News Above the Noise: Week of July 24, 2022
1. Misery Spreads as Nearly a Third of the U.S. Faces Excessive Heat
This week, heat advisories and warnings were in place for 28 states from California to New England, with record-breaking temps in a number of cities across the country. (Oklahoma City broke a daily heat record dating back to the Dust Bowl Era, with a high temp of 110—the highest-ever July temperature on record, according to the Weather Service!) As about 100 million Americans sweat their way through this past week, there was much talk about what was causing the heat snap. Heat waves like ours—as well as the ones happening in Europe and Asia this summer—are typical of what scientists expect as the globe warms. To read more about this summer’s heat wave and scientific analysis, CLICK HERE.
2. The Power of Talking to Yourself
How often do you talk to yourself? Maybe it’s a soft spoken pep talk as you’re getting ready for a big meeting or a full-on outburst when you’re driving and another car cuts you off. However it looks for you, clinicians call it “external self-talk”—and it often gets a bad rap. Yet it can actually be a great thing, according to a recent article in The New York Times, helping you push through all sorts of obstacles. To read more about this habit, CLICK HERE.
3. Can Pickleball Save America?
If you’re anything like us, there is someone in your life who’s been raving about pickleball lately. It seems like everyone is playing this fun, fast-paced sport played with paddles and a Wiffle-like ball. In fact, more than a million Americans began playing it during the pandemic, bringing the total to around five million. Which is why a recent New Yorker article piqued our interest when it claimed that the sport—beloved for its democratic spirit—could unite America if it doesn’t divide itself first. To read more, CLICK HERE.
4. Influencers Are Out—Authenticity is In
For the last few years, Instagram “influencers” have made big money thanks to their big audiences on social media platforms like Instagram. However, marketers are starting to pull back on these influencer campaigns. Why? There’s more of a desire for “real” people (read: authenticity!) than ever before. To learn more about these interesting shifts happening in the world of marketing and advertising, CLICK HERE.
5. How Much Would You Spend to Save Your Relationship?
When infidelity happens in a partnership, it’s the kind of betrayal that can be impossible to overcome. For some couples dealing with this issue, there’s a new option for seeing if a marriage can be saved: upscale, intensive marriage retreats. In fact, a new crop of luxury retreats (held at incredible spots like Club Med in the Dominican Republic!) are offering couples a new way to try to save their relationships. But with hefty price tags—you’re looking at $12,000 per week for some!—it’s prompting many to question: How much would I spend to save my marriage? To read more about this spendy new trend, CLICK HERE.