According to research released in 2009, the best foods for healthy bones are: onions, wheat, asparagus, artichokes, bananas, milk, nuts and whole grains.
During the stress of the holidays, singing a song will boost endorphins. One study revealed that, on average, choral singers rate their satisfaction with life higher than the general public does -even when the actual problems the singers face are more substantial than those of the rest of us.
Enjoy a candy cane. The menthol will stimulate your senses, and calm your stomach.
Go experiences vs. stuff. Great gifts to give those you love are gifts of time; enjoying outings together: dancing, ice skating, skiing, or a vacation to warmer climate, a surprise day of hooky doing something fun, prohibitive on weekends like a road trip.
A Helper's High. One act of kindness each day will chase the Holiday blues/stress away. Anonymously shovel the walkway of a sick or elderly neighbor, invite a widow or widower over for an evening, bake a tasty treat for others who have suffered loss: a loved one, work, illness.
Practice the Golden Rule. If you are missing the sparkle in your marriage, strike a match, from holding hands while sitting or walking, to giving an impromptu foot or neck/shoulder massage after work. If this is done daily for several weeks and there's no reciprocation, you can have them declared officially dead.
Rather than dropping $$ at a bar to relax after a long week, get a wonderful facial massage. It will do wonders and leave you glowing.
Do you ever notice how peaceful the world is during a blackout? Be pro-active, conservative and good to yourself. Unplug. Shut off the tv one hour (at least) before bedtime. Just Be Still. Think of five things in your world you're grateful for (only two are allowed to be work-related). Enjoy reading in a candlelit room with a good booklight.
A Univ. of Michigan study found that spending time with your best friend increases levels of testosterone, which can lower levels of stress and anxiety.
Enjoy a good movie. A good book. Escape from the mundane, the routine, the stress. If it's a comedy, a romance or a romantic comedy - take an extra 30 points off the stressometer.