4 Ways to Create Happiness

4 Ways to Create Happiness

We all want to live happier lives, but happiness is not something that is acquired through getting what you want. Happiness is something that we create. Feeling happy is a choice that we get to make every day. In just the same way, feeling unhappy is also a choice we get to make every day. While some days don’t warrant feelings of happiness, if we find ourselves continually choosing unhappiness day after day, eventually we may find ourselves leading a…

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Does Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Lead to Childhood Behavioral Issues?

Does Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Lead to Childhood Behavioral Issues?

A new study suggests a link between the use of a popular pain control drug during pregnancy and high rates of behavioral issues in children. What does this mean for pregnant women? Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in many pain relief medications. While other drugs may not be suitable for pregnant women, products containing acetaminophen can be used by expectant mothers seeking pain relief for headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, fever or cold symptoms. The medication is considered safe, and there…

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Cultivating the Happiness Habit

Cultivating the Happiness Habit

New research increasingly shows a link between positive emotions and good physical health. It may be a case of chicken and egg—people who are happier tend to cultivate healthier habits and those who practice healthy habits report greater happiness—but health and happiness are clearly connected. There are also simple practices that will boost both your happiness and your health. How Happiness Affects Health The role of negative emotions on health has long been studied, with clear evidence that serious, sustained…

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Allergic to flossing? It can happen, small study finds

Allergic to flossing? It can happen, small study finds

A Winnipeg researcher says that some people actually have a flossing allergy that affects the gums, but it’s very rare. Many Canadians like to joke that they are “allergic to flossing,” which is why they never do it. A report earlier this month seemed to let them off the hook, revealing there wasn’t a lot of evidence to support the practice. Many dentists immediately scrambled to insist that flossing is as important as ever for preventing gum disease. But a…

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Is Your Diet Making You Aggressive?

Is Your Diet Making You Aggressive?

Do you find yourself angry and irritable more often than you’d like? Does your mood swing out of control at certain times of day? While larger issues could be at play, the cause of your increase in agitation and aggression could be your diet. Let’s take a look at the foods that are most likely responsible for an increase in aggression: Unhealthy fats Studies have shown that consumption of trans fats interrupts fat metabolism in the brain, leading to aggressive…

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What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t

What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t

When asked the question: “Do you take care of yourself?” most of us will answer yes — we’d even think, “What kind of question is this? Of course I care about myself.” When asked, “In what ways do you take care of yourself?” — well, that’s where the tricky part begins. What is self-care? Self-care is any activity that we deliberately do in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. Although it’s a simple idea in…

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Does Your Gut Bacteria Affect Weight Loss? Simplifying The Science

Does Your Gut Bacteria Affect Weight Loss? Simplifying The Science

Researchers have learnt so much about our gut bacteria in the last decade. The potential effects they have on health is quite extraordinary. Some suspect they may have a strong influence on metabolic diseases, including obesity. This article looks at how gut bacteria may affect weight, as well as what you can do about it. The potential effects they have on health is quite extraordinary. Some suspect they may have a strong influence on metabolic diseases, including obesity. This article…

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The 12 Laws Of Karma

The 12 Laws Of Karma

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it. This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning. A person may not escape the consequences…

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What Are the Building Blocks of a Good Life?

What Are the Building Blocks of a Good Life?

These 5 elements can change your life for the better. I spent years studying damage, deficit and dysfunction in the human mind. I don’t remember once in my training hearing the words “joy,” “awe” or “wellbeing.” We talked about “happiness” but only in a negative sense. During a manic phase of bipolar illness, patients may experience excessive happiness. The diagnostic criterion of mania includes a persistently elevated or expansive mood and inflated self-esteem. This is a bad thing. It has…

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How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?

How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?

New study finds eating more fruits and vegetables improves happiness. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health has found that eating more fruits and vegetables can boost your happiness as much as going from being unemployed to employed. This research is one of the first and largest studies illustrating the power of nutrition, fruits and vegetables in particular, to improve mood and psychological well-being. Only one in four Americans eat the recommended amount of daily fruits…

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