We’ve all heard the saying that it’s better to give than to receive, and now science has proven it. According to a new study, people are happier when the give gifts rather than when they get them.
The study, published in the journal “Psychological Science,” tested the theory in two ways. First they gave 96 participants $5 every day for five days to either use on themselves, or spend on charities or put in tip jars. Results showed that while people who used the money on themselves were initially happy, that happiness faded after five days. But those who gave the money away stayed happy over that five-day period.
Meanwhile in another experiment 500 subjects were able to win money in an online puzzle game, which they could either keep or donate, and again those who gave away the money felt happier longer than those who kept the money.
Source: New York Post
If you are someone who waits until the last minute to do all your Christmas shopping, you are certainly not alone. While there may only be four days left until the holiday, a lot of people still have plenty of gifts to buy.
According to a new survey, close to one third of shoppers have only finished about 50% of their holiday shopping. What’s more, 32% report having 25 to 49% of their shopping left, while 37% say they have about 24% to complete.
And while you may think it’s too late to do your purchases online, it seems a lot of folks are taking the chance that their gifts will not get here in time, with 59% of people saying they will do the remainder of their shopping both online and in-store, while 15% are looking to finish their purchases solely online.
So, what will all these last-minute shoppers be buying? Well, 59% say they will pick up gift cards, while 44% will be buying clothing and accessories, and 38% will be buying toys and games.
Decking the halls and spreading good tidings is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. You might not realize it, but the most wonderful time of the year can be dangerous and in recent years, research has come out warning us about holiday-related injuries. Stay safe by using a little extra Christmas caution with these seasonal traditions.
- Santa - Turns out, even a visit to old St. Nick can get you hurt. A recent study finds that more than 270 kids were involved in Santa-related injuries between 2007 and 2016, some from falling off the big guy’s lap and one fell while running away from Santa in fear.
- Unwrapping gifts - In the frenzy of opening presents, injuries with knives and scissors spike on Christmas day, according to a 2016 analysis. The research concluded scissors should be avoided when unwrapping gifts, just to be safe.
- Your Christmas tree - Dry Christmas trees can be a major fire risk, according to the S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They warn that Christmas tree fires have caused an average of $12-million in damage and 10 deaths a year. Better make sure your real tree has plenty of water in the stand.
- Decorating - We told you decking the halls could be dangerous, folks fall off ladders while hanging decorations and broken ornaments can cause cuts, too. So if you have little kids, avoid breakable decorations, and everyone should inspect lights and cords for damage and wear, and please, be careful up on that ladder.
- Wrapping paper - When you’ve got a cozy fire burning and a big pile of wrapping paper that was recently torn off presents, it makes sense to toss it in the fire and burn it, right? Actually, the CPSC says that’s a hard no. “A flash fire may result because wrappings can ignite suddenly and burn intensely,” they warn. And now we know.
Source: USA Today
We all know how important getting a good night’s sleep is, and it’s so important to folks they’d be willing to shell out a lot of money if it meant guaranteeing a good night sleep. In fact, a new poll by Mattress Firm finds that folks would be willing to spend $290 a day for the perfect night sleep, which translates to a whopping $105,000 a year.
Now just how bad are folks doing when it comes to getting enough sleep? Well, while doctors recommend eight hours a night, the average American gets only about six hours and 17 minutes. What’s more, most folks get about 106 “perfect” nights of sleep each year and another 99 terrible nights, which amounts to about 30% of their yearly sleep.
As for how people characterize their sleep, 36% say they sleep “very well,” while 39% say “somewhat well,” 21% not very well and 4% not well at all.
So, what are the secrets to getting a good night sleep? Well, most people say it’s eating a good meal, taking a shower and reading a good book, while others say it’s all about having a really good mattress.
Ten “Secrets” To Getting A Good Night’s Sleep
- Eat a good meal, take a shower and read a good book.
- A good mattress.
- A nice cool room where it is not hot at all. Blankets rolled up to elevate my legs and a fan blowing loudly to drown out any sound from in the house or from outside.
- Drink milk and eat kiwi before bed.
- Count the number of breaths you take.
- Lavender in a diffuser.
- Listen to the radio or podcast.
- Meditate a minimum of 10 minutes.
- Not have anything with sugar at least four hours before going to sleep.
- Watch TV
Source: SWNS Digital
Every year we are confronted with new names, words and phrases that no matter how hard people try, they just can’t seem to pronounce right, and 2018 was no different.
The language learning app Babel teamed with the U.S. Captioning Company to come up with the 10 most commonly mispronounced words and names in 2018. The list is based on a survey of U.S. Captioning Company members, and features words that most newscasters and TV folks had trouble with this year.
Top mispronounced words and names include:
- Beto O'Rourke [[BEH-toe oh-RORK]] – Democratic Senate candidate in Texas
- Brett Kavanaugh [[BRETT KAV-a-naw]] – New Supreme Court Justice
- Daniel Kaluuya [[DAN-yull ka-LOO-yuh]] – “Get Out” and “Black Panther” actor
- Entomophagy [[en-to-MOF-o-jee]] – the practice of eating insects
- Freekeh [[FREE-kah]] – a cereal food that some consider a “supergrain”
- Halapoulivaati Vaitai [[ha-la-poo-lee-VAH-tee VIE-tie]] – Offensive Tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles
- Jamal Khashoggi [[ja-MALL ka-SHOW-gi]] – murdered “Washington Post” journalist
- Mukbang [[MUCK-bahng]] – an online video where people eat large quantities of food
- Saoirse Ronan [[SIR-shuh ROE-nin]] – Oscar-nominated actress
- Xhosa [[*click* O-sa]] - an official language of South Africa and Zimbabwe
Source: USA Today