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15 Enlightening Magazines You Should Read to be Inspired

15 Enlightening Magazines You Should Read to be Inspired

When it comes to inspiring, exciting creative resources, sometimes magazines aren’t the first thing that pops into your head. That being said, the digital age has allowed online and digital versions of magazines to flourish. From art and design, to travel and technology, digital, print and online magazines offer many new, inspiring and eye-opening perspectives on the world. The following 15 publications are some of the very best options to keep your interests fresh.

1. Wired Magazine

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    This magazine covers a wide range of technology-related subjects. It’s a more in-depth magazine, focusing mainly on home technology, robotics, consumer electronics, space exploration techniques, and general, timely science topics. Wired Magazine is available in print and digital publications, with some content available on the website as well.

    2. Discover Magazine

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      Discover covers a wider range of scientific topics, though is written in a way that the average reader can understand. This magazine covers several different topics including technology, space discoveries, environment, natural wonders, health and psychology. Several stories are featured on the Discover Magazine website; however, users can subscribe to both print and digital editions. Discover is an inspiring look at the many wonders of the world around us.

      3. Extreme Tech

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        Extreme Tech is an online magazine for those looking for a deeper appreciation of technology. The site covers computing, mobile devices, the Internet, gaming, electronics and “extreme tech.” Though this publication covers more complicated bits of technology, the extreme tech section includes some of the most inspiring new developments in our world.

        4. Art News

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          Art News may very well be the foremost art magazine in the Western world. Covering a wide range of topics including photography, dance, painting, sculpture and exhibitions, it is available in both print and digital editions. Including artists from all over Europe and North and South America, this informative, inspiring magazine has been published since 1902.

          5. Juxtapoz

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            Another inspiring art magazine, Juxtapoz follows art and artists from around the world, but focuses on more modern visual arts. Juxtapoz covers illustration, photography, design, graffiti, music and performance. In addition to beautiful print editions for both the United States and international markets, the website includes free video interviews.

            6. International Artist

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              Whereas other art magazines focus mainly on art pieces, International Artist focuses on those who create the art. Profiling new and established artists from around the world, this print publication will introduce you to many new outlooks.

              7. Aesthetica

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                Aesthetica is another magazine focusing on art; however, it chiefly focuses on film, music and performance, while still following topical visual arts movements. Based in the UK, Aesthetica offers print and digital subscriptions, as well as some stories on their website. The wide range of arts covered makes it a uplifting and inspiring read.

                8. Fuse Magazine

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                  This art magazine based in Canada mainly covers independent artists in visual arts, performance art, music and film. Focusing on a wealth of under-discovered talent, Fuse brings truly original works to light.

                  9. All About Space

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                    This incredibly informative magazine covers just what you think it would: All About Space examines both timely, pop-culture space stories and deep, complicated discoveries. It presents discoveries from around the world, and is based in the UK. An utterly amazing look at the universe surrounding us, this magazine will shake up any perspective.

                    10. adAstra

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                      An inspiring magazine from the National Space Society in the US, this magazine covers many interesting topics, but is somewhat more complicated than All About Space. AdAstra is only available in print, though some bonus videos are available on the website.

                      11. Smithsonian Magazine

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                        Smithsonian is another truly inspiring publication. Available online, this magazine focuses on groundbreaking discoveries in many different areas of science. Not only doesit cover in-depth, amazing discoveries, it does so in a way that the average reader can understand. This publication focuses on technology, and also includes many great perspectives on the environment and nature sciences.

                        12. Servo Magazine

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                          Servo Magazine is a truly incredible look at the exploding world of robotics. Available in print, it explores robotics in all different fields. This magazine does require some basic knowledge of computing and robotics, but examines some of the most groundbreaking movements today.

                          13. Budget Travel

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                            Budget Travel is an exciting magazine, even if you’re not on an above average income. Budget Travel promises to show you new and exciting places, but also ones you can actually contemplate visiting. This magazine includes a lot of media on its website, and also offers a print edition.

                            14. Afar

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                              Afar is a unique publication, focusing on travel. While other travel magazines focus on resorts and how to get to places, Afar delves into the culture and experience of being somewhere. Available in both print and digital editions this magazine promises unique perspectives on a host of different locations.

                              15. Future

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                                Future offers eye-opening coverage of new architecture and building designs. A breathtaking record of the most cutting-edge advances, it focuses on design, modular architecture, efficient architecture, and eco-friendly projects. This magazine is available in print and digital editions, but also features some stories on the website.

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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, why?

                                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]

                                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.

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                                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.

                                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.

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                                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.

                                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?

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                                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.

                                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.

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                                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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