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This time of year it may be hard to get your kids to think about anything other than candy and who can blame them, trick-or-treating is the best. But if you want to get your little ones to learn to appreciate the season and spirit of Thanksgiving ahead of the holiday, one mom has a clever idea that can help: the “Thankful Pumpkin.”

Carolyn Henderson Copeland posted her meaningful project on Facebook and explained how it works. Every night for the month of November, she and her kiddos write new things they’re thankful for on their “Thankful Pumpkin.” It’s just that easy and as the month goes on and gets closer to Thanksgiving, the gourd is a visual reminder of all the special things the family is grateful for.

It’s simple and significant at the same time and it also makes a lovely decoration. Copeland’s post has gotten over 68,000 shares and more than 27,000 likes and lots of folks say they love the idea. Maybe this could become a sweet family tradition at your house, and hey, that’s one less pumpkin you have to carve!

Source: The Stir


It’s no secret that a lot of people have body confidence issues, and it certainly isn’t helping that people can be so mean to folks who aren’t a perfect size eight. Making fun of someone’s weight is never nice, yet a new poll finds the majority of people have experienced it. 

A survey by the NORC at the University of Chicago finds that 34% of people say they’ve experienced fat shaming first hand, or witnessed someone experiencing it, and that number goes up to 43% for people who are obese. What’s worse, 52% of obese folks say are “fat shamed” all of the time.

And it’s not just name calling. In fact, 18% of people say doctors and other medical professionals often provide people with obesity lower quality care. Plus, 29% of people say it affects hiring decisions and 22% think it affects work promotions.

  • Overall, 85% of people, no matter what they weigh, think fat shaming is a serious issue, with 48% thinking is extremely or very serious. And the media isn’t helping, with 58% of people saying such shaming occurs in the media.
  • And while most people realize obesity is a real problem, whether it’s a disease or not is another story. The survey finds that 53% of people think it’s a disease, yet 46% feel it is a lifestyle choice.

Source: Business Journals


Female superheroes are finally having a moment thanks to the success of “Wonder Woman” and the upcoming “Captain Marvel” movie. And it turns out these women aren’t just powerful characters on screen, they have real-life powers that can affect the way girls see themselves.

A new survey from the Women’s Media Center of 2,431 boys, girls, and their parents shows that 90% of girls between the ages of five and 19 say female superheroes and sci-fi characters are role models for them. The girls surveyed say their favorite heroes make them feel strong, confident, brave and inspired and more than half of them (58%) say seeing female heroes makes them feel like they could accomplish anything.

And on the flip side, about two-thirds of 10 to 19 year old girls surveyed feel there aren’t enough female role models and strong female characters in movies on TV. There’s a big gender gap on this one, with only about 35% of boys the same age saying they feel the same way. So bring on the leading ladies of all colors and backgrounds and let’s boost some girls’ confidence.

Source: Hello Giggles


These days a lot of us rely on Waze to get us where we want to go and reduce our time in traffic, and while more cars on the road may be a good thing for them, their latest venture is actually seeking to reduce the number of people driving each day.

The Google-owned navigation app has just launched a service to help hook people up with carpools. The Waze Carpool app was initially tested in Israel and California but is now being launched nationally. Those interested in finding a carpool share simply have to enter their commute time, and home and work address, and it will spit out carpools available during that time. They then just have to request a ride and wait to hear back. 

Folks can also register a desire to drive people, and can even charge for it, but it’s not exactly a money making venture. In fact, Waze only allows people to charge enough to cover gas, insurance and other vehicle costs, with the maximum charge 54 cents a mile. Drivers are also limited to two rides a day, again, to prevent anyone from trying to make money off the Carpool app. 

"Our mission has been all about finding a solution to traffic," Waze CEO Noam Bardin says. "But traffic is getting worse and worse. There is no way out. There are just too many cars and not enough roads." 

Source: USA Today 


We’ve all had one of those arguments that start over something small, like your partner forgetting to take out the trash, and then somehow it spirals into a huge fight and you’re questioning the future of your relationship. Suddenly, you’re both giving each other the silent treatment and feel like you might never recover as a couple. Well, new research has found something that could help simmer down a dispute with your S.O. in a hurry and it’s oh so easy: a hug.

Yes, according to a recent study from Carnegie Mellon University, the simple act of hugging can calm us down after a fight or a stressful situation. Researchers found “consensual hugs and interpersonal touch” are really good at helping us relax and cool off after conflict. The study shows those who snuggled on the same day as a dispute didn’t have their positive emotions affected as much by the disagreement and the negative feelings it brought on were less intense in both men and women.

So what’s so magical about a hug? It has to do with our bodies producing more of the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin and less of the stress hormone cortisol when we experience physical touch. Our heart rate and blood pressure also go down and our brain waves switch to relaxation mode, so we feel much more calm and satisfied with our S.O. after hugging, too. Of course, we’re not always up for a snuggle in the heat of the argument, but if you can hug it out, it could help.

Source: Women's Health

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