Here’s a quick way to snap out of a blue mood.

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Look at the last loving text you were sent and blow up the font like you’re majorly farsighted. According to German research, reading upbeat, positive messages can lift us out of a funk. But by blowing up the font to 28 points or larger, we can make those positive feelings last 20% longer! That’s because our brain interprets larger words as more important. So those loving text messages will have a more powerful effect.

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A brisk walk is better than hitting the gym…

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for keeping the weight off! London School of Economics researchers found women of all ages who walked for over 30 minutes most days weighed less than those using treadmills or stationary bikes. Walking women also had lower BMIs and smaller waists than those who regularly played sports. The researchers speculate it’s because walking is free – and you can do it anywhere, anytime – which means people are more likely to do it, than making the effort to hit the gym or play a sport.

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Are you thinking of trying high-intensity interval training?

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If you’re thinking of trying high-intensity interval training, like Cross Fit or Orange Theory, be sure to listen to pumped-up workout music. You’ll enjoy it more! The University of British Columbia had exercisers new to interval training work out either WITH music – or without. The result: Those exercising with music enjoyed it more and were more likely to try it again, than those working out in silence. That meshes with previous research showing music can make exercise feel easier. So if you’re trying interval training to shape up in the New Year, be sure to include a great playlist. You’ll be more likely to stick with it.

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Take your phone out of your pocket…

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…because it’s not safe! Smartphone manuals say we should keep phones 10 millimeters away from our bodies! Because radiation exposure may exceed FCC standards if you keep your phone on your body – or press it to your head as you use it. I know that defeats the purpose of using it as a phone – but I guess that’s why there are headsets, earbuds, and speaker-phone-mode.

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The #1 New Year’s Resolution:

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Exercise regularly. People who work out live up to 7 years longer than those who don’t. Also, exercise can reduce depression and boost self-esteem. Just 10 minutes of activity three times a day can do the trick. So go for a run, take a walk, use water bottles as weights, or get on that exercise bicycle. Just get moving!

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Go ahead and eat avocado every day!

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People who do, eat more nutritiously overall – and weigh nearly 8 pounds less, on average. They also have waists that are nearly 2 inches smaller than non-avocado eaters. That’s because the healthy fat and fiber in avocado keeps you feeling full.

It may not be the season for avocados in all areas, but avocados are available in most markets, so grab one next time you’re at the store.

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Does sugar really make kids hyperactive?

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The National Institutes of Health says NO. They found no direct link between kids eating sweets and becoming MORE energetic. The fact is, parents expect kids to have a “sugar high,” so they may notice it more. Plus, kids tend to be more excited at events like birthday parties where sugary foods are served. So the environment is probably more to blame than the food.

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Having trouble reaching your goals?

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Whether you want to exercise more often, find love, or start a garden: Write down your goal, sign and date it, and put it on your fridge, or bedside table. Researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found when we make a pledge, we feel more committed – even if we’re the only ones who see it. And that simple move gets us from the “thinking about it” stage to the “taking action” stage, and makes us 10 times more likely to reach our goals. Again, to accomplish your goal, write it down, sign and date it, and put it somewhere you’ll see it all the time.

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A little worrying can be good?

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It’s a good thing to worry – at least a little bit. That’s according to a study at the University of California. The reason? Because worrying motivates us to make healthier choices, like exercising more, eating healthier, and wearing sunscreen every day – rain or shine. Worrying also prepares us for negative outcomes. And when the worst doesn’t come to pass, the relief we feel triggers production of serotonin, which gives our happiness a boost. So a little bit of worry is good!

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How to boost someone’s mood easily.

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If you want to lift someone’s mood, it’s easy. Just send them a nice text message – or a quick Facebook post. That’s it! According to the University of Chicago, a simple but sweet text message can boost someone’s oxytocin output by 37% for two HOURS straight! That’s the feel-good bonding hormone. And you, the text message sender, will get a jolt of oxytocin, too.

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