According to a global poll of 17 countries, 59% of people say they prefer a trip “where I relax and take it easy,” as opposed to only 35% of people would rather take "an active vacation where I do or see lots of things.” Folks in Italy (45%), France (44%) and Spain (43%) are more likely to prefer an active vacation, while those in Brazil (71%), South Korea (66%) and Japan (66%) would rather relax on their getaway. As for the United States, 54% Americans want a relaxing vacation while only 38% want an active one, with 9% unsure
Source: Yahoo Finance
A new report reveals the most popular Smartphone apps people used last month. Topping the list is Facebook, which is used by 77.7% of all Smartphone users over the age of 18. Coming in close behind is YouTube (71.4%), followed by Facebook Messenger (69.5%). WHERE IS iHEARTRADIO?!?
Top 15 Smartphone Apps
Facebook Messenger (69.5%)
Google Search (64.4%)
Google Maps (56.8%)
Google Play (49.9%)
Pandora Radio (40.4%)
Google Calendar (36.0%)
Apple Music (28.7%)
Apple Maps (28.6%)
Apple News (28.2%)
Amazon Mobile (27.5%)
It doesn’t matter if you’re an attachment parent, crunchy-style mom, or a high-powered helicopter parent, there’s a lot to be learned from the way parents raise kids across the globe. Here are some parenting practices from around the world that could up our game.
Italy: “Don’t Indulge Tantrums” - When little ones are being little terrors, Italians don’t coddle them, they let them exhaust themselves playing it out. Eventually the kids catch on that acting like that won’t help them get their way.
France: “Speak to your child like an adult” - To encourage maturity, French parents talk to their young kids in normal voices instead of cooing and using “baby talk.”
India: “Young kids shouldn’t sleep alone” - They’re all about family-style sleeping arrangements because space is so limited in India. Regardless of class or location, it’s not uncommon for kids to bunk with their parents or siblings until they’re at least six.
Denmark: “Fresh air is essential for good health” - Even in the frigid winters, Danish kids get up to an hour of time to play outside every day.
Japan: “Give them independence early” - Thanks to their low crime rate, the Japanese encourage kids as young as five to go off on their own and ride the subway or bus around solo.
Australia: “No hat, no play” - They’re serious about sun protection down under, so sun hats are a part of kids’ school uniforms.
England: “Bragging is in bad taste” - All the Facebook boasting about how many words your preschooler knows is considered tacky by British parents. They value modesty and teach the kiddos that bragging just isn’t polite.
Argentina: “Bedtime isn’t the be all, end all” - You won’t find Argentinean parents rushing home from an evening out just to get the kids to bed by eight. They let them stay up late at social gatherings and sleep in the next morning and their kids are just fine anyway.
We’ve all seen fitness bloggers post things like “This sugar detox helped me lose weight.” And as great as cutting back on sugar is for us, catch phrases like detox could actually be keeping you from hitting your weight loss goals. Here are some terms nutritionists want to ban from our vocabularies:
Moderation - Registered dietitian Keri Glassman explains that “moderation” is too abstract to be effective and it means different things to different people. So you’re better off being specific about how many glasses of wine or cookies you can work into your food plan.
Reduced - We see this on packaged foods all the time, and nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis says that by legal definition it means “the food contains at least 25% fewer calories or fat than the original, but that number can still be high.” Compare the fat, sugar, and saturated fat on the labels to find the healthiest option.
Detox - "When I hear this word, I want to scream!" says registered dietitian nutritionist KeriGans. "No one needs to physically go on a food detox—our liver and kidneys are designed to automatically filter toxins out."
Guilt-free - When we eat healthfully, registered dietitian Michelle Dudash says we should think of it as nourishing and empowering, not “good.” And on the flip side, if we eat something indulgent and not quite as healthy, we shouldn’t think of it as “bad” - we should just move on and think of the next meal as a chance to eat something more nutritious.
Source: Women's Health
When you can’t sleep but you’re already avoiding caffeine later in the day and turning off electronics an hour before bedtime, your bedroom could be to blame. The way your room is decorated and set up could be keeping you up, so here are some tips for creating an environment that promotes peaceful sleep and is still functional.
You can’t keep your bedroom free of clutter - Dr. Emerson Wickwire, director of the insomnia program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine says, “Physical clutter causes mental clutter, which activates the brain and negatively impacts sleep. So clean up your messy bedroom!
Your wall color is too bright, or your wallpaper is extremely busy - Wickwire says you should avoid using bright colors, like hot pink, in the bedroom because bright colors and bold patterns can excite the mind instead of promote rest. Go for earth tones and calming shades instead.
There’s light coming from your phone or through your windows - Light from devices can disrupt your sleep because it keeps your body from producing melatonin - a hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycles.
You need to replace your mattress - If you wake up feeling tired or achy after a full night’s rest, it could be time to replace your mattress. Sure, they’re expensive, but a good quality one will help you get more restful sleep, so it’s worth it!
Your window treatments and carpets aren’t doing a good job of reducing sounds and light - If the sun or streetlights wake you up or keep you from falling asleep, try blackout curtains or thin-slat wooden blinds. They can help block noise from outside too.
Your linens aren’t comfortable - Get some sheets in the fabric that feels best to your skin - switching to cotton, satin, or flannel could make you more comfortable so you can catch more ZZZs.
Source: Huffington Post