What’s Your Number?
Want to have a great day? Here are the numbers that can help you achieve it
Did you know that the peak timing for weekday accidents is 8:29am? Interestingly, according to insurance company stats, this happens during the morning rush because most people are in a haste to get to work on time.
So if you don’t want to become another statistic, avoid doing these four things (which they’ve found led to most accident insurance claims): running up or down stairs and escalators, using your mobile phone while on the move, rushing into a train as the doors are closing, and nipping onto the roads to get around slow-moving pedestrians.
We take a look at some other useful stats that can make a difference to your day:
20 TO 40 PER CENT OF SOCIALISING
Whether it’s on the phone, via social networking, or in person, the more social contact you have in your day, the better, say researchers from the UR agency, Gallup. But don’t just take their word for it, Brigham Young University researchers say having low amounts of social interaction is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! For best results, plan some fun things to do. According to the same study, the anticipation of doing something fun with friends, adds to the happiness boost you get from seeing them. It’s the festive season after all so go on – pick up the phone and call your buddies!
3.5 WORDS PER SECOND
That’s how fast you should aim to speak if you need to impress someone professionally today. Says Professor Jose Benki from the University of Michigan, “All else being equal, faster talkers are perceived as authoritative, competent, and as though they know what they are talking about.” Don’t make it too slick though, as you still need the odd pauses – otherwise, people will think that you’ve memorised your speech or are reading from a script.
60 MINUTES FOR GERMS TO GROW IN YOUR COFFEE CUP
Apparently, leaving drink dregs (even if it’s just enough to leave a ring) for any longer than an hour, is sufficient for germs to start breeding. That’s not something you want, as 20 per cent of cups contain faecal bacteria which could make you sick. Rinse your cup with hot water and soap after every use!