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These 30 Amazing Photos Will Remind You How Beautiful the World Is

These 30 Amazing Photos Will Remind You How Beautiful the World Is

Everyone has a bad day now and then. On these days it seems as if everything is sad and meaningless. What you need to remember is that it’s okay to feel sad, but that doesn’t mean that all hope should be lost. It’s a large world out there, and nothing is more beautiful than the overwhelming nature of our earth and its sky. Have a look at these beautiful photos of our breathtaking home planet. Maybe problems aren’t so big after all.

A Sunset over Mountains

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    The world is abundant with things that can be seen, heard, touched and tasted, but it is also rich in things that can only be felt in the heart.

    Blue Beauty

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      Feeling blue? When blue is this spectacular, maybe it’s not such a bad thing,

      The maginificent Polar Light

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        The smallest actions give way to some of the biggest reactions. It’s the little things that matter.

        Light breaks even through the cloudiest Sky

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          Have you ever seen the sky looking like this? Well keep looking, something spectacular could be just within your reach.

          A Sun Red as Blood

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            It is easy to feel overwhelmed in such a large, complex world, but the reward is worth the struggle.

            There is always Light

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              Don’t let dark thoughts cloud your vision. Look beyond and you might find something beautiful.

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              Blue and Red

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                It’s okay to feel sad now and then. Life wouldn’t be worthwhile without a challenge.

                The Endlessness of Nature

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                  Cast your troubles towards the sky, it may leave beauty and peace below.

                  The Silhouettes of the Mountains

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                    Tranquility is an underrated concept. Try being alone every once in a while, clear your thoughts.

                    A Dark Forest is full of Wonder

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                      Keep your head up. Sometimes what is above you holds much more happiness than what is below.

                      The Tranquility of calm Water

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                        Sometimes, a little patience, agitation and confusion can give way to clarity.

                        It’s A Colourful World

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                          If you’re looking for a solution to your problems, try not look so desperately, you might miss it along the way.

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                          The Beautiful Sea

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                            Things in life happen for a reason. Maybe it’s better to leave life just the way it is.

                            There’s no Rainbow without Rain

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                              At the end of every storm, we can find one of these. Even the ugliest events can give way to the most magnificent rewards.

                              Pure Harmony

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                                Life’s problems are endless, but so are the possibilities. Maybe that’s another way to look at things.

                                A Colourful Masterpiece

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                                  There are no limits on your horizon. No matter who you are, how old you are or where you are, you are capable of anything if you give yourself the chance.

                                  In Clear Water we see the Sky

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                                    Take the time to explore. Like a hidden shape in the clouds, you’ll never know what you’ll find.

                                    Nature is the most talented Artist

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                                      It is important to remember that nothing worthwhile comes easy, so make sure you go the distance.

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                                      Isn’t the Earth simply Amazing?

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                                        Take the time to reflect on your day, count your blessings, the world is big and full of surprises. Maybe you missed something.

                                        Even the coldest of Places know Hope

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                                          There is inspiration all around you, everywhere in this huge, magnificent world.

                                          Take a Walk through Green Nature

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                                            Good things come when they’re least expected, remember never to lose faith.

                                            A Bird enjoying the Sunset

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                                              It’s easy to feel small and alone in such a big, scary world, but it just means that you have more space to grow.

                                              There are no Colours without Light

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                                                Privilege without responsibility always equals corruption. As always, nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

                                                Even Clouds Are Beautiful

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                                                  Things can sometimes move a little too fast, and it can be suffocating. Nothing beats the feeling of breaking free. It just takes a bit of courage.

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                                                  We find all sorts of Shapes in our beautiful World

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                                                    The secret to youth and prosperity is the unrelenting desire to learn. Whenever you’re feeling down, go find out something you’ve never known before. It might help to remind you how little of this world you’ve experienced.

                                                    The Silhouettes of Trees

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                                                      Sadness is temporary, as is every emotion. So don’t worry, the sun will come out again eventually.

                                                      Only through Darkness do we appreciate Light

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                                                        Within you is a soul bursting with ambition. The world is your oyster, so it’s never too late to do something amazing.

                                                        We live at the most Amazing Place

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                                                          Every town, city, country and continent on this world shares the same sky. Imagine how big that makes it.

                                                          Above the Clouds

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                                                            The world is infinite, and stretches beyond the reach of your imagination. You are one tiny stitch in the fabric of life, but you are here for a purpose. Don’t let sadness stop you and make your life worthwhile.

                                                            Beauty is Everywhere

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                                                              Mahatma Gandhi once said:

                                                              “The world is big enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but will always be too small to satisfy everyone’s greed.”

                                                              So remember, it’s a large world for reasons that matter.

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                                                              7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                                              7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                                                              The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

                                                              Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

                                                              Posture

                                                              First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

                                                              • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
                                                              • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
                                                              • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
                                                              • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

                                                              All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

                                                              Facial Expressions

                                                              Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

                                                              • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
                                                              • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
                                                              • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

                                                              If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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                                                              1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

                                                              A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

                                                              The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

                                                              This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

                                                              2. Relax Your Face

                                                              New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

                                                              The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

                                                              To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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                                                              3. Improve Your Eye Contact

                                                              Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

                                                              The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

                                                              To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

                                                              3. Smile More

                                                              There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

                                                              Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

                                                              4. Hand Gestures

                                                              Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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                                                              It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

                                                              5. Enhance Your Handshake

                                                              In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

                                                              “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

                                                              It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

                                                              6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

                                                              As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

                                                              Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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                                                              Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

                                                              Final Takeaways

                                                              Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

                                                              If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: Maria Lupan via unsplash.com

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