MUNCHIES: In a [Bad] Mood? Scientists Say You Should Bake
"The best way to improve your [bad] mood? Science says channel your inner Mary Berry and bake. And not just because you’ll end up with a load of delicious baked goods on your hands. In a new study published last week by the University of Otago in New Zealand, researchers suggest that everyday creative activities like cooking and baking lead to increased wellbeing. Maybe you can have your cake and eat it." Read full story.
NPR: When Food Banks Say No To Sugary Junk, Schools Offer A Solution
"This is the time of year when donations to food banks spike. But, some food banks are getting pickier about what they'll accept. Earlier this year the Capital Area Food Bank announced it would "dramatically" cut back on junk food it receives and distributes. This means saying "no" to donations such as sheet cakes, holiday candy, sugary sodas and other processed, bakery items. So, where does Share food pantry in McLean, Virginia find the kind of donations they're looking for? It turns out, the elementary school across the street has become a key partner, giving the food pantry about a hundred pounds of foods each week." Read full story.
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USA TODAY: J.C. Penney to Close Up to 140 Stores, Offer Buyouts
"J.C. Penney (JCP) plans to close 130 to 140 stores and offer buyouts to 6,000 workers as the department-store industry sags in competition with online sellers and nimble niche retailers. The company said Friday that it would shutter 13% to 14% of its locations and introduce new goods and services aimed at the shifting preferences of its customer base." Read full story.
THRILLIST: Here's Why You Can't Seem to Remember Anything
"'Stress absolutely affects memory,' says clinical psychologist and behaviorist Dr. Jennifer Guttman. Cortisol is pretty important when it comes to keeping you alive. Your adrenal glands secrete cortisol when your blood sugar is low and when you're stressed. That's all fine and dandy if stress comes in short bursts, but when it's an ongoing state, those high levels of cortisol can be corrosive (metaphorically) to the brain." Read full story.
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