Monday, November 3, 2008

Did you know...

I recently read three interesting tidbits that made me smile...

Try it, You'll Like It What gives you the urge to experiment with new things, like an exotic food or a different hair color? Research from University College London shows that taking chances fires up the same part of the brain that is activated when we eat chocolate or win money.

Need Help? Just Ask The next time you need a helping hand, don't be shy about asking. Researchers at Columbia University found that people are twice as likely to help as you'd expect. In part, that's because it's awkward to say no, says study author Frank Flynn, Ph.D., now an associate professor of organizational behavior at Standford University. But most of the time people actually like being asked. "The truth is, helping others feels good," says Dr. Flynn.

Fight Stress with Fun Video games aren't just for kids anymore. It turns out they're actually good stress relievers for grown-ups. Playing puzzle-based video games, such as the kind that sometimes come pre-programmed in your cell phone for just 15 minutes may ease tension and improve mood, say researchers from East Carolina University.

My take on all of this... anyone want to come over and help me with laundry?? I'll provide the chocolate and a wicked game of Wii tennis?