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Have You Tried All These 31 Coffees From Around The World? You Should!

Have You Tried All These 31 Coffees From Around The World? You Should!

While tea may once have been the most popular drink in America (until the tea tax of 1767, that is), people have been drinking coffee for nearly a millennium and it is now one of the most popular beverages in the United States with more than 100 million adult Americans drinking coffee daily. You can hardly go down a major street in the US without encountering at least one coffee shop, whether it’s a large chain like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, or your local hipster shop.

Coffee isn’t just popular in the US — it’s one of the most-consumed beverages in the world with more than 450 billion cups being consumed worldwide each year. With its distinct aroma and lovely taste, it’s no wonder that this miracle drink for the tired continues to gain in popularity. And with hundreds of kinds of coffee recipes from around the world that you can make yourself (if you have the right ingredients and equipment), drinking coffee never gets boring. Or, if you are lucky enough to have the time and money for traveling, you can visit these countries and order one of their traditional coffees from a local café.

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But did you know that we have goats to thank for this nectar of the gods? Legend has it that coffee was discovered in present day Ethiopia by the goat herder Kaldi after noticing that his goats became quite lively and did not want to sleep at night upon eating berries from a certain tree. After Kaldi made an abbot from the local monastery aware of his discovery, the abbot made a drink with the berries and was surprised to find that it kept him alert for the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot went on to share his discovery with other monks and soon after word spread throughout the globe.

Countries around the world get very creative with their coffee, crafting beverages using varying foam methods, combining coffee and different kinds of milk in unique ways, adding whipped cream, cocoa powder or cinnamon, and even including creative ingredients like black tea, lemon juice, brown sugar, Irish whiskey, or honey. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to how to make a cup of coffee you will love.

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There’s nothing like a perfectly prepared cup of coffee, whether it’s a drink you enjoy first thing in the morning, at work during your coffee break, or when you get home to relax. You will be amazed at how many ways coffee can be prepared.

Check out the infographic below from Cheap Flights to learn some of the routines people have when drinking coffee, as well as to see the delicious ways coffee is prepared in the US, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Columbia, Germany, Austria, Vietnam, Greece, Hong Kong, Cuba, Mexico, Senegal, France, India, Turkey, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, and Ireland.

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    Clearly, coffee is more than just a drink. It’s meant to be an experience that permeates every aspect of life, from binding people together as they socialize, to boosting productivity, to its multiple health benefits.

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    So make sure to grab a cup and leave a comment below letting us know your favorite way to prepare coffee.

    Featured photo credit: Raisa Kanareva via shutterstock.com

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    Last Updated on January 3, 2020

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

    7. Positive people smile a lot!

    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

    Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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