1. Stick the soap with a magnet so you don’t drop it while taking a shower.
If, once again, you have nowhere to put your soap, except on the tap, this life hack is for you. Soap can be attached with a magnet to any iron surface like your tap, and then it will not fall or end up on the wet ground.
2. Clean up broken glass so you don’t cut your feet in the future.
Broken glass doesn't have to be a big problem, but it often happens that the fragments are so small that our eyes don't even see them. So, the glass may remain on the floor and cause injuries in the future. It's necessary , for safety purposes, to clean up all the pieces. In this case, a bar of soap can be very useful.
Just grab a slippery bar of soap and pass it over the area so that you can pick up the shards. Don’t be in a rush and do it carefully, to be sure that all the tiny pieces don’t remain on the floor.
3. Get rid of that creaky door sound.
Soap is not just useful for cleaning, but it can help you with a squeaky door. If you are tired of this sound, just rub the hinges with a bar of soap. Then open and close the door a couple of times so that the soap will spread throughout the mechanism.
4. Repel pests from houseplants to prolong their beauty.
Soap may help to kill and repel common pests on houseplants and garden plants. The method is very simple. Use a soap made of fair-trade ingredients and organic oils, so it won't harm your plants. It can be a liquid soap, or you can dissolve a bar of it in water. This is the recipe:
Now mix it and spray this soapy water on your plants.
5. Rub your bathroom mirror to prevent it from fogging up.
This is not the biggest struggle, but still, it can be annoying when each time you take a shower, your mirror in the bathroom becomes fogged. A bar of soap can be very handy.
Take the bar of soap and carefully rub it onto the mirror’s glass. No need to make a thick layer. When you’re done, take a soft cotton or microfiber cloth and polish the mirror until it’s shiny again.
6. Put a bar of soap in your closet so you’re not embarrassed by bad odors later.
A soap bar tends to leave its aroma on its surroundings. Pick a soap with the smell that you like the most and leave it on a shelf. You can also wrap the bar in clean fabric, but make sure to use a thin fabric.
7. Polish your sunglasses with soap so they won’t fog up, even in the winter.
If you would like to polish your glasses and make them anti-fog at the same time, try this hack.
8. Fill nail holes in your wall when you don’t have special tools.
Nail holes in a wall can be very irritating, especially if you see them every day. It’s easy to fix, even without special tools — all you need is a bar of soap.
Rub a dry bar of soap over your nail holes. Then rag over the surface of the holes to get rid of excess soap pieces. Done
Some debris may end up in your water.
Pouring water in an open glass and leaving it until the morning may make it more susceptible to different kinds of invaders. There’s a chance that mosquitoes, flies and other insects end up in your glass during the night. Some dust and other debris may also get into your water while you’re sleeping and you might not notice it while drinking your water first thing in the morning.
The water may change its taste.
If you fill your glass with tap water, it probably contains chlorine that’s added for disinfection. But chlorine will start to evaporate during night hours, changing the taste of the water. As a result, you may think the water tastes a bit stale if you’re used to sipping on fresh tap water.
Your water turns into a perfect breeding ground for germs.
When you take a sip of water, you transfer millions of bacteria from your mouth to the glass and then to the water. So if you decide to drink some water out of that glass in the evening while trying to fall asleep, germs will get inside and multiply by morning.
It’s a potential fire hazard.
Many people have power sockets or keep charging devices like their phones near their beds. So if you put a glass of water on your nightstand and then accidentally knock it down with your hand, the water may spill, causing a potential threat to electronics and a risk of a short circuit.
Your water becomes slightly more acidic.
When you leave your water out in an open glass, it may absorb a small amount of carbon dioxide, slightly changing its pH balance. As a result, your water may become a bit more acidic with a lower pH level. It won’t influence your health but it might change the taste of the water, making it less pleasant to drink.
Keeping a glass of water near your bed may disrupt your sleep.
If you constantly have a glass of water in sight, especially if you struggle with falling asleep right away, you may start drinking water during the night and increase your urge to go to the bathroom. And doing that several times at night may ruin your sleep cycle, depriving you of a good night’s sleep and leaving you feeling tired and exhausted in the morning.
Coconuts eaten in moderation won’t seriously harm your dog, but the flesh and the milk of coconuts contain oils that may cause loose stools, stomach upset or diarrhea. Coconut water is high in potassium, so it shouldn’t be given to your pup.
A good alternative treat is the carob. It has a naturally sweet flavor and is totally safe for your dog. It also includes a bunch of healthy nutrients such as vitamins A, B, and D, as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and protein.
2. Cooked bones
A lot of people give bones to their dogs because they think dogs love that treat. Our furry friends may indeed enjoy chewing on them, but the truth is that cooked bones of any kind are extremely dangerous to them. Broken bones’ edges can be very sharp which could cause severe damage to their mouths, tongues, stomachs, and intestines.
Raw meat bones, on the other hand, are safe for dogs. However, it’s important to know that you should take it away from them after 10 to 15 minutes because otherwise, they’ll start getting too small and the dog could ingest it and choke.
Macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, ataxia or weakness, fever, muscle tremors, and depression. Another type of nut you need to be wary of is walnuts. Giving any kind of walnuts to your dog may cause gastric or intestinal upset or even an obstruction. Other kinds of nuts may not be as highly toxic to our pups, but because of their high level of oils and fats, they could cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis.
Peanuts and cashews are not toxic to dogs, but because they’re high in fat they need to be given in moderation and should not become a regular treat.
Everyone’s favorite healthy food, the avocado, may not be so healthy for dogs. They contain a toxin called persin which can cause serious damage and even death to some animals. According to doctors, dogs are more resistant to that toxin than other animals, but its dangers are still there so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
An alternative fruit that dogs can eat is the banana. They’re high in potassium, vitamin B6, C, magnesium, and fiber. But give them to your dogs in moderation because they contain a lot of sugar.
5. Raw meat
Raw meat (fish included) may be dangerous not only to your dog but to you as well. Raw food may contain harmful bacteria such as salmonella. And despite the benefits a raw meat diet could potentially have, the dangers outweigh them.
However, lean, cooked meat is absolutely fine for a dog to eat as long as there are no bones in it.
Sweets such as candy, gum, and even baked goods can be harmful to your dog’s health. What they all have in common is xylitol. It’s safe in humans, but it’s highly toxic to dogs and it could lead to low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, or even death.
Some types of peanut butter are safe for dogs as long as they don’t contain xylitol.
7. Milk and dairy products
Many canines are lactose intolerant, so giving them milk or other dairy products may not be a great idea. They don’t pose major threats to our pets’ health, but they can cause loose stools, gas, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
A healthy and safe alternative would be oatmeal. It’s high in fiber and contains vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants which will keep your pet healthy.
Dogs shouldn’t eat cherries because their pits, stems, and leaves contain cyanide, a poisonous chemical that can be lethal if consumed in high quantities. Maraschino cherries have their stems and pits removed, but they’re still unsafe for dogs as they’re very high in sugar.
Kiwis are a good alternative. They’re safe for dogs as long as you make sure to remove the skin before feeding them to your pup. They’re very rich in Vitamin C as well.
9. Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is dangerous for your dog as the cob could cause serious intestinal blockage and become a reason for choking.
However, it’s safe to give your dogs some corn since it can be a part of a well-balanced doggy diet. Plain corn can’t replace a whole meal though, so give it to the dog in moderation.
10. Bread dough
If your dog consumes bread dough, that could mimic bloating as the yeast is making the dough rise and it will also release toxic levels of ethanol into your pet’s bloodstream. All that can cause weakness, depression, unsteadiness, hypothermia, seizures, and coma.
However, plain white or wheat bread is safe for dogs to eat as long as they don’t have allergies to it and the bread is seed-free.
1. Coloring can help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels.
Coloring geometric patterns and mandalas can help you to reduce your stress levels and lower your anxiety, according to study. This may be because when we focus on simple tasks, our brains relax and our anxiety and stress levels can fall.
So next time you are feeling concerned, anxious, or stressed, try getting your colored pencils out. Coloring can actually have a meditative effect.
2. Coloring may help you improve your brain function.
Coloring can give your brain a workout because it requires the use of both sides of your brain —— the creative and the logical hemispheres.
When choosing the colors and thinking creatively you are using the creative side, and you use the logical side when you’re focusing, organizing, and creating ideas.
3. Coloring can help you improve your focus.
Sitting down and concentrating on the pattern in front of you without the constant distractions of mobile phones and social media means we need to focus. We have to resist picking up our phones and other technological distractions when coloring, as we practice concentration.
A study suggests that practicing art may help with problem-solving, perhaps because making art uses both sides of the brain, which can help you to think outside the box.
4. Coloring can have similar effects to meditation.
Coloring can help you to focus on the moment and to switch-off from distractions and other (perhaps negative) thoughts. This means that coloring can bring you into the present and help to slow down your mind, like meditation.
There are many benefits of meditating in our daily lives, from better sleep to memory improvement. This is just one reason why getting yourself a coloring book today may be really good for your life.
5. Coloring can help you practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the technique of staying in the present and not allowing your worrisome thoughts about the future or memories to take over. Because coloring means that we have to focus on the task at hand, we may be removed from our thoughts and brought to the present moment of the activity of drawing, at least in the short term.
A study tells us that being mindful —— or present —— can lower our anxiety levels, and coloring is often used to help fight that anxiety. This can be a good way, then, to start practicing mindfulness if you aren’t already.
6. Coloring can be used to help remove negative thoughts.
Art has been considered to be a valuable treatment for those suffering from trauma and mental health issues. When it comes to coloring, the focus we need for filling in the shapes and our concentration on color choices may mean that our negative thoughts can be replaced by the activity of drawing.
Rather than letting a negative inner dialogue take over your day, try putting it to rest by practicing art and giving coloring a try.
7. Coloring and art may boost your confidence.
Coloring is no longer considered an activity that is only for children, since coloring is becoming more and more popular among adults. This may be because doing art can actually increase your confidence, according to one study.
Art can have many positive effects on us and coloring can be a great way to start feeling the benefits in your daily life.
10. No currency symbols means no problems.
Just thinking about having to make a big purchase might bring us discomfort. We don’t like to lose anything, especially our money. But shops have found that if they remove currency symbols from their price tags, their customers will spend more. The same thing happens when we pay with a credit card, because we don’t actually see how much money we are spending.
9. How to distract customers from lines
The passengers who arrived at Houston’s airport were complaining that they had to wait for their luggage for way too long. The airport took a lot of different measures, but none of them could improve the situation. So the airport decided to make the time that it took passengers to walk from the arrival terminal to the baggage claim, 6 times longer. People started to spend the time that they used to spend waiting, on walking. And the number of complaints almost dropped to zero.
All skyscrapers have mirrors next to their elevators, so that people can distract themselves while waiting. At Disneyland, visitors can estimate how long they have to wait in a line with countdown timers, while supermarkets keep different smaller items close to the check-out desk to distract you.
8. A tiny gift contributes to big love.
If a representative of a company does something nice for you for free, you’re likely to want to thank them for that. A small pack of gum or some candies in a bill folder have saved many waiters from clients’ dissatisfaction with the total price of their dinner.
Dissatisfaction with the service or the prices may easily be smoothed out with other freebies, like branded T-shirts, an exclusive book, or even with a cup of ice cream. In the summer of 2015, the taxi service, Uber, launched a large-scale campaign to deliver ice cream to its clients for free. Despite the fact that not everyone got to receive this bonus, the number of complaints against drivers decreased, while the number of orders increased.
7. Everyone loves the “by default” option.
The human brain is wired to think as little as possible. Going with the flow saves us energy, and this principle works for shopping as well. So if you want to make people buy more and be ok with it, don’t add more new options. Just adjust your “by default” settings. For example, shops may change the size of an ordinary shopping cart. And a customer may end up buying up to 40% more without even thinking about it.
6. The spirit of competition will smooth out the feeling of loss.
“Earn reward points by paying with your phone.”
Shops use point systems to prevent their customers from complaining about high prices. Initially, this system was developed for drivers, but it works perfectly in retail as well. If a customer spends a certain amount of money, they get a sticker, a couple of bonus points, or the opportunity to take part in a lottery.
5. If something is elite, it’s desirable.
It may be difficult to believe now, but at the beginning of the ’80s, Timberland was in a difficult situation. The company was selling high-quality, but not very pretty shoes. The sales were declining and people were complaining about the weird design of their products. So the Timberland executives just made the prices higher in comparison with other competitors on the market, and sales went up. This decision turned their shoes into an elite product that became more desirable in the eyes of customers.
4. Customers rarely complain about scarce items.
When you’re in a rush to buy the last 2 tickets to get on the plane, you no longer pay attention to the details. And once you are finally on the plane, you will most likely be glad that you are flying at all and will ignore the fact that you’re sitting far away from a window or that the back of your seat is broken. In 1975, scientists proved that deficiency affects our perception.
A collection of Yeezy Boost sneakers that was launched by Adidas in collaboration with Kanye West is sold as a limited edition. People line up in the stores to buy this product and they don’t even complain about its extraordinary price.
3. The “bulla bulla” effect
How can a shop sell small and unnecessary items without putting them on sale or having customers complain that the shop is forcing this stuff on them? The solution is to create the illusion of volume by putting things in big containers for low prices. Shops don’t even have to discount these items, because people will be attracted by the volume. This approach is called the “bulla bulla” effect.
2. No evidence means no complaints.
A 25-year warranty, free technical support, or a life-long subscription sounds like a great deal. But the company usually asks the customers to keep the receipt. This can be explained by the fact that when offering these bonuses, the sellers make sure that the customers won’t complain about the quality of the product. They don’t have to worry about minor breakdowns or poor quality, because an item can always be replaced with a new one. But the problem is that the receipt is usually printed on a standard cash register on thermal paper, so it’ll completely fade after a couple of years. As a result, manufacturers keep customers’ loyalty without having to spend money on actual repairs.
1. The more difficult it’s to buy the product, the better.
IKEA stores are always located on the outskirts of the city. And by the time we get there, we’ve already swallowed the marketers’ bait. If a person has gone through this much trouble to drive that far away, they subconsciously set themselves up for a purchase, because it would be a pity to waste so much time with no results.
In IKEA, the furniture is sold disassembled for a reason. This is another psychological trick. A person has to spend a lot of effort and time to assemble the furniture. As a result, they will no longer want to complain about the product and are more likely to admire their purchase.
Meanwhile, it was established that IKEA uses 1% of the world’s commercial wood supply annually for the production of its goods. And the company is trying to not advertise these astonishing volumes.
The definition of “head-pressing”
It’s a compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other flat surface for no apparent reason. This behavior is usually ignored but behind this condition, there are different causes which we will talk about later. One of the most notable effects of this behavior is an injury, either on the feet, face or head of the animal.
1. Brain disorders
This means that your pet may be having inflammation in the brain. Young and middle-aged dogs tend to be diagnosed with this disease more than older dogs do. The condition is less common in cats. Some of the symptoms consist of seizures, disorientation, unusual behavior, low energy, loss of balance, and sometimes fever.
2. Metabolic disorder
A metabolic disorder may be present in some specific organ or it may be a systematic disease that is affecting the health of your little 4-legged companion. Such problems can be hereditary, due to the breed or age. In both dogs and cats, the most common side effects are diabetes and hypothyroidism.
3. Head injury
Head trauma can occur in your pets when they receive a blow to the head or go through a car accident. These problems are divided into 2 categories: primary and secondary. The primary occurs at the same time as the trauma, leaving direct and irreversible damage to the animal’s brain. On the other hand, the latter occurs minutes after the trauma, due to the physical and biochemical combination that leads to intracranial hypertension.
4. Liver problems
The main function of the liver is to remove any substance from the blood that’s harmful to the body. When it comes to your pet, a problem with this organ can be very dangerous. There are different diseases, infections, medications, and chemicals that can harm the liver. In dogs, the most common effects are hepatitis, diabetes, or Cushing’s syndrome. And in cats, fatty liver disease, infectious peritonitis, and feline leukemia can also be associated with liver disease.
5. Nervous system disorder
Some of the most obvious symptoms that reveal your pet has neurological problems are paralysis, tremors, or seizures. These types of problems come from the central or peripheral nervous system and the most affected areas are the brain, spinal cord, and nerves due to poisoning, nutritional deficiencies, or inherited disorders. You may notice that your pet has an infection in its nervous system if they have trouble seeing, urinating, or blinking — or, of course, if they rest their head on some surface.
6. Brain tumor
First of all, a brain tumor is a mass that is created in the brain. These tumors can either be primary, which derive from the brain’s own cells, or secondary, which are created in other parts of the body and extend to the brain. It’s quite common for these tumors to occur in older cats and dogs, and can be noticed when the animal has trouble thinking, walking, being active, or breathing; is in physical pain, or has poor balance.
7. Exposure to toxins
Another reason why your dog or cat may be resting its head on some surface is because it’s intoxicated. There can be multiple reasons for this problem, such as the intake of human food, or medicine, or by chemicals such as bait for rodents, plants, or garden products.
Bonus: how to help your pet
If you notice a strange change in your pet’s behavior, the first thing you should do is visit a vet. Subsequently, the process of diagnosing the cause of why your little 4-legged friend is behaving like that will begin — that is, if it’s from intoxication, a tumor, metabolic problems, etc.
Together, you and your vet will be able to decide how to help your pet through the corresponding treatment. The recovery will depend on the cause, but the most important thing is to follow the medical instructions and let your dog or cat rest and eat.
Apply moisturizer every time you wash your hands.
Your skin loses moisture within 60 seconds after you wash your hands, so it’s essential to moisturize it right after every washing. Slightly wet skin is perfect for sealing in moisture. So choose thick, lubricating hand creams with the right ingredients. Petrolatum, dimethicone, and different kinds of butter will create a barrier on your skin keeping the water in, while hyaluronic acid and glycerin will add some moisture.
What to do: After you’ve washed your hands, apply hand lotion or hand cream to your slightly wet hands. Try not to touch anything until your hands are completely dry to let the cream set and get absorbed by your skin. Remember that wet hands may transfer germs more easily so it’s better not to hurry.
Use intensive overnight treatment.
Nighttime is the perfect opportunity to moisturize your dry hands by allowing the products to stay on the skin much longer. This way, the product can be absorbed by your hands overnight which may have a longer-lasting, healing result.
What to do: Choose a nutritious or moisturizing hand cream or lotion and thoughtfully apply it to your skin. You can substitute hand cream with natural moisturizers like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or aloe vera gel. Then put on cotton gloves and go to bed.
Don’t forget to exfoliate your skin.
Exfoliation helps get rid of dead skin cells, improves skin renewal, and makes creams absorb better into the skin which boosts their effect. For most people, it’s enough to exfoliate 1-2 times a week. If you notice skin redness, itching, or irritation after exfoliation or if your skin is already too inflamed, be gentle and let your skin heal first before incorporating this procedure into your routine.
What to do: You can make a scrub at home. Take 2 tsp of coconut oil and mix it with 2 tbsp of sugar. Apply this mixture onto your skin, massage for a minute, and rinse it off with water. You can also mix sugar with any moisturizing oil of your choice, like jojoba or grapeseed oil, and add essential oils or some vitamin E.
Try moisturizing hand soaks.
Hand soaking is another intensive treatment that can help relieve dryness and make your skin more hydrated. Choose a natural moisturizer, pat your hands nearly dry after the bath, and apply it to your skin.
What to do: Take a cup of powdered oats and 3 tbsp of olive oil. Put all the ingredients in a basin filled with warm water and mix them. Soak your hands in this mixture for 10 minutes. Olive oil has a moisturizing effect thanks to vitamin E and it also protects your skin from infection. Oats soften the skin and help keep it hydrated.
Pay attention to how you wash your hands.
Washing your hands too often may destroy a protective barrier of your skin, causing dryness and irritation. And products with the wrong pH levels and improper washing techniques only contribute to the skin damage which can make the skin appear flaky.
What to do: Avoid washing your hands with hot water because it just dries out your skin and isn't more effective against microbes than lukewarm or cold water. It's better to choose moisturizing liquid soap and avoid soap bars since their high pH levels may cause skin irritation. When you dry your hands, don't apply too much pressure: just pat them until they're dry.
Specialists don’t recommend getting a tattoo on your elbows because in this area it’s hard to make the ink stay. Moreover, the skin is very thick and needs a lot of knocks and bumps, meaning the tattoo artist will have to spend more time with the needle there. There is also a huge possibility that if you don’t moisturize your elbows, your tattoo will fade very quickly.
The armpit is one of the most painful places to get tattooed. The pain can be very severe and the process will probably be unbearable for you.
3. Behind the knees
The area behind your knees is very sensitive and has many nerve endings. Each time that there is a knock and a bump (this is tattoo artist terminology that describes their needlework), you may feel extremely uncomfortable.
4. Hands and fingers
Yes, these are popular places to get a tattoo, but experts say that, first of all, it is not recommended to have tattoos on hands and fingers because this is an open area and sun exposure will affect your tattoo a lot, so it may fade fast. Besides, tattoos on the sides of the fingers often fade as soon as they heal.
5. Rib cage
It definitely looks awesome, but the pain of tattooing your rib cage is extremely high. It’s in second place after your armpits. Also, the healing process may take longer for women if they have to keep wearing a bra and their skin will be irritated all the time.
Besides the sensitive skin and tons of nerve endings, tattoo artists say that tattooing on the face is only guaranteed for 2-3 years. Also, if you decide to get one on this part of your body, don’t forget about using sunscreen every day.
7. Ankles and shins
The ankle and shin areas are easily rubbed by shoes and socks. And for this reason, the tattoo can lose its bright colors very quickly. Also, in terms of pain, it’s about the same level caused by tattooing over the rib cage.
Bonus: Tattoo pain chart
Above, you can see a tattoo pain chart for men and women. The red zones are the most painful. The orange and yellow zones are less sensitive. The blue zones are the most painless.
1. Using toothpaste with plastic beads
Some toothpaste brands boast cleaning microparticles that can reach difficult spots that normal toothbrushes can’t. But these beads are made of polyethylene and resemble fish eggs. When they get to the ocean, they’re eaten by many sea animals, compromising their health. But it looks like these microbeads compromise human health as well: they get stuck in our gums and can be a huge trap for bacteria, causing infection.
To avoid these things, look for Polyethylene on the components list when buying toothpaste — it will be better for everyone.
2. Having several pairs of jeans
Imagine taking 104 showers. Talking in numbers, that’s 1,800 gallons of water — the exact same amount used to produce a single pair of jeans. If you’re into following fashion trends, you probably have more than one pair.
You don’t need to abolish jeans from your life but conscious shopping is a nice start. Try to invest in a good pair rather than lots of low-quality ones. There are also some brands that invest in sustainability as a manufacturing process, so look for them before you buy clothes.
3. Using coffee pods
Having a coffee machine with coffee pods is one of those contemporary facilities that seems impossible to get rid of. But we’ll have to deal with these conveniences someday. It’s proven that coffee pods are not the best thing for the environment and its use should be reconsidered as soon as possible.
Since it became very popular around the world, we’ve been facing a huge amount of coffee pods that are not being reused or decomposed. These pods are made of different kinds of materials and should not be thrown in just any garbage can.
Instead, we should search for brands that use biodegradable or reusable pods, try to recycle what you can, or use the good old method of making coffee — you know, the one with boiling water and coffee filters.
5. Using liquid soap
Liquid soaps are not the best option when it comes to maintaining a healthy environment. They consume 5 times more energy in production, have more packaging involved, and have a bigger carbon imprint than those in bar form. We also tend to use more soap when it’s liquid, which isn’t a guarantee of cleaner skin. When in doubt, choose a bar of soap.
6. Shaving with disposable razors
With lots of plastic waste, disposable razors are definitely the worst option for removing unwanted hair. Their plastic parts can’t be recycled and their production requires a lot of water. Speaking of water, the shaving act itself is not a good environmental practice as it can take up to a gallon each time you shave.
There’s also the razor, which usually isn’t produced by the same industry. So its transportation can leave a carbon footprint as well.
If you think electric razors are bad for the environment because they use electricity, their impact is actually less than the act of shaving with hot water. So if you want a better shaving alternative, go electric!
7. Leaving electronics on standby
There’s no useful purpose for leaving your electronic devices on standby since the power usage in this idle time is actually considerable. On a worldwide scale, this can mean that standby mode represents 1% of all the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. On a domestic scale, this represents up to 8% of our electrical bill. It’s just not worth it so it’s better to unplug them all.
8. Throwing away wrapping paper instead of reusing it
Unfortunately, most of that beautiful, shiny wrapping paper from the gifts we get are not recyclable. They contain some paper additives and plastic parts that cannot be transformed into anything else. So the alternative is to reuse them! And you can use your creativity for this by covering the bottoms of drawers, wrapping school notebooks, making origami — or if the paper isn’t too wrinkled — use it to wrap other gifts. If you’re the one gifting, try to use sustainable options like brown paper bags, old newspapers, fabrics, and whatever else you think is beautiful.
9. Turning off fluorescent lights
It may seem controversial but it’s actually better to leave fluorescent lights on than to turn them off several times during a day. This is because a fluorescent light’s lifetime is estimated by the number of times it’s turned on. Considering that it uses most of its energy consumption to turn on, if you’re planning to get into a room many times a day, it’s better to leave the lights on the entire time than to turn them off each time you leave.
10. Using glitter
It turns out glitter is not so glamorous for the environment since it’s made of little tiny pieces of plastic and as we know, plastic is kind of a big problem for nature.
The alternative is to use biodegradable glitter which is becoming very easy to find — you can even use the edible kind designed for confections! It looks just as shiny as the original kind.
11. Throwing oil in the sink
Whatever you do, you must not throw used cooking oil down the drain of your sink. It will infect the water and make it impossible for treatment. This also applies to throwing oil down the toilet as it can clog your home’s pipes as well.
When it comes to getting rid of cooking oil, it’s best to know how your city handles this kind of waste. Some places have a recycling oil policy that can actually make things easier for you. But the default recommendation is to put oil into recyclable containers and then discard it.
1. Trace the pauses.
One of the most common vocal clues that reveal if a person is lying is pauses, so pay attention to them. If a person takes long pauses or has many of them while speaking, they’re probably lying and taking their time to think about what to say. Speech errors like “ah,” “uhh,” and “I mean” also count.
2. Pay attention to the duration of emotions.
Usually, real emotions last for no more than 5 seconds. If someone expresses emotion for more than 5 seconds, it’s most likely fake. You can’t possibly have the same facial expression for 10 seconds straight, right? So watch out for this.
3. Look out for bad timing.
Scientists found out that emotions always come first, and only then are they followed by words. If a person first says “I’m angry,” and only then can you see an angry facial expression, it’s a fake one.
4. Check for the sincerity of emotions.
Real emotions are sincere, and it’s not always easy to reproduce it, so try to see how candid it is. The emotion is sincere when it’s not only one part of the face that changes. For example, if a person smiles, it’s not only their lips that move — wrinkles should also appear near the eyes and the eyebrows will automatically go downward. The same thing goes with any other emotion.
5. Be attentive toward repetition.
While for some people it’s just hard to put their thoughts into words, too much repetition might be a sight of a person lying. If he or she is constantly repeating something, it may mean that they’re trying to convince both you and themselves, and gaging from your reaction if you believe what they’re saying.
6. Answering with the same words or phrases that were used in the question.
The choice of words also says a lot. If a person uses the same exact ones that were used in the question, they don’t feel free enough and try to stick to what you said, as they may be afraid to say too much or reveal something else. Repeating the question itself before answering it is a bad sign as well — it’s what many liars do to take their time and come up with an answer.
7. Covering the face or mouth
One of the easiest body language signs to notice is when a liar covers their face or mouth. It’s quite a common thing for liars to do since it’s a psychological response, so if you see this, it’s very possible you’re being lied to.