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According to a new study, kids who are told they are smart are more likely to cheat. Children playing a guessing game were told either that they were smart when they got a correct answer or they “did well.”  Those who were told they were smart were more likely to look at the answers as the game went on.  Researchers suggest it could be because they feel “pressure” to live up to expectations.

Source: Study Finds

A new poll finds that 19% of grandparents say they hate or have hated their grandchild’s name, with 15% of parents saying they have a parent or in-law who hates their kid’s name.  10% of grandparents say their first response to their grandkid’s name was “what?,” and another 3% said they laughed.  The biggest reason grandparents hate their grandkid’s name is because it’s “too odd” (28%), while 20% were annoyed that a name they came up with wasn’t used.

Source: The Daily Mail

Next time you find yourself wandering into the kitchen wondering what in the world you came in there for, don’t get frustrated. It turns out, that forgetfulness is actually a sign of intelligence!

According to a study by the University of Toronto, having a perfect memory isn’t really a sign you’re super smart. Their research shows that remembering the big picture - not the tiny details - is actually better for your brain over time.

See, the part of our brain where our memories are stored, the hippocampus, will filter out less important details so we can remember more crucial stuff. And if our brain gets too overcrowded with details, it actually does it’s own clean sweep - getting rid of some old stuff to make room for new ones.

And now that we have Google, our memory doesn’t have to waste space remembering how to spell every word or what the capital of Wisconsin is - we only need to know how to use the Internet to find out the answer. So having an excellent memory is helpful for not losing your keys, but it doesn’t mean you’re less intelligent if you’re always looking for yours.

Source: MamaMia

Now that summer is behind us, we’re ready for a fresh start this fall. That means taking care of business, like the overflowing to-do lists we’ve been building up. But that’s easier said than done if you’re not really disciplined. Fortunately, there are all kinds of apps to help you get stuff done. Here are a few apps to help you conquer the world...or at least your messy inbox.

  • Todoist - It’s hard to keep track of all those pieces of paper you jot your to-dos down on, so keep them all together with Todoist. This app organizes you in a minimalist-style format and syncs to all your devices.
  • Unroll.Me - Stop wasting time with all those newsletters you don’t read and clean up your inbox situation with this app. When you sign up it gives you a list of all your subscriptions and you can stop getting any emails you no longer want, so you don’t have to unsubscribe from each one individually.
  • Noisli - This app lets you play different background noises that can help you be more productive. You can pick from rain, waves, and even the noise from a busy coffee shop.
  • Trello - Trying to manage a bunch of projects at once? Trello can help you keep track of it all with their organized boards, workflows, and checklists.
  • FocusList - When you’re really ready to focus, this app will help you create a schedule and get it done in 25-minute blocks of time, with a five-minute break in between. And you’ll be amazed how much faster you are without all the email, text, and social media breaks you normally take.
  • Forest - In this app, you plant a tree that grows during the time you allotted yourself to finish a task. If you leave the app, the tree dies, so it helps you stay on task and over time you can build up a virtual forest from your hard work. And the best part is that Forest works with the Trees for the Futuregroup that plants real trees with the credits you earn in the app. How’s that for motivation?

Source: Well and Good

Take a look at your nails. The texture, spots, and ridges you see could be clues to what’s going on with your body. Dr. Luiza Petre, a cardiologist and nutrition expert says nail imperfections can indicate a vitamin deficiency or even big health issues. Here are some signs to watch out for and what they mean.

  • White spots - These can mean all kinds of things, from a fungal infection, to a nail injury. Dr. Petre says most cases aren’t serious and that the flecks most often mean you need more calcium and vitamin C in your diet.
  • Dullness - If your nails aren’t a healthy shade of pink with white tips, it could also be a sign of a vitamin deficiency.
  • Brittle nails - Do your nails split or crack easily? That could be a sign of low thyroid, according to Dr. Petre. Eating avocados and potatoes can help because they contain an amino acid that helps restore the thyroid.
  • Ridges - Those indentations or ridges on your nails could be an iron or silica deficiency, or just a sign of aging. But if those ridges run horizontally, that could be a health issue, so check with your doc.
  • Soft, weak nails - If your nails bend really easily, eating protein-rich foods can help. Nails are made of keratin, layered layers of protein, Dr. Petre says. So to make yours stronger eat more eggs, quinoa, and beans.

Source: Well and Good

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