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A Few Tips, Tricks And Hacks To Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier

January 31, 2018 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Useful |

Use the phrase “My understanding was…” instead of “I assumed…”

If you use the phrase “I assumed…”, you’ll be viewed as having hastily jumped to a conclusion based on insufficient evidence.

If you use the phrase “My understanding was…”, people will merely think you misunderstood something, and will be far kinder to you (and in instances where what you misunderstood was something they said, they will often apologize, or fault themselves for not being more explicit).

This is especially useful in a professional/workplace environment. Telling your supervisor you “assumed” something typically results in a reprimand; saying “My understanding was…” will instead be attributed to a miscommunication, or a lack of clarity in their original instructions.

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A Few Tips, Tricks And Hacks To Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier

January 16, 2018 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Useful |

How To Find A Lost Dog

On day 12 of searching for my dog in a heavily wooded area, distraught and hopeless, I ran into a couple of hunters. They said they lost the occasional dog on a hunt but always got them back. What they told me has helped many dogs and families be reunited. I’ve given their advice out a few times in the last couple days, so I thought if reddit has any lost dogs out there, this could help:

The dog owner(s) should take an article of clothing that has been worn at least all day, the longer the better, so the lost dog can pick up the scent.

Bring the article of clothing to the location where the dog was last seen and leave it there. Also, if the dog has a crate & familiar toy, you can bring those too (unless location undesirable for crate). You might also want to leave a note requesting item(s) not to be moved.

Leave a bowl of water there too, as the dog probably hasn’t had access to any. Do not bring food as this could attract other animals that the dog might avoid.

Come back the next day, or check intermittently if possible. Hopefully the dog will be waiting there.

I was skeptical and doubted my dog would be able to detect an article of clothing if he didn’t hear me calling his name as loud as possible all day for 12 days. But I returned the next day and sure enough found him sitting there!

I hope this helps someone out there who’s missing a best friend. Good luck 🙂

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What to Do If You Win the Lottery

January 3, 2018 | 5 Comments » | Topics: Useful |

Congratulations! You just won millions of dollars in the lottery! That’s great.

Now you’re fucked.

No really.

You are.

You’re fucked.

You see, it’s something of an open secret that winners of obnoxiously large jackpots tend to end up badly with alarming regularity. Not the $1 million dollar winners. But anyone in the nine-figure range is at high risk. Eight-figures? Pretty likely to be screwed. Seven-figures? Yep. Painful. Perhaps this is a consequence of the sample. The demographics of lottery players might be exactly the wrong people to win large sums of money. Or perhaps money is the root of all evil. Either way, you are going to have to be careful. Don’t believe me? Consider this:

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A Few Tips, Tricks And Hacks That Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier

December 14, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Useful |

Christmas is NOT a mandatory expense. If you’re struggling financially this year your friends and family will understand if you don’t buy them anything. Just let them know well in advance.

The tradition of extravagant gift-giving has gotten out of control. Focus on what’s important. Don’t let these corporations tell us what to do with money and drive us into debt. A nice photograph or personal e-card tells people you’re thinking of them and saves the planet from 25 million tons of garbage and 2.65 billion generic Christmas cards that is likely to end up in the trash in the US alone.

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The Best Exercise You’re Not Doing

December 12, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Useful |

turkish get up kettlebell

Over a hundred years ago, a group of Turkish wrestlers set out to invent a total-body movement that would prime young athletes for competition — an exercise that would build stamina and flexibility and improve stability and strength. The Turkish get-up was born. A wrestler lay supine on the ground, one hand holding a kettlebell straight overhead. As the name suggests, all he had to do was, well, get up. “As legend goes,” says Pavel Tsatsouline, a strength and conditioning coach credited with bringing kettlebell training to the U.S., “if an athlete could complete a perfect get-up with a 100-pound bell, only then could his coach allow him to continue his training.”

A century later, the smartest people in fitness still embrace the get-up. “If you had to choose one exercise to do the rest of your life, Turkish get-ups would give you everything,” says New York trainer Don Saladino, who has used the move to get clients like Ryan Reynolds in superhero shape. That doesn’t mean lifting a 100-pound weight, either. Even holding a light kettlebell can leave you gassed, Saladino says. “The key is how slow you go: Continuous time under tension is when you see real benefits.”

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You’ve Been Pooping Wrong Your Entire Life

November 30, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Useful |

you've been pooping wrong your entire life

How many of you actually think about how you’re sitting on the toilet when you take a crap? Turns out, it’s something you should consider.

According to Daniel Lametti, who examined the best position for pooping in a piece for Slate, “bathroom posture” can actually have a big effect on your health.

Our bodies hold in feces with the help of a bend between our rectums and anuses. When we stand, the bend is at a 90-degree angle, which helps keep everything, um, inside. But when we squat, Lametti wrote, “the bend straightens out, like a kink ringed out of a garden hose, and defecation becomes easier.” 

Theoretically, that means that the closer you are to a squatting position, the easier it should be to poop. A 2003 study seemed to argue this is, indeed, the case; the participants who pooped in a squatting position needed less time and less straining to achieve a “sensation of satisfactory bowel emptying” compared to their toilet-sitting counterparts.

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A Few Tips, Tricks And Hacks That Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier

October 18, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: main, Useful |

View your time as an investment, and pay attention to what gives you the greatest return

Think of how stingy you are with your money: if someone on the street asks for $10, you’re not giving it to them. There’s no way you’re giving a 30% tip for a normal dining experience. And so on.

And yet so many of us just waste ungodly amounts of our time. We throw it away, every day. I know I do unless I’m careful. What helps me to not waste time is to see it as an investment, and to keep track of the returns I get for my investment.

This approach has led me to recognize that some things offer incredible immediate return on investment: a night spent learning a new song on my preferred instruments, for example, gives me a lifetime of being able to play that song. That’s an incredible return. Other investments are more like low-interest, high security, long-term investments: going to the gym, eating right, etc. Some, like reading good books, are kind of a combination of both.

But many activities are worthless from an investment perspective: whatever benefit they seem to give doesn’t last any longer than the activity itself. 

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How To Buy A Car. Tips From An Ex-Salesman

September 19, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Useful |

BEFORE YOU BUY

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