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If social media never existed, what would you be thankful for?

It could be the good coffee your local barista whips up for you every day or the friendly neighbor who just baked pie and gave you a hearty piece. A simple “thank you” would suffice to appreciate their kindness, or give the barista an extra tip.

And not a soul has to know.

But since we’re in a world ruled by instant gratification, there’s “#blessed”.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms are bloated with this hashtag spree where people boast about an accomplishment in the cloak of being humble, fish for compliments, or make others jealous on purpose.

Read More Your Hashtags Don’t Make You Any Humble

Opinion/Editorial

In face of the changing world, the shift towards a sustainable society is viewed as a critical means to preserve and protect our deteriorating environment.

While significant efforts and many changes have been introduced both locally and internationally in public policies to ensure the transition to “green” economy, they remain insufficient to achieve this goal.

Existing studies suggest that solution to the problem cannot be resolved by looking at a macroscopic scale, but rather by looking at small details, such as lifestyle.

Lifestyle is defined in sociology as the typical way of life or habits of an individual, group or culture. These include people’s preferences as to how they live, be transported, what kind of products and services to buy, and even choose their provisions. According to the study Different Lifestyles and Their Impact on the Environment by Aalborg University in Denmark, a difference in lifestyle can have a dramatic impact on the environment.

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For instance, a typical family having an “American lifestyle,” which is heavily dependent on transport by car, lives in its own large house and eats a lot of meat, is identified by Aalborg University to cause eight times pollution compared to a family having “green” lifestyle. Read More Sustainability: Urban vs. Rural

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There’s something about our generation nowadays and I think it’s that we don’t really think about the possible consequences of our actions. Take for example, Facebook. We post almost our entire lives there without thinking of the consequences it may lead to such as causing you your interview because of that one drunken night in college, for example.

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Same thing with home security, you neglect to lock that window upstairs and before you know it, your television’s gone along with your ipad, laptop, and recently-purchased Nintendo wii. Of course, that could’ve been avoided easily but you just had to go bad ass and not lock that window now, did you? Good thing we’ve listed down here some common security mistakes and how you could best avoid them. Read More Do not live in a “Home Alone” Movie

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Hospitals, supposedly one of the cleanest establishments, are also one of the major waste-producing facilities there are. They generate approximately 7, 000 tons of waste (i.e., infectious, hazardous, and solid wastes) per day. In addition, medical equipment’s energy usage account for one-fifth to one-quarter in a given facility. Such equipment may contain harmful substances such as cancer-causing carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and bio accumulative toxins (i.e., substances that do not degrade easily in the environment and which build up inside humans and other species, eventually posing long-term threat to everything it comes contact with).

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So how come the world is letting the people who are supposedly responsible for the world’s health actually contribute to its deterioration? When you think about it, it’s kind of like the beauty industry where they sell you all these “beauty-enhancing” products that make you look pretty but actually destroy your skin in the process. They do everything for their primary cause’s sake without thinking about the effects these may have in the long run. I guess, it’s about time to push for social responsibility which fortunately, some health care companies are getting the hang of. Read More Why Medical Equipments Are Turning Green

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Many of us might think that acquiring a sexy body and a healthy lifestyle entails being alarmingly skinny, starving ourselves to death or working out non-stop until all of our breaths have been sucked out of our lungs. It does seem to be a form of exaggeration but there are really those who take their diets to the extreme almost as if they are about to commit suicide.

Bear in mind though that this should not be the case since we can always prepare simple and easy recipes that we can try without the guilt, while partnering them with our respective diet routines. Speaking of diet routines, healthy food choices will not suffice if we lack self discipline, motivation, and determination. If we want to get things done the right way, we need not rush things and take them one step at a time in order for our painstaking efforts to take effect by doing the following:

  • Avoid overeating.

This idea is similar to that of firing range where the one holding the gun should be able to point and shoot at the target with focus and accuracy. The same thing applies when we’re on a diet or when we’re planning to make ourselves fit. We should then visualize our objective of being healthy first by taking everything in moderation. Most of us bite more than we can chew and that must be monitored. Don’t eat in a rush and take time to consume small portions of food especially when we’re not so hungry. Read More A Balanced Health Practice

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I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that drinking tea is a good way to keep up with your healthy lifestyle. Some people would say that they prefer coffee over tea because you can get a lot of flavors and mixes with it while tea is well . . . just tea. But that is not the case! Actually, tea comes in a lot of blends and it doesn’t just come from one plant (which is, of course, camellia sinensis). In fact, you can make tea out flowers and other plants that can come from your own garden!

So how beneficial is tea, anyway? And what kind of tea should I drink? You ask.

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Well, it depends on what outcome you want to have.

Stressed? Try drinking chamomile, lavender, or jasmine tea to help you relax. It’s
the aroma, not just the flavors that sets you off in a calm mood so that your stress levels will go down.

Read More Different Teas for your Daily Needs

Health

Books! They’re a good way to relieve stress and get a whole lot of information, and the smell of a newly-printed book sure is appealing.

Sometimes it gets hard to read and move around at the same time when you’re reading from a one-and-a-half pound hardcover outside in the park. And sometimes, you need to get a lot of tape to fix your paperback with pages that are dropping off.

Modern-day common sense would tell me that one should go for an eBook, mainly for portability and to prevent the risk of missing pages. It’s true though, a person could bring as many books as they can with a portable reader so that they will have a lot of titles to choose from. The books cost less too, when you think about it.

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Printed or e-books?

As fascinating as it is, delving into new kinds of gadgets and their awesome features, some still tend to get into a pickle when choosing from a printed book and an eBook.

Read More Printed or Electronic—Which Books are Better?

Electronics

What else can you do with an old Nokia 3310 in the year 2012 aside from messaging and making calls? Since urban legend goes that a 3310 is virtually indestructible, maybe you could make it into a bulletproof vest for kicks, but people demand a lot of things from their phones nowadays.

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Old and new.

Calling and messaging aren’t just the things people need—WiFi or 3G has to be there to go online, there needs to be a decent-quality camera so that you could take a snapshot of when you met this actor in a coffee shop, the OS needs to be up to date, it must have a lot of space for games and apps . . .

Read More How to Choose the Perfect Phone

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Everyone wants to stay fit and healthy, but not everyone can get a gym membership and start doing crunches on the bench immediately. It’s not because people are stingy or lazy, but mostly they’ll tell you that they just don’t have the time. Work, school, kids, dates, you name it, everyone has something holding them back from working on those extra baggage.

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Disappointment after scaling.

I’ve been hearing the same question again and again by those people who want to try to cut back on the calories but just can’t afford to go miss the overtime pay for a quick jog on the treadmill, “How do get to be healthy without working so hard?”

The thing is folks, it’s almost impossible to do it without exerting a little effort. You can’ just hit the gym on impulse for one day only and expect to shed the pounds you want to get rid of. It needs dedication and a little bit of investment. It was mentioned earlier that it’s almost impossible, but it doesn’t you can’t work around it.

So how can you do it?

Read More How to Jumpstart Getting Fit—Without Really Trying

Health

It takes commitment to make a long-distance relationship work. Sometimes a lot of things can get in the way: school, work, and family are just the most basic of reasons. Some people complain that lack of communication is the main problem why this kind of relationship just won’t work.

But what these people are forgetting is that we live in the age where communicating from opposite ends of the Earth is no longer a big obstacle. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can even reconnect those long-lost grade school classmates and relatives whom you haven’t talked to in a long time. The world is getting smaller they say, so why can distant relationships not work just because of faulty communication? Question is, is it really faulty?

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Connect through computers.

Read More Making Distant Relationships Become Not-So-Distant

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