Personal Development http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/216/all en-US Best Money Tips: How to Master Small Talk http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-master-small-talk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-master-small-talk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_talking_coffee_77408151.jpg" alt="Friends learning how to master small talk" 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 articles on how to hone your small talk skills, science-backed ways to create happiness, and what you need to know about the new iPhone 7.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-make-small-talk/">How to make small talk anywhere</a> &mdash; Small talk is a skill that you can learn like any other. You can practice and experiment in low-stake scenarios with servers, baristas, and store clerks. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Happier-42349721">10 Science-Backed Ways You Can Create Happiness in Your Everyday Life</a> &mdash; Studies have found that you get more enjoyment out of an activity when you do it with someone else. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0910/Nine-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-iPhone-7">Nine things you need to know about the new iPhone 7</a> &mdash; The iPhone 7 has a number of new features, including more memory, stereo speakers, better cameras, and more. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/8-daily-rituals-successful-small-business-owners/">8 Daily Rituals Of Successful Small Business Owners</a> &mdash; Every industry changes over time. Make sure you catch up on current events that may affect your industry either directly or indirectly. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/financial-wellness/">The Road to Financial Wellness</a> &mdash; It takes skill to get your finances in line and to keep it there. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on the issues you'll encounter on the road to financial wellness and the skills you'll need to overcome them. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/home-organizing/tips-hacks/never-use-vinegar-household-items/71120">Never Use Vinegar on These Household Items</a> &mdash; It can seem like vinegar can be used to clean everything in your house, but it can actually do major damage if you use them on these items. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/personalfinance/5-ways-to-find-your-next-job">5 Ways to Find Your Next Job</a> &mdash; Reach out to the HR manager of the place where you want to work. See if you can schedule an informal meeting over coffee to discuss your career goals and their organization. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/brain-training-exercises-14429/">12 Budget-Friendly Tips to Boost Brainpower</a> &mdash; Experiencing some brain blips? A handful of berries, especially dark varieties like blueberries, cherries, and blackberries, can help improve your memory. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/actually-get-work-done-leaving-vacation/">3 Ways to Actually Get Work Done Before Leaving For Vacation</a> &mdash; There are probably a ton of things you need to do before going on vacation. Leave the nonessential tasks for after you're back so you have time to do the really important stuff. [Due]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-celebrate-national-better-breakfast-month">How to Celebrate National Better Breakfast Month</a> &mdash; Start your day off right with a better breakfast. You can make your own granola to cut out the excess sugar and processed foods, or hard boil some eggs for a grab-and-go breakfast during the week. [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-how-to-master-small-talk">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-1"> <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/defining-success-if-you-dont-know-what-you-want-you-wont-know-when-youve-gotten-it">Defining Success: If You Don&#039;t Know What You Want, You Won&#039;t Know When You&#039;ve Gotten It</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/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</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/7-steps-to-improving-your-critical-thinking">7 Steps to Improving Your Critical Thinking</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-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</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/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips small talk Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:30:39 +0000 Amy Lu 1791438 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Small Habits That Steal Your Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-small-habits-that-steal-your-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-small-habits-that-steal-your-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sad_stressed_83655851.jpg" alt="Woman with small habits that steal her happiness" 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 articles on small habits that steal your happiness, tips for saving money on groceries, and ways to get cheap or free vet care for your pet.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2016/09/08/steal-your-happiness/">7 Small Habits That Will Steal Your Happiness</a> &mdash; Don't put your dreams on hold, waiting for the right time to take action. Even if you can't dive in right away, you can take small steps toward your goal. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.wallstreetsurvivor.com/2016/09/09/20-tips-that-will-help-you-save-money-on-groceries/">20 Tips That Will Help You Save Money On Groceries</a> &mdash; Go for versatile ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes to ensure that you actually use it before it goes bad. [Wall Street Survivor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/how-get-cheaper-free-vet-care/">9 Ways to Get Cheap or Free Vet Care for Your Pet</a> &mdash; Check out veterinary websites and social media accounts for deals offered by vets in your area. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/what-to-do-when-mice-have-invaded-your-home-1786347063">What to Do When Mice Have Invaded Your Home</a> &mdash; If you spot even one mouse, odds are there's a nest somewhere in your house. Follow these steps to get rid of the unwelcome rodents and keep them out. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Should-Do-Your-30s-40165465">22 Things You Need to Start Doing For Yourself in Your 30s</a> &mdash; Make time for massages &mdash; your body will thank you! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0902/How-to-balance-between-investment-and-savings-accounts">How to balance between investment and savings accounts</a> &mdash; Investing your money can make it grow faster, but the money in savings is more accessible when an emergency hits. Learn how to balance both and optimize your money. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/25-small-ways-to-pay-it-forward-kindness-matters/">25 Small Ways to Pay It Forward &ndash; Kindness Matters!</a> &mdash; Buy extra toiletries when you spot a good deal and give them away to people in need. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/changing-your-own-oil-video/">6 Things to Know When Changing Your Own Oil for the First Time</a> &mdash; If you've never changed the oil in you car before, follow these tips to make sure you're doing it correctly. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2016/09/09/how-to-deal-with-stress/">How to Deal With Stress and Remain Calm in Any Situation</a> &mdash; Talk through your problems with someone you trust. It's harder to find solutions when you keep your feelings pent up. [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-much-homework-is-too-much">How Much Homework Is Too Much?</a> &mdash; The workload your child brings home may be too much if it starts affecting their sleep or mood, [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-small-habits-that-steal-your-happiness">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-1"> <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/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</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/100-small-things-that-can-bring-you-joy">100 Small Things That Can Bring You Joy</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/big-list-of-things-to-be-happy-about">Big List of Things to be Happy About</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/10-things-you-can-do-today-to-be-happy">10 Things You Can Do Today to Be Happy</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/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips habits happiness Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1789671 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 6 Ways to Attract Love in Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-6-ways-to-attract-love-in-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-6-ways-to-attract-love-in-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_heart_hands_91527955.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to attract love in her life" 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 articles on ways to attract love, things you should be cleaning (but aren&rsquo;t), and items that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/07/how-to-attract-love.html">6 Ways On How To Attract Love In Your Life</a> - The first step is to realize your true value and learn to love yourself. When you do, you'll attract positivity in your life, which promotes healthier relationships with other people. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/things-you-should-be-cleaning/">63 Things You Should Be Cleaning But Aren&rsquo;t</a> - If you want to maintain a clean house, make sure you clean these less-than-obvious places regularly. [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/cheap-whole-foods-prices-14145/">20 Items That Are Cheaper at Whole Foods</a> - Yes, you can find bargains in the aisles of Whole Foods, especially on the store's 365 Everyday Value brand. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Help-Someone-Anxiety-42078628">7 Things You Can Do to Help Someone With Anxiety</a> - Everyone deals with anxiety attacks in different ways, and the easiest way to know what to do is to ask how you can help. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2016/07/26/how-to-turn-your-favorite-photos-into-wall-art/">How to Turn Your Favorite Photos into Wall Art</a> - It can cost a small fortune to order a canvas print of a photograph, but with this method, all you need is a prefabricated canvas, your photo printed to the size of the canvas, some Mod Podge, foam brushes, and some acrylic paint. [Frugal Village]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2016/07/3-things-can-sell-make-extra-money/">3 Things You Can Sell to Make Extra Money</a> - Collectors may be willing to pay $80-$150 for your old dress or tennis shoes. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/17918/dine-out-less.html">5 Real Strategies to Help You Dine Out Less</a> - You can limit how often you dine out and how much you spend by using only restaurant gift cards that you've earned from loyalty reward programs to fund your meals. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/11-science-backed-ways-to-build-permanent-habits/">11 Science-backed Ways To Build Permanent Habits</a> - Sure, it takes time to form a habit, but you can speed up the process by visualizing yourself as already having the habit. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/how-to-have-hard-conversations/">How to Thrive in Difficult Conversations</a> - When you're having a difficult conversation, it's important to be as honest as possible. Don't avoid the tough parts. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ways-to-make-more-time-for-your-wife">7 Ways to Make More Time for Your Wife</a> - Resolve to do something nice for your spouse each day. [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-6-ways-to-attract-love-in-your-life">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-2"> <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/make-these-6-relationship-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years">Make These 6 Relationship Moves Now or You&#039;ll Regret It in 20 Years</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</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/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips love Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1760582 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Improve Your Social Skills in 6 Steps http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-improve-your-social-skills-in-6-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-improve-your-social-skills-in-6-steps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_eating_breakfast_63703237.jpg" alt="Friends learning how to improve their social skills" 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 articles on ways to improve your social skills, how to learn a foreign language quickly, and the most important investments you&rsquo;ll ever make.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/6-steps-to-take-to-improve-your-social-skills-and-defeat-your-anxiety/">6 Steps To Take To Improve Your Social Skills and Defeat Your Anxiety</a> &mdash; Start by understanding why you fear social situations. What specific parts of an interaction cause you anxiety? [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Learn-Foreign-Language-Fast-41817574">Learn a Foreign Language FAST With These Easy Tips</a> &mdash; Do everyday activities, like watching TV or writing your grocery list, in the language you're learning. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/most-important-investments-you-will-ever-make/69250">The Most Important Investments You Will Ever Make</a> &mdash; Take the time and effort to cultivate your relationships with the good people in your life. A tight circle of close friends is better for you than a crowd of people you can't always count on. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/the-cost-of-being-too-nice/">Being Too Nice Might Be Costing You Thousands. Here&rsquo;s How to Toughen Up</a> &mdash; If you're not happy with a purchase, take it back to the store and ask for a refund or a replacement. Simply letting it go is easy, but that can lead to a lot of waste over time. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://dyernews.com/tips-avoiding-extra-airline-fees/">3 Tips for to Avoiding Extra Airline Fees</a> &mdash; If you need Internet during your flight, purchase a Wi-Fi pass while you're on the ground. This is often cheaper than the packages offered on the plane. [Dyer News]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.frugalsimplicity.com/25-ways-to-save-money-but-still-have-a-memorable-wedding-day/">25 Ways to Save Money But Still Have a Memorable Wedding Day</a> &mdash; Want live entertainment for your wedding? Check at your local college for a band that does events. [Frugal Simplicity]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/make-money-side-hustle/">How to Make Money From a Side Hustle</a> &mdash; A strong online presence will help potential clients find you. Be active on social media, write blog posts regularly, and share your work! [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/bartering-is-a-bad-idea/">3 Reasons Bartering Is A Bad Idea</a> &mdash; Bartering can be good way to save money&hellip; or is it? Here are three ways this kind of arrangement can go wrong for you. [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2016/06/29/best-way-diversify-income/">The Best Way to Diversify Your Income</a> &mdash; Build income streams that run parallel to each other. Start with what you know and see how you can apply that knowledge in a new area. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/17669/buy-your-first-home.html">5 Things You Can Do to Buy Your First Home in the Next Few Years</a> &mdash; Part of the cost of homeownership is maintenance, so learn how to safely do small home repairs and projects. [Everything Finance]</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-how-to-improve-your-social-skills-in-6-steps">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-3"> <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-are-what-you-do-16-ways-to-improve-your-body-language">You Are What You Do: 16 Ways to Improve Your Body Language</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-signs-you-were-raised-by-parents-with-bad-social-skills">5 Signs You Were Raised by Parents With Bad Social Skills</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-rude-things-even-polite-people-do">10 Rude Things Even Polite People 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/5-everyday-words-that-are-making-you-look-stupid">5 Everyday Words That Are Making You Look Stupid</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-times-most-people-are-faking-it">8 Times Most People Are Faking It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips social skills Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:30:28 +0000 Amy Lu 1742403 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Be Naturally Charming http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-be-naturally-charming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-be-naturally-charming" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_friends_charming_75590355.jpg" alt="Women learning how to be naturally charming" 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 articles on the trick be be naturally charming, ways to give dad what he really wants for Father&rsquo;s Day, and how to cut costs on health care.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-be-charming/">How to be naturally charming</a> &mdash; Having an abundance mentality &mdash; understanding that social interactions are not scarce &mdash; can help you become more charming. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-ways-to-give-dad-the-only-gift-he-really-wants-for-fathers-day">4 Ways to Give Dad the Only Gift He Really Wants for Father's Day</a> &mdash; For most dads, the best gift of all is quality time with his family. Here's how to give it to him on Father's Day &mdash; and every day. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/saving/T027-C001-S003-how-to-cut-costs-on-health-care.html">How to Cut Costs on Health Care</a> &mdash; See if your health plan has preferred pharmacies with lower costs. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0613/The-Pinterest-revolution-on-photos-recipes-and-tutorials">The Pinterest revolution on photos, recipes and tutorials</a> &mdash; The visual platform aims to revolutionize how people discover products and content. Since buyable pins were introduced, more and more people are using Pinterest to shop, both online and in stores. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Adults-Living-Home-41577770">Adulting When You Still Live at Home &mdash;&nbsp;17 Tips</a> &mdash; Don't let your parents impose a curfew, but do let them know when you'll be out late. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://thefrugalgirls.com/2016/06/how-to-shred-meat.html">How to Shred Meat (4 fast easy tricks!)</a> &mdash; User your stand mixer with a flat beater paddle attachment to shred meat in seconds! [The Frugal Girls]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/benefits-of-a-clean-home/">11 Unexpected Benefits of A Clean Home</a> &mdash; A clean home helps you save money. When you clean your home regularly, you know where your things are and you take better care of them.&nbsp; [A Debt Free Mess Free Life</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/food-labels-and-terms-that-fool-you/">Food Labels And Terms That Fool You</a> &mdash; &ldquo;Natural,&rdquo; &ldquo;All Natural,&rdquo; and &ldquo;100% Natural&rdquo; don't mean anything unless they're referring to meat. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/quick-fix-onion-clean-grill/">Quick Fix: How to Use an Onion to Clean Your Grill</a> &mdash; Save yourself some elbow grease and use an onion to clean your grill as soon as you finish cooking. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/create-a-savings-habit-for-kids/">How to Create a Savings Habit for Your Kids</a> &mdash; Teaching kids to save and wait for what they want will help them become effective savers as adults. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><strong>$1500 Giveaway!</strong> Don't forget to enter before June 30th for your chance to win $1500 in prizes in our Rutgers Giveaway! If you are a young adult, take a quick survey on your financial decisions and you could win a $500 or one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. For more information and to enter, check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rutgers-is-giving-away-1500-to-wise-bread-readers">giveaway article</a>!</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-how-to-be-naturally-charming">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/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</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/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</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/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips charming Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:30:22 +0000 Amy Lu 1730336 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: One Super Useful Skill That No One Teaches http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-one-super-useful-skill-that-no-one-teaches <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-one-super-useful-skill-that-no-one-teaches" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_computer_77634845.jpg" alt="Woman learning super useful skill nobody teaches" 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 articles on a super useful skill that no one teaches, urban and wilderness survival hacks, and smart uses for Vaseline.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/06/the-art-of-pitching.html">One Super Useful Skill that No One Teaches in Your 20s</a> &mdash; This skill is extremely useful in most situations in life, business, and your career. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/06/06/18-urban-and-wilderness-survival-hacks-that-would-make-macgyver-proud/">18 Urban and Wilderness Survival Hacks That Would Make MacGyver Proud</a> &mdash; Any foil-backed paper candy wrapper can be used to start a fire if you have a battery source, like a AA battery. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cool-Uses-Vaseline-22999978">18 Smart Uses For Vaseline</a> &mdash; A little Vaseline on your wrists and neck before spritzing your fragrance will make the smell stick. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/biggest-mistake-college-grads-money/">The Biggest Mistake College Grads Make With Their Money</a> &mdash; Living on their own may be the most expensive mistake a college grad can make. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-the-kind-of-body-fat-you-carry-matters/#axzz4AvZR1Mga">Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters</a> &mdash; There are good fats and bad fats, and fats that may be good or bad depending on your body. Learn about the different kinds of body fats and how they can affect your health. [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2016/06/simple-routines-that-keep-y-our-house-spotless/">Simple Routines That Keep Your House Spotless</a> &mdash; Set daily cleaning tasks that you can do without spending much time on it. Heavy-duty tasks can be part of your weekly, monthly, or seasonal routines. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2016/06/06/get-rid-slugs-garden-naturally/">Get Rid of Slugs in Your Garden Naturally</a> &mdash; Adding crushed egg shells or spiky rocks and pebbles around your vegetables will make it difficult for slugs to cross. [Nature Moms Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/06/08/how-to-easily-prevent-lifestyle-inflation.html">How to Easily Prevent Lifestyle Inflation</a> &mdash; It's okay to allow your lifestyle to inflate a little bit as long as you don't go overboard. You can put part of the extra income toward the things you want and save the rest of it. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.mint.com/how-to/cord-cutters-guide-best-alternatives-cable-tv-060816/">Cord-Cutters Guide: The Best Alternatives to Cable TV</a> &mdash; Invest some of the money you save from cutting cable on boosting your internet speed. You'll need a connection that&rsquo;s at least 10 Mbps to get the best picture quality and the least amount of buffering. [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-fun-crafts-to-keep-your-kids-busy-this-summer">6 Fun Crafts to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer</a> &mdash; Friendship bracelets are all the rage these days, and you can get kits for all age ranges at affordable prices. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><strong>$1500 Giveaway! </strong>Don't forget to enter before June 30th for your chance to win $1500 in prizes in our Rutgers Giveaway! If you are a young adult, take a quick survey on your financial decisions and you could win a $500 or one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. For more information and to enter, check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rutgers-is-giving-away-1500-to-wise-bread-readers">giveaway article</a>!</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-one-super-useful-skill-that-no-one-teaches">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/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</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/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</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/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips useful skills Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1727204 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Spending 3% On You Will Advance Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-spending-3-on-you-will-advance-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-spending-3-on-you-will-advance-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000089208971_Large.jpg" alt="Spending on herself to advance her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Never underestimate the value of investing in yourself. Many professionals seem to miss out on the importance of it. People are more likely to treat themselves to a new outfit or a nice dinner out, but when it comes to increasing their knowledge and business skills, somehow there isn't room in the budget.</p> <p>Some of the most successful individuals in the business world believe in the power of investing in yourself. Brian Tracy,&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1qdHt4l">bestselling author of over 70 books</a>, said, &quot;Here is a rule that will guarantee your success, and possibly make you rich: Invest 3% of your income back into yourself.&quot;</p> <p>Similarly, Warren Buffett, one of the richest and most respected businessmen in the world, said, &quot;Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. Anything that improves your own talents; nobody can tax it or take it away from you.&quot; (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-pearls-of-career-wisdom-from-brian-tracy?ref=seealso">6 Pearls of Career Wisdom From Brian Tracy</a>)</p> <h2>Does It Actually Work?</h2> <p>The idea of investing in yourself is not just motivational, business fluff. It truly can be the tool that helps you to make more and advance in your career. If you are constantly growing your skills in your field, you are constantly becoming more valuable in your field, and becoming an important asset for your company. Your employer will want to pay their top employees more, and if they don't, another company surely will.</p> <p>Asking for promotions or getting hired in a better paying position is easier to do with more experience and knowledge you gain. A common misconception is that your college degree is all you need to succeed. If you earn your degree and secure a good position, then you cannot just rely on experience alone to move you up the ranks. In fact, you might get passed up by younger professionals who have more up-to-date training.</p> <p>On a personal note, my husband has been pursuing a degree over the past few years and has earned several IT certifications. Similarly, his salary has increased over $20,000 in those three years. I truly believe my husband's increased salary is directly related to investing his time and money to learn as much as he can. Not only has he become more knowledgeable, but he has also become more confident in his craft.</p> <h2>How Much Should You Invest?</h2> <p>There is no set rule of how much you should invest, but Brian Tracy's idea of 3% of your income is a good principle. Of course, you can always invest more. Some companies even offer reimbursement for tuition and certifications, making it easier to invest the 3%.</p> <p>How much is 3% to the average professional? If you earn $55,000, you should aim to invest $1,650 back into yourself each year, or $137.50 each month. That may seem like a daunting number if you are on a tight budget, but if you are able to earn $58,000 the following year, you will have almost doubled your investment.</p> <h2>Knowing What to Invest In</h2> <p>You should invest in building the knowledge and skill set that will get you to your next promotion or pay raise. Don't make the mistake of investing in the next big, profitable thing. For example, when real estate was a hot market before the crash in 2007-2008, it seemed like everyone was a real estate agent on the side. When the real estate market crashed, many professionals were safe because they had their full-time jobs, that was completely unrelated, but they had spent all of their time learning to be real estate agents, rather than growing in their full-time field.</p> <p>If you are not sure what certificates, training, or education you should invest in, think about the position in your company that you would like to have. The next step is to ask coworkers in that position what special training and certificates they have. If possible, ask your boss what is needed to move up to the next position in your company. If those two suggestions do not work, look at job listings for positions you would like to have. What are the qualifications needed and desired?</p> <h2>Ideas for Investing in Yourself</h2> <p>Here are just a few self-investment ideas, and how to grow your knowledge and experience:</p> <ul> <li>College degree;</li> <li>Certifications;</li> <li>Seminars and workshops;</li> <li>Books;</li> <li>One-on-one consulting with top experts in your field;</li> <li>Classes and courses in related business areas, such as social media marketing, communication, productivity, and accounting.</li> </ul> <p>Investing in yourself doesn't just stop with learning new skills, though. Improving your physical and mental health will directly affect your workplace performance. Investing in areas that inspire your creativity, such as learning a new language or taking a graphic design course, could also put you ahead at work. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career?ref=seealso">11 Ways a Second Language Can Boost Your Career</a>)</p> <p>If you want to grow in your career, then you have to grow as a person. Make yourself a valuable employee at your company by developing expert skills that set you apart from the rest of your coworkers.</p> <p><em>How do you invest in yourself each year? Have you seen a difference in your income?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-spending-3-on-you-will-advance-your-career">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/6-places-to-find-cheap-or-free-education">6 Places to Find Cheap (or Free!) Education</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-succeed-as-an-online-student">How to Succeed as an Online Student</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-survive-the-graveyard-shift-and-make-lots-of-money">How to Survive the Graveyard Shift (and Make Lots of Money)</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/you-are-what-you-do-16-ways-to-improve-your-body-language">You Are What You Do: 16 Ways to Improve Your Body Language</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/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career">11 Ways a Second Language Can Boost Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Personal Development education extra income invest make more money professional growth training Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1689531 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Make Better Decisions http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-make-better-decisions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-make-better-decisions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smart_woman_happy_000066907765.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to make better decisions" 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 articles on how to make better decisions, things to remove from your resume, and how to get around Amazon&rsquo;s $49 free shipping minimum without getting Prime.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/02/8-tips-make-better-decisions-life.html">8 Tips To Make Better Decisions in Your Life</a> &mdash; Think about your options and weigh their pros and cons. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Remove-From-Your-Resume-28918668">9 Things to Remove From Your Résumé Right Now</a> &mdash; If you've had a series of short-lived jobs, it's best to leave them out. They can make your resume look disjointed and give off the impression that you don't have focus. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/amazon-free-shipping-increase/">How to Get Around Amazon&rsquo;s New $49 Free Shipping Minimum &mdash; Without Prime</a> &mdash; Amazon offers free shipping on some small items from third-party merchants. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneydigest.sg/5-appliance-shopping-hacks-everyone-know/">5 Appliance Shopping Hacks Everyone Should Know</a> &mdash; Don't head straight for the newest models. Slightly older models often have similar (or identical) features at a much lower price. [Money Digest]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2016/0219/How-eating-local-provides-a-big-boost-in-emergency-situations">How eating local provides a big boost in emergency situations</a> &mdash; When food aid is procured locally, it arrives more quickly and affordably, and is of better quality. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://monevator.com/how-to-enjoy-life-like-a-billionaire/">How to enjoy life like a billionaire</a> &mdash; You don't need to have a lot of money to explore a new city. If you turn enough corners, you'll find something beautiful you've never seen before. [Monevator]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/4147/unique-online-stores">12 Sites Putting a Unique Twist on Online Shopping</a> &mdash; Boxed is a bit a like Costco and Sam's Club in that they sell bulk groceries and home goods, but there are no membership dues. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/before-requesting-an-uber-things-to-know-and-do-to-keep-safe/">Before Requesting An Uber &ndash; Things To Know And Do To Keep Safe</a> &mdash; Don't treat the car as your private office for conference calls. This can distract the driver as they're trying to focus on the road. [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/4173-what-should-i-save-for-after-my-emergency-fund">What to Do After You Save an Emergency Fund</a> &mdash; Once your emergency fund is in place, focus on raising your credit score. Pay off any consumer debt, like an outstanding credit card balance. [DailyWorth]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-ways-to-teach-your-kids-how-to-have-an-attitude-of-gratitude">5 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude</a> &mdash; Do more with less, especially when it comes to toys. Show them that it only takes a few items to have fun and be happy. [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-how-to-make-better-decisions">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/9-ways-to-build-intuition-and-make-smarter-decisions">9 Ways to Build Intuition and Make Smarter Decisions</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/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</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/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips decisions Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1661842 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Good Manners Make You Wealthier http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-good-manners-make-you-wealthier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-good-manners-make-you-wealthier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000045065236_Largew.jpg" alt="her good manners make her wealthier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Manners maketh the man. They're one of those things in life that cost you nothing, but can bring you great benefits &mdash; like respect. Or a smile from a stranger. And, in some cases, money. Here's how manners can lead you to a wealthier life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-lessons-in-manners-from-around-the-world?ref=seealso">12 Lessons in Manners From Around the World</a>)</p> <h2>1. They Can Get You Hired</h2> <p>Good manners can help you score a great job. Politeness is a sign of professionalism, which is something every employer wants from their workers. Of course, manners won't compensate for a lack of job qualifications or a negative personal reference. But they can give you that boost you may need to clinch the gig. Likewise, a lack of manners can oust you from the running.</p> <p>According to Tom Keene, editor-at-large at Bloomberg Television and Radio, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130319181847-205519992-lady-mary-would-you-please-pass-the-salt-and-pepper?goback=%2Empd2_*1_*1_*1_%2F20130319181847*5205519992*5lady*5mary*5would*5you*5please*5pass*5the*5salt*5and*5pepper&amp;trk=prof-post">illiteracy in the table manners</a> department can quickly make a job interview go south. &quot;Memo to all seeking gainful employment: Nothing kills the wine-and-dine interview like not knowing where the knife goes after you cut into the expense account New York strip steak,&quot; writes Keene, who has interviewed his fair share of job candidates. &quot;I have personally seen too many qualified and unfortunate people that will never get ahead because, for whatever reason, they never learned the basics of fork, fork, knife, spoon, spoon.&quot;</p> <h2>2. They Can Help You Move Up the Ladder</h2> <p>If you're after a raise or promotion, don't discount manners as a means of getting you there. All told, 85% of respondents in a recent survey from the staffing firm Accountemps said being <a href="https://www.roberthalf.com/accountemps/blog/top-5-workplace-etiquette-breaches-in-an-open-office-space-infographic">courteous to co-workers</a> has an impact on a person's career prospects. On the flipside, just 14% of participants said that having poor manners at work has no influence on an employee's career success. The study is based on surveys completed by more than 450 employees ages 18 years and older who worked in office culture in the U.S.</p> <p>&quot;Time constraints and external pressures aren't excuses for bad behavior,&quot; says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. &quot;While it takes more than just good manners to rise through the ranks, displaying professional courtesy will only help your career.&quot; Among the biggest work etiquette offenses: Using a speakerphone or talking loudly on the phone, loitering or talking around a colleague's desk, eating foods that have strong odors, keeping a messy or cluttered workspace, and leaving the phone ringer on loud.</p> <h2>3. They Can Help You Succeed at Networking</h2> <p>When you receive a person's business card at an industry mixer, do you take the time to send them a polite email the next day noting that it was great to meet them? Do you take the time to learn the names of the people at the mixer so that you can properly greet them should you encounter them again in the future?</p> <p>These sorts of manners are a step beyond &quot;please&quot; and &quot;thank you.&quot; They take time, consideration, a good memory, and a little forward thinking. But folks who practice these next-level manners, otherwise known as polished social skills, will get ahead in their careers more times than not. That's because they know how to bridge frivolous meet-and-greets into meaningful connections. After all, you never know who might be in a position to help your career in the future.</p> <h2>4. They Can Increase Your Sales</h2> <p>If you work in sales, you likely already know that being kind, polite, and understanding with your customers increases the chances that you will earn their future business &mdash; regardless of what it is that you're selling. If you own a business or work on commission, practicing politeness with customers quite literally translates to more money in your pocket. At the very least, good manners will keep you from being labeled by your customers and co-workers as boorish.</p> <h2>5. They Can Solidify Friendships That Bring You Success</h2> <p>Friends are scientifically proven to make you more successful. Specifically, developing and maintaining friendships with positive, like-minded people. It's these folks who share your drive and goals who can best help you narrow in on your dreams. Now, here's where manners come in: Research shows that saying &quot;thank you&quot; helps people to build and sustain friendships. Truly, minding your manners can make a big difference in the quality of the friends you keep, and your overall success.</p> <p><em>What other manners make you wealthier? Let us know in the comments!</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/5-ways-good-manners-make-you-wealthier">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/8-old-school-manners-we-want-back">8 Old School Manners We Want Back</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-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-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/5-money-truths-the-rich-live-by-and-you-should-too">5 Money Truths the Rich Live By (and You Should Too)</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Personal Development etiquette get rich manners politeness saving money wealth Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:00:03 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1649809 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 50 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-feel-better-about-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-50-ways-to-feel-better-about-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_confident_posture_000060737492.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to feel better about herself" 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 50 quick ways to feel better about yourself, myths about saving energy, and finding the motivation to work out in the winter.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/50-Ways-Feel-Better-About-Yourself-31966232">50 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself Right Now</a> &mdash; Talk to the person standing next to you in line. A bit of small talk can be a fun way to connect with strangers &mdash; you might even share a laugh! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/97850/5-energy-saving-myths">5 Energy Saving Myths</a> &mdash; Closing off the vents will not reduce the heating bill. Rooms that are cut off will draw heat from the warmed rooms and cause the whole house to feel colder. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/find-motivation-winter-workouts/">How to Find Motivation For Winter Workouts</a> &mdash; Encourage some accountability on your part by joining a running or workout group. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/12-work-activities-prevent-burnout/">12 After-Work Activities To Prevent Burnout</a> &mdash; Listening to music is a great way to relax after work, so pop in your favorite tunes and dance! [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/money-tips/3-ways-to-handle-unexpected-expenses/">3 Ways to Handle Unexpected Expenses</a> &mdash; Take stock of the resources available to you. Do you have emergency savings? Can you get a line of credit or help from friends or family? [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/7-tools-every-vehicle-owner/">The 7 Tools Every Vehicle Owner Should Have</a> &mdash; An On Board Diagnostics (OBD II) code reader is a fairly inexpensive tool that can help you diagnose what's wrong with your car. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2016/01/5-things-you-can-do-to-become-financially-independent/">5 Things You Can do to Become Financially Independent</a> &mdash; Setting specific goals, with timeframes, will help you stay motivated to improve your finances. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.retiredby40blog.com/2016/01/06/33-ways-to-cut-expenses-make-extra-money-save-your-budget/">33 Ways To Cut Expenses, Make Extra Money &amp; Save Your Budget!</a> &mdash; Make a concentrated effort to use up to the food in your fridge and pantry. Waste less, save more! [Retired By 40!]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/355890/17-genuis-household-organisation-hacks-for-staying-sane-with-kids">17 Genius Household Organization Hacks For Staying Sane With Kids</a> &mdash; Use over-the-door shoe organizers to hold dolls and other toys&hellip;or even snacks! [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-new-years-resolutions-for-every-mom">5 New Year's Resolutions for Every Mom</a> &mdash; Want to make some changes to your parenting? Consider the resolution to take more pictures WITH your kids, not just OF your kids. [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-50-ways-to-feel-better-about-yourself">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/15-ways-to-gain-more-confidence-today">15 Ways to Gain More Confidence Today</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/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</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/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips feel better Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:00:02 +0000 Amy Lu 1634040 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 12 Non-Money Things That Will Make You Richer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-12-non-money-things-that-will-make-you-richer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-12-non-money-things-that-will-make-you-richer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smart_woman_glasses_000043518548.jpg" alt="Woman doing non-money things to make her richer" 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 non-money related things that will make you richer, how to handle a financial setback, and ways to get an extra hour for yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/12-non-money-related-things-to-do-that-will-help-you-become-rich-this-year.html">12 Non-Money Related Things To Do That Will Help You Become Rich This Year</a> &mdash; Put down your phone and enjoy what's around you instead. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/3-steps-to-handling/">3 Steps to Handling an Unexpected Financial Setback</a> &mdash; Fear can cloud your judgment. Give yourself a bit of time to step back and assess the damage and situation. [Due.com]</p> <p><a href="http://afewshortcuts.com/2016/01/5-ways-to-gain-an-hour-for-yourself/">5 Ways to Gain An Hour For Yourself</a> &mdash; Cut back on social media. How many times do you really need to check Facebook or Pinterest? [A Few Short Cuts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/budget-diet/">The Spending Diet Resolution</a> &mdash; Need help staying motivated as you work towards your budgeting goals? Tune in to the #CreditChat discussion tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2016/0104/Girl-Scout-Cookies-online-Good-for-business-and-better-for-girls">Girl Scout Cookies online: Good for business and better for girls?</a> &mdash; The Girl Scouts have taken their cookie booths online! For the second year, cookie fans will be able to buy Girls Scout cookies online and in person. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-family-new-years-resolutions-you-should-make-in-2016">5 Family New Year's Resolutions You Should Make in 2016</a> &mdash; Family resolutions can help your family bond and grow together. Create a few that will push your family to cook more and to learn more about food. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Natural-Fabric-Couch-33772791">Deep Clean Your Natural-Fabric Couch For Better Snuggling</a> &mdash; Follow these steps to give your couch a thorough cleaning. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2016/01/04/the-most-important-financial-document-you-are-probably-ignoring/">The Most Important Financial Document You Are Probably Ignoring</a> &mdash; How well do you understand your pay stub? [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/create-your-mid-life-crisis-fund-before-its-too-late/">Create Your Mid-Life Crisis Fund Before It&rsquo;s Too Late</a> &mdash; Having a mid-life crisis fund won't solve all your problems, but it can help you figure out what you really want at that point in your life. [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/20-steps-to-self-publishing-a-book/61139">20 Steps To Self Publishing A Book</a> &mdash; Learn what it takes to self-publish your own book! [SheBudgets]</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-12-non-money-things-that-will-make-you-richer">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/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</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/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</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/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development best money tips richer life Tue, 05 Jan 2016 20:00:04 +0000 Amy Lu 1632864 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways a Second Language Can Boost Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_foreign_language_000025445637.jpg" alt="Woman learning second language to boost her career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="143" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I will just come out and say it in plain English: The American job market sucks.</p> <p>However, for those who can say that in a second language, the job market sucks just a little bit less. Learning a second language can boost your career, and here's how.</p> <h2>1. It Puts You First in Line for Government Jobs</h2> <p>Although my best friend has been out of the job market for 18 years raising her kid, her application to the FBI has been bumped to the top of the pile because she is a Defense Language Institute graduate.</p> <p>Although the FBI is her first choice, there are <a href="https://cllc.osu.edu/undergraduate/careers/broad-spectrum/government">many government departments and agencies</a> that are actively recruiting foreign language speakers.</p> <h2>2. It Creates Other Job Opportunities</h2> <p>I have an extreme pro-polyglot bias based on personal experience. I work as a book scout. Because I can read book manuscripts and news stories in Italian, this gives me a leg up on monolingual scouts. I can find the next best seller/blockbuster film idea before it's translated into English.</p> <p>But publishing is far from the only industry that has become global. Four out of new five jobs in the United States are directly linked to foreign trade. In fact, in some sectors, the language deficit is so huge, that jobs are going unfilled.</p> <h2>3. You Can Use It to Get a Second Chance</h2> <p>I asked my friend, Darren, a fellow <em>francophonie</em>, if his time spent in France as a high school exchange student was worth the money. Here's his response:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;I have to say that I honestly owe every meaningful job I've ever had to the fact that I speak fluent French. It also got me a degree.</p> <p>When I decided to go back to school after dropping out of college, I didn't have many prospects and little chance of obtaining a student loan or scholarship in the U.S. But university is free in France for anyone who can pass the exams and speak the language, and I managed to do both. So it gave me a second chance. I finished at the top of my class at the Sorbonne, in Paris.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I returned to the US, I got a temp job at a large corporation. I was just a temp admin assistant, replacing a woman who left on maternity leave. I was filing and making copies, biding my time. But then they received a request for proposal written in French from a French-speaking country in Africa, and they didn't have anyone there who spoke the language. They were going to send it out to translate, but I did it for them overnight. They immediately hired me on as a full-time contract manager, gave me my own office and admin support, and paid for my night school, so that I could learn about government contract law. I was quickly promoted to an office next to the president of the company, and was soon accompanying him on trips overseas, and managing contracts in Europe.&quot;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <h2>4. You Become a Better Communicator in Your First Language</h2> <p>People who learn a second language have greater metalinguistic awareness, which is the science-y way of saying they have a better grasp on grammar and sentence structure because they can compare the mechanics of two different language systems. This focus on language mechanics improves the clarity of their writing and speaking in their mother tongue. Also, polyglots have bigger vocabularies. To quote Geoffrey Willans: &quot;You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Body Language Is Not Universal</h2> <p>My friend Charles, who speaks fluent Japanese and English, has seen translation failure many times in meetings between the Japanese and American executives at his company. According to Charles, one of the major translation problems at work is the differences in body language.</p> <p>&quot;People who don't speak a second language don't understand that translation between languages is not one-to-one. There is culture, context, and worldview attached to language that cannot be learned from a book. People who only speak English can only understand how communication breaks down&hellip; in English. For example, there are many degrees of politeness in the Japanese language. Because politeness is expressed through the verb conjugations, I've watched the level of politeness drop sharply in meetings. The Japanese team immediately knows that the bosses are frustrated when they start using more direct speech, but the Americans have no clue that the Japanese project leads are unhappy, as the tone of voice of the Japanese execs never changes. Since there is no equivalent to this in English, the company interpreters are sometimes at a loss on how to translate this rudeness or anger into English without sounding offensive or unprofessional,&quot;Charles says.</p> <h2>6. Interpreters Don't Interpret Everything</h2> <p>Another problem with interpreters is that no one wants to bite the hand that feeds them. Explains Charles, &quot;Company interpreters know that their income is tied to the duration of the project. They may intentionally soften harsh words in their translation between the two languages to prevent a potentially project-ending argument from escalating.&quot;</p> <p>Even the most honest interpreters don't want to be the bearer of bad news, and may subconsciously work to keep the peace through overly civil translations, even if this is bad for business.</p> <h2>7. Learning Another Language Improves Memory</h2> <p>At a certain point during my adolescence, my brain lost its ability to effortlessly absorb 100 new vocabulary words a day. Fortunately, research shows that <a href="http://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/languagelearningbrainsize.htm">learning new languages improves working memory</a> and increases attention span... which makes all the rote memorization I do now as an adult almost worth it.</p> <h2>8. Bilinguals Are Better Multitaskers</h2> <p>If you could listen to my brain skip like a record through French, Italian, and Spanish, then you would probably believe the common misconception that bilingualism creates confusion. However, toggling between languages, or code switching, makes <a href="http://news.psu.edu/story/160653/2011/02/18/juggling-languages-can-build-better-brains">bilinguals better at cognitive skills</a> like prioritizing relevant information over the irrelevant, and working on multiple projects at once. In one study, test subjects used a driving simulator while simultaneously doing distracting tasks. Bilinguals made fewer driving errors than monolinguals.</p> <h2>9. Bilingualism Boosts Creativity</h2> <p>When people learn a second language, they generally become more tolerant of new ideas and experiences that open up their brains to divergent thinking. Dystopian associations aside, scientists use divergent thinking as a <a href="http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/elt/article/view/15947">measurement of creativity</a>. Bilinguals score much higher on the <a href="http://www.ststesting.com/ngifted.html">Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking</a>, which measures mental characteristics like fluency, elaboration, originality, and flexibility than monolinguals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-creativity-9-surprising-ways-to-generate-new-ideas">Boost Your Creativity: 9 Surprising Ways to Generate New Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>10. A Second Language Makes For Better Decision-Making</h2> <p>People who can think in a foreign language are more level-headed problem solvers, especially when it comes to decisions about money. Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered <a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/18/0956797611432178.abstract">The Foreign Language Effect</a>. In a nutshell, the researchers found that people are more systematic in their decision-making process when presented information in their second language. Specifically, thinking about financial decisions in a foreign language reduces <a href="http://loss-aversion.behaviouralfinance.net/">loss aversion</a>, a cognitive bias that leads people to pass up financial opportunities.</p> <h2>11. Mental Gymnastics Can Stave Off Dementia</h2> <p>According to a recent Gallup poll, <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/182939/americans-settling-older-retirement-age.aspx">37% of Americans expect to retire</a> after age 65. For those who want to push back their retirement date, maintaining peak mental fitness is mandatory for staying in the workforce long term. A Study at Edinburgh University found that learning a second language delays the onset of several types of dementia by as much as five years. While five years does not seem like a lot of time, according to researcher Thomas Bak, &quot;Bilingualism might have a stronger influence on dementia than any currently available drugs.&quot;</p> <p><em>What benefits have you experienced at work due to your language skills?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-a-second-language-can-boost-your-career">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/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</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/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career</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/are-you-in-the-wrong-career-heres-how-to-tell">Are You in the Wrong Career? 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They are fabulous. We get along great, and I love being around them... most of the time. As a self-proclaimed introvert though, I have to admit that my alone time is just as precious to me. There are countless <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Fun-Things-Do-Yourself-35362035">fun things to do alone</a>, and while it's nice to have company, sometimes it's extremely refreshing to appreciate life from a perspective that's entirely your own.</p> <p>I recently went on a weekend getaway in Southern California with just myself, a beautiful new <a href="http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/" target="_blank">2015 Ford Mustang</a>, and miles of open desert road. Whether it was the fresh air and warm sun or the endless hours of freedom I had at my fingertips, I came out the other end of my adventure feeling like a new person. If you're able to, take some time to yourself &mdash; whether it's just an for hour or for an entire trip &mdash; and see what it can do for you. Here are more reasons why alone time is good for your soul.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a></p> <h2>1. Being Alone Gives You Time to Think</h2> <p>Life can be crazy sometimes &mdash; crazy good, crazy bad, or just crazy busy &mdash; and it's easy to get caught up in your hectic week or month and forget to allow yourself time to process things. Being alone gives us the time we all need to reflect on important events and to organize our feelings about the things that have happened. Without this, we can get overwhelmed with all we are trying to juggle mentally, and this can cause extra anxiety and stress.</p> <h2>2. You Can Get Creative</h2> <p>There's nothing like putting on headphones, listening to your favorite songs, and getting down to work. It doesn't matter if you're a writer, an artist, a musician, or a software engineer; we all have creative outlets and we all need to nurture them as much as we can. Being by yourself gives you the motivation and the opportunity to open your mind and explore new ideas, then put those ideas to good use.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Working-From-Home-Tips-37778375">11 of the Best Work-From-Home Hacks Ever</a></p> <h2>3. You Can Recharge</h2> <p>Being around people is both exhilarating and exhausting. It means having to constantly be alert and aware of what's going on around you and in conversations that require your full attention. Socializing at work and with friends is definitely a positive thing, but it can also be draining. When you're alone, you can use that quiet time to recharge and regroup. It's essential to do this so that when you're around people again, you feel refreshed, more energetic, and ready to interact.</p> <h2>4. You Get to Know Yourself Better</h2> <p>Spending time alone means taking your thoughts and feelings into account above anyone else's, and when you do this, you get to explore your personality in depth. The more time you get to know yourself, the more you'll find out just how awesome you are.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Career-Advice-38400406">Real People Share the Greatest Career Advice They've Ever Received</a></p> <h2>5. You Become More Independent</h2> <p>When you're alone, you don't have the option of depending on other people for their opinions, advice, or help. You call all the shots, and even though that can be scary sometimes, it also means you become more reliant on yourself &mdash; and this is a great thing. Being independent means being self-assured, so that you can bring that confidence to the table when you're with people, too.</p> <h2>6. You See and Hear Things You Wouldn't Otherwise</h2> <p>We often make idle conversation with people just to fill the silence, but when we're quiet, we can hear and see things we don't notice otherwise. We are able to appreciate the small things in life because we don't miss them when they happen, and being alone can help you pay more attention to those important moments.</p> <h2>7. You Get to Do Whatever You Want to Do</h2> <p>You don't have to make compromises with anyone on where to eat, what movie to watch, or what sights to see on a trip. You can spend all the time you'd like to doing exactly what you want to do, and while having company is sometimes welcome, going on your own private adventures can be just as exciting and fulfilling.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Learn-Your-First-Job-38155545">13 of the Greatest Lessons We Learned at Our First Jobs</a></p> <h2>8. You're More Productive</h2> <p>It's easier to get more things accomplished when you're free from distractions &mdash; including people &mdash; and taking some time to yourself to put all your efforts into getting things checked off your to-do list can be extremely rewarding.</p> <h2>9. You Appreciate the People in Your Life</h2> <p>Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Taking some time away from the people in your life can help you realize how important and valuable they are to you. This break can renew your excitement for spending time with the people who you care about the most, and you will return from spending time alone happier and more enthusiastic about seeing them.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Need an excuse for more alone time? Here are nine reasons it&#039;s good for you. </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 href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></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/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Working-From-Home-Tips-37778375">11 of the Best Work-From-Home Hacks Ever</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Career-Advice-38400406">Real People Share the Greatest Career Advice They've Ever Received</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Learn-Your-First-Job-38155545">13 of the Greatest Lessons We Learned at Our First Jobs</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </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/9-reasons-alone-time-is-good-for-your-soul">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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Whether it's traffic on the freeway or the weight we've gained in our arms, we are seasoned vets at focusing our attention on all the things that we wish were somehow better or different.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/love/Feminist-Halloween-Costumes-35742821#photo-35742821" target="_blank">30+ Fierce Halloween Costumes That Empower Women</a></p> <p>As a life coach and an inspirational speaker, I am constantly being asked for quick-fix tips for inducing happiness and reducing stress. My answer is always the same: if we want to be happy, we have to learn how to turn the volume down on our negativity and shift our awareness to the parts of our lives that are working, to thoughts and ideas that make us feel inspired and uplifted.</p> <p>The reason for this is that, unbeknownst to many, negative thinking is the number one cause of unhappiness in humans. That's right. It's not your lack of sleep or your cranky boss that is bringing you down, it's your thoughts about these things that cause you to be less than your naturally exuberant self.</p> <p>An incredible method for shifting away from the negative and into the positive is an exercise that I call &quot;The Flip Switch.&quot; The Flip Switch is a great tool for instant happiness, as well as for kick-starting our brains into the habit of focusing only on the thoughts that make us feel empowered and optimistic. If it is practiced regularly, The Flip Switch will benefit us emotionally, mentally, and also biologically (think endorphins, new neural pathways, and extra serotonin, oh my!) in our quest for happiness.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Free-Halloween-Costumes-35472600#photo-35472600" target="_blank">44 Practically Free Halloween Costumes to DIY</a></p> <h2>Application of the Flip Switch</h2> <p>When you find yourself drowning in a downward spiral of negative thoughts &mdash; or even just treading water in them! &mdash; this list is your life preserver. To stop negativity in its tracks, shift your attention onto one of the activities on the list below for a few minutes (or as long as you feel is necessary) when you first notice negative self-talk start to come up.</p> <h3>1. Listen to Music That You Love</h3> <p>Music is an extremely powerful tool for shifting your mood and mindset. Just make sure to choose music that energizes and elates you.</p> <h3>2. Call Someone Who Understands and Supports You</h3> <p>Hearing the voice of someone we love or a friend who gives great advice is always an instant pick-me-up.</p> <h3>3. Get Into Nature</h3> <p>My personal favorite. There is nothing that calms and soothes me more than watching a sunset or being on the beach by my house.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-My-Resume-Better-38831500" target="_blank">6 Ways to Revamp Your Résumé</a></p> <h3>4. Meditate</h3> <p>This is a great go-to when you find yourself already pretty deep in the downward spiral. When we are stuck in negative thought patterns, the first physical shift that occurs is that we stop breathing. Shifting our focus onto our breath causes our minds to slow down and brings immediate relief.</p> <h3>5. Laugh</h3> <p>Laughter is hands down the best remedy for releasing tension. Watch a silly movie or a YouTube video, or remember a joke that never gets old.</p> <h3>6. Exercise/Get in Your Body</h3> <p>When we are moving and being active, we shake up energy and shift our focus away from our mind and into our physicality. Even if this means running in place for 30 seconds or doing a silly dance in your office bathroom, I promise you will feel a difference.</p> <h3>7. Appreciate What Is Around You</h3> <p>Look around your environment and make a conscious effort to list and appreciate everything in your field of vision that you like. Maybe it's the way the man on the subway is holding his baby, or maybe it's the photo of your parents that you keep on your desk. Negative thoughts cannot enter our minds when we are in a state of appreciation, so appreciate, appreciate, appreciate!</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Use-Up-Leftover-Halloween-Candy-25696231#photo-25696231" target="_blank">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy</a></p> <h3>8. Make a Gratitude List</h3> <p>When you feel the onset of negativity, quickly turn your thoughts to everything in your life that you are grateful for. This high-vibe tactic diffuses the negativity and is like a reset button for your brain. I have a list I carry in my wallet of all the things I'm happy about &mdash; it's my secret weapon that I pull out and look at when I start to feel down.</p> <h3>9. Do an Act of Kindness</h3> <p>Studies have shown that giving to others elevates levels of dopamine in the brain and instantly boots feel-good brainwaves.</p> <h3>10. Create Your Own!&nbsp;</h3> <p>You know yourself better than anyone. If the items on this list don't particularly invigorate you, just think of the things that make you smile and do that! Eat your favorite food, look at a photograph that reminds you of an awesome vacation... anything that feels good is fair game.</p> <p>Some items on the list may work better for you than others, so choose the activities that excite you most. You will know when you have successfully &quot;flipped the switch&quot; because you will a) feel better and b) feel much more neutral about the triggering issue that set off the negative thoughts in the first place.</p> <p>Cheers to your newfound state of bliss, and happy Flipping!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feeling good about yourself and others is not out of reach. Drop the negativity and start taking steps to feeling happy today. </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 href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></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>. 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Then Here&#039;s What You Need to Do.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Personal Development happiness health tips how to be happy lifestyle changes Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:15:21 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1602654 at http://www.wisebread.com Make These 6 Relationship Moves Now or You'll Regret It in 20 Years http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-6-relationship-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-these-6-relationship-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years" 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_000032796334.jpg" alt="Couple making relationship moves now before they regret it " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no science to relationships. That said, communication is key to keeping you and your significant other together and happy in the face of everyday setbacks. If the goal is to grow old together in matching rocking chairs, then make these six relationship moves or you'll regret it in 20 years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-pitfalls-when-moving-in-together?ref=seealso">Avoid These 5 Pitfalls When Moving in Together</a>)</p> <h2>1. Speak Up and Say No</h2> <p>Being assertive with your wants and needs is just as important as being compassionate and considerate of your partner's needs. This goes for both big and small topics: You don't like carnations, but you keep getting them on your birthday. You grin and bear it through <em>The Big Bang Theory, </em>because it's their favorite show. Your partner wants kids and you don't. Your partner wants a house in their home state someday and you don't want to move. This is also true with intimacy preferences. If you've tried something in bed enough times to know you don't like it, speak up &mdash; sexual incompatibility is a chief cause for many breakups and divorces. It's better to address it now.</p> <p><strong>What this prevents</strong>: A sense of obligation to do something you don't like. If it goes long enough, resentment and hostility will bubble up to the surface. Your partner will also be upset, because you didn't articulate your wants and needs in the first place.</p> <h2>2. Delete Your Dating Apps</h2> <p>We all know someone in a relationship who still flips through OKCupid and Match, or swipes through Tinder or Grindr after a beer or two. Why are you still there? If you don't think the relationship is working out, then it might be time to end it. Most people in a committed relationship would expect their partners to at least ignore those websites and unsubscribe to their emails. At the end of the day, you put yourself in a position that calls your trustworthiness into question.</p> <p><strong>What this prevents</strong>: Possibly unwarranted accusations of cheating. If you're not in an open or poly relationship, you could lose your partner's trust.</p> <h2>3. Schedule Date Nights</h2> <p>Ugh, date nights, right? They sound as if they would suck the romance out of your currently stable and happy relationship. However, after a few years, there's always a slump. Every couple faces it and wonders, <em>are we still in love</em>? You get so comfortable that you forget to celebrate each other and the love that you share. Ideally, couples would automatically set aside one night per week (or at least per month) as a special date night. It could be any date ritual that is important to you. It's fun to dress up a little and go somewhere to show each other off.</p> <p><strong>What this prevents</strong>: Boredom, loneliness, and the dreaded &quot;We never go anywhere!&quot; fights.</p> <h2>4. Sort Out Your Finances Together</h2> <p>No one likes doing this. Instead, we make assumptions and hope for the best until a surprise comes our way. This is a recipe for disaster if you're planning to be in a relationship for the long haul with someone. Even if you aren't married, you should be upfront about debt, savings goals, budgets, and spending habits. Be willing to share and take advice from each other. If anyone has a decent chance at helping you improve your finances, it's a loving partner who shares your goals.</p> <p><strong>What this prevents</strong>: The unwelcome surprise that your partner has $100,000 in student loan debt, which will exacerbate the already stressful fights over spending, bills, and savings down the road.</p> <h2>5. Share a Hobby</h2> <p>It's always a good idea to share activities that remind you why you liked each other in the first place. Do you both collect art? Do you both enjoy hunting? Do you both want to learn a skill? Find an affordable and fun thing that you can enjoy together on a basic level, as <em>friends.</em> Because friendship is the solid base of any romantic relationship. Share opinions and help each other grow at your chosen skill. This might sound like a recreational &quot;elective,&quot; but consider how much closer sharing a passion or collaborating toward a goal could bring you together.</p> <p><strong>What this prevents</strong>: Lack of shared purpose beyond the household, which can lead to resentment and estrangement. Or, having fights about one partner being &quot;too into&quot; a hobby that excludes the other.</p> <h2>6. Know When It's Over</h2> <p>There are a myriad of reasons why you could want to end a relationship. Perhaps your life goals don't mesh, or one of you won't go to couple's therapy, or you're no longer having sex. If something is a dealbreaker for you, you have to declare it as such. If you've already talked through your needs in an open and compassionate way many times before, with no results, you need the courage to end the relationship, because it's what's best for both of you. Don't hang on waiting for a force majeure to occur. That's how people remain in relationships with abusive or emotionally absent partners. No one deserves that.</p> <p><strong>What this prevents</strong>: Feeling trapped in a stagnant, unloving, or toxic relationship for years.</p> <p><em>What are you doing to keep your relationship fresh and strong for the long haul?</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/make-these-6-relationship-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years">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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