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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
INNER LIFE
LIFT YOUR VOICE --- AND BOOST YOURMOOD.

Raising your voice in song can improve your spirits, found a recent study from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, in Frankfurt, Germany. People who sang for an hour in a choir felt happy, realxed and satisfied. "Singing and well-being go hand in hand", says study co-author Sonja Rohrmann, Ph.D., a professor of psychology. That's because singing increase your production of secretory inmunoglobin A, a protein associated with happiness and relaxation.Its presence also bodes well for your immunity.So next time you're down in the dumps, sing out: You don't have to sound like Faith Hill to feel like a million bucks. (Marie Karns)

WHEN STRESS IS GOOD FOR YOU.

You're at the mega size hardware store when you realize your toddler had disappeared. Instant stress! Your heart pounds, your stomach knots and your mind starts racing. But this emotional turmoil actually serves a positive purpose. "Physically stress responses force you to get moving and get focused", explains Sheila G. Jowsey, M.D. assistant professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, Minnesota. In a recent review, Dr. Jowsey found that acute stress (the kind that's caused by a crisis and subsides after it has passed) improves your ability to react react and meet challenges. Acute stress reps up your immune system to protect you from physical danger and ups your cortisol and adrenaline levels to help you respond quickly. But good stress goes bad when it's ongoing, Dr. Jowsey cautions. In such cases, your body keeps making stress hormones indefinitely, which leads to fatigue, depression and heart disease. She recommends being aware of your personal stress tolerance limits to help you extricate yourself from potential chronic stress situations. (Meredith Bodgas)

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DO YOU HAVE A "SMART" PERSONALITY?

IQ tests may not be the only indicators of intelligence, suggests a study from university College, in London, England. Personality traits can signal particular kinds of smarts -- and also where a person's weaknesses lie.

Check the chart below to see what your characteristics may reveal about your mental abilities.

PERSONALITY TYPE.
OPEN: You're full of questions, you like to learn new things.

BRAINPOWER BONUS.
Your inquiring mind has garnered you tons of knowledge.

MENTAL MINUS.
You may not have a knack for numbers or out-of-the-box problem solving.

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PERSONALITY TYPE.
EXTROVERTED: You're outgoing and you will introduce yourself to just about any one..

BRAINPOWER BONUS.
Your confidence allows you to perform well and keep your wits about you under pressure.

MENTAL MINUS.
If you're bored, your verbal numerical and abstract reasoning skills may suffer.

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PERSONALITY TYPE.
CONSCIENTIOUS:You're careful and you carry out your plans with precision.

BRAINPOWER BONUS:
Your organizational skills help you plow through any task.

MENTAL MINUS:
You may have developed methodical ways to compensate for lower innate intelligence.

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PERSONALITY TYPE.
NEUROTIC: You're cautious and you worry about everything.

BRAINPOWER BONUS:
You're probably more intelligent than tests have told all these years.

METAL MINUS:
Anxiety may prevent your smarts from shining through in high-pressure situations.
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(Emily Lapkin)


RED FLAGS FOR THE BLUES.
If you or a loved one has consistently experienced several of the following problems for more than two weeks and the symptoms represent a marked change from usual behavior, talk to a doctor:

** Prolonged sadness and feelings of hopelessness.

** Loss of interest in activities that once provided pleasure.

** Poor appetite or overeating.

** Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much.

** Feelings of agitation, difficulty concentrating, indecisiveness.

** Fatigue or loss of energy.

** Feeling worthless, or that others have been let down.

** Thoughts of death or suicide.

(abstracted from : WWW.LHJ.COM)
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