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Happy? You may live 35% longer, tracking study suggests

Be happy. Live longer.
No, it’s not that simple, but new research says happy lives are longer — by 35%.

The study, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that those who reported feeling happiest had a 35% reduced risk of dying compared with those who reported feeling least happy.

Rather than rely on Read more

Work, money leading cause of Americans’ stress

Work, money and the economy are the biggest cause of Americans’ stress, according to research recently released by the American Psychological Association (APA). And, the majority of Americans don’t seem to realize how big an impact it’s having on their overall physical and psychological health.

The good news is that the percentage of Americans who report Read more

How Stress Influences Disease

How Stress Influences Disease: Study Reveals Inflammation as the Culprit
Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. For example, psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases. But, until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health.

A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Read more

Violence ages children’s DNA, shortens their chromosomes

Conventional wisdom says that hardship can make us old before our time.
In fact, a new study suggests that violence leaves long-term scars on children’s bodies — not just in bruises on the skin, but also altering their DNA, causing changes that are equivalent to seven to 10 years of premature aging.

Scientists measured this cellular aging by Read more

USA Today – For stressed college students, a doggone good way to relax

For stressed college students, a doggone good way to relax
Stanley rolls around on the floor and chews on a squeaky toy while zombie-like law students wander in, a giant grin breaking out on their weary faces when they see the cuddly pup. Puppy therapy — just in time for finals week.

From Kent State University in Read more

Chronic Stress Puts Your Health at Risk

by Mayo Clinic Staff
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body. Take steps to control your stress.
Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn’t mean that life is free of stress.

On the Read more

12 Surprising Causes of Depression

By Caroline Murray

There are many well-known depression triggers: Trauma, grief, financial troubles, and unemployment are just a few.

But if you are depressed and none of these apply to you, it can be hard to pinpoint a specific cause.

In truth, there may not be a concrete reason for your depression. But here are some little-known causes Read more

Lexington tries to tackle high school student stress

By Kathleen Burge

One day last week at Lexington High School, teachers wore red clown noses as they stood before their classes. Students blew bubbles in the quad, the outdoor common area, before school. Music played over the loudspeakers between classes, and teenagers danced in the hallways.

“Kids just got to be kids and play,” said wellness Read more

Happiness Shortcuts – Find Happiness–Fast!

by Elizabeth Scott, M.S.
When we’re in the thick of life’s stressors, sometimes we just want to experience happiness now. Not only does research show that happy people experience many advantages in life due to their happiness, but happiness just feels good. While it may seem that happiness is always waiting around the corner with a better Read more

Is Dark Chocolate An Effective Stress Reliever?

By Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Question: Is Dark Chocolate An Effective Stress Reliever?
“I’ve heard that dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate, and can even bring some benefits. Is this true? What does research say on dark chocolate, and how can it be used for stress relief and health?”

Answer: Yes, the good news for chocolate lovers everywhere is Read more