In this day and age, you have hundreds of games and puzzles available to you on just your phone alone. Even with so many easy entertainment options at your fingertips, traditional brain teaser puzzles can enrich your life and your well-being in ways that apps can’t. Here are a few:

  • Brain teaser puzzles improve wellness and mindfulness. Intricate brain teaser puzzles require you to focus without over-stimulating your senses. They are especially helpful in reducing anxiety and improving concentration. By constructing a puzzle piece-by-piece, you are able to reduce your blood pressure and cortisol levels. Since chronic elevated stress levels damage the brain, brain teaser puzzles can make your mind healthier for the many challenging tasks you must complete in a day. Playing with mind teaser puzzles can have a meditative effect on you. This helps your brain to create dopamine, which provides you with feelings of enjoyment and motivation to continue tasks.

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Winter is filled with a lot of fun. But now that the holidays have passed, you’re left with cold weather and energy bills that are bound to shoot through the roof. As the temperature continues to drop, you’ll be left paying an arm and a leg to keep your house warm. Or, you’re going to have to sit and suffer through the cold. You shouldn’t have to compromise your warmth just because you can’t afford the bill.

Thankfully, there are a lot of options that don’t require you to crank your home’s thermostat all hours of the day. You could always live the snowbird life and rent a home someplace warm, but if that’s not an option for you, here are some tips for staying comfortable this winter.

Use An Electric Blanket

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The start of a new year is the perfect time to make resolutions that can help you live a better life, whether they be personal or professional. For many people, one of their primary professional goals can be to show more assertiveness in the workplace.

It’s important to be assertive at work, and not doing so can lead you to be left behind when it comes to promotions and new opportunities. Typically those employees that have mastered the art of assertiveness without being too aggressive tend to fare best in the workplace, so below are some tips that can help you do the same as you start 2017.

Take the Time to Be Present and Listen

You might find it odd that taking the time to listen is first on this list of tips to help you be more assertive this year, but in reality, it’s one of the most important things to consider before you start to speak up.

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Urban LifeThere’s not a girl in the world who doesn’t fantasize of leaving her Manhattan apartment in brand new Manolo Blahniks and ordering a cosmopolitan for brunch, while at the same time, the man of her dreams docks his yacht in Port de Monaco with sun on his cheeks and wind in his hair. It’s a rosy phantasy, indeed, but an extravagant one as well. 

And, unfortunately, dreaming is all that us urban dwellers can do. Though surrounded by all kinds of shopping frenzies and expensive delights, a majority of those who live in the big cities are compelled to get comfortable with a frugal lifestyle. The good news is – it can be just as fun. 

Here’s how to enjoy New York, Tokyo or London, while sticking to a reasonable budget.

1. Go Where the Bohemians Are

If you’ve already chosen to pursuit your dream in one of those picturesque metropolises, no one can or should try to change your mind. But, not all of New York is Fifth Avenue and not all of Paris is Champs-Élysées – in order to survive in the big city, you’ll need to be smart about your neighbourhood choices. 

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