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Men are likely to have the uppermost hand than women when holding hands; but who has the dirtier hand?

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Researcher Mark S. Chapell and his pals took the burden to observe 15,008 couples with holding hand activities. It’s true, men has the uppermost hand. And it may be that men initiate the act of touch.

Touch has a power. In the study of Coan, Schaefer and Davidson,  a woman was given mild electric shocks to observe her experience of pain and fear through MRI. At first, pain and fear was prominent. When a laboratory team member held her hand, the pain is still evident but fear diminishes. When the woman’s partner held her hand, the MRI shows that her brain calmed down remarkably.

Holding a woman’s hand is simple, seemingly vain, but it’s an easy way to make her at ease amidst pain and stress. Plus, it’s a romantic gesture too.

A man to man holding hand would raise brows in many societies; but in Afghanistan, it is expected. It shows affection for the men without the sexual association. And in times that you didn’t do that, it shows aversion as if you’re spacing yourself away from the other man.

Holding hands is dirtier than you thought. Tennessee senators passed a new bill claiming that holding hands and kissing are gateways to intercourse. The bill, which blocks sex education, aims to reduce the tipping numbers of the young engaging the activity – 27% of middle school students in Memphis City have had sex.

People from University of Colorado studied hands of men and women, and women’s hands are dirtier! Women “have a much ‘greater diversity’ of bacteria on their hands than men, and a higher number of innate bacteria living under the skin that can’t be washed away” (Noble, 2008). Interesting.. How did that happen?

What do you feel when you hold hands?

Sources:
Lending a Hand; Psychological Science
Why Arab Men Hold Hands; The New York Times
Men and Women Holding Hands; Ammons Scientific
Holding Hands Is Dirtier Than You Thought; YourTango
 

Ibiza, the ideal place to go to on holidays; yet research has shown many return depressed and disillusioned.

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Photos from Philip Larson’s and Adam Russell’s flickr

People save money for years in order to enjoy the life on Ibiza for a few weeks. A vacation to live up to. But when you arrive there, everything is different than expected. You’re not the only one in the expensive hotel. Your expensive hotel is one of the cheapest in comparison to the others, and your clothes, on which a lot of money was spent, are nothing different from other people’s clothes. You’re normal.

You always were normal. But when you’re, for 3 weeks, trying not be, you still are. What did you save all that money for? To live the life, partying all week, to find out it doesn’t help. Ibiza should have been the distraction, but it became the eye-opener. But realizing all this, you think, well, if it’s all for nothing, why not release the brakes and go wild? Which is exactly what people do. Drugs and alcohol, and not a little.

The worst part might still be coming back. Back to all, found out, you really are but don’t want to be. Some even end up with addictions, because of all the party drugs and alcohol from Ibiza.

The advise experts give to people who have a vacation to Ibiza planned but unable to cancel it? Make an appointment with a psychologist before you go; he will be busy when you return.

Have you been depressed from a holiday?

The pressure to be perfect can be often overwhelming.
by Lisa Boyle of Fashion Hungry

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When conjuring up the image of a perfectionist, what often springs to mind is an immaculate, glossy-haired woman with a spick and span house and an impressive career to boot. However while many perfectionists may seem perfectly in control on the outside, on the inside they might be telling a whole different story.

I have always been a bit of a perfectionist. Whether it comes to work, keeping fit or organising work events, I get utterly frustrated if things don’t go as planned. To paint a clearer picture – when things don’t go seamlessly, I often end up a crumpled, neurotic mess. I’m not sure what drives my need to get things perfect – but I am sure there are many women out there who can relate.

In today’s society, we are continually met with women who appear to have flawless lives – the perfect body, husband, career etc. Despite knowing that perfection is simply impossible to achieve, it can be difficult not to feel inadequate when it seems everyone else is doing great.

It is not just women who suffer feeling this way. After tennis player Andy Murray’s tearful loss against Roger Federer at the Wimbledon men’s single final, Murray was criticised for being ‘dour-faced’ and miserable. However more so though than anything, I believe he is just another extreme perfectionist.

Now through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, people have the opportunity to create a life that they want people to see. Today already I have witnessed a slew of posts by people bragging about their great lives are – which is all very well mind you – but in my eyes, most of them seem highly invented.

The pressure to be perfect can be often overwhelming.  There have been many times in the past where I have felt like a complete failure if I haven’t got the job I wanted, if I’ve ate too much chocolate or if someone has criticised me. Drastic I know, yet I can’t seem to shake off the feeling that I could do better.

One of the positive things you could say about perfectionism is that it gives people the incentive to strive for what they wish. This is what I believe spurs my desire for independence and ambition. However perfectionism doesn’t always result in good, as a teenager I suffered from severe anorexia nervosa, an illness where sufferers usually possess personality traits such as anxiety, low self-esteem and of course, perfectionism.

Not all cases are the same – however studies have shown that a majority of people with eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression all suffer from acute perfectionism. Those who suffer from perfectionism are also less likely to sleep well and tend to work their bodies harder physically as well as preventing them from forming healthy relationships with others.

Having such high-expectations for yourself can also be mentally deteriorating, particularly when original plans fail. Perfectionists tend to berate and exhaust themselves to the point where they end up giving up, which can be emotionally and physically damaging in the long run.

If the above describes you to a tee, then it may be time to cut yourself some slack. After all, imperfection is what makes us human, regardless to what your Facebook status reads.

Lisa Boyle is a freelance journalist, music writer, fashion correspondent and researcher based in Scotland, United Kingdom.

Take a 15-day long bath and you own a record.

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In medieval times, bathing is seen as an indulgence to sexual desires. It is also believed that when water touches your naked self, it’ll cause an illness. But the black plaque reversed the plate and urged people to clean up, since washing up with vinegar, wine or warm water seemed to save lives.

Only those in authority, kings and lords, have access to a tub with petals and lavish embroideries. The peasants have limited access to baths, lucky if they have soap. They bring their families in public bath, so imagine stripping down in front of your parents and brother.

A rumor says that Elizabeth I of England takes her bath every month. In the early 19th century, people wash their hands, feet and face in regularity. The rest of the body was washed in weeks.

Lucky us that now, water was delivered to our very homes through the pipe system. We no longer have to gather water and use it again and again so as to conserve it; while soap is no longer golden. Let’s see how we bathe nowadays:

Time taking the shower. Well, I can take a bath in 5 mins or 30 mins. When I take a 5, I’ll just do what is necessary, which is soap, rinse and done. I take 30 when I lie in a tub and ponder about the meaning of life, then 5 minutes for soap, rinse and done. And that’s decent bathing; people can stay inside the bathroom in an hour.

Hot or Cold. Both have their own benefits, but I prefer cold showers in general. In summer, I take cold showers and hot showers in winter. That’s the best thing – use it when desired.

The Records. Kevin “Catfish” McCarthy took the longest bath to date, for 340 hours and 40 minutes or 14.2 days! According to a survey in 2006, Australians are the cleanest people on earth. Majority bathe once a day, 29% bathe twice a day and 9% bathe thrice a day.

Do we really need to bathe every day? Body odor is a term popularized by deodorant companies because it’s the selling point. It became a social need since we don’t want to smell bad when in other people. Experts say unless we’re always in a crowded situation, daily bath is overbathing and it may ruin our skin as it washes our natural oils.

I skipped bath for four days. What’s the longest time you didn’t take a bath?

Sources:
Do You Really Need a Daily Shower?; Self.com
World Records: New Work by Maria Forde; Apartment Therapy
Do we really need a daily shower or bath to stay healthy?; The Register
History of Hygiene: Bathing, Teeth Cleaning, Toileting, & Deodorizing; History Undressed

Snakes as your masseuse and urine as your facial wash.

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I can have a massage therapy every week – I feel rested and cozy. But I don’t know what the hell is wrong with me because I’m not satisfied with that. Doing the same things over and over is terribly boring. Let’s see what alternative therapies I’ve got at my disposal.

Snake Massage Therapy

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This is supposed to be relaxing, but how can you do that when snakes are dancing in your face and body? The snakes used are non-venomous but you would only know for sure if you didn’t die, and they still can bite. This is for the tough-hearted.

Past Life Regression Therapy

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If you have breathing difficulties, you probably have been buried alive in your past life. This therapy digs the unresolved issues of your previous self, which it claims to be the root of your health problems.

Laughter Therapy

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All you do in this therapy is laugh. You force yourself to laugh and continue to laugh until the session ends. People laugh because they’re happy, but people can be happy when they laugh too. It must be liberating to laugh like crazy.

Maggot Debridement Therapy

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Maggots can clean your infected wounds. You immerse your wound, say your cut finger, in a whirlpool of maggots and they kill the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in it. I’m sure my doctor can come up with something stronger than antibiotic. I’ll pay, I promise but not the Maggots.

Urine Therapy

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I’ve watched this in television and people really drink their own urine  kidding aside. They also use urine as facial wash for babies in China. They believed that urine can cure. Dare to put this in your bucket list?

Bee Sting and Leech Therapy

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For some reason people disliked mainstream medicine, they let the bees stung them and leeches suck them. If you prefer the leech one, you have to immerse yourself in turpentine first.

Sound Therapy

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Sound frequencies can heal, apparently. It can put balance in your body. It can “act like vitamins and minerals”. Give me the sound of vitamin A plus iodine!

Beer Therapy

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Oh how can you not love this? You bathe in beer. Drink while it rejuvenates you. This is how people in Czech Republic, Austria and Germany roll.

Ho’oponopono

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This is a Hawaiian practice that targets the root of an illness like the past life regression therapy. If there’s dispute, anger or guilt, you have to be “sorry” and “make it up” and see the magic in your life.

Virtual Dolphin Therapy

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Just imagine dolphins swimming in the calm sea. I know, it’s softening.

What therapy would you try?

Sources:
Top 10 Weird Health Therapies; TopTenz.net
12 Most Bizarre Modern Alternative Medical Treatments; WebEcoist
 
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