Editor’s Note – This is an archive of Issue #3 of the Quotacy Newsletter, which was sent out on 12/18/2016. The Quotacy Newsletter consists of articles that we hand-picked from across the web, and it’s all about keeping our readers physically and mentally healthy so their lives are as great as possible. We go over topics ranging from physical fitness and dietary advice to cyber security and financial planning – anything that can help make life easier.

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Life isn’t about finding yourself,
Life is about creating yourself.
– George Bernard Shaw

Top Story
Skills to Hone for Effective Communication

Humans are social creatures – communication forms the backbone of our society, and the more you’re able to get your point across, the better you’ll be at forming relationships, and the more successful you’ll be in social situations. By working on your communication technique, you really can practice and improve at the arcane and subtle art of making people like you. Even if you aren’t coming to the table looking to make friends, arguing your point effectively can help make lots of parts of your life quite a bit easier.

Key Points: Listening and paying attention before you speak is crucial. Watch your body language. Nod and smile to show that you’re listening. When you do speak, make sure it’s fully thought through. Using a person’s name in conversation will make them more receptive to you.

Focus on: Eating Healthy
A 21-Day Plan to Help You Add Veggies Into Your Diet

Do you ever wish you ate more veggies? Ever feel like you’re doing yourself a disservice by skipping your greens? The first step to your green future might be in this checklist – a 21-day calendar that gives you a challenge each day designed to help you find new ways to incorporate greens and fruits into your daily routine.

Key Points: This list has lots of little challenges. You could try adding greens to your breakfast, or making a veggie smoothie, or maybe experimenting with non-wheat pasta, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Focus on: Rest and Relaxation
Scientists Agree: These are the 10 Most Relaxing Songs in the World

If you like to plug in your headphones and forget about the world every once in a while, these 10 tracks might be exactly what you’re looking for. Full disclosure: I’m listening to the #1 most relaxing song right now, as I type this paragraph. I’m four minutes in, and I’ve legitimately become concerned about how calm and sleepy I’m getting.

Key Points: This song was scientifically designed to reduce stress, and it works.

Focus on: Personal Hygiene
The Right Way to Shower – According to Experts

We all love long, hot showers – especially up in the Midwest, where Quotacy is based. However, some of the most common things that people do during their regular morning ritual are actually hurting their skin and hair. There is a right way and a wrong way to take a shower, and if you’re looking to live the healthiest life possible, you might need to decide where you’re willing to sacrifice comfort for utility.

Key Points: The water should be warm – if your skin gets flushed, it’s too hot. 5-10 minutes is the sweet spot. Focus your efforts on where you actually need to be cleaned. Moisturize afterwards.

Focus on: Financial Security
How to Notice, Stop, and Prevent Identity Theft

In a world that requires electronic payments more and more, keeping your personal information locked down has become incredibly important. A careless slip with your PIN number or info about one of your bank accounts, and there’s a very real possibility that someone could use that information to commit fraud. Clark Howard offers a few tips on how to keep your personal information safe.

Key Points: Don’t carry a checkbook or your social security card. Shred your documents. If your identity has already been stolen, alert credit unions and the authorities using whatever you have to confirm that you’re the real you.


Thanks for Reading

And have a great day! If you need help, here’s a video of Sir David Attenborough being repeatedly interrupted by a bird of paradise.

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Photo Credit to Ling Li Yeoh

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