Should You Wear Sunscreen?

If you follow health and wellness news, you have probably seen the building hype this year about sunscreen. Popular news outlets have been questioning if the ingredients in sunscreen pose health threats. One even questions whether sunscreen is the new margarine? (Many margarines – developed to encourage people to avoid the saturated fats in butter – contain transfats, which turn out to be more unhealthy than butter.) [Read more…]

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Many Americans are plagued by the “if-only” syndrome. Data show that most people believe if they could only get a raise, a new house, a new car, or some other material possession, they would finally be happy. Not surprisingly, studies demonstrate that buying things does not lead to happiness. [Read more…]

Exploring the Link Between Health and Happiness

It’s common sense that it’s difficult to feel happy when you are seriously ill. But do feelings of happiness help to prevent people from becoming sick, or help them to get better quicker? [Read more…]

Is That Medical Intervention Doing You Any Good?

Human beings are creatures of habit. Psychology research clearly demonstrates that people develop automatic responses to specific conditions which become more ingrained with repetition, even if they may not be the best choices. [Read more…]

A Low-Salt Diet May Not Be Essential After All

If you or anyone you know has heart disease, you’ve probably heard the ubiquitous recommendation that people with heart problems should follow a low-sodium diet. [Read more…]

To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution, Make a Plan for Success

Next week’s New Year will bring the perpetual resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, save money and exercise more, among others. New Year’s resolutions are popular – but few people actually succeed at keeping them. [Read more…]

The Evidence on Elder Wisdom

For most people, the approaching holiday season includes more time with the extended family, including the elder generation.

Unfortunately, older adults are often diminished in the popular media and by society as a whole; they are frequently portrayed as sick, frail, unproductive and behind-the-times. Yet there’s an expansive body of evidence that demonstrates the benefits of older adults’ wisdom and the value of fostering communication across generations. [Read more…]

Sex Education and Parenting: What We Know

When you think of sex education, the first thing that comes to mind may be a classroom full of giggling and blushing middle school students. But there is clear evidence that the foundations for sex education – and much of what determines adolescents’ knowledge, attitudes and behavior – comes from parents and guardians at home. [Read more…]

Proven Ways to Change Someone’s Mind

Americans will head to the polls tomorrow. While this year is proving to be one of the most politically-divisive in U.S. history, here at Evidence-based Living, we still hold onto hope that Americans can engage in a civil political dialogue. [Read more…]

Regular Exercise Will Lengthen Your Life

Regular exercise is, hands down, one of the best actions you can take to lengthen your life, according to a new, longitudinal study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [Read more…]

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