Get moving—even if it’s just for a few minutes. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running just five minutes a day can add years to your life. Running for just a few minutes at slow speeds was associated with lower health risks.
The power of the doodle. Research finds doodling can help you focus and boost your productivity. The research examined in Sunni Brown’s new book, The Doodle Revolution, concludes doodling can help people learn and work out creative ideas. For example, doodling during meetings can help people retain more information more effectively.
Boost your chances of career success with three simple steps. Taking control of your education is the first, writes Ryan Niessen, co-creator of The Gateway Method. Next, find a mentor who can support your dreams. Finally, get inspiration from those who have gone before you in your field and who can help point you in the right direction.
Make a friend at the office. A LinkedIn survey found people who report having a friend at work also say they’re happier on the job. And connecting outside of meetings and emails can help build friendships in the office.
Is TV time stressing you out? A German study published in the Journal of Communication found most people who watch TV as a way to relax saw themselves as procrastinators and felt worse about themselves for “giving in” to the urge to watch. Still, those who watched intellectually stimulating content felt better than those who watched low-brow programs.
Substitute a fist bump for a handshake to avoid picking up germs. Bumping knuckles transfers 90% fewer germs than a handshake, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Unlocking phones legal again. President Obama recently signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which makes unlocking your cellphone legal for the next year. This means you can switch cellular service providers without buying a new phone, explains Lifehacker tech writer Eric Ravenscraft.
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