7 Tips to Follow to End Any Argument Peacefully

An argument is never a good thing but sometimes we cannot avoid it, so it’s wise to know a few tips on how to end any argument on a good note no matter what. I cannot stand being angry at someone, and I don’t like feeling like someone is angry at me. I always try to resolve any conflict peacefully, even if the person is irritating and I don’t like them. If you have an argument, here are a few tips to follow to end it peacefully.

1. Keep those bad things to yourself
It’s so easy to say wounding words, such as ‘I hate you,’ ‘Don’t want to see you anymore,’ or ‘You’re the worst person in the world,’ but it’s so difficult to apologize. You don’t have to voice every thought that you have. Sure, you form your own views and have your own opinion, but sometimes it’s better to keep them to yourself. This is one of the most effective ways to end any argument peacefully.

2. Listen
A person who starts an argument is certainly angry. To end an argument peacefully, you will need to let them vent without interrupting them. Sure, you might want to defend yourself, but that will only make it worse. Don’t intensify the anger, and don’t try to win an argument. Take a few deep breaths, listen and then try to speak peacefully.

3. Remind yourself why you love them
If you are trying to end an argument with your partner, I suggest you to think about the things that you really love about them. Keep those things in mind when you argue with your partner, and you will be much more authentic and honest. Remind yourself why you love them, calm down and end an argument peacefully.

4. Treat others the way you want to be treated
When it comes to arguments, we all should remember this saying. In any relationship, you always mirror yourself and your emotions, actions and energies are aligned. If you want someone to be friendly and positive, you should display those qualities and treat that person with respect no matter how angry you are.

5. Use your point of view
When you let the person vent and you finally start talking, use your point of view. Try to speak calmly and respectfully and make sure you are friendly. This will make them less defensive and they will be less hostile. I always believe that every conflict can be resolved peacefully and I personally don’t like to quarrel.

6. Don’t try to win an argument
It’s a bad idea to try to win an argument. It’s not a competition and there is no winner in an argument. Keep in mind that winning is not the aim. Your aim is to end an argument peacefully, which means you should talk the problem over and come to an agreement.

7. Silence is golden
Remember that ‘Silence is golden’ and it’s one of the most effective ways to end any argument. Silence is essential when it comes to negotiation. Many of us find an awkward silence uncomfortable, but it’s important for processing feelings and thoughts as well as making a decision. It’s better to keep silence for a while than to say something that can make things even worse.

Sure, it’s not easy to end an argument, especially if the person wants to argue and is not interested in resolving a conflict. But the tips mentioned above can really help in most common arguments. How do you usually end an argument? Share your thoughts with us.

5 Things to Remember While Job Hunting in November

No matter what time of year, job hunting is a daunting task that makes even the most polished professional flustered and disgruntled. The funny thing is that most of us have what it takes to nail every single interview or job offer we receive, but we somehow lose sight of the simplest, most useful tips out there.

1. Do not be seasonal


Sure, you might sign up for seasonal work because business is surely booming wherever you are. Every retailer is out there, recruiting people just like you to keep shelves stocked, perch children on their lap, or even do some heavy lifting. So, you might be thinking, “Well, it is cool that I might get a job for the holidays, but then I am just going to have to look again after the New Year.”

Well, no. Not always. Show a little ambition when you are at your interview. Have a goal with no end. When you show Human Resources and the hiring officer that you are full of potential, you also show them you are the kind of person they will want to hang onto. You know what they say, “Good help is hard to come by.” So if you deliver above and beyond their expectations for “seasonal” help, you will not be just a “temporary” add in.

2. Do not only do online applications
The convenience of online applications is great… but it also seriously cuts into face time. Very rarely have I ever been called back for something I submitted online. What gets me attention is dropping off a smashing resume or inquiring with management about open positions at their establishment.

Once you have them interested and expecting you to apply, you might receive a paper version or then get invited to do an online application. They will be waiting for your application if they are serious about you.

Plus, by speaking with company members throughout the ranks, you built rapport. You earn gold stars for setting yourself apart from the faceless people sending in just words. Most of all, you can show just how much getting the position would mean to you – and that earnestness is what employees seek out. Remember, networking and connections equal success.

3. Your resume is not set in stone
I know, I know. Doing a really awesome resume takes hours and you should not have to change it. But well, not every job you apply for is going to be the same. Not every employer is cut from same cloth. So, neither should your resume.

I am a personal fitness trainer, yoga instructor, bartender, freelance writer, translator, and professional dancer. Guess how many resumes I have? Okay, I have lost count. But case in point, my yoga resume is nowhere near the same as my bartender resume.

Modify words. Break out that thesaurus. Switch up experience and credentials. And always be sure to apply unique skills that will make you value for the position in which you are applying for.

4. Use LinkedIn
Using social media to get hired? Blasphemy! Maybe in the 1900s it was, but this is the 21st century, and if you are not up to par with 90% of all recruiters out there, you will not ever get noticed. Ever.

LinkedIn does not require a lot of work. Nor does it need to become your social feed like Facebook. But it is a place to create links with professionals and entrepreneurs with similar goals. On LinkedIn, you can build references, get invitations to job offers, and also be easily found by those searching for someone who fits their needs perfectly.

5. Be thankful
There was a public speaking class I took a few years ago where one of our “tests” was to hold a formal business interview for our “dream job.” One of the tips the instructor gave us that has forever struck a chord with me was this: Be thankful. And since you are searching for a job around the holidays, there is no better time than to spread a little cheer. November is all about being thankful, after all.

Here is how it works. You get interviewed and are neck-and-neck with another candidate. After the final set of interviews, one of you decides to send a heartfelt thank you letter to HR or to whomever you spoke with throughout the course to getting hired.

The other one does nothing. Guess who looks like the better human being? That is right, the person who extended a thank you, albeit they might not have known whether they were getting that position or not. No one wants to hire an automaton. And heck, if you can write something kind, that shows a whole lot of character.

Remember, when it comes to getting hired this November, you are facing a massive amount of competition. Do not try to conform to the rest of crowd. Go the extra mile, and you might wind up clinching the job of your dreams instead of a dead-end.

5 Stupidest Things People Told Me When I Was Starting My Business

When it comes to the world of business, it seems that everyone is an expert. Or so they like to think. When I started my first little side business back in 2012, I received far more unqualified advice than support or encouragement.

Last year I started my first full-time business. This time I was braced for the same storm of negativity, but I was pleasantly surprised when it did not come. The difference was that I had expanded my social circle and was spending more of my time with like-minded people.

I had stopped spending my time with naysayers, and my friends today are positive and inspiring people. Many of them are entrepreneurs themselves or open-minded, kind-spirited people who want to see others do well.

If you are hearing any of the following dumb things regularly from your inner circle, then it may be time to network and find a more supportive crowd. Starting a business is tough, and having the right people to encourage you is helpful beyond measure.

1. It is too hard to start a business


This is often someone else projecting their own insecurities onto you. When someone tells you something is too hard, it is really too hard for them. They are not you and they do not know what you are made of. Have the self-confidence to thank them for their input, but not to take it to heart.

2. The market is flooded
If you are entering a niche that is already very competitive, that does not mean the game is over before you have begun. On one hand it is a good sign that there is a demand for what you are offering. And of course, today the micro-niche is where it is at. In any market, however popular, your unique skills and values will claim you a corner for yourself.

3. You can’t do it all yourself
I beg to differ. Some business owners need a team around them, so they grow a team. Some business owners, like myself, are lone wolves until the day they die. That does not mean total isolation; there are other ways to get help without needing to employ people.

There are many websites that make it incredibly easy to outsource anything from admin and customer service to website building. So if you are flying solo with your business, just know that there are affordable services out there if you need them.

4. You risk losing everything
Hmm, not if you are smart and careful. Many first-time business owners opt for the sensible, part-time launch. They perhaps reduce their working hours at their day job to part-time and make the most of what time they have left to get their business off the ground.

This is a particularly good move for service-based businesses such as coaching or consulting. Many first clients come from referrals, so business builds up slowly over time. Jumping ship from your day job straight into a full-time business is, of course, riskier.

If the business is brand new, then you have not proved your business model yet, so how do you know you can pay the bills? Entrepreneurs understand this and take calculated risks. And yes, sometimes it does not go our way and we lose money. But we always learn from it and come back with a reinforced business plan.

A failure is only the end of the world if you allow it to ruin you. If you have been smart, put emergency financial measures in place, and not burned your bridges at your old job, you can get through the tough times.

5. It is a jungle out there
Really? You don’t say! We knew that already and we would prefer to be encouraged and supported, not belittled. People starting their own business are doing a brave thing and stepping right out of their comfort zones, and that should always be celebrated. We know it is a jungle, and we were born tigers.

My top tip for aspiring business owners is to talk to more experienced entrepreneurs. You need to know the truth without it being sugarcoated, but also without superfluous negativity.

Finding a great mentor is an awesome business hack too. If you can take advice from the people who walked the path before you, and you have the desire to start your own business, then why should anything stop you?

4 Fantastic Things about Losing My Job

This summer my worst nightmare came true. My full-time job came to an abrupt end. Being thrown into the unknown terrified me at first. But once I got over the initial fear hump it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, despite the sudden lack of wages and predictability. Here are four fantastic things I found in this experience.

1. I had actually nothing left to lose


For the first time in almost two years, I was no longer living in fear of losing my job. The worst-case scenario had played itself out. And yes, it was very scary to be plunged into the unknown. But hey, no one died.

I actually felt like a huge weight had been lifted. My position had become so stressful in the last year that I had a long spate of migraines, and then finally a spell of depression. Having spent that last four months of my employment on anti-anxiety medication, I knew deep down that something had to change.

But when we are stuck in our cycle of ‘the real world,’ where we live from paycheck to paycheck, it is too scary to walk away from a job, even if that job is making us sick. I wasn’t brave enough to pull the plug by myself, perhaps because of my already fragile state of mind.

Sometimes, having the choice taken out of our hands can be liberating. Not always, of course! But for me in this particular situation, it gave me the opportunity to walk away from the painful loop I was stuck in.

2. I found out who my real friends are
I got to find out who was really there for me. My partner proved himself to be the rock that I always hoped he would be. I have always been a bit untrusting of people, so it was amazing for me to see how many true friends I had to lend me an ear and offer me a hand.

3. I got to re-invent myself
I had always planned to be my own boss someday. But again, I had not been brave enough to leap into the unknown. I had such strong feelings that I did not want to repeat the old cycle and possibly find myself in the same situation again, so this was my opportunity to make some changes.

I am now a freelance writer and marketer and I am building my own Marketing Business on the side. It is tough at the beginning but despite the dip in my earnings, I would not go back to my old life.

4. I promoted my personal growth
I really got a crash course in personal development that set me on the right path for my next career adventure. Losing my job made me face up to rejection and feeling a sense of failure. And making plans to move into the freelance world starting from scratch showed me just how resourceful I could be.

The most important thing I learned was that fear itself is worse than the thing you are afraid of.

I was scared of losing my job for so long. When it actually happened, having got past the initial panic I actually felt relieved. Suddenly, where there had been fear there was now an opportunity. Anything is possible if we are open to learning and growing.

10 Things Healthy and Successful People Do Every Morning

Every morning we are short of time as there are so many things we have to do before going to work. Unfortunately, we pay little attention to numerous beneficial things that will not only help us start a happy and successful day but they will also improve our health. It’s high time to change your daily routine and find some time for doing healthy things every morning. Finally, you will be amazed with the results. If you stick to the following recommendations regularly, you’ll be full of energy and enthusiasm during the day.

1. Get Up a Bit Earlier
It’s rather difficult to find a person who can wake up early without any problems. Actually, it is one of the hardest things we must do every morning. I usually can’t open my eyes and tear myself away from my pillow when I hear the alarm clock ringing. Scientists claim that we work more productively in the mornings than at other time. Due to this fact it would be reasonable for you to get up 30 minutes earlier than you generally do. I should say it is worth trying. In such way, you will have more time for all the necessary things. Plus, you’ll manage to avoid various stressful situations.

2. Drink Hot Water with Lemon
Make it a rule to drink a glass of hot water with lemon every morning before breakfast. By doing this you will contribute greatly to your health. It is a wonderful and simple way to nourish and hydrate your body. Lemon is known to activate digestion and it will supply you with a great number of vitamins that are necessary to strengthen your immune system. I think these are good reasons for you to start your day with this wholesome drink.

3. Do Some Physical Exercises
Surely, you shouldn’t tire yourself exercising at the gym or running around the park for 30 minutes. You simply need to have a walk in nature, to breathe some fresh air and relax a bit. This routine is beneficial for you because it will boost your energy and stimulate your brain either. If you do some physical exercises in the morning, you’ll be able to work with a clear mind. Even if you spend just a few minutes for this, you will look beautiful and feel much healthier.

4. Always Have Breakfast
There are lots of people who don’t have breakfast in the morning. However, everybody knows that breakfast is the most substantial meal of the day that gives your body all the nutrients and vitamins it needs. Personally I always try to eat something before going to work. Otherwise a terrible headache and hunger won’t let me focus on different things that should be done. In order to benefit from your breakfast make it balanced and include wholesome foods into it. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be the perfect option for you. Those people who eat breakfast every day tend to be more active at work and they often have a good mood throughout the day. Choose delicious foods for your breakfast and you will be unable to resist its fantastic taste.

5. Listen to Uplifting Music
You’d better not watch morning news on TV as it will only upset you and make you feel blue. As an alternative, you can listen to your favorite uplifting music that will certainly cheer you up. It will be nice if you do this every morning. Music is an excellent way to refresh your mind and get inspiration for all good things that will make your life brighter. Listening to soothing music is the most pleasant thing for me. It usually helps me to cope with worries about the problems and tasks that are waiting for me.

6. Prepare Healthy Lunch
Another beneficial thing you should do in the morning is making your lunch. It will not take you much time to prepare and pack your favorite yummy and healthy foods before going to work. When lunch break comes you won’t have to look for the best food to eat. You will simply take your home-made lunch and enjoy that long-awaited rest. Every minute of your lunch break is so precious for you, so, don’t waste it for the things you can do beforehand.

7. Meditate
Meditation is a perfect way to set your mood and intentions for the whole day. Try to find a quiet place in your home where nobody can disturb you and meditate for some time. While doing this you should concentrate on your goals and all the great events that are going to happen in the nearest future. This daily routine will bring you a feeling of relaxation and satisfaction. On our way to work we have to deal with busy traffic and lots of nervous and angry people. These are the main factors that may easily spoil our emotional state. But if you meditate regularly, you will not be subjected to this negative impact.

8. Admire Nature’s Beauty
How often do you look around yourself and notice the beauty of this world? Nowadays most of us forget that it is very important to keep in touch with nature and appreciate every moment of our life. Sometimes we just need to stop and watch trees, flowers, birds and animals that surround us. Take a few minutes every morning and observe all these magnificent things and you will realize what true happiness is. You couldn’t even imagine that such magic world exists outside your door.

9. Schedule Their To-Do List
Due to a great amount of work that we have to accomplish every day we may live through some hard days associated with stress and frustration. Fortunately, there is an amazing solution that will simplify your busy working days. You have to decide which things are of great importance for you and plan them in advance. Only organized personalities can be successful and achieve great results. It will take you just a couple of minutes to make a list of things you must do. During the day this list will remind you of your aims and you will never forget to complete the next task. Nevertheless, you should be ready to face some unexpected events that may ruin your plans at the last moment. Don’t give way to despair and stay calm, if it is possible try to postpone your schedule for the next day.

10. Grateful for Everything They’ve Got
We rarely appreciate what we have in our life. Most people don’t think of the blessings they’ve got and take them for granted. If you are one of those people you should definitely change your attitude to life. Each morning start with writing down the things you are thankful for. It will help you to realize that your happiness is so close to you.

Now you can see that being happy and healthy is not so difficult. The only thing you need is a strong desire and clear understanding of your goals. Add the above tips to your daily routine and they will improve your mood and health in no time. What things do help you to be happy and successful during the day? Which of these recommendations are you going to try next morning?

9 Things Super Successful People Do on Sunday

Sunday is seen by many as the day before the dreaded work week begins anew. The fun you had on Saturday needs to be wrapped up and you need to snap out of your weekend hangover, whether it is alcohol-related or not.

However, those who are considered successful and well-known share some common traits that make their Sundays productive and effective. Here are the things successful people do on Sunday to fuel their ambitions and boost their triumphs:

1. Family and friends


Work-life balance is hard. Success often means separating yourself from your friends and family for an extended amount of time, which can put a strain on relationships. Successful people, however, do not let their career control their lives.

Instead, they know how to balance their occupation and time spent socializing. Sundays mean gathering the family for dinner, hanging out with friends, playing with the pets and kids, and getting in as much laughter and memories as humanly possible.

2. Me-time
After spearheading innovations and driving businesses towards a profit, successful entrepreneurs and CEOs know how valuable time spent away from other people can be. By using your Sunday to do what you want keeps you in sync with your mind and body. You will also feel less exasperated with handling people if you can give yourself some TLC first.

3. Exercise
Physical health is linked to your mental health. Without staying fit, your overall condition will breakdown. Successful people literally make time to get in workouts before their shift, but they also refuse to neglect their body on the weekends. You will find CEOs hitting trails, lifting at the gym, and staying active on Sunday.

4. Vacay or staycation
Sundays can be fun-filled, too. Take a mini-vacation to someplace you have never been or have not been to in a while, like the local art gallery, mall, park, or a museum. You do not have to go far and you do not necessarily have to spend anything. Just enjoy a moment of adventure in or around your local setting.

5. Disconnect
Become a weekend hermit. Detach yourself from the smartphone, computer, and other tech devices that are wired to social networks. This allows you to break from the work cycle to truly feel like you are “off from work.” At the same time, this distance means you will seek out other ways to spend your day off, like doing yard work or meeting friends for a movie.

6. Dreams and passions
For the successful, their hobbies and other passionate pursuits are never placed on the backburner. In fact, it is balancing what they enjoy doing with their work life that they are able to stay inspired and energized.

By doing what you enjoy, you get more fulfillment out of life. So never give up what you love to focus solely on your career. Another way to pursue a passion is to continue your education. If you have an hour or two set aside to work on another degree to bolster your skill set, why not?

7. Relaxation
This means taking some time to actually cool down. Take a moment to recharge your batteries by getting a massage, going to a spa, staying at home to read, meditating, taking a yoga class, or even just lounging poolside with a glass of wine. Whatever helps you unwind and chill, do it.

8. Planning for the future
Founders and CEOs are nothing without their insane work ethic. You can learn a lot from their habits in preparation. For example, when you use some time on Sunday to lay out how the coming week should work, you give yourself some ideas of goals, projects, and other work to complete to keep everything running smoothly. This forward-thinking keeps the successful one step ahead of everyone else.

9. Early riser
CEOs are notorious for being early risers, no matter the day. Some of them wake up as early as 3:30 am to get things done. Of course, this also means going to be around 10:00 pm to ensure they are not getting sleep deprived either.

Many use these quiet hours to reflect, meditate, exercise, or simply catch up on things they feel have been neglected, like personal emails or continuing education.

These nine traits and actions are what drive successful people on Sunday to make their best of the coming week. Do not let you Sunday be the anti-fun day. Transform it into a day of relaxation, reflection, and planning for the future to aid in your life’s pursuits, whatever they may be.

5 Things You Should Definitely Thank Your Ex-Boss For

There are many things people might want to say to an ex-boss depending on whether the leave was a good one or not. But, I like to think positively, so when I think of things I could thank my ex-boss for, they would be things that made a difference in my life. Here are five things I would thank my ex-boss for that you might want to consider for your ex-boss.

1. The opportunity to learn


Any job is an opportunity to learn something new. Not only could it be skills that help you do the job, but it could be behaviors or attitudes that enable you to improve.

Maybe you learn how to work with people that you did not think you could work with before. Or, through your job, you learned something about yourself you did not know, all because your ex-boss gave you a chance to learn.

2. The opportunity to grow
Thank your ex-boss for the opportunity for growth, personally, socially, and professionally. Often times, people set goals to reach within their profession to improve their skill set or their knowledge.

Maybe your ex-boss helped you advance in your profession to your current job based on how well you grew within the company throughout your career there. Having that opportunity to grow as a worker and as a person is definitely something I would thank my ex-boss for.

3. The support
I have been blessed with a boss who supports me in my professional life, but also in my personal life. She has supported me through some tough family times the past several years and because of that, my stress level has been lower than if she had not supported me at all.

Bosses who believe that there is life outside of a job will be willing to support you in your personal life because they know that not only will it make you a better person, you will be a better employee too. That is something to be thankful for.

4. The time
Thank your ex-boss for the time they invested in you and your advancement in your career. Without that investment, you would not have grown or learned new things about yourself or your career. That is a life-changer.

5. The belief
Just the fact that my boss believes in me as a person and in my professionalism as an employee is a reason to say thanks. There are not so many bosses out there that even care who you are, let alone know your name.

So, if your ex-boss knew your name, knew your passions, knew your goals, knew more things about you than just your work ethic and had a belief that you could be the best you could be, you might want to give them a big thank you.

Thinking about your ex-boss, would you thank them for any of these things, or would you come up with your own list of things? Remember to think of positive things, because even if you had a negative experience, you still learned something from that situation, and that is reason enough to say thanks.

9 Useful Things You Should Know to Work for Yourself

Working for yourself is a wonderful way to make money and to do what you really like. Nowadays you can hardly find a job that will be pleasant and well-paid at the same time. Usually, we have to choose between our favorite work and money that is so necessary for us. So, if you make up your mind to work for yourself, you’ll get both things together. Besides, this decision proves that you are a mature, confident and independent personality. However, you should be aware of certain things that are important when you work for yourself. You’d better not quit your job at the very moment you understand you want to start your own business. Self-employment is not an easy thing to deal with. I’m sure that the following tips will help you to succeed in your new job without any problems. By using them you will avoid stressful situations and make your life happier.

1. Make a Plan
At first, when you start working for yourself you need to make a plan. It would be a nice idea to make a business plan that should include your exact goals, the ways you will create income and your expenses. Money spent for entertainment and food must be also taken into account. When you write down your aims and your expenditures, it is much easier for you to see how close you are to your dream and what you have to do to make it come true.

2. Daily Schedules
If you are one of those people who want to work for themselves, make sure you have daily schedules and stick to them. People who wake up early every day and follow their regular routine are considered to be organized and disciplined. Due to these characteristics they always manage to fulfill a lot of tasks during the day. There can be so many things at home that will distract you from your work. But when you have a clear schedule you are supposed to work more effectively and productively.

3. Always Set a Goal
Having made a choice to work for yourself you should constantly be alert and never relax. Don’t forget to set goals when you want to switch to a new job. You won’t be able to do your best without clear realization of your future progress and accomplishments. It is a fantastic way to stay motivated for a long time. If you have a goal and work hard to reach it, you will be always satisfied with your career.

4. Consider a Part Time Job
Surely, a part time job will not make a great contribution to your overall income, but it will support you in the beginning of your self-employment. Money that you earn at a part time job will cover some of your daily expenses. Most people often refuse the idea of a low-paid job when they start to work independently. Though, you may benefit from this job and it will eventually help you to achieve your dream.

5. Time Is Important
Everyone knows that time is passing extremely quickly, especially when you have a big amount of work to do. That’s why you need to manage your time perfectly. As it was mentioned above, a daily schedule is an indispensable part of your success and it will give you an opportunity to complete all the tasks in time. There are some other things that you should bear in mind when working at home according to your schedule. Try to get rid of all distractions that may influence your productivity and keep your workplace tidy so that you can easily find the necessary supplies whenever you need them. It is advisable for you to spend a few hours a day to log off your email inbox. You’ll be amazed to know how much time you can waste while checking your inbox.

6. Use Networking
Undoubtedly, people who work for themselves are absolutely free and independent. Nevertheless they are not alone in creating their dream. The role of other people in your success is immense. They will be critical to your work and it will stimulate you for better results. It is fair to say that today networking is one of the greatest sources that help you to develop your own business and get more experience. Here you will find companies and people who work in the same field as you do. Perhaps they will suggest you work that meets your needs. For instance, you may choose freelance work. Such networking as Facebook or Twitter will be convenient for you to connect with the representatives of the company and discuss all the details. If it is possible you’d better visit them and introduce yourself. Anyway you must be ready to meet the requirements of most companies. For that you are to write a resume and a cover letter that will give you more chances to get a desirable job.

7. Spread the Word
Certainly, you will simplify the process of your independent work when you tell everyone about it. You may be surprised to discover that some people you know will have a desire to cooperate with you. Possibly they will have a crucial impact on your success. Plus, you will improve your networking skills.

8. Manage Your Money
Another useful tip for you is to manage your money. It is the basic rule for those who want to work for themselves. Even if you were so lucky to earn a huge sum of money, don’t let excitement overwhelm you. There will be a big temptation to spend your whole salary for numerous things you’ve desired so much. In spite of this you should be wise and think of the monthly bills, food and transportation that must be paid regularly. No matter whether you work from home or in the office, managing your money is the main recommendation you are to follow. Control your budget whenever possible and you will see that saving money is not so difficult.

9. Have a Backup Plan
Sometimes self-employment can be really hard and tiring. In order to accomplish everything you’ve planned you have to spare no efforts and time. I can guarantee you that all your attempts will be finally rewarded. I’d like to say that when working for yourself you must be careful and have a backup plan for your income. You never know what can happen next day. In case something goes wrong it would be nice to use another idea for making money.

You can be sure that working for yourself is a good thing to try. By doing this you will be able to find your passion and increase your income. So, if you’ve decided to work independently, hopefully, these tips will help you to gain success without stress and disappointments. Have you ever worked for yourself? Were you satisfied with your results? What recommendations can you give to those who want to start their own business?

7 Small Things That Can Ruin Your Whole Day

Our day consists of various moments, events, meetings, emotions and all these things have direct influence on our both emotional and physical well-being. Some people try to prevent such failures while others treat it as a “Murphy’s Law.” There are a few things that can ruin the whole day, but remember that almost everything depends on your positive vision of the world. Don’t let anything and anyone take control of your day and your life because you’re the only person who is in charge of your own life and you’re the one who decides whether to be happy today or let others put you down.

1. Annoying remarks
As we know, negative remarks often have harsh impact on a personal frame of mind. One negative remark has the power of ten compliments. But everything depends on the way you perceive critics. Human subconscience is a strong thing, so the only way out is to ignore negative remarks and take delight in positive moments around us.

2. Forgetting info
When you are as busy as a bee, it’s easy to forget some info, tasks and to break all deadlines. Such things can destabilize even well-organized and responsible personalities. In a discouraging situation like this it is important to stay persistent and follow your day schedule.

3. Being late
Being late is a very worrying and unpleasant start of your day. There’s a great variety of reasons to be late, but in most cases nothing depends on you. Millions of people suffer from traffic jams, bad weather, so make sure you don’t stress over things you can’t control. Just smile and think about the people you love or other wonderful things in your life.

4. Rude strangers
Sometimes strangers or people we are cooperating with treat us badly and it can certainly ruin the whole day. Sure, it all depends on your type of character and on the way you treat extraordinary situations. For instance, how many times did you get into a quarrel with strangers or leave a store in a terrible mood because someone didn’t have good manners?

5. Bad hairdo
Your hairdo plays an important role in defining your look. Some people even believe that the fortune during the whole day depends on your hair condition. A good hair day guarantees you wonderful mood and absolute self-confidence. A bad hair day provides you a bit depressing vision of everything. Smart hat or hair done in a knot can help you succeed at hiding the mess. By following this advice, you can relief your uncertainty and feel more self-confident.

6. Long lines
People usually spend a lot of time standing on long lines, especially in big cities. As for public transportation, it’s quite overloaded and we often find it challenging to get to the place of destination we need. You can stand hours on long lines, waiting for a bus. While waiting for a bus, time flies very slowly and you might even end up being late to work.

7. Small problems and failures
Difficulties in various spheres of our life can have a negative impact on our emotional state. Getting a bad grade at school or messing up at work can be a depressing experience. But mistakes are not actually so bad, we need them to improve ourselves. So, whether your experience is positive or negative, be grateful for it. Don’t let those small failures ruin your day!

We should be aware that we are given trials to get better, to form ourselves as full-fledged individualities and to receive priceless experience. Don’t give way to negative thoughts and your day will never be nasty. How do you keep emotional well-being on a positive level?

3 Sneaky Things That Are Making You Crave Sugar

When you’re trying to keep your added sugar intake to a minimum, you know to steer clear of the obvious temptations: the office vending machine, the ice cream freezers at the supermarket, and the dessert porn that come across your Instagram feed. (And just a refresher, the recommended daily intake of added sugar for women is six teaspoons, according to the American Heart Association.)

But some sugar triggers are a lot more subtle than that, altering your physiology without you realizing it and leaving you with a strong need to rip into a party-size bag of M&Ms. If you’ve noticed that your appetite for the sweet stuff has surged, one of these three food-related factors might be to blame. Here’s how they activate your sweet tooth—and how you can get control of your cravings.

You take in too much caffeine

That double espresso you pick up on the way to work every morning might be doing more than fueling your energy. A recent study from the Journal of Food Science found that caffeine can switch up our taste buds so we perceive foods as less sweet than they actually are. When you can’t taste sweetness as well, you’re apt to consume more in order to satisfy your natural sweet tooth, the researchers suggest.

It’s a preliminary study and more research is needed to back up the findings and provide a better understanding of how caffeine alters taste buds, cautions Vandana Sheth, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Sheth was not involved in the study.) But if your sugar jones tends to rage mid-morning after you’ve finished your morning joe, it may be worth trying a switch to decaf.

You consume artificial sweeteners

Call it the catch-22 of calorie-free drinks and low-sugar desserts. “Because non-nutritive sweeteners, or artificial sweeteners, are many times sweeter than sugar, [consuming them] trains your taste buds to appreciate hypersweet flavors,” says Atlanta–based nutritionist Marisa Moore, RD. “This may make it difficult for fruit and other less-sweet foods to measure up to that expectation.” In other words, after a steady diet of fake sugar foods, regular sugar is a letdown for your taste buds. So you finish off that tub of mint chocolate chip to try to make up for it.

A review of previous studies on artificial sweeteners published in the journal Neuroscience supports this idea, with the author of the review noting that “artificial sweeteners, precisely because they are sweet, encourage sugar craving and sugar dependence.”

Nutritionists see this effect anecdotally as well. “I can say I’ve heard from past clients that they’ve have seen a change in their tastebuds when they reduce their artificial sugar intake and eat a more balanced diet,” says Los Angeles–based Megan Roosevelt, RD.

You load up on the wrong carbs

The glycemic index measures how specific foods affect your blood sugar level. High-glycemic foods such as processed white bread, pastries, crackers, and cookies cause your blood sugar to spike soon after consuming them . . . and then crash quickly as well. With your blood sugar down, your body seeks a fast energy fix, amping your appetite for sugary sweets like a donut or candy bar, says Moore.

The trick is to consume foods that keep your blood sugar level on an even keel. So skip the high-glycemic empty carbs and load your plate with low-glycemic carbs, like fruits and veggies, minimally processed grains such as quinoa and bulgur, steel-cut oats, brown rice, and whole grain bread. These items keep your energy steady, so you don’t experience the sudden crash and subsequent craving.

High-glycemic carbs are also high in fiber, which can help promote fullness and further keep blood sugar steady, says Libby Mills, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.