Monthly Archives: January 2014

These People Stand On Corners For Hours Just To Make Strangers Happy

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
These People Stand On Corners For Hours Just To Make Strangers Happy
On a corner in Anacortes, Wash., months before the 2012 presidential election, Republicans and Democrats stood, holding signs and yelling about whose political ideology was the right one.

Laura Lavigne decided she, too, wanted to stand on that corner. But she wouldn’t wear red or blue — she’d wear yellow. And she’d hold up a sign that’d spread a different ideology: happiness.

Lavigne and some friends gathered at the corner on May 22. Each person held a black and white sign. The messages were simple: “You Rock!,” “Be YOU,” “You Are Enough” and “You Are Loved,” to name a few. Their goal was equally simple: To make passersby happy and perhaps turn someone’s bad day around.

“That was the first day of Happiness Sprinkling Project,” Lavigne told The Huffington Post.

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Lavigne, a life coach and the founder of the Anacortes Center for Happiness, has since organized “happiness sprinkling” groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. The most recent one hit Riverside, Calif., on Tuesday. At each gathering, people hold Lavigne’s original signs for a few hours — the hosting town then mails the signs to the next location. Sometimes the groups play music, sometimes they dance, sometimes they invite strangers to join along.

In almost two years, more than 40 cities have been “sprinkled,” according to Lavigne. And the requests keep coming in. She’s currently trying to figure out how to send the signs to Italy.

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Lavigne doesn’t make a profit off the Happiness Sprinkling Project. “It’s just plain joy for the sake of joy,” she says.

“I think we all walk around with worry and questions,” Lavigne told HuffPost. “Sometimes just a stranger coming up to you with those words out of nowhere can shift us.”

Lavigne told HuffPost that wearing yellow and holding the original signs are the project’s only stipulations.

But Susan Shields was the exception.

Last June, Shields, a 59-year-old from Ames, Iowa, was battling cancer when she missed her town’s “sprinkling,” Lavigne told HuffPost. When Shields reached out to the organization and asked them to hold another, they planned a second gathering and sent the signs back to Ames that October. But, surrounded by people in yellow shirts on her 60th birthday, Shields held her own sign that read, “Life is good.”

Shields died shortly after, according to Lavigne. But her memory is what the Happiness Sprinkling Project is all about — “Life is good” is now a permanent sign.

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Lavigne has dedicated her life to spreading happiness because she believes in its importance.

“I don’t want people to underestimate the power they have to make someone’s day by a smile, a touch on the arm, eye contact,” Lavigne told HuffPost. “What I’m learning through doing this is how tender we all are and how little it takes to turn someone’s day around.”

To keep up with the Happiness Sprinkling Project, head to its Facebook page.

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Lifestyle changes may lengthen telomeres, a measure of cell aging

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Diet and Weight Loss News — ScienceDaily
Lifestyle changes may lengthen telomeres, a measure of cell aging
A small pilot study shows for the first time that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support may result in longer telomeres, the parts of chromosomes that affect aging.

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Lighting up in uniform: Study looks at what makes soldiers reach for a pack of cigarettes or not

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Lighting up in uniform: Study looks at what makes soldiers reach for a pack of cigarettes or not
Is it possible to predict which soldier will start smoking and which one will maybe quit? Yes, say researchers in the US, especially when factors such as alcohol use, gender, a soldier’s rank, war zone stressors and unit support are considered. A new study looks at smoking behavior in the military.

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Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats

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Depression News — ScienceDaily
Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats
Although inflammation is frequently a cause of disease in the body, research indicates that low levels of a pro-inflammatory cytokine in the brain are important for cognition. Cytokines are proteins produced by the immune system.

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Does caregiving cause psychological stress? It depends, says study of female twins

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Does caregiving cause psychological stress? It depends, says study of female twins
A newly published study shows that the associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress (depression, anxiety, perceived stress and perceived mental health) depend largely on a person’s genes and upbringing — and less so on the difficulty of caregiving.

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Fun Facts About the Big Game

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Fun Facts About the Big Game
Okay, so what are some Super Bowl facts that are actually true? Glad you asked. For starters, there’s the fact that the NFL holds the trademark on “Super Bowl,” but failed to do the same for “The Big Game” (which is why you see that phrase in so many commercials). And the game itself has a long and storied history, including the fact that the hero of Super Bowl I didn’t even expect to play, showing up to the stadium with a hangover.
The Biggest NFL Postseason Goats of All TimeDoes the Super Bowl Predict Economic Growth?The Sports Fan’s Guide to New York City

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Growing Fruits & Vegetables in Containers

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Growing Fruits & Vegetables in Containers
Don’t let winter weather (or a small space) get your fruit and veggie gardens down! If you’re in a colder climate, try growing garlic greens, celery or a Meyer lemon tree inside. And if you’re in a warmer climate, check out this tutorial for an upside-down tomato plant!Growing Sweet Potatoes IndoorsGrow Potatoes in ContainersGrowing Arugula in Pots

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Stress steroid mediated withdrawal anxiety in methamphetamine dependent rats: Reversible by Flumazenil

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Stress steroid mediated withdrawal anxiety in methamphetamine dependent rats: Reversible by Flumazenil
New findings demonstrate a reproducible pathology that may help shed light on anxiety and mood volatility in methamphetamine dependence.

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Tell-tale genes linked to eating disorders

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Diet and Weight Loss News — ScienceDaily
Tell-tale genes linked to eating disorders
Until recently, no one knew how eating disorders occur or what triggers them. Recently published research suggests a new strategy to understand eating disorders, and it may lead to innovative treatments.

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Does caregiving cause psychological stress? Study of female twins says it depends

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Does caregiving cause psychological stress? Study of female twins says it depends
A newly published study shows that the associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress (depression, anxiety, perceived stress and perceived mental health) depend largely on a person’s genes and upbringing — and less so on the difficulty of caregiving.

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Dogs Unleash Personality Traits on Walks (Yahoo!)

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Dogs Unleash Personality Traits on Walks (Yahoo!)
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Two stressed people equals less stress: Sharing nervous feelings helps reduce stress

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Two stressed people equals less stress: Sharing nervous feelings helps reduce stress
Does giving a speech in public stress you out? Or writing a big presentation for your boss? What about skydiving? One way to cope, according to a new study, is to share your feelings with someone who is having a similar emotional reaction to the same scenario.

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Are you political on Facebook?

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Relationships News — ScienceDaily
Are you political on Facebook?
Social media and networks are ripe for politicization, for movement publicity, advocacy group awareness, not-for-profit fund-raising campaigns and perhaps even e-government. However, the majority of users perhaps see these tools as being useful for entertainment, interpersonal connections and sharing rather than politics. A research paper reinforces this notion. The results suggest that the potential for political activism must overcome the intrinsic user perception that online social networks are for enjoyment rather than utility, political or otherwise.

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Depression symptoms, emotional support impact PTSD treatment progress, study finds

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Depression symptoms, emotional support impact PTSD treatment progress, study finds
Researchers found that during PTSD treatments, rapid improvements in depression symptoms are associated with better outcomes.

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Can fish oil help preserve brain cells?

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Diet and Weight Loss News — ScienceDaily
Can fish oil help preserve brain cells?
People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may also have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, according to a study published. Shrinking brain volume is a sign of Alzheimer’s disease as well as normal aging.

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How politics divide Facebook friendships

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Relationships News — ScienceDaily
How politics divide Facebook friendships
A new study suggests that politics are the great divider. People who think the majority of their friends have differing opinions than their own engage less on Facebook. For those who choose to stay logged in and politically active, the research found that most tend to stick in their own circles, ignore those on the other side and become more polarized.

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Lighting up in uniform: Study looks at what makes soldiers reach for a pack of cigarettes or not

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Addiction News — ScienceDaily
Lighting up in uniform: Study looks at what makes soldiers reach for a pack of cigarettes or not
Is it possible to predict which soldier will start smoking and which one will maybe quit? Yes, say researchers in the US, especially when factors such as alcohol use, gender, a soldier’s rank, war zone stressors and unit support are considered. A new study looks at smoking behavior in the military.

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Belief in immortality hard-wired? Study examines development of children’s ‘prelife’ reasoning

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Spirituality News — ScienceDaily
Belief in immortality hard-wired? Study examines development of children’s ‘prelife’ reasoning
By examining children’s ideas about “prelife,” the time before conception, researchers found results which suggest that our bias toward immortality is a part of human intuition that naturally emerges early in life. And the part of us that is eternal, we believe, is not our skills or ability to reason, but rather our hopes, desires and emotions.

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Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats
Although inflammation is frequently a cause of disease in the body, research indicates that low levels of a pro-inflammatory cytokine in the brain are important for cognition. Cytokines are proteins produced by the immune system.

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Bipolar Weather, Says Groundhog. Is This…

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About.com Bipolar Disorder: Most Popular Articles
Bipolar Weather, Says Groundhog. Is This…
Bipolar weather, says the groundhog. Read what people who have bipolar think about this – some think it’s funny, others are deeply offended by this use of the term.

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Lighting up in uniform: Study looks at what makes soldiers reach for a pack of cigarettes or not

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Stress News — ScienceDaily
Lighting up in uniform: Study looks at what makes soldiers reach for a pack of cigarettes or not
Is it possible to predict which soldier will start smoking and which one will maybe quit? Yes, say researchers in the US, especially when factors such as alcohol use, gender, a soldier’s rank, war zone stressors and unit support are considered. A new study looks at smoking behavior in the military.

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The Struggle of a Significant Other

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About.com Bipolar Disorder: Most Popular Articles
The Struggle of a Significant Other
We often read of the difficulties and trials, frustrations with medications, and the sense of isolation for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In all of this, it is easy to forget that loved-ones and significant others are faced with as much emotional upheaval. This is the story of a wife as she struggles along side her husband after his initial diagnosis.

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Guys: Get married for the sake of your bones, but wait until you’re 25

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Relationships News — ScienceDaily
Guys: Get married for the sake of your bones, but wait until you’re 25
Men who married when they were younger than 25 had lower bone strength than men who married for the first time at a later age. Men in stable marriages or marriage-like relationships who had never previously divorced or separated had greater bone strength than men whose previous marriages had fractured.

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35 year study finds exercise reduces risk of dementia

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Diet and Weight Loss News — ScienceDaily
35 year study finds exercise reduces risk of dementia
A study that monitored the health habits of 2,235 men over a 35-year period has confirmed exercise significantly reduces the risk of dementia. Published today, the study is the longest of its kind to probe the influence of environmental factors in chronic disease.

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Study links intimate partner violence, risk of HIV

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Relationships News — ScienceDaily
Study links intimate partner violence, risk of HIV
Researchers have found a definitive link between violence among intimate partners and an increased risk of HIV infection.

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PTSD treatment progress impacted by depression symptoms and emotional support (Medical News Today)

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PTSD treatment progress impacted by depression symptoms and emotional support (Medical News Today)
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Law proposed for autistic NYC boy who vanished (Yahoo!)

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Law proposed for autistic NYC boy who vanished (Yahoo!)
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Fighting A Losing Battle – Part 1

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About.com Bipolar Disorder: Most Popular Articles
Fighting A Losing Battle – Part 1
Alzheimer’s is a killer disease – for the family. Is it harder on me because of my bipolar disorder? I’ll probably never know. But recent events show just how much I am crumbling under the strain.

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My Father’s Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia (Yahoo!)

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My Father’s Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia (Yahoo!)
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Depression symptoms, emotional support impact PTSD treatment progress, study finds

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Relationships News — ScienceDaily
Depression symptoms, emotional support impact PTSD treatment progress, study finds
Researchers found that during PTSD treatments, rapid improvements in depression symptoms are associated with better outcomes.

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