LifeProTips

LPT: If you have problems putting on your fitted bed sheet, buy a set with stripes. You'll always know which direction is up or down.

LPT: If you have problems putting on your fitted bed sheet, buy a set with stripes. You'll always know which direction is up or down.

Additionally, if the bed sheet has a tag, the tag always faces toward the bottom of the bed.

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I just take 4 extra seconds and turn them a little and then they fit.

Or you could, you know, try a bit.

If you can't figure out a fitted sheet you should be wearing a helmet at all times

LPT: If you are the type of person who struggles to get up in the morning, take a full glass of water with you to bed and drink it as soon as your alarm goes off.

LPT: If you are the type of person who struggles to get up in the morning, take a full glass of water with you to bed and drink it as soon as your alarm goes off.

Dehydration from a nights sleep often makes you groggy and less likely to be willing to get out of bed. The boost of water is enough to get you over that hump.

I've been doing this for years and it really makes a huge difference.

If I slam a bottle of water really fast when I wake up, I swear to god I can actually feel my brain rehydrating. It's this weird rush, almost a tingly feeling that lasts for like a minute and then I feel like $100.

Be careful of doing this while hungover, though. Sure you'll be extra dehydrated so that rush will feel better, but projectile vomiting a liter of water and bile is less than pleasant.

Closed lid. Or else...cat water.

hmm ive only managed to feel like $99, ill try this tomorrow thanks

This is a good tip because I find the more well-hydrated I am, the easier my transition back into the blissful void once I've hit the snooze button.

LPT: Saying cheese in a photo makes people have lame smiles, words that end in "a" works way better, and give natural smiles.

LPT: Saying cheese in a photo makes people have lame smiles, words that end in "a" works way better, and give natural smiles.

A trick I use for group photos is to loudly announce this before taking a photo and then use the example word "vagina" everyone laughs. click.

FP edit: holy shit! I made it to the front page! Send... ummm... money to charity. water4.org is a good one.

Spoiler: OP is your kids school photographer

I hate smiling for photos. I usually try to think of something funny and fake laugh. For instance, one time I got to the gym right as it was opening and the doors were still locked. This guy starts pounding in the door and yelling obscenities. A lady looked at me and said, "that guy really needs to workout." For some reason that makes me laugh whenever I think about it.

the worst is when you bust out a good natural smile and they don't take the photo for another 30 seconds.

this probably works better than asking kids to say vagina.

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LPT: If you're trying to make somebody with anxiety feel better, don't try to appeal to the logic of the thing making them anxious. Instead address their feelings as a whole and remind them their feelings will pass.

LPT: If you're trying to make somebody with anxiety feel better, don't try to appeal to the logic of the thing making them anxious. Instead address their feelings as a whole and remind them their feelings will pass.

Or, just listen without giving advice. The only thing you should say or ask is to clarify what they are saying.

You can't fix someone's anxiety, but being listened to will help more than any non-medical solution.

Unless they won't pass. I have low grade anxiety constantly.

As someone who suffers anxiety on a daily basis, here are a list of things that help me in no particular order:

Hugs

Affection

Going to a quiet, spacious place to talk myself down

Deep breathing

Rooting my feet to the ground - taking note of the power I have over my muscles gives me power over my thoughts

More hugs

Cold water

Gentle reminders: it's bad, but it's going to get better again.

If you can help with these you're a good friend/lover.

If you instead dismiss the anxieties and tell them to calm down/man up, you suck.

Well, in all cases where you listen to someone, you need to pay close attention to their reactions.

Active listening is NOT an interrogation. Active listening, means let the other person talk. You only ask questions to clarify things you don't understand. If the person stops talking, wait and see if they are done or if they are taking time to think. It's all about making the person feel listened to.

Some good phrases can be :

"That must be difficult"

"I can't imagine what you are going through"

Some terrible things to say :

"I understand what you are going through"

"Yea, it's not as bad as what I am going through, but still, good job".

"It'll get better".

Good follow questions/clarification questions :

"If I understand correctly, X told you that Y, and it made you feel X?"

Pretty much any thing that asks for clarification without telling the person what to do or in anyway belittling their situation.

LPT: If you call someone over to help you, but you already figured it out before they arrive, ask them for a second opinion. They are less likely to feel like you wasted their time.

LPT: If you call someone over to help you, but you already figured it out before they arrive, ask them for a second opinion. They are less likely to feel like you wasted their time.

"I was just wondering if you knew where my keys were... but then I found them.... but where do YOU think they were?"

'They are always in the last place you look.'

Well yes, because once I found them, I wouldn't KEEP BLOODY LOOKING WOULD I!?!?!?

This happens all the time in IT. Google that shit prior to freaking out and calling for help, not after.

Then you end up wasting your own time and theirs ?

LPT: Learning a new language? Practice with children's books like you did when you learned your first language!

LPT: Learning a new language? Practice with children's books like you did when you learned your first language!

I've found that reading children's books helped immensely to form sentences I could use in a (simple) conversation.

EDIT: A lot of comments saying this is a bad idea and to stick to the text books. I meant this should be used as practice while learning a language. Having lists of words, conjugations and grammar rules did absolutely nothing for me when I was trying to learn Spanish. With children's books, you are presented with a lot of pictures that relate to the story, and I found it was easier for me to make the connections this way.

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I thought I was in /sub/learnprogramming when I was reading the post and was confused on how that could be helpful

The Harry Potter books are a good choice choice and available in many different languages.

Hm interesting. Did not think of this, just been using apps like Duolingo.

LPT: If someone calls your phone looking for someone you know, don't give out the persons info. Instead, take a name and number and give it to the person you know.

LPT: If someone calls your phone looking for someone you know, don't give out the persons info. Instead, take a name and number and give it to the person you know.

This just happened to me. A company called my phone asking for my father in-law. I said I'm not him but I will take a name and number and give it to him. The guy on the other end insisted I provide him with "updated contact info," to which I denied.. He asked demanded the information three times, and finally I hung up on him.

My father in-law has confirmed this is the same scam that caused him to change his number a couple months back. If I had given them his info, he would've likely had to change his number yet again.

Here's hoping they don't start blowing up my phone.

Edit: grammar

Edit 2: while I agree that this should be common sense, it seems obvious after reading the replies that it isn't. Social engineering is a real thing, and something we should all be aware of, especially with ever changing technology and new methods of manipulation.

If it's not a call for me, then they have the wrong number. I don't tell anybody anything, period.

Haha jokes on you I don't answer random numbers and will only reply if I receive a voicemail.

this. it could also be an abusive parent, ex-partner, etc

My dad's motto has always been "if it's important enough, they'll leave a voicemail" and I've adopted that as my own.

LPT: When someone suffers a personal tragedy, don't ask if they need anything. They'll almost always say they don't. Instead, just pick something, and do it.

LPT: When someone suffers a personal tragedy, don't ask if they need anything. They'll almost always say they don't. Instead, just pick something, and do it.

This is extremely true. When my oldest brother (24 yo at the time) got extremely ill my parents and my other brother and I were trying so hard to keep everything together. My oldest brother spent weeks and weeks in the hospital followed by 107 straight days in ICU and a lot more time after that in the hospital and in rehab not to mention the amount of at home care he needed when he finally managed to get home. The physical and emotional toll was intense but when someone said "If there's anything I can do..." it didn't mean much. we had loads of people saying that so even tho the sentiment was there it didn't make much of an impact. What did make a huge difference to us was a small group of friends that just started helping without being asked to. My and my mother's group of work out friends started making home cooked meals that they could leave on our door step so we could come home to a home cooked meal that we never could have found the time to make. Our friend and owner of the local dojang we attended (the place we met all our work out friend) organized a self defense class and he gave all the profits to my family because he understood how quickly expenses clime when a loved one is that ill. There were many other supportive people but what stands out to me the most was that group of work out friends from the dojang that just started doing everything they could for us; things we didn't even know we really needed.

107 straight days in ICU

holy crap, what was the bill for that?? My mom spent 4 1/2 days in the ICU--it came out to $100k

Edit: People asking if we had to pay that. No thank god. Once she passed away insurance paid $99k and billed us $1k. I let it goto collections and negotiated it down to $600.

Thanks to Obamacare she didn't lose her life savings in 4 days.

Also, have social instincts that guide you, otherwise you'll just piss people off.

Source: tried this LPT before.

A big one is cleaning, I used to work for a charity that would help people with cancer clean their houses and tend their kids while they rested. Do the dishes, vacuum, take the kids to a museum for a few hours...that stuff is the last thing they'll want or be able to do, and it's very helpful.

LPT: when you adopt a puppy or kitten, get them used to being handled and touched all over without freaking out.

LPT: when you adopt a puppy or kitten, get them used to being handled and touched all over without freaking out.

You never know when you'll need to stick your fingers in their mouth to stop them from choking on something, or to give them medication. You may even need to give them an injection, treat an ear infection, or pull a splinter from their toe pad. All of this is easier, and you're much less likely to be bitten, if they're very accustomed to letting you handle them. We started from day one with our kitten, and now he's so chill about it, he lets me brush his teeth every night.

a good teething toy is a rolled up, or tied sock, soaked in water and put in the freezer to freeze. they love to chew on them and it's nice and cold so it feels good on their gums. p.s. this is for doggo, not human child

Especially their mouth and paws. The first time I took my dog to a dog park she ran so much she got blisters - and if you get a dog as a puppy they will replace baby teeth just like your kids.

Yes yes yes!! This is so important. My cats loooove when I trim their nails, because from the time they were babies, I always treated this as a positive experience. If you are tentative and scared to trim their claws, they can tell and it will freak them out. Hold them close and talk sweet and tell them how good they are while you do it. My boy cat holds out his paw and flexes his toes for me and purrs the whole time. It makes everything easier and builds trust. Anytime anything is wrong with either of my cats they run right to me. Because they know that I will help them. It's so frustrating to try to help an animal that doesn't trust you.

That ps got me to chuckle

LPT: When locked inside a burning vehicle pull out the headrest and use the metal pins to help break a window to escape from.

LPT: When locked inside a burning vehicle pull out the headrest and use the metal pins to help break a window to escape from.

Any LPTs on how not to get in this situation?

LPT: If you're going to set your car on fire, don't lock the doors.

I usually just unlock the door and open it when my car is burning.

Don't judge, it happens.

LPT: If you're going to lock your doors, don't set your car on fire.

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