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Scientific Proof that You Need a Vacation Right Now

needtotakeavacationIt's a fact now that most American workers aren't taking any vacations. Last week we reported that about 40 percent of Americans don't plan on using all of their paid time off this year. And you're probably one of them. You hoard up your precious vacation days and keep saying you'll use them, but something gets in the way. Maybe it's your workload, or, maybe, like others, you're totally scared that you're going to lose your job. The most common reason why people weren't taking vacation was because they possess what researchers call a "martyr" complex, in which they believe that no one else can do their job as well as they can. Yet more than 20 percent of people who don't take vacations say they skip out because they are afraid they feel they are easily replaceable.

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Musical Training 'Can Improve Language and Reading'

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 Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can help disadvantaged children improve their reading skills, US research suggests.

After a year of music lessons, the reading scores of nine and 10-year-olds held steady compared to a dip seen in those who were not taught any music.

Another group of musically-trained children were found to be better at processing sounds and language.

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Who Wouldn’t Want To Go To A Place Called Happy Island?

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Peace out, Disneyland -- this is the new happiest place on Earth.

About 10 years ago, a kindly man named Janti built up this island from discarded conch shells that were piling up just off Union Island in the Grenadines. He plopped a bar, some solar panels and a few palm trees on the spot and named it Happy Island -- it's now pretty much the happiest little isle in the whole Caribbean.

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