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Why Canada Is Perfect For Retirement

Why Canada Is Perfect For Retirement

Retirement is something we all stay frustrated since the time where being an adult means responsibility. While some say not everyone is meant to make money, I firmly believe that everyone is meant to make money if they’re willing to go through the hurdles of the unthinkable. We strive to enjoy a perfect retirement, we place our payments in all forms of retirement plans and we ensure to have a secure future when we have reached the point of utter serenity.

However, while the Millennials may negate the prospects of retirement, many people still enjoy the comfort of finding the perfect country to live and enjoy their time.

Canada is one of the countries which is perfect for anyone who’s planning to retire. Its ambiance and its diversified nature allow one to relax as well as participate in various activities that will serve as a memorable experience. Here are a few reasons that show why Canada is a perfect destination for anyone who’s planning to retire.

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A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa on Friday, January 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    1. A Great Place with Great Health Plans.

    The biggest concern many have is that as you age, medical expenses gets higher and higher. You take up insurances and other forms of bonds to ensure that in our old age medical expenses and bills wouldn’t be a problem; in the sense that in the future many would still be able to have a decent living despite the medical expenses.

    Over the years, America has proven to have one of the most expensive health care system, despite the enactment of Obamacare many people still can’t afford any basic health care. The reason is, America’s concept of health care despite all leeways is based on your income instead of necessity. On the contrary, like many countries, Canada provides health care based on your necessity.

    Your insurance, as well as basic social security, will definitely be enough for you to receive all the necessary medications as well as treatments needed. The ultimate importance for anyone is their health and that’s something you can be sure of to receive in Canada.

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      2. Amazing Scenery, Perfect for Adventures.

      When you do retire, the first thoughts that come to your mind is what can you splurge on? You have all the time and the finances, you have the energy required and you have all the motivation necessary to make your retirement an amazing experience. They say that 65 is the new 25, hence you definitely are looking forward to an adventurous retirement.

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      While bureaucracy is something to be mesmerized by, in Canada, however, their nature and history offers the same amount of amazement or even more. Their history of the French revolution stays strongly embedded in the corners of Quebec. Being part of the UNESCO heritage it offers the finest culture and shows the evolution of the French cuisine. However, if you stop by the empires of the British Columbia region, you would be able to be your own English person. Enjoying the finest of teas and the most delicious cakes. For some, it might bring you back to your roots.

      For the adventurous and highly spirited people, the National parks, especially the Banff national park will serve as an adventure. You will be able to find various wildlife and enjoy a nice hike up the limestones. If you’re a fan of winter sports, then never forget to take your ski’s with you. The view from Mount Norquay is something you wouldn’t want to miss.

      It’s the best of both worlds one would say.

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        3. The Huge Amount of Diversity.

        Personally, being from a family of multiple races, I find diversity a crucial part of my habitat. This same principle lies within my parents too, who are looking forward to retirement. A twist in culture and the sheer acceptance of being difference can create a great bridge. After retirement, the last issue you would want to be worried about would be living in a country with conflicts of interest and differences.

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        Canada becomes the perfect nestling point as cultural differences are celebrated instead of being prejudiced. If you’re the type of person who enjoys having “chai” for breakfast and “sushi” for lunch, then this would be the perfect place for you. The balance of culture allows you to explore different people from a unique perspective. This form of diversity gives you the bonus of indulging yourself in various festivities and being one with the nation.

        Prejudice is a strong word, however, being in Canada you would feel more at home than anywhere else because prejudice has been a minimalist perspective in that country. You will be able to enjoy peacefulness and serenity with a complete stranger, therefore perfecting your retiring experience.

        Wouldn’t you want to experience this again?

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          4. Food Will Never Be the Same Again.

          Food is an essential part of everyone’s life. The emotions it triggers and the security it provides gives you the feeling of a free-flying bird, Good food can provide one with the comfort and substance that one can’t experience otherwise. We work hard and reach the point of retirement to explore the comforts of fine foods as well as traditional cuisine.

          History has shown how food has influenced Canada to a point that it became a significant part of their identity. If you’re a fan of maple syrup, then Canada is the place for you. With their emblem of the Maple tree, they’re one of the largest producers of the finest maple syrup. On the other hand, you will be able to find the best “Game” meat as well as exquisite cheese to be paired with your food.

          Prince Edwards Island will be able to offer you an array of fine seafood, right of the harbor whilst also allowing you to enjoy the seldom popping up of whales. It will definitely be an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

          In Conclusion,

          For anyone who’s looking for a calm yet adventure-filled place to live their retirement period, then Canada offers just that. If you envision yourself experiencing a blissful lifestyle, then definitely have Canada as one of your choices.

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          5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

          5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

          Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

          All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

          The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

          “Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

          The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

          “The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

          The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

          “The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

          So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

            Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

            1. Build a Memory Palace

              What is it?

              The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

              How to use it?

              Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

              “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

              Example

              An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

              • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
              • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
              • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
              • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
              • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

              You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

              2. Mnemonic

                What is it?

                A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

                How to use it?

                Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

                Example

                I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

                I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

                Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

                Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

                Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

                Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

                C

                J

                H

                D

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                P

                Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

                Cubs

                Just

                Hate

                Doing

                Push-ups

                Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

                3. Mnemonic Peg System

                  What is it?

                  According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

                  How to use it?

                  The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

                  Example

                  Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

                  0 = hero

                  1 = gun

                  2 = shoe

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                  3 = tree

                  4 = door

                  5 = hive

                  6 = sticks

                  7 = heaven

                  8 = gate

                  9 = line

                  Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

                  4. Chunking

                    What is it?

                    Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

                    How to use it?

                    In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

                    Example

                    Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

                    Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

                    081127882

                    Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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                    081 – 127 – 882

                    Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

                    “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

                    5. Transfer of Learning

                      What is it?

                      Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

                      “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

                      How to use it?

                      There are two specific ways to use it:

                      1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
                      2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

                      Example

                      I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

                      Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

                      The Bottom Line

                      The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

                      We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

                      Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

                      “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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                      Featured photo credit: Nong Vang via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
                      [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
                      [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
                      [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
                      [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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