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Retail workers have taken to the anonymous Whisper app to share the dumbest questions they’ve ever been asked while on the job.  One worker was asked to hold a kid while someone shopped, while a person actually asked why their iced coffee was cold.  Another was asked what French fries were made of, while one person asked if there were onions in onion rings.  For the full list, click below...

Source: Whisper

 

Anyone who’s ever been in a relationship knows that making a go of it isn’t easy, and while it may seem those relationships can fail for a number of reasons, a new study claims there are actually four clear indicators of why relationships end.

Dr. John Gottman and researchers at the University of Washington have come up with what they call “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” which they say can predict the end of a pairing with 93% certainty.

The four indicators are:

  • Criticism –This is not the same as feedback, instead it isn’t constructive and usually focuses on things like personality, character, or interests, where as feedback deals with a specific action or behavior you’d like to see changed. The researchers suggest that if you can’t offer feedback without such criticism to take a time out before you share your comments and think about what you say before you share it.
  • Contempt – This involves comments specifically designed to insult, or show disrespect towards someone. Often it derives from a lack of interest in another person, so the experts suggest trying to find some common ground to keep your interest.
  • Defensiveness – Seeing yourself as the victim, or doing things like denying responsibility, making excuses, and meeting one complaint with another is a sign of defensiveness, which can make it harder to focus on bigger issues. To overcome this, try really listening to a person’s issue, whether you agree with it or not, to fully understand their side of things. If you understand it, it may be easier to get past the issue.
  • Stonewalling – Withdrawing as a way to avoid conflict is one example of stonewaling, as is shutting down or refusing to respond, like giving someone the silent treatment or ignoring a person. Such behavior will prevent a couple from working out their problems. To get past this, a person needs to make the effort to participate in whatever’s going on, and feel free to share what you’re feeling as well.

Source: Huffington Post


A new study published in the journal “Scientific Reports” suggests that grades suffer when students don’t keep a consistent sleep pattern every day.  In general, students fell into two groups, regular sleepers who had a specific time that they woke up and went to bed each day, and irregular sleepers, whose sleep pattern was constantly different.  The more consistent a person’s sleep pattern the higher their GPAs went up.

Source: CNN

 

Kale is the original super-green and it has that status because it really deserves it. “What makes kale so great for you is that it is loaded in vitamins like A, K, C, and Bs that help to keep your bones healthy, eyes healthy, boost your immunity, give you energy, and fight off free radicals in the body that cause damage and premature signs of aging,” explains registered dietitian Brigitte Zeitlin. “Plus, it is a great source of minerals like manganese, copper, calcium, and iron – all important when it comes to keeping your muscles healthy and bones strong.” And don’t forget it’s full of fiber, too.

But as great as kale is, some of us are still suffering from “kale fatigue.” So we want other veggies that’ll give us the nutrients we need. Here’s what Zeitlin advises.

  • Edamame - Soybeans have lots of manganese, copper, and fiber, as well as vitamin K, which means they offer a lot of what kale does, but with a different texture and flavor. And edamame are also packed with protein, unlike kale.
  • Spinach - We know it has iron, but spinach is also full of immune-boosting zinc, along with vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, and fiber
  • Cauliflower - It’s got vitamin C, B vitamins, manganese, and fiber, plus it has choline.
  • Beet greens and Swiss chard - Don’t forget about these nutritional powerhouses that are packed with fiber, minerals, and vitamins A and C. They also have a lot more potassium than kale, and it helps fight belly bloat, so load up on these greens.
  • Broccoli - It’s also full of potassium, along with vitamins C and E, antioxidants that can help keep your youthful appearance.

Source: Women's Health

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