Did you pack an apple instead of a cupcake in your lunch today? Perhaps you should have gone with the cupcake. Research shows that exerting self-control, like sticking to your diet, can lead to increased aggression. Study results show that denying yourself something you want makes you want to see anger-themed movies, and causes you to get easily irritated with other people.
Source: Journal of Consumer Research
What’s happened in Oklahoma City is upsetting to everyone, but especially to the kids who see and hear about it. Violent storms can trigger severe anxiety in children. Psychologists say it’s important that parents do not tell anxious children they are being silly or otherwise dismiss their fears. Be calm and supportive. Explain that storms are a normal part of nature.
Source: Mayo Clinic, 5/21/13
What’s the appropriate amount of physical contact on a first date? Eighty-six percent of singles say it’s okay to hold hands on a first date. Seventy-three percent believe it’s okay to kiss. And two-thirds approve of cuddling on the first date. However, only 22 percent of singles think it’s appropriate to have sex on the first date.
Source: Match.com, 5/2/13
You’re driving with both hands on the steering wheel, and your eyes are on the road ahead. All good, right? Not if you’re on a hands-free cell phone and your route involves a left-hand turn. According to a new study, making a left-hand turn in a busy intersection requires a huge amount of brain activity, and talking on a hands-free cell phone at the same time is more than the brain can handle.
Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Sometimes it’s tough being a guy: 77 percent of women expect their man to know when they’re angry – even when they say everything is “fine.”
Source: Men’s Health, 5/13
We love our guacamole: This year, Americans will use 81 million pounds of avocados in their Cinco de Mayo meals – that is 162 million individual pieces of the fruit.
Source: California Avocado Commission, 5/2/13
Sometimes you have to do things to advance your career you’d rather not do. For instance, one in five men admits to kissing the boss’s ass when what they’d really like to do is just kick him (or her) in the butt.
Source: Men’s Health, 5/13
Did you forget to shave this morning? Then this will come as good news: Women are turned on by guys’ unshaven cheeks. In a new study, researchers showed women photographs of men with four stages of facial hair: clean-shaven, light stubble (five days without shaving), heavy stubble (ten days without shaving) and bearded. Heavy stubble was the big winner, with most women saying some significant facial hair is the most attractive.
Source: Science, 4/28/13
Who’s more likely to fall in love at first sight – a man or a woman? It’s the guys, by a long shot. Researchers interviewed more than 80,000 people from around the world and found that men are much more likely than women — 48 percent vs. 28 percent — to fall in love at first sight.
Source: Reader’s Digest, 4/28/13