Don’t feel guilty when you wake up at 7 AM when other online gurus tell you that waking up at 5 AM leads you to success.

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I love my morning social media scrolls! However, I am also enthusiastic about learning. I recently decided to experiment with different popular morning routines to see what would actually work for me.

I have always been a big fan of productivity; I wanted to see what I could do to increase my productivity from the kickoff.

The idea was simple: I went online, read through several blog posts, and found 7 of the popular morning routines. I’d implement 1–2 routines per day for a week, so the total experiment took me around a month.

Even though this experiment is quite…


We often don’t appreciate wherever we are and whatever stage of life we are in.

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Have you ever wondered how others get ahead? How does someone like Elon Musk succeed while others have failed?

We are often told that success is directly correlated to hard work, that we won’t get anywhere without working 100 hours a week or putting in 10,000 hours.

What if that wasn’t the case? What if those who succeeded simply have an unfair advantage to their competitors? And what if we find out we all got our own set of unfair advantages to succeed in our lives?

This article is inspired by the book Unfair Advantage by Ash Ali and Hasan…


Start taking your mental health seriously, especially in college; it will protect your well-being and future potential in society.

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Mental health issues can affect many areas of students’ lives, such as learning, socializing, physical well-being, and relationship with others.

These issues can also be long-term and can affect a student’s future employment, earning potential, and overall health.

Mental health can affect a student’s energy levels, concentration, dependability, mental ability, and optimism, hindering performance. Research suggests that depression is associated with lower grade point average. Depression has also been linked to dropping out of school.

Many college students report that mental health difficulties interfere with their studies.

On the American College Health Association 2015 survey, college students identified the following…


Take the initial action to brighten someone’s day, and yours, too.

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Volunteering your time, money, or energy to help others doesn’t only make the world better — it also makes you better. Studies have shown that every act of kindness and giving back to the community can boost your happiness, health, and sense of well-being.

Here are just some well-known benefits of helping others:

  1. Help you live longer
  2. Gives you a sense of purpose
  3. Gives you a sense of renewal
  4. Boost your self-esteem
  5. Makes you a glass-half-full type of person

So, what can we do exactly to brighten someone’s day with just the little things? …


By learning and practicing how to deal with aggressive people, you can also be more self-aware of your behaviors when you act out of control.

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We have all dealt with aggressive people at some point in our lives.

You know, the people who interrupt you when you speak or simply talk louder when you try to speak. The people who don’t seem to allow any other points of view other than their own. The people who make you feel really exhausted being with, and you feel like they have crossed the boundaries multiple times.

Dealing with these kinds of people can be quite exhausting and sometimes can create a lot of tension in your relationships with them.

Here are several things you can keep in…


Endearing yourself to a new acquaintance begins the second you two meet each other.

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Making new friends isn’t easy. Meeting someone new almost always entails meandering small talk, awkward silences, and uncomfortable eye contact. And so most of us avoid the hassle and the horror of friend-making. We stick to our group of friends and steer clear of people we don’t know.

Yet making new friends is incredibly beneficial. Not only will it expand your social circle; it will also help you develop your interpersonal skills that can bring a host of benefits, both personal and professional.

This article will teach you how to be instantly likable, and equip you with the tools to…


The darker the environment was, the brighter a single light would feel.

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A string of light shines through my half-closed curtain; it was around Christmas of December 2017, the green and red lights on the streets no longer seemed happy to me.

I was depressed. It was difficult, and my loneliness during Christmas seemed to worsen my depression heavily. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays growing up; I always had fun with friends on this specific day. It goes hand in hand with the Chinese New Year, where all the family members would put everything aside to have dinner together.

But this year, I was alone in a different country across…


If you notice your partner, friend, family, or coworker showing any of these traits, it’s essential to develop a plan to deal with them healthily.

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I’ve come across many people I felt difficult dealing with — whether at school, in the workplace, or even in my family.

When I was in my very early 20s, I was open to all kinds of friends. I never knew how to identify if someone is worth being friends with or not or would bring down my quality of life. I felt like it’s very rude to cut ties with someone, even if we have just met.

I had good expectations for everyone, and I thought every friend of mine was a gift. I never realized how harmful a…


Overusing our smartphones can be more harmful than we would ever imagine. Here’s why and how to break the curse.

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When you are commuting to work or waiting in your doctor’s office, do you often find yourself checking your phone?

Many people today, especially younger groups, are addicted to smartphones and social media. Not only can it make you ignore your surroundings, but it also can have a substantial negative impact on your mental health. Most apps are designed to be addictive so that the users can stay longer, which makes the app company more money.

However, using your smartphone for a little bit is fine, but snowballing your phone usage can be problematic.

When you go out these days…


This article will introduce you to the potential core technologies of the new 5G era, and some of the challenges it will face as it comes into reality.

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Imagine waking up to the smell of coffee, eggs, and bacon, freshly prepared for you by your automated kitchen. Your curtain opens up as your feet touch the floor. Your smart closet starts to pick out your favorite outfit as you turn on the shower. As you shower, you are also watching the news projected on the 4K wall in your shower.

Sounds like a Sci-fi scenario? This might be coming faster than you think!

Many of these crazily ‘smart’ technologies already exist. One of them is the new 5G standard for telecommunication.

This article will introduce you to the…

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