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Getting Kids Out of the House Is the #1 Thing Parents Are Looking Forward To

August is Back-to-School Month.  So a new study looked at the hardest parts of school for kids LAST year.  And missing their friends was #1. Missing friends, staying focused, and worrying about the pandemic were the top challenges kids faced in school last year.  Tech issues also ranked high. The #1 thing PARENTS are worried…

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3 Simple Things That Will Make You the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation

1. Be intensely curious: As you meet someone new, it’s crucial to find something interesting about the other person, perhaps a fascinating fact or idea that you can follow up on with interesting questions of your own. This means activating the genuine curiosity within you.    2. Be a good listener: Making a good impression is key…

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The Willingness To Try New Foods Is Sexually Desirable

Having a willingness to try all different types of foods is apparently sexy. Washington & Jefferson College researchers found that people who are open to trying new foods are perceived as more sexually desirable and less sexually restricted. They also found that reluctance to try new foods, known as “food neophobia”—and sticking to ordering safe…

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Your Dog Knows When You’re Lying

Your dog is likely much smarter than you give it credit for. University of Vienna researchers found when dogs were trained to find food hidden in one of two covered bowls, they would trust a stranger called “the communicator” if he or she touched the food-filled bowl. If the dog then saw a different person…

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Early Milestones Parents Worry About Most

80% of parents compare their children to other kids their age to figure out how they stack up.  Half even admit they’ve lost sleep over how fast their kid is advancing.  And it can happen even before they’re in school.   Here are the top ten early milestones parents worry the most about . . .…

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How to Deal With FOMO

Suffering from a Fear of Missing Out? Perhaps this will help. . .   1. Relish feeling out of the loop. Great things are indeed happening out there and sometimes you’re not invited. Admit that you are missing out and there’s nothing you can do about it. In fact, one approach may be to savor the fact.…

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Adults Wealthier At Midlife Tend To Live Longer Than Less-Well-Off Peers

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy things that may lead you to live a longer life. A new study finds that people with a higher net worth by their late 40s tend to live longer than a family member with a lower net worth at the same age. They also found that for…

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Killers Winner

Majic 93-7 congratulates Sarah McKinley from 3 Springs.  She won a pair of tickets to see The Killers at the Bryce Jordan Center next October thanks to Majic Hat!

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Watching Too Much TV Increases Your Risk Of Sleep Apnea

Spending more than four hours a day in front of the TV increases your risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Harvard Medical School researchers monitored the health and physical activity levels of over 130,000 people for 10 to 18 years. They found that increased levels of sedentary behavior, and corresponding low levels pf physical…

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Influencers Are Unlikely To Change People’s Behavior

A new study finds that influencers on social media are actually unlikely to change a person’s behavior by example, and might actually be detrimental to the cause. University of Pennsylvania researcher and senior study author Damon Centola explains it’s because when an influencer presents an idea that their followers don’t agree with “they can unintentionally…

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Passport backlog surges to nearly 2.2M

The passport application backlog has surged to about 2.2 million as a security procedure’s “operational issues” add several weeks to wait times, according to Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. A State Department official tells Fox there are currently approximately 2,170,000 passport applications pending adjudication. When the government receives a passport application, the file enters a “lockbox” and…

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Why are some American Children Starting to Sound British?

Some American children have started speaking with a British accent. Why? It’s because they’ve been binge-watching Peppa Pig during the pandemic. The so-called “Peppa Effect” had children mimicking the character pre-pandemic, but the lockdown orders made the effect more widespread. American parents note their children are also using British words such as biscuits (instead of…

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The Words Dogs Love the Most

Does your dog have a favorite word?  Chances are they DO . . . even if they don’t know what a “word” is or why you insist they can’t drink out of the toilet. A website in England called OnBuy commissioned a study to find out which words dogs “love” the most by monitoring their…

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Handwriting Beats Typing And Watching Videos For Learning To Read

Writing things out by hand is becoming less common as computers take over, but a new study finds handwriting serves an important purpose. Johns Hopkins University researchers found that people who practiced writing out letters by hand learned them much faster than those who simply saw the characters on a video screen, or those who…

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Parents Face 1,768 Difficult Decisions In Baby’s First Year

A survey of parents with an infant found respondents are faced with about 34 tough decisions per week, or over 1,760 difficult decisions in baby’s first year. Choosing a name for their baby was found to be the most difficult decision new parents face (37%), followed by deciding whether to breastfeed or to use formula…

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Four-day week ‘an overwhelming success’ in Iceland

Trials of a four-day week in Iceland were an “overwhelming success” and led to many workers moving to shorter hours The trials, in which workers were paid the same amount for shorter hours, took place between 2015 and 2019. According to researchers, productivity remained the same or improved in the majority of workplaces. A number…

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Parenting Now versus 30 Years Ago

Are you a more laid-back parent than your own parents were?  Someone talked to 1,000 people with kids under 16, and 1,000 parents with children over 30.  Here are the top five old-school parenting rules we USED to enforce . . .   1.  Respect your elders. 2.  You don’t always get everything you want.…

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3 Ways to Shake Off Cynicism

1.   Look Deeper, Feel Deeper. You might want to shake your own cynicism by looking more deeply into your anger. Instead of thinking merely of how justified your anger is, think of what is behind it in a psychological sense. Anger often hides disappointment. Young people are often cynical when they first realize that their parents…

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When Not to Drive this Holiday Weekend

Fourth of July weekend is nearly here, and if you’re driving anywhere you’ll want to plan carefully. The American Automobile Association (AAA) says there are some days and times that are better for travel than others. AAA spokesperson Julie Hall says, “Travelers this Independence Day should be sure to pack their patience. Major metro areas…

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Cost of your 4th of July Picnic

An annual study by the American Farm Bureau Federation found an average Fourth of July barbecue for ten people will only cost $59.50 this year, or just under $6 per person.  (Maybe add in a few more bucks, because they forgot beer, hotdogs and fireworks) They figured it out by looking at the average prices…