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Story: The Woman Buying Airline Ticket

Woman at airline counter 
A picture of a woman buying a ticket at an airline counter has gone viral for a heartwarming reason.
The photo's caption tells the story a father who was checking in for a flight with his 2-year-old daughter when he found out that his daughter's ticket would not be free, according to KUSA.

"A gentleman was checking in for his flight when the agent asked how old his daughter was," the post reads. "He said she had recently turned two. The agent then asked if she had a ticket. The man was confused because he was under the impression she could ride for free. (When he booked the ticket, she was [1 year old] but her birthday was in January.)"
The man was overwhelmed with emotion as he couldn't afford the high cost of a second ticket for his young daughter.
"He stepped aside and tried to make a few calls. Hugging his daughter and grabbing his head, you could tell he was heartbroken," the post reads.
Suddenly, a stranger approaches the emotional father. After talking with him for a while, she went to the ticket counter, pointed at the young girl and said, "I wanna buy her ticket."
The agent, shocked, asked her if she was aware that a last minute ticket on the flight would be $749. Unfazed, the woman pulled out her credit card and paid the full price.
"The agent kept talking about her goosebumps while the man hugged the woman and asked for her name to repay her," the post continued. "The woman just kept saying, 'Don't worry about it.' She knew she wanted to help that man and his daughter no matter what the cost."
The post ends asking people to share the story so the woman's act of kindness would be known to more people than just those in the situation.
"Please share this story because people like this need to be recognized," the author says.
Sources: KUSA, Love What Matters/Facebook / Photo credit: Love What Matters/Facebook

Story: The Race in Africa

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruits near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first wins the sweet fruits.

When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then all sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them, why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said:''UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?''

'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means:

"I am, because we are"
* Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences.

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14 Methods To Dramatically Increase Your Self-Confidence

Do you find your self-confidence lacking? Do you want to improve the way you feel about yourself? Here are 14 ways to increase your self-confidence.

14 Methods To Dramatically Increase Your Self-Confidence

Few things are more detrimental than low levels of self-confidence. When you aren’t confident in yourself, you don’t take risks, don’t enjoy life and usually end up stuck in places you don’t want to be. Low self-confidence often lies beneath the surface, sabotaging you in ways you aren’t aware of.

On the flip side, high levels of self-confidence can produce exponential results in your life. When you believe in yourself and your abilities, you take smart risks, achieve important goals and develop meaningful relationships with those around you.

Of course, this raises the question: how can you increase your levels of self-confidence?

In this post we’re going to lay out 14 simple ways you can dramatically increase your self-confidence. By implementing these methods, you’ll see a significant boost in the way you see and carry yourself.

Take Care Of Your Appearance


Obviously, yet perhaps most importantly, it’s essential to take care of your appearance. Shower and shave on a regular basis without being obsessed; take time everyday to make yourself presentable to the world.

These simple, small actions can have a dramatic effect on your levels of self-confidence. Neglecting your personal appearance also has an exponentially negative effect on your self-confidence. Always looking like you just rolled out of bed after working the graveyard shift will make you feel like you just rolled out of bed and kill your productivity.

Take Care Of How You Dress

Similar to the above point, dressing nicely improves how you feel about yourself. We don't necessarily believe in the mantra of dressing for success, but there certainly is value in dressing with care.

This doesn't mean you need to spend thousands of dollars on an outfit, it simply means that you wear things that make you feel good about yourself and ready to tackle your goals. As Jerry Seinfeld said, wearing sweatpants everyday is a sign that you've given up on life. Don't give up on life.


Make Time For Exercise

Those who exercise regularly experience greater levels of energy during the day which leads to increased self-confidence and productivity. Exercise has incredible benefits, such as boosting your mood, decreasing levels of depression and helping you maintain your weight.

If you want to feel better about yourself, you should make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week. You don't need to run a marathon, you just need to get your heart rate elevated and your muscles moving. As you find yourself getting into shape, you’ll also see a rise in your self-confidence.

Pinpoint Your Gifts, Strengths, and Talents

Those who lack self-confidence tend to focus on and obsess over their weaknesses and failings. One way to improve the way you feel about yourself is to spend some time identifying the ways God has gifted you.

     What are you good at?
     What have you done that has resulted in success?
     What subjects did you succeed in at school?
     What have people told you that you’re good at?

These things don't need to be profound. Maybe you're good at organization or with numbers and spreadsheets. Maybe you have a big capacity to help those in need or the ability to plan effectively for the future. These are all gifts and you should spend time focusing on these rather than your weaknesses.

Be Thankful For Who You Are


Once you’ve identified your gifts and abilities, be thankful for who you are. Too many people lament who they’re not, wishing they could be someone else. They wish they had a better personality or were funnier or had more business skills.

Instead, spend time being grateful for exactly who you are. You have many admirable qualities and you should spend time focusing on these rather than who you wish you were.

Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

Comparing yourself to someone else is a sure-fire way to tank your self confidence. Whether you’re comparing your appearance or your circumstances or your personality, the result will inevitably be unhappiness and a lack of joy.

Social media doesn’t help us in this regard. Everyday we’re confronted with pictures and status updates of people's lives. We can tend to feel like they have it better than we do or that other people are simply better than us.

One way to improve your self-confidence is to simply spend less time on social media. Theodore Roosevelt nailed it when he said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It truly is. Stop comparing yourself to others and you'll see a significant increase in your self- confidence.

Develop The Habit Of Gratitude

Many of the most high achieving people in the world have developed the habit of gratitude. When you practice gratitude it takes your mind off of things that tend to sap your self-confidence and puts your focus on all the good things in your life. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis will quickly begin to boost your self-confidence.

Take a few moments at the beginning or end of each day to write out three things you’re grateful for in a gratitude journal. Date each entry so that as time passes you can go back and see all the wonderful things that have happened to you. These points of gratitude don't need to necessarily be profound. In fact, being grateful for small blessings is one of the cornerstones of joy.

Shape Your Self-Image


Simply put, your self-image is the way you see yourself. It encompasses all thoughts you have about who you are.

A positive self-image increases your self-confidence while a negative self-image dramatically decrease is it. Thankfully, your self-image is not set in stone. You can shape it by regularly working to shape the way you think about yourself.

A simple way to develop a positive self-image is to spend more time focusing on your strengths than on your failures. Also, as noted above, spending time being grateful for what you’ve been given will also foster a positive self-image.

Work Toward Positive Thinking

When we say positive thinking, we don't mean repeating silly mantras to yourself like, “I feel good. I feel great. I feel wonderful.”

We simply mean maintaining a positive outlook on life and working toward having more positive thoughts. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts can significantly increase your self-confidence and allow you to achieve goals you previously thought impossible.

As soon as you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, immediately replace those with positive self-talk. For example, if you’re running and you feel like you simply can't go any further, tell yourself, “I can do this! Just one more mile!” These simple positive thoughts can give you a boost of energy and self-confidence.

Act Positively

In addition to thinking positively, actually taking positive actions can be hugely helpful. As the saying goes, you are how you act. If you begin acting positively, you’ll soon find yourself thinking positively and feeling positively. Talk with people in a positive way and act energetic. Act the way you want to be.

Our minds and hearts follow our bodies. Soon you’ll find yourself thinking and feeling the same way.

Be Generous and Kind


This may sound trite and even a bit silly, but acts of kindness have a powerful effect on your self-confidence. If you’re regularly selfish and unkind, you’ll find your self-image beginning to plummet. As noted above, your feelings often follow your actions. If you are regularly generous and kind, you’ll begin to feel like a kind and generous person.

Now, to be clear, you should be kind and generous because it’s the right thing to do. However, a side benefit is that it will also increase your self-confidence.

Prepare Well and Then Trust Your Preparations

If you have an important event coming up, take the necessary time to prepare thoroughly. If you have a test, set aside the hours you need to study. Once you’ve prepared thoroughly, trust your preparations. You did what you needed to do and you can’t do anything more. Adequate preparation significantly increases self-confidence.

For example, if you have an important meeting, read the agenda, think of appropriate questions and then go to the meeting. You’ll feel confident knowing that you’ve done what you need to do.

Build A Positive Support Network

Unfortunately, many people are critical and enjoy tearing others down. These people will drain your self-confidence incredibly quickly. They’ll leave you doubting yourself and feeling like you can’t do anything well.

It’s important to develop a network of friends and colleagues who support you and your efforts. This doesn’t mean that they don’t ever give constructive feedback, but it does mean that they’re committed to your good and want to see you succeed. If possible, don’t spend excessive time around negative people as they will suck your energy and self-confidence.

Set Small, Yet Achievable Goals


Achieving small goals is a fantastic way to feel good about yourself and set up future successes. Set goals for yourself that you know you can achieve, yet will also stretch you in some ways. If you want to get in shape, don’t immediately decide that you want to run a marathon. Set a goal of running two miles. Once you reach that goal and feel good about your progress, up your goal to three miles and so on.

This incremental progress will be surprisingly powerful. It will motivate you to keep going and stretching yourself.


Self-confidence isn’t everything, but it is hugely important. It determines what levels of success you achieve and how much joy you have in your life. It can raise or lower the quality of your treasured relationships.

Thankfully, your levels of self-confidence aren’t set in stone. You can give yourself a boost, a shot in the arm if you will. By following these simple, yet powerful methods, you’ll find yourself much more self-confident than before.

This article originally appeared at And has been republished with permission from

Story: The Cold Winter and Red Indians

It was autumn, and the Red Indians asked their New Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. 

Since he was a Red Indian chief in a modern society, he couldn't tell what the weather was going to be. 

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his Tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared. 

But also being a practical leader, next day he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked 'Is the coming winter going to be cold?' 

'It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed,' the weather man responded. 

So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood. A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. 'Is it going to be a very cold winter?' 

'Yes,' the man at National Weather Service again replied, 'It's definitely going to be a very cold winter.' 

The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. 

Two weeks later, he called the National Weather Service again. 

'Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?' 'Absolutely,' The man replied. 'It's going to be one of the coldest winters ever.' 

'How can you be so sure?' the Chief asked. 
The weatherman replied, 'The Red Indians are collecting wood like crazy.' 
This is how stock markets and and real estate works 

Tip Of The Day: Blue Waters

Blue Space 

                                Science in the journal Heath & Place help explained why being near water is so relaxing: In the study, every 20 percent increase in the amount of time people spent near the ocean (which the researchers dubbed “blue space”) was linked to 28 percent drop in stress levels. The authors theorize that seeing blue space and hearing the sounds of water mutes the stress-inducing sensory stimuli that constantly bombards us. Past research has shown that being exposed to natural freshwaters (like lakes) and man made waterscapes (like pools and fountains) offers similar benefits.

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Today's Inspiration: Maintainng Positive Thoughts

Maintain the positive thought under all circumstances. Whatever thoughts are concentrated upon, those thoughts become powerful. It is like the growth of a seed.

When a thought, a positive thought, is planted in the mind and it is concentrated upon, it becomes like sunlight adding energy.

The more the concentration on them these thoughts begin to grow.

It works other way as well. All negative thoughts consistently pollute your mind and moving to mental darkness. Avoid all negativity and convert your pessimist feelings to the positive energies. This is practically doable. All that matters is how much you want to tune your mind to make this happen. It takes a while to practice this but empowers your brain powers by ten folds.  

Essential Guide to Making Successful Joint Decisions

A lot of advice about decision making seems to assume that it’s a solo job. In reality, we’re often working side by side with others. While it may be faster to act alone, we often get better results when others participate, too.
Of course, there are exceptions. Sometimes we may have all the expertise we need or we may need to make our minds up so fast that consultation is impossible.
Still, it’s good to be prepared for those complex decisions, both at home and work, that require more than one head. Let this guide help you successfully navigate the process.

Benefits of Collective Decisions

1. Make better choices. Acting as a team enables us to transcend our personal limitations. It’s inspiring to see how often a crowd outperforms experts even when it comes to something as simple as guessing how many jelly beans are in a jar.
2. Promote equity. The things we do often affect those around us. Inviting more people into the process allows their perspectives to be taken into account.
3. Spark creativity. Additional players contribute more ideas. Enjoy having a wider range of options to choose from.
4. Strengthen outcomes. People demonstrate a higher commitment to implementing solutions that they helped to design.

General Principles for Joint Decision-Making

1. Time it right. Teamwork is challenging. Rehearse with minor projects first. Pick a time when things are relatively calm. Expect the process to speed up as team members become more familiar with reaching decisions together.
2. Be specific. Define your goals clearly. Redirect the discussion if it wanders off track. Tackle one issue at a time.
3. Advance common goals. Identify areas of common ground. Focus on what you’re trying to accomplish together.
4. Open up. Encourage everyone to speak their mind. Greet innovative proposals with curiosity rather than fault finding.
5. Listen carefully. Pay careful attention to what others are saying. Ask questions to ensure genuine understanding.
6. Set aside hidden agendas. Our intentions often reveal themselves regardless of the words we use. Check your attitude to ensure it’s sincere and collaborative.

Special Considerations

1. Prioritize relationships. There are times when you’ll care more about your connection with a person than any specific result. For example, maintaining your child’s trust outweighs winning an argument over curfews on school nights.

2. Provide anonymity. In certain situations, it can be advantageous to present information without knowing who said it. That’s true if a group is deeply divided or so close that they may put short term unity ahead of their long term well being.

3. Enlist professional help. Businesses sometimes call in facilitators to overcome obstacles to communications. Similarly, couples may benefit from working with a therapist to learn more constructive ways of interacting.

4. Consider individual differences. Group dynamics can grow complicated due to differences in status, power, or personality. Senior managers may need to assure other employees that their ideas are welcome. Couples may need to find more balance if one partner tends to make most of the decisions about spending or child care.

5. Select the appropriate vehicle. Collective decision making takes many forms. Figure out if you want a final authority to have the last word after a group discussion or if you want to put a question to a majority vote. Sometimes you may seek unanimity and sometimes you may work towards consensus.
Like everything, group decision making skills get better with practice. Strengthen your relationships at home and work while you develop more effective solutions to the issues you typically face.

The post Essential Guide to Making Successful Joint Decisions appeared first on My Self Improvement Daily.

Story: The Dog and the Telephone

An elderly lady phoned her telephone company to report that her telephone failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang. The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady.

He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house. The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned loudly and the telephone began to ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:
1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire via a steel chain and collar.
2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.
3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called.
4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate on himself and the ground.
5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.

On a serious note, don't judge a situation too quickly. There can always be things which are interlinked with your situation but cannot be judged so quickly.

Choosing the Right Mattress

The awesome amount of choice there is in the bedding market makes choosing something new a little bit of an effort. There are so many different variables, be it sizes, comforts or the like that it can feel like navigating a minefield and often pointers can be needed. There is plenty of help out there, with one of the pieces of advice being mattress reviews at We’re also here to guide you through the mayhem that is purchasing a new mattress, breaking down the different choices and advising over why you should pick each type.

Sizes Galore
There is a massive array of sizes to choose from when purchasing a mattress. It may well depend on who you’re buying for, with children more likely to be getting a smaller single bed, with adults opting for one of the other sizes. There’s single, full, queen and king that are offered as a standard, but also California king, which is slightly slimmer than a standard king, but much longer. If you’re sleeping alone, you may want to sacrifice price for size and opt for a double or queen bed, which will no doubt be cheaper, albeit smaller.

Where the Bed is Going
A similar thought process to exactly who is having the bed, but where is it going? The room size is probably more important in your choice than the bed size, because the room is determining what large you can go with the mattress and bed frame. You don’t want to be at a point where you’ve got no space either side of the bed because your room is too thin either side. It’s also important to think about where things are placed in the room - heaters, windows and fixtures all need to come into your thought process.

What Are You Shopping For?
Do you want just a mattress, or are you looking for the whole bed frame? There’s a lot of choice between wood, metal, and a box base with storage room in. For children, extra storage is always needed to moving for the box base is a good idea and means you can declutter at the same time. Frames come in different styles, and some suit rooms differently. Some can be very feminine while others are fairly basic. Make sure you’re discussing with a partner if you have one, because it’s their space too.

Which Type of Mattress Do You Want?
Ultimately, it does boil down to what you find comfortable with your mattress and how to best get a great night’s sleep on a regular basis. The prices of beds aren’t cheap, to get a good one especially, so it’s best to see this as an investment as opposed to one big outlay. You may have your mattress for a decade, so spending a few thousand on a mattress could be seen as a shrewd move if it helps you sleep better for the long-term. Below we’ve broken down what each mattress style is like.

Memory Foam
This is becoming increasingly more popular year on year, as the effects of a comfy sleep become more important. Made from a foam that moulds around your body as you sleep, enveloping you in the material and providing great comfort as you sleep. There is also a heat-sensitive memory foam that moulds more the warmer your body becomes, transferring heat to the material. Lasting between 10 and 15 years, a memory foam style mattress is a great investment and provides comfort more than support. Also, coming in at more reasonably priced retailers as the technology becomes more popular.

Innerspring Mattresses
This type of mattress is what you would call a classic. A material bed with coil springs in the centre to support your body and provide stability. You can get many different amounts of coils in each bed, with the more coils providing more support and the with fewer coils, each one tends to be thicker.

Covered in a material upholstery with slim sponge parts as a comforter, these older style mattresses are probably the most popular type and come at the cheapest price. This is where you will find most choice in stores.

Water Bed
This is exactly how it sounds - a rubber mattress with water inside to act as the comfort instead of foam or coils. There’s a really huge benefit to having a waterbed, and that’s the fact that they’re much cleaner than all other styles of bed. Because the bed is rubber, it cannot collect dirt or bugs and dead skin, and means you’re not breathing anything in. These beds are great for people with irritations. Although no longer massively popular, they’re used for therapeutic reasons and for people with long term joint problems because of the improved support they offer.

Gel Mattress
A gel mattress is not dissimilar to a foam mattress, in that it molds around your body providing comfort for the sleeper. The difference with gel, however, is that it doesn’t retain heat, and is therefore a great alternative to people who suffer from light sleeping in hotter conditions. There really isn’t too much difference between this and a memory foam product, as both are concentrating on the comfort market, as opposed to other mattresses that are more beneficial for health reasons. Considering their relative popularity, gel mattresses are reasonably priced throughout the market.

If you’re looking for a mattress for health reasons or to alleviate pressure on joints, gel and memory foam isn’t the best option. In terms of comfort, however, it’s worth trying out these as they delivery and are super popular. Make sure you not only look at your new bed, but try it out in store. Try and lay on a tester bed and make sure you’re going to be comfortable and satisfied with your choice. It’s an investment, and like any other investment, you need to make the correct decision.

How To Answer 'Why Do You Want To Work Here?'

"I've sent my résumé to over 150 companies but I'm not getting any bites," complained a job hunter. "How many more jobs should I apply to in order to generate some interest?"

Here are five possible answers to the "why work here" question. Pick and choose from them, and expand with the facts of your particular situation. Thereby, you can demonstrate that you've done your research, your interest is real and your candidacy makes sense:

1. "I've known several colleagues over the years that have worked at your company, and they have all said great things."

2. "I was excited to see on your website that you feature employees talking about how great it is to work for your company. These days so many people seem to hate where they work for one reason or another. It's wonderful to see that your employees are proud to talk about how much they love their jobs."

3. "Your company's Facebook page is really engaging. I love how you [fill in the blank]."

4. "I'm connected on LinkedIn to many people who work at your company. When I reviewed their profiles, I saw that we all shared some things in common. [You might reference similar accomplishments, prior employers, colleges, etc.] It struck me that this is the kind of place where I can fit in and excel, so I was thrilled to see you have this opening."

5. "Your company is known for making great products that help people do X. But on top of that, I know of your company's leadership role in our community through your support of X, Y and Z events or causes. Your products and philanthropy show you to be a company that cares about both the bottom line and giving back to society."

Of course, to be in a position to make any of these kinds of statements you need to do a bit of work. Check out the company's own website and Facebook page to see what it does in the community. Follow it on LinkedIn, and do a search for people in your network who have experience working there. Then, look at several of their individual profiles to determine what you have in common with them. Search for the company in the news to see if it is mentioned for something with which you can identify.

You don't need to know every detail at the very beginning of the search, but you should know enough to justify a genuine belief in your own mind that there is a basis for you considering this company, and for that company to consider you.

When you go about things this way, you won't be able to apply to anything close to 150 jobs simultaneously. But the quality of your thoughtful and purposeful applications will produce a more focused target group of opportunities that can move your search forward. When you present a compelling answer to the "why are you interested in our company" question, you will be well on your way to establishing the basis for being seriously considered for a job that will advance your career at a company you respect and admire.

Humor: Lot of Excuses

If a woman listens to u for less than 5 minutes then she is you daughter.

If a woman listens to u  for about 15 minutes then she is you sister.

If a woman listens to u for over 30 minutes then she is you mother.

And ultimately

If a woman pretends to listen to u all the time but does not remember a word of what u said no matter how important,  then she is....???????



Yes , Yes.... 

You are correct!!!!!!

Why bring wife into every joke 

Follow These 20 Tips for Guaranteed Weight Loss Success!


In my younger years, I was obsessed with eating low-fat food and less carbohydrates. But over time, I've come to learn that there is more to weight loss than a low-fat diet. True, to lose weight you need to watch what you eat, but I have found that by adopting certain lifestyle changes and including more wholesome food into my diet, I have managed to maintain my weight. These 20 tips, backed by science, have worked exceptionally well for me. I hope they work for you too. 
1. Control your portion by eating from small plates
Research has shown that people eat less when served food on a small plate instead of a large one. Scientists believe that eating from a plate which looks full will trick the mind into believing that you are eating more. To control your portion further, scientists believe that eating from blue plates may cause you to eat less than plates of other colors - the reason why this works is unclear.
2. Make sure you're getting enough sleep 
Being sleep-deprived can lower levels of leptin (an appetite-suppressing hormone) while increasing ghrelin (a hunger-stimulating hormone). Consequently, those who are sleep-deprived tend to be hungrier and crave junk foods like carbs, candy, and salty foods. Furthermore, studies have shown that women who go to bed and wake up at the same time every day have lower levels of body fat.
3. Reduce your stress and anxiety to keep your hormones balanced 
When we feel stressed, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. If elevated for too long, it leads to an increase in the amount of visceral fat around the tummy. Still, cortisol isn't the only hormone that messes with your weight. The thyroid and adrenals play a part too. If our hormones are out of sync, we will find it more difficult to lose weight.
4. Trick your way into feeling full by smelling your food
Several studies have shown that smelling your food may be enough to trick your brain into feeling full. Satiating smells include extra virgin olive oil, garlic, apples, bananas, fennel, and grapefruit.
5. Avoid buying fruits and vegetables that have been treated with pesticides
A Canadian study conducted on mice found that chemicals in pesticides slow down metabolic function, increasing the risk of obesity and diabetes. A better alternative would be to buy organic food.
6. Allow yourself a cheat day each week
According to research conducted, a cheat meal once a week can rev up the metabolism by reviving levels of leptin, balancing thyroid hormones and reducing cravings. As much as possible, try to keep it healthy and choose high carbs over high-fat meals for a high leptin effect. 
7. Don't eat when you're distracted
A paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that multitasking while eating (whether you are watching television, driving or working) or eating in a hurry may cause you to eat more.
8. Include coconut oil in your diet 
Aside from being delicious, coconut oil contributes a great deal to weight loss. You can add it to your baked goods, use it to fry, use it as a coffee creamer, or add it to your smoothies.
9. Control your satiety with apple cider vinegar 
Apple cider vinegar is well known for balancing blood sugar levels and satiety. In one study, participants were given varying levels of apple cider vinegar with carbohydrates in the form of white bread. Blood testa have shown that the higher the levels of apple cider ingested, the lower the blood glucose and insulin levels of participants. Furthermore, those who consumed the most vinegar reported feeling fuller than the others.
10. Use mushrooms in place of red meat where possible 
Mushrooms are a great replacement for red meat when used in dishes like cottage pies, lasagnas, and tacos. In one study, it was found that individuals who ate one cup of mushrooms each day instead of red meat lost an average of seven pounds, had a smaller waist size, and also a lower BMI. It was also found that these individuals were better able to maintain their weight loss than individuals who ate meat.
11. Include avocados in your daily diet
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to be a powerful reducer of belly fat. Studies conducted also found that individuals who ate fresh avocado with their lunch had 40% less desire to snack over the course of three hours and a 28% less desire over a period of five hours after a meal.
12. Eat eggs for breakfast 
Research has found that eating eggs for breakfast can limit calorie intake for the day by more than 400 calories. Ideally, opt for free-range eggs as they have a far greater nutritional value than battery eggs.
13. Add spices to your diet
Herbs and spices are packed with antioxidants and are beneficial to the body in many ways. Some of them can also promote weight loss. These include:
Garlic: Studies show that rats fed a diet high in fat, alongside a garlic supplement, were found to have reduced weight and fat levels.
Cinnamon: Studies have found cinnamon to be a powerful appetite suppressant. In fact, its been shown that adding a small amount to carbohydrates may keep you full for longer.
Cayenne Pepper: A substance in cayenne called capsaicin, has been found to suppress hunger and increase satiety. Cayenne pepper has also been found to have thermo-genetic properties which can lead to increased metabolism.
Mint: Some studies have found that just smelling mint can lead to eating significantly fewer calories.
Ginger: In one study, individuals who drank 2 grams of ginger powder in hot water were less hungry three hours later than participants who didn't drink it.
14. Drink more spinach smoothies 
According to studies, drinking a spinach shake in the morning can reduce the effects of feeling hungry throughout the day, promoting weight loss.
15. Opt for dark chocolate 
Just because you are trying to lose weight, doesn't mean that you don't deserve a treat every once in a while. But, if you feel the urge to indulge, go for some dark chocolate. One study found that individuals who ate dark chocolate instead of white experienced lower blood sugar levels - the key to losing and maintaining weight.
16. Opt for wholegrain carbohydrates as opposed to white 
Stick to whole grain (brown) versions of bread, pasta, and rice to help maintain your weight loss. A study conducted in 2008 found that participants who ate whole grain produce enjoyed greater reductions in weight, body mass, and body fat, when compared to those who ate refined (white) carbohydrates. Whole grain foods are rich in fiber - an essential nutrient when trying to lose weight.
17. Blueberries are good for you
A study conducted in 2011 found that mice who consumed a handful of blueberries had a 73% decrease in fat lipids. Other research also found that meals enriched with blueberries saw greater levels of abdominal fat loss in rats.
18. Eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast
Starting your day off with a bowl of oatmeal will help regulate your blood sugar levels throughout the day, boosting your metabolism after a night's rest. Be sure to stay away from instant oatmeal - one serving can contain up to 17g of sugar.
19. If your cravings are getting the best of you, snack on pears and apples
Snack on fruits between meals. Pears and apples, in particular, contain a type of soluble fiber which reduces the amount of sugar and calories absorbed by the bloodstream after a meal, which in turn prevents fat storage and keeps you feeling full.
20. Coffee has a number of surprising benefits including weight loss
Coffee is known to boost energy and brain function. It has also been found to lower the risk of diabetes and dementia. Studies have also discovered that coffee can increase your metabolism by up to 20% after drinking, aiding weight loss.