Study Reveals That ‘Netflix and Chill’ May Actually Help Strengthen Relationships


(PCM) We have some fantastic news for couples out there who enjoy nothing more than putting plans to the side and snuggling on the sofa to binge watch Netflix and “chill” all weekend!  A new study that was  published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships has revealed that couples who spend time together binge watching various TV shows and mores are actually strengthening their relationships in the process.

The study found that couples who bond together over TV shows, movies or reading books begin to feel more intimate with one another and their relationship gains a new level of confidence and of course what couple wouldn’t benefit from a bit of extra cuddle time with one another as well! The lead author on the study Sarah Gomillion, PhD, went on to explain that it has been known for quite some time that couples who have mutual friends create a stronger bond, however this new study further reveals that perhaps fictional characters in a TV show, book or movie can act in just the same way.  Any die-hard fan of those particular mediums can attest to just how attached we find ourselves to certain characters and we then of course share that emotional attachment with our partners.

Binge-watching Netflix used to be associated with being lonely or depressed, but now research has found that it has some important social benefits, as it is far less isolating than it used to be, unless of course the two of you can’t decide what to watch. That then becomes a new issue all its’ own!

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Study Reveals 1 in 4 Young Women Have Mental Health Issues And Social Media Is To Blame


(PCM) An eye-opening new study has revealed that 1 in 4 young women are currently suffering from various mental health problems and they are placing the blame on an obsession with social media. Young women who are between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the highest risk for mental health issues, as the report from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), found that 26% of participants in the study that fall into that particular age range suffer from some form of anxiety or depression.

The research showed that the young women were highly affected by the imagery found on their various social media accounts and the overall fact that we are in a “selfie” obsessed culture. There is more pressure on young women (and men as well) to be looking their very best at all times and there is a constant comparison going on between their own lives and the lives of others that they see played out on social media each and every day. This can also lead to serious issues regarding body image, self-worth, cyber-bullying and more.

The NHS last did a similar study back in 2007, when social media was still on the rise, but a rather new concept. At that time we were certainly not as obsessed with it as we are today and the number of young women suffering from mental health issues was only at 21%, so it is definitely on the rise. The age range of young women between the ages of 16 and 24 currently are of special concern to mental health researchers, as they are the first generation to grow up completely immersed in social media, whereas individuals who are a bit older can remember a time when we were not so dependent or concerns with these types of things.

So, please be sure to keep in mind that a lot of what is seen on social media is an altered version of reality and majority of the time the type of “perfection” that is seen via social media does not even truly exist. Take some time and unplug for a bit as it is a bit scary that our obsession with social media is actually beginning to make us physically sick.


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Teacher’s List Of 101 Ways To Cope With Stress Goes Viral!

(PCM) We all deal with various levels of stress on a day to day basis, so of course we are always open to discovering new ways to both manage and cope with stress as it happens in our lives. One psychology teacher by the name of Mr. Phillips has created a list of 101 Ways to cope with stress that has now gone viral after it was tweeted out by one of his students.

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It is truly a fantastic list that takes the time to remind us to appreciate the small things in life and make slight changes to our routine to reduce the amount of stress we deal with each day and help us become more well-rounded and balanced individuals. Time to go print this list and stick it on our walls right now!  Great job Mr. Phillips!

The full list can be found below:

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
2. Prepare for the morning the night before
3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
4. Avoid relying on chemical aids
5. Set appointments ahead
6. Don’t rely on your memory … write it down
7. Practice preventive maintenance
8. Make duplicate keys
9. Say “no” more often
10. Set priorities in your life
11. Avoid negative people
12. Use time wisely
13. Simplify meal times
14. Always make copies of important papers
15. Anticipate your needs
16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
18. Break large tasks into bite size portions
19. Look at problems as challenges
20. Look at challenges differently
21. Unclutter your life
22. Smile
23. Be prepared for rain
24. Tickle a baby
25. Pet a friendly dog/cat
26. Don’t know all the answers
27. Look for a silver lining
28. Say something nice to someone
29. Teach a kid to fly a kite
30. Walk in the rain
31. Schedule play time into every day
32. Take a bubble bath
33. Be aware of the decisions you make
34. Believe in yourself
35. Stop saying negative things to yourself
36. Visualize yourself winning
37. Develop your sense of humor
38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today
39. Have goals for yourself
40. Dance a jig
41. Say “hello” to a stranger
42. Ask a friend for a hug
43. Look up at the stars
44. Practice breathing slowly
45. Learn to whistle a tune
46. Read a poem
47. Listen to a symphony
48. Watch a ballet
49. Read a story curled up in bed
50. Do a brand new thing
51. Stop a bad habit
52. Buy yourself a flower
53. Take time to smell the flowers
54. Find support from others
55. Ask someone to be your “vent-partner”
56. Do it today
57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
58. Put safety first
59. Do everything in moderation
60. Pay attention to your appearance
61. Strive for Excellence NOT perfection
62. Stretch your limits a little each day
63. Look at a work of art
64. Hum a jingle
65. Maintain your weight
66. Plant a tree
67. Feed the birds
68. Practice grace under pressure
69. Stand up and stretch
70. Always have a plan “B”
71. Learn a new doodle
72. Memorize a joke
73. Be responsible for your feelings
74. Learn to meet your own needs
75. Become a better listener
76. Know your limitations and let others know them, too
77. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
78. Throw a paper airplane
79. Exercise every day
80. Learn the words to a new song
81. Get to work early
82. Clean out one closet
83. Play patty cake with a toddler
84. Go on a picnic
85. Take a different route to work
86. Leave work early (with permission)
87. Put air freshener in your car
88. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
89. Write a note to a far away friend
90. Go to a ball game and scream
91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
93. Remember that stress is an attitude
94. Keep a journal
95. Practice a monster smile
96. Remember you always have options
97. Have a support network of people, places and things
98. Quit trying to fix other people
99. Get enough sleep
100. Talk less and listen more
101. Freely praise other people

BONUS: Relax, take each day at a time…you have the rest of your life to live

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PCM Joins Chubby Checker and MFAC For The #TwistChallenge

chubbylifestyle(PCM) Pop Culture Madness is happy to join in the “Twist Away Childhood Cancer Challenge with Chubby Checker and Jurdy” – benefiting the non­profit organization, Mascots for a Cure. #TwistChallenge is a viral, online campaign challenging kids and adults to do The Twist with a friend, classmates, family members, co­workers or a mascot!

Especially a Mascot! Get your school or organization involved!

Participants are asked to twist for 36 seconds or less, as sadly, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the U.S. This exciting campaign launches September 21st, on “National Twist Day” and will continue through 2016 and beyond. September also happens to be “National Childhood Cancer Awareness” month. Chubby is launching the campaign in videos with Jurdy the “Hero of Happy-­ness”.

Participating is as easy as 1-2­-3 (+4*)!

  1. Do The Twist and film it by yourself or with a group and post to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)
  2. Go to our website, to pledge a donation
  3. Call out others to take the #TwistChallenge too! Challenge a rival mascot or team, another school or store location, a coach or player from your team, a CEO or managers of your organization, a rival company or organization or anyone else that you might have a great connection with and think would accept your Twist Challenge. That includes your friends, family and co­workers!
  4. *TELL THE WORLD!* on Facebook and other social sites, and include our hashtags: #TwistChallenge, #TwistAwayChildhoodCancer, #MFAC, #ChubbyChecker, #Jurdy, #NationalTwistDay

You can Twist alone, or with friends. If your friends don’t show up, challenge them!

We’ll help – we’ll be looking for the #TwistChallenge and our other hashtags, and we will be sharing them too!

Chubby’s  Facebook page

jurdyMascots helping us with the Twist Challenge include Jurdy, The Philly Phanatic, Chuck E Cheese, A&W Root Beer mascot Rootie, Wally from the Boston Red Sox, Clark from the Chicago Cubs, the Oriole Bird, Screech from the Nationals, Bernie Brewer, Pittsburgh’s Jolly Rodger, Poe from the Baltimore Ravens, Thunderbug from Tampa Bay, Hugo the Hornet, YoUDee, Rocky Bluewinkle, Reggy the Party Dude, 76ers Franklin and MFAC’s own Sir Roland BraveHeart.

Jurdy is the hero of “happy-ness” at work, play and in schools & communities. Spreading happy-ness is just part of what Jurdy does, Jurdy is there to be a friend for anyone, especially children, having a hard time in life situations, feeling alone or offer some hope and positivity. Jurdy promotes smart choices, helping others, anti bullying, anti-drugs, anti-violence and making this world a better, safer kinder place.

Chubby Checker, the man who brought us The Twist, took some time to tell us about why he was so eager to join the #TwistChallenge…

chubbycheckertwistjpg“Years ago, back in 1965, Danny Thomas had St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. I did a charity tour for him and I was concerned and said, ‘Danny, why are you doing this?’ and he said, ‘Chubby, we have to leave something when we die and children being sick, especially with cancer, it disturbs me.’ He said ‘when I go on stage or go on TV and do whatever I do, all I can think about is these children, these young children that have cancer. So, I’ve lent my life to that, so when I leave here, it will be for them’.”

“After all those years it comes back up again. Here I am, many years later, and the #TwistChallenge comes up, and what is it? Childhood cancer. Who would not be sympathetic to such a cause, because children are the future? In 20 years, those 5 year olds and 7 year olds will be between 25 and 30, and I don’t know if we are going to find the cure for cancer, but we can fight it as much as we can, and if we can lend our time, and especially my fame, to such a thing, it’s the least that I can do. We are lending all of this to childhood cancer and on the 21st of September it’s going to be #TwistChallenge Day and it’s so easy for people to get on the dance floor as it represents good health!”

“We would like everyone to give some money on #TwistChallenge Day and don’t stop giving it, give it all the time, and help cancer leave this planet and children, the young children that suffer with cancer. My mother died from cancer, and my uncle died from cancer, and it’s a terrible thing that happens and there’s nothing you can do.”

Read our interview with The Legend

Read about The Twist

Schools we expect to hear from include: St. Joseph’s University, Duke, North Carolina, University of Delaware, Tulane, St. John’s, UMass, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Western Kentucky, Syracuse, James Madison, Tennessee, Auburn, Xavier, Wake Forest, Wilmington University, Georgian Court University, Drexel University, Rosemont, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State.

If you school isn’t on this list, JOIN IN!

Other groups and people who have signed on include: Alex’s Lemonade, St. Lucie Mets, Chattanooga Lookouts, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Carolina Mudcats, Charleston RiverDogs, Greenville Drive, Tampa Yankees, Columbia Fireflies, Portland Trailblazer Damien Lillard, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton and Bronze Medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Official Site


About Mascots For A Cure
MFAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and their families battling cancer. Through its passion, relentless pursuit of its goals, and the power of mascots, it fosters hope, laughter, joy, positive memories and love to support children and their families affected worldwide. Sir Roland Braveheart is MFAC’s official mascot. For more information, visit

About Chubby Checker
Born in rural Spring Gully, S.C., and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Chubby Checker rose to national prominence in 1959 with his debut record, “The Class,” which hit No. 34 on the Billboard pop chart when Checker was just 17. By the time he was 18 years old, his second hit single, “The Twist,” had skyrocketed to # 1. Nearly five decades later, in 2008, Billboard magazine would name “The Twist” the No. 1 song of the Billboard Hot 100’s first 50 years.
Chubby Checker’s  Facebook page.

About Jurdy®
Jurdy®, the “Hero of Happy-ness,” is an animated and mascot character created by Jenifer Jurden, CEO of SHOUT b cause, LLC (SBC). SBC helps companies and organizations raise awareness and effectively drive home positive messaging to their target audiences. Leading the charge through rallies and marketing communications is Jurdy®, a powerful tool in teaching children from all backgrounds how to make good choices in life. For more information, visit

About Pop Culture Madness
The Pop Culture Madness network of websites have been gathering and sharing news and trivial information about Popular Culture and Pop Music since 1999.

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Australian Researchers Create A Breakthrough Cure For Cancer


(PCM) This news is probably some that the major pharmaceutical companies across the world would rather keep quiet, but it seem that Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the cure for cancer with a drug known as Venetoclax. The drug targets a specific protein that helps cancer cells survive and then it literally “melts away” the cells that contain cancer.

The drug has gone through a rigorous testing process over a four year time period on 116 patients and it boasts an 80% success rate. Many patients that took part in the trial and research had previously undergone other treatments and after taking Venetoclax found themselves cancer free with little to no side-effects. The research shows that one in five patients taking Venetoclax ended up cancer free. The medicine is taken only once a day orally.

The medicine targets a specific protein called BCL-2, which helps cancer cells survive, making them simply “melt away.” It was first discovered in the 1980s, but scientists couldn’t find an inhibitor for it until now. There is already a strong buzz surrounding the new drug in both the U.S. and U.N. and it is thought that in addition to treating forms of leukemia, it can also be used to battle other forms of cancer as well.

It has been speculated for many years that a cure for cancer exists, but the major pharmaceutical want it suppressed as cancer is a huge money maker for drug companies. We are happy to see that the Venetoclax has been given a fast track approval, however there is definitely more hurdles to overcome.  Do you feel that a cure for cancer has finally be found?


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My Journey To Health, September First is New Years Day

AutumnNo matter how you want to look at it, somehow in the last 20 years or so September first has become New Years Day.  The whole world comes back together again after being dispersed in every different direction.  Sure the kids are back in school but that is not the only thing that restarts.  Many groups and organizations go on hiatus during the summer months and come back with September.  Co-workers are back together again.  Football pools start as do teams and the season.  Theater groups start their new seasons and there is something fresh and crisp in the air as summer fades and autumn begins.

I feel a sense of hope and a sense of a fresh start in the beginning of September.  This is a much brighter hope and a cleaner start than on New Year’s Day.  In fact on January first I feel a bit let down.  On January first we have had three months filled with wonder.  Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December then it all stops and the hard months of snow and ice hit.  It’s sort of sad and it that melancholy moment we are supposed to establish new goals for ourselves and dream new dreams?  I say NO!

Now is the time to dream new dreams, hope new hopes, make new plans and follow through in all of it.  With Fall coming on the air gets cooler and our energy levels go up.  We begin to feel a sense of newness as we see the labors of summer bear fruit, literally.  Pumpkins apples and other forms of nature’s bounty line our supermarkets.  Old recipes come out for soups and stews and other dishes that lay dormant through the summer months because, “It is just too hot to cook.”

I believe our desire for new experiences are aroused as some will begin to take courses or start a new hobby.  And what wonders happen in nature as the trees prepare for their long winter sleep and the squirrels and other small animals fatten themselves for the coming cold.

I have plans that I am already putting into motion for the Fall and resolutions I have made.  The pool that my neighbors have so graciously allowed me to use for exercise will soon be covered over and so a new exercise plan has been developed.  I joined Planet Fitness where I can receive free personal training and I have already met with my trainer and she is preparing to help me exercise without using my legs and feet too much as there is damage there.  I meet with her at 6 a.m. on Labor Day.

I have committed to a LIVE THE DREAM LIVE one day conference being given by Bearj Jehanian and James Levin on Saturday September 17.  I have also been able to make the commitment to write more and work more focused on my weight and health issues by Tom Anderson, The Purpose Guy, who is a great life coach.  I am gathering, as much as I can, people around me who think positively but with a lot of energy to cheer me on.  It seems there is a lot of truth in the saying that “No man, or woman, is an Island.”

By the end of October, if all goes as planned, I will also begin working on my Master’s degree.  This is something that I really need to do if I want to work.  So right now, new exercise, new seminars and new classes as well as old traditions and joy will begin as The Fall season rolls in.

I also was led to a new app for my phone called Smule.  It is a karaoke app that allows me to sing as well as record my performance.  I love the opportunity to make music.  I recorded Beauty and the Beast this morning.

I am also working on my spiritual side by studying The Gospels and reading about a great Christian singer and song writer named Rich Mullins who truly lived out the message of Jesus while he was alive.  Check out some of his music if you can.  He is truly inspiring.  There is a lot of his material on YouTube.

What about you?  It’s not too late.  What will you do to make your life better this New Year?  What a great time to decide on new ways to eat, as so much food will be available.  Getting those pesky 10 pounds off could be easy by eating correctly and raking the leaves..  What are you curious about?  Do you want to learn about the stars or about photography or how to paint?  There is no better time than right now to make those decisions.  A whole new world can open for you right now.  Just take the first step.

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