365 days of something NEW

LearnSomethingNewEveryDay

MONEY is the #1 thing couples argue about, so save your pennies. smile.

The letter E is the most commonly used letter in the alphabet. SO, when you are playing hangman make sure this is your first letter. smile.

Honey is the only natural food that never spoils. Oh, that sweet goodness. enjoy!

Sleepy heads: Cats spend 66% of their lives asleep & Koala’s sleep 18 hours a day & Gorillas sleep 14 hours a day. A snail can sleep for 3 years.

The average human brain contains around 78% water

A one minute kiss burns 26 calories.

Every day is a holiday somewhere in the world.  Enjoy Life!! It is always a party. smile

Apples are more affective at waking you up in the morning than coffee. Wow!

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky. Sad.

The average golf ball has 336 dimples.

Tree hugging is forbidden in China. What? Sad. If you can, you should hug a tree.

You take over 23,000 breaths each day. Wow. Just breathe.

Did you stretch today? My dog does & apparently so do ants. Wow.

Tennis was originally played with bare hands. Yikes.

The Eiffel Tower has 1,792 steps. Happy hiking. Smile.

Hawaii was originally called the Sandwich Islands.

Einstein slept 10 hours a night. Sleep well.

You may want to stay home on Saturdays. The most fatal car accidents happen then.

A banana contains 75% water. A cucumber is 96% water.

There are no rivers in Saudi Arabia. Sad. How I would miss the moving waters.

 

taken from did-you-knows

Hope you learned something new today. Thanks everyone for visiting.

 

 

 

 

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365 New things to Learn

It is always good to learn new things, so here you go…

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Pain: Women have twice as many nerve receptors as men, causing them to feel pain more intensely. However, they also have a higher tolerance for it.  -WTFFUNFACTS

blue-whale-qedInteresting Animal Facts: During the cold winter the Alaskan Wood frog becomes a block of ice, stops breathing, the heart stops beating. When spring arrives it thaws and returns to normal.

Ligers continue to grow their entire life because of a genetic disorder called ‘growth dysplasia.’ They grow twice the size of a Tiger mama and  Lion papa. The largest was 922 lbs.  -WTFF

Loudest animals: Blue Whale 9188 decibels–louder than jet engine) The loudest animal relative to its body size–the tiny water boatman (99.2 decibels-front row of orchestra)

The oldest living animals: Tortoise was 177 years old. The giant barrel sponge is one of the longest living animals. Largest specimens located in the Caribbean are 2,250 years old.  -zidbits

Martin Luther King died at 39, but his heart was like that of a 60 year old because of the stress in his life.

Take a Brain Break (from the book, Better Each Day)  In a NY study, people were asked to memorize pairs of images & scientists measured the brain activity, during viewing and a wakeful rest period. They found that absorbing info activated the brain & the brain in some cases became more active during rest=higher retention.

“The inward journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can take away.”  -Deepak Chopra

iStock_000056621624_Large-770x35510 things you can do to improve your life by next week: 1. Take a brain break  2. Mind/Body connection to strengthen your resolve  3. Vent strategically: seek the viewpoint of a trusted friend not to win the argument, but to try and see the argument more clearly (vs more people on your side)  4.Dine alfresco and you will be more fully awake and engaged with your meal if you eat outside   5. Stop waffling over decisions: the simple act of washing your hands can help you stop questioning your judgement according to U of Michigan psychologists.   6. Volunteer   7. Alleviate major worries by working out   8. Learn to listen to strengthen your relationships   9. Pause for appreciation (mini meditation)   10. Talk yourself into a better mood (have meaningful conversations)  -From the book Better Each Day

Vin Diesel’s acting career started after he (age 7) and his brother broke into a NY theater with the intent to vandal. The artistic director caught them & offered to put them in a show.  -wtff

NO more SODA: Dr. Zumin Shi from the University of Adelaide in Australia did a study that showed soda can be linked to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), not to mention obesity and heart disease. Yikes!

5 most challenging languages to learn: Korean, Cantonese, Japanese, Arabic, Mandarin. Japanese is the hardest for an english speaker

guitar-110 hobbies to make you smarter: 1. Play an instrument  2. Read voraciously  3. Meditate  4. Workout your brain (puzzles & riddles)  5. Exercise often  6. Learn a language  7. Write your feelings down  8. Travel to new places  9. Cook different meals (multi-task creativity)  10. Participate in sports actively

 

http---coresites-cdn.factorymedia.com-twc-wp-content-uploads-2015-11-mountain_biking_coupleJust learned this from Oprah’s newsletter–Scientific research is showing that exercise helps you to stay younger looking. At least 3 days of exercise. Get out & Just do it!!

Happy learning!! -H

365 New things to Learn

“My true safety lies not in keeping myself out of danger by avoiding the risks of fully engaging in life, but by remembering that no matter what life brings me, I am strong enough, smart enough, loving enough, vital enough, interested and curious enough to handle, learn, and grow from it.”  -I am a woman finding my voice, Janet Quinn

 

 

nurture-yourself-with-solitudeTop Stress Busting Tips: 1. Take three deep breaths–5 seconds in, 5 seconds out–to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones.   2. Copy a cat: Stretch and then shake it out.   3. Sing a favorite song. You’ll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good.   4. Hang your head forward as if it were a heavy ball, then move it slowly to the side, back, side and front. Repeat. Circle around twice in the opposite direction.   5. Sit up straight. When your shoulders are back, you open up your chest and breathe more freely.   6. Hold the hand of someone you love. Skin-to-skin touch is calming.   7. Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens the jaw, where you often store stress.   8. Take a mental break–focus on a photo of a loved one, a goal or a favorite place.   9. At work, walk over to someone’s desk to talk, take a break, force yourself to move. It will relieve physical tension.   10. Smooth on hand lotion. The smell and feel is wonderfully distracting.    11. Say a prayer–it’s one of the most potent antidotes to stress. Connecting with a higher power helps you gain strength and clear your mind.   12. Use your whole body as you yawn. The deep exhalation is relaxing and the stretch loosens your muscles.  -taken from Women’s Day

 

 

sea_otters_holding_handsInteresting & FUN Animal Facts:       Sea Otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other. [So sweet]   We could all take a lesson from that. What if we all went to bed holding hands– what a difference that would make. Would our connection, love, affection, care last longer? It is an interesting thought. Maybe just holding hands a little more often may bring the same results. Hold someone’s hand and spread a little love.

If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.     A baby spider is called a ‘spiderling’         A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale  -taken from thefact site.com

A group of zebras is called a “zeal” & can run 40 mph. The Native American culture refers to the zebra as a symbol of balance and sureness of path.

Humans are not the only creatures who laugh–Dogs & Cats do too.

 

 

article-2082640-0F58B8A300000578-613_224x354The world without Hitler: Something to think about. How our world would have been so changed.   I  learned that he almost drown in 1894 (he was 4) as a young boy in the waters of the River Inn in Passau. It is likely that Hitler airbrushed the incident out of his life history. Being rescued by a boy who went on to represent a religion he despised would not have sat well with the myth he had built around himself of  being called by destiny to save Germany.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082640/How-year-old-Adolf-Hitler-saved-certain-death–drowning-icy-river-rescued.html

 

 

live-love-and-laugh-out-loud-2Laughter: Heavy laughter can strengthen the immune system & releases positive endorphins. According to imbd.com the movies that make you cry of laughter are: The Hangover movies, Superbad, The 40-year old virgin, Pineapple Express, Harold & Kumar(s). Zombieland, American Pie (s), Road Trip, Horrible Bosses, 21 Jump Street, Due date…

 

Heart_PrintableI LOVE YOU in a variety of languages:   Ti amo (Italian)     Yo Te amp & Te quiero (Spanish)   Je Taime (French)     Wo Ie Ni [woah-eye-nigh] Chinese     Aishiteru [Aye-shee-ter-u] Japanese     Ich liebe dich [ick-lee-bah-dik] German

 

 

CoolWebsite EVENCOOL.COM has 45 links of all sorts of things you can learn (from talking like a pirate to how to knit) COOL ART. COOL FACTS. COOL NEWS. COOL STUFF

 

 

maxresdefault25 Secrets for a better life by even cool.com     Relax. Smile more. Do what you Love. Have goals and dreams. Travel. Be curious. Get good at something. Help others. Remember peoples names. Choose friends wisely. Don’t burn bridges. Get fit. Drink water. Think positive thoughts. Read. Be honest at all times. Start your day off right. Take a rubber band to negative thoughts. Learn to be unaffected by the words of others. Forgive. Learn to control your mind. Learn to control your emotions. Make good first impressions. Keep your brain sharp. Develop charismatic personality.

 

Have a beautiful day!

365 New things to Learn

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“The Constant Happiness is Curiosity.”  -Alice Munro

 

MORE GOOD STUFF TO BE CURIOUS ABOUT…ENJOY

 

GOOD SNACKS     For energy: 2013 study, subjects reported a 38% decline in fatigue and a 31% increase in energy after eating 2 gold kiwis.  For Stress: the journal of the American College of Nutrition says nibbling on a handful of walnuts may help you keep your cool during anxiety inducing situations.   For Focus: drink a blueberry smoothie because it increases oxygen flow to the brain.   For Happiness: edamame might help beat the blues, thanks to the B vitamin folate.

 

SOME GREAT QUESTIONS: Do I examine my life enough?  Do I care too much about what people think?  What do I really want to do all day?  How do I want to be remembered?  Do I say YES enough?  Do I know how to say no?  What am I afraid of?  Am I strong enough?   Is there anyone I need to forgive?  Why are we here?  What do I know for sure?  Have I found purpose?  Who do you want to be?  What is working?

 

SOMETHING COOL: a BOOK, List of Note (Scribblings from famous people)  or a LINK, dailyoverview.nyc (satellite photos from the world)

 

SHH. SELF-ESTEEM BOOSTER: This one will surprise you. Do something—anything—and keep it a secret. Today, do something alone—just for you, by yourself—in the middle of nowhere, in a hidden place or out in the world, with no one else around. You can make art, do a performance or an action, dance, or make a site specific installation. Or you can scribble an unspeakable dream on a piece of paper and tuck it somewhere no one will ever find it. Or you can jot down a note and burn it or you can walk a labyrinth. Honor your secret moment, whatever it looks like. Let it percolate. Don’t tell your spouse or best friend about it. Don’t tell your parents or children. Don’t tweet. instagram. Facebook it or blog about it—ever. Just be alone with it. Feel it. It is yours. -From The Little Spark: 30 ways to ignite your creativity by Carrie Bloomston (O Aug 2015)

 

WHAT GIVES YOU JOY? “Joy is about relaxing into a realm where you aren’t controlling anything”  -Sarah Gundle, clinical psychologist          To find out what brings you Joy, ask yourself: Is this activity just for me? Does it yield external results or internal harmony? Whether its taking nature walks or listening to music Gundle says, make time to accomplish absolutely nothing.   (O Aug 2015)

 

SIGHT-SAVERS: Kids should go outside to play. 2 studies show spending time outside can help protect your kids vision. The journal of Opthalmology, kids who spent their recess outdoors were significantly less likely to need glasses the next year than those who were indoors. A Danish study found that exposure to daylight slowed changes in the eye that can lead to nearsightedness.  -(BH&G)

 

TUNE UP YOUR BRAIN: Feeling sluggish this morning? Cue up an upbeat song. In a study from Britains Northumbria University, people were more alert and finished tasks more quickly when they listened to a fast-paced concerto than a slower melody or silence.  (BH&G)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Martha Beck’s Plan for Finding JOY

I don’t know about you, but JOY is always a good thing. Here is Martha’s plan for finding  a little more JOY:

  1. Have a vision. Begin basing choices on what makes you feel freer and happier, rather than how you think an ideal life should look. [Create a vision board]
  2. Let go of what doesn’t work. Consider those things you’d like to release from your life–bad habits, toxic friends..think and repeat. Let go.
  3. Don’t be afraid to fail. People who worry about mistakes become paralyzed by that worry, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure.
  4. Pay attention to what really matters to you. Life makes things taxing when they are not important and delicious and relatively effortless when they are. Life feels good when it thrills you and bad when it doesn’t.         -taken from O Jan 2014

 

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PLAY something!!

A study of St. Andrews suggests that the more often subjects practiced playing a musical instrument, the more efficiently their brains processed info on nonmusical tasks.    -taken from O Jan 2014

 

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“Love After Love” by Derek Walcott

The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here, eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by your heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.

 

searching-for-lightLove this thought from Oprah

I stayed open to believing that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward.

 

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Andy Andrews thoughts on raising kids

Most people say, “Just trying to raise good kids.” BUT you need to think, “We are trying to raise good kids to be great adults.”

 

sunglasses-for-women1Something good for your EYES

BLINK: Researchers have discovered as screen time has increased, the level of a lubricating substance found in tears has decreased. Studies have shown that we normally blink 15-20 times per minute, but when using digital devices, that rate can be cut in half. Take a break and just blink.

EXERCISE: Research suggests that exercise may help prevent glaucoma. A study of more than 5,600 adults found those who exercised regularly (more than an hour a day) were 25 percent less likely to have low blood flow to their eyes. Circulation issues are thought to be the cause of glaucoma.

GRAB YOUR SHADES: to protect your eyes from possible UV damage. -O Oct 2015

 

Free-HugsLASTLY–Something to make you think

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  -Maya Angelou

 

Peace and Happiness to you.  -H        Look for my next 365 post.