Want your relationship to survive? Share a chuckle. In the language of love, laughter is key. Reminiscing about inside jokes can give you a bigger boost of satisfaction than recalling a laugh you had on your own, according to a study from Appalachian State University. More importantly, the shared laughter doesn’t have to come from positive circumstances. So go ahead, laugh together about that time you face-planted on the sidewalk or made a major faux pas at a family function.
Source: Men’s Health, 4/2/13
Who’s a safer driver – a man or a woman? It’s the woman. A man is significantly more likely than a woman to drive dangerously and while distracted, which leads to about 80 percent of car crashes according to a new government report.
Source: Prevention, 4/13
Have a big decision to make? Researchers have found that we make our best decisions right after we wake up. Later, we suffer from “decision fatigue” and make the quicker or easier decision, not necessarily the right one.
Source: Mental Floss, 4/2/13
Single people often feel pitied by their married friends. Just not true. A recent survey found that married people think singles have more friends, more sex, lead exciting and interesting social lives, work hard to stay in shape and are more career-minded.
Source: Match.com, 3/27/13
What judge wouldn’t sympathize with this guy’s plight? Jose Martinez was just exiting the tunnel in Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” when the ride shut down. Staff evacuated all the riders except for Martinez, who is paraplegic and needed a wheelchair. Martinez was trapped in the ride for half an hour. “The music was still blaring,” said his attorney. “They couldn’t get it to go off.” A California court awarded Martinez $8,000 in damages.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 3/27/13
Today (3/20) is the first day of Spring, which means spring cleaning, so we thought we’d share these quotes about housework with you: “My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.” —Erma Bombeck “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” —Phyllis Diller “I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.” —Joan Rivers “I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on.” —Roseanne Barr Source: Psychology Today, 3/19/13
Besides our spouse and family, whom do we trust most? Our best friend tops the list, followed by our doctor, our religious leader, our neighbor, our banker, the president, and much, much, much farther down the list, our member of Congress.
Source: AARP Bulletin survey of ages 18-49, 3/13
Parents that haven’t yet made spring break plans should consider taking off work to travel as a family. Some of life’s most cherished memories are formed on family vacations, according to a new poll. Most adults surveyed (62 percent) say their earliest memories are of family vacations taken when they were between ages five and 10, and they remember childhood trips more clearly than school events or birthday celebrations. The kids surveyed strongly agree that they get to see and do things on vacation that they’ll remember for a long time and that vacations bring their family closer together.
Source: TravelEffect.com, 3/19/13