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    Science Says People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful and Live Longer

    Science Says People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful and Live Longer

    We all have that friend (or maybe, we are that friend) who is late to every single brunch, baby shower, and school board meeting ever put in the calendar and spend most Sundays slinking into the back pew at church hoping not to draw attention. While Southerners pride themselves on good manners, which includes timeliness, some people simply seem incapable of being on time.

    While it’s certainly a frustrating characteristic both for the people waiting to order lunch until the tardy friend makes their appearance and for the well-intentioned, but perennially late person, turns out there is a silver lining to it. A recent body of scientific work, reveals that the traits that tend to make people late, are the very same traits that can help them live longer and more productive lives.

    Science has shown that stress is incredibly bad for overall health. People who are late typically feel less stressed, unconcerned with deadlines, and generally more relaxed.  That can lead to lower blood pressure, lower risks of heart disease, greater cardiovascular health, lower risk of stroke, and lower chance of depression, all of which can prolong life.

    As Diana DeLonzor wrote in her book, Never Late Again, many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic. That means they truly, deeply believe that they can, say, go for a run, take a shower, stop at the Piggly Wiggly to buy groceries for dinner, pick up the dry cleaning, and still make it on time to pick up the kids from school all in one hour. That is a clearly optimistic schedule, yet many chronically late people truly believe it’s possible, even when proven time and again that it’s not. That level of optimism reaches far beyond an over-planned schedule, though. According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, “Research tells us that an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years.”

    Optimism can also effect productivity and success. A study among salesmen revealed that optimists sold 88 percent more than their pessimistic colleagues.They performed better because they have a better outlook.

    Similarly, some chronically late people are perfectionists who can’t leave the house until the dishwasher is empty and the laundry is folded, according to Dr. Linda Sapadin, a time management specialist and fellow at the American Psychological Association. That may be frustrating trait in a friend, but is a desirable characteristic in an employee and can lead to more successful career.

    Another reason that a person may end up perpetually tardy is that they are simply engrossed in another activity and lose track of time. Being passionate about a subject can translate to long-term success, which means late people may end up being very successful. Business leaders like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos have all weighed in on the fact that being truly passionate about your work is the secret to success. So the next time someone is late, ask them what they were working on, it may be enlightening.

    Finally, it’s important to understand that for some people, lateness is not entirely their fault, because they may have a completely different sense of time than you. A team of scientists put one minute on the clock and asked two different groups of people with Type A (ambitious, driven) or Type B (relaxed, creative) personalities and asked them to guess how much time had passed. Their study revealed that people with Type A personalities guessed that an average of 58 seconds had passed, while those with Type B personalities thought an average of 77 seconds had passed. That 19 second difference in perception could add up quickly leading someone to be very late to lunch.

    The next time someone is tardy to the party, keep in mind that they may be happier, healthier, and more productive—and then mull that over while you order an extra appetizer to eat while you wait.

    Donald Trump's Space Force plans analysed by a sci-fi expert

    Donald Trump's Space Force plans analysed by a sci-fi expert
    The US leadership has plans to introduce a "US Space Force" by 2020. Already announced by president Donald Trump in June, US vice president Mike Pence outlined further details of the plan at a press conference on August 9. The Space Force, he said, would consist of an elite corps of soldiers trained to fight in space, and a space command that would design military strategies for warfare beyond the atmosphere.

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    WOW: If Mom and Dad Won’t Attend Your Same-sex Wedding, This Woman Will Take Their Place

    WOW: If Mom and Dad Won’t Attend Your Same-sex Wedding, This Woman Will Take Their Place

    “I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles.”

    If your biological mother is not going to attend your same-sex wedding, this Oklahoma mom wants you to contact her.

    “Call me. I’m there. I’ll be your biggest fan. I’ll even bring the bubbles,” Sara Cunningham posted to Facebook in a “public service announcement” last week.

    The mom calls herself an “accidental activist” for LGBTQ kids, according to her Twitter bio; she is also the author of “How We Sleep at Night: A Mother’s Memoir.”

    In the book, readers hear the story of a Christian mother who “comes to terms with her son being gay through a personal journey that starts with the Church and ends at the Pride Parade,” according to the description on Amazon.

    The Oklahoma woman told CBS that she has been involved with the LGBTQ community since her son, Parker, told her he was gay — and it wasn’t easy for her to accept that at first.

    “I’m a woman of faith … We live in a conservative town,” Cunningham told CBS. “It sound bad to say it, but I felt like I had to chose between my child and faith.”

    She sought out information, NBC reported, and started attending an LGBTQ-affirming church.
    “It was my first interaction with the community that I was so alienated from by my own ignorance and my own fear … And I realized this was a beautiful community,” she told the station.

    She went back to the parade in 2015, CBS reported, but this time she wore a “Free Mom Hugs” button. She told CBS she would offer anyone a hug — and she left with glitter all over her, as well as with stories about family rejection that haunt her.

    Having heard those stories, Cunningham started “Free Mom Hugs,” which is now a group of “moms who love LGBTQ+ kids,” according to the Facebook page.

    “Everyone needs their mom,” she told NBC. “To deny that on the most important day of their lives is devastating. I wanted to make the day better.”

    Parker Cunningham posted to Facebook that he is proud of his mom.

    “Love is like wildfire,” he said. “I have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness of people all over the world who are watching this unfold!”


    Oregon Becomes First State to Offer Third-Gender Driver’s Licenses

    Oregon Becomes First State to Offer Third-Gender Driver’s Licenses

    A decision by Oregon’s Transportation Commission makes it the first state to allow residents to identify as “non-binary” — a third gender option beyond male or female.

    Starting in July, Oregonians can select M, F, or X as their gender on licenses and identification cards, The Oregonian reports. Applicants who want a new ID will pay fees for replacement or renewal.

    “There are daily interactions such as checking out at a grocery store, checking in at a doctor’s appointment — and an incorrect gender marker means the potential to be misgendered and have painful and very uncomfortable experiences at all of those stages,” J. Gibbons, a 26-year-old college counselor told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

    “I’m incredibly thrilled to be an Oregonian right now,” said Gibbons, who identifies as non-binary.

    The change follows a ruling last year by an Oregon judge that allowed Jamie Shupe, an Army veteran, to legally identify as non-binary. The decision was believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.

    “I very much plan to head to the nearest DMV and ask for that ID to be corrected on July 3rd,” Shupe told Reuters. “And then I’ll no doubt stand out front of the building, or sit in the car, and cry.”

    In considering the new rule for state IDs, the DMV listened to and read comments from people for and against the change. Only 12 opposed the change, the Oregonian reported. “People didn’t share their testimony,” Tom McClellan, the division administrator for the department, told the newspaper. “They shared their stories. They told us of their struggles so we would understand the need.”

    Gay couple forced to give up seats on Alaska Airlines flight to accommodate straight couple

    Gay couple forced to give up seats on Alaska Airlines flight to accommodate straight couple

    A man and his partner say they were forced to separate on an Alaska Airlines flight in order to accommodate a straight couple who wanted to sit together.

    Restaurant owner David Cooley took to Facebook over the weekend to explain his side of the story.

    He says he and his parter were flying from New York to Los Angeles. They had purchased two premium class seats next to each other. After settling into their assigned seats, a flight attendant approached.

    Cooley writes:

    My companion was asked to move from his premium seat to coach, so a [heterosexual] couple could sit together. I explained that we were a couple and wanted to sit together. He was given a choice to either give up the premium seat and move to coach or get off the plane. We could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane.

    Cooley says he’s “never been so discriminated against while traveling before.”

    “I cannot believe that an airline in this day and age would give a straight couple preferential treatment over a gay couple and go so far as to ask us to leave,” he writes.

    So far, Cooley’s post has received over 100 comments and nearly 800 shares.

    In a statement, Alaska Airlines acknowledges that it did take place and that it’s looking into the matter:

    When boarding flight 1407 from JFK to LAX, a couple was mistakenly assigned the same seats as another couple in Premium Class. We reseated one of the guests from Premium Class in the Main Cabin. We are deeply sorry for the situation, and are investigating the details while communicating directly with the guests involved to try and make this right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and our employees value inclusion for our guests and each other.