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How to Have an Attractive Personality

Being attractive comes more from your personality than from your appearance, and demonstrating an attractive personality is key to making friends and having lasting relationships. To have an attractive personality, cultivate the ability to communicate naturally, develop a sense of humor, and build a confident disposition. These traits give you the ability to inspire and fascinate others, making others more drawn to you as a result.

Part1

Communicating Naturally

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    Listen to others. Listening is a trait that is often forgotten about in today’s society. Instead of responding to a text, opening an email, or thinking about your next meal, pay attention to what the other person is saying. Show them you’re listening and interested by commenting on the story or asking questions.
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    Speak sincerely. No one likes to be duped. Tell people the truth. If you can’t commit to something, it’s better to be honest about it than to have to tell them last minute that you can’t make it. When people ask for your opinion, you should be honest.

    • There is a difference between honest and rude opinions. For instance, if you don’t like your friend’s shirt and they ask you about it, respond with, “I really like you in blue instead,” rather than, “I hate it, it’s ugly.”
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    Know “how” vs “what.” How you say things is arguably more important than what you say. If you try to give someone a genuine compliment, but they think you say it with a sarcastic undertone, your compliment won’t mean a thing. Be aware of the way you speak.[1] If you notice that people often take things you say the wrong way, there’s a good chance you can change how you speak. Ask your friends to make you aware of the way you’re coming across.
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    Help others communicate. Get a bunch of people together for a fun get together. It can be as simple as a gathering at the park, or as extravagant as an elegant dinner party. Either way, it shows them that you care and want to spread friendship.

Part2

Having a Sense of Humor

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    Laugh at yourself. If you do something silly, laugh at yourself instead of feeling embarrassed. It shows that you’re comfortable in your skin. A sense of humor makes someone more engaging and delightful to be with.[2]

    • Remember that there is a time and place for humor. It is a great ice-breaker or stress reliever, but don’t ruin a serious conversation with inappropriate jokes.
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    Show enthusiasm for everything. Even if something makes you slightly uncomfortable, attack it with a smile on your face, an open mind, and a sense of humor. Not every day is going to be perfect, but being enthusiastic can help you accomplish anything. When you act this way, people will love being around you.
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    Make laughing a priority. Laughing at yourself isn’t quite enough if you want the most attractive personality. If you see value in making others laugh and keep laughter higher on your priority list, you’ll be a happier person.[3]

    • A great way to remind you to laugh more (and to share it with others) is to have daily jokes on your phone or email. Set them for a time of day when you notice yourself start to feel drained.

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Exuding Confidence

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    Have confidence in how you speak and act. You should always say what you believe in, be willing to take risks, and have the ability to admit your mistake without being worried about what other people will think. Doing this shows that you have self-confidence. This helps create an attractive personality because it shows that you’re comfortable with yourself and that makes others comfortable around you.[4]

    • Asking questions is important when it comes to confidence. The more you know, the more comfortable you’ll feel when speaking about things. Never be afraid to ask questions.
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    Have confidence in your body. Dressing appropriately and having good posture show confidence. You don’t have to have the “perfect body” to be confident in it. People will be more attracted to you if you dress well, respect yourself, and carry yourself well.

    • If you need a little boost, place post-it’s around your mirror that remind you of the parts of your body that you love. Focus on these rather than the things that you’re self-conscious about.[5]
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    Know the difference between confidence and cockiness. While confidence is endearing, cockiness is very unappetizing. People will turn away from your personality if you’re all about yourself. A great way to avoid this is to remind yourself to compliment others. Every day, find 5 people to give compliments to. They can be strangers, co-workers, or friends. Either way, this will help you stay grounded.

Drinking These Before Going to Bed Will Help Burn Belly Fat

Today We’ll give you all a list of the very best homemade drinks recipes that will help you get healthier and slimmer and make you full of energy.

Today We'll give you all a list of the very best homemade drinks recipes that will help you get healthier and slimmer and make you full of energy.

These are basic recipes, and you can adapt them to your taste: add less sugar, use more healthy ingredients, use water instead of soda.
They’ll still be incredibly delicious!

12 Homemade Face Masks for Fresh, Younger-Looking Skin

DIY face masks

The same fresh, natural ingredients you use in your recipes can do wonders for your skin. Whole fruits and vegetables—especially those with anti-aging vitamin C—can fight free radicals, prevent wrinkles, and give you firmer, younger-looking skin.

So go ahead, eat your fruits and veggies! But apply them to your skin, too, with homemade face masks made from ingredients like avocado, pomegranate, and cranberries. Edible DIY face masks are fun, simple, and easier on your wallet than expensive anti-aging treatments. Get into a regular face mask routine, and your skin will look smoother, younger, and more even-toned.

 

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Europe’s right hails EU court’s workplace headscarf ban ruling

Politicians on the right have welcomed a ruling by the EU’s highest court that allows companies to ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols, as a long-awaited legal judgment ricocheted into the French and Dutch election campaigns.

In its first decision on the issue of women wearing Islamic headscarves at work, the European court of justice in Luxembourg ruled the garments could be banned, but only as part of a general policy barring all religious and political symbols.

Nor can customers simply demand workers remove headscarves if the company has no policy barring religious symbols, the court ruled on Tuesday.

The long-awaited ruling came on the eve of Dutch elections, where Muslim immigration has been a contentious issue. In France, where the race to succeed President François Hollande remains wide open, politicians on the right seized on the issue.

François Fillon, the presidential candidate who has taken a hardline stance on Islam’s place in France, welcomed the judgment. On the day he was placed under formal investigation for misuse of public funds he he said in statement that it was “an immense relief, not just for thousands of companies but also for their workers”. He said the ruling would be “a factor in cohesion and social peace”, particularly in France.

Gilbert Collard, an MP for the Rassemblement Bleu Marine, which supports Marine Le Pen’s Front National, claimed the ruling was an endorsement. “Even the ECJ votes Marine,” he wrote on Twitter.

In Germany, the rightwing populist party, Alternative für Deutschland, also welcomed the ruling: “The ECJ’s ruling sends out the right signal, especially for Germany,” said the AfD’s Berlin leader, Georg Pazderski. “Of course companies have to be allowed to ban the wearing of headscarves.”

The ECJ issued a joint judgment in the cases of two women, from France and Belgium, who were dismissed for refusing to remove headscarves.

“An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination,” the court said.

 

It ruled that a company’s wish to project a neutral image was legitimate and allowed internal rules banning political, philosophical or religious symbols.

The first case was referred to the ECJ by the Belgian courts. Samira Achbita had been a receptionist for the Belgian branch of G4S, the London-listed outsourcing and security company when, after three years at the firm she decided she wanted to start wearing a headscarf at work for religious reasons. Achbita was fired in June 2006 for refusing to take off her scarf. The company said she had broken unwritten rules prohibiting religious symbols.

In the second case, Asma Bougnaoui, a design engineer, was fired from an IT consultancy firm, Micropole, after a customer complained that his staff had been “embarrassed” by her headscarf while she was on their premises to give advice. She had been told before taking the job that wearing a headscarf might pose problems for the company’s customers.

In Achbita’s case the ECJ followed the advice of a senior legal adviser to the court, who argued that companies should be allowed to have policies banning the wearing of religious and political symbols.

“The court of justice finds that G4S’s internal rule refers to the wearing of visible signs of political, philosophical or religious beliefs and therefore covers any manifestation of such beliefs without distinction. The rule thus treats all employees to the undertaking in the same way, notably by requiring them, generally and without any differentiation, to dress neutrally.”

In Bougnaoui’s case the court’s adviser had ruled that she had suffered discrimination. She had been “professionally competent” and sacked only because she had refused to remove her headscarf, the advocate general advised.

The court upheld this view with a less ringing endorsement. It said customers’ wishes not to be served by a worker wearing a headscarf did not give companies a get-out clause from EU anti-discrimination law.

“However, in the absence of such a rule, the willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the employer’s services provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered an occupational requirement that could rule out discrimination.”

The ECJ did not rule on whether Bougnaoui’s dismissal was based on her failure to observe company policies, saying this was a matter for the French court to determine.

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AfD politician Georg Pazderski backed the ruling. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

The German broadsheet Süddeutsche Zeitung predicted that the ruling would fundamentally change how German courts assess similar cases, because the assumption since 2002 had been that religious symbols could not be banned from the workplace on anything other than safety grounds.

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The ruling, which is more nuanced than a straightforward ban, could sow confusion about which religious symbols can be worn at work. Some legal experts said it seemed to cut against a ruling from the European court of human rights (ECHR) that allowed crosses to be worn.

Steve Peers, a professor of EU law at Essex University, said the latest ECJ ruling looked awkward when set against the ECHR judgment that wearing religious symbols is “sometimes an employee’s right to manifest freedom of religion”. He said the ECJ had not referred to this case law or attempted to deal with the distinction between freedom of religion and non-discrimination.

The ECHR is the high court of the 47-member Council of Europe and not part of the EU. Traditionally, the EU court in Luxembourg confined itself to evening out distortions in Europe’s single market, but its remit has grown as EU law has expanded.

The ruling prompted dismay from some religious groups. The Conference of European Rabbis, which comprises 700 Jewish leaders across Europe, said Europe was sending a clear message that its faith communities were no longer welcome. Referring to the rise of racially motivated incidents, Pinchas Goldschmidt, the group’s president, called on politicians to ensure Europe did not isolate religious minorities.

Maryam H’madoun at the Open Society Justice Initiative said she was disappointed by the ruling, which she described as discrimination against people who chose to show their religion in their dress.

“It will lead to Muslim women being discriminated in the workplace, but also Jewish men who wear kippas, Sikh men who wear turbans, people who wear crosses. It affects all of them, but disproportionately Muslim women,” she said.

Stephen Evans, the campaigns director at the National Secular Society in the UK, said: “Where a ban on employees wearing religious or political symbols is founded on a general company rule of religious and political neutrality, and where that rule is applied equally to all, it can’t be realistically argued that that this constitutes ‘less favourable treatment’.

“Religious and political neutrality is a perfectly reasonable aim and, where businesses and organisations wish to present themselves in such a way, this ruling demonstrates that this approach is perfectly consistent with equality and human rights law.”

Angelique Chrisafis contributed to this report

Luul: Champion of women and youth empowerment in Somalia

Luul Issack Adan brightens up when speaking about her role as a champion for peace and women’s empowerment in Somalia’s Interim South West State. The 33-year-old activist is the role model of many, because of her outstanding record of support to communities in need.

 A mother of eight children, Luul decided to take up community work to help her fellow citizens immediately after she got married. Her inspirational story began in 2007 when she created a local non-governmental organization called Bakool Women Empowerment Centre.

In May 2008, Luul managed to get funding from the U.S. based Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to help establish various community projects. Using the funding she received from ADRA, Luul joined hands with a group of women and decided to venture into farming to help transform their lives by teaching them modern methods of farming. They constructed a well and bought land for farming various types of crops such as tomatoes, onions, pumpkins, lettuce, spinach and carrots.

According to Luul, the model farm succeeded in greatly improving the lives of women in the region. The farm produce was mainly for domestic consumption and surpluses was sold to earn the group extra income.

Due to the positive impact the farming project had on communities, ADRA provided extra funds for Luul’s organization to embark on another project. This time Luul’s group chose to set a bakery, helping rural women construct traditional ovens to bake bread, biscuits and cupcakes. To ensure the pastries could be readily sold, Luul rented shops as outlets for sale of the women’s products.

“We also got help for arts and crafts. We were given dyes to make mats. This in turn generated more income for the women. A total of 75 women have benefited from the initiatives in Huddur and they are continuing to use their entrepreneurial skills up till today,” said Luul.

Having accomplished her dream of uplifting the lives of local women in Hudur, Bakool region, Luul relocated to Baidoa; the capital of the Interim South West State, where she established another local NGO called South West Better Life Organization (SBLO) in April 2016.

The lack of sustained government-led anti-extremism strategies in Baidoa, prompted Luul to come up with projects targeting youths to prevent them from falling prey to the misguided ideologies propagated by violent extremist organizations.

To ensure her idea and objectives were well understood by the locals and the regional administration, Luul conducted awareness campaigns and sought support from the various interest groups in Baidoa. One of the meetings she organized was attended by South West Administration President, ministers, businessmen, civil society members and religious leaders.

“The community overwhelmingly supported us. A resident, for example, donated his building to act as a temporary structure to commence operations. The business community donated other equipment to facilitate immediate take off, including computers, sewing machines and welding machines among others. People with various artisanal skills volunteered to start training the youths.  Generally these were the gestures of people longing to see enduring solutions to the unending insecurity,” said Luul.

The main goal of SBLO is to equip youth, especially young girls, with the knowledge and skills to help them become self-starting entrepreneurs.

Some of the vocational skills taught at the centre include carpentry, computers, electronics, tailoring, cosmetology and hairdressing, traditional art and design and welding.

Barely eight months old, the centre has so far already produced more than 650 graduates who are currently contributing, in different ways, to the development of the country.

Luul continues to play her role in promoting peace and cohesion in the community by organizing activities aimed at creating awareness of the importance of stability.

“SBLO is also involved in a peace awareness initiative. We organize peace shows during which citizens converge from all over Baidoa town to present their cultural plays in support of peace,” she said.

These activities have helped deter youths from violent extremism, by ensuring their minds are occupied.

Luul is currently planning to expand her organization to Lower Shabelle and Bakool to replicate the success registered in Baidoa so as to help more youths realise their dreams.

Source: UNSOM

Mass divorce’ in Chinese village in attempt to outwit government compensation scheme

A small Chinese village has reportedly seen 160 couples file for divorce in a bid to take advantage of a loophole in the law around a compensation scheme.

Residents of Jiangbei in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, were informed that their homes would be demolished for redevelopment. Each household is set to receive a 220-square metre house as compensation.

But villagers discovered that if they were single, both people could potentially receive a house in addition to £15,500 (131,000 Yuan).

So ensued a spate of divorces in the village to take advantage of the compensation benefits, according to local media.

The Nanjing Morning Post reported that couples who have been together for decades and newlyweds have filed to dissolve their marriages. Nonetheless, the divorced couples will apparently continue to live together.

The Jiangbei residents do not appear to be fazed by their futures post-divorce. As one resident told the Nanjing Morning Post: “Everyone is doing this, we will deal with other things later.”

However, the villagers’ plan was in danger of falling apart.

Regulations stipulate that divorces administered through a local office of civil affairs would have to be older than five years to be eligible for the additional housing and remuneration.

However, a second loophole was found and the residents are now paying lawyers to confirm their separation.

By using legal professionals it is thought that any divorced couple, no matter how long they have been divorced for, is entitled to compensation.

The Demolition and Relocation Office is reportedly aware of the loophole and the situation, but has not yet confirmed whether the “fake” divorces will make a difference to their reimbursement.

The Jiangbei villagers are not the first to come up with the scheme. Other residents in the same province have been filing for divorce as rumours of the loophole spread.

VIDEO:Woman ‘gave birth to GOAT after two-year pregnancy

A woman has given birth to a goat after a two-year pregnancy, Nigerian media has claimed.

The woman, who was unnamed in the coverage, was reported to have being pregnant for two years and went to a community centre for help.

A free medical treatment clinic had been set up by a local pastor and the woman’s labour was apparently brought on.

Crowds gathered to watch with local media reporting an infant goat-like animal covered in a pool of blood on the concrete floor.

Footage has also been released showing the blood-soaked animal which locals say backs up the bizarre claims.

The incident was said to have taken place in the city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria and was first reported on social media, before being picked up in the country’s regional news websites including Nigeria Today, the Daily Post and the Herald.

How To Make A Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask

No need to spend a lot of money on fancy conditioners and hair treatments. The cure for dry hair is in your kitchen cupboard. This simple hair mask consists of three ingredients: coconut oil, honey and apple cider vinegar. Both coconut oil and honey are known for its moisturizing and restorative properties.

Coconut oil is wonderful for hair. It improves scalp health, supports hair growth, and adds volume and shine. Honey is a powerful humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air. This is especially good if your hair is overly dry due to the use of flat irons or blow drying and if you have a dry scalp.  Apple cider vinegar removes residue from the hair, as well as working as a natural detangler. If you are looking for a natural way to soften hair or repair it from styling damage, this coconut oil hair mask is it!

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Repair dry, damaged hair with a natural coconut oil hair mask. The hair mask is easy to make with a few ingredients found in our kitchen cupboard.

These amounts can vary depending how long or thick your hair is. I have very think hair and this amount was more than enough to cover my hair from the roots to the tips.

Step 1

Repair dry, damaged hair with a natural coconut oil hair mask. The hair mask is easy to make with a few ingredients found in our kitchen cupboard.

Melt the coconut oil until liquid. Add the honey to the melting coconut oil. If it’s cool in your home, you might try popping the honey in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up. Next add the apple cider vinegar.

Step 2

Repair dry, damaged hair with a natural coconut oil hair mask. The hair mask is easy to make with a few ingredients found in our kitchen cupboard.

Mix the ingredients well. If it separates a little bit, that’s perfectly fine. Just give it a swirl or two as you apply it to make sure you are getting an even amount of each ingredient.

Step 3

Repair dry, damaged hair with a natural coconut oil hair mask. The hair mask is easy to make with a few ingredients found in our kitchen cupboard.

I find the best way to apply the mask it use a hair coloring brush or a natural pastry brush. Section your hair into four equal parts, then part your hair in half inch sections. Apply the coconut oil hair mask starting at the roots and move up to the tips of your hair. Once you get a section done, massage your hair with your finger tips to really get it in. Pile your hair into a bun and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then wash with a mild and natural shampoo. I did not need an additional conditioner.

If your hair is very dry, leave the mask on longer. Better yet, wrap your hair in a towel or use a shower cap and leave the mask on for an hour or more, then rinse. Style as usual.

Repair dry, damaged hair with a natural coconut oil hair mask. The hair mask is easy to make with a few ingredients found in our kitchen cupboard.

The next time your hair seems dull or dry, head to your kitchen cupboards and whip up this easy coconut oil hair mask.

WHY DO CHINESE PEOPLE ALWAYS DRINK HOT WATER?

After suffering through a long hot day with the sun beating down our backs, a bottle of cold water sounds like the perfect solution. Reaching for that can of icy soda from the fridge or ordering a frosty beer from a bar also sound like good plans. In Western countries, we often take our beverages cold – and not just on hot days, but when dining out to dinner, with popcorn at theatres, or sometimes just as a treat by itself.

However, consuming cold drinks may not be the norm internationally. While we often receive a glass of cold water alongside our meals at a restaurant, in China you would get a cup of steaming hot tea instead.

In fact, even when the weather is sweltering hot, many Chinese people will still carry around thermoses filled with hot water. If you order a soft drink at a restaurant, they will often ask you: “冰的还是常温的 (bīng de hái shì cháng wēn de)?” or “Do you want it iced (冰的) or room temperature (常温的)?” Drinking a soda at room temperature is almost unheard of in western cultures (unless one’s fridge is broken!)

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WHY HOT WATER?

When you ask a Chinese person with a hot thermos why he or she drinks hot water, the answer is usually “it’s better for your health.”

According to ancient Chinese medicine, drinking a glass of warm water in the morning helps kick-start the digestive system. Hot water and warm water, because of its temperature, supposedly aids blood flow. As your blood circulation increases, it helps detoxify your body and reduce painful contractions of muscles. Sore throat? Drink some warm water. Menstrual cramps? Stop drinking cold stuff and switch to some hot water.

On the other hand, cold water slows down organ function and causes muscles to contract.

Some Chinese people also believe that during meals, you shouldn’t be mixing hot food with cold water, as this creates an imbalance of temperature.

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However, the suggested benefits of consuming hot water do not solely originate from ancient Chinese medicine. Many people boil their water because they consider it a way to kill off microbes and bacteria. Drinking straight from the tap is also seen as a big no-no for many Chinese people nowadays; 生水 (shēngshuǐ), or “raw water,” is believed to cause stomach and intestinal complications if ingested because it has not been processed and “cleaned.”

Some also proposed that drinking hot water is from a cultural standpoint. Some people note that in the U.S it’s all about the service when you dine out. Waitresses and waiters are expected to fill up your water if they see it running low, and this may be why we tend to see cold water served at restaurants. If accidental spillage does happen, cold water won’t hurt the customer, whereas hot water may sent someone to the ER. In China, your tea comes in a pot and you pour it into cups yourself; if you spill the water you’re accountable for it.

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BENEFITS OF HOT WATER VS. COLD WATER

Despite all the supposed benefits of hot water and the supposed detrimental effects of drinking cold water, modern medicine tells us that both are fine to consume. While hot water increases blood circulation and helps decrease complications associated with cramps and indigestion, cold water helps with lowering body temperature after extreme exercise and boosts metabolism. Drinking cold water in moderation will not cause digestion problems, as some assume, because the liquid warms up to your body’s temperature as it travels down the esophagus.

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Of course, the debate between cold water and hot water all comes down to preference and body type, but we would like to know more about what you think! Is there a reason why you stick to one or the other? And what made you decide to do so?

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