Can Smiling Make You Healthier?

  Every little thing that can make life happier for you is worth seeking out. One simple thing—smiling more—can help you feel healthier and happier, and it doesn’t cost a dime. Here are four ways that smiling can make you healthier.   It makes other people smile.   The next time you watch a comedy on TV, pay attention to your face when the characters are smiling. You might notice that you unconsciously smile when they do. Mirror neurons in your brain mimic the behavior and facial expressions of other people, including on TV. So whenever you smile, you’re unconsciously

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Essential Oils vs. Candles

  People have been making candles from wax and animal fat for thousands of years. Burning a candle is one of the oldest known ways to both light up a room and freshen the air within.   But the candles you have in your home today are not all-natural and eco-friendly like they used to be. Recently essential oil diffusers have become a healthy, organic way to refresh your home. Here are the differences between essential oils and candles.   The packaging around candles is decorated with sweeping beaches, glistening fruit and vibrant flowers. But in reality, what you’re burning

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How To Keep Your Resolutions Alive And Healthy

New Year’s resolutions are the easiest things in the world to make, but they’re often the hardest to keep. But don’t feel bad if you’ve let your resolutions slide in the past: 92% of people don’t see their resolutions come true. So if you want to be one of the 8% who achieves their goals, you need all the help you can get it. Use these tips and resources to keep your resolutions alive and healthy this year.   Accountability Apps   There’s an app for everything these days, including helping you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Apps like MyFoodDiary,

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Burn 300 Calories in 30 Minutes

There are three major elements in your adult life: your family, your work and your health. The old saying goes that you only get to pick two of these. If your life is too busy for you to find time for exercise, you need a workout that will burn the most calories in the least amount of time. It’s a common problem for adults, so you’re not alone. Here are some quick ways to keep yourself in shape when you’ve only got 30 minutes to spare.   Running   Running is one of the easiest forms of exercise, because all

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The Best Diets To Try In 2017

  This is it. This is the year you’re finally gonna do it. You’ll lose weight, make healthy choices and feel better about your body. If this mantra seems familiar to you, you might be tired of trying diet after diet without any results. But the secret to success is finding a diet that works for your unique nutritional needs. That’s why we’ve compiled the best four diets that are worth trying to make your 2017 healthier.   DASH DASH stands for “dietary approaches to stop hypertension”—hypertension is a medical term for blood pressure that is too high. The diet

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The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

    If this is the first time you’re hearing about apple cider vinegar, it’s your lucky day. This remedy has been around for years but has only recently become popular in American pantries. Apple cider vinegar offers multiple benefits that can make you healthier over time and help you fight off infections in the short term. These are only a few of the features of this amazing elixir.   It may lower your blood sugar. ACV has been shown to affect how your body responds to the sugar in your diet. If you have diabetes or a medical condition

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Snow Day Activities For Kids

    There comes a point with your kids during the winter when you just need to get outside. We hear you. But they can only throw snowballs and make snow angels for so long before they get bored. Try these fun outdoor activities to keep them active and interested out in the snow.   Make snow art. All you need is some food coloring and a spray bottle or dropper to paint the snow any color you like. Put together a whole palette of colors and see what frozen ideas your kids come up with. If the temperature stays

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Resolutions That Make A Difference

  It’s that time of year again, when you find out just how much willpower you have, to follow through on your New Year’s resolutions. Last year it was losing weight, and the year before that it was watching less TV. This year it’s time for a resolution that really makes a difference in the world, not just in your life. Here are some ideas that will help you feel good about your impact in 2017.   Start Recycling  The EPA estimates that 42% of the greenhouse gases emitted in America come from transporting, processing and disposing of the foods

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The Best Brownie In A Mug Recipe

  There you are watching TV like any normal night, when out of nowhere it strikes you right in the stomach: you need a brownie. There’s no use ignoring it. You won’t be able to think about anything else until you eat a brownie. We’ve found a recipe courtesy of Inspired Taste that will take care of your craving quicker than you can say “stomachache.” All you need is a mug and a few simple ingredients and you’ll have a fresh brownie from your microwave without a trip to the store. Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted and not hot (melted butter,

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The Best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Every year, the gluten-free community comes up with better and better recipes for treats that the rest of the world takes for granted. We’ve discovered a recipe for gluten-free sugar cookies that knocks the starch off our collars. Kids will love helping you with the cookie cutters and sprinkles. Check out this recipe from naturalchow.com and see how long it takes your family to scarf down the whole batch. Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Total time:  20 mins Yield: ABOUT 16 COOKIES (DEPENDING ON SIZE) (Pictures here) Ingredients: 3 cups Bob’s Red

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