January-February Health

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Physical Health-

My physical health helped me be a successful high school athlete.

Environmental Health-

Our school population needs to work on our environmental health. 

Emotional Health-

Most students seem to want to be happy.

Mental Health-

Do you know you can achieve almost any goal?

Social Health-

Most of America needs to work on social health.

Spiritual Health-

 

Public Policy

Governmental policies and regulations can also help address health problems. Tobacco regulation is one way that laws help prevent disease (taxes on cigarettes, enforcing an age limit to buy tobacco and limiting how companies can advertise).

Name _______________________

Environmental Influences


Your surroundings, the area where you live and all the things you have contact with are part of your _______________ (home or environment). Pollutants, safety regulations, and the availability and use of medical care are aspects of your _________ (home or environment) that affect your health. The _________ (sheriff or government) enforces air and water quality regulations to keep your environment free from ___________ (pollutants or people). The government also maintains safety regulations, such as traffic laws, to keep you safe.

Three ways you can take charge of your wellness are through ________ (knowledge or taxes), your ________ (lifestyle or revenue) and ________ (attitude or tariffs).

Knowledge
An important way to improve your health is through your ________ (knowledge or opinion). Health literacy is the knowledge of health information needed to make good choices about your health. Studying _________ (health or math) in school will certainly increase your health literacy. However, it's important to keep up with current health issues. Your parents, __________ (teachers or negative influences), healthcare providers and library are great resources for health information. They can also lead you to other resources for health information.

Lifestyle
One of the most important ways to improve is to make ____________ (behavioral or chronicle) changes in your lifestyle.

 

Thursday, February 7, 2012

For your bell ringer, list five goals for becoming healthier. 

Check yesterday's work.  Check desks and review.   

. Continue eating clean (no preservatives/trans fats/processed) and healthy (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low fat dairy, nutrients) 85-90% of the time.

2. Continue taking in adequate water each day.
3. Continue avoiding cigarette smoking.
4. Continue maintaining quality and quantity of sleep (at least 7 hours uninterrupted).
5. Walk 2 X/week, Yoga Practice 2 X/week (strength training, breath work, meditation), Cardio 2 X/week (spinning, racquetball, boxing, swimming, the steps, run, b-ball, tennis, cycling, blading)
6. Increase vegetables.
7. Continue taking multi/fish oil/B/Calcium combined with D
8. Quit Coffee, replace with green tea
9. Take at least one vacation
10. Increase skin moisturizing
11. Increase massage to 1 X/month
12. Instead of putting clothes on chair in the bedroom after work, put them away immediately to avoid the week-long pile of clothes on Friday night.
13. Wear comfortable shoes at least 3 out of 7 days.
14. Buy and wear both an iphone & blackberry holder so I do not constantly set my phones down and have ongoing concern that I will forget them somewhere.
15. Fill gas tank to completely full each and every time I stop for gas so I don’t have to stop so many times during the week or worry I will run out of gas so often.
16. Better understand and achieve a balance between leisure and action.

Choose a goal to become happier and list three tools you will use to achieve your goal.   

Make notes on S3, p. 33-37

Ten Life Skills (Make sure you have these from yesterday)

1. Assessing your ______. Life Skills

2. C_________ effectively. Speak and listen effectively. This will improve relationships with your family, friends, classmates, teachers and other adults. Life Skills

3. Practice w_______. Get enough sleep, choose nutritous foods and avoid risky behaviors. Life Skills

4. C___ with life's challenges, troubles and problems. Coping will help you deal with such emotions as anger, depression and the loss of a loved one (emotional health). Life Skills

5. Be a wise _______. Buy products (food, technology, clothing) or services (medical care, auto repair) wisely. Keep as much of your money as you can. Life Skills

6. Evaluate _______ Messages. Public forms of communictation, such as TV, radio, movies, newspapers and the Internet, and advertisements are referred to as media. The media have a significant influence on what you learn about the world. Knowing how to eveluate media messages will help you make better decisions about your health. Life Skills

7. Using C_______ Resources. A resource is something that you can use to help you achieve a goal. Health clinics, libraries and government agencies are all public resources. This life skill will help you find these resources and describe how they can assist you. Life Skills

8. Making Great D_______. This life skill will help you learn the steps to great decision making. Life Skills

 

9. Using R______ Skills. This life skill will provide you with different ways you can say "no" to something you do not want to do. Life Skills

 

10. Setting G______. This life skill will provide you with tips to help you reach your goals. Life Skills

 

Section Two

A c________ is a result of your actions and decisions.

To c_________ is to work together with one or more people.

Use the acronym _____ to remember the steps of making great decisions.

Give thought to the problem.

Review your choices.

Evaluate the consequences of each choice.

Access and choose the best choice.

Think it over afterward.

S4 notes, p. 38-42

A new friend who really impressed you wants you to skip school and go for a ride. Decide whether to skip school or not.

GREAT

Give thought to the problem.

You could get in trouble.

Review your choices.

Discuss some options.  Should you go or not?  Why?

Evaluate the consequences of each choice.

You could get arrested. This would be on your permanent record. There could be an accident.

Assess and Choose the Best Choice

Consider your values. Respect your values.

Don't skip school, especially with a stranger.

Think It Over Afterward

Going on a ride with a stranger could get you hurt or worse, dissappoint your friends and family and you could even possibly get arrested.

To collaborate is to work together with one or more people. If you are having trouble making a decision, you may need to collaborate with a friend or family member.

If you make a bad decision, use the STOP, THINK and GO process.

STOP-Take you responsibility for your bad decision.

THINK-Think of who you can discuss this mistake with. Let a parent, teacher or close friend help you. Discuss the consequences and ways to correct the problem.

GO-Go and try to make up for the mistake as well as you can.  Apologize.     

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chapter Two, Lesson One

For your opening activity, in your composition book list five challenges in your life.  Identify life skills that could help you face these challenges.  (For example, do you argue with your parents?  What life skill could help you avoid this?)  No talking without permission.   

 

Technology, computers, lasers, new and better products have been made to help people lead ________ lives. The glucose m_____ lets diabetics know their blood sugar level with just a small sample of ______.

Public Policy

G________ policies and regulations can also help address health problems. _________ regulation is one way that laws help prevent disease (taxes on ________, enforcing an age limit to buy tobacco and limiting how companies can advertise).

R__________ pass l____ aimed at trying to keep young people from smoking (____ cancer).

 

Tax dollars also provide money for research on d______.

Tax dollars helped invent the glucose ______, advance medical research and surgically implemented insulin _______.

 

 

Education

Health e_______ has been a key factor in the prevention of disease and illness in this country.

 

Most states require that students take some form of _______ class. Health ________ teach students about the benefits of exercising and eating n________ foods and discuss the risks of s______, d_______ and behaving v________.

The American Diabetes Association teaches the public about d_______ and ways to prevent it.

 

To speak out or argue in favor of something is to ________ (health, education, live music, art, literature, reading, WMMT, Interfaith) (relay for life, hospice, senior citizens' center).

A ______ ___________ __________ (PSA) is a message created to educate people about an issue. Often a PSA is in the form of a com_____. A PSA may also be seen in newspapers, magazines or in the form of an essay.

Today's notes concern more information about PSAs.

When you make a PSA be sure to have current and accurate information. Use the Internet and library.

Know your audience. Be sensitive to people who may not agree with your opinion.

 

Ten Life Skills (Make sure you have these from yesterday)

1. Assessing your health.  Life Skills

2. Communicate effectively. Speak and listen effectively. This will improve relationships with your family, friends, classmates, teachers and other adults.  Life Skills 

3. Practice wellness. Get enough sleep, choose nutritous foods and avoid risky behaviors.  Life Skills 

4. Cope with life's challenges, troubles and problems. Coping will help you deal with such emotions as anger, depression and the loss of a loved one (emotional health).  Life Skills 

5. Be a wise consumer. Buy products (food, technology, clothing) or services (medical care, auto repair) wisely. Keep as much of your money as you can.  Life Skills 

6. Evaluate Media Messages. Public forms of communictation, such as TV, radio, movies, newspapers and the Internet, and advertisements are referred to as media. The media have a significant influence on what you learn about the world. Knowing how to eveluate media messages will help you make better decisions about your health.  Life Skills 

7. Using Community Resources. A resource is something that you can use to help you achieve a goal. Health clinics, libraries and government agencies are all public resources. This life skill will help you find these resources and describe how they can assist you.  Life Skills

8. Making Great Decisions. This life skill will help you learn the steps to great decision making.  Life Skills

 

9. Using Refusal Skills. This life skill will provide you with different ways you can say "no" to something you do not want to do.  Life Skills

10. Setting Goals. This life skill will provide you with tips to help you reach your goals.  Life Skills 

 

Section Two

A consequence is a result of your actions and decisions.

To collaborate is to work together with one or more people. 

Use the acronym GREAT to remember the steps of making great decisions.

Give thought to the problem.

Review your choices.

Evaluate the consequences of each choice.

Access and choose the best choice.

Think it over afterward. 

A new friend who really impressed you wants you to skip school and go for a ride.  Decide whether to skip school or not.

GREAT

Give thought to the problem.

You could get in trouble.   

Review your choices.

Discuss some options.

Evaluate the consequences of each choice. 

You could get arrested.  This would be on your permanent record.  There could be an accident. 

Assess and Choose the Best Choice

Consider your values.  Respect your values.

Don't skip school, especially with a stranger. 

Think It Over Afterward 

Going on a ride with a stranger could get you hurt or worse, dissappoint your friends and family and you could even possibly get arrested.

To collaborate is to work together with one or more people.  If you are having trouble making a decision, you may need to collaborate with a friend or family member.

If you make a bad decision, use the STOP, THINK and GO process. 

STOP-Take you responsibility for your bad decision.

THINK-Think of who you can discuss this mistake with.  Let a parent, teacher or close friend help you.  Discuss the consequences and ways to correct the problem. 

"Forks Over Knives."
1. ________ is the number one prescribed medicine in the world.
2. 1500 people die a day from _______.
3. One out of ______ Americans will contract diabetese.
4. ________ cancer is the most common cancer for men.
5. Over 40 percent of Americans are ________.
6. Over __ percent of Americans are on perscription drugs.
7. Most American four year-olds are ______.
8. About every minute an American dies of _______ disease.
9. The film suggests Americans can reduce their chances of getting cancer, heart disease and other disorders is to change our _________.
10. The film suggests that if we eat right we can prevent the onset of diseases and ________ the diseases we have.
11. The film suggests we should eat ______ foods.
12. In 2006, Americans ate _____ pounds of dairy each.
13. People think it is important to eat meat to get enough __________.
14. Plants also have ________ that can build muscle.
15. The average American is __ pounds overweight.
16. Most special occasions involve _____.
17. One in five five year olds are considered to be ______.
18. We spend more on health care than on _________.
19. Cancer and heart disease kill ___ ______ people a year.
20. Some research argues that ______ _______ stimulate cancer.
21. Some research argues _______ foods fight cancer.
22. _____ calories of whole food will fill the stomach completely.
23. Name the two primary desires/needs of most mamals. (Motivational Triad)
24. Rich foods give us the most pleasure with the least _____.
25. The pleasure trap is an interaction between our instincts and motivation.
26. Forks Over Knives argues that artificial foods are like ______ (addictive).
27. Eating more whole foods and less animal fats means less di______.
28. President ________ began the war on cancer.
29. Instances of breast cancer in K____ was far lower that in the United States.
30.
 

 

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013-For your bell ringer today be certain you have all of our notes from yesterday.  No talking.   

Technology, computers, lasers, new and better products have been made to help people lead healthier lives. The glucose meter lets diabetics know their blood sugar level with just a small sample of blood.

Public Policy

Governmental policies and regulations can also help address health problems. Tobacco regulation is one way that laws help prevent disease (taxes on cigarettes, enforcing an age limit to buy tobacco and limiting how companies can advertise).

Representatives pass laws aimed at trying to keep young people from smoking (lung cancer).

 

Tax dollars also provide money for research on diseases.

Tax dollars helped invent the glucose meter, advance medical research and surgically implemented insulin pumps.

 

 

Education

Health education has been a key factor in the prevention of disease and illness in this country.

 

Most states require that students take some form of health class. Health teachers teach students about the benefits of exercising and eating nutritious foods and discuss the risks of smoking, drinking and behaving violently.

The American Diabetes Association teaches the public about diabetes and ways to prevent it.

 

To speak out or argue in favor of something is to advocate (health, education, live music, art, literature, reading, WMMT, Interfaith) (relay for life, hospice, senior citizens' center).

A public service announcement (PSA) is a message created to educate people about an issue. Often a PSA is in the form of a commercial. A PSA may also be seen in newspapers, magazines or in the form of an essay.

Today's notes concern more information about PSAs. 

When you make a PSA be sure to have current and accurate information.  Use the Internet and library. 

Know your audience.  Be sensitive to people who may not agree with your opinion. 

Do pages 22 and 23 on notebook paper.  I will collect these for a grade.   

Do What's Your Health IQ? on page 24. 

A life skill is a tool for building a healthy life. 

A consumer is a person who buys products of services.   

The media is all forms of communication, such as TV, radio, newspaper, the Internet and advertisements. 

A resource is something you can use to help achieve a goal. 

Life skills will help you improve the six components of health.  PEEMSS

Subjective information is one person's opinion. In a newspaper, the editorial section is the place for subjectivity. It can be based on fact, but it is one person's interpretation of that fact. In this way, subjective information is also analytical.

Student research papers are usually subjective, in that the writer formulates a thesis statement and uses sources that support that thesis. Bear in mind that there is usually another equally valid viewpoint that can be supported with other sources.

Objective information reviews many points of view. It is intended to be unbiased. News reporters are supposed to be objective and report the facts of an event. Encyclopedias and other reference materials provide objective information.  Math versus literature. 

 

 

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Monday, January 28, 2013

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william james said act as if what you do makes a difference it does

 

William James

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Technology, computers, lasers, new and better products have been made to help people lead healthier lives. The glucose meter lets diabetics know their blood sugar level with just a small sample of blood.

Public Policy

Governmental policies and regulations can also help address health problems. Tobacco regulation is one way that laws help prevent disease (taxes on cigarettes, enforcing an age limit to buy tobacco and limiting how companies can advertise).

 

Representatives pass laws aimed at trying to keep young people from smoking (lung cancer).

 

Tax dollars also provide money for research on diseases. 

Tax dollars helped invent the glucose meter, advance medical research and surgically implemented insulin pumps.

 

Education

Health education has been a key factor in the prevention of disease and illness in this country. 

Most states require that students take some form of health class.  Health teachers teach students about the benefits of exercising and eating nutritious foods and discuss the risks of smoking, drinking and behaving violently.

 

The American Diabetes Association teaches the public about diabetes and ways to prevent it.

 

To speak out or argue in favor of something is to advocate (health, education, live music, art, literature, reading, WMMT, Interfaith) (relay for life, hospice, senior citizens' center).

A public service announcement (PSA) is a message created to educate people about an issue.  Often a PSA is in the form of a commercial.  A PSA may also be seen in newspapers, magazines or in the form of an essay.   

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Due to inclimate weather school was cancelled.   

 

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Correct the following quotation.

A lie has speed but truth has endurance observed edgar j mohn

To observe is to notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant.

"Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian," stated Dennis Wholey.

Self-esteem is a person's confidence and self-respect. If you feel good about yourself you have high self-esteem. If you feel bad about yourself you have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can make you physically ill.

To be healthy balance all six components of health. PEEMSS.

Public health is the practice of protecting and improving the health of people in a community.

To advocate is to speak or argue in favor of something.

A public service announcement (PSA) is a message created to educate people about an issue.

The development of an insulin pump is an example of a recent medical advance.

Diabetes is a serious disease in which the body is not able to obtain glucose (better known as sugar) from the blood.

Diabetes kills tens of thousands of people every year in the United States.

People with diabetes must constantly manage the levels of glucose in their blood-stream.

People with diabetes must monitor their diet, exercise regularly, and, in many cases, wear an insulin pump. 

The pump replaces insulin shots.  A microchip embedded in the pump makes monitoring and controling blood-sugar levels possible.  When the blood-sugar level is low, the pump releases insulin. 

Technology, computers, lasers, new and better products have been made to help people lead healthier lives.  The glucose meter lets diabetics know their blood sugar level with just a small sample of blood. 

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Better . . .

Correct the following quotation and definition.

expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian stated dennis wholey
 

Stated can mean to express something definitely or clearly in speech or writing: "the report stated that more than 51 percent of voters failed to participate."

Stay in your seat.  Leave this room as clean or cleaner than you found this room.  Communicate clearly and do not interpret for others.  When I call on you for your turn in Jeopardy, I need you to communicate with me.  Your homework is to read through your health notes every evening. 

Assessment.  

You can use your notes.  Our assessment is timed.  I expect to collect your work when I ask for your work.  Be certain to put your name on your paper.

Lifestyle continued. 

-Use knowledge to take charge of wellness.

-People sometimes don't make sense.  Most smokers know of risks of cancer and other diseases. 

Copy Table p. 15

To be healthy, exercise regularly, always wear a seat belt and eat healthy and nutritious foods. 

Attitude

Attitude is the way you think and this greatly affects your health.  Deciding not to let little things bother you is a change in your attitude that can improve your mental and physical health.  Control your anger.  Having a positive attitude can help you overcome illness. 

 

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Correct the following
we are what we pretend to be so we must be careful about what we pretend to be wrote kurt vonnegut

 

 

Better . . .
Exercise

Assessment, Formative

Copy our following notes for today into your composition book devoted to health.

Environmental Influences
Your surroundings, the area where you live and all the things you have contact with are part of your environment. Pollutants, safety regulations, and the availability and use of medical care are aspects of your environment that afffect your health. The government enforces air and water quality regulations to keep your environment free from pollutants. The government also maintains safety regulations, such as traffic laws, to keep you safe.



Three ways you can take charge of your wellness are through knowledge, your lifestyle and attitude.


Knowledge
An important way to improve your health is through your knowledge. Health literacy is the knowledge of health information needed to make good choices about your health. Studying health in school will certainly increase your health literacy. However, it's important to keep up with current health issues. Your parents, teachers, healthcare providers and library are great resources for health information. They can also lead you to other resources for health information.

Lifestyle
One of the most important ways to improve is to make behavioral changes in your lifestyle.

 

 

1. Practice mindfulness. Be in the moment. Instead of worrying about your checkup tomorrow while you have dinner with your family, focus on the here and now — the food, the company, the conversation.

  1. 2. Laugh out loud. Just anticipating a happy, funny event can raise levels of endorphins and other pleasure-inducing hormones and lower production of stress hormones. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, tested 16 men who all agreed they thought a certain videotape was funny. Half were told three days in advance they would watch it. They started experiencing biological changes right away. When they actually watched the video, their levels of stress hormones dropped significantly, while their endorphin levels rose 27 percent and their growth hormone levels (indicating benefit to the immune system) rose 87 percent.

    3. Go to sleep. We have become a nation of sleep-deprived citizens. Taking a daily nap or getting into bed at 8 p.m. one night with a good book — and turning the light out an hour later — can do more for your mood and outlook on life than any number of bubble baths or massages.

    4. Hum along. Music soothes more than the savage beast. Studies find music activates parts of the brain that produce happiness — the same parts activated by food or sex. It’s also relaxing. In one study older adults who listened to their choice of music during outpatient eye surgery had significantly lower heart rates, blood pressure, and cardiac workload (that is, their heart didn’t have to work as hard) as those who had silent surgery.

    5. Declutter. It’s nearly impossible to meditate, breathe deeply, or simply relax when every surface is covered with papers and bills and magazines, your cabinets bulge, and you haven’t balanced your checkbook in six months. Plus, the repetitive nature of certain cleaning tasks — such as sweeping, wiping, and scrubbing — can be meditative in and of itself if you focus on what you’re doing.

    6. Just say no. Eliminate activities that aren’t necessary and that you don’t enjoy. If there are enough people already to handle the church bazaar and you’re feeling stressed by the thought of running the committee for yet another year, step down and let someone else handle things.

    7. Make a list. There’s nothing like writing down your tasks to help you organize your thoughts and calm your anxiety. Checking off each item provides a great sense of fulfillment.

    8. Do one thing at a time. Edward Suarez, Ph.D., associate professor of medical psychology at Duke, found that people who multitask are more likely to have high blood pressure. Take that finding to heart. Instead of talking on the phone while you fold laundry or clean the kitchen, sit down in a comfortable chair and turn your entire attention over to the conversation. Instead of checking e-mail as you work on other projects, turn off your e-mail function until you finish the report you’re writing. This is similar to the concept of mindfulness.

    9. Garden. Not only will the fresh air and exercise provide their own stress reduction and feeling of well-being, but the sense of accomplishment that comes from clearing a weedy patch, watching seeds turn into flowers, or pruning out dead wood will last for hours, if not days.

    10. Tune out the news. For one week go without reading the newspaper, watching the news, or scanning the headlines online. Instead, take a vacation from the misery we’re exposed to every day via the media and use that time for a walk, a meditation session, or to write in your journal.Display a more positive emotional and mental attitude toward yourself, other people and situations.
     

    11. Take a dog for a walk. There are numerous studies that attest to the stress-relieving benefits of pets. In one analysis researchers evaluated the heart health of 240 couples, half of whom owned a pet. Those couples with pets had significantly lower heart rates and blood pressure levels when exposed to stressors than the couples who did not have pets. In fact, the pets worked even better at buffering stress than the spouses did.

    12. Scent the air. Research finds that the benefits of aromatherapy in relieving stress are real. In one study people exposed to rosemary had lower anxiety levels, increased alertness, and performed math computations faster. Adults exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation. Today you have a variety of room-scenting methods, from plug-in air fresheners to essential oil diffusers, potpourri, and scented candles.

    13. Ignore the stock market. Simply getting your quarterly 401(k) statement can be enough to send your blood pressure skyrocketing. In fact, Chinese researchers found a direct link between the daily performance of the stock market and the mental health of those who closely followed it. Astute investors know that time heals most financial wounds, so give your investments time — and give yourself a break.

    14. Visit a quiet place. Libraries, museums, gardens, and places of worship provide islands of peace and calm in today’s frantic world. Find a quiet place near your house and make it your secret getaway.

    15. Volunteer. Helping others enables you to put your own problems into perspective and also provides social interaction. While happy people are more likely to help others, helping others increases your happiness. One study found that volunteer work enhanced all six aspects of well-being: happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem, sense of control over life, physical health, and depression.

    16. Spend time alone. Although relationships are one of the best antidotes to stress, sometimes you need time alone to recharge and reflect. Take yourself out to lunch or to a movie, or simply spend an afternoon reading, browsing in a bookstore, or antiquing.

    17. Walk mindfully. You probably already know that exercise is better than tranquilizers for relieving anxiety and stress. But what you do with your mind while you’re walking can make your walk even more beneficial. In a study called the Ruth Stricker Mind/Body Study, researchers divided 135 people into five groups of walkers for 16 weeks. Group one walked briskly, group two at a slow pace, and group three at a slow pace while practicing “mindfulness,” a mental technique to bring about the relaxation response, a physiological response in which the heart rate slows and blood pressure drops. This group was asked to pay attention to their footsteps, counting one, two, one, two, and to visualize the numbers in their mind. Group four practiced a form of tai chi, and group five served as the control, changing nothing about their lives. The group practicing mindfulness showed significant declines in anxiety and had fewer negative and more positive feelings about themselves. Overall they experienced the same stress-reducing effects of the brisk walkers. Better yet, the effects were evident immediately.

    18. Give priority to close relationships. One study of more than 1,300 men and women of various ages found that those who had a lot of supportive friends were much more likely to have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar metabolism, and stress hormone levels than those with two or fewer close friends. Women, and to a lesser extent men, also seemed to benefit from good relationships with their parents and spouses. Studies also find that people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated are three to five times more likely to get sick and die prematurely than those who have feelings of love, connection, and community.

    19. Take care of the soul. In study after study, actively religious people are happier and cope better with crises, according to David Myers, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. For many people faith provides a support community, a sense of life’s meaning, feelings of ultimate acceptance, a reason to focus beyond yourself, and a timeless perspective on life’s woes. Even if you’re not religious, a strong spirituality may offer similar benefits.

    20. Count your blessings. People who pause each day to reflect on some positive aspect of their lives (their health, friends, family, freedom, education, etc.) experience a heightened sense of well-being.

     


 

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