1. Join a running club
    Being more social can help people shape up faster.
  2. Give in to pressure
    An easy way to work the kinks out of your back: Place a tennis ball between your shoulder blades and the wall and do a few deep knee bends. Ahh!
  3. Make more whoopee
    People who have sex once or twice a week have 30 percent more infection-fighting antibodies in their saliva than those who get busy less often.
  4. Chat up a stranger
    Make the most of waiting in long lines by talking to someone. Wake Forest University researchers found that acting extroverted makes people feel happier.
  5. Wash your hands
    In a recent analysis of 390 cellphones, 16 percent were contaminated with E.coli—likely transferred from germy hands.
  6. Take a deep breath
    To subdue stress, inhale deeply so that your belly balloons but your chest stays still. Slowly exhale through your mouth until your stomach empties, and repeat.
  7. Sip wine with dinner
    New research shows that moderate drinking (one glass per day) ups your chances of living a longer, healthier life.
  8. Start glowing
    Place a milk-soaked washcloth over your face for 10 minutes.
  9. Fight right

Are you and your spouse at odds about what to bring the in-laws? Avoid making your case with sarcasm, insults, or put-downs, which research suggests may weaken your immune system.

  1. Go out 

Attending cultural events—the cinema, concerts, or art exhibits—is significantly associated with good health and life satisfaction.

  1. Celebrate your cravings

Enjoy some dark chocolate–covered cherries.

  1. Put flowers on your wish list

No matter the variety or color, a few blooms always brighten the mood. The positive effect of receiving a bouquet lasts three full days, according to a Rutgers University study.

  1. Get moving!

Start your morning by marching in place while doing the “YMCA” dance with your arms, suggests Scott Danberg of Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami.

  1. Keep your (tight) pants on 
    To avoid return trips to the buffet (and packing on extra pounds), wear a belt or a pair of skinny jeans as a reminder to keep yourself in check.
  2. Cool your heels
    Pep up tired peds with a peppermint-based foot cream that also smoothes rough patches.
  3. Sleep 
    Sleep-deprived people are perceived to be less attractive in photos than those who got a good night’s rest.
  4. Hit the sales
    Buy yourself a brightly coloured fruit bowl. New research conducted by Cornell University’s Brian Wansink, Ph.D., shows people are more likely to eat fruit if it’s in a vibrant dish.
  5. Create a family health tree
    Ensure better medical care in the future by keeping important detail at hand.
  6. Sing your heart out
    Singing causes a dip in stress hormones, says Graham Welch, Ph.D., chair of music education at the Institute of Education in London. “It can also promote a greater sense of self-worth.”
  7. Join a gym
    Health clubs are eager to hit their numbers by the end of the year, so you’re likely to get a great deal now.


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