Why Exercise Makes You Happy [infographic]

December 16, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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We’ve all heard it before: exercising makes you a happier person. But did you know, as little as 20 minutes of physical activity can boost your mood for up to 12 hours? Or better yet, working out for 30-60 minutes just a few times a week can provide mental health benefits.

When you’re feeling down or having a really bad day, try doing something physically active to get your mind off of it. Working out when you’re in a bad mood has a more powerful effect on your mental state. Adding music to your routine also helps to improve your mood.

Why are you still sitting at the computer? Get out and do something! Exercising outdoors is more beneficial than exercising indoors, and is a great way to get in touch with nature. But maybe being outdoors isn’t your thing. Instead, try watching something when you’re running on the treadmill; your favorite TV show can make working out more enjoyable.

Do you really need anymore motivation to work out? Just remember what Elle Woods once said: “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.”

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Things You Never Knew About McDonald’s [infographic]

December 15, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  3 Comments
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ALLL ABOARD! Time to drive this hate train straight into your local Ronald McDonald. Here is a company that has dominated the fast food scene so well, they dwarf every competitor. While helping contribute to the declining heath of the lower class, McDonald’s continues to grow globally.

Luckily there is some light at the end of the tunnel – McDonald’s US sales this year have dropped to the lowest in 14 years. This is great. I would love to contribute the decline to growing local economies and healthy eating education – although I have no proof. With Michelle Obama’s war on child obesity and an improving economy, I think I may have my predictions heading in the right direction.

A Big Mac meal comes out to about $6. For the same price, I can go across the street from my house and get tacos at an amazing taco truck. Fresh vegetables, recipes passed down generations, and I know there isn’t some corporate executive pocketing the profit while the workers aren’t even paid a living wage. The workers are the executives at my taco truck.

With ‘going local’ becoming a more popular outlet for spending money – at least in my city – national chains are seeing the changes in their profit margins. Let’s keep this trend up. [via]

Check out the secret off-menu McDonald’s items here.

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11 Incredible Reasons to Have Friends at Work [infographic]

December 14, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Health  |  No Comments
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Did you know one-third of Americans have met a close friend at work? You’re not surprised? You’ve made a close friend at work before? So have I! I recently moved from working-at-home to a co-working space and the difference has been drastic. My productivity has gone through the roof. The social aspect not only makes working no longer seem like it drags on all day, but creates an environment for collaboration. We’re all in start-ups or freelancing, and everyone has some skill they’ve seemed to master.

I’ve also worked in traditional office environments, as well as extremely fast-paced service industry jobs. I feel that making friends is vital in all working environments, and no matter the job at hand, I’ve been able to make a few. Sometimes my friendships end the moment one of us leave the job, and sometimes they become lifelong relationships.

Working in a community improves moral, it improves happiness, and most importantly to the company, it improves the employee’s connection with the firm.

I’ve always believed that having a friendly, casual atmosphere at work and keeping your employees healthy can create great employee chemistry. Having company outings where employees get to socialize and ‘be themselves’ are critical. [via]

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Life Hacks for Hangovers [infographic]

December 13, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Food  |  No Comments
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What is the world’s best hangover cure? Is there a surefire way to ensure you wake up well rested and clear headed after a night of one too many? Some say yes; I say maybe. My key is to hydrate. Like this infographic recommends, the one to one rule works wonders. That means you should have one glass of water after every alcoholic drink you consume. Which is great, unless you hate feeling bloated and taking a trip to pee every few minutes. My roommate prefers the ‘more than water’ method. A big ol’ cold Gatorade in the morning seems to help him though. The electrolytes help, I’m sure.

I’ve also heard Sprite is a natural hangover cure because of what it does to your body. Sprite actually speeds up an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). This results in alcohol being broken down quicker, and therefore a shorter hangover time. I’ve tried it and I call bullshit, but it is science. Wondering what the science behind a hangover is? Check out this infographic.

There actually is one foolproof hangover cure I forgot to mention. Staying sober. Be the designated driver for your friends and laugh at all of the stupid antics. I guarantee you’ll be the only one ready for a morning run.[via]

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Everything You Need to Know About America’s Oil & Gas Economy [infographic]

December 12, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Environmental  |  1 Comment
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Gas is so cheap right now, I’m laughing at every Tesla driver on the road. Just kidding… Every few years, we have an oil surplus and gas gets cheap for six months or so, then it miraculously starts to get more expensive. Two years later, and we’re seeing the most expensive gasoline in history. Don’t call me a pessimist, it just always happens like that.

Enough of my gas price complaining though – I’ve got plenty more things to complain about with the oil industry. FRACKING FRACKING FRACKING. That’s all I hear about these days. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve had oil barons speak to my classes claiming, with extreme confidence, that fracking doesn’t hurt the environment. This just isn’t true. There are piles of evidence against fracking at the moment. Maybe there is a better way to frack, but I feel like my state of Texas is really feeling the unregulated force of the oil industry. Denton, a Texas town near Dallas, has completely banned fracking by public vote. Talk about democracy. It’s this type of political action that will ultimately quell the oil companies.

Before you start calling me a stupid hippie, I know natural gas and oil are vital to our country at the moment. Once renewable resources start to overcome oil in decades to come, those huge corporations will be at the pointy end of the stick. [via]

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