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12 Funny Illustrations That Perfectly Sum Up What Adulthood Is Like

12 Funny Illustrations That Perfectly Sum Up What Adulthood Is Like

Writer Chaz Hutton created these incredibly accurate depictions of the grim realities of adult life. Using nothing more than stick figures and simple graphs, he makes the struggles of adulthood all too real.

#1: Not feeling like folding your clothes before you go to bed

We’ve all been there. Sometimes your need for sleep is greater than you care for putting clothes away.

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    #2: When getting up early to beat the rush sounds better than partying

    Hey, who wants to stand in line, anyway?

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      #3: Distractions at work

      We’ve all had days… or weeks… like these.

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        #4: When pizza beats dieting

        Hey, at least you had a good time, right?

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          #5: Cheap flights dictate travel

          Sometimes not breaking the bank sounds like a better idea than culture.

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            #6: The reality of directions

            It doesn’t matter how many times you repeat, “go left, right, right, left” – you still manage to get lost.

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              #7: Being stuck in a crappy job

              Sometimes our friends just get ahead of us… and more ahead, and more ahead…

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                #8: Putting together furniture

                There’s nothing worse than spending 20 minutes putting something together only to find you screwed something up… literally.

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                  #9: The furniture graph

                  What’s wrong with hand-me-downs?

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                    #10: When excitement never goes down

                    You can’t tell me you wouldn’t be just as excited as this graph shows.

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                      #11: The realities of getting a dog

                      First you hate ’em… then you can’t live without ’em.

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                        #12: Cords are a nightmare

                        It seems like no matter how hard you try, you can never keep them organized.

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                          Featured photo credit: Chaz Hutton via instagram.com

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                          Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                          30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                          30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                          In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                          1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                          Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                          2. Focus on your breath

                          Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                          3. Get organized and purge old items

                          A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                          4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                          Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                          5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                          Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                          6. Smile more

                          Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                          7. Don’t worry about the future

                          As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                          8. Eat real food

                          The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                          9. Choose being happy over being right

                          Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                          10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                          Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                          11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                          You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                          12. Get comfortable with silence

                          When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                          13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                          So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                          14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                          Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                          15. Speak more slowly

                          Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                          16. Don’t procrastinate

                          Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                          17. Buy a coloring book

                          Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                          18. Prioritize yourself

                          You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                          19. Forgive others

                          Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                          20. Check your expectations

                          Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                          21. Engage in active play

                          Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                          22. Stop criticizing yourself

                          The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                          23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                          Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                          24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                          Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                          25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                          Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                          26. Manage your money

                          Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                          27. Stop trying to control everything

                          Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                          28. Practice affirmations

                          Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                          29. Get up before sunrise

                          Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                          30. Be yourself

                          Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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