Monday, October 12, 2009

Healthy Monday: Michelle Obama's Secrets to a Happy Life.

Whether you're a fan or not, you've got to hand it to the leading lady. She's in great shape, makes headlines with her fashion sense, and maintains a classy composure no matter where she is. Prevention Magazine shares their exclusive interview, where Mrs. Michelle Obama divulges her secrets to a happy life. Although not all her tips may apply to the stage you're at in life, it's still an enjoyable read and it's short enough for those five extra minutes in your lunch break.


On a completely separate note: When I was in college, I was always encouraged to take part in university studies to further the school's research capabilities, so I guess that mantra stuck in my head. I've been asked to pass along some information about a study the University of Virginia is currently holding, which will focus on relationship dynamics and plans for parenthood. I've copied and pasted their message below:

I am looking for volunteers for a study of attitudes towards marriage and parenthood among engaged couples. The study consists of a 25-30 minute online survey. To qualify for the study, you must be 20-35 years old, live in the U.S., and plan to marry or have a commitment ceremony within the next 365 days. You and your romantic partner must not have children, and this must be the first marriage for both of you.

You can:

-Help a doctoral candidate;

-Increase the pool of scientific knowledge;

-Support research on marriage and families; and

-Spend some time thinking about your relationship!

I am working with Dr. Charlotte J. Patterson, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. This study has been approved by the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board #2009025800.

If you and/or your romantic partner are interested in participating or want further information, please email me at I will send you a link that you can use to access the study.

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