We’ve all had that dream. You know, the one where your alarm doesn’t go off and you miss a meeting with Han Solo,the president of the United States.
Your absence causes the tense, intergalactic political climate to dissolve in to WWIII and ultimately results in Voldemort becoming the ruler of the Universe (with Gollum as his right-hand man of course). Talk about your nightmares.
But have you had this dream? In this scenario your alarm does indeed go off, you hit the snooze button, it continues to go off, you hit the snooze button again, still that insufferable buzzing persists. Finally, you yank the darned thing from its power source, for a brief moment it’s silenced, but it quickly flickers back to life and continues its evil and grating song.
Clearly your alarm clock is an evil spirit, or it isn’t a nightmare.
This contraption is real. It’s an alarm that won’t shut off until you get up and type in the days date on its control panel (which they’re assuming you’ll place in a different room…suckers!).
Clearly an evil plot by the technological minds of our time to make us get up and do something, or at least take the time to figure out what day it is before collapsing back in to our beds.
It is an incessant, but brilliant idea, assuming you want an obnoxious, unrelenting alarm system…that’ll put you back about $350. Something tells me it’s not immune to being thrown at the wall, but that price tag should deter the temptation.
“Alarm Clock Doesn’t Take Snooze for an Answer”: USA TODAY
Who doesn’t like a little gossip? Idle chatter is the guilty pleasure of conversation. Of course it comes with a (rather obvious) price–guilt.
If only we could discuss the affairs of others behind their back without the inevitable regret. If only someone could find a way to justify this.
Well, I don’t know if you heard, but word around University of California, Berkley is that gossip is actually good for you. It’s cathartic, and maintains the social order. That doesn’t sound nearly as selfish and horrible as it is.
I don’t know how good it is for what’s her name that you’re spreading salacious possible lies about, but it’ll make you feel really good to get those rumors off your chest.
Findings also suggest, or so I hear, that assuming the gossip is true and needs to be exposed for the betterment of all, there’s no reason to feel bad about it. Because isn’t that what most gossip is? Factual accounts of scandal which need to be exposed in order to allow justice to take its course.
I thought so.
So next time you feel like chit-chatting about someone, remember, it’s good for you.
Don’t worry about what’s her name, she’ll get over it, or get even, but I’m sure there’s no study on the benefits of revenge…yet.
“Gossiping may be good for you, study says”: USA Today
For the first day of resolution aid, I have a simple one for you: SMILE!
If not for others then for yourself. It won’t just improve your mood, but your well-being.
I’ll leave the facts and figures of the impact of smiling on your health to the doctors, but I know that smiles make me feel better.
I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again. Happy people are happy people. It’s just true, and few things spread happiness faster than a smile.
Although I’ve heard positive things about the impact of whistling a happy tune.
There’s nothing particularly shocking about a positive attitude having a positive impact.
How do you attain that positive attitude? Happy thoughts never hurt anyone.
I don’t claim to have the secret to it, and anyone who does is probably lying to you. But, while we’re looking for it how about giving a smile a shot. It might improve your day and maybe even your 2012.
“Smile A Lot; It Just Might Save Your Life”: USA TODAY
Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus.
~Francis Pharcellus Church, New York Sun, September 21, 1897
It’s been well over a century since an eight year old girl named Virginia wrote a letter to the New York Sun asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?”
The famous editorial response: “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus” has become a beautiful and touching part of the fabric of American holiday traditions (with a little help from Macy’s).
It’s a timeless testament to faith, curiosity, and the honesty with which we all come into this world.
Of course, when the letter was originally written in 1897 the options for discovering the veracity of the tale of St. Nick were limited.
Today’s kids can very easily look to Google for guidance. Which, along with connecting a story of childhood wonder and innocence to a department store ad campaign, makes this blogger a little sick.
What have we done?
We can instantly connect to just about everybody on the planet and answer our own pressing questions (usually about what’s his name in that one movie) in a matter of seconds, but at what price?
Kids can text, track, e-mail, and Skype with Santa. The jolly old elf is plugged in and easy to reach with just the click of a mouse.
Where’s the magic?
How he manages to have time to get ready for Christmas (let alone circumnavigate the globe in one night) is beyond me.
Will technology kill Santa?
No. Santa is bigger than the Internet. He is magic, and nothing can or will ever change that.
As far as we may advance, there are some things that will always remain. For the true believers among us, the spirit of the season is untouchable, and no web page can dampen true spirit.
…he lives and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, VIRGINIA, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
“Is Tech Friend or Foe to Santa Claus?”: USA TODAY
“I’m having a bad day.”
“I haven’t had my coffee.”
“I’m just a generally unpleasant person.”
Excuses, excuses, excuses…
We’ve all heard them and we’ve all doled out a few ourselves.
Nobody is perfect, but there is no excuse for bad manners.
According to researchers at the American Psychological Association %75 to %80 of people have experienced incivility (personally I prefer petty illogical rudeness, but to each his own regency-era terminology).
Of course rudeness knows no bounds, but this survey focused primarily on the workplace. Also known as where passive aggressiveness comes to play.
We could assume that this figure means that %20 to %25 percent of us are mean, but that would seem unfair.
So this is a blanket reprimand: BE NICE!!!
I understand that snidely responding to what you see as a stupid question at the moment may make you feel better for the time being, but it does not last.
Eventually that negative energy you sent out there is going to get back to you and karma is a…
…well you know what karma is.
“Incivility a Growing Problem at Work, Psychologists Say”: USA Today