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Why Women In Their 40s Are Usually Most Fulfilled

travelPeople often say that the party ends when you turn 40, especially for the women hitting their menopause at this stage of life. 40 is a number that is usually regarded as a downhill drive for women, in truth, it is not as awful as it is portrayed.

Undoubtedly, menopause is a transition phase in any woman’s life and it surely brings along certain discomforts, such as mood swings, hot flashes and weight gain. But your 40’s are not only about this, there are far more exciting facts this golden year carries within.

1. You’ve become decisive

Living years under the burden of uncertainties and indecisiveness, the time has finally come when you actually know what you want. At this age you develop the courage to step out of the zone where everyone tells you what you should do with your life.

As a woman we all have experienced this within our families, friends, colleagues and spouses, showing us the directions to take in our lives, which is quite suffocating as an individual. It took you forty years to learn that this is your life and you have the right to spend it as you want to. So you simply cherish these smooth sailing years with a clear head and a certain sense of control over your life.

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A Unified Theory of Happiness

skyThese days, mindfulness — defined by neuroscientist of Harvard University Britta Hölzel as “the non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment” – attracts many people interested in psychological health and happiness. Since Paul McCartney encouraged us to “Let it be”  when our hearts are broken, we know about the importance of acceptance. And surely nobody can escape the “Let it go” songs and books of today’s culture. I think we have pretty much gotten the message: resistance to reality is futile and letting things pass through us is the best we can do for our happiness.However, knowing about something is not the same as being able to do it. Mindfulness is difficult. And as inspiring as it may be to hear from people who can go with the flow and stay emotionally positive no matter what, it can also exert pressure on those who struggle. “Let it go” may sound like “Let it go already!” which is a not-so helpful message of impatience in a stressed-out society. In fact, the pace has picked up so much since Paul McCartney sang that song, we are not going through life anymore; we are running. And so do our minds, a thousand miles a minute. It seems as if our minds are too full to be mindful.

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Breasts, a gentlemen’s guide

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We notice them. We admire, we imagine, we long. Sometimes women reveal very little, and we muse on what we can’t see. Other times women invite us in, and we can’t believe how lucky we are.

Heed this knowledge, and you will learn, in a very respectful and honest way, what every man craves: more access to breasts.

The basics

Large Breasts
In a study conducted at the University of Vienna, researchers found that large breasts were about 24 per cent less sensitive than small ones. “This is probably because the nerve that transmits sensation from the nipple is stretched,” says Dr Alan Matarasso, a plastic surgeon in New York City. Stimulate the outer sides of her breasts, just below the armpits, with your tongue or fingertips. Make flipping motions with your tongue and even experiment with light nibbling.

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The Cholesterol Myth

The cholesterol myth: Is sugar the big culprit?

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If you want to reduce your risk for the type of coronary heart disease often referred to as “clogging” or “hardening” of the arteries, should you reduce the amount of cholesterol, saturated fat or sugar in your diet?

If you’ve been trying to reduce high blood cholesterol levels, you might be surprised to learn that sugars, even more than saturated fats, are the main culprits contributing to your problem. It’s also not the cholesterol you eat. That’s because the cholesterol that causes atherosclerosis, or plaque in your arteries, is mainly manufactured by your body, not a result of the dietary cholesterol contained in the foods you eat, explains cardiologist and cholesterol expert Dr. Seth Baum, founder of Preventive Cardiology in Boca Raton, Florida.

Even more confusing is that the amount of “bad” cholesterol (known as LDL) in your blood is not as important as the number of LDL particles you create. LDL particles transport LDL cholesterol throughout your body. The more LDL particles in your blood, the more likely LDL cholesterol will penetrate your arteries, create plaque, and then cause the arterial problems, including inflammation, that can lead to heart attack and stroke.

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The high-speed health benefits of walking

fitwalkBefore you lace up those sneakers, know this. New science has confirmed that just 30 minutes of walking can dial down stress, sharpen your mind and more!

5 minutes: you’ll boost creativity

Thwarted by writer’s block? Can’t quite finish that painting? Or perhaps you’re stumped on a particularly curly problem at work. The solution could be as simple as taking a short walk, which boosts creative thinking better than sitting.

That’s according to a new US study that’s sure to be welcome news for time-poor women everywhere. While prior research shows a link between regular aerobic exercise and cognitive abilities, chances are you don’t exactly have time to squeeze in a sweat session when there are pressing problems to solve.

However, the study, by researchers at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, found that a stroll of only five to 16 minutes was enough to deliver improved focus.

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5 Best Things About Being Short

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Sometimes not being able to reach things has its advantages.

1. You always get to be in the front row of group photos. You’re the star of every girls’ night out selfie and/or field hockey team picture. And if you decide you don’t want to be seen, just sneak in the back row and use a tall person as a shield. You can never lose.

2. People card you all the time, because you’re approximately the same height as a middle-schooler. Nothing will ever boost your self-esteem quite like a movie theater employee checking to make sure you’re old enough to see Bridesmaids without an accompanying adult.

3. You’re pretty much MacGyver when it comes to getting stuff on high shelves. Sure, you could ask for help or use a ladder, but where’s the fun in that? You have an entire strategy for getting your favorite kind of pasta off the tallest shelf in the grocery store. It involves an umbrella, a well-timed jump, and cat-like reflexes.

4. You can wear super-high heels without getting self-conscious that you’re too tall. Now you’re just the same height as everybody else. I can see for miles from up here!

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Icon of Bali – A must see!

Bali TempleMy first trip to Bali was full of temple tours, I must say when you see one you’ve seen it all, except for one that really  stands out amongst the temples scattered all over Bali that includes even the biggest temple they called mother of all temples.

This temple was the last in our itinerary but looks like saving the best for last mode 😉 I was referring to the icon of Bali the temple on the lake – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, located in Lake Bratan, Bedugul.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Lake Bratan Temple) after Tanah Lot, this is perhaps the most photographed temple on the island and is certainly one of the iconic images of Bali.

The temple sits on the western shore of Lake Bratan and it can give the illusion of actually floating on the water. Built in 1633, the temple is devoted to Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu, goddess of the lake. A beautiful temple in a truly stunning setting.

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It’s  59 kms from Seminyak and approximately 1 hour drive. but if you are in a tour there are several pit stops…more temples to see before the Icon. 😉

I was so mesmerized about  this temple. Hmm maybe it’s subjective but when I entered the area, I was not expecting it would be exceptional, as usual there were a lot of hawkers and what have you in the area that sometimes they can really get into your skin! 😛

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13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat

woman-holding-an-apple-and-chocolate-largerNutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense.

The worst examples are listed here, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat.

 

1. Eggs Are Bad For Your Health

Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.” The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken. However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.

fried-eggs-1But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol, eggs don’t really raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol.
Despite all the warnings about eggs in the past few decades, studies show that they are NOT associated with heart disease .

If anything, eggs are pretty much a perfect food for humans. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants that protect the eyes.

They are also an excellent source of Choline, a nutrient that is very important for the health of the brain and about 90% of people aren’t getting enough of.
Despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to a breakfast of bagels.

Bottom Line: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.

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The Rise of the Female Sociopath

By: Sarah Macdonald

GAME OF THRONES AND GONE GIRL SPOILERS ALERT

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Cersei Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones’

I will never appear in a movie. But if I ever find a magic lamp and a genie emerges to grant me wishes, I will soon star in a musical.  My genie will cast me as the crazy, cruel beeatch rather than the sweet girl.

I’d rather shoot castles of ice from my hands as Elsa than sing about snowmen like Ana in Frozen, I’d prefer to shoot flames at the scarecrow than dance over Dorothy’s rainbow and I’d sooner be the murderous narcissistic Stepmother than sweet stupid Snow White.

I’ve grown up both admiring and questioning the female villain.  The crazy, angry, loopy witches and bitches, the cruel stepmothers driven mad by jealousy and ageing, the spurned sad single stalkers turned bunny boilers and ankle breakers, the psycho mothers, the women on the verge or in a nervous breakdown, the ambitious wives who manipulate their husbands to murder.

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Claire Underwood in House of Cards

But even Lady Macbeth felt remorse.

The new female villainous character in town has none.  She is the sociopath.

Psychopaths and Sociopaths actually don’t exist anymore as a official diagnosis in the US and Australia.  In the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for professionals they now come under ‘Antisocial Personality Disorder’. Yet they remain in popular use as interchangeable labels for people who are social predators; those who charm, manipulate and ruthlessly plow their way through life, who lack feelings for others, take what they want, do as they please and have no guilt, regret or remorse.

Successful sociopaths can be very successful in business and finance, while unsuccessful ones end up in jail. Experts point out that female sociopaths are rare and men are seven times more likely to be diagnosed.

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His and her thoughts on fake boobs


Is bigger always better, even when they’re fake?

fake-boobsShe says: Hell no. It’s not worth the money, the trouble or the risks

Just the other day I was having a conversation with a friend about the pros and cons of getting your boobs done, the essence of which can be traced back to a few choice words: “expensive”, “implant rupture” and “Wonderbra”. I’m a lass with boobs that sit (rather pertly) at the smaller end of the size scale, and I’ve certainly pondered the benefits of making them bigger. But for me, it’s just not worth the cost, the risks and how the surgery can negatively impact your life.

First, they’re fake and they’re expensive. Just like heading to Thailand to buy a fake Louis Vuitton handbag, you still come back with a lighter wallet and fake goods. And from some male perspectives, fake boobs don’t even feel like the real deal.

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Second, there’s the risk of cancer – not from the implants themselves but from the risk that they can obstruct the view of a tumour during a mammogram. There’s also the risk of something going wrong during surgery (certainly low by all accounts, but a risk nonetheless). And then there’s the risk of not liking the damn things once they’ve been done.

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