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On surrounding yourself with good advice audio books

On surrounding yourself with good advice audio booksThis post is based on a true story. This story began to reach its climax as early as the middle of last year. At the time of writing this post and by the time you are reading it, the climax is still playing itself out. By the time you’ve posted your comment in reaction to what is written here or at least gone off to gather your own thoughts, a new story would have begun and the first chapter of this brand new story would be in its drafting stage. Take it with a pinch of salt at your own peril if you are one of those who need good solid advice in life or spread the word about this story which, happy to be saying it, does have a good ending.

Titles can be misleading  

The Woodworking Tools Lab could easily be converted into a good advice audio book. In hindsight, the website’s title could be a bit misleading for those who are not close or attentive readers of note. Nevertheless, it talks about sourcing reliable wood routers for all domestic and artistic wood manufacturing. It could very well be dispersing creative and inspirational ideas on what to make next. But by now, we believe that you’ve grasped the point we’re trying to make here.

On surrounding yourself with good advice audio booksWhere good advice audio books are concerned (here we don’t have the titles to hand, only names) we’d like to recommend some themes for you to help get your new year off to a good start. Things being the way they are on a universal scale, we think this will be essential listening material for the weeks and months ahead. It also ties in nicely with the true story we mentioned at the beginning.

The audio books we’re recommending for you today

For starters, get hold of Suze Orman’s titles, anything recorded by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter (of Rich Dad Poor Dad fame) and biographical and anecdotal audio books on the legendary Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, the Apple innovator, Steve Jobs, and our very own Sir Richard Branson. These are all great must-have titles on how to plan and manage your finances, create a great source of income for yourself in the future and inspirational and motivational stories on what it takes to be your own boss.

Do this before you are left stranded like this middle-aged gentleman was. For many years, he spent his life working in a ‘secure’ job as an insurance clerk until one day the multinational company to which he had devoted most of his life to, had declared him redundant. Fortunately, he made a start on changing his career path but unfortunately he had a history of not being able to manage his financial affairs and, until recently, had nothing to speak of in his pockets.

His new story began with sobering advice from his elderly parents. Their opening lines to him were highlighted by the question; what will you do when we are no longer here to care for you.

The importance of keeping self-help audio books handy

The importance of keeping self-help audio books handyBecause of the fast pace of our modern lifestyles, there’s just so much for us to learn. In fact, there is just too much to take in via the conventional method of reading printed material, whether its magazines or soft-covered two to three hundred word tomes which offer inspiration along with guidance and ideas on how to do things for ourselves. The fast-paced lifestyle includes a very long day at work. With much to learn still, most of us are just too tired to concentrate or focus on our essential reading to help make us do things better or learn new tips and tricks as the online cliché goes.

On being proactive while listening to inspirational stories

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Because we have so very little time or are too tired to read at night, listening to self-help audio books is definitely the way to go. Yes, it does seem as though we are heavily promoting these alternatives, but if you allow yourself just a little time to catch up on some of our previous posts, you’ll soon understand where we’re coming from.

In leaving you with suggestions on how to gain the most from your self-help audios, let’s return to the gym analogy. The lifestyles that we lead also leaves us very little time to practice good health. Try this for good measure. Say now you’re a football fan. Instead of listening to the tedious commentary on the live match, turn the TV’s volume off.

Multitasking with audio books  

While watching your favorite team in action, you could listen to those inspirational stories we hinted at earlier. This same principle can be applied in other regular areas of your life. While raking up the leaves in the yard or clearing up the muck that the last storm left in your garden, listen to an audio file on how to start your own organic garden. Sometime in the future, you’re going to need to do this anyway.

Staying on the theme of good living and healthy lifestyles by way of our musings on the value of self-help audio books, also make a note to look for discussion tapes on healthy eating plans. See how nicely all these ideas fit together? We’re going to close off with our most important suggestion for making effective use of lifestyle-improving audio files.

This comes at just the right time for you during your busy schedule. You’re listening to something related to your job or career. At your peak, listen to your audio book while driving or travelling on the train to work in the morning.

The importance of keeping self-help audio books handy

Music as therapy for preterm babies

lullaby-1048483_960_720It is common knowledge that babies love lullabies. But not many know that lullaby has been used to keep preterm babies well and alive. Music has been proven as a vital part in helping sustain prematurely born babies who have difficulty in breathing and eating.  While there have been several technological advances and neonatal survival kits present, music is a simple by effective way to help the babies recover, in a physical and dramatic way.

Music therapy is a way to help slow down the heart rate of the babies and help them sleep and feed better. The enhancement brought about by the music makes the babies gain more weight speeding up their recovery.

A study done by the American Academy of Pediatric Journal on the music genre that gives the most promising effect revealed that live music designed therapeutically  as well as lullabies preferred by parents and sung personally have a greater influence on the respiratory and heart rates. Further, the study also revealed that feeding behaviors were improved considerably. The premature babies studied also showed longer periods of quiet alertness.

Further studies done on the effect of the music on preterm babies showed that recovery was quickened and the babies left hospital sooner. Soothing music helps babies adapt to their new environment in a better way making the music an effective medicine for them.

Parents are trained to sing lullabies to their babies with the help of professional music therapists and the effect produced in very promising. Music whether it is loud or soothing helps to keep our moods balanced well. For instance, while driving most people hear music via either radio or CD player. While driving at night, music helps to keep you awake. Having proper lighting, especially LED lights like those at LEDLIGHTSPLANET help to increase visibility and drive safely.

Babies in general love lullabies but this liking has a deeper effect than what has been revealed. The lullabies actually play a key role in the complete healing of the babies. For babies born with heart defects music sung by music therapists helped heal the condition and calmed the breathing of the babies. Lullabies left to echo in the neonatal intensive care region leave behind lasting effects on the babies even after they are discharged from the hospital care.

Many music forms have been used on the preterm babies including music that replicated womb noises, capella singing without any instruments or just instrumental music. Irrespective of the music the infants were exposed to, the music elicited positive effect in terms of pain response.

Some of the important effects recorded by exposure to the above music types include reduced pulse rate, rapid recovery physically and increase in circulatory oxygen levels. The excited state was also more reduced with the music exposure. The most significant effect however remains the rapid reduction in pain response and improved sucking.

Music however required to be played for a short span of less than 15 minutes for a session to prevent the infants from being subject to a sensory overload. Weight gain was also an important result of music exposure. A heightened metabolism was brought about by the music stimulation leading to better weight gain.

How to learn a foreign language quickly

How to learn a foreign language quicklyWhile as children we are able to grasp the nuances of language easily and can even learn multiple languages, as we age, it is a difficult feat to accomplish. But this need not be a deterrent for you to learn a new language. Here are some important tips we have come up with, which help you to speak the language you wish to easily and quickly. You can easily speak like a native and gain fluency in just a couple of months.

The way you speak a language depends on the confidence level you gain in the classes. Sometimes even after six months of learning a language, you may feel hesitant to even wish a person good morning in that language.

The proper approach to learning a language helps a great deal in mastering it quickly. One of our members had suffered a similar plight, while trying to learn Spanish. He is into remodelling and wanted to work in an establishment that required the workers to speak in Spanish. He used this approach and learned the language easily, while earlier he was struggling to keep up. By the way, he is a wizard in remodelling. He attributes his success to his tools, especially his splendid reciprocating saw.

While you are wondering whether there is some secret behind this transformation like perhaps a gene for language learning, it is actually  a few tricks and tools that help you fast track your language learning.

Learning the appropriate words in the right method

The best way is to learn as many new words as possible. This is not easy for many as they think that their memory is not good. But to speak a language fluently, you need not know all the words in that language. In fact, it is not possible to know all the words in your native language too.

When you learn more words, you can comprehend the language more easily. In English language, you need to know just 300 words to cover over 60 percent of all material that is in written form. The member we mentioned before used this technique and it was easier for him as he first learnt all the words related to his work.

He is passionate about his work and can easily create some of the finest remodelling works. He recommends using the special saw he bought at JasonSawReviews for easy completion of all the DIY jobs one does at home. To comprehend words better, you can use some of the latest mobile language learning apps,  or use flash cards, which are the simplest form that help you learn fast.

Memorize Cognates

If you need to have a head start in the language you want to learn, knowing cognates is the best way. These are termed as true friends of all words that you identify belonging to the language you speak that have the same meaning. Romance languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French and others have many cognates with English. Words like nation, action, solutions, extinction, communication and tradition are spelled similarly in French and the pronunciation can be mastered easily. If you change the -tion suffix to -cion it becomes Spanish. For Portuguese, you need to change it to- cao.

CAN MUSIC HELP YOUR GOLF?

Music has been proven to have an amazing effect on the performance of athletes. Some studies suggest that listening to music with a clear and steady beat improves an athlete’s results by up to 20% whereas background music can calm the nerves of a sportsman by as much as 10%. Therefore, it can be a good idea to listen to music while practicing golf.

CAN MUSIC HELP YOUR GOLFOne of the biggest advantages of listening to your favorite playlist on the course is the chance to train your body to make subconscious hits. While your mind is calm and your body is at ease, you don’t concentrate on every component of your swing as you normally would. This is not something outstanding. We do the same every time we drive our cars, for example. While listening to music in your car, you never strive to concentrate in order to change lanes on a highway or adjust a rear view mirror. Most of these tasks are done automatically.

As a rule, the gold beginners are taught to slow down their swing in order to find the right flow and tempo which is unique to every golfer. This is not an easy task, as you are normally distracted by many factors. Therefore, the tunes that suit your mind and put you in a state of relaxation would be beneficial and will help you to ignore everything that could be a distracting factor.

If you go to a driving range these days, you are sure to meet plenty of people wearing headphones while practicing golf. Many admit they prefer chilly and non-intense sounds while on the range. However, personal preferences may be quite different. Some people prefer classical music while others would rather listen to ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ by Frank Sinatra.

Serious golfers use all the possible ways to improve their performance. Listening to soothing and relaxing tunes can sometimes be equal to having the best golf equipment, like an advanced golf gear or a professional golf push cart. While the accessories help to improve the physical elements of your performance, the music enhances your mental abilities by helping you to focus on your hit.

It is definitely worth experimenting with music while practicing your best shot. If you are ready to focus during your practice sessions, listening to music may help you get into the right mood and ignore any unwanted thoughts.

However, not all music may be soothing and relaxing for you and some tunes may be quite distracting. Recent research has shown that the golf-putting accuracy scores for men and women are the highest when listening to jazz music and the worst when listening to hip-hop and rock. This isn’t surprising, as these genres of music increase heart rate and blood pressure which is never beneficial for fine-motor-control activities. To pick performance-enhancing music, you need to consider the intensity of your activities. In other words, the activities and the music for them have to be correlated.

A lot also depends on your personal preferences. If you hate jazz, it is not a good idea to listen to it while playing despite the statistics.

Learning to listen while you go

Learning to listen while you goSome people may give you the impression that they’ve heard you but when you’ve come back to them a few days later on the same topic or issue raised you soon discover that they weren’t listening to you after all. You may be guilty of this human flaw too. But take heart that it cannot always be helped and that you are not intentionally dismissing what other people have to say. There is the old saying that to err is human. Because we are faced with so many distractions in our daily lives, ranging from getting the kids ready for school in the morning to multitasking at your desk at work, it is not always easy to stay focused all the time.

Learning to stay focused

Fortunately there are a number of ways to overcome this disability. Mainly through the use of audio-books, people continue to learn how to stay focused on one area of importance in their lives. Taking the examples mentioned above, mothers turn all their attention to their small children in the morning before honing in on their next big task, such as preparing for a day at the office.  Meanwhile, at the office it is not uncommon for ineffective supervisors and managers to disrupt the ability of their staff to work effectively, interrupting the flow of business as well.

Audio book presentations teach mothers, workers and managers how to optimize their days. Returning to the scenario of workers and their bosses, these self-help guides also teach listeners how to be intent and patient, focusing on important areas of a discussion and practicing habits of patience when dealing with an over-exuberant conversationalist.  It goes without saying by now that audio-books in general fulfill many other important functions apart from self-help and motivation.

Making space for meaning and value

Audio-books are ideal for people who are persistently busy and continuously on the go. At different times of the day it is always a challenge for these folks to take a moment, if you will. There are, of course, audio guides that teach these people how to cope with schedules that have little or no space for something more meaningful and valuable in their lives. But while you are unavoidably carrying on with your busy life, you could be listening to an audio-file as you go.

Being stuck in rush-hour traffic, for instance, presents you with an ideal opportunity to be pleasantly distracted while listening to an audio-book. Motorists simply put the disk in their player and calmly proceed to listen to their music, even what is known as white noise, and not let the bumper to bumper traffic bother them. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, may say that this is easier said than done. Thanks to technology, a purpose-driven Bluetooth helmet makes listening to audio files possible for them too.

But at the end of the day, the very act of listening to audio-books helps people improve their ability to listen rather than just merely hearing noise or a patch of conversation which either distracts them or is soon forgotten.

Benefits Of Audio Books For Children

 

Benefits Of Audio Books For ChildrenBooks are savored best when they are listened to rather than being read to.  In fact, popular authors like Dickens had written books for reading aloud. And it is fun actually to listen to the stories.

Audio books have emerged as a popular form of education and entertainment for kids now. Children who have problems in communicating, writing, or reading are not able to exploit their latent talents.

Even in spite of being smart and intelligent, they are not able to understand the subjects taught in class because of not being able to write, read, or communicate. This can adversely affect their self-esteem and motivation.

With audio books, children would be able to recollect their picture making and visualization skills. For a kid who finds it hard to decode words, absorbing the meaning behind them is quite difficult, if not impossible at the first reading. This affects their comprehension, memory and most importantly, the fun they can have.

But when books are read aloud to children find it very pleasing and entertaining and they are able to grasp better. The habit of reading bedtime stories to children has been followed for a long, long time. The audio books available now bring about a host of benefits such as

  • Improve listening skills and concentration. There are some hobbies such as fishing, which help you to focus on the work at hand. Just like the audio books, there have been newer advancements in fishing too such as the fish finder available at http://fishinggadgetshub.com/, which helps to enjoy the time on water more.
  • An audio book that features a skilled narrator can bring out the right tone and timing, letting you enjoy the words, as they were meant to be
  • Language takes on a beautiful form when it is read aloud, and further teaches appreciation of phrasing and grace.
  • You can learn the complexities of language easily with audio books
  • The interesting way an audio book reads teaches you the way to grab attention, when you are telling something. This vital skill is very valuable in life
  • You can appreciate as well as understand the unfamiliar accents and dialects more easily with audio books
  • If your first language is not English, listening to the audio books helps to get a clear pronunciation and become adept at native speech patterns.
  • An audio book that reads brilliantly can make you learn important facets of a language such as punctuation, emphasis, and enunciation. These bring out the textual meaning precisely.
  • Understanding advanced language forms and newer words is easier for young children with the audio books.
  • For blind people, the audio books are a treasure trove of knowledge, which they would otherwise find difficult to understand
  • Dyslexics too learn much better with audio books.
  • Children with attention deficit disorder find listening to the audio books easier and distraction free.
  • Children as well as adults find it easy to listen, while they do other chores such as exercising, cooking, travelling, or tidying the place
  • Difficult literary subjects such as poetry can be easily understood with expertly narrated audio books. The expertise in phrasing and interpretation brings the poetry to life accurately.

 

5 Great Health Benefits of Music

5 Great Health Benefits of MusicWe all love music! Although people’s taste varies, everyone has those artists or genres which just make their lives complete. Music is such a big part of our daily lives – we listen to the radio on our way to work, we have road trip mixes, we listen to it while exercising as a motivational tool, etc. But did you know that music can also be greatly beneficial to our health. In the same way as fruit is great for our immune system, or microdermabrasion machines (like these) can help our skin, music can also affect various parts of our minds and bodies. Here are just some of the health benefits you can achieve just by listening to music.

  1. Music improves verbal and visual skills

Many professional studies have shown a strong link between early music education and high verbal and visual skills in children. They have found that children between 4 and 6 who have musical training for a month exhibit greater ability to understand words and explain what they mean, and a more highly developed sense of rhythm, melody, voice and pitch.

  1. Music increases your happiness levels

Music can increase the levels of any emotion. Just by listening to different types of music, you can start feeling happy, sad, agitated, nervous, content, etc. If you listen to a special type of music – one with a major key and a quick tempo – it can instantly make your body release dopamine, which is a hormone that causes the feeling of happiness. If you think that you often feel sad or depressed, music can be a cure in the same way that a skincare system can rid you of skin conditions – if you want to feel overall happier, you should make ‘happy’ music a part of your everyday routine.

  1. Music can boost your immune system

Research has found that music can help you reduce the amount of harmful hormones in your body – the ones that cause stress and anxiety, as well as those that cause your immune system to plummet. These hormones usually increase the risk of heart disease, lower bone density, cause high blood pressure, etc. This can all be rectified by listening to any music that you personally enjoy.

  1. Music affects your heartbeat and pulse rate

There are many studies which show that listening to music strengthens muscles. This includes the most important muscle in our bodies – the heart. Regardless of your preferred genre, music can be used to steady your heartbeat and bring your pulse rate back to normal. This effect has shown to be the same in both men and women.

  1. Music improves the quality of sleep

Since the things that affect your quality of sleep the most are your anxiety and heart rate, and music has a positive effect on both of these, it is no wonder that people who listen to soothing music before going to bed have a much higher quality of sleep and feel more rested in the morning.