Compliment Your Coworkers Today!

We all know the value of maintaining good relationships with our coworkers. Not only does it make the workplace a more enjoyable environment, but it also promotes teamwork and positively affects the quality of work we do. However, it’s not enough to connect with your coworkers on a personal level, to befriend them and as about their lives. Studies show that you have to display that you value them as workers and employees as well. It helps them find meaning in their work and want to continue to strive for excellence in the future.

The best way to do this is through compliments (because who doesn’t love compliments!), but you have to be careful to only say things you genuinely think, because it’s very easy for people to call out a fake compliment when they see one. A positive example is to tell a funny work story or call someone a “superstar” when introducing them to a business contact. Or, if you’re creating a new team that has never worked together before, introduce each person not only with their name, but also what valuable things you think they’ll bring to the project.

What if you see someone you think is doing a great job, but somehow in the workplace they’re getting socially undermined by other coworkers (either by being excluded or silenced)? It’s incumbent upon each of us to show those people that they matter, especially when you see them doing good work. Make a point to champion that person’s opinion and ideas, loudly, while always crediting him or her. It benefits the company to hear good ideas, and it’s twice as hard to silence two people as it is one. Plus, you’ll have gained a genuine ally (and perhaps friend) in the process!

Post-Workout Recovery Rituals That Work

Your workout is only as good as your recovery. If your muscles don’t recover and adapt from each session, they can’t get any stronger. But what about the off-the-beaten-path recovery methods? Do they work?

Recovery Method #1: Drinking tart cherry juice

Packed with colorful antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, tart cherries are believed to help keep your post-workout inflammation levels in check to help your body repair tissues faster. In 1 study of marathoners, those who drank tart cherry juice the week of their race recovered their muscle strength and function faster than those who went without.  Participants begin drinking the juice 5 days before their big event or race, continuing up to 48 hours following exercise. Remember, even 100% tart cherry juice contains a hefty amount of sugar and calories, so drink up right before or after your workouts to use both for fuel.

Recovery Method #2: Calming music

Research is showing that the music we listen to has a huge impact on nervous system activity. By triggering the release of stress hormones, fast-paced, upbeat,  music tends to spur better workout performances and make exercise  easier. So it makes sense that slow, calm tunes could help us bring down our stress response and recover faster.

Recovery Method #3: Taking ice baths

Unless you’re a masochist, you probably haven’t tried this. Fortunately for all who aren’t fans of excruciating cold baths, cold-water immersion doesn’t seem to be hugely helpful in aiding recovery. The most consistent finding is a reduction in self-reported pain after sitting in an ice bath—likely a placebo effect.

Recovery Method #4: Drinking coffee

Coffee (and caffeine in particular) gives people the extra boost of energy needed to help them crush their workouts. But coffee for exercise recovery? Like tart cherries, coffee is also rich in polyphenols, which help combat excess inflammation to promote actual recovery, Rasmussen says. Meanwhile, caffeine is a known analgesic, meaning it helps lower pain perception. When exercisers took caffeine 1 hour before their workouts, they experienced less muscle soreness on the following 2 days, compared to when they performed the same workouts caffeine-free.

People Who Have Their Priorities Straight

In the real world, most people barely have time for socialization, let alone cleaning the whole house. It would be great to wake up to a magically clean house, clean dishes and laundry that has found its way into the drawers. Sadly, this does not happen and we find ourselves bogged down in the mundane tasks that we are forever behind in.

However, if you feel you are sinking, chances are your priorities are in better order than you assume. Sometimes it just takes a little reminder to get your head back on straight.

Here are 12 things that people with a good mindset will tell you are true. 

1. Laundry should sit on the couch for at least 3 days.

And should only be moved to make room for Netflix binges.

2. Spot cleaning is still “cleaning.”

At least right before you’re about to have friends over.

3. Don’t use dishwasher until you’ve run out of glasses.

Coffee mugs and wine glasses included.

4. The food in the back of your freezer has been there for more than a year.

And you never plan on eating it.

5. Running your ceiling fan on the highest setting counts as dusting.

At least for everything in the immediate area.

6. You’ve never buffed or waxed a bathtub in your life.

Probably never heard of such a thing

7. You technically don’t have to own a mop.

As long as you have a fresh pack of wet floor wipes handy!

8. Handheld vacuuming is still vacuuming.

As long as you remember to shake out the rugs first.

9. You haven’t swept under your bed in months.

And the dust bunnies love it.

10. A trashcan is only full when you can’t close the lid.

Or you’ve run out of scented candles.

11. Sometimes it’s just easier to buy new socks than to actually do your laundry.

And dish rags and underwear, too.

12. You have to create reminders on your phone to remember to water your plants.

Or you bought a fancy vase that does it for you.

Humans in Australia 80,000 years ago

Australia, being an island continent, would not have been an easy place to migrate to. If the first known inhabitants of our planet were in the area of Africa, visitors would have arrived by sea to reach Australia.

When scientists first stated that humans found there way to the continent as far as 60,000 years in the past, there was some skepticism. In contrast, humans were first purported to populate the Americas only around 15,000 years ago.

But now archaeologists have uncovered new evidence that could push the date of human habitation back even further, possibly as far as 80,000 years ago. This discovery could push back the human timeline, altering the believed path of human migration around the world.

The findings, unearthed from Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, involves the finding of a huge cache of 11,000 artifacts.These included ochre and reflective paint, the oldest unbroken ground-edge stone axes in the world, by about 20,000 years, and the oldest known seed-grinding tools in Australia. The artifacts could have shifted around over the years, dating methods suggest the artifacts were older than 70,000 years.

If people arrived in Australia much earlier than previously thought, that must also mean the left Africa much earlier to have traveled their long journey through Asia and Southeast Asia, ending up in Australia. It also means a time of overlap with megafauna is much longer than before- by maybe 20-25 thousand years. It ends the idea that the Aboriginal people  wiped out the megafauna very quickly.

Australia was host to some gargantuan megafauna, large animals like massive diprotodons or marsupial lions. Since many were extinct around the time that humans were believed to have arrived, theorists assumed that humans wiped them out. Those theories can now be called into doubt if humans arrived much earlier. This also bolsters oral histories passed down through Australian aboriginal cultures which suggest that people have lived in Australia for much longer than previously believed.

3 Ingredients to A Healthier You

We all know that the key to a healthy life is the precarious balance between a number of factors, the main ones being sleep, diet, and exercise. It can be hard to get all three exactly right, especially when you’re trying to make a healthier change with one of them. However, this is essential to both your mental and physical health, without which being successful and happy is much harder.

Take sleep as a prime example. When you’re putting in extra effort at work or at home, you start to keep strange hours. You start to think that if you can just finish something before bed, you’ll be much less stressed in the morning. This isn’t usually the case, however, because the tasks pile up and you end up keeping this pattern more often than not. You start getting less sleep, which can lead to more stress and higher blood pressure, and a general feeling of mental fog. And this, of course, means your performance will drop. The only way to combat the pattern is to make a schedule and stick to it; work hard when it’s time to work, and relax just as hard when it’s time for that.

Exercise behaves in a similar way. Sure it takes time out of our busy schedule, when we could be doing other valuable things (like working more or decompressing). However, scheduling a 30 minute workout at some point in your day and then actually following through can have an incredibly positive effect on your stress levels and mental blocks (like depression or malaise). And of course, eating right is essential as well. We all know that we should reach for high protein, low sugar foods to fill us up without dragging us down, but when you’re on the go, the fast food temptation is hard to ignore. However, studies have shown that a healthy lunch can make you more creative, more engaged, and more productive at work. Stop thinking of lunch as something that slows you down, and start thinking of it as an important tool to keep you going!