Bicycle Riding

When was the last time you rode? For some the answer is today or yesterday. For others it’s “quite a while ago.”

Not only does this infographic list benefits for all of us when we ride, regardless of skill level, it also lays out a whole lot of other information pertaining to bikes and riding. In fact, from “racers” down to the “well, I’m thinking about getting a bike” folks, will find this interesting. It’s very well done.

Enjoy!

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Transformative Compliments

7 Reasons Why You Should Pay a Compliment to Someone Every Day

It happens to the best of us: we all have those days when we’re feeling a little bit off, a little blue or just plain cranky. The next time you find yourself trying to positively affirm your way out of that bad mood and the best you can do is mumble a near-profanity through clenched teeth, take a look around and pay a compliment to the first person you see. It sounds a lot easier than it is in the midst of trying to outrun a dark cloud that’s been chasing you all day, but I’m willing to bet that if you stop running long enough to let someone know you like their shoes or their smile or even their left earlobe, both of your worlds will be transformed almost instantly.

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Here are the top 7 reasons to make a compliment to someone every day, whether you’re under a black cloud or rainbow:

7. It takes the focus off of you.

Any time you can break the habit of “stinkin’ thinkin’” even just for a second, you’re shifting your attention from all the things going wrong in your day and putting it on helping make someone else’s day a little sunnier. Before long, your compliment to a complete stranger could go viral, and strangers everywhere will be smiling at each other, telling the person they just passed on the street something they like about them. Yes, this is indeed a game changer for everyone.

6. Smiling burns calories.

And smiling often leads to laughing, and laughing burns even more calories.

5. Compliments spark creativity.

Finding something positive to say to someone at least once a day has to the power to remove, say, that person’s mental block around a big project they’ve been struggling with and clear the pathways for them to get to the solution.  While something this drastic might not happen to each person who receives a compliment from you, you will undoubtedly create a space for them to think differently from that moment on. Small acts of kindness go a long way these days.

4. Kindness doesn’t actually kill.

We’ve all heard the phrase “kill them with kindness.” Well, if the fear of killing someone with kindness has prevented you from complimenting a person, I hereby release you from said fear.Kindness could quite possibly kill a bad mood or a bad memory, but it WILL NOT kill you or the person on the other end of the kindness. Don’t believe me? Try it! Be nice to someone right now and see what happens.

3. Sincere compliments build trust.Compliment_2

Each one of us walking this planet has the desire to be acknowledged. When someone else notices even the slightest thing about another person, it can shout to that person, “Hey!  Someone noticed me!!” Your daily compliments to “the shy one” at work whose name no one knows can help her break out of her shyness and, who knows? turn her into the best friend you’ve ever had. We all need someone in our lives we can trust, and the more we build up others the more we’re also building up ourselves.

2. What goes around comes around.

When you give a compliment, you’re more than likely going to get one in return. And like we just saw in Reason #3, when someone notices you, you’ll feel special even if it’s just for a moment. That moment could be enough to carry you the rest of the day and keep you happy and productive. Your boss might notice the change in your attitude and give you the raise that’s been coming to you for the last two years. You’ll be happier, your co-workers will be happier and pretty soon the whole office building is happy. And yet again we have things going and coming around.

And the number 1 reason to make a compliment to someone every day (drum roll please),

1. Compliments are F.R.E.E.!

Enough said.

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This article was written by Danica Trebel.
It first appeared at Lifehack.
And, it is GYAtoday approved!

Graphic credits: QuotesBuddy.com and unknown.

Free Hugs

 This article is a re-blog from Brendan Baker over at Lifehack blog.
Lifehack is one of my favorite daily reads. I highly recommend them.
If you have a life, or want one, do visit. They have something for everyone.
P.S.  I highly recommend hugging too!

Also, Brendan heads up a worldwide organization out of Australia
known as “The Start Of Happiness.” Take a look – it’s pretty cool.

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3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE A HUG
TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE
by Brendon Baker

I’m taking part in a Kindness Challenge and I’m out to give hugs.

It’s crazy, it’s challenging, it’s fun, and it’s just simply AWESOME.

I’ve been hugging anyone and everyone. I’ve been writing thank-you notes to people I appreciate. I’ve been able to make people smile and I know I’ve been making a difference in the lives of others.

This is what life is about!

Over the past few days as I’ve been taking part in the challenge, I’ve come to learn just how powerful a simple hug can actually be. We often feel its inappropriate to give a hug, but you know what, I gave a bank teller a bit of a hug the other day!

The bank teller helped me for about 20 minutes while I cancelled my credit card insurance (another LifeHack tip, DON’T get credit card insurance). After the painstakingly long process and discovering the fact that I will no longer have to pay a premium each month, I simply went around the teller’s desk and gave her a nice, big, juicy hug. She loved it!

It’s such a simple but powerful form of human touch.

There are so many benefits of hugging. Let me outline the 3 most important reasons you should hug anyone and everyone in countdown order.

3)   Hugging Reduces Illness

Hugging is one of the best methods of easing depression. Not only that, it reduces the risk of heart disease, relieves stress and can make you feel calmer.

Studies have shown that hugging can lead to lower blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart disease. When we hug someone, a hormone called oxytocin is released (otherwise known as the ‘love hormone’!). This helps to reduce stress and makes us feel calmer.

Ultimately, if you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, go give someone a hug and feel the instant change in your mood!

2)   Hugging Deepens Your Relationships

When you think of people who have hugged you, how do you feel about them?

I’m sure you feel pretty good!

Hugging releases a suite of hormones including oxytocin (as above), serotonin, and dopamine that lead to feelings of happiness and love. What else do you need to feel good when all you need to do is simply hug someone?

Not only do you make yourself feel good, but also you are making the other person release all the same hormones of happiness.

Hugging builds trust and can deepen your relationship. It shows that you care and it provides comfort for the other person.

1)    Hugging Can Change the World

A hug could be the exact thing that someone needs right now. Without even knowing it, you could be changing the life of that person.

They may have had the worst day possible, and you have been the angel that lights up their day.

You can change the day, the week, the month or the life of another person simply by giving him or her a hug.

When I gave the bank teller a spontaneous hug out of the blue, her face lit up in a huge smile and I’m sure it made her day. Maybe she went home and told her family about it and she may have even had the courage to give someone else a spontaneous hug. Hugging pays forward.

What’s the best part about it? Hugs are free and they can be given anytime.

Who have you hugged today?

Featured photo credit:  “A happy couple in love” via Shutterstock