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(TR#206) Climb Every Mountain

WHAT IF…altitude affects your metabolism? RESEARCH SAYS: Spending time at high altitudes can help shed some pounds. A 2013 study found that Americans who live at sea-level are four to five times more likely to be obese as those who live in the highest altitude communities in Colorado — even after they controlled for other […]

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(TR#205) One Thing Guaranteed to Make You Feel Better!

WHAT IF…singing can make you happy? RESEARCH SAYS: When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Singing releases endorphins in the body that make you feel good as well as oxytocin that alleviates anxiety and stress and enhances feelings of trust and bonding. This may explain why studies have […]

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(TR#202) The Joy of Knitting

WHAT IF…knitting can take the blues away? RESEARCH SAYS: My wife recently took up knitting. She says it just makes her happy. Now we know why. In one study of more than 3,500 knitters, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. This may be because when you begin to weave together intricate […]

(TR#201) Ellen is Right…Life’s a Dance

WHAT IF…you can dance your way to healthier brain? RESEARCH SAYS: I’m not a talented dancer (just ask my wife), but I love to dance. Losing myself to the rhythm of music just makes me happy. It turns out it’s also making me smarter. A 21-year study found that frequent dancing reduces your risk for […]

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(TR#195) The Gift of Nature

WHAT IF…playing outside nurtures your inner well-being? RESEARCH SAYS: According to a new study, children who spend a significant amount of time playing outside (5 to 10 hours per week) feel spiritually connected to the earth and believe that they play a role in its protection. Children who are given plenty of free time to […]