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With Halloween fast approaching, lots of Americans will be ready to get their spook on, but it seems some folks don’t need haunted house theme parks to get them scared. That's because a new poll finds that a lot of people believe they’ve seen ghosts in real life.

The poll conducted by Groupon finds that more than 60% of people say they’ve seen ghosts in their lifetime, with 40% believing their pet has seen one too. As for how they reacted when they spotted the ghost, most people were likely to say they screamed and ran away, with men twice as likely to do so than women. Other reactions include crying, hiding and fainting.

But ghosts aren’t the only thing that scare people. The survey also revealed the Top Ten fears of most Americans, with snakes actually topping the list.

America’s Top Ten Fears

  1. Snakes
  2. Spiders
  3. Sharks
  4. Drowning
  5. Heights
  6. Public speaking
  7. Failure
  8. Bees
  9. Cramped spaces
  10. Rejection

Source: SWNS Digital

It’s no secret that there are a lot of dog lovers in the U.S. and a new report set out to uncover the truth about America’s pooches, and came up with some interesting results.

The Ollie 2018 State of Dogs in America Report analyzed data from over 400,000 dog over the course of two years looking at things like breed popularity, health ad more. Turns out, the top dog breed in America is the Chihuahua, followed by the Labrador Retriever, while the top dog name is Bella, followed by Luna. Overall, 54% of U.S. households have male dogs, while 46% have females, with male dogs more popular in almost all cities across the country, except for Jacksonville, Florida where the gender split is even.

When it comes to dog health, the report finds that 56% of America’s dogs are overweight, yet only 15% of owners think their dog is overweight. What’s more, 73% of dog owners think their dog is at their ideal weight, while 10% say their dog is too skinny. As for which cities have the healthiest dogs, New York tops the list, followed by Philadelphia, while Phoenix has the unhealthiest dogs. Meanwhile,  Philly also has the most active dogs, with Seattle having the least active.

Top Ten Cities with the Healthiest Dogs

  1. New York
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Atlanta
  4. Los Angeles
  5. San Diego
  6. Miami
  7. San Francisco (Bay Area)
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Las Vegas
  10. Chicago

Source: Ollie

Cold and flu season is right around the corner and if you have kids, you know they’re probably going to get sick at some point, despite you nagging them all the time to wash their hands. But a new study from Spain suggests that parents and teachers swap soap and water for hand sanitizer to keep little ones from getting sick.

The study followed 900 preschoolers and found that those who used alcohol-based hand sanitizers were sick less than the ones who stuck to regular hand washing at daycare centers. The kids were divided into three groups based on the main method of keeping kids germ-free: one used hand sanitizers liberally, another had a rigorous hand washing routine and both groups got lessons in how important personal hygiene is and were given strict schedules to stick to. The third group used good old soap and water with no additional coaching.

And after the eight-month study was over, the data shows the kids using soap and water had a 21% higher chance of coming down with cold-like symptoms than the ones who used hand sanitizer. The soap and water kids also got prescribed medications 31% more often.

So moms and dads, stock up on the hand sanitizer. And it might be a good idea for anyone who hates sick days and is around kids or germs to do the same.

Source: New York Post

Being physically active is important and getting a regular, solid workout is part of that. But we don’t always have time for a full sweat sesh - and let’s be honest, we’re not always motivated to do one either - and that’s where “fitness snacking” comes in. It’s a recent trend in exercise and sadly, there are no actual snacks involved, but it’s all about getting smaller bits of fitness in, instead of one big workout.

The idea of fitness snacking has been catching on more recently thanks to endorsements from high profile trainers, like Matt Roberts, the trainer behind the bodies of Naomi Campbell and Tom Ford. The workout pro explains that fitness snacking involves short periods of exercise throughout the day, rather than doing it all at once. “Keep a tally in your head,” he advises. “I’ve walked the dog, that’s two points. I went for a 20-minute walk at lunchtime, that’s another two points.”

The best thing about the technique is that it’s the perfect antidote to all the excuses we come up with about why we can’t workout, like that we don’t have time, we left home too late, or we’re too tired. Need a little fitness snacking inspiration? Try these fitness snack ideas:

  • Walk around the block during your coffee break
  • Bust out 20 push-ups, four to six times per day
  • Squeeze in 30 squats while you brush your teeth
  • Sprint up the stairs at home/work/while shopping
  • Power through 40 crunches before bed and when you wake up.

Source: Women's Health

When you’re prone to anxiety, sometimes it feels like there’s nothing you can do when that familiar feeling starts to sink in. Your heart starts pounding, your thoughts are all over the place and you get that sinking feeling that something bad is about to happen. But according to psychologist Jeffrey Bernstein, there’s an easy strategy that could help you deal with your anxiety and even lower the chance of it happening again.

Bernstein suggests that using one word can help us manage our anxious thoughts: nevertheless. He says this work helps us not feel discouraged and turns what could be “disastrous days into positive ones.” So how does this one word help us with anxiety? It encourages us to stop and acknowledge our options, which could inspire positive thoughts.

So when you start feeling anxious before your big presentation at work, tell yourself: “I think I’m going to fail at this presentation. Nevertheless, I’m going to get up there and give it my best, just like I rehearsed.” It might not work everytime, but it could help the next time anxiety starts to take over.

Source: MyDomaine

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