Life Evaluation

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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In Most Relationships, Shared Chores = More Sex

Couples who share responsibility for household chores tend to have more sex than those who don’t, Today reported Aug. 15. Researchers found small but significant benefits in sexual activity and satisfaction when couples split chores more evenly as opposed to conventional arrangements where the wife or female partner did most of the housework. So-called egalitarian […]

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Adopt a Pet for Better Health

Adopting a cat, dog, or other pet is a win-win: the animal gets a loving home, and you’ll receive companionship as well as a variety of health benefits. CNN reports that pet owners: get more exercise have less stress and more self-esteem may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease could have fewer allergies if […]

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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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