Is summer more stressful than winter? According to a new study, the answer is yes. How can this be? How can those warm, laid-back days of summer be more stressful than winter? Scientists aren’t sure why, but apparently levels of cortisol -- the “stress hormone” -- are higher in the summer months than in the winter. (NY Post)
This is scary … As part of a study, a researcher asked teenagers: "Imagine you have this very unpleasant choice. So, you can either watch your phone tumble to the ground and shatter into a million pieces or you can have a small bone in your hand broken." Shockingly, up to 50 percent of them determined that it makes more sense to have a bone in their hand broken, then to have their phone broken. (Business Insider)
Being watched improves performance … According to a new study, people perform better when they are being watched -- which contradicts the belief that the pressure of having an audience causes us to mess up more. It seems that when people know they are being watched, their social awareness and desire for reward increases, which lights up the parts of the brain that control motor skills. So while you might not like having people watch you, it ends up creating extra incentive and peak performance. (Deccan Chronicle)
Are you always late for everything? Congratulations! You are going to live longer -- and be more successful -- than all those on-time people. Yep, a study found that people who are chronically late have more optimistic personality traits. And according to research out of Harvard, that optimistic outlook has a major impact on overall health and life expectancy. Not only that, but most people who are always late tend to be late because they have unrealistic expectations about what they can get done in a limited amount of time. That means they are passionate about the activity they are doing. Passion breeds success, and the study found that being late can lead to more success than being punctual. (Mommyish)
NAME 3 THINGS: You Only Do on the Weekends
The weekend is here -- that magical time when you get to do all the things you can’t do during the work week. Name three things you only do on the weekends.
- Sleep in
- Wash your car
- See a movie
- Stay up past 11 p.m.
- Do yardwork