Reduce stress by listening to this music – LIVE!

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What can reduce stress in everybodyyoung, old, men, and women? Hearing classical music played LIVE! A study in the journal Public Health found people who attended a concert had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And that was even true for people who didn’t usually go to concerts or weren’t familiar with the music being played. It’s partly because classical music has been shown to lower heart and breathing rates… and partly because experiencing the same thing with others makes us feel part of a community – and that social support reduces stress.

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Feeling cranky?

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That could benefit your brain AND your wallet! Researchers found cranky-pants people tend to pay more attention to what’s going on around them, and ask more questions, which gives them better memories and sharper minds. It also reduces their risk of being scammed, like when a criminal calls or emails, pretending that your bank or credit card company requires verification of financial information. While happy people tend to float on a cloud of positive emotions and exert less brainpower… making them much more likely to take mental shortcuts, and get taken in by a con.

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Which is healthier: A propane grill or charcoal?

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Scientists say: Propane has the edge. Here’s why… In studies, meat grilled over charcoal contained more carcinogens – or cancer-causing compounds – than meat grilled over propane flames. That’s because when fat drips from the meat, it creates a toxic smoke that coats what you’re cooking. And charcoal makes more smoke than propane. Plus, charcoal burns hotter – so there’s more char on the meat, which is also carcinogenic. Now, a propane grill isn’t harmless, it’s just less harmful. So to make any cookout healthier, trim the fat off your meats, so there are fewer drippings. Next: Marinate your meat before cooking. By soaking burgers, chicken or steaks in a marinade of lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and herbs, you can cut the formation of cancer-causing compounds by 90%. Finally, flip your burgers more often. That also reduces the amount of carcinogens that form.

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Here are a few gross facts about swimming pools…

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…from the Water Quality and Health Council.

First: 1‑in‑five adults admit to peeing in the pool.

Also, nearly 70% of swimmers don’t shower before swimming. That just adds to the germ soup already in the pool.

Then, if your eyes are turning red, get out of that pool! It’s NOT a reaction to chlorine, because the only thing that causes pool red-eye is bodily fluids and waste.

Finally, a chemically, chlorine smell doesn’t mean there’s too much chlorine in the pool – it means there’s not enough – and what IS in there is reacting with waste matter.

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Want to reduce your risk of age-related memory loss?

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Eat berries at least once a week!

Harvard Medical School researchers found that people who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had the slowest rate of memory loss… a difference equal to about two-and-a-half years of aging. But the biggest surprise was that all it took was a half-cup serving of blueberries or a 1-cup serving of strawberries per week. Better brainpower from berries.

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Boost your happiness!

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Join a group – or join several! Because with every social group you sign up for, your happiness increases by 9%. That’s according to the Journal Of Happiness Studies. Researchers tracked nearly 4,000 people… and those who joined groups that were centered around their beliefs or favorite activities felt more deeply connected to others – had a more profound sense of purpose – and were less likely to suffer from depression. That’s because feeling connected and purposeful are proven ways to increase life satisfaction and wellbeing. So whether it’s a scrapbooking group, book club, Bible study, bowling league or walking group – just by joining, you’ll increase your happiness.

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Eat healthier with this trick!

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Eating one piece of fruit could help you eat healthier all week. If you eat it right BEFORE you go grocery shopping! Researchers from Cornell University found shoppers who had eaten an apple beforehand bought 28% more produce than cookie-eaters. They also bought less junk food. The explanation is simple: Once you eat a healthy snack, your subconscious guides you to STAY on a healthy path, with almost zero effort. But remember, the trick only works if you eat fruit right BEFORE you shop.

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What’s the first thing you should unpack when you move into a new place?

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Your old pillow. According to Brown University researchers, using a familiar pillow helps the brain relax. And that’s important because when we’re in new surroundings, our brain automatically stays on high alert for danger. There’s even a name for it: The First Night Effect. And it was discovered 50 years ago by clinical psychologists at Ohio State University.

But the feel and even the smell of your old familiar pillow can cancel your brain’s hyper-vigilance, allowing you to calm down and get some sleep. So unpack your pillow first… and when your child goes on their first sleepover, have them take their own pillow.

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Too much tv may be bad for your little ones!

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According to child psychologists at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the more TV a 4-year-old child watches, the more likely they are to become a bully later on in school. And it doesn’t matter if it’s an educational TV show or not – the researchers say the lack of social interaction that goes along with watching TV leads to aggressive behavior.

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Eat more zinc-rich foods to help repair sun-damaged skin and reduce body odor!

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If you’re tanned or sunburned, you may stink more than usual. Because your body uses the mineral zinc to repair sun-damaged skin AND reduce body odor. This means a lot of us are low on zinc in the summer when our body is using more of it to save our skin. So load up on zinc-rich foods, like oysters, lobster, shrimp, crab, lean beef and dark meat chicken. Vegetarian? Try lentils, sesame seeds, and cashews. Just 30 milligrams of zinc a day can inhibit the growth of stinky bacteria on the skin. And you’ll get plenty from 2 oysters, or 3 shrimp.

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