Self Improvement


Supermarket Sweep

With supermarkets often the bane of peoples’ lives, Supermarket Sweep turned on the fun element with contestants raiding the shelves against the clock as the host delivered fast quips and a whole lot of camp.

It was so popular that it recently made a comeback with former X Factor contestant-turned-presenter Rylan Clark-Neal hosting. Letting off steam in one of the most chaotic places was an inspired creation, and its initial running of eight years proved just that.

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The Chase

Voted the UK’s best quiz show, The Chase is a household favorite. With a hilarious presenter delivering comedy along the way and the know-it-all Chasers providing brains and wit at the same time, the ITV show is a brilliantly entertaining hour of fun. 

Drama and tension contrast superbly with greed and humor as four challengers try and escape one of four of Britain’s brightest quiz players.


Combining a specialist subject round with a general knowledge round, it’s a challenge that even the best slip up on.

The spotlight of the dreaded black, though enviously comfy, chair sat opposite Humphrys is enough to scare off any timid contestant. But then the questions start coming rapidly as darkness descends and the audience goes deathly quiet. It really is a true test of nerves and memory.

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link’s strongest link was host Anne Robinson whose demeanour and speech frightened the life out of contestants who had to answer inventive quiz questions against the clock.

For some reason contestants were given white boards to write the name of the person who they felt was “the weakest link”. It was always good fun to see who voted for whom and then see the person voted off complain about every other contestant in the post-match interview. 

Deal or No Deal

The idea of a banker at the other end of Noel Edmonds’ phone is a unique one. 

So unique in fact that the whole essence of Deal or No Deal has been taken onto the online world.

Phases of the Moon

We see different parts of the Moon light up at different times of the month. This is because the Moon is at different positions in its orbit around Earth relative to the Sun.

  • A full Moon is when the Moon, Earth and Sun are lined up. The sunlight shines on the whole lunar surface and is reflected back to Earth.
  • A New Moon. When the Moon is between Earth and the Sun, no sunlight can reflect off its surface.
  • The Moon orbit around the Earth is an ellipse. The Moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times. When it is closest to Earth and a Full Moon, it is called a supermoon.
Special sighting of the Moon

Every few months, we have a special sighting of the Moon where it is not only a full Moon but what is known as a supermoon.

To understand why it is a supermoon, we first have to understand why different parts of the Moon are lit up at other times of the months.

The moon illusion

The Moon sometimes looks bigger when it's closer to the horizon. This is known as the Moon illusion, and it is just a psychological illusion.

If you cover the Moon with your thumb, you'll always be able to block it out, whether it looks small high up in the sky or looks huge closer to the horizon. This illusion is partly due to the brain thinking that objects near the horizon must be closer to us.

The spring and autumn equinoxes lie halfway between the shortest and longest days of the year. At these points, day and night are mostly even lengths all over the world.

These conditions may suit the human circadian rhythm - the daily cycle that affects the body's sleep, wake, eat, and other biological processes. The benefits of a well-entrained body clock include modifying your metabolism, decreasing cardiovascular disease and better eyesight.

Research associates a deficiency in vitamin D with depression. Spring is when we can expect to start making vitamin D from sun exposure.

However, if the UV index is less than two, then you will not make enough vitamin D in a reasonable time. To get the full benefit, you have to expose unprotected skin.

The two spring dates

For people living in the northern hemisphere, spring has two official start dates.

Meteorologists consider 1 March a spring day, according to the seasons formalised in the 1900s. However, the astronomical seasons show spring starting at the vernal equinox, which falls on 20 March.

The good light at the onset of spring is brighter and makes spring feel so central. Daylight is noticeably increasing in length, and the sky is bluer.

Bright light can make us happier. It can be as effective in treating depression as Prozac. Some data reveals that light exposure during the day is related to the quality of sleep, which will affect emotions and systemic health.

We need to build a system based on positive feedback loops, in order to get constant encouragement and move it in the right direction.

The main principle for a better system design is to have no wrongness or judgement associated with it so that we are unable to judge ourselves, feel discouraged and move towards a negative feedback loop.

  1. Plan to write one sentence a day for the next few days. It is an easy thing to do.
  2. Feel good about writing one sentence a day.
  3. When it becomes too easy, change it to two sentences a day.
  4. Focus on small victories and share them with others.
  5. If you get off-track in your daily writing routine, try to be self-compassionate instead of being discouraged.
  6. Find something new to learn and get back on track quickly.
  7. Congrats on your new book!
Positive Feedback Loops

Most of our plans of getting some discipline in our morning routine get hit by the truck of distraction and interruption. The mistake we make is that we plan something which is already set up for failure, leading to discouragement. If this happens constantly, it results in negative feedback loops that ‘deactivate’ our motivation.

The solution is to change the design of the plan to incorporate positive feedback loops.

  1. Do not judge, discourage or humiliate yourself, and try to cultivate self-compassion.
  2. Go for small wins.
  3. Practise gratitude in the smallest things: Millions of people are not alive to see the year 2021, but you are.
  4. Scale up or scale down your work based on your requirement.
  5. In case you get off-tracked, go for the smallest possible accomplishment and start to get back on track.
  6. Rope in your friends and loved ones to share your positive feedback loop.
  1. Completing a task and ticking it off from a task list.
  2. Exercising and telling your friends about it.
  3. Get positive grades after completing a quiz.
  4. Feel gratitude after meditating.
Becoming an astronaut: The selection process

Choosing NASA's astronauts is not a simple process. In March, 12,040 hopefuls, already in possession of a master's degree, applied to be members of the next class.

  • The selection process involves a written application and reference checks as the process narrows down. Then, around 120 applicants will be invited to the first round of interviews.
  • Some skills analysis and basic medical testing will be done, and then 40 to 60 people will be back for the second round of interviews.
  • During the second round, they spend a week doing some team reaction exercises, individual performance exercises, and checking other competencies.

The focus is on operational experience in situations where they will make real-time decisions in a relatively high-stress environment. To gain this experience, people tend to go to the Antarctic or do wilderness rescue. They may also get their private pilot's license. Teamwork and leadership experience is essential.

When going through so many resumes, it's the unique things that stand out.

Interpersonal skills are essential: teamwork, followership, leadership, communication skills, especially under stress and over a long-duration, such as a mission to the moon, or Mars.

Astronauts should be able to modulate their skillset, and maybe even their personality, to be prepared for what's needed at the time: Sometimes you are in charge of issuing orders and commanding respect. Other times you might be following orders that mission control sends up.

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