The Randoms-Things that Make Our Day Instantly Better

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The Brady Bunch house is for sale … Want a piece of 1970s TV nostalgia? You can buy The Brady Bunch house. The house, located at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, California, is listed for $1.85 million. And according to the listing, the house is “the second-most photographed home in the United States,” after the White House. Better act quickly, though. Apparently some developers may buy the property to tear it down. (MSN

Is there anything coffee can’t do? We already know all the benefits of drinking coffee, but now a new study has found that just smelling coffee helps people perform better on tests. Researchers found that the mere scent of coffee gave people the same energizing effect as drinking the coffee. Basically, it's the placebo effect -- you know that drinking coffee makes you more alert and energized -- so smelling it makes you act the same way. (

What’s your idea of the perfect day? According to a new study, the average American has 204 good days each year and 15 “perfect days.” So what do most people say are the ingredients for a perfect day? Sleeping in, sunny skies, being outdoors and spending time with loved ones. The study found that, for the average respondent, the perfect day starts with getting up at 8:15 a.m. It features a sunny day with temps in the mid-70s and involves being outside about three hours. It also includes four hours with family and three hours with friends. And the day is capped off with three hours relaxing in front of the TV and going to bed just before 11 p.m. (SWNS Digital)

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  • So … what’s your idea of the “perfect day”?
  • When was the last time you had a perfect day? 

What’s something that can instantly make your day better? For most people, it’s finding money in your pocket you didn’t know you had and not having to set an alarm for the morning. As part of their “Positively Bluetiful” campaign, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council asked people what things instantly boosted their moods. Here are the Top 10:

  1. Finding money in your pocket you didn’t know you had -- 58%
  2. Being able to sleep in with no alarm set -- 55%
  3. Lying in bed listening to rain fall outside -- 51%
  4. A small gesture of kindness from somebody in your life -- 49%
  5. Petting a dog -- 48%
  6. Performing a small gesture of kindness for somebody in your life -- 47%
  7. Realizing it’s a beautiful, sunny day -- 46%
  8. Long, hot shower -- 44%
  9. A meaningful, long hug from somebody you love -- 42%
  10. Seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a long time -- 42% (SWNS Digital)
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