Five Small Ways to Be Healthier This Year

Five Small Ways to Be Healthier This Year

If you’re trying to be healthier this year, here are five small changes that don’t require much effort.  But they can actually make a difference . . .

  1.   Start calling yourself a “runner.”  Or if you like tennis, start referring to yourself as a “tennis player.”  A study at Winona University in Minnesota found that giving yourself a label like that encourages you to do the activity more, regardless of what it is.
  2.   Make sure you get a good night’s sleep on Tuesdays.  A recent study found it’s the night we’re most LIKELY to get a good night’s sleep, because we’re less likely to drink or stay out late.  So try not to waste it.
  3.   Put a plant on your desk at work.  It makes you more productive, and it can increase job satisfaction by 20%.  So it’s an easy way to boost your MENTAL health.
  4.   Record yourself brushing your teeth.  If you do it every other day for about two weeks, your technique should get better.
  5.   Wash your reusable water bottle every day.  It seems like you shouldn’t have to since you’re only putting water in there.  But it can actually get pretty disgusting if you don’t.  Bacteria from your hands and mouth can get in there and then multiply.

So either toss it in the dishwasher every night, or let it soak in water that’s mixed with a little bit of vinegar or bleach.

(Daily Mail / PopSugar)

Five Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Had a Purpose

Five Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Had a Purpose

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We found a list online of everyday things you’ve probably never thought about.  But they all have a purpose.  Here are five we liked . . .

1.  The hole in the top of a pen cap.  It’s not some weird engineering thing that keeps it from drying out.  It just makes the cap less of a hazard for little kids by keeping their airway open if they choke on it.

2.  Sometimes when you buy nice clothes, there’s an extra piece of fabric in one of the pockets.  It’s not there in case you need to make a patch.  It’s there so you can test laundry detergent on it.

3.  The little “fifth pocket” in your jeans was originally there to hold a pocket watch.  And the metal rivets prevent the seams from ripping.

4.  On a measuring tape, there’s usually a tiny hole in the hook at the end.  It’s there so you can hook it onto a nail or a screw.  And the bottom of the hook usually has little teeth, so you can use it to mark drywall while you’re measuring.

5.  There’s a soft plastic disc under the lid of a two-liter soda bottle.  Even if you take it out, the bottle might not leak.  But it has to be there to make it airtight.  Otherwise it would go flat a lot faster.

(Buzzfeed)

Are We All Brushing Our Teeth Wrong?

Are We All Brushing Our Teeth Wrong?

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There’s a dentist who says we’ve all been brushing our teeth wrong our whole lives. And I know it seems crazy to take this one guy’s advice over every other dentist in HISTORY, but let’s just hear this lunatic out, okay?

Most people brush, floss, then rinse. Or brush, rinse, then floss. Right?

Well, Dr. Matthew Lloyd is a dentist in England, and he says you should do the whole thing in REVERSE: Floss first to get food particles loose . . . then rinse with mouthwash . . . THEN brush your teeth.

Quote, “It’s better to remove plaque and food debris with floss before rinsing the bacteria away with mouth wash.

“Ideally, you should finish your oral care routine by brushing your teeth. That way, the toothpaste says in contact with your teeth and gums for longer and will provide better protection.”

(Good To Know)

A Scuba Diver Gives a Seal Some Belly Rubs (Video)

A Scuba Diver Gives a Seal Some Belly Rubs (Video)

A video of a scuba diver playing with a seal underwater and rubbing its stomach is making the rounds. It happened off the coast of England, and the guy posted the video last year. But it just started going viral because of how docile the seal was.

At one point, the guy let it bite down on his hand a little bit. Which was risky, since seals can do some pretty serious damage with their teeth if they want to. But it looked like it was just sort of checking him out.

Seal Some Belly Rubs

Memorial Day Grilling Tip: To See if Your Steak Is Done, Compare It to Your Face

Memorial Day Grilling Tip: To See if Your Steak Is Done, Compare It to Your Face

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If you’re grilling for Memorial Day, here’s a trick to tell whether your steak is rare, medium, or medium-well . . . by comparing it to different parts of your FACE.

1. If you like it rare. Then pushing on it with your finger should feel like pushing on the soft part of your cheek.

2. If you like it medium. It should feel like the top of your chin.

3. If you like it medium-well. It should feel harder, like your forehead.

It doesn’t say what to compare it to if you like your steak REALLY well-done. I’m not sure what part of your face is harder than your forehead . . . maybe your TEETH?

 

(Food52.com)