1. Quality family time really is the key to a happier holiday.
According to a recent study, members of families who perform collective rituals of any kind during the holidays, from tree decorating to communal dinners, feel closer to one another other and in turn experience more enjoyment. This reaction was heightened the more rituals people completed together. (Scientific American)
2. Black Friday? More like Green Friday.
Tomorrow, famed outdoor gear company Patagonia will donate 100 percent of its Black Friday sales (made both in stores and online) to environmental organizations. "These are small groups, often under-funded and under the radar, who work on the front line. The support we can give is more important now than ever," says the company's chief executive, Rose Marcario. (Forbes)
3. Hello, sunshine! Why yellow is the new power color.
The joyous rays of yellow infiltrating popular culture (from fashion to music) have turned a once snubbed hue into a loved mainstream staple. This year, Disney's Belle was rediscovered as a feminist hero by actor and UN goodwill ambassador Emma Watson. In an upcoming film, Watson will play her as "a feisty young woman who spoke her mind and had all these ambitions, and was incredibly independent." The yellow dress from the 1991 original, however, retains pride of place on-screen—a curveball hit for a curveball era. (The Guardian)
4. Good people have more sex.
New research suggests that altruistic people have more sex, and that selflessness and helpfulness are the most sought-after qualities in a romantic partner. Scientists are conducting more research to see if these preferences actually affect mating decisions, but it seems like "nice guys finish last" may be a thing of the past. (Fast CoExist)
5. This cheap tool measures global warming.
One of the best ways to assess global warming in through ocean temperature measurements. And while we invest in satellites, floats, and moorings, a small torpedo-like device called an expendable bathythermograph (XBT) is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to measure ocean temperature. With scientists unsure about the future funding for climate change research, the XBT could be a crucial tool for the future. (The Guardian)
6. Dealing with awkward dinner conversations? Text this number.
With the current political climate, there's no doubt that Thanksgiving could get a tad awkward this year. So when uncomfortable conversations and silences hit and you're not quite sure how to cope, test SOS to 82623. From there, you'll be given talking points for breaking the silence. See how much easier this just got? (The Cut)
7. Your Thanksgiving feast is more symbolic than you might think.
As you prepare to settle down with a glass of wine, some turkey, and a lot of stuffing, consider this: Back in the olden days, feasts were a method of securing power and creating reliable social networks. (Science Of Us)