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15 Things Only People Who Have Brothers Would Understand

15 Things Only People Who Have Brothers Would Understand

Brotherhood is truly an amazing bond. Brothers are our friends, bodyguards, rivals, and role models. Older or younger, it doesn’t really matter; brothers are there to help us be the best people we can. Having brothers is a truly unique experience, an experience that is hard to put into words. But I’ll try. Here are 15 things only people who have brothers would understand.

1). Brothers are your oldest, most reliable friends.

No matter what happens in life, we can always rely on our brothers to be there for us. They have been there from the minute you entered their life, and they’ll be there until the minute you die. Having brothers means we will always have that special bond that can never be broken.

2). Brothers won’t let you fight alone.

Having a brother or brothers means always having someone on our side when we need it. Bad foul in a pick-up game? Nasty rumor going around? Brothers are there to set things straight. Or at least help.

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3). Brother let you fight alone (if you need to).

Sometimes brothers let us fight it out alone. Every once in a while we need to duke it out alone. Maybe we threw the first punch. Brothers know that sometimes we need to learn lessons the hard way.

4). Brothers make you want to be better.

Invariably, brothers have an ability to make you give that extra bit of effort. Maybe it’s a look, a saying, or a gesture they have. No matter what it is, when it happens, we have to do better.

5). Brothers make you laugh.

Even if we are having a horrible day, week, month, year, brothers know exactly what to say to make us laugh. Maybe they bring up a great memory, tell a lame joke, or do something so characteristically brotherly we can’t help but laugh. Whatever it is, they know just how to cheer us up.

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6). Brothers try to establish dominance.

Everyone with a brother knows just what this one means. There is no such situation where a brother hasn’t put us in a headlock, destroyed us in a game of HORSE, or tied a noose around our favorite action figure and tossed it up in the oak tree. It all comes with having brothers.

7). Brothers test our limits.

They know exactly what to say or do to make us angry, but every once in a while they push us too far. They make us go berserk. The good thing about going berserk is that our brothers may never push us that far again. They know the consequences.

8). Brothers have no filter.

Every brother will have those moments where they tell us exactly what they think, no matter what. “Did the lawn mower give you a haircut?” or “I saw your fly was down, but didn’t want to say anything.” Sometimes they’ll make up something just for kicks. Brothers will say whatever comes to mind.

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9). Brothers scheme.

Brothers always seem to have evil genius tendencies. They will hold your favorite possessions ransom. “Put all of you money in an envelope behind the toilet or you will never see your Gameboy again!”

10). Brothers give creative nicknames.

Every time we see our brothers, we either have a new nickname or are reminded of one that we thought died in the early 2000s. Sometimes they are totally unrelated to anything at all, but they make them work.

11). Brothers are role models.

At some point in our lives, we realize that our brothers are our role models. We model our fashion, language, jokes, and activities after our brothers. We ask them their opinion on significant others, which schools and careers we should look into, and what is the meaning of life.

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12). Brothers eat fast.

Dinner, supper, lunch, brunch, elevensies, or fourth meal. It doesn’t matter what meal it is, brothers race to finish first. And we can forget about that last slice of pizza we wanted for lunch tomorrow. Odds are that brother dearest ate, bit, or licked it to claim it for his own.

13). Brothers change the rules.

There is no point in actually trying to beat your brothers in anything. The rules, if not established in writing, agreed to under oath, and sanctioned with a blood pact, will alway change to benefit our brothers.

14). Brothers know us best.

There are no other people in the world that know us better than our brothers. Parents, guardians, significant others, and best friends all rank up there, but brothers truly know us best. They speak our language, know our likes and dislikes, and encourage us to be ourselves.

15). Brothers are forever.

No matter how far away they are or how long it has been since our last conversation, brothers will always be there for us. Having brothers means that we will always have someone there to support and encourage us.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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