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HOW TO BE TRULY HAPPY
Explorer and educator Dan Buettner visited many countries and talked to thousands of people while researching a new book on happiness. His conclusions include:
1. Find the right neighborhood. Look for one with sidewalks, meeting places, green spaces and characteristics that encourage social interaction.
2. Stop shopping and start saving. The thrill of buying something wears off. Financial security increases happiness.
3. Get enough sleep. People who don't are more likely to develop depression and anxiety.
4. Don't watch so much TV. You'll get more pleasure from spending time with people, reading or engaging in a hobby.
5. Visit with the right friends. Happy people purposely create social times. Time spent with happy friends makes our happiness grow.
6. Find your mate. Studies show that married people are more likely to be happy. But both health and happiness decline in an unhappy relationship.
7. Be part of a religious community. Happy people often attend church services regularly. They tend to live seven years longer than others.
8. Have a dog or cat. You'll have lower blood pressure, fewer stress hormones in your blood and higher self-esteem.
9. Practice compassion. At the Institute for Research in Brazil, studies show altruism stimulates the pleasure centers in the brain.
1. What insect stretches when it wakes up in the morning?
2. What sea creature is made of of 95% water?
3. What bug hears through holes in its hind legs?
4. What insect can pull 300 times its own weight?
5. What is the only mammal that cannot have all four legs off the ground at the same time?
(Answers found on page 3)
Fast & Furious 6 was the No.1 film in the world for two second consecutive weekends with an estimated weekend gross of $109.5 million from 63 markets. Its current worldwide total over $480.6 million.
JOBS, the highly anticipated film chronicling the story of Steve Jobs’ ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century plays nationwide on August 16, 2013. JOBS details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis. Steve Jobs will be played by Ashton Kutcher.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West gave birth to their beautiful daughter June 15, 2013
Health in the News
Smaller-sized snacks satisfy just as much
Now, it's a proven fact: small portions of various snacks are just as satisfying as larger ones.
Reported in Food Quality and Preference, two groups of people were served different portion sizes of chocolate, apple pie and potato chips to eat over a 15 minute period. The larger portion group consumed 1,370 calories, and the smaller portion group took in far fewer calories, according to Duke Medicine.
When taking a survey after the test, both groups reported about the same feelings of fullness.
The study suggests that you need less than half a normal sized serving of snacks in order to feel satisfied.
Diet drinks linked to depression
Researchers say cutting back on sweetened diet drinks is probably a good idea after one study linked diet drinks to depression.
The results are not conclusive, however. Researchers for the National Institutes of Health say the higher reported depression rates could be caused by people who were prone to it.
Still, the study of 263,923 adults ages 50-70 is suggestive. They followed participants for 10 years. After that time, 11,311 reported having been diagnosed with depression between 2000 and 2006. Those drinking four or more of these beverages per day had a 31 percent increase in depression.
Diet iced tea caused a 25 percent increase, while ice tea sweetened with sugar slightly decreased the risk of depression. Diet fruit punch caused a 51 percent greater risk, but sugar sweetened punch had no effect. Only unsweetened coffee produced a lower risk for depression.
If a person is susceptible to depression it would be a very good idea for that person to avoid diet drinks.
Answers to Quiz
1. An Ant
2. A Jelly Fish
3. A Katydid
4. A Bumble Bee
5. An Elephant
Thought of the Month
“ Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. ”
— Dr. Seuss
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Chicken Cordon Bleu II
Prep Time: 15 Min Cook Time: 45 Min Ready In: 1 Hr
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
6 tablespoons butter
6 slices Swiss cheese
½ cup dry white wine
6 slices of ham
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1. Pound chicken breasts if they are too thick. Place a cheese and ham slice on each breast within 1/2 inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the chicken over the filling, and secure with toothpicks. Mix the flour and paprika in a small bowl, and coat the chicken pieces.
2. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Add the wine and bouillon. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
3. Remove the toothpicks, and transfer the breasts to a warm platter. Blend the cornstarch with the cream in a small bowl, and whisk slowly into the skillet. Cook, stirring until thickened, and pour over the chicken. Serve warm.
3 Simple Steps to Start a Safe Money Savings Plan
Saving is a word that is often scary to people. A lot of people are not saving. If you are one who isn’t saving consistently, here are 3 simple steps to help you get started.
1. Invest in yourself. Sit down and see where you have spent your money for the past few months. Decide if and where there is waste in your spending and start cutting the waste out. After you cut the wasteful spending out, start saving. You want to get to a point where you are saving 10% of your income each month. If you need to, gradually start saving by starting with 1% of your income each month. Once you feel comfortable with the 1% start saving 2% each month and so on until you are saving 10% of your income each month.
2. Don’t rely on discipline to do this. Set up an automatic draft from your pay to a savings account so that each paycheck you receive already has your savings taken out and routed to your savings account automatically.
3. Keep your money safe. Never put your life savings or retirement where you can lose it (i.e. stock market). There are a few ways to grow your savings while keeping it safe and if you’d like to talk to me about what those options are, I’d be happy to assist you. Feel free to contact me.
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