Aug 16 2012

I Won But Now I'm Paying For It

Watch The Price Is Right -- But The Taxes Are Wrong

Oh, happy day! You're a contestant on a popular game show – "The Price Is Right," let's say. You spin the wheel, you make the winning bid, and suddenly – ka-ching! – you've won the Lexus or the dishwasher or the lifetime supply of nail clippers. Pretty swell, right? From a tax standpoint, maybe not. Consumerist.com gives the example of a "Price is Right" winner (name withheld) whose haul included a new truck, a washer and dryer, an Apple computer, a poker table and a trip to Washington, D.C. On the social news site, Reddit, the man fielded questions from people wanting to know if there was any downside to winning. There sure was: "I won $57,000-worth of items. I had to pay around $17,000 or $20,000 in taxes." Topic: your game show appearance. what did you win? how much did you have to pay in taxes?

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Aug 16 2012

Soul Mates, Do you believe it's Destiny?

Two-thirds of U.S. adults believe in the concept of soul mates where "two people are destined to be together," according to a Marist Poll poll. But soul-mate couples who marry after a whirlwind of passion could have a rude awakening. While they likely will be very happy at first because of their intense emotional and personal connection, such unions have a high risk of disenchantment and divorce for the simple reason that it's almost impossible to sustain such intensity for the long haul.

Tell us if you believe in soul mates here or on Facebook.

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Aug 15 2012

Watch Your Mouth

Watch what comes out of your mouth: In a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, 80 percent of women stuck with their diets by saying, "I do not eat that" to temptations, while only 10 percent succeeded using "I can't eat that. " "I can't signals deprivations, which makes you more likely to cave, whereas "I don't" signals determinations and empowerment, making your refusal more effective," says study author Vanessa Patrick, Ph.D., of the University of Houston. But you don't have to announce that you don't eat cake, reframing your self-talk works too. (Women's Health)

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Aug 15 2012

Who Says "I love you" First

Study examines declarations of love in relationships. The Washington Post

Sometimes it comes out in a rush. Other times it becomes a game of chicken. Regardless, the first spoken “I love you” is a relationship milestone.

Josh Ackerman, a psychologist who teaches at MIT, set out to study these early declarations of devotion. According to his research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, most people (64 percent) think the woman in a relationship usually says “I love you” first.

“We are constantly bombarded by this idea that love is about women, in a sense,” Ackerman says. “Women are the more emotional ones, and men hide their feelings. But that doesn’t necessarily appear to be the case.”

When his team interviewed 205 straight men and women about their past and current relationships, they found men were more likely to have said “I love you” first.

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