3-Minute Read: You Can Actually Make Yourself Healthier Just by Thinking It

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Giving yourself crap for skipping the gym isn't just bumming you out—it's actually making you less healthy. That's according to a new study published in Health Psychology, which concludes that regardless of actual physical activity, those who simply think they're less healthy compared to others are 71% more likely to die sooner, even if they actually worked out the same amount. (What?)

In other words, giving yourself credit (whether it's for a tough sweat sesh or taking a nice stroll around your neighborhood) isn't just a nice thing to do—it gives your body a boost, too. And it's something we have to keep reminding ourselves to do in our very comparison-driven culture (thanks, Instagram). Head over to Well+Good for more details on the study.

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We don't need to tell you that tossing and turning is no picnic (especially when it's approximately 135 degrees outside, and your apartment's AC is on the fritz). Do yourself a favor and read up on these must-know pointers from sleep and psychology expert Jennifer Felder, as told to Goop. (Spoiler: It goes a little deeper than just turning on a white noise machine and making sure it's really, really dark.)

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