I walked by an old brownstone the other night and stopped to admire its red door. I looked up and saw that the third floor window was decorated with children’s stickers. They spelled out “I Love You.” I was thoroughly charmed by the place, and turned to my friend and said, “Life would be good if I lived here.” Turns out my instincts were correct. According to a new study, people who live behind red doors lead the happiest lives. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, the ones with red doors were found to be most extroverted with the most laid back approach to life. Other door colors found to be conducive to contentedness were white, green and brown. Those with black doors were found to be the most successful, while those who valued love over career were more likely to have an orange door. Who knew door color was so important? I’d better go out and get some red paint right away as my door color, puke mustard, doesn’t appear to be on the list.[Newslite]
Redheads! They’re so different! So special, so rare! And the same recessive genes that give them their ginger locks also cause them to feel pain in a different way than the rest of us. A study done at Aalborg University in Denmark found that while redheads are better able to handle spicier foods, their bodies are less adept at handling a variety of other sensory experiences, such as extreme cold and dental pain. Annnnnnd gingers are also more inclined to have problems such as endometriosis and sclerosis.
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Kim Kardashian may not just be an example of a walking, talking publicity stunt — she could be an example of biology gone awry! Scientists have discovered a gene that may explain why some women have a problem getting or staying married. Research of more than 1,800 women found that some ladies have difficulty bonding due to a variation of the oxytocin receptor gene, known as A-allele. The A-allele gene affects how women process oxytocin, the hormone responsible for love and bonding. If a woman’s body cannot properly break down the hormone, it could affect her ability to bond with others, including her boyfriend or husband.
So maybe, just maybe, we have been harshly judging poor Kimmy for a problem she just cannot fix? (Or not.) [Huffington Post]
Ever since Darwin popped off his big theory of evolution, we’ve all kind of presumed that everything we do — the way we eat, the mates we choose, the way we purposely mispronounce “indubitably” for laughs, everything — is ultimately tied to one goal: continuing the species. But sometimes getting from A to Baby isn’t as intuitive as you’d think. And scientists have had a hell of a time figuring out why.
Now, we’re not saying that these theories behind our sexual behaviors are the gospel truth or that there aren’t other, conflicting theories out there. But if they are true, sex is even weirder than we thought. Read more …
I once read a survey that claimed that a third of American women won’t leave the house without their makeup on. As a mother who is just happy to have a kid whose teeth are brushed and clothes on when it’s time to get going most days, I’m going to be honest with you. The luxury of fixing one’s self up in the comfort of my own bathroom is over-rated!
Those of us with too little time on our hands have perfected the art of getting our beauty rituals on anywhere but the house. Case in point: I carry tweezers everywhere because when you find a few seconds to pluck, you take advantage of them – wherever you are. But a quick eyebrow grab at a stoplight has nothing on some of the crazy makeup fixes some of my friends have copped to. Trust me … you have to read ‘em to believe ‘em. Read more…
According to a new study done in the Netherlands, stimulating your creativity is much easier than you thought. The study found that preparing your breakfast in reverse order can make a person more creative. Like putting your milk in the bowl before your cereal. Researchers found that when participants shook up their breakfast making routines that it helped break cognitive patterns and triggered more flexible, innovative and creative thinking. The same goes for the rest of your day. The study found that any kind of active involvement in an unusual or unconventional event triggers creativity. Not watching an unusual event, but actually participating in one. I’m so on board with this. Almond milk, you will now come before Kashi. [Miller McCune]
If you asked someone on the street, “Is sex with an ex a good idea?” The answer would likely be a resounding, “No!” In fact, according to our Break Up With Your Ex research, a whopping 81 percent agree that ex sex is always a bad idea. Psychologists, however, seem to disagree. A recently released study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology suggests that sex with a former lover isn’t so bad after all.
Researchers observed the post-breakup adjustment of 137 married couples who had recently separated. Many stayed in touch with their former partners, and of those couples, the ones who were still having sex were actually doing better psychologically than those who weren’t. Read more…
Aside from our seven-year age gap, my sister and I are very similar for the most part. We look alike (so much so that I used her ID to party before I was even legal), have the same sense of humor and similar hobbies. Sometimes we even finish each others’ sentences like twins. There is only one huge difference between us — our dating preferences. I date just about anyone who I find attractive and interesting. My sister refuses to date outside of her race. But according to some new research, it may be time for her to loosen up, as interracial marriages are on the rise. Keep reading »
Members of the scientific community constantly conduct relationship studies in an attempt to make broad, sweeping generalizations about the ways of the heart. Never mind that every relationship is a unique snowflake covered in diamonds and wrapped up in a copy of the first appearance of Superman. People want easy answers for why that jerk won’t text back or why their conquest filed a restraining order after finding a love letter written in pig’s blood. (Plus, if there wasn’t a steady stream of relationship data, what would Cosmopolitan fill their pages with? LeAnn Rimes only has so many diet tips.)
Sure, some relationship studies have interesting things to say about our modern mating rituals. But others are so forehead-slappingly obvious, they make us wonder who decided it was a good idea to spend time and money (oftentimes A LOT of money) on something that a fourth grader in the early stages of his first crush could figure out. Let’s take a look at some of the dumbest studies conducted on sex, love, and all that good stuff. Read more…
Watch out for the big girls! A survey of 2,500 adults revealed some surprising statistics about the kind of underwear we buy depending on our size. Size 8 women are more likely to wear granny panties (referred to as “sensible cotton pants” in the study), while size 14 ladies are more likely to go commando. And those size 16 gals? Well, they’re busy “working it” in sexier matching sets. When it comes to making underwear choices, it seems like big girls do it better or at least “sexier.” Keep reading »