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A new study by researchers at Nottingham Trent University finds that a third of the smartphone notifications we receive actually put us in a bad mood!  Such notifications leave subjects either hostile, upset, nervous, afraid or ashamed.  Notifications that made people feel the worst were ones centered around things like general phone updates and Wi-Fi availability, as well as work messages.  Notifications that come from friends actually put folks in a good mood, giving them a feeling of belonging and a social connection.

Source: The Telegraph


According to a new Bankrate report, ATM fees are at a record high for an 11th year in a row, with the average cost of using an out-of-network ATM being $4.69.  On average, you spend $2.97 on ATM surcharges, while the average fee charged by your own bank for using an out-of-network ATM is $1.72.

Source: Bankrate


According to a poll by OfficeTeam, 82% of professionals say they are comfortable reporting to a manager who is younger than them.  91% of younger managers say they are okay with supervising older colleagues.  The biggest complaint of workers reporting to a manager who is younger than them is that they don’t share the same work ethics or values, while the biggest challenge younger managers have with older employees is their different ways of using technology.

Source: Robert Half


Chances are when you go to McDonald’s you’re probably trying to get in and out as quickly as possible so the last thing on your mind is asking your cashier for a receipt. Well, here’s a really good reason you should be. According to a former McDonald’s worker, you’re likely to get a fresher meal if you ask for one because staffers may think you are a mystery shopper paid by the fast food chain to visit the store and rate their experience. Those mystery shoppers usually come in between 12pm and 2pm and 5pm and 7pm, so the little hack may not work all the time, but hey, it's worth a try. 

Source: New York Post


Now that the days are getting shorter and cooler, it’s more important to work out to get the emotional benefits of exercise. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a kind of seasonal depression associated with getting less vitamin D in the winter and it’s four times more common in women than men. But following a healthy exercise routine can help. Here are some more reasons you should motivate yourself to get moving:

  • Your mood will improve - When you’re stressed, you probably don’t feel like exercising, but research shows that’s the best time for a sweat sesh. "The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong," admits Michael Otto, a professor of psychology at Boston University. "Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise, you get a mood-enhancement effect."
  • You'll feel more alert - Neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry Judy Cameron explains that exercise increases blood flow almost immediately and brain cells will function at a higher level, making you feel more alert and focused.
  • You'll feel less anxious - According to one study, exercise can help people with anxiety disorders feel calmer. And researchers say a regular exercise routine can help improve symptoms of depression as well.
  • You'll be more creative - Having trouble with a creative task? A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that working out could boost creativity for a short time afterwards. So try tackling your creative work an hour or two after you exercise.

Source: My Domaine


As parents, we do everything we can to keep our kids safe. So we don’t typically want them playing with sharp objects, at great heights, in dangerous areas, or at fast speeds. But research shows that we’re doing them a disservice by not letting them participate in “risky play.” What does that mean? It’s letting them explore unstructured environments with perceived elements of danger, rough and tumble play, and such. And here’s why we should get out of the way and let them go at it.

Risky play helps kids develop social skills, creativity, and resilience - These activities help kids learn how to assess risk levels and what’s safe and what’s not. Risky outdoor play lets them figure out how the world works and teaches the to find creative solutions.

It can also help kids build self-esteem -Telling a child they can’t do something that’s considered risky might make them doubt their own abilities. Letting kids engage in risky play lets them know we trust them and that they’re capable of problem-solving on their own. Talk about a self-esteem boost!

Risky play is safer than we think it is - Research shows that injury incidence rates for risky outdoor play were lower than those for sports and active transportation. So Little League might be more dangerous than some activities we consider risky.

Girls are less likely to be exposed to the benefits of risky play - Parents of boys are more likely to encourage them to do risk-taking activities than parents of girls. So we’re teaching our daughters to be scared and they’re missing out on the social and physical benefits that come from risky play. We can do better than that!

Source: Scary Mommy

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