Here’s Why YOU Should Write

Writing is something we have been doing ever since our childhoods. All we had to do was pick up a pen or pencil and scribble away. Back in our younger days, writing seemed fun, even transcendent. Now, many of us find it a boring to do, even worse so when we don’t have the option to type. Technology has rewired our minds to prefer things that are more efficient, simple and elegant. We hate apps that have an obnoxious design. Meanwhile, tech companies are try to make their devices and appliances thinner and lighter. Many of us fail to see the value of writing and dismiss it as a mere hobby or an ancient relic of the past. At most, we only write down what we need to get at the supermarket. What’s even funnier is that our vocabulary has gradually degraded overtime. In fact, I encounter many people who know no substitute for the word “happy” when chatting on WhatsApp. So why should we write then, given that technological advances have basically eroded the need for writing? In this article, I shall discuss this topic in greater detail. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter!

#1: Writing Helps You To Express Your Feelings

Writing is a great way to release stress – a feeling we all know too well. We have become increasingly absorbed with our jobs and commitments, leaving us with little time for reflection. Many of us have become mindless robots, following a set routine – wake up, work, sleep, repeat. To many, the word “tomorrow” is no different to the word “today”. It’s all the same to them. Writing gives you a sense of time, a sense of what you have done in the present day and what you look forward for the next. This helps to break the monotony between days and allows us to better understand our deepest emotions. Often, we ignore these emotions, hiding them. And when they finally explode, our lives take a big hit. In summary, writing is a great way to understand your thoughts, thoughts that disappear and appear throughout the day. By penning them down on paper, you will be able to capture and study them.

#2: It Lets Your Creativity Run Wild

Much like drawing or painting, writing is a way to express your innate creativity. You can write anything you want. Love science fiction? Go ahead and describe the world of your dreams. It could even be something as simple as planning for your team project tomorrow. Point is, your paper (or text file, if you are using a computer or device) is an open canvas awaiting your ideas. Armed with ideas, a vivid imagination and your amazing brain, anything is possible. Meanwhile, writing activates both your left and right brain hemispheres. According to research, students who read and write extensively show greater creative performance than those who do not.

#3: It Improves Your Communication Skills

Those who write regularly are better able to understand their emotions and those of others. In fact, the ability to empathise is an essential skill in the social world. Furthermore, writing enhances your ability to organise and express your thoughts. This also leads to an increased fluency of speech. This will be useful in team projects of any kind, as you will be able to bring your messages across much more easily, thus allowing your subordinates and superiors alike to understand your ideas at a much deeper level.

Conclusion

Writing is something I would encourage all of my readers to try. Perhaps you could try to write a few lines or keep a personal diary. I hope that you did enjoy this article, and if you did, do consider giving it a like! Thanks for reading!

Social Media: The Dark Side

There is a good, bad or ugly side to almost anything and everything in the universe. Social media is no exception. However, in this case, social media has the darkest side of them all. There has been numerous cases of men and women alike developing psychological illnesses such as depression and other psychotic disorders due to their obsessive and compulsive usage of social media. But why is this so? Why is it that so many people have fallen to vanity? What does this mean for our mental health? In this article, we shall discuss and explore the dark side of social media, but be warned, it is a place you wouldn’t want to end up in, ever. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter!

A New Age

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The invention of the internet has allowed much to be accomplished in the history of mankind. We can now work and share with others in real time. Knowledge can be accessed simply by doing a simple search on Google. And In the midst of all this achievements and breakthroughs, social media was born. In the early stages of the internet, chatrooms and forums were the main platforms for communication for the numerous netizens around the world. As time passed and as the internet became more advanced, social media platforms with higher degrees of complexity and capability were introduced, the notable two being Facebook and Instagram, which has greatly shaped the modern world as we know it today. And in the present world, social media has become a ubiquitous element in most of our lives and it will continue to be so.

The Dark Side Revealed

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As usage of social media increased over the years, we have become increasingly reliant on social media for communication. We no longer send letters to our relatives and friends. Instead, all one has to do is click on WhatsApp, type out his/her message and click “send”. It’s that simple. Meanwhile, on public sharing platforms like Instagram and Facebook, it is equally easy to post a photo of yourself and comment on the post of others. Here’s where chaos begins. Many men and women become obsessed with putting their pictures up online for others to admire, while others do so out of vanity. At the same time, users of such platforms begin to judge a person’s worth through appearances alone. In the minds of such users, thoughts like these start to pop up. “She looks pretty, so I’m going to give her a like.” “This one doesn’t look as good, I’ll pass.” These thoughts gradually alter the ways in which these users think. In other words, these unhealthy habit has rewired their minds to calculate the respect they should give another person based on appearances and looks alone. Meanwhile, cyberbullying has taken a new turn. All it takes is a single comment to begin the onslaught. Many begin to target the appearances of others and in turn comment nasty remarks to taunt them. Furthermore, it is now extremely easy to pass on rumours of another person, often with the intent of slandering or demeaning the target in question. As these comments and nasty remarks begin to snowball and accumulate, the person at the receiving end often faces feelings of distress and helplessness. The victim is unable to understand why he/she deserves such treatment and plunges close to the threshold of depression. And eventually, without timely assistance, such scenarios can end with an unfortunate suicide. This problem is especially prevalent among the youth today. It is because of these above reasons that social media has a bad reputation for bring out the worst in humans, who may seem friendly upfront but are deadly and fatal when given a keyboard.

The Takeaway

The world is a chaotic place. Be wary not to blindly follow the crowds. At the same time, learn to keep your emotions on a leash. Do not fall prey to your emotions and subconscious desires. Rather, use the gift that you have been granted at the moment of your birth: Rational thinking. Without it, we are nothing but animals, living in the present, slaves to emotions and carnal desires. This applies to social media as well. Do not fall into the trap of judging the self-worth of yourself and others based on appearances, as they are often deceiving. At the same time, learn not to crave it, as the desire for the flesh often leads to the destructive path to lust. Not only will you lose your mind in the process, but you may very well lose your life and your loved ones as well.

Here’s Why Smoking Is Bad For You

Smoking has become one of the most dangerous habits in the world. In fact, tobacco use has been shown to kill more than 5.4 million people a year! What’s even more shocking is that approximately 1 billion people in the world are smokers! But what can account for this ridiculously high fatality rate? In this post, we shall discuss the negative health effects of smoking. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter!

#1: It’s Addictive

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One of the top reasons as to why many people are addicted to smoking is the prospect of stress release. Nicotine, which is one of the many components of a cigarette, is an addictive stimulant drug that causes adrenaline release. Thus, a smoker may experience a sudden release of stress and may feel temporarily relaxed. This keeps them coming back for more and many smokers may begin to experience uncontrollable urges to relapse. If left unchecked for a prolonged period of time, this bad habit gradually becomes an addiction, as your mind comes to rely heavily on the stress-releasing effects of cigarettes for pleasure. At this point, kicking the habit becomes insanely difficult and therapy is advised.

#2: It Destroys Your Health

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Many smokers and members of the population are unaware of the toxic ingredients that make up a cigarette. Let’s do a quick check. Do you know that tar is present in the cigarette? Well, if you don’t know, you’d better continue reading. Tar is basically carcinogenic. In other words, it increases the risk of lung cancer. Furthermore, it paralyses cilia (the hair like structures on the surface of ciliated cells) lining air passages, thereby increasing risks of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Likewise, smoking causes you to take in unhealthy amounts of carbon monoxide, which combines permanently with haemoglobin to form carboxyhemoglobin. This means the ability of your blood to carry oxygen is reduced. Well, you get the picture here. Smoking is extremely bad for your health and if you don’t quit, death is at your doorstep, for real.

#3: It’s A Waste of Money

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Think about it. Isn’t spending money on useless and meaningless things which serve no purpose just a waste of money? Well this applies to smoking as well. What’s even worse that you are driving yourself closer to death with every new cigarette box you buy. Its health effects notwithstanding, smoking is a habit which will wash your money down the drain. Think about how much money you would have saved if you were to stop buying cigarettes for a year. According to the National Cancer Institute, the average cost of a pack of smokes is $6.28. Now let us do some simple calculations. Buying a pack of smokes a day would cost you $188 per month. This would in turn cost you $2,292 a year! Likewise, a ten year smoking habit will cost you $22,920! Well, this is assuming that you only buy 1 cigarette box a day, which is highly unlikely as your mind becomes more and more addicted to and reliant on smoking. Think about what you could do with all that money. Think about how you could use it to provide a better life for your family. Think about how many skills and knowledge you could have learnt using all that money.

Conclusion

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What Is An Energy Crisis?

Wikipedia defines an energy crisis to be “any significant bottleneck in the supply of energy resources to an economy.” There are many causes for energy crises, such as overconsumption, aging infrastructure and the lack of energy sources. Energy crises threaten to overturn economies and disrupt livelihoods, and it is exactly because of this that scientists are frantically searching for sustainable energy sources, before it’s too late. Today, I will discuss what an energy crisis entails and how it can be avoided. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter! Without further ado, let’s hop right in!

Fossil Fuels

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Fossil fuels have become a staple in our daily lives. It is used to power airplanes, cars, trucks and manufacture plastic bags. You could say that the world hasn’t been the same since we discovered the use of fossil fuels. We have become so dependent on it, that if we ran out of fossil fuels, we would be sent right back into the Stone Age. Now as our energy consumption increases due to increasing population and advancing technology, we may soon overtake the rate of energy production and use up our precious fossil fuels. We can see this in the constant rise of oil prices over the years. Thus, the search is on for sources of sustainable energy which can help to supplement, if not replace fossil fuels.

The Effects of Energy Crisis

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Imagine your life without electricity, living in a city without lights. There would be no electricity to charge your phones, power your television and elevators. You would be forced to take the stairs up and down everyday in your office. Crime rate would increase as police forces lose access to many of their capabilities. Lives cannot be saved in time as paramedics are no longer able to drive ambulances. You get the idea. Life would stop to a standstill and electricity would be more precious than even gold. However horrifying this might seem, this is what energy crises can do.

Why We Need Sustainable Energy

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Unlike fossil fuels, sustainable energy sources can last for an extremely long time, if not forever, in some cases. Fossil fuels, being unsustainable, are expected to last up till another 115 years (Coal is expected to last 115 years, while natural gas and oil are expected to run out in 50 years). After that, it would be millions of years before fossil fuels are naturally regenerated. As you can see, we will run out of fossil fuels very soon. We cannot overly rely on it. That’s when sustainable energy comes in. Sustainable energy can come in many forms, like solar energy, geothermal energy and hydropower. However, work is still underway to implement them and sustainable energy sources still do not produce as much energy as that of fossil fuels.

Here’s How You Can Play A Part

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This first thing you can do is to reduce your electric consumption. This can be done simply by turning off the lights when you don’t need them, or turning off the power switch when your phone is fully charged. You could also start to take public transport, which leaves you a lower carbon footprint. More details can be found here: https://bestofwrite.com/2020/12/15/heres-how-you-can-reduce-your-carbon-footprint/

Conclusion

This wraps up my first post for 2021! I hope that this article has given you a greater understanding of the effects and causes of energy crises, and that you have learned something from it. If you did enjoy this article, go consider giving it a like! Remember to subscribe to my newsletter and follow me if you haven’t done so! Stay tuned for my next post!

Why You Should Grow Your Own Herbs

In the midst of my boredom during the COVID-19 period, I decided to try growing herbs for myself. More specifically, I chose to plant Basil as I heard that it is relatively easy to grow for a beginner. As Basil is quite a fast grower, mine became mature in about 3 weeks. During the process, I found that growing your own herbs is not that difficult after all and it can be quite a rewarding experience as well. In this article, I will show you why you should grow your own herbs, whether it is for use in the kitchen or just for fun. Before you continue reading, do follow me and subscribe to my newsletter at www.bestofwrite.com. Without any further delay, let’s dive right in!

#1: Save Money

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Herbs can be quite expensive, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. However, growing your own herbs is relatively inexpensive. All you have to do is to buy a seed packet, some soil and a pot, all of which should cost you about 7 USD or more. You might comment that 7 USD is quite a lot of cash for planting herbs. My answer is that this is an investment. A seed packet contains tens or even hundreds of seeds and a single plant can provide you with a plentiful herbs all year round. Furthermore, you can actually “duplicate” some herb plants by taking a cutting and immersing it in a glass of water. After a few days, you may notice the cutting growing roots. Once you see that, replant it into another pot. Look! You made another plant from a single plant! How crazy is that? Of course, you could do this many, many times and you would have an endless supply of herbs. If done correctly, the money you paid is insignificant to the value your plants can generate for you over the years.

#2: It’s Organic!

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Compared to the herbs grown in a farm, you have complete control over the conditions in which your plants grow. This means that you can decide whether or not to give it fertiliser, how much sunlight to give it and whether or not to use pesticide. It’s completely up to you! This alone can make a huge difference in the taste of the herbs produced by your home-grown plants.

#3: It’s Fresh!

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Unlike the herbs you purchase from the store, you are able to use them immediately right after harversting them. This maintains the freshness of your herbs as no freezing or packing is done. Furthermore, you no longer have to run out of the comfort of your kitchen to get some herbs for your latest dish. How convenient is that?

#4: It’s A Rewarding Experience

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Nothing beats the joy of seeing your hard work pay off and this includes growing herbs! Your herbs might start out as small seedlings, but given enough water, sunlight and time, they will grow to become beautiful adult plants which are suitable for harvest. There is honestly nothing like seeing your little plant grow day by day, albeit slowly at first.

Conclusion

For those of you who would like to give this a try, you could consider growing Basil, as it is a beginner friendly plant which grows fast and is easy to take care of. Furthermore, its leaves are delicious and can be used with pasta, as a topping for your pizza or even to make pesto. Its oval shaped leaves are also beautiful looking as well! If this article was helpful to you in any way, do like this post and comment down below! Stay tuned for my next article.