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While some people are willing to relocate in order to live close to the office and not have to deal with a nightmarish commute, it seems there are plenty of people in this country who would rather just pick up and find a new job.

A new Robert Half survey finds that 23% of workers say they've left a job because of a terrible commute. Overall, Chicago is the city with the most employees who’ve left a job because of a bad commute, followed by Miami, New York and San Francisco. 

Meanwhile,  39% of workers say their commute has gotten better over the last five years, while 22% say it’s gotten worse. Folks in Seattle are most likely to say their commute has gotten worse, followed by Denver and Austin and San Francisco. Folks in Miami are most likely to say their commute has gotten better over the last five years, followed by Los Angeles and New York. 

  • For those who say it’s gotten worse, 60% say their company hasn’t done anything to alleviate workers’ commuting concerns. Such things companies can do is offer work from home options or transportation amenities.

Source: Robert Half 


Say goodbye to Weight Watchers. No, the popular weight loss company isn’t closing up shop, but they are changing their name, and their mission.  The company just announced that they are rebranding themselves “WW,” with a goal of turning themselves from just a weight loss organization into an overall health and wellness organization.

“We will never abdicate our leadership in the best healthy eating program for weight loss in the world, but we can be so much more today," the company's president and chief executive, Mindy Grossman shares on “Today.” "We can inspire people for healthy habits, to help them eat better, move better, use their mind to help support their efforts and really be about total wellness."

The company’s new tagline will now be “Wellness That Works,” with the goal to help their members build healthy habits. They have also partnered with the meditation and mindfulness tool Headspace, which, starting October 4th, will be incorporated into the WW mobile app.

  • Other planned changes include a change to the FitPoints program on the app, a new “Connect Groups” feature that will help like-minded members find each other to share tips on their particular interests and foods, and WellnessWins rewards, where members earn “Wins” for their healthy habits and then redeem them for exclusive products and experiences.

Source: Today


While we no longer live in a time where mothers are expected to stay at home with the kids, there are still plenty of women who give up work to raise their children. But guess what? As it turns out, the number of dadswho do the same is on the rise.

A new Pew Research poll study finds that as of 2016, about 18% of parents didn’t work outside the home, which amounts to about 11-million parents. The number of stay-at-home moms is at about 27%, virtually unchanged from the last poll in 1989, but the number of stay-at-home dads has increased from 10% in 1989, to 17% in 2016.

The study finds that in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession stay-at-home parenting was up to 20%, mostly because parents were unable to find work. And when it comes to dads, one-third said they were home because they were unemployed.

  • But unemployment isn’t the only reason some dads are staying home. About 24% of fathers say they stay at home specifically to care for their home and family, although that number is significantly larger for moms, with 78% saying that’s the reason they are home.

Source: Pew Research


It’s no secret that fewer young people are on Facebook these days, with more and more parents, and even grandparents, joining the social media site almost daily. Well, as you can imagine, grandparents on Facebook can be completely amusing, since many don’t know what they’re doing, and now some people are spilling the beans on their family.

Buzzfeed recently asked users to share the funniest things their grandparents have shared on Facebook and it’s pretty hilarious. One grandma decided to change her relationship status, writing “decided to be a hoe again,” while one woman shared the passive aggressive comments from her husband’s grandma, who, after the woman wrote “I love you,” responded with “I loved him first.”

Another person’s religious grandmother wanted to pass luck on to her friends, but didn’t realize she shared a picture of a pot plant that read, “you’ve been passed the lucky bud,” while another had some distinct opinions on a Crib Dribbler, writing, “you are having a baby, not a farm.” Click here for more embarrassing Facebook posts from grandparents.

Source: Buzzfeed


It’s finally fall, which is the season for drinking super sugary coffee drinks, apparently. Some people are such huge fans of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the like that they were counting down the days until the beverage hit stores. You can find some version of the sweet concoctions at most coffee shops, but do you know what’s really in them? We’re not talking ingredients, but calories and sugar content.

Basically, when you drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte, just think of it like a warm milkshake. And if you’re thinking the pumpkin and spices make it healthy, registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick explains, “Unfortunately, that’s like saying apple pie is healthy because it’s apple.” So, while coffee has some health benefits, a sweet seasonal coffee drink is really a dessert.

That’s because even a small one - a Tall at Starbucks - made with nonfat milk and no whip cream still has 200 calories and 29 carbs. The smarties at Consumer Affairs figured out we’d have to do burpees for 21 minutes or jog for 1.6 miles to burn that off. And if you go big and get the full-blown Venti PSL with whip cream and whole milk, you’re looking at 64 grams of sugar, 500 calories, and 66 grams of carbs, so it takes a major workout of 54 minutes of burpees or jogging for 4.6 miles to burn that off. And suddenly, black coffee never sounded so good.

Source: Business Insider


Want to be happy? Be yourself. According to a new survey of 2,000 Americans, people think the key to being blissful is a mix of being true to yourself and spending time with family. And that old saying that money can’t buy happiness is reflected on this list.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Circulon, looked at the things that people consider important for a well-rounded personal life and how those contribute to Americans’ happiness. These are the top ways people say they keep their lives well-rounded and their personal secrets to happiness.

Top factors for a well-rounded personal life:

  1. Spending time with family
  2. Watching TV shows/movies
  3. Getting a quality night’s sleep/enough sleep
  4. Taking time for yourself every day
  5. Listening to music and/or podcasts
  6. Spending time with friends
  7. Keeping your house/space clean and organized
  8. Having sex
  9. Spending time outside/in nature
  10. Spending time with a pet

Americans’ secrets to personal happiness:

  1. Be yourself and enjoy time with family
  2. Be willing to be wrong
  3. Be honest with yourself
  4. Being happy with yourself and what you have
  5. Do what you love as often as you can
  6. Don’t stress the small stuff
  7. Exercise and eating right
  8. Finding a balance in life
  9. Finding joy, even in the hard times
  10. Getting enough sleep

Source: New York Post


Spend enough time in the kitchen and you’ll have your share of mishaps, but some common cooking mistakes could actually be dangerous. Avoid these errors so you don’t compromise your health and safety.

  • Your leftovers need to be finished sooner than you think - The shelf life on your leftovers is short, so it’s best to err on the side of caution to avoid food poisoning. According to the government’s food safety protocol, meats should stay in the fridge for only a couple daysand meat-free foods, like pizza, need to go after three or four days.
  • Washing raw chicken can actually spread germs - USDA spokesperson Marianna Gravely warns that washing raw chicken or other meat can spread potential bacteria to other foods and surfaces through water splatter. But as long as you cook meat to an internal temperature of 165-degrees, you’ll kill any bacteria.
  • Leaving the kitchen is a recipe for disaster - The National Fire Protection Association reports that the number one cause of home fires and injuries is unattended cooking. So set a timer and pay attention, especially if you’ve had a couple drinks.
  • Eating raw cookie dough can cause more than a stomach ache - It’s so tempting to lick the spoon when making cookies, but eating raw eggs and untreated flour could make you sick if your ingredients are contaminated by salmonella or E. coli.
  • Your cloth tote bags might not be as clean as you think - Juices from packages of raw meat can drip and contaminate the packaging and your shopping bag. So make sure you wash your reusable bags frequently so they don’t breed bacteria.
  • Wash your hands, especially if you’re using your phone - Tons of us use a mobile device in the kitchen, but most of us aren’t washing our hands after we touch our phones while cooking. Bacteria on our phones and tablets can contaminate our food, so wash up regularly and stay healthy.

Source: Insider

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