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How To Have A Memorable Vacation As A Couple.

How To Have A Memorable Vacation As A Couple. | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it
"Flying or taking a train to a new land can be exciting, it’s made even better when you’re traveling with your partner.

Try embracing every moment, from the terrible flight food to the most intense train ride, often times this becomes your best memory. In a new country, language may become a huge hurdle especially if the locals aren’t familiar with English.
However, this is the time where you have to work as a team, navigating using sign language and moving your way across Google Translate. Sometimes reading signboards and getting lost may seem like a frequent problem, however, try to enjoy being lost and find a random restaurant which serves strange local food. Explore to the best and enjoy every moment of a new country.

Remember this will change your perspective as well as your partner’s towards your relationship. In a nutshell, every relationship is unique. We all thrive under the same basic beliefs which are understanding, trust, and teamwork. If you’re able to attain this, you can create a blissful version of Romeo and Juliet in your own life."

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How To Use Color To Boost Your Home's Energy: An Interior Designer Explains ~MindBodyGreen

How To Use Color To Boost Your Home's Energy: An Interior Designer Explains ~MindBodyGreen | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it


"Consider the difference in light in every room of your house. Rooms facing north have a colder light, whereas rooms facing south appear warmer and brighter.

The light is also different in the Northern Hemisphere—something you might have noticed when bringing home textiles or accessories from your journeys. Finally, adding fresh-cut flowers to your space is one of the easiest ways to add color—be bold and mix different colors for a vibrant energy boost, or pick flowers that are the same tone for a sophisticated look." ... to be continued

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The Marvelous Benefits of Mindfulness ~PickTheBrain.com

The Marvelous Benefits of Mindfulness ~PickTheBrain.com | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"Over the last thirty years, mindfulness has become a popular part of medicine and psychology. However, mindfulness has been around for much longer and has its roots in Buddhism.


It has come a long way from the remote corners of the world to being a wide spread practice today that is gaining in popularity every year. Mindfulness is the practice of zoning in on oneself in order to become aware of being self-aware."


"It is particularly useful under distressing situations when self-control is critical to the success of an operation or activity.


The practice of mindfulness in a distressing situation allows the person to dislodge themselves mentally from the thoughts and stresses related to the situation and review their mental state from a higher plane; kind of like looking down on oneself from outside the body.


A good way to start is to focus on your breathing when you first sit down to work. Use the first five to ten minutes of your day to calmly control your breathing and clear out your head; create a clean mental slate." ...to be continued


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These Surreal Photos of Oil Dropped Into Water Look Like Eyes ~TwistedSifter.com

These Surreal Photos of Oil Dropped Into Water Look Like Eyes ~TwistedSifter.com | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"In Oil Spill (2016), artist Fabian Oefner (featured previously here and here) explores iridescence.


On Behance he describes the process: For this experiment, Oefner poured water into a black reservoir. With the aid of a syringe, he then added small drops of oil onto the water surface. Upon contact with the water, the oil started to expand and form into magnificent structures.


The various colors result from the reflection and refraction of light, as it passes through the oil film and back into the camera lens. Depending on how thick the oil film is, the colors change from blue, green to red, until finally they disappear again."


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30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die

30 Amazing Places You Must Visit Before You Die | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'How long is your ultimate bucket list? Our has 30. Have a look at our 30 amazing places to visit before you die.'


"No matter how long we’ve traveled, or how many places we’ve been to, we’re always hungry for more.The world is a fascinating place, and it’s a sin not to travel, not to explore. Here is the list of the 30 amazing places worldwide you must visit before you die – an ultimate bucket list"


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The Love of a Long Walk - zen habits

The Love of a Long Walk - zen habits | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it
" The start was really nice — it felt so good to be moving, to be outdoors, that I couldn’t help but feel liberated from the funk I’d been in. I passed other walkers, cyclists, kids playing in playgrounds, and loved seeing fellow human beings enjoying being outside.

I walked for about an hour before taking a snack and water break, and reading my book. By then, my left foot had developed a hot spot in the forefoot, but I ignored it, probably foolishly. The sun was going down a bit and the shadows were lengthening, but it was still warm. After a break, I headed out again.

My mind was calmed from all the walking, and my legs were getting a little tired, but not too bad. After a couple hours, I started to feel some discomfort — I hadn’t walked like this in awhile, and my mind started to push back against my body’s discomfort. It was good for me to feel uncomfortable, though, so I just kept walking. "

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If You Missed Last Night's Incredible Meteor Shower, You'll Want To Pay Attention Tonight -Aplus.com

If You Missed Last Night's Incredible Meteor Shower, You'll Want To Pay Attention Tonight -Aplus.com | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"If you're the type to wish on a shooting star, you're in luck. The peak of the annual Perseids meteor shower began last night, with 150-200 meteors per hour. Did you miss out on seeing it? Don't worry — the view tonight will be just as good. The Perseids are remnants of the Swift-Tuttle comet and can be seen every summer at the end of July through the middle of August.


While it's always one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year, the current shower is going to be one of the best of the decade, because we get to witness a rare "outburst." Outbursts are caused when the orbital path's of the comet's debris coincide, causing a lot more debris than usual to burn up in our atmosphere. The Perseids typically have about 80 meteors per hour, but this year will provide more than twice that. "


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4 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Energy (Without Caffeine) -PickTheBrain

4 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Energy (Without Caffeine) -PickTheBrain | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"Have you ever experienced a brain cramp after a long day? It’s that ache that begins to saturate your forehead and pool into your temples. It’s our brain telling us to slow down, because it’s no longer being productive. "



"Our brain consolidates recently accumulated information, and essentially rehearses recently learned skills. Most of us have observed how, after a good night’s sleep, the vocab words we struggled to remember the previous day suddenly leap into our minds or that technically challenging piano song is much easier to play. Dozens of studieshave confirmed that memory depends on sleep. We’ve all wanted to squeeze in that extra few hours of learning in the day, despite how tired we feel. These studiesshow that you’ll be much more productive resting your brain and picking it up again when you’re fresh!" ... To be continued

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Chile just signed the cheapest unsubsidized power in the world at ¢2.91/kWh. Of course, it's solar energy

Chile just signed the cheapest unsubsidized power in the world at ¢2.91/kWh. Of course, it's solar energy | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica, a firm from Spain, won an auction for a 120 megawatts solar power plant at a cost of $29.10 per megawatt-hour.


There are absolutely no subsidies which means this is the cheapest power plant in the world. Previously, Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) accepted a 2.99$c/kWh bid for an 800-megawatt plant. At the time this was the lowest asking bid for energy ever but the auction in Chile just beat it by 0.08 cents per kilowatt-hour. Just so you get an idea of these figures, residential electricity in the United States sales for roughly 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, at the end consumer.


As part of this current deal, families and business owners in Chile will see their electricity bill fall by 20 and 25 percent, respectively, from 2021. Already, Chile is a global leader in solar energy and, by far, the most important solar energy producer in South America.


Over 1,000 megawatts of solar panels have been installed so far, another 2,000 are in construction and projects totaling 11,000 megawatts have RCA (environmental) permits, meaning they’re good to go. In fact, Chile’s solar energy boomed so fast that it’s transmission lines haven’t kept up and consequently solar energy traded for zero for 113 days through April this year.


To government plans to add 3,000 kilometers of new transmission lines to solve this issue by 2017." ... To be continued


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Small Space Gardening | Care2 Healthy Living

Small Space Gardening | Care2 Healthy Living | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it
'Now that we’re solidly into the late summer season, you might be wondering if it’s too late to start a garden. I have great news! It’s not! There are many varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that can be harvested in late summer or fall. In order to have a productive garden (depending on your region), plants need to be planted by late July into the first week of August.

The trick is to find the right plants. While some fruiting plants like tomatoes and peppers need to be planted in spring, there are some plants that grow even better when planted in the warm soil of summer. Don’t hesitate to plant kale, spinach arugula, loose leaf lettuces, collard greens, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beets, rutabaga, turnips, radishes, parsnips, peas, or pole beans.

Jump start herbs by starting them from cuttings. Herbs such as lavender, basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage can all be propagated from tip cuttings and are quick-growers. Here’s a list of what to plant in July & August to help get you started.' ...

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Ways to Make the Rest of Today Amazing

Ways to Make the Rest of Today Amazing | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'No matter what the history of your day has entailed thus far, the rest of your day depends on what you do right now.


Write it on your heart that the rest of today is going to be amazing. Here are some ideas to help you make it so:


1. Loosen your grip.

Trying to micromanage every little thing every moment is stressful.

Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement. Starting now, let go before you squeeze too tight.


Take a deep breath. When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward. You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going every single second to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not. It just takes some time to connect all the dots.


2. Focus forward.

You can’t go back to how things were, or how you thought they were supposed to be. All you really have is now. The smartest thing you can control in life is your reaction to what’s beyond your control. Dwelling on negativity from the past simply contributes to its power. So stop focusing on what happened and start focusing on what’s going to move you forward. Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether you’re happy and successful or not depends greatly on which aspects you focus on. The best thing you can do now is to let go of what you can’t control, and invest your energy in the things you can.' .........


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WhereCoolThingsHappen | Your Daily Feed Of Where Cool Things Happen

WhereCoolThingsHappen | Your Daily Feed Of Where Cool Things Happen | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'The times when a bus was just a bus are long gone. Nowadays buses are mobile advertising platforms. There are standard ads which normally are plastered on every billboard, bench and any other surface that can be used for such purpose. But now and then bus ads appear that will make you turn around and get a longer look. Have a look at our gallery.


Which ad is most surprising to you?'


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Navid Baraty is Creating Fictional Space Scenes by Scanning Food on a Photo Scanner

Navid Baraty is Creating Fictional Space Scenes by Scanning Food on a Photo Scanner | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'Artist and photographer Navid Baraty is creating fictional space scenes by placing household food items on an Epson photo scanner and making a scan with the lid open. Natahn says the Cosmic images are taken by the imaginary WANDER Space Probe, which is also the title of the ongoing project and photo series. Below you will find some images from the series along with a list of the ingredients used to create each photo. Follow along with WANDER’s future explorations on Facebook and Instagram'


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15 Highlights from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest ~TwistedSifter.com

15 Highlights from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest ~TwistedSifter.com | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'National Geographic recently invited photographers from around the world to enter the 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year contest.


The grand-prize is a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.


Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/photocontest to submit photographs in one or all of four categories: Landscape,


Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. Each entry to the contest will be submitted through National Geographic’s photo community, Your Shot, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites.


The contest has ended Friday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. EDT (U.S.). Our friends at Nat Geo let us share some more highlights from this year’s contest. Stay tuned for the winners announcement! '


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Global Village Construction Set: Open Source Design for a Modern, Off-Grid Community

Global Village Construction Set: Open Source Design for a Modern, Off-Grid Community | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'A group of farmer-scientists are building a civilization from scratch in rural Missouri, and they invite anyone, anywhere to copy their plans.'


"This is just flat out awesome. A network of "farmer-scientists" called Open Source Ecology are working to develop sharable plans for resilient, sustainable, off-grid communities. Or, to put it in appropriately grandiose terms: to build micro-civilizations out of scratch. 


Rather than wait for grants or loans from central development banks, rural communities in the developing world could, in theory, use the GVCS to build a village with everything they need to live and thrive. Or, as organizers describe it, "This is a program for technological leapfrogging, distributive economics, and closing of the industrial divide between the haves and have-nots." At their cleverly-named Factor e Farm in rural Missouri, the OSE folks are putting these ideas into practice. Baking bricks from raw earth. Tilling and farming the land. Charging batteries and powering laptops from solar panels." ... article to be continued


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Is Juicing Actually Healthy? A Doctor Explains ~MindBodyGreen

Is Juicing Actually Healthy? A Doctor Explains ~MindBodyGreen | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"To juice or not to juice, that is the question. While many health-conscious people have embraced juicing, I say it's a trend that's best embraced lightly.


Although it might surprise you, I think of a tall glass of fresh-pressed veggies and fruit as an occasional treat—like an indulgent dessert—rather than an everyday choice. As with most quick-fix health crazes, there are always at least a few downsides to consider. Here's some food for thought to help you consider how to juice smarter—or whether to do it at all: " ... to be continued


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8 Staging Tricks To Make Your Home More Beautiful Every Day | Care2 Healthy Living

8 Staging Tricks To Make Your Home More Beautiful Every Day | Care2 Healthy Living | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

“We eat with our eyes first.”


'This saying highlights how heavily our brains rely on visual stimuli to form an opinion about the world around us. Although it’s typically said about food, it’s true in other areas of our lives as well, like our living spaces. Home staging is a tactic used by the real estate industry to capitalize on the way the way something looks impacts our impression of it.


Typically,” says Jan Van Horne of Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty “a potential buyer has made up their mind ten seconds after they step in the front door.” A home is “staged” so that it looks its best, encouraging potential home buyers to fall in love with a particular property at first sight. But home staging isn’t only useful when buying or selling a home.


Understanding the psychology behind these tricks can make it easier to fall in love with your own house day after day! Let’s take a look at how home staging works and some easy home staging tricks we can put to use in our own homes.'


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Eating Unhealthy Foods Can Actually Make You Lose Weight - LifeHack

Eating Unhealthy Foods Can Actually Make You Lose Weight - LifeHack | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"What role do unhealthy foods play in weight loss? Strictly speaking, eating junk food plays no role in weight loss.


Pizza, hamburgers, candy and other unhealthy foods do not add much nutrition to your diet, and being high in calories they do little in themselves to regulate your weight.


However, as anyone who has ever been on a diet knows, it’s almost impossible to stick to a perfectly healthy eating plan and strict exercise regimen all the time. In fact, the moment you decide to abandon your old unhealthy favorites forever, you probably start craving them more often than ever before!


Luckily, research suggests that the best way to stick with a diet in the long run and give yourself the best possible chance of losing weight is to intentionally cheat. Yes, planning to bail on your diet temporarily can help you shift the pounds."


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75+ Hobby Ideas For Men -ArtofManliness.com

75+ Hobby Ideas For Men -ArtofManliness.com | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"In the days of old, leisure time was not thought of as a chance to “veg out,” but as an opportunity to pursue one’s passions and interests — an outlet for the sides of a man that were not stimulated in his professional vocation.


Hobbies were deemed important for the way in which they can strengthen every part of a man’s life. They can bring you joy, increase your eye for detail, keep your mind sharp, expand your creativity, help you meet friends, and teach you valuable skills. In short, hobbies add interest to your life and help you become a more well-rounded man. Unfortunately, we now often spend our leisure time camped out in front of the TV or computer. We feel that modern life has become so busy and stressful (even though it hasn’t) that when we have free time, laying on the couch is all we can manage.


Yet if you’ve been feeling depressed, restless, anxious, and in need of real refreshment, the problem may be a lack of activity, rather than too much of it."


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Healthy Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Make With Your Slow Cooker - LifeHack

Healthy Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Make With Your Slow Cooker - LifeHack | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'Discover all of the amazing healthy things your slow cooker actually does. Your life will so easy with these incredible slow cooker recipes!'


"The slow cooker is not just for your slow roasts – it is the ultimate tool, particularly for those who run a tight schedule. There are a hundred and one things to make in a slow cooker, and some seriously healthy (and easy) foods that could slot in to your daily routine. There are really no excuses to not eat well these days. Everything is at our fingertips. Fresh produce, cookbooks, recipes – and amazing cooking tools to make things ridiculously easy for us.


When we make our own foods we know what we are putting into our bodies. We can use wholesome ingredients and understand what it is we are consuming and how much. We are in control of our health. We can also tailor what we make to our own desires. Need more greens in your diet? Go ahead. Gluten intolerant? Leave it out. There are endless delicious and healthy things we can prepare in a slow cooker, most of which just might surprise you …" 


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Do We Live in the Matrix? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Do We Live in the Matrix? | DiscoverMagazine.com | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

"The first serious attempt to find the truth about our universe came in 2001, when an effort to calculate the resources needed for a universe-size simulation made the prospect seem impossible. Seth Lloyd, a quantum-mechanical engineer at MIT, estimated the number of “computer operations” our universe has performed since the Big Bang — basically, every event that has ever happened.


To repeat them, and generate a perfect facsimile of reality down to the last atom, would take more energy than the universe has. “The computer would have to be bigger than the universe, and time would tick more slowly in the program than in reality,” says Lloyd. “So why even bother building it?”


But others soon realized that making an imperfect copy of the universe that’s just good enough to fool its inhabitants would take far less computational power. In such a makeshift cosmos, the fine details of the microscopic world and the farthest stars might only be filled in by the programmers on the rare occasions that people study them with scientific equipment. As soon as no one was looking, they’d simply vanish." ... To be continued


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5 Protein Desserts You Can Have for Breakfast - Goweloveit.info

5 Protein Desserts You Can Have for Breakfast - Goweloveit.info | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'If you want to remain fresh and energetic for the entire day, you need to consume healthy foods in the morning. One should eat breakfast that contains high proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and other nutrients. By consuming foods that particularly contain high protein, one can avoid weight gain and high cholesterol levels.


Dieticians suggest a breakfast that contains at least 35 grams of protein. Well, there are some many foods that make up a high protein breakfast. One can go for lean ground beef, white eggs, Greek yogurt or Whole wheat muffins. And if you a bit more taste, you can the following healthy desserts. In this article, I have shared 5 protein desserts that you must consume in your breakfast:


Lemon Blueberry Crisp:


Blueberries are considered as one of the world’s healthiest foods. So, making a recipe from these sweet blueberries is a wonderful idea. Along with proteins, blueberries also contain various vitamins, antioxidants, and other minerals. For making a healthy and tasty recipe, you need to take 1 and a half tablespoon of Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, one teaspoon of lemon zest, 1/3 cup of blueberries, one tablespoon of zero-calorie sweetener and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Start by mixing blueberries with lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl or utensil. In another bowl, add flour, cinnamon, sugar and shake violently. In this mixture, add the blueberries, coat them and pour into a large baking dish. By consuming one bowl of this recipe, you can avail 20 grams of proteins, 11 grams of fibre, 8 grams of carbohydrates and 170 calories.' ...


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By 2050, the Greenest City May Not Be in the First World - Good.is

By 2050, the Greenest City May Not Be in the First World - Good.is | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'Cities might be burning three times more energy in 2050 than they did in 2005—unless they act now.'


'Currently, more than half of the world’s people live in cities. Given the trend of jobs returning to urban centers, it may not be surprising that by 2030 the world’s cities will be home to 60 percent of the world’s population. Cities are adapting to accommodate the growing population by becoming sustainable and green. In the U.S., these efforts include D.C.’s street car boom and San Francisco’s residents preferring public transportation to driving.


'European cities like London have implemented climate change initiatives such as increasing the number of parks in the city and retrofitting housing for water and energy efficiency. Yet assuming that the current rapid pace of population growth continues (and what needs to be done to accommodate those extra residents), cities will be burning three times more energy per capita in 2050 than they did in 2005 despite their “green” efforts.


Even with increasing favor toward public transport in the first world’s largest cities, the cities with the greatest opportunity to reduce energy use are those in the still-developing second world, particularly in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.' ...


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Qualities That Make Us Fully Human

Qualities That Make Us Fully Human | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'I know he’s not for everyone, but I love Tom Robbins. He writes about about our dark sides and neurotic tendencies as though they're to be appreciated and understood through humor.'


'The idea is that the characters in the book believe that the human race is not all one species, but exists as a continuum between two poles: on one end we find the "Missing Links," and on the other end we find "real" human beings. It's heavily weighted towards the Missing Links, estimated to be about 95% of the population. While they appear human, Missing Links tend to be easy to manipulate, lack critical thinking, are highly reactive, and have little compassion. Not surprisingly, they tend to be far less happy than ‘real’ humans. Human beings, on the other hand, possess six distinct characteristics that allow them to express and experience their full potential. These are the six qualities that make us fully human.' ...


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Success Is the Biggest Benefit of Being Adaptable

Success Is the Biggest Benefit of Being Adaptable | Exploring Our Environment, Nature & Life | Scoop.it

'Adaptability starts with maintaining an open mind. It is about being willing to embrace change and to be open minded to new things. Without an open mind, you will reject opportunities when they come along.


The best advice you can take away from this guide is to say "yes" more often than ever before. Jump into the darkness and enter new domains more often. It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. By putting yourself in the right place to experience new things, you are going to steadily become more adaptable over time.'


'This is a lifelong process, and the earlier you start trying to turn your life around, the better. Keep welcoming change, and don’t see the destruction of the status quo as a bad thing. It may seem simple to alter your state of mind in this way, but in practice, you have to be bold, brave and courageous.'


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