Friday, May 29, 2009

The One Common Habit of Unhappy People

Happiness comes in many forms: sleeping until noon on Saturday, finding a twenty in your pocket, biting into a warm cookie.

But here's something that could put you squarely in the unhappy camp: spending too much time with the tube.

Happy-Time Pastimes
Studies confirm it. In analyzing 30 years worth of data collected from a national social-survey database as well as other previous studies, researchers found that people who considered themselves unhappy tended to watch significantly more TV than those who said they were very happy. Higher-spirited folks, they found, spent more time on other types of hobbies, including mingling with friends and family members, reading newspapers, and attending religious services.

Bonus:
Less time clutching your clicker could mean less risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's how too much TV trashes your blood sugar levels.

Blood Sugar Booster
Seems that watching television affects the glucose in your blood -- and not in a good way. More tube time may mean higher blood glucose levels, particularly for women. Over time, that could set the stage for type 2 diabetes, where chronically high blood sugar levels can damage your eyes, heart, kidneys, and other organs.

Don't Kill Your TV
Watching a little TV here and there isn't a huge threat to your quality of life, as long as you don’t devote more time and energy to it than to your personal relationships, hobbies, or other interests.

Age Benefit: Taking care of your emotional health and well-being can make your RealAge up to 16 years younger.

EDITOR'S PICK

Kindle

Are you a couch potato? If you're spending hours in front of the tube, it's time to make a change. Get out there, exercise, find a fun hobby, or read a book! Don't let your imagination waste away. Check out the new Kindle on Amazon -- you can house an entire library in the palm of your hand.

-This info is from RealAge.com - they have lots of healthy tips, and will tell you your RealAge - I am way older than I should be. Check it OuT!

1 comment:

Urban Mom said...

Ok, but what if one is in front of the computer a bit too much instead of the tv? ;-)

I want the new Kindle. Can't justify the expense, but oooooo I want one..... I also want Botox. Decisions, decisions......