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25 Exciting Career Opportunities in Human Services

When studying for a human services degree, it is important to know what the ultimate goal is. There are many career paths out there to choose from, and knowing what they are can be just as important as choosing which you would like to pursue further.

To help, we have gathered more information on 25 exciting career opportunities in human services. They include a few traditional options, as well as a few that are a ways off from the normal path one thinks of when discussing human services. Continue reading →

25 Most Famous Humanitarians of All Time

We all have a humanitarian side whether it is writing a check to our favorite charity or volunteering our time to worthy causes. Then there are those who take humanitarianism to a whole new level. Whether by selfless acts or billion dollar checks that can change the course of entire nations, it is daunting to think of what the world would be like if there were no people who took it upon themselves to make a difference.

Although no one person or even group of people could hold the title, we have done our best to select the 25 most famous humanitarians of all time. Whether famous, infamous, or just lacking in the recognition they deserve, it is difficult to deny the significant contribution they have made to the world. Continue reading →

Meet a Few Ugly Dogs – Only on the Outside

There’s no such thing as an ugly pet to its master, but then, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Nature is whimsical – we see this every day in its fickleness and instability, so it’s no surprise that it throws up a few odd looking creatures for every beautiful being that it creates. Dogs are man’s best friend – they make good companions, great guards, and excellent playmates. That’s why we bring them home, not for the way they look. Having said that, let’s take a look at a few weird-looking (and so ugly) breeds of dog:

  • Komondor: Originally from Hungary, this shaggy dog could easily be mistaken for an old mop if you came across it lying on the floor. To us it may look ugly with its long white locks falling all over its body, but the Hungarians have declared it a “national treasure”. It has the heaviest amount of hair in the dog world, and with its dreadlocked appearance, makes quite a picture.
  • Portuguese Water Dog: Most recently in the limelight for being chosen by President Barack Obama’s daughters to be the First dog because of its hypo allergenic quality, the Portuguese water dog is a kind of poodle with webbed feet which make it a good swimmer. It looks weird because of its hair which is curly all over the body but wavy around the tail and ears.
  • Chinese Crested: Infamous for winning the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog” six out of seven times, this tiny lapdog is distinctive with a shock of hair on its head and a smooth body otherwise. It is quite a popular breed with those who like toy dogs because it is not prone to many diseases.
  • Bedlington Terrier: This one looks remarkably like a fake lamb, something a child would produce when asked to draw one. It has a pear-shaped head with wooly fur that does not shed. Its eyes are triangular, and it has a body like a Greyhound which makes it very fast.
  • Neapolitan Mastiff: If you’re looking at a dog with folds of skin obscuring his face, you’ve just met the Neapolitan Mastiff. It’s a pretty large guard dog, and in spite of its gigantic appearance, its face has a kind of hangdog look which makes you want to laugh out loud.
  • Puli: This is the second Hungarian dog to feature on this list – the Puli is smaller than the Komondor and solid in color. It is covered with dreadlocks which make it virtually waterproof – imagine that! It hardly sheds however, but requires a lot by way of grooming.
  • Affenpinscher: This funny-looking dog has a face like a monkey, thin legs, and a shaggy coat of hair. It’s a lapdog that belongs to the terrier family, and its coat is groomed to be thicker over its head and shoulders than over its back and hind quarters.

10 Ideas For a Spring Break Staycation

Most of us are still watching what we spend and how we spend it. Vacations may still be in the picture, but getting away for spring break may not be on the itinerary this year. Our answer? The staycation. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and can still give your family a much-needed break from reality, even if it’s just for the day.

    1. Go camping. If you have a backyard, you can take your family camping. Grab the tents, a few chairs and make a stop at a grocery store to grab food for the trip. It doesn’t have to be a well-planned ordeal, since adventure is the name of the game. If your kids are city slickers, it’s time for them to let them get dirty in the great outdoors and if your kids are accustomed to camping trips, you can bet they’ll enjoy the trip as much as if you’d spent hundreds. Get a campfire going, tell scary stories and slumber beneath the stars.

    2. Have a movie marathon. Choose a theme and have a movie marathon one day. If you have young kids, you’ll have to be careful what you choose, but for teens, you can go with a string of classics that they probably haven’t seen like Taxi Driver or The Godfather series. Don’t forget the popcorn and candy! You can even have multiple movie marathons throughout the week, since they’re cheap enough to conduct more than once.

    3. Visit a museum. Go sightseeing in your own city or town. Hit the museum circuit. Many major cities have discount days for museums, so get online and check out prices to get a better deal. You will have to pay for exhibits, but if you’re getting a discount on the admission price, it will be easier to take the hit. While younger kids may get bored at an art museum, the whole family will enjoy a science museum.

    4. Stay at a hotel. If you don’t have a pool, this can be a godsend for the kiddos. Staying at a hotel for one night will give you access to the pool for two days, giving your kids plenty of time to splash around and have some fun. Some hotels also have day rates where you pay a small fee just to access the pool. If you have a resort nearby, this is sure to have water slides for the kids, but most children are happy enough just to get in the water.

    5. Check out the local “scene.” Grab a local newspaper and check out what’s going on around town during the week of spring break. There may be local art shows, live music or festivals going on during this time. It will expose your kids to things they don’t usually see and shake up your routine. You never know what event will spark a child’s interest, so it’s important to show them different events which may inspire a new interest.

    6. Attend a sporting event. If your city has a minor league team, the tickets to these sporting events are often quite affordable. If you can gather a group of eight or more, you can usually save money on tickets by calling the box office and inquiring about a group rate. To save money, skip the pricey food and snacks at the game and feed your clan before the game.

    7. Cook a big meal together. This may not be incredibly relaxing, but it will be fun to watch your family interact in the kitchen and work to create a big meal. Look up recipes online and take a vote on what everyone wants as an appetizer, entree and side dish. If you have a large family, you can assign two people to each dish and see who comes up with the best component of the meal. It gives your kids a little friendly competition and fills your tummies, so it’s a win-win!

    8. Visit the zoo. Most zoos are hurting these days and there’s a good chance you haven’t taken your kids to the zoo in years. Show them the wild side by taking them to zoo. In some cities it can still be a pricey outing, but it will be well worth it to watch your kids be amazed by the monkeys, giraffes, and bats. Kids don’t see these animals every day, so even the jaded ones will be eager to watch the animals interact and play. Check if your zoo allows you to bring your lunch along, so you can skip the snack bar.

    9. Video game tournament. If your family is loving Wii Sports, you can have a tournament and see who comes out on top. You can do this is teams if you have a large family. Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort tend to get the competitive juices flowing, even for the most reserved family member. You can even record footage of your kids going nuts when playing, that way you have something embarrassing on tape once their wedding rolls around.

    10. Have a dance-off. This is another activity that will inspire you to pull out the video camera ! Have your kids and their friends have a dance-off, working in teams or just one-on-one. You can be the DJ, which means you get to choose the tunes the kids have to dance to. Switch up the genre of music every 30 seconds or so and you’ll be guaranteed hilarious dance moves.

Having a spring break staycation can be a blast with just a little planning. If you have enough time, you may even be able to work in everything on your list. Remember to keep your happy face on when presenting ideas to your kids to get them excited about the activities. Younger kids will be easy to please, but if your teenager rather sit in his or her room and text than participate in a Wii tournament, respect their space and privacy. Remember that for today’s kids, texting or tweeting for hours is considered a staycation too.

The Top 25 Atheist Blogs You Must Read

If you don’t believe in God and find yourself in little company when it comes to your family or friends, you can look to the online community of atheists to get a handle on philosophies and thoughts on the lack of a higher being through blogs and messageboards. Even if you do believe in a higher power, you may want to explore these top atheist blogs to get an idea of the though process behind those who lead a non-secular lifestyle.

Top Atheist Blogs

If you’re looking for some concrete direction that depends on science rather than the supernatural, these are the blogs to explore atheism.

    1. Atheists This atheist blog talks about events going on throughout the U.S. and focuses on government agendas that merge church and state.

    2. Friendly Atheist This blog examines the different media stories where God is blamed or mentioned for actions, good and bad.

    3. Atheist Media At this site you’ll find posts on the role religion has in various parts of the world. It’s an interesting and eye opening look at how different we all are, while essentially wanting the same things from life.

    4. Atheist Revolution This is arguably the best atheist blog out there and regularly analyzes how to protect those who are vocal about their belief system (or lack of).

    5. Planet Atheism This blog focuses on religion in America, showing how beliefs vary from region to region and how religion is playing a role in places it shouldn’t, like the military.

    6. 40 Year Old Atheist This is a great blog for learning more about the atheist movement and the comments section is always alive with freethinkers who have something to say.

    7. Adult Onset Atheist This atheist blogger has some original thoughts on religion and the role it plays in modern American society. Make sure you stop by for the well-crafted rants too.

    8. Atheist Experience This blog takes a look at the religious stories making headlines (primary those focuses on Christianity) and how to make your point of view known without offending those who believe in a higher power.

    9. Atheist Blogs This is like the superstore of atheist blogs. It condenses all of the latest stories and blog posts from around the web into one concise place, so you can pick and choose what you want to read without trolling for hours.

    10. An Atheist For interesting commentary on the history of religion, check out this atheist blog. It makes some great points that those who are questioning their faith may be swayed by.

    11. Martin S Pribble This blog covers atheism and talks about the weight people place in their religions beliefs when it comes to making a decision between right and wrong.

    12. About Atheism The About site for learning about atheism is among their best sites and has plenty of content over why you should take the logical and science-driven approach to life.

    13. Common Sense Atheism This blog goes after Christianity and analyzes statements made in the media by political figures and leaders. It’s a smart blog with in-depth posts, so be sure you check it out when you have time to sit and stay awhile.

    14. Unreasonable Faith Believe it or not, this atheist blog is penned by a former evangelical preacher. This guy knows his stuff when it comes to navigating the Bible, so you know he isn’t making judgement calls based on poor reasoning.

    15. Stupid Evil Bastard This blog isn’t all religion (or anti-religion), but it does touch on interesting subjects regarding religion’s place in the government and our public school system.

More Atheist Blogs

If you need a few more blogs to help you when it comes evolution and getting comfortable with your atheist ideology, check out these sites.

    16. Daylight Atheism This site has existed for a number of years and thoroughly breaks down the thought process behind picking apart major religions and disproving many stories with scientific facts.

    17. Monicks Unleashed This site focuses on atheism, but also common sense, making readers who base most of their thoughts and ideas on logic, a comfortable place to stay and play.

    18. Godless Blogger This site talks about the various scams run in the name of God, which is really just aimed at taking advantage of those who are uneducated on a subjects, but believe God’s blessing will make everything alright.

    19. Lousy Canuck This site explores religion’s role in both the U.S. and Canadian governments. The blogger also writes on conservative views on teen sex and pregnancy.

    20. Bad Religion Info While many religious fantatics want to harp on their beliefs as a status symbol, they are often less than Godly when it comes to dealing with every day events that matter. Learn how to spot the phonies at this blog.

    21. Greta Christina This blogger isn’t afraid to sound off on politics and religion, and also discusses sex and human rights in her insightful posts.

    22. Godless Girl If the atheism can have a more light-hearted approach, this blogger hits the nail on the head. Instead of attacking religions, she simply assesses the article or news story for what it is and shows that atheists don’t have to be offended by every reference to God.

    23. Replacing Religion This site no longer updates, but it has fascinating information on the role religion played for early American settlers and how that role would evolve as the country developed.

    24. After Faith This blogger is a father who chats about religion and his daily life as an atheist. It’s a great read for those who feel religion or a set belief system have ruled their life and need to learn how to function without the idea of a higher power, while still making wise choices.

    25. Pharyngula This site talks about the religious and right wing agenda for state and local governments throughout Middle America. If you think the wacky ones aren’t out there because they aren’t your neighbors, know that they’re out there and this blog is proof. The worst part is how they come out in droves on voting day.

Checking out these atheist blogs will give you a better understanding at how those who don’t believe in God see life and cope with problems. While being an atheist means you don’t believe in a God, it doesn’t necessarily mean you lack hope in yourself or those around you and the power to change the way humans deal with themselves and each other during a time of crisis.

Trouble at the Workplace – Tips for Professionals to Cope

You may have landed the job of your dreams, you may be getting a fat salary, and you may even be enjoying your work; however, things are not always going to be hunky-dory at the office. I don’t mean to be a pessimist and rain on your parade, but the truth is that careers are often filled with ups and downs, and unless you’re aware of the bumpy road ahead, you could become careless an end up squandering your opportunities and ruining your chances. If there’s trouble at the workplace, it’s best to be prepared to face it head on rather than letting it affect you adversely. So for all young professionals who’ve just embarked on their careers, here are a few tips to achieve success by tackling problems as they arise:

  • Trouble with superiors: This is probably the hardest kind of trouble to cope with – if your boss or anyone higher than you in the hierarchy of the organization is bent on making your life miserable and goes out of the way to hinder your work, then you have a really serious problem at hand. If the issue can be resolved amicably, talk to someone else in a position of authority, and see if you can get your point across without raising your voice and pointing fingers. Sometimes, being patient and ignoring the problem makes it go away, but when it’s persistent and becomes a form of harassment, you must report it and try to get it resolved. If all else fails and senior management is unwilling to listen to you, start looking for another job. However, don’t quit until you find another position.
  • Trouble with co-workers: If your colleagues seem to have a problem with you or vice versa, it’s best to just ignore them as much as possible and stay out of their way. If you must work with them closely, do your part as best as you can, and don’t provide them with opportunities to pull you down. Talk to the people who seem to resent you and try to work things out with them. However, if you’re being bullied and harassed continuously, it’s best to report the issue to your superior and ask them to intervene – you may be seen as a snitch, but if the bullying is affecting your work, you must speak up before it’s too late.
  • Trouble with your work environment: Some people may have trouble coping with work environments that are too formal or too informal. In such cases, it’s best to learn how to adjust after studying the lay of the land and seeing how you can fit in. Every work environment has its peculiarities and quirks, and if you’re going to find fault with all of them, it’s going to be hard for you to find anything to your satisfaction. So adopt an open mind, focus on adjusting to your workplace and its written and unwritten rules, and you’ll find that things get easier as time goes by.
  • Trouble with the nature of your work: If you have trouble with your workload or the nature of your work (it could be that it’s not too challenging or that it’s more difficult than you expected), talk to your superiors, especially if the work varies significantly from what you were told during the hiring process. If you feel your talents are being wasted and you’re just being used to serve coffee and fetch and carry for the top brass, and if no one is bothered to address your concerns, then it’s time to start looking for another job. Also, if you’re being overworked and given assignments and tasks that are beyond your capabilities, speak up in order to avoid burning out and becoming a victim of stress.

Your work life is much like your personal life – you must give as much as you take in order to achieve success, gain satisfaction, and attain fulfillment. So be willing to change your attitude, shed your preconceived notions, and open to learning on the job. This way, you’re sure to succeed in more ways than one.

Leadership Development and Self Learning

The word leadership conjures up visions of one man or woman leading a group of people – it may be on a large scale or a small one, but the concept is the same. We associate the word leader with charisma, charm, authority and persuasion – in any sphere, a leader is someone who is not necessarily popular but who manages to hold sway all the same. Some people are naturally born leaders in that they assume the mantle and take the reins when they see a group floundering without direction. Others have leadership thrust on them, either because of their genes or because they are in the right place at the right time, and for this kind of leader, their success depends on how good they are at managing the responsibility that has been forced on them. And yet others are forced to develop their leadership skills and learn how to be effective leaders for professional reasons.

Leadership involves much more than focusing on guiding others and using them to achieve the goal of your organization or group. In fact, one little-known but very important facet of leadership is self-learning or personal development. Your success as a leader depends largely on how much you know, how efficiently and effectively you use this knowledge, and how determined and dedicated you are to improving on and enhancing what you know. Many leaders fall by the wayside and are relegated to the realms of obscurity because they’re too arrogant and think they already know everything or because they’re too lazy to pursue knowledge and update what they know.

We live in a world that is rapidly changing by the second, and if you don’t keep up, you’re definitely going to be left behind. And when you’re a leader who doesn’t improve by the second through self-learning and personal development, you find it harder to hold on to your mantle and face the threat of being usurped by others who are not only ambitious but also savvy enough to pursue knowledge and try to keep up with it.

Another facet of self learning as a leader is that the knowledge has to be relevant to your chosen field; while it’s ok to be a jack of all trades, it’s imperative that you’re a master in the one you’ve chosen as your livelihood or passion. Specialized knowledge is often more difficult to learn and keep up with and also involves much more of an effort. But if you keep at it constantly, it becomes second nature to you and easier as you go along.

To put it in a nutshell, self-learning is the platform on which leadership rests, and when you fail to bolster this platform and augment its strength as time goes by, you risk falling off your mantle and being relegated to second best or even less.

The 20 Hiking Trails Every American Hiker Must Try

Whether you are looking to have an adventurous weekend or cross something off of your bucket list, nature is, and probably should be, involved. One of the best ways to get back to it is to go on a hike. With literally thousands of trails taking anywhere from hours to months to complete, it can all be somewhat to very confusing. With little money and less time at stake for most hikers, what is the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck/minute?

No matter what your skill level, there are loads of options in the below 20 hiking trails every American hiker must try. With entries from local national parks to ancient cities overseas, there is something for every budget and sensibility. Be sure and read up more before actually heading out, as some of these trails are expert only, but be ready to wear out your favorite pair hiking boots in no time.

The American Hiking Trails Every American Hiker Must Try

Stay in the 50 states for these impressive hiking trails.

  1. Appalachian Trail
    A constantly popular trail, it offers unparalleled opportunities to explore, experience, and connect with nature. From the Highlands of Roan in Tennessee to the strenuous trek up Katahdin in Maine, there’s a hike available for every level of experience. With loads of trails to choose from, visitors can do them in an afternoon, weekend, or even season. Simply visit the site to begin planning your hike and get loads more information.
  2. Kalalau Trail
    Who says hiking is all forests and mountains? In this must see Hawaiian trail, hikers go from beach to beach. Trails of two to five miles offer cliffs, valleys, waterfalls, streams, and other breathtaking views. There are even hunting options for those who enjoy archery.
  3. Glacier Gorge
    If the beach is too warm for you, click here. Part of the Rocky Mountain National Park, mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers, and more await you on this hike. The park also has loads of other trails to choose from including everything from the easy to vertical climbs. You can also choose trails by season and check out the webcams.
  4. Zion Hiking
    Get an up close look at the narrows of the American Southwest on these hikes. The diverse trek through Zion’s premier canyon is one of the most touted and breathtaking adventures in the United States. It greets hikers with hanging gardens, trickling water threads, sandy perches, and much more. The national park website has much more on lodging, camping, and anything else you may want to do there.
  5. Wrangell St. Elias National Park
    Why let Sarah Palin have all the fun? This Alaskan national park is six times the size of Yellowstone, has some of the tallest mountains in the world, and is home to many glaciers. Literally go off the beaten path through dense brush, steep slopes, glacial streams, and more. The park is also home to 14,185 square miles of designated wilderness, more than any other unit within the National Park Service system.
  6. Continental Divide Trail
    Got some time to kill and countryside to see? Then check out this trail that goes from the Southern part of New Mexico all the way through Montana and into Canada. Over 3,100 miles long, there is no need to do the entire thing at once. The site offers hiking and other related adventures by state.
  7. John Muir Trail
    The trail starts in America’s Yosemite National Park and continues 215 miles through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It then extends to Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon National Park, and ends at the highest peak in continental United States, Mount Whitney at 14,496 feet. The 30 day hike is not for beginners, but those who are brave enough to take it on will see mountains, lakes, snow, sun, and everything in between.
  8. Napa Valley Hiking
    Where can you hike and drink on the same trip? With a tour of California’s wine country. The best hiking trial is Bothe–Napa Valley State Park. Rising from the valley floor to about 2,000 feet elevation, this outstanding park is fully developed along one side, wild and rugged on the other. There is also loads of wine country to explore.

The Mountain Hiking Trails Every American Hiker Must Try

Hiking, climbing, and the ultimate outdoor experiences combine on these hiking trails.

  1. Mount Everest
    The highest mountain in the world, it stands at 29,028 feet high. Located in Khumbu, Nepal, there are many hikes around the base of the mountain that do not require the risk or steep price tag. Visits on the base trail can include Kathmandu, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, and others. Recommended times of visit include from the beginning of March to mid-May and again from the beginning of September to mid-November.
  2. Tour du Mont Blanc
    How can you see France, Italy, and Switzerland all at once? By taking on this hiking trail. Called “one of the most exciting long distance wilderness walks in Europe,” the trip takes about eleven days. Highlights of the trail include staying in refuges, alpine climbs, and stunning views. This site has loads more on everything you will need.
  3. Mount Kilimanjaro
    Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits at 19,336 feet. Most hikers can reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing, and determination. For those with more experience, there is Uhuru Point, the actual summit on the lip of the crater. Located in Tanzania, there are six hiking trails and mountain routes. They also offer day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau as well as trout fishing.
  4. Monte Fitz Roy
    Located in Argentina, Fitz Roy is at the northern tip of gorgeous Parque Nacional Los Glaciers. It is part of Hielo Sur, the largest icecap not in a polar region. Standout features of the hike include jagged mountain views, suitable for hikers of different experience, no need to filter water, and its inexpensiveness. This site has more on when and where to go, as well as what to see while you are there.
  5. Silverton Mountain
    Why just hike a mountain when you can also ski down it? Located in Colorado, this mountain offers amazing skiing opportunities, including a cross of heli-skiing experience, snow cat skiing, and resort skiing. There are no groomed runs, no cut trails, just loads of nature’s finest black diamond skiing in the U.S.A. Three to six runs a day are offered to visitors, along with other outdoor activities.
  6. North Island
    Does the idea of dormant mountains bore you? Then check out this hike located in New Zealand. Walk through fascinating volcanic landscape while touring the famous Tongariro Crossing. There is also the Waitomo caves, lakes, and loads more on the local Maori culture. Although this site offers a five day hike, there are also many other ways to see it.
  7. Tiger Leaping Gorge
    The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek, or Pinyin: Hu Tiao Xia, is near Lijiang in Yunnan and one of the finest treks through some of the most naturally beautiful and diverse landscapes China has to offer. The hiking trail runs high on the northern side of the gorge passing through quiet villages, shady forest, a blustery precipice, and farmland. The trail can be spread out for two days and there are also options for more adventurous hikers.

The Other Hiking Trails Every American Hiker Must Try

Get the best of the rest in hiking in these must see trails.

  1. West Coast Trail
    Often a top choice for hikers, this trail is located in British Columbia, Canada. It stands out for its rain forests, rugged coastlines, and dramatic mountain peaks. Other highlights include cross boulders, logs over rivers, waterfall hikes, whale watching, and even shipwrecks and other historical sites. It is over 75 miles long and part of the Pacific Rim National Park. Open from May 1st to September 30th, make your arrangements now.
  2. The Great Wildebeest Migration
    Sick of hiking with humans? Then stop here on a hike that encompasses the remote and rarely visited corners of Kenya as you follow the great wildebeest migration. Hike northern Kenya’s incredibly dramatic landscapes which include river beds, lush green forests, and mountain glades. Four wheel game driving is also part of the trip.
  3. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
    Also known as the Camino Inca, this hiking trail every American must try includes three overlapping routes: Mollepata, Classic, and One Day. Located in the Andes mountain range, the trail passes through several types of environments including cloud forest and alpine tundra. Settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins are located along the trail before ending the terminus at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain.
  4. Torres Del Paine Circuit
    Check out this hiking trail for “the best view you’ve ever seen,” according to Backpacker Magazine. The 52-mile, ten day loop sits 1,500 miles south of Santiago and encircles the 8,000 to 10,000-foot granite monoliths of rock above glacial lakes studded with icebergs. Exotic wildlife, late sunsets, and much more await hikers on this trail.
  5. Haute Route
    Also known as the High Route, this trail runs from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. First discovered in the mid-19th century, hikers and cross country skiers have been visiting this 180 kilometer trail ever since. It contains valleys, lakes, and glaciers, along with top notch food and cultural interests. It also offers frequent stops to eat and rest, help keeping packs light and the trip easier.

If you need more help in narrowing down the 20 hiking trails every American must try, visit a site like Backpacker Magazine. They feature loads of expert reviews of top hiking destinations both locally and abroad. The community also chimes in with their top choices, picks, recommendations, hiking tips, and much more. You can also stop to blog about your latest hike.

How to Raise Your Consciousness

The word conscious relates to being aware, of yourself, the people who interact with you, and your surroundings. When we talk of raising our consciousness, we literally mean that we must get out of the autopilot mode that most of us seem to have drifted into over the course of our lives and become more aware of our thoughts and actions. With awareness comes knowledge; with knowledge the chance of errors decreases; and without errors, you’re able to lead a trouble-free and stress-free life. So how do you go about raising the level of your consciousness?

  • Want to do so: No one can force you to raise your consciousness; you must want to do so of your own accord. Only then does the process work as it should. Once you decide that you want to raise the level of your consciousness, you start to become more aware of your thoughts and actions – you stop yourself from thinking negatively and start to nudge your mind in a positive direction. When you feel yourself do this, it’s a sure sign that you’ve started the process of becoming more conscious.
  • Think before you act: People who are conscious do not act on instinct – they think through the consequences and effects of their actions before they carry them out. They know how their actions will affect them and the people around them. And because of this, they abstain from doing things that bring harm or hurt other people.
  • Consider other people’s emotions and feelings: When you raise your level of consciousness, you start to think more about others and less about yourself. You feel their emotions and pain and act accordingly. Also, you’re more aware of your surroundings and are more inclined to behave responsibly towards the environment and work towards preventing its degradation.
  • Discover your spiritual side: And finally, when your consciousness is raised, you become closer to God. You learn to trust Him more and you believe that following the path he has shown will make your life more successful and fulfilling. You become less materialistic and are able to renounce things that hinder your closeness to God.

It’s never too late to start raising your consciousness, and the first and biggest step is to really want to do so. Once you’ve set the trigger in motion, it’s easy enough to go the whole way.