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puppies in a basket Stressed? Why NIH Says Puppy Cams Are Your Best Friend

Who among us doesn't need stress reduction techniques from time to time? Especially, ideas that actually work. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently channeled a puppy cam to call attention to the importance of recognizing stress in our everyday lives.

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Pamela Rentz
Woman's feet standing on a wood floor The Benefits of Thinking on Your Feet—Literally

Most articles and research about avoiding prolonged sitting and doing more work while standing have focused on the physical health benefits of periodic standing, particularly if you have a desk job. But there are also mental benefits. Standing and walking improve attention, memory, and other cognitive skills, too.

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Naomi Karten
Woman standing up from desk Tips to Get You Up from Your Desk and Moving Around

We've all heard the dangers that come from sitting too much. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas that can help you move a little more, even if your job entails sitting for most of the day. You just need a reminder to get up every hour or so—and among these tips, there's sure to be one that works for you.

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Naomi Karten
Woman laughing Give Yourself a Boost with Laughter—whether Real or Not So Much

Laughter has health benefits similar to a workout, including increased heart rate, stretched muscles, improved blood flow, and enhanced respiration. What’s really interesting, though, is that faking laughter can cause your body to respond as though the laughter is real, thereby gaining similar benefits.

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Naomi Karten
Go Ahead, Take a Mental Break from Workday Pressures

If you’re in a stress-filled, deadline-driven job, finding a way to take a mental break from your work can have significant health benefits. What’s important is not the specific activity that helps distract you, but that you have something that serves that purpose. Relaxing now helps you focus later.

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Naomi Karten
Dr. Google’s Symptom Search

Always consult a doctor for medical advice. Well yes, but for many of us, that’s after we first do an Internet search for our symptoms. Google recognizes this reality and is attempting to make web-surfing symptoms more accurate, with more helpful (and appropriate) listings served up.

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Pamela Rentz
Forget Sitting: Here’s the New Health Hazard to Avoid

Sitting for prolonged periods of time is still just as bad for you as always. But new research has revealed another health hazard: lying down. Unless it's while you're getting some restorative sleep, lying down—or, really, any inactivity—has the same health risks as sitting. Read on, then get moving!

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Naomi Karten
Standing Is Better Than Sitting—and Not Just for Your Health

In case you haven't heard, sitting is bad. Doctors say if you sit for long hours at your job, the amount of time spent exercising doesn’t counteract all the time you spend sitting. Standing is better for your health, but research suggests standing also improves productivity and creativity and boosts energy.

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Naomi Karten