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Daydream Believer

By New You Editorial
Posted On Aug 31, 2015

Daydream Believer
According to a study in The Journal of Neuroscience, if you let your mind wander periodically during your workday, you may actually boost your on-the-job performance. Research shows that when you engage brain areas with “o -task” activities like mind wandering and reminiscing, you increase your ability to tackle challenging tasks.

27 Times greater the amount of bacteria found around warm-air hand dryers in public bathrooms than old-fashioned paper towels. Hand dryers spread bacteria from poorly washed hands into the air and onto users and those nearby. If you can, use paper towels.

Source: University of Leeds

Get High for Good Health

Is your self-esteem on sky-rocket mode? It may correlate to the stack of your heel. According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, shoes form an important part of self identity and self-esteem for women—a feeling that also leads to better health.

The Art of Being Healthy 

New studies point to some rather surprising healthy habits:
Travel or take in new art exhibits. A UC Berkeley study found that nature, art, and even religion—each of which inspire positive emotions like awe and wonder—may lower levels of inflammation linked to everything from heart disease to depression.

Give plenty of hugs. A Carnegie Mellon University study found that the more frequent hugs people give, the less susceptibility these people had to infection. Hugging is a sign of strong social networks, which appear to help protect against stress and illness.

Look at the bright side. Doing so may result in a healthier heart, say University of Illinois researchers. The most optimistic people were twice as likely to have ideal cardiovascular health.