Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 27, 2013
November 27, 2013
Five holiday tips from Dr Phil:
Every year, Dr PHIL McGRAW shares some holiday advice on how not to only survive the holiday season, but enjoy it as well.
1. Are your expectations realistic? What gets people upset is not what actually happens, but having their expectancies violated. If you want everything to be perfect, from dinner starting on time to all the kids behaving, you're probably setting yourself up for disappointment. Based on results, are your expectancies realistic? Lower them so you're not frustrated year after year.
2. Remember what the holidays are really about --family togetherness, spiritual enlightenment and camaraderie with friends often times get lost. It's easy to get caught up in all the details of shopping, cooking and entertaining, but what's really important is being with the ones you love.
3. Lighten up and go with the flow. Take a step back and relax. When your family gets on your nerves, laugh it off.
4. Remember that the Thanksgiving meal is not a problem-solving session. Deal with your family issues another time.
5. If the holidays make you feel empty, give to others who are less fortunate --the best way to get is to give.
Thanksgiving minus one:
Your typical Thanksgiving meal contains 25-hundred calories, so if you're heading to the in-laws tomorrow, bring the running shoes. But --what do you eat the night before Thanksgiving? Believe it or not, a lot of us go with pizza.
Domino's says the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is their biggest night of the year --bigger, even, than Super Bowl Sunday. Seems with lots of family already in town and gathered at the home where the big meal will take place, pizza deliveries and take-outs skyrocket.
Editor's note: Or you can kill two birds with one stone and order a pizza with that festive giblet topping. (Maiman)
Working on Turkey Day:
A new survey just released by CareerBuilder finds that 14 percent of workers in the U.S. will have to work on Thanksgiving this year. Forbes.com notes that plenty of people traditionally work on holidays --the medical and emergency service industry, restaurants, reporters and others in the media industry, gas station attendants, utility workers, hotel and airport personnel, public transportation workers and business owners, among many other professionals besides retail. (Kaye)
Career benefits to working on a holiday (Forbes.com):
1. More money: lots of companies pay overtime, even double overtime as holiday pay.
2. Recognition: stepping up on a holiday shows dedication and team spirit, which bosses love.
3. A chance to be a problem solver: showing off your leadership skills can result in career growth and the afore-mentioned recognition (an ingredient for getting promoted!).
4. Extra vacation days: if you get regular pay on a holiday, you could be rewarded with time off later instead.
5. Off-peak vacation: making up the holiday activities when it's less busy, crowded, hassled
6. Personal satisfaction and improved relationships: it might just give you a warm fuzzy but even better, you score personal points when you let a co-worker with family obligations meet them while you punch the clock. (Kaye)
No winner in last night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means Friday night's drawing is valued at $230 million ($125 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington DC. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 175.7 million.
Tamagotchis are making a comeback. The digital "pet" that everyone thought was so cute (until you neglected and killed it) as a child is getting a glitzy reboot. New York magazinesays Bandai, the Japanese toy company behind the mid-nineties fad is cranking out new L-C-D pets with flashy prints and jewels. Customers will be allowed to select from a series of characters who have professions or hobbies, including beauticians, robots, musicians, chefs, sewing, and pet stylists. The pets will be released in fall of 2014. (Bartha)
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