Want to Feel Better About Yourself? Try Washing your Hands

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Need to feel more optimistic or confident in your decisions? Try washing your hands.

A recent study performed by Dr. Kai Kasper, from Germany’s University of Cologne, reveals that people who cleaned their hands after attempting an impossible task were more confident that they would do better at completing the same task the next time around.

The same study also reveals that, although the clean hands test group felt more optimistic at completing the task the next time around, they were actually less likely to successfully complete it.

“While physical cleansing after failure may eliminate negative feelings,” explains Dr. Kasper, “it reduces the motivation to try harder in a new test situation.” Dr. Kasper’s study is published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Either way you look at it, hand washing is physically and emotionally cleansing. And washing your hands immediately after making a difficult decision will help you feel more confident, optimistic, and comfortable with the decision you made.

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Feeling Angry or Irritated?

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If you’re outside and feeling angry, it might be because you forgot your sunglasses. Yes, squinting can make you angry.

“On the sunniest days, we squint; and squinting can make us angry,” explains Daniele Marzoli, PhD, a psychologist at Italy’s University of Chieti-Pescara.

The screwed-up expression we make when we squint is essentially a frown. Since mood and facial muscles are linked, the face signals to the brain that we’re irritated. The link between squinting and feeling irritated occurs almost instantly.

Luckily, there is a quick and easy fix to this mood changer: sunglasses.

So, to avoid feeling angry or irritated the next time you head outside, remember to wear your sunglasses.

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How’s Your New Year’s Resolution Holding Up?

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Give yourself a pat on the back. You successfully rang in the New Year, survived your New Year hangover, and tackled your first full week back at work (post holidays) like a warrior.

Now that you’re facing the mid-January blahs head on, how’s your New Year’s resolution holding up?

At work yesterday, I heard a heavy sigh coming from the office directly across from mine.

“What’s up?” I asked.

“I made a New Year’s resolution to leave the office at 5 o’clock every day and it’s almost 6:30!” groaned my co-worker.

“I hate to say it but it’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” I said.

“I should have been more specific when I made my resolution!” she grumbled.

Yep. If you want to make a New Year’s resolution that’s gonna stick, remember to choose your words carefully and be as specific as possible with your wording.

And if your resolution falls off, don’t despair! When you were a kid learning to ride a bike what did you do when you fell off? Right! You hopped right back on and kept peddling.

So if your resolution has fallen off track, set it straight, refocus, and keep going. You owe it to yourself to see it through, don’t you?

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Lost Luggage May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

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It is estimated that a whopping 26 million bags are lost each year. That being said, lost luggage may soon be a thing of the past—thanks to a new tracking system.

Some companies and airlines are developing a digital tag and tracking device that will eventually replace paper tags. This tracking system will allow travellers to easily locate lost luggage through the use of a smartphone app. It will also make the checking-in process quicker.

“Our aim is to take the stress out of travel and put you in control of your bag,” said David van Hoytema, a co-founder of FastTrack Company. Air France-KLM has joined forces with FastTrack to develop a tracking system that works through a smartphone app.

British Airlines, and Air France-KLM hope to have their systems in place by the end of the year.

For more information on this travelling tracking system, please visit The Luggage Tag with GPS.

Let’s do a little happy dance, shall we?

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Elphie Selfie

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Events manager Scott Brierley definitely has a photo like no other. On a recent visit to the West Midlands Safari Park in Worcestershire, England, Brierley accidentally dropped his iPhone out the car window as he and friend drove through the elephant zone.

“The elephant was all over it—I think he thought it was food,” said Brierley. “I didn’t dare get out the car to get it. I just drove to one of the workers I could see and he went to get it.”

When staff returned his iPhone, Brierley realized that 22-year-old elephant Latabe had accidentally taken a selfie on it, using her trunk.

Head keeper Andy Plumb said: “Lots of people have dropped their phones at our park but I’ve never seen anything like this. What a picture—we’re very proud of Latabe.”

The 200-acre West Midlands Safari Park opened to the public in April 1973.

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Most People Tell Lies Everyday

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A study conducted by University of Massachusetts psychologist Robert S. Feldman found that, during a 10-minute conversation, 60 percent of people lied at least once.

“People tell a considerable number of lies in everyday conversation. It was a very surprising result. We didn’t expect lying to be such a common part of daily life,” said Feldman.

Feldman also found that lies told by women and men are different in content, but not in quantity. “Women were more likely to lie to make the person they were talking to feel good, while men lied most often to make themselves look better,” said Feldman.

“It’s so easy to lie,” remarked Feldman. When we are children, we are taught that honesty is the best policy. But somewhere along the way this message gets twisted when, for example, we are told to be polite and pretend we like a gift we have been given. This mixed message about lying can’t help but have an impact on our behavior as adults.

For more information on this study, please visit UMass Amherst News & Media Relations.

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