Archive for September, 2012

personality insight

I came across an interesting study which indicates that people with a sweet tooth are nicer people.

Researchers from North Dakota State University and Gettysburg College reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that people with a sweet tooth tend to be more agreeable and also more willing to help others.

Well, I sat down and thought about all the people I know known for their sweet tooth, and I think there might be some truth in this correlation.

But then again, I might be a tad biased as in our family we have had three generations of folks with a sweet tooth, and needing a dessert or a touch of sweet to end lunch or dinner.

And I am one of them. Sometimes, fruit can do the job, but definitely not all the time. We need a real dessert made with sugar and everything nice that comes with it. It could be something simple like a piece of chocolate or something more elaborate like the traditional Malay cakes.

One of my Mother’s favorites was ice cream with canned fruit cocktail. This dessert reminds me of the 70s, and sometimes, I serve it with vanilla ice cream for a bit of retro fun.

I like the traditional Malay name for dessert pencuci mulut, which is translated to mean something to cleanse the palate. It sounds courtly, and also makes it sound as if dessert has a beneficial function!

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personality trait

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.

– Han Suyin

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Michelle Obama jokes

The First Lady joked about the Obamas’ life as a young couple. (Pic: grio.com/Getty Images)

marco rubio jokes

Senator Marco Rubio displayed effective self-effacing humor. (pic: Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Humor is not only a necessary component of life, but is also an important tool in communications.

Humor used in public speaking can help one create a bond with the audience, put people at ease, and can even make the audience like you.

I once attended a talk given by a humor expert from Australia, and I learned a lot from the event. He outlined the worst and the best types of humor.

The worst type of humor, and which should be avoided, is the kind where you laugh at someone, or is mean-spirited.

The best kind of humor is one where you gently laugh at yourself, or one where you make people laugh with you. I think one of the best examples of the former was displayed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio at the Republican National Convention. He said: “Not so long ago I was just a deep underdog candidate. The only people who thought I could win all live in my house. Four of them were under the age of 10.”

Another good example was in Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention: “And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage. We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.”

There were mixed opinions whether Clint Eastwood’s performance of talking to an empty chair, pretending that it was Obama, and portraying the President as a profanity-speaking, angry man was humorous or disrespectful to the President.

 What I found funny was the behind-the-scene miscommunication/assumption about the chair. It was reported that the Republican Convention organizers had no idea why Eastwood wanted the chair. Cbsnews.com reports: ”The furniture was a last-minute backstage request. According to a Romney campaign official, “he just asked a prop person to bring a chair out and the prop person thought he would just sit in it”.”

 As it turned out, the 82-year-old Eastwood did not need the chair as support, but instead turned it into a bizarre performance that took much of the spotlight away from Mitt Romney’s speech.

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