WHOA....Dad just stepped over the boundary!
Imagine being SO single that your own father has to step in!? That’s what happened for Matthew, Jeremy, and Benjamin of Oregon. Just before their family was supposed to leave for a trip to New Zealand, their pops reached out to the “New Zealand Herald” and had an ad put out to hopefully help his sons find love. “My wife and I have three wonderful, successful, handsome, alas unmarried sons,” the ad read.
At first, Matthew, Jeremy, and Benjamin were seriously embarrassed when they learned about the ad. Who wouldn’t be!? But after arriving in New Zealand and exploring a series of one-on-one dates, they decided what their dad did wasn’t so bad after all. Not even Tinder could touch the amount of responses they got.
Now that they’re back in the states, they know that the newspaper ad actually improved their vacation and helped them to meet people in a new place. Does that mean we should actually be ASKING our parents to put out ads for us!?
Your morning routine...and the phone!
Are you one of those people who starts each day by reaching for your phone, before you’re fully awake or have even gone to the bathroom? If so you’re in good company, according to a survey from IDC Research, 80% of smartphone users check their phones with 15 minutes of waking up.
The impulse to see if you’ve missed a text or an Instagram notification seems innocent enough, but science says it’s having a detrimental effect on our productivity and health. And even worse, it’s affecting the physical structure of our brains. Wellbeing expert Chelsea Pottenger led another study that finds the act of checking our phones jolts our brains into a wave of high stress, causing paranoia, fear, anger, and irritability, and all of those can weaken our immune systems.
Pottenger explains that when we first wake up, we change from delta brainwave to theta brainwave, where the brain is more flexible and that’s important for being more emotionally intelligent and good problem solvers. But when we wake up and start scrolling, we skip the vital theta brainwave and go into a beta brainwave of high stress. And that’s impacting the physical structure of our brains and our ability to perform, as well as our physical health and wellbeing.
So instead of starting your day with all the scrolling first thing, try to hold off and let your brain do its thing first. Ease into the screen time and emails, you have all day for that stuff.