A Sauna Primer For Curious Intellectuals

Saunas have been around for centuries, or perhaps even millennia. They originated in Finland as far as history can tell. They can be an excellent way to relax and they can provide a great venue for getting some much-needed headspace. If you’ve never had any experience using a sauna though, there can be some questions that might come up in your mind. Especially here in the United States, where sauna use is a bit less prevalent than in other parts of the world.

Why Should You Sauna?

There are so many reasons why people choose to sauna. The most common use is probably for leisure, as it can simply be a nice and calming way to relax. It can also be a great way to sooth your muscles or participate in heat therapy (talk to a qualified professional before going this route, of course). Believe it or not, it’s also a common way that people socialize in a lot of eastern European countries.

What Type Of Sauna Should You Use?

The absolute best type of sauna that you can find these days from a functionality and user experience standpoint is the barrel sauna. They have a lot of room, can be made to heat up quickly and efficiently, and they have an aesthetic quality to them that makes them stand out from the rest. The main issue with them, however, is that they most often need to be installed outdoors, which can be undesirable for any number of reasons. This is why it’s more common for people to get indoor saunas, they are simply more practical in the society that we live in.

How Often Should You Sauna?

This is is something that will vary from person to person and really comes down to why you are using the sauna. MBISR recommends a few different schedules depending on what your personal needs are. If you are someone who is heavily into fitness it probably makes sense to use the sauna after you have finished your exercise. If you are just looking to relax, the end of the day can be a good time to let your body reset. Some people like to pair sauna sessions with cold showers, as they feel that it’s the best way to get the most out of your efforts. The one thing to be aware of is that you should really avoid using the sauna too frequently, as you can overdo it.

What Temperature Should Your Sauna Be At?

This is again something that will vary depending on your personal preferences. However, there are at least a few guidelines you can use to help get you started. You obviously don’t want it to be too cool, and anything below 60˚C (140˚F) simply won’t cut it. On the other end of the spectrum, you can literally cook yourself if you go too hot. Finnish saunas can get up to 100˚C (212˚F), which is certainly extreme. If you’re just getting started, try out a sauna at 60˚C and see how it goes. You can always increase the temperature next time.

How Safe Is It To Travel With Your Dog In A Car?

Dog owners usually see their pet as a member of the family who should spend as much time as possible with them, even when they are traveling in their car. Taking a pet everywhere we go is a positive for most of us, but we often ignore the basic safety rules we use for our human passengers. When the correct safety precautions are not taken a dog can have become a dangerous, unpredictable passenger who is capable of causing harm to the driver and passengers of a vehicle. 

Unsafe driving with a dog 

Most pet owners enjoy taking their pets with them when they drive, but we can see major problems occur when a dog in a car is not secured properly. The Swedish car manufacturer, Volvo recently completed a study of 2,000 drivers and found most dog owners drive with their pets on a regular basis. The same study revealed around half of all drivers do not use any safety precautions when traveling with their dogs, such as using a crate, harness, or gate. 

Most pet parents do not consider the dangers which can be faced when a dog is unsecured in a vehicle. Many drivers allow their dog to sit in the passenger seat with the window down to allow the dog to place their head through. The dog can move to a new position and obscure the view of the driver when they are not secured correctly leading to an accident involving the driver and, possibly, other vehicles (read more about this at https://www.thepamperedpup.com/dog-travel-crates-carriers/). 

Another problem facing drivers traveling with their pet is lap dogs sitting on the driver as they operate their vehicle. A dog could become an issue when they interfere with the ability of the driver to steer or jump into the footwell and block access to the brake and accelerator pedals. 

Causing problems during and after an accident 

Traveling with an unsecured dog is not seen as something you would want to do on a regular basis as the problems caused by these animals continues after a wreck occurs. An unsecured dog in a vehicle often causes issues with the dog becoming a flying object during a wreck and slamming into passengers in a vehicle. Many drivers do not consider the possible effects of an unsecured dog slamming into a passenger during a wreck with the AAA explaining a 10-pound dog providing five times the force when involved in a low-speed collision. 

Just like the passengers and drivers of a vehicle, the moments after a wreck are shocking and confusing for humans and their pets. If a dog is not secured they can escape is doors pop open or a window breaks causing havoc on the roads for other drivers. Another issue is the possibility of a dog becoming alarmed and threatening first responders when they arrive on the scene of an accident, interfering with the precious early minutes when lives could be saved. 

Safety equipment for your dog 

The study by Volvo revealed more than 70 percent of dog owners would like vehicle manufacturers to add pet safety features to their cars in the future. The American Medical Veterinary Association believes the best option for most dog owners is the use of a harness and seatbelt. Many drivers believe a crate to be a good option for controlling their dog, but these can have drawbacks with dogs being injured when a collision occurs. Taking some safety precautions is the advice given by most pet experts who wish to protect drivers, passengers, and dogs as they move around the roads.

Part II: Why We Continue To Work When Technology Can Make Our Lives Easier

Did you already read part one of this two-part post?

Innovative technology has aided all areas of human existence. From affordable home technologies to google images, technology has contributed and continues to contribute to the betterment of our daily lives.

How we communicate with each other has evolved, thanks to the internet. Not only that, we have also succeeded in simplifying numerous systemic operations through the utilization of advancing technology.

Productivity and convenience in our daily lives have also improved with information technology. We have gained access to any information with a simple click of a button. New gadgets and tools have been implemented to make things just a bit easier.

As a kid, I played outside with other neighborhood kids almost every day. There was always something to do and always a new game to play. We didn’t have iPhones or PS4s that essentially tethered us to a chair for hours at a time. We ran around and played under the sun while breathing in always fresh air. And naturally, we honed our social skills as ventured through the neighborhood.

Today, some of actually resist technology and resist to implement it to our daily lives because of our childhood. Some of us are just “stuck” in our childhood years when we were okay with not having a smartphone or a tablet. Those who resist technology do not wish to move on from traditional ways of living.

This is due to the fact that they simply lack the ability to see themselves in a seemingly complex world. In other words, those who resist modern technology want to live in a world that is simple. After all, it is easier to flip through magazines and newspapers than to set up the various settings in your iPhone.

With that said, I have personally embraced technology and continue to use it to make my life easier. It makes me laugh when I recall the times when I was the one that had to bring a 5 pound camera with film to family vacations. These days, the smartphones have double the capabilities of a handheld digital camera. We even have the selfie sticks now!

Going on trips with the family meant driving that family van. I remember when my parents would have to search through the newspaper to find a suitable vehicle for the family. They then had to show up to an office just to inquire about the car. Nowadays, one can conveniently click some buttons to order a brand new or used car/ motorcycle. Do you use Google? Or Bing?

And when we would finally return home and had to unload the car, we had to go downstairs to tell someone to unlock the car because we had forgotten something. It’s just so easy to text someone else in the house now to notify them about miscellaneous things. I can just text my brother downstairs to water the plants rather than yelling at him from the bedroom in hopes of him hearing me. Less noise is pretty cool, right?

Part I: Why We Continue To Work When Technology Can Make Our Lives Easier

Technology has improved the quality of life everywhere we look. However, we still continue to do things manually. For some, doing things the old-fashioned way versus the convenient, new way is still a no brainer. Or like they say, if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.

What we still do manually

Rumbas exist and yet not every home has one. We put our cars through giant car washing funnels, but when the weather is nice on a weekend there are still plenty of people hand washing their car. And when the weather isn’t nice? Most of us have adopted the use of snow blowers, but some of us are still lagging behind. It’s not like snow blowers are overwhelmingly expensive either because often they aren’t. And even if we do have snow blowers from time to time we’ll simply grab a shovel to do it the old fashioned way. Automation is available for some of the chores we have, yet we haven’t truly embraced it.

Why do we still work manually?

What is it about working with our hands? Is it a sense of accomplishment? Self-reliance? Maybe some of us just don’t trust technology enough to remove ourselves from the equation. Automation has removed a lot of jobs from the workforce putting us humans out on the streets looking for another way to make income. Jobs once available are now being occupied by lifeless robots. Maybe the fear of being replaced is why some of us choose to do things the old-fashioned way.

Independence

When we were all growing up we wanted to do things by ourselves. The older we got the more independent we wanted to be. Nothing has changed. Independence is a big influence on our actions. I’m not going to let a machine chop my vegetables because I can do it myself. I want to be in control of how thin or thick I cut them.

Control

Doing work ourselves puts us in control. We determine the outcome and do not rely on anyone or anything to make final decisions. The truth is, people don’t have as much control in their lives as they might think. Something simple like cutting paper with scissors gives us control over how much is cut. Sure this is small, but some control is better than none.

Technology equals laziness

We could be looking at all of this the wrong way. Technology has made our lives easier. I can’t remember a phone number. I don’t need to since my phone has all of my contacts saved. That’s probably where the problem is. Relying too much on technology is a crutch. We as humans have become reliant and lazy. We already don’t hunt and gather our food. Cell phones keep us in touch without human interaction. Before long humans won’t need to leave their house. Everything will be delivered. It’s kind of already like that once you think about it.

People are going to continue to work manually even with technology advancing by leaps and bounds. That sense of self-accomplishment, no matter how minor, will continue to drive us as with independence.

The Psychology of Making Money

There is certainly something special about making something that you didn’t have before. The human was built to create and make things. We were meant to learn how to support ourselves. There is truth to every one of these statements.

The psychology of making money is very powerful. We are taught that to be successful, we must make goals and reach those goals. One of the goals can be to support yourself and when you do so, you feel pride in what you do. The pride you experience when you are either taking care of yourself or taking care of your family is a very positive emotion.

Money is important for survival and for the economy. if you don’t have a steady flow of however much money you need to live, you are really in trouble. There has always been a system of getting things you want, whether by bartering or buying them for money. There will always be things we want, but with money, priorities are needed.

Making money is always a good thing and what makes it even better, is doing something you love that you are good at! It makes you feel productive and proves what you are doing to make money is worthwhile to you. This makes you want to make money over and over, while bettering your talents you are giving yourself and family peace of mind.

Whether it is one dollar or one hundred dollars you make, you can be proud of yourself for having more than you had before. This also makes you appreciate the things you get a little more and know what you want to spend your money on.

Psychology, for the most part, explains why we do the things that we do. It has been the pattern for decades or even centuries to go to work and make money for the family or the individual if they weren’t married. Going to work and making money meant different things to different people. Maybe it would be going to work on the farm or making pieces of art to sell. There are more ways to make money than ever before; since electronics and computers have the technology to do almost anything.

Making money is great and it is great for you because of the positive emotions it gives you. The feelings you get are powerful, so you keep doing it. This leads to feelings of accomplishment and that is also good. Making money, doing whatever you can, is good and great for your family.