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THE SINGING CURE

Whether at karaoke night or in the shower, lifting your voice may lower your blood pressure. Harvard researchers recently reported the dramatic case of a woman whose BP was so high that surgeons postponed a critical operation – that is until she sang six favorite hymns. Her readings fell by more than 20 points, allowing for a successful surgery the next day. With “no cost or side effects, there’s no harm in trying it” says Nina Niu.

BE HAPPIER IN TWO WEEKS

Adding to your to-do-list may seem crazy, but a short daily exercise could earn you sunnier take in life, say Australian researchers. In a study of 218 adults, those who briefly reflected on each day and jotted down three positive aspects of it were significantly more content two weeks later. The items could be pleasurable (taking a nap), meaningful (helping a neighbor), engaging (writing a letter), or any combo. Taking time for reflection now will boost happiness later.

FIST PUMP FOR WILLPOWER

When a tray of calorie-laden appetizers heads your way, boost your diet resolve by clenching your hand. Firming your muscles shores up your willpower, helping you overcome temptations, say University of Chicago researchers. They had health-minded students hold a pen tightly or loosely while ordering from the campus snack bar. Those who stiffened their finger muscles felt more in control of their decisions and more likely to choose fruit, tea, or yogurt instead of ice cream, croissants or candy! “This only helps at the time of your decision,” says study author Aparna A. Labroo, Ph.D. “So make a fist at the buffet, and then move on.”

Source: Good Housekeeping Mag [March 2012 issue]

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