Life Evaluation

Feeling Younger Than You Are? It May Help You Live Longer

People who say they feel younger than they are tend to live longer, CNN reported Dec. 17. British researchers who studied 6,489 people with an average age of 65.8 years for eight years found that 14 percent of those who reported feeling younger than their chronological age died, compared to 24 percent of those who said […]

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E-Cigarettes Top Tobacco Smokes Among Teens

More teens are trying electronic cigarettes than regular tobacco ones, the first time that has occurred, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey. The Associated Press reported Dec. 16 that about 9 percent of 8th-graders said they had tried e-cigarettes within the past month, compared to just 4 percent who tried a tobacco cigarette. […]

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Envy ‘Morning People’? Become One

Arising with the sun has its advantages, such as getting a workout (or some work) done before other people are even out of bed. But early rising doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so DailyBurn offers some tips on how to make yourself into a morning person: Get plenty of sleep: Start by moving your bedtime 15 […]

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Heavy Drinking Not Just a Problem for Alcoholics

Regularly drinking to get drunk may not necessarily make you an alcoholic, but it still puts you in the category of ‘problem drinker,’ the New York Times reported Nov. 20. Men who consume five or more drinks in one sitting or 15 drinks or more per week are considered excessive drinkers, as are women who […]

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Heart Risk and Unhappy Marriages

Older people, and especially older women, are at increase risk of heart disease if they are unhappy spouses, CNN reported Nov. 21. Researchers who studied married people ages 57 to 85 found that bad marriages did more damage to coronary health than good marriages did to prevent heart disease. The impact of marital strife may […]

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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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