Why NOT to Make Happiness Your Goal

Could you will yourself to be happier? 

"You choose your own state of mind", is something we frequently hear. 

But is that the truth? 

Can you simply force yourself to be happy? 

In recent years a few studies have uncovered that effectively attempting to make yourself happier has the inverse impact… 

You may wind up imagining that happiness simply isn't achievable for you. 

 Why? 

Going for happiness is similar to stating "I'm going to get fit this year!"

What does fit even mean? 

Such ambiguous goals often leave you disappointed in the results. And studies show that when happiness is your primary goal - the same problem is apparent. 

It's as if you began a marathon and someone neglected to paint the finish line. 

You will undoubtedly quit running and say "What the heck?.. How am I not there yet, I've been making a decent attempt. Perhaps it's simply not practical for people like me." 

A startling thought to have, isn't it?

I know because I've felt it.

At a certain point I about abandoned each and every one of my wellness and organizing objectives – dismissing them with the line "I'm not wired for that." I verged on settled for mediocrity as a result of thoughts just like that… 

But new research has shown that simply changing your objective to something more specific but still related to your end goal of happiness is the best practice.

You must try to organize positivity in your day by day life. 

What does that mean? 

It's different for everyone but you should look to take the activities you really enjoy (sports, hobbies, time relaxing) and put them at the highest point of your schedule. 

When you plan positivity into your day, just as you would work or chores, you start using one of the least demanding but most effective strategies to bring more happiness in your life.

So begin making time for the things you love and take it seriously.

Email alert during your time for positivity? It'll have to sit for awhile, you’re not available - instead, you're doing anything else in the world. It is your life afterall.

Sauna Proof Headphones: Top Regular & Bluetooth Headphones in Sauna Heat

Sauna proof headphones are hard to be sure about. Can you take your Bluetooth headphones in sauna temperatures? Does "water-resistant" ensure sauna proof headphones or is there something else we should be looking for?

Often times, the dizzying list of specs about various headphones seem to offer every insight into the product under the sun - if it does well with moisture, how it fits in your ear, the length of the cord or life of the battery, and a long list of audio-tech aspects like driver size and frequency ranges.

None of which jump out and say "Sauna Proof Headphones" which is really the reassurances we're looking for, isn't it?

Well, while the specs may not help you directly, I've compiled a list of the best headphones that you won't have to think twice about taking in for your next sauna session.

Premium Sauna Proof Headphones

The first category of sauna proof headphones you should look into if you have a higher end budget for your sauna session listening is brought to you by some of the most well known brands.

Sure the price tag may give you a bit of sticker shock but these tried and true brands earned their distinction for a reason: unwavering quality. Take these Bluetooth headphones in sauna sessions for years to come and never have to worry about degradation. 

These brands also offer some of the best customer support and have ironclad return policies to ensure that you understand the brand loyalty some of these audio giants have gained over years of dominating the industry.

Budget Sauna Proof Headphones

Sure these headphones aren't going to be 100% reliable in their ability to remain truly "sauna proof" and they, along with the others, haven't claimed this status. But without the big brand backing I can't say these headphones will last over the years.

However, in researching for this article, these headphones have stand out reviews when it comes to dealing with heat and sauna use specifically.

You won't feel as assured in your daily use with these options but it's hard to deny the great sound quality and reasonable durability these headphones bring to the table.

A far cry from the hundreds of dollars you can expect to drop on a pair of the premium headphones mentioned above, these options are super affordable and will make sure you can afford that gym membership AND the earbuds you'd need to enjoy the sauna.

All in all these headphones offer the best possible assurance you can get when it comes to being "sauna proof" even though none of the current brands offer this exact wording in describing their products.

Drinkade Review: Does Drinkade Really Work?

My Drinkade review comes after a blinded-study of Drinkade conducted a week ago. Our Drinkade review was done experiment-style and used a placebo to give you guys more accurate results (what I strive for)...

Drinkade-Review

This is because, and I’m sure you can agree when I tell you…

A review tainted by expectations is hardly a trustworthy review at all.

The problem is most reviewers think they are above the placebo effect and expensive hype brands push.

It took me years of trying subpar products before I started to master “semi-scientific” reviewing…

And these blinded-reviews instantly impacted confidence in my findings. People really appreciate the scientific approach and come to me to review new products all the time now!

I am ALWAYS wary of hangover remedies after having tried dozens and only finding 2 that actually work really well (1. MixFix RECOVER 2. Thrive+).

So, even though I am sticking with MixFix, readers asked for a Drinkade review specifically.

In this post I will:

1. break down the ingredients
2. detail my experience
3. give an overall recommendation 

Drinkade Ingredients Review

The ingredients that Drinkade lists include some of the old mainstays in hangover prevention.

And while many of these ingredients are widely used in hangover products...

Drinkade suffers in this regard because it includes some ingredients that have not been found to help hangover symptoms (such as common Aloe Vera)...

 DHM extract from oriental raisin trees has been shown to greatly reduce hangover symptoms.

DHM extract from oriental raisin trees has been shown to greatly reduce hangover symptoms.

While shunning revolutionary new ingredients that are proven effective (such as DHM and high levels of Thiamine).

In this way, it seems like Drinkade is just following what's been done by old companies rather than delve into the emerging science as only a handful of new companies have been.

Drinkade does include a few solid ingredients that are shown to reduce hangover symptoms...

These include Milk Thistle, a B Vitamin Complex (although some B vitamins are much more important than others), and Potassium as an electrolyte.

My Drinkade Experience

I take my reviews rather seriously, as you may know, so tried for a blind study.

This meant having a friend prepare 2 cups, one being a placebo he made with some sort of lime flavoring powder (I was told after the experiment), and the other being the real deal.

Since I had never tried Drinkade before, I wouldn't be able to be certain which drink was the actual product.

We ran this blind test 2 nights, 2 days apart... with myself not knowing which day I got Drinkade vs. the placebo.

 Don't judge me...

Don't judge me...

Each night I drank 10 shots of vodka over 4 hours and drank a liter of water before bed (as I do any night I drink alcohol).

I took the Drinkade or the placebo as recommended each night - about 20 to 30 minutes before starting to drink.

The next morning I rated my hangover on the 3 most common hangover symptoms…

A) Nausea B) Grogginess/Fatigue C) Headache

I used a 0 - 10 scale with 0 being no symptoms and 10 being normally expected hangover symptoms for the amount drank.

Then the ratings for each were averaged for a final result.

I've used the same design with multiple subjects (although not blinded) when comparing MixFIx RECOVER capsules and Thrive+ capsules in this article.

Results of my Review

After the 2 nights were over and I had rated each morning/afternoon - the results were in!

I could finally see which average rating paired with the Drinkade vs. the placebo...

And Drinkade beat the placebo by 3 points!!

The placebo I rated an 8 of 10 (meaning I reported feeling about the same as I would expect given the amount drank)...

Seeing that I didn't rate it a 10 speaks to the power the placebo effect can have at times.

Drinkade I rated a 5 of 10 (meaning I felt a heck of a lot better than expected).

While this rating shows this pre-drink remedy may not work as well as the post-drinking capsules we've reviewed here before...

It is impressive to see a preemptive strike like Drinkade have a 3 point reduction in symptoms because I was skeptical of these types of hangover remedies in the past.

Overall Recommendation

Even though Drinkade made a good dent in my hangover...

Products like Thrive+ and MixFix RECOVER (the new champion in my book) provide much greater relief from what I've seen.

This is especially true if nausea is one of your main hangover symptoms!

So IMO Drinkade is pretty good but you're better off with one of the post-drinking capsules covered above to get the DHM (game-changer), and adequate Thiamin to really squash your rough mornings.

 ^Current hangover test winner of 2018

^Current hangover test winner of 2018

Hope that helps and as always, Cheers :)

P.S. If you're a regular reader and want me to review another hangover remedy let me know!

We'll pick one with the most requests and see if we can dethrone MixFix RECOVER :P