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Our sedentary lives with processed food galore require us to learn to eat better, exercise more to improve our health and longevity.
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Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things

Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things | Health, Nutrition & Fitness | Scoop.it

1. Learn something new, even if it's stressful: Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

 

If you are willing to push through a bit of added stress in the short term, you can experience huge gains in happiness for the long term.

 

So learn a new skill. Though you'll take on a bit more stress, research shows you'll be happier on an hourly, daily, and long-term basis.

 

The gains from this investment in time and energy were documented in a 2009 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Participants who spent time on activities that increased their competency, met their need for autonomy, or helped them connect with others reported decreased happiness in the moment yet increased happiness on an hourly and daily basis.

 

The key, according to the study, is to choose the right new skill to master, challenge to undertake, or opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. The greatest increases in happiness come from learning a skill you choose, rather than one you think you should or feel forced to learn.


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When we were first married my husband and I played a game for married couples with some long married friends.  One of the questions was, "How would you describe yourself in one word?", and your spouse had to choose the one to match yours in order to get a point in the game.   I don't remember all the choices, but rose and book were the two that stood out to me.  I recall hoping that my would know that I would instinctively choose book.  Not because I love to read or that I think I'm smarter than everyone else BUT because I LOVE to learn new things.  Thankfully, he didn't choose rose and we kicked the other couples butts!!!

I enjoy attempting to master new skills like making kombucha, learning to ferment vegetables, making bread, baking something new, learning about how to keep chickens, gardening difficult to grow flowers or vegetables, figuring out how to fix my bike by myself. . . You see, I'm not afraid to get myself dirty.  What my husband finds frustrating about these things is that though the habits become part of my regular routine I don't develop them to the point of perfection so I can make a business of it.  There is a very good reason for this.  I want to continue learning skills which will benefit my family and bring me joy and have the freedom to practice them without the stress of it becoming a burden.   At one time I wanted to have my own business.  Then I saw the reality of things. . . 

My husband has a cabinet shop.  Really that is a misnomer - he has a manufacturing facility.  He USED to be a cabinet maker.  He USED to enjoy making things out of wood and took pride is the work of his hands.  Now he is slave to his business.  His entire life is his business - keeping customers happy and people employed so the business can continue to grow.  He has employees who make boxes for his clients.  His hands rarely ever touch the materials with which he once so loved working.  What was once his creative outlet is now his living nightmare, his taskmaster, and the focus of all his attention.  

He has a wife who loves him and two beautiful, sweet, smart little girls who are growing so fast and he has little time to spend with them.  They'll be grown and gone before he knows it and he'll have missed it all.  Time will go by and I'll become more and more the stranger who is married to a house that he happens to sleep in.
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 14, 2017 6:55 PM

Greater happiness can be found in unexpected ways. Science says so.

Marcia Buxton's curator insight, September 15, 2017 6:26 AM
Something to consider for the wellbeing of our teams. 
Lloyd Celeste's curator insight, September 27, 2017 8:16 PM
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Why You Should Never Eat Vegetable Oil or Margarine

Why You Should Never Eat Vegetable Oil or Margarine | Health, Nutrition & Fitness | Scoop.it
Vegetable oil and margarine are artificial fats that have a very negative effect on the body. Find out why you shouldn't consume these oils.
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In the last few years I've switched to using olive oil in most of my cooking.  Also, since I've been married vegetable shortening has only made a few appearances in our kitchen.  Both my husband and I believe that a little bit of a natural thing is much better than a lot (if any at all) of something synthesized.  I've known for years that margarine is so processed that it is more akin to plastic than a food.  Reading this article just brought home for me that I should only used cold pressed oils, butter and lard in my cooking if I want to give my family something natural that the body will recognize.  

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How to Spend the First 30 Minutes of Your Day to Maximize Productivity

How to Spend the First 30 Minutes of Your Day to Maximize Productivity | Health, Nutrition & Fitness | Scoop.it

As entrepreneurs, we often work late into the night, only to roll out of bed the next morning, picking up where we left off. One day bleeds into the next, making it seem as if we're always doing, doing, doing and searching for new and novel ways to do more.

 

The truth is, your desire to do more and get more done will lead you not toward greater productivity, but toward burnout, if you don't take time each day to check in with yourself, and set your intention for how you want your day to proceed.

 

 

Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, "If I had six hours to cut down a tree, I'd spend the first four sharpening the axe." There is no evidence to suggest that Lincoln actually said this, but the point is not lost on us. How we prepare to do the task before us determines our success.


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Well, I've just wasted my morning.  From the moment I get up my day begins with making sure everyone else has what they need to get out the door.  Even taking a few minutes to go the bathroom seems like an imposition.  The rest of the day I'm exhausted, can't focus and feel like all I'm doing is spinning my wheels.  Maybe there is something to caring for yourself first that will make the day go better.
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"The truth is, your desire to do more and get more done will lead you not toward greater productivity, but toward burnout, if you don't take time each day to check in with yourself in quiet contemplation of how to bring your best self forward. Abraham Lincoln is credited with saying, "If I had six hours to cut down a tree, I'd spend the first four sharpening the axe."

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Coffee Facts & Myths: 20 Interesting Facts About Coffee (is it affecting your breasts?)

Coffee Facts & Myths: 20 Interesting Facts About Coffee (is it affecting your breasts?) | Health, Nutrition & Fitness | Scoop.it
Blog post at Budget Earth : I will be one of the first to admit it - I have a coffee addiction. For a long time I wouldn't even get up in the morning if my husband [..]
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I love coffee.  I love the way it smells, tastes and gives a pep to my step so early in the morning.  By the way I think I need another cup, LOL.  Usually I drink one 16 oz. cup of coffee made on my Keurig first thing in the morning with my breakfast.  I can't have it alone or I'll get the super jitters.  

 

One side effect of drinking coffee and consuming caffeine in general sent me into an emotional tailspin a few months ago.  I found a fairly large lump in my right breast.  It was about the size of my thumb and right around the outer edge.  For a few years I didn't even bother paying attention to the lumps and bumps because breastfeeding made my breasts feel like very knotty and swollen.  After the mammary glands stopped filling and swelling and leaking I was left with some odd textures there, but nothing too worrisome.  That was until one day six months ago.  

 

I was sitting at my desk and all of the sudden I had a sharp pain on the outside of my right breast.  When I felt the side of my breast I found the lump and instantly my heart fell.  For quite some time I just ignored it but then with strange and irregular mentrual cycles and continued and increasing pain I broke down emotionally.  The thought of going to the doctor was mortifying.  My thought was what if I find out the worst, what if I have to loose my breast, my hair, and most horribly of all my life.  

 

I did research on the Internet to find what could possibly be causing the lump and found all kinds of information on fibroids, cysts and fatty tumors in addition to the dreaded cancerous tumor.  At my age, early 30s, I was hoping very much that it was a fibroid, cyst or fatty tumor that will typically dissolve over time.  During the research, I found out that consumption of caffeine from coffee, chocolate and soda for whatever reason leads to suspicious lumps in breast tissue.  Still I was reluctant to go to the doctor to make sure the lump was innocuous. 

 

My dear DH didn't know what to do about my emotional slump and finally called my mother and asked her to convince me to go to the doctor for peace of mind one way or the other.  She called me, told me she had experienced the same thing when she was my age and that it eventually went away.  After I agreed to make the appointment my emotional state settled and much to my surprise the lump shrunk.  It was still there, but it was definitely smaller.  I need to keep that in mind - bottling things up and not dealing with them just makes them worse (sometimes even worse than they ever should be).  

 

The doctor did believe the lump was a bit worrisome and sent me for an ultrasound.  Much to my comfort the ultrasound found that the lump was nothing more than bunched up breast tissue and fat.  So there the lump remains.  It hurts at times, but I still drink my one cup of coffee.  What I'm trying to do to reduce the chances that it will grow again is exercise more, eat more vegetables and try not to get so stressed out.

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