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Some nights, all we want to do when we get home is curl up with the remote and watch TV while eating dinner. And as relaxing as that is, it turns out it’s not the best way to enjoy your meal.

What’s the problem? Registered dietitian Keri Glassman explains that eating while distracted can lead us to consume more than we realize. We’re so busy paying attention to what’s happening on the screen that we aren’t aware of how much we’ve eaten and don’t stop when we’re full.

But this can be a hard habit to break. Glassman suggests a good way to start is by planning a sit-down dinner one night a week and increasing that to three times a week once you’re used to it. She says it helps to put your food on a plate, even if it’s takeout, to help you enjoy it more.

If you live with roommates or family, spend the meal catching up on each other’s day, instead of catching up on a TV show you missed. And if you live alone, spend the quiet time being aware of your surroundings and your food. Practicing being mindful like this can help you appreciate the flavors more and help you pay attention to your hunger cues, so you realize when it’s time to put down the fork. And that way you might even end up with leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Bonus!

Source: Women's Health

With all the negative things we hear happening on the news or read in our social media feeds, it’s no wonder the American Psychological Association reports that 80% of people say they’ve recently dealt with a physical or emotional stress symptom, like headaches or feeling overwhelmed. And Julie K. Norem, a professor of psychology at Wellesley College says all that anxiety sends us into fight or flight mode.

“We feel we’re at the mercy of outside forces and up against problems that are so big, we can’t envision a solution,” she explains. But being constantly in that state wears on our bodies and minds, and experts say if we learn to think of that worry as raw energy, we can redirect it and use it to be more productive. Here’s how to turn it around to feel happier, calmer, and more motivated.

  • Take a workout “vitamin” - Short bursts of exercise during the day can help protect you from the physical and mental effects of stress. So try to get raise your heart rate for at least 20 minutes a day, first thing in the morning if you can, to help you fend off anxiety all day.
  • Don’t start the day with the news - Don’t check your news feed first thing because that negative news can set the tone for the day. Instead start the day doing something calm and positive you enjoy - take a walk, do some yoga, meditate, or just sit quietly and enjoy your coffee.
  • Switch into go mode - Norem says feeling powerless exacerbates stress, but feeling effective decreases it, so find something you can do to improve things for you or the community and you won’t feel so crushed by negative news. Donate to a worthy cause or sign up to volunteer and feel like you’re making a positive difference in the world.
  • Create a sense of satisfaction - Connect with your artistic side and ease stress and anxiety as you sketch, garden, play music or knit.
  • Breathe, count, breathe - When you catch yourself sinking into that “catastrophic thinking” where everything is pulling you down, count down from 10 while breathing deeply through your nose. It’s easy, gives you a sense of control and lowers anxiety, too.

Source: Shape

Someone on Reddit posed the question “What is a common breach of etiquette that annoys you?”

Bad etiquette pet peeves include:

  • “Things like not noticing you're blocking someone in a store or on the sidewalk; failing to notice that a line has formed and barging to the front; interrupting an employee who's helping another customer.”
  • “Having someone in the cubicle over clipping their finger and toe nails at work.”
  • “When I drive to pickup a friend and they're not ready.”
  • “People who talk loudly in doctors offices and let their kids run wild. I'm here dying I don't want to hear you.”
  • “Let people get OFF the train or bus, or elevator, before you begin to enter.”
  • “I get irrationally angry when a group of people walk side by side taking up walkways and don't allow anyone to pass by.”
  • “When people step on the back of your shoes and don't have the decency to say sorry or excuse me.”
  • “Using cell phones in darkened theaters. Put your phone away, you're ruining it for the rest of us!”
  • “The lack of the use of ‘Please,’ ‘Thank You’ and ‘Excuse me.’”
  • “Not covering your mouth in a cough or sneeze. Don't spread ya germs on me!”
  • “When someone's speaking and someone else interrupts them. Even if I'm not the one talking it annoys me when someone else gets interrupted.”
  • “People making loud smacking noises while eating. It drives me to homicidal rage.”
  • “Using speakerphone in restaurants. I'm sure it's adorable to you that your toddler is barely able to communicate in complete sentences and instead just shrieks. The rest of us are trying to eat in peace. See Also: Sharing "funny" YouTube videos with other people at your table.”

Source: Reddit

GoBankingRates looked at all 50 states, and figured out how far $1 million would last the average retiree in each state.

Top Ten States Where $1 Million Will Last The Most In Retirement (length of time $1 million will last)

  1. Mississippi (26 years, 4 months)
  2. Arkansas (25 years, 6 months)
  3. Oklahoma (25 years, 2 months)
  4. Michigan (25 years)
  5. Tennessee (25 years)
  6. Georgia (24 years, 11 months)
  7. Missouri (24 years, 10 months)
  8. Texas (24 years, 9 months)
  9. Indiana (24 years, 9 months)
  10. Alabama (24 years, 9 months)

On the flipside, as amazing as it may sound to retire to the tropical island of Hawaii, you’re gonna need a lot more than $1 million if you want to survive. Thanks to huge expenses like groceries and housing, $1 million will last you only 11 years and 11 months in retirement.

Top Ten States Where $1 Million Will Last The Least In Retirement (length of time $1 million will last)

  1. Hawaii (11 years, 11 months)
  2. California (16 years, 5 months)
  3. Alaska (17 years)
  4. New York (17 years, 1 month)
  5. Massachusetts (17 years, 4 months)
  6. Connecticut (17 years, 4 months)
  7. Maryland (17 years, 4 months)
  8. Oregon (17 years, 7 months)
  9. Rhode Island (18 years, 2 months)
  10. New Jersey (18 years, 6 months)

Source: GoBankingRates

"Economist Intelligence Unit" just came out with their 10thannual “Global Livability Ranking” of 140 cities around the world.  The list scored cities based on quality of life factors over five categories, including stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Top Ten Cities With The Best Quality Of Life

  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Calgary, Canada
  6. Adelaide, Australia
  7. Perth, Australia
  8. Auckland, New Zealand
  9. Helsinki, Finland
  10. Hamburg, Germany

As for the other end of the spectrum, Damascus, Syria was rated the least livable city (yeah, years of war will do that to a rating) - they were followed by Lagos, Nigeria and Tripoli, Libya.

Ten Cities With The Worst Quality Of Life

  1. Damascus, Syria
  2. Lagos, Nigeria
  3. Tripoli, Libya
  4. Dhaka, Bangladesh
  5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  6. Algiers, Algeria
  7. Karachi, Pakistan
  8. Harare, Zimbabwe
  9. Douala, Cameroon
  10. Kiev, Ukraine

Source: Market Watch

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