If you want a window into the things that entertain us and worry us I think the most emailed list on the New York Times electronic edition makes interesting reading. Today I not only enjoyed reading the most emailed articles but I got a chuckle out of the mix of articles that we felt the need to email to a friend.
The first article on the most emailed list is Personal Health: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All That Stuff. It is an article about a self help book that the reviewer says really helped her with what she called her "life long tendency to accumulate too much of nearly everything that I considered potentially useful to me or someone else sometime in the future." I guess the fact that this is the number one most emailed article explains why the show Hoarders is so popular. Apparently everyone thinks they know someone who 'collects' too much stuff.
The second article on the list is Lives Restored: Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight. It is an article about "Marshe Linehan of the University of Washington, creator of a treatment used worldwide for severely suicidal people". This is also a fascinating article. Surely it being on the most emailed list is a sign of how many of us worry about a loved one who struggles with mental issues.
Number three on the list is Vital Signs: Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality I guess I'm not the only one who worries about what I can do to live a longer healthier life. I emailed this one to my husband!
Just in case you were worried that this insight into our collective consciousness is not very much fun the remaining six articles on the NY Times most emailed list are about food! Clearly healthy food is not as much fun as guilty pleasures. Number four is Recipe: Homemade Twinkies, number five is Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes With Cream Filling, and number six is Recipe: Homemade Fritos, They make me want to start baking right now. Number seven is an entertaining article about the woman who researched and tested all these guilty pleasure recipes including number eight which sounds really good Recipe: Fauxreos. Numbers nine and ten are recipes for Korean Pork not nearly as fun as fake Oreos!