We’ve all got them… and as the holidays approach there seems to be more of them. Here are some helpful hints on how to deal with the most difficult of visitors.
You’ve been waiting an hour to eat breakfast but your guests are still snoozing. "Unless you coordinated a time for breakfast the evening before, let your guests sleep-in and enjoy your breakfast without them. If possible, keep their breakfast warm, or, better yet, when entertaining it’s always a good idea to have cold breakfast (as well as lunch, dinner and snack) food on-hand." —Pamela Eyring, president and director of The Protocol School of Washington
You’re hosting out-of-town friends for a couple of weeks. The husband is vegetarian and the wife is a picky eater. Cooking for them is proving to be a strain on your budget and your nerves. "As a gracious host, you want to make sure and accommodate your guest’s dietary needs, especially when they are related to health issues. Make an attempt to offer at least one dish based on his or her restrictions or preferences. Those with special dietary needs are usually familiar with eating "creatively." But if your guests get too picky or demanding, it is not necessary to break the bank. You can say ‘If you would provide the ingredients, I would be happy to follow the recipe.’" —Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas
Your guest’s teenage son is a Facebook addict and hogs your computer all day long. "If you have a guest whose fingers are fixated to your keyboard, kindly let him know that you are expecting work email and give him enough time to finish using it." —Ummu Bradley Thomas, Founder of Freddie Bell Jones Modeling and Finishing School, Inc.
Your visitors don’t have a car and demand that you drive them everywhere. "If you’ve invited them, then you should at least offer to pick them up and return them to the airport. But draw the line there. It’s time to remove your chauffeur’s hat. If you have a second car not in use, you could offer them the keys after you confirm they are insured. Or, keep the chauffeur’s hat on and offer to drive them to the nearest rental car agency due to their busy schedule." —Pamela Eyring, president and director of The Protocol School of Washington
5 Biological Reasons You May be Attracted to Someone
Find out what new studies suggest about human attraction and genes.
Attractive features indicate low oxidative stress: According to this article from British newspaper The Independent, “men who were rated as the most physically attractive by women have the lowest levels of markers of oxidative stress.”
Ten measurements were taken of the men to determine their symmetry. Then they were tested and quizzed for indicators of oxidative stress. “Finally, a group of women were asked to rate images of the men’s bodies and faces for physical attractiveness. Results show that men who were rated as attractive by the women had significantly lower levels of oxidative stress. And men with more symmetrical bodies had lower levels and were rated as more attractive.”
The perfect body mass index: The study also reported that “a ratio of 20.85 has been found to be most attractive in women, because, say researchers, it is seen by men as a sign of good health and good reproductive potential. One University of California study showed that women with larger hips perform better in intelligence tests, as do their children. “
Long legs in women, shorter in men: Oddly, leg lengths were perceived differently for men and women. “Long legs are preferred in women, while men with legs the same length as the torso are preferred by women.”
Facial scars: “Facial scars in men are seen as attractive, as long as they are the right kind of scar. A facial scar, preferably one that looks like it was inflicted in anger, increases the attractiveness of a man for a short-term relationship, according to a Liverpool University study.”
Altruistic behavior: “New research has found genetic evidence that selfless or altruistic behavior may have evolved because it was one of the qualities our ancestors looked for in a mate. Results suggest that, in our evolutionary past, those with a stronger preference towards altruistic behavior mated more frequently with more altruistic people.”
The next time you find yourself attracted to a man or woman remember it could be your genes talking. Want to improve your current relationships? Check out these articles: