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    1. Can You Really Boost Your Happiness?

      Happiness is a serious subject for many researchers these days. Some studies show that you have some control over how happy you feel. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor and happiness researcher, writes that your genes decide about 50% of your happiness. Issues in your life that may be hard to

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    2. 10 Ways to Improve Your Day in Just 5 Minutes

      Five minutes. It's only a little bit of time. But it's long enough for you to do one thing that could make your whole day better. That's a great return on your time investment! So take five minutes and try one of these 10 simple ways to lower stress, boost your mood, and get more energy. It might gi

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    3. Volunteering May Make People Happier, Study Finds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Volunteering may improve your mental health and help you live longer, a new review suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 40 published papers and found evidence that volunteers had a 20 percent lower risk of death than non-vol

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    4. That Bad Boss May Be Toxic to Your Family, Too

      By Lisa Esposito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- When workplace stress spills over into your personal life, your family's well-being can also suffer, new evidence suggests. A recent conference on work, stress and health, sponsored in part by the U.S. National Institute for Occ

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    5. Stressed? Maybe You Should Have Your Heart Checked

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- People who think stress is affecting their health may be setting themselves up for a heart attack, a new study contends. The researchers found that these people had double the risk of a heart attack compared with people who

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    6. Cell Phone 'Distracted Walking' Can Be Dangerous

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- Pedestrians are becoming more likely to be injured while using their cellphones and an estimated 1,500 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2010 as a result, a new study finds. It's impossible to know how many of the injurie

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    7. Do You Need a Nature Prescription?

      A stroll outside on a sunny day is a great pick-me-up. Now it may also be just what the doctor ordered. The benefits of nature for both body and soul are finding their way to the prescription pad as more health care providers are telling their patients to take a hike -- literally. Many health care r

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    8. 'Hands-Free' Devices Unsafe While Driving: Report

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Drivers who think hands-free devices for talking or texting are safer than handheld cellphones are mistaken, a new report suggests. Instead, devices such as speech-based technologies in cars can overload drivers, taking the

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    9. Healthy Lifestyle May Offset Job Stress

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Job stress increases the risk of heart disease, but living a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce that risk, a new study says. Researchers examined data from more than 102,000 men and women, aged 17 to 70, in the United Kin

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    10. Seriously Stressed? Hair Analysis Tells All, Study Finds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Hair analysis can reveal if seniors have elevated stress hormone levels that may put them at increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. Unlike a blood test that provides information about stress hormo

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