6 Science-Backed Tips to Impress Everyone You Meet 

We’ve all been there. Sitting across from someone we admire, crippled with anxiety because we don’t want to do or say the wrong thing, and knowing full well that first impressions last the longest. Whether you’re conscious of it or not, a Princeton University study found it only takes 1/10 of a second to judge someone based on their appearance. We agree it isn’t right, but it’s a reality. So knowing this fact, how do we make a killer first impression and ensure their memory of you is a positive one?Turns out there are a few science-backed tricks you can keep up your manicured sleeve to help when the tongue starts to tie next time. And if you really don’t feel confident, then practice makes perfect—and these conversation starters will help too. 


DON’T WASTE TIME

When you’re trying to make a mark, don’t wait. According to new research, you only have the blink of an eye to truly get your act together and impress that person. It might not seem fair to be judged in 1/10 of a second, but psychologists believe this “accelerated and accurate ability to judge trustworthiness in others may have evolved as an important survival mechanism.” So if you really want your prospective employer, future partner, or new friend to walk away with a good feeling about you after the first meeting, act quickly and employ some of our strategies outlined below.

HAVE A CONFIDENT HANDSHAKE

If this isn’t something that comes naturally to you, then practice it with friends or colleagues to perfect it. New neuroscience research from a paper published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience confirmed the power of a firm, friendly handshake when making a good first impression in both social and business circumstances.

“We found that it not only increases the positive effect toward a favorable interaction, but it also diminishes the impact of a negative impression,” said research lead Sanda Dolcos. “Many of our social interactions may go wrong for a reason or another, and a simple handshake preceding them can give us a boost and attenuate the negative impact of possible misunderstandings.”

WAIT BEFORE YOU SPEAK

Known for her research on power posing and its confidence-boosting benefits, social psychologist Amy Cuddy recently turned her attention to first impressions and found we evaluate people on two things: trustworthiness and confidence. So in that 1/10 of a second, you need to establish the other person’s trust. But how do you convey trust in a first interaction? Cuddy says you need to let the other person speak first. Being overly dominant will come across as threatening and they’ll either feel defensive or “try to out alpha you.”

To do this, Cuddy suggests simply asking them a question. “I think people make the mistake, especially in business settings, of thinking that everything is negotiation,” she told Wired. “They think, ‘I better get the floor first so that I can be in charge of what happens.’ The problem with this is that you don’t make the other person feel warmth toward you. Warmth is really about making the other person feel understood. They want to know that you understand them. And doing that is incredibly disarming.

MAKE EYE CONTACT WHEN YOU DO

Before you roll your eyes at something so seemingly obvious, we couldn’t compile a story about first impressions without reiterating how important this simple act is. Maintaining eye contact is crucial if you want to establish trust and transfer integrity toward the person you’re trying to impress. A study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and reported in Business News Daily found a “significant correlation between people looking while they spoke and how others judged their intelligence.”

We truly understand how intimidating some of these can be, especially if it’s for a major career opportunity or meeting the parents of your significant other for the first time, but making a conscious effort to connect with them at eye level will make all the difference in solidifying a strong connection.

USE THE POWER OF FACIAL CUES

Since we already know that people judge us in 1/10 of a second based on our appearance, then use your facial expressions and physical characteristics to change it. A research article published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General found facial cues can shape one’s perception of your intelligence and attractiveness. A nice smile goes a long way in enhancing your appeal during a first meeting. But not all smiles were created equal. The study reported in Psychology Today found that a “large grin can make someone seem naive, while a subtle smile with just a slight upturn in the curvature of the mouth can make people appear more intelligent as well as friendly.”

ADJUST YOUR TONE OF VOICE

Now that you’ve nailed all the above, it’s time to get your tone of voice in order. Wait, what? Now I need to worry about how my voice sounds during a first meeting? According to psychologist Drew Randell at the University of Lethbridge in Canada, “People do make snap judgments when they hear someone’s voice.” In fact, new research by Phil McAleer, a psychologist at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom and lead author, found people formed an opinion on someone based on the tone of voice and could determine whether they were trustworthy or untrustworthy based on a 300- to 500-millisecond soundbite of hello. “It is amazing that from such short bursts of speech you can get such a definite impression of a person,” McAleer told Science Mag. “And that, irrespective of whether it is accurate, your impression is the same as what the other listeners get.” Do you agree with science? Would you try any of these tactics? Shop our top book selection below for more insight on how to impress someone you admire. By Domaine.

xxxxxxx,

Janice 

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This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Add Turmeric to Your Lemon Water in the Morning

Lemon water is an extremely beneficial beverage, but if you add turmeric to it, you will get a miraculous healing drink. This drink will rejuvenate your body and provide lots of energy. If you make it a habit and drink a glass of lemon water with some turmeric every morning, you will gain numerous benefits. Turmeric has been used for centuries as a natural method to improve overall health, and its amazing health benefits have been scientifically confirmed. Moreover, it does not cause the side-effects of the commercial, synthetic drugs. To be more concrete, turmeric has been found to be useful in the treatment of at least 160 health issues.

It has potent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and being a powerful antioxidant, it also fights against free radicals. Turmeric effectively treats more issues simultaneously, and even if the ones which are resistant to conventional therapies. Turmeric is a vital part of the Indian cuisine, and besides its health benefits, it provides a specific flavor and aroma as well. Therefore, if you add it to your lemon water, you will improve its benefits. The lukewarm water helps digestion, and the lemon cleanses the liver. Hence, the added turmeric will enhance this drink by ten times, making it a morning elixir that will restore your health and wellbeing, and support all the body functions. You can also add a pinch of cinnamon, which will balance blood sugar levels, and strengthen the anti-inflammatory effects of the drink. 


Also, this drink will provide a feeling of satiety which will last long and help you lose excess body weight. These are some of the most important health benefits of this amazing drink: Turmeric can prevent the high blood sugar spikes related to diabetes as it helps the body to properly process ingested sugars. It helps the body break down dietary fat right after consuming it, as it raises the bile flow. It promotes weight loss and cleanses the body of toxins. Due to the potent anti-inflammatory properties, it prevents degenerative brain disorders linked to aging, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Treats chronic constipation, and boosts the energy levels. Turmeric enhances the function of the liver and allows the body to break down dietary and environmental toxins. It stimulates the production of bile by the gallbladder, as well as other components which support proper food digestion. Its strong antimicrobial properties strengthen immunity and boost digestion, and prevent common colds, and coughs. Lemon Water and Turmeric- recipe

Ingredients:
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric

1 cup of lukewarm water, or warm soy, almond, or regular cow’s milk

lemon juice squeezed from half a lemon

1/8 teaspoon of honey

a pinch of cinnamon, optional

Method of preparation:

You should heat some water, add lemon juice, honey, and turmeric, and stir. For best results, you should stir it constantly while you drink it, as the turmeric falls down at the bottom. You should consume this drink while it is warm. This inexpensive and natural beverage will provide amazing health benefits, so make sure you drink it every morning! Image by healthylivecare via healthyfoodhouse. 

xxxxxx,

Janice 

Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas

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Just because you’re broke this Mother’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t do something great.

Here are some of our favorite ways to treat your mom for Mother’s Day without breaking out your piggy bank.

Make Her Something

Making mom something says more than a store-bought present ever could. For a crafty person, there are boundless opportunities to make mom something she’s going to cherish for years to come.

But if you’re not so artistically inclined, don’t worry. You can make her a mix CD, Spotify playlist, or load a thumb drive with some of her favorite tunes on it. She’ll think of you every time she looks at or listens to what you’ve made for her.

Cook For Her

Those who know their way around a kitchen have a ready-made way to make mom happy on Mother’s Day. You might have to shell out a little cash to buy food, but cooking mom a nice dinner at home can be done for a fraction of the cost of taking her out to a fancy restaurant.

Best of all, it gives the two of you time together in a comfortable and relaxed setting — just make sure to clean up your place before she comes over.

Go Day Tripping

If you and your mom both live in the same city, taking her on a day trip might be a great way to spend time together on Mother’s Day. Even if it’s just a drive up the coast, a short getaway gives the two of you some time to spend together.

Throw on some music and take the time to really catch up with her en route to a scenic destination and bring a picnic for lunch along the way.

Give Her a Call

In the 21st Century, it’s easier to communicate than ever before. You might text or email your mom several times throughout the course of a week but how often do you sit down and have a conversation with her?

Make it a point to give her some one-on-one time. That’s easy enough – especially in the age of Skype, free cell phone minutes, and VoIP.

Play Maid

How many times has your mother cleaned up after you in the course of her lifetime? Now it’s time to return the favor.

Tell her in advance that you’re coming by with all your cleaning products in tow — and that you’re not taking “no” for an answer. Let her know that this is her day and you’re going to be doing it all on your own, just like she did for you for so many years. Via MintLife. Image via Smashing Magazine

Remember: All your mom really wants for Mother’s Day is a little bit of your time, attention and appreciation for all her hard work. Give her that and it’ll be hard to go wrong.

Happy Mother’s Day!

xoxo,

Janice