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10 Incredible Benefits of Living With Best Friends You Never Realized

10 Incredible Benefits of Living With Best Friends You Never Realized

There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with terrible roommates, since waking up to no food or a trashed apartment gets old fast. If you’re lucky enough to live with your best friends on your first trip away from home, we envy you. And if you’re tired of cleaning up some else’s meals, we feel your pain. Living with best friends is not only entertaining and fun, close relationships with friends are good for your health. But whether you’re stuck in roommate hell or heaven, the following 10 reasons for living with best friends reminds us all it’s worth the move.

1. Spontaneous Parties

Living with best friends makes your social life much more convenient. Instead of planning for weeks, suddenly you’ll find excuses to have fun anytime everyone’s at home. Spontaneous parties or nights out are a huge plus to loving your roommates, and might just help you have more fun in life.

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    2. Sharing Take-Out

    The daily struggle to cook yourself something marginally edible is less stressful when you live with friends. Not only can you cook large meals together and save money, there’s always someone to split ordering a pizza with. Who doesn’t love a pizza party with friends?

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      3. Never Go Alone

      Where you used to struggle to find someone to accompany you to last-minute events, your roommates are now an automatic date. They might put up a fight sometimes, but you know deep down they love being your plus one. Just don’t whine too much when they need a last-minute date too.

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        4. Someone to Come Home With

        Nights when you’re going home alone shouldn’t have to feel awkward. There’s nothing wrong with having a good time and keeping it at that. Living with best friends is a lovely solution for not feeling lonely, since they’ll be coming home with you no matter what kind of night you had. Plus, when you get home, you get to drunkenly swap stories over junk food.

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          5. Make Boring Errands Fun

          Probably the best part of living with best friends is that daily errands become an adventure. Whether you’re headed to the store, gas station, or fast food joint, you now have a bunch of passengers to help you holler along to the radio. It’s amazing how fast grocery shopping becomes grocery store games when you’re living with best friends.

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            6. Chores Together

            Like making errands fun, daily and weekly chores quickly become a social affair when living with best friends. You no longer need to feel silly singing while you clean, since you now have back up vocals and dancers. 

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              7. Clothes Are Optional

              Sometimes, your day is done and pants are just not going to happen. You no longer need to struggle through your night in clothing when you’re living with best friends. Since they’ve likely seen you change outfits or get drunk enough to start losing clothes, wearing clothes around the house is suddenly optional.

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                8. Binge Viewing Partners

                We all love to park it in front of the TV or laptop and spend a few hours with our favorite show. When you’re living with best friends, however, this scene is no longer lonely, but borderline amazing. Even the simplest TV marathon becomes a party when you love your roommates, who definitely won’t judge when it’s time for just one more episode, six times in a row.

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                  9. Gaming Days

                  Much like TV marathons that become full on parties, gaming with friends is a lot more enjoyable. Even if your roommates don’t know an RPG from an MMO, it’s still better to laugh with a group. Plus, you don’t have to spend all your money on consoles and accessories, because you can pool your gaming resources with your friends.

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                    10. Spontaneous Road Trips

                    Last but not least, living with best friends will surely lead to at least one spontaneous road trip. Where you might have reservations if your trying to plan a road trip, no one can say no to waking up to a packed car. Throw caution to the wind and jump in, these days of living with your best friends will spawn some of your favorite stories for years to come.

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                      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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