Life Evaluation

For Efficiency’s Sake, Swing Your Arms When You Run

Do you swing your arms when you run? It may seem like arm-swinging expends more energy, but researchers say it actually makes running more efficient, the New York Times reported July 23. Researchers studied the biomechanics of runners on a treadmill and compared an arm-swinging running motion to three alternatives: with arms loosely behind the back; […]

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Aging Increases Acceptance of Appearance

One of the benefits of aging is that you learn to love yourself more, and that includes how you look. Two out of three people over age 65 say they are happy with their appearance, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, compared to 61 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds and 54 percent of 35- to […]

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U.S. Social Well-Being Tops Financial

Americans are better off socially than financially, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The poll found that 41 percent of those surveyed were thriving in their social relationships, while just 16 percent were suffering (reporting low levels of social well-being). When asked about their financial health, 39 percent were thriving but 23 percent were suffering; […]

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Well-Being Now Part of Colleges’ Pitch

Campus wellness activities are getting prominent play in college recruiting efforts, alongside more traditional aspects of undergraduate life like academics, housing, and sports. USA Today reported June 22 that schools like George Mason University have built well-being goals into their long-term planning as they look to define academic success as more than the prospect of […]

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‘Short Man’s Syndrome’? It May Mean Longer Life

Seems like Randy Newman got it all wrong: not only do short people have a reason to live, they may outlive those who are less vertically challenged. Newser reported May 18 that a protective version of a gene called FOXO3, associated with insulin regulation, tumor suppression, and better protection of cells from oxidative stress, also is […]

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Getting a Green Lawn Without Chemicals

Spring is the season to get out and fertilize your lawn … or maybe not, if you want to save money and perhaps your health, too. Diane Lewis a physician and the founder of the Great Healthy Yard Project, wrote in the New York Times on May 11 that chemicals like glyphosate, carbaryl, malathion and 2,4-D […]

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$500 Billion Now Spent on Wellness Travel

All vacations are wellness travel on some level, but trips designed specifically to enhance your physical, mental and spiritual well-being has become a booming business worldwide, growing far beyond the classic spa holiday of the past. Forbes reported April 9 that 14 percent of all tourism revenue is now derived from wellness travel, a trend […]

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Want to Be Happy? Practice Gratitute, Mindfulness, and Kindness

There may be no single road to happiness, but certain habits can increase your odds of facing each day with a positive outlook. Time reported April 4 that feeling grateful about the good things in your life is at the top of the list: research shows that gratitude not only will make you happier but […]

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Can You Exercise Your Way to Better Financial Health?

Healthcare-related debt is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States, so staying fit and adopting healthy lifestyle changes should be a critical component of your long-term financial strategy. The Columbia Tribune reported March 31 that a long-term financial advisor recommends: brushing and flossing your teeth daily to avoid expensive root canals and […]

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Happy Outlook and Healthy Habits

Optimism can be a positive force for women who are making healthy lifestyle changes, Reuters reported March 28. Researchers found that women enrolled in a nutrition program who were the most optimistic improved their diet by 1.8 points (on a 1-100 scale), while the least-optimistic women improved their diet by 1.4 points. Among women making […]

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