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9 Reasons Why It’s Good To Date A Man With A Beard

9 Reasons Why It’s Good To Date A Man With A Beard

In society today, you can easily see the resurgence of the beard. It is a time honored tradition of men throughout our history. Although in recent times it has been expected of men to be clean shaven, the beard has made a comeback. Teenagers and adults alike all over the world have begun using facial hair to complement their features. Which has brought us to compile nine reasons why it is good to date a man with a beard.

1. It is sexy.

A man with a beard definitely has a more rugged and manly look that most women will find attractive. Characters like Wolverine from the “X-Men” series, Thor from the Marvel universe or “True Blood” star Joe Manganiello prove just how sexy a nice amount of facial hair can be. Since men can’t wear make up, the beard can also have cosmetic benefits, as it can hide acne or acne scars and strengthen a weak jaw line.

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2. They make better lovers.

Every woman wants a man who can satisfy her sexually.From foreplay to intercourse, the beard is a versatile tool. It can give a little friction where friction is needed, if you understand what I mean. From a gentle tickle to an aggressive rub, men with beards have a distinct advantage when it comes to pleasing a woman.

3. It implies prestige.

In old Celtic times, Otto the Great often swore by his beard. In the Middle Ages, touching another man’s beard was grounds for a duel. Men today use their beards as symbols of strength, manliness, self-esteem and status. A man with a beard generates alpha status and lets a woman know that he can be a good protector.

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4. Bearded men can be more virile.

When boys start approaching puberty, their bodies begin to change. One of such changes is growing a beard. For a woman looking to start a family, a beard might symbolize a man who is hormonally ready to make babies.

5. They are more patient.

For most men, growing a beard is a task that involves patience and understanding the bigger picture. It shows a man who is cool, calm, collected and calculating. For the most part, they are not rash or hasty when it comes to decision making.

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6. They are understanding.

Keeping an attractive beard requires a lot of grooming, styling and patience. It is a great benefit to be dating such a man as this because he has his own beauty routine, and would most likely be conscious and understanding of your own. This also may mean that he will be easy to talk to and probably also a good listener.

7. Bearded men are anything but ordinary.

Having a beard is a timeless look that never goes out of style. No matter what, it will always be fashionable to wear a beard. A bearded mans look will always be versatile.

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8. They are father figures / romantic figures.

Although most women are not looking to date their fathers, they would most likely want to date men that remind them of their fathers. A man with a beard will often carry the perception of wisdom and discernment. In recent studies, women found men who had at least 10-day-old beards to be more attractive than their clean shaven counterparts. They also perceived them to be better and more protective fathers. The men also appeared more aggressive and masculine, which would make them better romantic partners.

9. They are healthier.

Chances are, a man with a beard leads a more active and adventurous lifestyle. They will enjoy outdoor sports like camping, fishing and hunting. Studies have shown that beards also block 90 to 95% of UV rays, slowing the aging process and reducing cancer. Not only will your man be enjoying the outdoors with you, he will also be protected by the power of the beard.

Beards are fun and mysterious, as the women who date the men can attest to. I hope these nine tips give good insight into why your man might want to get working on growing a beard himself.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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