The Best New Christmas Movies on Netflix

Netflix's new Christmas Chronicles 2 holiday movie

The full list of Netflix Christmas movies includes 17 new titles and we could not be more excited. While we hope they also bring back the classics from previous years, there’s nothing quite like finding a whole new plot to get lost in.

While each movie has its own holiday merit, I already have a few favorites on my must-watch list. At the top is Dash & Lily, a young adult novel series adaptation that follows two young people through the city of New York while they trade a notebook of personal truths and dares between them at various locations. It’s sweet, whimsical and full of that unique holiday romance. It’s set to premiere on November 10.

Another movie I’m looking forward to is Holidate, starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey, two strangers who make a pact to be each other’s “holiday date” for all relevant parties and get-togethers. It’s the perfect set up for all you rom-com lovers out there. Yeah, we might know exactly how it’s going to end, but…we just can’t help ourselves! Look for Holidate to premiere October 28.

The Full List of New Movies

Check out the entire list of Netflix Christmas movies for 2020 here:

  • Holidate, October 28
  • Operation Christmas Drop, November 5
  • Dash & Lily, November 10
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, November 13
  • Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas, November 18
  • The Princess Switch: Switched Again, November 19
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, November 22
  • The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, November 25
  • Sugar Rush: Christmas: Season 2, November 27
  • Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, November 27
  • The Holiday Movies That Made Us, December 1
  • Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem, December 3
  • The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 3, December 4
  • The Big Show Show: Christmas, December 9
  • Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love: Christmas, December 9
  • Home For Christmas: Season 2, TBA
  • How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding, TBA

Grab your favorite Christmas snacks. It won’t be long before it’s time to watch holiday movies!

Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/christmas-movies-on-netflix-2020/?_cmp=stf

Do This After Watching TV

Doing This After Watching TV Slashes Your Risk of Divorce, Study Says

One of the primary problems that destroys romantic relationships is poor communication—specifically on the subject of the relationship itself. When you and your partner avoid sharing your feelings and concerns about your relationship, it’s nearly impossible to find solutions that will bring you closer together and form a stronger connection where both parties’ needs are being met. And while this type of open, often vulnerable, communication can be difficult, there are ways to make it less intimidating. In fact, there’s one very easy way to lower your risk of divorce, according to an Oct. 2020 meta-analysis published in Journal of Contextual Behavioral Sciencewatch TV shows and movies featuring couples and talk about them.

For a 2013 study, psychologists looked at 174 couples to see how effective certain activities were at improving their relationships. The researchers divided the couples into four groups, assigning each group to either complete the highly regarded premarital relationship enhancement program (PREP); attend workshops offered by CARE, a program designed to build empathy and compassion; watch movies and discuss the onscreen relationships depicted; or do none of the above. Read on to see how the couples in each group responded.

Slide 1 of 5: One of the primary problems that destroys romantic relationships is poor communication—specifically on the subject of the relationship itself. When you and your partner avoid sharing your feelings and concerns about your relationship, it's nearly impossible to find solutions that will bring you closer together and form a stronger connection where both parties' needs are being met. And while this type of open, often vulnerable, communication can be difficult, there are ways to make it less intimidating. In fact, there's one very easy way to lower your risk of divorce, according to an Oct. 2020 meta-analysis published in Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science: watch TV shows and movies featuring couples and talk about them.For a 2013 study, psychologists looked at 174 couples to see how effective certain activities were at improving their relationships. The researchers divided the couples into four groups, assigning each group to either complete the highly regarded premarital relationship enhancement program (PREP); attend workshops offered by CARE, a program designed to build empathy and compassion; watch movies and discuss the onscreen relationships depicted; or do none of the above. Read on to see how the couples in each group responded. And for more factors that ruin a relationship, check out This Is the Age When Married Men Are Most Likely to Cheat.Read the original article on Best Life.

1. Watching and discussing movies that feature a romantic relationship lowered divorce rates.

According to the study’s findings, the couples who weren’t assigned to the workshops or movie-discussion exercise had a divorce or separation rate of 24 percent in the first three years of marriage. For those in the CARE, PREP, and movie-watching groups, the divorce rate was around 12 percent, a 50 percent decrease from the group that did nothing to improve their bond. That means that watching a few movies with your partner and then talking about them is just as effective at lowering your risk of divorce as attending time-consuming relationship workshops.

“Instead of doing these 14-hour workshops where they have to come to campus, [couples can improve their relationship by] just watching three movies at home and having discussions about their relationship that they ease into by talking about the relationship on screen first,” study co-author Ron Rogge, PhD, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at University of Rochester, said in a statement.

2. Dramas are the most effective genre.

The only necessary criteria for the films you choose for the exercise is that they prominently feature a romantic, ideally long-term, relationship, Rogge told People. However, Rogge says that dramas seem to be more effective than romantic comedies because in the latter, the characters typically don’t become a couple until the end. Some films used in the original 2013 study included True Lies, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and American Beauty.

3. And TV shows can serve as a similar form of couples therapy.

While the initial research focused solely on movies, Rogge says television shows are a perfectly acceptable alternative for busy couples with little free time to invest in a full-length feature. The important thing is the discussion that is sparked by whatever it is you and your partner choose to watch. 

4. The exercise also improved the relationships of unmarried couples.

Follow up research conducted in 2016 found that the positive impact of these discussions surrounding onscreen romantic relationships wasn’t limited to married couples, either. The exercise had a similar effect on unmarried couples at various relationship stages, the research analysis said.

Article by Paul Thompson. Photo by BestLife©

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/fitness/doing-this-after-watching-tv-slashes-your-risk-of-divorce-study-says/ss-BB1aGWbd?ocid=msedgntp#image=5

An Anxious Nation Waits

America’s day of reckoning is here at last. With the last swing-state polls published and the voting lines a few hours from dissipating, there isn’t much more to say about the candidates’ chances of victory on Tuesday night. 

a young man standing in front of a car: IMAGES Most wearing facemasks, voters go to the polls in Orlando, in the key state of Florida, to decide between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in an America divided to the extreme.While many early votes are believed to have been cast by Democrats, Trump's side is hoping for a massive wave of Republican supporters voting in person on Tuesday.

While Tuesday is formally Election Day, in reality Americans have been voting for weeks. With a huge expansion in mail-in voting to safeguard against the Covid-19 pandemic, some 100 million people have already made their choice.

Trump has lost ground among suburban women, who favor Biden by a double-digit margin, and his “law and order” response to protests for racial justice may have turned off many Black voters.

Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has also led to a potential loss of support among seniors.

Joe Biden standing posing for the camera: Democratic candidate Joe Biden says Americans are ready for his calmer presence

But Biden Inc.’s business interests are intertwined with those of China’s Communist oligarchs. Thus, “the Big Guy” seems not bloody likely to continue Trump’s unprecedented hard line against the Middle Kingdom on trade violations, intellectual-property theft, and East Asian maritime abuses.

And what about Biden’s Cabinet? After all, personnel is policy. Visualize Treasury secretary Elizabeth Warren, Labor secretary Bernie Sanders, and EPA administrator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Does anyone truly expect “moderate” Biden to resist the radical Left? The Squad, Pelosi, and a Democratic Senate would place Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and a zoo full of zany ideas on the Resolute desk and dare Biden to block those measures — if he still can lift his veto pen.

Trump’s defeat might yield much-craved “return to normal,” as network anchors calm down and congressional Democrats stop screaming “Russia! Russia! Russia!” Presumably, Trump’s Twitter machine would cool it, and his voice would fade into the background while he designs a beautiful, very special presidential library.

Until then, we wait for the final tally. Will it be for peace or tyranny?

Meditate deeply on that, then vote accordingly.

Veterans Month Events

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Veterans Month Events
Special Guests
Nov. 4 – Q&A with Marine Veteran & WWSuperstar Stephen Kupryk
Nov. 5 – “Chief Chat” with Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Jacobs
Nov. 6 – ViT Veterans Day Gala Broadcast w/ Snoop Dogg, Kevin O’Leary
Nov. 12 – “Chief Chat” with Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg
Nov. 24 – “Chief Chat” with Medal of Honor Recipients Gary Beikirch & Gary Littrell

Parades

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Virtual Parade Edinburg, Texas
Nov. 11 – New York City Veterans Day Events & Parade
Nov. 11 – 101st Annual Veterans Day Parade Leavenworth, Kansas
Nov. 11 – Virtual Charleston Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – Tarrant County Veterans Day Motorcade Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 11 – Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – Douglas County, Oregon Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – San Fernando Valley Virtual Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11 – Elma, Washington Veterans Day Parade
Celebrations/Observances
Nov. 1 –  All Veterans Tribute! – Emporia, Kansas
Nov. 5 – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Branson, Missouri
Nov. 5-10 – Veterans Village in Branson, Missouri
Nov. 5 – Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame
Nov. 5 – Virtual Flag Raising – Coatesville, PA
Nov. 5 – Vets for Vets Celebration Show in Branson, Missouri
Nov. 7 – 100th Veterans Day Celebration Warsaw, North Carolina
Nov. 7 – Cullman Veterans Day Celebration Vinemont, AL
Nov. 7 – Free Meal – VFW Post 6441 Wimberley, Texas
Nov. 7 – VETFEST Louisiana 2020
Nov. 7 – Carnegie, Pennsylvania Free Library American Legion Day
Nov. 7 – Orange, California Field of Valor 2020
Nov. 7 – Veterans Expo Celebration Henderson, Nevada
Nov. 7 – Veterans Vehicle Procession Auburn, Washington
Nov. 8 – Virtual Veterans Tribute Program Auburn, Washington
Nov. 10 – Hampton, Virginia Medical Center Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 10 – Bronx, New York Chamber of Commerce Veteran Heroes
Nov. 11 – ***National Observance Arlington National Cemetery***
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day 2020 Loveland, Colorado
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Commission Events Mobile, Alabama
Nov. 11 – Virtual Veterans Day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nov. 11 – Minnesota Virtual Veterans Day
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony New Jersey
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Celebration Norwalk, Connecticut
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony Green, Ohio
Nov. 11 – Virtual Indianapolis Veterans Day Service and Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Dayton, Ohio Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony St. Robert, Missouri
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony New Jersey
Nov. 11 – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Phoenix Virtual Veterans Day Celebration
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Ceremony Brea, California
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day at the National Korean War Veterans Memorial
Nov. 11 – Virtual Veterans Day Truckee, California
Nov. 11 – Virtual Remembrance Ceremony Auburn, Washington
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day 2020 Irvine, California
Nov. 11 – Connecticut Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 – Virtual Veterans Day Tribute Orange, California
Nov. 11 – Scouting Salute to Service Members and their Families
Nov. 16 – The Roll Call Punta Gorda, Florida
Employment
Nov. 2 – Virtual Career Fair for Veterans and Spouses
Nov. 3 – Texas Hiring Red, White and You, Virtual Job Fair Prep
Nov. 4 – Government Contracting Certifications for Veterans
Nov. 4 – Arming Vets to WIN in the Federal Marketplace
Nov. 5 – Tips for Dealing with Job Rejection
Nov. 6 – Ohio Veterans Hiring Overview
Nov. 10 – Amazon Entry Level and Hourly Jobs
Nov. 11 – Federal vs. Private Sector Employment
Nov. 12 – Vets@Medallia Fireside Chat on Tech Jobs
Nov. 12 – DC / Baltimore Virtual Career Fair for Veterans
Nov. 12 – Southern California Virtual Career Fair for Veterans
Nov. 16 – Birmingham, Alabama Veteran Virtual Hiring Event
Nov. 19 – Jacksonville, Florida Virtual Career Fair for Veterans
Nov. 19 – Dallas Virtual Career Fair for Veterans
Nov. 24 – National Virtual Career Fair for Veterans
#VetBiz
Nov. 2 – #VetBiz Pennsylvania Entrepreneurship & Veteran Owned Resources
Nov. 2 – Boots to Business Reboot (B2BR)
Nov. 2 – #VetBiz Connecticut Entrepreneurship Resources
Nov. 2 – Finding the Right Idea – Starting your #VetBiz
Nov. 2 – Leveraging Online Community as a #VetBiz
Nov. 2 – No Cost Business Resources for Veterans #VetBiz
Nov. 2 – The Best #VetBiz to Start Right Now!
Nov. 3 – Doing Business with the VA – #VetBiz
Nov. 3 – Missouri Veteran Entrepreneurs Listening Session
Nov. 3 – Everything You Need to Know About Marketing #VetBiz
Nov. 3 – Small Business Resources for Women #VetBiz
Nov. 4 – Resources for #VetBiz
Nov. 4 – 8th Annual Bootstraps to Briefcases Veteran Conference

Fitness
Nov. 6 – Moab, Utah Veterans Day Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking
Nov. 11 – Workout of the Day for Warriors with Team RWB
Nov. 11 – Suicide Awareness Bike Ride Across North Carolina

Museums & Tours
Nov. 7 – Historical Displays & Military Vehicles Centralia, Washington
Nov. 7 – Secrets and History of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Nov. 9 – Virtual Veterans Museum Showcase – Auburn, Washington
Nov. 11 – Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony at National Veterans Memorial
Nov. 11 – Lejeune Memorial Gardens Guided Tours & Veterans Walk of Honor
Nov. 11 – National Museum of Health and Medicine Virtual Veterans Day Tour
Nov. 11 – They Served: Stories From Veterans w/ First Division Museum

Special Events:
Nov. 8-14 – Veterans Film Festival
Nov. 10 – Southern Arizona Veterans Tele Town Hall
Nov. 10 – Military Caregivers in Action
Nov. 10 – Bridging the Divide: Women Who Serve
Nov. 14 – Celebrating Veterans and the Arts: A Virtual Concert
Nov. 17 – Military Child Education Summit 2020
Nov. 18 – Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best w/ Military Families
Nov. 20 – Olympia, Washington Veterans Stand Down

Food & Meals:
Nov. 10 – Coffee With a Vet – Eagle, Idaho
Nov. 10 – Sweet Treats for Vets – Auburn, Washington
Nov. 11 – Veterans Coffee Hour Fargo, North Dakota
Nov. 12 – Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution Detroit, Michigan
Nov. 13 – Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Food Distribution Charleston
Nov. 13 – Drive Through Veterans Appreciation Event Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nov. 13 – Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution Denver, Colorado
Nov. 19 – Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distribution San Antonio, Texas
Nov. 20 – Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Food Distribution Atlanta, Georgia
Nov. 20 – Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Food Distribution Orlando, Florida
*We’re adding more every day – check the events page often! VIEW ALL EVENTS
Source: VA News

Written Exposure Therapy: A Brief PTSD Treatment

Written Exposure Therapy: A Brief PTSD Treatment
Author(s): Denise M. Sloan, PhDBrian P. Marx, PhD

Description

Written Exposure Therapy (WET) is a brief, 5-session exposure-based psychotherapy for PTSD that is recommended by the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline. WET differs from other trauma-focused psychotherapies in its cost-efficiency and low treatment drop out.

This course reviews the theoretical mechanisms and development of WET, presenting the supporting and on-going research for WET as an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. The authors provide a comprehensive description of the WET protocol and its delivery and describe the type of patient who would be a good candidate.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe PTSD treatment
  • Discuss WET development
  • Describe on-going and future-planned WET studies
  • Identify appropriate patients for WET

Find a Therapist

Available en Español

Good treatments for PTSD are available. Here are some suggestions for finding a therapist, counselor, or mental health care provider who can help your recovery.

Things to Consider

  • If you are a Veteran, see Help for Veterans.
  • Make sure the provider has experience treating people who have been through a trauma.
  • Try to find a provider who focuses on evidence-based medications for PTSD or effective talk therapy for PTSD, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
  • Find out what type(s) of insurance the provider accepts and what you will have to pay (out-of-pocket costs) for care.
  • You may find more than one therapist. Learn about Types of Therapists.

First steps

  • Contact your family doctor to ask for a recommendation. Or, ask friends and family if they can recommend a therapist.
  • If you have health insurance, call to find out which mental health providers your insurance company will cover. Your insurance company may require that you choose a provider from among a list they maintain.

Finding a Provider Using the Internet

These resources can help you locate a therapist, counselor, or mental health provider who is right for you. Note: These resources can be used by anyone, and if you are a Veteran, see the “Help for Veterans” section below.

GET HELP FOR PTSD

If you need help right away:

Resource: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/find_therapist.asp

The No. 1 Thing Women Really Want in a Partner, According to Science

Slide 1 of 5: If you're single you already know: it's rough out there in today's dating market. For one thing, dating apps provide an endless stream of potential partners to choose from, which research shows only makes the selection and matching process harder. On top of this, you're contending with more timeless dating woes including questionable chemistry, mysterious motives, and baggage on both sides. Given that many men also report feeling generally mystified by what women want in a partner, it's a wonder anyone gets together in the end.Thankfully, a new study has shed some light on the question of what women want, and demystifying it may just help some people couple up. The study, published in Science Advances analyzed data from online dating exchanges and determined that in the hierarchy of desirable qualities, being highly educated was considered the most attractive quality in men."Desirability is associated with education most strongly for men, for whom more education is always more desirable," the researchers explained. Those with higher degrees had higher message rates from online daters, and tended to interact more with women who were themselves considered "highly desirable."As one article in The New York Times corroborates, marriage rates have been on the decline among men without college degrees. "For men without higher education, dwindling prospects in the labor market have made a growing percentage either unwilling to marry or unable to find someone to marry them," the authors wrote. They suggested that as women themselves attain higher levels of education, they're more interested in "a mate with more education and hence better financial prospects."That said, if you don't happen to hold a degree, don't despair: there are several more subjective qualities which women tend to rank as highly important in a potential partner, but are less likely to be included in this type of ranking. This means you may very well attract a partner with your wit, charm, or warmth—especially IRL, where she can get to know the person behind the profile. Read on for more qualities that women find most attractive, and for more on dating, check out You're Most Attractive to This Type of Person.
Article and photo by BestLife©

If you’re single you already know: it’s rough out there in today’s dating market. For one thing, dating apps provide an endless stream of potential partners to choose from, which research shows only makes the selection and matching process harder. On top of this, you’re contending with more timeless dating woes including questionable chemistry, mysterious motives, and baggage on both sides. Given that many men also report feeling generally mystified by what women want in a partner, it’s a wonder anyone gets together in the end.

Thankfully, a new study has shed some light on the question of what women want, and demystifying it may just help some people couple up. The study, published in Science Advances analyzed data from online dating exchanges and determined that in the hierarchy of desirable qualities, being highly educated was considered the most attractive quality in men.

“Desirability is associated with education most strongly for men, for whom more education is always more desirable,” the researchers explained. Those with higher degrees had higher message rates from online daters, and tended to interact more with women who were themselves considered “highly desirable.”

That said, if you don’t happen to hold a degree, don’t despair: there are several more subjective qualities which women tend to rank as highly important in a potential partner, but are less likely to be included in this type of ranking. This means you may very well attract a partner with your wit, charm, or warmth—especially IRL, where she can get to know the person behind the profile.

1. Kindness

If there’s one thing research shows women really want in a partner, it’s kindness. In fact, one international survey that polled over 14,000 people across 45 countries found that this was considered the single most important quality in a potential mate.

2. Intelligence

Intelligence and education are often intertwined, but they’re not the same thing—and research shows that many women value intelligence in a man regardless of whether there’s a degree to confer it. There are plenty of bright and curious people without top tier degrees, so be sure to share your other passions and accomplishments with pride.

3. Generosity

You can’t exactly put your generosity in your online dating profile, but if you demonstrate this desirable quality in person, research shows that women will notice. An August study from Indiana University found that this tends to create a “halo effect” that increases a man’s overall attractiveness. 

4. Confidence

While cockiness is likely to ultimately put women off, demonstrating confidence helps others buy in and see you through a rosier lens. Show off your best qualities while also taking ownership for your quirks or shortcomings—or in other words, just be yourself. Do that, and your odds of finding the right fit should multiply.

Article by Lauren Gray

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/career/the-no-1-thing-women-really-want-in-a-partner-according-to-science/ss-BB1azqK5?ocid=msedgntp#image=5