Mindset

Happiness, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a state of well-being and contentment. It’s no wonder that most of us want to experience that joy. But happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. It comes from within. Each of us has the power to make small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships to tame negative thoughts and approach every day with optimism. Here are 10 tips that can help set you on course for a happier life. 

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Health

From a health standpoint, we all know that overexposure to UV-rays can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin causing premature wrinkling, uneven skin tone and even cancer. Advances in sun care products are making it easier to get a healthy, fresh and convincing glow without damaging your skin. The new SPF formulas, available in sheer creams, fine mists and lightweight gels, will screen out the harmful rays. With separate categories for products that are formulated for sensitive skin, sunscreens that work well under makeup and a section for those who prefer natural products, here are our favorites.

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Health

Gone are the days of slathering on oil and baking in the sun for hours. From a health standpoint, we all know that overexposure to UV-rays can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin causing premature wrinkling, uneven skin tone, age spots and even cancer.

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Health & Fitness

A vacation allows us to unwind. Being removed from the stresses of your regular routine can also be an opportunity to stay fit. Think long walks exploring New York City, swimming in the crystal blue waters off the Greek Isles or hiking up a winding path to take in a spectacular view of the Santa Barbara coastline. While traveling, you might even be burning calories without realizing it. Lugging heavy bags through the airport, dashing to catch your connection and sightseeing for hours on end can be more of a workout than you realize. We live in the age of modern technology, so excuses, be gone! Here are five free apps that make keeping track of exercise while globetrotting a snap.

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Health

Finally…you’re taking that much needed vacation! Leaving behind work pressures, household chores and endless deadlines, you plan to escape your daily routine and indulge yourself a bit.

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Mindset

Our bodies are a biological miracle of balance engaged in a constant search for homeostasis or internal equilibrium. But when we apply the concept of “balance” to the entirety of our lives, what does it mean? A sense of inner peace and calm? Contentment with the moment? Feeling harmonious with our environment? Whatever it signifies for you, balance is essential for functioning at our full potential. Like dancers or athletes, we all continually move in and out of balance throughout our years. How smoothly we make those transitions can vary.

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Mindset

As the seasons progress, spring moving ever closer to summer, the Earth warming and teeming with new life and growth, our heads and hearts fill with thoughts of new beginnings. We dream of something new for ourselves… new job, new hobby, new vision, new adventure. We dream of being reinvigorated. We dream of replenishing our souls. But how?

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Health

Migraines are a mystery. For many years, scientists believed that migraines were linked to the opening and narrowing of blood vessels in the head. The current theory is that genes controling the activity of brain cells are the cause of migraines. Either way, abnormal brain activity may result in a migraine headache. Many different things can trigger this activity, but the exact chain of events has not been discovered. It is commonly believed that they begin in the brain and involve nerve pathways and chemicals. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, there is no absolute cure for migraine since its pathophysiology has yet to be fully understood. but there are some effective treatments available to reduce the pain and frequency of this condition.

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Mindset

The mind-body connection means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are. Conversely, what we do with our physical body, such as what we eat, how much we exercise and even our posture, can positively or negatively impact our mental state.This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.

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Fitness

The thought of losing weight, cutting out carbs or taking better care of yourself probably crossed your mind in January. So now, three months later, chances are you still are debating about how you are going to actually do this. Hiring a personal trainer, finding a yoga class or enrolling in a boot camp are all viable options to get you on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. However, making that commitment is difficult. So here are seven easy steps that will keep you on track while you are contemplating your ultimate workout path.

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Health

Catch some z’s. Get forty winks. Hit the hay. Shut eye. Snooze. Whatever you call it, adequate sleep is essential for our physical and emotional health. And it’s importance goes way beyond boosting your mood or banishing those nasty under-eye circles. Here are the benefits of a good night’s sleep along with tips on how to avoid getting caught napping.

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Health

In 2018 we saw the resurgence of boxing, an explosion of high-intensity interval training (known as HIIT) gyms popping up, as well as advanced wearable technology flooding the market.

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Health

Get on your feet: it’s time to hit the ground! The Valley boasts three world-class hiking mountains in Phoenix proper, dozens of lesser known trails in the surrounding metro areas and hundreds of wilderness hikes within a two-hour drive. From the Hole-in-the-Rock at Papago Park to the amazing views from atop Shaw Butte, here are some of our suggestions.

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Health

It all started with Halloween candy. Then there was the Thanksgiving dinner: candied yams, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream. December was filled with parties and get-togethers: signature cocktails, rich dips, decadent desserts. Face it… you’ve stuffed yourself silly for two months but, by following our experts’ advice, you’ll be back in your skinny jeans in no time.

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