A Woman with Amnesia Fell in Love with Her Boyfriend Twice

A Woman with Amnesia Fell in Love with Her Boyfriend Twice

This is like the plot of a movie you’d go see on Valentine’s Day . . .

There’s a 20-year-old woman in England named Jessica Sharman who had a bunch of seizures last March that somehow gave her AMNESIA. So she couldn’t remember anything, including her parents.

She’d been dating a guy named Rich Bishop for about seven months, but didn’t even want to see him. She says he was like a total stranger, who kept looking at her like they were in love. So it was too weird, and she decided to break up with him.

He convinced her to give him a chance though. They went on a bunch of dates, and he took her to all their favorite restaurants again to see if it would jog her memory.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. But what did happen was she fell in LOVE again.

She says Rich was so patient and nice to her that it was hard NOT to fall for him. Her doctors still don’t know if she’ll ever get her memory back. And there’s a chance she’ll have another seizure and get amnesia all over again.

But even if that happens, she thinks they’ll end up together now. Quote, “[He] was able to make me fall in love with him twice. So I know he could do it again.”

(The Sun)

Ten Ways to De-Stress Your Life

Ten Ways to De-Stress Your Life

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A psychology teacher in California recently gave students a list of 101 ways to de-stress their lives.  Then one of them posted it online, and it’s going viral.

Some of the stuff on the list are bigger goals, like “do everything in moderation.”  And some are more specific, like “make extra keys.”  Here are ten more we liked . . .

1.  Get up 15 minutes earlier.  But make sure you get enough sleep.

2.  Don’t rely on your memory.  Write stuff down if you need to remember it.

3.  Say “no” more often.  Meaning don’t overcommit to stuff.

4.  Simplify your meals.  You don’t need everything to be gourmet and complicated.

5.  Break up large tasks into smaller tasks.

6.  Stop trying to “fix” other people.

7.  Look up at the stars.  It helps you put things in perspective.

8.  Pay attention to your breathing, and stretch.  Which is kind of what yoga is.

9.  Strive for excellence, but NOT perfection.

10.  Freely praise other people.  It’ll make you feel better about YOURSELF too.

 

(Buzzfeed)

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The Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

The Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

The Top Five Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Someone recently asked a neurologist to name the top five things we should be doing to keep our brains sharp as we get older. Here’s what he said . . .

  1. Keep socializing. You’re less likely to suffer memory loss as you get older if you have a social life. So pick hobbies that involve other people, not just stuff you do by yourself.
  2. Challenge your brain. Read, play games, and do crossword puzzles. And try something NEW every once in a while, like learning a new instrument or another language.
  3. Don’t stress out too much. A ton of studies have found that too much stress can have long-term effects on your memory and your decision-making skills.
  4. Exercise. It improves blood flow to your brain, which helps you stay focused. And it also helps with memory.
  5. Stop eating empty calories. Your brain works best when your diet is high in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, which you can get from whole grains.

And a new study that came out this week found that even if you’re not overweight, cutting calories can improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and your libido.

(Huffington Post)

A Guy Planted 400 Acres of Sunflowers in His Wife’s Memory

A Guy Planted 400 Acres of Sunflowers in His Wife’s Memory

A 66-year-old woman in Wisconsin named Babbette Jaquish lost her battle with cancer last November. So her 65-year-old husband Don decided to pay tribute to her in a pretty incredible way.

The two of them owned a farm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and after Babbette was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2006, she said she wanted to start growing sunflowers . . . and sell the seeds to raise money for cancer research.

So this past spring, he planted 400 ACRES of them along both sides of the road next to their property. And if you drive by their place now, the sunflowers go on for four-and-a-half MILES.

Don and his family plan to start selling the seeds soon, and they’re putting Babbette’s story on the back of every bag.

He told ABC News he wanted to do something big to show people how much he loved her, because, quote, “Everyone that ever met Babbette fell in love with her. I was just lucky enough to be the guy that SHE fell in love with.”

(ABC News)

Three Friends You Shouldn’t Work Out With

Three Friends You Shouldn’t Work Out With

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Working out with a friend is great, but only if it’s the RIGHT friend. According to experts, here are three friends you SHOULDN’T work out with.

1. Your friend who’s in crazy good shape. Unless you’re ALSO in great shape. A recent study found you’re three times more likely to keep working out if you do it with someone who’s about the SAME age, weight, and fitness level.

2. Your friend who always yells stuff like, “You’ve got this!” Researchers at Michigan State University had people hold a yoga pose, and timed them.

And it turned out they actually held the pose longer WITHOUT someone saying things like, “You can do it” or “Keep it up.” Because even though the person is trying to encourage you, they sounded patronizing instead, and make it harder to focus.

3. Your friend who HATES working out. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire found that when they asked people for a positive memory about exercise, they were much more likely to go to the gym in the next week.

And the opposite was true when they asked for a negative memory. So the idea is that if you always work out with someone who talks about how TERRIBLE the gym is, YOU’LL start feeling negative about it, and then you’ll stop going.

 

(Men’s Health)