If you’re one of those people who dreaded the obligatory company holiday party, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear that many companies just don’t throw them any longer. From the Los Angeles Times: Fewer Companies Get in the Spirit to Throw Holiday Parties
When was the last time you ate a bowl of “Fruit Loops” or “Cinnamon Toast Crunch?” “Better-informed consumers are ditching the bowls of sugar that were once a triumph of 20th-century marketing.” From The Atlantic: Breakfast Cereal’s Last Gasp
Here’s a news flash: “postprandial somulence (feeling sleepy after lunch or dinner) is not caused by tryptophan. From DailyJstor: Why Does Eating Food make You Sleepy?
“The literature on sibling relationships shows that during middle age and old age, indicators of well-being — mood, health, morale, stress, depression, loneliness, life satisfaction — are tied to how you feel about your brothers and sisters.” From NPR: Adult Siblings May Hold the Secret to a Long, Happy Life”
Singer Carly Simon finally comes clean about who her song, “You’re So Vain” is about…at least part of it. From the New York Post: Carly Simon on How Warren Beatty Charmed Her Into Bed
“Using the smartphone app, an Uber user can request a shot. A nurse will arrive in an Uber car to administer as many as 10 shots at the location.” From CBS.com: Need a Flu Shot? Call Uber
“Poverty does not treat men and women equally, especially in old age. Women 65 years old and older who are living in poverty outnumber men in those circumstances by more than 2 to 1. And these women are likely to face the greatest deprivation as they become older and more frail.” From NPR: For…
“The two longtime friends discuss everything from rap names to the moments that spurred them to action.” From the New York Times: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Gloria Steinem on the Unending Fight for Women’s Rights
Helen Mirren was 52 when she got married, and she enjoys telling younger women that it’s not such a bad thing to wait…and not get married merely “for the frock.” From oversixty.com: Helen Mirren Encourages Everyone to Marry Late in Life
Historically, tattoos were seen on, shall we say, the more “earthy” types. But now, more and more people are sporting them, and it’s not just the motorcycle set. Many tat fans are in management positions, the the restrictions on them are being lessened in the workplace. From Los Angeles Times: The Tattoo is Becoming…
Who knew Weight Watchers was struggling as a company? Oprah Winfrey knew and she recently invested 43 million dollars in said company. That’s nice for WW, but will it get more people to join …AND lose weight? From NPR: Is the Weight Watchers-Oprah Winfrey Partnership Good For Dieters?
“The FDA just announced that Americans should limit their added sugar intake to 12 teaspoons per day.” If you think that sounds like a lot, you might be surprised to see how easy it is to consume that much in just one meal. From The Atlantic: A Day’s Worth of Sugar in a Single…
Sending a “Get Well Soon” card to someone who’s recently been diagnosed with cancer or another illness may seem like a good idea, but the sentiment it expresses can seem very empty to the recipient. Enter “Empathy Cards,” — cards that say just the right thing, without being sappy and unintentionally hollow. From the…
Researchers have found that physical exercise, and not mental exercise, may just be the best way to keep your brain in tip-top condition. From openculture.com: This is Your Brain on Exercise
“A new type of stomach-filling balloon can help people drop pounds, and it doesn’t require any surgery to place it,” From NBCNews.com: Balloon You Can Swallow Fights Obesity
“Most of us dread getting older. But there’s mounting evidence that old age brings happiness, intellect and even better sex.” From BBC.com: The Benefits of Getting Older
Adult coloring books, that is, coloring books for adults, not coloring books with x-rated pics, are becoming the rage. Lots of people who pooh-poohed them in their infancy are finding that coloring is relaxing and finishing a relatively simple project in a short amount of time is quite satisfying. From The Atlantic: The Zen…
Ideally, when one graduates from college, one does not return home to live with Mom and Dad. Some millennials have no choice, as they cannot find jobs. This millennial is one of them, and she thinks Americans should embrace the ways of the people of Thailand by living in multigenerational surroundings. What do you think?…
The Baby Boomer demographic is pitifully represented in the technology world and no one seems to notice…or care. The younger guys don’t see the value in differing perspectives, experience, and intelligence. Perhaps they’ll smarten up when they realize, we’ve got all the money/ From HuffingtonPost.com: Where Are All the Old People In Silicon Valley?
“While Western medicine practitioners tend to focus on the psychological symptoms of depression, in many non-Western cultures, patients who would qualify for a depression diagnosis report primarily physical symptoms, in part because of the stigmatization of mental illness.” From NPR: Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?