Master how to gain control of situations to
improve your life. Know yourself a little
better and understand why you react and behave the
way you do. Hope that you would find these tips
useful and handy.
TIPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Lots of love, laughter and regular naps ... these are just some of the
global secrets to health and happiness
- According to a study of 35
European countries, the Swedes emerged the healthiest. Participants were
judged on life expectancy, death rates, childhood mortality and smoking.
Sweden has one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe, leading to fewer
deaths caused by tobacco-related illnesses.
TIP - Quit smoking .
According to a Danish study, women who smoke three sticks a day double
their risk of a heart attack. Quitting also improves skin and sleep,
boosts fertility and saves money.
- Norwegian roads are one of the
safest. A recent survey showed that Norway has one of the lowest
accident rates in the world with only seven deaths in every 100,000
caused by cars. Experts attribute this to heavy speeding fines and tight
drink-driving restrictions in the country.
TIP - If you drink,
don't drive. If you know you'll be having drinks with friends, make sure
there's a designated 'driver ' who will not be tempted by alcohol.
- The global average for the life
expectancy of a woman is 67 years but the Spanish senora lives up to 80
years on average. Recent studies attribute part of this to that midday
siesta. Not only does napping ease the mind, relax muscles and reduce
stress, sleep is needed to produce the human growth hormone which
maintains muscle mass and repairs damaged cells.
TIP - Harvard
researchers have discovered that having a power nap can help employees
be more effective at work. But don't go beyond 20 minutes or
you'll end up feeling even groggier!
- The French are proof that regular sex contributes to a long life.
According to Durex's Global Sex Survey 2004, the average French
person does it 137 times a year.
TIP - Physical
intimacy is crucial to the health of a relationship. Learn to move it up
on your priority list. Try this turn-on trick: Dab his cologne on your
extra-erogenous zones like the nape of your neck... his scent will drive
- Asia's stressed out cities
should take a leaf out of the chilled-out Brazilian's book.
According to a survey, Brazil is home to the most relaxed people in the
world, with 24 percent saying they never get stressed. Those with the
least stress spend 76 hours a week with their families - that's 40 hours
more than the global average.
TIP - Cut down stress
levels and boosts your immunity by spending more time with family and
friends. It's tough with long working hours, but one way for
time-strapped families to bond is making it a point to sit down to
dinner together at least twice a week. This sacred time can become a
comforting family ritual.
NIGERIA - In a study
of 65 countries in New Scientist magazine, Nigeria had the highest
percentage of happy people in the world. Due to their lack of material
possessions, Nigerians place priorities on other things like laughter
and family time.
TIP - Being happy
helps reduce stress and boosts the body's immune system... best of all,
it comes cheap. A US study found that people who started giggling while
watching a funny video saw a drop in the production of stress hormones.
FINLAND - Compared to
the rest of the world, the Finns are experiencing the fastest drop in
the number of people with heart disease. Experts believe this could be
due to their love for saunas which are said to boost circulation and
increase the flow of blood through the heart.
TIP - Most gyms and
health clubs have saunas - so make the most out of them. It's polite to
have a shower before entering. Limit your time in the sauna to 10 to 15
minutes ; after you've warmed up, cool off by taking a cool shower or
swim. Once your body temperature has dropped, you can return to
the heat. Drink plenty of water before and after to prevent dehydration.
- With just one in 500 marriages
ending in divorce each year, Taiwan boasts the lowest divorce rate in
the world. Medical experts believe that happiness within the home has
benefits on mental health, explaining why just two percent of the
population suffer from depressive disorders.
TIP - Strengthen your
relationship and boost your mental well-being, by remembering why you
fell in love and don't neglect to show it. As relationship expert Dr
Philip McGraw says, ' Love is a verb.' Show your affection in little
ways like slipping a sweet note in his shirt pocket or calling to let
him know you're thinking of him.
- A study shows that elderly villagers in India have the lowest rate of
Alzheimer's disease in the world, and researchers attribute this to the
powers of curcumin, the powerful compound found in turmeric, the spice
that gives curry it's yellow hue. A UCLA study found that low doses of
curcumin blocked the accumulation of plaques and also reduced
inflammation [ an effect of Alzheimer's on neurologic tissue].
TIP - Add some spice
to your curries! Try stirring 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric [ too much
can make food taste bitter] in rice or couscous.
- People who live in Japan can expect to remain in good
health longer than anyone else in the world, according to the World
Health Organisation. One of the possible contributions to their
longevity is the consumption of soy which is said to be a great
protector against heart disease. Soy products also contain plant
chemicals that are said to mimic our body's oestrogen. This helps
protect against hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer.
Add soy to your diet, like soy
milk for your tea or coffee. You can also add tofu to your stir-fries in
place of meat.