Showing posts from November 26, 2017

The Truth About Beauty Sleep

Faster-Healing Skin

"Beauty sleep" is real. Your skin uses sleep hours to heal itself from the day's damage. When you drift off, your skin gets the chance to improve. That's why you may wake up looking fresh and rosy.

Fewer Breakouts

More sleep, clearer skin. Lack of sleep can lead to stress, which causes pimples and blackheads, even in adults. In one study, experts found that college students had more breakouts when they were stressed out, such as during exam time.

Brighter Eyes

Want eyes that sparkle? Don't let dark circles steal their spotlight. Dark circles often run in families, but they can look even darker if you aren’t getting enough shut-eye. To disguise them, apply a light layer of eye cream as a primer. Then dab on and blend in a dot of concealer one to two shades lighter than your skin tone.

Even Skin Tone

Pulling an all-nighter can make your skin look more pale or blotchy. Sleep encourages healthy blood flow to your skin. If you wake up with uneven skin, ap…

How to Bounce Back After a Bad Night’s Sleep

Bad Night?

You’re dragging after a night of tossing and turning. It’s probably going to be a tough day at work. What can you do to make things a little easier and make sure you sleep better tonight?

Don't: Hit The Snooze Button

Is there anything sweeter? It’s not like you’re really “sleeping in,” and that extra 10 minutes is just the thing to give you a bit of extra energy, right? Not really. You need up to an hour of extra ZZZs before it helps. Otherwise, you’re really just creating stress for yourself by shortening your morning prep time.

Don't: Sleep In

You decide to take the morning off. You can make up that sleep from 9 to noon, right? Tempting, but probably a bad idea. You set your body’s “internal clock” when you go to bed and get up at the same time each day. It’s best to stick to that routine, even if you didn’t sleep well. It'll help get your cycle back on track.

Do: Get Some Sun

It helps your body set its clock. It can also help counter sleeplessness by helping yo…

Inspirational Quote – December 02, 2017

“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.”

This reminds me of free will, which really isn’t free. When I hear people say they have free will, I wonder what they are thinking? Every action causes a reaction, and it’s only through time and experience that we come to realize that consequences await. So to quote one of my favorite lines from “Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail,” choose wisely….

Susyn Blair-Hunt

Stone by Stone

Facing a row of heavy sodden soil to be turned by hand, and looking up at the wider project of other rows; these moments come up in so many ways over and over in our lives. "How will this all get done?" we wonder. The choices to procrastinate, to look for a quicker or easier method, or to give up and walk away declaring "It can't be done!" are all possibilities. The approach we take in each of these moments has meanings and answers that go deep into the underground of our lives. Alanda Greene turns these reflections over one forkful at a time in her essay about the annual task of turning dirt.

Why Do People Do Bad Things?

In Behave, Robert Sapolsky offers an inspired synthesis of how biology shapes human behavior—both the good and the bad.BY C. BRANDON OGBUNU

The re-emergence of Neo-Nazi ideology; crowd-funded humanitarian aid; mass shootings with no apparent motive; rescue missions for domestic animals on hurricane-ravaged islands. These stories give us insight into the spectrum of human interactions. But how can the human brain author such a wide swath of behavior? How can the same structure that gave us rhythm and blues also bring us waterboarding? And how can the single brain of one individual both “love thy neighbor” and “hate thy enemy” so vigorously? In biologist Robert Sapolsky’s newest book, Behave, we approach some answers to these thorny questions. Deftly synthesizing research from neurobiology, social psychology, cognitive science, and sociology, Sapolsky provides a comprehensive look at why we behave the way we do, making connections between our individual behavioral tendencies and our larger…

Inspirational Quote – December 01, 2017

“Life can be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

It’s easy to look back on our lives and say, “Oh, that’s why this happened” or “I’m glad I didn’t get what I thought I wanted” because we see how Spirit led us to a better place. The gift of this is that as we move forward through our lives, we become more aware of the fact that when things don’t work out or life seems difficult, there is a higher purpose in operation. Our challenge is to walk our paths with faith and hope, always believing that whatever unfolds is in our best interest.

Susyn Blair-Hunt

Wislawa Szymborska: The Poet and the World

Poets are Fortune's darlings according to Wislawa Szymborska. Despite the trials and tribulations, the frustration of not feeling comfortable calling oneself a poet and the real threat of claiming the title "poet" without official certification in some countries, poets are charged with answering the inner impulse of inspiration with "I don't know." The search for knowing leads poets inevitably to create a body of work, one that is never fully complete. They consider every word, weighing each one to reveal what most of us consider ordinary and normal as extra-ordinary and unique. Whether stone or cloud, day or night, a single existence or a person's existence, poets give their lives to describing a world and those in it as astonishing. What follows is the translated text of Symborska's Nobel acceptance speech.

How to Feel More Positive about Your Work

Imagination is a powerful tool that can bring us more happiness on the job.BY TCHIKI DAVIS

The workplace is ripe for worrying. Faced with a combination of deadlines, meetings, and performance evaluations, many of us find ourselves distracted by unpleasant visions of the future. Maybe we imagine that we’ll be criticized for not completing a project to our boss’s standards. Or maybe we worry that we’ll be laid off. In the process, we end up generating negative emotions from experiences that haven’t even happened yet. We create stress out of thin air. Understanding how imagination works in the brain, and how it can influence our feelings, can point to a different way forward. With a little help, we can leverage our active imagination to experience good feelings about work. Imagination and emotions© Bilby Summerhill / CC BY 2.0 Did you know that your brain has a difficult time differentiating between things that happen in your imagination and things that happen in real life? It turns out that w…

Inspirational Quote – November 30, 2017

“He that is discontented in one place, will seldom be happy in another.”

Discontentment is something felt within us, so attempting to just dismiss it, obviously won’t work will it? In order to get rid we need firstly, to understand why we are feeling discontented and, secondly, taking steps to finding a resolution. Understand, there is absolutely nothing to be gained by physically upping sticks and moving, no matter how far away. Your discontent will just tag along with you. So, as we said, time to acknowledge your feelings and take whatever action you believe will give your discontent its marching orders. Hopefully, that’s when discontent will find another home far, far away, and happiness can move in again.

The Sound of the Genuine

"Cultivate the discipline of listening" for your genuine self. This is the advice that Howard Thurman gave in 1980 during his commencement address at Spelman College. How many of us ever take the time to do that? We spend our days in many pointless pursuits that distract us from our essential truth. Thurman says the world is waiting for this truth to pour out of us, it is of our own creation and can't be dictated by anyone else or mimicked from others. Whether grand or simple, it is what we need to give to the world if we are to find ourselves or make the contribution that only we can make. Read more of Thurman's profound address here and cultivate the discipline of hearing that still small voice within to be yourself.