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12 Magazines You Should Read In Your 20s That Will Inspire And Empower You

12 Magazines You Should Read In Your 20s That Will Inspire And Empower You

Books are the therapist of the past. Self-help books were often the way to go for individuals looking to find their direction in life, or to get tips to lives simplest questions. However, in this day and age, individuals don’t always have time to sit down to read a book. They are usually reserved for the few times a year we are lounging on the beach in the summer. However, there are ways in which individuals can get daily lessons. That is through magazines. From financial help to health advice, we will take a look at twelve magazines that will be your life’s guide as you go well into your 20s.

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    Current Affairs: Newsweek – Newsweek is a great source for individuals looking for news, opinion pieces, and interviews on subjects from around the world with a liberal perspective. This has been a magazine that has been around for over 81 years and was recently acquired by IBT Media. From Michele Bachmann’s eyes to the 2004 Steve Jobs and the iPod cover, the covers of Newsweek certainly are an interesting part of their publication as well.

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      Current Affairs: National Review – If you are looking for current affairs, but with a more conservative take, National Review is the choice magazine you are looking for. Unlike Newsweek, which features a ton of op-eds and pop-culture aspects, National Review is more focused on political stories and a conservative point-of-view on current events.

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        Financial Tips: Kiplinger’s – At Lifehack, we are all about looking for practical, step-by-step improvements to life challenges, questions, and issues. Kiplinger’s does that with personal finance. The magazine focuses on providing tips and tools on how to ensure you are out of financial despair, how to maintain financial choices, and how to build wealth for the future. The magazine is separated based on subject, which allows you to learn the material you need to know.

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          Financial Tips: Money Magazine – What Kiplinger’s gives in practical advice, Money Magazine gives in real life lessons. Money Magazine allows you to not only get tips and tricks on how to save the most money, it shows the success stories of individuals who made certain financial choices and even some risks. In my opinion, go to Kiplinger’s for hard advice and Money Magazine to found off your financial knowledge.

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            Travel: Conde Nast Traveler – Conde Nast Traveler is the magazine for individuals who want to travel the world but want to get a deeper look at the places they are visiting, not simply the tourist tracks. While this isn’t the magazine i recommend for getting day-to-day tips on life, it certainly is a great place to start for your vow to travel more in your 20s. You can get inspired on what places to visit, get behind-the-scenes advice on how to make the most of your time there, and more.

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              Travel: Travel + Leisure – Travel + Leisure is the magazine of choice for those who are looking for hard advice on not simply extravagant, few-in-a-lifetime getaways, but also for short weekend or weeklong vacations in the United States. You’ll always find great hotel recommendations, as well as recommended places to eat and visit.

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                Health: Men’s Fitness – This is the magazine that not only gets you off the couch and into the gym, it gives you the confidence you need for everyday life. From leaving the house to get the paper or going out on the town with friends on a Friday night, Men’s Fitness improves every aspect of a man’s lifestyle. What I enjoy about this magazine is that it truly is accessible for every male out there, not simply the physically active or fit.

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                  Health: Shape – This is truly a magazine that is the female equivalent of Men’s Health. With a woman’s perspective, you are able to get tips on fashion, eating right, and staying on the move. The featured celebrities each issue also share their tips on having a great lifestyle. Some readers may find that their advice isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but their words of knowledge can give some the added push to change one aspect or another of their lifestyle.

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                    Men’s Fashion: GQ – There is a specific set of men who will get a lot out of GQ. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a magazine that you won’t get anything out of. Every man will learn a thing or two from it. However, if you are in your 20s, in the work field, possibly even the dating field, GQ will give you some amazing pointers on not only dressing etiquette, but also social etiquette too in this modern world.

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                      Women’s Fashion: Vogue – Vogue certainly isn’t the teen-poppy fashion magazines of your past, that includes interviews with Justin Bieber along with tips on how to look good for back to school, this is truly a woman’s magazine. Vogue, by no means, is as pretentious as some may claim. It is a magazine that offers fashion tips, overcame mistakes, and personal narratives for women of all backgrounds; from Yuppies to grand-mothers alike.

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                        Homemaking: Fine Homebuilding – This is the magazine that you’ll collect and refer back to from time to time. Fine Homebuilding not only offers tips on how to keep your house from falling apart, it also offers small tips to make large projects more approachable. This is the magazine for those looking to become the next amateur Bob Vila.

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                          Homemaking: Cook’s Illustrated – I am all about recommending life inspiring magazines that you will not put in the recycling bin the next month, and Cook’s Illustrated is certainly a magazine that you will refer back to for years to come. The recipes included are unique, mouth-watering, all while being useful for the kitchen veteran and novice alike. Issues come out every two months, proving once more than this isn’t your typical magazine. Cook’s Illustrated is as much of a keeper as you will be, once your significant other gets a smell of what you’re whipping up in the kitchen.

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                          How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

                          How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

                          Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

                          However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

                          Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

                          Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

                          Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

                          In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

                          What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

                          To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

                          The Biology

                          Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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                          Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

                          The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

                          A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

                          Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

                          So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

                          Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

                          Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

                          Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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                          Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

                          The Psychology

                          Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

                          Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

                          Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

                          Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

                          What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

                          Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

                          Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

                          1. Identify Your Habits

                          As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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                          2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

                          Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

                          It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

                          3. Apply Logic

                          You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

                          Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

                          4. Choose an Alternative

                          As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

                          Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

                          5. Remove Triggers

                          Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

                          Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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                          6. Visualize Change

                          Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

                          For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

                          7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

                          Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

                          Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

                          Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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