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Top 10 Funniest Movies Ever (As Measured In Laughs Per Minute)

movie-airplane-humorous-quotes-sayings-alarmAdmit it, you’ve done this: sat around with friends for hours, trying to come up with the definitive list of the funniest movies ever. Well, now here’s an – almost, sort of – statistical solution: the Laugh a Minute rating.

Without further ado, the envelope, please.

100+ Great Valentine’s Day ideas

Valentine’s Day is often criticized as the most commercial non-holiday holiday but inevitably, love prevails and you might find yourself dreaming of the kinds of romantic gestures that’d make even Cupid swoon.

imagesSeduce your sweetheart with the gift that never goes out of style: Romance. Look no further for great sources of inspiration. 

51. Plan a date to remember
52. 50 ways to say I love you
53. 10 ideas for 90-minute dates
54. Staying in? Watch one of the 8 sexiest movies of all time
55. Surprise your sweetie with printable love coupons
56. 5 ways to woo him
57. 10 sweet date ideas
58. Brush up on your flirting techniques
59. 10 ways to make your love unforgettable
60. A – Z guide to aphrodisiacs
61. Serve breakfast in bed
62. Plan a romantic getaway
63. Give a sincere compliment
64. Show you care
65. Get fit together
66. Write a love letter

……for 67-100 go HERE

…..for 1-50 go HERE

How To Sleep Well

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Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to sleep. Tossing and turning. Your mind is racing, going over everything that happened today. Night noises keep you awake. What can you do? There ARE things you can do! Read on and learn some new tricks to sleep well. These tips are also known as “Sleep Hygiene.”

  • Sleep only when sleepy

This reduces the time you are awake in bed.

  • If you can’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do something boring until you feel sleepy

Sit quietly in the dark or read the warranty on your refrigerator. Don’t expose yourself to bright light while you are up. The light gives cues to your brain that it is time to wake up.

  • Don’t take naps

This will ensure you are tired at bedtime. If you just can’t make it through the day without a nap, sleep less than one hour, before 3 pm.

  • Get up and go to bed the same time every day

Even on weekends! When your sleep cycle has a regular rhythm, you will feel better.

  • Refrain from exercise at least 4 hours before bedtime

Regular exercise is recommended to help you sleep well, but the timing of the workout is important. Exercising in the morning or early afternoon will not interfere with sleep.

  • Develop sleep rituals

It is important to give your body cues that it is time to slow down and sleep. Listen to relaxing music, read something soothing for 15 minutes, have a cup of caffeine free tea, do relaxation exercises.

  • Only use your bed for sleeping

Refrain from using your bed to watch TV, pay bills, do work or reading. So when you go to bed your body knows it is time to sleep. Sex is the only exception.

  • Stay away from caffeine, nicotine and alcohol at least 4-6 hours before bed

Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that interfere with your ability to fall asleep. Coffee, tea, cola, cocoa, chocolate and some prescription and non-prescription drugs contain caffeine. Cigarettes and some drugs contain nicotine. Alcohol may seem to help you sleep in the beginning as it slows brain activity, but you will end end up having fragmented sleep.

  • Have a light snack before bed

If your stomach is too empty, that can interfere with sleep. However, if you eat a heavy meal before bedtime, that can interfere as well. Dairy products and turkey contain tryptophan, which acts as a natural sleep inducer. Tryptophan is probably why a warm glass of milk is sometimes recommended.

  • Take a hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime

 

A hot bath will raise your body temperature, but it is the drop in body temperature that may leave you feeling sleepy. Read about the study done on body temperature below.

Trouble Sleeping? Chill Out! – A press release from the journal Sleep about the significance in body temperature before sleep.

  • Make sure your bed and bedroom are quiet and comfortable

A hot room can be uncomfortable. A cooler room along with enough blankets to stay warm is recommended. If light in the early morning bothers you, get a blackout shade or wear a slumber mask. If noise bothers you, wear earplugs or get a “white noise” machine.

  • Use sunlight to set your biological clock

As soon as you get up in the morning, go outside and turn your face to the sun for 15 minutes.

 

http://www.stanford.edu

 

10 Things That Are Surprisingly Good For You

Sick of being told what to eat, drink, and do? Then this is your lucky day! Here are ten things that people tell you are bad but actually have healthy aspects to them. In future when someone whines at you – you can point them in the direction of this list and have the last laugh! So onwards, the ten things that are healthier thank you think.

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Ice-cream is a low GI (glycemic-index) food. This means that it is a slow sugar release food that keeps you satisfied for a longer period of time than a high GI food. For that reason, you are less likely to binge after eating ice-cream. 75 grams of Ben and Jerry’s Cookies and Cream ice-cream contains only 114 calories compared to a slice of cheesecake with 511 calories. Furthermore, ice-cream is made of milk which contains many essential nutrients and vitamins. 1 cup of milk contains up to 30% of a man’s daily recommended intake. Other nutrients in ice-cream are biotin, iodine, potassium, selenium, vitamins a, b12, D, and K. Studies show a possible link between milk consumption and a lowered risk of arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer.

Interesting Fact: In the 5th century BC, the ancient Greeks sold snow cones made with fruit and honey in the markets of Athens.

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Throw away the rubber globes! Dirt is back in vogue! Remember the days where kids played in dirt, food was served with bare hands, and straws didn’t come in individual wrappers? It turns out – they were healthier days than our modern sterile ones! Early childhood exposure to bacteria, viruses, and parasites has been found to give a massive boost to our immune systems, making us less likely to get sick when we do come in to contact with various bugs. Research has found that children with a dog in the home are less likely to suffer allergies, and regular social interaction can reduce the risk of leukemia by up to 30%. Those are statistics not to ignore – so throw away the anti-bacterial cleaners and get dirty!

Interesting Fact: There are as many as 10 times more bacterial cells in the human body than human cells! The vast majority of these are harmless.

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Stress is universally considered a bad thing – in some cases people have successfully won lawsuits against companies for work-related stress. But, what most people don’t know is that a little stress goes a long way to making us healthier. In short doses, stress can help boost the body’s immune system. In the first stage of stress (the “alarm” stage – often known as the “fight or flight” response) the body produces cortisol – a stress fighting hormone which has many benefits to the body. Stress can give a feeling of fulfillment – when this is the case it is called “eustress” as opposed to “distress”.

Interesting Fact: The term “stress” and the mental properties of it was not known before the 1950s. Until that time it referred simply to hardship or coercion.

…..read 1-7 HERE

 

One of These Ideas Will Change Your Life

older-man-younger-womenAs I mentioned yesterday, I spend all year thinking about simple ways to live a healthier, happier life.

It’s not as drastic – and it doesn’t take as much work – as you might think. I’m not suggesting you start running marathons or drinking kale smoothies. And even if you start doing just one of these things this year, I’m confident it will improve your life.

Yesterday, I shared six of my top 13 health tips. Today, we’ll cover the rest of the list…

7. Drink moderate amounts of alcohol: Whether it’s beer, liquor, or wine, drinking alcohol is good for you (as long as it’s in moderation). Regular Retirement Millionaire subscribers have heard me tout the incredible benefits of wine… Wine lowers blood sugar, decreases your risk of dementia, and protects your prostate.

The benefits of beer and liquor are lesser-known. Beer is packed with vitamin B, which helps maintain healthy insulin levels. Liquor has similar benefits to wine and beer, although to a lesser extent.

Again, moderation is key… I strive to drink one to two four-ounce glasses of wine per day. Much more than that can disrupt your sleep cycles.

6. Breathe clean air: All around you is polluted air. You can’t see it, but it can cause cancer, reduce the effectiveness of your immune system, and damage your respiratory system. Having too much dust, dirt, or smoke in your home leads to chronic inflammation… which can result in more colds, aches, and even asthma. That’s why breathing clean air is an essential part of having a healthy year.

There are several simple steps to improving the air quality in your home… When you come from being outside, take your shoes off. Keep a clean pair of slippers by your front door or just walk around in socks. This means less dirt in your home.

Also, keep your furnace air filter clean. The air filter is meant to trap particles in the air, but a dirty filter means that less air gets filtered efficiently. That leaves more dust floating around your house. Do what I do… Keep a portable air filter system in your bedroom. After all, we spend at least one-third of our lives in bed.

5. Get a massage: A massage is a great way to relieve aches and pains and stimulate the immune system. The effect of physical touch relieves stress, lessens depression, and lowers blood pressure.

I try to get a massage at least twice a month. In the past, I favored a Swedish-style massage. But in the last year, I’ve enjoyed a different sort of massage called Thai yoga massage.

The problem is, massages can be expensive. But if you can afford to get just one a month – or even a couple times a year – I recommend doing it. If you can’t handle even that expense, simply trade massages with your partner. Do what I do… Exchange a foot or hand massage the next time you’re sitting and watching TV.

4. Soak up some sun: Sunlight improves kidney function, immune system function, and helps to regulate blood pressure. Getting sunlight on your skin is a natural and easy step to improving your health.

Sunlight on the skin allows the body to produce vitamin D. By walking in the sunshine every day, your body gets much of the vitamin D you need. The exception to this is during the winter and in northern latitudes. Some scientists and doctors believe the limited sunlight in these circumstances warrants a supplement. But be careful…

And don’t start taking a vitamin D supplement right away. I think the benefits you get from being outside in the sunlight (even if they’re minimal) by walking (recall the benefits of movement listed above) are much safer and healthier than sitting on a couch indoors all day taking vitamin D supplements.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. That means in large doses, it builds up over time in your fatty tissues. And too much of it causes kidney failure, kidney stones, and painful muscle spasms.

If you’re stuck in a cold climate that lacks a lot of sunlight this time of year, you can do what I do and take 2,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 pill once a week or so, but no more than that.

3. Take time to meditate: I call meditation the “Easiest Exercise in the World.” It only takes 12 minutes a day, and you can do it in bed. People who meditate have lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better oxygen uptake – and report feeling less stressed.

Do what I do… Sit quietly in a chair or on your bed (I prefer the morning after waking) for 15-20 minutes. Concentrate on a word, noise, or sound… and your breathing… Let your mind go where it wants for the whole time, but slowly try to bring it back to your original one-word focus or breath. You’ll notice the benefits immediately. You’ll feel relaxed and peaceful… I try to do this at least three times a week.

2. Get up and move: For years, I’ve written about the importance of moving. Just 20 to 30 minutes of activity a day, four or five days a week, boosts your immunity (which means you’ll get sick less), improves your mood, reduces stress, and improves cardiovascular health. I like to get up several times a day to take short walks and often spend time reading and walking on the treadmill in our office.

The key here is not to overdo it. Even gardening and yoga give you enough of a benefit to make it worth your while. Too much strenuous exercise can actually harm your health. Many studies have found extreme exercise can put you at a higher risk of a heart attack due to the hardening of large vessels near the heart.

Your risk is increased with running too much (more than 20 miles a week) or running too fast (more than seven miles per hour). If you’re not a professional athlete, don’t exercise like one.

1. Get enough sleep: Since I started making this list out for myself every year, sleep has remained the No. 1 way to improve your health. And when I don’t get enough sleep… I can count on coming down with some illness. Just this winter, I’ve gotten sick twice already. And I’m certain both cases resulted from a lack of sleep…

What makes sleep so important? 

A recent study from Carnegie Mellon University found that people who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times more likely to develop a cold than people who get eight hours or more a night. And it’s not just a common cold you need to worry about…

Not sleeping enough can impair your brain function (like alertness and concentration), and it can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic health issues. So get at least seven hours of sleep each night… And if you can’t sleep that much at night, you can include naps in your daily total.

Some of these tips can make you feel better instantly. But if you incorporate them into your life this year, you’ll live a healthier and happier life. I know they’ve helped me throughout the years.
 
Here’s to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,  

Dr. David Eifrig 

P.S. Taking control of your own health is just one way to get yourself, your family, and your wealth out of the “system.” And I’m showing my readers dozens of strategies to protect themselves from government intrusion and other threats. I’ve figured out a way to make sure no one can track what you are doing online, for example. And I even learned a very clever trick to send messages that can never be traced, even if someone has access to your e-mail account. To learn more about these techniques, click here.

The 10 Best Countries to Retire to in 2013

ecuador 416x416-300x300Planning to retire abroad? Ecuador is the top spot for North American retirees, according to InternationalLiving.com’s newly-released Annual Global Retirement Index 2013.

This is Ecuador’s fifth consecutive year at the top of the heap.

This annual Index—now in its 22nd year–ranks the best international retirement destinations. To compile the ranking,InternationalLiving.com editors collated data from its team of experts on the ground in the most popular countries among U.S. and Canadian expat retirees. Editors assessed factors ranging from the price of groceries and average temperature, to utility costs and the friendliness of locals.

The information was then used to score each of the top countries out of 100 in categories such as “Real Estate,” “Climate,” “Special Benefits for Retirees” and “Health Care.

“It’s designed to help readers compare and contrast what we believe are the best options for retirement abroad in 2013,” says Jennifer Stevens, Executive Editor of International Living magazine.

“Ecuador is such an overwhelmingly attractive choice for retirees overseas today in part because your dollars really stretch there,” Stevens says. “You could live comfortably for $1,600 a month, rent included. The values extend to real estate, as well. A condo right on the coast that might cost you $1 million or more in California, you could have for less than $150,000 along Ecuador’s northern Pacific. We have readers who bought a little mountain place as well as an apartment overlooking the water and split their time between the two. They could never have afforded to do something like that in the States.”

The South American country offers great variety in lifestyle options, she adds. You have sunny beaches, temperate mountain villages, college towns where there are plenty of cultural offerings, and historic colonial cities. “This country rolls out the red carpet for its seniors, as well—offering benefits like 50% off international airfares and cultural events. Plus Ecuadorians are welcoming, friendly, and easy-going. It’s a friendly place to launch an adventure in retirement.”

…..for Country #2 Panama go HERE