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A Little Bit of Generosity is Secret to Happiness

Scientists have found that generosity made people happier and promising to be more generous was enough to trigger a change in our brain giving us pleasant feeling. University of Zurich researchers investigated how areas in the brain communicated to produce this feeling. However, amount of generosity did not influence the increase in contentment. "You do not need to become a self-sacrificing martyr to feel happier. Just being a little generous will suffice," said Philippe Tobler from the university. Before the experiment, some of the participants had verbally committed to behaving generously. This group was willing to accept higher costs to do something nice for others. They considered themselves happier after their generous behavior than the control group.

Socks Tipped to Be the New ‘It’ Accessory

The sock is hot property when it comes to making a fashion statement. Socks for men and women in all shapes and sizes are making a striking return to the runway, from the thigh-grazing sock boots in Balenciaga’s capsule for Paris concept store Colette to Kenzo and Prada’s latest stylish socks. Cutting-edge designers are sharing some common ground with seemingly fashion-forward Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. Trudeau’s high-profile sock moves have been widely charted. The head of state never misses an opportunity to show off his colouful sock signature. On the opening day of the G20 summit in Germany, Trudeau stole the show with a pair of red patterned socks that he had paired with tan formal shoes with quirky blue laces.

Senior Citizens More Likely to Have Extramarital Sex

According to the research, published by the Institute for Family Studies, 20 percent of married Americans, aged over 55, admit to extramarital sex, compared to just 14 percent of those under 55. It is easy to assume that this is simply because older people are likely to have been married longer and have thus had more time to cheat - the majority were married between 20 and 30 years - but the study reveals that instances of adultery in older marriages have soared since 2000. At the same time, the rate of extramarital sex amongst 18-55-year-old married couples has declined, showing a divergence. The research, titled America’s New Generation Gap in Extramarital Sex, was led by Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Consumer Studies.

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