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If You Didn’t Like Reading Maps Before You See This, You’ll Love it After

If You Didn’t Like Reading Maps Before You See This, You’ll Love it After

Do you like reading maps and infographics? Personally I like reading them and have always learned a lot while reading the thick atlas. I’m particularly into the interesting maps that show more than just the geographic locations. Yes, you can in fact learn many mind-blowing facts from the maps listed below! Understand more about the world and fun facts around the globe now:

WORLD-WIDE

1. Where street view is available on Google Map

28 Where Google Street View is Available

    2. The longest straight-line you can sail in the world
    the-longest-straight-line-you-can-sail-in-the-world

      3. The distribution of 9 different types of outlet and plug

      7 Geographical spread of 9 different types of outlet and plug

        4. Flag map

        41 Flag Map

          5. Driving orientation by country

          (Red – right side, Blue – left side)

          worldwide_driving_orientation_by_country-1

            6. 12/24 hour time format used around the world

            (Blue – 12, Yellow – 24, Purple – mixed, Grey – not defined)

            8 1224 hour time format used around the world

              7. McDonald’s around the world

              (Red – countries with McDonald’s, Blue – countries without McDonald’s)

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              43 McDonalds Around the World

                8. Map of when McDonald’s first arrived the country

                40 Map of when each country got a McDonalds

                  9. Coffee consumption worldwide

                  The darker the color, the higher the consumption of coffee.

                  coffee_consumption-3

                    10. The only countries Britain did not invade

                    the-only-countries-britain-has-not-invaded

                      11. Map of countries that do not use the metric system

                      map-of-countires-that-use-metric-system-vs-imperial

                        12. Religions of the world

                        33 Religions of the World

                          13. Map of world poverty by country

                          *percentage of population living on less than $2 per day

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                          29 Map of world poverty by country, showing percentage of population living on less than $2 per day. Based on the 2009 UN Human Development Report

                            14. Drought risk around the world

                            The lighter the color the lower the risk.

                            drought-risk-its-not-just-isolated-around-the-equator

                              15. In 1992, approximately 29,000 rubber ducks fell off from a cargo ship in Pacific Ocean. This is the route they flowed.

                              42 Rubbe Duck

                                16. Riskiest areas to ship where the pirates rule the seas

                                riskiest-areas-to-ship-where-the-pirates-rule-the-seas

                                  17. Average age at first sex

                                  (Red and Orange – Age 15-18, Yellow – Age 19, Green – Age 20-23)

                                  average_age_at_first_sex_by_country-1

                                    UNITED STATES

                                    18. Racial segregation in New York

                                    (Blue – White, Green – Black, Red – Asian, Orange – Hispanic)

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                                    1 new york map

                                      19. The most popular actress from each state

                                      12 The most popular actress from each state

                                        20. The most popular actor from each state

                                        24 The most popular actor from each state

                                          21. Maximum speed limits In different states

                                          14 Maximum Speed Limits In The US

                                            22. The highest paid public employees by state

                                            US Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State

                                              23. Map of the 7,000 rivers that lead to the Mississippi

                                              34 Map of the 7,000 rivers that feed into the Mississippi

                                                24. Map of the most iconic fast food chain in each state

                                                20 A map of the most iconic fast food chain in each state

                                                  25. Size and distance comparison between Alaska and the contiguous USA

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                                                  38 Size and distance comparison of Alaska with the contiguous USA

                                                    26. Obesity rate in different state

                                                    6 Obesity rate by US state

                                                      27. US state unemployment rate by April 2013

                                                      25 US state unemployment rates April 2013

                                                        28. Most common religions by state

                                                        9 Most common religions by state in the US

                                                          29. U.S. zip code distribution

                                                          2 US zip code

                                                            AUSTRALIA & EUROPE

                                                            30. A comparison of Australia and U.S.

                                                            11 Australia vs US

                                                              31. Where 2% of Australia’s population lives
                                                              37 2 percent of Australias population lives here

                                                                32. Kissing norms in France

                                                                10 Kissing Norms in Different Regions of France

                                                                  33. What the UK calls the playground chasing-game
                                                                  13 What the UK calls the playground chasing-game

                                                                    34. The shortest route through all European capital cities

                                                                    39 The shortest route through all European capital cities

                                                                      35. Number of teams in the European football leagues
                                                                      27 Number of teams in the European football leagues

                                                                        36. Map of most common surnames in Europe
                                                                        map-of-most-common-surnames-in-europe

                                                                          37. Map of European countries coat of arms
                                                                          23 Map of European countries coat of arms

                                                                            38. Map of recycling rates across Europe

                                                                            21 Map of Recycling Rates across Europe

                                                                              EXTRA

                                                                              39. The route of a pizza delivery driver on an ordinary day
                                                                              31 A day in the life of this pizza delivery driver

                                                                                40. Map of where Disney movies’ set

                                                                                disney map

                                                                                  41. Map of the bed from a cat’s perspective

                                                                                  Cats map of the bed

                                                                                    And finally…..

                                                                                    42. World map tattoo with the visited countries colored
                                                                                    tattoo-of-world-with-countries-visited-colored-in

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                                                                                      Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the editor of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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                                                                                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                                                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                                                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                                                                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                                                                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                                                                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                                                                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                                                                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                                                                      1. Gratitude

                                                                                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                                                                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                                                                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                                                                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                                                                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                                                                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                                                                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                                                                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                                                                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                                                                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                                                                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                                                                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                                                                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                                                                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

                                                                                        write down goals

                                                                                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                                                                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                                                                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                                                                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                                                                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                                                                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                                                                          6. Rise Earlier

                                                                                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                                                                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                                                                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                                                                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                                                                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                                                                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                                                                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                                                                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                                                                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                                                                          Reference

                                                                                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                                                                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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