The next time you're hanging out at Happy Hour and you notice you're not getting HAPPY, watch out for your bartender. Here are four tricks some bartenders use.
1. Switching out expensive booze for the cheap stuff. Some bars will take an empty bottle of expensive liquor and pour a cheaper brand into it. You're more likely to get ripped off on something like vodka, as opposed to whisky, which has more flavor.
2. The "short pour." Using crushed ice instead of cubed ice gives the illusion that the drink has more alcohol. If they start a drink off with crushed ice, they can pour less alcohol into it.
3. The "long pour." This is that thing where they lift the bottle high above their heads while they pour. It looks like they're doing something special for you, and you're getting a stronger drink. But it's a distraction so they can pour a WEAKER one.
4. The "sneaky pour." They hold the bottle out over your cup for a really long time, so it looks like they're pouring a lot of liquor. But they're holding a finger over the air hole on the spout, so that the liquor comes out in a trickle.
Best way to avoid go...stick to bottled beer.
According to a study by eHarmony, opposites INITIALLY attract . . . but ultimately they make horrible couples who end up hating each other.
At first, people are drawn to someone different than them. It's exciting and challenging and adventurous.
But over time, once you settle in as a couple, your opposite personalities clash HARD.
So, even though this isn't a particularly SEXY conclusion, you're better off getting into a relationship with someone whose personality is like yours.
Studies show that some of the most effective ways to stay happy are also the simplest things to do. They have nothing to do with changing your lifestyle or being more successful. Here's a list of seven easy things you can do to make yourself happier.
1. Just TRY. A recent study asked two groups of people to listen to happy music. One group was told to make an effort to be happier, and the other was told not to do anything. And the first group ended up feeling better at the end of the study.
2. Make happiness your number-one goal. If happiness is more important to you than anything else, you'll get rid of things that make you unhappy. And you'll do more things that lead to happiness, like being around happy people.
3. Linger on the positive moments. Our brains tend to emphasize negative experiences more, and react more strongly to them. So you have to put extra effort into getting the most out of the GOOD things that happen.
4. Meditate. It's relaxing, and it makes you calmer and more aware. Just about every study shows that regular meditation has big psychological benefits.
5. Give yourself reasons to smile. People who smile after thinking positive thoughts can put themselves into a better mood. But phony smiles, without any positive thoughts behind them, cause worse moods and social withdrawal.
6. Be grateful. If you make an effort to show gratitude to people around you, you'll also tend to appreciate simple pleasures, and stay happier overall.
7. LET yourself be happy. A lot of older people regret that they didn't "let" themselves be happy in life. You have to ALLOW yourself to laugh and be silly sometimes. If you get used to being unhappy, you forget that laughter should come naturally.