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    Why Being Kind Makes You Healthier

    By Chrystle Fiedler for Next AvenueWhen you are kind to another person, even in a small way, it has a positive effect by helping that person feel valued and supported. If you make such acts of kindness a regular habit, it’s actually good for your health and even slows your body’s aging process, according to research.“Two culprits that speed the process of aging are free radicals and inflammation. But remarkable research shows that the oxytocin [hormone] that we produce because ...  Read More...

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    Does Getting Older Make You Less Stressed?

    By Donna Pols Trump for Next AvenueA recently released Gallup Global Emotions poll suggests that as people age, they tend to experience less overall stress in their lives.The poll asked respondents from over 140 countries questions about positive and negative experiences they had yesterday (a single day in 2018). One subset of answers reveals particularly thought-provoking information about which age group of Americans is most stressed, worried or angry. The immediate answers may or may not surp...  Read More...

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    How Religious Belief Can Affect Health

    By Debbie Musser for Next AvenueAdhering to a well-balanced diet and incorporating exercise into your routine are two well-known ways to improve health. What about religious involvement? Can that also have a positive effect on health and well-being?There‚Äôs a growing field of study that seeks to link the physiological effects of religious and spiritual practices on the body: neurotheology.Dr.   Read More...

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    Video Chats with Family and Friends Offer Mental Health Boost

    By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall for Next AvenueAnne Whitley lives 800 miles from her grandchildren’s home in Florida, but she still sees them daily. On her iPhone’s FaceTime app, Whitley catches up with her five-year old granddaughter, Cairo, who might show off a new toy, and her year-old grandson, Garvey, who enjoys practicing his latest words.All it takes is just a few minutes each day to bridge those miles between them.“I don’t want them to forget me in between visits,”...  Read More...

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    Planting Coral Bells for Mom

    By Debbie L. Miller for Next AvenueAfter 23 years of marriage, I was finished. For the last nine of those years, I’d owned a house with a garden in East Tennessee where I grew herbs, perennials, wildflowers and vegetables.   Read More...