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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 January 2, 2019

            Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

            Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

            The end of the year is the time when everyone tries to give you advice on how to live healthier, look better, and earn more money.

            It’s understandable if you find yourself lost among all the tips and opinions. Sometimes you no longer know what you truly want to achieve next year – and what’s just imposed by society.

            To help you out, we’ve made this article about the things you should remove from your new year’s resolution list – instead of adding to it – to make your daily life more harmonious and peaceful.

            So just make sure you cross these off your New Year’s to-do list – your body, mind and soul will be thankful.

            1. Stop Buying Meaningless Gifts

            We all know the sense of obligation – when we have to buy a gift for an event or celebration that’s already tomorrow, but we still have no idea of what to give.

            Take these tips close to heart for all upcoming holidays, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.:

            Stop focusing on the material objects

            Instead of focusing on what material object to give, think about the emotion you want to evoke[1] in the gift recipient, and then pick a symbolic gift that can support or represent that emotion. For example, you can gift coziness by presenting a “comfort set” with warm socks, tea, candles, etc. Or give motivation by presenting a beautiful planner or notebook.

            Plan gifts in advance

            We know this is easier said than done. But if you try to plan which gifts you’ll need in the upcoming months (try making a list three or four times a year), ideas will more likely come to mind and you’ll avoid that last-minute shopping. Not to mention, you’ll be able to keep an eye on sales to get the best prices.

            Suggest a better way

            If you’re tired of exchanging gifts for birthdays and holidays, initiate a different approach. For example, draw names among family members and agree that each one only buys a present to that one person they got. Alternatively, you can agree not to share gifts among adults, and only give presents to kids of the family. Or, ask friends to donate to charity instead of buying a gift for you.

            Go for common experiences instead of exchanging gifts

            You can agree (with your partner or the extended family) to go on a common trip, dinner or another activity, instead of spending money on gifts.

            Sometimes you’ll have to be the one who initiates breaking the rules that have been accepted in the family for years. But if you suspect that you’re not the only one in the group who’s tired of gift-hunting, you’ll surely find support for your suggestions.

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            2. Don’t Exaggerate with Diets and Fitness Resolutions

            It’s no secret that TV shows, article headlines, and ads (not to mention our healthy diet-obsessed friends) make us feel like we need to look better, slimmer and younger than we actually are. But going on yet another diet or starting a fitness plan with the wrong motivation rarely leads to great results.

            If you are like many people, you have probably signed up for an annual gym membership at least once in your life – only to drop it one month later.

            How do you balance a good resolution for a healthier life without pushing yourself into commitments that won’t last?

            Here’s what you can do:

            Set a healthier pattern

            For example, do meat-free Mondays or reduce meat consumption to three days per week (less saturated fat for you and better for the environment). Or choose to eat only healthy food at least three days a week or only on weekdays (e.g. make sure your meals contain vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and protein). This way you’ll already have a healthier diet while still being able to treat yourself with a snack on weekends or parties.

            Get a fitness watch

            Fitness watches like Fitbit or MiBand are tiny accessories that will count your steps, calories burnt and will serve as an excellent motivator to move – or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

            Find a physical activity that you enjoy

            Even if you are not that fond of doing sports, you can definitely find an activity that you’d do with pleasure. Think about what you’d like – from taking up Nordic walking to pilates or even exercising at home.

            Try intermittent fasting

            This is an alternating cycles of fasting and eating. For example, stop eating at 8 pm and restart not sooner than 12 hours later. This approach has been proven to have numerous health benefits, in addition to weight loss.

            Skip cabs or driving to work and opt for cycling or walking instead

            You’ll burn calories, breathe some fresh air, and save money – win-win!

            3. Put a Cap on Your Daily To-Do List

            In today’s busy world, planning your day in a stress-free way is actually an art in itself. It’s natural to want to be a loving parent, a diligent employee, an active member of the local community and probably several other individual roles.

            But playing all these roles requires energy and meticulous planning. How not to lose yourself amidst all the appointments and responsibilities? And – most importantly – how to still find time for relaxing and recharging yourself?

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            These daily planning tips will help you have more stress-free days:

            Leave bigger intervals between meetings

            If you schedule too many appointments or chores in a day, you’ll probably end up late at some point, and as a result – more stressed. There are many different reasons why people are late, but poor planning is a major factor too.

            Plan time to relax

            As weird as it may sound, you should try and schedule your resting time. For example, if you only have one free evening this week, and a friend tries to squeeze in a meeting, feel free to say no. Don’t feel obliged to specify the reason for your refusal, just say that you are busy.

            Try to be a little pessimistic

            We’re often packed with plans or running late for errands because we tend to be overly optimistic – about the traffic, the time it takes to do things, etc. Instead, try an opposite tactic — assume you’ll hit traffic or the meeting will take longer.

            Try waking up earlier

            Sometimes even waking up 30 minutes earlier can give you the much-needed head start for several errands of the day. But remember to get enough sleep every night, even if it means going to bed earlier.

            Plan your day the day before

            Chances are your day will be much better organized if you pack a lunch and lay out an outfit before going to bed.

            Designate a time for checking emails and social messages

            If you start checking your messages between appointments, you risk getting lost in a sea of messages that need replies. Designate a time for this activity or do it in case you arrived early to a meeting.

            4. Let Go of Unhealthy and Time-Consuming Habits

            If there’s one thing we should get rid of in the new year, it’s the habits that steal our time, provide instant gratification but don’t offer any value in the long term. Or even worse, leave a negative impact on our health.

            Here are some common (and pointless) habits along with tips on how to get rid of them:

            Binge-watching TV series

            Even if most online television platforms offer you lists of “Best TV Shows to Binge Watch”, being addicted to series is a major time-waster.

            You can manage this addiction in several ways, for example, watch one episode per day (or a few per week) as a reward, only after you’ve finished an assignment or done a house chore. Or try replacing this habit with exercise or reading a book – this will be hard at first but should stick after a few weeks. You can also try to track how much time you spend on TV or movies – seeing how much of your life you are wasting might urge you to do something about it.

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            Running on coffee

            Being a coffee addict is kind of a stylish addiction nowadays, but it’s not that innocent as it may initially seem. Besides addiction being a problem in itself, drinking too much coffee (more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day) may lead to nervousness, insomnia, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and even muscle tremors.[2]

            As a solution, try switching to tea or edible coffee – a more sustainable, healthy, and productivity-enhancing alternative. For example, Coffee Pixels are solid coffee bars that generate a more even energy kick throughout the day without the coffee-induced abstinence and dehydration.

            Procrastination

            Fighting procrastination requires some serious willpower. If it is a problem in your daily life or work, try ”eating the frog” in the morning – get over your biggest or hardest tasks first, then tackle everything else.

            Alternatively, use time tracking software to monitor exactly how much time you waste on unproductive actions, websites or apps. Once you know exactly how much time you’re spending unproductively, try to limit your time on social media, for example to just 20 minutes per day.

            If nothing else works, try bribing yourself — promise yourself to do something fun or pleasant when you finish your assignment.

            Whichever habit you want to give up, consider using some habits building tools to make a contract with yourself and reward yourself for milestones achieved.

            5. Stop over-consuming

            We live in the age of consumerism – huge manufacturers with their promise of a comfortable life on the one hand, and growing environmental threats – that are the direct result of our modern lifestyle – on the other hand. There’s only one solution – try to consume less whenever and wherever you can.

            Before making additional purchases, ask yourself these questions:

            • Do I really need it? Did I need it yesterday?
            • Can’t I buy it used or borrow it from friends?
            • Can I rent it?
            • Can I make it myself?
            • Am I buying the most sustainable version of this product?

            For example, check if the brand you chose is conscious about the environment, for example, are the products they manufacture energy efficient? Do they try to use less packaging?

            Also, if you often find yourself buying too many groceries, promise to buy only the amount that fits in one shopping bag (that you bring along). If you often forget to take your shopping bag with you, get yourself a 2-in-1 wallet with a built-in shopping bag for more eco-friendly shopping.

            6. Learn to Unplug from Your Phone

            Today’s world is crammed with information, and many people struggle to keep focus on what’s truly important. There’s just too much going on in the world – too much to read, to watch, to know, too many conversations to participate in.

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            But how to refuse the temptation to check the phone and start using social media in a controlled, not a compulsive way?

            Some tips for managing your phone-dependency:

            Spend only a limited amount of battery per day

            For example, start your day with 50% battery life, and manage your phone usage so that you’ll make it till the evening.

            Block distracting apps and notifications on your phone and computer

            Choose one-hour, two-hour or longer blocking sessions and enjoy the positive impact this will have on your mood and productivity.[3]

            Set your phone on flight mode

            When you start doing an important task that requires full focus, set your phone on flight mode so that nobody can disturb you.

            Leave your phone at home or in the office when you go for lunch

            You’ll see that the feeling of being unreachable for a moment is actually very liberating.

            The Bottom Line

            As a new year begins, we’re all excitedly looking forward to what adventures await ahead of us.

            But this year, promise yourself this:

            Instead of having a never-ending list of tasks and commitments, focus on the truly meaningful ones. And cross-out all the rest without feeling guilty.

            Less is more. Make this year count. We’re all rooting for you.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Lark via unsplash.com

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