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Science proves it; we work harder when we are happy

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Happiness makes people more productive at work, according to the latest research from the University of Warwick. Economists carried out a number of experiments to test the idea that happy employees work harder. In the laboratory, they found happiness made people around 12% more productive. Professor Andrew Oswald, Dr Eugenio Proto and Dr Daniel Sgroi from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick led the research. This is the first causal evidence using randomized trials and piece-rate working. The study, to be published in the Journal of Labor Economics, included four different experiments with more than 700 participants….

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Let your mind wander-it’s good for you

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Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom. In fact, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a wandering mind can impart a distinct cognitive advantage. Scientists at Bar-Ilan University are the first to demonstrate how an external stimulus of low-level electricity can literally change the way we think, producing a measurable up-tick in the rate at which daydreams — or spontaneous, self-directed thoughts and associations — occur. Along the way, they made another surprising discovery: that while daydreams offer…

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4 easy ways to a great smile

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Taking care of your oral health not only means you will have a bright shiny smile, it could slash your risk for heart disease, breast cancer, or pregnancy complications. Follow these top tips to keep your mouth healthy Clean every day Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily to remove the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth and under your gum line. To dislodge the offending build-up take a regular soft bristle toothbrush and make a few gentle strokes down the tongue from back to front once a day See your dentist twice a year…

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4 great reasons to exercise in the morning

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If getting more exercise was one of your New Year’s resolutions and its STILL not happening, maybe you’re trying to do it at the wrong time. It turns out that working out first thing in the morning has many advantages. Here are the top 4 reasons that working out in the morning is better than at any other time. 1. You can focus better When you exercise in the morning you find that there are fewer distractions. Fewer people are up, so your cell phone wont be buzzing yet and you can complete your workout without interruption. 2. Gym is…

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Do you have these warning signs of job burnout?

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Is the mere thought of Monday morning enough to ruin your weekend? Do you find yourself dreading meetings with your colleagues and can’t find the energy to do tasks you used to enjoy? You may be on your way to job burnout. What is Job burnout? Job burnout is a distinctive form of work related stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with negative feelings and thoughts about your work. What are the signs? Are you pessimistic, unenthusiastic or critical at work? Do you dread your work, have to drag yourself to it and have trouble…

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Sitting too long is dangerous, even if you exercise

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The amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise, according to a review study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “More than one half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary — sitting, watching television, or working at a computer,” said Dr. David Alter, Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network (UHN), and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. “Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for…

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The OTHER Downside of Working Night shift – Gaining weight

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People who work the night shift are likely burning less energy during a 24-hour period than those on a normal schedule, increasing their risk for weight gain and obesity, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. Researchers have known that people who work, and therefore eat, at night when their bodies are biologically prepared to sleep are prone to put on pounds. But the reasons have not been clear. For the new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, fourteen healthy adults spent six days at the University of Colorado Hospital’s…

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Could your commute be making you miserable?

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The more time you spend getting to and from work, the less likely you are to be satisfied with life, says a new study. The research reveals exactly why commuting is such a contentment killer — and surprisingly, traffic isn’t the only reason to blame. “We found that the longer it takes someone to get to work, the lower their satisfaction with life in general,” says Margo Hilbrecht, a professor in Applied Health Sciences and the associate director of research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. While commuting has long been thought to have some upsides, like providing time to…

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Are obesity-related work absences eating into your profits?

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Obese workers miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs, according to a study in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). “Obesity-attributable absenteeism among American workers costs the nation an estimated $8.65 billion per year,” report Tatiana Andreyeva, PhD, of Yale University and colleagues. The researchers analyzed nationally representative data to assess obesity-attributable workdays missed due to health, and the associated costs on the state level. The results showed that obese workers missed significantly more work days: an average of 1.1 to 1.7 additional…

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Why people who wear health trackers are healthier

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Most of us really don’t know how healthy we are. As long as we’re feeling fine, we assume that we are doing everything right. This is where people who wear trackers are ahead of the game, they have the data to show them what they do, giving them an objective view of their habits. Here is how trackers can help improve your health Somewhere to start and keep going Most of us have no idea what shape we are really in until our waistline is too big or we fall ill Research shows that far too many of us lead…

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