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We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is important for our health, but plenty of people aren’t getting the required amount of shuteye each night. Turns out, for a lot of people, life at the office is affecting their bedtime.

A new survey by AccounTemps finds that 44% of professionals are losing sleep over work. As for why, 50% say they’ve been overwhelmed with work volume/hours, while 48% can’t get their business problems out of their head. Other reasons for work-related sleep loss include:

  • Strained co-worker relationships (20%)
  • Worried I may lose my job (18%)
  • My boss is a nightmare (16%)

And work seems to be getting to some professionals more than others. Overall, workers in Miami lose the most sleep because of work (65%), followed by those in Nashville (59%) and New York (55%), while workers in Minneapolis are the most likely to not miss out on sleep because of the job (24%).

Source: AccounTemps


There are a lot of embarrassing things folks can do while drunk, but it turns out one major thing a lot of people are guilty of isn’t necessarily embarrassing, but it's pretty costly. A new report by Finder.com reveals that 48% of Americans admit they shop while drunk, and it’s having a huge impact on their bank accounts.

The survey finds that overall Americans spent about $30.43-billion on drunk purchases last year, which comes out to about $448 per person, which is twice as much as the year before! And believe it or not, men do more of the drunk shopping, spending $564, while women spend only about $282.

When it comes to age, Gen Xers spend the most drunk shopping, about $737.87, which is three times more than Millennials, who spend $206.11. But even though Gen Xers spend more, Millennials are more likely to actually drunk shop, with 61.07% Millennials admitting to drunk shopping, as compared to 51.17% Gen Xers.

So where is all this money going to? Well, about 61% of people drunkenly spend their dough on food, while a little more than 25% drunk buy shoes and clothes and just under 25% waste their money drunk gambling.

Source: Finder.com


If you’ve ever sworn that your morning cup of coffee tastes better out of your favorite mug, you’re so not alone. And it turns out, it’s not just personal preference, there’s science behind it. Professor Charles Spence from Oxford University, and founding father of Gastrophysics, believes that drinking coffee from your favorite cup actually improves its flavor.

In his book “Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating,” Spence explains that drinking coffee out of your favorite mug “creates a personalized experience” that could make drinkers give more value to it as a result of owning the cup, which in turn makes it taste better.

He says most people feel almost embarrassed to admit they prefer coffee in their favorite mug, because they don’t really believe it can change the taste and that they’re just being silly. He writes, “And yet, as a gastrophysicist, I firmly believe that this form of personalization really does make a difference to how much we enjoy the experience—a subtle one, perhaps, but significant nonetheless.”

Spence points out that marketing smarties at companies are using the personalization tool to boost their bottom lines, like Starbucks writing customers’ names on cups and Coke creating labels with names. Having something personalized can trigger pleasant memories, making the whole experience better overall.

And if your favorite mug happens to bite the dust one day and you have to replace it, Spence advises going with a heavier one. Maybe even one without a handle, so you “feel more warmth from the drink, which research shows makes the world around us look warmer.”

Source: My Recipes


Next time you’re in a stressful situation and your heart rate is sky high, this simple quick-fix could help you feel better: smile. Research has shown that the sheer act of smiling can be enough to make you feel happier, which means maybe there’s something to that whole “fake it ‘til you make it” saying.

According to a 2003 study from Clark University, a smile, even a forced one, can que some happy feelings you haven’t connected with in a while and can help turn your mood around. And research has shown that a smile can release more rewarding and pleasurable feelings than eating chocolate, which definitely makes people happy.

But not all smiles are created equal. Research from the Association for Psychological Science shows that to get all the benefits of smiling, you need to have a Duchenne smile- that means smiling so big, it engages the muscles around your eyes. A social smile - one that’s just a slight upturn in the lips - won’t give you the mood boost.

Smiling has also been shown to help decrease stress,lowering your heart rate and your blood pressure, too. Plus the endorphins you feel can work as a pain reliever, too. And smiles and frowns are both contagious, so if your friends see you smiling, they’ll end up smiling also. Then you’ve started a chain of happiness around you and everybody feels good.

Source: Elite Daily


As if having kids isn’t expensive enough, a new study shows that we’re paying more to shop for girls. Clothing and toys made and marketed for girls are more likely to cost more, according to the new study from the New York City Consumer Affairs (DCA).

You’ve probably heard of the “pink tax” - it refers to the extra amount women get charged for some products and services, like dry cleaning and personal hygiene products. Well, now we know it trickles down to girls’ stuff as well. This study looked at 800 products marketed to males or females by more than 90 brands sold in 24 stores in the New York City area and found that some girls’ items cost 7% more.

In all but five of the 35 product categories they reviewed, products for females were priced higher than those for males. The DCA found that women’s stuff cost more 42% of the time and men’s products only cost more 18% of the time.

Here’s how much more specific items cost for females:

  • 7% more for toys and accessories
  • 4% more for children’s clothing
  • 8% more for adult clothing
  • 13% more for personal care products
  • 8% more for senior/home health care products

Source: Babble

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