Secrets of Success

20

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Prevent a Summer Cold by Easing Up on the A/C

Constantly feeling chilled narrows blood vessels in the nose, which prevents infection-fighting immune system cells from reaching your sinuses.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

16

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Get Rid of Germs By Gargling

Simply gargling with plain tap water twice a day will cut your risk of infection in half by flushing out invading viruses before they can attach to throat cells.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

14

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Wash Hand 5 Times a Day to Fight Summer Colds

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!

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

33

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Trick Your Brain with Soup

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 ...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

46

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Colors that Help Prevent Sunburn

If you're buying a beach umbrella, tent, sun hat or similar item, choose something red, blue, violet, lavender or pink.
A recent study of identical fabrics in different colors reveals that these hues filter the most UV rays, according to the journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Resear...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

31

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

De-Stress by Sitting In Your Garden!

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 hormo...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

30

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Cure the Crankies with Guacamole

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.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

35

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Rent DVD's for Pennies!

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 ...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

78

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Feel Happier By Massaging Your Right Hand

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.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

17

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Use Audible (a SP advertiser) While You Walk

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 res...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment
Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.