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Choose to give: The many benefits of volunteering

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Volunteering allows one to share their time and resources to others. The things that are usually shared are the ones that matter to a person such as their energy and skills. Supporting a cause of an organization that’s dear to your heart is a good start for volunteering.

While it may seem like volunteering only benefits the people you’re sharing your resources with, it actually is advantageous for the giver. A volunteer can learn new skills while spending their time with a community or organization. Through volunteering, one can discover skills they’ve never had the chance to practice before. Wayne Imber says that it’s good way to learn how to lead and rally people into something one truly believes in and supports.

Being part of the community is something that volunteering effortlessly does for a person. Oftentimes, we take our communities for granted and not realize how important it is to keep it intact in order to support families that depend on it. Volunteers can also exper…

Lancashire hotpot recipe for your next dinner party

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A staple at every British pub, the Lancashire hotpot is a warm, hearty lamb stew that’s topped with potatoes. Bring this pot to a dinner party or serve it in your home, and your guests will rave about its flavor. Wayne Imber, a British culinary enthusiast, shares his favorite Lancashire hotpot recipe that’s easy for you to make at any given day.

Prepare the ingredients. You’ll need 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 12 ounce chopped onion, 1 ½ pound cube leg of lamb meat, 2 ½ pound potatoes (thinly sliced), 2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, 1 ounce butter, and 2 cups of chicken or lamb stock.



Prepare the hotpot. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, and sauté onion until soft and translucent, remove and set aside. Add lamb and fry until it turns into a rich chestnut color (12 to 15 minutes), drain the fat and reserve. During this time, Wayne Imber suggests that to preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.


Prepare to bake. Spread half of the potatoes in the bottom of a 9/13 baking dish, and season wi…

Avoid golf injuries with these expert tips

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Golf seems like a mild, gentle game, does it not? And in many ways it is. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that you can’t get hurt playing golf. Just because no one’s around to hit or block you, it doesn’t mean you can’t get injured. Perhaps, the best comparison we can think of is working out in the gym. While you’re alone doing your thing, you can still hurt yourself. That’s how it is with golf.


Let’s take a look at how to avoid injuries while playing this beautiful game.

Posture

As with many sports, good posture is the foundation of golf. You’ll spend hours trying to hit a ball on the ground with a club. In doing so, you’ll be putting a lot of stress on your back – from your neck all the way down to just above your glutes. A lot of new golfers complain about back pain after a long day of golf.

To prevent this, golfers have to practice perfect posture and form.


Exercise

When we say exercise, we also include stretching. Strengthening the core muscles transl…

Golfing 101: Golf tips for every beginner

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Every professional in any sport was once a beginner. From the starting point, it takes hours and hours of dedicating their lives to the sport for them to get better and improve on their skills. Golf is no different when it comes to this idea. Beginners will most probably miss hitting the ball the same way a newbie basketball player will miss shots. Thankfully, there are tips you can follow to make golfing easier. Here are some golfing tips beginners should follow.

Take lessons You’d be surprised to know that a lot of people just go into driving ranges or golf courses not knowing what to do. They’re either accompanied by someone who knows how to play but doesn’t know how to properly teach. If you think golf is a sport you can master on your own, think again. Get an instructor to teach you the basics of the sport, assess your movement, and correct your posture.

Secure the club with a firm grip Much like baseball, the chances of a golf club flying into the air is pretty high if a …

Could this be one of the causes of behavioral problems in children?

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While scientists and researchers are still trying to come up with more explanations as to what causes behavioral problems in children, a study discovered that prenatal exposure to air pollution may be one of the culprits, affecting a child during the fetal stage.



In said study, which was published in the Journal of Child Psychology, children born from women who were regularly exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAH had depression, ADHD, anxiety, or similar behavioral issues. PAH can be found in car smoke emissions, cigarette smoke, and burning coal.

The study further delves into how the gestation of the unborn child is affected by PAH. Scientists found that once a mother is exposed to the pollutant, the part of the unborn child’s brain that handles self-regulation is affected. The research found that during infancy and toddlerhood, these children had problems relating to others, poor social skills, and difficulty in controlling negative emotions and thoughts.






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How to make new friends in the digital age

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Making new friends as an adult seems like one of life’s greatest hurdles. Add this to the fact that we’re in the digital age now, where many socializations often occur on social media rather than in real life. How then can one make new friends at this time of life and in an increasingly wired world?

Express genuine interest in someone

If a person whose online persona inspires you, tell them how you feel through a message, comment, or email that you want to get to know him or her better. Work on developing a friendship with that intentional approach, and integrate both digital and personal means to make it work.

Share a meal

Invite a new coworker or a neighbor to join you for lunch. Gather fellow volunteers or members of a class or organization, and propose having a meal together. Make plans and make sure they happen!

Maximize online platforms

It’s ironic but these days the easiest way to make new real-life friends is through online platforms. There’s Meetup.com, which is a po…

Cyber hug: Can online friendships truly work?

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In this internet generation, making friends has become more convenient.Joining a forum, an online group, tweeting about a certain topic, reblogging a meme, or finding "mutuals" following the same hashtag can pave the way for people from different parts of the world to create online friendships.However, many question the quality of these relationships.
Just like face-to-face friendships, online friendships can thrive or decline over time.But in many cases, belonging to an online community and having virtual friends has become helpful for many people.Those who are usually reserved in person can be more articulate and responsive on the net.There are also people who find comfort by opening up to people they trust online.While these people don't see each other in person regularly, the bond cannot be denied.
Whether face-to-face or online, friendships are built on trust, acceptance, and shared interests.While online contexts make this more convenient, these friendships are just …