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3 Role-Playing Games That Will Suck Away Your Remaining Life

Many people swear that video games are a great way to cope with some of life’s worst struggles, while others swear that all video games do is take up time. One thing’s for sure, though: there are some games on the market that will suck away as much of your soul as you’re willing to give. That’s because they’re designed to make sure they’re the only ones you play.

Here are some of the best video games you can play if you have too much time on your hands. Whether or not you feel fulfilled at the end of the day is up to you to decide.

Fallout. The most recent installment of the Fallout franchise is Fallout 76, a game that takes us into a multiplayer variant of the world with which we’re all familiar. Like all Fallout games, the action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by nuclear fallout from a long-past war.

Fallout 76 will be slightly different, because it acts as prequel to the other games. Instead of being set in the far future, you emerge from the vault before anyone else in order to help build your own society. Like all games in the franchise, it promises immersive and expansive gameplay.

Final Fantasy 15. This was a contentious addition to the series, and the first open-world Final Fantasy title at that. While it will undoubtedly give you a lot to do over a great many hours, many players didn’t appreciate the lack of fan service–or the story. While the combat mechanics were easy to learn and fun to use, they’re not necessarily enough.

The villains and their motivations weren’t very fleshed out. Even the playable characters suffered from too much “personality” development instead of complex character development. Add that to an already confusing, convoluted plot, and the game isn’t for everyone.

Disgaea. This series is one of the most unique ever created, and will provide countless hours of entertainment to players who are willing to throw them away. While the main story can be completed in short order, the real goal is getting as powerful as you possibly can–you play as a demon overlord, after all.

While most RPGs top characters out at level 99, the recent Disgaea 5 and all other games in the franchise top out at level 9999. The game is easy to play, but difficult to master. When you do, becoming a god is a walk in the park. This game is one of the most addictive, fun, and downright goofy experiences you’ll ever have.

Feeling Down? 5 Tips To Make You Feel Good Again!

For many of us, happiness can be hard to find. Once we’ve found it, it can be even harder to keep. There are a number of reasons for this, some biological, some societal. Many of us no longer have to struggle just to survive, but our minds are still built to keep us in that pit of despair all the same. That’s why it doesn’t always feel like everything’s going your way, whether it is or not. Here are a few things you can do to keep the negative feelings at bay.

  • Talk to Yourself. We don’t mean that you should have literal conversations with yourself (but hey, don’t feel bad if you do–totally normal). We mean that sometimes it’s necessary to remind yourself that it’s okay to sit and relax. We don’t need to be productive all day long, nor should we be. Heck, we don’t even need to be productive every day. Take as long as you need to in order to unwind. You know what’s best for you
  • Keep friends. Remind yourself of the important people in your life. Who haven’t you seen in a while? Who would you like to spend more time with? Make a list of people who you care about. When you’re feeling down, take a look at that list. Give someone a call, text, message, or try to get out to see them. Sometimes all you need is that list for a small boost. Knowing that you care about someone and that someone cares about you, can reduce anxiety and distress.
  • Stay Alive. Get outdoors as often as you can to remind yourself when and how you’re happiest. For most of us, that means engaging socially, even if that doesn’t seem like you. Studies indicate that those who live the longest, happiest lives have the closest social connections and family structures.
  • Make A New Plan. Not every goal needs to be achieved, but it’s important to have them all the same. It’s important to acknowledge that these goals change over time. Even more than that it’s important to realize that looking too far ahead can cut motivation in half. Make a list of things you need to get done today, tomorrow, the next day, and focus on those small goals. Keep lists of long-term goals, and keep those goals in mind, but don’t be too upset if you can’t meet them. Learn to make long-term failure a part of your short-term happiness.
  • Train Yourself. It’s easier said than done, but if you’re angry or depressed then you can train yourself to think about something else. Go back to the first item on the list, and call someone you love. Listen to a song you love. Watch a movie you love. Don’t repress the feelings, but don’t let them rage out of control either. Emotions can be both controlled and experienced if you learn how.

Why Exercise Makes You Happy

Exercise is great for many reasons. It can help you to lose weight, it can help you to build muscle and it can improve your health. Studies by New Jersey Employment Attorneys Lenzo and Reis are always being done which show the ways in which exercise benefit conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and immune disorders.

Exercise improves circulation and blood flow which is also important to overall good health. It definitely keeps illnesses away by boosting the immune system with the production of antibodies, but why does it make a person happier? Most people who jog, dance, do yoga, swim or lift weights do these things because they want to stay active and stay in shape. Most people would also agree that exercising makes them happier but they don’t know why.

Maybe it is because it makes them feel better about themselves because they are taking proactive steps toward staying healthy. Some think that it is because they are happy to be accomplishing something every day by working out.

But is there be a physiological reason that it makes people happy? There is, and it comes through a brain chemical called endorphins. These are released when the human body is put through a typical workout. As the body moves, it stimulates the brain to produce this chemical. A similar thing occurs when you are eating food or engaging in sexual activity.

Endorphins make you feel good. They fill your brain as you exercise and flood it with feelings which can best be described as happiness. Endorphins lock onto opioid receptors in the brain so, as a consequence, the feelings they elicit are ones of pleasure.

Exercise itself can induce these sensations of joy, but it is also a feeling of well-being that most people have about doing something healthy for themselves that sustains these happy feelings. Another aspect of movement that makes people feel upbeat is that it tunes out external stimuli and stress. It is somewhat difficult to be worrying about your retirement investments when you are in the middle of an intense workout where you are jumping, hopping, raising your arms up and down all while breathing heavily.

Working out shifts the focus from stress-related matters and moves it into the moment. This works the same way that meditation does. Meditation has been shown to improve happiness because it also elicits the body’s abilities to produce antibodies. The antibodies heal illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses, but they also improve immune health.

With better immune health, the body and the mind can fight off stressful situations. Instead of succumbing to colds, the flu or another sickness, the body can fight these off allowing a person to feel relatively happy all the time. Sometimes stress and anxiety can cause depression which also leads to sickness. With exercise, these conditions can be avoided thanks in part to the antibodies it creates along with the endorphins.

Endorphins are the main reason why working out makes you happy. Keep working out because it is also the key to good health for the rest of your life.

Why Do We Celebrate Birthdays?

There are two types of people in this world: people who love celebrating their birthday and people who hate celebrating their birthday. But why do we celebrate birthdays? After all, you didn’t give birth to yourself and you’re basically celebrating the fact that you lived for one more year. And as someone who milks her birthday for all its worth – I was curious as to how this tradition was started. Sadly, there is no official origin story, just bits and pieces across time that brought the birthday tradition to where it is today.

Similar to a coronation date, pharaoh’s had a birth date. The date marked the time where the pharaoh was crowned and become divine himself. There are many biblical references to a pharaoh’s birth date but this refers to when they took control of Ancient Egypt, not the day they were born. But this is the first reference to birthday.

Candles were first put on top of cake back in Ancient Greece. Traditionally, the Greeks would offer moon-shaped cakes to their deity Artemis. They would put candles on the cake to give the cake a glow like the moon.

The Ancient Romans were the first to celebrate birthdays (the day of birth) for the everyday man. They would celebrate with friends, families and famous citizens would even have a holiday for their birthday. However, emphasis on everyday man. Women didn’t have their birthday’s celebrating until almost the 12th century.

For a while, Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays because they were associated with paganism (see above). However, around the 4th century, Christians turned the birth of Jesus Christ into a holiday that we all know and love – Christmas. They did this in an effort to recruit Roman pagans who were celebrating Saturnalia and convert them.

In the 18th century, the first contemporary evidence of a birthday party can be found. Germany’s Kinderfest (child party) involved a cake and one candle for each year the child was alive. This is where the tradition of blowing out candles also started.

A century later during the industrial revolution and the use of mass production techniques brought cake (which was a luxury item) to the masses. In 1893, Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote the song “Good Morning To All” and through a long game of telephone the lyrics have changed to “Happy Birthday To You”.

 

HEALTHY LIVING: EAT RIGHT, EXERCISE … AND HAVE A PET!

With Atkins and the new thing called a Keto diet, there are all kinds of ways that people are encouraged or recommended to live a healthy life – from eating certain foods, to getting the right amount of exercise, to drinking enough water, even to having a certain amount of sexual activity.

All these healthy ideas sometimes rain like cats and dogs.

Speaking of which …

Those who have pets in their homes can attest to this in an anecdotal way, but research has found that there is another way that families can improve their health and overall well-being – and that is just having a pet in the home. A dog, cat or even a fish can suffice in improving well-being and creating more joy and pleasure.

What is the big deal about pets? Can they actually help you lose weight? Well, not necessarily – but you can imagine taking a dog out for his or her walk twice a day involves the owner taking a little jog, then that is definitely possible. But aside from the weight-loss angle, even cats and fish can help relieve stress, calm nerves and give owners feelings of pleasure which can contribute to preventing many medical conditions.

Various physiological and psychological studies have been performed regarding pets and their effects on human well-being, and the results have been pretty clear – after all, haven’t’ you heard about organizations that brings dogs to visit the infirmed in hospitals or hospice care centers?

Here are some of the health benefits of owning a cat or dog in your home, according to a number of studies:

  • Pets increase the chance of surviving a heart attack.
  • They can lower your cholesterol level, which can help prevent a heart attack in the first place.
  • Petting a cat or dog, or even staring at fish in a tank, can lower stress levels, which lowers blood pressure.
  • Playing with a cat or dog b rings out feel-good hormones which lifts spirits and battles depression.
  • As mentioned before, walking a dog gets you exercise, which decreases the risk of becoming obese and having heart troubles.
  • Pets can provide a sense of comfort when facing a loss or rejection, and they can be great social buddies as conversation starters or as a link to various community forums, groups or even Pages on Facebook dedicated to specific pets.

As you can see, there are so many good things to come out of having a pet in your home, and many of the benefits go beyond companionship into intangible benefits to health and well-being.

3 Songs That Will Put You In A Good Mood

Nietzsche, the famous philosopher said, and I am paraphrasing, that there are few things that in this life that can bring us all together, back to “the primordial one”, and one of those things happened to be music. So what does that even mean? In the most basic of terms, it doesn’t matter what social class (i.e. rich vs poor), what race (i.e. white vs black), what political leaning you are (i.e. democrat vs republican), what job you have (defense lawyer Odessa vs criminal mastermind) or what nationality you are (i.e. American vs German) there are things in this world that unite us a species. Nietzsche specifically mentions music but other things such as sports teams can be considered a good example. Consider this: you’re at a baseball game, tie game, bottom of the 9th, two out, the home team is at bat and the batter cracks a home run to right field. The stadium erupts! It doesn’t matter who is sitting next to you, what political view they have, what color skin they have, etc, you are all at that moment celebrating together feeling the same exact feeling of HAPPINESS!

This happiness that is shared amongst the crowd makes us in that very moment all equal. Music is the great equalizer. There’s a reason why The Beatles were just as big in England as they were big in the United States. There’s a reason why Japanese men and women love Green Day even though they are from Canada. So these songs, no matter what your demographic is, will put you in a good mood. Why they put you in a good mood is up for debate. It might be the melody, the upbeat tempo, the sing-a-long-ability.

SONG #1: Don’t Stop Believin’ By Journey
Maybe you’re just a small town girl or a city boy. Perhaps you don’t live in South Detroit but you can relate. Also, who doesn’t love Steven Perry?

SONG #2: Africa By Toto
There’s no other song in 6 part harmony that makes you feel that you are actually in the rain down in Africa quite like this song.

SONG #3: You Make My Dreams by Hall and Oates
Just by reading the title you added “come true doo doo dooo dooo” which is proof that Nietzsche was right.

After listening to these songs, there’s no way you won’t have a better mood. What other songs put you in a good mood?

No, You Can’t Eat Serotonin

As explained in an earlier blog, Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that causes you to feel the sensation of happiness. One of the key ingredients of serotonin is the amino acid Tryptophan. Isn’t that the thing found in turkey that makes us sleepy on Thanksgiving? Yes. And without this amino acid, your body cannot produce serotonin. Therefore as logic would dictate, eat as much turkey as you want and you should be feeling happy in no time! Unfortunately, that’s not how it works!

When you eat protein-rich foods like poultry, you’re not just eating Tryptophan, you’re eating several other amino acids all of which are competing for a coveted place in the brain. In the end, not much of the tryptophan makes it through the blood-brain barrier and very little serotonin is synthesized. Therefore eating a ton of turkey or other tryptophan-rich foods will not turn your frown upside down instead try carbs.

Wait? Carbs are bad for you, right? Well, it’s a much-heated debate. In regards to producing serotonin, carbs are probably the best thing you can eat. Let’s dive deeper. Carbs like oatmeal, buckwheat, and quinoa contain tryptophan. When carbs are digested, your pancreas releases insulin which decreases your overall blood sugar and also filters competing amino acids from the blood. However, insulin does not bond with tryptophan – leaving this amino acid as the sole contender to pass through the blood-brain barrier.

We aren’t talking about carbs like white bread and sugar, we are talking about complex carbs, carbs that take a while to break down in the body and specifically carbs that contain tryptophan. For a complete list of foods that have a high amount of tryptophan check out the list on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryptophan

The next time you feel sad and are looking for a way to boost your mood, trying making yourself a bowl of oatmeal with some nonfat milk, apples, raisins, and cinnamon. It’s healthy, it has a lot of tryptophan and you won’t raise your glycemic index and have that “crash” feeling later.

The Pros And Cons Of Retail Therapy

There are some people who have a difficult time handling all of the stress that life has to offer. While some take the clinical route and seek professional help, there are others who look for other ways to boost their moods. Shopping is a pastime that is often used to help people brighten their spirits. With that said, there are some pros and cons one should be aware of if this is the mood booster they plan to use.

PROS of Retail Therapy

Anxiety Relief

When you are dealing with anxiety, it can be hard to find a way to put those feelings to the side and replace them with positive ones. Even so, shopping tends to occupy a large part of the brain. It is really easy to forget all of your worries when you have things like prices, item selection, and sales to worry about.

Cost-Effective

Before you start questioning how spending money can be cost-effective, listen up. If you head out to the stores with a set budget in mind and you make sure not to exceed it, it can be a very low-cost way to relieve stress. If you consider the fact that psychotherapy is typically costly, shopping seems like an idea that is more wallet-friendly.

CONS of Retail Therapy

Temporary Solution

While you may feel happy when you are at the store buying all of the things you want, there will be a time when you will need to come back to reality. Basically, it is fine to shop in order to temporarily take your mind off of things, but this is surely not the road to contentment.

Additional Problems

You may believe that shopping will stop you from feeling stressed, but what happens when you have an off day and you spend more money than you intended to? Unfortunately, retail therapy often comes with a price, literally and figuratively. If you go too far over budget, you will build up credit debt that you are not able to pay back. This can lead to even more problems down the road. If you are in credit debt and are being pestered by collection agencies, you should contact a collection defense attorney.

Setting up a budget was discussed above, but the reality is that it can be hard to stick to that when you feel all of your worries piling up. You do not want to trade in some of your issues in exchange for others.

There is nothing wrong with using shopping to ease your mind and escape from your reality for a bit. With that being said, keep in mind that everything you are dealing with will have to be handled at some point. While a little shopping spree can help a bit, it is certainly not the key to your happiness.

Sunshine and Happiness

Released in 1963, Lesley Gore released a song called “Sunshine, Lollipop, and Rainbows”. In this song, she states that these three things are what she feels when she is with her significant other. Therefore, the phrase “sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows” is synonymous with the term Happy! But there is there any truth to these lyrics? Can sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows make you feel happy? While the jury is still out of lollipops and rainbows, the truth of the matter is that sunshine (or the vitamin that our bodies create from sunlight) can indeed make you happy!

Well, that’s also not entirely true either. Vitamin D deficiency (when your body doesn’t make enough vitamin D) can cause depression. There have been several studies that show that in the winter people become more depressed because their bodies are not able to produce enough Vitamin D. Therefore, scientists believe that the converse is true. If you are feeling depressed, stepping outside into the sunlight, or eating vitamin D enriched foods can improve your mood. Vitamin D is also used to help regulate cell growth, maintains the immune system and protects bones.

For those who are fair skinned, we do not expect you to stand outside and get sunburnt because I don’t think that would make you happy. All it takes is 10 minutes a day of sunlight to help ensure that you are making enough Vitamin D. And for those who are just adamant against sunlight eating things like eggs, salmon, swordfish, mushrooms, and milk can help boost your Vitamin D as well.

So the next time you listen to Lesley Gore on the oldies music station, just remember that when she sings about sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, she’s singing about how happy she is!

Different Foods That Can Increase Your Productivity At Work

One of the best ways to boost your productivity is through diet, according to a medical malpractice lawyer. Different foods can have a tremendously positive effect on your productivity. Diet plays a critical role in determining how your brain functions. Below, we will be going over some of the different foods that you can get into your diet to boost productivity at work.

Foods That Can Help Boost Productivity:

1. Fatty Fish

Fatty fish is one of the best foods that you can get into your diet in order to boost the amount of energy you have. At the same time, the essential fatty acids that can be found in fatty fish like salmon can be extremely useful for improving your memory and your mental performance as a whole.

2. Dark Chocolate

Another extremely good food that you can work to get more of into your diet would be dark chocolate. Believe it or not, but dark chocolate is an excellent food that you can get into your diet which can prove to be very useful for maximizing your efficiency and effectiveness at work. Not only does it contain caffeine which can provide you with the benefits of a stimulant, but it also happens to contain a lot of magnesium as well which can be a natural stress reliever.

3. Avocados

Another very good food that you can get into your routine is avocados. This fatty fruit is excellent for maximizing your productivity because it contains a lot of essential fatty acids which can be great for boosting memory, improving your focus, and providing your body with sustainable energy.

4. Nuts

Another excellent snack that you can get into your daily diet at work would be a variety of nuts. There are all kinds of nuts that can prove to be very beneficial when it comes to boosting your brain power because a lot of nuts contain a healthy amount of omega 3 fatty acids and they also contain a lot of vitamin E which has been shown to be effective at helping maximize your memory and boost overall brain performance.

Overall, there are a lot of foods that you can consider getting into your diet when you are looking to boost the level of productivity that you are able to achieve at work. Be sure to get these essential foods into your diet in order to get more work done by improving your work efficiency.