Here’s one more reason to load up your dinner plate up with heirloom tomatoes tonight: A new study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that folks who eat more fruits and vegetables report feeling more creative and curious, and also feel a greater sense of purpose and engagement than those who skimp on their bananas and broccoli. Who knew veggies could get so, well, deep?
Searching for the secret to happiness? Two new studies shed some interesting light.
In one of the most peculiar genetic studies we’ve ever come across, a group of economists from England’s University of Warwick have stuck a pin in the world map of happiness and declared Denmark its epicenter. Literally. Their research helps explain why a tiny Scandinavian nation whose greatest claim to fame is a dubious link to breakfast pastry consistently ranks at the top of studies of bliss.
It doesn’t take much, in terms of exercise, to see a big pay-off for your health and longevity, according to a new study. A research paper just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says that running for just five to 10 minutes a day, at even a slow pace, could reduce your risk of early death from all causes, and specifically cardiovascular disease.
In today’s news of everyday activities that are totally gross: A new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, and reported today on The Week, shows that when it comes to common greetings, choosing a handshake over a fist bump increases your chance of transferring potentially disease-causing bacteria by a whopping 90 percent. (Insert face with jaw dropped here)
There are just about a bazillion reasons to exercise: To bulk up, to lose weight, to reduce your risk of disease, to up your energy level, or to just prove to your Instagram followers that you really do work out. But here’s one reason you might not have thought of: To gain a more positive outlook on the world. Sounds…ambitious, right? But, according to the Huffington Post, a new study shows that exercise helps you do just that—the study shows that after a short walk or run, people perceive their environment in a more positive way.
Consumer electronics company, Withings, which makes activity trackers, analyzed user data to find the states where residents log the most steps each day. Guess what? Pennsylvania made the cut, at #7 out of 15.
In today’s totally mind-blowing news: A study found that yogis burn the same amount of calories during a Bikram class—a 90-minute yoga class where a series of 26 poses is done in a 105-degree room—as they would on a brisk walk. If you just face-palmed thinking about all the times you’ve proudly walked out of class, dripping with sweat, and thought, I totally deserve pizza tonight! I just burned AT LEAST 1,000 calories!, trust me, you’re not alone.
If you think that you’d rather be sitting at home, doing absolutely nothing, instead of sitting in work on this post-long-weekend Monday, think again. Turns out most people would rather be doing anything than nothing at all. According to TIME, a new study published in the journal Science found that many people prefer administering mild electric shocks to themselves to being left alone with nothing to do but think for six to 15 minutes. Read more »
Well this goes against everything we ever learned (but kind of knew deep down inside): A new study conducted by sex researcher Zhana Vrangalova and published in Social Psychology and Personality Science shows that having casual sex is actually good for your health — if it’s something you’re into, anyway. More from Design & Trend: