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La La Anthony Seen for the First Time Not Wearing Her Ring!


Over the years, La La has proved to be a dedicated wife and business partner to Carmelo, so it breaks our heart to see the marriage
end on this note.

La La Anthony seen for the first time Not wearing her 20-carat diamond ring that was a gift from her husband Carmelo in 2012.
Source shay that La La was forced into Separation from husband after after news broke that he had gotten his side check pregnant.
Here, on yesterday, the paparazzi caught up with La La, and she doesn’t look like she’s taking the breakup well. The look on her face
says it ALL.

Allegedly, Carmelo has justified his cheating saying that all professional athletes do it, according to the NY Post.

Whatever happens, keep your head up,  Sparkle and flow girl!

BREAKING: Serena Williams is really 20 weeks!!!

YAS! Serena Williams is really 20 weeks pregnant or 5 months, however you want to say it. Even though she just announced it to the world … she’s barely showing.

She just posted a profile pic of herself in a one-piece swimsuit and captioned it, “20 weeks.”

Sources connected to Serena say it’s exactly what it looks like … she IS pregnant, even though her reps aren’t confirming yet. So much for all you nay-sayers (insert emoji –pokes out tongue).

Serena got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian back in December. If you do the math, it kinda adds up. Looks like they might be celebrating with a vacation.

We are simply elated with this sparkling news. Warm congrats to Serena and Alexis — and also to every other female tennis player whose chances of winning a tournament this year just went up!

Idris Elba Captivating on the Cover of Interview Magazine

The English actor is Breaking the Internet with his Black and White editorial images shot by Craig McDean.

Idris Elba is captivating on the cover of Interview Magazine’s August 2016 issue and it’s literally blowing our minds right now!

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The images are practically jumping out at you as his chiseled physique holds you captive.
His commanding presence nearly oozes off of every page.. or someone is oozing!

In each photo we are gently reminded of how simplicity wins. In the end, less IS more…
and this camp wants MORE.

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As the the gaze (reading) continues, Idris gets up close and personal about some of his prior
prior roles, his current film, DJing, and, of course, his part in Star Trek Beyond. Check out the full interview and editorial, here.

Unsure of how long anyone of us would last while writing this article, We’ve decided that just one more peek won’t hurt. Are you ready for more?

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Are We Seeing Double: Jennifer Lopez Side by Side her ‘Shades of Blue’ Stunt Double

Are we seeing double? On Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez was spotted filming a scene for her cop drama, Shades of Blue, in Queens, New York.

The chart-topping stunner was joined by her stunt double, who — despite having a similar build – looked nothing like the Las Vegas performer.

The ladies stood side-by-side with matching wavy bobs, long-sleeved blouses and skinny jeans.

153954, Jennifer Lopez films the second season of her hit show Shades of Blue in Astoria, Queens. Jennifer had scratches on her face and was taking time in between takes to go over her script, while standing next to her stunt double in the backyard of a house. New York City, New York - Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photograph: © LGjr-RG, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office (PCN): +1 310.822.0419 UK Office (Photoshot): +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE

153954, Jennifer Lopez films the second season of her hit show Shades of Blue in Astoria, Queens. Jennifer had scratches on her face and was taking time in between takes to go over her script, while standing next to her stunt double in the backyard of a house. New York City, New York – Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photograph: © LGjr-RG, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office (PCN): +1 310.822.0419 UK Office (Photoshot): +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE

Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a cop who has been forced by the FBI to work as a double agent, on the hit show.

On June 16, the “Booty” singer took to Instagram to tease fans about the show’s second season, writing, “Harlee’s baaaaccck… #shadesofblue#season2 #HarleeSantos #NBC.”

Lopez has certainly been juggling lots of work these days, in addition to her Vegas residency and work on the NBC series, she’s also voicing a character in Ice Age: Collision Course all while raising her twins, Max and Emme.

Source: aol | ETWeekly

How to Send Someone A Gift On Facebook

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People are born everyday, so there is always a reason to celebrate…right?! Well, it just so happens that on this day someone I love was born so I couldn’t think of a better way to send them my gratitude. When you are far away from loved ones, this is an exciting and very modern way to extend your love or thanks. In doing so I gathered that there may be some folks who are like me and didn’t know exactly how to do so. Here is what I have found:

Facebook, which introduced “friending” as a verb, has, by sheer volume, inundated us all with a new one, “gifting.” There are multiple ways to give gifts this holiday season using Facebook.

Facebook closed its official “Gift Shop” in 2010, and it has recently brought it back into the official fold, with a new twist. You can access Facebook gifts from the Facebook App Centeror by going to Facebook.com/Gifts Click the big green “Give a Gift” button.

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Image_Someone_I_LoveJust choose a friend. Then choose a gift. Pay now or later. You can keep your gifting private or share the news on your Timeline. You can also send a card along with the gift. Your Facebook friend will be notified about the gift just as they would be if you wrote them a message — via their phone, email or Facebook page. Facebook said it has hundreds of gifts to choose from such as a digital gift card from Starbucks.

Similarly, Facebook announced a coming soon feature to make charitable contributions with 11 non-profit partners, including the American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Livestrong. Each time you buy a charitable Facebook Gift, you have the option of choosing a non-profit recipient or letting your friend you’re gifting choose – a new twist on making a charitable contribution in the name of in lieu of a gift.

A secondary goal of gifts — beyond raising money — is to spread awareness of the work of non-profit organizations. However, as is usually the case, sometimes the best uses of a platform’s capabilities are found from third-party developers, such as Giftwhip, or two mobile apps: Treater and Wrapp.

With Treater, the list of gifts that can be instantaneously redeemed with a smartphone grows to include games of bowling, movie tickets and spa treatments. All users need to gift a Sweet Treat or Good Grub item is a Facebook account. The gifting process starts with picking the recipient from your friend list. Pick the item you wish to send and pay the item’s listed price with a credit card. There’s a $.50 processing fee for items below $5 and a $.99 fee for gifts under $19.99. All items that cost more than $20 will incur a 6% processing fee. A public Facebook prompt will alert the recipient of the gift. Friends can also include a personal message along with the notice. To claim the gift, the recipient can show the cashier the “Treat Card” sent to their smartphone.

For Android or iPhone devices, Wrapp will send free gift cards to your favorite friends, posting directly to their Facebook Wall. What makes this app different from others is its calendar function, which automatically pulls birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new moves and other reasons to celebrate directly from Facebook. The variety of Wrapp gifts makes it an app you can use for everyone you have to shop for, including gift cards from retailers like H&M, Zappos, SpaFinder, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Sephora, Gap, Office Depot, Threadless and more. The Wrapp news feed updates you as to when your gift is received and redeemed, ensuring your Wall post is seen by its intended audience.

What makes this app even more fun is the collection of gift cards you can amass from your friends in your Wallet, making redemption easy without having to print a gift certificate. Wrapp gift cards can be redeemed in person at some retail stores and online. Funds from your gift card are available immediately upon receipt, so there is no need for your recipient or you to delay the benefits of being a Wrapp user.

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Hopefully, you have gained value from this article and will use Facebook gifting the next go round! When you do, be sure to send us a snap shot of your fun gifting experience on Facebook.

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Conspiracy Theory: AIDS Was Man Made to Kill Gays

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Conspiracy theory aids man-made disease—conspiracies have been swirling for years that HIV/AIDS was man-made to kill gays deliberately.

Atlanta’s AIDS population is ever-increasing. It is said that 1 in every 25 people have the disease. That is more people than some third world countries! TSP took this information to heart. 

HIV/AIDS was first reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981.

It was originally believed to be a mysterious, deadly disease found among young white gay men in New York City.

Fast forward 35 years and the disease has killed 34 million people worldwide.

According to statistics, more than 36 million people globally are now living with HIV (as of the end of 2014).

In the early days, the disease was prevalent in the gay community, and believed to be transmitted by unprotected sexual contact.

However, it soon became obvious that it wasn’t only homosexuals being infected.

And, it wasn’t purely being passed on through sexual contact.

It was in the blood supply and heterosexuals were contracting it too.

The widely accepted scientific explanation is that HIV/AIDS originated from an African primate virus that crossed over into humans.

Scientists speculate the virus was passed on through the consumption of “bush meat” (the eating of chimpanzees by hunters.)

However there is another, more sinister theory that, on the surface at least, is really not that far-fetched.

Popdust breaks it down: conspiracy theory aids man-made disease claims:

In the early 1970s there was a huge surge in LGBT activisim and the gay pride movement flourished.

A large number of gay men came out of the closet and the government believed homosexuality to be an out of control threat to society.

The growing strength of the gay rights movement coincided with homosexuality being de-classified as a “mental disorder.”

Nixon, the President at the time, warned that homosexuality had a damaging and destructive effect on society.

He blamed the downfall of both the Greek and Roman empires on homosexuality, and claimed:

Homosexuality, dope, immorality in general, these are the enemies of strong societies.

That’s why the communists and the left-wingers are pushing the stuff: they’re trying to destroy us.

The Theory

A man-made disease—approved by congress—was created in a laboratory and introduced into the gay community in the mid 1970s.

The disease was intended to scare gay men and reduce the number of practicing homosexuals in society.

At the same time, it was also introduced into Africa in order to control the poor black population there.

The ‘Proof’

Within the next five to ten years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective micro-organism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organism.

  • MacArthur claimed the disease would be resistant to “the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infection and disease.” And testified it would require $10 million to develop.
  • AIDS first surfaced within MacArthur’s estimated “five to 10 years” and is the only disease to fulfill the definition.
  • The first cases of AIDS were traced to gay men in 1979 Manhattan—3-years before the African epidemic was recognized in 1982—countering claims it originated in there.
  • KS was labeled the “gay cancer” and reported to also originate from a primate virus jumping species in Africa.
  • A 1974 government initiative encouraged gay men in Manhattan (especially promiscuous ones) to participate in an experimental hepatitis B vaccine being developed by Merck and the National Institute of Health

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  • Tens of thousands of gay men were screened and 1,083 of them were subsequently selected to test the vaccine.
  • Beginning in 1978, groups of gay men were inoculated at the New York Blood Center.
  • The hepatitis B studies extended to clinics in San Francisco in 1978.
  • By 1980 additional clinics in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and St Louis were also seeking participants for similar programs
  • The vaccine was made from the combined blood of 30 gay men who carried the hepatitis B virus.
  • During development it was injected into chimpanzees known to be infected with the simian cancer causing SV40—The same virus that contaminated the polio vaccine between 1955 and 1961
  • By December 1981, 121 people in the USA had died of AIDS with victims hailing from San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
  • The dead would have been infected at least 2-years prior, ie: 1979—none of them had ever been to Africa or eaten primates
  • No blood stored anywhere in the U.S. prior to 1978 had tested positive for HIV or the KS virus.
  • Before 1978 there were no cases of AIDS and no cases of Kaposi’s Sarcoma recorded.
  • 20% of the gay men who volunteered for the experiment in NYC were found to be HIV positive in 1980—a whole year before AIDS was officially recognized in 1981
  • By 1984 over 40% of NYC gay men were found to be HIV positive.
  • 20% of samples taken in 1982 tested positive for KS2 herpes-8 when re-tested in 1999
  • The hepatitis B vaccine proved to be a success—protecting 96% of the men—however the vaccine was contaminated
  • The vaccine was introduced into Africa in 1981—leading to the first cases of HIV/AIDS being officially recorded there in 1982
  • A number of high profile doctors have carried out investigations on the origins of HIV/AIDS and concluded it was man-made and deliberately introduced;
    • Robert Strecker MD, PhD published a memorandum in 1984 confirming the virus detailed to Congress in 1969 was produced in the early ’70s and spread in America via the hepatitis B vaccine trials.
    • Alan Cantwell Jr MD, a prolific cancer microbe researcher, has published two booksDoctors of Death and Queer Blood concluding AIDS was man-made.
    • Dr Michele Carbone of Loyola University in Chicago, a leading expert in vaccine manufacturing, has openly admitted HIV/AIDS was spread by the hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Check out this interview with Dr Maurice Hilleman, Merck’s vaccine developer, during which he alleges the polio vaccine was contaminated with SV40 and that it’s likely SV40 is the source of AIDS.

  • The actual number of AIDS deaths among the men in the original hepatitis B experiment has never been released.
  • Blood samples from the original patients are sealed as per order of US Department of Justice.

What we do know (or think we know) for sure:

  • The development of a man-made virus was discussed in Congress in 1969
  • The government recruited gay men in New York beginning in 1974—and later San Francisco and Los Angeles—to participate in a hep B vaccine program
  • Gay men were injected with the vaccine in 1978 through 1979.
  • The first officially recognized AIDS case in the U.S. was reported in 1980—San Francisco resident Ken Horne
  • By 1985 66% of the men in the original trial tested HIV positive

Balancing conspiracy theory aids man-made disease claims:

  • Researchers estimate the first form of SIV was transmitted from primate to human in the early 1930s
  • Analysis of blood samples taken from a man who died in the Congo in 1959 reportedly find he was infected by HIV
  • In the same year, NYC shipping clerk, Ardouin Antonio, died of  Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia—a disease closely associated with AIDS
  • Genetic studies reportedly find HIV first arrived in the Americas some time around the late 1960s—via Haitians who had been working in the Congo
  • Test samples taken from the remains of St. Louis teenager, Robert Rayford, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1969, reportedly find evidence of HIV
  • Reports of a mysterious wasting disease spreading throughout Africa—known as “slim disease”—start surfacing in 1975
  • Test samples taken from Norwegian sailor, Arvid Noe, who died in 1976, reportedly find he had contracted HIV/AIDS in Africa during the early 60s
  • In 1977, a prostitute in San Francisco gave birth to the first of 3 kids to later be diagnosed with AIDS. The prostitute went on to die from AIDS in May 1987
  • A baby born in 1974 to a 16-year-old intravenous drug dealer in New Jersey, died in 1979, age 5. Subsequent tests reportedly reveal she had contracted HIV at birth

That said, if you have any doubts the U.S. government could be evil enough to unleash a man-made virus onto an unsuspecting community— just google Tuskegee experiment.

So, what do you think about the conspiracy theory aids man-made disease claims?

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STARZ’s Power: New Premiere Date, New Time Slot Announced

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In a move that shifts the show from its regular Saturday evening timeslot, TSP has learned that the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson-produced drama is set to premiere Sunday, July 17, and will include 10 one-hour episodes – although whether that proves long enough for James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) to get out of the crime game remains unseen.

“This club, this life — this is who I am now,” drug dealer turned nightclub owner Ghost emphasizes in a brand-new trailer. There’s just one problem: the number of individuals aiming to get their hands on Ghost is quickly mounting. Among them? Well, that’d be 50 Cent’s character Kanan, who seems to have emerged from his brawl with Ghost in the season 2 finale gunning for his former friend’s head.

WATCH: The new trailer for Power’s third season below, and check out the season premiere July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

“There’s representation of this lifestyle in every cop film that you’ve seen. But it’s the guy that jumps the gate and ends up in jail, not the one who finds success,” says Jackson on the show’s glossy take on criminal culture. “When you show that side of it, it [speaks] to the rebellious streak in all of us.”

“Together, we’ve really constructed a world where all the choices are deliberate,” shares creator and

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showrunner Courtney Kemp of collaborating with Jackson on the forthcoming season’s storyline. “Ghost has no idea how to just be James, and how to let go of his Ghost persona entirely. He doesn’t know how to go straight. The theme of the season is ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ But is there something within Ghost that keeps him from being that person he wants to be?”

COUNTDOWN: SEASON 3 EPISODE 1- FULL EPISODE

SPARKLE MOMENTS: Tiny & TI’s Elaborate Baby Shower is a ‘Royal Event’

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It’s happening right here in Atlanta! T.I. & Tiny’s Glamorous Baby Shower is a ‘Royal Event’
and we betcha the baby’s name will be “Prince or Princess”. The name is still a Wild Card,
or at least they haven’t revealed it to us. 

T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris celebrated their upcoming bundle of joy with a lavish baby shower on Sunday, and The Sparkle Page has an exclusive look at the revelry compliments of ET.

The celebratory bash was held at The Royal Harris Castle in Atlanta, Georgia, where T.I., Tiny and their children made a grand entrance into the baby shower to excited fanfare.

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Before the event, Tiny spoke exclusively about the party, where she said she wanted the baby shower’s theme to be “a royal event,” and it looks like the 40-year-old singer-songwriter certainly got her wish.

Among the guest were Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost, Married to Medicine’s Dr. Jackie Walters and Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, wife of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

TIWATCH: T.I. And Tiny Are Having Another Baby — See the Cute Christmas Announcement!

T.I. flew into Atlanta for the big event, coming from Las Vegas where he had
performed live at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell Hotel.

According to Tiny, who is due in April, her latest pregnancy “has been great,” but this will be the couple’s last kid. The new baby will be Tiny and T.I.’s third child together after welcoming their first son, Clifford “King” Joseph Harris III, in August 2004 and their second son, Major Philant Harris, in May 2008. T.I. has two older sons, Messiah Ya’Majesty Harris and Domani Uriah Harris, and a daughter, Deyjah Imani Harris, from previous relationships. Tiny has an older daughter, Zonnique Jailee Pullins, from a previous relationship as well.

WATCH: 9 Celebrity Babies Due in 2016

According to the expectant mom, their other kids “are excited” about the upcoming addition.

“They are trying to pitch in at home,” Tiny beamed. “King has already bought the baby gifts. He found some socks the other day for the baby.”

She added that, this time around, her 35-year-old husband is “much more involved” with her pregnancy than ever before.

“I think it’s because it’s a girl,” Tiny explained. “His protective nature is already coming out.”

The Xscape singer also opened up about her pregnancy style, which can be difficult for some celeb moms. But for Tiny, “Dressing hasn’t been tough because I dress comfortably and I don’t wear a lot of heels. I’ve had to get some different pants to accommodate my stomach, but that’s about it.”

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While she admits that she looks to Kim Kardashian when it comes to a star who’s a true mommy style icon, she said, “I dress to the beat of my own drum and stay comfortable.”

The cute couple first announced they were expecting a new baby in December with an adorable announcement in Instagram. Check out the video below to see more.

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Remy Ma & Papoose Have Their Dream Wedding

Remy Ma & Papoose Have Their Dream Wedding

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VH1 producers don’t want you to know, but we’re spilling the tea anyway.  Remy Ma andPapoose had their formal dream wedding last night that Remy’s been saying she wants.  We’ve got everything that went down inside, including a huge fight between Peter Gunz and wife Amina

“Love & Hip Hop New York” stars Remy Ma and Papoose are married…again.  The couple originally got married inside of a courtroom in 2008. Remy and Pap told the story on the season 6 premiere this week and it involved a courtroom and a phone right at the beginning of Remy’s prison sentence.

Now that she’s free over 6 years later, Remy revealed she wants a REAL wedding.

Her wish was granted as Remy and Papoose had an official “All Black Affair” wedding last night in NYC.  Of course, the VH1 cameras were rolling (since they likely footed the bill).

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Rem looked pretty in a white cinderella gown as her Terror Squad homie Fat Joe was there by her side.

We’ve got exclusive details on who else was there and the fight that went down.

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Yandy Harris (rocking a Duckie Confetti gown) and Cam’Ron‘s girlfriend JuJu posed it up inside the wedding.

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Remy’s good fried Keyshia Cole was also there looking damn good in a Roger Rodney gown.  Keyshia, who served as maid of honor, offered best wishes to her friend on social media while holding a bouquet of flowers.

Also in attendance: Fat Joe, Ice T & Coco, Mona Scott Young, and Peter Gunz andAmina.

Remy and Pap’s co-stars Peter and Amina cut ALL THE WAY up, we’re told. As you know, from the premiere episode we saw that Peter “ended up” in bed with his “ex” and babies’ mother Tara.  We then learned Tara moved into the same building as Peter and his new wife Amina.  Why Lordt?!

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Peter (pictured above with co-star Rich Dollaz at the wedding) and Amina just had a new baby together last year.  We’ve also heard from unconfirmed sources that Tara is now pregnant as well.

That may explain why Peter and Amina got into a huge fight at last night’s wedding!

Our source tells us Amina yelled at Peter and said, “Why am I on birth control and why wasn’t she?!”

Yes, she was referring to Tara.  Bloop!

After the screaming match, Amina stormed off in a SUV!

Our source tells us, “Rem and Pap got that unheard of black love going on and that’s a blessing.  But everybody else’s sh*t is in shambles!”

Chile….

We’ll see it all play out when this wedding airs on this season of “LAHHNY”.

 

Photos: Juju’s IG/Yandy’s IG/Keyshia’s IG/@Indyspoint/Peter Gunz’s IG

 

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier Every Day

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier Every Day

Try being happy instead.

Regardless of who you are, what you do, or how much money you have, life in this world will never be perfect. People die, accidents happen, and things break. Even so, it’s possible to feel more contented and fulfilled, regardless of your circumstances. Here’s what science has to say about the matter.

1. Pamper yourself at work to be happier and more productive.

It’s a fact that happier people are more productive. Researchers in the U.K. last year published a study (PDF) that found employees who either watched 10 minutes of comedy on video or spent the same amount of time relaxing with delicious snacks were happier and as a result demonstrated higher productivity than their peers who merely worked.

2. If possible, choose unemployment over a job you hate.

Before dismissing this crazy advice, look at some of the stats compiled by polling and consumer insights company CivicScience, which surveyed more than 262,000 people regarding their levels of happiness. Those who are “very happy” in a job are 21 times more likely to be satisfied with life overall. Alternately, folks who say they are “very unhappy” at work are 122 percent more likely to be unhappy. Oddly, unemployed people are 88 percent more likely to be unhappy–a rotten number, but not as bad as the one associated with miserable workers. “That suggests, when considering the previous statement about job satisfaction,” CivicScience writes in its blog, “that it may be worse to work in a job you hate than to be unemployed.”

3. Let the happiness of others rub off on you.

It’s weird science, but a few years ago researchers in the Netherlands proved humans transfer negative emotions such as fear and disgust to each other via the odor of chemicals in sweat. Recently a handful of European researchers demonstrated that the same is true for happiness–it can be transferred to others by means of smell. Besmart and gravitate toward the most contented and positive people in your life, while avoiding complainers, pessimists, and naysayers.

4. Strive for experiences, not amassing stuff.

But what kinds of experiences? Researchers who published a study (PDF) in the University of Chicago Press found that it depends on your age. Younger people tend to define happiness in terms of states of high arousal, and get their bliss from doing extraordinary, uncommon things such as skydiving or taking a remarkable vacation. Older folks receive more enjoyment from ordinary pleasures such as an affectionate embrace from a loved one, or a cold drink on a hot day. Why the difference? When people believe the time they have left in life is short, their threshold for happiness is lower.

5. Have frequent, monogamous sex.

Big shocker: Yet another study (PDF) has found that people who have frequent high-quality sex with the same person are happier. There’s karma for cheaters, as well: Extramarital sex lowers happiness.

6. Don’t expect having kids to make you happy.

You could argue that having a family ultimately bolsters a person’s support system, thereby affecting long-term happiness. Yet a study (PDF) published in the journal Demography says the happiness parents experience before and after a first or second child’s birth is temporary and transitory. And by the third child’s birth, there’s no uptick in happiness whatsoever.

7. Invest in your friendships.

Citing more than a dozen studies on the subject, Happify.com put together an infographic with a wealth of data showing a correlation between strong social ties and happiness. Need help reinforcing your friendships? It’s simple–help others know you remember them. Send friends a postcard when you’re traveling, a text message for no reason whatsoever, or a phone call on a birthday. And of course, be there in good and bad times.

8. Take care of your body.

A plethora of studies have shown a correlation between happiness and exercise, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet. Don’t like running or lifting weights? Biking can be a relatively easy way to drop pounds and strengthen leg muscles. Throw in 25 pushups a day, and you’re doing vastly better than just sitting around. To get better sleep, avoid using electronic devices or television in the bedroom just prior to hitting the sheets. As for diet, three simple rules can help: Avoid all soda (including diet), never eat fast food, and infuse more fresh vegetables and less bread into your daily menu.

9. Know that married people are happier than singles.

It’s especially true if your spouse is also your best friend, found a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found marriage helps to mitigate the stress people often feel during midlife, a time period which often involves a U-shaped drop in life satisfaction. It’s something to think about, considering that the number of adults in the U.S. who have never tied the knot is at an all-time high.

10. Train yourself to be happy.

According to the World Happiness Report 2015, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, happier people are better able to sustain positive emotion, recover faster from negative events, demonstrate empathy and altruism, and exhibit mindfulness. “The circuits we identify as underlying these four constituents of well-being all exhibit plasticity, and thus can be transformed through experience and training,” the report states. For help training yourself to be happy, check out Greater Good in Action, a new online resource offering dozens of science-based exercises that can help boost your sense of well-being.

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