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Submission + - SPAM: 10 Reasons To Be Glad You're A Highly Sensitive Person

sheingoes writes: From tears to cheers, if you're a highly sensitive person you have alotof feelings you express on a regular basis. And in a culture in which emotions are sometimes seen as "weak," expressing them can often feel like a liability rather than an asset.

The personality trait of being a highly sensitive person, which affects both men and women, can play a large role in daily interactions — and that's actually really good news. If you're feeling a little low about your emotional nature, here are a few reasonsto instead celebrate your sensitivity.

1. You're empathetic.

Highly sensitive people have an extremely empathetic nature, according to Elaine Aron, a lead researcher on the personality type. This can contribute to a certain level of emotional reactivity, including concern for a friend or someone in need. Sounds like the kind of person anyone would want in their corner.

2. You generally aren't involved in conflict.

Confrontational situations tend to create anxiety for you because you fear you're going to be criticized for your reactions or for speaking up. "Sensitive people get torn between speaking up for what they feel is right or sitting back because they don't want a violent type of reaction [from others]," Aron previously told HuffPost. Seriously, who likes arguing with people, anyway?

3. You're perceptive.

No one picks up on a change or the mood of a room quite like a highly sensitive person. "There's just this intuition they have about their environment that other people generally aren't aware of," Aron said. This usually means you're more likely to notice if someone is upset — and then react accordingly.

4. The trait helps you at work.

Highly sensitive people are excellent team players, according to Aron. Not only that, but you make a great leader (think teachers, therapists or managers) because you care about the well-being and success of your employees and others.

5. You pursue projects that have meaning.

Sensitive folks activelyseek purpose.It doesn't matter if it's a new initiative at work or traveling the world, you're most likely drawn to activities that bring meaningful stimulation to your life.Highly sensitive people are also known for being service-oriented.

6. You think and feel more deeply.

This means you like to process events, situations and changes more thoroughly, according to Ted Zeff, author of The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide. Additionally, highly sensitive people cry more easily-- and research shows that's certainly not a bad thing when it comes to your well-being. Emotions are not a weakness (make this your mantra).

7. You're detail-oriented.

Mark this on your resume. Highly sensitive people are the first ones to notice even the subtlest of changes, like if someone got a new haircut or redecorated their living room, making you impeccably detail-oriented.

8. You're emotional in your relationships.

How deep is your love? Very.Strong emotions and being in-tune with your significant other's needsare just a few of the positive characteristics of a highly sensitive romantic partner. They'll always know that you care.

9. You have good manners.

Step aside, Emily Post.According to Aron, sensitive individuals are known for being highly conscientious and exhibiting good manners,whether that means offering a seat on the subway or holding a door open. This also means you notice when someone isn't being so courteous (and, honestly, how rude ).

10. You're wired to be this way.

When it comes down to it, why fight something you werebornto be? Research suggests that highly sensitive people are neurologically wiredto be emotional and empathetic.

In other words? You can't fight nature. It's so much better to embrace every aspect of your personality — tears and all.

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Submission + - SPAM: When Amy Schumer Crashes A Wedding, She Doesn't Mess Around

sheingoes writes: A pair of Irish newlyweds ended their wedding day on a high note, to say the least.

Bride Eithne McAdam and groom J.P. Swaine continued their celebration at Grogans Pub in Dublin on Friday night when they were joined by a few famous faces — actress Amy Schumer, director Judd Apatow and singer-songwriter Glen Hansard.

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The newlyweds along with Schumer and Apatow — who were in town for the premiere of "Trainwreck" — drank beer and participated in a sing-along led by Hansard, best known for his starring role in the movie "Once."

And if you were hoping for video of this glorious moment, you are in luck. It was shot sideways (grr, we know), but hey — beggars can't be choosers.

We can't think of a better way to top off the so-called "best day of your life."

H/T Vanity Fair

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Submission + - SPAM: Frank Gifford, Former Football Star And Broadcaster, Dead At Age 84

sheingoes writes: Aug 9 (Reuters) — Frank Gifford, a star on the football field for the New York Giants and later a star in the broadcasting booth as part of the "Monday Night Football" team that helped popularize the NFL, died on Sunday at the age of 84, his family said in a statement released to NBC.

Gifford, who was married to TV talk show hostess Kathie Lee Gifford, died suddenly of natural causes at his Connecticut home, his family said.

Gifford's family released a full statement to the "Today" show on Sunday:

"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers."

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Submission + - SPAM: Tiffany Thiessen Has The Most Adorable Family Ever

sheingoes writes: It's only been a few weeks since Tiffani Thiessen and her husband, Brady Smith, welcomed a baby boy, but their son has already shared some seriously cute moments with his big sister.

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Submission + - SPAM: Nepalese Villagers Rebuild Their Lives, One Grain At A Time

sheingoes writes: On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous region northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal. The quake, the worst to hit the country in over 80 years, triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and historical sites. More than8,800 peoplewere killed in the quake and its aftershocks.

Filmmaker Nehemiah Stark and cinematographer Nick Wilson arrived on an assignment for Timein the village of Samantar, in Dhading district, on May 18, some three weeks after the quake struck. The village is locateda mere 75 miles from the earthquake's epicenter, and Stark and Wilson got there at a crucial time.

May is usually when the residents of Samantar plant rice seeds to prepare for the upcoming monsoon season in June. Plant the seeds any later, and the monsoon weather will destroy the crops. But this year, collapsing buildings from the earthquake had destroyed food stockpiles, and rice seeds became part of the rubble. For this reason, rice seed became very limited in the markets — and even if there had been enough in stock, the villagers had no money to pay for it.

For three weeks, Stark and Wilson documented the struggle of Samantar's residents to secure the rice seeds they needed to survive.They were struck by the villagers' resilience and energy, despite the tragedies they had suffered.

"Nick and I were incredibly humbled by the consistent communal spirit, humility and drive of the Nepalis we saw," Stark told The WorldPost. "Seventy-year-old women carrying 50 pounds of crops on their backs [stopped] to say 'Namaste' and bow to us in the wild heat."

Find out how Samantar's inspiring community defeated the odds and secured food for the season in Stark and Wilson's film, "Planting Life."

Visit Nehemiah Stark'sportfolio to see more of his work.

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Submission + - SPAM: Remembering Mom's Love in a Breakfast Bowl

sheingoes writes: Recently, another anniversary of my mother's passing came, causing me to pause and reflect. It's an anniversary that brings sadness, but also prompts me to recall many of the moments that defined her. And those bring joy and gratitude. I'll share an incident that captures the special person was.

My mother — the wonderful woman who adopted me despite already having four children of her own — was a bright, educated and deeply thoughtful person. So she had been planning for my arrival from the orphanage in many ways. When I arrived from Korea as her new son, I was nearly 7 years old, and my mother knew that Koreans did not eat the same breakfast that American's typically ate.

She reasoned that I was used to eating rice, not cold cereal with milk. But she didn't want to serve me rice, which she thought could reinforce a sense of not belonging; being treated as a foreigner, given non-typical America food. So she had a plan. She would ease me through the transition from steamed rice.

The very first day I was seated at the breakfast table surrounded by my new parents, brother and three sisters. Mother put her plan into action as all the pairs of blue eyes and faces framed by blonde hair looked on.

I didn't speak any English. I couldn't understand anything that anyone was saying to me. It was just so much noise. But I was old enough that I had internalized Korean customs and manners. Even though I knew that this was my new family, my Korean socialization urged me to remember that I needed to act like a guest in their house.

In Korea, there are many, many social rules covering all manner of situations and social settings. Everyone has a specific role. Two of the most important roles were host and guest. Other important roles were adult and child. As a child guest in a strange adult host's home, Korean custom demanded that I not complain, not refuse any offered food or gift and that I not leave any food unfinished.

My mother set down a small bowl of steaming hot oatmeal in front of me and placed a small spoon into it and stirred. She sat down and the entire family looked on expectantly. I looked from one set of blue eyes to the next around the table. I looked down at the bowl. There was nothing about the bowl of oatmeal that was remotely like rice. But to my mother's Midwestern way of thinking, it was similar — a very sensible conclusion in her world.

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I took a spoonful and put it in my mouth. My mother made excellent oatmeal, but to my Korean-reared palate, it was awful. Horrible. The texture, the taste, the stickiness of it were like nothing I had ever eaten. I wanted to spit it out. But I was a guest and the youngest child. I swallowed and almost threw up. I gagged and forced it down my esophagus. I took another spoonful and forced myself to swallow it too. I did this until it was all gone. I'd done my duty as a guest. Everyone around the table was smiling and making their weird English noises at me.

My life in America was off to a distasteful start.

But I had spent most of my life in Korea in near starvation. I lived with my Korean mother until she sent me to an orphanage to put me up for adoption when I was six. She had little choice. As a single mother of a mixed-race child, she was stigmatized and outcast and could find no other work than in American GI clubs. At times we were reduced to begging on the streets. She knew she could not support me and that I had little hope for a future in Korean society.

So I had learned, never to refuse food. No matter what.

The next day, the same thing happened. And the next. And the next. But the servings of oatmeal grew larger over time, eventually needing a bigger bowl. I somehow managed to choke down every bowl, leaving each clean of any leftovers. I thought this was some sort of American torture ritual that the youngest in a family must endure.

In Korea, there were customs that didn't allow children certain adult foods or to use adult terms for things until they had reached a certain age. I thought maybe it was similar in America. While everyone else in the family got to eat delicious looking cereal with milk, I thought I must be too young, and was relegated to this God awful, goopy oatmeal stuff. I endured this torture for six months. One day my mother asked me if I wanted to try some cereal, pointing to a box of raisin bran on the table. By now, I could speak English and I understood her offer fully. I leaped at the chance and grabbed the raisin bran box and poured myself a bowl full of it. Dad poured the milk, since I was too small to safely hold the heavy, large pitcher.

The first spoonful of raisin bran was pure heaven! The taste was nutty but sweet, the texture crunchy and the milk cool and quenching. I loved it! I must have eaten raisin bran for the next two years. To this day, it's my favorite cereal.

Years later, I came home for the first time from college. It was Christmas time and I came down for my first home cooked breakfast since going out of state for school. And there at my table place was a big steaming bowl of oatmeal.

"I thought I would make you a treat," Mom said. "You used to just love oatmeal when you first came from Korea! You would always clean your bowl and we kept having to give you bigger and bigger servings, because you would always eat it up." She smiled and gave one of her musical laughs. "I finally had to force you to try something different! But it's good to have you home. So I made this special — just the way I used to — just for you." She beamed.

My mother was a wonderful woman — bright and well educated. And deeply thoughtful and giving.

I didn't have the heart to tell her the truth. I sat down and ate, cleaning the bowl while my mother smiled.

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Submission + - SPAM: Actor Josh Zuckerman of The CW's Significant Mother Secretly Enjoys What...?

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I love this guy Josh Zuckerman. Not only does he have a cool name, but he forced me to look up big words that were never mentioned in my SAT prep courses. Now I can take these words and perhaps finally beat my hatchlings at Scrabble!

You're the lead in The CW's new comedy "Significant Mother". Describe your audition.

I was on location in New Orleans and had just finished filming my last scene in this movie. I called my manager and said, "What do I do now, I'm unemployed again." She replied, "Actually you're not. You just got an offer to play the lead role in a CW web series." (At the time, our show was intended to be just for the Internet). My response was, "Are you sure they offered it to the right Josh Zuckerman?" So I went back to the hotel and read the three initial scripts that were sent over to me and I believe I wrote back an emphatic "yes" that very day.

How long did it take from your initial audition until you officially were given the role?

Because this was a fortuitous instance where I was offered the role, I never physically met anyone involved in the project until the day I flew out of Los Angeles and up to Portland. That was about two weeks after I returned from New Orleans. I was really lucky to have our show land in my lap. It just happened to be that I had worked with the production company Alloy Entertainment in the past and they knew my work and knew me. In fact, I was told that before I was ever cast they had a photo of me up on their pitch board when they pitched the show to the CW!! I am fairly confident that had our show not initially been for the Internet, it would have been a lengthy audition process with callbacks and producer sessions and tests. Who knows if I would have made it through those hoops. So I am so thankful that it all played out the way it did.

Do you consider yourself a geek?

I am pretty geeky, yes. I like odd sub-culture activities, I am often socially inept, I wore glasses in high school. But I am a modern geek. Geek chic? I play the banjo (cool and geeky), I abhor germs, I play chess, I like 1000 piece puzzles, I am reading Harry Potter for the first time... And being geeky has become cool, no? At least that is what people assure me of. I feel like nowadays everybody I know has a smidge of geek in them. In other words, they have some odd niche or some obsessive tendencies.

What do you secretly enjoy?

I secretly enjoy being alone — hiking alone, skiing alone, walking along the beach alone, going to movies alone. Do not get me wrong, I like sharing my life with other people but sometimes I really enjoy being as alone as possible. Apart from that, strawberries and peanut butter.

Share a story with us about one of your childhood family vacations.

Has anyone ever said no? I will not do that but just curious. Let's family consistently lacks punctuality. I think my Mom missed the Pope once because she was curling her hair in the hotel. Anyway, one time we were traveling from Norway to Denmark on this overnight cruise-liner type ship. We drove our rental car into the belly of the ship along with hundreds of other vehicles. We walked around the ship, had dinner and went to bed knowing that we will have to be in our car and ready to drive it off the ship at 8 a.m. Instead, we awoke in our cabins at 8:10 a.m. with the command over the loud speakers, "Start your engines!" It was a scramble and we may have pissed some Danes or Norwegians off but we made it to the car and off that boat. [NOTE FROM AUTHOR: Josh, no one has ever said no to me because I'm adorable, except my hatchlings when I want them to get out of the pool.]

The Kyle XY and Desperate Housewives fans adore you. Why do you think that is?

Gosh, that is very sweet. Maybe with Kyle XY it's because I played a good loyal boyfriend to April Matson's character who happened to have a fun sense of humor. With Housewives, perhaps it is pity adoration for that long mop of hair. That and that my character in Housewives was emotionally damaged and sympathetic despite being a serial strangler.

Who do YOU adore?

In entertainment, I adore Ricky Gervais in Derek. His performance is unbelievably charming, funny and poignant. In life, I adore my girlfriend. She is the most adorable person I have ever met — from her silly jokes to her cute teeth to her little drawings.

Motorcycle or boat?

Boat. 100% boat. Sail boat preferably. It is less smelly and more adventurous to me. Call me old school but I would rather travel a thousand miles over the ocean almost entirely on wind than a thousand miles over a landscape just on gasoline.

Did you ever think you'd be doing interviews when you first decided to go into acting?

Never even crossed my mind. I mean maybe I thought people would ask me a couple questions about world peace like I was a Miss America contestant but that is it.

Were you confident as a kid?

Not at all. I definitely used to lean into my shyness when I was younger. I have it now as well but I always try to push myself to make social efforts and overcome it.

Did you ever graduate from college? Tell us about Princeton University.

I attended Princeton for one year. I almost dropped out after the first semester because I missed acting but my parents convinced me to finish out the year and put up a play to tide me over. So I did just that. Eugene O'Neil (another Princeton drop out, just saying) characterized his time at the school as the three B's: Booze, Books and Broads. I think that most succinctly summarizes my experience at Princeton. True to its reputation, it is an amazing (and gorgeous) academic school with terrific teachers and classes and opportunities. But it can also socially be a bit like Hollywood's representation of "ivy league".

Significant Mother is shot in Portland. What's it like being away from home?

It is like camp but with a lot of homework. You make a new group of friends and share this unique time together and then go your separate ways once your parents (or in this case, the town car) comes to pick you up and take you home. It is exciting to be on location but depending on the project you don't always have the time to explore wherever you are. The other thing about being away from home for me is that you can lose track of what is important to you. You can lose perspective. That is why it is important to keep in contact every so often with your friends and family while away so you do not forget that your life is bigger than that project you are working on. Side note, Portland is a fantastic place to visit. The food and the natural beauty in and around the city is absolutely worth the trip.

Tell us about your environmental causes.

I am a long time supporter of organizations like NRDC, EarthJustice, Global Green, and Environment California. And I am also a big advocate of individuals doing everything they can on a daily basis to limit their negative impact on the environment. To me, it comes down to respect and awareness. When we cultivate respect for our environment and our resources and we become aware of how our choices can affect the world around us, then we can make choices with our pocketbooks, our voting books, our talking points, and our habits that help preserve our planet.

What was it like working with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show?

Ellen was wonderful to me. I had this bit non-speaking role and she came up to me after we had filmed it, thanked me for being there and then said that they were going to write a line for me. She essentially upped my role from glorified extra to co-star in one kind gesture.

Did you get to meet Alan Rickman when you worked on the film CBGB?

Oh yes I did. And let me tell you, he is everything you want him to be. I have a couple stories about Mr. Rickman but the most colorful was a night where I joined him and some other cast members for a drink after work. At some point the conversation turned to ice cream and the famous Savannah, Georgia ice cream Parlor Leopold's came up. We all decided we'd like some ice cream but Leopold's had just closed. Au contraire. Apparently Rickman had a connection to Leopold's so he called them up and they reopened for us to come in and have some sundaes.

Anything else you'd like to say?

Hi Mom!

Also, Significant Mother is a terrific show. From our co-creators Erin Cardillo and Rich Keith who wrote such hilarious and smart material, to our fearless director Tripp Reed, to our jaw-droppingly talented cast: Krista Allen, Nathaniel Buzolic, Jonathan Silverman, Emma Fitzpatrick and Jay Ali. I'm very proud to be a part of it. And I'm excited for people to see it. We premiere Mondays starting August 3 at 9:30/8:30 central on CW. Twitter @cwmother and Instagram @cwsignificantmother

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