Don’t Let Superstitions Scare Your Finances this Halloween

You must have come across people who let their strong belief in superstitions control their financial destiny. There is a bunch of superstitions that ruin financial health of a person. Hope and fear are two major feelings that play a major role in the game of superstition.

Many people believe that they can control what happens with them: good or bad. This makes people feel powerful that they have not left things to the mercy of chance. Research shows that people will pay a higher price for a bingo or lotto ticket that they choose in opposition to meagre $2 for a bingo or lotto ticket they haven’t chosen. This is because they feel that they are skilled enough to choose the right numbers. This is one of the reasons why most people overspend their budget during Halloween games.

Here are some of the common superstitions that take over the common sense and rule the finances:

  1. You will not jinx yourself with bad luck if you pick a penny that is not headed up!

This superstition can be traced back to the 17th president, Honest Abe. Subconsciously, people think that penny with ‘tails-up’ represents ill-fated Lincoln’s night. Thus, people believe that they will suffer the same bad luck if a penny is handled in a wrong way. This superstition is tied to fear of loss. Next time you happen to spot a copper lying on the floor; don’t stroll past the free loot, worrying about the bad luck. Pick it up! Is it not silly to walk past the free money during Halloween parade?

  1. Long-term financial planning is sure to jinx the life

Many people believe that buying insurance policy means that you will die soon and your family will need the money. Life insurance just reminds people of mortality. Anyways, buying insurance policy cannot shorten the life, but the mind plays tricks when it knows that a family member will receive the benefits.

 

  1. Number 13

Many people are worried that buying things with a check that has 13 numbers, the item is sure to be dead or break. Or it is fatal to make financial decisions on 13th. Number 13 is scary and has a fancy Greek term of its own “triskaidekaphobia”.Superstition_feature

Its story can be dated back to Last Supper as there were 13 people present. The number 13 have spooked major high-rises, hospitals and hotels as they skip labelling 13th floor. Also, most airports don’t have the 13th gate. This is not all, in Kansas, the zip codes start from 666, they have skipped from 66612 to 66614.
This superstition breeds on our fear. You can pay the check with number 13 to buy groceries. And see nothing happens.

  1. Itching palm

It is believed that if right palm itches, you will have to pay or lose money whereas, if your left palm itches, you will receive money.

What if both itch at the same time? Does that mean you will experience a breakeven point? This superstition has loud resonations as money plays a critical role in everybody’s life. A twinge on the left palm is a subconscious indication that you need to work harder and try and shoot for the raise. While right gives an explanation that you have overshoot your credit card spending. Also, itching might mean that after removing the Halloween costume or makeover, your hands are dry and need a dose of moisturizer.

To fight these superstitions, take a deep breath and give your head a chance to catch the logic this Halloween.

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6 Bizarre Forms of Animal Worship in the Modern World

Be it Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shintoism or any other Ancient Eastern Philosophy, each one shares a common thread by deeming all living beings sacred. But the following instances of animal worship still prevalent in the 21st century, take it to another level altogether! Let’s take a look.

Whale Temples of Vietnam

A trip to Vietnam is incomplete without the famous ‘Vung Tau’ Whale Temple being on your itinerary. Across Central and Southern Vietnam, fishing communities fervently worship the Whale God, known as ‘Ca Ong’ for a bountiful catch. In fact, the temple altar houses the skeletal remains of two giant whales. Considered as their guardian angel, all giant whales washed ashore are accorded a ceremonial burial. About 10 years after burial, the bones are removed and stored in temples, while the oil extracted is used for ritual cleaning of bones every year during the ‘Whale Festival’.whale-temple-in-vietnam

The Lizard God of Madagascar

Madagascar is an African Island-Nation and a renowned Biodiversity Hotspot. Over 90% of the wildlife found in Madagascan Rainforests, is found nowhere else on the earth. This includes 210+ species of lizards. As per the Tongan mythology of native tribes, the Tangaloa (God from the realm of Sky) incarnated on earth in the form of a Lizard Deity. Therefore, lizards are worshipped and considered as the powerful protectors.

Annual Monkey Buffet

Planning a trip to Thailand? If you visit in November, you have the opportunity of a lifetime to watch a live monkey buffet! Held in the ‘Monkey City’ of Lobpuri every year, this festival is the local people’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to the monkeys for bringing in good luck and prosperity (mainly in the form of tourism). A lavish feast of more than 400 kilos of fruits, vegetables, rice, candies, cakes, sweets and even ice cream are spread on long buffet tables. Watch hundreds of monkeys gorge on the delicacies (creating a ruckus of course!) is a sight to behold.annual-monkey-buffet

The Wolf Deity

While wolf-worship was extremely common amongst North American Tribes prior to colonization, this practice is still prevalent amongst a handful of indigenous clans today. Known for their strength and intelligence as a species, wolves are believed to be mighty patron-deities. Of course, the practice is not common to North America alone. Even the Greeks and Egyptians worshipped Gods with Wolf-Heads.

Man’s Best Friend

We’ve often come across the age-old saying that the ‘dog is a man’s best friend’. Yet most of us pay scant regard to stray dogs. The Kukur Tihar (Worship of Dogs) is a ceremonial worship of dogs that are part of Nepal’s famous ‘Tihar Festival’. On this day, all dogs are garlanded; their foreheads smeared with vermillion and offered delicious food. Hailed as messengers of the Death God ‘Yama’, dogs are revered to cast off the evil eye.dog-worship-in-nepal1 (1)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Think of China, and one cannot help but talk about their fascination with dragons. But not many of us are aware of the Chinese reverence for tigers. Amongst the four important symbols of the Chinese Constellations, the western one represents the White Tiger. The Kunming District has a dedicated site for Tiger worship, replete with a growling white tiger statue, while the ‘Tiger Dance’ of Shuangbai draws in a large number of tourists every year.

8 Fantastic Options Around The World To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of those rare days and events in the world which everyone looks to celebrate together. Unlike festivals and national holidays, this is that one occasion which the entire world looks forward to and celebrates it in one’s own special way. While some people party with their friends and family, others may visit other countries to welcome the New Year in the way other nationalities do. It is true that every country and every area has its own way to celebrate the eve before the New Year; there are some places which take the event to unique heights. If you wish to experience New Year’s Eve in a unique style, you can go through the list of the 8 superb options around the world:

  1. Sydney, Australia
    Australia is the first country in the world to ring in the New Year and sure the Aussies know how to do it right. The fireworks that are displayed on the Sydney Harbour are the main highlight and something that is popular all across the world. The setting of the city in the background looks fabulous and attracts massive crowds from across the world. So if you wish to experience an overly beautiful new year’s eve, head to Sydney!
  2. Tokyo, Japan
    The Japanese too know how to welcome the New Year and do it longer than most others. If you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, then you will be beginning the celebrations from 29th December and will go on till the 4th of Jan. The city shuts down completely and several traditional performances, dances, singing and fireworks can be seen throughout the city.
  3. Koh Phangan, Thailand
    If you love to party, then there is probably no place better for you in the world than Koh Phangan in Thailand. This place is known for its full moon parties and a festive atmosphere all year round. About 50000 people visit this Thai island for the wildest party of their lives and to view a spectacle which can last in their memories for a lifetime.
  4. Edinburgh, Scotland
    Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations are so unique that the country has its own name for the celebrations as well and the name is Hogmanay. Throughout the city, firework displays take place and torchlight processions are held which are inspired by pagan celebrations which used to take place hundreds of years ago. These celebrations last for about 3 to 4 nights.
  5. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
    Rio is one of the party capitals in the world and is a place where amazing New Year parties take place. From beach parties to musical events, there is no dearth of options when you are in Rio. Brazil is also known to host some of the best parties in the world and if you are a party animal who likes to bid goodbye to the last year by dancing and drinking, head to Rio.
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  7. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    Las Vegas welcomes the New Year in style and there are so many amazing options and choices that an entire book has been written on the subject. From fireworks displays to never-ending parties and from street events to casino decorations, there is a lot to see and soak in if you visit Las Vegas. What’s more is that you can even get a chance to glimpse some famous musicians and rock bands.
  8. New York, USA
    No list of New Year’s celebrations would be complete without mentioning about New York, USA. The city has one of the largest celebrations in the world where people descend to the Times Square for fun, food and activities. The city welcomes over a million people for the celebrations and another million watch them on their TV Sets. It’s a city that never sleeps and the celebrations go on until the early hours of the morning.

8 Reasons Why Bitter Is Better

Truth is bitter and of course it is better than any lie, but we won’t be talking about truth and lie here, as this write-up is all about bitter taste and not bitter truth!

Bitter taste is not the part of many palates due to the lack of taste buds supporting this unusual taste. People try to avoid including bitter delights in their meals because they don’t like it or they don’t know how beneficial the bitterness is for health. Here are the 8 good reasons to have a bitter taste on your palate!

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1. Natural body cleanser

Bitter veggies and roots act as natural body cleansers. You can use them to detoxify your body effectively. They contain compounds based on sulfur, a natural detoxifier that works on the liver pathways for flushing out toxins. This is the reason why Indian and Chinese meals have traditionally included bitter foods in their diet.

Recommended food choices – Bitter gourd, turmeric, fenugreek, bitter greens, green tea.

2. Fights untimely sugar cravings

Craving sugar all the time? Then bitter is for you! Our taste buds are meant for all tastes like sweet, salty, sour, astringent, pungent, and bitter. However, our diets are now revolving more around salty and sweet dishes as we are slowly forgetting other tastes. Ancient medical science Ayurveda recommends bitter to balance the taste buds. Regular consumption of bitter greens would activate taste buds, reduce food cravings, and control your sweet tooth to maintain healthy weight.

Recommended food choices – Barley, green tea.

3. Aids digestion

Bile juice that plays significant role in digestion of food is produced more when you consume bitter food. Studies suggest that bitter foods stimulate liver to produce digestive juices to quicken the process of digestion. Bitter greens are also fiber rich and would flush out the toxins from your body.

Recommended food choices – Bitter gourd, aloe vera, basil.

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4. Helps nutrient absorption

As stated above, bitter foods aid digestion. Proper digestion of food will further increase the nutrient absorption. Whatever food you eat, the benefit lies in absorbing the nutrients. Even the healthiest food would not benefit unless all its components are absorbed fully. Fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K are absorbed more with bitter challenge offered to the liver.

Recommended food choices – Lettuce, turmeric, leafy greens.

5. Improved bowel movements

Bitter works as natural laxative. It eases constipation, eliminates digestive wastes effectively, and improves bowel movements. Next time when you feel bloated, experience lethargy, or find heaviness in your body, take a dose of bitter greens and remove water retention to find the active new you!

Recommended food choices – Fenugreek seeds, bitter gourd, aloe vera.

6. Youthful glow

Detoxification, cleansing of body, fighting free radicals, appropriate nutrient absorption, and proper bowel moment would get you the youthful glow that you always wanted. Bitter foods work as the anti-ageing formula that would revitalize your body both internally and externally.

Recommended food choices – Basil, aloe vera, turmeric.

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7. Say no to free radicals

Bitterness is good for many things, but if you get all these health advantages in your favorite dark chocolate that is both bitter and palatable, then nothing like it! A piece of dark chocolate would fight out the free radicals from your body. This would reduce the chances of suffering from neurological disorders and even cancer.

Recommended food choices – Dark chocolate.

8. Metabolism booster

Bitter foods regulate glucose levels in your body. The reduction in insulin spikes would result into controlled appetite and lowered fat storage. All these together would boost your metabolism and increase calorie burning to get you faster weight loss. One of the most effective bitter drink for boosting metabolism is green tea extract. Research suggests that a cup of green tea increases your metabolism by 4%.

Recommended food choices – Green tea.

Your taste buds are meant for all tastes. All you need to do is develop the taste buds beyond sweet and savory to rip the maximum health benefits.

Hypnosis Resulting in Instant Weight Loss

Finally a prospect of weight loss, away from the mind-numbing talks of ‘diet and exercise’. So is it true? Can Hypnosis really result in instant weight loss? Before we answer this question, let’s uncover the truth about Hypnosis.

Understanding Hypnosis

Unlike its popular portrayal, Hypnosis is not the practice of making a person lose control and obey all of the hypnotist’s orders in a trance-like state. Rather, it is a subconscious state which you can only willingly achieve with the guidance of the hypnotist. In this state, your mind is clearer, much more aware and suggestible. So let’s make it clear, nobody can hypnotize you unless you want to!

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The Real Answer: Hypnotherapy

The fact that your subconscious mind is more likely to ‘accept and implement’ suggestions in a ‘hypnotized state’ is the guiding premise of Hypnotherapy. Please note that Hypnotherapy is a scientifically established form of Psychotherapy, and not some bizarre quackery as it is perceived by many. This clinical therapy merely makes use of the fact that the patient is more likely to change his/her thoughts, attitudes, feelings or behavior in the hypnotic state, as opposed to regular counseling or one-on-one talk therapy. As a matter of scientific fact, Hypnotherapy has been really effective in treating Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia and even reducing discomfort and pain during childbirth.

The Answer To Your Question

OK, no more beating around the bush now. The answer is YES- Hypnotherapy can be really helpful for weight loss. But it does not achieve instant or direct weight loss. On the contrary, it taps into your subconscious and brings about the following changes in your thinking patterns:-

  • If you happen to be overweight, your thought patterns are most likely to be centered on/around food. Binge eating, unhealthy eating, excessive snacking etc are various forms of unhealthy food cravings. And the root cause of these unhealthy cravings is your own mind! We tend to overeat or binge-eat when we are upset/depressed/dissatisfied/angry etc.
  • Now if someone merely told you to ‘stop eating junk’ and ‘eat healthy’, you’d probably listen to him for a day or two, right? Despite all your will power, when you see that box of Cheese-Burst Pizza in front of you, it becomes impossible to resist! That’s where Hypnotherapy comes into picture. With professional Hypnosis, your thinking will be re-tuned in a way that you no longer crave for fulfillment or solace from food.
  • The same principle is applicable for exercise. If you consider yourself to be a lazy person, Hypnotherapy can tap into the root cause of your inactivity (once again, your mind!). Once the tendency to remain inactive is erased from your subconscious, you will automatically stop ‘snoozing’ the alarm for your morning jog.
  • Overweight people are more likely to be drawn into the vicious circle of depression. It starts with weight gain, followed by being dissatisfied with one’s body, which is followed by turning to ‘food for satisfaction’, which results in more weight gain. Hypnotherapy can break this cycle at a subconscious level.

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Give It A Shot!

It will definitely not be an overnight miracle. It could take multiple sittings over months. But slowly and steadily, you’ll find yourself becoming a calmer person, at ease with your body, and not relying on food to ‘make you feel better about yourself’. Sounds interesting? Just so you know, the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. So go ahead and give it a shot!

5 Secrets About Hitler That You Don’t Know

Single-handedly responsible for annihilating two-thirds of the global Jewish population during his regime, Adolf Hitler is easily the most-hated historical figure. However, history textbooks generally tend to focus on the chronological sequences in his life only. His role in leading the German Front during the Second World War is the most talked-about. But seldom do we analyze the intriguing aspects of his persona. Here’s a look at 6 deep, dark secrets that historians have gradually unearthed, after years of painstaking research!

#Secret 1: Hitler feared the Dentist!

For a man who unleashed such a violent propaganda, it’s hard to believe that he was afraid of something or someone. Turns out, the German Fuehrer suffered from a case of bad dental hygiene. It was owing to his irresistible sweet tooth that he gorged on nut cakes, rice puddings and other sweetmeats. Despite these frequent indulgences, he was too scared to visit the dentist. This resulted in several cavities, gum infection and awful breath. There was a point of time when he had no choice but to undergo a root canal surgery. While a normal root canal is completed in 1 to 3 sittings, he asked for 8 sittings to go through the painful process!

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#Secret 2: His first ‘crush’ was a girl of Jewish Origin!

Teenage infatuations are no big deal. But it comes across as a shocking fact for a bona fide ‘Anti-Semitic’ to have had a crush on a Jewish girl. It was the dictator’s childhood friend August Kubizek who spilled the beans and left historians in shock! During his formative years in Vienna, Hitler developed strong feelings of love for his Jewish neighbor Stefanie Isak. Unfortunately, the love was only one-sided and young Hitler could never muster up the courage to admit his feelings to her. For all we know if he had gone ahead, and if she had reciprocated, the pages of world history would’ve been a lot less bloody!

#Secret 3: All 8 of his lovers attempted suicide!

When you hold the most powerful position in your country, it’s not a surprise that female adulation comes along pretty easily. From various historical sources, it has been noted that Hitler was romantically involved with 8 different women during his lifetime. But each affair followed a chillingly set-pattern- intense passion, followed by the lady’s suicide attempt. Some attempts were successful while others were not. Renate Muller was a glamorous German actress who jumped to death from her window. Geli Raubal was his niece and live-in partner for a long time, shot herself fatally. And we all know about Eva Braun (his wife of just 40 hours) who took a cyanide capsule, minutes before the dictator shot himself to death in 1945.

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#Secret 4: Hitler was an Insomniac.

All of Hitler’s mistresses have spoken of one thing in common- the fact that he would toss and turn in his bed for most of the night. Apparently, Hitler had a lot of trouble falling asleep, which made him a late-riser. It would surprise you to note that despite his jam-packed schedule and myriad professional obligations, he would mostly wake up at 11 in the morning. Psychologists deduce that his pent-up frustration and the trauma of his initial days of struggle, wreaked havoc in his sleep-pattern.

#Secret 5: Hitler’s effective PR Team was largely responsible for his electoral wins.

Initially, the German public opinion was largely against Hitler since he was perceived as a ‘rabble-rouser’ and ‘troublemaker’. After a devastating loss in the 1932 election, Hitler’s PR team decided that it was time to give him an ‘image makeover’! This resulted in the publication of a Coffee Table Book that went by the name- ‘The Hitler Nobody Knows’. Widely circulated, this book featured childhood pictures of the leader, followed by his role as a solider during the First World War. The photographs showcased him in average clothes, highlighted his humble background and even showed him playing with children! Most importantly, the fact that he was a non-drinker and non-smoker, were highlighted in bold. Therefore, his publicists successfully transformed his public perception as a fanatic, to a ‘kind-hearted, common man’. And this is exactly what turned public opinion in Hitler’s favor, paving the path for his rise as the iconic German Fuehrer!

Busting The Top 10 Dieting Related Myths

When it comes to dieting, it is important to follow the right diet plans, eat the right foods and avoid the right foods. But unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and myths which people have in their minds. These myths can often prove to be the limiting points for those who are trying to lose weight by going on diet plans. It is thus very important for everyone to have the correct information about dieting and nutrition. If you wish to bust the dieting related myths and follow your diet plan properly, you can go through the following given information.

Myth: Don’t Eat After 8 Pm

You must have heard a lot of people say that if you avoid eating after 8 pm, then you can easily lose weight but this is a big myth.  This theory emerged from the fact that late night calories accumulate in the system and turn into fat. But in reality, calories can’t identify the time and no matter at what time you eat; the same calories are absorbed by the body.

dont-eat-after-8pmEating Small Meals Frequently Boosts Metabolism

Another myth related to dieting is that if one eats small meals frequently, then it can boost the metabolism. In truth, the amount of food intake does little to change the metabolism. The size of the body and its composition are mainly responsible for changing or improving basal metabolic rate or BMR.

Pasta Can Make You Fat

It is a common myth or misconception that pasta can make you fat because it contains carbohydrates which is stored as fat. But in reality, carbohydrates as such don’t make you fat but rather extra calories do. Thus this means that pasta is not responsible for making you fat but the volume of pasta is. It is best to eat pasta in moderation.

Coffee Helps You Lose Weight

It is a popular myth that coffee helps you lose weight. The theory behind this is that the caffeine present in coffee suppresses appetite and hence boosts metabolism. But the truth in fact is that coffee only suppresses hunger for a small amount of time but cannot lead to weight loss.  Thus avoid having excess of coffee just to lose weight.

coffee-for-losing-weightMilk Can Lead To Lose Weight

Another myth related to dieting is that milk can lead to lose weight.  What happens is that calcium helps to break down fat and thus leads to weight loss and this is why people think that drinking milk can help shed weight. But busting this myth, the true fact is that there is no major link between high milk consumption and weight loss.

Cut Calories Drastically To Lose Weight

Another common belief related to dieting is that if you cut down on calories drastically, then it can help you lose weight by a great measure but again, this has a temporary effect and not an on-going one. It is difficult for most people to follow very strict diets for a long period of time and thus cutting down on calories isn’t the perfect way to lose weight permanently.

Going On Dieting Is The Best Way To Lose Weight

Most people believe that going on dieting is the best way to lose weight. While it is true that short diet plans do help to lose calories but they have a temporary effect only and not a permanent one. If you are going to stop the diet, then the effect can easily reverse and thus dieting may not be the best way to lose weight.

dietingDiet Foods Are Great For Dieting

It is known that diet foods which contain low amount of fats and low amount of carbohydrates can help you lose weight. But this too is just a myth. In truth, low fat and low carb foods are not necessarily low on calories. Most of these foods contain artificial sweeteners which can actually backfire and ruin your dieting plans.

Eating Fat Can Make You Fat

A big myth related to dieting is that eating fat can make you fat. But in reality, the problem is not with the fat but with the quantity of fat. If you eat large volumes of fat, then that is the reason for gaining weight. But eating fat in moderation may not lead to weight gain. It is better to choose fats carefully. For example, choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as they don’t raise cholesterol levels.

Some Sugars Are Worse Than Others

There is no one particular type of sugar which can lead to weight loss. Rather than avoiding one sugar, it is best to take all in moderation since all types are equally harming as far as dieting is concerned.  All varieties like agave, honey, table syrup and high fructose corn syrup contribute calories by equal measure.