Rank of sense of humor on the list of qualities that people find attractive in a person, topping other traits such as physical appearance and intelligence, according to a study conducted by TV Land: 1
Percentage of people who agree that laughter, as a personality trait, can open doors and create opportunities in the workplace: 70
Percentage of people who agree that everyone needs laughter in their life: 92
Source: TV Land.
Percentage of moms who say that showing their child how to be compassionate and kind is the most important task of parenthood, followed by helping their child learn to be his/her most authentic self (28%) -- both ranking higher than raising a successful high achiever or a person of high intelligence, according to a Meredith Corp. PARENTS values study: 50
Percentage of moms who are confident in their parenting and rate their skills as "excellent" or "very good": 51
Percentage who rate their skills as "good": 34
Percentage of moms who say that kids today are less happy than kids of past generations -- with many attributing the decline to technology, social media addiction, bullying and parental issues: 65
Source: Meredith Corp.
Number of Valentine's Day cards exchanged every February 14th (and this doesn't even including all those kids' valentines exchanged in classrooms!), according to Hallmark: 145 million
Ranks of teachers, children, mothers and wives on the list of people who receive the most Valentine's Day cards: 1, 2, 3, 4
Approximate percentage of Valentine's Day cards that are purchased by women: 85
Every Valentines' Day, number of letters addressed to Juliet that are received in the Italian city of Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": about 1,000
Ranks of family, their own health and their children as the things Americans are most thankful for, according to a survey by Gallup: 1, 2, 3
Source: Gallup Organization.
Percentage of Americans who say that a chuckle best describes their laugh, according to a survey by Opinion Research Corp. for Polaroid: 41
Percentage who say they have a giggle: 31
Percentage who say they cackle: 8
Percentage who say that they guffaw: 6
Percentage who say they snort for a laugh: 3
Source: Opinion Research Corp.
Rank of having pride in one's organization on the list of happiness drivers for workers -- those who feel proud of their organization are three times more likely to be happy than those who are not, according to the findings of a study of U.S. and Canadian workers by Robert Half: 1
Ranks of feeling appreciated and being treated with fairness and respect on the list: 2, 3
Ranks of a sense of accomplishment, interesting and meaningful work, and positive workplace relationships on the list: 4, 5, 6
Source: Robert Half International.
Amount that NFL players playing for the winning team get paid in the 2023 Super Bowl, according to research from Draft Kings: $157,000
Amount that each player on the losing team receives: $82,000
Source: Draft Kings.
While Valentine's Day has been historically reserved for established couples, percentage of Americans who would be willing to go on a first date on Valentine's Day, according to a survey commissioned by Boston Beer Company and conducted online by The Harris Poll: 70
Percentage who think going on a first date on Valentine's Day could be fun: 76
Source: Harris Interactive.
Percentage of fitness-conscious Americans who would still work out even if they could be fit and healthy without doing so, according to a study conducted by Great Blue Research for Zoom: 76
Average amount that men will spend on gifts this Valentine's Day, according to Bankrate: $339
Average amount that women will spend: $64
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." -- Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)