Blog Posts by Khristina Jacob

  • People behave immorally when situations are ‘favourable’

    Toronto, Nov 24 (IANS) Many
    people say they wouldn't cheat in a test, lie on a job application or
    refuse to help a person in need. But if conditions are tweaked a bit, it
    doesn't take too long for them to change their minds, experts say.

    two studies that tested participants' willingness to behave immorally,
    University of Toronto researchers discovered that people will behave
    badly if doing it is easy, reports the journal Social Psychological and
    Personality Science.

    'People are more likely to cheat and make
    immoral decisions when their transgressions don't involve an explicit
    action,' says Rimma Teper, doctoral student, who led the study.

    they can lie by omission, cheat without doing much legwork, or bypass a
    person's request for help without expressly denying them, they are much
    more likely to do so,' he said.

    In one study, participants took a
    maths test on a computer after being warned there were glitches in the
    system. One group was told if they pressed the space bar,

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  • Management Tip of the Day: Ways to Make the Most of a Crisis

    The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical
    management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and
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    "Spectacular feats seem to happen in a crisis: people
    step up, productivity increases, and politics and red tape take a back
    seat. Unfortunately, this type of energy can't be sustained once the
    crisis dissipates.

    But, there are important lessons to take from
    this elevated mode of operation. Next time your organization has an
    emergency, do these two things:

    1. Hold a post-crisis clinic. Ask
    everyone who was involved in the response what happened differently and
    why. Help people identify the new ways of working they adapted.

    Focus the energy on a critical initiative. Ask people to apply the
    energy and dedication they mustered in the crisis to a stretch goal that
    you want to achieve in 100 days or less. This will help you determine
    which new ways of working are sustainable and can be

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  • Westlife wants to perform at William’s wedding

    London, Nov 23 (IANS) Boy band
    Westlife is desperate to perform at the royal wedding of Prince William
    and fiancee Kate Middleton in 2011.

    The band members feel 'every artiste in the world' would want to perform at the high profile event, reports

    The couple announced their wedding plans last week.

    has offered to sing for the couple and said they would love to let the
    British royals set a list of songs for the reception.

    'Every artist in the world would sing at that wedding,' said band member Shane Filan.

    Egan added: 'We'd be honoured to play at a royal wedding, that would be
    amazing. I mean, it would be dependent on what they would like...We'd
    let them choose the songs really, that's generally what we do if we sing
    at a wedding.'

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  • ‘Kitchens of India Master Chef Collection Food Festival 2010′

    Kitchens of India Masala Mixes along with ITC Grand Central,Mumbai present to you a delectable fare of rich Indian cuisine at the 'Kitchens of India Master Chef Collection Food Festival 2010'.
    A selection of delectable delights, made from rare recipes handed down through generations to the Master Chefs, Kitchens of India Masala Mixes showcases the culinary heritage of the country. Made from carefully crafted pre-made gravies this range is available in 2 Vegetarian and 4 Non-Vegetarian flavours - Paneer Makhani, Vegetable Biryani Mix, Chicken Curry Mix, Butter Chicken Mix, Hyderabadi Biryani Mix and Mutton Kolhapuri Mix.

    These masala mixes not only taste great but are also carefully blended to ensure that the health & nutrition quotient is taken care of. They are made with the freshest, handpicked ingredients and are 100% natural and completely free of preservatives.

    'The Kitchens of India Master Chef Collection Food Festival 2010' will be held as a dinner buffet between 25 November - 5

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  • 1/4 of overweight women think they’re normal

    London, Nov 23 (IANS) A quarter of obese women don't think they have a weight problem at all, a study shows.

    mothers are particularly at risk of obesity, but fail to recognise they
    are still carrying the pounds put on during pregnancy, US researchers

    However, this encourages denial of health-related problems
    caused by obesity such as type 2 diabetes and heart diseases, reports
    the journal Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

    The University of Texas
    study also found that one in six normal weight women 'misperceives'
    their body shape, and think they are fat, according to the Daily Mail.

    Mahbubur Rahman, study co-author, said: 'As obesity numbers climb, many women identify overweight as normal.'

    More than 2,000 women aged 18 to 25 years were asked questions about their weight and perceptions about their size.

    of them were considered overweight or obese based on their body mass
    index, a scoring system which compares weight to height.

    Around 25
    percent of overweight women

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  • Courteney to David: ‘Don’t want to be your mother anymore’

    We are devastated! 'Friends' star Courteney Cox a.k.a Monica and her husband David Arquette
    were termed by many as 'the perfect couple'. Their body language and
    chemistry has always been one of warmth and friendship. And then
    yesterday we heard that their 11-year marriage is on the rocks and that
    they have separated. What really happened there?

    Just a day after the announcement, David Arquette phoned Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite radio show to set the record straight.

    According to Us Magazine:

    "It breaks my heart," he said of their decision to
    separate, adding that he is "not the one that called this [separation]
    in order." "I've been begging Courteney to get back with me," he later
    added. "She's conflicted too."

    So what went wrong?

    During the very candid conversation, Arquette, 39, implied that Cox, 46, grew tired of his kooky ways.

    For their 11th wedding anniversary this past June, she bought him a
    motorcycle. "She said to me, 'I don't want to be your mother anymore,'"

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  • 5 drinks that calm you down

    If a really crazy day at work or home is getting you down, here's
    what you can do to "up" that mood, and "down" that anxiety level.

    Did you know some drinks have properties that actually help calm you down? Well, it's true. According to Reader's Digest magazine, there are five common drinks that help bring down your pressure levels.

    Take a look:

    1. Drink a glass of milk. It contains
    tryptophan, which as it is metabolized is converted to mood-boosting
    serotonin. Plus, its calcium, magnesium and potassium content may help
    keep blood pressure down.

    2. Drink hot cocoa. Warm drinks raise your body temperature—a feeling we associate with comfort, so it triggers a similar response in our brains.

    3. Order black tea instead of coffee. A study by
    University College London shows that drinking black tea four times a day
    for six weeks lowered the stress hormone cortisol after a stressful

    4. Drink green tea - packed with theanine, which
    increases the brain's output of relaxation-inducing

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  • 4 tips to look thinner instantly

    Yup. Now, you don't need to go on a crazy diet or spend hours in a
    gym tiring yourself off. You can look thinner instantly with these
    simple tips.

    • Buy a New Bra

    The one thing every woman can do right now to look thinner in her
    clothes is to buy a new bra, says Krupp. "Eighty-five percent of women
    are walking around in the wrong bra, and it makes their breasts look
    lower than they should be." The goal is to create as much space as
    possible between your waist and chest so your torso appears longer and
    leaner, advises Krupp. The trick is to have an expert measure you
    instead of automatically buying the same size you always do. Head to the
    lingerie department at a fine department store or a specialty shop like
    the Intimacy boutique to get hooked up (no pun intended).

    • Wear a V-Neck Top

    When it comes to dressing thinner, Krupp swears by V-neck tops. "The
    downward diamond shape optically elongates and narrows so you don't have
    a cutoff point where the actual neck stops, which gives the

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  • Look younger in 30 minutes flat

    Now, we all know it's never too early to start taking care of your
    skin. But when your age reaches the plus-minus 30 mark, ladies and
    gentlemen, pull up your socks if you don't want wrinkles by 40.

    Nowadays the market offers so many different products to keep ageing
    away; not to mention grandmother's recipes. But what do you do when you
    want that young supple skin as you prep for a party in the next couple
    of hours? brings you some simple things you can do to make you skin look young, now. Take a look.

    1. Keep your eye-cream in the fridge for quick under-eye depuffing.
    The cold constricts blood vessels to help swelling go down- and it feels
    extra refreshing.

    2. An at-home gloss treatment dramatically amps up shine and refreshes your highlights, giving your face a happy boost.

    3. Define your eyebrows. A pair of full, arched brows works like an
    instant eye lift. Pluck errant hairs and fill in sparse areas with a
    fine-tipped brow pencil.

    4. Apply a firming body cream.

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  • The purr-fect jeans for your body type

    I must admit, when I saw this story on The Thread, on,
    I knew I needed it the most. Shopping for jeans is one of my worst
    nightmares. Low waist, high waist, stretch, straight cut, boot cut …
    aargh, it is a horror to stand there while your shopping assistant grabs
    every possible jeans in the store for you to try on. And don't even get
    me started on the changing room. The tiny little room gives me the
    heebeejeebies. Not a great place if you are even remotely

    Coming back to the topic of the hour, this video gives a clear idea
    about what kind of jeans suits your body type perfectly. Take a look at
    it and educate yourself, seriously.

    According to the video:

    If you have a…

    Petite frame: Skinny or straight-leg jeans are best
    because they're the easiest to tailor if they need to be hemmed. Stay
    away from cuffs, which make you look even shorter than you are.

    Apple shape: The most important factor for apples is
    where the waist of the jean hits. You want it to

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