Life Evaluation

How to Make You Life as Simple as a Child’s

Are the habits, attitudes, and outlook you’ve developed over the years quietly making your life more difficult than it should be? To find out, ask yourself these critical questions, posed by The Mind Unleashed. Are you: Looking to others for answers only you can give yourself? Letting others make you feel guilty for living your […]

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Hints on Making Changes Stick

Already contemplating your New Year’s resolutions? Health magazine has some good tips on how to keep those good promises to yourself about eating and living better: Learn your triggers and break your unhealthy habits: If your normal routine is to snack in front of the TV after work, for example, keep the TV off and go out […]

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How to Choose Happiness

It may be an oversimplification to say that happiness is entirely a choice, but you certainly can make your life happier by making healthier choices. Writing in PsychCentral, psychotherapist Joyce Marter advises: Don’t attach your happiness to anything external. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Give and share what you can, whenever you can. Receive openly, […]

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Be Mindful About Your Food Cravings

Learn what your craving cues are and you’ll be on the way to better controlling what you eat, DailyBurn reported Oct. 28. The next time you crave food, mindfully consider: Am I really hungry right now? Does my body need this food? The answer may be yes — a possible sign of a nutritional deficit. […]

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Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

A baby girl born in the U.S. will live an average of nearly five years longer than a baby boy born at the same time —  81.2 years versus 76.4 years — Health reported Oct. 23. Here’s some reasons why: Boys develop more slowly in utero, so they’re more likely to die if born prematurely. Men […]

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Happy Family Meals, Less Obesity

Are your family meals calm or chaotic? Kids who sit down to dinner where the conversation is pleasant and encouraging and the atmosphere sedate tend to have fewer problems with weight control, according to researchers. HealthDay News reported Oct. 13 that the findings from a University of Minnesota study were based on videos of meals […]

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Mindfulness Can Aid Decisionmaking

Ideally, there’s a period of contemplation that takes place before you make a decision in your life, but you may want to practice a big of mindfulness, as well, the New York Times reported Sept. 29. If you’re finding that there’s a gulf between your intentions and your actions, consider how quickly you tend to […]

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U.S. Life Expectancy Up in 2012, CDC Says

The average American can now expect to live to 78.8 years old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 2012 data, the most recent available, represents an increase of 0.1 year from 2011. Women can expect to live to age 81.2, while men live an average of 76.4 years. The […]

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Worldwide, Study Finds a Lack of Purpose

Purpose well-being — liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals — is a key indicator of happiness, but it’s an area where many people around the world fall short, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Worldwide, just one in five people is considered to be thriving in terms of a […]

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For Happiness, Makes Actions Match Words

People say that experiences, not possessions, equal happiness, but they nonetheless are more likely to spend their money on toys rather than travel, Scientific American reported Aug. 24. Researchers say that items are chosen over experiences because their value is more easily quantifiable, whereas people have trouble gauging the economic value of experiential purchases. The […]

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