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12 Reasons You Should Visit San Francisco Once In Your Lifetime

12 Reasons You Should Visit San Francisco Once In Your Lifetime

San Francisco, one of America’s most vibrant cities, lures individuals across the world because of its appealing beauty. Therefore, millions of visitors leave their heart out there after visiting San Francisco. The result is San Francisco is voted amongst “America’s Favorite Cities” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler year in, year out. Known for its diverse culture, fantastic scenery, unusual climate, outstanding city, great food, open minded and friendly people and many more, there is no match for San Francisco’s infinite charm. The city offers plenty of things to do for almost everyone and in abundance.

Here below are the 12 astounding reasons as to why San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit at least once in a lifetime. After reading these reasons, every individual will have satisfactory explanations to set San Francisco as their next destination.

1. Discoverable within a day

One of the interesting things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is colossal in terms of attraction and amenities, it is geographically small. Visitors who set foot into the city can explore almost all part of the city within a day and it’s enough time to make a scene and make a difference in San Francisco. In just one perfect day, it is possible to do most of the great things including trip to Alcatraz, walk through the oldest Chinatown, visit to the world class museums, go shopping at Union Square, walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, dine at Al’s Place, ride the cable car and so on.

2. Tons of astounding views

One of the must do thing for all visitors in San Francisco is to take advantage of the scenic beauty it embraces. When you look around while walking through the city, you can enjoy truly breathtaking views. The views aren’t limited to the city sky line. There’s incredible nature all in and around the city from the waves crashing on the rocks on Ocean Beach to the sunsets on the Embarcadero to the Presidio view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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3. Unpredictable climate

San Francisco amazes every visitor with its extremely varied and unusual climatic behavior. You may find weather changing drastically from neighborhood to neighborhood. The sharp topography and maritime surroundings of San Francisco is liable for such variation in climate. Travelers can experience moist mild winters and cool dry summer. Over four seasons, San Francisco’s weather can be difficult for visitors to predict, but this Fog City delivers majestic skies, trademark curls of white fog and dazzling sunsets.

4. Heaven for the foodies

San Francisco has more than 4,500 restaurants in its seven square mile area where foods are as good as the art. The city is paradise for your taste buds. Having been named the “Best Food City In The Country” by Bon Appetit, there are six of hometown eateries included in top 50 restaurants nationwide-the most of any U.S. city.

San Francisco’s culinary scene is committed to excellence with outstanding food served all over the city, and no two neighborhoods are alike. There are overwhelming number of choices for food so you can get a chance to satisfy your stomach as much as your eyes in San Francisco.

5. Best for bicycle lovers

Whether you’re a bike lover or a fanatical rider, San Francisco may be perfect place for you. All amenities like bike lanes, bike parking area and even traffic signals giving riders the right-of-way are available for riders. Bikes are as famous as cars in San Francisco. Most rides officially start on the city-side of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are many cycle routes with iconic and challenging loop with amazing views, breathtaking climbs and fast descents. Some of them are Col du Pantoll, Alpine Dam + Mt. Tam, Point Reyes Loop, Muir Woods Loop, etc.

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6. Finest shopping neighborhood

If you are obsessed with shopping, then San Francisco could be a dreamland for you. There are perfect neighborhoods like Union Square for serious shoppers, where most of the top retail brands are available. Major department stores and the most exclusive designer boutiques line streets like Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton and Powell.

7. Blended with diverse culture and people

Without a cultural experience, the visit to San Francisco would not be complete. The city is home to internationally recognized symphony, opera and ballet companies. Many playwrights have transcribed their masterpiece in San Francisco. Meditation, yoga and Eastern philosophy are part of the city’s DNA. San Francisco comprises population, including Whites, Asians, African-Americans, Latinos and many others. The open minded and friendly people of San Francisco welcome everyone with their heart.

8. Largest and oldest Chinatown

The Chinatown located on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street in San Francisco is the oldest in North America and the largest outside Asia. It continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. This city within a city is best discovered on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a “dim sum” lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.

9. World class museums

San Francisco’s museums are a must for any visitor due to the presence of the finest classical and contemporary arts collection, world-class aquariums, a planetarium and many more. But it’s not just the collections that are splendid; there’s also critically acclaimed architecture and some of the most amazing vistas in the city that make San Francisco’s museums worth the visit.

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Asian Art Museum, The Exploratorium, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor and California Academy of Sciences are some important venues that encompass  artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific objects of Eastern and Western masterpieces.

10. Free of cost festivals

The biggest perks of living in the city is taking advantage of the numerous free street fairs and festivals that happen almost every weekend from April to October – many of which are free of costs. San Francisco’s downtown plazas and market streets are crowded during these amazing events. Union Street Festival, How Weird Street Fair, Carnival San Francisco and Fillmore Jazz Festival are some popular carnivals in which almost every neighborhood displays their unique identity with live entertainment, local art, vendors and tasty street food.

11. Incredible botanical garden and zoo

The extremely varying climatic conditions of San Francisco allow growth of plants that are found across the globe, including plants that are no longer found in their native habitats. San Francisco Botanical Garden is recognized for its distinctive, varied and important botanical collections, where visitors can experience nature, learn about plants and the environment in an ‘outdoor classroom’.

Similarly, the San Francisco Zoo is an urban oasis. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals from more than 250 species.

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12. Paradise for nightlife adventure

San Francisco’s nightlife is as mixed and colorful as the San Francisco itself, and each neighborhood offers a different vibe, which means there’s something for everyone. For electronic music clubs, hip-hop or chill art lounges, head to San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, while the artsy Mission district is primed for everything from dive bar hopping to intimate dance space, an alternative to the city’s larger clubs.

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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, 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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