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How Interior Design Affects Your Happiness

Although the bond between interior design and our emotions has gained much attention in the last decade, this form of environmental psychology exists for thousands of year now – the Indian Vastu Shastra, the Chinese Feng Shui, etc. Because of the rise of neuroscience, scientists are doing plenty of research on this topic and finding the most incredible results. They have shown the ability of interior design elements to evoke positive or negative emotional response in people. These findings open the door to design spaces that consciously manipulate decorative elements with the goal of encouraging creativity, peace and happiness. Many

Yoga Boosts Brain Function

Older women who practice yoga may have greater “thickness” in areas of the brain involved in memory and attention, a small study suggests. Researchers found that even compared with other healthy, active women their age, yoga practitioners typically had greater cortical thickness in the brain’s left prefrontal cortex. That could be good news because, as the researchers pointed out, cognitive impairment from aging is usually associated with less volume in cortical areas of the brain associated with attention tasks, and decreases in memory. But experts said it’s not clear what conclusions can be drawn from the study’s findings. The findings are based on one-time brain scans

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3 Sour Foods with Major Health Benefits

Let’s face it: Our love for all things sweet and salty has caught up with us; health experts agree that most adults are consuming too much of both. But before you resign yourself to a lifetime of bland fare, consider tart foods, which are becoming a popular flavor alternative and have real health benefits. “As people move away from sugar and salt, sour and tart options can be high-impact, low-calorie, low-fat replacements,” says Cynthia Sass, a registered dietician in New York City and author of Slim Down Now. The health perks of these three foods will win you over.   Grapefruit

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Apps to Train Your Brain

Whether it’s to focus at work, do better at school or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important. “Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face,” says Tracy Dennis, Ph.D, professor of psychology at Hunter College. “Mental changes affect every part of our lives: physical health, sense of well-being, work, educational productivity and community involvement.” Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D., professor and vice chair at Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and president of the American Psychological Association, says apps can help promote

Colorado’s Hidden Gems

You know the Colorado thing: Walk in the shadow of the Maroon Bells. Scale the Flatirons. Backpack through Rocky Mountain National Park. Ride the Monarch Crest Trail. Swoosh down the slopes of Telluride or Vail. It’s no wonder that iconic spots like these draw visitors from across the world to our spectacular state, but don’t ever get tired of the same old outdoor jams? Live a little and explore these lesser-known quintessentially Colorado, but lesser-known spots. You may just discover a few more reasons to love where we live.   Staunton State Park Nestled in verdant forest just a few

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Feng Shui Your Home

Whether you are hoping to implement a few feng shui techniques to improve the flow of your home, or are thinking of hiring a feng shui consultant to give your home a complete energy makeover, learning more about this ancient art is sure to enhance your life at home. Join us and discover some of the principles at work behind feng shui, along with solutions to common design problems that may be affecting your life. At its heart, feng shui is about the concept of chi — a life force or energy flow — in your home. Just as in Traditional Chinese

Staying Active After 55

As we continue to grow older, most of us begin to take life at a more leisurely and easier pace. Instead of hauling bags of groceries from the store, to our car, and into our homes, we have them delivered to our homes after an online order. Instead of walking around malls looking from shop to shop for the best prices and deals, we can go online to Amazon and have it delivered to our doorstop in a few days (or hours).  This is because when we hit the golden age of 55, we tend to let go of activities

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Why Happiness is Healthy

Happiness — you know it when you see it, but it’s hard to define. You might call it a sense of well-being, of optimism or of meaningfulness in life, although those could also be treated as separate entities. But whatever happiness is, we know that we want it, and that is just somehow good. We also know that we don’t always have control over our happiness. Research suggests that genetics may play a big role in our normal level of subjective well-being, so some of us may start out at a disadvantage. On top of that, between unexpected tragedies and daily

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