Spending a lot of time at home can be lonely and isolating. It’s important to interact with other people, even if it’s through a screen. Talking to others is simply good for the soul, and it’s important to see their face and hear their voice. Luckily, these days there are plenty of ways to meet new people and form connections. Here are ten fresh and exciting ideas for hobbies that will get you chatting through your computer.

Even without going out, you can get involved in all kinds of volunteer opportunities through your computer. If you take a higher-level position…


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If you’re working from home, chances are you’re having to exert a fair bit of willpower. There may even be days when you struggle to get down to work at all, with no workmates or office setting to urge you on. If so, you’re far from being the only one in this predicament, but fortunately, there’s a simple solution: set yourself some deadlines. Here are six example deadlines to pick, mix and adapt to suit. Set yourself a realistic goal to reach before each one:

1. Taking exercise

You may be itching to get up and moving, but if you’re…


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One evening, while randomly switching TV channels, I stumbled upon the end of a documentary about durian.

The 5 minutes I managed to see were enough to catch my attention, since the durian was described as ‘the king of fruits’ with an unique flavor, an unique odor (very unique, I’d say), warming and aphrodisiac properties.

The following day I went to a market in the town, looking for the miraculous fruit. After around 20 minutes wandering around the market, I noticed a durian pile.

As I was getting closer to the pile, a strong odor hit me. I didn’t know…


Nestled deep within San Diego, California lies a place where once only a dream dwelled within the minds of two college grads and eventually built into a reality. Two men, Chris Cramer and Matt Rattier, both of which had a dream to provide the people of southern California with some of the best craft brews around as well as a place for friends and family to gather to enjoy those brews in true camaraderie. …


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For many Westerners, China can often appear to be a vast, inscrutable nation with an ancient past and a very modern future. The first big wave of Western expats started to make their way over to China about 20 years ago, and these veterans of life in China have started to develop some very helpful tips on how to survive in China as a foreigner. What follows is a look at some of the key tips to getting along in China and making the most of your stay there.

Tip #1: Learn as much Chinese language as you can before making a long trip

In order to really appreciate the local culture and meet as…


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Exercise is easily the most underrated preventive medicine in our lives. We constantly seek expensive drugs and treatment for health problems, but we never even think of exercise as a possible solution. Not surprisingly, as a population, we are quite unhealthy and overweight. Partially thanks to the overabundance of tasty food and mostly due to the lack of physical activity.

So what do we do? We live unhealthy and inactive lives that lead to health and weight problems. Then we seek medical help to offset these problems to some degree during which time we start living a bit better. Then…


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Being a parent. Running my own business. Trying to make family life work well while trying to achieve more business wise. Stress is a serious threat to my health, especially long term stress, and probably yours if you find yourself in a similiar life situation as mine. There are relaxation routines and meditations that can be helpful, but who has the time to do them? Thankfully there are quick, simple and effective relaxation techniques that are ideal for people like me and you who do not have time for meditation.

Relaxation through Tension

The mind and the body are intimately…


The government of the People’s Republic of China released Sesame Credit in the fall of 2015. To somebody who does not understand the Chinese language or culture, Sesame Credit would appear to be a regular credit scoring system.

However, this credit scoring system, designed by Tencent and Alibaba, also rewards good societal behavior as well as sound financial decisions. The Chinese government calls this system a “social credit score.” Connected to financial institutions and social media, it is free to use.

It can track various activities users perform. Users are encouraged to support their communities on social media. For example…


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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each and every one of us. It is not a condition of the poor or the rich, or of any particular group of people; rather, it is one of those rare historical events which touches every single life. Over the past several months, it has been easy to watch businesses close, to lose touch with our friends and loved ones, and feel as though life as we know it has come to a halt.

However, this is not the case. Humans are inherently social animals. In order to form a connection with someone, we want…


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Today’s post is just a short rant about what a waste of time meetings are. The other day I had to go across town for what was supposed to be an important meeting but it could have been handled on the phone in less than five minutes. Yet the other party insisted on meeting in person.

There are about 11 million meetings every day in the US. (An infographic from Inc. reports that number at 25 million.) Unfortunately, many of these meetings are unproductive and end up wasting a countless amount of time and money for everyone involved. In fact…

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