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Perspective is everything. In a world were information flows like a tsunami, it’s important to keep focused on the data that is relevant to our modern lives. We have sifted the internet to find interesting and credible facts, backed by science, that will help you lead a more balanced and healthy life. Here are a few tips to make your life GREAT!
Learn to forgive
It’s not uncommon to carry a resentment for many years. Many people will wrong you throughout your life. But you don’t want to harm your future days by clinging with anger to something that happen years or decades ago. Researchers have found that forgiveness results in lower levels of anxiety, depression and major psychiatric disorders, since you are basically letting go of the toxic anger that fuels the resentment. Here’s a tip: write down the names of everyone that has wronged you. Then consciously say out loud “I forgive you” as you scan past each name. Try to be genuine. You can then move on with your life and gain a greater sense of freedom.
Traveling is good for you. Researchers have found that students that travel abroad for their studies ranked much higher in ‘Openness to Experience’, ‘Agreeableness’, and ‘Emotional Stability’, than their colleagues that stayed at home. Traveling will broaden your perspectives and literally reprogram your personality to make you more empathetic toward other people in your life.
The Gratitude Loop
We all have things to be grateful for. A psychology study showed that a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in anxiety. Practicing gratitude is not as hard you may think. Write down a list of 3 to 5 things you are grateful in your life before going to bed, once or twice per week. Meditate on these things as you fall asleep. This activity can quickly become routine and bring big benefits to your life. As you focus on the good, rather than the bad, in your life, you will soon start seeing the “glass half-full” in situations where previously you would only see the negative aspects. It will become effortless to be thankful for the good, generating a cycle where the ‘good’ in life begins to shine out more and more so it becomes easier to be happier and even more grateful.
Nurture your Social Circle
We are a social animal. Research has shown that having a healthy social network can help you live up to 50% longer! Invest time to see family and friends. Developing closer and more intimate relationships can help you react less to stress and have a positive effect on your lifespan. Several studies have shown that people with strong social relationships can reduce risks of chronic diseases in heart, brain, hormonal and immune function. It is important also not to focus only on family and friends. Providing support to the needy and strangers can have equally good results for your brain. One study showed that providing support to others can be more beneficial than receiving it! The brains of the participants that were giving most support had reduced activation in brain areas related to stress responses. Go out today and talk to your friends, family and even strangers – your life will immediately be enriched!
It is fascinating to see the evolution of Santa Claus over time. In a previous edition of Sloto Magazine we reviewed the history behind Santa Claus. Many of our readers got intrigued and some wanted to know more. On this article, we will explore how Santa ended up having reindeer as the muscle power for his sleigh.
The character of Santa Claus has been inspired by St. Nicholas of Myra. As a 4th century bishop living in present-day Turkey, it is more than unlikely that he traveled with a sleigh pulled by reindeer. The more likely truth is that St. Nicholas traveled by horse. In fact, the Dutch version of St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, does travel by horse to this date.
So where do the reindeer come from? Their association with Santa Claus has a very precise origin… a poem! Yes, the 1823 poem titled ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ or commonly known as ‘The Night Before Christmas’ introduces the idea that Santa drives his sleigh with 8 reindeer. The poem mentions the names of the reindeer as we know them today, except for two.
Here’s an excerpt from the poem:
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Dunder and Blixem!
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!
Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!
Dunder and Blixem are Dutch words that mean ‘Thunder’ and ‘Lightning’. Later variations of the poem changed the name to Donner and Blitzen as we know them today!
On the opposite page we will review one of our most popular slots based on Santa’s most famous reindeer!
We expected to have endless time in our hands thanks to technology. We can send an email across the globe instantaneously, shop online for all necessities and fly coast to coast in a matter hours. The truth is that we are busier than ever, constantly multitasking and struggling to get our to-do list done every day.
Thus, we have gathered some productivity tips for 2020.
Tip #1 – STOP TRYING TO MULTASK
Stop dividing your attention amongst several duties. You will be tremendously more productive if you tackle one task at a time.
Tip #2 – TACKLE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TASK FIRST
Whether at work or at home, start the day with the most important task. You will have the most energy and drive to accomplish the task in the morning with a fresh mind.
Tip #3 – LEARN KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
Yep, this may seem like a weird one but this can save you tons of time. There are literally hundreds of shortcuts you can use on your keyboard. Take some time to learn them and then see your productivity soar!
Tip #4 – UNFOLLOW AND UNSUBSCRIBE
Don’t waste your time opening and deleting endless emails that don’t interest you. Unsubscribe from all the junk the clogs your inbox (keep Sloto’Cash newsletter obviously, so you don’t miss any Free Spins coupon). Also start unfollowing pages and people that are posting useless things in your feed. Less distraction means higher productivity!
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