Quick Hits

The 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness finds that 33% of Americans say they are happy, which is a 2% increase from last year.  Of course those numbers aren’t exactly high and they are still down from 2008, which recorded the largest amount of happiness, at just 35%.  86% of people say they have a positive relationship with their family, while 71% say their spiritual beliefs are a “positive guiding force.”

Source: The Harris Poll

Cyberloafing is described as using time at work for personal interest such as online shop, following the news, flicking through social media and generally cyber surfing. It is one of the biggest things affecting employee productivity.  About 14% of a worker’s day is spent cyberloafing, with those who do it then taking about 23 minutes to get back to their work responsibilities.

Source: The Daily Mail

If you’re constantly confused by what you read on Tumblr and Twitter, you need to up your slang knowledge. So if you want to know what the cool kids on the Internet are saying, here’s your cheat sheet.

  • Snatched - It’s the new fleek and can be used to describe something that looks really good, from your eyebrows to your shoes.
  • Sus - From the word suspect, it’s how the Internet says sketchy or shady. It’s like in “Mean Girls,” when Cady gave Regina those bars to “lose weight” - that was sus.
  • Boots - You add boots to the end of an adjective or verb to emphasize what you’re saying. So if you’re really tired, you’re tired boots.
  • Sis - Sis is the new bro.
  • Hunty - This is a combination of the word “honey” and another not-so-nice word that rhymes with hunt. It comes from the world of drag queens and RuPaul's “Drag Racemade it a popular term of endearment.
  • Stan - This is the Internet’s word for a hardcore fan. It’s from the Eminem song “Stan,” which is about an obsessed fan. You can also say stanning, like “He’s stanning Eminem by writing him letters.”
  • Extra - This refers to trying too hard or being over the top. Extra could be used to describe a teacher giving out too much homework to the drunk girl stumbling around the bar at the end of the night.
  • OTP - It stands for One True Pairing, and your OTP is a couple you’re emotionally attached to. If you shed a tear when Chris Pratt and Anna Faris broke up, they were your OTP.
  • Ship - This one comes from relationship and you “ship” the two people you wish were in a relationship. “Scandal” fans who want Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant to be together, ship them.


With all that back-to-school shopping, your budget takes a big hit this time of year. So you’ll be glad to know you can catch a deal on these things during the month of September.

  • Mattresses - Labor Day is a great time to get serious savings on queen- or king-sized beds. Check out big retailers like Macy’s or Sears for markdowns as much as 50% off.
  • Flatscreen TVs - November is the best time to save big on a TV, but as early as September you start seeing stores clearing space for the new models. Now you can find deals on small sizes for dorm rooms, like the 32-inch, or huge ones, like the 55-inch - bigger is better for baseball playoffs.
  • A new car - New models are also coming to car dealerships, so that gives you the upper hand for negotiating the best deal.
  • Swing sets - Now that summer is winding down, you can get discounts as much as 30% off on outdoor play equipment.
  • An iPhone 7 - Apple typically reveals their new iPhone in September, so if you don’t mind having one that isn’t the latest model, you can save as much as 30 to 40% off last year’s still sleek iPhone 7.
  • Broadway tickets - If you’re planning a trip to New York City, this is your chance to score cheaper-than-usual seats to a popular Broadway show. You might not find a deal on Hamilton tickets, but tourism does drop at the end of the summer so theaters are working to fill seats this time of year.

Source: PureWow

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that most adults get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. All of that sleep sounds fantastic — in theory. Actually getting that much sleep is a lot easier said than done. Luckily, there are simple sleep hacks that will help you get eight hours of Zzzzs every night. These lifestyle changes — from tweaking your schedule to switching up your late-night snacks — will help you sleep longer and improve the quality of the sleep you have. Try out these sleep hacks to make getting your eight hours a little easier:

1. Get on a schedule.

Human bodies are creatures of habit, especially when it comes to sleep. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule of going to bed and waking up at the same times every day (even on the weekends!) will help your body to know when it’s supposed to be in sleep-mode.

2. Turn off your screens before bed.

Our circadian rhythms — the internal “body clock” that tells us when to be awake and when to be asleep — are deeply affected by light. Put simply, light makes our bodies tell us to wake, while darkness makes our bodies think it’s time to sleep. Even small amounts of light — like,say, the glow of a cell phone or tablet screen — can disrupt these rhythms and make sleeping difficult. Incorporate a “screens off” policy as part of your bedtime routine, shutting down your devices a couple hours before bed. Doing so will have the added benefit of keeping you from checking your email and social media — often sources of stress — when you’re trying to wind down.

3. Keep it cool.

Your body temperature naturally dips slightly in the middle of the night and then warms again as you approach waking. A bedroom that is too hot can interfere with your body’s ability to lower its temperature, which can, in turn, disrupt your sleep. So if you’re having trouble staying asleep at night, lower the temperature in your room by a few degrees. Sleep experts say to aim for a room that’s about 65 degrees.

4. Exercise.

Regular exercise contributes to good sleep in a number of ways. For one thing, it tires out the body, making it easier to fall and stay asleep, but it also reduces stress, anxiety, and depression — all things that can cause sleeplessness. Just be sure not to exercise right before bed; doing so might make you too energized and warm to fall asleep.

Research shows that, if you have chronic insomnia, the relationship between exercise and sleep is a little more complicated; at first, exercising may not seem to make sleeping any easier. Just stick with it— studies show that, after four months of regular exercise, folks suffering from chronic insomnia will get significantly more sleep than they were before.  

5. Avoid heavy food before bed.

Spicy or heavy foods can be difficult to digest and can, therefore, disrupt sleep. If you want a late-night snack, aim for foods that contain the sleep-aiding amino acid tryptophan, like nuts, bananas, and dairy products. (So night cheese is actually not a terrible idea!)

6. Limit your alcohol before bed.

Alcohol may make you fall asleep easily (It is a sedative, after all), but it can interfere with your ability to stay asleep. Alcohol has been shown to disturb REM sleep, causing wakefulness and difficulty falling back to sleep. According to the NIH, alcohol consumed as much as six hours before going to bed can mess with sleep. There are two lessons here: Avoid drinking alcohol right before bed in general, and, if you’re having problems with insomnia, lay off the happy hour cocktails, too.

7. Switch to decaf in the afternoons.

Caffeine is a stimulant, so it’s no surprise that it can disrupt your sleep if you consume it too close to bedtime. A 2013 study found that caffeine consumed six hours before bedtime was still enough to significantly disrupt sleep — so in the afternoons and evenings, be sure to switch over to decaf coffee or herbal teas.

8. Cut out the cigarettes.

There are approximately 80,000 reasons to quit smoking, but here’s another: Nicotine is a stimulant, so it can have a major impact on smokers’ ability to sleep. For example, smokers have higher than average rates of restless sleep and obstructive sleep apnea.

Happy sleeping!

Source: bustle.com

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