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As we previously told you, an Expedia survey recently named the “Seat Kicker” the most aggravating airline passenger, but another poll seems to disagree, although airline seats are still a huge cause of airplane aggravation. 

The Go Group just released their findings of a survey on the biggest travel pet peeves, and “people who recline their seat in your lap” easily came out on top with 22% of the vote.

Other big travel pet peeves include:

  • “Loud Talkers” – 17%
  • Folks who cram too-large luggage into overhead bins (16%)
  • Crying children (13%)
  • People who moved too slowly through TSA (8%)

Pet peeves garnering a lower percentage of the vote, but are still pretty annoying, include folks who use mobile devices without headphones, drunk passengers, people who bring smelly food on board, armrest stealers, overly chatty seatmates and barefoot passengers, each of which got under 5% of the vote.

Source: Market Watch


While you may have loved your job and put everything into it when you were first hired, after a while that new job excitement tends to drift away, leaving most workers less than thrilled with coming to the office each morning. Well, according to a new survey, that seems to be happening a lot.

A poll by Accountemps finds that workers are disengaged at their jobs on average 26% of the time, which can result in lost productivity, low morale and turnover.

So, what can offices do about it? Well,  37% of people say better perks, like free food, on-site gyms, or even naps, would improve employee engagement, while 31% would like more challenging work, 31% would like to see less bureaucracy and red tape, 22% would like a lighter load, and 19% would want a better boss.

The survey also finds that workers in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Chicago are the ones struggling the most to stay inspired by their jobs, while the most engaged workers live in Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Charlotte. What’s more, folks in Boston are more likely to say better perks will keep them more engaged, while those in Chicago want more meaningful work and those in Cleveland are most likely to be looking for less bureaucracy.

Source: Accountemps 


Even if you hate your job, getting fired isn’t exactly a great experience, and it’s even worse if you get canned for something you couldn’t exactly help. While not doing your job right, or constantly being late is a good reason to can someone, once in a while people get the boot for some strange reason, and now those folks are sharing.

A new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has workers sharing the bizarre reasons they got let go from their job, and after hearing them we can only think that they were all better off.

Crazy reasons people got fired include:

  • “I was fired for being in a coma ‘because I didn’t call out.’”
  • “I got fired for NOT doing cocaine with my boss. I worked at a tattoo shop doing piercings.”
  • “I got fired because I started to gain weight and didn’t ‘fit in' anymore…I worked at Dunkin’ Donuts.”
  • “When I was in high school I worked at a library. I got fired for yawning too often and it really said that on my pink slip.”
  • “I was fired for taking too long to poop…yes those were his words.”
  • “I was fired for sexual harassment for asking if a coworker was sunburnt.”
  • “I was fired because my manager’s wife needed a job and I was the newest one there so they fired me…she just got fired because she sucked at the job.”
  • “I was fired for going to the bathroom too much. It was my first trimester of my pregnancy with morning sickness.”
  • “I was fired for being a ‘contagious disease of negativity.”

Source: Whisper


Everyone has their own skincare routine and products they like best, but when it comes to preventing wrinkles, there’s one product that beats them all, according to dermatologists. When “Women’s Health Magazine” asked nine derms what their go-to product for fighting wrinkles is, they were shocked to get the same answer from all nine: retinol.

So what is it? Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital explains that retinoids is the broad term for a derivative of vitamin A that includes over-the-counter retinol and it stimulates collagen production and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. He says, “Retinol is the single best-studied ingredient in fighting skin aging.”

And other dermatologists agree that retinol is the most powerful ingredient for rejuvenation. But retinoid products like prescription Retin-A can also minimize pores and clear blackheads and whiteheads, as well as exfoliate. Most doctors go for the prescription versions, which are stronger, but there are all kinds of drugstore products that also contain retinol, work really well, and are more affordable.

Since anyone at any age can benefit from retinol and it can help with clearing breakouts as well as preventing wrinkles, it should win a spot in your skincare routine. All those dermatologists can’t be wrong.

Source: Women's Health


It doesn’t matter if you’re eating an organic kale bowl with tofu or dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets dipped in ketchup, sitting down to a screen-free family meal has physical, mental and emotional benefits for parents and kids. Even if you can’t get home to dine with the family every night, trying to eat together three times a week, including breakfasts and weekends, is a good goal. Here are some of the ways science says eating as a family is good for us.

It lowers the risk of substance abuse - Research from Harvard shows family dinners help lower the risk of depression in kids and all that communication happening around the table helps keep youngsters from turning to drugs and alcohol. According to Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teens who have fewer than three family dinners a week are more than twice as likely to say they expect to do drugs in the future, compared to those who eat five to seven family dinners a week.

It boosts academic performance - Harvard Medical School psychology professor Anne Fishel says researchers found dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary in little ones more than being read to aloud. She says, “For school-age youngsters, regular mealtime is an even more powerful predictor of high achievement scores than time spent in school, doing homework, playing sports or doing art.”

It decreases obesity and eating disorders - A study led by eating disorder expert Dr. Jess Haines found adolescent girls who ate family dinner at least most days were less likely to initiate purging, binge eating, and frequent dieting, compared to those who never or rarely ate together as a family. Another study found that both parents and kiddos are significantly less overweight if they share meals often. And another study found kids who eat with their families tend to eat healthier as well.

It increases self-esteem and resilience - Psychology researchers at Emory University found that kids who have frequent family dinners “know more about their family history and tend to have higher self-esteem, interact better with their peers and show higher resilience in the face of diversity.”

Source: PureWow


Parents who want to work on making their relationship with their kids better in the future might want to turn up the car radio to something the whole family will enjoy. A new studyfrom the University of Arizona found young men and women who share musical experiences with their parents during childhood - especially during adolescence - report having better relationships with their parents as they get older.

Researchers surveyed a group of young adults with an average age of 21 about how much they listen to music with their moms and dads as kids, how often they went to concerts together, or played musical instruments together. They found that shared musical experiences at all age levels were linked to better perceptions about relationships with their parents as young adults, but the biggest impact was from the experiences that happened during teenage years.

"If you have little kids, and you play music with them, that helps you be closer to them, and later in life will make you closer to them," explains study co-author Jake Harwood, professor and head of the UA Department of Communication. "If you have teenagers and you can successfully listen to music together or share musical experiences with them, that has an even stronger effect on your future relationship and the child's perception of the relationship in emerging adulthood."

So next time you’re on a family road trip and your teens are riding in isolation with their earbuds in place, try to get them to unplug and then play something everyone will like. Of course, that part may be hard, so be prepared for the eyerolls.

Source: Science Daily

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