Science behind maximizing creativity

Deep sleep reduces cortisol levels and boosts serotonin.

Diet matters: A high-protein breakfast is easily converted into serotonin and dopamine.

Caffeine is a physiological arouser, meaning it will amplify whatever emotions one is already feeling.

Cardiovascular exercise: When the heart muscles pump faster, they release a peptide believed to help produce serotonin.


Is it safe to cook with olive oil?


1. 其实其中一个原因是因为橄榄油矜贵,大部分人不会像用豆油那般使用橄榄油;

2. 第二种原因是橄榄油中富含单不饱和脂肪酸——油酸,油酸在高温下就直接变成反式油酸,反式油酸有害健康,所以橄榄油绝对不能加热。



3. 用未成熟橄榄制作的初榨橄榄油未经过精炼,其中不仅游离脂肪酸多,而且颜色呈现黄绿色,其中有叶绿素这种促进氧化的光敏物质,故而不太适合高温、长时间加热,最好还是用来做凉菜,或仅仅轻微加热的菜肴。再说,未成熟橄榄制作的初榨橄榄油那种特殊的橄榄清香,也会随着加热而散失,就像香油用来炒菜会浪费其香气一样。


Science or not?

Let’s check the science: Is it true that olive oil turns toxic at high temperatures? 

A friend was recently told by her GP that she should not cook with olive oil because, he claimed, it becomes toxic when heated. In our house, we cook with olive oil all the time because we know it’s healthier than butter or other saturated fats, so this would have serious implications for us. Do I need to switch to another oil for cooking?

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6 Key Characteristics of a Kick-A** Recruiter

True or false? Recruiters sit around waiting for the right resumes to fall in their laps.

True or false? While attending candidate-focused events, good recruiters chat only with coworkers and passively watch as candidates stroll by.

True or false? Top-performing recruiters only work active applications in their company’s applicant tracking systems.

Answers: False. False. And false!

Yet, at countless job fairs, within global companies and on HR teams across the country, poorly trained, unapproachable and lackluster recruiters are tasked with finding their companies’ next top talent. Don’t let yourself be one of them!

If you really want to succeed in the recruiting industry, focus on developing these traits:

1. Great product knowledge

If you want to be successful in this job, you have to know your product. In recruiting, this means knowing the job and requirements, the benefits and career path, the hiring manager and corporate culture.

“On top of that, you have to know how each job req that you are looking to fill affects the company’s bottom line,” advises Matt Duren, technical recruiter at Tenable Network Security.

2. Power to influence

Recruiters are the public relations/salespeople for their companies. To be successful, you have to sell candidates on why your opportunity is better than their current situation or other offers, and many times you have to persuade hiring managers on why they should consider your candidates or sweeten employment offers.

3. Good at building relationships

Great recruiters don’t just remember names and faces from yesterday; they remember people from years ago. And they still stay in touch.

“It is not just about talking to candidates for the role that is on the table—some of the best hires come from months and months of communication,” said Lauren Hiegel, a member of Groupon’s corporate recruiting team.

4. Approachable and nice

If you don’t like handshakes, people, small talk, networking or schmoozing, you’re in the wrong profession. Recruiters are in the business of meeting candidates and clients and figuring out if there is a fit. No one wants to work with (or pay contingency fees to) a jerk.

5. Well-connected

Whether it’s on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Ning, during tweetups, meetups, webinars or conferences, online and off, recruiters know people. They hang out in many circles and are well-connected. They are even connected to people they don’t know they are connected to.

6. Have a lot of hustle

Other words that come to mind are “motivated,” “driven” and “aggressive.” Top recruiters don’t rest on their laurels, they don’t clock in and out, they don’t lollygag or pull a standard 9-to-5. They are always thinking, doing, sourcing, networking, researching and connecting.

Some great recruiters are born, but others can be made—and we all have opportunities for improvement. If you focus on these six skills, you’ll continue to move up in your recruiting career.

Shannon Smedstad spends her days as the employment brand and HR social media manager for a major U.S. auto insurer and has more than 12 years of recruiting industry experience. You can connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

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For you, a thousand times over!

Seven times I have despised my soul

“Seven times I have despised my soul:
The first time when I saw her being meek that she might attain height.
The second time when I saw her limping before the crippled.
The third time when she was given to choose between the hard and the easy, and she chose the easy.
The fourth time when she committed a wrong, and comforted herself that others also commit wrong.
The fifth time when she forbode for weakness, and attributed her patience to strength.
The sixth time when she despised the ugliness of a face, and knew not that it was one of her own masks.
And the seventh time when she sang a song of praise, and deemed it a virtue.”

Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam