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You might be able to prevent summer colds. Reseach suggests that adopting this one habit, plus cleaning your desk and countertops with disinfectant wipes once a day, is enough to slash your risk of picking up cold germs by 45% or more!
Begin your meal with a bowl of cold gazpacho or a broth-based soup, and your calorie intake for the whole meal will plunge by up to 20%, research suggests. Liquid fills you up, so you're less likely to overeat. And remember to sip the soup slowly as it takes the brain about 20 minutes to register fullness.
If you're buying a beach umbrella, tent, sun hat or similar item, choose something red, blue, violet, lavender or pink.
If you need a quick pick-me-up, take five minutes to enjoy your garden. British researchers found that folks who spent time surrounded by greenery were71% happier than those who spent time at an indoor mall. Credit goes to nature's ability to soothe your senses and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Even small shortfalls of stress-busting magnesium can trigger irritability, according to a USDA study. Luckily, upping your intake of the mineral-found in abundance in avocados - is all it takes to break the stress cycle.
I absolutely love independent films and discovered a very inexpensive way to see them. Over the weekend, I discovered Amazon Prime. Not only do you get free two-day shipping on all orders, but you have unlimited streaming of over 5,000 movie selections. For $79 a year. So far, I've seen several independent films and I know I'll get my money's worth from this membership. I stream it on both desktop and laptop, if I'm traveling. (you can also hook it up to your TV)
This activates the left side of the brain, signaling the nervous system to produce mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine, Universtiy of Miami researchers report. It also reduces production of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in a better mood in less than five minutes.
I never realized how much I walk. And doing so, have recently joined the advertiser here on SP - Audible - to get motivational audio books. I've been listening to them as I walk each day and I really enjoy it at lot. Not only do I now look forward to the exercise more, but also to hearing the rest of the book. I don't spend a lot of time in the car, but I do spend a lot of time walking, so why not hear a "book?"