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Category: Well-Being

Norway unseats Denmark as world’s happiest country

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK, March 20 – Norway displaced Denmark as the world’s happiest country in a new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the well-being of their citizens. The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen, are the least happy of the 155 countries ranked in the fifth annual report released at the United...

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10 most inspiring Tedx Talks by Middle Eastern Speakers You Need to watch right now

From Libya to Afghanistan, Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, here is a collection of some of the most powerful TedTalks by Middle Eastern speakers that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to make a positive difference. Pakistani artist, writer and media personality Muniba Mazari shares her heart-wrenching incident that left her bound to a wheel chair. But she turned this adversity into opportunity.   Known globally as the first hijab-wearing Muslim model for H&M, earning her worldwide attention, Mariah Idrissi has appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Grazia. She has been featured on CNN, BBC News, ITV, CNN,...

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Study of cancer-causing toxins finds e-cigarettes much safer than smoking

Consuming e-cigarettes is far safer and less toxic than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes, according to the findings of a study analyzing levels of dangerous and cancer-causing substances in the body. Researchers found that people who switched from smoking regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as gum or patches for at least six months had much lower levels of toxins in their saliva and urine than those who continued to smoke. “Our study adds to existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking, and suggests that there is a very low risk...

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Youth organizations may not ease access to HIV tests

By Madeline Kennedy – Young people may be at risk for HIV infection, but very few get tested, partly because it can be difficult to access testing, researchers say. Community organizations may be important settings for youth to get tested, according to the authors of a new report. Their study in Baltimore, Maryland, however, showed that most organizations serving youth there do not test for HIV and few can connect youth to places to get tested. “These settings are often located close to where young people live and thus may be alternate testing locations that are easier to access...

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Kindness matters, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge tells schoolchildren

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge told a group of children to look for opportunities to be kind as she and her husband Prince William visited a primary school on Monday as part of a campaign to raise awareness of children’s mental health issues. William and Catherine attended a “Big Assembly” event at a London school as part of the “Heads Together” campaign that the couple and the prince’s younger brother Prince Harry are spearheading to tackle the stigma of mental health in Britain. “If you see someone who you think might need help, try to be kind to them. Keep...

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Extracurricular activities in youth tied to social engagement later in life

(Reuters Health) – People tend to become less involved with community work and social groups as they age, but those who were most active in their high school years are the most likely to stay engaged as they age, researchers say. Youth may be an important time for people to develop a sense of themselves as contributing to society, and this identity may last throughout life, the study team writes in The Journals of Gerontology: Social Science. There are many benefits to being involved in a community, including more social relationships, greater cognitive engagement and better health, lead author...

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Skipping breakfast may be bad for your heart, doctors say

(Reuters Health) – Planning meals and snacks in advance and eating breakfast every day may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, new guidelines from U.S. doctors say. Eating more calories earlier in the day and consuming less food at night may also reduce the odds of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac or blood vessel diseases, according to the scientific statement from the American Heart Association. “When we eat may be important to consider, in addition to what we eat,” said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, chair of the group that wrote the guidelines and a nutrition researcher at Columbia...

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Monday Motivation

Mondays can be pretty rough. Here are tweets to get you through the day. ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ Dr. Seuss#MondayMotivation — Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) January 30, 2017 Your mind is your internal vision board. Don’t fill it with things you fear or want to avoid. Focus on good things.#MondayMotivation — Gordana Biernat (@MyPowertalk) January 30, 2017 #mondaymotivation you can get there one small step at a time 💜 pic.twitter.com/pM6gt5LgNe — PCSO Vanessa Young (@WYP_VanessaYoun) January 30, 2017 You are Amazing and you can handle anything #Reminder #Bikinipanda #mondaymotivation — BikiniPanda (@PandaBikini) January 30,...

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