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While money can’t buy you happiness, most people will say it sure can help. But just how much money does a person need to be happy? Well, a new study has the answer. 

According to research by Purdue University and published in "Nature Human Behavior," folks don’t actually need as much as they think to be happy, although the actual sum may depend on where they’re living. The study is the result of a survey of over 1.7-million people in 164 countries, which asked folks how much money they thought they needed for emotional well-being, and “life evaluation,” a.k.a. overall satisfaction with life.

In the end, the study found that for individuals (not families), $95,000 a year was the “ideal income point” when it came to life evaluation, meaning for folks to be happy with their life on the whole. Meanwhile anywhere between $60,000 to $75,000 a year was the amount needed for emotional well-being, which is when folks are generally happy each day and content with their situation.

Source: New York Post


We’ve all had that day that we wish was over before they even started. It’s common to have a bad day now and again, but according to a new study, bad days aren’t few and far between. In fact, most of us have a lot of them each year.

According to a survey of 2,000 Americans by fitness app Freeletics, the average American has about 60 bad days a year, or two whole months. As for what a “bad day” consists of, that does depend on the person.

Not surprising, work is a big reason for folks’ bad days, with respondents blaming their job for four out of the five bad days they have each month. As for why exactly they have bad days, 67% of people blame it on not getting enough sleep, while other reasons for bad days include:

  • Having plans fall through (34%)
  • Not having hot water in the shower (25%)
  • Having a bad hair day (25%)
  • Having their favorite sport team lose (8%)

And there’s no doubt having bad days can be bad for not only people’s mental health, but their physical health as well. In fact, the study finds that 50% of Americans say they are likely to eat something unhealthy when they are having a bad day, while 34% are more likely to have an alcoholic beverage. Just one?

Source: New York Post


Forget all that stuff we’ve been told about never going to bed angry. According to new research, it’s the couples who fight that end up staying together. The survey of 1,000 adults found that couples who argue are 10 times more likely to stay together.

Joseph Grenny, co-author of the “New York Times” bestseller “Crucial Conversations, explains that “the biggest mistake couples make is avoidance.” He says trust and intimacy grow deeper when a couple opens up and communicates honestly with each other, which includes arguing.

And when we fight, Grenny says the top three things couples argue about are money, sex, and annoying habits. Sound about right? More than four of five survey respondents admit poor communication played a role in a previous failed relationship and half blame poor communication as the major reason the relationship didn’t work out. But the thing is, less than one in five think they’re usually to blame when a conversation goes badly.

Grenny explains that real intimacy isn’t just about love, but truth, too. And sometimes being honest leads to arguments, but that’s actually a good thing. No one wants to fight, but it’s comforting to know it’s healthy for your relationship.

Source: Babble


This may be the nastiest news you hear all day, but according to a Best Buy Geek Squad guy, the reason your computer is running so slowly could be your dead skin cells. It turns out, when it flakes off, it could be gunking up your computer. So in addition to temporary Internet files and unused apps, the skin you shed could be making it crawl along.

"A lot of dust, food, and other junk builds up in your computer and especially your fans inside your computer," Geek Squad’s Adam Silkey explains. "Those are what keeps your computer cool and keeps it speedy."

And that “dust” and “other junk” he’s talking about? It’s mainly dead skin. While it’s normal to shed skin cells, not using cans of compressed air regularly to spray off the buildup on your computer could eventually cause it to clog up the fan, Silkey says. And now that we know, let’s all give our keyboards a good wipe down with some Lysol wipes and spray our computers clean with compressed air. Sounds like they could all use it.

Source: Allure

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