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A new poll finds that 43% of Americans won’t be taking a summer vacation, and for most people the reason they’re skipping it is money.  49% of those not taking a vacation this summer say cost is the reason they aren’t going on one, while 11% say it’s because they can’t take off from work, and another 3% say it’s because they don’t like to be away from work.  41% of those surveyed say they don’t get paid time off from their employers and that’s especially true for younger and lower-income employees.

Source: Yahoo Finance


A new survey reveals exactly how much sleep you need to be perfectly happy, and it’s a few minutes more than the doctor-recommended seven hours.  The study finds that to be “perfectly happy” folks need to get exactly seven hours and six minutes of sleep.  Those with less than six hours and 48 minutes of sleep reported complete unhappiness, and also exhibited “constant worry, and never a shred of gratitude.”

Source: The Daily Mail


24/7 Wall Street just released a list of the 50 worst places to live in America.  They looked at factors like crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability.  Detroit, Michigan was named the worst city to live in with 39.8% of Detroit residents living in poverty and the lowest median home value of any city other than nearby Flint, Michigan.

Top Ten Worst Cities To Live In(percentage of residents living in poverty)(click here for the entire Top 50)

  1. Detroit, Michigan (39.8%)
  2. Birmingham, Alabama (29.2%)
  3. Flint, Michigan (40.8%)
  4. St. Louis, Missouri (24.9%)
  5. Memphis, Tennessee (26.2%)
  6. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (26.8%)
  7. Albany, Georgia (32%)
  8. Hartford, Connecticut (28.3%)
  9. Merced, California (35.1%)
  10. Wilmington, Delaware (26.0%)

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

We apologize multiple times a day without really having to think about it, like when we step on someone’s toe. But when it comes to saying you’re sorry for doing or saying something hurtful, that kind of apology requires a little more effort.

And of course, we want to come across as sincere, but sometimes our apologies miss the mark there. But according to psychologist Harriet Lerner, there’s an easy way to nail the sincere sorry every time, and it’s as simple as leaving out one word: but.

In her new book, “Why Won’t You Apologize?,” Lerner explains that adding that “but” to the end of your apology undermines the sincerity of the words that came ahead of it. So if you snapped at your S.O. for loading the dishwasher wrong again, and say, “I’m sorry for snapping, but …” it doesn’t sound as heartfelt as if you’d just said “I’m sorry for snapping.”

Lerner says the most successful apologies are short and genuine. So when you’re saying you’re sorry, keep the buts out of it and you’ll sound much more sincere.

Source: PureWow

When we want to drop a few pounds, the first thought a lot of us have is cutting back on booze, sugar and carbs. But new research shows that the most effective way to lose weight might not be ditching sweeteners and calories after all, but by giving up meat.

A new study found that dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-cal diets, but they boost their metabolism, too. Researchers had 74 people follow a meat-free diet, full of grains, veggies, nuts, and fruits and it turns out, they lost twice as much - 14 pounds compared to seven - as the conventional dieters.

And the vegetarian dieters also reduced muscle fat, which raised their metabolism. So swapping that steak for a meatless meal could help you stay lean and healthy, study authors say. Now that doesn’t mean you’ve got to give up all meat and start eating tofu, but having taco Tuesday with black beans instead of hamburger could help you drop pounds more easily. And it’s tasty too.

Source: Cosmopolitan UK

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