5 Cameras That Will Help You Make 2017 Memorable

 

2016 was a fabulous year for Indian travellers. They moved out of their comfort zones, chased real experiences and embraced the unknown. And now as we welcome 2017, it’s time to set new expectations, achieve new goals and visit new places. So here are 5 cool cameras that will definitely turn moments into memories.

1. Hover Camera
If 2017 is the year when you intend to take the plunge (literally), then go for this! Cliff jumping isn’t for the faint-hearted, so if you muster up the courage, then here’s the gizmo that will make you remember the moment forever. Play it on loop, all year round. It’s the perfect piece of tech that’s easy to use, pack and unveil – all in all, the best and most reasonable flying camera in town.

2. DJI Phantom 4 
Turning 30 and don’t know how to celebrate? Easy peasy. The DJI Phantom 4 is the perfect gift for you or your beloved. The good news is that it captures amazing 4K footage with a respectable battery life; the bad news is the price. Then again, it’s the big 30, make it count!

3. Photo Jojo Lenses
Have you been going through the looking-down syndrome? Photo Jojo lenses will help you master the art of optical perfection in 2017.You can strap this wonder piece to almost all smartphones and get clicking in minutes. It has a wide variety of lenses to choose from – wide, macro, fisheye, super fisheye, telephoto and a polarizer, phone-photography made easy.

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4. Samsung Galaxy S7
D-SLRs are not your cup of tea? Smartphones come to your rescue. This one specifically helps the photographer in you. It not only takes beautiful pictures in the day but also takes care of the low light memories, because life is not lived only during the day.

5. Polaroid Instax 70
For all the selfie crazies who were struggling to ace it with the Polaroid, the latest model is what you’ve been searching for. The lens comes with a small mirror adjacent to it, so you can work that selfie right! Another add-on is the automatic exposure control so you don’t end up looking like vampires, some of the other features that are worth mentioning are the self-timer, tripod socket and hi-key mode.

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How to Make Natural Deodorant at Home

The season of strong sun rays, tanning and sweating is almost approaching. The summer heat brings with it many skin care woes. Out of many of the skin problems we face in this season, sweating and body odour is one of the biggest concerns. Of course, having a nutritious diet and drinking lots of fluids can help reduce or completely eliminate body odour but most of us also end up relying on deodorants and fragrances bought from the store to deal with it.

These antiperspirants may do more harm than good. The store-bought deodorants may contain aluminum which has been linked to deadly diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. They may also contain propylene glycol which a petroleum based substance. It is known to cause damage to the central nervous system, heart and liver. Some fragrances may also have Parabens and Phthalates that are synthetic preservatives and they have negative effects on the hormonal system.

It’s good to sweat. It is the medium to get your body to detoxify naturally. Using deodorants clogs the pores of the skin which does not allow the toxins to get eliminated. Despite that, your body still tries to detox to remove toxins through excessive sweating which often leaves embarrassing sweat patches on our clothes. So, in order to keep your skin healthy and happy, we suggest you make your own deodorant at home. It’s really easy to make one with every day beauty ingredients. Have a look:

What you need:

1/3 cup of coconut oil
2 Tbsp baking Soda
1/3 cup of arrow root powder
10-15 drops of essential oil (lavender or orange-scented)

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Method: Take a small mixing bowl and add coconut oil, baking soda and arrow root powder. If your skin is super sensitive, you can use less of the baking soda in the mixture. Blend everything together to make s creamy mix. Now, add the essential oil. And voila, you very own natural deodorant is ready!

How to use: Gently, take the paste with 3 fingers and rub over the armpit. Let it dry for 2 minutes and enjoy the natural fragrance. The coconut oil also helps in moisturising your skin and keeping it soft unlike the harsh spray deodorants that may take away all the moisture from your skin.

How To Make Sour Cream At Home

You find them in dips, you find them in dressings and you even find them in desserts. Sour cream has become our favourite relish, ever since we have gotten too familiar with the American and European cuisine. Used majorly as a condiment in culinary preparations hailing from Europe and North America, sour cream is traditionally used as a topping for baked potatoes, it also serves as a base for some creamy salad dressings, and used as a main ingredient in Chicken Paprikash or a Stroganoff.

Interestingly, sour cream also plays a key role in baking. American style doughnuts, biscuits and scones, all use sour cream as a significant ingredient.  Added in the baking mixture of cakes, and cookies, sour cream gives a distinct flavor to the sweet delights. One can also see a dollop of sour cream on top of waffles and with addition of strawberry jams. A characteristic Central American breakfast or Tex-Mex cuisine would always have serving of crema (a variant of sour cream) as a staple. However, in India the tangy relish is most commonly used as a base for various kinds of dips for chips, nachos, wedges or crackers.

sour creamSour Cream or creme is a staple ingredient in a Central American breakfast

The traditional preparation of sour cream is drawn out by fermenting the cream that was skimmed off the top of milk on moderate temperature. The lactic bacteria developed in the fermentation process gives the cream its characteristic tang and thickness. With about 18 percent butterfat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, regular sour cream contains about 23 calories in one tablespoon.

Here’s how you can quickly prepare  sour cream for yourself at home for a nice Sunday brunch.

Sour Cream Recipe by  Chef Niru Gupta

Cooking Time: 15 minutes + Time to set

eggless mayo

Ingredients:

2 cups cream

2 Tbsp yogurt for starter

How to make sour cream at home:

1.Bring the cream to a boil.

2.Transfer it into the container that you want to set the sour cream in.

3.Let it cool to lukewarm, a drop of it on the wrist should feel neither warm nor cold. In a small bowl, beat up the yogurt starter, till smooth.

4.Add 2 tbsp of the cream to the yogurt, and mix well.

5.Add this mixture to the rest of the cream and stir with a spoon to mix well. Cover the container and place in a draught free place to set.

6.Place it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to set further.

What are you waiting for? Just take your nachos and attack. However, be mindful of the portions for it has a high

The Best Health Tech 2017: Gadgets That Make You Fit And Healthy (Updated)

The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health.

Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can improve it. But with so many health-improving gizmos on the market, it’s not easy separating those that are truly beneficial from those that are nothing more than a gimmick.

With that, I’ve picked out the best health tech to improve your general wellbeing, and listed them via the area of your health they will improve. (If you’re looking for the best tech to track your fitness, head over to my Best Wearable Tech And Fitness Gadgets roundup.)

Lower blood pressure: Omron Evolv

Available for $89 (US) and £129 (UK), from Boots

Te Omron Evolv lets you check your blood pressure anywhere, anytime

Omron

Te Omron Evolv lets you check your blood pressure anywhere, anytime

The Omron Evolv is a clinically-validated wireless blood pressure monitor that is light enough to take anywhere with you, while also being super easy to use. The device lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using an app. It is also really well designed, which I was pleasantly surprised about considering its function. Using an heart health algorithm, called Advanced Accuracy, the device measures more data points and eliminates interference from movement for more precise, clinically-accurate readings. It also lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using the Omron Connect App.

Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the Evolv is one of my favourite health gadgets, mainly because it works so effortlessly while giving very accurate results, displayed simply in a well-designed app.

Lose weight:  QardioBase 

Available for $129.99 (US) and £129.22 (UK), from Amazon

Keep tabs on your weight and body composition with QardioBase smart scales

QardioBase

Keep tabs on your weight and body composition with QardioBase smart scales

Smart scales are by no means anything new, but the QardioBase scales takes weighing yourself to a whole new level. As well as weighing you, the connected scales will check your heart rate, water percentage, body fat, bone mass and muscle mass and keep a record of all this so you can compare your vitals over time. Accurately measures body weight, body composition (including body fat percentage, muscle, water and bone mass) and body mass index (BMI). Working with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Samsung S Health, the scales connect to the free Qardio App for iOS, Kindle, and Android, allowing users to share data easily and set goals and reminders to achieve goals.

Better yet, the smart scales can also distinguish your measurements from someone else’s, meaning everyone in your household can share them.

Cleaner lungs: Netatmo Healthy Home Coach

Available for $99.99 (US) and £89.99 (UK), from Amazon

Check how clean the air in your home is with Netatmo's latest healthy home gadget

Netatmo

Check how clean the air in your home is with Netatmo’s latest healthy home gadget

If you live in a big city, chances are the air that you breathe on a daily basis could be doing damage to your health. All cities have pockets, with some areas that are worse than others. How would you know if this bad air, caused by pollution, is having an affect on the place you spend your most time: your home? This is where Netatmo’s Healthy Home Coach comes in. It detects air quality level, humidity, temperature and noise at home , and gives advice on how to create a healthier environment.

You can also connect multiple healthy home coaches to your smartphone to monitor several rooms.

Better Digestion: Philips Avance centrifugal Juicer

Available for $299.99 (US) and ££177.45 (UK), from Amazon

Go on a digestive cleanse whenever you feel the need with Philips' Avance juicer

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Go on a digestive cleanse whenever you feel the need with Philips’ Avance juicer

Fiber is one of the most important nutrients in helping us prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and also improve digestive health. However, many people don’t get enough fiber. One way of ensuring you do is with a simple to use juicer such as Philips’ Avance. The juicer has FiberBoost technology, which enables you to choose the texture of juice you prefer, selecting with the switch of a button from a refreshing clear juice to a more creamy juice with up to 50% more fiber.

It’s also super easy to clean, meaning you’re more likely to keep up the juicing and not hide the appliance in the back of your cupboard once the novelty wears off.

Healthier heart: AliveCor Kardia Band

Coming soon in the US and available for £199 (UK), from AliveCor

The Kardia band could save your life if your ticker is prone to heart problems

AliveCor

The Kardia band could save your life if your ticker is prone to heart problems

If you’ve already got yourself an Apple Watch but you’re particularly worried about your ticker and want to step the heart-rate monitoring level up a gear, then the Karida Band is a good choice.

It’s essentially a medical grade heart monitoring Apple Watch strap by Silicon Valley health tech company AliveCor, but what makes it special is its electrocardiogram (EKG) tech that is designed to pick up palpitations, shortness of breath and other reasons for concern which could increase the risk of a stroke. This is a must-buy for any Apple Watch user even slightly worried about their heart as it’s already been proven to pick up vital signs of heart-related problems  in several users, even heart attacks.

Cleaner lungs: Wair smart scarf

Coming soon

Block out city air pollution without looking like a surgeon with Wair's subtle smart scarf

Wair

Block out city air pollution without looking like a surgeon with Wair’s subtle smart scarf

Combining textile with tech can have heaps of health benefits, it seems. Take this smart scarf, for instance which claims to be the world’s first anti-pollution scarf. Called Wair, it keeps your lungs cleaner without compromising on fashion. Developed by a French start-up named Clausette.cc, it’s especially beneficial for cyclists, or those that live in a cold city where air pollution is a big concern. In addition to filtering harmful pollutants, the fashionable wraparound is connected to an app that provides real time air quality updates.

Measure fever: Withings Thermo

Available for $99.95 (US) and £89.95 (UK), from withings

The Thermo gives you accurate results on your fever so you know just how ill you really are

Withings

The Thermo gives you accurate results on your fever so you know just how ill you really are

Just when you thought they couldn’t make anything else connected, Withings goes and makes a connected thermometer, allowing you to keep track of that fever. And like the Body Cardio scales, the digital thermometer links to your Withings account via the app and keeps tabs on your temperature over time. With 16 infrared sensors taking 4,000 measurements, it’s accuracy is a game changer for anyone who often falls ill.

Better nutrition: Huel Complete Food

Available for £45 (UK) for 28 meals, from Huel

Why eat when you can drink yourself to a healthier body? Huel is a powdered drink with all the nutrients you'd ever need

Huel

Why eat when you can drink yourself healthier? Huel is a powdered drink with all the nutrients you’d ever need

Okay so it’s not strictly a health “gadget”, but plenty of technology went into making Huel a thing. Offering a nutritionally complete meal in powdered form, Huel can be dissolved into water to give you all the 26 essential nutrients needed to live a healthy balanced lifestyle on a daily basis.

How? It’s made from real food such as milled down oats which are high in fibre, releasing energy slowly to prevent snacking in-between meals. Due to the ingredients list of Huel, the company says you could theoretically live off it 100 per cent of the time. I say theoretically because I can promise the severe cravings for real food would make this easy to do.

Injury recovery: FireFly

Available from $35 (US) and £27 (UK), at FireFly

FireFly will help you recover from previous injuries without you even realizing

FireFly

FireFly will help you recover from previous injuries without you even realizing

Firefly is a wearable that helps accelerate sports recovery after exercise and minor injury. It’s portable, has no leads or wires, and is worn behind the knee. Once attached, it delivers painless electrical impulses to gently activate the muscles of the lower leg to increase blood circulation.

Used by athletes at all levels, such as British Olympic triathlete Vicky Holland, FireFly is clinically proven to aid sports recovery, with benefits including the reduction of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after exercise, aiding the recovery from a sprain or strain and reducing swelling.

Walking aid: Dring SmartCane

Available from September 2017

Proof that anything can be 'smart' these days, Dring's smartcane is a game changer for those that need assistance when walking

Dring

Proof that anything can be ‘smart’ these days, the Dring smartCane is a game changer for those that need assistance when walking

Set to be one of 2017’s biggest head-turners is a device you’d not normally associate with bleeding-edge technology: a walking stick. Designed by old-school walking stick company Fayet, the SmartCane has been given a twenty first century injection with French firm Nov’in’s Dring tech, an intelligent alert system. With an accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS inside the stick, any falls can be detected and an alert with the user’s location is automatically sent to get help.

Fertility monitoring: Ava

Available for $250 (US) and £199 (UK), from Ava

The connected bracelet that helps women keep tabs on their monthly cycle

Ava

The connected bracelet that helps women keep tabs on their monthly cycle

Ava is a fertility monitoring bracelet founded in Switzerland by data scientists, experts in wearable technology, and women’s health researchers all with the aim of bringing innovation to women’s reproductive health. The bracelet is able to precisely detect a woman’s entire fertile window in real time, so they can better plan their monthly cycle.

Sleep better: ResMed S+

Available for $50 (US) and £129.95 (UK), from Amazon

The S+ is an alarm clock with a smart bonus feature; it can track your sleep without the need for wires, cables or attached wearable devices

ResMed

The S+ is an alarm clock with a smart bonus feature; it can track your sleep without the need for wires, cables or attached wearable devices

The S+ is touted as “the world’s first non-contact, fully comprehensive sleep tracking system”. It features patent-protected SleepSensor technology that tracks, analyzes and improves sleep at home without the need for a wearable, electrodes or mattress strips.

Sitting beside the bed like any old alarm clock, the S+ uses out-of-the-ordinary calibrated respiratory and bio-motion sensors to measure and analyse sleep stages, recording of the movements caused by the expansion and relaxation of the chest with breathing as well as body movements such as position changes, arm twitches and shrugs.

The system connects to a free iOS and Android app to record the quality of your night’s sleep and a Smart Alarm system allows users to set a window for the device to wake them up naturally when they are in light sleep, so they’ll feel more refreshed. A great health gadget if you have trouble getting up on a morning.

Lee is a freelance journalist specializing in technology, health and fitness innovation. Follow him on Twitter @llebeel and read more of his articles at his Forbes profile page. 

 

Street plays make people aware of healthy lifestyle

NGO SPEAK India, a society for promotion of ethical and affordable health care, today staged a street play ‘Health ka Panchnama’ to bring awareness about healthy lifestyle among the residents. Artistes from Impact Arts enacted the play. The street play was staged at the Sector 17 Plaza and Sukhna Lake. The play emphasised on the role of fruits and vegetables in the foods, regular exercises, plenty of water intake, adequate sleep, and ethics in every aspect of life while shunning quack remedies. Street plays make people aware of healthy lifestyleThe play also focused on how important it is to avoid diet consisting of junk foods like ice-creams, cakes, burger, noodles, coke, pasta, potato chips, etc, which leads to obesity and exposes to serious ailments like diabetes, heart ailments, hypertension, stroke, anemia and unproductive life in the long run. Dr R Kumar, president of the society, said the society had decided to spread awareness in an interesting manner by organising short plays in different parts of the city.—TNS

 

DNA variants that are bad for health may also make you stupid

What makes some people smarter than others? A genetic analysis of families in Scotland, UK, hints that brainer people have fewer DNA mutations that impair intelligence and general health, rather than having more genetic variants that make them smarter.

“This is one of the most exciting studies on the genetics of intelligence I’ve seen for a while,” says Steve Stewart-Williams of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, who was not involved in the work.

One implication is that using gene editing to fix the hundreds of mutations that slightly damage people’s health would make them smarter as well as healthier. “I think this strengthens the moral case for pursuing genome editing technologies,” says ethicist Christopher Gyngell of the University of Oxford. “It would be killing two birds with one stone, and that would be a good thing.”

Missing intelligence

There is no doubt that intelligence depends partly on the environment in which we grow up. Well-nourished children brought up in safe, unpolluted and stimulating environments on average score better in IQ tests than deprived children, for instance.

But our genes also play a role. Studies of twins have suggested that 50 to 80 per cent of the variation in general intelligence between people could be down to genes. However, finding the gene variants responsible for intelligence has proven tricky.

So far, studies of the DNA of hundreds of thousands of unrelated people suggest that only around 30 per cent of the variation in intelligence is inherited. This big discrepancy between the results of twin studies and genome studies has become known as the mystery of the missing heritability.

Now a team including David Hill of the University of Edinburgh, UK, has analysed data from 20,000  people taking part in a study called Generation Scotland, which is looking at the health and genomes of families. The team used a statistical method to work out how much effect rare genetic variants shared by most of the members of a family have on intelligence. Because these variants are so rare in unrelated people, other studies have missed their effect.Children playing on a bouncy castle

They found that rare genetic variants missed by other studies explain the discrepancy between the two types of study. “If the result stands up, they’ve solved the missing heritability problem for intelligence,” says Stewart-Williams. “Pretty impressive.”

Brighter babies?

The findings help us understand how intelligence is patterned in our genomes. In theory, smart people may be that way because they have beneficial variants of genes that boost IQ. But we would expect beneficial gene variants to spread by natural selection, becoming common in a population. Instead, Hill’s team found that a lot of how intelligent a person is seems to come down to much rarer DNA mutations. Because these mutations are very uncommon, they are likely to be slightly harmful – ones that partially impair health, but not to such an extent that they are weeded out by evolution. “It seems to me highly likely that it’s true,” says Rosalind Arden of the London School of Economics, who studies intelligence and genetics.

Attempts to link intelligence to genes are controversial – many people do not like the idea that IQ is mostly determined by a person’s DNA. But Arden argues that genetic influence on intelligence is a good thing. “If intelligence differences were all environmental, that would be absolutely catastrophic,” she says. If that was the case, all those raised in deprived circumstances would be less intelligent than those from more privileged backgrounds, which would make societies even more unequal than they are now.

Smarter people tend to be healthier and live longer, although it’s not yet clear why. Intelligent people may be more likely to live a better lifestyle, but Hill’s study suggest they are also genetically healthier too.

We are still some way from using techniques like CRISPR to edit the genomes of  our embryos, but some believe it’s inevitable we will one day take this step, and expert reports in countries including the US and UK have been suggested it could be used to prevent diseases.

If Hill’s findings hold up in further studies, it suggests that attempts to remove mutations that are slightly harmful for health should also raise intelligence. “We’re not talking about making people way, way smarter than the smartest people today – it’s just bringing the average up,” says Gyngell.

 

How to Make a Positive First Business Impression

 

You’ve probably heard the statistic that we make judgments about people within seven seconds of meeting them. These judgments include opinions about a person’s trustworthiness, disposition, personality, and social status.

How people judge you and your employees reflects on what they think about your business. Choose wisely who represents the face of your company, and ensure they understand the importance of making a good first business impression.

Psychologists at Princeton analyzed people’s inferences about others at 100 milliseconds, 500 ms, a whole second, and longer. They found there was virtually no difference in the judgments at which people arrived after the first 100 ms.

Whether the process takes a few seconds or less than one, there’s no question that how we come across to people when they first meet us is extremely important. This is particularly true if we’re talking about the realm of business.

How well we network with people directly influences our success or failure in our careers and the success of our business. Here are some tips for how to make the best possible first impression possible.How to Make a Good First Impression in Business

How to Make a Good First Impression in Business

Consider Business Attire

Any time you’re meeting a client, whether you’re doing a leisure activity or having a business meeting, it’s important you present yourself well and appropriately. It is equally important to educate your employees and other representatives on what your company considers appropriate business attire.

Hopefully, you’re taking advantage of trade fairs and conferences, which are opportunities to network with many people at one time. When striving to make an unforgettable impression at a conference, “you can make between 30-100 first impressions in a day.”

Making a good first business impression involves several factors:

  • appearance
  • what you talk about
  • your overall behavior
  • having a plan
  • nonverbal communication

It might seem superficial to stress the importance of attire when making a first impression. But if people subconsciously make snap judgments, how you dress is key to shaping how they see you.

It should be common sense that you don’t want to appear sloppy. But you also don’t want to come across as stiff and formal. That could make you seem unapproachable.

How you dress really depends on your industry, the venue, and your position in your company. You might be surprised to hear that, when choosing your clothing, your own comfort should be one of your top priorities. It will be incredibly difficult for you to interact naturally with others if your clothes are making you feel uneasy and awkward.

Make sure your clothing is appropriate and well-tailored. Tailoring goes a long way to making you appear professional. Aim for being stylish without being overly flashy.

Keep your target customers in mind when choosing the appearance you and your employees and other representatives should present. What may be too “out there” for one industry might be perfectly acceptable in another.

Put Others First

Your overall behavior and the decisions you make can have a lot of impact. Your guiding principle should be: put other people’s needs and desires before your own. Listen more than you talk, showing genuine interest in the person you’re with at that moment.

Don’t let yourself be distracted by the people walking around you still want to meet or digital devices. Don’t worry about conversations you’ve had already or ones you hope to have later.

It is getting rarer and rarer for people to give each other their full attention without being distracted by their phones, if not by something else.

Giving someone your undivided attention is a gift, and those you meet will appreciate you doing so. Keep the reason why you’re there (to network) at the forefront of your mind.

Don’t get sidetracked trying to make sales. That’s not the point, and you will come across as insincere if you try to sell to people you have just met.

This shouldn’t have to be said, but you’re not at a conference or business meeting to find a date or to kick back and have a good time. Always act professionally toward everyone you meet.

Be aware of how your behavior might be perceived — for example, if there is a bar, how would drinking or even not drinking be perceived by others.

Have a Plan

Being comfortable in unfamiliar territory will be much easier if you go into the situation with a plan. Have a reason for choosing that particular venue.

Find out who is likely to be there and know the particular people or companies with whom you want to connect. Make sure you have business cards ready to go as you mingle. It helps to keep your business cards in one pocket or compartment and cards you receive in another.

We all know that meeting people has the potential to be awkward, so plan out some good questions ahead of time. Avoid standard, cliché topics such as asking people what they do. Also avoid contentious topics such as politics, religion, possibly even sports teams.

Another situation you’re likely to find yourself in is being stuck in a conversation that you want to leave. Have a strategy for how to extricate yourself politely. You could say you need to use the bathroom or don’t want to take up too much of the person’s time.

Work to Remember Names

Something else that is a good idea is becoming skilled in remembering the names of people you meet. This is a difficult technique to master when you encounter so many new people at one time. But it is possible and makes people feel valued.

Try repeating their name when you first meet and using it more than once during your conversation. This helps you remember it later. This Forbes post provides ten excellent tips for remembering names and this video shows the method memory expert champion Ron White uses:

If you happen to run into someone more than once and actually remember his or her name, that person will be very impressed. I suspect this is because so many of us struggle to remember names.

You may find, as I did when asked to speak into a TV camera, that it is challenging to look directly into people’s faces. Maybe we look away politely when we meet them — or at least too quickly to go through the memory process suggested by White.

Watch Nonverbal Cues

One tricky aspect of getting to know people is that we often don’t realize how we are coming across to them. This is understandable. It would be exhausting to analyze how we’re subconsciously communicating every second of the day.

But you could have ingrained habits that cause you to consistently send messages you don’t intend. If so, you probably would want someone to tell you in order to help you communicate better. Do you seem:

  • reluctant?
  • warm and approachable?
  • distant or unfriendly?

Do you smile at people and make eye contact? How do you stand as you converse with them? It’s easy to assume you’re behaving one way without realizing you simply are not. Self-analysis is beneficial, but it’s invaluable to have a more objective point of view.

Ask your friends, coworkers, and family members how you typically come across to others, especially when you meet people the first time. Make sure you get advice from people who will be honest with you and give you helpful feedback.

The more you can make your nonverbal communication align with what you actually intend to say, the more effective a communicator you will be overall — and the better first impression you will make.

Don’t Feel Doomed

It can be overwhelming to hear that, whether they want to or not, people are judging you as soon as they meet you. The reason we emphasize first impressions so much is that in many business settings, we don’t have the opportunity to let people revise their opinions of us.

But while wrong first impressions take some time to correct, it is possible to change them. We’re not doomed to see each from one point of view forever. There has been less research on the topic of altering first impressions than there has been on making them in the first place.

But in 2015, researchers at Cornell found that, when given new information, people completely changed their minds when they realized their initial opinions were wrong. So don’t overly stress about what others think of you. Just do your best to be as personal and professional as possible.

 

GO MAKE PIE WITH JAM WHILE YOU’RE WAITING FOR FRESH FRUIT

Early spring is a trying time in its own way. Winter snow’s a couple months behind us, and it’s certainly warm-er, but while a few new veggies are here for us (see: ramps, rhubarb, overwintered greens), really great produce is still a few weeks and months off. Some of us make do by flying across an ocean to wander through strawberry paradise, but for the rest of us, we’re itching for something to cook that makes us at least dream of warmer weather. Enter: jam pie.

Nothing screams summer like a bubbly, just-baked cherry or peach pie (windowsill optional), but if you’re picky about your fruit and prefer to stick to what’s in season, that makes pie a time-bracketed pleasure. There’s nothing wrong with supermarket strawberries in March, but they don’t exactly burst with berry flavor. You know what does, though? Strawberry jam. And that stuff’s good year-round.Cherry Gateau Basque

Such is the mindset behind this gateau Basque, a.k.a. Basque country pie, in which cherry preserves are encased between buttery layers of dough. Said dough is easy to make: you can do it all in a mixer and don’t have to freak out about potentially overworking the flour, since this crust is more tender and cakey than flaky. In goes the cherry preserves, on goes the lid, and that’s that. Jam pie that’s good any time of year, and with most varieties of preserves—no need to stick to cherries for this. Nor do you even need to stick to this recipe. Use preserves in place of fresh fruit in sugar in any of your favorite pie recipes, so long as they’re double-crusted to keep too much moisture from evaporating as the pie bakes.