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There are a lot of things in this world people wish they had the skills to do, and it turns out, many would be willing to shell out big bucks in order to be able to do them. 

For example, according to a new poll, the average American would be willing to spend $5,695.92 to play an instrument, while they’d also spend $5,226.68 to be a culinary genius, $6,768.57 to be less anxious and $5,694.20 to instantly speak a foreign language. Not surprising, the skill people are willing to spend the most for is the ability to be good in bed, with folks willing to shell out $8,192.17 to be an expert.

While all those skills are realistic, the poll finds also that folks would also be willing to shell out a lot of dough for more unrealistic ones, namely super powers. In fact, the most desired super power is healing/regeneration, which folks would be willing to spend $142,702.60 to acquire.Other popular super powers folks would spend money for include:

  • Ability to turn invisible - $123,072.60
  • Manipulating time - $128,278.90
  • Teleportation - $122,966.65
  • Reading minds - $118,591.70
  • Flying - $108,669.11
  • Super strength - $105,706.27
  • Moving things around with your mind - $98,354.86
  • X-ray vision - $92,339.79

Source:SWNS Digital

Dining out in a restaurant can be a great experience, whether you choose to go out for a special occasion, or just because you don’t feel like cooking. But there are some times when the dining out experience can be less than perfect, and some industry insiders are now warning folks about when they should probably think about staying home to avoid a sub-par meal. 

Chefs and food experts have spilled the beans to Insider about the times, or reasons, folks should avoid restaurants including:

  • The Dinner Rush– While it varies with restaurants, the most crowded times are usually between 5 pm and 8 pm, when servers and staff are overwhelmed with customers. On expert suggests dining between 4 pm and 5 pm to avoid the craziness.
  • Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day– While most people will go out for these two important holidays, reservations will likely be hard to get, plus, restaurants will often set specific menus to make their lives easier, often at highly inflated prices. 
  • If the restroom is filthy –Hygiene is especially important in restaurants, and if their bathrooms aren’t clean, it could give you an indication of how clean, or not clean, their kitchen is. 
  • Restaurants that have been closed for the holidays – If a restaurant has taken a break over the holidays you may not want to eat their the day they re-open because some of that food may have been sitting in storage for awhile.
  • Restaurants with mile-long menus– While having a variety to choose from is nice, restaurants with massive menus means they have to have a lot of food on hand to make everything, and there’s a good chance if something’s not that popular some of that food may not be the freshest.

Source:Business Insider

Want to keep your grandma and your parents around for as long as possible?Spend more time with them!Research has shown that loneliness really takes a toll on older folks and astudyfrom the University of California San Francisco finds that people who aren’t lonely live longer, too.

The study followed 1,600 adults with an average age of 71 and found that the lonely ones had consistently higher mortality rates, even taking into account socioeconomic status and health. Nearly 23% of lonely participants died within six years of the study, compared to 14% of folks who say they had adequate companionship.

So while yourAunt Bettymay not like the idea of moving into that assisted living home at first, she’ll be more connected to her community and have more opportunities to mingle and socialize with other older people there, and ultimately, that could keep her around longer. And spending quality time with Grandma and Gramps isn’t just good for them, it benefits us, too. Where else will we hear stories like that and get recipes that have been handed down for generations?

Source:Women's Health

Parenting is hard in the U.S., so maybe we should take a step back from all the judgment from other parents, teachers, and media and take a page from parents in Northern Europe. Moms and dads in Scandinavian countries have a more chill approach to childcare and we could learn from them. The culture in the U.S. is different from Nordic culture, but here are a few things they do that our kids could benefit from.

  • Go outside every day- These parents know how important digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and breathing fresh air is for kids.
  • Downplay gender- They’re less into gender reveal parties and more into treating boys and girls equally from nursery school on up.
  • Napping in fresh air is key- Even when it’s freezing, Scandinavians let theirkids nap outside. They bundle them up because they feel that cold, clean air is essential to their health.
  • No spanking- Sweden has literally banned spanking as a punishment for kids and they teach through positive reinforcement instead.
  • Falling down is just part of life- Scandi parents tend to be less worried if Junior falls down and scrapes a knee.
  • They don’t feel the need to sanitize everything- American parents do love their antibacterial everything, but they’re not as into sanitizing everything in Scandinavia.
  • No school until seven- Kids get to enjoy childhood and be kids longer and don’t typically start elementary school until age seven.
  • They’re less focused on screen time- American parents are concerned about how much screen time their kids are getting, but Scandinavian moms and dads don’t worry as much because little ones spend so much time outside and engaged in other activities, their tablet time isn’t an issue.
  • Dirt is normal- Making mud pies and stomping in puddles is messy business for kiddos, but in Scandinavia, it’s normal to come home from playtime dirty and it’s no big deal.
  • Total parental supervision is overrated- Fewer helicopter parents there means that kids have more opportunities to make mistakes and learn from them. In Scandinavia, nearly three-fourths of fourth-graders walk or ride their bikes to school. And they’re just fine.

Source:The Stir

If you’ve been trying to eat better, focusing on the positive may be the key. Having a positive outlook in life may help us reach our goals and open us up to new ideas and information, but according to new research, it may help us eat healthier, too.

Anew studysuggests that our attitude and mindset may affect how well we eat and the food choices we make. Researchers followed the dietary habits of 1,125 adults and found those with a more positive outlook who focused on engaging in healthy behaviors were more likely to have good nutritional habits than folks who were more focused on avoiding unhealthy behaviors and had a more negative outlook.

Study authors say having a positive outlook “makes people more likely to devote attention to their needs.” This group was more interested in nutrition, so they focused on learning more about nutrition and that made them more likely to adjust their diets for the better after getting advice from doctors or family members. Now this doesn’t mean we can just slap on a smile and start craving salads, but the research does suggest that paying attention to the beneficial things that can boost our health, like meal prepping for the week or making a green smoothie in the morning, instead of fixating on the stuff we should avoid, like sweets, could leave us with healthier habits in the long run.

Source:Mind Body Green

People commonly have allergies to things like cats and peanuts, but it turns out we can actually be allergic to a significant other. Luckily, it’s not very common, but it can happen. So if you’re getting all itchy and your eyes are watering when you get close to your partner, they could be giving you an allergic reaction. But you don’t have to end the relationship and there’s usually something you can do to help.

Being allergic to your partner sounds weird, but it could be anything from their cologne to their detergent that causes a reaction. Getting educated is the first step because knowing how the reaction can develop and what to do will help. Allergist and immunologistDr. Purvi Parikhsays if you notice you’re having an allergic reaction, but you’re not sure what’s causing it, this is what you need to know.

  • It’s usually something your partner is using- If you notice a reaction after spending time with your partner, it could be something they’re using, like fragrance, their pet, or foods that touch them and touch you. So if you know you have an allergy, look for something that your S.O. could be using or doing that could spread that to you.
  • But in really rare cases, it could be your actual partner- Well, one particular part anyway … Dr. Parikh says there have been very rare cases of semen allergies. So if you think you’re having an allergic reaction to that, get help from a medical professional because that’s not a chance you want to take.
  • It can cause mild to severe reactions- Depending on the allergy and how strong the exposure is, reactions can include itchy, watery eyes, stuffy nose, runny nose, breathing problems like a cough, wheeze, asthma symptoms and/or itchy rashes, like hives or eczema.
  • If you have a food allergy, make sure you and your partner are extra careful- Unless you have a food allergy, you may not understand how serious it can be, so if you have one, help your partner grasp the gravity of the situation.
  • You can take steps to deal with the issue- If you do figure out you’re having an allergic reaction to your partner, you may be able to find a way around it. If it’s their cologne, have them skip the spritz before a date, if it’s their pet, keeping the dog off the couch and out of the bed may help, and an air purifier could, too.


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