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?

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

Snap, Crackle, Pop! Is That My Phone, My Laptop, or My Watch?

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article this week about how many of us are suffering from alert overload. It could be a calendar alert, a news alert, an email alert, a text alert, etc. And if there are sounds set to go with those alerts, your phone, laptop, tablet, desktop, or watch will … Continue reading Snap, Crackle, Pop! Is That My Phone, My Laptop, or My Watch?

A One Push-Up Wonder

It only took 371 days. On November 10, 2020, I broke both of my wrists while exercising. Of course, I had to write about it - I'll do anything to keep my streak going. šŸ™‚ While the thought of doing a push-up was the furthest thing from my mind, I also told myself I would … Continue reading A One Push-Up Wonder

I Need to Get This Post Written and Published ASAP

It's 10:10 pm. This means I have about 50 minutes to finish writing this post, find an image to go with it, and hit the publish button. Why, you may ask? A new research study reveals that going to bed between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time lowers the risk of developing heart disease … Continue reading I Need to Get This Post Written and Published ASAP

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 byĀ OnePollĀ on behalf of AI-based fitness and lifestyle coaching appĀ 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: Iā€™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?

You Cannot Be Serious

It was in 1964 that the first Surgeon General's report on smoking was published. Called Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service, this report recognized the proven link between smoking and lungĀ cancer. So we've had over 50 years to learn about the negative health effects … Continue reading You Cannot Be Serious

Dying Early Is One of the Benefits of Smoking?

In the late 1990s, early 2000, theĀ Czech health ministry came out with a report claiming that smoking's costs outweighed its fiscal benefits. In response to such a report, cigarette maker Philip Morris undertook its own study in an attempt to refute the health ministry. As part of its study, Philip Morris estimated that one of … Continue reading Dying Early Is One of the Benefits of Smoking?