Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

We were blessed to share the day with family; thank you for inviting us. Thank you to all of you who have wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those of you outside the U.S. How kind of you to think of us. In my attempt to become more globally aware of other countries that celebrate … Continue reading Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

Where Should You Live?

The New York Times Opinion editors have created a website that will help you find places in the United States that best suit what you are looking for in terms of potentially multiple criteria. Here is the link: Where Should You Live? The choices are grouped into four categories: Lifestyle (17 choices) Climate (6 choices) … Continue reading Where Should You Live?

The How and the Why of Giving Compliments

In this week's Pinkcast, Dan meets with Vanessa Bohns, a social psychologist at Cornell University and author of You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters. Vanessa offers advice on why we should be more willing to give people compliments, and how to do so most … Continue reading The How and the Why of Giving Compliments

If You’re Going to Give a Hug, Make It Count

Let's see what science has to say. Researchers at Goldsmiths, London University, carried out two studies. In the first, participants hugged for one, five, or 10 seconds - with two different arm crossing styles and reported how pleasant, arousing, and under control the touch felt. They found that a hug lasting between five and ten … Continue reading If You’re Going to Give a Hug, Make It Count

Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”

Music can bring out many emotions, but I think my favorite kind of music is the type that just makes me feel good. And that's what the song in the week's post did for me. Dolly Would, a song written and performed by The Nashville-based husband-and-wife country duo of Katelyn and Derek Drye, pays tribute … Continue reading Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”

What Would You Do to Get Out of Exercise for the Rest of Your Life?

Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones, but I've always enjoyed getting in a good workout. But despite the well-known benefits, both physical and mental, of exercise, many people would rather avoid it altogether. A recent poll of 2,000 people who frequently exercise, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of AI-based fitness and lifestyle coaching app Freeletics, found some … Continue reading What Would You Do to Get Out of Exercise for the Rest of Your Life?

Yay! They’re Back!

It's Fall Festival weekend at Villanova University, the time of year when our campus is taken over by the Special Olympics. Held during the first or second weekend in November since 1989, the campus hosts over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, 4,000 volunteers, and the many corporate sponsors and media outlets that will provide coverage for … Continue reading Yay! They’re Back!

Resolving Relationship Conflicts Through Texting?

From Dan Ariely's mailbox: I’ve gotten used to the amount of communication that occurs via text nowadays and even sometimes prefer it. However, when it comes to resolving relationship conflicts, having a face-to-face conversation still feels like the right approach to me. Would you agree with my intuition that people can better resolve their issues … Continue reading Resolving Relationship Conflicts Through Texting?

I Guess Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Were Kind of Right

Back in 1962, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons came out with the song "Big Girls Don't Cry", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgQIb77UhU As it turns out, Frankie and company may have been on to something. Well, sort of. According to a poll of 2,004 Americans, men cry on … Continue reading I Guess Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Were Kind of Right

Another Year, Another Wonderful Night of Trick or Treating

I wasn't aware of this until right before I came up with the idea for tonight's post. But somehow I have written a post about Halloween for each of the past five years. Well, now it is six years in a row. As I have written in past years, we live in the perfect neighborhood … Continue reading Another Year, Another Wonderful Night of Trick or Treating