5 American Sex Norms Europeans Think Are Crazy + other Weekly Discoveries

American sex norms that are whack, a beauty blogger with bullies, how booze makes you happier than kids, and more…


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5 American Sex Norms Europeans Think Are Crazy + other Weekly Discoveries

5 American sex norms Europeans think are crazy

All I can say is that they make some really, really good points. [Read on RawStory]

5 American Sex Norms Europeans Think Are Crazy + other Weekly Discoveries

Study: Sex And Alcohol Make You Happier Than Having Kids And Religion

Money may not be able to buy happiness, but sex and alcohol surely can — at least, according to new research. [Read on Elite Daily]

‘You look disgusting’ – Interview with beauty blogger who shamed bullies:
5 American Sex Norms Europeans Think Are Crazy + other Weekly Discoveries

Listen to the pope: Don’t cause animals to suffer or die needlessly

Does Catholicism require opposition to animal cruelty, including industrial farming? [Read via the LA Times]

5 American Sex Norms Europeans Think Are Crazy + other Weekly Discoveries

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren’t Taught in School

Most of us were never taught how to identify or deal with our own emotions, or the emotions of others. Here’s a lesson. [Read via LifeHacker]

‘The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.’
– Mark Caine

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Reader Discussion: 21 Comments

  1. Avatar of Heather Strobel

    Heather Strobel

    Wow! What a beautiful message to wake up to. I am so happy to read the article about the Pope, everything said rings home. In a world where it feels like no one cares. Reading it makes me realize that other people understand animals are emotional creatures capable of love, happiness, pain and depression. People really care about animals and don’t want them to suffer.

  2. Avatar of Carrie Zamora

    Carrie Zamora

    The article about emotional intelligence is very interesting and I hope this should be one of the focus of education. This would prevent if not lessen the negative behavior of people like the ones in the “You look disgusting” video.

  3. Avatar of Sandra Brown

    I consider two of the articles you shared today as intriguing: that one about sex norms and that study which revealed sex and alcohol make people happier. But I particularly liked the article about the Pope. It’s a good thing that he’s encouraging mercy for all, including animals. I’m a proud vegan. It was not an easy transformation but I realized it’s worth it. At least, I’m free from guilt!

  4. Avatar of La. M.

    La. M.

    I taught lifeskills to teens for a while. We focused largely on emotional intelligence. Really rewarding work. Young people gravitate towards this type of self management if they know that it exists. And if they have the skills to test and tweak before they are adults, they get a lot of mileage out of simple lessons. They just need adults to catch up. It’s really hard teaching self management and communication skills to kids who are surrounded by adults that don’t even have the basics down.

  5. Avatar of Arabella Clarington

    Great selection of articles! It is very important to teach younger generation proper emotional education. We don’t teach them what to feel but we should teach them how to understand their emotions. This is one of my challenges as my kids are growing.

    Some people will say that understanding emotions can be learned through interaction with other people while growing up, but what if on the process you’ve interacted with the wrong ones? What if the people around are not “good emotional teachers?”

  6. Avatar of Wendy

    I totally agree with the article on emotional intelligence. This is something I teach and impart to teenagers as a school psychologist. Sometimes, I can’t help but wish I had this stuff when I was younger.

  7. Avatar of Carolyn Donovan

    I love the pope! Now I’m proud I went vegan and that my principle is right: No animals need to die in order for me to live. Yeah, mercy and compassion SHOULD be for ALL!

  8. Avatar of Crystal Nicholson

    Well, raising a daughter alone, made me arrive at my own life formula:

    Happy Sex (plus(+) Happy Marriage (minus(-) Alcohol = Kids = Happiness

  9. Avatar of Amanda Young

    Well, I think a LOT of Americans think of those sex norms crazy as well!!! LOL 🙂

  10. Avatar of Brittany Thompson

    Really?! Having kids won’t make me happier?!!! I plan to have kids someday because I’ve been working with kids as a teacher and they’re making me happy.

    Well, I’ve read the article, I think title needs to be changed. Sex and alcohol won’t make me (or even you) happier, they just scaled higher in “happy things to do” which is very different from having a happy life.

    • Avatar of Brenda Stow

      Like you, I would like to have kids someday. I personally believe that having kids will give me self-fulfillment. I think a study like this varies, after all, each has limitations. The results of this one are from a “study size group,” we can also consider geography. Some may value religion higher, sex lower or vice versa. Results of this one does not necessarily point out to you.

      But I know where you’re coming from, articles like this might really have an influence or impact on others.

    • Avatar of Andrea Clark

      The link to the study conducted in New Zeland is no longer working and the article was published years ago. So you see, this study “might” be applicable then but NOT now 🙂 Still, happiness depends on your choice.

    • Avatar of Melissa Mendez

      I believe Elite Daily published a more recent article entitled: “Researchers Find Having More Sex Doesn’t Necessarily Make You Happier.” You may find the article here: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/study-sex-doesnt-lead-happiness/1029357/

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