Life Evaluation

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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U.S. Communities with the Best and Worst Well Being

Orem, Utah and Boulder, Colo., top the annual list of communities with the highest levels of well-being in the U.S., according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. According to the report, the top 10 communities for well-being in 2012-13 were: Provo-Orem, Utah Boulder, Colo. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. Honolulu, Hawaii San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. Ann Arbor, Mich. […]

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Mobile Devices Set Stage for Bad Parenting

“My kids are always texting” is a common refrain among parents, but we all know it’s not just teens tapping away at those smartphones and tablets. The Los Angeles Times reported March 10 that researchers who studied interactions between parents and their children at fast-food restaurants found that the adults who were most absorbed with […]

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Time Spent on Looks Doesn’t Always Translate to Self-Esteem

Beauty may be only skin deep, but maintaining that outward appearance is a big job, especially for women. Today reported Feb. 24 that the average American woman spends nearly an hour a day applying makeup and otherwise maintaining their appearance. Despite all that effort, however, the Today/AOL Real Body Image Survey found that 60 percent […]

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Why Diets Fail, and How to Avoid the Pitfalls

“Why isn’t my diet working?” is an all-too-common question, and dietitian Cynthia Sass has some possible answers. Health.com reported Jan. 17 that Sass cites several reasons why new diets fail, including: Choosing a diet that doesn’t fit you. With so many choices — from caveman diets to no carbs to Mediterranean — you need to […]

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Choose Your Workout Carefully to Stick with Your Resolutions

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Research suggests that many people give up on their fitness goals within two weeks of the ball dropping in Times Square, so if you’re still getting to the gym, congratulations! According to the New York Times, about half of us give up on our New Year’s fitness goals […]

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Four Keys to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Already feeling a little shaky about keeping your New Year’s resolutions? Here are some helpful tips for strengthening your willpower and resolve from the New York Times: Make a concrete plan: it helps implant your intentions in memory and makes them harder to ignore. Put something you value on the line: for some, this could […]

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Don’t Let Your Life Be Defined by Regret

It may not be possible to live life completely without regrets, but a little mindfulness can help you keep the list shorter when you get older. Buzzfeed recently compiled a list of regrets you should try to avoid, including: not traveling when you had the chance staying in bad relationships forgetting to use sunscreen failing […]

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