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Best Writing Apps and Online Tools

Aspiring and established writers think of great ideas at strangest times. How many times have you thought of an amazing concept that evaporated away because you didn’t find the time to write it down? Instead of carrying a pen and paper everywhere around, you can turn to modern technology and start being more efficient. It doesn’t matter whether you are a blogger, a short story writer or novelist; the following apps and online tools will help you become a much more effective writer!

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Hills and Mountains

I was in the 9th grade at 13 when I was looking at the ceremony for my Bas Mitzvah, literally “Daughter of the Covenant,” when I would chant the portion of scriptural commentary to the five books of Moses consistent with my birthday, and speak all the Rabbi would let me, and collect some gifts.

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How Optimism Is an Important Asset

Before entering the workforce, it is common for young people to study calculus and other higher academic subjects. While there is no doubt that training in such fields is valuable, it is also very important that young workers learn the idea of optimism. It can definitely be very beneficial for an individual to know what it is that actually motivates people to give their best in whatever they do. When you start to figure it out, it will be easier for you to apply it in your own life by finding your ultimate motivation. Optimism has been considered as one of the most powerful and effective tools for improving a person’s life and giving him a huge advantage in his career. In short, there is just a lot that you can gain by being optimistic.

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14 Facts on How Sleep Deprivation Effects Your Health and Quality of Life, Plus Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

"According to a study from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, sleep deprivation reduces our emotional intelligence, self-regard, assertiveness, sense of independence, empathy toward others, the quality of our interpersonal relationships, positive thinking, and impulse control. In fact, the only thing the study found that gets better with sleep deprivation is “magical thinking” and reliance on superstition. So if you’re interested in fortune-telling, go ahead and burn the midnight oil.” ― Arianna Huffington, "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder"

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A Stressed Out Baboon

We all complain about stress, but what is it really. National Geographic did a wonderful report on what stress is by not only looking at humans and our environment, but also through baboons and science. In watching specific tribes of baboons who ate the same food, lived in the same area, and experienced the same natural threats, scientists found it was not environment but social interaction and social rank that caused stress. The baboons that experienced stress and the physical symptoms of stress were those on the bottom of the food chain. They were the weak males being picked on by the alpha males. They were the female baboons treated like chattel. Stress was caused by the belief that they were less than. Stress was caused by the fear of being attacked by those stronger. Stress was caused by a bleak outlook for their future because of their status in the tribe.
The scientists noticed that the baboons lower on the food chain experienced much of the same physical issues that humans do. The physiological stress response can be more damaging than the stressor itself. Stress leads to higher blood pressure, heart rates, and therefore the potential of heart disease. A constant fight-or-flight response shuts down the immune system leading to issues like ulcers. The stress response actually kills off our brain cells, specifically those in the hippocampus, making learning more difficult and the memory fade. There is less dopamine in the system and therefore less experience of pleasure. There is an increase in weigh around the belly where fat has a more severe effect on overall health. Stress affects the cellular level making us age faster.
Something interesting happened.
The tribe of baboons came across a dumpster of meat. The alpha males ate it up, for they always ate first. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the meat was tainted. This led to the death of the alpha males. Those left in the tribe were then the female baboons and what the scientists called the “nice guy” baboons. What was interesting is that the tribe changed how they related to each other. The fighting, biting, and attacks which had been common place, were now gone. The tribe worked together, they groomed each other, and they were kind to each other. The resulting harmony led to lower stress and better health.
Look around your life. Who are the alpha baboons causing you stress? Your boss? Your landlord? A family member? Is there a way you can remove yourself from their attacks? Is there a way you can raise your self-esteem by no longer giving them your power? Is there a way you can focus on what you can control in your life instead of fearing an attack from another?
If you are looking for ways to empower yourself in your current situation so you can release the stress in your life, check out the Type-ME Stress Reduction Program (http://www.itsmylifeinc.com/fulfilled-satisfied-happy-stress-free/).

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