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The Top Things We Need for a Long and Happy Life

Researchers talked to 2,000 people who are either retired, or approaching retirement age.  And they asked them to name the top things you need to have a long and happy life.  Here are the top ten . . .

1.  Being with someone who loves you.

2.  Staying close with your family.

3.  Laughing every day.

4.  Regular exercise.

5.  Getting out into nature.

6.  Getting eight hours of sleep a night.

7.  Having a pet.

8.  Having enough money to do what you want.

9.  Having a job you love.  Or at least a job you don’t hate most of the time.

10.  Quality time with your kids and grandkids.

A few more that just missed the top ten were having a hobby . . . having friends . . . small acts of kindness . . . and listening to music every day.



A Guy with Special Needs Had No Family, So His Former Teacher Took Him In

Here’s a good story for back-to-school season.  And it’s a great reminder of just how much teachers care . . .

There’s a 30-year-old guy in Waco, Texas named Chris Barrington who has a lot of special needs.  He only functions at about a six-year-old level.  And he’s never had a great home life either.

The only person who took any care of him was his father, who died of leukemia earlier this month.  And police recently found Chris wandering down a highway all alone.

He doesn’t have any immediate family now.  So when cops talked to him, one of the names he gave them was Michell Girard . . . a teacher he hadn’t talked to in YEARS.

Michell had him as a student for four years in junior high.  And he remembered how nice she was.  So the cops talked to her.  And she agreed to take him in while they figured out a more long-term solution.

But then she found out he’d probably end up in an institution of some kind.  So she just filed paperwork to take PERMANENT custody of him.

She also found out he’d never celebrated Christmas or gotten a birthday gift before.  So she just threw him his first birthday party, and says the rest of the year is all about new experiences.





The Average Person Now Gains 36 Pounds in a Long-Term Relationship

It turns out we don’t just get into relationships for emotional fulfillment . . . we’re TOTALLY in it for stomach fulfillment too.

According to a new study, the average person now gains a delicious 36 POUNDS in a long-term relationship.  That number is both high and outstanding.

And we don’t exactly wait to start packing it on . . . we gain 17 of those 36 pounds in the first year.

Men gain more in the first year than women . . . men pack on an average of 22 pounds, women gain 13.

What are the reasons we gain weight?  42% say it’s going out to dinner . . . 34% say it’s cooking together and drinking . . . and 64% say it’s because they felt like they could relax on their diet now that they weren’t trying to find dates all the time.

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You’re Probably Washing Your Face Wrong

A new survey found over half of Americans don’t regularly wash their face.  And a lot of people who do aren’t doing it right.  Here are the five most common things we do wrong . . .

1.  Not doing it enough.  Most dermatologists say you should wash your face twice a day, in the morning and before bed.

2.  Only using water.  53% of people said they usually just use water, which doesn’t really do much.  Face cleansers are best.  But 48% of us have never used one . . . 41% have used regular hand soap instead . . . and 47% have used shampoo or conditioner.

3.  Using really hot water.  41% of people use hot water when they wash their face.  But lukewarm is better for your skin.

4.  Drying your face off by rubbing it with a towel.  Towels are fine, but you should pat it dry.Too much rubbing dries your skin out.

5.  Not washing your face after you’ve been sweating.  You should wash it immediately after a workout.  Otherwise, the sweat and oil seeps into your skin, clogs your pores, and causes breakouts.

(NY Post)


Seven Safety Tips From the Red Cross on How to Survive a Heat Wave

With a heat wave hitting the country this weekend, here are some tips from the Red Cross on how to be ready:  Have a plan if the power goes out . . . make a list of places you can go to cool down, like a library or a mall . . . stay hydrated even if you’re not thirsty . . . and check on family, friends, and neighbors who don’t have A/C.

There’s a massive heat wave hitting the country this weekend, so here are seven safety tips from the Red Cross on what you should do to be ready . . .

1.  Have a plan for if the power goes out.  Power outages are common during heat waves so have a plan for wherever you might be, like home, work, or school.  The Red Cross website has a good breakdown on how to prepare for a power outage.

2.  If you don’t have air conditioning, have a list of places you can go to for relief during the hottest part of the day, places like Starbucks, a library, or a mall.

3.  Never leave kids or pets alone in a car.  And check on your kids and animals frequently to make sure they’re not suffering from the heat and have plenty of water.

4.  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.  And avoid caffeine or alcohol.

5.  Eat smaller meals more often instead of two or three big meals.

6.  If you have to work outdoors, take lots of breaks or use a buddy system.

7.  Check on family, friends, and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning or live alone.

(American Red Cross)


25 Most Influential People on the Internet

“Time” magazine came out with its annual list of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet.

Not surprisingly, DONALD TRUMP and Congresswoman ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ are on it.  At the moment, their Tweets are basically dominating the U.S. news cycle.

Here are some of the other familiar names on the list.  They weren’t ranked in any particular order . . .

1.  “Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X

2.  Korean boy band BTS

3.  Ariana Grande

4.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

5.  Cardi B

6.  Chris Godfrey . . . the guy who made a picture of an egg the most-liked post on Instagram.

7.  JoJo Siwa . . . one of the breakout stars of the reality show “Dance Moms”.

8.  Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro

9.  Jameela Jamil, from the NBC comedy “The Good Place”.

10.  Jada Pinkett Smith . . . for her Facebook show “Red Table Talk”.

(You can check out the rest of the list here.)


The Six Most Important Fireworks Safety Tips

About 300 people a day go to the ER with firework-related injuries around the Fourth of July.  Don’t be one of them.  Here are the six most important fireworks safety tips you need to remember . . .

1.  Make sure they’re legal where you are.  Even if the state says certain fireworks are okay, counties and cities can have their own bans, because they’re a fire risk.

2.  Never let young kids play with fireworks, or set them off.  Even sparklers can cause serious burns.  They get about as hot as a blow torch.

3.  Never aim fireworks at people.  That one seems obvious until you’ve had a few beers.  Also, don’t THROW fireworks at people, or carry them around in your pocket.  And keep an eye on teenagers who might try something dumb.

4.  Never place any part of your body directly over a firework while lighting it.  Especially your face.  Then as soon as it’s lit, get to a safe distance.

5.  Always have a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a fire.  Or to douse fireworks that don’t go off.

6.  Know how to deal with a dud.  Never re-light a firework that doesn’t go off.  Wait for it to stop burning . . . douse it with a hose . . . then fully submerge it in a bucket of water.  Soak small fireworks for 15 minutes, and larger ones for a few hours.  Then before you toss them, tie them up in TWO plastic bags, so they won’t dry out.



A Baby Was Born at a Pink Concert

A baby was born during the PINK concert in Liverpool, England on Tuesday.  Denise Jones was three weeks from her due date when she went to the show, so she wasn’t really worried.

But her daughter decided to make an early entrance during the FIRST SONG, “Get the Party Started”.  Medics on-site had to help with the delivery.

Denise says, quote, “The plan was to call her Dolly Louise, but since she was born in the concert we’ve changed it to Dolly PINK.”


Have You Ever Gone Through Your Significant Other’s Phone Without Permission?

One out of five people have gone through their significant other’s phone without permission, according to a new survey.  And 73% of them say they don’t regret it.

If you’re wondering whether someone you’ve been dating has ever gone through your phone to check up on you . . . yes.  The answer is almost definitely yes.

According to a new survey, one out of five people have gone through their significant other’s phone without permission.  For millennials, that jumps up to one out of three.

And 73% of the people who’ve snooped say they don’t regret it.

33% say they found evidence of something they already suspected . . . and 18% found out about something they hadn’t suspected.


Six Signs You’ve Found a ‘Keeper’

It’s not that hard to tell when someone’s totally wrong for you.  But totally right is a little trickier.  So here are six signs you’ve found a keeper . . .

1.  They’re the first person you want to share good OR bad news with.  It means you’re comfortable being open and honest.  And you know they’ll celebrate with you, or be there to support you.

2.  You feel like you’re the REAL you around them.  You’re comfortable, and don’t feel like you have to put on a show to make them like you.

3.  You communicate well, even when things get tough.  Like after a fight, you’re quick to talk it through or say sorry.  And you’re respectful of each other.

4.  You feel like you’re on the same team.  And they’re willing to make sacrifices sometimes, just to make you happy.

5.  Your friends like them.  You shouldn’t let your friends totally dictate how you live your life.  But when they don’t like the person you’re with, it’s usually a big red flag.

6.  You’re proud to be with them, and they’re proud of you too.  Relationships that are built on mutual respect and appreciation tend to last.