by Helen Lamanna, AdvisorAnalyst.com

Here are this week’s reading diversions for your personal enlightenment. Have a splendid weekend!

10 Ways to Wake Up Happy | Reader’s Digest

You were up too late watching that show that was just too good to turn off (we’ve all been there), and now morning has come way too early. Here’s how to wake up on the right side of the bed and start your day with a sunny disposition.

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23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert

Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again. Although the stereotypical introvert may be the one at the party who’s hanging out alone by the food table fiddling with an iPhone, the “social butterfly” can just as easily have an introverted personality.

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Kidney Stones Linked to Higher Heart Risk

Women with a history of kidney stones had a modestly increased risk of coronary heart disease, two large prospective cohort studies showed.

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8 Things You Forgot to Be Grateful For

Too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be someone or something we aren’t. Every one of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when you accept everything you are, and aren’t, that you will truly find the happiness and fulfillment you seek.

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Avocado Health Facts: 6 Things You Didn’t Know

A single avocado has 975 milligrams of potassium, while a banana, well-known for being loaded with potassium, delivers just half that, with 487 milligrams per large fruit.

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High Blood Pressure: Symptoms, Advice And How To Manage Hypertension (PICTURES)

Some of us might just shrug this off, but the consequences of ignoring high blood pressure and the effect it can have on your body can be devastating. Even more so, considering how preventable it is.
“High blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels,” Katharine says frankly. “This can cause them to become weaker or damaged over time; the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of serious health problems in the future. Unfortunately, the consequences can be severe, and are often fatal.

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Depression Common In Primary Parenting Grandmother – Health News – redOrbit

new study from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland found grandmothers who are a household’s primary caregiver are more likely to suffer from depression, but are highly receptive to assistance.

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Mutation Increases Melanoma Risk In Redheads – Health News – redOrbit

person’s hair color and skin tone is determined by their skin pigment. This pigment is influenced by the melanocortin-1 (MC1R) gene receptor. For the world’s redheads – one to two percent of the population – their coloration is accounted for by a mutation in MC1R

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Diabetes and Weight Loss | 5 Smart Ways to Shrink Your Belly | Caring.com

Remember that carbs aren’t just in grains. Amp up your vegetable intake, and eat a serving or two of fruit a day. Limit grains of all kinds and when you have them, choose whole grains

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Lowest Carb Veggies

Arugula is rich in phytonutrients, which may reduce the risk of several kinds of cancers, including breast, stomach, and colon.

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Endorphins: 8 Natural Boosters | Reader’s Digest

Certain aromas, actions, and foods can lift your mood by influencing the production of endorphins — the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals.

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Is this the most narcissistic generation we’ve ever seen?

”Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration,” the Mayo Clinic says. ”Those with NPD believe they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings.”

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