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Best of the Web: February 11, 2011

Best of the Web: February 11, 2011

15 Scientifically-Proven Things That Will Make You Happier; Protests and the Pump; The Hosni Mubarak in Each of Us; Why Facebook Could Be Hurting Your Job Hunt; “Money Talk” With Your Valentine.

February 11, 2011 9:51 by

15 Scientifically-Proven Things That Will Make You Happier
“I just want to be happy.” If Kipp got a dirham every time we heard that phrase (and uttered it ourselves, for that matter) we probably wouldn’t be asking the age old philosophical question: How can we be happy? It is a curious question, isn’t it? It is one that has many different answers: the more conservative will say “a spouse and a family of your own,” others may say “a successful career”. Others will promise your happiness lies with spiritual enlightenment. Well, if you’re waiting for Kipp’s solution, don’t, because we really don’t know. But because we do put a lot of our trust in science we are going to push you to read this slideshow on the 15 Scientifically-Proven Things That Will Make You Happier. Let us know if they really did make you feel better.

Protests and the pump: The Egypt effect may be more pronounced for food than oil
The assumption that the ongoing crisis in Egypt is likely to result in the price of oil going up—due to disruptions in the passage of the Suez Canal—are both unfounded and impractical, says the Economist. It argues that Egypt is neither a main producer of oil nor is the canal the only route for tankers to take. Instead, it is the rising price of food that people should be concerned about; yep, the rising price of food that actually played a serious role in the build up to the ongoing protests. Why? “Analysts at Goldman Sachs point out those countries in the region may feel the need to head off political instability by spending to stockpile grain. Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Jordan have all stepped up efforts to build stockpiles. This could raise the pressure on other countries to hoard wheat, pushing prices even higher.”

The Hosni Mubarak in Each of Us
This article might just be the most shameless attempt to jump on the bandwagon that is the Egypt political crisis. If “The Hosni Mubarak in Each of Us” isn’t one of the best examples of a news-peg we don’t know what is. Regardless though, this Business Week article does serve as a healthy wake up call for those of us in senior management who might have enjoyed too many years in the top positions to remember how to deal with the minions who work for you. If this resonates with you, then have a look at this list of quick tips.

Why Facebook Could Be Hurting Your Job Hunt
Getting a job can be a confusing and tricky process. Kipp should know. When we were looking out for a job we got all sorts of solicited and unsolicited advice on how to go about the search. “Go to an agency”, “Don’t go to an agency” “Write this in your CV” and “Write that in your CV”, “Get on LinkedIn” “Don’t get on LinkedIn”; trust us, we’ve heard it all. And regardless of those who insist they have the secrets to securing the job of your dreams, Kipp knows there really isn’t one rule that applies to all. What there are, however, are basic guidelines. So, for instance, how should one behave on social networking websites? This is what Business Insider has to say.

“Money Talk” With Your Valentine
The young and foolish would have everyone believe that true love is all about red fluffy hearts, gigantic teddy bears and all of that other lovey-dovey stuff. But the real fact of the matter is a good relationship requires constant work and compromise, because when you are sharing your life, home and your cheque book with someone else, conflicts are bound to arise. And nothing is more likely to cause problems than money. A national Money magazine survey with Mathew Greenwald & Associates shows that 84 percent of spouses say money causes tension in their marriage. So this Valentine’s Day, the best thing you could possibly do with the love of your life is have that long put-off ‘talk’ about money.

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