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They say good fences make good neighbors, but that's not very friendly. While some people fear the terrible neighbor next door, it turns out most folks really do like the people who live around them.

A new poll finds that 77% of people say they are generally happy with their neighbors, with women the most likely to say they don’t have a good neighbor (8%), while 20% still aren’t sure about the people next door.

As for what people are looking for in a neighbor, 59% say being trustworthy is the most important quality, while 50% say it’s being quiet, and 46% say it’s friendliness. On the flipside, the worst trait a neighbor can have is being disrespectful of property (67%), followed by being to loud (60%), with untrustworthiness, and being messy and unfriendly also undesirable qualities. 

So, what can you do to get off on the right track with a neighbor? Well, 65% say a simple introduction is all it takes, although only 46% of people say their neighbors have actually done that, and 39% say they were never welcomed to their neighborhood at all.

Source: Business Journal

There are plenty of people who still get up each morning and head to the office, but more and more folks these days have other options when it comes to their workspace. In fact, a new study finds that 20% of workers work remotely each week, with 57% of workers saying they have the option to work remotely if they want to. 

While 49% of people say they still prefer to work in an office, slightly more feel they do a better job outside of an office setting. What's more, 59% of people say they are actually more productive working remotely. As for where they are actually working, 43% prefer to work from home, while 5% say they do their best work while traveling, and 3% prefer to work at a library, café or public space.

And there are no doubt plenty of benefits of not having to head into the office each day. The survey finds the biggest perk of working remotely is having more flexibility when it comes to hours and breaks, followed by the time saved not having to commute and less distractions than you’d have in the office.

Top 10 Benefits To Working Remotely

  1. More flexibility in hours/breaks
  2. Save time by not commuting to and from work
  3. Easier to focus on work; less distractions
  4. Save money (transportation)
  5. More productivity
  6. Ability to take care of kids, family members
  7. Better for mental health/ happiness
  8. Ability to take care of pets
  9. Easier to be accountable to oneself
  10. Live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle

Source: SWNS Digital

While the media may make it seem like folks are dying to lose weight and look sexy, a new survey reveals that’s really not the most important thing on people’s minds.

A new “Healthy Now” survey conducted by “Parade” magazine and the Cleveland Clinic finds that 75% of Americans say they would rather be seen as physically strong as compared to only 25% who would rather be seen as thin. What’s more, 79% of folks would rather be perceived as smart, while only 21% would rather been thought of as sexy. And while being physically healthy is important to most people, 68% of people say being mentally healthy is just as important. 

When it comes to looks, 88% of Americans believe society sets unrealistic body image expectations. And the truth is, physical appearance isn't really what folks want to be remembered for. In fact, 57% of people would want to be described as positive (57%), followed by sharp (43%), balanced (34%) and energetic (25%), while only 9% would rather be described as thin.

  • As for their health, the biggest fear for Americans is cancer, with 39% of people fearing it for themselves and 44% fearing it for their loved ones. Other huge fears include heart disease/heart attack (31% themselves vs. 40% loved ones) and Alzheimer's/dementia (22% vs. 27%). 

Source: Cleveland Clinic

Genetics plays a role in how long you’ll live, but you can help add years to your life by taking care of yourself with regular exercise, plenty of sleep, stress management, and your diet. Research shows that your diet is a strong indicator of how long you’ll live, and adding these foods to your plate could help lengthen your life.

  • Fatty fish - According to a new study, the omega-3s in fatty fish like salmon and tuna can help you live a longer, healthier life. The research shows those who eat at least two servings of fish a week were less likely to suffer from chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
  • Nuts - Snack on them and add years to your life. Two large studies from the Harvard School of Public Health found that the more often people ate nuts, the lower their risk of dying young. It’s the nutrients in nuts - like unsaturated fats, fiber, vitamin E, and so many more - that protect the heart and fight inflammation. And the research finds people who eat nuts every day were 20% less likely to die of cancer, heart disease, or respiratory disease than those who didn’t.
  • Whole grains - Several studies have linked whole grain breads, pastas and such, with greater longevity. Researchers think it could be the nutrients in bran, like fiber, B vitamins, and magnesium that help lower the mortality risk.
  • Spicy foods - Break out the hot sauce and stay healthy longer. According to one study of almost half a million men, those who ate spicy foods six or seven days a week had a 14% lower mortality risk than those who only did once a week or less.
  • Seaweed - Research shows that a natural compound in brown seaweed could have cancer-fighting effects. People in Japan have one of the highest life expectancies in the world and scientists think their diet could contribute to that. And it’s a great reason to have sushi tonight.

Source: Prevention

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