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Spring brings greenery and flowers, but while you’re waiting for gardens to bloom outside, you can liven things up inside with some fresh flowers. And there’s no reason to wait for someone else to get them for you, just grab some for yourself at the grocery store or farmer’s market and enjoy.

Here are some science-backed reasons you should treat yourself to some fresh flowers

  • Flowers can decrease anxiety - A study done by Harvard psychologist Nancy Etcoff found that participants felt less negative after living in a home with flowers for a few days. Fresh blooms create a warm environment and make your home feel welcoming.
  • Flowers actually make you smile - Research from Rutgers shows that when people were told they’d receive a gift, flowers were the only one that gave people a “true smile” - which is one that involves the mouth, cheeks, and eyes.
  • Flowers spark creativity - Maybe you should get some flowers for your desk at work because a study from Texas A&M University finds that people working in flower-filled environments showed more innovative thinking.
  • Flowers change perception - That same study from Rutgers finds that “the good-mood effect” post-flower delivery can last for days. So if you want to change how someone sees you, give them flowers, too.

Source: Well and Good

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you have until Tuesday, and while you may think most people know that, a new survey reveals just how clueless some people, well, Millennials, are about it.

A poll by H&R Block finds that 66% of Millennials don’t know that tax day falls on April 17th this year. The usual April 15thdeadline falls on Sunday and April 16th is Emancipation Day, so it’s the 17th this year.

But that’s not the only thing they are clueless about when it comes to taxes, and it could be costing them money. While certain “life events” like getting married or having kids greatly affects your return, only 22% know how they affect their taxes, which is bad news, considering 72% have had one of these life events occur last year, with changing jobs (35%) and working more than one job (24%), the most common change.

Not surprising, half of Millennials say filing their taxes have caused them stress or loss of sleep, which makes sense considering 82% think filing taxes are somewhat complicated, while 21% think it’s very complicated. And while 61% will file taxes on their own, they may want to rethink that, since 70% are worried they’ll file them incorrectly. 

Source: New York Post

We all hold onto stuff we don’t need any more but we can’t get rid of it because we never know if we’ll need it. But spring is here, so it’s a perfect time to tackle some of that useless clutter around the house and get rid of what we don’t need. Start in the kitchen by throwing away these:

  • Warped plastic containers - Go through your stash of containers and pitch the ones that are broken, warped, or don’t have a matching lid. You can’t use them, so get rid of them.
  • Expired spices - If you didn’t have any idea that your spices could expire, you probably need to go through yours and get rid of the old ones because they’re not adding much flavor once they’re past their prime.
  • Rusty pans - Cooking in a rusty pan isn’t a good idea, so if yours are, time to splurge on new pans.
  • Old coffee beans - They only last about six months, after that, they need to be tossed.
  • Expired canned food - It doesn’t last forever, so check the dates and get rid of the old cans.
  • Frostbitten foods - If your frozen foods are covered in frostbite, they’re probably really old and need to go. govadvises tossing anything that’s been in the freezer longer than a year, but cooked meat only lasts six months and frozen raw ground meat is only good for four.
  • Blackened wooden spoons - That black stuff could be mold or a burn mark from getting scorched on the stove, so why take a chance?
  • A scratched up cutting board - Toss both plastic and wooden cutting boards with a lot of cuts and scratches because they’re hard to clean and you don’t want that gunk touching your food.
  • Scratched nonstick pans - If it’s got a deep scratch, it’s no longer considered nonstick and should be replaced.

Source: Hello Giggles

Are you someone who loves to mix your ketchup and mayo? Well, now there’s a product that does that for you, although it’s getting very mixed reviews on social media

Heinz has introduced a new product they’re calling Mayochup, which is exactly what it sounds like Heinz mayonnaise, combined with Heinz ketchup. Right now the product is only being sold in Middle East states, but the company is holding a vote as to whether it should be introduced in the U.S.

Fans have until Sunday to cast their yay or nay vote, but Heinz says it will only bring the product stateside if it gets 500,000 yes votes.

But while we’ll have to wait until this weekend to find out if we’ll get the product, folks on social media aren’t holding back with their thoughts. Many folks divided on whether the condiment is brilliant or disgusting, with some noting that it’s actually not a new invention, because it sounds just like fry sauce, which is popular in states like Idaho and Utah. Others don’t see the point, because it will just add one more condiment bottle in their fridge. 

Source: USA Today

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