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Valentine’s Day Isn’t About Money For Most

  • A new survey by Debt.com finds that 67% of people think it’s at least somewhat important to celebrate Valentine’s Day
  • 48% of those celebrating said they wouldn’t care if their S.O. didn’t spend a dime on the holiday
  • 44% of people say they only expect a gift that costs $50 or less, while 7% want something costing more than $50, and 1% want something that sets their partner back $100 or more

There’s no doubt there will be plenty of women getting some fancy jewelry and gifts today for Valentine’s Day, and while nobody is going to turn down a great gift, it seems fellas probably didn’t have to shell out all that money to make their significant other happy.

A new survey by Debt.com finds that while 67% of people think it is at least somewhat important to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a big way. In fact, 48% of those celebrating say they wouldn’t care if their S.O. didn’t spend a dime on the holiday. If they are going to spend money, 44% of people say they only expect a gift that costs $50 or less, while only 7% want something costing more than $50, and 1% want something that sets their partner back $100 or more.

The truth is, Valentine’s Day isn’t about the money for most people. The survey finds that 89% of people don't want a partner to take on more debt to get them a gift, with most people saying they don’t need money to have a good Valentine’s Day. 

Source: Debt.com


Schools To Start Banning Best Friends?

  • More and more schools are banning kids from using the term “best friend” in an attempt to get kids to be more inclusive
  • The point isn’t to stop kids from actually having best friends, but it’s a way to try and get kids to broaden their friendship circle
  • One expert notes, “what schools are trying to do is foster the idea of kids having more than a single friend” 

While growing up most kids have a lot of friends, there’s always that one special person who they called their best friend, who they shared all their secrets with, but now schools are trying to put a stop to that. These days more and more schools are banning kids from using the term “best friend” in an attempt to get kids to be more inclusive, a practice that allegedly started in the UK.

“There has been a movement in some American schools and European schools to ban the phrase ‘best friend,'” clinical psychologist Dr. Barbara Greenberg tells CBS News. “The idea of banning the phrase ‘best friends’ is a very intriguing social experiment.”

Greenberg insists the point isn’t to stop kids from actually having best friends, but it’s a way to try and get kids to broaden their friendship circle. “Let’s face it, you can’t ban somebody from having a close relationship, and you can’t really ban somebody from having a best friend,” Greenberg notes, “but what the schools are trying to do is foster the idea of kids having more than a single friend.”

Jay Jacobs, who operates Timber Lake Camp, says the camp always tries to foster a more welcoming environment amongst kids, and believes encouraging them to have a wider group of friends is a key to future success. He explains, “It’s now about promoting kindness, looking to children to be kind to one another and to be aware of what it looks like when you’re not.”

Source: CBS New York


Three Things You Can Do To Help You Lose Weight

  • New research, suggests that for better weight loss results people should eat more slowly, avoid snacks after dinner, and not eat within two hours before going to bed
  • Participants who said they ate slowly were 42% less likely to be obese than fast eaters, while those who ate at normal speed were 29% less likely to be obese
  • Those who eat fast miss out on their body telling them they are full so they eat more

We all know diet and exercise will likely help you lose weight, but it turns out there are three simple things you could be doing that may make it easier to take off those extra pounds. New research, published in the journal “BMJ Open,” suggests that for better weight loss results people should eat more slowly, avoid snacks after dinner, and not eat within two hours before going to bed.

The study examined data on thousands of people with diabetes in Japan between 2008 and 2013. Participants were asked whether they would categorize their eating as fast, normal, or slow, with data showing that those who said they ate slowly were 42% less likely to be obese than fast eaters, while those who ate at normal speed were 29% less likely to be obese. The study also found that those who don’t snack after dinner, and those who didn’t eat within two hours of calling it a night also saw more weight loss.

While the study didn’t say why these factors help with weight loss, previous studies have looked at why the speed at which a person eats may be a factor. It is believed that those who eat fast miss out on their body telling them they are full so they eat more, while those who eat more slowly tend to eat smaller portions because they are more likely to recognize their body telling them when they are full.

Source: CBS News

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