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4 Ways Going on Vacation Increases Your Productivity

Going on a relaxing vacation could be key to your success. Find out what science says.<p>The science is in: Working 18-hour days, six to seven days a week, will actually make you less productive. However, many of us still convince ourselves that putting in more hours will make us more successful. This …

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Feeling Stressed? 4 Ways to Manage It in the Workplace

Use this guide to identify good and bad stress, and how to manage it.<p>April was stress awareness month, and it made me think a lot about stress and how it affects us. Like high blood pressure, stress can be good and bad. High blood pressure is good when you're working out; you're pushing your body, …

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Why Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart

Eating chocolate has been tied to a reduced risk of heart disease. Now scientists have uncovered one possible reason.<p>Using data from a large Danish health study, researchers have found an association between chocolate consumption and a lowered risk for atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat …

9 Common Myths About Exercise

<i>In the new book Fitter Faster, health journalist Robert J. Davis and celebrity fitness trainer Brad Kolowich, Jr. show how it’s possible to spend far</i> …

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How To Do A Really Good Job Washing Your Hands

If, like many of us, you are reading this article on the toilet — then we've caught you at the perfect time.<p>When you're done with your business, perhaps you'll do a thorough hand washing. Or maybe just a quick rinse. Or maybe you'll skip it altogether.<p>Failure to wash is a problem for ordinary …

Mindfulness & Meditation: What’s the Difference?

“In any one day there are moments where there is nothing going on, but we link up what is happening from thought to thought without any space. We overlook the spaciousness that it’s all happening in,” <b>Gangaji</b>, from our new book The Unexpected Power Or Mindfulness & Meditation.<p>Nowadays, mindfulness …

Is Seltzer Bad For You?

Calling all La Croix fans.<p><b>The Question:</b> It is healthy to drink carbonated drinks like seltzer regularly?<p><b>The Answer:</b> Be strategic with your La Croix obsession.<p>Manufacturers add pressurized carbon dioxide to produce effervescence in a drink, which is essentially the process that makes those beloved …

How To Survive A Sick Day At The Office That You Really Can’t Avoid

Your boss really should’ve let you stay home—but didn’t. Now what?<p>On days when you’re sick as a dog, you’d probably agree that it’s best to stay at home. But then you realize that you’re out of sick days—and that your company isn’t the type to say, “Hey, that’s okay. Work from home for as long as …

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Why Anxious People Should Try Meditation

People who suffer from anxiety are often plagued by repetitive thoughts, which can distract from the task at hand and affect mood and productivity. …

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5 ergonomics tips that could save your career

Hand pain in the dental practice: When it's not carpal tunnel<p>Your hands are integral to your work. Because of sustained grips and prolonged awkward …

Fruit May Have Benefits for Diabetes

A large study has found that eating fresh fruit may reduce the risk for developing diabetes, and the risk for its complications.<p>Fresh fruit has well-known health benefits. But some experts, and some people with diabetes, question whether its high sugar content could pose risks.<p>The study, in PLOS …

Child’s Play Is Good for All of Us

If all of the children who currently are sedentary started exercising every day, societies could save enormous amounts of money in the coming decades and have healthier citizens as a whole, according to a remarkable new study. In the United States alone, we could expect to save more than $120 …

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8 Ways to Stay Energized All Day

It’s no wonder so many of us struggle with energy issues. We go, go, go from morning to night, running on little but grit and caffeine. But it …

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Poor Sleep Hygiene Is Killing You And Your Career

The next time you tell yourself that you'll sleep when you're dead, realize that you're making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

How to Wake Up To Your Creativity

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Sleep<i>, which is</i> <i>available at Amazon.</i><p>Sleep is, as ancient maps once …

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Five Tips For Winning Business Negotiations With Bullies

If you can keep your cool while under fire, you can exploit your hidden advantage.<p>A law firm once commissioned my creative agency to design its new stationery—cool, no problem. The only hitch was that the firm was headed by a celebrated litigator who’d developed a fearsome reputation for …

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Sugary Drinks Tied to Accelerated Brain Aging

Drinking sugary beverages is associated with markers of accelerated aging and early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports.<p>Researchers used data on more than 4,000 people over 30, examining their brains with M.R.I. and measuring memory with psychological tests. All completed …

Study: Healthiest employees cost companies half the healthcare costs

<b>By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS</b><p>The healthiest employees of Baptist Health South Florida incurred thousands of dollars less in healthcare costs and …

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Diet Sodas Tied to Dementia and Stroke

A new study links diet soft drinks to an increased risk for stroke and dementia.<p>Researchers studied more than 4,000 people over 45 who had filled out food-frequency questionnaires and had periodic health examinations between 1991 and 2001. The scientists tracked their health over the next 10 years …

Eating Avocado May Help Prevent Risks Associated With Heart Disease

Guac, anyone?<p>Pass the avocado, please.<p>A new analysis of existing research shows that consuming the creamy fruit can help with metabolic syndrome, a constellation of diseases and symptoms that include heart disease and type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.<p>Researchers analyzed more than 100 …

3 Small Things Every Person Can Do to Reduce Stress in Their Office

In a world of tight deadlines, it’s no wonder that some of your stress might seep out and affect your colleagues. But — because they’re under pressures of their own — you risk perpetuating a vicious circle, where you mirror and magnify each other’s frenzy.<p>You can’t control their behavior, but you …

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Here’s How I Complete My To-Do List Every Day

I had been doing to-dos wrong for 15 years.<p>I’m a big to-do list person. I’ve probably been making daily to-do lists on yellow Post-its for close to 15 years now. Every night before I go to bed I pen a bulleted list of all the things I need to accomplish the next day. However, inevitably, at the end …

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7 Habits That Will Significantly Enhance Your Day

Socrates once said, “The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact.” You are what you put energy into. If you focus on developing good daily habits, it can lead to a more positive and fulfilling life. But when you’re lost in the hustle and bustle of the world, …

Meditation is growing in popularity as a pain killer

Information provided by Allison Abrams<p>When thinking of meditation people usually imagine sitting with their legs crossed, eyes closed and humming. …

Want to live past 100? These centenarians share their secrets

Gertrude Siegel is 101 and hears it all the time. “Everyone says ‘I want to be just like you.’ I tell them to get in line,” she said.<p>John and …

Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones

Most mornings as I leave the Y after my swim and shower, I cross paths with a coterie of toddlers entering with their caregivers for a kid-oriented activity. I can’t resist saying hello, requesting a high-five, and wishing them a fun time. I leave the Y grinning from ear to ear, uplifted not just …

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Are You Bullying Yourself?

A therapist’s tips for practicing self-compassion.<p>We all have that “inner critic” voice in our heads. This “inner bully” is that nagging and persistent voice, which tells us unkind or even downright mean things. Some people are reluctant to challenge their “inner bully,” as they believe that it …

An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life

Running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy, according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death. The new study found that, compared to nonrunners, runners tended to live about three additional years, even if they run slowly …

Why Spring Is the Perfect Time to Take Your Workout Outdoors

When the weather thaws, the plants bloom and the days get longer, it’s spring—and the best time of the year to take your fitness regimen outside. …