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10 Reasons You’re So Tired All The Time

“I’m so tired” is the most basic complaint in the entire world, second only to whining about the weather. I think we like to say it because it makes us seem busy or worthy of sympathy, but sometimes we say it because we really are running on fumes and trapped in a cycle of burnout. In our culture, sleep deprivation is a badge of honor to humblebrag about. For most of college (and for most of my life, really), I would stay up until all hours of the night trying to accomplish everything on my to-do list or just trying to savor some relaxation time. I’d either fall asleep in the middle of a project with the light on or turn in super late, irrationally expecting myself to easily wake up early despite the fact that I had maybe three hours asleep ahead of me. I figured functioning on little sleep was just a matter of willpower and that I was a failure at the game, but then sometime in the past few years, I realized that my life looks entirely different when I’ve had a decent night’s sleep. When I discovered this, sleep felt like a super drug. Being well-rested made me a happier, more optimistic person, and I realized that when I wasn’t exhausted I could actually get shit done instead of spending a million years on the same task because I was too tired to concentrate. I’d venture that the exhausted, strung-out version of me (who of course still makes appearances) is an entirely different person who’s taken crazy pills and sees the world with entirely different stakes. Keep reading »

Rider Strong Is A Dad!

  • Rider Strong, a.k.a. Shawn Hunter on “Boy Meets World”, welcomed his first child with his wife Alexandra Barreto. The baby, a boy named Indigo, was born on December 28. Mazel tov!
  • As deflate-gate intensifies, Tom Brady says he didn’t alter his balls in any way (sorry, couldn’t resist) before the Patriots’ game against the Colts. [ABC News]
  • The demographic most likely to skip STD tests will freak you out! [YouBeauty]

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Woman Fakes Her Own Death To Get Out Of A Bad Date

Dating

Remember that episode of “Sex and the City” when Miranda’s date dies on her? Apparently, Ann Gray saw that one too, and decided to fabricate something similar to dodge her own date. The British 29-year-old met a man on a dating site, and knew after their third date that he wasn’t the guy for her. She told The Mirror that despite several gentle let-downs, he wouldn’t take the hint and continued to ask her out. He continued to message her, sometimes with an ever-so-slightly creepy tone: “I think we need to have a date tonight! I will be around your house in 30 minutes.” Um, no thanks. Gray knew she had to up her game to get this guy out of her hair, so she killed herself off with a text. Keep reading »

Jennifer Aniston Implies Brad Pitt Never Cheated On Her With Angelina Jolie

“We’re not in daily communication. But we wish nothing but wonderful things for each other. Nobody did anything wrong. You know what I mean? It was just like, sometimes things [happen]. If the world only could just stop with the stupid, soap-opera bullshit. There’s no story. I mean, at this point it’s starting to become — please, give more credit to these human beings.”

Jennifer Aniston is just as over hearing about her divorce from Brad Pitt as the rest of us. Despite the fact that it was ten long years ago, Aniston is still being depicted by tabloids as a sad loner who lost everything when Pitt left her for Angelina Jolie. It’s always been presumed that he cheated on her with Jolie, but in her latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she attempted to set the record straight. It’d be idealistic of me to think this will finally be the end of hearing about this beaten-to-death topic, but I’m holding out hope! [Pink Is The New Blog] [Image via Getty]

Science Says Men & Women Process Emotions Differently

Men and Women

A study by the University of Basel discovered there’s some truth to the cliched belief that men and women process their feelings differently. Maybe John Gray was on to something?  The study, which will be published in the Journal of Neuroscience, “focused on determining the gender-dependent relationship between emotions, memory performance and brain activity.” The results show that women find intense imagery more emotionally stimulating than men, and are more likely to remember those images. Keep reading »

Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik Are Engaged

  • Zooey Deschanel is engaged to boyfriend Jacob Pechenik! Last week, the couple announced Zooey’s pregnancy with their first child. Mazel tov! [Us Weekly]
  • Jay Leno spoke out against Bill Cosby: “Why is it so hard to believe the accusers?” [People]
  • Here’s everything you need to know about eating your placenta (just don’t steal our pipe dream of starting a placenta cupcake business). [YouBeauty] Keep reading »
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