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Archive for January, 2013

Friendship is the Secret to a Romantic Relationship

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Friendship is the Secret to a Romantic RelationshipHere is a piece of interesting news for all. A new study states that a long lasting friendship is a secret to a romantic relationship. So, if you have been waiting to build a good bonding with your partner and have tried various options and things have not turned out to be successful. Well, here is a fantastic way to ignite your relationship in a simple and healthy way. Recent research states that valuing your friendship with your partner helps to strengthen your relationship by creating more commitment and bonding between the two.

In a relationship, if people try to emphasize more on satisfying one’s personal needs or desires then the relationship is less likely to succeed or develop a good bonding. To enhance the quality of your romantic relationship, it is very important to value the friendship aspect of your friendship. As per the lead author of this study, Laura VanderDrift of Purdue University Indiana has said that- “Romantic relationships are, at their core, friendships.” Giving more importance to the friendship component in a relationship is relative to any other components (like sex) to promote a positive relationship.

According to researchers, friendship is a characteristic of love and hence should be strengthened in any relationship. The team to report these findings had conducted two experiments. One was on 190 students who were indulged in a relationship from the past 18 months. The students had to fill questionnaires that aimed to assess the amount of investment they had put in a relationship. (This also included the different aspects of their relationship and future plans)

On being contacted four months later for being questioned with more on their relationship, 27% of the couples were not together. And, the ones who had scored highly were the ones who had been more particular about the friendship aspect of their relationship and even seemed to be content with their romantic commitment. Over the four months of their study, they saw the increase in a few of things like: partners who had put in more efforts in building a strong friendship were less likely to break up.

The next experiment studied about the relationships of 184 students who had been dating for 16 months on average. These couples were asked to rate the different aspects of relationship like companionship, self-improvement, sex, security and new experiences. The people rating companionship proved to score higher in their romantic and sexual fulfillment. And, the ones who targeted more on their personal needs could not score higher in their level of commitment in realty too. Therefore, if you are planning for a happy and a long lasting relationship with your partner- remember Friendship first.

By- Angelica Campbell

Try this Delicious and Yummy Dessert- Gateau Ganache

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Try this Delicious and Yummy Dessert- Gateau GanacheDesserts are a fantastic option to give that perfect ending to your meal. Eighty in hundred people love to take a bite of these scrumptious delights. Be it the cookies, pies, cakes, ice-creams or any other sugary treats- they are loved. No matter whichever country you belong to, each country has its own unique dessert at offer.

Well amidst all the fab desserts that we have eaten often, here I have got an interesting dessert to share with all.

Ever heard about Gateau Ganache? Here is the recipe, how to prepare this fantastic dish.

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites (room temperature)
  • 6 oz crushed pecans
  • 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Put the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and let it for an hour, till it reaches the room temperature. Prepare two 8 inch cake pans in this manner: Cut two rounds of parchment paper so that it fits into the bottom of the pans. Grease and flour the cake pans, cover it with rounds of paper and grease and flour them.

Beat the egg whites till it is stiff and add the sugar and nuts to it at once and mix it gently with a metal spoon. Ahead to this, add vanilla and vinegar and mix it gently with a spoon pouring it in the prepared pans. Put it in the preheated oven and bake it for 35-40 minutes. Keep two wire cracks ready, so that as soon as the meringues are done, you will have to run a knife around the edges, cover it with the racks and turn it over so the meringues rest on the racks. Get the tins removed and peel of the parchment paper.

Now the icing part! To prepare the filling and icing, ingredients required:

3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

2tbsp sugar

½ pint whipping cream

Melt the chocolate in a double broiler or in a small bowl over hot water. During the cooling process, whip the cream and the sugar till gets stiff. Put half of the cream in a separate bowl and add half of the chocolate to it. Mix it gently! Place one meringue round on a serving plate and cover it with chocolate mixture. Top with the second meringue and cover it with the remaining cream. With the help of a spatula, dip into the chocolate and make swirls on the whipped cream so that it has a marbled effect. You can even grate a little chocolate over that and then keep it in the Refrigerator till it is ready to be served. And, finally the unique and delicious recipe is ready to serve.

If you have a sweet tooth, must try this & you will love it!

By- Angelica Cambell

Old Age Pregnancy: Is it Good or Bad

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Old Age Pregnancy Is it Good or BadWe have always been hearing that a woman’s chance for getting pregnant after the age of 35 gets difficult. Up to what extent is this true! The biological clock is certainly a fact of life! With age, the chance of a woman conceiving does get a little tricky.

However, do you really think that age is a problem in regards to pregnancy or is it just people’s attitude towards it? Going on to be an old aged Mother has its own pros and cons and they are supported by scientific evidence too. Research has proved that the risks of childbirth in older women are no less than younger women. And, there have been no such identified medical complications of pregnancy in older women. It is just that older women are less likely to get induced and have more chances of undergoing a C-section. The reason being, the older we get, we tend to become overweight and suffer with problems related to blood pressure and diabetes. And, this adds a risk factor to pregnancy. If such kind of risk factors exist from before then this creates an impact on the labour and demands the need of medical intervention.

The reality in women getting pregnant above the age of 35 is that fertility declines with age and the drop is more after 35. A baby girl is born with millions of eggs. By the time she reaches the age of puberty, only 3,00,000 of them will be left. And, from these only 300 will mature and release through ovulation. Although, you may look quite good on the outside and even feel the same inside, however your eggs as old as you are. On the other hand, it is also told that twins are common in older Mothers. And, this could be due to the increased use of the fertility treatments. It is said that the likelihood of conceiving twins peaks in for women in the aged between 35 and 39.

Even the rate of miscarriages is significantly more in older Mothers and this is due to chromosomal abnormalities. There are also chances for them to have babies that are born premature or born with chromosomal abnormality. Also, stamina declines as we grow older and there is chances of bleeding before pregnancy.

Despite these risk factors, there have been a lot many women who have taken chance for old age pregnancy. They are some of the high profile examples like Madonna who gave birth to her last child at the age of 42, Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wide Cherie Blair gave birth at the age of 45 and this certainly makes most feel that age is not an obstacle for fertility.

Advantages of Old Age Pregnancy

In the current scenario, early Motherhood has taken a decline. Most babies, these days are born to women aged 30 and older. And, one good reason for this is more and more women are concentrating on career and education. The cost of managing a household and child rearing induces a woman to delay their pregnancy. Older Mothers are experienced, educated and financially secure.

Children of older parents perform well in their academics in comparison to the kids of the younger Moms. Also, interestingly there are chances for old Mothers to give birth to kids that are left handed and they tend to be quite intelligent. For older Mothers, the extra years of life and experience give them courage and resilience that is necessary for Motherhood.

Research has also stated that women who become late Mothers live longer. It has been stated that women who have had 1 or 2 children in their 30’s or 40’s have a chance of living up to the Studies have even shown that women bearing kids at a later stage have a slow rate of aging and the susceptibility of diseases is decreases. Another benefit of pregnancy and lactation at any age is that it makes women smarter.  Women’s brains are more susceptible to changes than men. Well, all of us know that too! And, such a change certainly makes woman indeed very smart.

Whatever may be the age it is important for women to consult a health care specialist before conceiving. This is especially for women who suffer from chronic health issues like blood pressure and diabetes. Careful medical monitoring, right medications before conception and during pregnancy are certain to reduce the risks in such circumstances. A healthy dies, regular exercise and weight management is important for you- if you are planning for a late pregnancy. Must things to avoid are alcohol, smoking and drugs!

The number 35 is not a magical number. Every female has its own unique biology and has an individual plan laid out for her. Life is complicated and there are so many things to consider like career, family, relationships and health. At times it is a tough decision to make- what do you say?

By- Angelica Campbell

Wonders of a Hug: Reduces Stress Levels and Increases Social Bonding

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Wonders of a Hug Reduces Stress Levels and Increases Social BondingDid you hug your loved one today? Well, if you have missed it today, hurry up to give a tight hug to your loved one at least for a minute and see the wonders of it. For, the rest of the day you will feel so relaxing and stress free.  Hugging someone is one of the most positive forms of communication. It expresses love, gratitude, respect, approval and forgiveness. It’s also an excellent way to achieve emotional satisfaction. Surprisingly, this act also has got a good load of health benefits.

Scientists have said that, hugging releases a hormone called oxytocin into the bloodstream. This hormone helps in lowering the blood pressure and reducing the levels of stress and anxiety. It is also known as a good source of boosting the skills of your memory. A good snuggle allows the oxytocin to flow continuously. We produce this hormone on a daily basis through activities like playing with a pet, singing, dancing, knocking boots and other activities. However, hugging is one of the fastest ways to flush in the flow of the level oxytocin in your body and calms down your nervous system.

Hugging also releases the hormone serotonin and dopamine. These hormones help in uplifting the mood and feel good. And, as a result you will get closer to the person who makes you feel good. This in turn gives a positive effect on your health.

In one way, hugging is good for health, for the release of the hormone oxytocin lowers the blood pressure. Low blood pressure reduces the risk of heart attack. A note for people with weak hearts or high blood pressure – Cuddle your loved one tightly everyday and see the magic of it.

The hormone Oxytocin is produced in the pituitary gland that is popularly known for increasing the bonding and social behavior. Increased levels of oxytocin are also found in people in good relationships. They are also found in women undergoing the child birth process and during breastfeeding. And, this increased level helps the Mother to bond with the baby. Researchers have also stated that hugging on a daily basis softens your personality and make you more empathetic over time.

Neurologists have also stated that hugs impart a positive effect only if the two hugging trust each other. The associated feelings need to be present mutually then only the corresponding signals will be sent across. In case of unwanted hugs from strangers, the hormone is not released and there is a rise in anxiety levels. This could further lead to stress and distance keeping behaviour.

Hugging is certainly a good form of communication; however trust between the two is important.

It is also a good way of getting close to each other. If your relationship is not working out then try hugging your partner for 20 minutes everyday and it will bring out a significant difference in your relationship. In the past five years, cuddle workshops have also originated in London. Well, all of us have experienced a hug at some point. Some are lucky to get it every day. And, I am one of those lucky ones, as I get to a tight from my mom every night before sleeping.

How about you- When was it the last time that you got to cuddle someone really tight. If not, you share one with someone today!

By- Angelica Campbell