September 23rd, 2014

Reduce Stress by Actually Reducing Your Debt

Growing up, I saw how my parents and relatives dealt with money. Some were rather responsible, making sure they had savings and investments, the latter being the ones with more disposable income than others. Most, however, seemed to be living in debt.

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No matter how big or small, there always seemed to be debt of some kind. Credit cards were not a thing back then, but loans from co-ops, loans from the bank, and similar setups were very common. I promised myself that when I grew up, I would never live in debt.

So much for that promise.

Today, just like many people around the world, I find myself stressing out because of finances. A huge chunk of my earnings go to paying off credit card bills and medical loans. Read the rest of this article →

September 16th, 2014

14 Quotes on Judging and Being Judged

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People are not born being judgemental. This way of thinking is learned, taken in as we grow up. If we see our parents, aunts, uncles, and other adults around us judging other people, then isn’t it understandable that when we grow up, we might have the tendency to be judgemental? We might not even realize that we tend to judge other people!

But then, when we are at the receiving end, things suddenly become unfair, doesn’t it? We think that being judged (unfairly, most of the time) is “just not right”, and we react negatively to it.

There are always two sides to a coin, and if you are going through a situation where judging or being judged is an issue, here are some quotes that may help you gain a better perspective. Read the rest of this article →

September 12th, 2014

5 Things to Tell Yourself to Be Happy

I have been struggling with depressive feelings for quite some time now, although I hadn’t really realized the extent and seriousness of the situation until I started behaving erratically and realizing that I dreaded getting up every day. Then there are the days when I just can’t do anything but lie in bed.

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Happiness is the cure to depression, some say, but it is such an abstract concept that sometimes, we do not know what it is. Some say that if you want to be happy, choose to be happy. And that’s true in some cases. Read the rest of this article →

September 2nd, 2014

7 Things to Keep Doing to Make Life Harder

Life is difficult. It is unfair. But it can be beautiful if you want to see through the hardships.

The thing is, I have found that it is so much easier to dwell on the negatives than the positives. Even more so when you realize that that kind of thinking has been the pattern for so many years. Good habits can be a challenge to form, but bad habits are definitely tough to break.

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For some people, their lives may not be as bad as they think it is. Sometimes, it’s because they keep on clinging to habits that make life harder – without even realizing it. If you’ve got a moment, why not take the time to go through these seven things that make life harder. Maybe you’re doing them, and you just don’t realize it! Read the rest of this article →

August 26th, 2014

5 Incorrect Assumptions You Make When You’re Angry

I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but anger is a serious issue in our society today. Teens and adults alike suffer from anger management problems. Back in 2012 alone, a study found that 6 million teens in the US were affected with intermittent explosive disorder. Imagine if those teens didn’t get help! How would their lives be as adults?

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The average person gets angry from time to time. That’s normal. It’s the frequency, the nature of the reaction, and how the person thinks when angry that makes the difference between “normal” anger and anger problems. Read the rest of this article →