85% of us feel happy every day.

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That’s according to a new study from Princeton University. But if you’re one of the 15% who usually feels down, stick a few baby pictures in your wallet or keep them on your phone. Don’t have kids? Photos of other people’s babies and even baby animals can do the trick. The reason? A study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found looking at baby pictures activates a part of the brain associated with positive emotions, which can boost your mood almost instantly.

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Which of these has the most germs…

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A door you push open, or one you pull? Microbiologist Dr. Adam Roberts says a pull-handle is 5 times more contaminated. Because our fingertips, the dirtiest part of our hand, are more likely to touch a pull-handle. While we typically push with our palm.

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On your next airplane flight, pack this in your carryon bag:

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A tennis ball. That’s the recommendation of Travel & Leisure magazine.

Because it may be exactly what you need to survive your flight without getting muscle cramps, a blood clot or jet lag.

We all know sitting for an extended amount of time wreaks havoc on our health. That’s why orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ali Ghoz says we should travel with a tennis ball. To increase circulation, roll it over your shoulders, lower back, legs, and the bottoms of your feet. That’ll help get your blood flowing again, even if you can’t get up and walk around every hour.

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These foods can protect your hearing:

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Sweet potatoes: Their beta-carotene content, which most orange-fleshed foods have, is linked to a lower risk of hearing loss.

Also: Spinach. It’s a great source of iron, which can reduce the risk of hearing loss.

Finally: Almonds. The magnesium they contain counteracts the hearing loss caused by loud noises.

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Indoor plants are a proven mood booster!

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Whether it’s a fern, English ivy or even a succulent, like aloe, being surrounded by greenery prompts an immediate mood lift, and lowers your risk of depression. According to the University of Michigan, our brains are naturally primed to release feel-good chemicals in the presence of nature, and it also triggers a relaxation response. Even when we’re stressed! Being near greenery also increases our ability to concentrate, makes us more productive, and boosts memory by 20%.

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Why you should keep a digital food diary.

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Keeping a digital food diary is better than jotting down what you eat on paper. According to Arizona State University, people who use an app keep better track of what they eat. They make more detailed notes and do it more often. And that’s a big deal if you’re dieting. Because the more focused you are, the more effective it is at controlling weight. A couple apps to try are “Lose It” and “MyNetDiary.”

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Want to reduce physical pain?

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Listen to music! Researchers at the University of Utah Pain Research Center measured the effect of music on people who received painful – yet harmless – electrical shocks to their fingertips. The result: Those who focused on the music, and followed the melodies, or concentrated on the lyrics felt less pain than those who weren’t hearing music. The reason? Because music triggers emotional responses and captures people’s attention, which is a distraction. Music also activates sensory pathways to the brain that compete with pain pathways. So fewer pain signals actually get through.

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Working out boosts life satisfaction.

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But what the heck does that mean? It’s a measure of how closely your current life aligns with how you want your life to be – in terms of health, wealth and happiness. And that life satisfaction lift comes instantly after we exercise. It helps people feel more in charge of their lives. And the more consistently you exercise, the greater your overall life satisfaction will be.

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Lying can cause diarrhea.

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First of all, research shows 95% of women admit they’ve withheld information from loved ones AND lied to someone close to them. But even the lies we consider harmless – like, ‘Yes, I love your meatloaf!’ – can cause anxiety and body achesespecially if you feel guilty about lying. Dr. Deirdre Fitzgerald is a professor of behavior analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. And she says, even lies to save face – or save someone else from embarrassment – can weaken the immune system, causing headaches, back pain, and yes, diarrhea.

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