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10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

At the end of the day, life boils down to your experiences. You’ll have good experiences and bad experiences but you are a culmination of the things you’ve done and learned. That means it’s important to keep those memories around so you can enjoy them. What are the best ways to keep memories? Let’s take a look.

1. Get creative!

People have come up with all sorts of crazy ideas to keep memories alive. Some have painted their favorite quotes on their walls, while others have important memories written on dinner plates (literally). You can get your kids’ crayon drawings stamped in silver and turned into jewelry or commission an artist to draw funny caricature drawings. Any one of these ideas is kind of lame if done badly, but when done well and you combine a few of them, you’ll have a small stash of fun memories that can also double as art or jewelry.

2. Create your own website to hold your memories for you

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    The ultimate way to keep your memories alive is to create a website dedicated to them. You can create the website, write down stories, upload photos and videos, share easily with everyone, and do pretty much whatever you want. That’s the freedom that comes with a website. You may want to try Squarespace to build your own site because it’s easy to use and there are many awesome templates to choose from! Memories are important. They remind of us of who we are, who we were, and all the amazing things we have done. Immortalizing them is something everyone should be looking into doing.

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    3. Tell stories!

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      Telling stories as a way to remember things is a tradition that is as old as history itself. For generations, the village elders told stories to keep the history of a tribe alive and that’s the only way they could until they invented writing. This is still something that happens today. The television series How I Met Your Mother was a dad telling his life story to his kids. We’re not saying you should drone on in Bob Saget’s voice for nine years, but spinning a tale every now and then is a good way to keep memories alive.

      4. Create some vacation jars

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        This is a fun idea that can also double as a decoration. Let’s say you go camping. Grab some pine needles, a pine cone, a good picture, and some other small forest or camping things and then stuff them in a jar. With a little effort and some glue, you can create a lasting piece of art that not only helps keep memories alive, but also looks really nice on a shelf.

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        5. Get an external hard drive

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          This is probably the least creative way to keep your memories forever, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective. External hard drives are cheap, and if you buy a good brand they’ll last for a long, long time. They’re easy to store, they’ll be there if your computer crashes or if the internet were to go down forever tomorrow. Don’t make it the only place to store your photos, but everyone who wants their memories kept safe would be wise to invest in an external hard drive. They’re even easy to use!

          6. Write them down in a book or a journal

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            If telling stories isn’t your thing, you could always write them down. I couldn’t tell you how many things in history we only know because some random person decided to write down what was going on. Writing it down and putting it in a book or a journal lets you relive those memories as you write them and then a second time if you ever read them. Plus you can pass the book on down to your kids or grandkids and show them all the fun things you did.

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            7. Use Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or Google+

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              Social media is one of the de facto ways to store photos. You can upload them into albums to keep them organized, share with friends, and have them there whenever you need them. Sites like Tumblr and Google+ will let you upload pretty much any image size. Do beware, though, because Instagram and Facebook will scale down your photos a bit if they’re too large. With most of the world’s online population on social media, that’s where everyone is. That means it’s a good place for your memories to be because you can enjoy them with friends.

              8. Go find those things you had as a kid

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                When we were young, there were things that we loved. It could be old video games, a certain blanket or stuffed animal, or some other toy that you loved. Thanks to auction sites like eBay, it’s easier than ever to uncover those old things and own them a second time. Then you have your childhood memories right there with you whenever you want them.

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                9. Cloud storage

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                  It’s 2014 and that means more and more people are keeping their information in the cloud. Services like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and more exist for the express purpose of storing your stuff. All services give you at least a little free storage to play around with to see if you like it. You can upload photos and videos into folders and rename them to make them photo albums. That way they’re safely stored in the cloud and they’re organized! You can also share them with friends and attach them to emails at your leisure.

                  10. Make your own home videos

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                    We’re not talking about using a camcorder and getting footage of your family, but rather creating a video of things you already have. Using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, or Final Cut Pro, you can put photos, video clips, and other special moments on a video you make yourself. You can even complete the video with music. You can save the video on your computer (or using #1, #7, or #3 on this list) or you can burn them to DVD and give them to your family. YouTube is also a great option for storing homemade videos. If you’re not into stuff like that, there are services that’ll do it for you.

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                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                    Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                    Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                    Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                    If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                    Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                    1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                    Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                    Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                    Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                    2. No Motivation

                    Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                    This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                    If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                    3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                    Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                    A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                    A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                    The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                    4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                    One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                    We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                    Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                    You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                    5. Upward Comparisons

                    Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                    The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                    These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                    Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                    6. No Alternative

                    This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                    Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                    Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                    Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                    7. Stress

                    As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                    When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                    We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                    If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                    8. Sense of Failure

                    People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                    Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                    Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                    If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                    9. The Need to Be All-New

                    People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                    These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                    10. Force of Habit

                    Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                    Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                    These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                    Final Thoughts

                    These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                    There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                    Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

                    Reference

                    [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                    [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                    [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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