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3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

Quit your job and travel the world — we’ve all fantasized about that at least once or twice. Well today may be your lucky day my friend, as I am going to cover 3 books that changed my life and probably will for yours too. Warning!! They may cost you a job you were comfortable at, but If you are reading, this I assume that, just like me, you prefer adventure more than stability. People get inspired by all sorts of different things, it may take a person only one quote, like Steve jobs’ famous one “live each day as if it was your last” , a friend of mine quit his job the following day after watching “Pursuit of Happyness” by Will Smith, the majority get influenced by reading good books, and finally there is those who have to meet the authors just to get them moving.

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris: Be prepared to get your mind blown with limitless possibilities of financial freedom.

“Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it’s all here. whether you’re a wage slave or a fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!” – Phill Town #1 New York times bestselling author. A life coach and fellow blogger recommended this book to me when I first told him that all I want in life is to make a steady income that enables me to travel full time. He didn’t even think about it — his only words were “the four hour work week, Tim Ferris”. After reading it, It won’t take you long to notice that Tim Ferris‘ main goal is to show you how to break out of the cage that’s keeping you from doing what you really love. Full of success stories from people adopting the new rich concept and living life as millionaires, if not better, without needing as much money. This book will open you doors you never knew existed and provide you with priceless information and endless sources to take control of your life and chase your dreams quite differently this time.

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How to Travel the World on $50 USD Per Day, by Matt Kepnes: Travel cheaper, longer, smarter

“A bible for budget travellers.” — BBC Travel Reading his blog, I easily connected with this simple guy’s story. I was convinced that if he could do it then so could I, following each step and advice while exchanging emails I finally got his book to assist me with my long trip planing, and here I am writing you this article all the way from Thailand. Three months past already after quitting my job and starting my own journey in Asia, and I don’t know when this adventure will end. Expect effective tips and tricks of how to save money at home as well as on the road. Prepare your resignation letter, my friend, because all your excuses keeping you at home are going to turn to explanations you have to give your family, friends and co-workers. Plus, knowing that you don’t need more than two thousand dollars to travel to southeast Asia for at least 4 months is going to crash every excuse you’ve been telling yourself.

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Vagabonding by Rolf Potts: an Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

“Vagabonding is about refusing to exile travel to some other, seemingly more appropriate time of your life. Vagabonding is about taking control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them to decide your fate.” I bought this book at the same time as the second from the list and decided to read it last because as soon as I saw the front cover I could immediately feel that I would enjoy it more. I wasn’t wrong. I actually first opened it during my flight to Japan, long after all the overwhelming trip planing was done; it was a different experience for me since I was already travelling. It’s the most inspiring of the three, with deep insight of how Vagabonding will make you a better and a happier person who knows how to appreciate the little details in life. I never felt as proud of a decision I’d made before, and I know I would read it again and again if I hadn’t left it with a couch-surfer I stayed with as a gift after his welcome. Here is an excerpt from the audiobook version of Vagabonding:

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Act Now

There is lot of information out there and sometimes reading a lot of it will only make you wait and keep fantasizing about a perfect time that’s probably never going to come, instead of taking action and making it happen. However, I believe that these books will help you overcome every fear holding you back from quitting a job that’s keeping you from travelling the world. So go book that ticket away and who knows, I’ll probably see you on a beautiful beach here in Thailand.

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8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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