If you feel better in the summer, you’re no alone. Dr. Betul Hatipoglu, who works in the department of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the Cleveland Clinic explains, “You are genetically hardwired to experience positive chemical changes in your brain as the season begins.”
We can thank longer days and warm weather for some of these changes. Getting more exposure to natural light helps boost mood and productivity and even helps us sleep better at night. Plus, all that sunshine allows our skin to make ideal levels of vitamin D, which gives us wellness benefits like more stamina, stronger bones and a lower risk of disease.
Dr. Frank Lipman says during the summer, we “feel an overall sense of health and happiness.” Most of these benefits happen automatically, but to maximize their effects, try these:
- Make the sunshine work for you - You’re getting more vitamin D from the sun, but you need enough magnesium to help your system use it efficiently, according to new research. Adding magnesium-rich foods like leafy greens, seeds, nuts, and grains can help.
- Step up your weekdays - We’re more active during the summer, but mostly on weekends, so add more exercise to weekdays to feel more focused and less stressed. Dr. Lipman suggests just two or three 10-minute periods of physical activity each workday.
- Schedule your superfoods - Hit up the farmer’s market for fresh fruits and veggies, especially the most nutritious options like berries, stone fruits, tomatoes, arugula, corn, and chard.
Beauty sleep is one of those terms that we’ve heard about all our lives, but it turns out, it’s an actual thing. And science shows there’s a specific time we should be hitting the sheets and getting up so we appear our most attractive selves.
Bed brand Sealy UK did a study to find out more about our sleeping habits and they looked into whether there’s really a link between a good night’s sleep and looking better. And their research shows there actually is.
Those who got an average of nine hours and 10 minutes of quality sleep every night were most likely to notice positive benefits to their appearance. And the researchers get really specific about bed and wake up times, suggesting we should nod off at 9:45 p.m.and rise and shine at 6:55 a.m.
So how do we ensure we get that good quality beauty sleep to help us look our best? Naturally, the bed company behind the study recommends investing in a comfy and supportive bed, but creating a calm and quiet sleeping environment and sticking to a pre-sleep routine helps too.
Source: New York Post
The Girls Scouts are doing what they can to help broaden the interests of young girls. The organization just introduced 30 new badges girls ages five to 18 can now earn, with many of them strong in STEM and associated with key issues of our time. New badge additions address areas like cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science and even space exploration.
"Across the country, people are having powerful conversations about the increasingly strong voice of young people who want to change the world and the lack of women in leadership positions in the United States—two topics Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to address," GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo says. "Whether they are fighting cybercrime, exploring how engineers solve problems, or advocating for issues affecting their community, Girl Scouts are learning how to proactively address some of the foremost challenges of today while also building skills that will set them up for a lifetime of leadership.”
There’s no doubt teaching young girls about these areas is vital to their future careers and life success. In fact, a recent study shows that such early exposure to leadership impacts how a woman feels about her ability to lead. What’s more, 76% of women say they wish they had learned more about leadership growing up.
Source: Business Journals
While a lot of kids probably hope to spend their summer goofing off and having fun, many will still be responsible for their daily and weekly chores. But the good news is, some of them will at least be earning money doing them.
Rooster Money’s new “Kids Allowance Report” finds that kids will earn $110 in allowance this summer, or an average weekly allowance of $8.43. Of course, some chores pay more than others, and the site has revealed the Top Ten most lucrative chores, with mowing the lawn topping the list at $8.06.
Top Ten Most Lucrative Chores
- Mowing the lawn - $8.06
- Washing the car - $5.05
- Gardening - $2.91
- Cleaning windows - $2.84
- Mopping the floor - $2.17
- Cleaning bathroom - $1.85
- Cleaning kitchen - $1.67
- Tidying bedroom - $1.66
- Looking after pets - $1.65
- Hoovering (a.k.a. vacuuming) - $1.60
And the good news is that many kids won’t be running off to spend their allowance first chance they get. In fact, kids are saving 37.3% of their allowance, with the average savings goal at $140. Not surprising, a lot of them are saving up those dollars to spend on devices. The top things kids are saving their allowance for include:
- Cell Phones
- Nintendo Switch
Source: Rooster Money
While teachers hold one of the most important jobs out there, they don’t always get the credit and appreciation they deserve. Well, Crayola is out to change that. The company is once again launching their “Thank A Teacher” campaign, in an attempt to get one million thank yous for teachers.
Of course, some people need a little motivation to get to writing their teacher a thank you note, so the company is launching a new contest, which could result in the winner taking home over $20,000 in prizes for their family, teacher and school.
To enter, families need to create a handmade thank-you note for teachers, and upload them here from now through August 25th. The notes will be evaluated on creativity, originality, inspiration and intelligibility, with ten finalists winning a $10,000 classroom makeover for a teacher, a one-year supply of Crayola products for their school, a $1,000 scholarship for the student and more. Then one of those finalists will earn the grand prize, of having their thank you note featured on a holiday box of Crayola Crayons.