Ashley Woodrum
Posts from April 2014

Seven steps to make yourself charming

Charisma is NOT something you're born with.  Lucky for you, you can actually MAKE YOURSELF into a charming person.  Here are seven ways to do it:



1.  Make a lot of gestures.  People apparently respond to really animated people.  But don't act like a clown.


2.  Have a contagious laugh.  A good laugh makes everyone around you want to join in.  But a bad laugh can be the death knell.  Don't be the person with the irritating cackle that you can hear a mile away.


3.  Be touchy.  In the good way.  Charming people have a light touch and it makes people feel comfortable to get a pat on the shoulder or a tap on the arm.  Just don't be a GROPER.


4.  Use eye contact.  And have a nice, open expression.  You don't want to go for a hard, cold poker face.


5.  Be outgoing with strangers.  People, especially shy ones, appreciate someone who is easygoing and open.  Just don't be awkward and overdo the friendliness.


6.  Get good at MIMING.  That may sound crazy, but stories are better if you act them out with body language.  It helps people relate to you and visualize what you're saying.  Again, be cool about it . . . don't wave you're arms around like a freak.


7.  Have an awesome voice.  Good voices are expressive and powerful.  They change pitch, tone, and volume with ease. 

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If You Take Naps, You're Going to Die

Here's something brand new to worry about.  Next time you sneak in a quick nap on the couch . . . or curl up in a supply closet at work . . . it means you're GOING TO DIE SOON.



Researchers at Cambridge University in England just published the results of a 13-year study of more than 16,000 people . . . and they found people who regularly take naps are much more likely to DIE YOUNG.



People who take naps are almost 33% more likely to die before age 65 than people who don't.



The main reason is people who nap are about twice as likely to die from a respiratory illness.



Now, obviously we're kind of goofing on the results here . . . because do people who nap a lot develop breathing problems?  Or do undiagnosed breathing problems make people tired and want to take naps?  The researchers aren't sure.



Their big recommendation is if you find yourself taking a ton of naps, it's worth going to a doctor to get yourself checked out . . . you could have an undiagnosed breathing problem. 

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Little boy TRIES to say "THANK you.." haha
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What's the Most Important Thing You Should Be Doing That You Aren't?

 I know I should be spending less time sitting, more time exercising, more time sleeping, less time stressing, and less time eating French fries covered in pizza and cheese.  But that's really just the tip of the iceberg on self-improvement.



What are the most important things you should be doing that you probably aren't?  Here are five of the most popular answers . . .thanks to reddit



1.  Saving money for retirement.



2.  Taking better care of your teeth, especially flossing.



3.  Backing up your computer and phone regularly.  Otherwise you're just asking to lose your important files and all your photos.



4.  Keeping your eyes open for other jobs, even if you're happy.  The best time to find a job is when you already have one.



5.  Stop beating yourself up and start taking little daily steps toward fixing whatever's bothering you the most. 

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When you look at someone's Facebook profile, you should know it's FILLED WITH LIES.  Some blatant, some subtle . . . but all lies.  And a new survey found the top seven ways women lie on Facebook.  Check 'em out . . .



1.  Photoshopping photos before uploading them.


2.  Exaggerating their career success.


3.  Only posting about exciting nights so it looks like their social life is nonstop fun . . . and conveniently neglecting to post about the nights they're home on the couch.


4.  Only posting photos of their place when it's clean.


5.  Only posting about the adorable things their kid does.


6.  Using old photos from when they looked better.


7.  Untagging themselves in photos where they don't look perfect. 




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Science Figured Out the Five Most Effective Ways to Flirt

 It's about time science did something USEFUL.  We've heard enough about climate change . . . I want studies that will change the climate IN MY PANTS.  And today, that's what we've got.



Here are the five most effective ways to FLIRT, according to scientific proof.



1.  Touching someone's face.  If you can do it without coming off creepy, nothing's more effective.



2.  Touching someone elsewhere.  If you can't touch their face, the next best places are the shoulder, waist, and forearm.



3.  Going out of your way to compliment someone.  Go for the move where you see someone across the room, walk up, and say, "I just had to come over and tell you, I love your shoes" or whatever.



4.  Smiling and eye contact.  These come up in every study, nothing new here.  Obviously you're more likely to have success if you smile and make eye contact than frown and look down at your shoes.



5.  Be more direct.  If you've found your flirting hasn't worked, it's probably because YOU think you're flirting but other people haven't realized it.  Amping it up will make it more effective.


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Ten Small Changes That Lead to Weight Loss

Ten Small Changes That Lead to Weight Loss 


Scientists figured out that people who make SMALL changes actually lose more weight than people who go hardcore with diet and exercise. Here are ten small and EASY ways to lose more weight over the long haul.


1.  Write down what you eat. 


2.  Get up and move around during commercials.


3.  Always take the stairs.  Climb three extra flights of stairs per day.


4.  Pack your own lunch.  You'll save thousands of calories and hundreds of dollars.


5.  Walk anywhere that's less than a mile away.


6.  When you're eating a treat, make the experience LAST . . . like about 10 minutes.  And eat more slowly in general.


7.  Skip juice and eat a whole piece of fruit instead.


8.  Order a simple coffee instead of the mochachino type stuff. 


9.  Drop high calorie foods like cookies at the rate of one serving per week.  At the same time, add one dose of healthy stuff like broccoli.


10. Get plenty of rest.  For some reason, sleep deprivation causes weight gain. 

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