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The Nose Knows–Or Does it? — Dave’s Diary

Ever hear the expression “don’t get your nose out of joint”? It means don’t be too easily offended.  It’s interesting to think that a bad mood caused by a “sense” of insult could affect your ability to actually use your nose!  Whew!  Allow me to explain.

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He-What are you Laughing at? She-Not the same thing! — Dave’s Diary

Wanna know something funny? If you thought --what's funny is funny-- you thought wrong. There are many ways that men and women differ –some of them fabulous, some not so much—but now we can add to the list the way we approach humor.

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Put a Ring on it — Fourth Finger Foretells Handsomeness — Dave’s Diary

High Five! Now look at your hand.  We’ve talked about the predictive possibilities of the male ring finger in the past—higher income, better health etc.  Now a new study out of Switzerland indicates that men whose ring finger (or fourth finger) is longer than his index finger are seen as “more handsome” in the eyes of women.

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Fight Office Stress With Fitness — Dave’s Diary

Workplace stress can be a killer! But you can fight back by being fit.  A new Swedish study reveals a modest level of fitness may help you avoid workplace burnout.  The study showed men who did better on a cycling fitness test were less likely to report feeling fried on the job than those with lower fitness scores.

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UNICEF Study Show US Kids Way Down on Happiness Scale — Dave’s Diary

What’s going on with our kids? The United States ranked at the bottom of a UNICEF study for child well-being. That’s us!  USA! USA?  Apparently n

ot so much!

Across 21 industrial countries, Americans beat only the British for well being

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Serving Others Also Serves Yourself — Dave’s Diary

Most of us were taught that it is better to give than receive. Good advice when you consider that giving of yourself to help others out could actually keep you alive, according to new research.

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Chopping Wood More Manly than Playing Sports — Dave’s Diary

Ok my manly man brothers—and you know who you are—this one is for us. We may not have the hand-eye coordination of a big league ball player. We may not have the sprinter’s speed or the shot putter’s power but we can have a pile of wood and the mindset of the lumberjack.

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Dad’s Overtime Could Be Troubletime for Sons — Dave’s Diary

I’ll be the first to admit I have sacrificed family time for work. I guess I got the habit from my father, the hardest working man in agriculture.  I’m trying to do better by my 4 year old but I do carry a sense of guilt for time lost with my other kids.

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Choke on This–Smokers Earn Less Money — Dave’s Diary

The Yakima City Council is considering some kind of partial ban on smoking in parks and around playgrounds—which got us to thinking about money and cigarettes.

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Maybe We’re Not What We Eat? — Dave’s Diary [video]

We are heading to the Olympia area this weekend.  My wife Sara, the new fitness fanatic, is going to participate in a Run for your Life-Zombie Race  on Saturday.

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