The Daily Dose: Don’t Worry, Be Happy Whenever.

Today’s healthy tip: be happy now. Our moods are largely based on how we perceive our immediate circumstance. Two people thrown into the same pit of snakes can literally see the situation in complete opposites. I, for one, would cry. However, a stronger man may see it as an opportunity to prove himself, or something like that. It’s all about the perception of the situation, which led a guy named Theodore Velten (he’s a Psychologist, so he’s legit) to develop a system to change your perception of any situation – with the goal to lighten your mood and increase your happiness. Take a look at it, and be happier*!

The Links!

It’s no secret that kids are pretty much the meanest things in the world, especially to overweight children. However, as the number of obese children in U.S. schools skyrockets, the true challenges they face are becoming very real very fast – and the challenges are meaner than the kids.

Individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesity may also be at greater risk of amplifying those genetic risks from drinking sugary drinks (e.g. soda, fruit juice, lemonade (I’m looking at you, Honey Boo Boo!)). File this one under “we needed science to tell us this?

Ever wonder if that app you’re using to calm your kid down for eight hours is good or bad? Well, now we know. Stat of the day: 38% of kids under 8 years old have used a smartphone or tablet. I have a feeling that’s a larger percentage than the same percentage for people over the age of 50.

The marriage of food and economics (two of my favorite subjects) happens quite a bit more than most would think (or, perhaps more than they would want). Each of us eats, so how and where we choose to eat tells a lot about what’s going on in the world. Next time you stuff your face with an endless bowl of salad, sit back and revel on yourself as a valuable statistic.

*Fair warning: the system is 58 statements to reflect upon. If reflecting on things actually makes you unhappy, then maybe you should not click that link.

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