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The Importance Of Self-Improvement

The times we are living in are stressful, and it seems like everyone is in a rush and under certain kind of pressure. We simply don’t have enough time for ourselves, and in the long term, this leads to negative thinking and failure. How, you might ask? Well, you let situations and emotions overcome you without ever sitting down, accepting the truth and figuring out how mindfulness might help you overcome it.

One of the most discussed subjects in the past few years has been self-improvement but to be sincere, it is not a subject that is new at all. For thousands of years, philosophers have been discussing self-improvement in their work, and we have various proofs for that. From Egyptian writings where rulers were educating their children on how to act, and keep self-control, to Greeks who were contemplating living the perfect life accomplished through mindfulness. Among all the Eastern nations made the biggest impact on this subject – with Buddhism and Taoism leading the way. The mixed two created Zen Buddhism a now quite popular philosophy that many people around the world try to understand and implement.

On one hand, Buddhists in the past times strived to achieve mindfulness by emptying and resetting the brain from all thoughts and situations in order to accept the truth and move forward. And the truth in the Buddhist way of thinking is simple – life is both pleasure and pain, and you have to find the Middle way. On the other hand, the Taoists suggest the importance of connecting nature and our inner spirit and turning the tides of the universe to our side.


Tips On Self-Improvement


  1. While in the past times the idea of mindfulness was to free ourselves of all the thoughts, now people think of it as raising awareness about certain thinks and achieving focus in order to accomplish what we have planned. Saying this, Dr Eric Amidi suggests the importance of meditation in the process and that for multiple reasons. First of all, it will allow you to cope with stressful situations in a calmer way. You will not be that affected when things don’t go how you planned, and your relaxed state will allow you to act and think rationally. Along with that, meditation has proven to lower blood pressure and improve your sleep routine. Both of this affects how you feel during the day, and will allow you to go on and accomplish your plans for the day. And it benefits your mental health – the feelings of anxiety and depression seem to go away once you slip in the meditation routine, accepting your wandering thoughts.
  1. Along with that, the importance of exercise for self-improvement is incredible. Though it doesn’t have to be in direct correlation with one being a better version of himself, exercise allows us to be healthier and feel better. In the long term, we develop a healthy and positive mindset and start approaching people in a thoughtful and mindful manner. And as people simply see it as a good habit, you will be on a good way to self-improvement.
  1. Among everything probably the most important thing is to focus on your sensations and emotions. Dr Amidi thinks that not analyzing our emotions and sensations is the thing that leads us to failure. Focus on a certain situation, and try to figure out how and what you feel. Are you blushing? Do you feel stiff neck and increased heart rate? Are you embarrassed or simply nervous and anxious? All of these matters, and if you don’t sit down and talk to yourself about how you really feel you will not be able to make significant changes. Analyze patterns of your thoughts, sensations, and emotions and use it as your tool to solve life problems.
  1. Last but not least you should always strive to be a better version of yourself. Now, a lot of people don’t understand the real point of this – no one of us can be perfect, but what truly matters is that you always aim for good habits and mindful thinking in comparison to falling a victim of negative thoughts and emotions that primarily led you to failure.


Self-improvement is probably important now more than ever – the fast-paced lifestyle and challenges that we experience on a daily basis simply ask for it. Remember, positive thinking and mindfulness are two traits you should always practice and nourish, and believe me you will be ready for whatever life has prepared!

Anne Frank and her diary – 7 Things you didn’t know


One of the bestselling books ever, “Anne Frank’s diary” was written during the Second World War, by the Jewish girl Anneliese Marie Frank. Anne was hiding from the Nazis with her family, in one house in Amsterdam, for more than two years. Today, Anne Frank’s house is one of the most visited places in Amsterdam. Here are the 7 facts you didn’t know about Anne Frank’s diary

1. Frank family was hiding for more than two years

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For two years and 35 days, Anne was hiding in the house in Amsterdam, unable to feel the rain or sun, to see the sky and clouds, without a possibility to go out for a walk at all. She was in the company of her parents Edith and Otto and her sister Margot. Soon, four more Jews joined them, and one of them was a boy called Peter with whom Anne fall in love with.

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During those two years, Anne was doing everything to entertain herself, like reading books and studying European literature and history, playing different games, curling her hair and etc.

2. The most popular diary of all times (arguably)

Anne Frank’s diary became a part of the Unesco’s Memory of the World Register in 2009. The diary was published for the first time in Holland in 1947 as Het Achterhuis: Dagboekbrieven 12 Juni 1942–1 Augustus 1944. First edition had 1500 copies, and since then the book was translated into more than 60 languages.

The original notebook Anne turned into a diary was a present Anne got for her third birthday. The notebook itself was chosen by Anne and had red and white covers.

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3. Becoming a famous writer was one of Anne’s dreams

Anne was always interested in writing and literature and she was dreaming of going back to school. In her diary, on 11th of May 1944, she wrote she wants to become “a journalist, and later on a famous writer”. Her diary eventually made her as one of the most famous bestseller writers in the world.

4. Two months after the Allied landings in Normandy, Frank’s family was discovered by the police

On 6th of June 1944, Anne wrote: “Is this really the beginning of the long-awaited liberation?” Following the illegal program of BBC and Radio Oranje, Franks family was informed about the Allied landings in Normandy, but unfortunately, they didn’t have the luck to survive until the end.

5. Margot Betti Frank (Anne’s sister) wrote a diary as well

Anne’s older sister, Marie Frank was also writing a diary, but unfortunately, the diary was never found. A three years older Anne’s sister Margot was more studious than Anne.

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6. BBC broadcast made Anna Frank rewrote the diary

The Dutch minister of education, art, and science, Gerrit Bolkestein spoke to the Dutch people thanks to the Radio Oranje and BBC program. The program who was broadcast illegally on 28th of March 1944. On this occasion, he announced his plan to collect the stories from the Dutch people about their experience of the war, and Anne started rewriting her diary immediately, keeping the first and private one for herself.

7.Anne’s death date is still unknown

Anonymous source betrayed Anne’s hiding place to German authorities, and they were unfortunately arrested on 4th of August 1944 by the Gestapo.

Based on the resources, Anne was sent to the transit camp in the Netherlands first, the Westerbork, and later deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. More than 1 million people were killed in Auschwitz, and around 90% of them were Jews.

Later, Margot and Anne were transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen. According to this concentration camp resources, there were two girls who died from typhus just before the camp was liberated (15th of April 1945). The identity of the girls isn’t known but there are assumptions the girls were Anne and her sister Margot.

Viking Runes: Everything to Know About Them and Their Hidden Meanings


Runes are enigmatic symbols which were left by the Vikings on a countless number of documents in wood, stone and metal. These letters, as they’re believed to have played a crucial part in the lives of the Vikings, have been attracting attention for years. These mysterious symbols seem to give us a valuable insight into the life of the Viking people and thus, we all want to know more about them. Here’s everything you should know about the runes and their hidden meanings.

Runes: What Are They and What’s Their Meaning?

Runes are the letters of the runic alphabet which date back to 1st or 2nd Century AD. The runic alphabet is a system of symbols which was developed and used by Germanic people. The runic alphabet is also known as the futhark as the first letter of it are – f, u, þ, a, r, k.

The runic alphabet, or the futhark, has three main forms, Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark, and Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. Elder Futhark, used between 100 and 800 AD, had 24 characters. Younger Futhark, which is also known as Scandinavian Runes, used during the Viking Age before being Latinised in the Christian era, had 16 characters. Last but not least, the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc which was used in England had 33 characters.

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These are the names and meanings of the 16 runes of the Younger Futhark:

• ᚠfé (“wealth”)
• ᚢúr (“iron”/”rain”)
• ᚦ Thurs (“giant”)
• ᚬAs/Oss (a Norse God)
• ᚱreið (“ride”)
• ᚴkaun (“ulcer”)
• ᚼhagall (“hail”)
• ᚾnauðr (“need”)
• ᛁísa/íss (“ice”)
• ᛅár (“plenty”)
• ᛋsól (“sun”)
• ᛏTýr (a Norse God)
• ᛒbjörk/bjarkan/bjarken (“birch”)
• ᛘmaðr (“man”)
• ᛚlögr (“sea”)
• ᛦyr (“yew”)

The spoken language of the Vikings was Old Norse which was passed down orally. However, in the 13th century, it became being written down by scribes. This implies that the Vikings were all illiterate. However, the runic alphabet seems to have been widely understood as there have been thousands of runestones found all over the Scandinavian countryside.

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The runic inscriptions were written on stones, which became known as runestones. These stones, including boulders or bedrock, were covered with runic inscriptions during the 10th and 11th centuries, which are considered to be the Viking Age.

Viking runes which were written on the runestones were discovered to be memorials to departed men. One of the most famous runestones can be found in Södermanland, Sweden. This runestone is known as Kjula Runestone. This runestone has an inscription of an Old Norse poem in the alliterative poetic meter known as fornyrðislag. This poem is about a man known for extensive warfare and was known as Spear. The stone is considered to be raised by Spear’s son in memory of his father.

The Kjula Runestone shows that Viking runestones served as a celebration of Viking values. Some of their most respected values were considered to be heroism, valor, and honor.

Exotic Hardwoods for the Instrument Trade


Guitar aficionados glare at the vintage Gibson Explorers, Les Pauls and Flying V’s adorning the walls of Norm’s Rare Guitars in San Fernando, California. They envision the iconic legends who wielded them and help shape the Gibson brand – Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman.

When Commercial Forest Products sees vintage instruments, their attention is focused on the wood.

Commercial Forest Products was formed in 2009 in response to growing demand for tonewoods from instrument manufacturers.  “We receive a lot of requests for vintage wood or new wood that looks vintage,” according to General Manager Stephen Ondich.  “There is an intense desire among players to have a connection with the golden era of electric guitar production, the 1950-1960’s. Even if the instrument is new, it often evokes the past either through materials, design or relicing, Vintage has become a market into itself.”

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Swamp Ash is one of the most popular electric guitar body wood options at Commercial Forest Products. “Our motto is light, bright, and white – it’s the trifecta  of most builders’ requests, especially for Fender-style builds.” Swamp Ash derives its name from where it is purportedly grown, swamps in the southern United States. The name gives it a mystique even though a small percentage is actually harvested from swampland.

Another frequently requested guitar body wood specie is Black Limba or White Limba (Korina). Vintage Gibson instruments often feature Korina. “All three are names for the same specie. The black/white designation only refers to the coloration. Korina is a proprietary name that Gibson established for White Limba in the 1950s,” says Ondich.  “Korina can be difficult to source because there are very few markets for it outside of luthiery. As a result, it is not brought into the United States in large quantities. When what shows up is not good enough for tonewood, it can be a big problem.”

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Genuine Mahogany is another wood associated with classic Gibson builds. The specie was added to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which restricts the import and export of Genuine Mahogany products outside of the United States. Over the last few decades, more Mahogany has been grown under controlled conditions on plantations in areas like Mexico and Fiji. Differences in the soil composition result in newer mahogany having a different character than what came out of South American in the 1950s. This can make matching old grain patterns and colors difficult. “The trade-off is worth it, though. Our primary concern is that our mahogany is harvested sustainable and responsibly.”

Commercial Forest Products takes a long-term view of their role in the tonewood supply chain. “In a nutshell, we do not do anything bad, wrong, illegal or immoral and we won’t work with anyone who does. We want our partners to be as vested in maintaining their reputation in the industry as we are. Additionally, our manufacturing programs are designed to maximize the utilization of the wood resource. Our goal is to leave only sawdust and Instagram memories behind.

7 Most Common Mistakes New Drivers Make

Drivers young and old have all made a series of mistakes. No driver in the world has ever gotten by without making a mistake, because it’s in our nature to. While making mistakes is natural, there are a few mistakes that a great number of new drivers make.

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1. Risks

Ignore traffic signals? Ignore school zone signs? Ignore blind spots when changing lanes? These risky “choices” are grounds for vehicle collisions. New drivers, teenagers in particular, tend to be far more impulsive than people in their 20s and 30s. This impulse translates to bad driving on the road.

2. Tire Maintenance

Having cars serviced and performing basic checks is par for the course when it comes to vehicles. However, for new drivers who weren’t exposed to these when they were growing up, it can be a scary new world. They may not know how to check the tread depth of tires or the pressure of them. This mistake may be financially expensive as they fail to properly maintain their vehicle.

3. Tailgating

Young drivers (or mature drivers who received their license) may take a while to learn the dimension sizes of vehicles for the first few months. This means that they may follow cars ahead of them far too closely – enough to cause a minor fender bender or other serious accident. There is a general 10-yard rule that keeps drivers evenly spaced between each other. This rule teaches us to be aware of our surroundings.

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 4. Speed

Speeding seems fine. New drivers don’t have this knowledge. Speeding is dangerous (regardless of your skill level) and can lead to fatal crashes – something that new drivers don’t understand yet, as they tend to speed with trucks in residential areas. This may be something a truck accident attorney may or may not be able to help with.

5. Panic

There’s nothing like hitting the real road for the first time. No matter how many practice runs new drivers have had beside a teacher, a friend or family member, those first few runs are brutal. Especially if the new driver is already prone to panicking and over-thinking things. Driving isn’t for the faint of heart when it comes to “in the moment” experiences that may invite disaster or injuries.

6. Misunderstanding

People are more likely to misread road signs during the night. This is understandable. However, thinking that a sign directs drivers to stay on the right can lead to horrible results; the sign actually directs drivers to stay on the left. New drivers are not adjusted yet to driving at night like people who have a few years on them.

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7. Phones

This is a crime – one that happens so often without penalty that it seems naturally okay. It’s a crime that both new and experienced drivers make all the time. Whether it’s talking, texting, or picking up the phone for “a few seconds,” it is illegal in many states and has been banned for the past decade. This is another form of distraction which includes changing the radio/Bluetooth station, putting on makeup, eating/drinking, etc.


These are just a few of the most common problems new drivers make – at least for their first few drives in the real world. If you’ve been driving for X many decades, you’ve most likely made the exact same mistakes when you started. We’ve all got to start somewhere. Don’t discourage new drivers from improving their abilities.

World War I – 20 Interesting Facts


This year is a 100-year anniversary of World War I ending and important political figure gathered in France earlier in the year. It was the biggest war the world has ever seen at that point and there are plenty of things you should know about it. Here are 20 interesting facts about WWI.

20. World War I was massive and over 65 million men from 30 different countries were fighting. At the end, almost 10 million casualties were counted. The Allies lost around 6 million soldiers, while The Central Powers suffered the loss of 4 million.

19. The British categorized their tanks as males and females. The former came with cannons, while the latter had heavy machine guns.

18. The most successful pilot in the war was German warrior Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen. He was known as Red Baron, but he was eventually shot down near Amiens. He knocked down 75 enemy planes.

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17. Woodrow Wilson ran for president with the slogan “He kept us out of war”. A month after he took office, the US declared war on Germany.

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16. Most people died in battles, but the Spanish flu was responsible for 33% of military deaths.

15. Even though the United States joined this war as it was drawing to a close, the country spent over $30 billion.

14. Thousands of soldiers who survived were disfigured and disabled. Some even had to spend their entire lives in nursing homes, despite reconstructive surgery that was performed at the time.

13. World War I is the sixth deadliest conflict in the history of humankind.

12. The world map changed significantly after the war ended. Four empires collapsed: Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman.

11. Today, World War I goes under several different names. These include the Great War, the World War, the War of the Nations, the War to End All Wars.

10. World War I started on June 28, 1914 when Serbian Gavrilo Princip killed Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.

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Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and they were supported by Germany.
Serbia on the other hand received support by Russia and France, but they suffered lots of casualties and were forced to withdraw all the way to Greece on foot through the mountains of Albania.

9. German trenches included bunk beds, furniture, cupboards, water tanks, electric lights and even doorbells. They were built to last.

8. Despite the popular belief, it was France, not Germany, that used gas against enemy troops.

7. During the war, the United States sent about 7.5 million tons of supplies to France, including 70,000 horses, approximately 50,000 trucks, 27,000 freight cars and 1,800 locomotives.

6. Interestingly enough, the American decided to rename hamburgers (named after the German city of Hamburg) to Salisbury steak. Frankfurters were also renamed to liberty sausages!

5. Millions of soldiers who survived the war suffered what is known as “shell shock”. This is a post-traumatic stress disorder, which isn’t surprising considering the horrors they have seen. The soldiers would stop speaking, they couldn’t sleep, and they whimpered for hours and twitched uncontrollably. Some of them managed to recover, but the others couldn’t.

4. Native Americans didn’t receive the US citizenship until 1924 but almost 13,000 served in World War I.

3. Over 500,000 pigeons carried messages between headquarters and the front lines. They were trained to do so. They were dropped into the occupied areas by parachutes and until soldiers responded, they were kept there.

2. After WWI, the United States became the largest military power in the world, remaining so until this day.

1. Thanks to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Allies had a chance to extend their influence into the Middle East. Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria were all declared mandates under the League of Nations. France would take control of Syria, while the other three fell under the British “rule”.

Why Education Is A Foreign-Policy Issue

Education is one of the most important forms of business transaction in the world. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? How can education, which is really the basic need of an individual be the most expensive business transaction in the world? Unfortunately, it is true. Millions of students the world over go to foreign countries in a bid to derive better education than what they would have supposedly gotten in their own countries. The fees that they pay run to debts in billions overall and cost in thousands of dollars for them as individuals. Then, finally, they spend the rest of their lives trying to pay off educational loans that they accumulate during this period. Although today you can even get your English homework done online, still there is a strong need to regulate the spending one does on education.

Why education is a foreign policy issue?

The most important reason why education should be and is a foreign policy issue is that of the number of immigrants that come into a country to seek foreign education. If these immigrants are not given basic access to a good life, it definitely becomes an issue that is to be dealt with the foreign ministry of all the countries involved. Secondly, there is the issue of visas and work permit that becomes very necessary. This again involves the ministry of foreign affairs in every country.

Many countries refuse to provide visas or work permits to students on the basis of their country of origin. Education has always been the most important point of discussion when it comes to political debates over the generation. Plus, with the increasing costs of education comes the question of providing scholarships. Many countries debate on how prudent it is for the government to provide educational subsidies for students coming from other countries vis a vis student from their own country. This again becomes a topic of foreign policy and debates.

Are foreign scholars causing the problem?

The most important problem that arises, however, from the increase of foreign scholars when it comes to education, and which should be the main area of focus for all foreign policies that are related to education is the problem of racism. Many students who have gone abroad have complained of blatant display of racism by people in the so-called developed countries of the world. And we all know that racism almost equals a crime in certain countries.

To conclude, No one should be allowed to discriminate between people on the basis of their race, creed, caste, gender or any other demographic variable. This is where governments all over the world should come together and create strong educational policies as part of their foreign policy strategy. This will also give governments the mileage that they might need for the upcoming elections in their countries. Students from all over the world, especially those that are studying foreign policy in organisations and universities have started writing dissertations on a topic like education and foreign policy. These students are usually divided into teams for better research and discourse. The dissertation team is then usually made to present papers on such topics, and their opinions are really taken into consideration by most governmental and non-governmental bodies that are related to the field of education in a big way.


Dwarfism: A Life Story


The story start with Hannah Kritzeck being abandoned by her mother and being left without a family until her fearless parent showed up and took her in. Their names were Jackie and Larry Kritzeck. They showed her love from the beginning, way before she knew there was something unusual about her. Besides her parents she also had the love of her older sister Kelly, and brothers, Mark and Matt. They gave her lots of love even though it wasn’t easy having a daughter with special needs.

It didn’t take long for Hannah to realize that she wasn’t like the other kids. Very soon she looked very different from her siblings and peers and with that came the bullying in school. Luckily she always had her siblings there who did anything to protect her.

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Even with her family supporting her life wasn’t easy. Many health issues came with her condition. And she wasn’t the only one that was sick in her family. Her mom got sick with polycystic kidney disease. Hannah saw the opportunity to help and gave her mother her kidney.

Presented with so many difficulties didn’t stop Hannah from wanting and achieving great things. She danced and did gymnastics. Because her condition comes with a limited life expectancy she is determined to do as much as possible.
She had multiple acting roles, been a guest in talk shows, a documentary about her life and she’s met Selena Gomez.

Now as a grown up, Hannah has a few really good friends, Emily and Heidi, and she spends a lot of her time with them. Besides her friends she also always has her family who supports her and loves her. She now even has nephews and nieces! The only thing that isn’t on a level she would want it is her love life. She had a love connection with Brad, a friend who had the same condition, but unfortunately he passed away before they could explore their relationship.

She is determined to have a fun time with the time she has left, so whenever her friends are up to something fun and daring, she is always invited. Her ultimate wish is to see the world and she would love it if she could do that through her dancing.

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Her mother Jackie is very proud of her daughter and everything she does but at the same time she worries for her health. They are best friends and they expect third relationship will only get stronger. The fact that Hannah has a limited life expectancy is a topic Jackie doesn’t like to talk about but is aware is something they need to deal with. They have a very special bond because they both helped each other out when they needed it the most.

Hannah is very serious with working with the Potentials Foundation and they organized a fundraiser with the motto “Size never defines potential.” The Foundation has become quite big and now helps about 50 families that have dealt with primordial dwarfism. It is present in 10 foreign countries and 19 states in the US.

A common feature of primordial dwarfism is that people affected by it tend to look very young, much younger than they actually are. As they are their weight and height will differ from their peers more and more. Hannah for example, is now a grown woman, and her height is 39 inches and is only about 30 punds heavy. There have been about 100 cases of this condition that have been recorded and it is rare that a person with primordial dwarfism live over the age of 30.

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If anything, Hannah is living proof that whatever the circumstances you were born with, if you are positive you can make the most of life. Even if you are evidentially different from the rest of the people you can still have a healthy happy life. Hannah is aware that she never knows when her life might come to an end but even that didn’t stop her from giving one of her kidneys to her mom in need. She is, as is her family, full of hope that before her life comes to an end medical science will have a breakthrough that will help her live a longer life.