Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Try These 15 Ways To Boost Your Self Confidence And Image

15 ways to boost self confidence and love the way you look, according to scientists

Women in America are really unhappy with their weight.
About 84% want to lose weight and 34% say that what they eat or how much they weigh is interfering with their happiness, according to Happify — a website and app that uses games and tasks based on scientific studies in positive psychology to make you feel happier.
Achieving happiness starts with feeling good about yourself, which is impossible if you're busy body shaming all of the time. So, the producers at Happify have examined 16 scientific studies about what factors, like sexual attractiveness and physical condition, affect how women feel about their body and what they can do to improve their self confidence.
Check out these helpful tips to learn how to love your body: 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Save Yourself The Stress And The Heartaches - Use This Technique

This simple technique can help you navigate stressful and uncomfortable situations

During the holidays, it's easy to get caught up in stressful situations with family and friends. And getting a minute to step away and process can seem difficult.
But taking a second to focus on yourself and loved ones might be the best way to stay productive, healthy, and happy. 
Happify, a website that uses science-based interactive activities aimed at making you happier, compiled this graphic to walk you through the steps to compassion meditation, or sitting quietly while directing positive vibes towards yourself and those around you:

How Much Sex Is Healthy In A Healthy Relationship?

How much sex you should be having in a healthy relationship

How much do you know about your love life? We won't pry, but we will give you some statistics about how and when couples typically have the best sex.
Happify, a website and app that uses science-based interactive activities aimed at making you happier, created this graphic to keep you in the know about sex and happiness. Without further ado, here were their best recommendations and fun facts about the intimate act:

Design Thinking - The New Way To Go--- Check It Out

   Stop thinking about doing and start doing

A Stanford professor explains how 'design thinking' can help you lose weight, stop worrying, and change your life

What's something you've always wanted to accomplish but never have?
Maybe it's launching your own company, or maybe it's finally getting in shape.
Whatever it is, it probably seems like there are insurmountable obstacles standing between you and your goal, from your demanding family to your busy work schedule and your deep-seated fear of failure.
But the truth is, these goals are completely achievable — and in most cases, you are the only one holding yourself back.
That's according to Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering and the academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) at Stanford University. Roth's new book, "The Achievement Habit," outlines how a strategy called "design thinking" can help you create meaningful changes in your life.
Design thinking was invented by Roth and other Stanford engineers, and it's typically used to improve on a specific product or experience, like a lightbulb or online dating. Yet in "The Achievement Habit," Roth explains how the very same process can be turned inward, helping individuals become happier and more successful.
The book is based on a class Roth has been teaching for nearly half a century, called "The Designer in Society."
Design thinking is a five-step process:
1. Empathize: Learn what the issues are.
2. Define the problem: Which question are you going to answer?
3. Ideate: Generate possible solutions.
4. Prototype: Abandon perfection and either build your project or develop a plan.
5. Test and get feedback from others.
Roth says the individual steps aren't as important as some of the guiding principles behind design thinking: a bias toward action and limited fear of failure. The point of design thinking, according to Roth, is to challenge your automatic thinking and assumptions.
So how does design thinking work in real life?
Over at The New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope explains how the strategy helped her lose weight, something she'd long struggled with.
For the first step (empathize), Roth suggests learning what the real issues are by asking, "What would it do for me if I solved this problem?"
Parker-Pope realized she would feel better about herself, have more energy, and have more confidence to socialize with friends. So the real problem was not so much weight loss, but focusing on her friendships and boosting her energy.
In the process, she realized that carb-loading around lunchtime and eating sugar were making her tired during the day, so she eliminated both. "In shifting my focus away from weight loss to the real issues weighing on my life," Parker-Pope writes, "I ended up losing 25 pounds."
In the book, Roth also describes how design thinking helped a mom in one of his workshops stop worrying about her daughter getting into a good college.
The mom thought the key question was, "How do I make sure my daughter gets into a good college?", but Roth helped her realize that the real question (step two: define the problem) was, "How do I become less anxious?" That's because, once the daughter was admitted somewhere, she'd probably start worrying about something else.
With this new realization, the mom could start working on the big-picture issue of reducing her anxiety.
Design thinking can be equally helpful for working toward professional goals.
Roth gives an example of a student in his "Designer in Society" class named Paddy, who had always wanted to start his own business. Paddy was a journalist who had served in the marines, but when Roth encouraged students to dig deep and be honest with themselves, Paddy realized that none of his accomplishments had made him happy.
"He was just doing a good job walking the paths others had created," Roth writes.
Each student in the class has to complete a term project, which involves doing something they have wanted to do but have never done — and Paddy chose to produce his own radio show.
"In my class [Paddy] learned not to recoil or procrastinate when a new idea arose, but to act," Roth writes. So Paddy prototyped and produced several new products for the radio program "Marketplace." Later on, he published a book about economics.
Design thinking helped Paddy mostly by making doing an imperative, instead of thinking about doing (that's why step four is about prototyping).
The most valuable part of design thinking, Roth says, is that once you realize you can achieve one goal, you gain momentum toward achieving the next one. In other words, it becomes an "achievement habit."
Roth writes: "The experience of taking control of your life will change your reality, making it possible to achieve almost anything you seriously want to do."

Source:     Design Thinking For Success

Saturday, February 6, 2016

12 Simple Steps To A Good Night’s Sleep


few years ago, I carried out a large-scale survey examining the lifestyles of people who
sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed. The results revealed that the secret of a great night’s sleep is surprisingly simple, and comes down to the following 12 techniques.

1 Avoid the blues

When your eyes are exposed to light, your brain produces less of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Light towards the blue end of the spectrum is especially stimulating and, unfortunately, computer screens, tablets, smartphones and LED lighting all emit a lot of blue light. Try not to use these devices in the two hours before you go to bed. If you must use them, turn down the brightness or wear amber-tinted glasses designed to block blue light.

2 Tub time

There’s a decrease in your body temperature just before you fall asleep. Taking a bath or shower artificially raises your body temperature, but when you climb out of the tub or shower, this temperature abruptly drops and sends a signal to your body that you are ready for sleep. Take a bath or shower immediately before you head to bed.

3 Steer clear of the nightcap

Although a small amount of alcohol might help you get to sleep more quickly, it also gives you a more disturbed night, increases the chances of snoring and disrupts dreaming. Don’t drink alcohol in the hours before bed.

4 Follow the 90-minute rule

Every night your brain goes through several 90-minute sleep cycles. You feel good if you wake up towards the end of a cycle because then you are closest to your normal waking state. To increase the chances of this, decide when you want to wake up and then count back in 90 minutes blocks to discover the best time to fall asleep. For instance, if you want to wake up at 8am, you should aim to fall asleep around either 11pm or 12.30am.

5 Distract your brain

Although scientists have yet to assess the impact of counting sheep, research suggests that you will fall asleep quickly if you tire your mind. Try counting backwards from 100 in threes. Or, if you’re not good with numbers, think of a category (countries or fruit and vegetables) and then come up with an example of that category for each letter of the alphabet. A is for Albania, B is for Bulgaria, or A is for apple, B is for banana, etc.

6 Make a list

Are you struggling to fall asleep because you are worrying about a problem, or thinking about what you need to do the next day? Put a notepad on your bedside table and, before you nod off, make a list of what’s on your mind or make a to-do list for the next morning.

Sexually Active Young Women Not On Birth Control Advised To Avoid Alcohol

Sexually active women who are not on birth control should refrain from alcohol to avoid the risk of giving birth to babies with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, even if those women are not yet known to be pregnant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended.

The C.D.C. report, released on Tuesday, estimated that 3.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 who drink alcohol risk exposing their infants to the disorders, which can stunt children’s growth and cause lifelong disabilities. 

The report, which appeared to refer exclusively to heterosexual sex, also said that three in four women who intend to get pregnant do not stop drinking alcohol when they stop using birth control.

“The risk is real. Why take the chance?” Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the C.D.C., said in a statement.

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has been widely linked to stunted physical, mental and behavioral development of children.

In October, a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics declared that “no amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy.”

About half of pregnancies are unplanned, and most women do not know they are pregnant until four to six weeks into the pregnancy, the C.D.C. noted. 

The only way to ensure that the effects of alcohol would not be passed on to a child, then, would be alcoholic abstinence.

The suggestion of indefinite sobriety did not sit well with some women.

“The latest recommendation to avoid alcohol completely is obviously out of step with the way many ‘pre-pregnant’ people live their lives,” Ruth Graham wrote in Slate, calling it “swath-yourself-in-bubble-wrap thinking.”

“Why is it that whenever public health officials talk about alcohol, they act like they’re Puritan robots from outer space who could never understand earthlings’ love of distilled spirits,” Olga Khazan asked in The Atlantic.

And the reaction on social media sites ranged from mocking to incredulous.