Team Marriage! How Couples Work As A Team To Win At Marriage!

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By Jasmine Browley

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With the change of seasons, we’re expected to solidify our great fall wardrobe and enjoy pumpkin-flavored everything. It’s also time for us women to say goodbye to “hot girl summer” and usher in thotumn…just kidding. Seriously, though. It’s time for Cuffing Season.

According to the Urban Dictionary, Cuffing Season is defined as “the Fall and Winter months, when people who would normally rather be completely unattached find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship.” Cuffing during the chillier seasons is more probable because the cold weather and prolonged indoor activity heighten the desire to lock down a cuddle buddy.

Understandable, but Cuffing Season has gotten a bad wrap over the years. If not careful, emotionally unaware individuals can find themselves lulled into a false sense of intimacy that can lead to them getting hurt once the seasons change along with their partner’s options. However, if done correctly, a successfully played Cuffing Season can also benefit your health in some very interesting ways. Check them out!

1. It Strengthens The Immune System

It has been found that regular affection can help alleviate most common ailments. In fact, researchers say that hugs might actually be a cure for the common cold. A 2014 study conducted by the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon showed that people who were hugged more on a daily basis demonstrated less-severe illness signs, as opposed to those who weren’t as frequently cuddled.

2. It Stabilizes Your Blood Pressure Levels

It’s a well-known fact that cuddles make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but they’re also good for the heart. According to a 2004 study published in the Biology Psychology Journal, findings showed that women who got regular cuddles demonstrated lower stress levels and had lower blood pressure. It makes total sense if you think about it, right?

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3. It Can Build Intimacy

Although it goes without saying that a big part of Cuffing Season consists of “no-strings-attached” sex, it can also include some other relationship-adjacent aspects as well. Regular quality time outside the sack can lead to genuine intellectual stimulation and a connection that goes beyond the physical.

4. It Can Boost Your Libido

You may not belive it but the best antidote for a waning libido is to have sex! Having sex actually boosts desire. And if pain and vaginal dryness make it challenging for some women to have sex, sexual activity can help combat these problems, too. Sex boosts vaginal lubrication, blood flow to the vagina, and elasticity of the tissues, all of which make for better, more pleasurable sex and heightened libido.

5. It Can Improve Women’s Bladder Control

Urinary incontinence is a real issue that can affect up to 30% of US women. Having regular orgasms puts a woman’s pelvic floor muscles to work, and can lead to more strength in the area. Orgasms activate the same muscles that women use when doing Kegel exercises regularly. Having stronger pelvic muscles means there’s less risk of accidents and urine leaks.
6. It Can Lower Heart Attack Risks

Concerned about heart health? Have more sex. Sexual activity helps keep levels of hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, in check. When experiencing hormonal imbalances, conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis may develop. It has been found that when protecting heart health by having sex, more is better. One study in men showed that those who had sex at least 2 times a week were 50% less likely to die of heart disease than their less sexually active peers.

So, with that being said, as long as you keep your eye on the prize and out of the clouds, Cuffing Season can be extremely beneficial. So get out there and score!
Originally Published: https://blackdoctor.org/528804/6-surprising-health-benefits-of-a-successful-cuffing-season/

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By Selma June

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By Staff
Our area is full of phenomenal women, from our governors past and present to presidents of major corporations, successful entrepreneurs and heads of nonprofit organizations, Detroit is showing the world what "girl power" looks like. It is our pleasure to highlight these phenomenal women, they inspired us with their tenacity and intelligence, they captivated us with their beauty and grace. We truly love these women and you will too.


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Joan Frank- Founder of B Frank Communications

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By Corry Knight
The other day while I was in the barber shop getting my weekly hair cut I overheard a guy ask his friend did he get to first base with his date.

His buddy paused and said I don’t really know which made me start contemplating that answer also, because I really didn’t know either.

So instead of trying to answer it myself, I thought I ask the Beautiful Machine readers be let’s face it, you guys are brilliant.

But What I find so interesting is that everyone has their own answers so we hope you enjoy our choices.

So here we go,

If you got to first base with your date you got to…

A. To kiss politely kiss on the lips (no tongue )

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MAYBE IT'S YOU- CUT THE CRAP. FACE YOUR FEARS. LOVE YOUR LIFE.
By Lauren Handel Zander


Publisher's Summary

Maybe It's You picks up where You Are a Badassleaves off - it's a no-nonsense, practical manual to help listeners figure out not just what they want out of life but how to actually get there. Featuring a foreword from New York Times best-selling author Mark Hyman.

In Maybe It's You, life coach Lauren Handel Zander walks listeners through the innovative step-by-step process that has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of her clients and explains how anyone can achieve amazing things when we stop lying and finally start keeping the promises we make to ourselves. Whether listeners want to find love, succeed at work, fix a fractured relationship, or lose weight, Zander's method will offer a road map to finall...

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By Kate Shkodzik

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In the stressful world we live in today, perhaps it is no wonder that drinking is on the rise. A recent study
showed that high-risk drinking and alcohol dependence are reaching levels that could constitute a public health crisis. What can you do when someone you love is facing such a crisis? First things first: you need to be aware.

Many people struggle to find time to maintain positive and healthy relationships. A lack of sympathetic friendships and an increased availability of alcoholic beverages combine to create a negative cycle, giving rise to a growing number of those facing alcoholic addiction. After all, you can find bars and wine shops pretty much anywhere. In some communities and cultures, alcohol drinking serves as a status symbol. People proudly drink far more than is healthy, enjoying the taste and effects of drinks without realizing the serious health effects involved in such a lifestyle.
Alcohol addicts also face a stigma in society; alcoholism has an adverse impact on one’s social circle, but that is only the beginning. Alcoholism affects a person’s health in a serious way, potentially causing major diseases to occur. The addiction to alcohol has devastating implications not only on the addict but also on family members and friends. Some alcoholics keep the addiction secret; others openly drink without hesitation.

Those with a secret addiction are often called “functioning alcoholics.” Even if an alcoholic is able to function properly, continue working, or maintain relationships, this doesn’t mean there is no risk involved in over-drinking. Alcoholism is a disease, often leading to a deadly end. Maybe you are wondering if your loved one is struggling with some form of alcohol dependency.

A FUNCTIONING ALCOHOLIC WILL LIKELY SHOW THE FOLLOWING SIGNS:

1. THEY PREFER ALCOHOL OVER FOOD
Often, functioning alcoholics take their drinks instead of (or as) a meal. They have little to no interest in food, instead consuming alcohol at lunch and dinner, even at breakfast. The alcoholic enjoys drinking more than the average person does, and their preference of a wide variety of alcoholic beverages supersedes their desire for any variety of foods.

2. RARE HANGOVER
Drinking alcohol on a regular basis for a long time increases dependency on the substance. It’s constantly in the blood of the alcoholic and never fully leaves their body. For this reason, high-functioning addicts can easily binge drink without waking up with a hangover.

3. IRRITABILITY WITHOUT ALCOHOL
Psychologically, alcoholics depend on alcohol. They become restless and irritable if required to stay away from it for a day or two. When they are asked to abstain from alcohol or can’t drink whenever they want, they become nervous, depressed, and uncomfortable. Because of the sedative effects of alcohol, an abrupt abstinence can cause anxiety, shaking, palpitations, and sweating.

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4. EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION
A functioning alcoholic is not satisfied with one or two glasses of a drink. They always ask for one more. When they have the opportunity to drink alcohol at a bar or party, they tend to drink heavily, behaving as if they will never get another taste of alcohol again. They have a high tolerance for alcohol because they have conditioned their body to function with copious amounts of liquor, beer, and wine.

5. MEMORY LOSS AND WEAK BRAIN FUNCTION
Alcohol directly affects the nervous system. The addict can black out after consuming too many glasses at one time. They tend to be oblivious of what’s going on around them while they indulge in drinking. If you ask a functioning alcoholic what happened at the bar, they will not likely be able to recall because the drinking impairs their memory.

6. DENIAL OF REALITY
When a person takes alcohol in an excessive amount, he (or she) never admits to having a serious issue. Such people often stay away from any conversation about alcoholism, unwilling to discuss the addiction with anyone. They may grow irritable or angry if asked about the amount of drinking they do or confronted about quitting it.

Because addicts don’t want to lose their favorite pastime, they don’t admit to any habit of binge drinking. They try to deny the reality and keep on telling a lie when asked about their behavior.

7. SENSELESS JUSTIFICATIONS
Functioning addicts have excuses for their binge drinking. They give illogical reasons why they drink heavily, such as, “I drink because I’m stressed out at work,” or, “I just want to relax with my friends.” They will have a reason at the ready if confronted about their addiction. If someone informs them of the health hazards and social implications of alcoholism, they find excuses that border on irrational. They might say, “I’m depressed and need a sip to lift my mood.” Others might simply tell you it tastes good.

8. HIDING THE ALCOHOL
Functioning alcoholics usually keep their drinks in a secret place. They don’t want others to see the alcohol, and often drink alone in their house or office, choosing a place where no one can see them. Some of them have a habit of stashing drinks in the car and having a back-up supply in the desk at their office. Hiding alcohol is a major sign of alcoholism, according to experts. While they engage in binge drinking, taking in more of it than friends or co-workers are aware of, alcoholics want others to remain unaware of their addiction.

9. BEHAVIOR CHANGES
A person highly addicted to alcohol experiences mood swings. Their behavior can change significantly when they drink. A typically soft-spoken person can become suddenly aggressive or short-tempered due to chemical changes in the brain. They may also make impulsive decisions while under the influence of alcohol.
Originally Published: https://www.powerofpositivity.com/functioning-alcoholic-warning-signs/