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High on family and faith

Your family values, weight and your partner’s neuroticism effect long-term happiness, found a new study fom the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that recommends choosing a partner wisely, looking after your body and having faith.

health and fitness Updated: Oct 10, 2010 00:51 IST

Your family values, weight and your partner’s neuroticism effect long-term happiness, found a new study fom the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that recommends choosing a partner wisely, looking after your body and having faith. People with neurotic partners were the most unhappy, followed by people with weight-related issues.

While obese women were significantly unhappy, being overweight had no effect on men’s happiness. Underweight men, however, scored slightly lower on the happiness scale than those with healthy weights. Altruism and family values brought far more long-term happiness as compared to career and material success.

Walnuts lower BP

Walnuts do wonders for the heart by lowering bad cholesterol levels in the blood and reducing blood pressure under stressful situations, shows a new study that tracked stress response in people fed on a daily diet of walnuts of five to six pieces. People who have an exaggerated biological response to stress are at higher risk of heart disease.

All-focus lenses in sight
Spectacles with lenses that allow you to see clearly regardless of how long or short-sighted you are, may make bifocals passé. Israeli researchers have developed ways to turn a standard lens into one that perfectly focuses light from anything between 33 centimetres away and the horizon. With age, the eyes’ natural lenses lose the ability to change shape to focus light from near objects onto the retina, making it difficult for people already short-sighted from focussing on either near or distant objects. Bifocals offer two lenses in the same frame, forcing users to tilt their head up or down to switch focus.

Where you gain weight matters
US researchers who persuaded thin volunteers to gorge on sweets to gain weight overturned the common wisdom that adults cannot grow new fat cells. As they gained weight, the volunteers added new fat cells on their thighs, while fat cells on their bellies expanded, said researchers from Mayo Clinic.
Understanding how fat functon in one part of the body and not another may explain why gaining weight in the lower part of the body does not carry as many health risks as gaining belly fat.