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13 Signs Traveling Has Made You A Better Person

13 Signs Traveling Has Made You A Better Person

Many people give excuses for not exploring, backpacking, and going on exciting trips. While the thrill and fun that comes with these activities has always been understood, it is important to know how travelling develops you and makes you a better person.

1. You become fearless

They say curiosity can kill the cat. But what if curiosity should save the cat? It definitely makes it smarter and stronger. Traveling doesn’t simply excite you; it makes you find the inner strength you never thought you had. You are willing to cross boundaries and take on new challenges.

2. You become more attentive

It is like seeing the world from a multidimensional angle. You pay attention to everything you see or who you meet. Because really, you wouldn’t travel all the way to a destination and not want to take some interesting story back home. So travelling makes you more attentive.

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3. You are more interesting

You wouldn’t meet a new person or start a new relationship and not have something fun to say. You are not stuck with limited experiences. You can tell people, “On my last visit to Brazil, I saw a blue whale.” And people love to listen to you because you have some interesting experiences to share.

4. You are more tolerant

Getting out of your comfort zone and seeing the cultural and ethnic diversity that exists around you makes you aware that the world is not just about you. You can tolerate other people’s opinions and beliefs and not allow this to set barriers to a relationship with them.

5. You are more detail-oriented

Now you can be careful of what you say and how you say it. You can also be detailed in those things that others will probably not even notice. Little things that may have gone unnoticed by you become not so little any more, but have relevance, because your stay in a foreign territory made you appreciate the seemingly little things.

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6. You are more aware

You are grateful for moments. You find out and discover what you really are. Travelling can offer you experiences that mirror you to yourself. You can laugh more and relax. You learn to chill and let the moment pass, because you gain nothing from travel when you worry about everything.

7. You are more reflective

You are in a new environment. You have more cause to think and be more creative. You ask yourself why they dress this way, why do they talk or greet each other this way. You are puzzled, and this awakens your senses to value every piece of the moment.

8. You are free

Traveling offers you freedom and knowledge. Freedom is a catalyst for change in perception and identity.

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9. You are healthier

Traveling contributes to your physical and mental health. Think of all that swimming, or laying at the beach side, or challenging your brain to learn what the other person has to say to you.

10. You are happier

People who spend their money on such experience as traveling are happier. You can warm up to the realness of the world and identify yourself with experiences that will become memorable.

11. You are grateful

A large portion of the world has to deal with threats such as hunger, violence, and disease. Traveling makes you appreciate those things you have and how you can contribute to making the world a better place.

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12. You are willing to try new things

What may have seemed impossible and daunting for you in the past becomes less daunting. You are pushed to try new things. Traveling makes you more willing to take risks.

13. You value the world

There is always a pain in the goodbyes. You wish you could stay. You wish you could make your traveled destination a home. But you have to go. And from afar, wherever you are or may be at the moment, you will always be attached to the places you have visited.

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Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

Research Background

Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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“I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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It stimulates your memory

When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

It helps stay focused

When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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It helps you clarify your thoughts

Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

“It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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