To put it in simple terms, only zero alcohol consumption is safe level of alcohol consumption! Global study has found that no glass of wine is healthy, not even that single one, that you consider as “healthy drink”, as it increases the risk of cancer & other health issues that outweigh the benefits you get (like protection against heart disease) with that so-called “healthy glass of wine”. Combined health impacts of even moderate drinking are negative. You better not take a sip of it. So, safe level of alcohol consumption is zero! Drinking is not Smart’s choice, ‘quitting it’ is! So, be smart & #QuitDrinking.
Office & Ties – we all know that the two goes together traditionally in western world & now the “tie-culture” is everywhere. Tie has become part of daily working life. Some think that it’s a tradition that needs to be followed, some think tie gets them more respect, some think that wearing a tie makes a difference in professionalism! Well, that’s typical mindset about tie! Let’s know the health impact of wearing a tie. Tie presses the blood vessels which allow the blood to reach the brain & result is 7.5% cut in circulation to our brain which can be really brain-damaging. It suggests that only people with really high blood pressure should wear a tie. Further, a tight tie can increase pressure in the eyes which increases the risk of sight destroying disease. Also, tie just add another layer to your fatigue. It’s just stressful! You know that, right? With all this ‘tie-negative-stuff”, we can conclude that going “tie-free” is a good & smart idea! So, go “tie-free”! Less stress, better health, more productivity, more work!
Comfort Zone defined by Lifehacker: “behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk“! To be successful in life, we need to do new things & push ourselves outside our comfort zone. Trying new things may feel scary & stressful but it’s a part of long journey to success! When we get too comfortable in life, doing something different can become very difficult. Once we push ourselves out of our relax zone, take risks & aspire to do different things, innovation happens. Challenging life with courage has its own magic feeling. It makes you more strong & confident. Most importantly, life outside of comfort zone is most dynamic, non-boring, adventurous & “more live”! We’re not saying that you leave your home or work & go to mountains or forests to test yourself! All we’re saying is that you must have the courage to bear the stress & discomfort of moving out of your comfort zone so that you can deal with unplanned work & life situations. It will help you grow, becoming more creative & achieve your best.
When our mind is free, we feel boredom. But in the world of technology, is there any time left when our mind is free & we feel boredom? We guess no! As soon as we’re free from work, we turn to our gadgets to play a game, scroll through our social media wall or just mindlessly surf the web! No free time, no boredom, just work & fun! This is the case especially of the young population who have not faced the pre-screen era & spent more than 2 hours a day on social media taking the facilities available today for granted. Well, boredom is not bad. It gives us time to have a look on the real world around us, have some meaningful thinking & have some peace for our mind. Being busy 24/7 is not healthy for our mind as well. Boredom is key to a creative mind. After all, our mind is most creative when we ‘Just Relax’, ‘Sit idle’ and ‘Do Nothing for a while’. So, if you want to maximize your creativity, learn to be bored! Boredom is one of the most important ingredient of being creative.
Simple answer is: when you are on vacation. Yes, you should not post your vacation photos on social media or internet when you are on vacation. Don’t worry. We’ll discuss the safety reason behind it! Social media is an open space & when you post your vacation or travel pics in real time, your friends & other people who knows you (including some bad guys out there) know that you are far away from home. In your absence, such bad guys may target your home for their next robbery or other like activities. So, why take risk? Just snap the pictures. Keep those in your phone & post them when you are back! Smart & safe approach, right? Post smart! Be safe! Wish you happy & safe vacations ahead!
Water is the most important thing for survival. It’s much important than even food. A person can survive for about 2 months without food but for just about a week without water. For proper health, it’s important to drink sufficient water to remain hydrated. Institute of Medicine recommend 2.7 liters of water per day for women & 3.7 liters of water per day for men while some folks arbitrarily recommends 2 liters a day. Interestingly, our body has built in system for when & how much water we should drink. While percentage of water in the human body varies by age & gender, 50-65% of the average human body is water & when that water content goes below certain level, you feel the urge to drink water. So, keep water handy & make sure to have it whenever you feel thirsty! Be Cool!
We all face difficult situations in life but we all deal with them with different perspectives. Some views the same situation from a positive point of view while others make negative feelings out of it. “Is the glass half empty or half full?” best justifies our mindset. You can be optimist (glass half full) or pessimist (half empty) for the same situation (water in glass). It all depends on how you view the world. When faced with a new or difficult situation, some say they are nervous while others say they are excited. Situation is same but not our perspective. Can we say that stress is more of the matter of mindset rather than being a real situation. We think we can. So, next time you feel stressed out or say “I’m stressed”, take a moment to ask yourself – “Am I really?”. We know you will get the relief as we have practiced this method & it works. So, don’t make life worst by repeating ‘stress, stress” all time. Just remember: “In life, there is always a long way to go. After all, alternatives never end. Life’s got plenty of opportunities”. So, you are not stressed out! Okay? Yep! Leave your answer in comments section.
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#1 49.7% of the total emails are considered as spam and USA, Russia & China are top spam producing countries #2 35% of the marketing emails you open solely on the basis of its subject line #3 17% of email users in America change their email ID every 6 months #4 30% email users change their email ID every year #5 35% of the professionals use email on their mobile devices #6 People under 25 years old prefer messaging than email #7 By 2019 start, there will be 380 crores email users in the world & the number is expected to grow to 420 crore by 2022 #8 On average, each user has 1.75 email IDs #9 Each day, average professional receives 121 emails & sends out 40 #10 iPhone is the most popular device for checking emails #11 On Tuesday, more emails are opened than any other day of the week (so send important emails on Tuesday!)
You may guess that overweight people are more hungry naturally & so eat more which makes them obese. Well, research suggests a different reason. Overweight people eat more because they actually enjoy food less than skinny people and have an emotional connection with the food. So, at times, people with obesity don’t eat to satisfy their hunger but to satisfy their food-cravings & by eating more, they try to compensate for the lack of food enjoyment & get that feeling of satisfaction with the food. So, obese people eat more as they enjoy it less. Hunger is not the cause.
#1 Go to bed at same time each night #2 Set alarm to buzz at least after 7 hours after you go to sleep #3 At least 4 hours before going to bed, don’t take drinks or food like coffee, tea, spicy foods & other eatables that include caffeine & can keep you awake #4 Exercise regularly but not right before bed time #5 Unplug all your gadgets & tech devices at least an hour before going to bed #6 If you have trouble sleeping at night, avoid naps in daytime #7 Make your bedroom cool & free from noise & lights #8 Follow some calm habits (like reading) just before bedtime to help your mind go in calm mood #9 Make sure you have comfortable mattress & pillows #10 You tell us! Yep! Give your sleeping tip in the comments section!
While the relation between food and your mood & depression is not clear but the inconclusive research hints that food can play a role in depression & mood development. Study found association of depression with obesity & dietary factors, like people who ate more vitamin-D rich foods had a lower risk of depression. Further, diet rich in sugar, sugar-soft drinks, red meat & high consumption of meat were found to be associated with high risk of developing depression. However, since depression & mood is affected by a lots of factors, how much percentage of it does diet or a specific food affect, couldn’t be concluded. Anyways, in the meantime research concludes, isn’t it a good idea to focus on good food? Why take depression-food risks, right?
While larks (morning people) wake up early in the morning, owls (night people) tend to be alert at night! Studies found that larks are neither healthier nor wealthier or wiser than owls as people generally believe. On scale of wisdom, owls were found to be a little wiser than larks, again beating the traditional belief that morning people are wiser! Further, owls are better at relationships (as per research). Owls are more prone to bad habits like smoking & drinking (same is supported by Night-life-style & the convention that smoking keep owls awake at night). So, morning people win the battle when it comes to good habits. Further, larks are more cooperative & proactive which can be helpful in career & life while owls are mostly procrastinators! Morning people are happier than owls as we all know that majority of our society works in daytime & night people face stress to wake-up early which cause emotional distress. So, each type has its own pros & cons & we think that being a morning/ evening person is just a matter of preference. What you think? Do let us know.