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Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden’s extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad – “Joe, I need your help” – he responded. For 12 months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. The year brought real triumph and accomplishment, and wrenching pain. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith, and on his deepening friendship with the man in the Oval Office, Barack Obama.

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I don’t really remember what my life was like before books. Growing up, I was always the kid with her nose stuck in the middle of one. If there was a paperback or hardcover that caught my eye, I didn’t just read it, I devoured it. Inspired by this little scene in Beauty and the Beast, I even figured out how to walk and read at the same time and narrowly—miraculously—managed to avoid tripping and falling each time. I didn’t care how ridiculous I looked (but spoiler, I knew I looked ridiculous). I’d do whatever it took to make it through just one more chapter.

Most of all, I loved the way books looked after I finished reading them: the creases down their spines and the stains left behind by spilled drinks, and the way the pages inside got all swollen and dog-eared along the way. They were signs that proved I’d loved each and every one of my books to the fullest.

But then life happened and my free time disappeared. Eventually all those to-be-read piles I used to devour on the regular got bigger and bigger, with no end in sight. Between work, relationships, and my smartphone, finding time to sit down and unplug with a good book was like a chore in itself. I was lucky if I could make it through one book in a single month.

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It’s not like real books, I thought to myself, my initial knee-jerk reaction against audiobooks too strong to completely ignore. But maybe it’s not that bad, at least until I get some more free time on my hands.

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How does Audible work?

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The basic Gold membership is the most popular option for new subscribers, but there are plenty to choose from.

Audible gives you access to over 470,000 audiobook titles (and counting!). Although Audible is an Amazon company, it’s not included in a Prime membership and you have to pay separately for it. You also don’t get a discount for having both services and you have to pay full price for each of them. It’s a drag for sure, but considering all the stuff you get in an Audible membership, it makes sense.

I chose the basic Gold monthly membership, which is the most popular and usually costs $14.95 per month (although Audible occasionally runs sales where that price drops for new subscribers).

When you first sign up, you’re eligible for a 30-day free trial, so you won’t get charged right away. The Gold membership includes a monthly credit for one audiobook, plus two Audible Originals and access to daily deals and audio-guided wellness programs.ADVERTISEMENT

There are other membership plans to choose from: the Platinum monthly plan, the Gold Annual Special, and the Platinum Annual Special. With the Platinum monthly plan, you pay $22.95 per month and get two credits instead of one. With the annual plans, you just pay costs up front for the year, but don’t get any additional perks or credits. While annual plans seem more expensive up front, you actually pay less per credit than monthly plans, which can make them a great value for more budget-conscious subscribers.

There’s also a Silver membership, which isn’t advertised anywhere on Audible’s site, but is available if you contact customer service directly (editor’s note: I only learned about this plan from a Reviewed reader who let me know after this story was originally published). With the Silver plan, subscribers pay $14.98 every two months instead of being charged every single month, and get one credit with each new billing cycle. This bi-monthly plan comes with all the normal membership benefits of Audible and could be a good option for those who enjoy Audible but perhaps struggle to use all their credits right away. To sign up, you have to contact Audible’s customer service, and a representative can tell you more about the plan and how to make the switch.

For my purposes, the Gold membership is more than enough, especially since in addition to the three titles you get monthly, you can also get 30% off extra purchases you make through Audible on other audiobooks. There’s no limit to how many times you can use this discount, meaning you could get 30% off multiple additional audiobooks each month and they’re credited toward your personal library.ADVERTISEMENT

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How to use an Audible subscription

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You can exchange audiobooks, even after you’ve finished listening to them.

Each Audible credit is like an audiobook waiting to be listened to. A single credit is redeemable toward one title—it doesn’t matter the retail price or how long it is, from books that are hundreds of pages long to short stories—and you can carry that credit over for months and use it whenever you feel like it, although credits do expire after a year.

Once you redeem an Audible credit, that audiobook is immediately added to your account’s personal library, which lists every book you’ve ever purchased, along with the author; audio length; date added to your account; and a rate-and-review section, where you can grade the overall audio recording, performance, and story using a five-star system.

  • How to search for new audiobooks: There are a few ways that you can find new titles. If you’re on Audible, you can start by either typing the title you want into the search bar or you can navigate to the “Browse” section and segment your search via category. If you’re on Amazon, you can also search audiobook titles and still pay via credit, since Audible links up to your existing Amazon account automatically. Once you complete the purchase on Amazon, it automatically gets added to your existing Audible library.
  • How to add to your cart or wish list: When you find a title on Audible that you’re interested in, but either don’t want to buy yet or don’t have the credits for it, you can add it to your cart or wish list—both of which do not expire—just by hitting the “Add to Cart” or “Add to Wish List” buttons.
  • How to give audiobooks as gifts: You can gift Audible at any time and purchase monthly memberships for other people in increments up to 12 months. Another nifty feature is that you can actually gift book titles, either directly from your own library or by purchasing new ones, and send them to non-Audible members via email or print.
  • How to exchange audiobooks: One of the coolest features of Audible is that you can exchange books at any time. I’m serious—they mean any time. It’s like L.L.Bean’s old return policy, but for audiobooks. I’ve listened to multiple titles all the way through and then exchanged them after I was finished listening for a brand new credit. You can do this if you’re unhappy with the recording, with the production, with the story itself—you name it, the “reasons” are pretty loose. I’ve noticed that some books I got three years ago aren’t eligible anymore to be returned—ones over the last year still are. Full disclosure: I may or may not have returned a few books just to get extra credits. Judge not lest ye be judged.
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How you listen to Audible is up to you—you can do it via app or desktop and it’s extremely convenient.

One of the single biggest feathers in Audible’s cap, so to speak, is its convenience. The ability to listen along anywhere is a major benefit and especially good for folks like me, who always feel perpetually short on free time to read. I’ve gotten through a 50-hour audiobook—which translates to roughly 1,000 pages—in a couple weeks, just listening during my commute and slow periods at the office, and other Audible users I know who spend a lot of time in their cars have managed to get through multiple bestsellers in a month.

  • Where to listen: You can listen to Audible anywhere on iOS, Android, Sonos, Kindle, and any Alexa-enabled devices. To do so, you just have to download the app directly to your phone. Your personal library carries over and you can access all your titles from there. The app also allows you to rate and review books, mark a title as finished, and view book details, like fellow listener reviews and plot summaries. If you’re working on something and glued to a laptop, you can even pull up Audible on your desktop screen via the Audible Cloud Player, which allows you to stream audio through a little pop-up on Chrome and Safari. It really is that easy to use it everywhere.
  • Using the app: You can access the Audible app directly on your phone, and once you link it to your account, you can do everything you would via desktop, including browsing new titles, accessing news, reviewing account details and billing information, and more. You can also pause, play, fast forward, or rewind audio on a book, and change narration speeds based on your preference. If a certain line really resonates with you, you can also use the “Clip” functionality on the app to save it, and you have the option to listen to titles offline.
  • Saving your place: It doesn’t matter what you’re listening to Audible on, because if you switch a device, you can pick up right where you left off. Audible will automatically save your last place, so you never lose it. You also have the option of setting a sleep timer—in increments up to 60 minutes or until the end of a chapter—in case you’re listening in bed.
  • Sharing with others: You can share Netflix, Hulu, and Prime accounts with other people so they can stream shows, so why not Audible too? Turns out, you can share your Audible account across multiple devices, so friends and loved ones can listen along with the books in your personal library. So long as they’re not listening to the same book as you are—otherwise you run in place-saving problems—there’s no limit to the number of devices that can access your account at one time. It’s as easy as sharing passwords for streaming services—and here’s hoping Audible never catches on.

What happens if you cancel Audible?

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The process for canceling Audible is straightforward and easy to follow.

In the roughly three years or so since I started using Audible, I’ve actually canceled the service and placed my account on hold more than once. (What can I say, I’m a scallawag.) While some services make it feel like pulling teeth to end or pause a service, Audible’s whole process is simple and easy to handle.

  • How to putting your Audible account on hold: Like Audible but don’t necessarily feel like it’s worth spending $15 a month right now? No biggie, because you can put your account on hold. Subscribers can do it once every 12 months, and can place a hold for anywhere from one to three months. You have to call customer service, but beyond that, it’s pretty straightforward. In the meantime, you can still access your library and use your available credits.
  • Cancellation process: If you decide to cancel Audible, you just have to navigate to the site on desktop, head to the Account Details page, and click Cancel membership at the bottom of the View Membership details section. Once you do, you’ll get an automated email sent to you confirming the cancellation.
  • What happens to your library when you cancel: When you cancel your Audible account, you don’t lose access to your library. You can still listen to titles you have saved, and you’ll still get to enjoy the same membership-level listening experience as you did before canceling.
  • Your unused credits: With unused credits, things get a little tricky. Any time I’ve canceled in the past, I’ve just used up all the credits I still had, since I knew I could still listen along with those books after canceling. Otherwise, they’d just go to waste. The actual rules around unused credits are a little more involved, but the short of it is, you’re probably better off just saving yourself the hassle and redeeming them toward new audiobooks before you end your membership.
  • Restarting you membership: All you have to do is log back into Audible and go to your Account Details page. You can confirm your billing information is still correct and renew, and Audible will start charging you monthly from that renewal date. Most importantly, they’ll never judge you for canceling or putting your account on hold several times, you can just breeze right in like the whole thing never happened.

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Audible also offers personalized recommendations based on your browsing history.

I’d rank my love of Audible right up there with goat cheese and bubble baths and nice fancy scotch. It’s the kind of thing that isn’t just “worth it” to me—it’s a real treat that makes me feel good every time I use it

My reputation as a bookworm had really hit the skids before I discovered Audible. When friends talked about new releases and these incredible authors they were discovering and falling head over heels for, I kind of just looked at my feet and hoped no one would ask me to chime in. Free time for reading books felt scarce. And because I get motion sickness so easily now, even reading during commutes or long rides is hard for me too, so I try to avoid reading a lot of trips for that very reason.

Reading shouldn’t feel like a luxury, but for me, having the spare time to do it like I once did as a kid and student felt next to impossible. But now, thanks to Audible, I feel like I’m slowing edging my way back toward official bookworm status, or whatever the audiobook equivalent of that happens to be.

For my part, just discovering how much fun audiobooks are has been great too. I used to be a total book purist—forget tablets, forget anything that isn’t the real thing—but now thanks to Audible, I’ve come to really appreciate audiobooks for their naturally more dramatic feel. Perhaps it’s because the stories are being produced and performed, but they have a similar feel to podcasts, which I really enjoy.

Even though my relationship with my Audible membership has been off-and-on—sometimes I really want it, other times I neglect it for months—that’s got nothing to do with the service itself, which is affordable and easy to use, offers access to a huge library, and makes it easy to listen along all the time. To me, the real question is why anyone wouldn’t give Audible a shot, especially if they appreciate getting swept up in a good story. I know I sure do.

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What you are about to learn in the pages and chapters ahead is ten different

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and a will to get out of your current financial situation. While this list is

certainly not all inclusive, it will give you an idea of the most popular

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Chapter 1: Affiliate Marketing

The first, and perhaps most well-known online money making strategy is

called affiliate marketing. It is the most important method of making money

online, because you can combine it with almost any of the other methods

that are in this book. Affiliate marketing involves selling other people’s

products or services on your website, social media page, YouTube account,

and other Internet-based pages, thereby earning a commission on each sale.

Of course, this money making option requires that you have (or create) an

Internet site or page and that site or page caters to the same market as the

merchant or advertiser that you want to highlight and you should also have

enough visitors. But once you have that, you could make some serious cash.

HOW TO GET STARTED

If the idea of affiliate marketing interests you, here is a quick step-by-step

guide to getting you started:

Step #1: Select the category you wish to promote. This is pretty easy to do

if you already have an existing site or page, as it is going to be one that is

relevant to your subject or topic. For instance, if you currently own and

operate a website that is somehow related to money or financial issues, you

could increase your income base as an affiliate marketer (in which you

would be called the publisher) by promoting and selling products and

programs related to this topic (like the programs sold by Dave Ramsey,

creator of Financial Peace University, or Jim Cramer, host of Mad Money).

However, if you don’t have a page or site set up currently, what types of

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Select a category that you love or could add value to and the rest of the

process will be much easier for you.

Step #2: Set up a site or web page if you don’t currently have one. If you

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options to consider include developing a price comparison site, crafting a

review site, or making a discount site for products that people commonly

buy online as each one has the ability to attract consumers looking for

specific items. Also, sites like these serve a functional purpose for the

consumer; whether it is to help them save money, figure out which products

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are higher qualities, or both, while putting more money in your pocket at the

same time.

Step #3: Decide what products or services you want to promote. If you

don’t believe in the product or service that you are an affiliate for, how can

you expect your reader to be?

Think of the items that you have no problem recommending to your closest

family and friends and your passion for them will shine through more clearly,

getting your reader as excited about them as you are.

Step #4: Pick which affiliate marketing site(s) you’d like to use and set up

an account. If you’re new to affiliate marketing, you may want to check out

sites such as Click bank, Amazon Affiliate Programs, E- Junkie, Pay Dotcom

(which pays commissions via PayPal), and CJ Affiliate by Conversant

(formerly known as Commission Junction). Each of these can direct you to

the merchants best suited for you, allowing you to make the most money

from your marketing affiliate program.

You’ll want to pay close attention to how each one works and consider the

impact it could have on your potential profits. For instance, Click bank lets

you earn up to 75% of the product price and Pay Dotcom offers commissions

up to 80%, but you may actually make more money off Amazon Affiliates

even though they give you a lower percentage (6-15% depending on which

program you choose) as they are one of the biggest online shopping retailers

worldwide.

If you already have a successful blog or website that draws a lot of traffic,

you may even get paid by a business for simply promoting their brand or

name on your site, such as with Google Ad Sense. Options like this are often

set up as pay-per-click, where you are reimbursed a certain rate for every

person that clicks on the affiliate link that you have displayed somewhere on

your site.

Step #5: How to select an affiliate program to promote. I will review the

process on Click Bank because it is the website I recommend you to start

with. First and most important is the commission you will get for each sale.

Aim at 60%+ commissions for digital products. On average, most digital

products on Click Bank sell between 35$-85$. Applying this rule you will be

making at least 21$ per sale. If you promote physical products, don’t stick

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7 Secrets To Saving Your Marriage
Even If You’re The Only One Who Wants It!
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Introduction
hen I was a child, I had a vivid image of my
mom and dad as being a single parental unit. I
saw them as a united “parental mind”, if you
will. I never thought of them as having lives
apart from each other before they were married.
They were “always married” as far as my seven-year old mind
could conceive.
That being the case, they naturally (or so I thought) viewed
everything the same way – from what to eat for supper to how to
discipline my brothers and I.
So when on one Sunday Dad didn’t go to church with us, and
Mom drove a slightly different route than he did to get there, I
was concerned. Very concerned. Just what was going on here?
Could it be that this single parental unit really consisted of two
unique individuals working together to create one household?
As I grew older, I observed my parents’ differences on several
other matters. This always fascinated me. My young mind
couldn’t grasp that they were, indeed, two individual
personalities working toward one common goal: the
maintenance of our family.
The Core of a Marriage
Here at a young age, I recognized and identified the
fundamental underlying purpose of a marriage: establishment
and cultivation of a household. (I was a cleverly insightful child,
now wasn’t I?).
When one of the spouses in the relationship isn’t working toward
this common goal, discord and dissatisfaction can’t be far
behind.
Unfortunately for far too many couples, one or both partners are
focused more on their career, their own needs, or any number of
issues other than family and the household.
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Even If You’re The Only One Who Wants It!
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Now, pursuing a career or individual needs isn’t necessarily a
bad thing. In fact, it is absolutely necessary to keep a marriage
healthy.
A spouse who is career oriented, for example, is probably
contributing substantially to the financial stability and long-term
good of his or her family. It’s when the focus of the career is so
intense and overriding that the spouse ignores the needs of the
rest of the family members, that problems surface.
Talk About “MIA!”
Consider the case of a married couple John Guttmann, a
professor of psychology at the University of Washington and a
marriage expert, met through his research. The husband was a
doctor who founded his own small pediatric hospital.
He poured his heart and soul into this endeavor, to the exclusion
of all else. He spent a minimum of 20 nights a month staying all
night at the hospital. (That just about equates to every weekday
of the month!).
But that’s not all, the man became disconnected from his family.
So much so, that he couldn’t tell researchers where the back
door of his house was. And even worse, he didn’t even know the
name of the family dog.
Granted this is an extreme example of a spouse “missing in
action,” but it is indicative of a growing trend in the United
States. More marriages than ever before are between husbands
and wives who both work outside of the home. This makes
creating a successful marriage more difficult than in the past —
but not impossible.
“Easy Come, Easy Go”
Increasing Divorce Rates
It’s not surprising then that the nationwide divorce rate is
steadily climbing. Current odds, sadly, are stacked against a
marriage’s longevity. The chance that a first marriage ends in
divorce before it reaches its 40th anniversary is 67 percent.
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Even If You’re The Only One Who Wants It!
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You’ve no doubt heard of the “Seven-year itch” in marriages?
It’s more than just an urban legend. Half of all first marriages
end in divorce by the time they hit the seven-year anniversary.
The truly sad aspect of this is that nothing is apparently learned
from the first marriage to the second. You may expect the
divorce rates for second marriages to fall. Nothing could be
further from the truth. Instead the rate of divorce for second
marriages is actually 10 percent higher than for first time
marriages.
Of course, the stress of two income households and the ease
with which couples seem to “grow apart” are only two reasons
for the climb in statistics.
Society has knocked down many barriers to divorce in recent
decades. It’s no longer considered the stigma it once was.
Today, “no-fault” divorces can be obtained in nearly all parts of
the country. This means that only one of the partners needs to
desire the divorce for it to occur.
Of course, this is an important advance — and quite necessary —
for any individual who is caught in an abusive marriage.
Marriage:
The Vanishing Institution
But it also means that many individuals find it far too easy to
just walk away from a relationship that may have potential for
saving.
But that’s not the only harbinger of change on the American
landscape regarding relationships. It seems more people than
ever before are sidestepping the need for a divorce. How? By
avoiding the Number One cause of divorce in the first place:
marriage!
Perhaps this sounds silly, but it’s very true. Years ago, 95
percent of Americans got married. Predictions are that only 85
percent of us will enter into a marriage these days.
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Even If You’re The Only One Who Wants It!
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Choosing Marriage
Over Divorce
Perhaps you’re in the midst of a less than happy, fulfilling
relationship right now. You certainly can choose divorce. After
all, it’s the easiest choice in many ways. But you’d rather stay
married (yes, to the person with whom you’re currently married
to, in fact) rather than suffer the ultimate heartbreak of divorce.
This book will help you do exactly that. It offers you seven of
the most effective secrets that not merely avoid divorce, but
create a loving lasting relationship in the process.
Hopefully by the time you’ve implemented some or all of the
seven secrets, you won’t be signing those divorce papers, you’ll
be renewing your vows in a recommitment wedding ceremony!
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Even If You’re The Only One Who Wants It!
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Chapter
1
How Did We Get Here?
On the Brink of Divorce
The relationship between health and a happy marriage.
The four core strategies couples use that move them closer to the
cliff of divorce.
“It’s a long way down.”
“Yeah. It is.”
“Why don’t you jump first?”
“Me? Do you think I’m that crazy?”
John and Melinda stared down again. They were standing at the
edge of a cliff; the wind whipping around them. The rain pelted
down on them, causing their bodies to shiver violently.
A long period of silence followed as they both surveyed the
depths of the canyon below. Finally, John spoke. “Maybe we
should rethink this whole divorce thing.”
Melinda immediately replied, “You might be right. Maybe we
should. Why don’t we go back to the house, make some hot
chocolate, start a fire in the fireplace and try to work this out?”
The couple turned around, instinctively held hands, and returned
home.
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ouldn’t it be wonderful if making the
commitment for a divorce came with a scene
similar to that? Imagine how many couples
would think twice before they slammed the door
on their marriage forever.
All too often divorce proceedings are started in the heat of a
battle — and it doesn’t have to be a battle over any large issue.
In these instances, that’s a shame. The couples may never
realize just how close they were to saving their marriage.
You’d be amazed at how many couples simply take their
marriage for granted, like a flower planted in a garden but never
nourished, watered or weeded. Instead of it growing strong, it
withers or gets choked out by other surrounding more
aggressive needs. Both partners are left wondering what went
wrong.
Then again, maybe you wouldn’t be amazed. Does this sound
like the route your marriage took?
Marriage and Health:
The Little-Known Connection
A good marriage, by the way, is more than just the creation of a
happy home. It appears that it’s also the cornerstone of good
health – at least that’s what recent research is telling us.
If you’re involved in a less than satisfying marriage it can
actually increase your odds of falling ill by approximately 35
percent. Not only that, but it also has the potential to shorten
your life span by as many as four years!
This is just a portion of the results revealed in a series of studies
conducted by Lois Verbrugge and James House of the University
of Michigan. On the other side of the coin, a happy, satisfying
marriage, not only creates more fulfilling lives for the two
involved, but it creates longer lives as well.
Why? Scientists can’t prove any one reason over another, but
they do present some convincing commonsense arguments
based on our current knowledge of the functioning of our bodies.
W
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If you’re currently experiencing a rocky marriage — standing on
the precipice of divorce — then you already know how stressful a
life this can be. And we now know that emotional stress can
easily manifest itself as physical stress.
This, in turn, can increase your risk for any number of physical
ailments, including high blood pressure, and heart disease, to
name just two of the more obvious ones.
But stress can also translate itself as depression, anxiety,
substance abuse and, in some cases, various forms of violence.
Happier Marriages
Translate Into Healthier Spouses
It isn’t surprising to learn, then, that couples who are happily
married experience a lower rate of all these health ailments. But
that’s not all. They are also more health conscious in general.
Researchers believe this may be due to the fact that loving
partners ensure the other receives regular medical checkups,
take their medicine and vitamins, and eat nutritiously — among
other important health reminders and concerns.
In fact, recent research indicates that the benefits may go one
giant step farther. A good marriage may actually boost your
natural immune system, which keeps your defenses against
illness in top-notch fighting form.
But We Are
Looking At Divorce
You say even with all the health benefits to staying married,
divorce is staring you and your spouse in the eye every day.
Just how did this happen, you ask?
You got to the edge of that cliff by practicing destructive
behavior. They could be any types of behavior, depending on the
chemistry between you and your spouse. But, for the most part
these actions fall under four, large umbrella categories,
according to researchers. They are:
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• Raising the stakes of your specific argument with
your spouse.
• Discrediting your partner’s feelings.
• Withdrawing from arguments and avoiding problems
and issues.
• Interpreting comments in the worst possible light.
Let’s dig a little deeper into each of these strategies to see how
many of these you and your spouse have unwittingly practiced.
War of the Words:
Raising The Stakes
You’ve probably performed this destructive behavior without
even realizing it. Most of us have at some point in our
marriages. Raising the stakes of an argument occurs as the
partners respond to one another’s negative comments.
It’s difficult to say whether it’s done intentionally or just as a
reflex action. But why it’s done really doesn’t matter. The fact
remains that once the words are spoken they’re impossible to
take back.
And soon you’ll see a small argument — as small as the issue of
the proverbial cap on the toothpaste — being raised to an issue
of packing your bags and leaving forever.
The pair continually ups the ante as if their marriage were some
poker game spiraling wildly out of control. Each of you flings the
negative comments fiercely at each other.
One partner will criticize some action, the next thing you know
the other is saying, “If you’re not happy here, why not just
leave.” This brings the inevitable, “Well, maybe I just will.”
And you can imagine the response to that! (And usually it isn’t
good!)
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Moving From Hurtful
To Destructive
These actions just don’t increase the intensity of the argument.
It transforms simple anger into hurtful, often destructive
comments.
In these heated moments, spouses say things — sometimes lots
of things — that are extremely damaging to the other. While all
couples have disagreements, it’s when you allow the small
arguments to escalate into larger, more hurtful exchanges that
very often damage your relationship.
The damage goes deep enough at times to mortally wound your
marriage. We all know that reckless driving can get you a traffic
ticket — at the very minimum. It’s a shame someone can’t stop
to ticket us as we escalate toward “reckless arguing.”
Another Approach
To Raising The Stakes
Very often one spouse has learned about a fear or concern
burned deep into the other’s psyche. He or she then uses this
issue as an instrument to hurt him in the heat of the argument.
This too falls under the category of “reckless arguing.”
Escalation can be derailed, though. Many couples that find their
arguments getting out of control simply apologize for the
situation. In the long run, it’s better to enjoy a sound loving
union than to be proven right on one small, non-consequential
issue.
A Splash of Humor
Don’t think that you’re showing weakness by being the person
who stamps out the fuse on the stick of dynamite between the
two of you. In the long term, it’s the best move you can make.
I know one couple that has been married for more than 60
years. He’s 94. She’s 87. During my visits with them, I’ve
witnessed more than my share of arguments between them. But
each one usually ends the same way — with humor.
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Just when I think the disagreement is about to end in some
explosive fury, one or another says something funny concerning
the incident. The other laughs, then they both allow the tension
to pass and the argument dies a natural, non-damaging death.
It’s a wonderful tool they have developed over the years. It
certainly appears to work for them.
Put Downs:
Discrediting The Feelings
of Your Spouse
No one likes to be told that his feelings or opinions are
worthless. Very often though, married couples do just that when
they argue.
At times, it’s done on purpose, with a contempt that’s meant to
wound the partner. However, far too often, this behavior is
performed almost unconsciously. Sometimes one partner fails to
realize the importance of his spouse’s reaction to any given
situation.
“I think you’re taking this (fill in the blank) more seriously than
you should.” In that instant, the spouse’s feelings have been
invalidated.
Unfortunately, this hurts. It may even create a damaging rift in
the union. You need to acknowledge your spouse’s feelings as
valid. You don’t have to agree with them, but you do need to try
to understand that’s how he or she is feeling at the moment.
Once you do this, then you can move on to dealing with them.
But by simply dismissing them you’re dismissing a vital concern
to your partner.
“You Can’t Catch Me!”
Withdrawal and Avoidance
I know one couple whose arguments always end with the
husband running out of the house. He heads for his car and
drives around for several hours. Or he visits a buddy and returns
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in the middle of the night. This is an extreme example of
withdrawal.
Very often a spouse simply leaves the room in the midst of an
argument. Sometimes, though, withdrawal can display itself
with one of the participants pronouncing the end of the
conversation with an authoritative, “Discussion closed” or “I
don’t wish to discuss this anymore.” And there’s no budging him
into talking again.
The person who withdraws usually gets quiet during the
argument. In some cases he or she may even agree hastily to a
suggestion for resolution — any suggestion, in fact, — in order to
put the conversation to rest. Usually he has no intention of
actually following through with the suggestion.
The Accompanying Technique:
Avoidance
The technique of avoidance — which goes hand-in-hand with this
— is a way of dealing with reluctance to continue the discussion.
For the most part, the individual practicing this doesn’t want to
start the conversation in the first place. If he can’t avoid the
discussion, then he or she may resort to the withdrawal practice.
This behavior is actually fairly common in couples that are
struggling with different issues. One of the spouses pursues the
issue, and the other tries to avoid or withdraw from it.
Is this something you and your mate are experiencing? It’s
something that really shouldn’t be ignored. As you might
imagine, the more the “pursuer” pushes to discuss the topic, the
more the other tries to avoid and then withdraw.
It eventually becomes a “tug of war” escalating as the pursuer
responds — pulling that proverbial rope ever harder. The other
then pulls back, trying to reel him in. And we all know what
happens in a tug of war. One side eventually falls — and hard!
Interpretation Gone Wild
Negative interpretations occur when one of the spouses is
convinced that the motives of the other are less than positive.
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This can be an extremely dangerous pattern to develop. It
makes any disagreement more difficult to handle.
If a person believes in his negative interpretation strongly
enough, then there’s no convincing him or her of anything
different.
As the relationship disintegrates, this particular practice tends to
escalate. What this does, it only adds to the feelings of
hopelessness and demoralization.
The biggest problem with this technique is the difficulty in
detecting it. If it’s difficult to discover, it’s hard to counteract or
repair. Such views become — almost seamlessly — part of the
fabric of the union itself.
Why? It’s due to the human nature’s tendency to accept
“confirmation bias.” All this means is that we have a habit of
searching out evidence that agrees with what we already think
about a particular situation or person. (You see this being
carried out every day in the political arena!)
A Habit
Not Easy To Change
This means that it’s not easy to change an already-formed
negative bias. But that’s really only part of the problem. As you
might imagine, when one partner clings to these negative
thoughts, the other is more likely to respond with hostility.
You can think of negative interpretation as mind reading gone
wild. One partner truly believes that he or she knows what the
other is thinking or knows the ulterior motives behind his actions
and behaviors. Now, you’re treading some seriously dangerous
ground here!
Of course, some individuals like to read the other’s mind in a
positive light. Obviously, this causes no harm to the relationship
and in the long term, probably even benefits it.
If you or your mate are playing mind reader gone berserk that
happens to include a negative viewpoint, your marriage maybe
slowly sliding towards trouble.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION 4
CHAPTER 1 – WHY DEVELOP YOUR MUSCLES? 5
CHAPTER 2 – CAN YOU DO IT? 11
CHAPTER 3 – THE WARM UPS 20
CHAPTER 4 – THE WORKOUTS 27
CHAPTER 5 – BODYBUILDING DIET 58
CONCLUSION 62
ILLUSTRATIONS 64
SAMPLE WORKOUT PROGRAM 74
SAMPLE BODYBUILDING DIET PLAN 75 4
INTRODUCTION The body is like a mass of rock waiting to be carved and shaped into an artwork. Likewise, working out your body is like accomplishing an architectural work complete with columns, beams, frames, and studs, computed for design and strength. As sculpturing and architecture are both arts and sciences, so is body building. When we workout our muscles, we should focus on form, essence, grace, and strength. It is possible to possess great-looking muscles, but the health benefits do not always come along with it, as we shall explain later in this book. Various people take up bodybuilding for different reasons. Majority of them do it for physical attraction. Good health only comes second. We shall discuss the rationale behind muscle sculpturing, the where’s and how’s to start, and great ways to maintain your stunning physique throughout life. When bodybuilding is armed with a life philosophy, it becomes like your skin. You “wear” it everyday, proudly and confidently. 5
CHAPTER 1
WHY DEVELOP YOUR MUSCLES? Most likely, you’re impressed by the physique of a bodybuilder when the idea of developing your muscles first hit you. Many people want big muscles just for sheer amusement. It’s awesome to see bulging muscles in other people, and it would be a thrill to have them too. With this in mind, they start with the new adventure. Some of them quit after a few workouts, but many of them go on to prevail. So what makes others quit while others continue bodybuilding? A better question is, “Why start at all?”
A. IMAGE BUILDING Most of the time when a muscular person comes by, the first thing that registers in people’s minds is, “Man! What a strong guy!” Big muscles spell strength to most people. Often, we feel inferior and weak when we’re beside an obvious bodybuilder. We usually bend down a little (a common reaction of physical insecurity) as if to say, “Okay, I admit. You’re the strong guy and I’m the weak one.” Often, this gives birth to the idea that, “Wait a minute; why can’t I be just like him?” You may start to imagine yourself carrying those powerfully packed muscles and flexing them. You may also start visualizing how awesome fitting shirts and jeans would look on you if you possess those shapely muscles.
B. BUILDING CONFIDENCE 6 An image of strength naturally results in a confident and secure feeling. Who would be crazy enough to bully a Mr. Muscleman? Many people turn to bodybuilding for this effect. They believe muscles can protect them from harm. When you have this security system installed in your body, then you would be confident enough to start asserting yourself, feel equal with all men, and even start dating girls. Many people consider a muscular body as a plus factor in romantic relationships. Being tall, dark, and handsome are not enough. You must also have enough muscles seen in the right places. Often, “tall” really means height and an athletic built. Tall and skinny won’t do. It’s also very important that you make a good first impression when applying for a job. This means proper body carriage, which also means that your attire fits your body well. If you lack muscles that give shape to your clothes (especially your buttock muscles) and display confidence in your body movements, you might not make a good impression. A body frame that looks like a clothes hanger does not impress some people.
C. ALWAYS “IN” Muscles are always in. Since the motion picture started rolling, leading men have often been those with shapely bodies. More so when action movies came into the scene, the era of the macho men began. Thus, when you are fit, you are hip. Most men want to be as shapely as their favorite movie actors are. There are many more reasons why people would embark on a fitness journey. The three above are the most common. They get people easily motivated to pursue bodybuilding. 7 There are people who manage to stay enormously fit because they want a good image, to be confident, and to be in fashion. Yet you can see them stick to their bad vices, like smoking, drinking, and even womanizing — taboos in health maintenance.
D. LAUDABLE REASONS TO BUILD MUSCLES Let us look at the more laudable reasons why some people decide to stay fit all their lives. We shall also see how the fitness concern started from a mere whim to a serious life task. 1. Health As you continue to enjoy the macho image, confidence, and fashion, you may eventually realize the healthy feeling that bodybuilding gives you. You feel less tired and stressed out after office hours than most of your officemates. You seldom get the common cold and flu than the rest. You face every challenge with vigor and gusto, and never seem to run out of energy. As you enjoy all of these, you realize the health benefits of pumping iron, not to mention the youthful look that does not seem to fade even with age. Bodybuilders are known to have their skins stretched out tight and wrinklefree – no sagging, flabby fat hanging anywhere. Soon, you do bodybuilding more out of health concerns rather than for trivial reasons. As you go through life and see how the ailing and bedridden suffer terribly due to failing health, you hang on to great physical condition as you keep up with your muscle sculpturing. 2. Discipline 8 Many bodybuilders get past the muscle sculpturing mania thing and go forward to a rigidly regulated life to get the most of it. Many serious bodybuilders are often heard saying, “It is useless to build muscles and destroy your internal organs.” However, many vain bodybuilding enthusiasts sculpture their muscles for the sake of external beauty, and ignore their inner health. They engage in incessant drinking, smoking, and other acts that abuse their health. Later, these cause serious diseases that slowly reverse whatever gains they have in their past workouts. 3. Security Many say we live in a more hostile world today. Consequently, many bodybuilders today are not as interested in image or fashion as they are in defending themselves and their love ones in case of danger. A growing number of men and women take up gym lessons as a cross training for selfdefense. Modern action and suspense movies even stress this need. Media can play powerfully on the imagination of people today. People have always thought that the stronger you are, the better your chances in a survival of the fittest. Armies of superpower nations include serious gym training for muscle build-up. They use the developed muscles not only for hand-to-hand combat, but also for carrying heavy arms and equipment. 4. Better Athletics Many athletes today understand the role of muscle development in perfecting skills and performance. It’s not just having muscles for building the image anymore. They realize that muscles must be subjected to tough conditions in 9 order to handle extreme demands during a performance or competition. In addition, strong and flexible muscles are easily commanded by the will and the mind to obedience. It is hard to tell your leg muscles to run faster when they get strained or tired easily. 5. Job Stability The number of people who see the connection between their stable jobs and their health grows by the minute worldwide. Most companies seldom retain sickly people. In this light, more and more people are becoming healthconscious. They seriously incorporate in their daily rigor weight training, whether light or heavy. Physical conditioning also keeps them smart and alert to do their jobs accurately and satisfactorily. Physical conditioning gives you good blood and oxygen circulation. This gives the brain the substantial amount of blood and oxygen it needs to perform better. 6. Happiness for the Family Many parents take up body building seriously to keep up with their growing kids. Kids have ample supplies of energy. Parents who want to enjoy the growing up years of their children stay fit to cope up with their kids’ energy. Kids can go biking, running, playing, swimming and laughing all day long. Then, before lights off, they still want their parents to tell them bedtime stories at night. These factors, plus keeping a stable job or business, make up for a happy family. 7. Productive Life 10 In both your youth and adulthood, you would want to get the best out of life. You are an accomplishment-oriented being. This is what keeps humans apart from animals. As you plan to reach this and that goal, chances are, you would realize that life is short. Then you would want to prolong it anyway you can. For sure, health would be a serious concern to you. Then bodybuilding would seriously come into mind. It is a rule that good health means you have to lift some weights to strengthen your body. From simple walking, running, and jumping, to the complications of lifting barbells, the principle is that you have to lift some weights in order to stay in shape. In all the previously mentioned, you read the reasons why people resort to bodybuilding. You also learned how the reasons could evolve from vain to serious ones. If you take life seriously, you may also want to consider launching a discipline in muscle sculpturing.

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