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20 Interesting Facts About Your Body That You May Have No Clue

20 Interesting Facts About Your Body That You May Have No Clue

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ll of us tend to think we are the masters of out bodies and so we are familiar with them. But is it really the case? Take on the challenge and see how many of the following fun facts from Fact Slides you have known before:

  1. An average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.
  2. Ears and Nose never stop growing.
  3. Similar to fingerprints, everyone also has a unique tongue print.
  4. All of the bacteria in our body weighs about 4 pounds.
  5. Your brain keeps developing until your late 40s.
  6. Scars continue to look the same year after year because, while skin cells are replaced periodically, the underlying collagen is not.
  7. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scenes.
  8. Human shed about 600,000 partciles of skin every hour.
  9. A human baby has over 60 more bones than an adult.
  10. We all have tiny mites living in our eyelashes.
  11. People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance.
  12. Most of the dust underneath your bed is actually your own dead skin.
  13. The chemical elements that make up your body are worth around US$160.
  14. There're more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
  15. Our lungs and nasal passages have exquisitely tiny hairs called cilia that can “taste” bitter flavors.
  16. Your taste buds are replaced every 10 days.
  17. Your lungs can hold up to 5 minutes worth of oxygen.
  18. Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body.
  19. Your body has enough iron in it to make a metal nail 3 inches long.
  20. Muscle comes from the Latin musculus, which means “little mouse,” because a flexed muscle was thought to resemble a mouse.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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