SEND FLOWERS ON HER BIRTHDAY
Oh dear. If you really want to turn her on, bake her some banana-nut bread. Bear with us… not only will she appreciate your thoughtful effort in the kitchen but the scent of baked goods, particularly banana-nut bread, has been shown to enhance vaginal bloodflow and sexual arousal, says Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Try Delia Smith’s banana and walnut loaf recipe at www.deliaonline.com/recipes. It’s simple to follow and the results will be delicious.
SPEND TWO MONTHS’ SALARY ON AN ENGAGEMENT RING
It’s more important to spend appropriately. If the plan is to buy a house and you spend £10,000 on a rock, she might be annoyed.
Your best bet is to enlist her best friend – she’ll know what your intended wants, and she’ll love knowing and not telling. Plan B: give your intended a placeholder ring when you propose, then take her along to buy the real deal. Do research and show her three that you think she’d like. Expectations and price levels – are thus set. If anything, she’ll begin to think more realistically, and perhaps even go for a smaller stone.
REPLACE YOUR DISPOSABLE CONTACTS EVERY TWO WEEKS
If a contact lens is approved for continuous day and night wear for two weeks, it can last twice as long if you wear it only during the day, says ophthalmologist Keith Baratz.
Let a dog sniff your hand before petting him
Scent has nothing to do with his comfort. He’s reading your body, says animal behaviorist Suzanne Hats. So stand up straight and still, slightly turned to the side and looking away. Once he’s invaded your space and realizes you’re cool, scratch him under the chin. Anything that comes over his head is threatening.
SEND A THANK-YOU LETTER AFTER YOUR JOB INTERVIEW
But we’re NOT talking about a traditional thank-you note. Consider yours a handwritten homework assignment. Avoid the usual “It was great to meet…” and instead go with “Here are five ideas that will boost your productivity”, says etiquette adviser Peter Post. Where possible, send a letter rather than an email – it shows you’re prepared to put time and effort into a task.
Change the oil in the car every 3,000 miles
You know who recommends this? Those five-minute-oil-change places. And if you hadn’t heard, the barber on the high street says you need a haircut, too. The fact is, cars warm up more quickly now, so less unburned petrol and water seeps into the crankcase. Translation: every 5,000 to 6,000 miles is fine, says car maintenance expert Chris Johansson.
TELL THE KIDS ABOUT YOUR WILD PAST
Teenagers NEED distance from their parents. For the most part, there’s no benefit in explaining exactly how you got to be known as the Human Funnel, says Tony Wolf, a child psychologist and author of Get Out of My Life, But First Take Me and Zoe into Town: A Guide to the New Teenager (Profile, £6.99). It can be daunting for your children to hear about what a party animal you were or how many women you seduced, as they may feel they can’t live up to your standards. Or, worse still, they may cringe in horror and respect you less as a result.
If they do inadvertently hear about your past – because what are Christmas Day and uncles for? – don’t deny what you did, but don’t go into detail (not that you’d remember it clearly, anyway). “General is much better than specific,” says Wolf.
BRUSH AND FLOSS TWICE A DAY
In terms of dental health, once a day is fine. Plaque takes 24 hours to harden. One really good brushing every 24 hours is better than two half-arsed attempts. But when you do get round to it, commit yourself to the job – spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth and gums. For better detoxing and cleaning of your teeth and gums, use oil pulling with coconut oil method. And do it before bed. Check out the oil pulling natural oil side effects. And do rinse with mouthwash in the morning.
DO A TESTICLE SELF-CHECK ONCE A MONTH
Hit! Myth! Testicular cancer is the most common tumor in 18 to 40- year-old men. “The only way it’s diagnosed is through a self-exam, because men in this age group rarely see a doctor,” says Mark Litwin, professor of urology at UCLA in the US.
The best time to check is in the shower, when the scrotum is soft and warm. A lump feels like a rock and is painless to the touch. The tissue you feel next to the testicles is the tube system, and it’s supposed to be there. Over 40? Then ignore all of the above. Testicular cancer is highly uncommon at this age, says Litwin. Any self-grope is optional.
INSTALL A FIREWALL IN YOUR COMPUTER
Especially if you have a cable connection and leave your computer on all day. That makes it easy to hack into. Your internet service provider should offer virus and Spam protection for free or at a nominal charge. Send them an email.