Intelligence For Your Life

Do You Want to Make Some Changes and Shake Up Your Life?

Do you want to make some changes, and shake up your life? Like, losing weight, finding a new job, or jumping back into the dating pool. 

The best time to do it is when there’s a new beginning……Whether it’s the first day of the week, the first of the month, or your first day back at work after a vacation. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School call it the “fresh start effect.” Because big, repeating moments – like birthdays, holidays, and back-to-school – are landmarks in our lives. They make us step back and look at the big picture, and re-adjust our goals accordingly. 

But any time you realize you’re losing focus on your goals, all you have to do is set your sights on the next “new beginning,” whether it’s a Monday, or the first of the month……And start fresh all over again.

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How to Increase Your Pace in Walking

If you walk for exercise, try this trick to increase your pace: Walk and chew gum at the same time.

According to the Society for Neuroscience, it’ll help you walk faster! That’s because we tend to chew gum more quickly than we walk. We chew about 75 times per minute but walk only 60 steps per minute. But our brains aren’t great at processing two speeds at once. So you’ll subconsciously start to walk faster – at the pace of your chewing.

In a study at Old Dominion University, both young and older participants had the same results…… They walked faster to keep pace with their chewing rate. So if you want to walk more quickly, pop a piece of gum!

Now there’s even more data connecting walking speed to a longer life. 7 years longer.  here’s The latest from the Journal of the American Medical Association: 

For their experiment, researchers followed nearly 5 thousand adults between ages 40 and 85 for 10 years. They had their study participants wear activity trackers to gauge their levels of aerobic exercise. And the Participants also answered questions about their exercise habits. 

After crunching the numbers, the researchers found that study participants who raised their heart rates with daily, brisk walking, specifically, taking a 10-minute power walk once a day….  boosted their life expectancy by 7-10%, on average. And taking a brisk half-hour walk boosted life expectancy by a full 17%. 

The science is clear: Spending just 30 minutes a day raising your heart rate could lengthen your life by up to 7 extra years! 

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Why Nightmares About Work are Actually Good for Us

If you have nightmares about work, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Monster dot com, 55% of us have work-related nightmares.

Dr. Robert Stickgold is the director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Harvard Medical School and he says work nightmares typically happen to people with stressful jobs. For example, surgeons dream of making deadly mistakes……office workers lose all their electronic files……and actors dream about being onstage and drawing a complete blank. But the most common work nightmares are: Fighting with the boss……Being late for an important meeting……and getting fired.

But surprisingly, Dr. Stickgold says work nightmares can be GOOD for us, mentally.

They’re our brain’s way of role-playing a situation or trying to process an unresolved problem. And Stickgold says work nightmares are also our brain’s way of making sure we’re prepared for any of our worst-case scenarios.

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Why Nightmares About Work is Actually Good for Us

If you have nightmares about work, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Monster dot com, 55% of us have work-related nightmares.

Dr. Robert Stickgold is the director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Harvard Medical School and he says work nightmares typically happen to people with stressful jobs. For example, surgeons dream of making deadly mistakes……office workers lose all their electronic files……and actors dream about being onstage and drawing a complete blank. But the most common work nightmares are: Fighting with the boss……Being late for an important meeting……and getting fired.

But surprisingly, Dr. Stickgold says work nightmares can be GOOD for us, mentally.

They’re our brain’s way of role-playing a situation or trying to process an unresolved problem. And Stickgold says work nightmares are also our brain’s way of making sure we’re prepared for any of our worst-case scenarios.

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Avoiding the Dirtiest Spots in the Airport

Demand for air travel is almost back to where it was pre-pandemic…… So it’s time to talk about airport germs again! Here are the top germ “hot spots” to avoid according to microbiologist Dr. Kelly Reynolds from the University of Arizona:

First, the absolute dirtiest spots in airports are the touch screens on self-check-in kiosks! In fact, a study found the average airport touch screen contains over 200 thousand potentially illness-causing bacteria and fungal cells per square inch…… Which is FOUR TIMES MORE than the average household toilet seat! 

Also, beware of the reusable bins at the security checkpoint. According to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, HALF of those bins carry the viruses that cause common colds! And a “significant” number contains dangerous waste matter – due to all the shoes and bags loaded into them, which were recently touching the ground!

Finally, as you’re waiting to board your flight, try to avoid touching chair armrests at the airport gate. Research shows those are on par with public toilet seats when it comes to the amount of illness-causing germs they contain. That’s because they get cleaned less frequently than the seats on planes…… and they’re constantly being touched by people who’ve just been eating food, changing diapers, or using the bathroom.

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Why Take a 5-Minute Brisk Walk Before a Big Meal

Right before your next big meal – take a brisk 5-minute walk. 

Because 5-minute micro-bursts of exercise can boost your energy and decrease fatigue, and keep cravings under control. That’s according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

That little bit of extra movement is enough to increase blood flow, which could play a role in helping you feel alert. Being active also suppresses hunger. Plus, aerobic activity before a meal can help keep levels of unhealthy triglyceride-rich proteins in check in the bloodstream.

The exercise encourages the body to release hormones that actually work to clear unhealthy particles from your bloodstream.  It also makes your arteries more flexible.

So a short 5-minute power walk before a meal can keep your eating in check and your heart healthy.

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Early Signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s You Should Watch Out For

Do you worry that you – or someone you love – is at high risk for age-related cognitive decline, like dementia or Alzheimer’s? Here’s an early sign to watch out for: Walking more slowly than usual. 

A team from Monash University in Australia led by Dr. Taya Collyer kept tabs on nearly 17 thousand retirees over a 7-year period. Study participants took periodic tests to measure memory, mental speed, verbal fluency, overall cognitive decline, and walking speed. 

The result: Those walking at least 5% slower than the previous year, were at higher risk for dementia. 

Dr. Collyer believes a declining walking speed is linked to shrinkage in the hippocampus, the brain area linked to memory, learning, and spatial navigation.

The good news is: We can slow the progress of age-related cognitive decline with consistent exercise! Psychologists from the University of Pittsburgh had seniors begin walking 10 minutes a day – and gradually increased it to 40 minutes a day.

The result: Study participants increased the size of their hippocampus by up to 2%, which shaved 1 to 2 years off their brain’s actual age. 

Again, we now know one of the early signs of cognitive decline is a slower walking speed.

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How to Effectively Set Goals and Move Forward

As the old Yiddish saying goes, “We plan, God laughs.” And that’s  never been more true than right now, as we deal with so much uncertainty in the world – from canceled flights, to shipping delays, to higher prices! So, how can we effectively set goals and move forward in life?

According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, consider these words when making plans: “Hold the NEAR future tightly, hold the FAR future lightly.” Meaning, if you’re making plans for the next two weeks, Vanderkam says absolutely nail down as many details as possible.

But if you’re making plans for the next six to 12 months, go ahead and take some action – like reserving a wedding venue or buying plane tickets for a vacation, but don’t stress over the specific details just yet. And beyond a year, she says, you shouldn’t make concrete plans at all…… just think in terms of what your long-term intentions are.

Vanderkam says when you adopt this mindset – to hold the near future tightly, and the far future lightly – it allows you to focus your energy on the short-term plans that are the most likely to yield results…… while minimizing the disappointment that comes when plans suddenly have to be changed or canceled!

And that way, you can continue to move toward your longer-term goals, without being caught off guard every time life throws a curve-ball!

Hold the near future tightly, and the far future lightly.

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Can You Learn by Watching Fast-Speed Videos?

Here we go with the latest on speed-learning. How to learn anything at double-speed?

The next time you need to watch a training video for work, or anything educational, and you’re short on time……Go ahead and speed up the video!

Researchers say you’ll learn the information as well as if you just played the video at regular speed. This is the latest from the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology. 

For the study, they had subjects watch a selection of videos at normal speeds and others at much faster speeds. Then, they were tested on the subject matter. Even they were surprised by the results. 

When the videos were played 2 times faster than normal, people scored just as well as when the videos were viewed at a regular speed. The researchers say a slightly faster presentation does NOT over-tax a person’s working memory. 

 Speed learning…it’s a thing.

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What to Do if Your Day Started Bad

If your morning gets off to a rough start, or you experience a setback during the day, do you find your WHOLE DAY is ruined and derailed from then on?

Well, no more! There’s a new productivity hack that allows us to trick our brains into pushing past setbacks. It’s called the “four quarters method.” 

According to behavior expert Daniel Pink, it simply means splitting each day into four distinct sections – and taking a break between each one. 

For example: Quarter #1 includes waking up, interacting with your family, maybe exercising and then starting. Then, there’s the late-morning quarter when you’re working from 10am to 1pm and having lunch…… Your 3rd quarter includes working from 2pm to 6pm and then getting home…… And after one last break, you close the day with a final quarter from dinner until bedtime.

And by dividing each day into quarters – and having clear transitions between each one – you give your brain a chance to reset and start each section fresh. It’s like a relay race only you’re the one completing all four legs of the race!

And by tricking your brain into thinking that there are multiple new beginnings throughout the day, you get the momentum that comes with 4 fresh starts. 

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What is Sleep Affirmation and Why You Should Use It

If you’re having trouble sleeping, here’s something that might help

Try using sleep affirmations – where you pick a short, calming phrase like, “I am still,” or “I am relaxed” – and repeatedly think it or say it out loud. 

Neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart says repeating an affirmation is a form of meditation. It gives you something specific to focus on, and helps over-write recurring negative thoughts, silencing your brain. 

Repeating an affirmation can also quiet the brain area responsible for self-evaluation and rumination, which reduces stress and anxiety. And when you put that all together, it improves sleep quality. 

And there’s no right or wrong way to do it. You can sit quietly for 5 minutes, eyes closed, and repeat a phrase like “I am safe and secure.” Or simply repeat your chosen phrase silently while you’re getting ready for bed or lying in bed trying to fall asleep. 

Your best bet? Focus on the words until your mind believes what you’re telling yourself. Because, if you get to the point where you BELIEVE you’re feeling calm and relaxed, you’re more likely to actually sleep.

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Do You Have a Good Listener in Your Life?

Do you have a good listener in your life?

If so, it can keep your brain younger, longer! That’s according to new research from NYU. They found that having someone to confide in, who will really listen, is a huge stress reliever – AND it improves brain health by slowing cognitive decline.

The study focused on people in their 40s and 50s……and those who DID NOT have a supportive listener in their lives had a cognitive age 4-6  years OLDER than people who did have a good listener. 

That’s because conversations are like a workout for your brain……You have to get your points across, think of responses, and absorb what the other person is telling you. 

To find the right listener, psychologist Dr. Kiki Ramsey says you want to find someone who gives you space to respond without interrupting and shifting the focus to themselves.

Find that person and you can turn back the clock on your brain age! 

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Top Tips to Have a Much Better Balance

Try this self-test to check your balance.

Act like you’ve been pulled over for a DUI and walk in a straight line, putting one foot directly in front of the other – with the toes of your back foot touching the heel of your front foot.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Nancy Trevanian Tsai says, see how many steps you can take like that without wobbling off center. If you can’t take more than 4 steps, your balance needs work. 

So try standing in that same position – one foot directly in front of the other – and raise your hands high above your head. Hold that position as long as you can.

Because with good balance, you’re less likely to fall and injure yourself. And that’s important because 20% of elderly hip-fracture patients die within a year due to complications from the trauma.

You can also try tai chi. A study found that people who do tai chi once a week have much better balance.

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How to Fall Asleep Fast if You’re Stressed Out

If you find yourself so stressed out that you just can’t fall asleep, try this tip: Wiggle your toes for 60 seconds.

That’s a little do-it-yourself reflexology – a type of massage that triggers pressure points in the body to relieve tension and treat illness.

Reflexologists say that a good toe-wiggling helps release energy in the feet, and triggers a relaxation response that gradually spreads through the whole body……

You’ll be able to drift off quickly, and then stay asleep.

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The Best Time When We Have the Most Creative Ideas

Did you know that we tend to have our most creative ideas right around mid-morning?

That’s according to Cornell University neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. And he recommends taking advantage of that creative brainpower surge by making your environment totally quiet for half an hour – between 10 and 10:30 AM.

He says that a half-hour of quiet will help increase communication between 11 different areas of our brain – which can boost our concentration and productivity by up to 67%. And as an added bonus, that 30-minutes of quiet can boost our mood for the next two hours.

So, grab a pair of earplugs – or noise-canceling headphones – and get ready for a surge of creativity!

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Forcing Yourself to Pee “Just in Case” is an Unhealthy Habit

When you’re leaving home, how often do you go to the bathroom “just in case” before you leave? Well, experts say it’s a habit we should STOP. 

This comes from  Dr. Fei Zang, a pelvic floor therapist. She says, normally, when we have to “go,” it’s because receptors in our bladder have sent signals to our brain, saying our bladder’s “full.”

But when we regularly force ourselves to go – when our bladder’s NOT full – it can desensitize receptors in a way that makes our brain think we need a bathroom break, even if our internal tank is only at half, or even a-quarter, of its capacity. And that often leads to even MORE frequent urges to go.

Ideally, Dr. Zang says, if you can sleep all night without a bathroom visit, that’s a sign of healthy bladder control. And if you’re regularly hydrating throughout the day, it’s fine to go every two or three hours.

But here’s the bottom line: Forcing yourself to pee “just in case” is an unhealthy habit that could lead to bigger problems in the future

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Why You Should Know the “Sweet Spot” for Sleep

I’m about to reveal the “sweet spot” for sleep that can help you maintain good mental and physical health. 

Once we reach middle age, we need to sleep a certain number of hours each night to maintain good health. And that number is 7. No more, no less. 

Researchers at the UK’s University of Cambridge analyzed data from nearly half a million people aged 38 to 73. 

The result: 7 hours a night was the optimal amount of sleep for cognitive performance. The data also showed that fewer than 7 hours of sleep AND more than 7 hours was linked to reduced mental processing speed, visual attention, memory, and problem-solving skills. Study participants who slept 7 hours a night also experienced less anxiety and depression, and higher overall wellbeing, compared to when they slept longer or shorter periods of time.

The researchers say one reason is that getting less than 7 hours a night means people are getting less “deep sleep.” And without that restorative deep sleep, damaging proteins build up in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of dementia. Too little sleep also hurts the brain’s ability to flush out toxins, which can trigger inflammation and age-related brain diseases.

And sleeping more than 8 hours a night after middle age is linked to depression.

So, to maximize your brain function in middle age and beyond? 7 hours is your sweet spot. 

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This Viral Technique Can Help You Stick to a Budget

If you want to stick to a budget and save money, both of those things can be accomplished with one technique……and it’s going viral.

It’s the “cash stuffing” trend, which has nearly 400-million views on TikTok. All you need is some cold, hard cash and a set of envelopes.

  • You start by dividing up your envelopes into categories and labeling them. For example, date night, rent, utilities, vacation, et cetera.
  • Then divide up your cash into the respective category, or envelope, it’s allocated for.

That’s it – you’re just putting cash in envelopes……so what’s the big deal?

Well, credit cards and payment apps raise the risk of overspending – because they’re so fast and easy……And it doesn’t seem like you’re spending real money. But according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and MIT, when we use cash money – we actually feel psychological pain. They’ve seen this in brain scans. It’s a fact that we spend less frivolously when we pay with cash.

Also, when you pay with cash, you can only spend what you actually have.

So there you go… that’s the “cash stuffing” trend. 

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How to Reduce the Anxiety of Your Pets

According to the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, snuggling your dog can lead to a 166% reduction in anxiety! 

But we now know your dog benefits too! In a recent study, owners either petted their dog for 3 minutes – or ignored them – and then the owners left the room, leaving their dog alone for a while. 

What they found was: The dogs whose owners had petted them remained calmer and had a lower heart rate when their owner left the room – which is an indication of reduced stress – compared to the dogs who weren’t petted. 

So the journal researchers recommend that before you leave the house, give your dog some love and attention, especially a little petting.  It’ll help with separation anxiety, leaving them calmer in your absence. Just don’t make a big deal about walking out the door.

This can be tough because if your dog is like my dog, she hangs out by the door. I’ve thought about tunneling out of the house but my wife thinks I’m nuts. 

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This is What Retirement Can Do to Your Health

Here’s good news if you’re thinking about your golden years……

Retirement can make you healthier! 

Researchers from the University of Sydney studied the lifestyle habits of over 25-thousand working adults over age 45. They looked at things like their activity level, smoking, diet, alcohol consumption and sleep patterns. Three years later, when around 11 percent of the participants had retired, they followed up to see how their habits had changed. And it was mostly for the better!

The researchers found that retirees were more active than those who were still working……and they sat less. In fact, on average, retired people got an additional 93 minutes of physical activity each week. They also got more sleep, sat one hour less each day – and women, in particular, were more likely to quit smoking after retirement. 

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Why Eating Sweets Can Make You Feel Tired

Why are you so tired today? It could be from all the sugar you ate yesterday! Because, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, eating a lot of sugar is linked to lighter, more disrupted and less restorative sleep. In fact, the more sugar you eat during the day, the more often you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night. 

And even if you don’t fully wake up, the sugar in your system can prevent deep sleep, making you feel exhausted the next day. And the same goes for eating a bunch of refined carbs, like white bread and pastas. Because they turn to sugar in the body and delay the release of the sleep hormone melatonin. 

So, the journal scientists suggest we cut back on sugar and refined carbs and get more fiber in our diet. Fiber improves sleep because it digests slowly and keeps blood sugar steady. And a higher fiber intake is associated with more time spent in the deepest, most restorative stage of sleep.

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Why Your Dog Needs a Fitness Tracker

Does your dog need a fitness tracker?

They might…… Because more than half of all dogs are considered overweight or obese. 

And if your dog wears a tracker, you’ll see how much activity they get in a day. And so if it’s next to nothing, you’ll know you need to do more daily walks and games of fetch. 

You can try something like FIT BARK.  The app allows you to see how many steps your pet takes, calories burned, sleep patterns and how intense or relaxed their playtime is. FitBark can also sync up with your own activity tracker – so you can see how you and your dog match up, activity-wise. You can check it out at FitBark dot com.

Another pet fitness tracker is Whistle Go . It does the same things as FitBark but it can also track your pet through GPS.

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Three Important Factors to Cut Your Cancer Risk

Get ready to cancer-proof your life!

Because, according to University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, all you need are 3 factors to cut your cancer risk by almost two-thirds!

Those factors are: Regular exercise, extra vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids. 

To reach that conclusion, the hospital tracked nearly 2,200 healthy adults over age 70 for two years to see what preventive strategies, if any, could reduce their cancer risk.    

And during the study, only one strategy made a measurable difference: People who got more exercise, vitamin D AND Omega-3 fatty acids saw their cancer risk drop by over 60%! And it didn’t matter whether their exercise was brisk walks, or household chores, like vacuuming, cleaning, and gardening.

And other studies back this up…… 

  • For example, a Harvard study found people getting plenty of vitamin D were up to 38% less likely to get cancer. Because “D” inhibits the growth of cancer cells. 
  • Research at Belgium’s Catholic University found the Omega-3s in oily fish stop normal cells from turning cancerous. So, think salmon, lake trout and herring. 
  • And research from Australia’s Edith Cowan University shows exercise boosts immunity and reduces inflammation, which can slow or even prevent the growth of tumors.

And when you put those 3 things together, the effect is magnified!

So, again the prescription for significantly reducing your cancer risk: Exercise regularly, and eat a diet rich in vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids.

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This is How to Improve Your Relationships with People Around You

It’s time to strengthen your relationships……whether it’s with friends, loved ones, or even your co-workers. All you have to do is invite them to take a walk or hike with you… But it has to be in a nature setting! Because an analysis of studies by UC Berkeley found that walking together outdoors is an effective way to connect with others. 

For example, in one study, one group of mothers and daughters spent 20 minutes walking through a botanical garden, the other group walked through a shopping mall and then they began working on puzzles together.

The result: The nature walkers showed improved interactions with each other and collaborated much better on cognitive tasks, compared to the shopping mall walkers. And, this backs up research on conflict resolution that shows it’s often far more effective to get up and move together, than to sit in a room trying to talk your way through a conflict.

The research shows you both will be more open and empathetic when you’re walking together in nature.

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What to Do Before You Feel Upset to Your Partner

Before you get upset with your partner over something – like not remembering a chore you asked them to do – ask yourself this question: Will I care about this a year from now?

The journal Social Psychological and Personality Science calls that “future thinking”……and a study found that this “future thinking” trick made people less likely to blame their partners during an argument, and more likely to forgive them after a fight.

The researchers explain that taking a minute to think about where you might be with your partner in the future – and considering your overall life together – can help you gain perspective on the situation when you’re upset. And it can prevent the heat of the moment from clouding your thinking and making you say things you can’t take back. 

Also, if the future you envision with your partner is positive, with your bond getting stronger over time, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So before you start getting upset with your spouse over something, think about whether it’ll matter in the grand scheme of your relationship a year from now. If not, let it go. 

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How to Improve the Growth of Your Plants

You may have heard that playing classical music will boost the growth of a baby’s brain. It’s called the “Mozart Effect.” Well, the Mozart Effect has been debunked in children – BUT it does work on plants! 

When researchers played Bach sonatas alongside fields planted with wheat, the yield was 66% higher than in fields where music wasn’t playing.

Researchers say that plants react the best to sound frequencies between 100 and 600 hertz – which is the frequency of most classical music. But when researchers played loud rock music – which includes much higher sound frequencies – the plants tended to wither and die. 

So, if you want your vegetable garden or your houseplants to flourish, play any Baroque music – from Mozart to Bach – within “earshot” for at least 15 minutes every day. 

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Why Chore-Sharing is Important to Couples

Couples: When it comes to household chores, do you divide them between you – or do you share them, say, by taking turns washing the dishes……or folding the laundry TOGETHER?

Well, according to new research from the University of Utah, couples who SHARE at least three household chores a week tend to have happier, more satisfying relationships than those who divvy up all their chores and do them separately. And that conclusion is based on data collected on thousands of families across North America for more than a decade.

So, why is chore-sharing better for a relationship than dividing them up? Researchers found one obvious reason is that not all chores are equal. For example: There’s a big difference between buying the family groceries and being responsible for scrubbing the toilet each week.

​​And no matter how much you try to divide chores fairly, someone’s always going to feel like they’re getting a bad deal.

​​But when you SHARE chores – either by taking turns or doing them together, researchers say you use communication, planning and decision-making skills, which are essential for having a high-quality relationship. And by collaborating, you foster a sense of togetherness that makes you and your partner feel like a team. 

​​So, for a stronger relationship, the research is clear – pick at least three chores and start sharing them every week.

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A Hobby That Can Improve Your Life

If you’re looking for a new hobby……one that can improve your life – socially, mentally and physically? Try SINGING!

Robin Dunbar is an evolutionary psychologist……and he says singing with others, in a choir, an acapella group or band, will reduce stress and worry.  That’s because it’s so incredibly social – and you’re literally in harmony with others. That’s why singing produces a massive hit of endorphins, which makes you feel closely bonded to the people you’re singing with. 

But even if you sing alone – in the car or shower – it still has benefits. It can improve your respiratory health – whether you have COPD, Parkinson’s, asthma or cancer. In fact, because singing provides such a great workout for the respiratory system, it’s even being used to help people suffering from long COVID!

And psychologically, singing reduces stress because it involves the body and mind. You can’t be rehashing a fight in your head while you’re singing because the vocals over-take the communication center in your brain. Plus, it encourages what psychologists call “flow state.” That’s the feeling that you’ve lost track of time because you’re so deeply engaged in an activity. 

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a hobby that can improve your life, socially, mentally and physically – sing!

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What to Do About Arthritis and Joint Pain

1 in 4 people suffer from arthritis and joint pain.

And 60% of people who have arthritis are between the ages of 18 and 64. That’s a lot of people! So what can you do about it? Adopt a VEGAN diet! 

That’s according to new research in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

​For this new study, arthritis patients were asked to rate the severity of their joint pain – on a scale from “no pain” to “as bad as it could possibly be.” Then, half the participants were put on a strict vegan diet for 4 months, while the other half stuck to their normal diet. And throughout the study, everyone was tested for C-reactive proteins, which are a common marker for the inflammation associated with joint pain.

The result? Without fail, those on a vegan diet reported significantly less severe pain over time. And the number of times their joints swelled to painful levels was cut IN HALF!

Researchers say it’s because plant-based diets lower the levels of C-reactive proteins, which are commonly produced by animal products, sugary foods, and refined grains. And C-reactive proteins are like “jet fuel” when it comes to triggering the inflammation that causes pain and swelling!

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a drug-free way to treat arthritis pain, with NO side effects, researchers say your new “prescription” is a vegan diet.

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How to Remember Things You Tend to Forget 

Here’s a memory trick that sounds bizarre – but works.

It comes from the journal Memory & Cognition. When you have something you need to remember – like a new password – imagine yourself writing it on a door and then OPENING that door. Because a password gives you access, right?

​​Or if you’re trying to remember someone’s name, imagine writing it on a nametag and sticking it on their shirt. Or if you need to remember something at the grocery store, imagine putting it in your cart and then placing it on the conveyor belt at the checkout stand.

​​The point of that exercise is to link information you’re trying to remember to a related action. That helps to anchor it in your mind.
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