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Myra Miller

Health sayings and origins

I have read some interesting phrases with meanings behind each, and actually learned more about each health phrase, courtesy of Newspaper Metro. Hope you enjoy reading them also.
Language is shaped by many different influences. Over time, certain phrases become part of the vernacular and are spoken to signify how one acts or feels, including phrases about health and well-being.
Some phrases may inspire curiosity as to their origins.
The following health-related phrases have some interesting backstories.
“Fit as a Fiddle”

Healthy new year’s resolutions

The new year is around the corner and many people make New Year’s resolutions.
I have made new year resolutions in the past, however, I haven’t in the last few years, and only because I tend to not follow through with them.
After reading the following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, I may re-think my New Year’s resolution.

Christmas tree safety tips

Live fresh Christmas trees are beautiful and the smell or aroma of a fresh pine, or any other variety tree is nice.
However, make sure your live tree is properly taken care of. One of the care tips of a live tree is to make sure the tree stands in fresh water every day.
In past years, when my daughters were younger, I displayed a fresh live pine tree. However, I no longer decorate a live tree, I still enjoy the smell and looks of a live tree.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives you tips of the care and how to prevent Christmas tree fires.

Myra Miller

Holiday baking season arrives

Who doesn’t enjoy chocolate chip cookies? This variety cookie is my favorite. The holiday season is here and I’m sure many of you are making plans to bake.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives a Double Chocolate Chip cookie recipe. I have not tried it yet, but looks like it would be a tasty one.
Many people enjoy baking come the holiday season, and perhaps no dish is more synonymous with holiday baking than cookies.

Myra Miller

Read more books for better health

Finding time to read more can improve cognition, reduce stress and increase intelligence.
Did you know that reading also can be calming, helping to reduce stress as a result? By losing oneself in a book, worries and stress can melt away, says research conducted in 2009 at the University of Sussex. Measuring heart rate and muscle tension, researchers discovered that study participants needed just six minutes to relax once they began reading.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives tips that can help men and women find more time to read.

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