Everybody has those friends who fill their Facebook and Instagram feeds with vacation photos, and, as you suspect, a lot of them are probably doing it to make you feel bad. According to the 10th annual 2018 Vacation Confidence Index, released by Allianz Global Assistance, 65% of folks admit to posting vacation photos in order to make others jealous, and another 51% do it just to compete with others who post vacay shots.
And it sounds like folks probably don’t have to be all that jealous because some folks aren’t necessarily being truthful with their photos. In fact, 36% of Millennials admit to deceiving followers by posting images that make their trip look better than it is. What’s more, 15% of Gen Xers and 5% of Baby Boomers are also guilty of this practice.
But social media does play a role in influencing others’ travel choices. About 30% of all age groups say their travel plans are somewhat or very influenced by social media posts, with that number going up to 51% for Millennials. Facebook is the social media that influences people the most (49%), followed by Instagram (35%), Pinterest (19%) and Twitter (13%).
Source: ABC 7
Does it ever feel like your brain just doesn’t function when it’s too hot out? Apparently there’s a good reason for that. A new study out of Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health reveals that extreme heat actually reduces cognitive function.
The study looked at 44 students in their late teens and early 20s living in dorm rooms, with 24 living in a dorm with air conditioning and another 20 living without AC. All the students were given cognitive tests each morning and the results found that during a heat wave those without AC did worse on tests for reaction times, working memory and more than those with AC.
And cooling temperatures outside don’t necessarily help. The study found that the biggest difference in the cognitive tests came when it was cooler outside, but still hot inside because of no AC.
Source: Eureka Alert
If you’re wondering why we’re constantly hearing about the latest diet trend, or what you need to do to take off the extra pounds, it turns out it’s because most people are in fact trying to lose weight.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control says that between 2013 and 2016, 49% of American adults were trying to lose weight at some point within the previous year. Not surprising, the numbers are higher for women (56.4%) as compared to men (41.7%), and age also played a role with 43% of those 60 and older trying to lose weight in the past year, with that number going up to 52% for those 40 to 59, and about 50% for those 20 to 39.
As for how most people went about losing the weight, exercise and eating less was the most common way to take off the pounds (63%), although some said they tried to eat more produce, and increase their water intake, as well as curb their consumption of junk food, fast food and sweets. Overall, 88% said they used two or more of these strategies.
While men and women have fought for ages about leaving the toilet seat up, the one thing they probably haven’t paid much attention to is the toilet seat cover...and they probably should. Most people are probably too lazy to actually shut the toilet cover every time they flush, and by not doing it, they’re allowing gross germs to spread all over the place.
“You get a good spray out of the toilet area,” Charles P. Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, tells the “New York Post.” “When droplets come out of the toilet, it looks like the Fourth of July.”
The so-called “aerosol effect” is practically spreading fecal bacteria and viruses throughout your bathroom. And with the average person flushing toilet five to six times a day, or 2,000 flushes a year, that is a lot of germs. According to Jason “The Germ Guy” Tetro, each time you flush, “any microbes deposited into said toilet may be sent into the surrounding environment.” Plus, bacteria can rise up to 10-inches in the air, and will linger for as long 90-minutes. Makes you want to start moving your toothbrush out of the room, no?
- And if you think having a low flow toilet is protecting you from such spray...sorry Charlie. Scientists have already proven that the aerosol effect is just as bad with low-flow toilets, bringing hundreds to thousands of germ-filled droplets in the air.
Source: New York Post
Putting on a brave face to get through your day may make it easy for other people, but not for you. If you are feeling bad, go with it. Have you ever thought "I tell myself I shouldn't be feeling the way that I'm feeling?" You are actually making things worse!
Researchers from the University of California wanted to see how resisting negative emotions affected 13-hundred people. The results were interesting. You end up being more stressed when you fight that blue mood. If you embrace it, that level of well-being goes up.
In a nutshell, don’t stifle how you feel. No matter what that mood is, embrace it and remember “this too shall pass!”