Coffee Reads of the Week – smiley or not

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

lifestyle: Generation Y Giving Cars A Pass by Jim Ostroff
Selling cars to young adults under 30 is proving to be a real challenge for automakers. Unlike their elders, Generation Yers own fewer cars and don’t drive much. They’re likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol. Motorists aged 21 to 30 now account for 14% of miles driven, down from 21% in 1995.

personal: Mastering the Art of Persuasion by Brynn Mannino
Everyone has little tactics for getting what he or she wants. Some use seduction, others beg, while there are those who use plain-old intimidation. But you don’t have to resort to unseemly methods to get your way. According to Michael Lee, author of How to Be an Expert Persuader in 20 Days or Less, “The power of persuasion rests on getting people to do what you want willingly, resulting in a win-win scenario for everyone involved.” Can’t get your employees to meet deadlines or your husband to walk the dog? Then these 10 secrets are for you.

health & wellness: 12 Beauty Secrets from Around the World by Liz Brody
Global Travel Advisory: Take your envy meds. Maybe it’s the sleepless hours at cruising altitude. Maybe it’s the fight-or-flight response that kicks in when you have to brave Customs. But, at least in my book, certain countries are hazardous to the self-esteem. You step off the plane and the women look way too good. How on earth do they do it? Save your miles. You can try these international trade secrets without leaving the house.

health & wellness: 9 Signs you’re happier than you think
Your emotional well-being isn’t just about your genes or the kind of home you were raised in. It turns out that some pretty interesting factors—backed by science—play a role in how joyful you feel.

love & relationships: The science behind love at first sight by Helen Fisher, PhD
From the moment she set eyes on him, she adored him. Wanting only to be near him, to lavish her affection on him, she followed everywhere he went. The sound of his voice made her bark.

health & wellness: What’s your body trying to tell you? by Stacey Colino
Every pop, ping, ache, and pain has a meaning. Here’s when to take action.

home: How long can you freeze food? by Lori Bongiorno
When it comes to preparing healthy meals at home, don’t underestimate the value of your freezer. A well-stocked freezer can save you a trip to the store when you’re pressed for time, which could mean the difference between making dinner and ordering in. It also lets you save meals that you prepare in big batches ahead of time, take advantage of discounts at the grocery store, and keep food that might otherwise go to waste.

health & wellness:  6 surprising signs of depression by Liz Brody
Here’s a “what-if” scenario: Your husband starts working late every night, you forget the last time you were physically intimate, and he seems to have lost interest in you. Shall we cut to the chase? The guy’s having an affair. Slam dunk, change your Facebook status.

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