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Kids Not Damaged By Exposure To Family Quarrels – Dave’s Diary

For generations we have admonished each other to “not argue in front of the kids” .  That’s been easier said than done for many of us but perhaps we can relax a little bit knowing that to the extent we may have failed, we really haven’t ruined their lives!

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Category: Families, Psychology, Study
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Dogs Understand Emotions And They Even Understand Language! – Dave’s Diary

Whenever I was having a tough day as a kid I would often turn to my dog THOR for consolation and I was pretty sure he understood just what I was feeling.  Turns out maybe he did that and more.

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Category: Features, Pets, Study
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Christmas Music Can Affect Your Desire To Give — Dave’s Diary

Thanks to the Daily Mail for telling me what I already know…Great Christmas music puts me in a great mood, while Kenny G. Christmas music makes me want to tear down lights, stockings and Christmas trees everywhere.  Music

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Dreaming of Murder? You Aren’t Alone. – Dave’s Diary

“while visions of  sugarplums danced in their heads”.  Sweet dreams are made of these during the Christmas season but not all dreams are so sweet.  In fact, some dreams get right down aggressive, hostile and even homicidal!  The question then becomes --Do you think your dreams have any impact on your waking life?

A new study out of Germany finds they may

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When Temps Drop, Do What They Do, Warm Up With A Chick Flick — Dave’s Diary

We are heading into a bit of a cold snap and after a hot summer and mild fall and so the freezing weather may come as a bit of a shock to your system.  So guys, the answer to getting warmer is to shock your system even more!

My fellow friends, science compels me to report --If you are feeling chilly, you may want to watch-- a romantic movie or any of the so-called chick flicks!

A recent report in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals that participants who had just had iced tea or sat in a cold room were 83% more likely to choose to watch a love story compared with those who were not shivering.

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Category: Human Interest, Study
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Sarcasm Has Its Place – Sometimes. — Dave’s Diary

There are times when sarcasm is exactly what’s called for.  There are times when sarcasm is used when no real substance is available. And there are those who use sarcasm all the time…ALL the time like I want to take them OUT kinda all the time.  Most of the time I figured it was easier for people to be sarcastic than smart-logical-thoughtful-real.  Now this.

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Category: Opinion, Psychology, Study
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For Couples Sharing A Drink More Helpful Than You Think — Dave’s Diary

According to a study of couple's alcohol consumption, the couple that takes a sip together more enjoys the trip together!

Women are far more likely to be in high spirits if they share a drink with their mate once a week than those who are teetotalers

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Scientists Bet You Bet Better On An Empty Tummy — Dave’s Diary

We’ve all done it and we all have paid the price. I refer of course to the higher price paid for shopping for groceries on an empty stomach.  Who among us hasn’t purchased more than we need or that common sense would dictate?  We’ve also been told not to swim on a full stomach but let’s not get sidetracked.  So what CAN we do on an empty stomach? How about place your bets.

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Category: Human Interest, Study
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Forgiveness A Sign Of A Healthy Mind — Dave’s Diary

I have been known to hold the occasional grudge a little longer than I should but eventually I come around to “letting go”.  How about you? How easily do you forgive people? A new study reveals that being a forgiving person probably means you're a mentally healthy person.

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Big Wedding Ring Brings Smaller Chance of Marriage Survival — Dave’s Diary

Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi and Beyonce, to name just a few, have all had hit songs about engagement rings. The ladies' bling ring is a popular and pricey subject, but a new study out of Emory University found the amount that people spend on engagement rings and weddings is inversely associated with how long they actually stay married.

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