How to Increase Your Dating Success According to Science

23 Aug

If you’re feeling left out still not having found your special someone, take some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. In fact, a 2014 Gall up marital status study conducted in the U.S shows that only 64% of millennials are in any kind of relationship. That means more than a third of us are in the single’s boat.

Of course, there are tons of benefits to being and staying solo–but so does having a permanent companionship. In today’s generation, finding and being a potential partner is quite of a challenge, so if you’re on this path, here are science-backed ways to improve your chances of finding a suitable partner online and off.

Dating Online

No matter what dating app you use, it takes time and right approach to earn a date. In an article published in modernman.sg, people who get online dating work for them have a strategy that is unique from the rest of the competition.

Dr. Justine Lehmiller, a dating expert, suggests elemental tips he drew out from the 86 scientific studies on how people can get better at online dating.

  • Have an attractive profile picture. You should pick something that gives off the impression that you’re attractive and friendly, by striking a genuine smile. According to studies, this feature is scientifically wired to positive impression, which is obviously what you want. The lights and angle matter, too! Should you want to upload a group photo, choose one where you’re positioned in the middle and the photo exudes a positive vibe that shows you are cool and fun to be around. 

    • Have an engaging biography. Make your bio be a solid mixture of who you are and what you’re searching for. Studies suggests that the optimal ratio of your profile description is 70% personal info and 30% what you want in a partner. Personal information should emphasize activities you enjoy and less of your accomplishments as it would seem you have inflated ego where everything is all about you.
    • Inject some humor in your profile. Being funny is one of the top 3 traits both gender (regardless of sexual orientation) is looking for in a partner as resulted from a worldwide survey (representing 53 countries) by Archives of Sexual Behavior. Although studies back this one up, it’s a no-brainer that a great sense of humor is sexy! Be that as it may, don’t post something like, “I’m funny,” because it doesn’t present any evidence that indeed you are! You can inject humor through jokes or witty statements, you got to give it a try!

    Dating Offline

    Anyone who has been on a handful of dates can tell you what you should and should not do on a date. But in reality, what will and will not work heavily lies on the person you are with. To figure this out would mean listening attentively (stop checking your phone and talking about yourself the whole time) and understanding your date’s body language.

    • Go beyond food and drinks. Typical dates might be grabbing a drink or a bite. They’re pretty safe but as Psychologist and couple counselor Wyatt Fisher explains, these activities can quickly become awkward as they are extreme than a circumstance where the focus is something else other than yourselves. Fisher suggests activities like concerts, bowling or comedy shows—alternative source of entertainment when awkward silence occurs.

    • Be in the moment. It’s undebatable that having someone who shows genuine interest in what you’re talking about and who is present in the moment is desirable. According to Samantha Joel, Ph. D. of University of Texas in Austin, “demonstrating an interest in what another person’s saying and being mindful of their sensitivities before inserting your own opinion are desirable qualities anyone would want in a mate.” So refrain from talking more of yourself and constantly checking your gadget.

    Singapore Skies

    23 Aug

    Singapore is home to two luxury major airlines around the world namely Silk Air and Singapore Airlines and though people do not talk much about the Singaporean skies, they should definitely see what Singapore has to offer. There are a lot of pilots in Singapore and there are available cadet programs for those bold souls who dream about the skies from the ground where they stand.

    A cadet program is where a certain airline company helps a certain student to become a pilot all the way from the finances up until the connections and though these programs may seem kind and generous, they are very hard to apply for. Becoming an aviation student in Singapore is very advantageous should you want to work anywhere else in the world because of the standard and the reputation that you are bringing with you.

    Now how about those who enjoy casual flying and not just those who want to take up becoming a pilot as their career? Well, let’s start with Singapore Airlines! Singapore Airlines was founded way back in the 1940s but we will spare you the details and cut straight to how you are going to enjoy your experience at the Singapore Airlines.

    Singapore Airlines was the launch customer for the Airbus A380 which is considered the world’s largest passenger plane and if the small size of this country amazes you, the size of this aircraft will amaze you! The thing about Singapore Airlines is that they bring affordable luxury to the regular people and not just to the elites when it comes to flying, although for those who do not see money as a problem, Singapore Airlines is still really good for them.

    Silk Air on the other hand is one of the more popular airlines by reputation as they tend to invest more on the elite customers and although they may be very expensive, you will see why. Have you ever ad airplane food that tasted bad? Almost all the time right? Not for Silk Air, even the smallest details as to the food are made sure to be served at perfection.

    From the food alone, you could tell that your flight experience would be amazing. Flying in Singapore is not as hard as it is for other countries as Singaporeans are privileged with a passport which allows them to travel very easily. Make sure to make the most out of your Singaporean passport and experience Singapore not just on land, but in the skies as well.

    The Art of Drinking Whisky

    10 Jul

    Whisky is one of the most popular spirits, but most people know it because it’s used in cocktails.

    How Whisky is Made

    Whisky or whiskey (scotch from Scotland and bourbon from US) is made from grain, yeast, and water, but the different types are distinguished by the grains used. The most common are barley, wheat, rye, and corn. However, all whisky is aged in wooden barrels or casks. Today there are at least 14 types of whisky classified based on the region where it was made, but the process of making the whisky is nearly identical.

    First, the grain is germinated in a process called malting and then mashed or the combination of ground malt with water. The product of mashing is the wort. Next, yeast is added to the wort for fermentation. The time for fermentation varies among the distilleries, and then the liquid is distilled to remove the impurities. Some distill whisky twice or thrice. Finally, the whisky is matured by storing them in casks, usually oak. Whisky has a minimum of three years of maturation before it is bottled.

    The Benefits of Whisky

    When consumed in moderation, whisky is known for its stress-reducing abilities. Unlike beer, a glass of whisky won’t make you fat because it doesn’t contain sugar and instead has ellagic acid which can help control glucose production in the liver. Because it has antioxidants, too, whisky is good for boosting memory, controlling cholesterol levels, boosting the immune system, and slowing down the effects of aging.

    Whisky Food Pairings

    Pairing food with whisky can be tricky as the flavors and aromas have different effects, but generally, lightly sweet whisky are best paired with creamy and lightly flavored dishes, while medium-bodied whisky is best suited for smoked, roasted, seared or braised dishes. Light whisky can be paired with sushi, creamy cheese, crab, smoked salmon, and cranachan, while medium-bodied whisky is best consumed with smoked mussels, oysters, bacon, duck, venison, and scallops.

    Full-bodied whisky should be paired with roasted, grilled, and baked dishes as well as richly-flavored food. Try mince or pecan pies, dark chocolate, toffee pudding, gingerbread, roast venison, and seared steak. Strong whisky on the other hand need equally tasty food that will not be overpowered by the drink such as strong blue cheese, mature cheddar, hot-smoked salmon, anchovy spreads or dips, and haggis.

    The Best Whisky Cocktails

    If you don’t like whisky on the rock, try these cocktail recipes instead:

    • Cameron’s Kick: 1 ounce Irish whisky, 1 ounce blended scotch, .5 ounce orgeat, and .5 ounce lemon juice
    • Old-Fashioned Espresso: 1 ounce rye whiskey, 1 double shot espresso, .25 ounce simple syrup, 1 lemon peel, and 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
    • Blinker: 2 ounce rye whiskey, .5 ounce grapefruit juice, .25 ounce raspberry syrup, and grapefruit twist for garnish
    • Carthusian Sazerac: 2.5 ounce rye whiskey, .50 ounce simple syrup, .25 ounce green chartreuse, 2 dashes lemon bitters, absinthe rinse, and 1 lemon twist
    • Sage-Germain Sour: 2 ounces Irish whisky, .5 ounce honey-sage syrup, .75 ounce lemon juice, and .25 ounce St-Germain
    • Ginger Highball: 2 ounces whisky, 3 ounces ginger ale, and 3 lemon slices

    9 Frozen Cocktail Recipes You Should Try

    9 Jul

    Need new cocktail recipes to impress your friends? Try these delicious concoctions on your next get-together.

    Sunrise Margarita

    • Ingredients: ¾ cup tequila, ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 ½ cups orange juice, 2 tablespoons Cointreau (or triple sec), 3 cups crushed ice, 2 tablespoons lime juice, ¼ cup grenadine, 1 lime wedge, coarse sea salt, and 4 orange slices or maraschino cherries
    • Preparation: Run the lime wedge on the rims of glasses then dip in salt. Then combine orange juice, orange juice concentrate, Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice in a blender. Next, add ice and pulse until mixture looks smooth. Divide the margarita, tilt the glasses to add 1 tablespoon of grenadine on the side to let it sink at the bottom of the glass. Serve with orange slices or cherries.

    Lime Daiquiri

    • Ingredients: 1 ½ ounces fresh lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, 2 ounces gold or aged rum, ¾ cup ice, and lime wedges
    • Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in the blender. Once the desired thickness is achieved, pour into a chilled glass then garnish with the lime wedges.

    Melon and Lime Slushy

    • Ingredients: ¼ cup fresh lime juice, 6 cups diced cantaloupe/watermelon/honeydew, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup mezcal or silver tequila, ½ cup water, and 1 teaspoons thyme leaves and sprigs
    • Preparation: Freeze melon for at least an hour. In a food processor, combine melon, sugar, thyme, lime juice, and tequila until smooth. Then, add lime juice and sugar. Serve slush with thyme sprigs.

    Sicilian Slush

    • Ingredients: ¼ cup orange juice, ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ cup Campari, ¼ cup gin, ¼ cup simple syrup, 6 cups ice, and 4 orange wheels
    • Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve with orange wheels.

    Strawberry Frosѐ

    • Ingredients: 2 cups strawberries, ¼ cup lemon juice, ½ cup vodka, 750 mL chilled rose, and ice
    • Preparation: Combine half the ingredients each in the blender, then do the same for the remaining half. Serve with strawberries.

    Chi-Chi

    • Ingredients: ½ ounce blue curacao, ½ ounce cream of coconut, 2 ounces vodka (or coconut vodka), 1 scoop vanilla ice cream, ½ cup pineapples, ½ cup ice, and pineapple slice
    • Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in a blender until the mixture looks smooth. Add more ice or ice cream if the mixture is either too thin or thick. Pour into a chilled glass then garnish with pineapple slice.

    Peach Cocktail

    • Ingredients: 3 cups frozen peaches, 1 ounce water, 6 ounces whiskey, 2 ounces honey, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, and 2 cups ice
    • Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in a blender until the mixture looks smooth. This recipe makes four servings.

    Mango Castaway

    • Ingredients: 2 cups frozen mango, 4 ounces coconut rum, 6 ounces aged rum, 5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, 4 cups ice, and sliced fruit or maraschino cherries
    • Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in a blender until mixture looks smooth. Garnish with fruits when serving.

    Watermelon Slush

    • Ingredients: 3 cups seedless watermelon, 2 scoops lemon sorbet, 1 cup frozen strawberries, ¼ cup pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. This recipe makes four servings.

    10 Best Animes with Adult Protagonists

    9 Jul

    Most anime protagonists are teenagers who are either trying to overcome new challenges or are searching for that one thing that can make them happy. Once in a while, however, a series with an adult protagonist delivers an even better story than the fast-paced action series for the younger audience.

    Here are 10 of the best anime with adult protagonists.

    Inuyashiki (2017)

    When a middle-aged man was struck dead by a mysterious craft at a park one night after learning he was going to die from cancer, Inuyashiki Ichiro found new meaning in life by using his strange powers. Unfortunately, he was not the only person who was changed that night. But how could a seemingly invincible machine beat another of his kind?

    Monster (2004)

    When Doctor Kenzo Tenma learned that one of the patients he saved turned out into a serial killer, he was forced to follow a trail of horror about the origins of a “monster.” However, he felt responsible for having saved the serial killer as an infant, who also cost him his career.

    Tiger & Bunny (2011)

    Kotetsu Kaburagi was a pro hero, but he wasn’t very successful. When an opportunity came to team him up with an upcoming hero Barnaby Brooks Jr., the situation seems to have taken a turn for the worse.

    Coyote Ragtime (2006)

    When a well-known pirate king died and left his wealth to his daughter, a civil war prevented the young Franca from granting his father’s request. But with the help of a ragtag of space pirates, Franca just might be able to make it before civil war destroys the planet.

    Usagi Drop (2011)

    Daikichi Kawachi was in for a surprise when he learned that his recently-deceased grandfather fathered an illegitimate daughter. Daikichi took pity for the girl after seeing how she was treated by the rest of the family and decides to become her father.

    Psycho-Pass (2012)

    Akane Tsunemori and Shinya Kogami, members of a criminal investigation department are chasing after a mysterious criminal mastermind who seems to be out of grasp of the authorities. To the horror of Akane, however, she learns that Makishima cannot be classified as a criminal by the system.

    Cowboy Bebop (1998)

    Aboard the spaceship Bebop, bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black are joined by new companions Faye, Edward, and Ein. While chasing criminals and having a few mishaps along the way, Spike is haunted by the rival Red Dragon Syndicate.

    One-Punch Man (2015)

    Saitama was getting bored of his super-human powers because he could defeat enemies with just one punch. It didn’t matter who challenged him, and it was only a matter of time until another hero wannabe noticed his amazing strength.

    Gangsta (2015)

    Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown take on the most dangerous jobs that even the police cannot handle. Ergastulum, however, is more than just a town full of criminals and mafia.

    Shouwa Genroku Rakugo (2016)

    Yotarou is finally free and now that he has a chance to start a new life, he decides to study Rakugo or comedic storytelling.

    4 Bedroom Remodelling Ideas that Won’t Break Your Bank

    21 Jun

    It’s easy to stick to a single layout and arrangement when you don’t have the time or money to do so. However, changing your bedroom’s appearance doesn’t have to be really expensive or time-consuming. In fact, a renovation could be as simple as a remodel using items that you already have or are easy to get. Here are five amazing renovating ideas for your bedroom that won’t break your bank:

    1. Change up your paint scheme
    Color trends won’t always follow the color schemes you want for your bedroom, so if just moved into your new HDB flat or condo unit, you might feel the urge to repaint your bedroom to suit your tastes. If you’re not sure what colors to paint you bedroom with, some safe color options to choose from would usually depend on the size of the room. For instance, larger bedrooms would benefit from having a darker, more relaxing color scheme, while smaller bedrooms would look amazing in neutrals, grays, or even pastels.

    Having a minimalist approach to renovation will work wonders for your bedroom as well. Your furniture’s colors can also be a point of reference when you want to make any changes, as this would allow you to coordinate your bedroom’s colors better and make a theme.

    2. Moving furniture around
    If you want to change your bedroom’s ambiance, you can try moving the furniture around and changing their positions to find a new configuration that feels more welcoming to you. Wall decorations are also a safe bet – you can make it yourself and use them to improve the furniture that you have over a single afternoon.

    3. Remake for more storage
    You can never go wrong with adding a few more cabinets or storage areas in your room. While it can take a little more time, giving your things a designated place will do a lot to make any area feel less cramped. For instance, you can remake your bed in order to accommodate cabinets with the right tools and by making the right estimates on the cabinet sizes.

    4. Add a reading corner
    If you’ve always wanted to have a dedicated area for reading, all you need to do is take a specific area of your bedroom and take your favorite chair there. Be sure to add a decent light source for reading as well as a small table for the books you’re reading. Even if you don’t read a lot of books, this can still work for you because you now have a cozy chair and a standing lamp in the corner of your room that you can lounge about in whenever you feel like it.

    How to Stain a Wooden Table in Five Easy Steps

    21 Jun

    Part of a DIY project, such as a table, is the finishing. Doing this not only protects your table, but also brings out its natural colors and makes it much more appealing to have in any area in your home, whether it’s your living room or your dining area.

    Here’s how you can stain your table in five easy steps:

    1. Fill any exposed holes with plaster or putty. Part of preparing wood furniture is by sanding it first with coarse sandpaper, and then moving on to finer grit until the wood is smooth to the touch.

    2. Allow the plaster dry before staining. Once the plaster or putty has fully dried, apply your wood stain of choice using a tack cloth and sweep it in one direction along the grain for smoother results.

    Keep in mind that stain can either be water- or oil-based, though there are hybrid products that are available in your local hardware store.

    On one hand, water stains are safer and don’t give off any dangerous fumes, but they tend to cause streaking if you’re not careful. On the other hand, oil stains are more user-friendly but they tend to be more difficult to clean and produce stronger fumes.

    3. Wipe off the stain. Before the stain has fully dried, wipe off any excess and wait for five minutes. Wipe off in a circular motion using a line-free rag.

    Repeat this with the other sections of the table to ensure a consistent color throughout your table and let it dry for eight hours of so. Once this is done, proceed to apply the first coat.

    4. Apply the first clear coat. Once the stain has fully dried, it’s important to apply your finish in order to protect both the wood and the stain. There are different types of finish that you can use.

    Two of the most commonly used finishes are polyurethane and tung oil because of their durability.

    Apply the first clear coat using a brush and follow along the direction of the wood grain for even results. Wait for it to dry completely before proceeding to apply the second coat.

    5. Wait to dry before applying the second coat. Apply the second coat in the same way as the previous coat – go along the grain in order to achieve a more even finish.

    Having two coats not only protects the timber, but also allows the natural grain to shine better.

    However, before applying the second coat, lightly sand every surface a fine-grit sand paper. Once done, proceed to apply the second coat for a greater luster and leave it to dry for six hours.

    4 Ways to Love Your Work When Feeling Uninspired

    29 May

    You have been doing the same thing for the past several years and feel like you have hit the dead-end of your career. Things have become stagnant, and you are stuck in a place that has taught you everything you need to know about the field. But here’s the catch: there is always something new to learn, and you are just probably having a hard time seeing the good things that your job can still offer because you are feeling burnt out.

    So, unless you are being bullied or getting eaten up by workplace politics, getting caught up in a career rut is something you can escape with a change of perspective. How do you do that? Here are some scientific and proven ways to do it.

    1. Shift Your Mindset
    If you feel like you’re stuck at a job you used to love, it is you—not your job—who needs a revamp. The job you were hired for is probably the same job and position you have now. So, if you start dreading the job you do every single day, you are going to focus on the negative side. to shift your mindset, recall why you applied for the job for the first place—why that job and not other jobs. Keep remembering these reasons every day and hopefully you’ll feel more inspired of your job again.

    2. Ask Yourself “Where Can I Go Deeper?”
    When you start to get feeling bored at your job, do not immediately think about exiting—this isn’t going to solve the problem. Unless you have another job waiting for you, you’ll likely be left with overdue bills and a life with no direction. To help get yourself back on track, think of ways you can do to go deeper in your understanding of your job. Have you really acquainted with everyone in the office? Do you often skim memos that would improve your understanding of the company? Make good use of all the resources around you.

    3. Focus Your Energy on Things You Can Control
    Rather than concentrating your energy on situations that are beyond your power, think of those ones you can work on. This helps lessen the feeling of anxiety. Plus, you know you can always accomplish something that is within your control.

    4. Practice Enjoyment in Everything You Do
    The saying “fake it ‘til you make it” stands true during this time of your career life. Other than depending your sense of enjoyment on the things you accomplish, master it and make it a skill. Push yourself to be better and find joy along the process, and feeling happy will naturally come out of you.

    When you have been working in the same company for years, it is indeed bound to get boring. But just like any relationship, this is just a phase and you are not doomed to be in this phase forever. It is just a matter of finding a new perspective and the drive to get you going.

    5 Practical (and Realistic) Ways to Handle Your Money

    29 May

    How you spend, manage and invest your money will have a huge impact on your life. Learning to be financially savvy takes a while, but the basics never change and are fairly simple. Here’s how to get started.

    1. Maintain the same lifestyle even when your salary increases
    Once the prospect of salary increase comes to picture, some of the first things we think about are “I need a new phone” or “I can now go out more often.” However, the trick is to maintain the current lifestyle you have without depriving yourself. How do you do that? It’s like a matter of choosing one reward at a time—you reward yourself with a Korean trip for the holidays but that means foregoing a new iPhone.

    2. Avoid thinking saving more
    Instead of saving more, focus on saving—period. Financial articles and books often say to set aside 20 percent of your salary to your saving, but for many of us, that’s just unrealistic especially if you have bills to pay and a family to support, not to mention emergencies and unexpected expenses. Try saving five to 10 dollars a day or any amount you’d barely notice. The purpose is to be consistent and develop a habit of putting away money no matter how little.

    3. Pretend you earn less than you actually do
    Have you ever had rich friends who are super tight with their expenses? Hilarious as it may be, it is how rich people stay rich. Although you don’t have to split with your friends every time you have fries, it would be financially smart to always go Dutch.

    4. Stop spending just because you are bored
    Have you ever have moments with friends where you just had a good dinner and feel very full, but you decide to get some expensive coffee just so you have a place to chill out? Do you often catch yourself going to Walmart or Target because you have nothing to do, so you might as well go look for a snack or a new makeup to buy? Keep your wits at all times. Ask yourself: Do you really need to go out and buy something or you’re just bored? Are you really hungry or you just want to try that new snack because you have nothing else to do?

    5. Focus on big purchases instead of several tiny ones
    This may sound counter-intuitive to the previous tips, but think about it: a much-anticipated-purchase (such as branded shoes or a bag) is much more satisfying than weekly small purchases of cheap clothing items. Allowing yourself to spend big once in a while won’t make you feel deprived, while also not breaking the bank.

    Managing your money is not just about how much you have in your savings account; it is more about how you make your income work for you to live comfortably with enough money to spend and save.

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