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I, Me and MySelfie!

I, Me and MySelfie!

The other day while I was basking in the afternoon sun waiting for my bus to come, I clumsily took some random selfies of myself and sent them to my friends. With the world in a frenzy with its selfie obsession, I wonder: how did it end up this way? I realized that perhaps selfies were always there, but they weren’t explored to this extent until now.

The simple yet unexplored means of indulging in focusing and clicking countless pictures is the new rage. Duck faces, pouting, raised eyebrows, and teeth-clenching pictures; blowing kisses, bulging eyes, battling eyelids and naughty ones—who would have thought it would come to this?

Have you ever wondered why the selfie mania crept upon us like a fast-moving epidemic? Well I have. Here are some of the basic reasons you may not have thought of before as to how selfie-ism became popular.

1. Self-obsession Syndrome

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    Nobody can get enough of himself/herself in this lifetime. The self-obsession syndrome has led people to become highly involved with taking selfies. The unstoppable feeling of seeing and clicking umpteen pictures of oneself just to get the best one out of the lot is unnerving. I have a friend who looks great on camera and is selfie-obsessed. She says that since she is a little bit on the heavier side, selfies work wonders for her self-confidence since she can include just her face (and not her body) in the photos.

    2. Phobia of Being Without Your Phone

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      We are the phone-hooked generation, the ones with high-end mobile phones flashing up-to-date features who use the phone for almost everything on this planet. There are apps for finding directions, places to eat, drink, dance, read, and see movies. And once we get there, we click pictures and upload them. The special features of the phone that allow you to take all sorts of pictures in all resolutions and views, black and white, panoramic, faded, etc has driven the world to be more selfie-centered.

      3. The “Everyone Is Doing It” Mania

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        The feeling of following the crowd: your friends, neighbors, classmates, officemates and even strangers are doing it. So why should you be dwindling away time? I had never been previously fascinated with selfie-ism (as I like to refer to it), but when I saw my cousins, friends and family indulging in it, I started to follow suit. I began to take lots of selfies and uploaded them for the world to see and eventually, became one of them. The mere expression that you are not lagging behind times is of the prima facie for clicking selfies today.

        4. Simplicity

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          Yes, taking pictures is now the simplest thing ever. Just a mere touch on the interface and you have a dozen beautiful pictures smiling back at you. Everyone from my niece, who is three, to my grandmother, who is seventy-three, takes selfies! What’s even better is that you can control the positioning of the camera on your face.

          5. There’s no one else there to take the picture!

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            When we go on trips, vacations overseas or just a pub, often, we don’t have anyone who can take the picture for us. The feeling of giving your phone to a stranger and ending up with a blurred and not-so-good picture sucks. Instead, one prefers a simpler version of taking pictures: selfies with friends, alone or with a loved one.

            6. Celebrity Connection

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              Remember the selfie craze that went viral after the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie? Its net worth was estimated to be between 800 million dollars to 1 billion dollars! Yes, pure madness! But as much as it was expected,  the fans or, more specifically, the world, just blindly follows. There will be more selfies if the celebrities are doing it.

              7. Accidentally on purpose.

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                One theory of mine is that selfies were invented by mistake: imagine somebody trying to adjust his phone while in the process of handing it over for someone else to take the picture. Or maybe someone goes to check her makeup on the phone’s camera and accidentally ends up with a selfie? Quite a possibility, eh?

                8. The Selfie Song

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                  The addictive yet lucid and trance-like music of the selfie song, “#Selfie,” blew the world out of proportion with its popularity. After hearing it so much, I am so sick of the selfie song now. But we can’t deny that it took the world by storm, and ever since the song came out, selfies became even more prominent .

                  The selfie-obsessed generation is one in which we live. So should we make a fuss about this selfie-ism? No way. With everything good or bad that fades with time, so will this. Eventually, the world will have had enough of selfie-ism and will divert their focus to something much more attractive and cool. Selfies will dwindle away only to be remembered by us when our hair turns grey. So for now, sit back, relax and pose while you take a selfie!

                  Featured photo credit: Markus Bemhard via Getty Images via i.huffpost.com

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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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