New Year 2017 Resolution Check List

8 Small Changes You Can Make Today To Lead A Longer And Healthier Life

Who among us doesn’t  want to be healthier? So at the start of each year, you promise yourself this is it ― and resolve to start exercising and eating better. But when it comes time to put your plan into action, it all just seems so…daunting. We feel you; it’s hard. But even though it might seem overwhelming, your health simply cannot wait. We partnered with Sleep Number to bring you eight small things you can start doing today that will lead to a longer and healthier life tomorrow. Skip Screens Before Bed Newsflash: Sleep is super important….

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Why Finding Time Each Day For Creativity Makes You Happier

Kurt Vonnegut once said that practicing any art ― no matter how badly ― makes the soul grow. “So do it,” he wisely advised. Psychologists have now come to a similar conclusion. According to a recent study out of New Zealand, engaging in creative activities contributes to an “upward spiral” of positive emotions, psychological well-being and feelings of “flourishing” in life. This isn’t just good news for people who work in creative fields. Anyone who finds time for creative hobbies and side projects like writing in a journal, sketching, crafting or playing the ukulele is…

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7 Workout Rules You Can Totally Ignore

There are few feelings better than the one you get after conquering a solid workout. And while you might feel great and have been slaying it in the gym even harder than Kylie Jenner on Instagram, there’s one teensy issue—you’re not seeing the rad results you were hoping for. It happens, and it sucks. There are a few non-negotiables when it comes to making fitness gains: you have to do some sort of training (on a semi-regular basis) and you need to keep up a healthy, balanced diet. But if you’re looking to maximize your next…

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7 Daytime Habits That Are Sabotaging Your Sleep

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, a few musts come to mind: a quiet room, comfortable bed and plenty of time. But research actually shows that what we do during the day can have as much effect on sleep as anything we do at night. So if you’re having trouble drifting off even after revamping your night routine, see if these daytime mistakes are tripping you up: 1. You hit the snooze button. Getting a good night’s sleep can hinge in part on the very first thing you do in the morning. That’s because when you…

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7 Cold Weather Items You’re Forgetting to Clean

Most people are aware of the increased potential to get sick in the fall and winter months thanks to all the germs that spread indoors. And while we could all seriously help to prevent that by cleaning areas around our homes that are touched frequently by multiple people (light switches, doorknobs, buttons on electronics, etc.) — there are still lots of other germ-filled items that can be easy to completely forget about cleaning. Since some of these items are ones that we use every day (or even several times a day), they should probably be cleaned at least once a week, but as often as…

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9 Ways to Bring Peace and Grace to Your Holiday Season

The link between holidays and holy days has become fragile in our society. But you can bypass the stress that mounts for many people during this season to fashion your own holiday spirit. The words that get tossed around—joy, peace, Thanksgiving—will only have meaning if you fill them with meaning. It all happens at the level of intention and attention. Intention Holidays are about gatherings—first of family but also of events that embrace community and nation. It’s therefore easy to feel, on the negative side, that you have little or no control over what’s happening around you. Swept up in holiday…

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7 Ways To Feel Full on Fewer Calories

Hunger is a big obstacle for most people who want to lose weight. You may want to eat few calories, but the hunger is too much to bear. Luckily, there’s a solution to this problem. You can feel full while eating fewer calories. Once you learn to control hunger, it’ll be easy to lose weight and keep it off. Apply the tips below to feel full even when maintaining a calorie deficit. 1. Eat high water content foods These foods will fill your stomach up for very few calories. Fruits and vegetables have the highest water content. So include them in every…

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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

The holidays bring a lot of excitement with them—time spent with family and friends, celebrating with loved ones, tasty food and crisp weather. Despite all the wonderful things the season has to offer, it’s also time to start preparing for cold and flu season. For many, this can bring along with it a sense of anxiety and concern, especially given all of the media attention given to recent flu stains. Rest assured, there are several things you can do this year to build your immunity naturally and to help you and your family make it through the season happy and healthy. The…

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How to Stay Relaxed During Holiday Travel

For many people, the holidays are associated with packing a suitcase and hitting the road. In fact, about 98 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more to see loved ones during the year’s end holiday season. Between congested airports, cold weather and family dynamics, making a holiday journey during this time of year can be stressful. Making this yearly trek doesn’t have to transform you into a bundle of nerves, however. With a little bit of planning, deep breathing and the right relaxation tools, this year’s holiday season can be a totally joyful experience—whether or not you travel far. Follow…

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5 Tips for Healthy Eating this Holiday Season

If, like me, you want to eat healthy at Thanksgiving without feeling confined to the vegetable tray, then you might consider these five simple strategies I plan on using to eat healthy at Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Eat a healthy snack shortly before the actual dinner begins. Nothing fancy here. Perhaps a small plate of vegetables or some fruit and yogurt with a glass of water an hour before go-time. I know me well. If I “save my appetite” for when a buffet of sweet and savory dishes is set out before me, I’ll be so hungry, I’ll overeat. This year,…