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2009年10月 2日 (金)

英英辞書を読もう!(7)―Reader's Digest③―

20 Simple Ways to Get Happy

Take control of your mood and improve your health.

Block and Focus

11. Take a dog for a walk. There are numerous studies that attest to the stress-relieving benefits of pets. In one analysis researchers evaluated the heart health of 240 couples, half of whom owned a pet. Those couples with pets had significantly lower heart rates and blood pressure levels when exposed to stressors than the couples who did not have pets. In fact, the pets worked even better at buffering stress than the spouses did.

  attest=to give proof or evidence of
  evaluate=to judge the quality of
  heart rate=the number of heartbeats per unit of time, usually expressed as beats per minute
  stressor=an activity, event, or other stimulus that causes stress
  buffer=to lessen the shock of

確かにペットは癒されるし、夫婦の間も取り持ってくれますねcoldsweats01
 

12. Scent the air. Research finds that the benefits of aromatherapy in relieving stress are real. In one study people exposed to rosemary had lower anxiety levels, increased alertness, and performed math computations faster. Adults exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation. Today you have a variety of room-scenting methods, from plug-in air fresheners to essential oil diffusers, potpourri, and scented candles.

 alertness=to be quick to notice and respond to danger or unusual circumstances
  computation=the use or operation of a computer
  plug-in=capable of being connected by a plug to an electric power source
  diffuser=a device designed to diffuse(=pour out and spread, as a fluid) a scent efficiently

研究からもアロマテラピーの効果が証明されているわけですね。

13. Ignore the stock market. Simply getting your quarterly 401(k) statement can be enough to send your blood pressure skyrocketing. In fact, Chinese researchers found a direct link between the daily performance of the stock market and the mental health of those who closely followed it. Astute investors know that time heals most financial wounds, so give your investments time -- and give yourself a break.

  stock market=the activity of buying and selling stocks
  quarterly=happening every three months
  401(k)=a savings plan that allows employees to contribute a fixed amount of income to a retirement account and to defer(=put off) taxes until withdrawal=
〈米〉企業年金制度◆確定拠出型年金。米国の企業年金制度。従業員が給料から一定額を積み立て、企業の拠出分と合わせて自分で年金を運用する。税制上の優遇措置があるが、年金給付額は運用結果で変動する。内国歳入法401条(k)項の規定に基づくことから、この名がある。日本でも日本版401kとして、同様の制度を導入できるようにする法律が2001年10月1日施行された。
  statement=a document that summarizes financial activity
  astute=able to be perceptive and to make intelligent decisions and judgments

株式の動向にイライラしてはいけない、ということでしょう。

14. Visit a quiet place. Libraries, museums, gardens, and places of worship provide islands of peace and calm in today's frantic world. Find a quiet place near your house and make it your secret getaway.

  frantic=desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.
  getaway=a place where one escapes for relaxation, vacation, etc.

たまには静かなところで心を静める…

15. Volunteer. Helping others enables you to put your own problems into perspective and also provides social interaction. While happy people are more likely to help others, helping others increases your happiness. One study found that volunteer work enhanced all six aspects of well-being: happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem, sense of control over life, physical health, and depression.

  perspective=a mental view or prospect
  enhance=to provide with improved, advanced, or sophisticated features
  well-being=a good or satisfactory condition of existence=満足できる生活状態

ボランティアの効用、この活動をすることで、自分も元気になったり、またいろんな人と会うことで自分の問題も見えてくる…かな。

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【無料】英文・英単語をたった10秒であきれるほど覚える方法

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