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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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Dave’s Diary: Women Say “I Do” to Hubby and Booze

We all know the stereotype. It’s played out in the movies and on TV every day. Something about marriage, the wife, kids, responsibilities, or whatever, drives men to drink.  Only it’s a myth. In fact,  science says just the opposite is true…married women drink more than men! (You knew that didn’t you ladies!)

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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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