Amazon Fires Employee for Sharing Customer Emails

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YouTube Star Logan Paul Apologizes for Sharing Video of Apparent Suicide Victim

YouTube personality Logan Paul is apologizing after facing outrage over a controversial video shared to his page that appeared to show the body of an alleged suicide victim in Japan.

The 22-year-old social media star — who boasts 15 million followers on YouTube, has endorsement deals with HBO and Pepsi, and appeared on a recent episode of Top Chef — came under fire Sunday for posting a graphic video filmed in Aokigahara, a forest at Mount Fuji’s base that is often referred to as “suicide forest” due to the high number of suicides that occur there.

Titled “We found a dead boy in the Japanese Suicide Forest,” the since-deleted 15-minute clip reportedly began with an intro from Paul boasting about the disturbing content before showing footage of what appeared to be a dead body with its face blurred out.

“This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,” Paul said, New York Magazine reported. “I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever. Now with that said: Buckle the f— up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”

While Paul later made reference to the seriousness of suicide, depression and mental illness in his video — even linking to the American Society for Suicide Prevention in the clip’s description — criticism from his audience, who are mostly teens, came swiftly, many asking YouTube to suspend his account.

“Suicide is not a joke. Suicide is not a way to gain views. Suicide is not to be taken lightly. What Logan Paul did is not acceptable,” one user wrote. “If you’re struggling, please take your health seriously and please seek help. Your life is worth so much. You are worth so much.”

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Celebrities like Aaron Paul and Sophie Turner also spoke out, as did Paul’s fellow YouTubers.

“You disgust me,” Breaking Bad star Paul said. “I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.”

“You’re an idiot,” added Turner, of Game of Thrones fame. “You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.”

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Paul issued an apology to his 3.9 million Twitter followers on Monday, claiming the intention of his video was to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

“Let’s start with this — I’m sorry,” he wrote. “This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong.”

“I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the Internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention,” he continued. “I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”

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He ended his apology by asking his fans to understand his mistake, and assuring them it wouldn’t happen again.

“I do this s— every day. I’ve made a 15 minute TV show EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 460+ days. One may understand that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment without fully weighing the possible ramifications,” he said.

The statement concluded: “I’m often reminded of how big of a reach I truly have and with great power comes great responsibility… for the first time in my life I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again. I love everyone. I believe in people. I’m out here. Peace.”

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This isn’t the first time a member of the Paul family has fallen under controversy. Logan’s younger brother Jake Paul made headlines over the summer when his neighbors began complaining about the noise and dangers created by him and his team of digital creators, all of whom shared his home in West Hollywood.

In the wake of the drama, the former Vine star turned musician was let go from his Disney Channel show, Bizaardvark. 

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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Don’t Even Think About Sharing That Photo Of Jessica Chastain’s Wedding Dress

On Saturday, Jessica Chastain tied the knot with fashion executive (and down-low member of Italian royalty) Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in a private ceremony at the groom’s family estate in northern Italy. The bride wore white; attendees included fellow actors Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Edgar Ramirez.

That’s about all the Oscar nominee wanted the public to know. But during the wedding, paparazzi photos were taken from helicopters without the actress’ consent, making the internet rounds and turning an intimate moment into gossip fodder. 

In response to this invasion of privacy, the “Zero Dark Thirty” star confirmed her marriage and slammed the paparazzi in a note shared on social media Tuesday night that included a special request to her followers. 

“Did you hear? I’m off the market,” Chastain wrote, alongside a longer statement. “Gianluca & I got married! We wanted privacy & aren’t selling photos but I’ll post something in the future.”

She continued:

Thank you for all the sweet comments about my wedding. I love you and it was a beautiful day. I am going to ask you to please stop sharing the photos. Helicopters disregarded a no-fly zone & took those pics during the ceremony. Every time I see them I’m reminded of the insensitivity of that moment. I promise that I will share pics with you in the future, but I would prefer to share photos that celebrate love, not intrusion. I’m off social media for a few weeks. Much love and happiness to all of you.

Chastain’s stance makes sense given that she’s remained incredibly private about her relationship with Passi de Preposulo up until this point. The two have dated for nearly five years, but the actress has only given snippets of information to media outlets here and there.

Aside from revealing that she’s “very, very happy” with Passi de Preposulo, she told Extra in 2013 that it’s “a wonderful thing when a career does so well and your personal life goes so well.”

So, to make a long story short, stop, drop and scrap that wedding photo collage you already made until official photos are released. If watching half of “Miss Sloane” before falling asleep on a transatlantic flight taught us anything, it is that you do not, under any circumstances, mess with Jessica Chastain. 

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Miranda Lambert Thanks Fans For Sharing In Her ‘Heartbreak’ After ACMs Win

Miranda Lambert’s “The Weight of These Wings” took home the award for Album of the Year at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, beating out “Black” by Dierks Bentley, “Dig Your Roots” by Florida Georgia Line, “Hero” by Maren Morris and “Ripcord” by Keith Urban. 

In her touching acceptance speech, Lambert thanked fans “for letting me use my heartbreak and sharing it with me.” The album, of course, was directly inspired by her personal life, namely her divorce from her husband of four years, Blake Shelton. 

Producers Frank Liddell, Eric Masse and Glenn Worf joined Lambert onstage and praised the singer for letting her soul shine through her music. 

“In the day and age of sound bites, I just want to thank Miranda for being willing to look deep in her soul and bringing her life into her heart,” Liddell said. 

Lambert, who also won Female Vocalist of the Year, was very open about the process of writing her new album, telling Billboard last year, “Every record I’ve ever made has been a reflection of where I am right then in my life, however old I am. And I’ve never held back at all. But this time, with what I happened to be going through in my life, being honest was never really a choice. Everybody knew anyway. So I just said, I’m gonna journal it, and ― good days and bad days ― use it for my art.”

The 33-year-old is now happily dating fellow musician Anderson East. Shelton is in a relationship with his “Voice” co-star Gwen Stefani. 

 

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John Legend Praises Chrissy Teigen For Sharing ‘Powerful’ Essay On Postpartum Depression

These days #CoupleGoals gets thrown around when Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend barely lift a finger (see: John helping drunk Chrissy remove her jewelry after the Grammys), but this time the two are more than deserving of the hashtag. 

Earlier this month, the supermodel opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression after welcoming daughter Luna in an essay for Glamour magazine. Now, Legend is speaking out about supporting his wife day by day through the difficult time.

For me as a husband, it was my job to do the best I could to support her and understand what she was going through and do whatever I could do to help her. I feel like that’s the least I could do,” Legend told People.

The Grammy winner also gave advice on understanding postpartum depression to other husbands or boyfriends who might find themselves in his position.

“[As a man] you don’t know internally what it feels like. You should read about it and understand what it is and really just be there to help,” he continued. “You need to be present and you need to be compassionate. And we’re all learning and trying to figure it out as we go. At least do that and try to figure it out together.”

In her essay, Teigen describes how her husband stood by her side through some of her lowest moments. When she couldn’t even leave the couch for days, Legend would made things a little better by “bringing me my medicine and watching horrible reality TV with me.” 

“John has been incredible over the last nine months,” she wrote. “He wants me to be happy, silly, and energetic again, but he’s not making me feel bad when I’m not in that place.”

Despite the sometimes maddening attention that comes with being open about parenting and their relationship, Legend couldn’t be prouder of Teigen for sharing her story, one that many women around the world can relate to. 

“I’m glad she wrote about it,” he told People. “I think it was powerful for her to let a lot of women know they’re not alone, and no matter how much money you have or fame, anybody can feel that. And it’s hard for anybody no matter how successful you are and how many resources you have.”

Now, once more with feeling: #CoupleGoals. 

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Christie Brinkley Lights Up Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue Party in Red Jumpsuit, Thanks Her Daughters for Sharing a ‘Body Positive Message’

There’s a reason we’re all still so obsessed with a particular generation of  iconic ‘80s/’90s supermodels. While they were obviously the definition of high-fashion glamour during their runway heyday, as the years have gone on, they’ve each demonstrated that while they were undeniably gorgeous then, they truly only get better with age. In case Naomi Campbell’s recent reminder that she can still wear lingerie better than any twenty-something, to say nothing of Kate Moss’ evergreen career and popularity, wasn’t proof enough, Christie Brinkley made her return to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition this year, this time with her two daughters in tow to show that age is really only a state of mind. A fact she confirmed yet again when she attended the magazine’s launch event in a form-fitting red jumpsuit on Thursday night.

After seeing the pictures in this year’s SI Swim issue featuring Brinkley reprising her role as a bikini model for the publication 36 years after scoring its coveted cover for the first time 1979, we really shouldn’t have been all that surprised that the model and her enviable physique have barely changed at all. But somehow the model’s exemption from the effects of time never fails to come as a surprise, particularly when she’s flanked by her 18 and 31-year-old daughters and fellow Sports Illustrated stars, and it becomes crystal clear just how powerful Christie’s girl-next-door genes really are.

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To celebrate her return to the magazine that helped cement her decade-spanning career, Brinkley wore an appropriately attention-grabbing number, a fitted, fire engine red jumpsuit with a crewneck, bishop sleeve, and bootcut leg. She accessorized the look with a pair of silver and PVC cap-toe pumps, a small red box clutch, and a perfectly coordinated shade of red lipstick, wearing her iconic blonde bombshell hair down in loose waves. Clearly, we should all be so lucky to be an Uptown Girl.

Binkley’s daughters, Sailor Brinkley Cook and Alexa Ray Joel, celebrated their bikini-clad SI mag debut in true skin-baring style. Sailor selected a black cutout neckline ankle-grazing dress with feather trim, plus a bold red lip which coordinated with her mom’s jumpsuit. Alexa went for a silky leopard mini slip dress teamed with strappy black shoes, a draped leather jacket and black choker necklace.

“I think it’s wonderful that they’ve been so honest and shared their stories, because I know on my little Instagram I have a lot of mom’s writing to me saying, ‘Thank you to you and your daughters for this positive message,’ and I’ve been reading it to my daughters and they’re feeling so much better about themselves.’

What do you think of  Brinkley and her brood’s red carpet outfits? Sound off below!


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Secrets of the Sharing Economy: Unofficial Guide to Using Airbnb, Uber, and More to Earn $1000’s

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Sharing is caring. Sharing makes you money. It’s time to take your slice of the pie. Are you looking to make ends meet? Have you tried to work two, three, or more jobs without making much headway? Experienced entrepreneur Glenn Carter can show you how to earn extra money every month with minimal time and effort. Welcome to the sharing economy. The sharing economy pays out millions of dollars a day to people just like you. By the year 2020, this enterprise will be worth over 0 billion. The time to get involved is now, and it’s easier than you’d think. Secrets of the Sharing Economy goes beyond well-known platforms like ride-sharing company Uber and home-sharing enterprise Airbnb to tell you about over 50 other online platforms you can leverage to turn underused assets into income-producing nest eggs. In this book, you’ll discover:- How to turn free time and a love for animals into a pet sitting side gig- Why people are willing to pay for car sharing while you’re not driving- What you can do with your extra clothes to line your own pockets- How a love for crafting can earn you cash on the side- And much, much more! Glenn Carter is a family man and a full-time employee, but he’s cracked the code to making side income through a variety of sharing economy platforms without letting them take over his life. Take a journey with Glenn to find out more about this new system and how you can implement money-making action plans today. Secrets of the Sharing Economy is a fascinating and informative read that can help you live a more flexible and financially-savvy lifestyle. Whether you need to make an extra hundred dollars a month or run your own full-time business, this book will show you exactly how to capitalize on a thriving trend. Buy the book to join a growing community of money-makers today!

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Nineteen-year-old Lila hoped for the best when she left Pittsburgh and set out to help her father start a new bank in the hardscrabble western town of High Meadow, but when her father is killed in a bank robbery her peaceful world is shattered. Carried off by outlaws to be used for their pleasure, salvation comes just in the nick of time for Lila in the form of two mountain men, Davis and Jake, who ride to her rescue. With nothing left for her in Pittsburgh or in High Meadow, Lila accepts the men’s offer to cook and clean for them in return for food, shelter, and protection. Davis and Jake treat her kindly, but she is informed that as long as she lives at their cabin they will expect their rules to be followed, and to her dismay she quickly learns that misbehavior will earn her a long, hard, bare-bottom spanking. Though their firm discipline leaves her backside sore and her cheeks blushing, Lila finds herself falling for her rough yet handsome rescuers, and soon she longs to be claimed first by Davis, then Jake, and then both of them at once… Publisher’s Note: Sharing Lila is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, anal play, sexual scenes including threesomes, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Bill Maher Rips Today’s ‘Sharing Economy’ On ‘Real Time’

It’s probably safe to say you won’t see Bill Maher ride around in an Uber anytime soon. The comedian put the ride-finding app as well as others on blast on Friday, calling out America’s “sharing economy” on “Real Time.”

“Airbnb? You really think anybody really wants to have total strangers living in their apartment for a week? ‘Oh look, someone else’s pubes on my soap. I’m living the dream,'” Maher said.

One major problem with sharing apps is that some of them can put your personal information at risk, though Maher seemed more focused on the financial aspect. The comedian blames outrageous income inequality and greed for the rise in services he says are now replacing people with robots.

“The one thing we’re not sharing are the profits. Somehow they forgot to create an app for that,” he quipped.

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Why Sharing Your Struggles Actually Makes You Stronger: A Lesson From Terry Crews

I was coming home after dropping off my daughter at school and heard Terry Crews being interviewed on the radio. I knew he was an actor on Brooklyn Nine Nine, (I have never watched but my hubby and son love it). I knew he was a comedian and the cool Old Spice guy. Other than that I didn’t know much about him.The DJ introduced Terry by listing all of the projects Terry is involved with these days. The DJ asked how he had time to be involved with so many projects.

Terry said, “I am going to be completely honest, I used to be addicted to porn. Addiction takes a lot of time.” He explained that now that he’s not addicted to porn, he has time to do productive and fulfilling things. He went on to talk about all of his failures. He said no one had failed more than him, and that is why he succeeds now. Terry said that people are living way to safe and you can’t be scared of being you. Take risks.

He was so authentic and real. He talked about his addiction to porn almost cost him his marriage. All of this at 8:00 0.a.m on a morning radio station! They kept trying to make jokes about porn addiction and he kept being real. He did not let them make light of it, regardless how hard they tried.

One minute into his interview, I wanted to know everything about him.I was not expecting to hear this kind of raw truth during a morning radio show interview, with a comedian of all people. It was so refreshing! I was instantly drawn to him. I felt better about myself. I have been feeling like a bit of a failure lately. Somehow his truth let me know I was going to be OK, because he was.

You don’t hear many celebrities being honest about their failures, daily challenges or addictions. Reality is a bit skewed these days. Facebook and social media have become a place of posting about your kids amazing accomplishments, your perfectly cooked risotto at the hottest restaurant in town or your latest vacation to a tropical island. It focuses on mostly our accomplishments and how great our lives are. Those things are all great, and there is another side of real life that is not always so shiny and glittery.

On the other hand we can have really hard days, most of us struggle with something. Yet we don’t talk about our struggles or challenges. We don’t share our hardships. That would make us weak. That might push people away. We question — would my friends still love me if they new my inner struggles and weaknesses? You generally don’t see people post, “Just got back from marriage counseling, it was a hard but productive session”. You don’t see mom post a picture of her baby screaming it’s head off a with the caption, “Today I hate being a mom”. We don’t tell the mom at the park, “I screamed at my 3 year old today and I scared myself”.

Even though these are realities, people prefer to only show the happy shiny facade.
We are afraid to share our failures. Why? It seems like we feel if we post about our amazing lives people will be drawn to us and like us more. We will feel validated that we are important and people will love us. Ironically I have found the exact opposite to be true. We need to be real, raw, authentic. People want to connect and we all have baggage, struggles, weaknesses.

I have made a conscious decision over the past year to live and share my authentic life, warts, failures and all. Maybe that feels gutsy but the payoff is worth it to me. I am who I am. Sure I can glamorize the good stuff and brush the bad stuff under the rug, but that’s not real life. Ironically, I have found that when I share my hardships with raising a daughter with bipolar disorder, or how I have been in marriage counseling for 1 ½ years, people lean in. They open up to me about their lives.

I am blown away by how many friends/clients I have that also have bipolar disorder and have never told anyone. They talk to me about their original struggles with it and how they are living awesome productive lives now. They tell me not give up and it will get better. They check in on me. If I didn’t share, I would feel so alone, so isolated. I am supported because I share. I am not alone because I share. It is so freeing when you share your truth and your friends and family still love you. You don’t have to feel like a liar or a failure. You can’t fail when you are you.

I encourage everyone to embrace who you are. Learn from Terry Crews. We don’t need to feel guilt or shame from our failures, we need to embrace them, share them and move on from them. Celebrate the good stuff and don’t be afraid to share your struggles. You will be amazed at the doors it opens and the support it brings.

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Will Photo Sharing Change the Wedding Industry

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I often say that I’m glad I got married before I knew anything about weddings and that I hope I stop working with weddings long before my kids get married.

I got married in 2002 having only looked at a handful of wedding magazines. Through a strange twist of fate, a few years later I was part of the wedding world, writing about weddings, giving out wedding advice, and working with wedding vendors to help them grow their business. If I’d known what I later learned about weddings when I was planning my own, I might have been paralyzed by the sheer amount of information available.

Earlier this year, I wrote what I assumed would be my last wedding article. After seven years of writing about weddings, I thought I had said everything I could say. As I’ve said here before, there’s really nothing new and unique about weddings.

Shortly after handing in the article, a friend invited me to be her “plus one” at the wedding of a mutual friend.

I was excited to go to the wedding as a guest, with no ulterior motive, no need to take notes and think about work! Before I even arrived at the wedding I downloaded the photo sharing app the couple was using.

Wedding photo sharing apps have been around for some time, but I generally stick to the social networks for sharing my photos. However, in the spirit of trying new things, I decided to download their app. I had a mixed reaction. I was unsure about the privacy settings and found it difficult to see so many photos of/from people I didn’t know throughout the evening.

Also, after so many years of working with wedding photographers, small independent business owners who rely on referrals and word of mouth for their next clients, I couldn’t help wonder how photo sharing might be changing their business.

I had to admit, I did like the immediacy and intimacy of using the app. I hadn’t been at the pre-wedding parties, but I loved seeing the photos from them. There were some inside jokes from those events mentioned at the wedding, and being able to see the pre-wedding events made me feel like I knew what was going on.

Ironically, a few days after the wedding I got a call from a former colleague now working with Snapshots, a new wedding photo sharing app. She told me what they did, which she described as “an all-in-one photography platform that brings photographers, event vendors, clients, and guests, all together.” It’s like a private cloud for the wedding where every photo, taken by the pros and the guests, gets captured. I realized that Snapshots addressed the exact concern I had for how all this guest photo-sharing was affecting professional photographers. Snapshots benefits couples because now they don’t have to go chasing down friends’ photos and hashtags, and they get to see some of their photographer’s photos right away instead of waiting weeks or months for proofs.

Full disclosure, my former colleague was calling in part to see if I might consider working with Snapshots. So, suddenly, I’m back to thinking about working with weddings again. One of the things I never liked was the way wedding blogs seem to set couples and vendors against each other. So many articles are written as though all couples are cheap and all vendors are trying to cheat them. Truth be told, there is a lot of both in the wedding industry, but what if professionals and money saving changes could work together? Contrary to my previous statement, would that be something new in the world of weddings?

Rather than cutting the photographer out of the process, or making couples and guests feel like they’re sneaking around the professional photographer, Snapshots puts the professional photographer front and center. Photographers set the app up for couples so that everyone can share their photos, giving couples one less thing to do. Snapshots becomes the way that photographers and their clients interact with the proofs after the event.

Since going to the wedding and talking to my friend I find myself thinking about a photo from my own wedding. A photo a guest took with one of those disposable cameras we put on the tables back in the “old” days. The photo is of a friend who is no longer with us, he is holding a drink and smiling broadly.

Our photographer wasn’t crazy about the disposable cameras, he didn’t want to have people in the way taking photos he was trying to take, but that silly snapshot is every bit as important to me as the framed photo of my husband and I kissing that the photographer took. A photographer can’t be everywhere at once, and he never would have gotten that random shot of our friend. With the photo sharing apps available now, today’s couples really don’t have to worry about missing a moment like that.

So maybe I was wrong, maybe there is something new in the wedding world. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt for me to do a little work writing about weddings and wedding photos. After all, by the time my child gets around to wedding planning the newest photo sharing apps will probably be implanted in our brains.

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Science Explains Why Kids Are Terrible At Sharing

When we were kids, sharing our snacks or toys was about as appealing as sitting in time out. We were hardly willing to give up our most prized possessions to our peers right away — and now neuroscience might be able to explain why.

According to a new study, it takes more of a controlled thought process for kids to be generous. While children have an immediate, emotional response in the brain when they witness positive or negative behavior, deciding to share something comes after evaluating the whole picture and reflecting on the morality of those actions.

“Moral evaluation in preschool children, similar to adults, is complex and constructed from both emotion and cognition,” study author Jean Decety said in a statement. “However, we found that only differences in neural markers of the latter predict actual generosity.”

Researchers from the University of Chicago recorded brain activity of children ages 3 to 5 while they viewed helpful and harmful scenarios, and then had to make a decision on how to treat another child they didn’t know.

The children were gifted 10 stickers, then were told the next child who came into the room wouldn’t be given any stickers. Researchers then asked if they wanted to give any of their stickers to the other child. The kids shared a little under two of their allotted 10 stickers on average.

The research suggests that the children’s judgments were influenced immediately by the harmful and helpful scenes they were shown, but they only chose to be generous after thoughtful processing of those scenes. The study is the first one of its kind to link immediate moral evaluations to actual moral behavior and the specific markers where it happens in the brain, researchers say.

In a time of the year where acts of altruism are so prevalent, the study authors suggest the findings could help parents who are looking to help instill the values of giving in their kids. Previous research also shows that giving back can have a host of health benefits, including lower stress, a happier disposition and even increased longevity.

The findings were published in the journal Current Biology.
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Corn-Loving Cat Says ‘Yum’ While Chowing Down. And No Sharing, So Don’t Even Ask

This cat chowing down on corn is making us so excited for July Fourth BBQs.

The kitten clearly loves corn on the cob and can’t help but verbalize the delicious experience of eating it. Listen to the hungry kitty saying what sounds like, “Yum!” But don’t even bother asking to share, silly human.

But we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest a corn-eating etiquette class with this polite pooch.

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