There's an old saying that people should avoid talking about religion and politics at the dinner table . . . because it makes other people uncomfortable.
--But according to a new study out of the U.K., there are seven things we like talking about even LESS. Although most of them have to do with either sex or money.
--Here are the 10 topics we don't like discussing, and the percentage of people who are uncomfortable talking about them.
#1.) Our sex lives: 32% said they were uncomfortable discussing it.
#2.) Our infidelity: 31%.
#3.) The state of our finances: 28%.
#4.) Our salary: 25%.
#5.) Family planning: As in, "When are you going to have a baby?" 19%.
#6.) Our relationship with our current partner: 18%.
#7.) The value of our home: 16%.
#8.) Politics: 13%.
#9.) Serious illness: 9%.
#10.) Religion: 7%.
We all lie so much, we don't even think about it. Sure, you might feel bad if you tell a BIG lie . . . like "Yeah, I remembered to pick up the kids. On an unrelated note, I need to go out this second and, um, buy some milk." Otherwise, no.
--But it turns out those lies are BAD FOR YOU. And according to a new study out of Notre Dame . . . the college in Indiana, not the cathedral . . . the average person tells 11 LIES per week.
--In the study, they had people ages 18 to 71 try their best not to tell ANY lies for 10 weeks. By the end of the study, those people were averaging about one lie per week. And . . . their overall HEALTH had improved.
--In the 10 weeks of trying not to lie, the average person had about three fewer physical complaints, and four fewer mental health complaints.
--The theory here is obvious: Even if you don't think about your lies, the stress that comes from telling them takes a toll on you.
--The study is based on the percentage of each gender who are considered INACTIVE. That's defined as doing less than 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week.
--Worldwide, 31.1% of adults are inactive . . . meaning they get little to no exercise. 34% of women are inactive versus 28% of men.
--In the U.S., 40.5% of adults are inactive . . . that's significantly higher than the global average of 31.1%. And that includes almost HALF of American women, at 47.4%. For American men, 33.5% are inactive.
--Malta is the laziest country in the world with an inactivity rate of 71.9%. (--Malta is a small European island country in the Mediterranean.)
--Bangladesh is the least-lazy country, with an inactivity rate of only 4.7%.