The Most Stressful Age Is . . .

The Most Stressful Age Is . . .

If you asked the average American what the most stressful age of their lives was, they’d probably say . . . however old they are right now.  But there is an actual answer, according to research. A new study found the average American feels the most stressed at 36. They didn’t explain how they got…

We Use Music to Cheer Ourselves Up Twice a Week

We Use Music to Cheer Ourselves Up Twice a Week

Do you ever put on music to pull yourself out of a funk?  A new study found we use it to cheer ourselves up an average of two times a week. 1 in 4 people say music has been even more important during the pandemic.  And 1 in 5 have listened to the RADIO more…

Men Think They’re Better at Pumpkin Carving Than Women

Men Think They’re Better at Pumpkin Carving Than Women

Here’s an insecurity we weren’t aware of:  Two-thirds of Americans think they’re bad at carving pumpkins.  In a new poll, only 1 in 3 people said they’re good at it . . . 8% said “very” good, and 24% said “somewhat” good.  Everyone else said bad. Around 1 in 4 people never carve pumpkins, so they…

Four Rules for Cuffing Season

Four Rules for Cuffing Season

October marks the start of “cuffing season,” where single people pair up for a few months before ending their relationship in the spring.  Here are some tips to help you decide if cuffing season is worth your time . . . 1.  Figure out what you want.  Be honest with yourself about what you want,…

Want to “Get Ahead?” You Need These Four People

Want to “Get Ahead?” You Need These Four People

Mentor. A mentor is someone who is willing to support you in a personal and purposeful relationship, to provide guidance, wisdom, and feedback based on their experience, and to facilitate your growth and development. Sponsor. A sponsor is someone who is willing to spend their political and organizational capital on you. A sponsor advocates for…

The Worst Halloween Candies For Your Teeth

The Worst Halloween Candies For Your Teeth

If you haven’t eaten any Halloween candy yet– good for you. As it turns out some types of candy are worse than others for your teeth. Dr. Hajera Ali is a dentist based in New Jersey and says gummy candy is the worst because it sticks to your teeth, takes a long time to chew,…

Five Phrases People Use to Gaslight You

Five Phrases People Use to Gaslight You

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation where someone makes you question your own judgement, or question reality.  And it’s especially common in relationships.  Here are five phrases gaslighters love to use . . . 1.  “That never happened.”  They’ll do something wrong, and then try to convince you it never happened, or that you’re making…

It’s Not Just Children Who Are Fussy Eaters

It’s Not Just Children Who Are Fussy Eaters

You might associate picky eating with small kids, but a new study finds that it’s not a behavior limited to little ones. Bowling Green State University researchers looked at 448 college students in the US and found 190 still identified as a fussy eater. Most of them reported eating fewer than 10 foods, and ate…

How Long Does Halloween Candy Last?

How Long Does Halloween Candy Last?

You might end up with some extra Halloween candy this year, but how long is it good for? Dr. Abigail Snyder, with the food science department at Cornell University, says bags of candy are usually marked with a “best buy” date, but it’s “really just a recommendation by the producer to the consumer about how…

Food Myths

Food Myths

Atlas Obscura asked its readers to send in the most memorable food myths they’d ever heard. Here are some of the responses, and remember—none of these are true. – “Reheated spinach produces dangerous levels of nitrate that could kill you.”– “If you eat mushrooms late in the day, you’ll have crazy dreams that night.”– “A…

More Space Between Letters Could Make Reading Easier For Kids With Dyslexia

More Space Between Letters Could Make Reading Easier For Kids With Dyslexia

One small thing could make reading a little easier for kids with dyslexia. A small study found that using “extra large” letter spacing increased school children’s reading speed and accuracy, specifically, the extra space seemed to make the task of reading aloud a bit easier for kids with and without dyslexia. Overall, it helped children…

Most Popular Halloween Decorations 

Most Popular Halloween Decorations 

A new study says 41% of people will start decorating their homes for Halloween this week. Here’s what we’ll be putting up: 1 skeleton 2 pumpkin 3 spider 4 witch 5 bat 6 ghost 7 tombstone 8 animal skeleton 9 black cat 10 corn stalks 

Strangers Less Awkward, More Interested In Deep Conversation Than People Think

Strangers Less Awkward, More Interested In Deep Conversation Than People Think

Conversations with strangers don’t typically get very deep, but a new study suggests that maybe they should. University of Chicago researchers found that people overestimate the awkwardness of deeper conversations and underestimate their enjoyment. But, researcher Nicholas Epley says if people could get past these misconceptions they could form more meaningful connections. He adds, “As…

Baby Names

Baby Names

The website BabyCenter.com does a list each year of the most popular baby names.  This year’s top names were Olivia and Liam. But those lists are based on people who’ve already had babies.  So this is more like a teaser for NEXT year’s list . . . Google Trends looked at the top baby names we’ve been…

In Sickness And In Health

In Sickness And In Health

It turns out spouses really are together in sickness and in health. Researchers in Japan examined Dutch and Japanese marriages and found that spouses have a high degree of commonality in not only lifestyle habits, but body shape, blood pressure, and even incidences of some diseases. Many of the correlations were between couples with low…

3 Foods You Should Be Eating This Fall 

3 Foods You Should Be Eating This Fall 

Just like changing your outfit to coincide with the weather, it may be time to consider aligning what you eat with the season to help prevent mindless eating and emotional eating. 1. Cinnamon: Clinically shown to help regulate your blood sugar. This ultimately can assist in avoiding spikes in your blood sugar, which lead to…

Why We’re Crazy For Pumpkin Spice Everything

Why We’re Crazy For Pumpkin Spice Everything

Brands figured it out a while ago– people love pumpkin spice. Johns Hopkins University researchers say it’s not so much the taste of pumpkin spice that we love so much as the smell and it’s associations. Researcher Jason Fischer explains, “There’s a kind of special access to the memory system in the brain that odor…

Everything You Should Know Before Talking To H-R About A Problem At Work

Everything You Should Know Before Talking To H-R About A Problem At Work

You may have heard you should “never trust Human Resources (HR)”– but why? First of all, you should know that HR covers a huge range of things: benefits, compensation, personnel policy, legal compliance, investigations, hiring assistance, employee relations, and much more. So should you trust them? Generally, yes– Vice writes, “Good HR people do care…

What Influences Fussy Eaters

What Influences Fussy Eaters

It’s normal for toddlers to be fussy eaters, but when the behavior extends into school years it can be very hard for both parents and kids. Australian researchers reviewed a number of studies about kids under age 10 and found a range of things that can contribute to a child’s chances of being a fussy…

7 Ways to Stand Out and Earn More Workplace Rewards

7 Ways to Stand Out and Earn More Workplace Rewards

These trends have several important implications for what you need to do to earn more rewards: Make sure you know exactly where you fit in relation to your managers’ metrics. What role do you play? How does your work move the numbers? Don’t focus on the numbers. Instead, focus on your own performance of your…