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The Dessert Dilemma: Bad For You, Good For Your Family

I’m heavily focused on dessert right now because the chocolate-addicted part of me needed to go on a refined sugar cleanse. It’s been 24 days and yes, I have been having involved dreams about eating massive bowls of ice cream. Any way you spin it, in real life, eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby in a sitting is not “good for your body.” But according to new research commissioned by — surprise! — a UK dessert company, dessert is “good for your family.”

“This study identified that occasionally eating a dessert is producing a blip of happiness which is positively affecting families’ mood, influencing how families are interacting with each other, and is creating happy memories,” explained psychologist Professor Geoffrey Beattie. If this is true, why are big, family holidays, which always include dessert, so fraught with dysfunction? Suspicious. [Daily Mail UK]

Breaking News: Men Are Going To Bars And Talking About Feelings

Men Talk About Their Feelings At Bars

Apparently, we’ve totally misjudged what dudes do when they go to the bar. Watch sports? Sit in virtual silence with each other? Get shitcanned? Come home and vomit in the sink? Nope. Well, maybe sometimes. But in addition to that a new study done in Scotland found that men like to go the bar for more personal reasons. According to researchers men between the ages of  30  and 50 who regularly socialized at bars experienced positive boosts to their mental health. Not only did buying each other pints help middle-aged maintain their friendships, but researchers found that it also gave them a safe space to “open up and talk about their emotions.” Awwww shit. Busted, guys. Keep reading »

What Falling In Love Really Feels Like

According to a new study to be published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, scientists found that falling in love feels exactly like scratching an itch — at least, as far as our brains are concerned. Keep reading »

Why Having A Gay Best Friend Is Mandatory

According to a recent study published in Evolutionary Psycholgy, having a gay best friend is essential, not just because you need someone to talk about “I Am Britney Jean” and penises with, but because the friendship serves a “biologically adaptive function.” Researchers at Texas Christian University found the straight woman/gay man friendship to be the most “natural, mutually-beneficial, rewarding, helpful and equal human relationship that can be achieved.” Keep reading »

This Feelings Map Explains So Much

This Feelings Map Explains So Much

The feelings map you see above is a visual representation of the findings from a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, which found that emotions influence our bodies in consistent, universal ways. Finnish researchers asked 701 participants in three countries to identify where they felt certain sensations while reading short stories or watching movies meant to invoke emotional responses. On a blank, computerized figurine, they were then asked to color in the areas of their body where they felt sensations became stronger (red and yellow) or weaker (blue and black) when they experienced certain emotions. The results, albeit totally subjective (no one’s face literally turned red with fear), help explain where the phrases “hot with envy,” “beaming with pride,” and “feeling blue” come from. It also makes perfect sense that disgust is felt through the digestive tract, anxiety in the chest and love in the head, heart and genitals. [The Atlantic]

Dissimilar Boozing Habits May Lead To Divorce

Just in time for that bottle of Veuve Clicquot you and your spouse are planning to uncork on New Year’s Eve, a new study done at the University of Buffalo made some interesting discoveries about the effects of alcohol consumption on marriage. Keep reading »

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