A new study from the University of Toronto suggests what many suspected all along: Morning risers are happier than their late night counterparts and have a more positive and upbeat outlook. Here are eight tips from Cathy Beggan, founder of Rise-N-Shine, LLC, an early morning specialist and creator of Wake Up On Time, to come on and get happy--in the morning.
Avoid chocolate, red wine and coffee in the evening hours. These specific foods have been shown in scientific studies to upset the intestines and disturb sleep patterns more than other foods.
Eat dinner at least 3-4 hours prior to bedtime to allow the food to digest before lying down.
Get enough sleep and try to be consistent. Everyone’s sleep allowance is different, so judge accordingly, but it’s more important to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Prepare yourself the night before. Facilitate the transition to morning person by getting some of the everyday tasks out of the way the night before.
Try a delayed released energy pill before bed, such as, “Wake Up On Time”. Pop this “all-natural” rooster pill before bed and wake up 6 to 8 hours later feeling alert, refreshed and energized without morning grogginess or sleepiness.
Drink a glass of water. The body becomes dehydrated during sleep and lack of water causes many fatigue symptoms in the morning. Water also helps to kick start the body’s metabolism.
Think positive thoughts. The night before, write down one positive thought, memory, goal or affirmation and read it when you wake up. Happy thoughts make happy people.
Breathe deeply and stretch. Inhaling and exhaling deeply while stretching increases both the oxygen and blood circulation to help increase your mental and physical energy levels.
On Sunday, November 3rd at 2 AM, the clocks go
back one hour for Daylight Savings Time. By “falling back,” the idea is to make
better use of the limited daylight in the evenings. It’s also used to save
energy and take advantage of the natural light. So by scoring an extra hour,
you can either sleep—or you can take advantage of the extra time and do
something. Here’s how parents can productively take advantage of Daylight
Start a healthy
routine. You’ve been saying that you wanted to get in shape for months—but
frankly, you never have the time. So use the extra hour in Daylight Savings
Time to get physical. You can lace up your sneaks and go for a brisk autumnal
walk around the nabe while the sun rises, or head over to the gym to work up a
sweat—and enjoy the peace and quiet sans kids.
Even though the temperature has been dropping, you’ve still been sending your
kid off to school in shorts and a hoodie. Utilize those extra 60 minutes by
organizing your kids’ closets. Swap out summer clothes (and those t-shirts that
are not going to fit come next spring) and drag the winter clothes down from
the attic. That way, your kids’ closets—and you—will be winter-ready.
Score family quality
time. During the week, you toss a bowl of cereal at your kids before
scrambling out the door to get to school. Before your family wakes up, make a lazy
Sunday breakfast of everyone’s favorite foods (from pancakes to eggs and
sausage) and sit around the table to talk and simply be together.
“We want you to join our flock and adopt a turkey today!”
say Reggie and Jake, the animated stars of the new movie “Free Birds” in
theatres now. These lovable characters, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody
Harrelson, have teamed up with Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm
animal rescue and protection organization in the United States, to serve as
“spokesturkeys” for the group’s annual Adopt a Turkey Project.
The Adopt a Turkey Project, which gives people the
opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group’s
shelters in New York and California, has provided care for more than 1,000
rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. For a one-time donation of just $30,
adopters receive a special adoption certificate complete with color photo and
fun details about their new adopted turkey friend.
Turkeys are, in fact,
intelligent and social animals, who form lifelong bonds and possess unique
abilities to communicate with one another. Just as “Free Birds” brings to life
the personalities of each of its animal characters, caretakers at Farm
Sanctuary know that real-life turkeys possess distinct personalities and
exhibit a joy for life. Among the adoptable turkeys are:
Tulip, who lives at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter;
she is sensitive and kind to her flockmates and loves grapes and
attention-loving turkey with a passion for sunflower seeds, who resides at the
rescue group’s shelter near Los Angeles, and
Tibbott, an outgoing guy who resides at Farm
Sanctuary’s Northern California Shelter; he loves to meet new people and snack
on lettuce and grapes.
“After more than 25 years of caring for rescued turkeys
through our Adopt a Turkey Project, we’re delighted to team up with
Reggie and Jake this Thanksgiving,” says Farm Sanctuary President and
Co-founder Gene Baur. “We hope their amazing adventure will inspire even more
people to adopt a turkey as part of their holiday tradition.”
To learn more about the Adopt a Turkey Project,
visit adoptaturkey.org or
call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.
Mowry, actress and mom to two-year-old son Cree, knows how important
it is to help keep her family healthier with cold and flu season around the
corner. She helps Cree say “Boo!” to the flu by disinfecting frequently
touched surfaces around their home, like doorknobs, light switches and faucets,
so that her family can enjoy all the fun festivities fall has to offer.
addition to disinfecting, below are some cold and flu prevention tips from SayBooToTheFlu.com to help keep families healthier this season:
- Get Vaccinated: Vaccination is the first step in flu
prevention. However, even after getting vaccinated, you
should also follow simple steps to help prevent the spread of the flu virus –
and other potentially harmful bacteria and viruses – in the office and at home.
- Wash Hands Frequently: Wash hands with warm water and soap
for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song
- Do the Elbow Cough: Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of
your hands to help prevent the spread of germs by touch.
- Follow Good Health Guidelines: Eat right, exercise
and get plenty of sleep to help boost your body’s ability to fight the effects
of colds and flu.
Say “Boo!” to the Flu
Clorox Company has teamed up with Visiting Nurse Associations of America and
Families Fighting Flu to educate families on the importance of flu vaccination
and other prevention tips to help scare away the seasonal flu this fall and
winter. To learn more about flu prevention, take the Say “Boo!” to the Flu
pledge to vaccinate your entire family against the flu and hunt down germ hot
spots in the “Hunted” House, please visit http://www.SayBooToTheFlu.com/.
With an aging population of cars on the road and an economy spurring a growing population of auto repair do-it-yourselfers (DIYers), putting together an Auto Parts Readiness Kit is essential to keeping yourself and your family safe in case of an emergency. The experts at AutoPartsWarehouse.com offer these tips, whether you're on a road trip with the fam or running to pick up milk at the store.
1. Windshield Wiper Blades
Driver visibility is critical to safety, which is why it’s essential to change your vehicle’s windshield wiper blades on a routine basis to ensure a consistently clean and clear windshield in rain, snow or sleet conditions. Having a spare pair on hand can prevent the danger of poor visibility in the event you are caught in a sudden storm with worn out blades…and they are easy to replace.
Fuses are the last line of defense between your car’s power features and an electrical circuit. Fuses often blow and when they do, certain electrical components of your car stop working, including exterior or interior lights, power mirrors – even your radio. It’s always a good idea to have extra ones handy in time to replace your car’s fuses when they stop working.
It’s unsafe for you and for other drivers on the road when your car’s headlights, taillights, reverse lights or turn signals aren’t working properly. It’s illegal too. That’s why it’s important to regularly check and replace your car’s light bulbs when they’re not functioning properly – and to have on hand in case one has blown out when you are in transit. If you can’t afford to store every bulb in the readiness kit, you should prioritize headlights and taillights.
Routinely changing your car’s filters, which are responsible for removing harmful particles from the air or from fluids such as oils or fuels, significantly improves engine life and performance. Be sure to change your air, fuel and oil filters regularly to keep your car running optimally.
Any vehicle owner knows fluids are the lifeblood of a car, so it’s important to routinely check and change your car’s fluids when they’re dirty or running low. Having them on hand in the garage kit will save time and ensure fluids are kept at the right level, including antifreeze and coolant in your car to protect your engine from overheating at high temperatures and freezing during cold temperatures, and brake power and steering fluids. It is also a good idea to add tire sealant to this package to be carried in the car for fixing a flat tire in a hurry.
Bonus Auto Parts for a Readiness Kit:
Electric Portable Car Jack
Car Care Kit
Vehicle specific repair manual
Even though having these parts on hand is helpful, this is just the
beginning. Before attempting any repair or maintenance on your vehicle
always consult your owner’s manual, and be sure to purchase the
appropriate part for the year/make/model of the vehicle.
A new survey from Clorox found some interesting information about women’s
cleaning habits during the holidays. Amid the chaos of entertaining guests,
only 42% of women always spend time disinfecting to help prevent the spread of
cold and flu. Some other interesting findings from the survey include:
- Only 42% of women always spend time
disinfecting to help prevent the spread of cold and flu Amid the chaos of
entertaining guests for the holidays.
guests arrive, (65%) of women always clean the crumbs (visible debris, dirt and
dust) and wash guest linens (63%) compared to fifty three percent who disinfect
germ hot spots in the bathroom, kitchen and living room.
women reported cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting more frequently after
guests leave than before they arrive or during their stay.
half of respondents mistakenly believe cleaning with soap and water kills
bacteria (47%), and more than a third mistakenly believe it kills cold and flu
Holiday Guide to Cleaning vs. Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting
- Scenario: Soap and water remove
dirt and debris—If Grandma drops her famous sweet potato soufflé coming up the
stairs, this is where you might use soap and water to clean it up. While this
is a sticky mess, it isn’t likely to contain bacteria and viruses.
- Scenario: Sanitizers reduce
bacteria—You just finished
stuffing the turkey and are turning your attention to the mashed potatoes.
Before you start peeling and chopping, you’ll want to use a sanitizer to help
kill any bacteria that could be lurking on the countertop and cutting board
from the raw meat.
- Scenario:EPA-registered disinfectants kill
viruses, bacteria and fungi—You had a great time with your favorite Uncle
Jim who flew cross-country to stay with you for the holidays. That is, until he
got sick and was coughing and sneezing all over the house. To help reduce the
spread of viruses that can cause cold and flu and help keep your home
healthier, you can disinfect hard surfaces in the bathroom and around the house
that he may have touched.
Of our five senses, the sense of smell is the strongest in humans. It is the one that connects us most with memories and emotions. A new study by Glade revealed some interesting findings around scent and emotions,
including that people undervalue the positive connection that scent can have
on our lives:
81 percent say they
know from experience that scent can have a positive effect on their mood, but
44 just percent of those surveyed said if they had to lose one of their five
senses it would be smell.
Americans are taken back to a specific memory triggered by scent.
- Nearly two in two
would want to smell the seashore if they could smell one scent for the rest of
- Among the 84 percent
for whom scent triggers memories, scents allow us to tap into emotion by
enabling us to re-experience the joy of a specific place (78 percent), person
(77 percent) or event (72 percent).
The Glade survey also identified
scents associated with major U.S. cities, which scents evoke the strongest sense
of happiness and the type of memories associated with scent.
- Scents associated
with major U.S. cities:
- Atlanta: Pine Trees
- Chicago: Baking Bread
- Houston: Campfire
- Los Angeles: Seashore
- Miami: Fresh Cut Oranges
- New York City: Chocolate
- Scents that evoke
the strongest sense of happiness include:
- Baking bread (72 percent)
- Freshly laundered clothes (70 percent)
- Briny smell of the seashore (66 percent)
- Fresh natural smell of the ground after a spring rain (65
- Tang of a fresh-cut orange (63 percent)
- Sweet bouquet of apple cinnamon (62 percent)
- Warm scent of vanilla (60 percent)
- Decadent smell of chocolate (59 percent)
Readers, which scents do you like best? Let us know in the comments section below.
There’s nothing cooler than popping colored contacts into
your eyes for Halloween. But even if you want real cats’ eyes for the horrific
holiday, it’s best to get your contacts from licensed optometrists, urges the
American Academy of Opthamology. It’s imperative to get an eye examination—and a
prescription—because ghouls and goblins can get a serious eye disorder, an eye infection
or even suffer serious (and permanent) eye damage by purchasing contacts without a prescription. Even if you have 20/20 vision, you should always be
properly fitted for any kind of contact lens. That way, you can be both scary—and
Black cats sure do get a bad rap. You're supposed to avoid them at all costs on Friday the 13th, and they are THE symbol of sin for Halloween. So you might be wondering why black cats have become the poster animal for evil. During medieval times, it was purported that witches were able to transform into the slinky, inky animals. And to this day, people prefer orange-colored felines as opposed to black cats. But as any black cat owner will tell you, there is absolutely no difference between the temperment of a black cat or a calico. So the next time you spot a black cat, let it cross your path.
For sleep-deprived parents, a snoozing baby is a gift. But not so for depressed moms, according to a new study from Penn State. Researchers found that moms who were suffering from depression had a much higher tendency to wake their sleeping babies than happy moms. Further research found that when moms sought out their infants at night, the babies did not exhibit any signs of needing parental help. Most were still sleeping, and those who were awake were not distressed. Researchers suggest depressed moms share their concerns with their spouses to alleviate their anxiety, and alternate night duty with them in an attempt for everyone to get a good night's sleep...Mom included.