Before you take your dog swimming…

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…know that these breeds don’t do well in water:

Pugs. They have such short nasal passages they can experience breathing difficulties and easily drown.

Don’t swim with bulldogs, either. Their bodies are so dense and compact, they can sink.

Next: Dachshunds and Basset Hounds. Their short legs make swimming difficult.

Finally, keep your Maltese out of the pool. They can paddle just fine – but prolonged exposure to wetness and cold can give them arthritis.

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Don’t skip your morning coffee!

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If skipping your morning coffee makes you feel grumpy, or even depressed, it’s not your imagination. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found drinking 2 to 4 cups of caffeinated coffee improves mood. It can reduce the risk of depression by 20%, and cuts the risk of suicide in half! The researchers say caffeine acts as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.

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What carbonated beverage do you choose when flying?

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Why are people more likely to order ginger ale on a plane than on the ground? Some people think that’s because ginger is known to relieve nausea, like from motion sickness or anxiety. But the ginger ale on planes doesn’t contain any ginger… or if it does, it’s trace amounts of ginger concentrate for flavoring. So it’s not providing the medicinal benefits. So why pick ginger ale?

It’s more likely the placebo effect at work. We THINK it’s going to make us feel better, so it does. But really, ANY carbonated drink would make us feel better. Because, according to neurobiologist Dr. E. Carstens from UC Davis, when the carbon dioxide bubbles pop on your tongue, they react with an enzyme on your taste buds and create carbonic acid. Like most acids, the carbonic acid hurts a little, but it’s a good hurt because it makes your brain release feel-good endorphins.

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Do you know your blood type?

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It could be the reason you’re targeted by mosquitoes! People with Type-O blood are 83% more likely to be bitten, because their skin secretes a chemical marker mosquitoes can detect from 50 meters away. What else makes you a mosquito magnet? Drinking. Alcohol raises body temperature – making you more visible to mosquitoes.

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Want to be happier and healthier?

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Get out in the world and TALK to people! Researchers at the University of Arizona found the happiest people spent 25% less time alone, and a whopping 70% more time engaged in face-to-face conversations. That’s because heartfelt conversations help us connect with our emotions, which creates closer bonds with others and triggers a boost in our health and happiness.

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Get better sleep using earplugs!

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Put away the sleeping pills because all you may need to get better sleep are earplugs! Researchers at Harvard University recently found the key difference between sound sleepers and light sleepers is this: The brains of light sleepers stay more alert… which causes them to wake up at the slightest sound – from a dripping faucet, to the neighbors arguing next door, to the dog’s snoring. But light sleepers who are able to block out noise with earplugs are much more likely to sleep soundly.

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If you’re feeling hot and want to cool off…

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…search for hashtags on Instagram like “Polar Plunge,” “Snow,” and “Ice”. Or watch a movie like “Fargo,” “Mystery Alaska,” or “March of the Penguins.” Because just seeing other people who are cold makes us cold too. In a study, people who watched others plunge their hands into ice water saw their own body temperature drop. That’s because we’re naturally empathetic – and seeing something happen to others, like shivering in the cold, triggers our neurons to mirror whatever that person is feeling.

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Let’s all agree that bee stings can really hurt!

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But some spots on the body are much more painful than others. So listen to this: Cornell University honeybee researcher Michael Smith has actually subjected himself to hundreds of bee stings. For several months, he started and ended each day with a sting on his forearm, which he designated as “average pain.” And then he tested out different body parts in between, while comparing the level of pain to his baseline, which was the forearm bee sting.

The result: The most-painful places to get stung by a bee, according to our expert, are: The nostril, the upper lip, your private parts, the palm of your hand, your cheek, and your armpit. And the least painful places for a bee sting are the top of the skull, the tip of the middle toe, upper arm, buttocks, and calf.

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Once you lose weight, your favorite foods may not thrill you as much.

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For example, a Stanford University study found people were significantly less likely to crave salty foods after losing weight. That’s because fat produces hormones that makes our taste buds less sensitive, and food less satisfying. Translation? When you’re slimmer, you’ll be just as happy eating a handful of potato chips as you were when you were heavier, and ate the whole bag!

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