Some of us just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to love. We look to the heavens and shout, "why me?". But maybe you don't need to be looking for divine guidance. Maybe everything you need to know about your love life, and what the future holds, is in the palm of your hands. Palmistry is one of those ancient traditions that nowadays has entered the realm of cliché and skepticism. But avoid the signs at your peril, because it can actually tell you the future with surprising accuracy...
Palm-reading, palmistry, chiromancy - whatever you want to call it, the art has been around for thousands of years. In that time, it's been constantly refined and tested, and it still holds up to close scrutiny today. Forget those fortune tellers you see at carnivals - this is the real deal.
To begin reading your own signs, you need to first find the heart line on your palm. If you're looking at your right hand, the heart line begins on the outside edge, about a third of the way down the palm below your little finger.
The heart line is also known as the love line, and with good reason. Everything your love life has in store for you is here, mapped out completely. Your attitude, your relationships, and your emotions can all be found on your heart line.
If you don't have time to do a full study, there's a quick check you can do to determine that you've got good fortune in love. Basically, you want to see a heart line that's deep, clear, curved, and unbroken. If you've got all those, it's looking good.
The length of your love line is an important indicator as to your personality. It's not going to tell you how long you're going to live, but it will tell you your predisposition to certain events. Very short means self-centered and ruthless, whereas very long means straightforward and unyielding, and often very faithful.
Believe it or not, you can actually get a fair indication of when certain romantic events are going to occur, based on where they are on your heart line. If you take a vertical line down from your middle finger, where it hits the heart line is around the age of 50.
Most people will have a range of forks and branches coming off their love line, which mean various things. Having many upward branches is a good thing, while downward ones indicate that your marriage may not last. If it curves downwards and splits at the end, it shows that you're willing to sacrifice everything for love.
Although they're called islands, they're not quite as idyllic as they sound. Islands in your line can actually indicate major romantic upheavals in your life, including periods of being single and messy break-ups. If you've got one or two, keep a look out.
We don't want to sound all doomsday here, but having a heavily broken heart line is not great news. It indicates great setbacks along your emotional journey, whether it's due to money, stress, or a failing relationship. But take heart - it's not all bad.
If this is your hand, then it shows that you're not only intelligent and ambitious, but also deeply independent. Although this might show as selfishness - or at least people might think that way - communicating clearly will ensure a happy romantic life.
A love line ending right at the bottom of the peace sign is a great thing. This shows that you're considerate, kind, and trustworthy, and any partner who appreciates that will be with you long term. As long as you don't zone out and daydream, you'll find a really intense love.
Those whose line goes straight to your index finger probably won't be reading this article - because they're happy no matter what. Single or married, alone or in company, they're the self-sufficient type that finds satisfaction and confidence in every romantic scenario.
Finally, if your heart meets your head line - which starts between the thumb and index finger and travels downwards - that shows a calm and caring person who's always able to use their best judgement. With good intentions and a warm heart, you'll always find the right person for you.
Of course, there's so many other factors to love and relationships than just your heart. Your life experiences and ability to judge wisely (with your brain!) all play a part, and these are shown in other parts of your hand. Make sure you study your whole future.
There's one other thing to note: while palmistry is an incredibly accurate reminder of how we are and how we will be, it's always up to you. Not so sure about your romantic future? Take a firm hold of it and change it for the better.
Celebrities are no strangers to changing their looks for a role. And in some instances, they have to get pretty extreme. From 500-calorie-a-day diets to drinking pints of ice cream, Actors and actresses know what it takes to change their bodies in preparation for a new film.
Charlize Theron is no stranger to gaining and losing weight for movie roles, as we remember her transformation in Monster. Charlize Theron gained close to 50 pounds for her role as Marlo in Tully. Theron said that “for the first time in my life I was eating so much processed foods and I drank way too much sugar. … I remember having to set my alarm in the middle of the night in order to just maintain the weight.”
You’re used Chris Hemsworth's hulk-like figure in Thor, but In the Heart of the Sea required a totally different diet. The movie required the cast members lose a ton of weight to make their stuck-at-sea plight more believable. Chris Hemsworth said there were days when all he ate was one boiled egg, a couple of crackers, and a celery stick.
Anne Hathaway wanted to get serious for her role in Les Misérables, as she was playing Fantine, a starving prostitute with tuberculosis. So Anne Hathaway went on a diet of “rabbit food” to drop 25 pounds. Hathaway explained her diet was essentially just starving herself, but she didn’t want to give details, as she doesn’t want to encourage anyone to copy her emaciated look. She did note that she “just had to stop eating for a total of 13 days shooting,” however. And at one point, her bones became so frail that she reportedly broke her arm.
Matthew McConaughey's portrayal of Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, a man with HIV/AIDS, was spot-on, earning him the title of best actor at the Oscars. But it also required a serious physical transformation. Matthew McConaughey said he lost 38 pounds for the role. During filming, he said he lost a lot of energy from eating so little — and he hit plenty of plateaus along the way. Finally, with a strict diet, he got down to 143 pounds. And while he did cardio to help with the weight loss, he said it was 90% what he was eating and portion size.
Hilary Swank had to put on 23 pounds of pure muscle for her role as a boxer in Million Dollar Baby. The process doesn’t sound easy, however. “I started working out five hours a day — I had to eat 210 grams of protein a day,” Swank said. She also mentioned that she had to consume 60 egg whites per day, and when that proved too difficult, she had to drink them. And to keep the muscle on, she would get up and drink protein shakes in the middle of the night.