Personal Development http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/216/all en-US 10 Basic Manners You Must Teach Your Kids http://www.wisebread.com/10-basic-manners-you-must-teach-your-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-basic-manners-you-must-teach-your-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child_manners_000019524370.jpg" alt="Kid learning basic manners from his parents" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm sorry, but it's going to be a lot harder than you thought to teach manners to your children. You behaved at home, as a child, and then you went to college, where you likely <em>misbehaved.</em> Eventually, you found yourself in a relationship, and were probably very free about what you said and did. And then came the children, who are just tiny sponges. They soak up everything their parents say and regurgitate it, most often inappropriately.</p> <p>Time to clean up your act.</p> <p>The best way to teach manners to your children is not to immediately hand them the 18th Edition of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061740233/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061740233&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2UL2RQJJZHRWNIE5">Emily Post's Etiquette</a> (although I do think that's a lovely graduation gift). They need to learn the rules below before they can read. They need to learn them from you, their parents, and you need to <em>model</em> these manners. Consistently.</p> <p>You want your kids to be successful and get ahead in life, and they won't be able to get through job interviews without shaking hands properly. They need to know they cannot talk on their cells at the symphony. They will need to write thank-you notes. If you don't show them how, who will?</p> <p>Below are 10 types of etiquette rules you really need to teach your children. These are not <em>behaviors</em>, such as not being a bully; they are the rules of a civilized society.</p> <h2>1. Etiquette 101</h2> <p>Here we have the holy grail of beginning etiquette for children. Master these four phrases, and practice them around, and with, your kids.</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Please, may I&hellip;?&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Thank you.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;No, thank you.&quot;</li> <li>&quot;Excuse me.&quot;</li> </ul> <h2>2. Do Not Interrupt</h2> <p>I work with a guy who interrupts anyone and everyone, all the time. Every time he does it, I think, &quot;Your mother failed.&quot; It is rude to not let someone finish their thought. Children are, by their nature, impatient &mdash; but they need to learn patience, which includes not interrupting. When the interruptions happen, say &quot;Please don't interrupt. Let me finish what I was saying.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Introductions</h2> <p>Making introductions is difficult for adults, let alone children. As an adult, though, isn't it nice when someone introduces you? I have found that kids can master this, but they are going to need prompting to remember (&quot;Ben, did you introduce your friends?&quot;). Even the very young can handle &quot;This is Jason, and this is Katie.&quot;</p> <p>If an adult comes to your house, your child should stop what they are doing, and come say hello. Ideally, the child should offer their hand to shake, and say &quot;Hello, Mrs. ____.&quot; If their friends are present, further introductions should be made by the child. When the adult leaves, the child should come and say good-bye. Many children are very shy about introductions, so be patient and keep working on it.</p> <h2>4. Responding to a Polite Question</h2> <p>Following an introduction, or a greeting, an adult will usually attempt to talk to a child. Most of the time, the question will be &quot;How are you?&quot;</p> <p>Respond to the adult and let them know how you are, kiddo. But then, ask the adult how<em> they</em> are. Here is how Uriah, age four and two doors down, handles this one:</p> <p>&quot;How are you today, Uriah?&quot;</p> <p>&quot;I'm GREAT! I have T-ball today! Uhh, how are you? Do you want to see me hit this ball? I had CAKE today! Last week I made it to third base!&quot;</p> <p>Yes, I find him completely charming. Most children, though, I find, just ignore the adults. That's not okay, parents. Even if your child is shy, teach them to smile and say &quot;I am fine, thank you. How are you?&quot;</p> <h2>5. How to Behave at the Table</h2> <p>It is my sincere hope that your family, no matter what its makeup, sits together at least for the dinner meal. A good chore for even young children is to learn to set the table. Once seated, you may say grace, or have a family custom &mdash; but please, no cell phones or other electronic devices at the table. Use this time to reconnect as a family, and instill some basics.</p> <ul> <li>Before each meal, wash your hands.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do not chew with your mouth open.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do not interrupt another family member's story. This is an important time for everyone to share their day.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If the child wants second helpings, this is when we use &quot;Please pass the ___.&quot; When the food is passed, they should say &quot;Thank you.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Burps happen. They should be silent, and followed by &quot;Excuse me.&quot; No belching contests, please.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you have a cold or cough, sneeze or cough into your tissue, and then go dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again. If you have no tissue, sneeze into your sleeve, and then go wash.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Absolutely no picking or scratching.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>When the child is done with dinner, they should say &quot;Please, may I be excused?&quot; and when permission is granted, they should take their plate, utensils, and napkin to the kitchen (and follow whatever cleanup rules you have).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do not nag (&quot;I told you a thousand times...&quot;) at the table. Just keep correcting, or the dinner experience becomes associated with battles.</li> </ul> <p>You will be really glad you taught them table manners at home before you take them to restaurants, which can be intimidating to children who have no practice with napkins, silverware, and complicated place settings.</p> <h2>6. How to Behave at a Play, Concert, or Movie</h2> <p>Movies are a good place to start teaching your children about how to behave at a public performance. Hit the bathroom and get snacks ahead of time, and encourage them to be quiet, or whisper. Next, try a play or concert, and talk about intermissions, listening, watching quietly, and staying in your seat. Before the event, explain the usher's job. Not okay: Gum, candy wrappers, cell phones, or kicking the seat ahead of you.</p> <h2>7. Writing Thank-You Notes</h2> <p>Being able to compose and send a thank-you note is another skill that will serve a person all their lives. You should write them with the child until approximately age eight or nine, when they should have the ability to write their own. You may need to help them get started.</p> <p>My &quot;trick&quot; in getting thank-yous done was to get out a nice array of stationery, cards, stickers, fun stamps, and colorful pens. I also had my address book at the ready, and mugs of cocoa and snacks. Then, we would do our notes <em>together</em>.</p> <h2>8. How to Shake Hands</h2> <p>Ah, the limp handshake. It still exists, which surprises me every time I encounter it. It's so easy to do it correctly! Here are the instructions.</p> <p>Stand up. Extend your hand. Using a firm grip (not a bone-crusher), grasp the other person's hand and grip/shake while you introduce yourself and the other person introduces him/herself. Here is a great video of some kids who have this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0CH6hq2gGA">handshake skill</a> down!</p> <h2>9. Avoiding Bad Language</h2> <p>It's very simple: if you swear in front of your kids, they are going to swear, too. The problem is (and I'm Exhibit A): They will use these words at some very inappropriate times. Often, they may not know what the bad words mean, and explaining can help (they will probably be horrified).</p> <h2>10. When Not to Use Electronics</h2> <p>This is especially hard because adult modeling is so poor. You can be a part of that change, though. Readers will probably disagree, but I don't think electronics, or most specifically cell phones, belong at the table, movies, concerts, performances, weddings, funerals, churches, or school. I will hopefully assume you do not use your cell while driving (and that includes texting), which is simply dangerous.</p> <p>I was recently at a picnic, and one of my old friends did not bring her daughter, saying &quot;She is too much of a brat.&quot; I remember thinking, well, that's your fault, and what a shame, because the other children were having so much fun. Yes, teaching manners to children will try your patience, but it will ease their passage into adulthood when they master the basics.</p> <p><em>Anything we've missed? What manners do you consider absolutely essential?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-basic-manners-you-must-teach-your-kids">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some great articles on the habits that lead to wealth, the best real-life cheats, and DIY health and beauty products you can make with essential oils.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/7-habits-that-lead-to-wealth/">7 Habits That Lead to Wealth</a> &mdash; Being creative will help you deal with financial plans that have gone off course. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Life-Hacks-34274441">41 of the Best Real-Life Cheats</a> &mdash; Skip voicemail instructions and go straight to leaving message by pressing 1. If that doesn't work, try * or #. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/5-diy-natural-health-beauty-products-using-essential-oils/">5 DIY Natural Health &amp; Beauty Products Using Essential Oils</a> &mdash; All you need to make your own shower vapor disks is baking soda, water, and your choice of essential oils. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/ways-to-save-money-on-diy-home-renovations/">7 Ways to Save Money on DIY Home Renovations</a> &mdash; Concentrate your reward points toward gift cards from the home and garden stores where you'll be getting your tools and supplies. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jrose/2015/04/21/5-ways-to-prevent-your-70-year-old-self-from-hating-you/">5 Ways To Prevent Your 70-Year-Old Self From Hating&nbsp;You</a> &mdash; Always keep an eye out for new business opportunities! [Forbes]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/10-frugal-landscaping-ideas-to-make-your-yard-amazing/">10 Frugal Landscaping Ideas to make Your Yard Amazing</a> &mdash; It's easy to make your own rain barrel from a 55-gallon plastic drum, and it's fun to decorate however you like! [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyaware.co.uk/2015/04/10-clothing-tips/">10 clothing tips that'll save you money</a> &mdash; Save money on your wardrobe by learning how to remove different kinds of stains and making your own stain removers! [Step Change Money Aware]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bankonyourself.com/5-financial-myths.html">5 Financial Myths that Are Destroying Your Wealth</a> &mdash; Some people think that, after they retire, their basic expenses will decrease. Odds are they won't be any lower in retirement! [Bank on Yourself]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/12-promises-to-make-if-youre-serious-about-getting-out-of-debt/">12 Promises To Make If You&rsquo;re Serious About Getting Out of Debt</a> &mdash; Promise yourself to take control and responsibility for your financial situation. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-reasons-to-do-a-digital-spring-cleaning">6 Reasons to Do a Digital Spring Cleaning</a> &mdash; Protect yourself by deleting the private information that can be accessed from your devices. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-habits-that-lead-to-wealth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-more-things-people-who-make-a-lot-of-money-do">12 More Things People Who Make a Lot of Money Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-little-things-you-need-to-stop-saying-today">9 Dumb Little Things You Need to Stop Saying Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/change-your-life-with-a-30-day-challenge">Change Your Life With a 30 Day Challenge</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smart-investors-have-these-6-traits-do-you">Smart Investors Have These 6 Traits — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-break-bad-habits">How to Break Bad Habits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips habits Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1399274 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cheap Ways to Boost Your Brain http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-ways-to-boost-your-brain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cheap-ways-to-boost-your-brain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thinking_000047095866.jpg" alt="Woman thinking of cheap ways to boost her brain" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap ways to power up your brain, genius ways to use leftover produce, and eco-friendly ways to change up your laundry routine.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/7-cheap-science-backed-tips-boost-brain-power/">7 Cheap Ways to Boost Brain Power</a> &mdash; Believe it or not, playing action video games like StarCraft can improve your brain's cognitive flexibility. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Leftover-Fruit-Vegetables-35106060">26 Genius Uses For Leftover Fruits and Vegetables</a> &mdash; Didn't sleep well last night? Potato peels can fix the dark circles under your eyes! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/green-laundry-routine">How To Green Your Laundry Routine</a> &mdash; Use a rag with essential oil in place of dryer sheets, which are wasteful, hard on our environment and full of chemicals. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/88213/10-most-affordable-communities-for-renters">10 Most Affordable Communities for Renters</a> &mdash; The percent of median income needed to rent in Delaware County, Ohio, is only 14%. With an unemployment rate of just 3.6%, it's a good option for renters who want to live in the Columbus metro area. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.credit.com/2015/04/money-tips-vacationing-with-friends-114289/">5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends</a> &mdash; It's important to be flexible when you're on a joint vacation. Be willing to try new foods, activities, and travel and lodging options&hellip;but you might also want to put some time apart in your itinerary. [Credit.com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.modestmoney.com/3-home-security-strategies-to-help-protect-your-family/">3 Home Security Strategies to Help Protect Your Family</a> &mdash; Most intruders enter homes through the front door, so secure yours with a door brace. [Modest Money]</p> <p><a href="http://phroogal.com/blog/5-things-you-need-to-ask-about-your-credit-cards/">5 Things You Need To Ask About Your Credit Cards</a> &mdash; Does your credit card's issuer offer leniency in case you have to make a late payment? [The Smile Lifestyle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0417/Five-DIY-projects-that-don-t-save-you-money">Five DIY projects that don't save you money</a> &mdash; The cost of candle-making supplies easily exceed what you'd pay for candles from a store. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3515/renting-out-your-home">14 Things to Know Before Putting Your Place on Airbnb</a> &mdash; Airbnb is certainly popular, but you'll increase the chances of having your place seen and booked if you list on multiple platforms. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-books-to-spark-the-fun-and-imagination-of-your-child-s-mind">4 Books to Spark the Fun and Imagination of Your Child&rsquo;s Mind</a> &mdash; &quot;Why Is the Moon Following Me&quot; is filled with fun poems that teach kids about the night sky. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-ways-to-boost-your-brain">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-basic-manners-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Basic Manners You Must Teach Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-relationship-rules-you-should-be-breaking">10 Relationship Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-worst-mistakes-good-spouses-make">5 Worst Mistakes Good Spouses Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-small-new-year-s-resolutions-you-can-start-today">25 Small New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-financial-trick-lets-you-buy-happiness">This One Financial Trick Lets You Buy Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips brain Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1393859 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Relationship Rules You Should Be Breaking http://www.wisebread.com/10-relationship-rules-you-should-be-breaking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-relationship-rules-you-should-be-breaking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_couple_heart_000043736474.jpg" alt="Happy couple breaking common love and relationship rules" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know what it was like to be in a serious relationship back in the day &mdash; pre-social media, I mean &mdash; but I can imagine that it was much easier than it is in 2015. So much has changed over the past 20 &mdash; heck, even 10 &mdash; years that some of the most trusted and seemingly infallible relationship rules are now all but obsolete. The new school of thought on the issue? Adapt your relationship to today, or face certain doom.</p> <p>To catch you up to speed, here's a look at some of the most prominent relationship rules of yore that you should start kickin' to the curb.</p> <h2>1. Not Going to Bed Angry</h2> <p>My parents still adhere to this rule &mdash; or at least this is a piece of advice that my mother gives me when my marriage hits a rough patch &mdash; but I don't buy it. When we first started out, we tried to resolve the issue at hand before bed, but it rarely resulted in a truce, and the more time wore on, we were just like, screw it, I'm tired, let's resume our battle stations in the morning.</p> <p>I know we're not alone.</p> <p>&quot;If you follow this rule, it could mean a lot of late nights, and nothing escalates an argument more than sleep deprivation and mental exhaustion,&quot; says Dr. Jared DeFife, a clinical psychologist and relationship coach. &quot;I see couples in my practice who feel like they have to adhere to this rule or resolve an argument right away, leading them to drawn-out disputes where nothing gets accomplished and everyone's nerves are fried. When it comes to arguments, it's ok to take a break; in fact, it might even be necessary. You can use that time to calm down, understand your emotions, and return with a level head and a more nuanced perspective.&quot;</p> <p>And hey, there's always the possibility of make-up sex in the morning!</p> <h2>2. Thinking That Love Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry</h2> <p>Excuse while I LOL at this one. Whatever narcissistic dude came up with this (and I'm 100% certain it was a dude) was smokin' the good stuff &mdash; and I want some. Because the truth is, sometimes we're real capital Bs to our partners, and apologies are absolutely necessary.</p> <p>&quot;Nobody's perfect,&quot; Dr. DeFife reminds us. &quot;Sometimes we're grumpy or short-tempered or do the wrong thing. The mark of a good partnership is not in never screwing up or having conflicts, but in being able to recognize those concerns and to effectively make repairs when things go awry. A well-thought through and meaningful apology can actually strengthen a relationship in areas of discontent or disconnection.&quot;</p> <p>I think I'll have that quote printed on a stack of Post-it Notes and hide them in my husband's desk.</p> <h2>3. Playing Hard to Get</h2> <p>Playing hard to get can be fun. But giving the guy or girl the runaround for an extended period of time so you can feed your own ego as they try harder and harder to get your attention also can be dangerous.</p> <p>&quot;This includes waiting an X amount of days or minutes before calling or texting, dumping men who do not initiate contact, and only scheduling activities on certain days or times of the day,&quot; explains Dr. Carolyn C. Ferreira, a licensed clinical psychologist. &quot;Playing hard to get is unattractive to both sexes, and it also prohibits people from being their real selves and expressing their true feelings, which is an overall bad way to begin a relationship.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Waiting a Set Amount of Time After a Breakup</h2> <p>Breaking up or getting a divorce can sometimes feel like somebody died. You've spent most of your time with your partner for however many months or years you were together, then all of a sudden, they're gone. If this was a serious relationship, grieving this loss is a normal emotional reaction, but you shouldn't let other people dictate how long you take to heal. Whenever you feel like you're ready to get back out there and find your next future ex, put on your going-out pants and get back in the game.</p> <p>&quot;People grieve loss at their own pace; someone may be over a divorce in a month, whereas it might take someone else six months,&quot; Dr. Ferreira says.</p> <h2>5. Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes at Home</h2> <p>My husband and I have battled with this since the day we moved in together &mdash; and we're two dudes. Speaking as a man then, it's kind of insulting when someone expects that you'll do the cooking and cleaning because that's traditionally what the female in the relationship does. Not that I mind doing it &mdash; for the most part &mdash; but I don't want it to be an expectation because I'm the smaller, more creative partner in the relationship. I still have dude parts, dude. This type of thinking applies to any scenario, and as far as I'm concerned you can take that &quot;Honeymooners&quot;<em> </em>BS and shove it.</p> <p>&quot;Adhering to household tasks based on gender roles and stereotypes should also be reconsidered by couples,&quot; adds Dr. Ferreira. &quot;Instead of completing tasks because you're the man or woman, couples should look at their strengths and weaknesses as a couple in order to decide who does what. For example, it does not make sense for the man to take care of the finances if he does not know what an Excel spreadsheet is, but his wife does because she's a business owner.&quot;</p> <p>Might be time to start shakin' things up on the homefront, eh?</p> <h2>6. Believing That Fighting Is Healthy</h2> <p>Having lovers' quarrels every now and then is okay; it's good to get issues off your chest. Screaming in each other's face on a regular basis isn't. It's wise to note too that the term &quot;fighting&quot; is relative, and it behooves you to keep your definition of it in check to avoid a dangerous downward spiral.</p> <p>&quot;There are many myths and expectations about fighting in marriage,&quot; says Dr. Tina B. Tessina, psychotherapist and author of &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1598693255/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1598693255&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UA6JX7TPBBEN43YK">Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage</a>.&quot; &quot;Couples come into my office frequently believing that fighting is a necessary part of being a couple, that all married couples fight, and it's a normal part of marriage. But the fact is that fighting accomplishes nothing, and it isn't necessary for couples to argue, to yell, or to have heated discussions to get problems solved. Hanging on to these ideas makes it difficult to let go of fighting.&quot;</p> <p>P.S. Don't ever let anybody hit you. Ever. It's not your fault, and you don't deserve it.</p> <h2>7. Searching for Your Soulmate (When You May Not Have One)</h2> <p>What if your soulmate died before you had a chance to meet? Too depressing? I'll let Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels, relationship experts and co-authors of &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1627780289/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1627780289&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WLVCALKVABMAJAMI">Partners in Passion</a>,&quot;&nbsp;explain why you may not have a soulmate in a more palatable way.</p> <p>&quot;In contemporary society, there is a very common superstition that finding one's soulmate &mdash; sometimes called a 'twin flame' &mdash; is the key to having a true pair-bond, and that in the absence of this 'other half,' no intimate relationship will be fully satisfying,&quot; Johnson and Michaels say. &quot;Two very damaging concepts are implicit in this belief: first, that there is a single, ideal partner out there in the world for every individual, and second, that people are incomplete until they find their 'other half.'&quot;</p> <p>In other words, stop holding out and start living more. You never know who you'll encounter along the way.</p> <h2>8. Accepting That Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus</h2> <p>Society &mdash; especially American culture &mdash; wants us to believe that men and women are so different that it's like we're each from separate planets. Yes, we have differences, but we also have many similarities that nobody ever seems to want to talk about because it's not interesting enough to sell 50 million books worldwide.</p> <p>&quot;We're not the first to observe that people of all genders are from Earth,&quot; Johnson and Michaels explain. &quot;Beyond that, men and women have more in common with each other than with any other creature on the planet. To make blanket generalizations is not helpful except on the most superficial level. This model builds on older myths &mdash; the concepts of 'opposite sexes' and 'the battle of the sexes' &mdash; and reconfigures them in therapeutic terms. Despite this reframing, the model is still an adversarial one, and adversarial models are not optimal for nurturing harmonious relationships or fueling sexual passion, except in very small doses. Having the sense that you're on opposing teams will only foster conflict.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Assuming That Monogamy Is Natural and Optimal</h2> <p>So I don't get in trouble down the road for providing my personal opinion on long-term relationships and monogamy, I'll let Johnson and Michaels give you theirs.</p> <p>&quot;If human biology inspires us both to form intimate pair bonds and to seek contacts outside of those bonds, then what makes for a healthy relationship is considerably more complex than dogmatic advocates of monogamy (or non monogamy for that matter) would have us believe,&quot; say the pair. &quot;At the same time, the impulse to bond deeply with another is not something that should be dismissed lightly. Our species varies a great deal, and it's a mistake to think about absolutes when it comes to monogamy and non-monogamy.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Dating Within Your Type</h2> <p>Just like I don't want all skinny, redheaded, melanin-free friends, I don't think it's very interesting to pursue a certain &quot;type&quot; of person in a romantic capacity. I've dated all types of guys &mdash; white, black, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latino &mdash; and it has only served to broaden my horizons. Still, I have plenty of friends &mdash; especially the religious ones &mdash; who refuse to date outside their race or faith. To each their own of course, but I totally think they're missing out.</p> <p>Relationship expert April Masini agrees.</p> <p>&quot;One of the best ways to get out of a dating rut is to date a Republican if you're a Democrat, or someone rich if you're poor, or a creative type if you're by the book,&quot; she says. &quot;Date out of your religious or racial group. Date someone your mother wouldn't fix you up with &mdash; were you to let her. It'll shake up any rigidity you've succumbed to, and it's a great way to find love. It also expands your resources and gives you a bigger dating pool.&quot;</p> <p><em>What are some of the relationship rules that you think we should be breaking? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-relationship-rules-you-should-be-breaking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-worst-mistakes-good-spouses-make">5 Worst Mistakes Good Spouses Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-happy-and-married-24-tips-from-a-24-year-old-marriage">How to Be Happy and Married: 24 Tips from a 24-Year-Old Marriage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-couples-should-ask-in-the-money-talk">5 Questions Couples Should Ask in the Money Talk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/happily-ever-after-how-to-stay-married-for-29-years-and-counting">Happily Ever After: How to Stay Married for 29 Years (and Counting)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-thing-you-need-to-work-on-if-you-want-a-better-relationship">The First Thing You Need to Work on If You Want a Better Relationship</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development couples Dating love marriage partnership relationships rules Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1382352 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_chocolate_000031568798.jpg" alt="Woman eating bar of chocolate to make herself happier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're still fighting off the lingering effects of seasonal affective disorder with unhealthy comfort foods, try eating some of these seven foods instead. They're healthier than cheesy chips and proven to make you feel happier.</p> <h2>1. Chocolate</h2> <p>How couldn't it be? Not surprisingly, chocolate is a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/04/07/why-chocolate-really-is-the-secret-to-happiness-2/">certified feel-good food</a> containing chemicals proven to alter mood. Caffeine, for starters, is known to make us bouncy and awaken our muscles. As another bonus, the compound anandamide has been singled out for positively <a href="http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2004/July/anandamide.asp">affecting anxiety and depression</a>. So keep eating chocolate!</p> <h2>2. Shellfish</h2> <p>Oysters are one of the most zinc-rich foods we have, resulting again in lowered anxiety and depression. Clams are full of vitamin B12, a vitamin that your doctor has almost certainly reminded you to ingest more of due to the brain's need to make mood-improving dopamine and serotonin. Unless you suffer a shellfish allergy, try these as an indulgent way to get your brain boost.</p> <h2>3. Coffee</h2> <p>The world runs on coffee! Here's why: Women who drank more than two cups of coffee per day were 15% less likely to suffer from depression. This is partly thanks to beloved caffeine, which can <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/infographic-health-benefits-coffee">increases dopamine and serotonin</a> levels within 30 minutes.</p> <h2>4. Salmon</h2> <p>Vitamin D is literally the sunshine we need to keep going, as our body converts sunlight into this mood-balancing and health-regulating nutrient. Salmon, and other foods packed with omega-3 fatty acids, are already good for you. But did you know that salmon is also rich in vitamin D? A deficiency in vitamin D is proven to <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908269/">contribute to depression</a> and mood swings. If you can't get out in the sun a little bit each day, try eating vitamin D rich foods like salmon, tuna, mackerel, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.</p> <h2>5. Broccoli</h2> <p>Eating your vegetables is not only great for overall health and weight loss, but their nutrients also make your brain happier. Broccoli has trace levels of chromium, a mineral in which many of us are deficient. Chromium increases brain function by <a href="http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Chromium-HealthProfessional/#h6">regulating insulin</a> and metabolizing food, which in turn stabilizes mood. If you've ever had wild mood swings from a blood sugar crash, eating more whole foods like fresh broccoli could help.</p> <h2>6. Almonds</h2> <p>Keeping a stash of nuts at your desk is a good idea. Almonds, peanuts, and cashews are all well stocked in magnesium, a mineral that greatly <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/magnesium">aids serotonin development</a> in the brain. Lacking adequate levels of magnesium in your diet can have a visibly negative impact on your mood, contributing to depression. Keep almonds and other magnesium-rich snacks around for an afternoon pick-me-up.</p> <h2>7. Yogurt</h2> <p>Probiotics are well known as a force of good in your gut, but did you know that fixing your gut could also help fix your brain? When your digestive system has an flora imbalance in favor of &quot;bad&quot; bacteria, it can generate negative <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/18/244526773/gut-bacteria-might-guide-the-workings-of-our-minds">signals to your brain</a> that lead to distressed and depressed behavior. A healthy balance of good bacteria such as lactobacillus rhamnosus can keep you calmer and more even-keeled throughout the day. Plus, the calcium in yogurt (especially when paired with vitamin D) <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11834431">helps regulate mood</a> as well.</p> <p><em>What foods do you eat to boost your mood?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Sex Drive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Personal Development food for depression food science healthy eating nutrition Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1382361 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Supposed Etiquette Faux Pas That Actually Make You Look Good http://www.wisebread.com/3-supposed-etiquette-faux-pas-that-actually-make-you-look-good <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-supposed-etiquette-faux-pas-that-actually-make-you-look-good" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stressed_000018231991.jpg" alt="Woman made etiquette faux pas that made her look good" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Etiquette's a jungle, and there are any number of ways to find yourself on the wrong side of both Miss Manners and your social circle.</p> <p>But what about social faux pas that really aren't such terrible mistakes? Yes, technically committing any of these errors is a social no-no, but they can also make you look good, particularly if you own them. Here are three etiquette mistakes that can actually improve your social standing:</p> <h2>1. Forgetting the Name of an Acquaintance</h2> <p>I made the most embarrassing social faux pas of my life when I was about 14 years old and ran into a classmate and her father at the grocery store. When she said &quot;Hi, Emily!&quot; with great friendliness, I responded &quot;Good to see, you Jessica!&quot;</p> <p>That wasn't her name. (And it got worse.)</p> <p>I immediately realized my mistake and tried to correct it. &quot;I'm sorry, Sarah. I know who you are.&quot;</p> <p>At this point, her father leaned in and said, &quot;It's Yvonne.&quot;</p> <p>While I have never had another experience that bad &mdash; partially because in response to this embarrassing incident, I got in the habit of saying &quot;Hi, YOU!&quot; to anyone I ran into outside of their usual context &mdash; this was by no means the last time I couldn't place the name of someone who knew exactly who I was.</p> <p>Every time it happens, I feel a momentary panic and worry that I'll screw up again. The funny thing about my worst-name-forgetting-story-ever is that Yvonne and I became good friends afterwards. (She did call me by other names on purpose for a while, though.)</p> <p>That's because a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5zH4N3ohR0&amp;feature=youtu.be">memory lapse</a> of a name &mdash; even for someone you know fairly well &mdash; happens to every single person on the planet. Owning your mistake and being willing to laugh at yourself can help humanize you. It actually takes courage to own up to your memory lapse or wrong-name-calling mistake. You look much better for acknowledging that you are not perfect, and that can disarm even the sourest of socializers.</p> <p>Don't be like me, though. If you're not sure of the name of someone you know you have met, a quick, &quot;Forgive me, but can you remind me of your name?&quot; paired with a charming smile can smooth over the awkward situation while making you seem endearing.</p> <h2>2. Crying at Work</h2> <p>This is one of the most deeply-entrenched etiquette rules for the workplace, but I know very few professionals who have not broken it at least once. Letting frustration, sadness, or anger be expressed through tears is often considered career suicide (although there does seem to be more judgment of <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/21/the-perks-of-crying-at-work.html">women who cry at work</a> than men).</p> <p>While it's true that professionalism does require at least some distance between our emotions and our actions &mdash; we can't go all <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-big-baby/n11215">Will Ferrell</a> when things get too hard at the office &mdash; the no-crying-at-work rule can seem like an impossible expectation when we spend a third of our lives and most of our energy there. But when tears indicate weakness and unprofessional emotions, it's difficult to bounce back from a crying jag in copy room.</p> <p>Actually, crying at work can do a lot of good. According to Peggy Drexler of <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/21/the-perks-of-crying-at-work.html">The Daily Beast</a>,&nbsp;&quot;People tend to connect with what they view as an authentic display of emotion. Often, crying invokes in coworkers and employees a natural empathy and a desire to help. Tears can also be persuasive: they show that we're deeply moved, which in turn moves our audience.&quot;</p> <p>Tears can indicate how deeply you care about an issue at work, or how overwhelmed you are by life issues that are affecting your work &mdash; and that can help your coworkers and boss have a better understanding of you and your situation. In addition, crying can help clear the air when something is festering at work.</p> <p>That is not to say that crying at work is always a good thing. But if you are generally a well-respected employee with a professional demeanor, finding yourself overcome by tears could help to make a point that your words cannot.</p> <h2>3. Requesting &quot;No Gifts&quot; on a Party Invitation</h2> <p>According to traditional etiquette, one should never mention gifts on an invitation. That's because the mention of gifts suddenly puts an emphasis on them, and the word magically turns your invitation into a shakedown, even if all you are trying to do is stop the endless flow of stuff into your life. Even the evasive &quot;Your presence is our present!&quot; is considered to be rude, as it seems to make the suggestion that the invitee owes a present at all.</p> <p>Miss Manners suggests that you simply say nothing about gifts, other than profuse thanks for any that are given. (She further recommends recycling unwanted gifts, thereby making the gift-giving a waste of money and time for all parties, in this writer's humble opinion.)</p> <p>This is a situation wherein etiquette simply has not kept up with social conventions. It's all well and good for Miss Manners to claim that no one is thinking about presents when they are invited to a wedding or a birthday party, but we know that's not the case. The social expectation is that you bring a present to a party. No one needs to say it for the expectation to be there.</p> <p>In fact, the real problem with &quot;No gifts&quot; on party invitations is that people don't know what it means. Some believe that the host is angling for money or gift cards, and others bring gifts for fear of being the only non-gift-giver at the party.</p> <p>So take the etiquette bull by the horns and give your guests an alternative to gifts. Specify a charity you would love your guests to support in lieu of a gift. Request that each person bring a funny story about or a picture of the guest of honor. Make it a Hobbit party, where all the <em>guests </em>get a present, rather than the birthday child.</p> <p>Miss Manners might recoil, but spelling out exactly what you expect to happen (non) gift-wise will be an incredible relief to your guests. They know that there is a social gift expectation for a party, but they have no idea what &quot;No gifts&quot; means unless you make it perfectly clear. Doing this will help your guests to think of you as a selfless and fun host, rather than someone who impolitely mentions gifts on an invitation.</p> <h2>Be Yourself</h2> <p>All three of these faux pas are really about being your genuine and authentic self. Own these &quot;errors,&quot; and know that others will likely respect you even more for them.</p> <p><em>Which etiquette rules have you broken only to have your social standing improve as a result? Be polite and share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-supposed-etiquette-faux-pas-that-actually-make-you-look-good">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-basic-manners-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Basic Manners You Must Teach Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-youre-driving-your-coworkers-insane">12 Ways You&#039;re Driving Your Coworkers Insane</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-things-people-with-good-social-skills-never-do">18 Things People With Good Social Skills Never Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-this-on-your-first-date-youre-not-getting-a-second">If You&#039;re Doing This on Your First Date, You&#039;re Not Getting a Second</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/masters-of-small-talk-never-do-these-10-things-do-you">Masters of Small Talk Never Do These 10 Things — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development crying etiquette faux pas forgetting gifts manners Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1378122 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Hurdles That Keep You From Being Wealthy http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-hurdles-that-keep-you-from-being-wealthy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-hurdles-that-keep-you-from-being-wealthy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/financial_struggle_000026300090.jpg" alt="Couple paying bills and worrying about not becoming wealthy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the hurdles that keep you from being wealthy, ways to ensure your side hustle is productive, and foods you can freeze for at least six months.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/6-hurdles-keeping-you-from-being-wealthy/">6 Hurdles Keeping you from Being Wealthy</a> &mdash; You're putting your financial health (and your family's financial health) at risk if you don't have adequate insurance. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/5-ways-to-make-sure-your-side-hustle-is-productive/">5 Ways to Make Sure Your Side Hustle is Productive</a> &mdash; Designate a power hour where you shut down all distractions and work straight for an hour. Power through as much work as you can, then take a break. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/5-foods-you-can-freeze-6-months-or-longer/">5 Foods You Can Freeze For 6 Months &ndash; Or Longer</a> &mdash; You can store unopened blocks of hard cheese (like cheddar and Parmesan) for six months in the fridge. Freeze sliced and shredded cheeses for up to four months. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3493/leftover-recipes">11 Ways to Spice Up Leftovers</a> &mdash; Reinvent your leftovers by using them in cheap and easy quesadillas. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Coach-Feel-Like-First-Class-36514384">How to Make Coach Feel More Like First Class</a> &mdash; Many airlines give their first-class passengers pajamas to change into &mdash; and you can bring your own into coach! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/15-things-that-always-make-me-happy">15 Things That Always Make Me Happy</a> &mdash; When times are hard, remember the small things that make you happy &mdash; like the smell of freshly baked bread or a beautiful sunset. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/04/01/buying-a-house-without-a-real-estate-agent-mistakes-to-avoid.html">Buying a House Without a Real Estate Agent: Mistakes to Avoid</a> &mdash; Don't assume anything! Be very clear about the terms when you are negotiating. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/5-reasons-i-love-my-high-deductible-health-plan/">5 Reasons I Love my High Deductible Health Plan</a> &mdash; HDHPs cover 100% of preventative care, including check ups, well visits, and vaccines. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/04/having-positive-mindset-can-help-your.html">Having a Positive Mindset Can Help Your Finances</a> &mdash; We all face financial setbacks from time to time, but when we think positively, we become more open to potential positive outcomes. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-do-work-you-love-without-taking-an-oath-of-poverty">How To Do Work You Love Without Taking An Oath Of Poverty</a> &mdash; Before you leave your day job to pursue your passion, be sure to first lower your living expenses, build your cash reserve, and pay off as much debt as you can. [Money Under 30]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-hurdles-that-keep-you-from-being-wealthy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-basic-manners-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Basic Manners You Must Teach Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-relationship-rules-you-should-be-breaking">10 Relationship Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-worst-mistakes-good-spouses-make">5 Worst Mistakes Good Spouses Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-small-new-year-s-resolutions-you-can-start-today">25 Small New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-financial-trick-lets-you-buy-happiness">This One Financial Trick Lets You Buy Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips wealthy Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1379352 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Worst Mistakes Good Spouses Make http://www.wisebread.com/5-worst-mistakes-good-spouses-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-worst-mistakes-good-spouses-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_000019703451.jpg" alt="Young couple who make common marriage mistakes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Marriage is hard. Almost anyone can tell you that. It takes constant effort to nurture this relationship so that it remains close, connected, and dedicated as the years pass.</p> <p>&quot;But,&quot; you say, &quot;I'm a good spouse. I don't cheat. I love my partner. I accept their faults and I work on my own. Won't my relationship last?&quot;</p> <p>Well, I don't have a crystal ball, but I do know this: Even good spouses aren't perfect. Even with a huge amount of love and the best intentions, it is easy to make mistakes that can hurt your relationship.</p> <p>But the first step is knowing what to look out for. Specifically, this list of the most common mistakes that good spouses make.</p> <h2>1. They Stop Putting in the Effort</h2> <p>When you feel lovey-dovey about your partner, it's easy to do the little things that make them happy. Maybe you prep his coffee pot for the morning, or bring her a glass of wine in bed. With that loving feeling, these things seem to come naturally.</p> <p>Fast forward a couple of years down the road, though. Your job is hard. Your spouse is stressed about money. Even the best spouses have days when they come home and collapse on the couch. When this happens, not only are you not thinking about the coffee or the wine, but you don't even want to make dinner.</p> <p>When you're stressed and tired, it's easy to let the little kindnesses, the things you do just because they make your spouse happy, slide. However, while you may not be able to do all the things you once did for your partner, you can still put forth the effort to show them that they're valuable.</p> <p>Be the one who offers to make (or pick up) dinner. Set an alarm on your phone so you remember to make the coffee. Surprise your spouse, even if it's only with takeout from their favorite restaurant. These little efforts remind your spouse that they are important to you, even when things are hard and busy.</p> <h2>2. They Speak Disrespectfully</h2> <p>Good spouses respect their partners. They listen when their partner speaks and they honor what is said, even when they disagree.</p> <p>Even good spouses, though, can lose respect for their partner in the middle of a heated conversation. This comes through in the tone of voice they use, the things they say about their partner or their partner's ideas, and whether or not they can give their partner the benefit of the doubt. It can even come through in what they say about their partner to other people, later on.</p> <p>Even if the argument is really and truly over and you're exaggerating or kidding around later, talk to and about your partner respectfully. If you can't do so, ask for a break until you feel like you can again.</p> <p>Even if you do respect your partner and you're just upset, speaking disrespectfully can harm your relationship. It can cause your partner to doubt your respect for them overall, and if that becomes a habit, it can change the way you think about your spouse in general.</p> <h2>3. They Believe Their Happiness Depends on Their Partner</h2> <p>Sure, you're close to your spouse. After all, you're a great partner. But there's a difference between being close and depending on someone else for your own happiness. Whether you feel like you need your partner to change in order for you to be happy, or you feel like everything is chugging along just fine until your partner falls into an illness or a depression; giving someone else that much control over your happiness is never a good idea.</p> <p>Instead, focus on yourself. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? Work towards your own goals and you will be happier than if you hand over control of your satisfaction to someone else.</p> <p>Also, being in charge of your own happiness makes you an even better spouse. Your partner won't feel like they have to be someone or something they're not just for you. And they will know that, whatever happens, even if they get depressed or seriously ill, they won't take you down with them.</p> <h2>4. They Wait Until They Feel Like It to Have Sex</h2> <p>Sure, you like sex. Sometimes you even love it. And you're a great spouse, so you make sure your partner enjoys it, too. But the longer you're with your spouse &mdash; even when you love them dearly &mdash; the easier it is to let other things get in the way of physical intimacy. And it's even easier when you tell yourself that it's better to wait until you're in the mood.</p> <p>However, physical intimacy is important to a marriage. While it doesn't feel romantic to approach your spouse (or let them approach you) sexually when you're tired, stressed, and really just want to watch TV, your marriage will be better if you do it.</p> <p>Remember that you enjoy sex, even when it's not the first thing on your &quot;Want&quot; list, and choose to engage your partner on this level. Take it slow, and you may find yourself enjoying it a lot more than you thought you would, even if you weren't in the mood.</p> <h2>5. They Let Arguments Get off Topic</h2> <p>Even good spouses get upset sometimes. I mean, anytime you have two people together in the same space for longer than a couple of hours, they're likely to disagree. The fact that you and your spouse sometimes argue has nothing to do with how good of partners you are or how much you love each other.</p> <p>When you do argue, though, try to stay on topic. Work through one issue at a time. If things are so heated that you or your partner keep bringing up other issues, step back for a while to cool down and refocus.</p> <p>If things come up that you really want to talk about, write them down. Then you can bring them up after the original issue is settled, or later on when things are cooler between the two of you. It's perfectly fine to talk about all of your issues, but best not to talk about them all at once.</p> <p><em>Do you consider yourself a good spouse? What mistakes have you made in your marriage?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-worst-mistakes-good-spouses-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-relationship-rules-you-should-be-breaking">10 Relationship Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-navigate-3-common-money-arguments-with-your-significant-other">How to Navigate 3 Common Money Arguments With Your Significant Other</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-questions-couples-should-ask-in-the-money-talk">5 Questions Couples Should Ask in the Money Talk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-time-tested-ways-to-make-a-relationship-work">6 Time-Tested Ways to Make a Relationship Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-deal-when-your-spouse-is-suffering-from-burnout">How to Deal When Your Spouse is Suffering From Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development arguments household marriage partnerships relationships spouses Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:00:02 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1376576 at http://www.wisebread.com You Can Too: 7 Amazing Things People Have Accomplished in Under a Year http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_map_000041834602_0.jpg" alt="man accomplished goals within a year and traveling with map" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are days when I feel incredibly productive, and others when I do not even get off the couch. Can you relate? On those couch days, I enjoy marveling at the accomplishments of others.</p> <p>Imagine what you could achieve by stringing together a few of those productive days&hellip;or even 365 of them! Here are a few incredible, inspiring, productive things your fellow humans have done in a year. Let the motivation begin!</p> <h2>1. Stroll the Continent</h2> <p>There are a number of people who have either run or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_have_walked_across_the_United_States">walked across the United States</a> in less than a year's time. Many embark on such an adventure to raise awareness of certain medical or social causes. Take Louis Michael Figueroa, for example. He was only 16 when he ran from New Brunswick, NJ to San Francisco, CA as a promise to a friend who was dying of bone cancer. Figueroa became the youngest person to make the trek &mdash; in just 60 days. It makes that recommended <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-walk-more">10,000 steps a day</a> seem like not such a big deal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-adventurous-things-you-should-do-before-you-die?ref=seealso">7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout</a>)</p> <h2>2. Sail the World</h2> <p>Here's another distance feat: Francis Joyon <a href="http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/sports/fastest_round_the_world_sailing_world_record_set_by_Francis_Joyon_80127.htm">sailed around the world</a> solo in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes, and six seconds back in 2008. To put that in perspective, he made that wicked fast time journeying nearly 21,600 nautical miles. In less than two months. Alone at sea. Whoa.</p> <h2>3. Pay Off Debt</h2> <p>I am majorly inspired by the story of Jackie (<a href="http://thepaleomama.com/2013/08/how-we-paid-off-more-than-27000-of-debt-in-6-months-and-still-ate-paleo/">The Paleo Mama</a>) and her husband. The duo were able to pay off more than $27,000 in debt over the course of just six months using the Ramsey Method and some smart planning. Along with taking a hard look at their budget and bills, the family made some big modifications to their lifestyle as a whole, including selling one of their cars, buying most things second hand, canceling cable and expensive smart phones, and using a cash system for most purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-inspiring-people-who-each-paid-off-over-100000-in-debt?ref=seealso">5 Inspiring People Who Each Paid Off Over $100,000 in Debt</a>)</p> <h2>4. Raise Millions</h2> <p>We've all heard of crowdsourced fundraising campaigns, and some are certainly more successful than others. Take the GoFundMe campaign for <a href="https://medium.com/@vonwong/my-video-raised-2-million-in-less-than-a-year-heres-how-you-can-do-it-too-46c0ed26b6fe">Eliza O'Neill</a>, a beautiful four-year-old girl with a degenerative brain disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. The amazing story, as told by photographer/videographer Benjamin Von Wong, raised more than $2 million in less than a year. This money will all go toward a clinical trial to find a cure.</p> <h2>5. Plant a Forest</h2> <p>In September 2010, a Pakistani soldier named Muhammed Yousuf Jamil <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/culture/pakistani-soldier-plants-20101-trees-in-one-day-sets-new-world-record.html">planted 20,101 trees</a> in just 18 hours and 40 minutes. As you can imagine, this accomplishment set a new world record in the Guinness book. For those of you curious about the math, that's a whopping 18 trees per minute. The previous record? An impressive 15,170 trees, held by Canadian Ken Chaplin back in 2001.</p> <h2>6. Lose All Fear</h2> <p>I first heard the term &quot;rejection therapy&quot; a few months ago on <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/16/377239011/by-making-a-game-out-of-rejection-a-man-conquers-fear">Invisibilia</a>, but concept has stuck with me. <a href="http://fearbuster.com">Jia Jiang</a> claims he completely broke through his fears of rejection through requesting crazy things from strangers for 100 days straight &mdash; so, less than a year. He is now featured on everything from Ted Talks to The Huffington Post to Forbes for this unusual, effective method of self-rehabilitation.</p> <h2>7. Read Books</h2> <p>Many of us set some reading goals for the new year, but I've never heard one quite like Nina Sankovitch's. She <a href="http://www.readallday.org/blog/tolstoy-and-the-purple-chair/">read a book per day</a> for an entire year after her oldest sister died of cancer in 2005. That's 365 books by 365 different authors in 365 days. Sankovitch chronicled this chapter in her life by writing a memoir called &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061999857/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0061999857&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WNMAEHTFW46MELLC">Tolstoy and the Purple Chair</a>.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Please share your favorite inspiring story &mdash; maybe it stars you!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-more-eureka-shower-moments">How to Have More Eureka! Shower Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/but-i-dont-want-to-secrets-to-self-motivation">But I Don&#039;t Want To! Secrets to Self-Motivation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/successful-new-years-resolutions-have-this-one-thing-in-common-does-yours">Successful New Year&#039;s Resolutions Have This One Thing in Common — Does Yours?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-go-for-inspiration">10 Places to Go for Inspiration</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity goal setting goals inspiration persistence Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1358025 at http://www.wisebread.com Invest Your Time in These 13 Things While You're in Your 20s http://www.wisebread.com/invest-your-time-in-these-13-things-while-youre-in-your-20s <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/invest-your-time-in-these-13-things-while-youre-in-your-20s" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/asian_student_000017738107.jpg" alt="Asian student studying" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our 20s fly by before we know it, and we want to make sure we did the decade justice. Did we worry about the right things? Are we where we should be now? The best way to prepare for those questions and answer them to the best of our abilities, is to make sure we spend time on what really matters and what may help us in the future. We took a look at a <a href="http://www.quora.com/How-should-a-24-year-old-invest-time-1">Quora thread</a> that had great advice for people in their 20s who may be wondering what some of the important things to invest time in may be, and here is what we found.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Happy-People-Do-34870691">15 Things Incredibly Happy People Do</a></p> <h2>1. Network</h2> <p>If you form a solid mainstay of people, you are exposed to more opportunities and potential for success in both your career and in your personal life. Build bridges, because you never know when you might be looking to cross them. As <a href="http://www.quora.com/Karan-Jaiswani">Karan Jaiswani</a> put it, &quot;the 20s are all about utilizing your today and structuring your future.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Read &mdash; A Lot</h2> <p>There is nothing more productive than taking the time to read. Read whatever you can get your hands on &mdash; current news, nonfiction, fiction, career advice, self-help books &mdash; anything! The more you know and understand about people around you, yourself and the world, the more easily and successfully you can navigate those very things.</p> <p>&quot;This will keep your mind stimulated and open to ideas. You will get a number of ideas for each author that you can implement in your life. You will also get opinions from across the globe,&quot; <a href="http://www.quora.com/Rizwan-Aseem">Rizwan Aseem</a> says.</p> <h2>3. Take Care of Your Body</h2> <p>Making time at night to wash your face, exercise, and remembering to apply (and reapply) sunscreen may not be on the top of your priority list, but it should be. General health care is something that, later in life, you will be glad you considered in your 20s. As <a href="http://www.quora.com/Rizwan-Aseem">Aseem</a> points out, &quot;No matter what you do in your life, you will do it in your body. You cannot replace it, get a new one, or trade it in. This is your body and you will live in it.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Use Your Time and Money on Education</h2> <p>Education is an invaluable resource that you are unlikely to ever regret having. Money is well spent when it is used to broaden your mind and pool of knowledge, especially when honing skills to be applied to your career path. <a href="http://www.quora.com/Anuj-Kumar-1">Anuj Kumar</a> advises you to &quot;try different things and find out where your passion lies&hellip; and then find ways to make a career doing that, adding that &quot;if you need further education, get it.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Pay Attention to Your Mental Health and Wellbeing</h2> <p>While your physical health is extremely important, investing time into taking care of your mind should not be forgotten. Stimulate it, challenge it, be conscious of what you're exposing it to daily, and take care of yourself. <a href="http://www.quora.com/Rizwan-Aseem">Aseem</a> makes the point that, &quot;The mind, like anything else, has the characteristics of a muscle. You use it, or lose it. And as long as you are using it, it will remain fit and healthy. The minutes you stop using it, it will decay and rust.&quot; So use it!</p> <h2>6. Learn New Skills (and Master Them)</h2> <p>While the advice to &quot;follow your passion&quot; can be good in the general sense, <a href="http://www.quora.com/John-J-Bowman-Jr">John. J. Bowman</a> urges those in their 20s to master and control a set of skills that can be used to benefit you within the field you are passionate about.</p> <h2>7. Create and Maintain Good Habits</h2> <p>The hardest part of creating good habits is getting started, but once you are able to master them, they will have an undeniably positive impact on your day-to-day as well as your future, because, as <a href="http://www.quora.com/Rizwan-Aseem">Rizwan</a> notes, &quot;once a habit is established it lasts for a life time.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Build Meaningful Relationships</h2> <p>Now is the time to drop the fair-weather friends and make time only for those who are really going to stick around and be positive forces in your life. As you mature, so should your relationships, so you don't have time to waste on people who will be harmful rather than helpful in your pursuit of your future goals.</p> <h2>9. Eat Well</h2> <p>Spend time planning meals, learning healthy recipes, and overall taking what you're eating into consideration regularly. Gone are the days when donuts, chips, and sodas can pass as a full day's meal. Even it if takes a little more time and effort, your future self will thank you when you find yourself maintaining your energy and healthy body as you age.</p> <h2>10. Establish a System for Handling Finances</h2> <p>Sit down and figure out how you are spending money, what you are spending it on, and what your ongoing expenses are. &quot;If you take care of your finances starting today they will take care of you when you most need them. When you are old, or sick, or sending your kids to school, or helping a parent through sickness. Your finances will help you,&quot; <a href="http://www.quora.com/Rizwan-Aseem">Aseem</a> says. Big pitfalls to avoid: bad business opportunities (if it seems to good to be true &mdash; it is), overuse of credit cards, and choosing not to save or put money aside for a rainy day.</p> <h2>11. Travel</h2> <p>In your 20s, you're full of enthusiasm and energy and usually have the mobility to indulge a bit of wanderlust. So indulge it. Experience new cultures, countries, and challenges. You will learn things that you can take with you and apply to your life back at home.</p> <h2>12. Communicate With Loved Ones</h2> <p>Make an effort to remember birthdays, holidays, and important events. Your family and close friends can act as your support system when you need it, but you should put the time in and return the favor. Small gestures that show you are thinking about the people who love you go a long way, so take the extra five minutes to write a nice card and stick it in the mail, or schedule that quick Skype call &mdash; you won't regret it.</p> <h2>13. Examine What You Really Want in Life</h2> <p>It's easy to get caught up in the everything going on throughout your 20s, and people often forget to actually sit down and contemplate what it is they really want. <a href="http://www.quora.com/Tonya-Turpin">Tonya Turpin</a>&nbsp;advised that you &quot;actively, and with intent, become aware of the world and everything it holds. Not just about the outside world, but also the one in your head. Spend time alone because it is the only true way to get to know yourself. Be curious and question everything.&quot; Make the time to figure out what you love, and map out a plan of how to get it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When we&#039;re in our 20s we feel possibility ahead of us as nearly infinite. Grasp it by laying the foundation of your future when you&#039;re young, smart, and full of health. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Old-Books-23418154#photo-23418154">21 Uses For Old Books</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Inspirational-Quotes-36634903#photo-36634903">46 Quotes From Reddit That Will Change Your Life For the Better</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Shorten-Cleaning-Time-22498197">The Lazy Girl's Guide to a Clean Home</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/invest-your-time-in-these-13-things-while-youre-in-your-20s">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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These seven foods will put you and your special someone in the mood long before the check arrives.</p> <h2>1. Oysters</h2> <p>Pull up two seats at the raw bar and watch the magic happen. These little gems from the sea boost libido with a unique and potent combination of minerals and proteins, namely zinc, vitamin B12, and two unusual amino acids &mdash; D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate. Not into oysters? Pumpkin seeds, peanuts, and roast beef are also high in zinc, although perhaps not as sensual to eat.</p> <h2>2. Strawberries</h2> <p>The high concentration of vitamin C in strawberries is known to raise men's sperm count, though the more important benefit for sex drive is their ability to increase circulation in both men and women. The added fructose to give you a burst of energy doesn't hurt either!</p> <h2>3. Salmon</h2> <p>What's good for your heart is also good for your libido. Now isn't that convenient? Fatty fishes have been known to boost sex drive. Plus, the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel keep your heart healthy and pumping with ease. Not to mention it also gives you glowing, irresistible skin.</p> <h2>4. Red Wine</h2> <p>In general, alcohol decreases libido except when that alcohol is red wine. Like strawberries, red wine helps to increase blood flow which in turn contributes to a boost in sex drive. In addition to consuming it, the color of red wine helps, too. Research finds that men and women are both more attracted to others who wear (and drink!) the color red.</p> <h2>5. Dark Chocolate</h2> <p>As if you needed another reason to love chocolate! Dark chocolate in particular contributes to an increased sex drive because it contains the very unsexy-sounding compound called phenylethylamine. It's commonly referred to as the &quot;love chemical&quot; because it is known to stimulate romantic emotions in the brain. So go ahead and have dessert.</p> <h2>6. Watermelon</h2> <p>Just call it nature's Viagra. Researchers at Texas A&amp;M University found that the triple threat of lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene in watermelon rev up your libido by relaxing blood vessels, which increases blood flow. To close out your romantic picnic this summer, pack some cold slices of watermelon for dessert and watch things heat up.</p> <h2>7. Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>Like watermelon, sweet potatoes contain a healthy dose of beta-carotene. Our bodies transform beta-carotene into vitamin A, both key supplements for boosting libido.</p> <p><em>Has your sex drive responded to any of these foods &mdash; or others?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-sex-drive">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-energy">10 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Energy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you">8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Personal Development aphrodisiacs food science libido sex drive Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:00:09 +0000 Christa Avampato 1351246 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Charitable Donations That Do the Most Good http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_thank_you_000020658220.jpg" alt="Girl holding thank you sign for charity" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to do good with your money. If fact, you can make quite a big splash in this world even if you can only afford to give a relatively small sum. The key is <a href="http://time.com/money/3611880/charitable-giving-tips-advice-katherina-rosqueta/">finding charity organizations</a> that are using your money to the maximum effect. But with more than one million nonprofits registered in the U.S., it can be difficult to determine which ones will use your donation in a way that&rsquo;s most impactful. Lucky for you, we&rsquo;ve done the homework &mdash; read on for our roundup of the charities that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.</p> <h2>1. Compassion International</h2> <p>In an in-depth analysis by Charity Navigator, this Christian child advocacy ministry earned the most consecutive four-star ratings, demonstrating <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&amp;orgid=3555">fiscal excellence over time</a>. That means the Colorado-based youth services charity is well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change; every dollar donated to Compassion International is well spent.</p> <p>Founded in 1952, Compassion launched with a mission to provide Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education, and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, the organization aids more than 1.5 million children in 26 countries. You can donate in many ways, including via a $38 a month <a href="http://www.compassion.com/compassion/sponsor_a_child.htm">child sponsorship</a> that provides health care, hygiene training, supplementary food, personal attention, guidance, and an opportunity to learn about Jesus. Compassion even organizes visitation trips for donors who want to see first-hand how their money is saving a life.</p> <h2>2. Carnegie Institution for Science</h2> <p>Ranking second in Charity Navigator&rsquo;s four-star rating is <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&amp;orgid=3424#.VQc_D47F98F">Carnegie Institution for Science</a>, which funds research in the earth, space, and life sciences. Headquartered in the nation&rsquo;s capital, the 110-year-old nonprofit is dedicated to scientific discovery. Some of its greatest accomplishments include providing support to Edwin Hubble, who revolutionized astronomy with his discovery that the universe is expanding and that there are galaxies other than our own Milky Way, and the work of Andrew Fire, who won the Nobel Prize in 2006 for his and his colleagues&rsquo; discoveries related to <a href="http://firelab.stanford.edu/">gene silencing</a>. Through Carnegie Science&rsquo;s research support program, donors can choose to <a href="http://carnegiescience.edu/support/giving/research">fund specific research projects</a>, which helps make the giving process all that more personal.</p> <h2>3. Development Media International</h2> <p>Of the six million children under the age of five who die each year, two out of three could have remained healthy if their families made use of simple, inexpensive, or free interventions like hand-washing and anti-malaria bed nets. Development Media International is trying to fix this by using television and radio campaigns to spread these public service messages. So far it&rsquo;s working &mdash; DMI&rsquo;s media campaigns are actively reducing the global child mortality rate. In fact, the charity has the potential to prevent nearly 23% of all future child deaths, according to some forecast models, which has helped earn DMI a spot at the top of The Life You Can Save&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/Where-to-Donate/Development-Media-International">recommended charity list</a>. Previous successful public service campaigns launched by DMI include those targeting leprosy, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and tuberculosis abroad.</p> <h2>4. Brother&rsquo;s Brother Foundation</h2> <p>Since 1958, Brother&rsquo;s Brother has delivered food, medicine, and educational supplies to people impacted by disease, poverty, and natural disasters &mdash; all from its humble headquarters in a run-down neighborhood in Pittsburgh. This family-run foundation is at the forefront of Forbes&rsquo; all-star list of the most committed, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/companies/brothers-brother-foundation/">financially efficient charities</a> in America. Over <a href="http://brothersbrother.org/bbfstats/">99% of all donations</a> to Brother&rsquo;s Brother go to those in need, making this charity a great place to donate your hard-earned money. With just 16 full-time employees and $245M in annual donations, Brother&rsquo;s Brother last year shipped 4,821,381 pounds of goods to 60 countries, including people affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.</p> <h2>5. PetSmart Charities</h2> <p>When it comes to animal welfare charities, <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/12/best-and-worst-charities-for-your-money/index.htm">PetSmart is ranked highest</a> by the three major charity watchdogs: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and CharityWatch. That&rsquo;s because the Phoenix-based charity has excellent ratings when it comes to financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency &mdash; the most important indicators of whether you should donate to a particular charity. In 2013, PetSmart used 90 cents of every dollar received to help save 400,000 animals by moving them out of shelters and into loving homes. PetSmart also spays and neuters about 285,000 animals annually, and funnels millions of dollars to animal welfare groups across the nation. As a donor, you can give money, or instead adopt a pet, thereby helping PetSmart achieve its goal of giving every animal a loving home.</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s your favorite charity </em>&mdash;<em> and why?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-giving-to-charity-is-good-for-you">5 Ways Giving to Charity Is Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year">Ten Great Charities that Deserve Your Dollars This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development animal shelters charity donations Giving Back poverty Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1350896 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Success Tips From Successful People http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-success-tips-from-successful-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-success-tips-from-successful-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/successful_woman.jpg" alt="successful business woman with tips on how to be successful" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips from successful people, ways to save on entertainment, and the ultimate spring cleaning checklist.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://pinching-pennies.com/2015/03/top-10-tips-from-10-successful-people-on-becoming-successful/">Top 10 Tips from 10 Successful People on Becoming Successful</a> &mdash; You may be tempted to spend your profits &mdash; don't! Warren Buffet suggests reinvesting your profits instead. [Pinching Pennies]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysoldiers.com/2015/03/14/4-ways-save-money-entertainment-2015/">4 Ways To Save Money On Entertainment In 2015</a> &mdash; Buying in bulk works for entertainment, too! Gather your friends (and friends of friends) to enjoy the savings from group discounts. [Money Soldiers]</p> <p><a href="http://commoncentsmom.com/2015/03/the-ultimate-spring-cleaning-check-list/">The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist</a> &mdash; Washing your walls and baseboards with a simple mix of vinegar, baking soda, and water will make a huge difference! [Common Cents Mom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Websites-Save-You-Money-35457232">40+ Incredible Websites That Will Save You Tons of Money</a> &mdash; Give stuff and get stuff on Yerdle &mdash; for free! All you need to pay is shipping. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/hobbies-that-make-money">16 Hobbies That Can Actually Make You Money</a> &mdash; If you like sports, look into refereeing! Schools and recreation leagues are always on the hunt for qualified referees. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/become-a-freelance-writer/">How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days or Less (and Make $4,000 a Month)</a> &mdash; Begin building a writing portfolio to showcase your work. You might need to write for free for a while, but you'll get exposure, traffic, and the start of a reputation. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3402-how-to-buy-a-mattress">10 Tips for Saving on Your Next Mattress</a> &mdash; Don't be swayed by the product names! Focus on how the mattresses feel. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.phroogal.com/7-times-absolutely-rethink-getting-loan/">7 Times You Should Absolutely Rethink Getting a Loan</a> &mdash; If your bank won't say &quot;yes&quot; without a co-signer, then you probably have bigger issues with your finances to deal with. Improve your finances first, then get a loan when you can qualify on your own. [Phroogal Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/03/6-ways-for-kids-to-earn-money-that.html">6 Ways for Kids to Earn Money That Aren't Lemonade Stands</a> &mdash; A great way for adults to make extra money is to get crafty and sell their wares &mdash; kids can do the same! [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-parents-can-de-stress-their-daily-routine">5 Ways Parents Can De-Stress Their Daily Routine</a> &mdash; Washing and putting away one load of laundry a day will help reduce pile-ups of dirty clothes &mdash; and time spent trying to catch up on those pile-ups! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-success-tips-from-successful-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/success-secrets-you-should-have-learned-in-high-school-but-didnt">Success Secrets You Should Have Learned in High School — But Didn&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-no-one-is-telling-you-about-success">5 Things No One Is Telling You About Success</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-embrace-failure-keep-going-and-win">How to Embrace Failure, Keep Going, and Win</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-unbelievable-visualization-board-success-stories">3 Unbelievable Visualization Board Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-succeeding-at-absolutely-everything">The Secret to Succeeding at Absolutely Everything</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips success Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1347459 at http://www.wisebread.com