5 Lessons Sloths Have Taught Me That Guide My Everyday Life

5 Helpful Lessons Sloths Have Taught Me That Guide My Everyday Life

Sloths are slow-moving adorable creatures that live in treetops but what many people don't know is how wise they really are. Here are some things I've learned from watching them hang.

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Sloths are endearing creatures that spend most of their lives living among the treetops in tropical rainforests. Aside from being slower and energy-conservative creatures, sloths have been adapted for life in the treetops. They have curved toes, long limbs, and organs adapted for hanging upside-down. Many lessons can be taken from these tree-top creatures. Here are some I've learned from these adorable wise creatures.

1. Take things slow

There is a push, especially in today's modernized and technologized age, to achieve as much as peers faster, better, and in a more boast-worthy way. This stressful mentality is not only detrimental to mental health, but also to relationships as competition between peers and utility of peers is sought after more than real social and emotional connections. Take the time to take things slow. There is no rush to be anywhere. Only your own personal push forward toward your own goal destination should be motivating you to move forward, not the thought of competition or superiority over others.

2. Test each branch before moving forward

Sloths, when they move in treetops, take careful time to test out a branch to see if it can carry their weight, if it's the direction they really want to go, and if it's worth the effort to progress in that certain direction. These simple evaluations made before grabbing and moving along a branch are incredibly applicable to everyday decisions. Before expending a large portion of energy to work on a task or before making a big decision, visualize yourself as the sloth and evaluate your path, as well. This will maximize time, effort, and happiness.

3. Eat leaves!

Sloths' diets consist of mostly treetop and canopy vegetation. Although sloths' primarily vegetative diet is due to their location limitations, this diet is worth replication and modeling. Eating a diet based on vegetables and fruits leads to numerous health benefits, including increased energy, sufficient vitamin and mineral intake, and lowered risk of health diseases. Eating healthy will leave you feeling refreshed and energized to take on the day, hopefully, a bit faster than would a sloth.

4. Shout when there is trouble

The small squeaks and squeals of sloths can be heard when they sense danger, but also when they are interacted with in a way that is unfavorable to them. Having the ability to also voice concerns or communicate with others openly when one is uncomfortable or in need of help is a necessary life skill. The sloth is unafraid to voice its fears while also vocalizing that it is not afraid of the danger it senses. Having a brazen attitude and being direct when communicating are all sloth attributes that should be reflected in conversations and confrontations.

5. Sometimes it's good to hang upside-down

Sloths spend most of their time hanging from branches or other foliage upside-down. However, there are times sloths flip around when climbing or hanging to get a change of position or to get a better vantage point. Spending time trying to view things from another perspective or even taking the time to just enjoy the view and the life that is being lived in the moment is invaluable. Much of enjoyment in life is when our memories are evaluated at a distance. Take the time to reflect on your life and just hang around. Be proud of all your achievements and visualize all the possible opportunities you have to progress. The world is your treetop!

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Home Invader Suspected of Cleaning Up

In May 2019, a Massachusetts man is shocked to discover someone had broken into his house. But instead of stealing anything, they tidied up for him.

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Imagine coming home after a longs days work to discover your door unlocked. This alone doesn't cause for immediate panic because often it's hard to remember if you even locked it that morning. As you warily enter the house, you are relieved to see your TV is still on the wall, and the computer is still sitting on your desk. When you take another step in, however, you start to feel this uneasy feeling, like someone had been in your house while you were gone.

You notice a smell of cleaning products in the air that you don't remember being there that morning, and to your shock, you see the bedroom door you always leave open, closed. Now is the time to panic. You search the house, calling out for the perpetrator to show themselves. Your children's rooms are immaculate: vacuumed, with clothes folded and beds made, and toilets scrubbed.

Someone has definitely been in your home for hours, pillaging through your intimate belongings, only they hadn't taken anything. The only thing they leave behind is eerie toilet paper origami roses, a staple of the US prison system.

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Although this sounds like a funny sketch from a comedy show, this actually happened to Massachusetts man Nate Roman this May. Roman says in an interview with New York Post: "Growing up in the age we do, my first thought was a serial killer. My next thought was wondering if my son was safe, worrying if someone was still in the house."

Despite the ridiculousness of the crime, it is still a crime. The act of intruding upon someones home not to steal, but to acquaint oneself with the environment is almost creepier than a robbery. Just the thought of someone possibly getting off by touching your objects and lounging in your furniture is extremely off-putting.

The motive of this cleaning criminal is still unknown and he or she is at large. It's speculated it may have been a mistaken house tidied by a cleaning crew--but that seems less likely than a creep having a go in a home with an unlocked door.

Don't forget to lock your doors at night and when you leave in the morning and watch out for toilet paper roses.

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