The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple

People who eat socially are more likely to feel better about themselves. Photograph: PeopleImages/Getty Images For some, eating alone can be a joyous thing: forking mouthfuls of pasta straight from the pan, peanut butter licked off a spoon, the unbridled pleasure of walking home from the chippie alone on a cold night. But regularly eating meals in isolation is a different story. This one factor is more strongly associated with unhappiness than any other apart from (unsurprisingly) having a mental illness. This is according to a new study by Oxford Economics that…

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How the effect of Meghan Markle’s fashion sense may move the market

It seems as if everyone wants to know what Meghan Markle is wearing. The 36-year-old American actress, who’s set to marry Britian’s Prince Harry on Saturday, has quickly morphed into a fashion icon. Nowadays, almost every time a photographer snaps a photo of her, the outfit she’s wearing sells out, according to one observer. Fashionistas have dubbed it the “Meghan effect.” “We’ve seen it again and again; anything she’s worn sells out within hours,” Josh Duboff, senior writer for Vanity Fair covering entertainment and culture, told CNBC. “Brands have noted kind of immediate effects in terms of…

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How the effect of Meghan Markle’s fashion sense may move the market

Toby Melville | Reuters Britain’s Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017. It seems as if everyone wants to know what Meghan Markle is wearing. The 36-year-old American actress, who’s set to marry Britian’s Prince Harry on Saturday, has quickly morphed into a fashion icon. Nowadays, almost every time a photographer snaps a photo of her, the outfit she’s wearing sells out, according to one observer. Fashionistas have dubbed it the “Meghan effect.” “We’ve seen it again and again; anything she’s worn sells out within hours,”…

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Take a look at the maps that show Obamacare’s big effect on Americans’ health insurance coverage

Those vanishing areas of dark blue are what Obamacare’s effect on the number of Americans without health insurance looks like. The United States Census Bureau on Tuesday released a series of maps that vividly show broad increases in health coverage nationally in the years after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The maps use dark blue to show states that have 14 percent or more of their residents without health insurance. Lighter shades of blue highlight states with lower uninsured rates. Census officials published the maps as they released a report revealing that…

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Jio Effect: Aircel Offers 168GB Data, Unlimited Calls for 84 Days at Rs. 419 in Northeast, at Rs. 449 in J&K

With the Reliance Jio juggernaut continuing to make headways in the telecom industry, rival operator Aircel has launched two new plans that offer 2GB data per day and unlimited calls with 84-day validity. These plans have the same validity as the Rs. 399 Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer, which provides half the data (at high speeds), unlimited calls, free SMSs, and access to the Jio apps suite. The Aircel prepaid plans are priced at Rs. 419 in the Northeast, and at Rs. 449 in J&K. Apart from this, the operator has launched another plan at…

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Reliance Jio Effect: BSNL Halves Unlimited Calls Rental for Landlines to Rs. 49 a Month for New Subscribers

State-run telecom operator BSNL on Monday halved the monthly rental for unlimited calling from landline to any network on Sundays and night hours to Rs. 49 from Rs. 99. “To attract new customers to experience wireline services, BSNL launched a very cost effective and affordable promotional landline voice plan ‘Experience LL 49’,” BSNL said in a statement. Under this plan, a fixed monthly charge of Rs. 49 is applicable for the first six months and after that, the customer shall be charged as per the general plan of the respective…

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