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January 2011

January 2011

Does money buy happiness?

Of course, the politically correct answer is no. However, according to a recent study, the more accurate response is maybe.

A survey of 136,000 people in 132 countries conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign revealed that as incomes rose, respondents reported feeling good about their lives. However, more money doesn’t make day-to-day happiness increase. Enjoying life for most people correlates to relationships — the psychological ties that unite friends and family members and the feeling of knowing you can count on someone.

The research finds that learning something new or improving your skills is another way to feel happier. January, of course, is the month of resolutions. It’s the time when we take stock and make a decision to change something about ourselves, often a physical thing like losing weight. Our cover story details one woman who did just that, with the help of LA Weight Loss. Be sure to read about her dramatic results on page 18. Tony Bednarowski, co-owner and publisher of "Nature’s Pathways," also discusses weight loss resolutions and offers some great tips on how you can make your plan to lose weight actually stick to lose it once and for all.

Oftentimes, people make resolutions to improve some other aspect of their life, like making a commitment to do their job better or resolving to get in touch with old friends instead of just feeling guilty about it — again.

I like the idea of putting learning a new skill at the top of my list. It’s good to mix things up and keep things fresh and there are a lot of things I’d like to learn about. Perhaps making a resolution to do something about it is the impetus I need to make it happen.

Being happier as a result is just a great bonus.

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Now that the New Year has begun, many people will go on diets to try to lose weight. Although losing weight sounds good and gives you a mental boost, the true goal of a good program encourages fat loss, not just weight loss. Often, people end up losing water or…
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