Fat has gotten a pretty bad reputation, but the more research that comes in, the more it becomes clear that eating a bunch of fat REALLY might not be all that bad. Here’s the latest . . .
A new study out of the University of California, San Francisco found even if you eat butter, cheese, and all the other delicious saturated fats in the world, you can avoid increasing your risk of developing heart disease with a TINY bit of daily exercise.
Seriously. They found that you can offset your risk if you just walk 22 minutes a day.
Now, obviously, it’s BETTER to eat healthy and not eat six sticks of butter just because one study said it’s fine . . . but consider this another piece of evidence that fat really may not be as bad as we were all led to believe.
We’ve got six job interview tricks for you that are all backed by science. And most of them seem like they’d probably work on a first date too . . .
1. Visualize a good interview. Studies have shown that athletes do better when they visualize themselves doing well. And it works with interviews too.
2. Stop saying you’re “nervous” beforehand, and start saying you’re “excited.” Anxiety and excitement are similar emotions. If you tell yourself out loud that you’re “excited” instead of “nervous,” it actually calms you down.
3. Have a ritual before each interview. It can be something small, like listening to the same song before you go in. Studies have shown that rituals can reduce your heart rate, help you concentrate, and make you feel more in control.
4. Start with small talk. Like the weather, or how crazy traffic was on your way over. Studies have found you’re more likely to get a job if you start out with some meaningless chitchat, because it builds trust.
5. Get ready to brag. Studies have found women tend to be more reluctant to do it than men. One trick is to pretend you’re bragging about a friend instead of yourself.
6. Don’t over-rehearse for it. You’ll sound scripted if you do. Plus, making a mistake isn’t always a bad thing. There’s something called the “pratfall effect,” where you actually seem MORE likeable if you make a mistake or trip over a word.
You know what makes Valentine’s Day better? Distilling it down to a list of raw, cold facts. Hah!
We’ve got the results of a bunch of new Valentine’s Day surveys and studies here, and we pulled out the most interesting results from all of them. Here’s the state of love in 2017 by the numbers . . .
1. More than four out of five people are doing SOMETHING to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
2. 55% of people plan on having sex tonight. And 34% of women say they want sex more than ANYTHING ELSE tonight.
3. 46% think today should be a national holiday and a paid day off work.
4. Valentine’s Day is more likely to be an END than a beginning. 13% of people have dumped someone on Valentine’s Day . . . while 12% have gotten engaged.
5. 71% of couples will go out for dinner either tonight or another night this week to celebrate.
6. 87% of people will cheat on their diet during Valentine’s Day dinner. And 44% will order more expensive things than they normally do when they go out to eat.
7. The worst thing you can do to kill the mood at dinner tonight is use your phone too much. The other bad things you can do are: Being rude to your server . . . talking about your ex or politics . . . and having bad table manners.
8. 8% of people will spend more than $500 on Valentine’s Day this year. 3% of people will spend less than $10.
9. Men think they’re more romantic than women. The average man gives himself an eight out of 10 for romance . . . the average woman gives herself a six out of 10.
10. And finally, one out of five people think it’s okay to go on a first date tonight.
(PR Newswire / Daily Mail / ABC 6 – Providence / Bustle)
If you’re worried about running into some bad luck today, you’re not alone. Here are four stats about Friday the 13th and superstitions . . .
- 80% of people consider themselves to be superstitious.
- The most common superstition we have is wearing lucky socks . . . followed by knocking on wood . . . wearing lucky pants . . . having a lucky coin . . . and crossing our fingers.
- The top five moments when we’re MOST superstitious are: when we’re taking a test . . . when we’re buying a lotto ticket or gambling . . . during an important life moment like buying a house or getting married . . . when we’re looking for a new job . . . and when it’s Friday the 13th or Halloween.
- And about 5% of people say they plan on STAYING HOME all day today to reduce their chances of having bad luck.
We’re entering company holiday party season, and all the landmines and bad decisions that come with it. Or GREAT DECISIONS, depending on your perspective.
According to a new survey, 39% of people say they’ve made out with a coworker at the company holiday party. And a lot of those people were married or in a serious relationship with someone else when they did it.
And it looks like lots of people will have the opportunity to make that mistake again this year. 89% of companies say they’re having some kind of holiday party, which is up from 85% last year.
65% of them will serve alcohol . . . and only 30% are open to people bringing their spouse or a guest.
(Daily Mail / Battalia Winston)