Category Archives: Mind & Body

8 Life-Changing Lessons From TED Talks on How to Be Happy

What makes us happy? Thirteen happiness experts, including psychologists, researchers, monks, and the inimitable Malcolm Gladwell, try to shed light on this surprisingly difficult question in a series of TED Talks about happiness.

Over and over, the same two themes emerge. First, we’re usually wrong about what will make us happy–or unhappy, for that matter. For example, research has demonstrated that people who win the lottery are no happier about that event one year later than if they’d lost the use of their legs instead. And second, happiness is largely a matter of choice. Which is good news, because it means we can pretty much all be happier if we want to be.

How can we make this happen? Here’s some of what the TED speakers advise:

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Fit Body at 40 Keeps Brain Bright at 60

Tests show higher midlife fitness levels tied to greater brain volume, function decades later

By Maureen Salamon | HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who are fit in their 40s seem to retain more brain volume two decades later and also perform better on decision-making tests, new research suggests.

The analysis of more than 1,200 participants who were tracked for more than 20 years showed that those with lower fitness levels at midlife had smaller brain volumes in their 60s — a sign of accelerated brain aging. Continue reading Fit Body at 40 Keeps Brain Bright at 60

Heavy Drinking May Cause More Strokes Than Hypertension Does in Mid-Life

Cynthia Fox, Science Writer

Many studies indicate two or fewer alcoholic beverages a day may be good for men’s hearts. But a new paper suggests danger could be a heartbeat away: more than two drinks a day in middle age may raise men’s stroke risk more than hypertension (high blood pressure, HBP) or diabetes does. Furthermore, it  raises risk early on, whereas stroke risk from HBP begins at age 75; diabetes, age 80.

And women? Their stroke risk rises if they drink more than a single alcoholic beverage a day. Continue reading Heavy Drinking May Cause More Strokes Than Hypertension Does in Mid-Life