The havoc and mayhem of the holidays is amongst us. It’s that time of year malls are full of scattering people, running to get the last missing gifts for their family and friends. In previous Sloto Magazine editions we have discussed how it is better to give smaller and more fitting gifts, rather than giving out excessive, but ultimately useless, gifts that will end up in the trash a few months later.
There is, however, another side to giving gifts. To find a gift for someone means to bring that person into your awareness, to consider his or her habits, hobbies, preferences, lifestyles and so on. By doing so, you are engaging momentarily in an empathetic activity. You are recognizing and honoring the life of your dear one for a few moments.
Having that in mind, we encourage you to try to be very mindful when trying to find a gift to a friend or family member. Instead of jumping into a car and finding the closest mall to roam about; we suggest you spend a few minutes thinking about this person, the way they live, the type of person they are. Try to give them something that will make them feel appreciated, to show them that you care about them and recognize their particular expression as a human being.
A gift doesn’t only have to be a material thing. It is time to transcend this view and start looking at the actual value of human relationships. This year we want to empower you to consider other types of gifts.
#1 – The gift of yourself
Offer your time as a gift to another person. Write them a nice holiday card and express the desire to help them one way or another. It could be help renovating a house, giving a massage, becoming a partner for exercise, or sharing a special home-cooked meal.
#2 – The gift of experience
Be open to offering your loved one an experience. Why not combined the experience with your company! This holiday season consider giving tickets to the movies where you both go together or offer a gift card to a local show, concert or theater performance. An experience can be deeply enriching and much more memorable than a material object.
#3 – The gift of charity
Consider giving a gift to people that are not in your immediate circle. Find a charity or foundation that helps needy people. Even volunteering could be a wonderful experience, as you get to see the immediate impact of your actions.
This year break the bond of convention and make a special gesture for your loved ones and the world as a whole. Happy Holidays!
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Perspective is everything. In a world were information flows like a tsunami, it’s important to keep focused on the data that is relevant to our modern lives. We have sifted the internet to find interesting and credible facts, backed by science, that will help you lead a more balanced and healthy life. Here are a few tips to make your life GREAT!
Learn to forgive
It’s not uncommon to carry a resentment for many years. Many people will wrong you throughout your life. But you don’t want to harm your future days by clinging with anger to something that happen years or decades ago. Researchers have found that forgiveness results in lower levels of anxiety, depression and major psychiatric disorders, since you are basically letting go of the toxic anger that fuels the resentment. Here’s a tip: write down the names of everyone that has wronged you. Then consciously say out loud “I forgive you” as you scan past each name. Try to be genuine. You can then move on with your life and gain a greater sense of freedom.
Traveling is good for you. Researchers have found that students that travel abroad for their studies ranked much higher in ‘Openness to Experience’, ‘Agreeableness’, and ‘Emotional Stability’, than their colleagues that stayed at home. Traveling will broaden your perspectives and literally reprogram your personality to make you more empathetic toward other people in your life.
The Gratitude Loop
We all have things to be grateful for. A psychology study showed that a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in anxiety. Practicing gratitude is not as hard you may think. Write down a list of 3 to 5 things you are grateful in your life before going to bed, once or twice per week. Meditate on these things as you fall asleep. This activity can quickly become routine and bring big benefits to your life. As you focus on the good, rather than the bad, in your life, you will soon start seeing the “glass half-full” in situations where previously you would only see the negative aspects. It will become effortless to be thankful for the good, generating a cycle where the ‘good’ in life begins to shine out more and more so it becomes easier to be happier and even more grateful.
Nurture your Social Circle
We are a social animal. Research has shown that having a healthy social network can help you live up to 50% longer! Invest time to see family and friends. Developing closer and more intimate relationships can help you react less to stress and have a positive effect on your lifespan. Several studies have shown that people with strong social relationships can reduce risks of chronic diseases in heart, brain, hormonal and immune function. It is important also not to focus only on family and friends. Providing support to the needy and strangers can have equally good results for your brain. One study showed that providing support to others can be more beneficial than receiving it! The brains of the participants that were giving most support had reduced activation in brain areas related to stress responses. Go out today and talk to your friends, family and even strangers – your life will immediately be enriched!
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Blackjack is the most played casino game in the world. It is found in nearly all casinos and players flock these tables for heart-pumping moments. This game has been played for centuries, with its earliest mention found in the famous novel Don Quixote by Cervantes. It is sometimes called 21, and there are many varieties of the game.
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HOW TO PLAY BLACKJACK
The goal of the game is to beat the dealer, with a hand as close to 21 points without going over 21 points. The player receives two cards face up, while the dealer is giving a card face up and one face down. After dealing the cards, you can make a number of choices:
Hit - Take another card.
Double - Double your bet and take only one additional card.
Split - You can split the first two cards dealt of any hand if they are of equal point value. When you split, you must place an additional bet that is equal to the Ante (original bet).
Stand - Keep the hand that was dealt.
Insurance - Insurance is an additional bet that the dealer has Blackjack. You can purchase insurance when the dealer's face-up card is an Ace. Insurance cost half the amount of the ante and pays 2:1 if the dealer has Blackjack. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, the insurance is collected by the house.
BASIC BLACKJACK STRATEGY:
Your decisions are essential to the outcome of each hand. With the chart below you have a guide for the action you must take based on your cards and the dealer's visible card. Compare both and take the appropriate action.
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