Having Children Doesn't Make You Happier?

While Amazon may be everyone’s go-to spot for online shopping, when it comes to customer service another retailer is earning higher marks with shoppers, and you may be surprised by who it is. 

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s annual Retail and Consumer Shipping Report, Costco rates the highest for costumer satisfaction when it comes to Internet retailers. The warehouse store, which got into the e-commerce game last year, earns an ASCI score of 83 this year to top Amazon, which drops three points this year to an 82. Before this, Amazon has maintained the top spot since 2010.

When it comes to retail in general, Internet sales earns the highest satisfaction scores, with an 80, although it is two points lower than it was last year. This year saw the addition of 21 new e-commerce companies on the list, with many earning high scores like Etsy, Kohl’s, Nike, and Nordstrom, which each debuted with an ACSI score of 81.

Top Five Internet Retailers For Customer Satisfaction

1. Costco (83)

2. Amazon (82)

3. Etsy (81)

3. Kohl’s (81)

3. Nike (81)


There are a lot of reasons being single is great, and there are also plenty of reasons it's not fun, and very often one of those reasons could be your married friends. All too often married folks think they know better than their single friend, or worse, look down on friends who can’t find a mate, and singletons wish they could just tell them what’s what.

Well, a new Buzzfeed thread has single folks doing just that. Plenty of those without plus ones have chimed in with things they wish they could tell their married friends, and we bet a lot of people can relate.

Things single people wish they could tell married friends include:

  • "Just because I'm single and one of your other friends is single doesn't mean we're perfect for each other."
  • “Don't push us out of your lives just because you're married now. There will come a time when you'll need good friends in your life again, and if you've pushed us all away, you'll be pretty lonely."
  • “Please don't bicker in front of me. It's incredibly awkward."
  • “Your spouse doesn't have to come along every time we hang out. It's OK for you to spend time with your friends without them sometimes."
  • "If you tell me I'm being 'picky' one more time, I'll ask you why you settled."
  • “Consider buying gifts for your friends when they reach special milestones, too! Remember that we've celebrated your engagements, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, etc. So if something happens in our lives that we're excited about — like getting a promotion or a new pet — try to celebrate in small ways with us, too."
  • “I’m not broken because I'm single. So don't act like I am."
  • “Please don't spend our entire time hanging out talking about your spouse. Update me on any major news about them, then give it a rest. I'm here to talk about you."
  • "Oh, and if you're going out as a couple with your single friend, cut down on some of that PDA, please!" 


While moms and dads may love to tell folks how happy they are now that they have children, a new study suggests that’s likely not the case at all. In fact, new research seems to prove that children don’t actually raise a person’s happiness level, and they could actually reduce it.

The study, distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, looked at financial repercussions of having kids, and found that if parents have financial problems, like paying the bills, children actually made them less happy. Of course if money isn’t an issue that’s another story. The study notes that if financial hardship isn’t a factor, children do actually increase a parent’s happiness.

Interestingly, the age of a child also has an effect on happiness. When parents don’t have any financial issues, the study finds children under 10 raised parents’ happiness, but that isn’t necessarily true for kids 10 to 14. What’s more, step children don’t necessarily make someone happy. In fact, having step-kids was linked to lower life satisfaction as opposed to someone having their own kids.

Source:New York Post

People like to joke that new parents “will never sleep again” when they’re about to have a baby. And after a few nights with a newborn? It totally starts to feel that way. Of course, youwillsleep again, but according to new research, it may take as long as six years.

A new study from the University of Warwick in the U.K. tracked close to five-thousand moms and dads for years to see how their sleep was affected by becoming new parents. It’s no surprise to anyone who’s been in the trenches with a newborn that both sleep satisfaction and duration was at its worst during the first three months after baby’s birth. But those sleep-deprived nights? They can last up to six years for both parents.

The research tells us something else new moms already know - there’s a gender difference in the amount of sleep lost. If you guessed moms lose more, you’re a terrible guesser, but you’re also right. The study finds that during the first three months after giving birth, mamas lose out on an hour’s sleep a night, while dads are only losing about 15-minutes a night.

But the drag doesn’t stop when the midnight feedings and diaper changes do. Over the first four to six years with their first child, the study finds that women missed out on 41-minutes of sleep a night, while men only lost about 14-minutes. By the time the kid is six, that evens out a bit and mothers are sleeping about 20-minutes less than they did before before pregnancy. So hang in there, mamas – in six years, you’ll almost be back to normal sleep again.

Source:Science Daily

Restaurant menus can affect our dining experience in more ways than you probably realize. For one thing, where the items are located on the menu can impact how likely they are to be ordered. Now, new research finds that even the font on the menu can change our perception and “trick” us into thinking the food is healthier.

According to a new study from Ohio State University, when restaurant menus appear to be handwritten – instead of printed up with standard font – diners believe the food is going to be better for them. Researchers found that menus using the “imperfect curves of a handwritten font” made people feel more positively about the menu and the healthiness of the food.

Study co-author Stephanie Liu says that’s because something that looks like it was handwritten “feels to the customer like there is more heart, more effort, and more love in it.” Liu adds that that when diners feel the menu contains “love,” they’re more likely to interact with the restaurant on social media and come back to eat there again.

The only exception? To get this boost from a handwritten menu, Liu notes that the restaurant already has to serve food perceived as being healthy. She explains, “This wouldn’t apply to a fast-food brand that sells low-quality hamburgers.”

Source:Food and Wine

If you’ve spent much time with toddlers and preschoolers, you may have noticed that phase most of them go through where they want all the things, all the time. They see a new toy, they want it. It doesn’t matter if it’s too old or too young for them…or if it’s something you know they’ll never play with…they want it and they want to talk about it.It’s especially fun to hear them go on and on about all the things they want a week after Christmas or their birthday.

But one mom has a creative fix to cope all the endless desires of your kiddo.Biz Ellis, co-host of the parenting podcast One Bad Mother, says she’s been going through this with her son, who was melting down about wanting something new a couple times a day,everyday. She was doing all the right things, not giving into his demands, being understanding about his feelings, but also explaining that he can’t have that, and that AND THAT right now. But the tantrums didn’t stop, so her therapist gave her the idea for an “I Want Jar.”

Anytime the kid starts explaining how desperately he wants a new toy, they write it down on a piece of paper and stick it in the jar. So the jar is filled with things he REALLY wants and he likes it because he knows that his parents know what he wants and he can relax about it, because he has visual confirmation that his wishes and wants aren’t being ignored or forgotten. And parents like it because the kids will finally stop talking about what they want, at least we hope they will.


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