Your Thanksgiving Hangover

Thanksgiving Eve is typically the biggest drinking night of the year when everyone goes out to the local bars for a mini high school reunion. Last night you probably hugged people you didn’t like, said you missed people you couldn’t recognize, and lied about your level of success to try and impress the nerdy girl from high school that got hot and an MD. After a night like that, you’re bound to need something to get you through your hangover or impending stuffing induced coma. Here is Your Thanksgiving Eve Hangover:

First off, I want to dispel a myth. Yes, Turkey does have Tryptophan, which has the potential to make you sleepy. However, there is only a small amount of tryptophan in turkey and less than there is in chicken and pretty much all beef, so Thanksgiving dinner does not increase the production of serotonin or melatonin any more than every other meal you eat. You’re probably just tired from stuffing 2500 calories into your gullet (yes that is the average amount of calories an American will eat during Thanksgiving dinner) or from being out hitting on high school flames until 3am the previous night. If it’s not one of those, it might be the bottle of wine you refused to share at dinner or a placebo effect from people talking about falling asleep after Thanksgiving dinner. Pick one of those reasons, but leave the turkey out of this.

I’ve noticed that in the last couple years, I can’t recover after a night of drinking like I used to. After a night out on the town, I’m more likely to have to stay in bed the next day suffering from a hangover than I was in my early 20s. Alcohol hits people harder as their age increases for many reasons, but much of it has to do with a decreased tolerance for alcohol. Most of your tolerance for alcohol is determined by the amount of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase that breaks down alcohol you have. That enzyme decreases as you age and as you drink more infrequently. There are also several other factors worth reading about to explain your hangover today.

So you’re a college senior or a recent graduate and are still looking for a job. Everyone is going to ask you how your job search is going. Here are tips to answering 5 of the most common questions you’ll get at thanksgiving.

When the Patriots started making their epic comeback on Sunday night football against the Broncos, I stayed frozen in the same position for the entire second half and overtime. I didn’t get up to stretch, I just laid there because I didn’t watch to sabotage the game. It was at this moment I realized I’m a little superstitious. While me laying on my couch in the same position had no effect on the outcome of the game, new research shows superstitions can affect outcomes in a positive way.  Some superstitions boost self-confidence or provide the illusion of control, both of which lead to increased performance. There are no people more superstitious than golfers, and those given a golf ball they were told was 'lucky' made 35% more putts than people with a 'regular' ball. I want a box of lucky golf balls for Christmas.

Introductions are the gift we love to receive, but forget to give. This holiday season, if you’re ever with people who don’t know each other, give them an introduction. They are likely to return the favor.

I’ve written much about the benefits that physically attractive people get. On of those benefits is that physically attractive people are more likely to be leaders, but now new research sheds some light on why. The reason is that, simply, they look healthy! A low life expectancy indicates a high “disease threat” and the evolutional perspective suggests that people facing disease threats show a greater preference for attractive, and thus healthy looking leaders.

Research shows it takes one second for most people to accurately predict who will win an election. That is not a typo or hyperbole.

Departing Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke will get $113M severance package. Yes, he just got paid $113M to retire.

Nature’s Bounty: The Smart of Tart. Cranberries are more than saucy; they make special claims on the brain.  

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney: I’m glad they picked the name “mickey” instead of “Mortimer” the latter sounds so macabre.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Orbitz: Launched in 2001, the travel broker was created by a coalition of airlines.

14 of the 20 Heisman Trophy Winners from 1991 to 2012 were drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, but the 20 have only earned 18 cumulative Pro Bowl berths among them. That number is particularly low when you realize that Charles Woodson and Eddie George (whose alma maters of Michigan and Ohio State play this week) combined for 12 of the 18. Being good in college doesn’t mean you’ll be good in the NFL. Has The Heisman Trophy Lost Its Luster?

13 Things Mentally Strong People Avoid: It’s 50/50 whether or not they avoid lists like this.

9 Reasons Why You Must Update Your LinkedIn Profile Today. At some point in the near future, I’ll publish a how to guide on creating a LinkedIn profile.

Why Men Won’t Drink Diet Coke: “Gender contamination” is a term used to describe how uncomfortable women and men become when a product they use to symbolize their gender is extended to appeal to another gender. This is why women’s razors are pink and smell fruity and men’s are typically a metallic gray and austere. This is why coke zero was created (Diet coke didn’t appeal to men) and is in a black can.

Why Facebook Pages are a Bust for Brands: They have become too one sided and don’t allow for personal interaction as much as they used to. A good read for marketing folks.

“Dumb Ways to Die” is a cutely morbid video that won the internet and became the best add campaign of the year.

This graph shows how much money people with your personality type (I’m an ENTJ) are set to make.

After checking that graph, please read this post: The MBTI The Bad Fad That Won’t Die.

 Wal-Mart can afford to give it’s workers a 50% raise.

The real reason new college grads can’t get hired? They lack business and interpersonal skills.   

Wielded wisely, No is an instrument of integrity and a shield against exploitation. It often takes courage to say. The Power of No.

Do you think your girlfriend, boyfriend, love interest, or whoever is bad at loving? There is a new assessment titled “The Love Inventory” that researchers are using to identify how good or bad someone is at loving. There are 11 dimensions that go into being good at loving, check out where you (or your partner) fall(s). How good are you at loving?