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Cup half full? Brits are actually optimists (surprisingly enough)

It will come as a shock to many – but Britain is actually a ‘cup half full’ nation, research has shown. A study found despite the lingering economic doom, soaring cost of living and stagnant  housing market, the majority of us have adopted a Monty Python-esque ‘always look on the bright side of life’ attitude. [...]


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First time mums make 16 doctors trips in baby’s first year

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Nervy first-time mums make an average of 16 trips to the doctors in their child’s first year, research has shown. Research revealed millions of mums admit ‘panicking’ and taking baby to the doctors’ surgery during their first year, only be to be told they were suffering from minor ailments. The study revealed as many as [...]


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Worry- two hours a day lost to stress of modern life

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Stressed-out Brits spend the equivalent of five years of their life worrying; researchers have revealed that the strains of modern life leave the typical adult losing around two hours a day to fretting over the high cost of living, feeling out of shape and mounting debt. Getting old, fears over job security and relationships issues [...]


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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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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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Fountain of Youth- the 40 secrets to feeling young

Owning an iPhone, watching reality television and beating younger relatives at games are just some of the secrets to keeping young, research has shown. Keeping up with technology by surfing the web, spending time with the grandchildren and catching the eye of someone younger were also amongst the list of things that made the more [...]


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Anger Management- Brits suffer bouts of rage almost every day

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The average adult sees the ‘red mist’ 28 times a month – or a staggering 336 times in a year, it has emerged. A lack of sleep and financial worries were revealed to be the biggest contributors to feelings of anger and frustration, while relationship issues also take their toll. Hunger, IT problems and poor [...]


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Marital Mardiness- A third find sex ‘a chore’

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A third of married Brits describe sex as a ‘chore’ rather than an indulgence, research has found. The study of 2,000 married people found that sex is now ranked low in the priorities of modern relationships with a fifth confessing they often actively avoid the act. The top reasons for avoiding time under the duvet [...]


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A Good Innings- Average Brit aspires to live to 83 years old

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The average Brit now wants to live until the age of 83, as a study has found that the majority of us would be grateful to reach our early eighties, with any time after that being hailed as ‘a bonus’. The study of 2000 Brits found most of us would rather pass away long before [...]


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Big daddy

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The average dad puts on more than a stone and a half in weight after becoming a father, it has emerged. A lack of time to exercise in the wake of a newborn’s arrival, coupled with an increase in the number of takeaways and other unhealthy meals amid endless sleepless nights are major factors. As [...]


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