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Wrap Up: 10 Best Posts Of Lifehack In 2016 You Shouldn’t Miss

Wrap Up: 10 Best Posts Of Lifehack In 2016 You Shouldn’t Miss

2016 has been an exciting and enlightening year for Lifehack readers. There have been tons of useful posts to read through for motivation and inspiration in all aspects of life. Here are 10 of the most popular posts that have been published on Lifehack. It would be a tragedy if you missed Lifehack’s best posts, as these can positively impact your life in a big way.

1. Don’t Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle

    Go through these inspiring quotes and digest them taking your own sweet time. Use these words to cloak yourself in strength and dignity, so you can laugh at the days to come.

    2.  No Talking, But Action

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      Research has revealed that silence can quite literally grow your brain. Mice that were exposed to two hours of silence per day developed new cells in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with memory, emotion, and learning. In the resting mode, when the brain is not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace.”

      3. The Solution To Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, And More

        A totally natural, safe, and effective non-drug therapy for sleep and relaxation, a weighted blanket molds to your body like a warm hug. Just as swaddling an infant comforts it, the weight and pressure of the blanket around an adult provides comfort and relief. To keep the weight properly distributed, weighted blankets typically have plastic poly pellets sewn into compartments throughout the blanket.

        4. Homework Wrecks Elementary School Students

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          Young children should have fun while learning. According to research, Doing homework at the elementary school level do no good to kids. After a tiring day at school, the word “work” is the last thing kids want to hear, and this often ends up in sorrowful battles that may extend to the later years when homework does have benefits.

          5. Everything That Goes Around Comes Around

            Life can be tough for single parents. A little compassion can be the most priceless gift you can give.

            6. Hiking Is Now Prescribed By Doctors

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              Research indicates that urbanization is linked to depression and other forms of mental illness. Studies have linked many mental health benefits to spending time hiking in nature. Walking through the woods, smelling the aroma of fresh pine trees, and listening to the chirping of birds or the gurgling of a stream can clear our minds and make us feel energized and alive.

              7. It’s Time To Stop Blaming Your Parents

                24 is still young, but you are stepping into fully-mature adulthood.  Read these 10 pearls of wisdom about how exactly should you change you life for the better.

                8. Naps Significantly Enhance Cognitive Function

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                  According to research, napping helps to clear out the brain’s temporary storage space so that the brain is ready to receive and retain new information. Napping positively affects the brain in different ways. For example, napping boosts brain power and stimulates the right side of the brain, which is the part that “cleans up” our brains and consolidates memories.

                  9. How To Eat This, Not That 

                    These 13 infographics really do teach you to eat healthier and live better. You’ll learn everything from how to store your groceries, to beef cuts and their best cooking methods,

                    10. Believe It Or Not, Your Farts Are Prolonging Your Life

                      Everybody farts. According to scientists, farting is a bodily function meant to prolong life. The bacteria breaking down the food in the gut of any human produces Hydrogen Sulfide some of which gets released in farts. Hydrogen Sulfide is now being used to treat various diseases in the human body.

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                      7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                      7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

                      When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

                      You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

                      1. Connecting them with each other

                      Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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                      It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

                      2. Connect with their emotions

                      Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

                      For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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                      3. Keep going back to the beginning

                      Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

                      On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

                      4. Link to your audience’s motivation

                      After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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                      Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

                      5. Entertain them

                      While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

                      Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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                      6. Appeal to loyalty

                      Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

                      In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

                      7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

                      Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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