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John F. O'Hara
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In Tune: Households Happier with Music

February 12, 2016 1:42 am

If you’ve ever attended a concert, you know firsthand how powerful music can be. But what about the music you listen to at home?

Sonos explored the answer to that question in its recently released “Music Makes it Home” study. Listening to music out loud in the home, the report found, leads to stronger relationships, increased intimacy and quality time spent together, and happier families. Most strikingly, households that listen to music out loud spend an additional three hours and 13 minutes per week together than those that do not.

"The truth is, people may be sharing a home, but they aren't sharing much else. Music may be able to change that by bringing everyone back together," says Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, neuroscientist, musician and author of the international bestselling book, “This is Your Brain on Music.”

Households that listen to music out loud also experienced heightened feelings of happiness, notably while completing chores or cooking, according to the study.

Households included in the study ranged from roommates and spouses to multi-generational families and first-time cohabitating couples.

Source: Sonos®

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The Top Source of Workplace Stress? Unpredictability

February 11, 2016 1:42 am

It pays to prepare for the unexpected. “Unpredictability” was named the top source of work-related stress by 26 percent of respondents in a recently released CareerCast poll, with the most taxing occupations including enlisted military, firefighters, police officers, public relations executives and event coordinators.

"Life is filled with stressors—from worrying you're going to lose your job because the company lost a big account to having a sick child at home," says Kyle Kensing, online content editor for CareerCast. "Much of the pressure we feel occurs in the eight or so hours we spend at work and we asked our readers to sound off on their stress factors."

Other common factors influencing work-related stress levels include:

• Workplace Environment (21 percent)
• Deadlines (20 percent)
• Safety of Others (16 percent)

The least stressful aspect of the workplace is business travel, named a stressor by just 1 percent of poll respondents. Few people felt the following stressors contributed to work-related stress levels, as well:

• Potential for Promotion (3 percent)
• Personal Well-Being in Danger (5 percent)
• Length of Work Day/Week (7 percent)

If you find yourself one of the majority stressed over unpredictability at work, you may find reprieve as a hair stylist, medical records technician, jeweler or librarian—professions named least stressful, according to poll results.

Source: CareerCast

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