5 Proven Ways to Learn to Love Yourself

 

As spiritual teacher and author, Iyanla Vanzant, puts it, “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”

The way we view ourselves impacts our views and actions in every way. If we don’t feel worthy of love, we tend to accept mistreatment or even abuse. When we doubt our abilities, we hide away from pursuing our dreams. When feeling inadequate, people close themselves off to the limitless possibilities that life has to offer.

When we look inward and develop self-confidence, a world of opportunity opens. We gain the courage to realize our potential. When we value ourselves, we walk toward loving, supportive relationships. When we develop self-esteem, we feel confident to work hard toward achieving goals. Taking care of ourselves gives us the strength to inspire and care for others in need.

While it’s one thing to ruminate on loving yourself, actualizing self-worth can require a lot of reflection and life experience. Still, you can begin that lifelong journey one step at a time with these tips to loving yourself.

Developing Positive Thought Patterns

Thought patterns can have a huge impact on how we view ourselves and our experiences. Science looks at how repetitive thoughts, those little conversations we have inside our heads, have a big impact on wellbeing. If you find yourself in a loop of constantly doubting yourself or having anxious reactions to life then practicing positive thinking can help reverse those patterns. Psychologists and spiritual leaders suggest different methods for reversing harmful thought patterns such as mindfulness meditation, positive affirmations, and journaling.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation involves bringing awareness to the present moment. Dr. John Paul Minda, a professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, explains,” Mindfulness meditation can help people to be more attentive to their own emotions. By being aware of negative feelings as soon as they arise, people can engage in positive remediation rather than dwelling on the negative cognition.”

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations refer to repeated statements, often written down or spoken out loud, that inspire confidence and optimism. They can help to reverse the negative loop in our minds by replacing them with constructive thinking. For example, you can write down or say to yourself things like, “I am good enough,” “I am worthy of love,” “I can overcome anything one step at a time.”

Journaling

Journaling has a proven positive effect on self-esteem and works like a natural “antidepressant”. It gives a person the chance to process experiences. Also, writing about stressful situations can help diminish their perceived intensity. Spending just 15 minutes a day journaling increases self-confidence and leads to better mental, emotional, and physical health.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Big changes don’t happen overnight. Cultivating self-love involves a fluid, constant journey of healing and self-reflection. With patience, compassion, and persistence, you can build a deeper sense of self-worth over time.

Taking small steps and setting aside a little time each day toward loving yourself will pay off in all areas of your life. Developing self-love sets the foundation for every other aspect of your life. With inner strength and confidence, you can approach obstacles with courage. By cultivating compassion for yourself, you can embrace others with the same level of care and understanding. By realizing your worth and embracing your individuality, you will inspire and lift up others to do the same.

Source:

https://www.goodnet.org/articles/5-proven-ways-to-learn-love-yourself

15 Genius New Inventions That Make the World a Better Place

My personal passion is creating new inventions & business platforms that benefit society in a positive way.  This is a fun article on inventions that have made our world a better place.

Inspiring Inventions:

They say necessity is the mother of invention – that the primary driving force for all new creations is some sort of need. Each of these 15 brilliant new inventions answers a different human need – such as clean water or sanitation – or an environmental necessity. To make them, gifted designers identified an important issue, came up with an innovative solution – and then put the wheels in motion to create some truly inspirational inventions.

1. THE DINING SET FOR DEMENTIA PATIENTS

Eatwell is an 8-piece dining set that fosters mealtime independence for sufferers of dementia. The bowls have slanted bottoms for easy scooping and bright blue interiors to help users easily identify food. The spoons hug the side of the dinnerware making collecting food easier and preventing spillage, and all handles allow for easy gripping and stability.

The Eatwell dining set is a genius new invention

The Eatwell dining set gives dementia patients dignity while they eat

2. THE STRAW THAT FILTERS WATER

The LifeStraw filters out virtually all microbiological contaminants to make water safe to drink. The invention was designed to help people in developing countries who don’t have access to safe water and in emergency scenarios following natural disasters when water is contaminated.

The LifeStraw is a genius new invention

The LifeStraw in action (Facebook)

3. THE INVISIBLE BIKE HELMET

Designed by two Swedish students, Hövding is a stylish neck collar that contains an airbag helmet that inflates in the case of an accident. The new invention is available in select stores in Europe – and no doubt we’ll be “seeing” more of Hövding in the near future.

Hövding is a genius new invention

Hövding: Before and after (Niklas Carlsson)

4. THE PATCH THAT MAKES YOU INVISIBLE TO MOSQUITOES

Kite Patch keeps mosquitoes at bay for up to 48 hours, by blocking the insects’ ability to smell carbon dioxide in human exhalation. The sticker-like patch affixes to clothing, and helps to stop the spread of diseases such as malaria, West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever.

The Kite patch is a genius new invention

Kite saves lives. It’s that simple.

5. THE DRINKABLE BOOK

This book is genius: along with providing basic information on clean water, each page of the Drinkable Book is coated with silver nanoparticles, which kill 99.9% of bacteria when water passes through. The result: clean, safe drinking water. Once a page of the book has been torn out, it can be used multiple times as a filter, providing up to 30 days of clean water for one person.

The Drinkable Book is a genius new invention - non-fiction innovation

The Drinkable Book is non-fiction innovation

6. THE FLATPACK REFUGEE SHELTER

Developed in coordination between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Better Shelter is a refugee shelter that combines form, function and sustainability. Unlike the traditionally-used tents, the shelters can last up to three years and are fitted with solar panels, mosquito nets, lights, and ventilation and a lockable door for privacy and safety.

The Better Shelter is a genius new invention

Better Shelters assembled in the Karatepe transit camp, Mytilini, Greece (Facebook)

 

7. THE TINY DISPOSABLE PHONE BATTERY

The Mini Power is the eco-answer to keeping mobile phones charged and ready to go. Still in the design phase, these tiny cardboard capsules come in three sizes – two, four and six hours – and can be recycled after use. Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien envisions the new invention being sold at convenience stores, individually and also in bulk perforated sheets.

The Mini Power is a genius new invention

Disposable phone batteries made from cardboard – what’ll they think of next?

8. THE APP THAT LETS YOU LEND YOUR EYES TO THE BLIND

Be My Eyes is a mobile app that connects blind people who need assistance with sighted volunteers who want to help out via a direct video connection. Blind people get help navigating the world around them, sighted people get a helper’s high, and technology is used for a perfectly positive purpose.

Be My Eyes is a genius new invention

Be My Eyes is mobile technology at its best

9. THE FLOATING RUBBISH BIN THAT CLEANS THE OCEANS

Seabin is an automated marina rubbish bin that collects floating rubbish, debris and oil, 24/7. The new invention aims to help solve and prevent ocean pollution by replacing the “trash boats” that currently serve marinas around the world.

The Seabin is a genius new invention

Australian surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski with their masterpiece – the Seabin (Indiegogo)

10. THE FURRY ROBOT THERAPIST

Paro the robot seal is equipped with five different sensors that enhance its ability to connect with and heal people. The fluffy robot has a moveable body, makes cute seal sounds and responds to the touch and voice of individuals, adapting its behavior to suit users – which include the elderly, trauma victims and people dealing with serious illnesses.

Paro is a genius new invention

This Japanese invention is becoming a friendly fixture at senior citizens homes in the US and Europe

11. THE SOCCER BALL THAT GENERATES ELECTRICITY

SOCCKET is a portable, power-generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy issue. This new invention gets charged up during normal game play, to power its energy efficient, 3-LED lamp. Even better: for every ball purchased, SOCCKET gives one ball to a child in the developing world.

SOCCKET is a genius new invention

SOCCKET is all about energy – physical and global

12. THE KIT THAT MAKES MENSTRUATION SAFER

Flo is an easy-to-use, cost-effective kit for cleaning and storing reusable sanitary pads, that aims to boost hygiene in parts of the world where menstruation is stigmatized and pads and tampons aren’t always readily available. The new invention consists of a simple spinning and cleaning gadget, a mini-clothes line and a zippered pouch for transport.

Flo is a genius new invention

Leave it to college students to find an easy-to-use, cost-effective tool to help those in need

13. THE EDIBLE WATER BOTTLE YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME

Ooho! is a new kind of packaging made from seaweed that proposes an alternative to plastic bottles. The H20 orbs are servings of water encased in an algae-based gel, which in due time could be a common replacement for the bottles we use every day.

Ooho! is a genius new invention

Ooho! is a creative and green solution to discarding plastic water bottles

14. THE BUS THAT RUNS ON HUMAN WASTE

Waste treatment company GENeco has come up with a groundbreaking new invention – the trash and sewage-guzzling BioBus. The first BioBus is currently active in the United Kingdom, shuttling passengers back and forth every day from Bristol Airport.

The BioBus is a genius new invention

The BioBus: Fueled by purified waste (Wessex Water)

15. THE HAND-POWERED DISHWASHER

Created by Israeli designer Chen Levin, the Circo dishwasher is an off-the-grid, on-the-counter dishwasher that uses zero electricity and only a small amount of water. The concept is simple and brilliant: the hand-powered crank releases a jet of water, which is heated by a sodium acetate tablet. One minute later, the dishes are clean.

The Circo is a genius new invention

With the crank of a handle, the Circo dishwasher cleans dishes within a minute (inhabitat)

Source:

https://www.goodnet.org/articles/15-genius-new-inventions-that-make-world-better-place

3-D Printed Nails! it’s a thing ladies and I love it.

This is such a cool idea!  Women can do amazing things when using their skill sets and creativity.

Grace Chiang, 25, cofounded Mani.me with while getting an MBA at Stanford. She’s still working toward her degree.

Grace Chiang, 25, cofounded Mani.me with while getting an MBA at Stanford. She’s still working toward her degree.

Courtesy of Mani.me

Grace Chiang, 25, had long been obsessed with manicures. But during a stint at McKinsey, she never had time to get her nails done the way she wanted. So while working towards her MBA at Stanford, she launched a company, Mani.me, with two friends from school, Jooyeon Song and David Miro Llopis, to sell women 3-D printed manicures by subscription. It’s an out-of-the-box idea for 3-D printing, but technologically there’s not a lot of difference between 3-D printing a keychain and doing the same for a set of highly designed nails.

The company launched in April, and has minimal sales to date, but was recently accepted into the new Stanley+Techstars accelerator for additive manufacturing, the lone consumer company in the current class of 10. In a conversation that has been edited and condensed, Chiang spoke about why the time has come for 3-D printed manicures:

Mani.me’s Grace Chiang (center) with cofounders Jooyeon Song and David Miro Llopis

Mani.me’s Grace Chiang (center) with cofounders Jooyeon Song and David Miro Llopis

Courtesy of Mani.me

It’s a female industry that’s been around for literally thousands of years. It’s super-painful, it takes a ton of time and it’s not very healthy for your nails. We thought, why not marry that with something quite male-oriented, which is 3-D printing and manufacturing. What we offer are custom-fit, ready-to-wear nails. You go to the website for an app. We measure your hand with photos, and we translate that into a 3-D printing model. Then we print the base, put the design on top of it and mail it to you. It’s like a sticker. The design is whatever you saw on the app. It’s like watching an Instagram come to life.

We’re on a subscription basis, $50 a month for two sets a month. We have a premium tier, which is $70 a month for three sets, so you can have a fun set for the weekend.

I worked in a nail salon when I was younger. It was that really long summer between high school and college. I was a financial aid student in college. I lived in Taiwan and went looking for jobs, and nobody was hiring for high schoolers. It’s not part of the culture there. My grandmother had always loved having me paint her nails. She passed away, and I decided this is something I just have to do. I found a nail salon in town. They agreed to train me if I gave them manual labor, sweeping and cleaning. I did that for five months. I got trained in acrylics and gels. I went off to college and would do monthly seasonal sets for my friends at school. Now I am at Stanford, and I hold women’s lunches for women to meet and talk and also to get manicures.

Source:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyfeldman/2018/07/16/stanford-mba-student-25-launches-3-d-printed-manicure-business-with-her-friends/?fbclid=IwAR37P42oGw41um-wepexQIPZFQHjwPjkc_TUaxYQF3Kydb6MTVpqXKotTEo#3cf2ba93ae60