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10 Most Beautiful Habitats in the Universe

10 Most Beautiful Habitats in the Universe

When you think of a vacation, it’s not all about simply getting away from work for a few days. Location is really important because where you go will determine what you do. Or maybe you just want to see a variety of beautiful places while you travel. Whether it’s beaches to lay on or mountains to climb, there are many gorgeous options. In fact, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming. However, here you’ll find ten places to start and get a look at some of the most beautiful habitats.

1. The Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China

As colorful as they are massive, the Rainbow Mountains get their color from the natural process of erosion. The weathering is caused by strong winds over a long time, and reveal the mix of the sandstone’s colors. You can stroll among the reds, yellows, and greens and feel like you’re in a wonderland.

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2. Ko Thao, Thailand

Called “Turtle Island” because of its shape, this gorgeous, super laid-back destination offers clear blue waters and a variety of activities. You can relax on a few different beaches. One of the main draws for this island is the diving, and many visitors go scuba diving and get certified here. Before you arrive on this pristine beach, see if you can find some local scuba classes just for practice.

3. Neuschwanstein, Germany

This is truly a fairytale destination. This German castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. It has a few peaks and is surrounded by a storybook setting of tall trees and even taller mountains. It stands as a symbol of peace and is visited primarily in the summer (though when it’s covered with snow in winter is when it really has that classic look).

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4. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

This is the world’s largest salt flat, and offers a truly surreal experience. When covered in water, the entire surface becomes a giant reflective mirror. The sky and ground meet in an almost magical way.

5. Havasu Falls, Arizona

Practically hidden, these remote falls can be found in a canyon in Arizona. There is also an isolated community of Native Americans that make this popular tourist choice their home. The waterfalls are gorgeous and flow into gorgeous blues and greens. To find it, there’s a mild hike (close to ten miles) but it’s definitely worth it for a dip in the water.

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6. Maldives, Lakshadweep, Indian Ocean

The Maldives have gained popularity as a destination choice. The waters are clear blue and calm, so it’s great for diving. There are quite a few exotic creatures that reside here, like manta rays, whale sharks, and sea turtles. This is also home to the largest atoll (a ring-shaped reef). Diving sessions are offered here throughout the entire year.

7. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

You’ll find this natural wonder in Yellowstone National Park. It’s the biggest hot spring in the United States. The spring is shaped like a ring and shows off a variety of colors, all bright and stunning.

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8. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands is a great choice because of the variety of wildlife that live there. There are some animals that don’t live anywhere else on the planet so you’ll be able to see the rarest of creatures. This is also a great selection for snorkeling, as there are a few nearly perfect places to get into the water.

9. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

As you could probably guess from the name, Whitehaven Beach is popular and recognized for its white sandy beaches. The white sand reflects beautifully with the tropical mix of blue and green waters. The only way to get to this destination is by taking a boat from a mainland port, like Hamilton Island or Shute Harbor. You’ll find that it’s one of the cleanest and most well-kept beaches, and there’s a reason behind that. There are no dogs or smoking allowed in this paradise.

10. Keukenhof Park, Holland, The Netherlands

Another great and colorful option is Keukenhof Park. This park is famous for its many rows of tulips. The best time to view the flowers in bloom is mid-April. The rows are neatly planted and the colors change with each row. It’s a truly beautiful location.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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