Who’s happier and how does it affect your health

Happiness and health have been anecdotally linked for quite a while now–‘laughter is the best medicine’ has become a cliché for a reason–but relatively new research has been backing up what many people have instinctively assumed all along: that happiness and health really are connected, and that one’s level of happiness really can impact the level of one’s health.


4 reasons to drink more water

If you think you’re not getting enough water…

  • Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work of running errands.
  • Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
  • Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
  • Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.

How to speed up your metabolism

Your body burns 2 to 5% fewer calories with each decade after age 40. I just Googled the word metabolism, and up came over 90 million results, including advice promising to help me ignite my Skinny Gene. I have a Skinny Gene? Who knew? The truth is, there are almost as many myths about metabolism, as there are about global warming.

There’s lots of metabolism increasing “techniques”, that in the grand scheme of things are, in my opinion, ridiculous. Here’s an example: True or False: Your body burns more calories digesting ice-cold beverages and foods.

Doing this can have a profound impact on your health

Spending an extra hour sitting a day (for 13, rather than 12, hours) is linked to a 50 per cent greater risk of being disabled. And this was regardless of whether the participants also did moderate exercise, according to the U.S. study published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. You might assume that knee osteoarthritis is more likely in people who put their bodies through tough exercise routines. But experts say there is also a link with sitting too much.

4 ways to beat the winter blues

Winter blues can make me irritable, fussy and on edge. Whenever it’s cloudy and overcast, drizzly, raining or gloomy weather, we all tend to get a little depressed. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is actually a clinical condition. It affects mostly women in their 20s, 30s and 40s but can affect men and children as well. Whether you suffer from SAD or not, here are 4 proven ways to beat the winter blues.