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Happy Living, Easy Actions for Joyful Living

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When you are young, life seems so simple and clear. Many things come easily, because you are healthy, full of vitality and future plans. Over time, we begin to complicate simple things. But the truth is that life is still simple. It has not changed, we are those who have changed and made it more difficult. What happens when we become ‘adults’ and mature? We begin to prohibit, restrain and suppress ourselves, thereby fitting ourselves into the framework of conventions and constraints.
Being children, we did not think what to eat, what to wear, what time to go to bed. We were full of carefree joy, fun, laughter, we were just doing what we liked and what would make us happy. We think a lot about things we didn’t think before. Endless diets, special menus, carefully selected wardrobe, and work, work all the way. We buy a lot of unnecessary things, take care of our status and prestige. It is a constant race for desired success at any price, even if it costs us our health, family, and a lot of time. This brings to our lives anxiety, fear, uncertainty and concern.
All this makes us moody, eternally dissatisfied, tired, lifeless… If you want to make your life easy and joyful again, use these tips:
 1. Talk openly. Do not expect that you will be understood without words.
 2. Be polite and considerate towards others. But do not try to be nice to everyone. Be polite, but do not try to please everyone around. It is better to pay more attention to those relationships that are really important to you.
 3. Do not overload yourself: try to sleep 6-8 hours, eat well, do some exercise. Do not try to do all things in one day.
 4. Do not buy unnecessary things. It will save money and your home from the trash. It would be wise to have some savings. Live within your means.
 5. Stop comparing yourself with others. This envy can gradually destroy you. 
6. Maintain a relationship with those people who are close to you in spirit and complement you, so that you can learn something new and useful from them.
 7. Do not drink alcohol. It destroys a person physically and mentally. In fact it does not relief stress and sadness, and of course it does not solve your problems.
 8. Use time wisely. Do not waste it on TV and computer games or social networking. Modern technologies are designed to make your life easier. Devote some time to exploring the ways to manage your time effectively.
 9. Get rid of the habit of telling lies. Honesty in relationships and communication is above all, and it is always much appreciated. 
10. Try to make regular cleaning. Do not delay cleaning until later, but get used to doing it right away.
 11. Smiling is absolutely necessary for a good mood.
 12. Eat when you are really hungry. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Often we confuse hunger with thirst. If you are thirsty, drink plain water instead of tea, coffee, or soda.
 13. Spend half an hour a day on exercise. Go for a walk in the morning or in the evening. This will keep your body in shape. 
14. Learn something new and make yourself a better person every day.
 15. Make your wildest desires and dreams come true. Do not be afraid of what others will say. Set a goal and work your way to it. Do not try to achieve others’ desires and dreams.
 16. Remember that everything in this life changes and passes. Nothing lasts forever. Accept this as a fact in all situations.
 17. Everyone can make mistakes including you. Do not blame yourself for mistakes. Try to see them as knowledge and experience that may help you in the future. 18. Have a flexible opinion. Even if you are right, do not force others to accept your point of view. Let everyone have their own opinion.
 19. Do not be afraid of expressing gratitude and appreciation for people who help you.
 20. Improve and develop yourself. But do not forget your true nature. Chase your own dreams and goals, not the ones you are supposed to chase.
This article is shared from http://www.learning-mind.com

Chasing the “god shot” – the quest to find the best espresso machine

espressoI love a good cup of coffee but more than anything I love a great cup of espresso. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the perfect espresso, or what baristas call the god shot. Why god shot, because it would taste heavenly. In my quest, I have learned a couple of things on what it would take to make the perfect shot and all the coffee connoisseurs that I have talked to and the baristas I have challenged talk about having the best espresso machine. Quality coffee beans, the right technique, and timing are just part of the process, if your espresso machine is not that great then your espressos won’t be that great either.

There are two types of espresso machines that you can buy for your home, a manual espresso maker or an automatic one. The first espresso machine I owned was a manual one that I picked up at an auction. It looked nice and shiny and I like the fact that it had been used in a coffee house before. Learning how to work the contraption was just too much. It is still a great looking machine but I have not had any success in producing a decent cup of anything.

The next espresso machine I bought was an automatic one. I liked the idea of a piece of equipment that was designed to create something heavenly with just a push of a button. I found the best automatic espresso maker to be the Nespresso. I have a Nespresso Citiz which has a steamer for milk and a frother for cappuccinos and lattes. Nespresso machines aren’t just good but they are consistent. You get to use capsules with the right amount of ground coffee beans in them. You will get the best tasting espresso every time and they are reasonably priced too. Considering the amount of money a serious espressoholic like me spends at coffee shops, a price range of $200 to $300 is a bargain.

By speaking to friends, fellow espresso lovers and amateur baristas I have compiled a list of the best espresso machines. The Nespresso Citiz still comes up as the best most widely used automatic machine. Other machines that have had rave reviews include the Delonghi EN550S Lattisima Touch and the Nespresso Inissia. Have I tasted the God shot yet? not yet but I am enjoying having my little machine and maybe one of these days I’ll graduate to a super-automatic espresso machine.