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25 Mind-Blowingly Informative Websites That Will Expand Your Worldview

25 Mind-Blowingly Informative Websites That Will Expand Your Worldview

The web might be littered with plenty of blogs that clog and sites that compete for your time, but below you’ll find 25 of the most compelling websites that are worth more than a second glance. Whether culture, news, shopping or improving your life is your thing, this list’s got you covered:

Life-Changing Websites

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    1. Uscreen.tv

    If you fancy yourself as an independent filmmaker or one who has anything to teach others, selling your video content directly to customers through Uscreen could seriously change your life. As the instant video platform describes, people want to buy movies and educational content legally and in a quick digital format – so use that site to give them the stuff they want to see, and turn yourself into the next Steven Spielberg in the process.

    2. ChameleonJohn

    Saving money changes lives by improving disposable income. As such, ChameleonJohn helps people find the hottest deals available each day to bring practical betterment to their economic lives.

    3. I’m Remembering!

    Because we all need to laugh about the 1980s and 1990s – either because we lived through them, or weren’t born yet, or are too young to remember what others are remembering on this site.

    4. GoodGuide

    GoodGuide scientists help readers find safe products, and that’s pretty important for a good life.

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    5. TED

    If you’ve ever watched a famous TED talk, you know how much they stick with you. Start with Mellody Hobson’s one million-plus viewed “Color blind or color brave?” recollection of how she – as the wife of famed filmmaker George Lucas – was led to the kitchen during one important event because the receptionist assumed she was the help.

    Shopping and Gift-Giving

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      6. Wanelo

      So many people fall in love with this Wanelo – Want, Need, Love site that you’ll probably do the same, and soon enough find yourself adding pics of the stuff you desire, or using it to shop for the things your loved ones want, need – and yes, love.

      7. Fabletics

      If you’re a workout fiend or know a gym rat, Kate Hudson’s subscription exercise gear site called Fabletics is really boss.

      8. AliExpress

      It can be fun to find all sorts of deals on AliExpress, the kinds of discounted items that only sellers from around the globe can offer so inexpensively, like high-quality 100% virgin human hair for weaves.

      9. Por Homme

      Por Homme is something for the male homies – all about fashion and toys for boys.

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      10. This is Why I’m Broke

      Shopping is turned into a fun experience on This is Why I’m Broke, which pulls together a variety of interesting products at all price points to present to buyers.

      For News Freaks: Informative Websites

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        11. Alexa

        The “What’s Hot” list on Alexa is updated every five minutes, so there’s no excuse not to know what’s going on in the world.

        12. What’s Trending

        If you want to know what’s buzzing in the newsroom, What’s Trending will tell you.

        13. UPROXX

        UPROXX is a cool visual way of learning the buzziest happenings, like when Idris Elba took to Reddit to tell a funny Nicolas Cage story.

        14. Visual News

        Because, yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, viewing the items on Visual News gives you a quick way to reference stories without having to do a ton of reading if you lack the time and desire.

        15. NowThisNews

        Scrolling down the homepage of NowThisNews will give you a one-minute review of everything going on today and keep you well informed.

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        For a Laugh

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          16. White Whine

          White Whine tracks “First World problems,” like not being able to use your infinity pool because the weather is a little too chilly – or having problems deciding which new iPhone 6 model to purchase.

          17. Twaggies

          Twaggies is a site that makes tweets extra-funny by illustrating them.

          18. Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

          The YouTube video snippets of the Jimmy Kimmel segment called Celebrities Read Mean Tweets should make your day.

          19. Attack of the Cute

          Attack of the Cute is freaking adorable, proving there aren’t enough photos of babies and kittens and puppies on the Internet.

          20. Honest Slogan

          Companies may have their own taglines, but the Honest Slogan website tells you what consumers really think about their products.

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          Knowledge and Culture

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            21. 2leep

            Get a dose of weirdness that you might not expect on 2leep, like photos of what a cow might look like after being completely blow-dried.

            22. Shutterbean

            Shutterbean has a boatload of gorgeous photos and relevant information about food, photography and other eclectic subjects.

            23. 70 Degrees West

            There exists a plethora of bucolic and picturesque images and videos on 70 Degrees West, and viewing them just might help your blood pressure drop.

            24. maskCARA

            The amazing website of a makeup artist known simply as Cara – hence the name maskCARA – is one of those OMG sites with oversized, clear images and tips that make you want to plop your email address in the newsletter box.

            25. Greatist

            Aptly named and oddly spelled, Greatist is optimal to appear last but not least – if anything for the excellent lifestyle articles all about eating better, exercising well and dating wisely.

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            Last Updated on July 16, 2019

            6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

            6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

            Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

            Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

            What to have for dinner tonight?

            Which route to take to work?

            How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

            How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

            Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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            No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

            Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

            Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

            Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

            Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

            How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

            Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

            You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

            When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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            1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

            Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

            I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

            2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

            5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

            By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

            For example:

            If the problem is “always late to work”…

            • Why am I late to work?
              I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
            • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
              I feel so tired in the morning.
            • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
              I slept late the night before, that’s why.
            • Why did I sleep late?
              I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
            • Why did I drink coffee?
              Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

            So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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            3. Simplify Things

            As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

            Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

            4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

            Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

            Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

            Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

            5. Think Laterally

            Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

            ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

            Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

            Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

            6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

            Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

            Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

            The Bottom Line

            There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

            Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

            Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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            So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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            Reference

            [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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