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How to Live to 100

cafe-569349_640Do you want to live until 100? According to scientists at the University of Gothenburg who have followed the health and lifestyles of 855 men born in 1913 – there are a number of cut and dry ways to do so. The findings have been published in the Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal.

Ten of these men lived to 100 and the study has revealed a number of commonalities in how those ten lived. 27% of the participants reached the age of 80, while 13% reached 90.
The researchers recommend that people should:

Stay slim
Don’t smoke
Cut your caffeine intake to four cups a day
Own your own home by the age of 50
Maintain good middle-age fitness
Have a mother who lived a long time

Dr Lars Wilhelmsen, who was involved in the study for the past 50 years, said “The unique design has enabled us to identify the factors that influence survival after the age of 50. Our recommendation for people who aspire to centenarianism is to refrain from smoking, maintain healthy cholesterol levels and confine themselves to four cups of coffee a day.”

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Four Fool-Proof Tips for Party Planning

Many people are intimidated by party planning. It’s not always easy to have dozens of people in your home or to know how to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Don’t despair, however. There are many ways to ensure that the experience is a smooth one and that everyone (host included) can have fun.

1. Make sure that you have plenty of paper goods on hand. Purchase your paper goods from a solid company like EMBraer Paper Goods and don’t skimp. Buy 20% more than you think that you need so that you always have extras in case of emergency, spills, extra guests and more. As Beth Sonnenfeld, the VP of Sales for EMBraer Paper Goods explains, “The paper goods can always be used at another time. But if you don’t have enough on hand for the party, you will run around trying to find a plate here and more napkins there. Buy extra and rest assured.”

2. Set the time for half an hour before you actually want people to arrive. People always arrive about a half hour late, so if you call the party for 6, you should expect your guests around 6:30. This is true in many activities. As one of our loyal customers Jack Elio said in frustration, “Clients almost always come for their meetings half an hour late. It’s like it’s in people’s blood to come exactly half an hour late.”

3. Have enough trash bags around. You want to have trash bags at the ready and make sure that guests know where they can place their leftovers. This allows you to consolidate all refuse in one place and not to have people leaving their half used cups and their plates around your home.

4. Hire extra help if at all possible. This is really an amazing tip but one that few people listen to. People think that it’s not worth the extra money – but it can make all the difference to allow the party planner to relax during the party and to make sure that everyone is enjoying.

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Chocolate Milk Does a Body Good

shake-677437_640While people are always running around trying to drop their money on the next post-exercise energy shake, researchers have found a much more simple way to have muscle recovery – chocolate milk. As long as it’s a low fat brand, researchers from Cornell University have called chocolate milk the “gold standard for a recovery beverage”.

The team at Cornell used computer software to develop a formula for the best post-work out product. They combined their findings with advice from nutrition specialists in athletics.

Clint Wattenberg, who coordinates sports nutrition at Cornell, said that after numerous experiments they settled on a surprising find. They agreed that an 8 ounce bottle of chocolate milk was the best choice.

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Packing Like a Pro

If you’re interested in the last post where we discovered how to travel on a budget, now it’s time to see how to pack. Tom Ayzenberg writes a travel blog and does an amazing (and amusing) job of showing you how it’s done. Enjoy!

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4 Ways to See the World Cheaply

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If you’re an adventurous soul and you’re dying to see the world but you can’t afford it – these suggestions are for you. You really can see the world if you’re savvy and thoughtful about the way that you travel. Here are a few ideas:

1. Watch a stranger’s home: This is a really creative way to see the world. If you look at a site like TrustedHousesitters.com, you’ll see that you can find ways to watch other people’s homes while they are away.

2. Cruise around the world: You can work on a cruise ship and get paid while you travel. You could be a singer, a waiter, a photographer, a musician and more. Now, while this may sound romantic, many people find the hours grueling and the work isolating as you’re on the ship for so many weeks at a time.

3. Make it count: You can see parts of the world by helping others. You can do the Peace Corps. You can look into World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms where hosts provide the accommodations and food and you work on their farms. You could also teach English abroad.

4. Be a snow bunny: Here is a creative idea. Check out a ski resort that offers seasonal work. They might be looking for hotel staff, ski instructors, bartenders and cooks.

These are just a few of the ways that you can set sail on your next adventure without breaking the bank.

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Understanding the Origins of Schisms

BuddhismToday, not only are there many different religions, but within those there are breakaways, schisms and sects. In this article we will take a look at one from three different practices and their leaders: Judaism (Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld), Buddhism (the Therras) and Tianshidao (Zhang Daoling).

Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld was the founder of Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community during the time of the British Mandate of Palestine. Although he passed away in 1932, his legacy still lives on. In his time, Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld worked alongside Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, helping in community activities, including the founding of many schools as well as the Diskin Orphanage. Today, this work continues, from his legacy, via his descendants.

One of the branches of Buddhism is Theraveda. Based on Pali Canon (Buddhist texts) teachings, this features a large array of customs which have emerged over its interactions – historically – with other cultures and communities. Today it is practiced by small groups in Bangladesh, China and Vietnam. Its credibility hails in that it was the only one of the 18 schools of early Buddhism that survived the eras following the Buddha’s death. Originated by the Theras (which means Elders) it is the ‘Doctrine of the Elders,’ as opposed to being established by one individual. However, others have said that it was Anawrahta – who founded the Pagan Empire – who introduced this type of Buddhism.

Moving on to Taoism, around a century after his passing, Zhang Daoling earned the name Celestial Master. He was the founder and patriarch of Tianshidao (Way of the Celestial Masters) movement. He studied Taosim in the Scihuan area during the Han dynasty and reign of Shundi. He said he had received a revelation from Laozi, a great Sage and thus begun his prophesizing on the coming era of a time called Taiping (Great Peace). Today there remains a Celestial Master who claims he is a direct descendant of Zhang Daoling. Most non-Monastic Taoist priests from China and the Chinese diaspora are identified with this tradition now.

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