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Another subtle culprit: margarine. Stick to real butter, as margarine is high in unhealthy trans-fatty acids, along with coloring additives and emulsifiers. Refined sugars. Avoid foods high in refined sugar, like cookies, most juices, and of course candy. The trouble is they have a detrimental effect on your blood sugar levels as they contain no fiber. This means that when your system is flush with refined sugar, it causes your glucose levels to fluctuate dramatically, which in turn can lead to anxiousness, irritability, and depression. Nonorganic or "conventional" foods. Sometimes it's hard to get to the organic source of things, especially when it comes to eating. But the more organic (i.e., natural, from-the-source, unprocessed) food you can eat, the more you are making food your ally rather than your enemy in your fight against depression. Pause. This step is simple. Once you've gotten all eyes on you, pause for about five seconds. Build the suspense so people are on the edge of their chair as to what to expect. Assert yourself as an expert. There are two things that people really love, no matter what nationality they may come from or what race they may be. People love a leader who is an expert in something they are not, and someone who comes across as humble. You can achieve both of these traits in one swift swoop--and when you do, you'll get people to listen and respond favourably to you in an instant. First, in order to assert yourself as an expert, you have to treat yourself that way. Stand up straight. Tell yourself you're an expert (expert writer, expert salesperson, expert marketer, whatever it may be).

There's power in repetition, and the more you tell yourself what you are (even if it seems ridiculous), the more you'll believe in that very thing you want to become-- and emulate it to the world. Don't be shy about telling people what you're good at. You can come across as humble (the only thing that all people love) by coming across as a student of life. Oprah does this very well. She's always nodding and smiling (whether she's interviewing a legendary blues singer or a single mom who's endured some rough breaks). She repeats what's she learned, and says, "I love that." Because she comes across as a humble, self-proclaimed student of life,' she continues to captivate people with whatever she says. <a href=''>You</a> can do the same by mimicking her! <a href=''>The</a> loyal sidekick hook is all about building an army of supporters to have your back, be on your team and stay loyal to you for a lifetime. <a href=''>Every</a> great leader in the world has applied the loyal sidekick hook, and they still do (although now it's just become a habit.) Here's how to generate a devoted following in a heartbeat: Whether you want to have stronger supporters in your work life or social life, you can do it by showing interest in others. <a href=''>People</a> respond to generosity. <a href=''>Like</a> a said before, we are selfish beings for the most part. <a href=''>Pretty</a> scary stuff! <a href=''>No</a> one really knows how many people are sitting in a jail cell because of faulty eyewitness testimony. <a href=''>But</a> consider the following. <a href=''>It's</a> been estimated that every year in the United States there are over seventy-five thousand criminal trials that are decided on the basis of eyewitness testimony. <a href=''>In</a> addition, a recent study analyzed forty cases where DNA evidence proved that the wrong person was imprisoned. <a href=''>Thirty-six</a> of those cases, or 90 percent, involved erroneous eyewitness testimony.28 And yet, we place significant importance on eyewitness accounts. <a href=''>Elizabeth</a> Loftus conducted a study where people, acting as jurors, heard a description of a robbery/murder, along with the prosecution and defense arguments. <a href=''>When</a> the jurors heard only the circumstantial evidence in the case, 18 percent found the defendant guilty. <a href=''>However,</a> when they heard the exact same evidence with one difference--the testimony from a single eyewitness--72 percent of the jurors found the defendant guilty. <br /><br /><a href=''>Such</a> is the power of eyewitness testimony. <a href=''>As</a> Loftus concluded, "Anyone in the world can be convicted of a crime he or she did not commit...based solely on the evidence of a witness that convinces a jury that his memory about what he saw is correct."29 Why is eyewitness testimony so powerful? <a href=''>As</a> noted, many of us tend to think that our memories are permanently recorded, like nonerasable computer disks or videotapes. <a href=''>But</a> as we have seen, our memory is not a literal copy or snapshot of an event; rather, it's a fragmentary and often-distorted representation of reality.30 Unfortunately, we are particularly susceptible to misattribution errors in eyewitness accounts. <a href=''>Studies</a> reveal, for example, that when people are shown pictures of two different faces, they later remember seeing a picture of a new face they had never seen before. <a href=''>Why?</a> <a href=''>The</a> new face had some of the characteristics of the two faces they did see. <a href=''>We</a> make memory-conjunction errors, where we take attributes from different faces (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth) and combine them into a new face.31 In essence, we typically just get a general sense of familiarity of the facial features we see--which can be a recipe for disaster in eyewitness identification. <a href=''>Consider</a> how police proceed in a criminal investigation. <a href=''>If</a> you have some recollection of what a criminal looks like, you usually review a lineup or look through a set of photographs to make a positive ID. <a href=''>Psychologist</a> Gary Wells has demonstrated that these common police procedures can actually promote misattribution, because witnesses are encouraged to rely on familiarity. <a href=''>Wells</a> found that when witnesses see all the suspects and then have to identify the criminal (like in a lineup), they base their decision on relative judgments. <a href=''>That</a> is, they pick the person who looks most like the suspect relative to the others in the lineup. <a href=''>The</a> problem is, a witness will often select the person who looks most like the criminal even when the criminal isn't part of the lineup. <a href=''>One</a> way to overcome this problem is to have witnesses make a "thumbs up or thumbs down" assessment on each suspect viewed individually. <a href=''>In</a> fact, given these scientific findings, some police forces are incorporating such procedures in an effort to increase eyewitness accuracy.32 These hindrances cannot arise when mindfulness is present. <a href=''>Mindfulness</a> is attention to present-moment reality, and therefore, directly antithetical to the dazed state of mind that characterizes impediments. <a href=''>As</a> meditators, it is only when we let our mindfulness slip that the deep mechanisms of our mind take over--grasping, clinging, and rejecting. <a href=''>Then</a> resistance emerges and obscures our awareness. <a href=''>We</a> do not notice that the change is taking place--we are too busy with a thought of revenge, or greed, whatever it may be. <br /><br /><a href=''>While</a> an untrained person will continue in this state indefinitely, a trained meditator will soon realize what is happening. <a href=''>It</a> is mindfulness that notices the change. <a href=''>It</a> is mindfulness that remembers the training received and that focuses our attention so that the confusion fades away. <a href=''>And</a> it is mindfulness that then attempts to maintain itself indefinitely so that the resistance cannot arise again. <a href=''>Thus,</a> mindfulness is the specific antidote for hindrances. <a href=''>It</a> is both the cure and the preventive measure. <a href=''>Fully</a> developed mindfulness is a state of total nonattachment and utter absence of clinging to anything in the world. <a href=''>If</a> we can maintain this state, no other means or device is needed to keep ourselves free of obstructions, to achieve liberation from our human weaknesses. <a href=''>Mindfulness</a> is nonsuperficial awareness. <a href=''>It</a> sees things deeply, down below the level of concepts and opinions. <a href=''>This</a> sort of deep observation leads to total certainty, a complete absence of confusion. <a href=''>It</a> manifests itself primarily as a constant and unwavering attention that never flags and never turns away. <a href=''>This</a> pure and unstained investigative awareness not only holds mental hindrances at bay, it lays bare their very mechanism and destroys them. <a href=''>Mindfulness</a> neutralizes defilements in the mind. <a href=''>The</a> result is a mind that remains unstained and invulnerable, completely undisturbed by the ups and downs of life. <a href=''>It</a> would be nice if medical science identified a quick-fix "magic formula" for combating depression through nutrition. <a href=''>Imagine</a> if your physician or nutritionist handed you a prescription and said, "Eat five kumquats, twenty broccoli florets, and a handful of pine nuts twice a day--and your depression will lift in a month." Nutritional eating isn't quite that simple . <a href=''>The</a> matter often comes down to common sense. <a href=''>You</a> know a party-size bag of potato chips and a liter of cherry soda will taste great while you watch the football game on Sunday afternoon. <a href=''>But</a> you also know this taste-bud-tantalizing snack will deliver only empty calories, providing virtually no fortifying nutrition but infusing you with plenty of additives and artificial coloring agents. <br /><br /><a href=''>at</a> least until midmorning, when there is a collective sugar-high crash and productivity plummets. <a href=''>Your</a> coworkers might also feel irritated toward you when they step on the scale at the gym after work. <a href=''>Maybe</a> you should listen to the wise words your mother used to tell you when you were growing up: "Eat your fruits and vegetables . <a href=''>By</a> steering you toward plants and away from sweets, Mom was definitely pointing you in the right direction. <a href=''>In</a> case you need more scientific substantiation, understand that researchers have come a long way in identifying the best and worst foods to consume for mental health. <a href=''>In</a> the latest meta-analysis examining the associations between dietary habits and depression risks, researchers reported, A dietary pattern characterized by a high intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grain, fish, olive oil, low-fat dairy and antioxidants and low intakes of animal foods was apparently associated with a decreased risk of depression. <a href=''>A</a> dietary pattern characterized by a high consumption of red and/or processed meat, refined grains, sweets, high-fat dairy products, butter, potatoes and high-fat gravy, and low intakes of fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of depression. <a href=''>In</a> relationships, we may focus (accidentally) on what we're getting, instead of what we're giving. <a href=''>We</a> do what we need to do towork our way up the corporate ladder' and we overall, think about our needs being met before others. Now, with that being said, we are still good, caring, and loving. And, the more we feel others extending themselves to us, the more we will extend ourselves back to them. Interesting how that works, isn't it? If you want to have a strong following of people that admire you, believe in you and respect you, then give yourself emotionally to them first. After all, how can you expect people to sacrifice their time, energy and money in you when you won't do the same for them? Become interested in what they have to say. Ask questions about their life. If you're on a date, turn the date on your date-- meaning, show how interested you are every facet of their life. If you're in a work setting where you want to become well-liked and respected, extend yourself with curiosity. Talk to colleagues you've never talked to before about their family, their latest work project. Become involved in the work culture.