- Created on 31 October 2013
By Rob White
It's wise to understand that, in every moment, you are about as happy as you assume it's your right to be. And, it's profoundly relieving when you trust that it's your birthright to be happy and enjoy life.
If, right now, you were to rate your life by laughter, where would you place yourself on a scale of one to 10? If you find that you're living lower than eight on the Happiness Scale, it's important to accept the fact that only one person can help elevate your attitude -- and that person is you.
When you catch yourself wandering down an alley where dark thoughts exist, you always have the power to flip the switch and turn on the light. You flip the switch by looking beyond "the imperfections of life." Where your attention goes, your feelings flow. Click here to see a list of five tips to help you look beyond the imperfections and turn on the light.
- Created on 30 October 2013
It looks like having a big butt and wide hips has more advantages than we thought!
A new study by the University of Oxford uncovers evidence that curvaceous women are more intelligent and most resistant to chronic illnesses. According to results, ladies with bigger backsides have lower levels of cholesterol, less heart problems and are less likely to get diabetes.
Scientists at Oxford argue that fat from the lower body produces “hormones that help to better metabolize sugars and other lipids, unlike abdominal fat secretes hormones with the opposite effect.”
Professor Konstantinos Manolopoulos, who leads the team at the University of Oxford, says that women with more fat on the buttocks have lower levels of cholesterol and glucose. Having a big butt also favors leptin levels in the female body, leptin is a hormone that is responsible for regulating the weight, and the dinopectina, hormone with anti-inflammatory, vascular-protective and anti-diabetic.
The adipose tissue of the buttocks big traps harmful fatty particles and prevent cardiovascular disease. Other interesting results of these investigations were apparently the children born to women with wider hips are intellectually superior to the children of mothers with “few hips”.
Similar studies conducted by the universities of California and Pittsburgh found that women with larger butts, wider hips and smaller waists may be smarter, too.
- Created on 30 October 2013
Sick day? What's that?! Nearly 90 percent of office workers surveyed by Staples this year admitted to showing up on the job even when they knew they were contagious. That's up from last year's findings that 80 percent of employees went to work when they were under the weather.
Their reasoning? They don't want to fall
- Created on 28 October 2013
Coffee drinkers might be less likely to develop the most common type of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a new review of studies.
Researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milan in Italy looked at 16 studies published between 1996 and 2012 that included data from 3,153 cases of hepatocellular carcinoma.
Coffee consumption was associated with a 40 percent decreased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, with some studies even suggesting a more than 50 percent decreased risk from drinking three cups of coffee a day.
However, it's still not known if coffee causes this decreased risk in liver cancer, or if people who have liver disease then try to drink less coffee, researchers noted.
"The inverse association might partly or largely exist because patients with liver and digestive diseases reduce their coffee intake. However, coffee has been shown to affect liver enzymes and development of cirrhosis, and therefore could protect against liver carcinogenesis," researchers wrote in the study.
The findings are published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology; researchers noted this is the first meta-analysis on liver cancer and coffee published since 2007.
Coffee consumption has been linked in past research to decreased risks of a variety of other cancers, including prostate cancer, oral cancer, basal cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer) and endometrial cancer. However, moderation may be key -- a recent study also linked high coffee consumption with a higher risk of death for people under age 55.
Need more reasons to keep up your cup of joe habit? Click here.