Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019

Unicef Slams Proposed Philippines Law To Jail 9-year-old Kids

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A proposed law that would lower the age of criminal responsibility for Filipino children from 15 to 9 is “wrong from every angle,” the head of the United Nations children’s agency in the Philippines has warned.

“If they grow up spending their teenage years in a prison, they most probably will be damaged for life,” Unicef representative Lotta Sylwander told the Guardian in a telephone interview from Manila.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies have been pushing for the age of criminal responsibility to be lowered. The draft bill was introduced by former house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who said the current age of 15 was “pampering … youth offenders who commit crimes knowing they can get away with it.”

Another draft bill under consideration aims to restore the death penalty.

Children in the Philippines can be arrested and detained from the age of nine, a law which has affected over 50,000 youngsters since 1995, according to Unicef. It’s unclear whether lawmakers would seek to apply the death penalty to children. 

A nine-year-old child is simply unable to fully comprehend the consequences of a crime, Sylwander said, adding that adults often mastermind the crimes, using children from the streets as their puppets.

“Apart from the fact that it’s against human rights, it’s very unfair to a child, to punish them in such a harsh way as the criminal system would be, for something that they never understood was that serious,” she told the newspaper.

According to the Unicef official, the proposed law will likely make the situation with juvenile crime worse.

“By incarcerating children at such a young age, they in fact become well-trained criminals by being brought up in prisons with other criminals,” she said. “It doesn’t fix the problem, it’s a great child violation and it will be a great burden on the criminal system, an unnecessary burden.”

The outspoken Duterte, who came to power in June of 2016, has made fighting drug crime a pillar of his presidency, but his methods for combating it have led to mounting international criticism.

“The violent campaign against drugs has had a devastating impact on children, who have been killed and otherwise harmed during operations,” Amnesty International said in a report last month.

“Proposed changes to the Philippine Penal Code, including the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility, threaten to worsen the situation. On a much wider scale, many children are experiencing severe trauma as a result of losing a parent or sibling and often even witnessing the killing; they also face deeper poverty after a breadwinner’s death.”

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Rowena Legaspi, executive director of the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Centre in the Philippines, told Amnesty that between July 1 and early December 2016, there were between 25 and 27 child deaths as a result of drug-related operations. Of these, two were actual targets; the rest were killed “by mistake,” Legaspi said.

Several local human rights activists told Amnesty that children arrested for drug-related offenses are often held in adult detention facilities, in violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which the Philippines is a state party.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child states that setting the age of criminal responsibility below 12 is considered “not to be internationally acceptable.”

Meanwhile, restorative justice programs can help reduce offending by up to 70%, Unicef says.

January 22, 2019

Standing Lowers BMI, Improves Blood Sugar And Cholesterol Levels

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Spending more time standing or walking instead of sitting has greater health benefits, according to a new study.

Australian researchers found that standing instead of sitting lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, while walking instead of sitting reduces waistline and lowers body mass index, reported Science Daily.

A sedentary lifestyle, particularly one that involves prolonged sitting, is known to increase cardiovascular problems. The researchers wanted to find out if replacing sitting with standing is enough to achieve better cardio-metabolic health or if more activity is needed.

The researchers conducted a study that investigated how the activities of 782 men and women aged 36 to 80 impacted their health. For seven days, the participants wore activity monitors 24 hours a day that recorded how much time they spent on each activity, with the study focusing on standing, stepping (walking or running), sitting, lying down and sleeping,

The researchers then determined, through isotemporal substitution analyses, how replacing sitting with standing or stepping affected the participants' health.

"We found that time spent standing rather than sitting was significantly associated with lower levels of blood sugar and blood fats. Replacing sitting time with stepping was also associated with a significant reduction in waistline and BMI," said lead author Genevieve Healy, a senior research fellow at the School of Public Health at The University of Queensland, according to Science Daily.

The study results showed spending two hours standing each day instead of sitting lowered blood sugar levels by 2 percent and brought down average triglycerides in the blood by 11 percent. Furthermore, it increased HDL or good cholesterol and lowered LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body.

Similarly, replacing two hours of sitting each day with walking or running dropped blood sugar levels by 11 percent and lowered average triglycerides by 14 percent. It also increased the level of HDL or good cholesterol in the blood.

Researchers also found replacing two hours of sitting with walking or running decreased body mass index by an average of 11 percent and reduced the waistline by 3 inches.

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, cardiology professor at the University of California, pointed out that those who sit for prolonged periods — even those who exercise — are more at risk of early death.

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"Many studies have found that the amount of sedentary time is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and premature death," said Fonarow, according to HealthDay.

"People need to recognize the importance of not sitting too long during the day," said Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, according to HealthDay. "Avoid the mindset that says, 'Do the least amount of effort.'"

Healy encouraged people to drop the sedentary lifestyle.

"Get up for your heart health and move for your waistline," she said.

The original study was published in European Heart Journal


Monday, January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019

Iowa Lottery Player Wins $1 But Is Treated Like Millionaire

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Tyler Heep was not a big winner, but he still wanted the big check.

The metro man says he cashed in some change from his car last week and used it to buy some scratch-off lottery tickets. When he scratched off a $1 winner he decided to cash it in just like the jackpot winners do, so he headed to Iowa Lottery headquarters.

When he asked for a big check for his 'big' prize, he was surprised when the Lottery agreed to it.

"They decided to treat me like a million dollar winner," Heep says, "The guy came down the stairs and they took me into the back room where the camera was with the Iowa Lottery logo. Sure enough they wrote me the one dollar check and had me hold it up and took the picture."

Heep used his winnings to pay for half of a gallon of gas.

By Lottery Post
January 21, 2019

How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body

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Do you sit in an office chair or on your couch for more than six hours a day? Then here are some disturbing facts: Your risk of heart disease has increased by up to 64 percent. You’re shaving off seven years of quality life. You’re also more at risk for certain types of cancer. Simply put, sitting is killing you. That’s the bad news. The good news: It’s easy to counteract no matter how lazy you are.

Let’s start with the basics. Since childhood you’ve known being a couch potato is bad. But why? Simply put, our bodies weren’t made to sit all day. Sitting for long periods of time, even with exercise, has a negative effect on our health. What’s worse, many of us sit up to 15 hours a day. That means some of us spend the bulk of our waking moments on the couch, in an office chair, or in a car.

Sitting all day long isn’t hard to counteract, but you have to keep your eye on two details: your daily activity and the amount of time you sit. Let’s start by taking a look at what sitting all day does to your body.

An Estimated Timeline of the Effects of Sitting

It’s difficult to get an accurate assessment of what sitting all day will do to you because the effects work in tandem with diet and other risk factors. So we’re going to start with a relatively healthy person who does not drink in excess, smoke, and who isn’t overweight. Then we’ll estimate the effects of sitting for over six hours a day based on what starts happening immediately after you sit down. For a general overview of the effects, take a look at this chart from Medical Billing and Coding to see a breakdown of what that happens in your body when you sit down. (If the majority of your sitting time takes place at a desk, keep in mind that a standing desk has its own problems, too.)

Right after you sit down, the electrical activity in your muscles slows down and your calorie-burning rate drops to one calorie per minute. This is about a third of what it does if you’re walking. If you sit for a full 24-hour period, you experience a 40 percent reduction in glucose uptake in insulin, which can eventually cause type 2 diabetes.

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Immediately After Sitting

Right after you sit down, the electrical activity in your muscles slows down and your calorie-burning rate drops to one calorie per minute. This is about a third of what it does if you’re walking. If you sit for a full 24-hour period, you experience a 40 percent reduction in glucose uptake in insulin, which can eventually cause type 2 diabetes.

After Two Weeks of Sitting for More Than Six Hours a Day

Within five days of changing to a sedentary lifestyle, your body increases plasma triglycerides (fatty molecules), LDL cholesterol (aka bad cholesterol), and insulin resistance. This means your muscles aren’t taking in fat and your blood sugar levels go up, putting you at risk for weight gain. After just two weeks your muscles start to atrophy and your maximum oxygen consumption drops. This makes stairs harder to climb and walks harder to take. Even if you were working out every day the deterioration starts the second you stop moving.

After One Year of Sitting More Than Six Hours a Day

After a year, the longer term effects of sitting can start to manifest subtly. According to this study by Nature, you might start to experience weight gain and high cholesterol. Studies in woman suggest you can lose up to 1 percent of bone mass a year by sitting for over six hours a day.
After 10-20 Years of Sitting More Than Six Hours a Day

Sitting for over six hours a day for a decade or two can cut away about seven quality adjusted life years (the kind you want). It increases your risk of dying of heart disease by 64 percent and your overall risk of prostate or breast cancer increases 30 percent.

If this looks bad, don’t worry. We’re going to show you how to counteract the negative effects of sitting without totally altering your lifestyle. Photo by John O’Nolan.

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sitting, obesity, diabetes

Counteract the Consequences of Sitting and Still Maintain Your Current Lifestyle

Happlily, you only need to do two things to counter the effects of sitting all day:
  • Remember to stand once an hour.
  • Get about 30 minutes of activity per day.
Whether you’re a couch potato watching marathons of Firefly or an office worker sitting in front of a computer, an Australian study suggests short breaks from sitting once an hour can alleviate most of the problems described above. This isn’t about working out (which is positive in its own right but doesn’t counteract the effects of long periods of sitting). It’s about creating pockets of moderate activity throughout the day and giving your body a respite from sitting.

What exactly is moderate activity? I talked with Dr. Brian Parr, associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina Aiken to find out. He points out the distinction between moderate activity and exercise:

We usually tell people moderate activity is equivalent to a brisk walk. This would include yard work or cleaning your house — anything that gets you moving counts. You don’t have to do what people think of as exercise.

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Of course, couch potatoes and office workers don’t always have thirty minutes to spare. After all, a Firefly bender might take up an entire evening. Here’s the good news: you can break up that thirty minutes throughout the day. Dr. Parr continues:

This is the best part. We usually tell people to break it up into ten minute segments, but that’s because it’s the most practical. If I tell you that you can spread it out throughout the day, you’re going to say, “Well, I stood up and walked across the room to my soda.” What was that, about ten seconds? You’ll start to micromanage. From my perspective, that’s not how people should do it. But you could do it that way.

The main reason you want to shoot for the ten minute chunks is because you’re creating a mini-stress in your body that helps increase your endurance. In the real world, this means you won’t get tired halfway up the stairs. Think of it this way: you don’t train for a marathon by sprinting for ten minutes every day. Instead, you increase your endurance with longer jogs. The same goes for daily activity, you want to sustain activity for long enough to make it useful in your daily life.

Let’s look at how you can estimate your daily activity and make sure you get out of the office chair throughout the day. Photo by cell105.

By Thorin Klosowski, LifeHacker
January 21, 2019

Eating Bogies Is Good For Teeth And Overall Health, Scientists Conclude

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It might be wise to look away now if you are eating or have a weak stomach, but scientists have discovered that ingesting bogies is good for teeth, and overall health.

Scientists at a number of universities including Harvard and the University of Saskatchewan and say parents should not discourage their children from picking their noses because they contain 'a rich reservoir of good bacteria.'

Eating snot can also prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth, according to the article published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

The findings even suggest snot could defend against respiratory infections, stomach ulcers and even HIV.

The researchers are even working on a synthetic mucus toothpaste and chewing gum to harness the dental benefits of bogies.

"Nature pushes us to do different things because it is to our advantage to have certain behaviours, to consume different types of foods," said said co-author Dr Scott Napper, professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

"So maybe when you have an urge to pick your nose and eat it, you should just go with nature.

"From an evolutionary perspective, we evolved under very dirty conditions and maybe this desire to keep our environment and our behaviours sterile isn't actually working to our advantage."

Austrian lung specialist Professor Friedrich Bischinger, who also contributed to the study, said research show people who pick their noses are healthy, happier and probably better in tune with their bodies.

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"Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body's immune system," he said.

"Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do. In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected.

"And when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine."

By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph

Sunday, January 20, 2019

January 20, 2019

10 Signs of Emotional Abuse To Watch For

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Emotional abuse is serious. It can be just as detrimental as physical abuse in a relationship, but with longer lasting wounds.

Some people find themselves in emotionally abusive relationships without even realizing what's happening, and that's the problem.

Emotional abuse, if untreated, can leave mental scars that last for years. Some people never recover, and the baggage they carry because of their experiences end up affecting their future relationships as well.

It's important to be able to identify emotional abuse before it becomes a lasting problem. If you find yourself in an emotionally abusive relationship, it's time to get out.

Here are ten little known signs that emotional abuse is present in your relationship.

#1. Your partner becomes angry when you don't answer their phone calls, text messages, or any other form of communication.

#2. They make you feel small or unimportant so as to keep the spotlight for themselves. If you care about a career or a goal, they'll treat it as a hobby.

#3. Your partner doesn't allow you to make your own decisions, they often pressure you into making the decision they think is the best.

#4. You are often accused of something you didn't do. Anything that makes your partner unhappy, they will try to blame on you.

#5. Your partner doesn't take into account your right to privacy. They often reveal private moments, fears, or insecurities with outside parties.

#6. When your partner doesn't feel good, it's your fault for not making them happy. You're often told that you're holding them back.

#7. They demand to be a part of all your plans; you have no alone time to yourself or with others.

#8. In public, your partner often criticizes you in small ways that only you could notice. Some of these ways include a disapproving glance, an eye roll, or something of the like.

#9. They never let you forget about mistakes you've made in the past. Embarrassing moments are always brought up in order to poke fun or have a laugh at your expense.

#10. You find yourself overworking on things that aren't that important simply to avoid your partner's disappointment. No matter how hard you work, it never seems to be enough.

If you notice any of these signs within your own relationship, it's time to find a way out. Little signs like this can have a hugely negative impact over time.

No one deserves to be in a relationship with someone who is emotionally abusive; you have the right to find someone who allows you to be yourself, and who makes you happy.

By Higher Perspective

January 20, 2019

5 Things To Remember When It Comes To Toxic Family Members

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There is a lot of advice to be found about getting rid of a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend. But what do you do when you have an issue with a family member?

When it comes to family, you are sometimes not in a position where you can just break off the relationship and walk away.

Or maybe we don't really want to walk away or will feel horrible if we do. So, what do you do?

Even though not every case of dealing with a negative family member is the same, there are some universal principles you need to remember.

Below are 5 things to remember when dealing with disgruntled family members.


1. Pretending that their behavior is OK is not OK

These types family members sometimes behave the way they do to get what they want. It's just so much easier to give in than it is to fight it. Right? Wrong!

Short-term ease equals long-term pain for you in a situation like this. These people won't change if they are being rewarded for not changing.

Decide this minute not to be influenced by their behavior. Stop giving in to them or making special pardons for their behaviors.

Constant drama and negativity is never worth putting up with.

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2. They may not be bad people

Just because their behavior is bad does not mean they are inherently bad people. Not all family members are agonizing and uncaring on purpose.

Some of them are people who truly care about you; people who have good intentions, but are draining because their needs and approach towards life force you to compromise yourself and your happiness.

As hard as it may be, you have to distance yourself.

You simply can't ruin yourself on a daily basis for the sake of someone else. You have to make your well-being a priority.

3. Forgiveness is key

Hating someone because of their behavior just brings more issues into your life. Hate-filled grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something.

Forgiveness, on the other hand, is for those who are strong enough and smart enough to move on.

After all, the best revenge is to be unlike the person who hurt you. As Gandhi once said, "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."


4. People can changeNobody is perfect, people can change and relationships can be healed in time.

But, when trust is broken, which happens in nearly every family relationship at some point, it's essential to understand that it can be repaired provided both people are willing to do the hard work of self-growth.

It's painful work and a painful time, and the impulse will be to walk away, especially if you believe that broken trust cannot be repaired.

But if you understand that trust levels rise and fall over the course of a lifetime you'll be more likely to find the strength to hang in, hang on, and grow together.

But it does take two. You can't do it alone.


5. Sometimes you have to walk away for good

Finally, remember that this is your life. You may not be able to control all the things your family members do, but you can decide not to be reduced by them in the long run.

You can decide not to let their actions and opinions continuously invade your heart and mind.

Above all, you can decide whom to walk beside into tomorrow, and whom to leave behind today.

In a perfect world we would always be able to fix our relationships with family members, but as you know the world isn't perfect.

Put in the effort and do what you can to keep things intact, but don't be afraid to let go and do what's right for YOU when you must.

By Higher Perspective

Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 19, 2019

This Is The Tough Love Advice You Need To Hear For 2019, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

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It’s not always easy to listen to the tough advice. But sometimes you just need to hear it!

Here is the tough love advice you need to hear for 2019:

Aries (March 21st to April 19th)
In 2019, you need to slow the hell down and stop running from your problems.

Hell, you’re not running; you’re sprinting. Instead of addressing the pain in your life and in your heart, you pretend it doesn’t exist. You are always filling your days with distractions. You never allow yourself to just be still because you’re afraid what will happen if you’re left alone with your own thoughts. You’re afraid of acknowledging the void. In 2019, it’s time to face your self-destructive habits head-on and change your life. It’s time to stop drowning your issues in vodka, almost relationships, and work. Face the bullshit head-on, and then watch yourself (and your life) flourish.

Taurus (April 20th to May 20th)
In 2019, you need to learn to be wrong every now and then.

Because there’s nothing more you hate than being wrong, is there? Hate to break it to you, Taurus, but you are wrong at times; in fact, you are probably wrong alot. And this isn’t because you’re a failure, it’s because you’re a human being. It’s in our DNA to fuck up, to not know everything, to lose. And that’s okay. In 2019, do yourself and your relationships a favor and admit when you’ve made a mistake. Learn to hear your partner or friend out when you’re arguing and see things from their point of view, instead of just your own. It’s going to be uncomfortable as hell at first, but it’s the only way to not stay stagnant and to improve your relationships and how others see you.

Gemini (May 22nd to June 21st)
In 2019, you need to quit being so damn inconsistent.

Keep the plans you make, stop ghosting people, and learn to actively pursue your goals. One of your biggest downfalls is your apparent inability to be consistent. And while this is definitely a weakness, it’s not something you can’t work on. You can learn to enjoy routine. You can learn to start working towards one specific thing without feeling like your skin is crawling, or dating one person you like without fearing someone “better” is out there. Try it in 2019. It’ll be good for you.

Cancer (June 22nd to July 22nd)
In 2019, you need to stop using “trust issues” as an excuse to not let anyone in.

Because here’s the truth: trust is scary. We are all afraid of getting hurt and being let down by someone we love. Trusting someone is inherently vulnerable. That will never change, no matter how much you work through your “issues.” It will always feel uneasy. You need to take the leap in your relationships and put your faith in someone else, even if that means you get hurt. Because you know what? You can heal from that, and trust again. You’re more resilient than you realize. Stop acting like you’re not.

Leo (July 23rd to August 22nd)
In 2019, you need to stop expecting everyone in your life to be perfect all the goddamn time.

Repeat after me, Leo: No one is perfect. So stop expecting them to be. You tend to hold people to unrealistically high standards, having astronomical expectations for your friends, family, and love interests to fulfill your wants and needs. But people have their own lives, problems, and interests. They can’t all bend over backward for you all the time. Learn to be more compassionate and understanding. It’ll go a long way in 2019.

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Virgo (August 23rd to September 22nd)
In 2019, you need to stop distracting yourself with others’ problems and actually focus on yourself and what you need to work on for once.

People aren’t projects, Virgo. They’re just people. You can’t save them or fix them, you can only love them. Having said that, you need to stop focusing so much on other people and what’s going on in their lives and start paying more attention to your own. You’re constantly feeling burned out because you don’t really take care of yourself as much as you should. You know what’s a great solution to fix that? Some goddamn self-care. In 2019, take a break from playing therapist or fixer and just do you for a while. Your sanity will thank you.

Libra (September 23rd to October 22nd)
In 2019, you need to stop feeling so damn sorry for yourself.

Make the changes you want and stop sitting around and complaining. Just do something already! Thinking a ton about how things “shouldn’t” be a particular way doesn’t change shit. It just prolongs the problem and procrastinates action. Acknowledge what isn’t working, address your shortcomings, and get moving to make your life better and yourself happier. Enough of the damn wallowing in 2019.

Scorpio (October 23rd to November 22nd)In 2019, you really gotta work on that jealousy problem of yours.
Seriously, it’s a bad look. Just because someone else is successful doesn’t mean you’re unsuccessful. Two people can both be attractive, believe it or not. Your girlfriend talking to another guy at the bar doesn’t usually mean shit, so stop worrying so damn much and being so incredibly insecure with your own strengths that no one else can have them either. Be more confident in yourself and learn to celebrate the good in others. It’ll feel better. Trust me.

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Sagittarius (November 23rd to December 21st)
In 2019, you need to work on being more patient. 

There’s a reason they say patience is a virtue. The ability to wait gracefully and delay gratification falls into so many areas in our lives, be it our health, work, love life, etc. Feeling the need to rush everything along only hurts the process and also takes away some beautiful moments between what could be and what is. Waiting won’t kill you, Sagittarius. Let relationships happen as they will. Stop trying to rush love. Let personal growth come as it may and pay attention to the discomfort you experience while waiting for everything to come together. That’s where the growth happens.

Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)
In 2019, stop being so damn unforgiving.

The world isn’t out to get you, Capricorn. Stop holding grudges and writing people off for making mistakes or hurting you, because, most times, it’s not malicious or intentional. Everyone is simply doing the best they can with what they have at a given time. No one is perfect. Stop expecting them to be, it’s just unfair. Learn to let shit go and you’ll feel a lot more peaceful and your relationships will improve. Life will feel a lot lighter when you’re not carrying everyone’s missteps around like a badge of honor.

Aquarius (January 21st to February 18th)
In 2019, stop hiding all of your fucking emotions.

Believe it or not, people can’t read minds. No one can always know what it is you’re feeling if you don’t make those feelings known. Keeping everything bottled up and tucked away doesn’t help anyone. It’s unhealthy for you and it does literally nothing for your relationships. Allow yourself to be emotionally expressive in 2019 and as vulnerable as you can be. You won’t die.

Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)
In 2019, you need to stop overanalyzing every little goddamn thing.
Seriously, stop. You’re driving yourself and all your friends nuts. You read waaaay too much into things. Learn to let things just be as they are, without having to give a deeper meaning or reasoning for why they are the way they are. Sometimes, people and situations actually do come at face value. Learn to recognize when you actually do need to do a deeper analysis and when your brain power could be used elsewhere, like your job. You’ll probably be less tired too. Try it.

By Ohippo
January 19, 2019

$8k a Liter: Strange New Startup Harvests Young Blood To Sell To The Rich

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A Florida-based company is attempting to combat the aging process by harvesting the blood of young people and transfusing it into patients 30 years old and above in a dubious new fad sweeping the US.

Ambrosia, founded in 2016 by Stanford Medical School graduate Jesse Karmazin, has already established transfusion centers in five cities across the US: Los Angeles, Tampa, Omaha, Houston, and San Francisco. Their ghoulish-sounding treatments start at just $8,000 for one liter, and $12,000 for two.

The blood donors range in age from 16 to 25, while patients fall into the over 30s bracket. So far, roughly 150 patients aged 35 to 92 have reportedly undergone the “young plasma treatments,” and the company claims a waiting list has already formed.

“Some patients got young blood, and others got older blood, and I was able to do some statistics on it, and the results looked really awesome,” Karmazin said previously. “And I thought this is the kind of therapy that I’d want to be available to me.”

The idea was inspired by an experimental treatment called ‘parabiosis’, which was conducted on mice and showed reduction in two proteins associated with cancer risks, though the study was both inconclusive and limited in scope.

The company conducted a clinical trial involving 200 participants from June 2016 to January 2018. No results have been posted from the study on the US government’s clinical trials website.

“The trial was an investigational study,” David Cavalier, Ambrosia’s former chief operating officer, said in September. “We saw some interesting things, and we do plan to publish that data. And we want to begin to open clinics where the treatment will be made available.”
The company lists nebulous and ill-defined health benefits in patients such as “renewed focus, better memory and sleep, and improved appearance and muscle tone,” but has yet to provide any empirical data to back up these claims. This also doesn’t account for placebo effect – participants merely traveling to the clinic and participating in the study could easily have produced a positive confirmation bias.

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In addition, blood transfusions are listed as “off-label” treatments by the Food and Drug Administration, meaning they are approved as intended but may also be applied as unconventional treatments without the need to demonstrate any of the purported health benefits listed.

“They quite likely could inflict bodily harm,” UC Berkeley researcher Irina Conboy cautioned to Business Insider. “It is well known in the medical community — and this is also the reason we don’t do transfusions frequently — that in 50 percent of patients there are very bad side effects. You are being infused with somebody else’s blood and it doesn’t match.”
January 19, 2019

Boo the Pomeranian, Once Named the World’s Cutest Dog, Dies

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Boo, the 12-year-old Internet sensation with millions of fans, has died.

On Friday, the Pomeranian’s owner announced the death on Facebook, writing, “With deepest sadness I wanted to share that Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning … Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort.”

Boo became one of the most beloved animals on Facebook, amassing over 16 million followers.

Sadly, Boo suffered from heart issues, according to the statement from his owners, who also had a dog named Buddy.

Pomeranian, Boo

Pomeranian, Boo

Pomeranian, Boo

“Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us. He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven,” the statement read.

“Boo, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you until the day we meet again. Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go,” his owners said.

The statement added, “Boo brought joy to people all over the world. Boo is the happiest dog I’ve ever met. He was so easy going that we never had to bother with training. He made the manliest of men squeal with delight over his cuteness and made everyone laugh with his quirky, tail wagging personality.”

In addition to garnering a massive following, Boo also released his own book, titled Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog, in 2011.

By Karen Mizoguchi, People  
January 19, 2019

Chinese Employees Crawl Along Road As Punishment For Not Reaching Target

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Chinese employees crawled along a road as a punishment after they failed to achieve the target.

In the video, filmed in Zaozhuang City in eastern Shandong Province on January 14, several members of staff kneel down and crawl along the side of a busy road with a man holding a flag walking at the front of them.

According to reports, the employees failed to achieve the target at the end of the year and were punished to crawl on a public road.

Police have criticized the organizer and the inappropriate action has been stopped immediately.

By Newsflare

Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

Making Fun Of Your Partner Can Make Your Relationship Stronger, Study Finds

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Poking Fun At Your Other Half Can Make Your Relationship Stronger, Study Finds

It goes without saying that any healthy relationship pretty much has to have laughter in it.

If a couple can’t make each other chuckle then what’s the point? And what better way of doing that than generally taking the p*ss out of each other?

The happiest couples know how to poke fun at one another and where to draw the line in doing so. Now science has confirmed that having a laugh at each other’s expense can make a couple stronger.

Jeffrey Hall from the University of Kansas, has conducted 39 studies involving over 15,000 people over the course of 30 years.

An underlying finding from his studies concluded that humour was a critical part of building a successful relationship.

More specifically, Hall goes on to explain that partners should share a similar sense of humour to get the best results from a relationships.

In a statement, Hall delved into the compatibility he explored:

“People say they want a sense of humor in a mate, but that’s a broad concept. That people think you are funny or you can make a joke out of anything is not strongly related to relationship satisfaction.What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction is the humor that couples create together.”

“Say you and your partner share a quirky sense of humor, but romantic comedies or sit-coms do nothing for either of you… It’s not that any style or a sense of humor is any better or worse.”

“What matters is that you both see quirky humor as hysterical. If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter.”

In another of Hall’s articles, Humor in romantic relationships: A meta-analysis, says the ability to laugh at each other builds security between partners.

“Playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security”

“Particularly shared laughter, is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates.”

This isn’t all to say, go ahead and throw torrents of name-calling at your partner. Hall goes on to issue the warning that pushing things to far will risk alienating your partner.

“Having an aggressive sense of humor is a bad sign for the relationship in general, but it is worse if the style of humor is used in the relationship. If you think that your partner tells mean-spirited jokes, then it’s likely you’ve seen that firsthand in your relationship.”

By JoyScribe

Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

Mom Shocked When Security Camera Appears To Show Ghost Of Late Son

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A mother who lost her son two years ago due to an accidental overdose believes his apparition appeared on her security camera to let her know he was “happy.”

Jennifer Hodge of Atlanta, Ga., was in bed watching TV with her 21-year-old daughter Lauren when she received an alert from her Nest camera, which is triggered by movement and noise, that a “person” was “spotted” in the entryway last week.

The two women, alone in the house, opened the image and, to their surprise, it seemed to look just like Hodge’s late son, Robbie — down to the beard.

Robbie passed away in 2016 when he was only 23 years old. They believe the cause of death was an accidental overdose from fake Xanax.

“I was laying in bed watching TV with my daughter and I was just about asleep. The phone was lay between us and I got this message notification saying someone was in the kitchen. She was like ‘Mum, there’s a person in the kitchen… Mum, that’s Robbie,'” Hodge said. “She just said, ‘Mum, look! It looks like Robbie.’ I was stunned. And it did look just like him — beard and all.”

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Both Hodge and her daughter ran to the kitchen, even though they were terrified. However, no one was there, and there was no sign of a break-in.

“I felt like he was letting me know he is happy in heaven,” Hodge shared on Facebook.

She added: “That brings me some comfort, but I still just think it’s weird. I’m in awe — why did this happen to me? I haven’t seen anything since, and I had never seen a ghost before. Does it look like Robbie? Yes. I would love to see anybody else’s camera where people might look transparent. This is just weird.”

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Prior to Robbie’s death, he and Hodge set up a charity to help people battling addiction.

“He had an addiction, and we thought for sure it had to be heroin when he passed away. But the only thing that we could track down is where he was buying Xanax,” Hodge said. “He and I together had started a charity before he died, and it was to turn real estate into a way of saving lives and stopping addiction. … He used to try and help other people when he was in need of help too.”

By Hope Schreiber, Yahoo Lifestyle

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019

Scientists Warn 90% Receipts Contain Cancer-causing Chemicals

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Up to 90 per cent of receipts contain cancer-causing chemicals, experts have warned.

Receipts which use ink that fade over time are made with 'thermal paper' which contains BPA (bisphenolA).

Studies have shown the chemical can lead to hormone-dependent cancers, and has previously been linked to infertility, autism, ADHD, obesity, type 2 diabetes, premature births and early onset of puberty.

There are already concerns about the public being exposed to BPA, which is often found in plastics.

We should avoid storing receipts in purses, wallets, or cars, according to Professor Nicolás Olea, from the University of Granada, Spain.

BPA is added to receipts to make their writing darker without using ink, and is also found in plastic water bottles and food containers.

International researchers, led by the University of Granada, analysed 112 thermal paper receipts and tickets from Brazil, Spain and France.

'We can recognize this kind of paper because it instantly turns black if we put it close to a heat source like, for example, a match,' Professor Olea said.

The French government has taken action to the reduction of the use of that chemical compound in thermal paper since 2014.

The researchers warn that we should be careful about handling the receipts.

'For example, tickets should not get in contact with food – for instance, meat or fish – while unpacking it in the kitchen,' Professor Olea said.

'Moreover, we should not crumple the tickets to throw them in the trash, play with them, write notes on them, or store them in cars, purses or handbags.

'In short, we should manipulate this kind of tickets as little as possible.

'They are easily identified by the customer since they are those receipts that, after some time, lose what they have printed on them and, when you are going to return the trousers you bought, the cashiers tell you that they cannot see anything.

'Very often, the only thing you find is a fine white powder that comes off when taking them out of the handbag or purse. BPA is, precisely, that white powder that sticks to your fingers.'

Scientists have sought alternatives to gradually replace BPA in an array of items.

BPS was designed as a replacement after mounting concerns over the plastic compound's effect on human health.

France has used BPS as a replacement in its receipts.

However, scientists aren't on board with this chemical either, believing that BPS is also a hormone disruptor.

'Unfortunately, BPS is also an endocrine disruptor, and its environmental persistence is greater than that of BPA, so it's not a valid option,' Professor Oleo said.

The researchers suggested people 'reject' paper receipts until public health measures are taken, noting that the Spanish government promised to remove BPA from its receipts by 2020.

Similar findings were published by Michigan-based non-profit organisation The Ecology Center in January 2018.

The team analysed 207 paper receipts from a variety of businesses collected between January and April 2017, including nationwide grocery and homeware stores, gas stations, theaters, libraries and small independent businesses.

Past research reveals cashiers and waiting staff can handle as many as 30 receipts an hour, and after a shift, have significantly higher BPA and BPS levels in their blood and urine than the average person.

'The protection of hundreds of thousands of young people working as cashiers in supermarkets and other stores is not as strictly implemented as it should,' Professor Oleo added.

By Vanessa Chalmers, MailOnline
January 16, 2019

Year of the Pig: Chinese Horoscope 2019

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The Years of the Rat are: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032.

Many new opportunities arise during 2019 for the Rat. The Rat will have more responsibilities as he furthers his progress. New Contacts made at this time will prove valuable and useful to his future.

Last year of the snake was a lucky year for the rat, however this year will prove to be somewhat the same, but the Rat has to work harder and be somewhat careful in his activities. The Rat is a survivor and will gain much experience in learning to be patient.

The Rat should be careful with overspending. Keep a track of your expenditures. Do not take on extra commitments. If you are careful managing your finances you may even be able to save a little.

The Year of the Pig 2019 sets for the Rat a new trend for the next twelve years. Even though the Rat may have some set backs, he will find it to his advantage for a new door opens for new opportunities.

The Rat may even decide to return to school to further their career skills. The Rat’s domestic life will take on a glow and he becomes more agreeable to those dear to him. The Pig year may not be the easiest for the Rat, but what he learns will prove to be very valuable to his future.

The years of the Ox are: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

The Ox will find that some areas of the Pig year will go particular well, while others will be somewhat difficult. He also will gain a lot of knowledge from the experience he has during the Pig year. Some projects and activities may take patience or be delayed during this year.

The Ox will have to adapt to some change that takes place. The Ox will have to flow closely and not be too inflexible. His working situations will have some interesting turn of events.

He may even decide to switch to a different career. In thinking with the right attitude, the Ox will gain much potential success for future projects.

This year will be a year for the Ox to catch up on his well-being, watch his weight and get a sufficient amount of rest. Eat a balanced and healthier diet. Find time to unwind and allow the creative abilities to come though Ox’s are especially creative in music, art and photography.

This is the year for the Ox to balance his activities with pleasurable pursuits. As usual the Ox will take much interest in his home. The Ox will be more socially active and romance will be much on the mind of the Ox. Much pleasure is gained by balancing work with pleasure.

The Years of the Tiger are: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.

The Pig year will prove to be a significant year for the Tiger. He will be able to reap rewards from past efforts. This is a very positive year for moving forward. The Tiger should take notice of his present position and how he can move forward. In other words, stay more focused for the opportunities that present themselves. Contacts the Tiger has made in the past will serve him well in the coming year. The progress the Tiger makes will improve his financial situation.

Tigers should make it a point to get away from the daily routine as often as possible. Change of scenery will prove particularly enjoyable. This year shows great potential in traveling as opportunities arise through meeting others while away. Make it a point to get as much exercise as possible.

The Tiger’s domestic and social life will bring much pleasure during the coming year. This year will prove to be a memorable year for celebrations such as weddings or other special events. This will prove to be a promising time for romance and an existing friendship or even a new one will become more meaningful. Many Tigers will become engaged or married during the coming year. This is truly a new and fresh beginning for the Tiger. The coming year is well aspected for a happy and new life.

The years of the Rabbit are: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

The year of the Pig will be an active year for the Rabbit and a year of progress especially in the Rabbit’s personal life. He will find himself in great demand and as usual well be meeting and making new friends. The affairs of the heart will be well aspected. This is the year for romance for the Rabbit. The Year of the Pig 2019 will have some surprises and pleasing successes.

He will find opportunities at every door. Contacts from the past pay off this year. Travel is well aspected. Some of the travel will be work related and will prove an excellent way to advance their prospects.

They may find themselves in some interesting situations while away from home. The Rabbit should be careful if a new interest for investing arises. Do not invest in something you have not carefully investigated. As a rule, Rabbits are careful in financial matters.

His year should be a wonderful year on the domestic front with great support from family and loved ones. This year will prove to be a particular busy time so be careful and not overload yourself with too many commitments. Try to make time for personal interests in hobbies and creative activities. It is a way to relax. This will be an enjoyable year for the Rabbit.

The years of the Dragon are:1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.

The Year of the Pig 2019 will be a positive year for the Dragon…a year where the Dragon will be able to put his ideas in form. Opportunities arise around work related projects. This is also an excellent year for financial matters with many Dragons receiving extra income. Learning opportunities arise and over the year much satisfaction is gained through his achievements.

Some Dragons will be faced with change around their work environment. Dragons will have an opportunity to add to their experience through new advances with work related matters. Through the experience the Dragon could make change in the direction he is going with his work.

The year 2019 will provide the Dragon with busy times but he should make sure he sets aside time for his personal activities. The Dragon is always supported by loved ones and should listen to the advise of those who care for him. He is independent but he will benefit from the advise of loved ones this year.

The Dragon’s social and love life is favorably aspected and he can look forward to a full active life. If single, romance is around the corner. He should act upon his ideas and follow through even if it means making changes.

The Years of the Snake are: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037.

The year of the Pig will be an active one for the Snake allowing him to build on past achievements. A great deal of personal activity is on the horizon. Many Snakes have already had changes and are relatively new at what they are doing.

Snakes always like to have a secure base from which to observe and build a strong foundation. This is a year of opportunity for Snakes and should be alert to any offer that comes through. In the year 2019 the Snake should avoid taking risks.

Snakes also need to be careful I his personal life as the Horse can play tricks with his emotions. Romance can bring happiness but also some disappointments. This is a year where the Snake should be aware of the feelings of those he cares about. Snakes who fall in love this year need to go slowly and be considerate if they want the relationship to last.

Snakes will be meeting new friends and attending many social functions. The Snake should give considerable attention to his well-being, get plenty of rest and eat properly. This is not a year for the Snake to take risks with his financial situations, however if he is careful his financial matters improve.

The years of the Horse are: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.

This will be a pleasing year for the Horse. The Horse can look forward to a promising active year. You will be offered an opportunity to take on extra responsibilities. The horse will have a chance for a higher position.

This is a year to take the initiative and prepare to make the effort to move forward. Some Horse may indeed, have some setbacks but many will find this an opportunity to made a sufficient change in their career.

Some natives will take on extra skills or promote their talent by doing some freelance work. Horse will have an increase in money matters. As horseSheep love to spend what they make this is a year they should be careful and be aware of how they spend their money.

This is a good year for personal matters. You will enjoy many family activities including unexpected outings and short trips. This year 2019 is a year for a rich and rewarding part of his life.

The horse will enjoy many social activities. New friendships formed will prove to be lasting. This year will prove to be a rewarding and successful year for the horse.

The years of the Goat are: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The Year of the Pig will prove to be a pleasing one for the sheep and more challenging than the last few years. He will find his personal life becoming more settling and his business world taking on more of a glow. In other words, he will be pleased as he puts the past disappointments behind him. His present work he will find a substantial improvement with his working conditions.

He will be offered a chance to take on extra responsibilities and find it easier than ever as he soars upward. The Sheep has the ability to get on well with others regardless of what position he is in. New contacts made now will definitely elevate his social status. All sheeps should take advantage of any new opportunities for furthering their skills.

Sheep, who have felt unhappy or lonely, will certainly have a chance for new friendships and romance. Romance started this year will prove to be permanent. By years end, many sheep natives will be enjoying newfound happiness.

The years of the Monkey are: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.

The year of the Pig will bring many rewards for the Monkey. All areas of life will improve for the monkey, including a stroke of luck adding to his uplifting sprit. This year the Monkey will focus on his past accomplishments and give much thought to his future.

Opportunities arise that will give the Monkey a chance to advance, especially with work related issues.

Whether he is looking for a better position or rising to the heights with the present one, he will make the most of his skills. Monkey’s love to have a challenge. This is what motivates them and gives them a worthwhile purpose in life. The whole year contain interesting developments where progress can be made rapidly and successfully.

The Monkey can look forward to an increase in money matters, especially added income. Monkeys will treat themselves well by improving their lifestyle with new furnishings for the home and a new wardrobe. The Monkey will decide it is time to get out and explore mew avenues by doing some distance travel.

Monkey will derive much pleasure in their personal life by spending valuable time with family loved ones and friends. Opportunities arise for new romance especially new friends made during the first part of the year of the Horse or latter part of last year of the Pig. My word of advice for the Monkey is not be too independent. All in all, this year will prove to be one of great rewards.

The years of the Rooster are: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

The year of the Pig will be one of highs and lows for the Rooster. This year 2019 will be a rewarding year for finances even though the Rooster should be careful of overspending. The Roosters love attention and take great pride in what they wear. With the new trends and fashions coming in this year the Rooster will be the first with a new wardrobe. The Rooster will gain much satisfaction from his personal interest.

The Rooster will gain a great deal from using their creative abilities and properly used can produce some interesting results.

The Rooster at times neglects his well-being because he is so absorbed in other things he forgets about himself. This year is no exception. He should make it a point to look after his health and watch what he eats.

As usual the Rooster will be the center of attention impressing those he meets and extending his social circle. Even though the year of the Pig will be a demanding one for the Rooster he will benefit from all the challenging experiences and achieve some satisfying results.

The years of the Dog are: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

The year of the Pig will prove to be a favorable year for the Dog. He will find a time for much advancement in both his personal life as well as his professional world. All he has to do is take the opportunity when it is there.

The Dog as a rule tends to be cautious and this year is no exception but the Pig gives him great courage and an incentive to move ahead and take chances necessary to move upward. The Dog is loved by all but this year his superiors will do anything the Dog requests.

The Dog’s home life means much to him. This year is an especially happy one for the standpoint of his personal life. This year is a promising one for social activities, especially smaller groups where he finds himself impressing and winning additional new friends.

The Pig year holds excellent aspects for romance for the Dog. Someone the Dog meets in the early years of the Pig year will come to mean much to their future.

The Dog will have a chance to prove his skills and talents and impress others as he has not done in quite a few years. He will be happy with the results.

You are a “Pig Chinese Zodiac native” if you are born in one of these years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.

The Chinese think if you were born under the year of the Pig and it is thePig year it is not a good year for you, however I have found it depends on what element you were born in that really makes the difference. In the research I have done I have found that Pigs can look forward to some pleasing successes, some of which he has earned.

Some Pigs will be promoted while others take on different roles. Pigs are hard workers and can make the most of any opportunity. At times when one is in their own year they feel as though they are in a rut and should follow through when chances present themselves.

Money Matters are positive for the Pig and an increase in fiancés occurs usually during the later half of the year. Pigs usually find it helpful to set aside funds for special requirements. He usually adds to his savings during the Pig year. This year 2019 will prove favorable for personal matters. He should share with his loved ones in activities such as his hobbies or projects.

Pigs have a tendency to do it alone. Pigs will need a lot of exercise this year to keep upon his well-being. He loses energy when he gets out of shape. All in all the Pig will move ahead and enjoy the year.

January 16, 2019

10 Short Lessons You Need To Learn Before You Can Manifest Your Perfect Relationship

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We all desire a loving relationship with a partner that will accept as completely and love us unconditionally.

But have you ever asked yourself, why do you desire this? Why do you need such relationship? Why do you need someone else to love and accept you?

Most people desire a relationship because they feel incomplete by themselves. They feel a lack of something and they believe someone who loves them will fill this void they feel.

But the truth is nobody can give you the love that you should give yourself. Nobody can make you feel complete if you don’t realize you are already complete, you don’t lack anything.

These misconceptions make people chase love for all the wrong reasons, it makes them manifest bad, miserable relationships. Here are 10 short lessons you must know.

10 Short Lessons You Need To Learn Before Having A Perfect Relationship:

1. You are already whole.

Most people look for their better half, for that one person who would make them feel whole again. This is because they don’t yet realize they are already whole. Nobody can make you more whole than you can. Learn to be whole by yourself.

2. Your real value comes from your self worth.

Your partner does not determine your value. Nobody determines your value but you. The way you see yourself, think of yourself, speak to yourself, that’s what determines your worth. You don’t need a relationship to find your real value.

3. Be completely comfortable by yourself.

If you can’t be alone with yourself, what makes you think that you can be in a relationship. Deal with your problems before putting them on someone else’s back. The relationships you have are going to reflect all your inner turmoil. So deal with it.

4. Relationships will not bring you happiness.

If you are looking for a relationship in order to finally be happy, you are going to be disappointed. Not because you won’t get into a relationship, you will, but because you’ll realize it does not bring happiness. And you will be more lost than ever.

5. Your purpose is greater than your relationships.

Most people get into a relationship and they forget about their purpose. They put their partner before everything else. It might sound romantic, but it’s not. It’s needy and it comes out of fear, scarcity. Your partner should support your purpose, not overshadow it.

6. Real friends come before romance.

Friendship comes before romance. This does not mean to turn your back to your partner and go out with your friends. It means to honor the friendship you have with your partner, friends, family, more than the romance you get out of the relationship.

7. Real relationships are not a prison.

When you get into a relationship with someone it’s not a start of the game of tolerance. It’s not fighting for your free pass to go out with your friends. Your relationship should not feel like a prison, on the contrary, it should be a platform of trust that liberates you even more.

8. The love between partners is maintained daily.

There is a false idea in society that once you find your special someone you will love each other until the end of time. Love in a relationship is something that’s grown and maintained daily. Getting into a relationship is not a finish, it’s a start of your love.

9. Don’t trade your dreams for a relationship.

Your dreams should be your priority. Everything else it’s just a happening along the journey. Your relationship is not as close as important as your dreams are. You are partners on this journey helping each other follow your dreams while having fun together.

10. You cannot force a loving relationship.

When people love each other you cannot force this love away. It’s the same when this love is gone or when it was not there in the first place. You cannot force a loving relationship, it should develop and unfold naturally. That’s the beauty of it.

By Life Coach Code