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How to be Successful with Internet Dating Services

Posted in Internet Dating on May 1st, 2007

More and more, single men and women are turning to the Internet to meet possible partners. I mean, why not? The many testimonials by those who successfully engage in Internet dating is encouraging enough to inspire singles to explore all the possibilities online.

For beginners, it would be best to search online for the most popular Internet dating services – there must be a reason why they’re popular. They’ll also have a much greater number of members for you to meets.

Here’s some basic things to remember for a successful Internet dating experience:

Try to have good pictures of yourself on your profile. In online dating first impressions are important – without it, no two people would ever meet.

It’s always a good idea, if possible, to post a variety of pictures to your Internet profile, some in casual dress, perhaps one in suit or maybe a picture showing you enjoying a hobby. These pictures will reflect the type of person you are, encouraging other members to contact you for a potential date. Don’t forget to smile, and please refrain from posting nude photos – you don’t want to give out the wrong signals.

Once you find someone you like, you’ll have to send an initial email. These emails should be short, clever and, if you can, make it funny The moment you make a potential date, the better your chance of getting a date.

A great place to use humor is in the subject line. Your potential date is more likely to read your email if it catches their attention. You could try a humorous remark about something in his or her profile, but be sure that your humor isn’t insulting — instead of getting a date you may get yourself an online enemy. Also, refrain from commenting on their picture unless your remark is complimentary.

In you e-mail, comment on things that you have in common, things you could only know from reading the profile of your potential date. This will help make them less nervous about meeting you. After all, if you have nothing in common, you’ll have nothing to talk about, leading to an awkward and uncomfortable first date.

Additional things to remember

1. Never use “smileys” or winking emoticons unless you’re a girl and you want to show interest.

2. Feel free to ask for a phone number after a couple of rounds of messages. But respect the decision of your potential date if they don’t give you their number right away – they may feel they need to know you better first.

3. Once you get you potential date’s phone number, be polite and respectful. respectful. Use light humor in your initial conversations to put them at ease.

4. It’s not advisable to spend too much money on your first date, as it’s really a “look-see” to find out if you find each other attractive in person. Some people may look great in their online photos but, face-to-face, you may not be attracted to them. Meeting for coffee is a good first date option, since you won’t be expected to spend too much.

5. On the other hand, if your date does look as good in persona as they did in their picture, don’t hesitate to compliment their looks. People enjoy hearing that they’re attractive, and it will put them at ease.

6. Make sure you also check out the profiles of dating-site members without pictures accompanying their profiles. Many very attractive individuals don’t post a picture, hoping to avoid getting a lot of e-mails from players. Justbe sure to get a pictures from them before you meet them for a date.

How to be successful with Internet dating services

Posted in Living on October 7th, 2006

More and more, single men and women are turning to the Internet to meet possible partners. I mean, why not? The many testimonials by those who successfully engage in Internet dating is encouraging enough to inspire singles to explore all the possibilities online.

For beginners, it would be best to search online for the most popular Internet dating services – there must be a reason why they’re popular. They’ll also have a much greater number of members for you to meets.

Here’s some basic things to remember for a successful Internet dating experience:

Try to have good pictures of yourself on your profile. In online dating first impressions are important – without it, no two people would ever meet.

It’s always a good idea, if possible, to post a variety of pictures to your Internet profile, some in casual dress, perhaps one in suit or maybe a picture showing you enjoying a hobby. These pictures will reflect the type of person you are, encouraging other members to contact you for a potential date. Don’t forget to smile, and please refrain from posting nude photos – you don’t want to give out the wrong signals.

Once you find someone you like, you’ll have to send an initial email. These emails should be short, clever and, if you can, make it funny The moment you make a potential date, the better your chance of getting a date.

A great place to use humor is in the subject line. Your potential date is more likely to read your email if it catches their attention. You could try a humorous remark about something in his or her profile, but be sure that your humor isn’t insulting — instead of getting a date you may get yourself an online enemy. Also, refrain from commenting on their picture unless your remark is complimentary.

In you e-mail, comment on things that you have in common, things you could only know from reading the profile of your potential date. This will help make them less nervous about meeting you. After all, if you have nothing in common, you’ll have nothing to talk about, leading to an awkward and uncomfortable first date.

Additional things to remember

1. Never use “smileys” or winking emoticons unless you’re a girl and you want to show interest.

2. Feel free to ask for a phone number after a couple of rounds of messages. But respect the decision of your potential date if they don’t give you their number right away – they may feel they need to know you better first.

3. Once you get you potential date’s phone number, be polite and respectful. respectful. Use light humor in your initial conversations to put them at ease.

4. It’s not advisable to spend too much money on your first date, as it’s really a “look-see” to find out if you find each other attractive in person. Some people may look great in their online photos but, face-to-face, you may not be attracted to them. Meeting for coffee is a good first date option, since you won’t be expected to spend too much.

5. On the other hand, if your date does look as good in persona as they did in their picture, don’t hesitate to compliment their looks. People enjoy hearing that they’re attractive, and it will put them at ease.

6. Make sure you also check out the profiles of dating-site members without pictures accompanying their profiles. Many very attractive individuals don’t post a picture, hoping to avoid getting a lot of e-mails from players. Justbe sure to get a pictures from them before you meet them for a date.

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Menopause

Posted in Living on July 31st, 2006

Menopause. The mere mentioning of this completely natural and unavoidable condition strikes fear into the hearts of many women. Don’t be afraid – menopause is part of nature’s grand scheme and should be approached from this perspective. The bulk of women experience the onset of menopause between the age of 45 and 55. It does not mean menopause cannot begin earlier or later, but the condition usually manifests within this range. When the female body enters menopause it heralds an end to the reproductive cycle.

Menopause occurs because the female body no longer produces progesterone and estrogen at the same rate. The production of these important reproductive hormones decreases dramatically leading to a variety of changes. Women know that it won’t be long before they never have to endure the symptoms of PMS or their menstruation cycle again. This may sound like a great event – but there are other symptoms that occur including leading up to this point: fluctuations in appetite, insomnia, hot flashes, hazy or foggy thinking, depression, anger, emotional problems, and mood swings.

Perhaps the most difficult of the symptoms to deal with are emotional in nature. Many women report feeling not like themselves. Depression, anger, and mood swings are common and can present many problems.

Fortunately, there is a way to cope with these problems. You are not alone in your struggle. There are millions upon millions of other women experiencing menopause. In fact, statistics state out that each day more than 4,000 women in the United States alone experience the onset of menopause.

This being said, the options for you to seek help are extensive. If the emotional symptoms you are experiencing are severe or last for a long time it is probably a good idea to seek some help. Emotional disturbances due to menopause do not mean you are crazy: it is a natural process that hits some women harder than others. Counselling can help you get in touch with your feelings. Do not try to battle menopause without some sort of support network.

Relaxation may also be key in your battle against emotional difficulties. Try treating yourself to an afternoon at a local day spa or a relaxing massage. It sounds trite but can really make the difference to your overall mood. If you have access to a Jacuzzi the warm water and the jets can put you into a relaxed state. Sound therapy, light therapy, hydrotherapy, aroma therapy, acupuncture, and acupressure can also provide relief – both emotional and physical. Hypnosis has a good track record in helping women manage emotional stress due to menopause.

It is very important that you enlist the support of your friends – many of whom are most likely going through what you are, and also your partner and close family members. Explain to them how you are feeling. Once they understand why you’re being snappy, angry or rude they are more likely to be understanding and help you through what can be a challenging time. In addition, there are support groups available where you can get things off your chest and experience a feeling of solidarity.

Besides more traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) there is a wide selection of natural supplements on the market which can provide both physical and emotional relief from menopause.Make sure you take care of yourself. If you do not take the first step in learning to cope with the emotional side-effects of menopause, nobody will take it for you.

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Making Learning Fun For Autistic Children

Posted in Living on June 3rd, 2006

Autism is a disorder of the brain that is biological in function. It causes anywhere from mild to severe social impairment and an inability to function normally in society. However, there are ways to treat many of the cases of autism. Autistic children can learn and excel and if certain teaching methods are used, their progress can be nothing short of fantastic.

One of the most important things to realize in making learning fun for autistic children is the fact that they learn in different ways than children without autism. Autistic children generally have a disability in social skills. Sometimes this difficulty in communication involves language skills. However, there are a number of ways to make learning these important skills more than just a chore. By injecting fun into learning, it has been shown that autistic children learn at a faster pace. Actually, fun and learning work well for all types of children, but autistic children are special and require more tailored methods.

Children with autism seem to learn best when the instructional material is presented in visual form. In this case it might be worthwhile to try different educational programs via a computer. Using a computer is a fun way to learn. The majority of educational programs are highly visual. Many of the games available involve storylines, plots, and realistic human behaviors. Some of the skills autistic children can learn from carefully selected video games are language skills, reading and math skills, and social skills. Visual learning devices are highly effective and can be accompanied by various rewards to reinforce what is being learned. For instance, food and extended leisure activities can be used as rewards that will encourage the child to want to learn. In addition, the use of positive reinforcement will help develop a bond between student and teacher, and create a sense of trust that will help strengthen the learning environment.

Social stories are another way to make learning fun for children with autism. Since one of the aspects of autism is the inability to interact normally in a social situation, social stories can be utilized in a variety of different ways in order to model appropriate behavior. Autism education pioneer Carol Gray developed this approach in 1991. By using engaging stories, children with autism can learn appropriate and inappropriate responses to situations. The level of fun, of course, is up to the way social stories are used. Usually, the stories are tailored to the child. By modeling situations familiar to an autistic child, they can be better prepared to react in a socially appropriate to those same situations in the future. Social stories usually have three distinct ways of addressing a particular situation. The first describes who, what, where and why in relation to the situation. The second is a perspective sentence that illuminates how others react to the situation being discussed. Finally, the third sentence tries to model an appropriate response. Sometimes the use of social stories can be accompanied by music and pictures. In terms of making the process a bit more fun rewards can be used when a situation is properly addressed.

Children with autism require special education needs to address their social difficulties. It is really important to make these activities as much fun as possible so the student will stay motivated. It is not easy for an autistic child to change his or her response to various situations, so it is imperative that the activities be non-threatening and highly interesting. It has been demonstrated that over time the use of visual aids and social stories are two of the most effective ways to help autistic children overcome social situations they feel are threatening. To most of us, these situations are normal, everyday occurrences, but to children with autism they can sometimes be terrifying moments that they do not have the skills to deal with. These teaching methods, while entertaining and fun, can help children adapt and manage their perceptions of social interactions.

You can find a whole host of resources and information about diagnosing, controlling and treating Autism in my book, The Essential Guide To Autism.