Friday 27th May 2022
  • Does turmeric's reputation translate into real health benefits?

    While Kamal Patel was probing through the reams of user data on - a website that calls itself "the internet's largest database of nutrition and supplement research" - before a planned revamp later this year, he discovered that the most searched-for supplement on the website was curcumin, a distinctive yellow-orange chemical that is extracted from the rhizomes of turmeric, a tall plant in the ginger family, native to Asia.

    Clinical trials show that curcumin, present in the spice, may help fight osteoarthritis and other diseases, but there's a catch -- bioavailability, or how to get it into the blood

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  • The countries resisting remote work

    In some places, remote work just isn't as culturally sanctioned, hasn't been embraced by society or never caught on due to technological or logistical barriers. So, while many countries march head-first into a work-from-anywhere future, workers in locations including France or Japan are often returning to the office full-time, rejecting the notion that a five-day in-person work week is a relic of the past.

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  • Exactly how to think about every skill you've ever built and showcase it in a job search

    Transferable skills come from life and career experiences, but they can become part of your personal brand with a little bit of framing.

    What does it take to be a successful candidate? A college degree? Won't hurt. Prior job-related experience? Still a big talent pool to beat there. Not too long ago, hiring managers placed a precedent on soft skills when hiring talent. In fact, a 2019 study found that 92% of talent professionals and hiring managers agree that candidates with strong soft skills are increasingly important. Before this, employers focused primarily on a candidate's ability to contribute hard skills such as how well they can write, code, use Microsoft Suite, etc.

    Now employers and hiring managers are looking for well-rounded candidates. Not only do they want the candidate to be an excellent accountant, but they also want that individual to demonstrate solid communications skills. Furthermore, after surviving a pandemic, employers are eager to hear about a candidate's life and career skills, among other transferable skills.

    What are transferable skills?

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  • The dark side of social media influencing

    Do you follow influencers on social media? Do you always check their posts? Do you find you're spending too much time or becoming obsessed with checking influencers' accounts? And when you can't check in, do you feel disconnected or lost?

    If you answered yes to all of these questions, you may have whats known as "problematic engagement" with social media influencers.

    But don't blame yourself too much.

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  • Markets haven't acted like this since 1981 -- and here's how that played out

    You have to go all the way back to 1981 when stocks, bonds, inflation-protected bonds and industrial metals were all slumping simultaneously.

    The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.81% has retreated 18% this year, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF IEF, +0.86% has dropped 10%, the iShares TIPS Bond ETF TIP, +0.54% has dropped 8%, and the Invesco DB Base Metals Fund DBB, -0.91% has eased 1%.

    Then, as now, the Federal Reserve was hiking interest rates to quell inflation.

    :Just like today, the world's central banks were obsessed with 'breaking the back' of inflation, which, like a monster in a horror movie, kept appearing to die before coming back with second and third winds," says Dhaval Joshi, chief strategist for BCA Research's Counterpoint. "Just like today, the central banks were desperate to repair their badly damaged credibility in managing the economy."

    "And just like today, central bankers hoped that they could pilot the economy to a 'soft landing', though whether they genuinely believed that is another story," he added.

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  • How 15 minutes of mental health hygiene can change your whole day

    Carving out 15 minutes in an already busy day can sound like a chore, but a clinical psychologist says it's a small investment that can make the rest of your day easier and happier. He explains how to create and implement a mental health hygiene routine.

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  • When clinging to old hopes gets in the way of healing and growth | Aeon Essays

    is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice and adjunct clinical faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. His writing has appeared in the journals Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Inquiry and Revista de la Sociedad Peruana de Psicoanálisis. He lives in Chicago.

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  • A psychotherapist shares the 3 exercises she uses every day to 'stop obsessing about the future'

    Stress is a natural response to uncertainty, and it's normal to find yourself worrying about future events every now and then.

    But excessive thoughts about the future can be a sign of anticipatory anxiety - a fear of unpredictable future events, which is sometimes a symptom of anxiety disorders. This is something I often see in my patients. If left untreated, severe anxiety can cause trouble sleeping, headaches, chronic pain and depression.

    Even as a psychotherapist who helps other people cope with stress, I've found myself in a cycle of unproductive worrying. Here are three strategies I use every day to cope with or stop obsessing about the future:

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  • How to Build Strong Business Relationships — Remotely

    Just prior to the pandemic, the authors interviewed 82 managers from four regions of the world about how they decide to trust new business partners. During the height of the pandemic in November and December 2020, they re-interviewed 21 of those managers and asked them how the pandemic was affecting their ability to develop new business relationships. They found that their cultural differences were still active. However, their common experience with having to meet virtually had generated a consensus: It’s almost impossible to build the kind of trusting relationships that were sustaining their businesses through the pandemic when only able to meet virtually. The authors discuss the specific challenges managers have faced in building business relationships virtually, then offer four pieces of expert advice for how to overcome them.

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  • The secret science behind the power of small talk

    Creating conversations is how we create relationships, so where would our conversations at work, networking events, or elsewhere be without small talk? Would we have found our best friend, special someone, or valued business partner? Without the light banter between Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider and Ken Jennings on the quiz show, would we even have known that Schneider powered up with self “pep talks” while listening to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” before each game?

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