Gambling Vs Your Brain: Who Wins?

Disputes about whether gambling has a positive or destructive influence on your brain has been going on for a while among both ordinary people and scientists. The latter have done a bunch of studies showing some unexpected results. Gambling is not always a thing that will cause problems for people, it may be even useful for your brain, and life. In this short article, we’ll tell you how games of chance influence your brain.

Gambling as a Cure
Muhammad Ali, Robin Williams, and even Pope John Paul II had one common feature – all of them were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Most of the sufferers showed signs of slowness of movement, shaking, difficulty walking, and thinking problems. So how does Parkinson’s work? It literally destroys dopamine neurons in the brain that control body movement. Dopamine has another property – it’s one of the elements responsible for pleasure. From the point of view of gambling, the gaming process imitates the impact of the drug on your brain. In a nutshell, a person feels better, at least for a while. Of course, there are drugs which may help reduce the effect of the disease, but you need to increase doses every time you take the pill. And in the end, drugs becomes useless.

A Way to Keep Your Mind Young
Youth is something we wish to get rid of at first and then we desire to get it back. We can’t always be young, but at least we can slow down aging by using various innovational methods. As for the human brain, it also gets older with time. And if you want to be clever and witty in your 60s, then you should take care of your mind. The best way to look fresher than your peers is simple – just think and develop ideas.

Studies showed that those who keep their mind busy are much more likely to retain their mental capabilities than those who don’t have any brainstorm activities in their daily routine. Of course, there are plenty of exercises that can help you be a “clever guy” but all of them seem dull and mundane. And finally we’ve reached the major point – what about combining pleasure with utility? Gambling is at your service. And if you think that the previous sentence is nonsense, don’t rush to conclusions.

Almost all table games (Blackjack, Hold’em, etc.) require the use of short term memory. While you’re playing, you have to memorize and count cards. Besides that, keeping a conversation with gamblers, and making up a couple of witty jokes could never do any harm. Summarizing this paragraph, we can firmly say that gambling is a way to look bright in old age. By the way, choosing a proper place to play at is also a big deal. Most of the cool land-based casinos can be found only in certain cities and the ones you have in your hometown may not provide you with the necessary pleasure. Thankfully, nowadays, we can play at online gambling venues. But even when it comes to online casinos, it may be tough to choose the best option, since there are thousands of them. One of the best portals that review casinos and give you a reliable and informative opinion is HolyMolyCasinos. Those guys stand out from the crowd – the information is given in both funny and enlightening ways.

Addiction
Despite the facts listed above, gambling can’t be regarded as a totally harmless pastime, just as medicines can’t always be considered a cure. Games of chance may potentially become as addictive as physical substances. People who are heavily into betting feel an overwhelming desire to play more and more, until they win. And when players hit the right combination, the idea to win even more overcomes them. It seems to be a vicious circle.

The integral part of online casinos is a Self-exclusion program. Players can request this option, which will ban them from the access to a casino. So, if you’re afraid of getting carried away by playing online games, you can always force yourself to stop by reaching out to support agents.

Closing thoughts
We’ve reached the final point – it’s time to sum up everything that’s been said here. We have demolished a myth that gambling is always a “bad guy” and it’s better to stay away from games of chance and luck. Now you know that diseases like Parkinson can be prevented (or even temporarity remedied) by spinning slots, or playing table games. Another advantage is that not only is gambling a good way to spend your leisure time, but also you can retain your mental abilities for the rest of your life. But keep in mind that games of chance and luck may be addictive, and may cause some problems to players as well as their family.

3 Steps To A Happy Relationship

I’ve spent a great deal of time working with couples who are having a hard time communicating within their relationship. One of the first questions I ask them is “Was it always hard to talk to each other”? The answer is almost always no. But over time, the inability to connect through verbal communication has faded. It is interesting to note, that I see this more in couples who are younger than 40. I believe this to be true because this demographic grew up with a mobile device attached to their hips and hands, and never really had to rely on basic interpersonal skills. And there are 3 areas that commonly cause problems for us as we try to communicate.

The first problem area is courtesy. Courtesy and basic politeness are in many cases are non-existent in my younger couples. While this can be true at any age, the art of courtesy is lacking with the 40 and younger crowd (please know that I am not making a generalization. I just see it more with these couples).

I have written about this extensively. When engaged in mindful conversation with our partner, we don’t answer text, emails or take calls. I know I am guilty of this from time to time. But both my wife and I are very good at communicating our needs when having these conversations. Just the other night as we were driving down to the water, I started to talk about our upcoming financial responsibilities. In a matter of seconds, she asked if we could please not talk about that now. That the point of going to the water was to enjoy the sunset and wildlife. In a matter of seconds, that conversation stopped, and we were able to enjoy our evening talking about more meaningful things.

By showing her respect and honoring her wishes, we were able to connect to each other and source. She stated her request. She wasn’t rude about it. I didn’t take offense to it. We had a lovely evening. Politeness paved the way.

The second area that brings couples do my door is their fighting. When two or more are gathered together, there will eventually be misunderstanding and conflict. However, if you “fight fair”, it can be a door that leads to greater intimacy. Let me try and simplify this. See the above section on courtesy and politeness. It is so important that when a difficult conversation starts, be fully present and invest in the process.

I have had couples when in the middle of a heated discussion take calls, turn of the TV set and any other thing they could do to avoid intimacy. Because that what this really boils down to. Being vulnerable and resistant to change. There are many tools out there that can help facilitate an argument. It would be helpful to research some, and have them readily available (and agreed upon) prior to a fight. It is much better to be proactive than reactive in these situations.

The last thing I want to mention is the “I’m sorry” area. So many of us have outgrown an apology. We either don’t say it. Or, we don’t mean it. You know the old saying that the best apology is changed behavior. But even before we get to that point, it starts from those words rolling off of our lips. I am sorry. And know that not every apology is an admission to guilt. You can be sorry that someone is hurting. You can be sorry that someone misunderstood what you said. The important this is say it. Give clarifications. Make adjustments. Be open. Be vulnerable and move on. It’s quite the simple process.

If you follow these 3 steps, you should be well on your way to a greater level of communication and intimacy in your relationship. When you’re polite, you will usually be met with kindness in return. If you have tools that are agreeable to the both of you prior to a heated discussion, you probably decreased the intensity by at least a third. And it’s okay to say I’m sorry and be vulnerable. If we remain closed off, the best we can expect is a relationship of little progress and superficial communication. And if you’re still reading this. I’m guessing you want more from your relationship.

Online Political Election Voting System Based On Blockchain Technology

We hear about Blockchain and Bitcoin every day; however, it should be noted that Blockchain is way beyond Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. It is a platform which is being used for carrying out economic transactions in the most incorruptible way. As a matter of fact, this technology can be used not only for economic transactions but for anything of value in a virtual way. Blockchain is being used in the pharmaceutical industry, fashion and accessory industry, food safety industry, airlines industry and many more.

In a world where technology has reached a point where scientists are coming up with flying cars, why is one of the essential systems that form the government of a country still unsecured and rigged? With the advancement of technology, everything has become a lot more transparent and convenient, then why is this technology not being used to carry out easy and fair elections? In most countries, voting is a right for every adult. Then why doesn’t the entire adult population of a country go ahead to vote on the Election Day? Maybe because the voting center is too far. People have to go and stand in huge lines just to cast a single vote. Some even believe that their vote doesn’t count because of unfair election results.

The solution to this huge problem has finally arrived. A platform that allows blending the perfect combination of technology and politics into one. This results in the invention of Blockchain Voting. If this technology can be used for so many other purposes, why can it not be used for the most important function that is voting? Blockchain voting is an online voting platform that allows a secure, hassle-free, reliable and quick method for the sole purpose of voting for an election. Blockchain voting can completely change the way we vote for the best. It will leave no scope of doubt or question in the voter’s mind.

In the modern day and age of technology, there are certain things that work best through the old ways only. However, voting is not one of those things. Voting is the process by which the citizens of a country choose their leaders. This process should be highly secure, fair and absolutely accurate; all which are the characteristics of blockchain. Blockchain Voting is immutable, transparent and cannot be hacked into in order to change the results. Blockchain Voting is an effective means to conduct elections. This will ensure that there is no voter fraud and no repetition of votes leading to a fair election. Blockchain Voting is the need of today’s democratic and adult population who believes that they can bring a change in this world.

The stakeholders involved in Blockchain Voting would be same as the stakeholders in the conventional method of voting. This revolutionary change can encourage a lot of people of the vote. Anyone who has an internet connection and is an adult which means they have the right to vote is eligible to be a part of this process of Blockchain Voting.The use of this technology from a voter’s point of view is very simple.

Anyone with a phone and internet access will easily be able to understand the specifications of the platform. The citizens who are voting don’t have to wait in long lines and don’t have to travel a lot to go and vote. This quick and hassle-free method of voting will engage more and more people to participate in the voting process and be a part of a more democratic world. This is definitely a cheaper and simpler method of conducting elections. As soon as various governments realize the importance of introducing this technology into their political environment, the better it will for nations to have easy and fair elections.

How to Find Your Soul Mate – Get Your House in Order (7 Tips for Women)

Are you ready to receive God’s best? He doesn’t send the supreme to a disorderly house. With that said, shift your focus. Instead of concentrating on finding a soul mate, concentrate on getting yourself prepared. By the way, as previously stated in another article, a woman doesn’t find the man; he finds her. This article discusses seven things to consider as you work to get yourself in order.

7 Tips

1. Know thyself.

Conduct a self-examination. Possessing a keen awareness of yourself is the first rule in any endeavor. With that said, what do you value? What do you respect in others? Where do you draw the line? What’s your communication style? What strengths do you bring to a relationship.

2. Love yourself.

Next to knowing yourself is loving yourself. Otherwise, how can you expect someone else to love you? Love yourself with a man. Love yourself without a man. Most important, know that Jesus loves you.

3. Keep first things first.

What takes precedence now? Some things are more important than others. A friend, for example, made raising her son the primary focus. As a single mother, she did not parade every Tom, Dick, or Harry in front of him or disrupt their home by moving someone in. Now after he went away to college, she let her hair down. Today, he is a well-adjusted, respectful and responsible man. If you’re a single parent, what matters most?

Likewise, how’s your financial health? Focus on eliminating debt and improving your credit. Your mate doesn’t want to inherit a financial wreck.

Even if your family or finances are in tack, other things supersede finding a mate. Pause for a moment or two to assess your present state. Where are you in disarray?

4. Discover your purpose

In short, uncovering your purpose is a pressing matter. Whether you have a mate or not does not exempt you from fulfilling your call (vocation).

5. Pursue your dream(s).

After you uncover the mission, get moving. Your skills and talents are the missing pieces to someone’s puzzle. Moreover, the right place is where your blessings flow.

6. Unload the baggage.

Imagine travelling from place to place with your luggage. You add more items than you remove and before long it’s difficult to carry. Aside from slowing you down, it’s heavy and awkward.

Similarly, when you jump from relationship to relationship emotional baggage accumulates. Instead of taking time to regroup or allow the dust settle, you drag the junk in your trunk (anger, confusion, bitterness, etc.). Eventually, you unload it on the next person. Stop the madness!

7. No stinking thinking.

As women, we’ve been gifted with strong intuition. Yet, we proceed full steam ahead and ignore early warning signs; I’m guilty too. At length, stinking thinking creeps in. Our track records, consequently, hold us hostage with negative views of men, relationships, and marriage. I call it stinking thinking, and it sours everything.

Therefore, change your mindset. Trust God to not only position you for your soul mate but to exceed your expectations. He doesn’t make mistakes.

The Three WORST Pieces of Advice Given to Presenters (and How Best to Ignore Them)

Ever hear the one about picturing your audience naked to overcome your fear of presenting to them? How about the one about practicing in front of a mirror? Anyone who has ever tried either of those well-meaning tropes knows how futile they are. Deluding ourselves that we can calm fears by laughing at our audience, or that we can convince them of anything by faking authenticity, is worse than a waste of time. It prevents us from using our greatest power as presenters: our true selves. Try ignoring the “worst advice” and substituting powerful communication instead.

Worst Advice:

Memorize Your Presentation

Now this one sounds reasonable enough on the surface. After all, much of our fear about presenting is wrapped up in our fear of looking foolish in front of others. Some of that comes from our fear of drawing a blank when all eyes are on us. If we memorize our presentation, that won’t happen, right? Perhaps, but what will certainly happen is that we’ll be taken out of “the moment” as we put all of our energy and attention on recalling the least significant portion of our presentation: the literal words. Suddenly, we’re not focused on the immediate reaction we’re getting from the audience or on making sure we’re connecting with them. We’re focusing instead on making sure the words keep coming. That sets the bar too low: surviving the presentation until the end isn’t your goal. CONNECTING to your audience is.

Instead: Know Your Presentation

Focus on the essence of what you’re presenting: namely your key messages. This is what’s most important for your audience to understand. If the worst happens and all of your materials and notes disappeared, how would you summarize what you came to say? Put those bigger ideas up front and build your presentation around them. Your audience won’t likely remember all of the supporting details, but they should remember your key points. Worry less about repeating the exact words you intended and more about making sure you’re connecting. If you see heads nodding, react. If you see puzzled looks, don’t just plow through. Stop and make sure you’re not rushing ahead of your audience just to fill space. Slow yourself down and make sure you really see your audience and gauge their reactions. Remember, no one knows what you were supposed to say, so don’t let a pause or different phrasing than you’d planned throw you.

Use a Lot of Bullets

For some reason, lots of presenters think they can take a long, dry presentation and suddenly make it come alive if they can just add enough bullets to the screen. Ever sit through one of those presentations where the bullets don’t in any way indicate an abbreviated point? Heck, they may not even indicate a point! Here’s the thing: TEXT ON A SLIDE IS NOT A VISUAL AID. There is nothing about text that makes it more understandable, or illustrative, than the spoken word, by itself.

Instead: Put the Visual Back in Visual Aid

Are there actual visuals that would help illustrate your points? Can you bring in relevant charts, graphs, photos, illustrations to help your audience “see” your points? If you must use bullets, greatly reduce them and the words you use. Your audience didn’t come to read and they didn’t come to listen to YOU read to them. (Hint: if you use punctuation in your bulleted information, you’re using too many words.)

More is Better

Ever sit through a presentation that’s a product of many hands? More detail, more slides, with the presenter intoning something like… “..and here you can see again… ” or “this is just yet another example of… ” Yes, you want to prove your key points. Data does help you do that. However, information overload may quickly confuse your audience and actually mask your key points.