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4 Reasons You Should Try Coloring

4 Reasons You Should Try Coloring

While coloring never goes out of style for kids, it’s now a booming business for adults as well. Sales in adult coloring books soared from 1 million in 2014 to a whopping 12 million in 2015, and colored pencil sales jumped 26 percent that same year. With Crayola releasing premium coloring kits designed for adults, it’s looking like adult coloring is here to stay. And for good reason: Coloring is not only fun – it may help you stay healthy. “Coloring appears to be universal – a valuable tool for individuals of all ages,” says Andrea Smith, PhD, a psychologist at Medical City Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas, Texas. According to Smith, coloring has the power to ease your mind and boost your mood. Here are four ways that coloring can brighten your life and improve your health. Reason 1: Tame stress…

Stop Money Stress

Stop Money Stress

We may look like Masters of the Universe on the outside, but there’s still a good deal of Fred Flintstone on the inside. That’s good for winning over Wilma, but bad for our bank accounts and stress levels. See, the tendency to grab small short-term gains to our long-term disadvantage—like when we choose the cheaper air conditioner over the pricier one that will save on energy bills for years down the line—comes from our Stone Age ancestors. Those were folks who had a reasonable chance of dying during the course of any given day. So, the choice to go with a smaller, surer, instant reward was hardly irrational. But what was Mensa-smart in olden times doesn’t work so well today, when it can cause us to overspend and feel burdened with financial stress. Fortunately, you can overwrite these…

Are You Hungry for Relationships?

Are You Hungry for Relationships?

When Bruce Springsteen croons “everybody’s got a hungry heart,” you can feel how desperate a person can be for love. So it’s not surprising that psychologists agree with that analogy: Turns out if you’re eating or drinking too much, you may actually be hungry for relationships. According to Michael McKee, M.D., a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, “feeling lonely activates the sympathetic nervous system in a chronic way that includes regular output of stress hormones….” And self-soothing with food and/or alcohol can be an attempt to ease that discomfort. If that sounds familiar, well, 35 percent of adults 45+ say they’re lonely. Chronic loneliness is associated with bouts of the blues, insomnia, chronic headache or backache, even elevated blood pressure. Fortunately, if you rely on food and alcohol to temporarily boost your lonely mood, there are other ways to ease…

Happiness is Powerful Medicine

The Health Benefits of Having a Hobby

The Health Benefits of Having a Hobby

Bonnie Raitt says her parents would drag her out to play the guitar for visiting family and picking and strumming was just a childhood hobby. The Wright brothers needed something to break-up the monotony of selling and repairing bicycles, so they looked around for an interesting pastime — and built an airplane! Clearly, you never know where having a hobby will lead. But a new report from the Mayo Clinic shows one benefit is certain: It sets you in the direction of a healthier life. Researchers tracked 256 people for four years, from about age 87 to 91, and found those who continued to make time for arts, crafts and other hobbies were a whopping 73% less likely to show signs of fuzzy thinking and memory slips. Volunteers took tests for signs of “mild cognitive impairment” at the…

Slow Down Aging by Doing This

Slow Down Aging by Doing This

Wanted: Creative thinker. Is that you? It may not be part of your job description, but if you sharpen this skill, your health may thank you. Why? Because the higher people scored on a creativity scale, the younger their health status. The Live-Younger Connection Seems creative work could be one of the best things for your health. In a study, people were asked to rate their health and answer questions about their work. The more problem solving and creativity they honed on the job, the better their health status. For example, those in the 60th percentile on the creativity scale were deemed 6.7 years younger than their peers in the 40th percentile. Why? It’s possible that creative work may decrease depression, enhance a mood-boosting sense of personal control, and improve cognitive function — all things you need if…

Long, Long Healthy Living

Long, Long Healthy Living

Connie Sawyer, now 103, the oldest member of the Screen Actors Guild, appeared in a recent episode of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on HBO: “I had to get to 102 not to have to audition — for once,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. What can you do to stay as on-the-ball as Connie? New research indicates that cultivating a positive outlook and using the Internet to stay in touch, learn, and even exercise can make a big difference in how your 70s, 80s, 90s – and beyond – play out. One recent study from the University of Toronto discovered that “people’s feelings about getting older influence their sensory and cognitive functions.” In other words, if you think aging is about falling apart, chances are you’ll experience unnecessary problems with memory and hearing. And a Yale University study says a negative…