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Fruits and veggies: 7-a-day for happiness and mental health

Don’t worry—be happy! Easy enough to say, but researchers in the UK have some evidence to show that simply eating at least seven portions of fruit and vegetables per day can help improve mental health and well-being.

Happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according to a new report.

Economists and public health researchers from the University of Warwick studied the eating habits of 80,000 people in Britain. They found mental wellbeing appeared to rise with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables people consumed. Wellbeing peaked at seven portions a day.

The research was carried out in conjunction with Dartmouth College in the USA and is due to be published in the journal Social Indicators Research.

Most western governments currently recommend ‘5 a day’ for cardiovascular health and as protection against cancer risk. What to read to whole study? Click here Continue reading

Women are you Hot or Not? Do you find yourself attractive?

The beauty of a woman Is not in the clothes she wears, The figure that she carries, Or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, Because that is the doorway to her heart, The place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, The passion that she shows, And the beauty of a woman With passing years only grows!Just one in eight women have the confidence to call themselves ‘attractive,’ according to a new study.

“The survey of 1,000 women, conducted by Dove Skincare, found more than three-quarters (78%) rated ‘real women’ as the image they’d most like to see in beauty advertising, over celebrities and teenage girls.” Ok, no surprise here.

The poll found 27% of women admit the biggest pressure to be beautiful actually comes from themselves.

Society (19%) and the media (13%) were next on the list of top beauty pressures, but just five per cent of women feel pressure from friends, family and partners, the Telegraph reported.

“The research also revealed that the secret to women feeling confident was a clear combination of relationships and looking good.” Which makes sense, doesn’t it :P
Being loved (72%) was the biggest confidence booster for women, followed by having a strong relationship or marriage (53%), liking how you look in the mirror (35%), being in good physical shape (33%), and taking good care of yourself (31%).

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Cool to be kind: The advantages of being altruistic

Today is World Kindness Day, but just how good for you is being kind?

 

The benefits of kindness range from your emotional health, right down to your cardiovascular and nervous systems. It was in 1979 that psychologists first coined the term called “helpers’ high” after a survey found that charity volunteers felt happier.

 

When a person performs an act of kindness the brain produces dopamine, associated with positive thinking.Secondly, the brain has its own natural versions of morphine and heroine: endogenous opioids, such as endorphins. It is believed that when a person does an act of kindness they feel good on a chemical level thanks to the production of these endogenous opioids.

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The Beauty and The Cheat

 

 

Super-sized model describes horror after discovering her ‘scary’ image was used to promote dating site for men who want to cheat 

The supersized model whose picture was unwittingly used in an advertisement for an extra-marital affairs website has spoken out about the apparent ‘exploitation’ of her body.

 

Known only by the name Jacqueline, the obese model has slammed Ashley Madison and the advertising industry for ‘body shaming’ and promoting infidelity. Continue reading

Decoding xoJane’s Antics About Using Plan B As Primary Birth Control

‘So xoJane’s beauty and health director Cat Marnell published a post about New York City’s Plan B shortage this week, and it’s actually—believe it or not—caused us to pause, stop reading about Beyonce’s fake pregnancy, and wonder: Is she serious? And is she really xoJane’s health director? Our answers are, essentially: Yes and yes.

 

Cat’s post meanders through her theories on why so many New York pharmacies are out of Plan B (the pill that you take to ensure against unwanted pregnancies after you’ve had unprotected sex). In the process, she reports that she uses plan B as her primary form of birth control, listing out other types that get her stamp of disapproval for various reasons (like…the pill makes you fat, she doesn’t like condoms, abortion is terrible for everyone involved, and letting men cum somewhere besides her vagina is dangerous).

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Make me smile! Coffee beats depression in women

Coffee Cuts Depression Risk In Women, New Study Shows!!

 

Coffee may provide more than a momentary pick-me-up, says new research suggesting daily java consumption is tied to a lower risk of depression in women.

 

Isn’t that great! Now I’m no longer hesitant when it comes to coffee and dark chocolate! First one keeps me from crossing the happiness circle boundaries, the other one – improves my eye-sight! 

 

There is more! Check this out: Researchers from Harvard University found that women who Continue reading