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Trying For Perfection Comes at a Heavy Price

Perfectionists put themselves on the perfect path to an early death.  It’s good to be good but nobody’s perfect – still some people just keep trying. According to sociologist and former perfectionist, Dr. Christine Carter, for the good of their health, perfectionists really need to lighten up.

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Dave’s Diary: Oh Rats, I Forgot How Much Sugar to Consume

 

A spoon full of sugar may help the medicine go down….but could the sugar itself cause other problems?  Is it possible that your sweet tooth may be nibbling away at your brain power?  New research seems to suggest that a sugary-sweet diet, high in fructose, could impair memory.

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Dave’s Diary: Sleep…Thinking Outside of the Box…Spring

 

Years ago before I got into Radio and TV I was considering a career in psychology.  I earned a degree and am still and fascinated by the workings of the conscious and unconscious mind.  Dream interpretation and significance was of particular interest.   I’m not alone.  Researchers at Harvard Medical School say if you think dreams are just fluffy fantasies you're wrong. Dreams are full of meaning and can make you smarter and spur creativity by linking thoughts and ideas you'd never connect when you're awake, say experts.

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Fickle Finger of Fate Points Out Math Potential

 

You may have heard something like this before…but you might be able to predict your students SAT performance just by looking at their hands….and it doesn’t have anything to do with those hands busy texting rather than flipping through the pages of a book! 

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Dave’s Diary: Drinkuing U.K. Parents – the Glass is Half Empty!

 

  I know dozens of parents who, at one time or another, have all joked about being driven to drink by their kids. But it seem like in the U.K. they aren’t joking!

A new report reveals that almost  a fifth of Britain's mothers and fathers believe drinking alcohol actually helps make them a better parent …a “fifth” get it!  How ironically inappropriate.   And how unsettling that six out of 10 parents claim their drug or alcohol use had no effect on family life.

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Working Moms Relax–The kids Will be Just Fine

 

The guilt of the working mom.  How to provide for a better life without being there for the life you have?  It is source of never ending stress for some moms but take a deep breath and hear the results of a new study.  Dr. Anne McMunn of University College London conducted a study and the results show that mothers with young kids should stop feeling guilty about working outside of the home.   

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Miserable Marriages Caused by No Fun…Really!

Not all marriages are happy  and not all marriages are successful  …it’s only about a 50/50 proposition these days.  A lot of factors contribute but what makes a miserable marriage – miserable? Interestingly, one psychologist asked several unhappy couples – “What do you two do for fun?” The #1 answer was…”Nothing.”

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YVCC Faculty Lecture Series Starts Next Month

 

Yakima Valley Community College’s 2012-2013 Faculty Lecture Series kicks off on Oct. 24 with Gordon Koester presenting Graveyard to Grad School.   

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Fewer Thanks, More Pleas in Prayers.

There was a lot of talk about God and religion during the recent national political conventions and a lot of people were left feeling they needed to pray after watching what they had just seen! But not everybody prays because they want God to do something for them.  On the other hand, most people do!

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Family Values According the Men at Men’s Health

Family Values –Family Values—Family Values….Must be election season because everyone is talking about Family Values.  Here’s what Men's Health magazine has to say about families after polling nearly 500 men about the family. Here's

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