A new study has found that the pursuit of fame, fortune, and beauty makes people less happy. One hundred and fifty graduates from the University of Rochester and Knox College in Illinois were followed for two years, and over that time, researchers assessed the graduates’ satisfaction with life, relationships, and self-esteem. Participants also evaluated their anxiety and stress levels, as well as, their physical ailments such as headaches. The researchers found that fame- and money-hungry graduates who had achieved their goals were the most dissatisfied and anxious. In contrast, participants who had a stronger sense of community and had developed fulfilling relationships felt less stress and were more confident. [am New York]
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Brits. We will never understand them sometimes—and not just because of the cute accents.
Tonight some rather cheeky Brits are celebrating a “Blitz Party,” the 65th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied forces invaded Normandy, France, during WWII. (The Blitz was when the Germans bombed the city of London for over a month straight, tens of thousands of Brits were killed and millions of homes and buildings destroyed.) Keep reading »
Not to rain on our own bridal bonanza parade, but not all marriages end happily ever after. While there is no “right” way to handle a divorce, Brit Jo Wallace can’t be accused of moping. Rather than skulk around her house after her three-year marriage ended, Jo threw a divorce party. Sure a divorce party isn’t quite as conventional as a Tupperware party, but it was actually the dress code that caught our attention. Rather than don the average “night out on the town to pick me up a hunk of new man” garb for the pub crawl through Brighton, England, Wallace insisted that all the women wear wedding gowns. Not just any wedding dress, oh no, the most hideous dress one could find on eBay. Stomping around Brighton like Bridezilla probably doesn’t come up high on the list of conventional ways to celebrate one’s divorce, but we give Wallace credit for making lemonade out of lemons, and giving dresses that usually only get worn once a second life. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
An article on CNN yesterday turned me on to Zimababwe native Betty Makoni, CNN hero of the week. She is a teacher, a volunteer, and the executive director of her organization, Girl Child Network (GCN), which boasts 30,000 members in Zimbabwe alone. She was also raped when she was 6 years old.
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Let’s face it, you’re going to have to deal with the utter emptiness left in your evenings this weekend. There’s a big, gaping abyss that’s been occupied by “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” all week. Thank goodness that movies still exist! This week, a pregnant couple look for home in “Away We Go,” you should maybe be drunk before seeing (the “Dude Where’s My Car” for grown-ups) “The Hangover,” and you might cry because they ruined the already bad TV show “Land of the Lost.” Keep reading »
This week, Barack Obama headed to Egypt with a pretty big mission in mind: smoothing over relations between the United States and the Muslim World. The pinnacle of his trip—a speech at Cairo University yesterday afternoon. In his speech, he emphasized the need for tolerance, not confrontation, between peoples, genders and religions in our increasingly interdependent world and called out for global cooperation as the only way to solve the problems we all currently face. But we were especially interested in what he had to say about Muslim women. After the jump, the words straight from Obama’s mouth. Keep reading »
Individuals who classify themselves as multiracial are the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. According to the latest census estimates, the number of multiracial people increased 3.4 percent last year to around 5.2 million. Americans were allowed to identify themselves by more than one race on the census for the first time in 2000 and their numbers jumped 33 percent. This group now makes up 5 percent of the minority population, but it’s suspected that millions more have been uncounted. Experts attribute the rise to greater acceptance and less immigration. Keep reading »
Slated to premiere later this month, Bravo’s “NYC Prep” is already stirring up drama off the airwaves. And modeled as a reality “Gossip Girl,” it’s easy to see why—the preview episode checks off just about every controversy box, from underage drinking caught on camera to bitchy admissions about wealth and sex. Just how long did everyone think this would last before the slew of legal headaches presented themselves? The head of Nightingale-Bamford, an all-girls school where one of the show’s characters is enrolled, has already sent a letter to parents and alums criticizing the exposure. Time Out published the letter in full, but here are a few excerpts… Keep reading »