Life area: Health

Ergonomics–The Basics

09 Oct, 2014 0 comments All life areas

A field of research called ergonomics has long been associated with the idea of providing tips on how to make the working environment conducive for the human body which has to survive long working hours and stress. The majority of research has gone into the way desk job working conditions can be modified to prevent common complaints such as headaches, tendinitis of the wrist or arm, Sciatica, shoulder pain and lower back pain.

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The Amazing Value of Synthetic Happiness

25 Sep, 2014 0 comments All life areas

Ever thought about creating happiness? Not depending on the outside world to feel happy? Can you, setting everything material aside, count the things that give you happiness on your fingers?

In an inspiring TED talk on The Surprising Science of Happiness, Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, enlightens us on the benefits of manufacturing our own happiness and reducing our dependence on the outside world to achieve a happy state of mind. Emphasizing the difference between natural or ‘real’ happiness and synthetic happiness, Gilbert gives us interesting insights into the happiness level of people in different circumstances. A Harvard psychologist by profession, Gilbert is only one of the many researchers who have intensively focused on the meaning of happiness in our lives and how ideas of freedom and choice are intimately linked to it. His research was done with a diverse set of people including patients suffering from amnesia, lottery winners and paraplegics. The findings were even more curious, and led to actually questioning the very basis of our understanding happiness and how it is affected by our society. His studies on happiness hold valuable lessons that we can all benefit from learning…

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The Google Effect on Memory

18 Sep, 2014 0 comments All life areas

The ‘Google Effect’ studies are a group of research initiatives undertaken to find out the effect internet search engines have on our memory. The phenomenon was discussed for the first time in a research paper by Betsy Sparrow, who led the study at Columbia University in collaboration with Jenny Liu from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lindsley professor of psychology, Daniel Wegner. The study, “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” elucidates some significant connections between the expansion of the internet and human memory.

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You could be a binge drinker and not even know it!

04 Sep, 2014 0 comments All life areas

To many people, binge drinking conjures images of self-destructive and reckless drinking that lasts for at least two days and has the binge drinker engaging in irresponsible and risky behavior. This view is very much consistent with what Hollywood movies portray, as well as the stereotypical ‘best way’ to enjoy college down-time.

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6 Questions You Have About Vegetarianism

24 Jul, 2014 0 comments All life areas

Vegetarianism isn’t just a passing craze; people and cultures around the world have gone meat-free throughout history, for many different reasons. If you’re considering cutting the corndogs and rejecting the roast beef, then these 10 facts may answer some questions that you didn’t even know you should be asking!

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Cultivate Daily Serenity

15 Jul, 2014 0 comments All life areas

“Serenity,” is not a word that you hear every day. It is a concept that is foreign to many of us, especially as we go about the tasks required of us by our jobs and personal relationships; things can get messy and hectic, to say the least. But serenity is an important part of your life and if you are missing it, you can feel it in every bone in your body.

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6 Essential Marathon Training Tips

25 Apr, 2014 0 comments All life areas

When it comes to bucket lists, there are a few things that seem to pop up pretty regularly. For example, it is common for people to dream that they’ll one day go skydiving, travel through Europe, swim with sharks, or run a marathon. This last one is somewhat surprising considering how few people actually apply themselves to improving or maintaining their fitness. Let’s face it—you don’t just make up your mind to run more than two dozen miles, then step out the door and do it. It takes commitment and preparation.

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3 Obvious and Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Running

01 Apr, 2014 0 comments All life areas

Why run? It’s a question that I spent more than a decade asking.

I began asserting my willful stubbornness against running in middle school gym class. As a bookish, non-athletic know-it-all (let’s just come out and say it—I was a nerd), I came up with a variety of rationalizations for why running was a thing to be avoided at all costs. First of all, it made you sweat. Then there was the potential for shin splints and side-aches. Of course there was always the youthful fear of not being able to measure up to the others, of being too slow, or not being able to run far enough. The whole thing made me uncomfortable, and I didn’t like it one bit.

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What You Didn’t Know About Smoking

06 Mar, 2014 0 comments All life areas

In the US alone, smoking has been found to cause one in every five deaths. In the UK, around 100,000 people die every year due to smoking-related illnesses, with more deaths linked to the habit itself. Worldwide, the numbers reveal a trend: smoking has harmful health effects, and if care is not taken early, can lead to death.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dealing With a Hangover

04 Mar, 2014 0 comments All life areas

What happened last night?

This is a question at least readers of this piece have asked themselves at some point. It has to do with the hangover – not the humorous movie – but rather the serious condition that accompanies a great night of partying and alcohol (over) consumption. A hangover results in a breakfast of painkillers, hours spent “sweating it out,” nausea, and intake of large amounts of water.

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