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Dave’s Diary: Lower Wages Equals Higher Health Risks

 

 The experts are saying 2013 will go down as the year with the largest tax increases of all time! So have you already noticed the payroll tax hit to the take home total? It is more than frustrating; it’s a potential health hazard.

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Dave’s Diary:Index Finger Points The Way To A Healthier Prostate

 

Men, look at your hands. The fingernail doesn’t count…but….if your index finger is longer than your ring finger (or fourth finger), you run a significantly lower risk of developing prostate cancer. 

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Dave’s Diary: Video Vixen has Unfair Lefthanded Advantage

(Netscape) Violent video games are in the news again over concern they may influence the more unstable among us to take up violence ourselves.  What’s a worse threat is a left handed video game player!  Left-handed people are able to think much more quickly when playing computer games and any athletic sport than are their right-handed friends, according to new research from Australia. The BBC News reports that it seems that connections between the left and right sides of the brain are faster in lefties and that makes them more efficient when dealing with multiple stimuli. Which at last provides an excuse for me as to why my wife thrashes me in every video game we have ever played!  We don't play violent games so it is even more embarrassing for something soft and fuzzy to destroy me.

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Dave’s Diary:Good Luck Charms Yield Confidence And Improved Performance

 

Who here couldn’t use a little extra luck?  But lucky charms?  Do they work? Reaching for the rabbit's foot isn’t as irrational as it might seem, says a team of psychologists. A German study found that having a lucky token boosted the performance of students in tests of motor dexterity, memory and world games.

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Dave’s Diary: A Little More TV Triggers A Lot More Teen Depression

 

You never hear surveys like this about listening to the radio.  You never hear how radio rots your brain or destroys the fabric of society.  Unless it’s the critics of conservative talk radio!  I’m just sayin’. 

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Dave’s Diary: Smartest Cities List Includes Seattle & Vancouver

 

I get to Seattle maybe every other month so I can’t say I claim Ito be an expert on the Emerald City but I must say I never get the sense that as I coming through the tunnel I am entering the presence of brilliance…and yet, that’s what a new survey would seem to indicate. 

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Dave’s Diary: Beer Drinking Down – Say it Ain’t So

I read the other day that  Molson Coors, a beer maker, was planning to sue the National Hockey League over reduced beer sales due to the lock out and shutdown of the season.  That I get. I sense their loss, I feel their pain.  But what’s up …or should I say down with beer sales in general? 

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Dave’s Diary: Hey Boss! You’re Blowing It! Time for a Change!

 

Ok, show of hands…how many of you would keep working if you won the 550 million dollar Powerball?  Believe it or not, some people would…people with meaningful work, who love their job, their co-workers and the sense of satisfaction their work provides. 

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Dave’s Diary: Family Values Win Again-Married With Kids Happiest

Here is an interesting observation for you. Married people who have  kids are happier than married couples without kids and the more kids the merrier according to researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The research seems to indicate marriage is key. Couples who aren't married, even if they are in a committed relationship and live together, don't find greater happiness through children.

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Dave’s Diary: Surprise Discovery Overspending Causes Stress

 

The Halloween hangover, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the run up to Christmas/…no wonder November is National Stress Free Family Holiday Month. A recent FranklinCovey survey asking over 15,000 customers what causes them stress during the most wonderful time of the year and the number one answer was ..yup

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