief is that touching her breast will bring you good fortune in love life.

                Aside this famous attraction, there are many others in Verona: the Roman Arena, where you can witness the magnificent opera performances, Archeological Museum, and the Roman Theater. The list goes on and on, as this must-visit city builds up on our ultimate bucket list.

                8. Luxor, Egypt

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                  Famous for the “world’s largest open-air museum,” Luxor is a mixture of modern city and ruins of ancient city of Thebes, the capital of Egypt in the age of God Amon-Ra. Massive historical monuments attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every day; one of the most famous attractions is the Valley of Kings, containing the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamen. Another reason for visiting this historic monument is the structure of Luxor Temple that’s slowly collapsing under the time pressure.

                  While visiting Egypt be sure to check out Karnak Temple,The Souks (or Market), and Medinat Habu.

                  9. Krakow, Poland

                    One of the oldest and second largest city in Poland, Krakow is famous for well-developed academic, cultural, and artistic life. Architecture lovers will have a blast in Krakow; this town has many architectural styles with remarkable diversity. Many of architectural monuments Old Town charm the numerous tourists: Cmentarz Rakowicki, oases of Skalki Twardowskiego & Zakrzowek, Saint Mary’s Basilica and much more.
                    You can admire the stunning view from Kopiec Kraka watching over the city, take a relaxing walk at Wisla Boulevards, and enjoy the artists and performers on the Main Square. Krakow is a must-visit destination for today’s travelers.

                    10. Johannesburg, South Africa

                    Johanesburg

                      The biggest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng province, the wealthiest in South Africa. Previously known as “The City of Gold” from its rich history as former Gold Reef City, the city grew from industrial mining town to a developed hub of architectural feats, a broad range of cultural and tourist attractions, and urban atmosphere. Explore the Cradle of Humankind, world heritage site protected by UNESCO, visit some art galleries, or massive Apartheid Museum. Try a bungee jump from two abandoned cooling towers, painted by the artists honoring the famous sons and daughters of Soweto.

                      11. Bagan, Myanmar

                        An ancient city in Mandalay Region of Burma, Myanmar is a one-of-a-kind place in the world, where one can visit the magnificent temples and admire the culture and heritage of the Burmese chronicles. In its rich history, Bagan survived several hundreds of earthquakes, and several wars, so many of the historical places are in ruins, but there are still some preserved artifacts and sites containing proofs of Burmese rich history.

                        Visit many stupas in Bagan, pagodas, and museums, embrace the nature at its purest form. Bagan is a must-visit place on any traveler’s itinerary.

                        12. Seville, Spain

                          Anyone who visited Andalusia can testify about its colorful and exciting festivals, lovely architecture, great historical sites, as well as great food, bars, and nightlife atmosphere. No matter how old you are, or what you’re interested with, Sevilla is a place for anyone’s taste and preference. A big Cathedral, Reales Alcázares Palace, and famous bull fighting in arenas are experiences that you should not miss.

                          13. Petra, Jordan

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                          PETRA

                            Another UNESCO heritage site, famous archaeological place, unique in its stone form and creation. Petra attracts a lot of tourists every year, who come to visit the site to admire the massive construction carved in stone, and the famous water conduit system. This is the place where Arabian culture meets the Hellenistic ways. This crossroad between Arabia, Egypt and Syria is known by the name of “Red City” since the massive stone structure is half-built half-carved in the red rock.
                            Every traveler should visit this massive monument of culture and history in Jordan. The tomb beneath the structure is massive, containing several sections; The Palace Tomb, Corinthian Tomb, Khasneh, and the Urn Tomb. Since this structure is slowly decaying, it is on the must-visit list for sure while it’s still possible.

                            14. Las Vegas, USA

                            LAS VEGAS

                              The Nevada dessert was not that much interesting place until 1931. Since that year, many resorts, hotels, casinos, malls and entertainment objects started appearing fast, forming the Las Vegas as the center of entertainment, pleasure for all the senses, and a getaway from regular and boring life. The fast blooming of the city turned it into a big and flashed megalopolis, with more than 2 million residents (2014), and numerous attractions are alluring around 40 million tourists a year.
                              In this staggering place, there are duplications all world wonders, famous tourist attractions from around the globe; among thousands of other attractions here are some worth mentioning:

                              • Bellagio complex – Huge and worldwide known complex of hotels, gambling casinos, and attractions. The Fountains are worth mentioning as well.
                              • Cirque du Soleil -stunning performances and dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment
                              • New York – New York Roller Coaster – a characteristic cab-like roller coaster will drive you through New York Hotel & Casino
                              • CityCenter – futuristic concept built the hyper-modern hotel with influence of huge malls and futuristic design
                              • Mandarin Oriental – staggering luxury hotel that will take your breath away

                              15. Varanasi, India

                              Varanasi

                                Known as Kashi – the City of Life, this is one of the world’s oldest cities and one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. This is the place like you never seen before. The Ganges River is regarded sacred, and a bathing and submerging in it manifests as a new birth of a man, washing all the sins away.
                                Many times described as a magical, rustic, and place with unbelievable energy; Varanasi is not a place for the fainthearted people. One can experience unique traditions, bizarre rituals, and aggressive touts, which can sometimes be uncomfortable and scary.

                                With charming architecture, great historical sites, and overall experience of India’s most atmospheric city. In Varanasi you’ll see traditional ghats, many Hindu temples, boat rides on the mighty Ganges, and many different tours will surely be one of a kind experience.

                                16. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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                                  The old town of Dubrovnik is a jewel of Adriatic Sea, one of the most visited locations in the whole country of Croatia. Rustic marble streets and awe-inspiring buildings built in baroque style are protected by the ancient walls protecting the city for centuries.
                                  Museums showcase this dazzling city’s long history; rustic monasteries tell the story of proud trade hub of the Mediterranean, razed by bombing in 1991, but the rebuilt city prevailed and became tourist attraction worth adding to anyone’s bucket list. Explore the Dubrovnik‘s massive and high walls, make a visit to War gallery, visit Cathedral of the Assumption, and take a cable ride from the city to the Mount Srđ to a lookout where you’ll admire the magnificent view.

                                  17. Chiang Mai, Thailand

                                    Northern Thailand is a wonderful place. And there you’ll witness nature like nowhere else. The peaks of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park are around 1700 meters high. This area contains around 300 Buddhist temples, with many of them closed for visitors; the open ones look startling, with monumental structures, decorations, distinctive well-decorated roofs and big bells. Chang Mai is a mixture of modern and older; the modern part of the city is alive and full of modern architecture, and older parts are more rustic – they recreate the rich history of Chang Mai. This destination will provoke your senses, awake your inner spirituality, and stir up your life from within.

                                    18. Moscow, Russia

                                      The capital of Russia is staggering; the city of one of the most powerful countries in the world undoubtedly inspires admiration. From arts, industry and military, to infrastructure and nightlife, Moscow is a powerhouse, a megalopolis with a place for anyone’s needs.

                                      Among countless attractions, the definite must visit places in Moscow are:

                                      • Kremlin & Red Square – the foundation of the city and the country. (addition – St Basilic’s Catedral which is now a symbolic museum)
                                      • Church of Christ the Saviour –  the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.
                                      • Gorky Park – famous amusement park, named after Maxim Gorky
                                      • Bolshoi Theatre – famous Historic Theater
                                      • Vysotki – Seven Sisters – group of seven famous skyscrapers

                                      19. Edinburgh, Scotland

                                        The capital of Scotland won’t leave you phlegmatic for sure. Found on the south shore, volcanoes and glaciers shape this area. Impressive architecture and advanced education make Edinburgh most desirable city for the young academic bloomers.
                                        The rich culture and staggering sightseeing are not only attractions that may allure you to visit Edinburgh. The exquisite cuisine, dozens of world-class restaurants and worldwide known Scottish pubs with beer kegs and whiskey offer enjoyment for everyone. One won’t be wrong to categorize Edinburgh as a great nightlife city; a night out can end in tomorrow morning easily.

                                        Visiting Edinburgh you must not miss some of these:

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                                        • Scottish National Gallery
                                        • The view from Edinburgh Castle
                                        • Wash your face in the dew of Arthur’s Seat, peak in the group of hills in Scotland
                                        • Queen’s Hall – huge music venue

                                        20. Cartagena, Colombia

                                        Cartagena

                                          Another UNESCO-protected heritage city, where a mixture of old stone walls and structures blend with modern cityscape; where old culture is preserved and showcased with colonial settlements from the ancient the American continent.
                                          Cartagena’s Old City is inspiring for travelers; the rustic colonial streets and preserved buildings are surrounded with Las Murallas, the great walls. The atmosphere of San Diego and El Centro stacked with palaces, and colonial plazas will leave a strong impression in every traveler.

                                          Must visit attractions in Cartagena:

                                          •  San Felipe Castle – famous military castle with underground tunnels
                                          • Totumo Volcano – mud volcano, popular for its alleged healing mud-bath
                                          • The Naval Club – famous recreational activities club founded by naval officers
                                          • Waveflow Club House – clubhouse with surf simulator
                                          • Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria

                                          21. Tokyo, Japan

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                                            On the constant rise, Tokyo surpassed many cities in architectural accomplishments, the industrial revolution, development and cultural preservation. The Kaizen culture works; this city is the perfect example of “one step to advancement, every day” method. The picture tells more than a thousand words, showcasing the ultramodern neon design of Tokyo’s skyline.
                                            Tokyo also preserved the historical and cultural heritage, from the old times when this was a shogun’s residence in feudal Japan. The tradition is kept in the sumo wrestling, handcraft, and small alleys and wooden terraces in the yards with cherry blossoms.

                                            Things not to miss in Tokyo:

                                            • Koishikawa Kōrakuen – one of Tokyo’s oldest and best Japanese gardens. It was built in the early Edo Period (1600-1867)
                                            • Yasukuni shrine – for war victims for the foundation of peaceful Japan of today
                                            • Zojoji Temple – Japanese Buddhism temple, a rare example of early Edo period architecture.
                                            • Tokyo Sky Tree – spectacular panoramas of the whole city can be seen from this 650m tall tower

                                            22. Vancouver, Canada

                                              Listed at top five places to live in the world, Vancouver offers a place for everyone. Eco-friendly society, urban circles of arts, music, and culture, multi-cultural cuisine, theaters, museums, and operas are just a small part of this amazing city. Developed industry and corporate life are some of the many reasons more and more people are coming to Vancouver to start up a new life.

                                              Places not to miss in Vancouver:

                                              • Stanley Park – vast and well known in the world
                                              • Art Gallery – central cultural and artistic exhibitions happen here
                                              • Science World at TELUS World of Science – jaw-dropping live science demonstrations, and OMNIMAX technology films which are one of a kind experience.
                                              • Lookout – on a 50 story high tower, elevator completes the road from the bottom at 50 seconds. Astounding view.

                                              23. Zakynthos, Greece

                                              ZAKYNTHOS

                                                A small island in Ionian Sea, Greece, has become a tourist attraction during the last years, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Mesmerizing light blue sea, great nightlife, fantastic cuisine are the features of this island. With lovely lush nature, a private zoo-like refuge for animals, and one of the most photographed beaches in the world, Zakynthos-Zante offers warm summer atmosphere and plethora of activities for the visitors to enjoy.

                                                Having a holiday on Zante, you should not miss the following:

                                                • Navagio beach (showcased) / Shipwreck Beach
                                                • Blue Caves – lovely blue waters surrounding the white stone caves, reflecting and lightning the most amazing scenery for visiting
                                                • Marathonisi island – island looking like a turtle, where the famous and protected Caretta-Caretta turtle lays eggs
                                                • Zante Town – main hub and only developed city on the island
                                                • Church of Agios Nikolaos

                                                24. Maui, Hawaii

                                                  Maui is an island in Hawaii, USA, second largest in the country. Lovely beaches and endless blue Pacific will embrace you in traditional Hawaiian way: an emphatic “Aloha!” and a flower Lei around your neck, symbolizing aloha spirit and kind welcomes.
                                                  Holidays at Maui can be action-packed, exploring-oriented or lazy; it’s all up to you. For adventure types, there are bike trails, surfing, hiking and kayaking. As an explorer, you’ll get to see lots of mesmerizing waterfalls, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And if you’re up for relaxing atmosphere and cocktails with lovely little umbrellas, fantastic beach resorts will make sure to host you the best way, offering superb lodging, dining, and atmosphere.

                                                  There are many attractions to visit in Maui, and here are some of them:

                                                  • Molokini Crater – excursions to this old volcanic crater happen each day
                                                  • Kula Botanical Garden – thousands of flowers and plants, with lovely surroundings
                                                  • Haleakalā National Park – volcanic exploration, amazing wildlife to visit
                                                  • Try snorkeling – incredible sea life and crystal clear waters are ideal for this activity

                                                  25. Reykjavik, Iceland

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                                                    Iceland is a place which can hardly be described with words since few suitable words come to mind when thinking about this island in Norwegian sea. The volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches is amazing. The capital city, Reykjavik, is a place rich with life, culture, and characteristic Nordic energy.
                                                    There’s not just staggering nature beauty that impress; Iceland’s rich culture, mythological Nordic history, and people of Iceland will amaze everyone who visits this incredible country. This is a place where you’ll watch the astonishing Aurora Borealis Northern Lights from hot water spring with surrounding temperature around zero Celsius.

                                                    Here are places you must visit in Iceland, among many others:

                                                    • Gullfoss – a staggering waterfall
                                                    • Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik
                                                    • Blue Lagoon-Geothermal Spa
                                                    • Askja Mountain
                                                    • Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik

                                                    26. Sri Lanka

                                                    SRI LANKA

                                                      Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination among tourists looking for inspiring travel holidays for a bargain price. UNESCO heritage sites that stood the test of time for 2000 years and remarkable wildlife are reasons worthy enough to visit this beautiful country.
                                                      Explore the rain forests when you want to go away from tropical heat and beaches, take a tour of wildlife in national parks, discover many impressive temples, climb the famous Lion’s rock, and admire the museums among many other attractions in Sri Lanka.

                                                      27. Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

                                                      Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

                                                        Cape of Good Hope is an amazing place, where one can enjoy beautiful holidays in an exotic location, the home of legendary Flying Dutchman. There is a hiking route that includes the old lighthouse, a souvenir shop while witnessing astonishing views of nature where two gulfs meet – Indian and Atlantic Ocean. Visiting Cape of Good Hope is a unique and exciting experience, where you can learn about 250 different birds settling in the Cape, and exotic flora of South Africa.

                                                        28. Grand Canyon, Arizona

                                                          A wonder of nature, the Grand Canyon stuns the eye at the first sight. Over 450 kilometers-long old canyon is carved in stone by Colorado River. This jaw-dropping location attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly, to admire the nature’s impressive creation.
                                                          You can approach the Canyon from numerous locations, all divided into three geographical groups: South, North, and West. All of them provide different experience and angle of the vast structure. South Rim is the most visited one, and West is famous for its impressive Skyline, built on the edge of controversial glass bridge in the U shape.

                                                          29. Easter Island

                                                            A small island in the Polynesian Triangle, the Easter Island, is famous for the 900 monolithic statues called Moai, created by ancestors living here in the year 1200 CE. These figures are carved from volcanic stones and volcanic ash. Their origins tell the story of Polynesian belief in the sanctity of the head. From small, to monumental-sized, statues are scattered across the island. Exploring the Polynesian culture, and learning about stone platforms and statues will make your holiday unique and thrilling.

                                                            Here are some localities to add to your itinerary:

                                                            • Anakena Beach
                                                            • Rano Kau Volcano
                                                            • Terevaka
                                                            • Ahu Tongariki

                                                            30. Taj Mahal-Agra, India

                                                              Last on our list but not the least., Taj Mahal is best known as “the jewel of Muslim art in India” built in the honor of the love and grief of Shah Jahan’s for his beloved wife, the Persian princess, Mumtaz Mahal. Built in 1653, it took 20,000 artisans and 21 years to complete. Huge white marble construction stands in the center of the compound, surrounded by mausoleums, gardens and towers; it is proclaimed as UNESCO Heritage site in 1983. You should consider visiting this world wonder in the next few years because of a rumor of its decaying and possible closure to visitors.

                                                              Which place have you visited? Which one is your favorite? Let us know!

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                                                              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, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the 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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