Time to take a break from the work day and procrastinate a little! Check out our favorite links of the day:
13 Reasons Why A Dog Will Make Your Life so Much Better (via Huffington Post)
Studies show that owning a dog can improve a person’s physical and mental well-being. Some of the study findings: dogs can strengthen the bonds between humans, dogs calm you down in high-stress situations, dogs make you more attractive to potential love matches, dogs can detect if you have cancer, and more.
A new study released by the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism proposes that varying indoor temperatures that more closely coincide with outdoor temperatures could help increase weight loss. By reducing indoor temperatures, people are more likely to shiver. Shivering subsequently activates brown fat, which burns energy rather than storing it. Learn more about the study here.
31 Grilled Cheeses that are Better than a Boyfriend (via Buzzfeed)
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, for some a wonderful and lovely day, and for others a horrible and painful reminder of seemingly eternal loneliness. For the latter portion of the population, fear not. These 31 grilled cheeses are a great substitute for a significant other, and are sure to make you feel loved and appreciated this Valentine’s Day.
7 Food Swaps that Slash Calories (via ABC)
Rather than giving your pantry and diet a complete makeover, try some of these simple swaps to make healthy eating easier and more doable. For instance, switch out granola for oatmeal to reduce calories, fat, and sugar. Instead of devouring white pasta, try spaghetti squash, which boasts 200 less calories while providing magnesium, vitamin C, and folate. Subsitute cauliflower for mashed potatoes to reduce the dish from 116 calories per cup to 27 calories per cup. Check out all the tips here.