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Posts from June 2013


Does this make you feel good ladies?
We've got the results of a survey on the little things that make women feel good.  Almost ALL of them are superficial, but that's kind of the point.  And let's face it, getting a compliment on how thin you look really DOES feel better than, say, solving a quadratic equation.
 
The survey asked 2,000 women what little things make them feel good or give them a little burst of confidence.  Here are the results . . .
 
1.  A compliment from a friend or significant other.
 
2.  Having hair that was just styled, cut, or colored.
 
3.  Looking good in a photo.
 
4.  Having perfectly smooth legs.
 
5.  Getting a good night's sleep.
 
6.  Cuddling.
 
7.  Being told, "I love you."
 
8.  Coming back from vacation with a tan.
 
9.  A smile from a stranger.
 
10.  Wearing new underwear.
 
11.  Being told, "You look young."
 
12.  Being asked where you bought something.
 
13.  Getting dressed up.
 
14.  A child saying you're pretty.
 
15.  Waking up without any blemishes.
 
16.  Wearing clothes that show off the best part of your body.
 
17.  Getting your eyebrows done.
 
18.  Being asked out on a date.
 
19.  A new manicure.
 
20.  Putting on makeup
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Feelin old?
 According to a new survey, two out of three of us have gotten lost while driving . . . because our GPS gave us bad directions.  Not smartphone apps . . . just the GPS in your car.
 
 
63% of us either got incorrect directions . . . or got a route that was unnecessarily complicated. 
 
 
The average person has been led astray by their GPS 4.4 times . . . and 7% of people have had it happen 10 or more times. 
 
 
That's why nearly HALF of us . . . 46% . . . still keep maps in the car, just in case.  Two out of five people rely on maps or printed directions instead of the GPS when we're going somewhere unfamiliar. 
 
 
Men are more likely than women to rely solely on GPS . . . and young people are more likely than older people. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Top 15 Signs You're Getting Old
 
 You know how annoying it is when people a LOT younger than you complain about being old?  Maybe this will help.  We now have an OFFICIAL GUIDE to getting old.
 
A new survey asked people to name the signs you're getting old.  Here are the top 15.  So if these don't apply to you, you're NOT as old as you think . . .
 
1.  Feeling stiff.
 
2.  Groaning when you bend down.
 
3.  Saying, "It wasn't like that when I was young."
 
4.  Saying, "Back in my day."
 
5.  Losing your hair.
 
6.  Not recognizing any songs in the Top 10.
 
7.  Hairy ears, bushy eyebrows, and extra nose and facial hair.
 
8.  Hating noisy bars and restaurants.
 
9.  Talking a lot about your joints, or your day-to-day aches and pains.
 
10.  Forgetting people's names.
 
11.  Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort over style.
 
12.  Thinking cops, teachers, and doctors look young.
 
13.  Falling asleep in front of the TV.
 
14.  Needing an afternoon nap.
 
15.  Finding you have no idea what young people are talking about.
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Is your boss trying to can you?
 According to a new CareerBuilder survey, one in four bosses say they have an employee they wish would QUIT.  Younger managers are more likely than older ones to want a problem employee to go away.  
 
If any of these tactics sound familiar to you . . . you might be a problem employee.  These are the most popular ways managers encourage employees to leave:
 
1.  42% of managers give a formal warning. 
 
2.  27% point out their shortcomings frequently.  
 
3.  21% cut their responsibilities. 
 
4.  12% hire their eventual replacement. 
 
5.  8% transfer them to another area.  
 
6.  8% keep the employee out of the loop with company news.  
 
7.  7% only use email to communicate, instead of talking to them. 
 
8.  6% don't invite them to meetings.  
 
9.  3% shut them out of social gatherings. 
 
 
But 32% of managers say they wouldn't do ANY of those things to an employee.
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The Top 20 Bare Necessities of Modern Life . . .
A new survey asked 2,000 adults between 18 and 65 to name the BARE NECESSITIES of modern life.  And it's good to see we have our priorities in order.
 
An Internet connection came in first . . . television came in second . . . and a good best friend came in fourth.  Those all did better than a SOLID MARRIAGE, which only ranked ninth, below stuff like showers and central heating.
 
Here's the full list, in order . . .
 
1.  An internet connection.
 
2.  Television.
 
3.  Cuddling.  Yep, seriously.
 
4.  A trustworthy best friend.
 
5.  Daily showers.
 
6.  Central heating.
 
7.  A cup of tea. 
 
8.  Saying "I love you" once in a while.
 
9.  A solid marriage.
 
10.  A car.
 
11.  Glasses.
 
12.  Coffee.
 
13.  Chocolate.
 
14.  A night in on the couch.
 
15.  A glass of wine.
 
16.  A good cry once in a while.
 
17.  A big breakfast.
 
18.  A nice vacation.
 
19.  An iPhone.
 
20.  Beer. 
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Us men will never grow up!

With just one study, I think we can explain every single thing you've observed in your marriage . . . and all your friends' marriages too.
 
A new study has found that the average man doesn't become fully emotionally mature until age 43.  And that's WAY later than women.  Women are mature at age 32 . . . a full 11 years earlier.
 
About EIGHT out of 10 women surveyed say they don't think men EVER get mature.  And they also RANKED the most immature things guys do.  Here's the top 15 . . .
 
1.  Finding it HILARIOUS when they burp or pass gas.
 
2.  Eating fast food at 2:00 A.M.
 
3.  Playing video games.
 
4.  Driving too fast.
 
5.  Laughing at swear words.
 
6.  Playing loud music when they drive.
 
7.  Playing practical jokes.
 
8.  Trying too hard to beat kids at games and sports.
 
9.  Staying quiet during arguments.
 
10.  Not being able to cook simple meals.
 
11. Re-telling the same stupid jokes and stories when they're with their guy friends.
 
12.  Not wanting to talk about themselves.
 
13.  Hating books, because they think they're "boring" or because they have a short attention span.
 
14.  Doing crazy dance moves.
 
15.  Letting their mom do their laundry.
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Are you surprised men worry about this stuff in relationships?

WHAT TO TALK ABOUT ON DATE NIGHT
If your guy is failing to initiate a good old-fashioned, pick you up, take you to dinner date night at least once a month, it may not be out of laziness. Even if you’ve been together for years, there is a pressure on date night that just isn’t there when you’re watching TV at home together. Your guy has to remind you why he’s charming, interesting and entertaining. He has to bring his best self to the table, and if he’s been in a relationship for a long time, he may be rusty.
 
THAT HIS GIFTS AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH
If you, even in the slightest way, criticize or tease a gift he gives you, he instantly gets into defensive mode. He seems angry, he tells you you’re ungrateful, but what it really is is his insecurity. Men actually worry a lot about getting you a gift that you’ll enjoy—one that is romantic, thoughtful and useful. Do his poor ego a favor and gush over the frog earrings he bought you.
 
THAT YOUR BEST FRIEND LIKES HIM
He’ll tell you he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him, and that your friends can take him or leave him and that you’re the only one whose opinion matters, but that’s not true: he wants your BFF on his side. He knows that if she likes him, she’ll be the one pulling you away from a swarm of men hitting on you at a bar.
 
THAT YOU’RE GETTING BORED IN BED
Women feel so much anxiety to be kinkier, more exciting, more adventurous, more seductive—you name it—in bed, but men have all the same fears! Think about simply the titles of feature stories on women’s magazine covers they walk by, “How to be a Goddess in the bedroom” “100 new positions to try this summer!” As far as men can see, women are privy to every single thing about sex. And they need to catch up.

 
 
THAT HE’S NOT ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH
Men absolutely feel the same pressure to look good that women do. While they may know that having money can and often does get an average looking man a woman, that doesn’t mean that average looking man isn’t trying desperately to work off that pudge, get that hair-growth product to kick in action, and have that acne-scar cream work wonders. Look: men adore women. They think we’re gorgeous. They don’t see any of the little things we fret about. They’re too busy worrying about their own insecurities.
 
THAT YOU CAN’T SEE YOURSELF MARRYING HIM
If you’re a confident, independent, unique woman who has her own life, any guy you date will worry about what place he holds in your thrilling, fulfilling life. Sure, there are women out there who simply live for their men and have no lives of their own—their boyfriend’s don’t worry about whether or not they’ll marry them. But independent women intimidate men, making them wonder, “Does she even need a husband?”
 
THAT YOU’RE SILENTLY UNHAPPY
Let’s face it: women can be martyrs. It’s in our nature as maternal beings to take on the pain and struggles of others—to spend our own energy on the happiness and improvement of other people. And for this reason, we can forget to ask, “But am I getting anything out of this?” And men get that. You say you’re happy going with him to all his work functions because he needs the moral support, and skipping girls night to listen to his stresses but he wonders—are you?
 
THAT YOU THINK HE’S UNACCOMPLISHED
A man’s career and financial success is one and the same with who he is. If a man’s career isn’t going well, he feels incompetent and insecure in all areas of his life. There’s little you can do about this besides praise him for his accomplishments regularly. But men will always worry that they could be trying harder and doing more in your eyes.

 
 
THAT YOU WISH HE HAD MORE MONEY
Ask most men, and they’ll say they don’t see anything wrong with a woman wanting them to have money. Men just don’t think this is superficial. In fact, they find it totally reasonable. Even if you’re fine with eating at Chipotle on date night and shop at Ross, he wants to treat you, and can’t help but worry that you want to be treated more.
 
THAT HE’S NOT WELL SPOKEN
Guys can have a funny way of talking, especially around their boys. They become kids around their friends, using weird phrases, lots of dirty language and all around the vocabulary of kindergarteners. Women tend to make a point of being well spoken in all situations, and that intimidates your man.
 
THAT YOU DON’T LIKE HIS CLOTHES
When you tease his old t-shirt, he stubbornly holds onto it and says you just don’t understand it. But you’ll probably notice he doesn’t wear it around you again. In fact, you’ll probably notice he went out and bought four more of that one shirt you did say you liked. Deep down, he cares that you like his wardrobe. He knows when he is well dressed, you feel proud to walk around with him.
 
THAT YOU COMPARE HIM TO OTHER MEN
Women may be more openly envious of one another, but that doesn’t mean men aren’t constantly sizing one another up. Next time your guy says, “What a douche” about some guy he bumps shoulders with at the bar, you can bet he thinks that “douche” has a better set of arms/bank account/head of hair/clothes.
 
THAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE BAD-MOUTHING HIM
Notice how much he criticizes all the gossiping you and your friends do? It’s because deep down, he knows that gossip turns to the subject of him sometimes. And he knows your friend’s opinions mean a lot to you.

 
 
THAT HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO TALK ABOUT YOUR CAREER
If you’re a hardworking, ambitious woman, your guy wants to support your career in any way he can. But it’s a daunting task! When you vent about work stress, do you want him to give you advice, or just listen? Is he doing a good enough job listening? Does he need to study up on your industry? Should he be giving you flyers he sees on classes that would enhance your work? He thinks about all of this.
 
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Backseat drivers suck!
No one likes a backseat driver.  In fact, I'd rather get in an accident than have someone shout, "Look out for that dog!"  Kidding!  Sort of. 
 
A new survey asked people to name the most annoying backseat drivers . . . and the most annoying things they do.
 
 
SPOUSES easily came in first, as the most annoying.  Followed by MOTHERS and FRIENDS.  Teenagers and dads were ranked the least annoying.
 
 
As for the most annoying things backseat drivers do, the number one thing by FAR was . . . commenting on how fast or slow you're driving.
 
 
The rest of the top eight are:  Giving directions . . . talking too much . . . pushing an imaginary brake with your foot . . . messing around with the radio . . . talking on the phone or texting . . . singing . . . and eating. 
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I HATE when you don't maintain eye contact!!!
According to a new study by a communications analysis company called Quantified Impressions, most of us don't make enough EYE CONTACT with other people when we're talking to them. 
 
In order to make an emotional connection with someone, you're supposed to make eye contact with them for up to 70% of the conversation. 
 
You should also HOLD eye contact with them for seven-to-10 seconds at a time if you're in a one-on-one conversation . . . or three-to-five seconds if you're in a large group.
 
But most of us don't do that.  We keep eye contact for between 30% and 60% of the time. 
 
And that makes you look like you're not interested in the other person . . . or untrustworthy, or nervous
 
One reason is that we look at our phones too much . . . but two other big reasons are carelessness, and disrespect.
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