Friday, January 28, 2011

Smile when you think you can't smile

How can you smile when you feel like you can’t smile? Whether you are feeling too blue to look happy, or truly cannot smile due to a physical problem, you can still show others your glowing personality. Communicate your smile a different way so that no matter who you are interacting with they know how happy you feel.
Frown and you frown alone, but smile and the whole world smiles with you. smiling is an incredibly important part of our lives. a genuine, infectious smile that can make a bad date turn good, seal a business deal, or help you make friends wherever you go...


1. Force that smile on your face, no matter how negative a mood you are in.
Even if you hate the guts of the person you are looking at, try to look pleasant. You don’t have to show teeth in a Cheshire cat grin. A simple smile will do.

2. Even if you physically cannot smile due to an injury, birth defect, or mouth guard, you can still project a smile through body language - stand up straight, hold your head up, don't frown, and smile with your eyes.

3. Wear clothes that smile.
Add to your positive body language the color of happiness. Yellow is the color for dependability. A soft yellow is non-threatening and friendly. Warm colors are welcoming if from the yellow family. Golds, browns, golden-oranges, are all dependable colors of friendship. Blues are passive and calm colors. In the visual language, soft blues project a serenity and quiet peacefulness. Avoid reds that are too aggressive and threatening

4. Learn the art of communication through other gestures. Every color, shape, and form has a psychological meaning that speaks to everyone and every creature on an unconscious level. Learn the meanings of subliminal communication, and you can smile without even moving a lip.

TIPs :

* When you smile, others will smile back. The more people smile back at you, the more you will want to smile. Before long, you'll realize you are no longer faking that smile.

* Sometimes you need to start the ball rolling to change the mood from sad to happy. A simple smile can change a lot!

* Think of something happy. Focus on it until whatever is bothering you is in the background. This will help maintain your smile until it becomes a genuine expression.

* Clean yourself up, brush your hair, put on something good without holes or stains. A positive self image can be jump started with a fresh look. A smile is sure to follow.


* Be aware of your nonverbal communications, to avoid sending negative signals to others. Avoid slouching and clothes that are depressing in form and color. Remember to smile with your whole being and it will be easier to paste one on your face.

* Avoid hanging around negative people who spend their time talking everything down and criticizing everyone. Sometimes a change of environment helps relieve the stress that is keeping the smile away. It’s easier to smile if someone is smiling back at you.

* Try not to focus on the problem that's making it hard for you to smile.

* If you are emotionally distressed, forcing a smile can be counterproductive. The denial of negative emotions will build up in the long run and confuse people who can give support.


1. Smiling makes us attractive
2. Smiling changes our moods
3. Smiling is contagious
4. Smiling relieves stress
5. Smiling boosts your immune system
6. Smiling lowers your blood pressure
7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
10. Smiling helps you stay positive


A smile can…

1. Start your day pleasantly.
2. Make others understand you are in a good mood.
3. Promote positivity in a work environment.
4. Relax your face muscles.
5. Make others put a smile on their face.
6. Tell people that they are going to be okay.
7. Makes you look a lot prettier or more handsome.
8. Reduce all of that stress you might accumulate.
9. Help your immune system work a lot better.
10. Lower your blood pressure.
11. Give you a child like innocence.
12. Release serotonin, natural pain killers and endorphins thus making it a happy drug.
13. Make you look younger.
14. Fill you up with positivity and power.
15. Show your understanding side.
16. Say that you can be polite in the hardest of times.
17. Help you live longer.
18. Make you appreciate the little things in life.
19. Make you look at the brighter side of a bad situation.
20. Be contagious to all those around you.

A smile has more wonderful benefits that you could ever think about.

I know that after you’ve read this, you are smiling now so don’t let anything stop it because a smile is like eating 2000 bars of chocolate!

So happy smiling!

p/s : Smoking makes our smile looks ugly,so beware !

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Leonardo Da Vinci's 10 Best Ideas

1. The Vitruvian Man

Da Vinci modeled his perfect human form after the proportions laid out by Vitruvius, an ancient Roman architect. The angry-looking man drawn by Da Vinci has reason to smile - he's now considered one of the most recognizable figures on earth.

2. Geologic Time

Plate tectonics? No sweat. While most of his contemporaries explained inland, mountain-top mollusk fossils as leftovers from the Great Flood, Da Vinci thought otherwise. He supposed that the mountains must once have been coastline before many years of gradually shifting upwards.

3. The Self-Propelled Car

It's no Ferrari, but Da Vinci's designs for a self-propelled vehicle were revolutionary for his day. His wooden "car" moved by the interaction of springs with geared wheels. Scientists at one museum in Florence built a replica in 2004 and found it worked as Da Vinci intended.

4. The Ideal City

Living in a Milan wrought with plague, Da Vinci envisioned a more efficient city he'd be proud to call home. His architectural draughts are highly detailed and even include horse stables with fresh air vents. To the bewilderment of modern Milanese, he did not make room for a soccer stadium.

5. The Aerial Screw

Modern scientists agree it may never have lifted off the ground, but Da Vinci's "helicopter" design is still one of his most famous. The curious contraption was meant to be operated by a four-man team and could have been inspired by a windmill toy popular in Leonardo's time.

6. The Triple-Barreled Cannon

More thinker than fighter, Da Vinci's distaste for conflict didn't stop him from dreaming up designs for more efficient cannons like this one. His jacked-up triple-barrel would have been a deadly weapon on the battlefield, fast and light with lots of extra fire power.

7. The Winged Glider

Da Vinci's imagination was filled to capacity with ideas for flying machines, including several gliders equipped with flappable wings. This open-shelled model, fitted with seats and gears for the pilot, did not include a design for a crash helmet.

8. The Revolving Bridge

Always a fan of the quick getaway, Da Vinci thought his revolving bridge would be best used in warfare. The light yet sturdy materials, affixed to a rolling rope-and-pulley system, allowed an army to pick up and go at a moment's notice.

9. Scuba Gear

Da Vinci's fascination with the sea spurred many designs for aquatic exploration. His diving suit was made of leather, connected to a snorkel made of cane and a bell that floated at the surface. Proving the artist was also practical, the suit included a pouch the diver could urinate in.

10. Mirror Writing

Was it a ploy to thwart Renaissance copycats peeking at his notes, or just a way to avoid the inky mess of writing left-handed? Whatever his motives, Da Vinci sure liked mirror writing: most of his journals are scrawled in reverse.

So, who was this famous Leonardo Da Vinci?

Biogrphy :
Name : Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
D.O.B : April 15, 1452 ( The illegitimate son of a 25-year-old notary, Ser Piero, and a peasant
girl, Caterina, Leonardo)
D.O.D : May 2, 1519 ( in Cloux, France )
place of birth : in Vinci, Italy, just outside Florence
Siblings : 17 half sisters and brothers ( his mother marry someone else,his father took custody
of him )

* his father died On July 9, 1504. he suffering from a paralysis of the right hand, Leonardo was still able to draw and teach. He produced studies for the Virgin Mary from "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne", studies of cats, horses, dragons, St. George, anatomical studies, studies on the nature of water, drawings of the Deluge, and of various machines. Legend has it that King Francis was at his side when he died, cradling Leonardo's head in his arms.

History of The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is possibly the most famous painting. Known by many because of the model represented, it is shrouded in mystery. Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in a span of nearly 16 years during the Italian Renaissance, the portrait appears to ask questions of the viewer. Long debated is the question as to who Da Vinci was painting.
One of the first theories is that the Mona Lisa portrait is actually a self portrait of Da Vinci. Using talent and skill, DaVinci simply applied the necessary qualities to depict a female as opposed to his male self. For a time this idea was embraced by many and comparisons were made between his features as those of the Mona Lisa. Most recently this theory has since been considered to be false and replaced by several others.

To study the portrait one can see the similarities between the Mona Lisa and DaVinci’s self portrait. Theorists who have since denied that the people depicted are one and the same point to the conclusion that DaVinci was responsible for both his self portrait and the Mona Lisa. Therefore, the similarities would be apparent as artists tend to present signature qualities in their work regardless of the subject.

Many historians have pointed to numerous possible individuals who DaVinci could have painted. These include those subjects closest to him such as his mother or grandmother. In addition, DaVinci could have painted a random individual that presented some quality he wanted to capture. In this instance the subject could possibly remain nameless forever.

Possibly the most controversial of all theories is that the Mona Lisa is a representation of Mary Magdalene. A female is present in the picture the Last Supper and it is believed that the Mona Lisa and Mary Magdalene are one in the same.

Lastly the most recent theory states that the Mona Lisa is actually the Duchess of Milan. A young girl who married into a marriage fraught with pain and disillusionment, the Duchess would be a likely candidate for DaVinci’s famous work.

Known by DaVinci, Isabella of Aragon married to become the Duchess of Milan. Her husband was less than attentive to her needs and battled the bottle. This theory has been presented by Maike Vogt-Luerssen. Through extensive research and painstaking review of the portrait in its entirety, it is this theory that represents what we as emotional beings are drawn to. It presents the story of a lovesick young girl marrying her prince charming only to find out that it will not be a marriage of fairy tales.

Behind a painting

The infrared images also revealed da Vinci's preparatory drawings that lie behind layers of varnish and paint, showing that the Renaissance man was also human.

"If you look at the left hand you see the first position of the finger, and he changed his mind for another position," Cotte said. "Even Leonardo da Vinci had hesitation."

Other revelations include:

=Lace on Mona Lisa's dress
=The transparency of the veil shows da Vinci first painted a landscape and then used transparency techniques to paint the veil atop it.
=A change in the position of the left index and middle finger.
=The elbow was repaired from damage due to a rock thrown at the painting in 1956.
=The blanket covering Mona Lisa's knees also covers her stomach.
=The left finger was not completely finished.
=A blotch mark on the corner of the eye and chin are varnish accidents, countering claims that Mona Lisa was sick.
=And the Mona Lisa was painted on uncut poplar board, contrary to speculations.

In the larger picture, Cotte said when he stands back and looks up at the enlarged infrared image of Mona Lisa, her beauty and mystique are apparent.

"If you are in front of this huge enlargement of Mona Lisa, you understand instantly why Mona Lisa is so famous," Cotte said. He added, it's something you have to see with your own eyes.

Mona Lisa mysteries

A zoomed-in image of Mona Lisa's left eye revealed a single brush stroke in the eyebrow region, Cotte said.

"I am an engineer and scientist, so for me all has to be logical. It was not logical that Mona Lisa does not have any eyebrows or eyelashes," Cotte told LiveScience. "I discovered one hair of the eyebrow."

Another conundrum had been the position of the subject's right arm, which lies across her stomach. This was the first time, Cotte said, that a painter had rendered a subject's arm and wrist in such a position. While other artists had never understood da Vinci's reasoning, they copied it nonetheless.

Cotte discovered the pigment just behind the right wrist matched up perfectly with that of the painted cover that drapes across Mona Lisa's knee. So it did make sense: The forearm and wrist held up one side of a blanket.

"The wrist of the right hand is up high on the stomach. But if you look deeply in the infrared you understand that she holds a cover with her wrist," Cotte said.

p/s : The last work done on the panel was in the 1950's when age spots were removed during a cleaning. Suggestions that the painting should experience a thorough facelift involving the removal of layers of resin, lacquer and varnish from the past 500 years have received a firm thumbs down from the Louvre. Computer restoration shows that the colours of the painting may be quite different without the grime that presently covers it. Rosy cheeks instead of sickly yellow, pale blue skies instead of the present green glow. On the downside, any attempt to clean the painting may result in irreparable damage from the various solvents required to remove the varnish and there is no guarantee the suspected bright colours exist below the coatings which have been applied over the years as a protectant. For those lucky enough to have viewed the work under natural light state there is still a surprising amount of colour evident to the eye, maybe more is below the grime, but no one dares to clean her. X-rays have shown there are three different versions of the Mona Lisa hidden under the present one.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Top 5 stinkiest cheeses !

5. Taleggio

Thought to be one of the oldest soft cheeses, Taleggio was first developed during the 10th century in the Val Taleggio valley, which is located in the Lombardy region of Italy. Production originally took place during the fall and winter, with farmers drawing whole milk which they later curdled and fermented from cows as they made their way down the Alps. Taleggio's smell is sometimes described as being similar to wet grass or even body odor, and the longer you allow it to age, the stronger that smell will be. Its taste, on the other hand, is much more pleasant slightly salty with hints of fruit. Taleggio has a creamy texture, largely due to its nearly 50 percent fat content, and you'll frequently find it paired with fruit or added to salads or pastas. Grayson cheese, which is produced in Virginia, is sometimes referred to as the American cousin of this variety, because it's similar in aroma, texture and taste

4. Epoisses

Napoleon was an early fan of this French cheese, which grew in popularity during the 20th century. Though it was once manufactured on nearly 300 farms, production dwindled during World War II as makers were called to duty and didn't resume until the mid-1950s. The full name of this cheese is actually Epoisses de Bourgogne; "Bourgogne" refers to the region in France now solely responsible for its creation, which is accomplished with unpasteurized cow's milk. The cheese is also washed by hand up to three times a week during the aging process. It has a characteristically dark orange rind and carries a pungent and spicy aroma, while in texture it tends to be almost gooey, as if melted. Epoisses has a strong and meaty taste, and is often paired with Burgundy or a white wine that is considered spicy-tasting.

Epoisses is also sometimes compared to Munster, another stinky cheese that hails from France, which has an aroma that's often compared to a barnyard. Like Epoisses, Munster is meaty in taste and also salty, while its texture tends to semi-soft, almost like butter.

3. Pont l'Evêque

Named after the specific region in Normandy, France where it's manufactured, the cheese known as Pont l'Evêque -- which translates to "Bishop's Bridge" -- traces back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest Norman cheeses still in production. Some might argue that it smells ancient as well, but that barn-like aroma primarily lives in its rind, which turns from yellow-orange to red as it ages. If you remove the rind, you may find it easier to enjoy its creamy taste, full of hazelnut and fruity undertones. As is the case with most soft cheeses, Pont l'Evêque is best served at room temperature -- perhaps spread on a baguette and paired with cider or champagne.

2. Limburger

One of the more commonly known names in the realm of stinky cheeses, Limburger is a bit notorious: It was cited as the motivation for Teresa Ludwig's attempted suicide back in 1885. The New Yorker tried to throw herself off of a pier, supposedly because of her husband's constant Limburger consumption. The cheese originated in what was once known as the Duchy of Limburg, an area that now includes parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Today, it is primarily produced in Germany; Wisconsin's Chalet Cheese Co-op is the only remaining factory in the U.S. that still makes it.

Limburger's smell is often compared to sweaty feet, which makes sense when you learn that the bacteria it's fermented with -- b-linens -- is also found on the human body and is responsible for creating foot odor. Those with a strong enough stomach to move past this cheese's aroma will discover a nutty flavor and a buttery texture, which go well with sliced apples and pears as well as a pale ale, stout or merlot.

1. Stinking bishop

Made popular in the "Wallace and Gromit" animated film series, where it was used to bring Wallace back from the dead, Stinking Bishop (as its name suggests) is one of the most pungent stinky cheeses and one of the oldest. Its roots are believed to trace back to a cheese variety first developed by Cistercian monks during the 12th century, in the village of Dymock outside of London, England. Farmer Charles Martell moved to this area to create the modern-day variety in 1972, and his farm is now the sole producer of Stinking Bishop.

As is the case with many stinky cheeses, the aroma is primarily attached to the rind, which is washed in fermented pear juice. Once you remove that rind, it's smooth sailing to a soft, creamy texture and salty, meaty flavor, which works well when accompanied by bread and a dessert wine, such as ice wine or port.

Anxiety could kill !

Depression and anxiety are probably something that every human being has experienced at some time. And generally, our vision of these very common psychological concerns is that they all have to do with how well we were able to process an emotional hurt or pain at the time that it happened. So, whenever a boundary in our sense of self is crossed, meaning something that we think should be on the outside, ends up entering into our world. It could be anything from someone throwing a rock through our window to someone saying a very hurtful or critical comment.

Likewise, something that we think should be on the inside ends up leaving, like a valuable heirloom being stolen or a lover having an affair with somebody else. That crossing of that boundary of self creates pain. If we deny that pain, if we don't deal with the pain at the time, we store that pain, ultimately, it ends up depleting our emotional and psychic energy. So, we often say that remembered pain creates anxiety, frustration and anger and hostility. That pain projected into the future creates anxiety and worry. That's when we turn that pain back against ourselves, because we don't know who else to throw it on to, creating a sense of guilt. And then the depletion of energy that happens with all of the above ends up creating depression.

So, we believe that in order to deal with this, we have to really go to the deepest level, which is to go back, identify those areas where we've been hurt in the past, where we haven't been able to fully process that, and then go through a very formalized ritual, essentially to identify what it is, to understand that pain is something we're carrying in our bodies.

It is normal for people to occasionally experience anxiety, a feeling of uneasiness usually as a response to fear. But when anxiety takes over your life, it can take a toll on your health and happiness.

The signs of anxiety disorder include:

>> Endless checking or rechecking actions.
>> A constant and unrealistic worry about everyday occurrences and activities.
>> Fear and anxiety that appear for no apparent reason.

"People need to talk about what's bothering them," says Dorothy Cantor, Ph.D., former president of the American Psychological Association. "Anxiety often comes about when people hold in their fears until they begin to feel anxiety. People shouldn't wait until they're paralyzed with anxiety before they seek some kind of consultation.

"They should talk with friends and loved ones about their feelings. If problems remain, they should talk to someone who can help. People shouldn't be ashamed of what they're feeling. We all experience a wide range of feelings and there is no shame in talking about them."

Anxiety disorders include the following:

Panic Disorder: a sudden, uncontrollable attack of terror that can manifest itself with heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and an out-of-control or terribly frightening feeling;
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: excessive anxiety and worry that last for at least six months accompanied by other physical and behavioral problems;
Social Phobia: a persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny of others;
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: repeated, intrusive and unwanted thoughts that cause anxiety, often accompanied by ritualized behavior that relieve this anxiety;
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: caused when someone experiences a severely distressing or traumatic event. Recurring nightmares and/or flashbacks and unprovoked anger are common symptoms.

P/s : GOOD NEWS ! anxiety can be treated with both medications and psychotherapy (: