Life Lessons: What you can learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of your life?

What you can learn in one minute

Lesson 1:

Box Breathing.

It’s the technique that Navy SEALs use to remain calm and focused under the most stressful conditions (think bullets whizzing by your head).

You may not be under that kind of stress, but box breathing is extremely effective when that project at work is getting the best of you.

It only takes a few seconds to comprehend and a minute’s worth of practice will leaveyou feeling relaxed and focused.

Here’s how to do it:


Take a deep breath in through your nose (focus on breathing into your stomach rather than into your chest).

Now exhale completely, forcing all of the air out of your body.

Repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 breaths.

Step 1

Breathe in deeply through your nose for 4 seconds. Then hold this breath for 4 more seconds.

Step 2

Exhale for 4 seconds until the air is completely out of your lungs. Hold the exhale for an additional 4 seconds.

Rinse & Repeat.

Some additional fun facts:

Why through your nose vs. your mouth?

Breathing in through your nose increases Nitric Oxide levels in your bloodstream. Nitric Oxide expands your blood vessels, increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure – all good things!

Humming increases Nitric Oxide levels

If you want to supercharge your feeling of focused calm, start humming when you exhale. A study published in the American Journal Of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine showed that humming greatly increases the levels of Nitric Oxide released into your bloodstream.

Viagra works on the Nitric Oxide pathway

In 1998, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to three American researchers who showed how Nitric Oxide works in the body, as well as its widening effect. Thanks to their research Viagra was developed.

Take that as you will 🙂

Lesson 2

Credit goes to: Graeme Austen

Use a pause instead of ‘but’ while apologizing.

We all know whatever said before the ‘but’ was a moral obligation. It also makes your apology sound artificial.

I’m sorry for the ordinary code but we had deadlines.

I’m sorry for the ordinary code <pause>. We had deadlines.

Smooth way of passing the blame as well 😀

Edit: There’s a video from Game of Thrones about this!

Benjen Stark & Tyrion Lannister – “Nothing someone says before but”

I have clipped it to 20 seconds, so hopefully everything is still under a minute 🙂

From the video,

Tyrion: Listen, Benjen May I call you Benjen?
Benjen: Call me what you like.
Tyrion: I’m not sure what I’ve done to offend you. I have great admiration  for the Night’s Watch. I’ve great admiration for you as First Ranger.
Benjen: You know, my brother once told me that nothing someone says  before the word “but” really counts.
Tyrion: But I don’t believe that giants and ghouls and White Walkers are  lurking beyond the Wall.

Credit goes to: Lalith Natarajan

Lesson 3

For windows user only-

  • Use Window Button + Down Key to minimize the currently active window
  • Use Window Button + Up Key to maximize the currently active window
  • Use Window Button + Left Key to align the currently active window on the left and Right key to align on the right
  • Use Window Button + M to minimize all open windows.
  • ‘Windows key + D’ to return directly to the desktop, minimizing all the open windows.(Credit Abhishek Naik)
  • Use CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open task manager
  • Use Window key + L to lock the system.
  • Use Window key + # to open the application pinned on the taskbar, where # is the position of the icon Starting from 1.
  • Use Shift + Right click and then select open command prompt here to open the command prompt with the current directory set
  • Use Shift + Right click on any item to see extra options.

Credit goes to: Vikash Kesarwani

Lesson 4

Learn the setting in just 1 minute and save tons of money as you print.

Here are a few settings that you can use to reduce the Printing cost.

If you are Printing a Document file then Change the font color from Black to Grey

Here you would see various shades of Black. which are lighter then ” Black ”
Select Lighter Black and Print

Makes Hardly any difference to the Print out and yet lowers the cost.

For Inkjet Printer , it will not only reduce the ink usage, but will also increase the speed of Print.
Needless to say that by spending lesser ink , you will be slowing down the process filling the mother earth with used Cartridges, Helping our Earth remain greener. Cost Saving is just a bonus you receive.

Credit goes to: Veijay Jain

Maruthi Prasad

I’m Maruthi Prasad,a self made entrepreneur.Founded and .And also I am a web designer & web developer based in Bangalore,India.

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