#Attraction Wows “Britain’s Got Talent” With Shadow #Dance Show


“Attraction” is a Hungarian theatre group, with a unique act of creating pictures with shadows of their bodies. Here we see them performing to the track “Read All About It” by Emeli Sande in the first week of auditions of “Britain’s Got Talent.”



Is #Stress Making You a Mess? #health


The signs of stress can show up on your skin, in weight gain, in inflammation and more. (Laurence Mouton / Getty Images/PhotoAlto)

“The wear and tear of stress can show up in every part of the body: individual cells, bones, skin. You can even see it in photographs. A Dutch study from 2012 asked volunteers to guess the age of nearly 300 people from photos. The researchers also checked all of the photo subjects for cortisol, a key stress hormone. The results were telling: People with high levels of cortisol almost always looked older than they really were. The researchers estimated that each tiny increase in cortisol — each micromole per liter, to be exact — aged a person by about half a year.”


10 Ways To Express #Love


“Love, how many roads to reach a kiss.” – Pablo Neruda

(The following excerpt from 10 Ways To Express Love: One Can Show Affection In Different Ways was published on April 27, 2013, by Rita Watson in With Love And Gratitude. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)

Love is a choice as much as it is a feeling or a decision. Those who give love receive love. This month we have seen research talking about conflict resolution and conflict recovery in terms of lasting romantic relationships. Each of the studies had me rethinking the work of Elizabeth Schoenfeld, a researcher at the University of Texas, Austin, who revealed that men and woman show love through affection – but that each takes a different tact.

Wives did so “by enacting fewer negative or antagonistic behaviors, husbands showed love by initiating sex, sharing leisure activities, and doing household work together with their wives.” Love Knows No Gender Difference – Health Information – Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Ten Ways to Express Love

Here are 10 ways to express love to your special someone, your friends, family, children. By expressing love we bring ourselves joy knowing that love is not just a Valentine moment, but an ongoing, free flowing experience that enriches our lives.

1. Express gratitude.

2. Send flowers.

3. Set aside time.

4. Keep anger at bay.

5. Be thoughtfully generous with gifts.

6. Order fortune cookies.

7. Offer an act of kindness.

8. Write a note.

9.  Make time.

10. Be forgiving.

In the book, “Around the Year with Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings,” Fox challenges us to make this commitment by saying: “I have chosen the path of Love. My own heart is to be my workshop, my laboratory, my great enterprise, and love is to be my contribution to humanity.”

Copyright 2013 Rita Watson/ All Rights Reserved



#FirstImpressions … Can You #Trust Them?


“How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?” – Albert Einstein

(The following excerpt taken from The Once-Over by Carlin Flora recently appeared on psychology today.com on March 18, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)

Bill and Hillary Clinton often tell the story of how they met: They locked eyes across Yale’s law library, until Hillary broke the silent flirtation and marched straight over to Bill. “Look, if you’re going to keep staring at me, and I’m going to keep staring back, we might as well be introduced. I’m Hillary Rodham. What’s your name?” Bill has said he couldn’t remember his own name. It was quite a first impression, one so powerful that it sparked a few chapters of U.S. history.

Initial encounters are emotionally concentrated events that can overwhelm us—even convince us that the room is spinning. We walk away from them with a first impression that is like a Polaroid picture—a head-to-toe image that develops instantly and never entirely fades. Often, that snapshot captures important elements of the truth.

Consider one study in which untrained subjects were shown 20- to 32-second videotaped segments of job applicants greeting interviewers. The subjects then rated the applicants on attributes such as self-assurance and likability. Surprisingly, their assessments were very close to those of trained interviewers who spent at least 20 minutes with each applicant. What semblance of a person—one with a distinct appearance, history and complex personality—could have been captured in such a fleeting moment?

 The answer lies in part in how the brain takes first-impression Polaroids—creating a composite of all the signals given off by a new experience. Psychologists agree that snap judgments are a holistic phenomenon in which clues (mellifluous voice, Rolex watch, soggy handshake, hunched shoulders) hit us all at once and form an impression larger than their sum.