BLACK FRIDAY: Americans Attracted by Drama, Sales, Competition
Humans cannot help themselves when it comes to Black Friday. We are drawn by the sales, the lines, and competition. All the drama packed into one single day makes us feel a little more alive.
Researchers have a name for this: Collective Consumption Ritual
Jane Boyd Thomas says “For the person who’s been shopping on Black Friday for decades, this is as much of their Thanksgiving tradition as eating turkey.”
GOOD MORNING NEWS: Happiness Leads to More Wealth
Money not only makes you happy. But the flipside is just as true: Happiness makes you wealthier.
A social study reveals that people who are above-normal on the happiness scale are also above-average wage earners. Whether smart or not, tall or short, self-confident or insecure, happier people earned bigger paychecks
Happy high school students become college graduates, and early hires, who quickly climb the promotional ladder. Researchers conducted a long-term study – of over 10,000 Americans -- starting at the teenage years and discovered that happiness meant more wealth by age 29.
TOY HALL OF FAME: Induction Announcement Later Today
Posted: Wednesday 10:22PM Nov. 14, 2012 PST
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) Later today, the National Toy Hall of Fame will announce their newest class of inductees. There are 12 nominees. Only 2 will be named to the Hall. The favorites to join Play-Doh and Slinky are the Magic 8 Ball and the little green Army men. However, plenty of people have lobbied for Twister, the pogo stick, dominoes, and Lite-Brite to be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Part 2-- (4000 Screens) THE FAITHFUL WILL RUSH, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, TO SEE THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST FRANCHISES IN MOVIE HISTORY.” Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathborn, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser and Anna Kendrick. 1 Hour and 57 Minutes. Rated PG-13.''
It's The Thought That Counts
A new survey published in The Daily Mail reveals that 16% of couples have argued over a poor holiday present. Other findings:
- 49% of women say men make poor gift choices because they dislike shopping
- 20% of women say men make poor gift choices because they simply don't know what they like
- 33% of women now present their partner with a gift list to avoid costly mistakes
PASSWORD FAIL: Cyber Group Reveals Worst of the Codes
(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) Computer experts have unlocked the passwords of thousands of Americans. They’ve uncovered the worst passwords that we use. They are so simple to remember, but too simple for hackers to guess and break into your laptop and phone.
Consumer Reports says building superintendents, housekeepers, hairdressers, child-care providers, fitness trainers, spa attendants, dog walkers and elderly-care workers should all be tipped during the holiday season.
- Housekeepers/cleaners .. tips ranging from $25 to $75
- Child-care providers .. tips ranging from $20 to $50
- Fitness trainers/instructors .. tips ranging from $10 to $50
CHRISTMAS CREEP: Stores Already Playing Holiday Muzak Tunes
(TORONTO, CANADA) Halloween just happened and Thanksgiving is still weeks away. But that didn’t stop one drug store chain from trying to start the Christmas shopping season. Patrons revolted when they heard the store playing holiday Muzak.
This past weekend, Shoppers Drug Mart announced on their Facebook page (quote) “Hi everyone, due to recent complaints around the Christmas music being played in stores we want to advise you that as of tonight, all Christmas music will be suspended until further notice.”
Thousands of shoppers have "liked" that commitment to delaying Christmas tunes until it is actually Christmas.
THREE DIET SECRETS: Smallest Meal of the Day Should be Dinner
(KANSAS CITY, KANSAS) A nutritionist has three easy steps to simplify your diet. Practically any trendy diet will work. The secret always is to restrict calories. That’s the foundation to losing weight: Consume fewer calories than you burn.
So a nutritionist has boiled it down to 3 easy ideas to simplify your diet
Portions should be no larger than the palm of your hand
Foods of one ingredient are healthiest and easiest to track for calorie counts (in other words, avoid processed foods)
Think of your daily eating pattern as a pyramid. Start your day, at the bottom of the pyramid with the largest meal. You need to kick-start the morning with a boost of calories to get you through your day. Every meal and snack afterward should become smaller and smaller in size. Dinner has the fewest calories. You don’t need energy to sleep, right?