I Dare You to Do Nothing For Ten Minutes

I Dare You To Do Nothing For 10 Minutes

Maybe I just like to space out too much, but being lost in thought is therapeutic.


I have always been a daydreamer from a young age. If I sat by the window during class, I would stare out of it. I loved to stare out of the window as the car flew down the highway. I would sit on my bed before getting dressed for school. After I snap out of my stupor, I would feel much more relaxed. There has been plenty of research emphasizing the benefits of meditation. Although there is evidence of a decrease in stress levels and increased mood, I think simply not focusing on anything, even your inner mind has its own set of benefits.

I'm sure anyone could relate to my story of zoning out. It happens to all of us. Nowadays, I feel that the world bombards us with the requirement that we should constantly be kept busy. If you are not studying, go out to run an errand. Or "actively" relax by treating yourself to watching an episode of your favorite show. Personally, I feel bad if I haven't filled my schedule with something to do for each hour of the day. By all means, I am not advocating for wasting time. Rather, I think we forget to give ourselves unstructured time to take a break from the day.

Taking a break from the day is different than taking a break from doing work. When you stop and simply let yourself breathe without thinking about anything - not even allowing yourself to notice your breathing, it can be rejuvenating. Doing nothing charges your batteries. Your wandering mind might find a boost in creativity. Your mind will help you create when you aren't preoccupied with all the tasks you must do or all the meetings you need to attend. I also find that I feel like I am only beginning a task after I sat without doing anything for a bit, even if I didn't move from my spot.

After forming the habit of constantly doing, it is hard to break away for only a few minutes to do nothing. We are pulled from event to event, we keep neverending to-do lists, and we are told doing something - anything - is better than nothing. I am arguing that we should try teaching ourselves to not feel guilty for not running from place to place or not keeping busy every hour of the day. It is overwhelming to manage everything, but letting go for ten minutes will not cause it all to come crashing down. Granting yourself a short moment to do absolutely nothing is the gift you give yourself every day. It could even be deemed the cheapest form of self-care.

Those 15 minutes just sitting quietly are just as important as keeping busy. Don't rob yourself of the small portion of time that should be solely for you. Even if you are the busiest person in the world, when you have the chance, take that break. You won't regret it.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.

Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Take The Time To Pronounce Names Correctly, They Mean A Lot

What's in a name? Plenty.


Names are often one of the first labels we get. It often makes us who we are and is deeply embedded in our sense of self. It's the word the world knows you as. Many people change their names to make them feel more like themselves. This speaks volumes to the effect a name has on you.

A name is a word like any other, just used to label someone. Like any other word, saying the word properly is important, especially because it is tied so closely to someone's sense of self.

Butchering someone's name consistently is simply unacceptable. Sure some names may be harder to pronounce and may seem unnatural but not trying is not okay. If you can get names like Stravinsky and Chmerkovskiy, a Nandini, Radhika, or Namrata shouldn't be too hard.

For some reason, it often seems like people have a hard time pronouncing names of people of color, which honestly seems a little odd to me considering many caucasian names are just as unconventional.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj recently appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and addressed this issue. He pointed out that no one has an issue with the name Ansel Elgort, but they seem to have an issue with his name. Later, he joked that he goes by the name Timothée Chalamet at Starbucks, which they can handle just fine.

Mistakes are okay. We're all human and you're not expected to get everything correct on the first try. But simply accepting that you can't say it and not making an effort is disrespectful.

You don't need to say the name in the accent of the culture it's from. Say it in your accent but like any other word, keep the same number of syllables and put an emphasis on the correct vowels. Eventually, getting it will expand your horizons just a little bit more. Either way, trying is better than not trying.

That being said, to the people that need to correct others' pronunciation on their name, do it. If you don't tell people how to pronounce it, you can't expect them to get it properly. Many of us introduce ourselves with a name that isn't truly ours; it's a version that accommodates others.

Remember though, there is no shame in your beautiful, unique name so there is no need to anglicize it. Your parents didn't give you that name for it to fit better in other people's mouths.

Our names make up a large part of our basic identity and getting it right is beneficial for everyone.

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