12 Things You Need To Know Today (September 14)

1. There's a super simple way to feel happier at work.

A new study finds that employees who spent just five minutes every evening writing down the good things that happened to them reported lower stress levels weeks later. (NY Mag)

2. Bribing your kids to eat fruits and veggies actually works.

Researchers did an experiment in six Utah schools; they offered some kids stamps and cash if they ate healthy foods, while other kids received no incentives. The result? Money talks — kids who earned money established healthier eating habits. (Reuters)

3. Yes, you really should be optimistic. Data shows that every form of violence is in consistent decline.

Steven Pinker’s annual graphs give a striking look at how much mass killings, war deaths, sexual violence, and more have decreased over the years. (The Guardian)

4. California approves assisted suicide.

California State Legislature on Friday gave its final approval to a bill that would allow doctors to help terminally ill people end their lives (NYT)

5. Great news for long-distance grandparents!

Turns out babies understand the difference between Skyping and watching TV. (The Atlantic)

6. Even “good news” for cancer patients comes with high levels of anxiety.

While remission might seem like good news, for many cancer patients in remission, it becomes a new source of stress as they "wait for the axe to fall.” (NYT)

7. FDA releases new, stricter rules for food manufacturers.

The goal is to protect more people from foodborne illnesses such as listeria and salmonella. (USA Today)

8. Honey isn't as healthy as we think.

Researchers at the USDA tested honey against high-fructose corn syrup and the results were not good. (Washington Post)

9. C-section babies are getting a "microbial birthday suit."

Realizing the importance of the mother's microbes, some parents are giving babies born by C-section swabs of vaginal fluids — and research is showing it could have big benefits. (BBC)

10. Gluten-free beer is the next big thing in the UK.

And more than 12 million Britons are now gluten-free. (Food World News)

11. Masturbation has health benefits.

Yes, self-love may alleviate everything from menstrual cramps to the common cold. (Medical News Daily)

12. At Wanderlust Festival it's yoga by day, party by night!

“When we first came up with the idea of a festival, people said, ‘No one is going to want to do yoga all day and party all night,’ except we knew that’s exactly what they would do.” — Wanderlust co-founder and mbg friend, Sean Hoess. (NYT)

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