I Believe That There Is Some Intelligent Life Out There

Do You Believe in Intelligent Alien Life?

Well, I do believe that there is a huge possibility that there is some alien life out there in one of the around 100 million planets out there in our galaxy alone. Now how many would that make in the entire universe – I can’t do that kind of math.

I am not arrogant enough to think that this planet and we are so special that we are the only living things out in the vastness of space. So even though I don’t know for sure I would bet that there is some intelligent life out there in the vastness of the universe, living on some rock that is traveling around some star in a system. Some will be much more advanced than us and others will be a lot less advanced.

Someday I hope we know for sure and get to meet some friendly aliens who wish us no harm. Who wants to share technology and make things goo for each other. And if their females are hot, I hope they would be up for some “cultural exchange”. I know I would!

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Doing 5 Simple Things That Make You Happy

1. Make Sure You’re Giving Back

Do you give 10% of your income to your favorite charity or organization? Instead of spending money on yourself, you’ll feel happier giving to others. There’s something about giving that allows you to receive more in return besides just the act of giving to help others. When you give, you’re sending a message to the Universe that you know everything’s going to be alright.

According to a study published in 2010, “people experienced happier moods when they gave more money away—but only if they had a choice about how much to give” By giving, you’ll be taken care of, too. You see it from those with very little to those who have millions: you have to give to get, and by doing that, your happiness increases. You’ll feel better as well when you accomplish your goals.

2. Laugh Every Day (It’s Better than Money)

Do you spend time each day laughing? Do you purposefully find happy things to laugh about? When you laugh, you release happy hormones called oxytocin and endorphins. These are hormones that uplifts us as we share experiences with others. Even just making yourself smile will put you in a better place. It is thought that the fact that laughter releases these hormones in order to promote social bonding, so try getting together with friends for a good dose of laughter, as well as increased social connection. These are things that make you happy.

3. Foster Good Relationships With Family and Friends

Happy people don’t spend large amounts of time alone. By spending time with people you like and love, you forge supportive relationships that help people feel better during times of stress. You also bond with others through common experiences, such as life’s ups and downs. They become your support network and help bring more of the things that make people happy. People who don’t spend as much time with family or friends are more prone to loneliness and depression. Here’s How to Tell If You Are Fostering Positive Relationships in Life.

4. Take Some Alone Time

In contrast to spending time with family and friends, it’s important to step back and take some time for yourself in order to cultivate self-care. You can recharge your spirit and find a little peace. Taking some time away and being alone can do wonders for your mood and outlook, as well as help you find the meaning of true happiness. Use this time to do more of the things that make you happy, such as a favorite hobby, exercise, or simple relaxation. Even just sitting in the sun or listening to your favorite song can improve your life satisfaction in the short term.

5. Do What You Love

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do what you love, and the money will follow?” Doing things that you love to do–and even better, getting paid for it–are good ways to boost your levels of happiness. When work feels like play, you’re more likely to enjoy other aspects of your life more, too.

6 Tips On How To Get Ready For An Interview

1. Research the industry and company.
An interviewer may ask how you perceive his company’s position in its industry, who the firm’s competitors are, what its competitive advantages are, and how it should best go forward. For this reason, avoid trying to thoroughly research a dozen different industries. Focus your job search on just a few industries instead.

2. Clarify your “selling points” and the reasons you want the job.
Prepare to go into every interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Have an example of each selling point prepared (“I have good communication skills. For example, I persuaded an entire group to …”). And be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job – including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, and what abilities it requires that you possess. If an interviewer doesn’t think you’re really, really interested in the job, he or she won’t give you an offer – no matter how good you are!

3. Anticipate the interviewer’s concerns and reservations.
There are always more candidates for positions than there are openings. So interviewers look for ways to screen people out. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself why they might not want to hire you (“I don’t have this,” “I’m not that,” etc.). Then prepare your defense: “I know you may be thinking that I might not be the best fit for this position because [their reservation]. But you should know that [reason the interviewer shouldn’t be overly concerned].”

4. Prepare for common interview questions.
Every “how to interview” book has a list of a hundred or more “common interview questions.” (You might wonder just how long those interviews are if there are that many common questions!) So how do you prepare? Pick any list and think about which questions you’re most likely to encounter, given your age and status (about to graduate, looking for a summer internship). Then prepare your answers so you won’t have to fumble for them during the actual interview.

5. Line up your questions for the interviewer.
Come to the interview with some intelligent questions for the interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent. Interviewers always ask if you have any questions, and no matter what, you should have one or two ready. If you say, “No, not really,” he or she may conclude that you’re not all that interested in the job or the company. A good all-purpose question is, “If you could design the ideal candidate for this position from the ground up, what would he or she be like?”

If you’re having a series of interviews with the same company, you can use some of your prepared questions with each person you meet (for example, “What do you think is the best thing about working here?” and “What kind of person would you most like to see fill this position?”) Then, try to think of one or two others during each interview itself.

6. Be ready to handle illegal and inappropriate questions.
Interview questions about your race, age, gender, religion, marital status, and sexual orientation are inappropriate and in many areas illegal. Nevertheless, you may get one or more of them. If you do, you have a couple of options. You can simply answer with a question (“I’m not sure how that’s relevant to my application”), or you can try to answer “the question behind the question”: “I don’t know whether I’ll decide to have children in the near future, but if you’re wondering if I’ll be leaving my job for an extended period of time, I can say that I’m very committed to my career and frankly can’t imagine giving it up.”

Best Ways To Beat The Heat This April/Summer

Stay hydrated

You must have noticed that we feel thirstier on the day it is hot. Have you ever wondered why this happens? Because heat makes you sweat. Sweat is basically your body’s response to regulate internal body temperature. However, this makes you lose water and you can feel dehydrated. Also, the more sweaty you get, the more tired you feel. Why do you feel tired due to sweating? Because it depletes the electrolytes from the body and drains your energy. Staying hydrated is very important during summers as it ensures that the body functions properly. Opt for lemonade, watermelon juice, orange juice, etc. In this way you will get plenty of minerals along with fluid in the body.

Follow a light diet

In summer we eat less food because it may reduce hunger. It is crucial to eat regularly because your body needs more nutrients to fight the heat and keep you healthy. But don’t overeat. Try to take a light diet. Include vegetables like cucumber, gourd, pumpkin etc. in your diet. Try to avoid consuming too much of heavy, spicy recipes like chicken gravy, eggs and other animal proteins.

Take cold-water bath

The fastest and easiest way to get relief from the heat is to take a bath with cold water. But you cannot do it every little while. Keeping an ice pack on the neck can also be an alternative to reduce the body temperature. Not only this, wiping the face and feet with a wet cloth also gives relief from heat. Do not forget to wash your face and feet with cold water before sleeping at night. This will make you feel better and be ready to fight the heat for a few hours.

Wear light, cotton clothes

Try to avoid tight clothing in summers so that air can circulate throughout the body. Go for cotton clothes mostly as they absorb sweat and keep you cool. Absolutely hide synthetic clothes in the wardrobe in summer. Also avoid wearing dark coloured clothes. Because dark colors absorb more heat and make you feel uncomfortable.

Avoid exercising too much

First and foremost, note that exercise is a must for a healthy body and mind, and we are a supporter too! But do not overexhaust yourselves. Keep your post workout snacks ready after a good session. Instead of indulging in outdoor activities in the sun, you may shift to an indoor gym.

Maintain ventilation in your homes

Keep your windows open for a while and let the home breathe. On the days when the weather is very hot, drop the curtain so that the harsh rays of the sun do not enter the room. Too many electric bulbs and lights in the room can raise the room temperature to a little extent. Turn off as many lights as you can and only use the ones you need.

Try to stay indoors

The more you stay indoors in summer, the more you will be able to protect yourself from the heat. But staying indoors all the time is also difficult. So, plan your outing keeping the weather in mind. On the day when the weather is about to warm up, postpone your outing for some time. If you like to go for a walk, try to go early in the morning or after the sunset.

For healthy skin, keep cosmetics cool

You can keep your cosmetics like lotions and moisturizers in the refrigerator. You ought to feel refreshed every time you use it. Not just creams, you can also store your lipstick or facial wipes in the fridge. Cooled rose water also gives relief from heat. You can fill it in a spray bottle and keep it in the fridge. Sprinkle it directly on your face or use it in cotton wool to wipe your face. It will give instant relief from the heat.

Five Tips For Working From Home

1. Maintain Regular Hours

Set a schedule and stick to it…most of the time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain a work-life balance. That said, one of the best benefits of remote work is flexibility when the job allows for it. Sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate someone else’s time zone. When you do, be sure to wrap up earlier than usual or sleep in a bit the next morning to make up for it.

2. Create a Morning Routine

Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day. What in your morning routine indicates you’re about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee before you tackle your to-do list. It might be returning home after a jog or getting dressed. (Wearing pajamas is a work-from-home perk for some, but a bad strategy for others.) Look for an existing habit that you have, like brushing your teeth or coming in from a dog walk, to act as your signal. That way, you can tack on the new habit of kicking off your workday.

3. Schedule Breaks

If you work for an organization, know the policy on break times and take them. If you’re self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seem to be the standard for full-time US employees. For computer-based work and other sedentary work, it’s important to stand up and move to get your blood circulating every so often, at least once an hour. It also helps to move your eyes off of the screen regularly, even if it’s a micro-break of 10 to 20 seconds.

4. Leave Home

To the extent that it’s safe, get out of the house and move your body. Your body needs blood circulation. Plus, the fresh air and natural light will do you good. Ideally, step outside for at least a short while before, during, and after your working hours. This same advice applies equally to people who do in-person work. Leave the building at least once a day during working hours. If your circumstances and conditions allow, you might also go to cafes, libraries, and co-working spaces to break up the monotony of being at home. That’s great, but the really important part is to leave your home, get some air and natural light, and move.  You don’t have to go to crowded public spaces to get away from your solo workspace. Take a walk. Weed the garden. Sit on the stoop. You get the picture.

5. Keep a Dedicated Office Space

In an ideal world, remote employees would have not only a dedicated office, but also two computers, one for work and one for personal use. It’s more secure for the employer, and it lets you do all your NSFW activities in private. But not everyone has a spare room to use as an office in their home, and keeping two machines isn’t always realistic. Instead, dedicate a desk or table space and some peripherals that will be used only for work. For example, when your laptop is hooked up to the monitor and external keyboard, it’s work time.

How To Stop Smoking In 5 Easy Steps

1. Try nicotine replacement therapy : Ask your health care provider about nicotine replacement therapy. The options include:

  • Prescription nicotine in a nasal spray or inhaler
  • Nicotine patches, gum and lozenges you can buy without a prescription
  • Prescription non-nicotine stop-smoking drugs such as bupropion (Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, others) and varenicline

2. Avoid triggers : Tobacco urges are likely to be strongest in the places where you smoked or chewed tobacco most often, such as at parties or bars, or at times when you were feeling stressed or sipping coffee. Find out your triggers and have a plan in place to avoid them or get through them without using tobacco. Don’t set yourself up for a smoking relapse. If you usually smoked while you talked on the phone, for instance, keep a pen and paper nearby to keep busy with doodling rather than smoking.

3. Delay : If you feel like you’re going to give in to your tobacco craving, tell yourself that you must first wait 10 more minutes. Then do something to distract yourself during that time. Try going to a public smoke-free zone. These simple tricks may be enough to move you past your tobacco craving.

4. Chew on it : Give your mouth something to do to resist a tobacco craving. Chew on sugarless gum or hard candy. Or munch on raw carrots, nuts or sunflower seeds — something crunchy and tasty.

5. Try relaxation techniques : Smoking may have been your way to deal with stress. Fighting back against a tobacco craving can itself be stressful. Take the edge off stress by trying ways to relax, such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, yoga, visualization, massage or listening to calming music.

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10 Interesting Facts About The Fearsome Jaguar

1. THEY HAVE A MIGHTY NAME : The word ‘jaguar’ comes from the indigenous word ‘yaguar’, which means ‘he who kills with one leap’. You’ll find out why later…

2. THEIR TERRITORY IS SHRINKING : Jaguars used to be found from the south-west USA, throughout South America to almost the far north in Argentina. Now, they’ve been virtually eliminated from half of their historic range. There are around 173,000 jaguars left in the world today, and most of these big cats are found in the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal, the largest tropical wetland. Their stronghold is in Brazil – it may hold around half of the estimated wild numbers.

3. THEY’RE ON THE CHUNKY SIDE : The jaguar is the third biggest cat in the world – after the tiger and the lion – and is the largest cat in the Americas. They can grow up to 170cm long, not including their impressive tails which can be up to 80cm. Male jaguars can weigh 120kg (that’s almost 19 stone), while female jaguars can weigh much less, up to 100kg. But their sizes can vary a lot between regions – jaguars in central America can be roughly half the size of jaguars in the Pantanal. They need that bulk behind them to take on big prey, including giant caiman.

4. THEY’VE GOT SPOTTY SPOTS : To the untrained eye, jaguars can be mistaken for leopards as they look similar, but you can tell the difference from their rosettes (circular markings): Jaguars have black dots in the middle of some of their rosettes, whereas leopards don’t. Jaguars also have larger, rounded heads and short legs. Jaguars can be “melanistic”, where they appear almost as if they are black jaguars. However, this is a commonly misidentified term as melanistic jaguars (and leopards) are known as “black panthers”.

5. JAGUARS ARE EXCELLENT SWIMMERS : Unlike many domestic cats, jaguars don’t avoid water. They have adapted to living in wet environments, and can be found swimming in lakes, rivers and wetlands. They are confident swimmers, known to cross large rivers.

6. JAGUARS ROAR : Both males and females roar, which helps bring them together when they want to mate. A jaguar’s usual call is called a ‘saw’ because it sounds like the sawing of wood – but with the saw only moving in one direction. When jaguars greet each other, or reassure one another, they make a noise like a nasally snuffling.

7. THEY’LL EAT ALMOST ANYTHING : Jaguars are opportunistic hunters and can prey upon almost anything they come across. Capybaras, deer, tortoises, iguanas, armadillos, fish, birds and monkeys are just some of the prey that jaguars eat. They can even tackle South America’s largest animal, the tapir, and huge predators like caiman. Jaguars are nocturnal as well as diurnal big cats, as they hunt both in the day and at night and usually travel up to 10km (over 6 miles) a night when hunting.

8. THEY KILL WITH A POWERFUL BITE : Jaguars have a more powerful bite than any other big cat. Their teeth are strong enough to bite through the thick hides of crocodilians and the hard shells of turtles. They need powerful teeth and jaws to take down prey three to four times their own weight – usually killing it with a bite to the back of the skull rather than biting the neck or throat like other big cats. Like other cats, their tongues have sharp-pointed bumps, called papillae, which are used to scrape meat off bones.

9. THEIR CUBS GROW QUICKLY : When breeding, a pair of jaguars may mate up to 100 times a day. That’s exhausting. Pregnancy lasts around 14 weeks, then the female usually gives birth to two jaguar cubs (though she can have up to four). Jaguar cubs weigh about the same as a loaf of bread when they’re born, but they soon grow. At two years old, males can be 50% heavier than their female siblings.

10. JAGUARS FACE GROWING THREATS : Deforestation rates are high in South America, both for logging and to clear space for cattle ranching. This results in many new threats to jaguars, from the loss of their home to isolating their populations, making breeding harder. Less habitat also means jaguars’ prey is reduced – over a quarter of their range is thought to have depleted numbers of wild prey. This leads them to hunt livestock and be killed by people. They’re also vulnerable to poaching, despite this being illegal. Though demand for their skins has declined since the mid-1970s, jaguar paws, teeth and other parts are still sought after, mostly from China for traditional medicine and ornaments.

The Most Romantic Season Of The Year?

What is the most romantic season of the year and why?
I don’t know. I mean is there such a thing? I guess it depends on one’s outlook but to me it feels like any time of the year can be the most romantic if you have someone who loves you back. It can be at any time as long as you have that feeling in you.

Does the rainfall makes things more romantic? Does the early snowfall of December? What about spring? But then where I live other than a heavy rainy monsoon and the rest of the year we don’t really have much difference in the weather. So what difference does the time of year make? It doesn’t make any to me.

I think we should stop letting stories and movies convince us that this or that season is more romantic than the others. It just doesn’t mean anything unless you can ofcourse back it up with convincing data. I think any day of the year and any season can be romantic, if you try hard enough.

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Some Points To Consider Before You Plan A Vacation

Trip duration

The first thing to determine is how long you want your trip to be. Do you only have a week off work, or can you travel for as long as you want? The longer you have then the more flexibility you have on where to go, and this would help you to go further afield rather than more local destinations. If you have enough time you may even be able to go on a multi-destination trip.

Trip type and where to go?

Next, you should have a think about where you want to go and what kind of trip you want. Do you want a more adventurous trip such a ski holiday, a city break, or maybe a relaxing spa destination? As well as the type of trip, where do you want to go? Such as somewhere in Europe, a place in Asia, a more well-known destination, or a lesser-known spot. Looking online such as on blogs, or even on Instagram, are great ways to find inspiration on where to go for your next trip.

Who are you traveling with?

When you plan your trip, your destination choices can be affected by your traveling companions. Will you be traveling solo, as a couple, or taking family vacations? Sit down with other members of your traveling group and discuss your ideas and interests. Memorable trips are those where each member gets to experience something they love. Don’t leave it to one person to make all the decisions. Or, maybe you could take turns in choosing a destination each year!

What kind of experiences do you like?

To have a memorable trip, choose a destination that allows you to have experiences you enjoy.

Do you like:

  • Relaxation or adventure
  • Beaches or mountains
  • Summer or winter
  • Cities or countryside
  • Resorts or road trips
  • Festivals and culture
  • Shopping or food experience
  • Luxury, mid-range, or budget

When to Travel?

Weather and crowds play an important role when you plan your trip. For your chosen destination, do you know when the high season and low season is? If you are fortunate enough to be flexible in when you can take your vacation time, good for you! Avoiding peak travel periods is one of our best travel tips for how to plan a vacation.

Cost/budget

Some destinations are particularly expensive, such as Iceland, Switzerland etc. This means that you would need a much higher budget to visit and it may take longer to save for your trip. The way I determine whether a destination is affordable to visit is by doing the below:

  • I check the cost of the flight
  • Then I would search on Booking.com or Airbnb and put in some rough dates to get an idea of accommodation prices
  • Then finally I would check on a site such as Numbeo to get an idea of the cost of living and prices of restaurants and food

Once you have done the above, you should then look at how long you were planning to visit the destination and calculate the basic cost. Of course activities at the destination will add to this basic cost so keep that in mind.

Package holiday or book independently

Another thing to consider is whether to book a package holiday or book everything independently. There are definitely pros and cons to both types, such as booking independently takes a bit more work, but can provide more reflexibility.

Visa/entry rules

Visa and entry requirements are extremely important to check before you travel. You may not need a visa, but instead you may need a travel pre-authorisation. Such as in Canada they now have an eTA (electronic travel authorisation), and in the United States they have a ESTA. You may find that a lot of destinations don’t even require a visa for short stays which is making travel so much easier. Of course, it varies depending on your passport and which country you are from, so always do your research and never take the risk or arriving without checking.

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Five Tips To That Help You Fall Asleep Quickly

1. Lower the temperature

Your body temperature changes as you fall asleep. Your body cools down when you lie down and warms up when you get up. If your room is too warm, you might have a hard time falling asleep. Setting your thermostat to a cool temperature between 60–67°F Taking a warm bath or shower could also help speed up the body’s temperature changes. As your body cools down afterward, this can send a signal to your brain to go to sleep.

2. Use the 4-7-8 breathing method

The â€ś4-7-8” method that Dr. Andrew Weil developed is a simple but powerful breathing method that promotes calmness and relaxation. It might also help you unwind before bed (7). It’s based on breath control techniques learned from yoga, and it consists of a breathing pattern that relaxes the nervous system. It can be practiced any time you feel anxious or stressed.

Here are the steps:

  1. First, place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth.
  2. Exhale completely through your mouth and make a “whoosh” sound.
  3. Close your mouth, and inhale through your nose while mentally counting to 4.
  4. Hold your breath, and mentally count to 7.
  5. Open your mouth and exhale completely, making a “whoosh” sound and mentally counting to 8.
  6. Repeat this cycle at least three more times.

This technique can relax you and help you fall asleep quickly

3. Get on a schedule

Many people find that setting a sleep schedule helps them fall asleep easier. Your body has its own regulatory system called the circadian rhythm. This internal clock cues your body to feel alert during the day but sleepy at night. Waking up and going to bed at the same times each day can help your internal clock keep a regular schedule. Once your body adjusts to this schedule, it’ll be easier to fall asleep and wake up around the same time every day.

4. Experience both daylight and darkness

Light can influence your body’s internal clock, which regulates sleep and wakefulness. Irregular light exposure can lead to the disruption of circadian rhythms, making it harder to fall asleep and stay awake. During the day, exposing your body to bright light tells it to stay alert. Both natural daylight and artificial light, such as the kind emitted from an e-reader, have this effect on your alertness. At night, darkness promotes feelings of sleepiness. In fact, research shows that darkness boosts the production of melatonin, an essential hormone for sleep. In fact, the body secretes very little melatonin during the day.

5. Avoid naps during the day

Due to poor sleep at night, people with insomnia tend to be sleepy during the day, which often leads to daytime napping. While naps of short duration have been linked to improvements in alertness and well-being, there are mixed opinions about the effects of napping on nighttime sleep. Some studies have shown that regular naps that are long (at least 2 hours), and late may lead to poor nighttime sleep quality and even sleep deprivation.

Top 5 Online Shopping Websites In India

Amazon.in : Amazon is the biggest and the oldest online shopping site all around the world. Amazon was established in the year 1994 by Jeff Bezos and Co-founder Mackenzie Scott. The headquarters of Amazon is in Seattle, Washington, in the U.S. The area served by Amazon is worldwide. In the Initial time of the company, they focused on online bookselling.

Flipkart : Flipkart is the first India-based E-Commerce platform founded by two Indian entrepreneurs, brother Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. The company was established 14 years ago in 2007. Like Amazon, during its initial time, Flipkart was developed for selling books online. Still, with time Flipkart enlarged its range of products by including Electronic Appliances, Cosmetics, groceries, Fashion, Daily lifestyle, and much more range of products.

Myntra : Myntra was established in 2007, having Mukesh Bansal as the Founder alongside Ashutosh Lawania and Vineet Saxena as co-founder of the company. The more likely Myntra is acknowledged as e-commerce site which deals in fashion products and personalized gift items from the initial stage.

Snapdeal : Snapdeal is one of the most trusted India-based E-Commerce sites. It was established in 2010 by two friends, Kunal Bahi post graduated from the Wharton School and Rohit Bansal post graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. During the initial time of the business, Snapdeal was working as a daily need online platform, but in 2011, they changed their business strategy to an Online Shopping site.

Ajio : Ajio is also an India-based E-commerce Initiative started by Reliance Retail digital in 2016. AJIO has a headquarter in Mumbai, India. The company is the most rapidly growing E-Commerce site dealing in lifestyle products. Ajio provides its products in more than 200 countries all around the world, especially in India.

How To Survive A Long-haul International Flight

1. Book your tickets early.

This should go without saying. The earlier you book, the better your chances of scoring your favorite seat — it’s that simple.

2. Sit in the back.

Just in case you don’t have a favorite seat (or the ones in the front with all the legroom are taken), go for the back. It’ll be noisier, sure, but if everyone else is scrambling for the front, you’ve got a far better chance of ending up with an empty seat or two beside you. Before your flight, keep an eye on the seat map to see if there are any empty rows you can claim last minute.

3. Use those air miles to upgrade.

If you’ve got ’em, flaunt ’em. You’ll thank yourself when you’re reclining in a first-class seat, sipping Champagne and pretending to like caviar. And if you don’t have the miles, this is the time to splurge for a superior first- or business-class seat.

4. Prepare for jet lag.

There are several things you can do before your flight to help avoid jet lag, or at least mitigate it. Spend the days before your flight adjusting your sleep patterns (a few 4 a.m. or 7 p.m. bedtimes should do it, depending on what time of day you’ll be flying). You can also book your flight so that it arrives during the day, make the most of your stopovers, and, most importantly, be well rested before you fly. Trust us, staying awake for the 24 hours before your trip because you’re sure it’ll balance out once you arrive just doesn’t work.

5. Check in early.

The last thing you need before your long-haul journey is to panic your way through a busy airport — or to miss your flight.

6. De-stress before you arrive.

Have a nice breakfast. Go to the gym. Read a book. Go for a walk. It’s important to relax before you embark on your journey.

7. But do bring your own pillow.

A small pillow is a staple carry-on item for long-distance travelers. Almost every airport sells travel pillows, and looking a little ridiculous is a small price to pay for not destroying your neck.

8. Dress right.

Keep it loose and comfortable — you’re not here to impress anyone. Remember to bring layers for when it gets cold — a cardigan or sweatshirt is always good to have on hand.

9. Download some backup movies onto your tablet or laptop.

In-flight entertainment systems are not always reliable. They sometimes fail, and when they do, you’ll be glad to have something to do in reserve.

10. Charge those devices.

The absolute last thing you need is for your iPad to run out of juice one hour into an 11-hour flight. This is especially true if your in-flight entertainment system isn’t working.

11. Bring your own snacks, or buy some before boarding

One of the beauties of long-haul flights is how well you’re fed—often, at least two full meals and a mid-flight snack to curb your cravings are provided. But what about when the lights are out, flight attendants are nowhere to be found, and hunger pangs strike? What then? Be prepared with your own munchies and a bottle of water—especially if you’re the type that craves salt.

12. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Because planes are constantly replenishing cabin air with the air outside, the levels of humidity inside plane cabins are comparable to what you’d find in a desert—bone dry. The effects are two-fold: the extreme dryness dulls the skin, and, if not addressed, dehydration leads to worsened jet lag. It’s vital to drink plenty of water—approximately 8 ounces per hour, according to some experts.

What Are Your Top 5 Tips For Keeping The Romance Alive?


Be spontaneous.

The thrill of doing something new can put the spark back in your relationship. Think jet skiing, trying a new brewery, or exploring an unfamiliar neighborhood—whatever excites both of you. “Research has shown that spontaneity is an important component to happy, long-term relationships.

Touch Each other.

Don’t underestimate the power of touch. Everything from a squeeze on the arm to a hug will go a long way toward keeping the two of you connected. Or you can give your partner a sensuous massage with an aromatherapy massage oil. Random intimate touching can also reinforce spontaneity as well as increase your oxytocin levels helping you both to feel more bonded.

Get flirty.

Stop taking your partner for granted and go back to those old techniques you used to catch their eye in the first place. Once you do, they’ll reciprocate. Think back to the effort both of you made to get one another’s attention. Whether it was a sexy note or some innuendo, it can help you remember the spark that brought you together.

Actually do date night.

Though it may seem predictable, scheduling one-on-one time with your spouse, especially if you have young children, is vital for maintaining your romantic connection. Taking time to enjoy your couple-hood is an investment in your relationship which is good for the whole family, as most experts believe that happy couples make happier parents.

Have more sex.

When you maintain a healthy and frequent sex life, you’re taking the first step to ensure that you and your partner keep the passion alive. Sometimes acting ‘as if’ you’re craving sex, just to get the sexual energy up can give you both the jump-start that helps create a new pattern. Also, having sex on a regular basis will balance your hormones so you’ll want sex more. Sex begets sex.

The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

Most adults need 7 or more hours of good-quality sleep on a regular schedule each night. Getting enough sleep isn’t only about total hours of sleep. It’s also important to get good-quality sleep on a regular schedule so you feel rested when you wake up. If you often have trouble sleeping — or if you often still feel tired after sleeping — talk with your doctor.

Why is getting enough sleep important?

Getting enough sleep has many benefits. It can help you:

  • Get sick less often
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease 
  • Reduce stress and improve your mood
  • Think more clearly and do better in school and at work
  • Get along better with people
  • Make good decisions and avoid injuries — for example, drowsy drivers cause thousands of car accidents every year

Does it matter when I sleep?

Yes. Your body sets your “biological clock” according to the pattern of daylight where you live. This helps you naturally get sleepy at night and stay alert during the day.

If you have to work at night and sleep during the day, you may have trouble getting enough sleep. It can also be hard to sleep when you travel to a different time zone.

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Some Common Refrigerator Problems

A reliable fridge can last for up to 20 years, but at some point, you’ll start to experience various problems. Some of them you can get a good repair service to fix your fridge quickly but there are chances that you may have to replace them. Your fridge is the highest energy-guzzler in your kitchen, and investing in one that will save you a few bucks each month will add up. Take a look at the most common refrigerator problems below to see if you should fix or replace your fridge.

1. Temperature Problems : The most common refrigerator problem is a refrigerator not cooling. Obviously, having your fridge keep food cool is a necessity, so this issue needs to be addressed quickly.

Make sure your fridge is placed correctly and not too close to a wall. The air vents need to have space to allow for proper airflow. Make sure your fridge door can properly open and close. If you find that it has a hard time shutting or you have to pry it open, the fridge door seal may need to be replaced. Double-check that your fridge’s internal temperature is correct by placing a thermometer inside the appliance. The gauge could be broken and not reading and cooling your fridge’s temp correctly.

2. Blocked Vents : Your refrigerator’s air circulation relies on vents to maintain a cool and uniform temperature throughout. When we overcrowd the refrigerator with groceries, leftovers, and other perishables, the interior ventilation might become partially or completely blocked.

3. Condenser Coils That Are Filthy : You have an issue with the condenser coils if everything else appears to be operating except the fridge not cooling. The performance of your refrigerator will be harmed if your refrigeration system’s condenser coils are unclean, as they will have to work more than usual to expel heat from inside the device.

4. Condenser Fan Motor : If your refrigerator still won’t cool down, the issue might be with the condenser fan motor. The fan motor pulls air to cool the condenser coils, and a broken fan increases the likelihood of your kitchen appliance overheating and failing to cool.

5. Evaporator Fan : Depending on your refrigerator type, one or more evaporator fans may be installed. The cold air from the evaporator coils is distributed throughout the freezer compartment by these fans.

6. Control Panels : Most current refrigerator models use at least two circuit boards to manage the refrigerator’s key functions: the main and temperature control boards. One or both circuit boards have to be damaged in order for your refrigerator to not cool, resulting in rotting food.

7. Electricity Availability : It’s sometimes as easy as verifying if your refrigerator is plugged in before dismantling it to uncover the problem. If the electrical plug is not fully inserted into the socket, it is likely to come free, resulting in the loss of power to your refrigerator.

8. Location : This may come as a surprise, but the location of your refrigerator has an impact on its function. Your fridge’s cooling ability will suffer if your kitchen or garage is excessively chilly or hot. Having hot appliances like ranges, dishwashers, and ovens next to your model can also affect its cooling abilities.

9. Uneven Ground Leveling : Did you realize that your refrigerator‘s cooling capacity might be harmed by leveling? If your refrigerator’s side-to-side level is even slightly wrong, it will throw everything off and prevent the cooling system from operating.

10. Clearances : Air circulation is blocked off if your built-in or counter-depth refrigerators are too densely packed with food in certain areas, preventing your model from chilling down.

What Are The Top 5 New Year Resolutions

1. Exercise more – 52% – Brace yourself for a busier gym — at least for the first few weeks of the year. 52% of participants said they wanted to hit the gym more this year.

2. Eat healthier – 50% – Exercise alone can only do so much. Coming in at number 2, survey respondents are hoping to eat more home cooked meals.

3. Lose weight – 40% – Keeping with the health trend, another goal on people’s mind is losing weight. With all the parties and good and usually rich, fattening food , this may not come as a shock.

4. Save more money – 39% – With inflation hitting highs it hasn’t in decades, this one shouldn’t come as a shock. According to some exerts, inflation rose about 6% in the past 12 months. But even without inflation, many people elect to tighten up their wallets in the new year.

5. Spend more time with family/friends -37% – Coming off the holiday season, many will have seen family and friends they don’t usually get to spend time with. Why not carry that energy into next year, with a resolution to further your relationships? As travel reaches pre-pandemic levels, it seems as though many are.

If You Are Willing To Donate Blood To Help Others, Read As To Who Can Donate

What are the rules of Blood donation? Who can donate blood?

Most people can give blood if they are in good health. There are some basic requirements one  need to fulfill in order to become a blood donor.  Below are some basic eligibility guidelines:

Age: You are aged between 18 and 65. * In some countries national legislation permits 16–17 year-olds to donate provided that they fulfil the physical and hematological criteria required and that appropriate consent is obtained. Similarly in some countries, regular donors over the age of 65 may be accepted at the discretion of the responsible physician. The upper age limit in some countries are 60.

Weight: You weigh at least 50 kg. * In some countries, donors of whole blood donations should weigh at least 45 kg to donate 350 ml ± 10% .

Health: You must be in good health at the time you donate. You cannot donate if you have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection. If you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure.  If the body piercing was performed by a registered health professional and any inflammation has settled completely, you can donate blood after 12 hours.

If you have visited the dentist for a minor procedure you must wait 24 hours before donating; for major work wait a month. You must not donate blood If you do not meet the minimum haemoglobin level for blood donation.

Travel: Travel to areas where mosquito-borne infections are endemic, e.g. malaria, dengue and Zika virus infections, may result in a temporary deferral. Many countries also implemented the policy to defer blood donors with a history of travel or residence for defined cumulative exposure periods in specified countries or areas, as a measure to reduce the risk of transmitting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) by blood transfusion.

Thinking About Hiring A Long Distance Mover?

Very recently two friends of mine, a married couple, who had migrated to Canada in 2019, decided to make the move from Toronto, Ontario – where they had landed and lived and worked in for 3 years – to Calgary, Alberta a city where they had visited family well over a year ago. They fell in love with the city and it’s abundance of natural charms and made the move once the job thing was sorted out. In order to make the move they realized that one of the most important things was to find a reliable long-distance mover to help them with that move.

Moving is a huge decision, and the price you’ll pay to move is a small factor with a big price tag. But how much do movers cost?

The national average cost of moving is about $1,400 USD with a range from $800 to $2,500. Note, however, that this price range is for a 2-person moving team completing a local move of less than 100 miles. For long-distance moves, the average cost of movers jumps to between $2,200 and $5,700. If you’ll be doing an out-of-state move, there are two things you’ll need to do when hiring a moving company:

  • Ask if the company you’re considering completes long-distance moves (some don’t altogether, while others subcontract these jobs).
  • Require that the company perform an in-person estimate (failing to complete this important step can leave you with an unhappy financial surprise on moving day).

On average, movers charge between $25 to $50 per mover, per hour for local moves. So, a two-person team working for four hours will cost a minimum of $200 to $400, just for labor. But keep in mind that other expenses will be incurred as well, like transportation fees, materials and gas. You should keep in mind a checklist of things & supplies to keep before planning the move.  Moving is stressful as it is, let alone moving long distance. Some people may just hire a u-haul and make the the move themselves. While there are thousands of moving companies to choose from, it makes a difference choosing one with fair prices and a proven track record of quality service. 

Here are some questions to ask a long distance movers that you are looking to hire:

  • Are you properly licensed?
  • Do you have experience with my specific type of move?
  • What kind of liability coverage options does your company provide?
  • Do you have references?
  • Can you provide a binding quote or a not-to-exceed estimate?