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CHART: Our Country Votes Ass Backwards. Do You?

A lot has been made of people “taking responsibility for theirlives” during this election season. The most “responsible” thing you can “personally”do is to know the facts behind the rhetoric and vote accordingly for yourinterests. Check out this handy chart of voting tendencies based on a personalresponsibility index to find your state!



The vertical axis represents how likely your state is to vote Democratic — the higher it goes, the more liberal it votes. The horizontal axis shows how “personally responsible” your state is — the farther right, the more responsible your state’s citizens are statistically. Some criteria of the personalresponsibility index include physical fitness, safety of sexual activity,likelihood of receiving federal subsidies, and inclination to inflict harm onthemselves or others through smoking or drinking.


FACT: States with high teenage (ages 15-17) pregnancy rates tend to voteRepublican.

FACT: Average score of the five “reddest” states (WY, OK, UT, ID, AL) is worseon each of six measures of irresponsibility (obesity, smoking, chlamydia, teenpregnancy, drunk-driving fatalities, and firearms assaults) than the averagescore of the five “bluest” states (NY, MA, RI, VT, HI).

FACT: States that score worst in this personal responsibility index are alsothe states whose congressional representatives voted against Obamacare, eventhough many of these unhealthy people free-ride their uninsured way intohospital emergency rooms.

FACT: This is the George Clooney of charts: total understated cool — just like my beloved Democratic-leaning, super-responsible Washington. Way to go,Seattle!

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Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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She's enjoying the big benefits of some simple life hacks.

James Clear’s landmark book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. The book is incredibly popular because it has a simple message that can help everyone. We can develop habits that increase our productivity and success by making small changes to our daily routines.

"It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis,” James Clear writes. “It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.”

His work proves that we don’t need to move mountains to improve ourselves, just get 1% better every day.

Most of us are reluctant to change because breaking old habits and starting new ones can be hard. However, there are a lot of incredibly easy habits we can develop that can add up to monumental changes.

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