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The new New Year Resolutions- saving relationships and saving money

Traditional New Year resolutions, such as quitting smoking, have been replaced by modern life changes like reading more and saving money, a study has revealed. New technology and healthier lifestyles mean three quarters of Brits have binned ‘old fashioned’ vows relating to smoking, alcohol and exercise. Current top resolutions are reading more books and saving [...]


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An iPhone, reality TV and a competitive streak- the secrets to keeping young

Owning an iPhone, watching reality television and beating younger relatives at games are just some of the secrets to keeping young, it has been revealed. Surfing the web, spending time with the grandchildren or catching the eye of someone younger were also cited as big reasons to feel more alive. The study of 1,000 over 50’s found the secrets of youth people rely on to feel they are keeping ‘with it’- with having regular sex, fancying a younger celebrity and being on Facebook all likely to grant a burst of life. While anyone feeling a bit stale could benefit from knowing what Twitter is, sporting a leather jacket and trying yoga. The research, which was commissioned by leading health and wellbeing mutual organisation Benenden Healthcare, found one in five swears by a particular food, with broccoli, oats and blueberries the health boosts most swear by. Age is clearly just a number, with the average person claiming their youth secrets lead them to feeling 18 years younger than they actually are. Paul Keenan, External Affairs Manager for Benenden Healthcare, said: “The top 40 reasons we were given for staying young are certainly varied and provide a broad approach to living a full and vibrant life. “While a lot of staying young is down to individual attitude, it seems there are many common experiences people turn to reconnect with their youth or feel invigorated day to day. “Time spent with our younger friends and family members of course gives us a new perspective, while keeping up with technology and social trends clearly has a bearing on how in-touch a person considers themselves. “And it’s certainly true that things like trying new food, reading challenging books and even playing practical jokes are big contributors to feeling youthful.” Many of the “older” generation thought staying up past midnight led to feeling alive, while eating spicy food and keeping in touch with the local gossip are guaranteed to keep a person fresh. Using smartphone apps, eating chocolate and having a younger partner all appeared to keep many an over fifty in good nick. While living a little daringly keeps a person young - flirting with a stranger, reading an erotic novel and driving a little fast were all also named in the top 40 secrets. Nine in ten people thought that how old you feel as a person mostly depends on your outlook and attitude to life - 70 per cent also feel it’s crucial to laugh regularly. The average respondent was aged 59 – but the age people actually felt was 18 years younger at 41. And sometimes feeling young means not always playing by the rules -four in ten describe themselves as rebellious, with more than a quarter saying they’ve received ‘a telling off’ while in their fifties. In fact, it seems forty per cent of over fifties have trespassed somewhere and a quarter admits they’ve broken the law since hitting half a century. Playing practical jokes is also deemed important in the battle against old age – while 30% described themselves as risk takers overall. Three quarters don’t let their age stop them from making an effort to stay up to date by embracing new technology. Paul Keenan added: “Of course, it’s not so much about feeling young as it is about feeling content in life and making time to do the things that make you happy. “It can be a serious world and sometimes we can get wrapped up in it too much so it’s important not to lose sight of what keeps you feeling good about yourself. “Whether that’s dancing, keeping tabs with what’s deemed ‘trendy’ or simply enjoying games with younger relatives, taking time to remember what you enjoy about life is crucial to approaching it in the right way.” TOP 40 SECRETS TO FEELING YOUTHFUL 1. Trying new food 2. Surfing the web 3. Reading books that challenge me 4. Having sex 5. Dancing around to music 6. Having a Facebook account 7. Going out/ socialising with grown up kids/ grandchildren 8. Knowing what Twitter is 9. Eating chocolate 10 .Staying up past midnight 11. [...]


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Social Seniors- half keep in touch with grandparents via text, tweet of Facebook

Half of Brits now keep in touch with grandparents and elderly relatives by text message, email and even Facebook, a study has revealed. Instead of picking up the phone, many are now using social networking sites to keep up with family, with 22% of grannies claiming they are regular users of Facebook. Nearly one in twenty [...]


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‘Frazzled Friday’- the post-Christmas comedown

Today is ‘frazzled Friday’ – the day the festive excesses finally get the better of us, a study found. Overdosing on food, booze and unwelcome relatives coupled with a realisation there is very little left in the bank to get through January means today will be a struggle. The study also found as many as [...]


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Grandmother cancels hip operation- because of a £30 pair of copper heels

Joyful Jean Davies told how doctors cancelled a hip replacement op – after a £29.95 pair of copper insoles cured her severe arthritis. Grandmother Jean’s local GP told her she would require a new hip after being diagnosed with crippling arthritis in her left side 18 months ago. But the surgery, which would have cost the [...]


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Buzz-bee, Nemo and Zico- the weird baby names of 2012

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Disney favourites Tinkerbell and Nemo are among the weird and wonderful names parents have given to babies born during 2012. Other unusual monikers with an equally aquatic theme included Sailor, Storm, River and Wade – who could all soon be sitting in a classroom alongside Buzz-Bee, Zed, Hendrix and Blade. The incredibly creative names emerged [...]


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The Cost of Christmas- a third are spending less this year

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Brit’s have officially kept their Christmas spending conservative this year- with the big day just creeping it’s way around the corner, research has revealed that a third of Brits are spending less this festive season, with the rest sticking to the same budget as last year. In fact, a third of frugal Brits will be [...]


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Cleaning- 50 minutes a day, to be exact, for houseproud mums

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House proud women will spend the equivalent of two years of their lives cleaning the family home, a study has revealed. Day-to-day chores such as vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms and toilets means busy women will spend 50 minutes making sure their home is spic and span every day. That’s more than 324 hours – [...]


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Judgement Day- when it comes to Christmas shopping, at least

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Forget the 21st, it’s judgement day today- at least when it comes to Christmas shopping. Today is the day when millions of Brits will be hit by an attack of festive panic – because they have done little or no Christmas shopping. With just five days to go until the 25th and even the next [...]


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New mums take 16 trips to the doctor in their child’s first year

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The average new mum makes 16 trips to the doctors in their child’s first year, a study has revealed. Researchers found millions of mums admit they ‘panicked’ and whisked baby to the doctors’ surgery, only be to be told they were suffering from minor ailments. The study revealed as many as one in three mums [...]


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