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5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

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5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

You probably know the basic science behind the importance of plants, and what they do for the air we breathe. However, this is something that we don’t think about on a daily basis. This is especially true when it comes to the plants that we bring into our homes. Typically, we introduce plants into the spaces we live for aesthetic purposes – because they look nice, and they fit in with our decor. But, depending on what plants you actually choose to bring into your house, you could be doing yourself (and your health!) a huge favor.

Let’s check out five wonderful houseplants that can improve the air quality in your home. Perhaps you already have a few of these varieties around your house or apartment, if you don’t, I hope that you will consider them the next time that you are looking to add a little something ‘green’ to your home!

1. Spider Plant

Don’t let the name fool you – Spider plants are a great way to introduce some beautiful greenery into your home, especially if you are new to caring for plants, or tend to get a bit forgetful sometimes when it comes to taking care of them. They are an easy houseplant to grow, as they don’t require much attention, and they look really beautiful! Simply by watering regularly and keeping them in indirect sunlight, spider plants can help to remove things like formaldehyde and xylene from the air.

 

5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

2. Ficus

Ficus plants are definitely one of the most common varieties of household plants, and for good reason! Not only are they easy to care for and pleasing to the eye, but also they have some incredible benefits when it comes to cleaning up the air. They can remove formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from your home. Plus, they can be taken both indoors and outdoors, depending on the season, so you can give your Ficus a ‘refresher’ by placing it outside during the warmer months.

Ficus plants also make great gifts for new homeowners, as a sign of health and luck – so you can take confidence knowing that if you give a Ficus as a gift, you are giving the gift of cleaner air, and healthier lungs!

 

5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

3. Aloe

Aloe might be one of the best plants to keep in your home for a multitude of reasons, but one of the biggest is the fact that it can help to remove pollutants from the air that are often found in chemical cleaners – you don’t want to breathe that stuff in! Keep your Aloe Vera plant near a kitchen window with plenty of sun, and it will give your kitchen a new breath of life. Anytime you clean the kitchen using household products, this plant will help to make sure that you are not breathing in any of the harmful chemicals that can come along with cleaning. Plus, snip off a piece of the plant if you happen to fall victim to a cut or burn – the natural gel inside has healing properties that go back thousands of years. Aloe plants are a win-win in the home, no matter what room they are in.

 

5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

4. Snake Plant

Again, this plant has a name that we might not want associated with typical things in our homes, but snake plants are extremely beneficial when it comes to improving air quality. Where do they work best? Typically, a bathroom with a little bit of sunlight can help these leafy plants to thrive, and they’ll help to remove chemicals from the air that can be found in a lot of toilet papers and paper towels. Because bathrooms are typically pretty enclosed, this can be a huge benefit for filtering out air that may not otherwise get circulated very often. If you put a snake plant or two in your bedroom, it can also help to release more oxygen while you sleep, letting you get a deeper rest, and a more peaceful night.

 

5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

5. Chrysanthemum

We may have saved the most colorful plant for last, so it definitely deserves some attention! Chrysanthemums are often just looked at for their beautiful flowers, as a form of decoration, either inside or outside. But they actually have wonderful air-filtering properties outside of their ‘good looks.’ Chrysanthemums not only brighten up an office or living room, but they can help to remove Benzene. Benzene can be released into the air from a multitude of products, like laundry detergent or plastic material, so if you have a small room or enclosed space, bringing one of these colorful plants can really help to clean things up! As a bonus, you can even choose a flower color that matches the decor you are looking for, as long as you select an indoor variety.

 

5 Houseplants That Will Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

Household Plants To The Rescue

Though these five household plants can really work wonders when it comes to filtering the air, they are truly just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of plants that are easy to care for, pleasing to the eye, clean up the air in your home, and will allow you to breathe easier in every room. Try doing some more of your own research when it comes to what household plants you think that will work best in your home, so that you will breath a little healthier every time you come through your door!

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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