“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life”, said Yoko Ono, and she could be right according to research. For years scientists have suggested that our facial expressions influence our emotions. If the theory is correct, we don't just smile because we are happy;... Continue Reading →
Can a dip in cold water lift your mood?
Research suggests chillin’ out in cold water has a positive effect on our mental health. There’s a buzz around cold water swimming. Taking a dip in a river, lake, outdoor lido, or sea has become popular over the last few years. According to Outdoor Swimmer Magazine, the Active Lives Survey published by Sport England reported... Continue Reading →
Can green vegetables keep the brain healthy?
According to research published in the journal Neurology, just one serving of green leafy vegetables per day slows cognitive decline in older adults. Researchers from Rush University in Chicago and Tufts Human Nutrition Research Centre in Boston analysed the diets of 960 older adults participating in the Rush Memory and Aging Project. For approximately five... Continue Reading →
How can meditation slow down the ageing processes?
According to research, specific forms of meditation may help protect against the ageing process at a cellular level. Do you know that our biological age can be different to our actual age? Scientists measure our biological age by looking at part of our DNA called telomeres – a protein situated at the ends of chromosomes... Continue Reading →
Why is it important to notice the natural world around us?
If you want to lift your spirits, take a sneak peek at the wildlife and nature lurking in your back yard or street, says research. Every day our senses process volumes of information from the world around us, shaping the quality of our thoughts and influencing how we feel. Now scientists are exploring the effects... Continue Reading →
Do multivitamin and mineral supplements help to keep us healthy in older age?
Multivitamin and mineral supplements containing zinc and vitamin C reduce the length and severity of symptoms of illness in older adults, according to a study. Eating a balanced diet including a wide variety of healthy foods is considered the best way to get the nutrients we need for good health. Nevertheless, every autumn many of... Continue Reading →
Do you know that our happiness and life satisfaction level follows a U-shaped trajectory over the life span?
When scientists tracked happiness levels, they found it starts high when we're young, before dipping through adolescence and early adulthood, reaching the lowest point during midlife. Contrary to what we may think about ageing, happiness levels rise again in later life.