Got your mind on your money and your money on your mind but still not happy?
Maybe it’s time to stop being so focused on dollar bills and more on valuing time. Recent research indicates that by valuing time over money, we are more prone to be happy. With depression seeming to be on the rise, maybe it’s time to make the change!
Time Or Money?
Brand new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology looked at over 4,600 participants. The study found that around 50% of the participants valued time more and obviously the other 50% valued money more. The main finding was that prioritizing time was associated with greater happiness! As you would have guessed, older people were more likely to value time over money as opposed to younger generations.
Lead researcher Ashley Whillans said, “As people age, they often want to spend time in more meaningful ways than just making money.” She went on to say, “Having more free time is likely more important for happiness than having more money. Even giving up a few hours of a paycheck to volunteer at a food bank may have more bang for your buck in making you feel happier.”
Valuing time over money… obviously this is easier said than done, with all the bills that pile up at the end of the month. As they say, “Too much month at the end of the money!” That being said, if we wish to increase our happiness we can start to work a few less hours a week and spend that time with loved ones or volunteering. Instead of working 50 hours per week cut back to only 48 and do something meaningful with those extra hours.
If you simply can’t cut back on your hours at work, you could also cut back on the work you perform at home. For instance, instead of spending 2 hours cleaning the house each Saturday, hire a service to do it for you. Instead, of mowing the lawn for 4 hours each week, hire a landscaping service. This will give you more valuable time to spend with your loved ones!
Heck while we are at it, why can’t we use that extra time to exercise? We all could probably use a few more hours of exercise each week and this could be the perfect opportunity. Not only will it improve your overall health, it will help reduce your stress, and clear your mind! So in essence you end up de-stressed and happier… hmmm… seems like a good plan to me!
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut, try not being such a workaholic (this coming from the guy that worked 60 hours last week) and start working on being happy. No you don’t have to take 10 hrs off of work each week, find a more efficient way to get your house chores done so you have more free time. Either way, as we get older it seems that time finally helps us realize that it is way more important than money. Hopefully we don’t realize this before it’s too late!
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Restless nights up worrying about the mile long list of to-do items to make your Thanksgiving the perfect party for family and friends? You aren’t doing your brain or your body any favors by loosing sleep – in fact, you will probably function less capably as you run up against your growing sleep deficit.
Here are some useful and easy ways to better your odds of a good nights sleep while you’re rushing to complete your holiday list:
Late to bed, late to wake just won’t do, if its not what you’re used to – whatever your normal daily non-hectic-holiday bedtime and rise time are, stick to them. You’ll find that keeping to your normal routine and sleep/wake schedule will help you stave off some of the tiredness of a busy day since your body is still operating during its own established “business hours”. Even if you can’t quite make it to bed on time, still try to wake as close to your normal schedule as possible to stay in rhythm. It may be helpful to include a 15-20 minute “wind down” period before bed, to help you remove yourself from the stress of the day – a warm bath, a stretching routine or soothing music in a dimly lit room could be just the thing.
While an excess of caffeine is definitely not helpful, a cup of coffee or black tea to get you started in the morning or help you through an early afternoon slump is very helpful. Many studies have shown that modest amounts of caffeine help increase mental alertness, and improve cognitive function, not to mention that little extra pep in your step! Do avoid caffeine roughly 6 hours before bedtime so it does not interfere with your ability to fall asleep. If you would rather avoid caffeine, look for a robust, quality B-Complex supplement to help boost you though those rough spots. Need More Energy? Here are 10 Tips for Boosting Your Energy Levels
Making time for dedicated exercise is critical to keeping your energy levels up. Even if it is just a short 1/2 hour set aside before dinner, or first thing in the morning, it will make a dramatic improvement in any fatigue you might be experiencing during the day, as well as help you sleep more soundly at night.
children’s sports health
Sports should be a fun part of childhood and adolescence. Parents, coaches, and athletes should take every step necessary to keep sports fun and enjoyable while also preventing injuries, dehydration, heat illness, concussions and complications from sickle cell trait.
Dehydration can leave an athlete feeling tired while reducing their ability to focus. It can also lead to an increase in core body temperature, strain the cardiovascular system, reduce blood flow to muscles and increase risk of heat stroke and death. Risk for dehydration is greater in hot, humid environments and at higher altitude. Every year we hear about a high school student who dies due to dehydration or over hydration. Kids with larger body sizes have an increased risk of dehydration particularly when they are practicing with pads and helmets in the heat because equipment can trap heat making it difficult to dissipate the heat their body is producing.
How can you prevent dehydration? Thirst is not always a good indicator of hydration needs, particularly in children. Coaches should give kids a 5 to 10 minute rest and fluid break after every 25 to 30 minutes of activity. Sports drinks and water should be provided and when exercising for a prolonged period of time (over 1 hour) or in the heat, children should be encouraged to consume a sports drink that contains sodium. Sodium is critical to help their bodies retain the fluid that they are drinking. Over-consumption of fluids that do not contain enough sodium, like water, can dilute blood sodium leading to a dangerous, even deadly, condition called hyponatremia. Coaches should also monitor children to make sure that they are drinking.
When the temperature and humidity are high rest and fluid breaks should be scheduled after every 15-20 minutes of activity. And when the temperature and humidity are very high, practice should be canceled or moved indoors.
Symptoms of dehydration:
– dry mouth
– being irritable or cranky
– poor athletic performance
– excessive fatigue
Heat cramps may lead to intense pain and muscle spasms. Though the name includes the word key, heat cramps can occur in any sport including ice-skating and swimming. Prevention includes adequate conditioning, getting acclimated to changes in heat and humidity, and providing adequate fluid including a sports drink that contains sodium. Treatment involves replacing fluid and sodium losses, stretching and massage.
Heat exhaustion may occur when a child continues to play through some of the symptoms of dehydration. In addition to the symptoms of dehydration heat exhaustion can also include the following symptoms:
– pale skin
– profuse sweating
– nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
– stomach cramps
– muscle cramps
If heat exhaustion is suspected the child should be taken out of play and moved to a cool area. Equipment and extra clothing should be removed and cold towels and a fan used to cool the child. If the child does not make quick improvements, seek immediate medical treatment.
Heat stroke is a severe and very serious form of heat illness. Signs and symptoms may include those for dehydration and heat cramps as well as:
– core body temperature above 104°F (rectal temperature)
– altered consciousness
– irritability or combativeness
Immediate treatment for heat stroke includes calling on-site emergency medical personnel or 911 and beginning to cool the child with cold towels, fans, and cold water while waiting and during transport to the hospital or medical facility.
National Athletic Trainers Association
Heat Illness, Medline Plus