Humour can help reduce workplace stress and avoid stalemates

Joking and light humour at workplace can help employees reduce work related stress, shows a British study. Researchers from London’s Cass Business School carried out a study at a large telecommunications company that was dealing with stress caused by major regulatory changes. During the course of the two year study they found that when employees were in a good humour it helped them relieve tension and made work more enjoyable. The study points out that at workplaces employees have to interact with each other most of the time. Humour can help by avoiding circular discussions and find constructive ways to avoid stalemates. Read more here.

Guests can help build your immunity

Having more guests at home stimulates immune system and increases resistance towards bacteria, claims study. Researchers from University of Chicago have found that guests bring millions of bacteria cells when they visit a house. Every guest emits 38 million bacterial cells in an hour. Even if they don’t say anything they can pass 10 million bacterial cells in just less than hour through their skin. Researchers noted that not all bacteria that a guest brings to our house is bad. Trying to eliminate them is nearly impossible. In fact living in a more sanitised environment can weaken one’s immune system. Researchers pointed out that social gestures such as hand shaking, hugging, kissing were developed to share, spread and develop immunities to bacteria. Read more here.

High dose of vitamin D does more harm than good to elderly

High dose of vitamin D does not help people in the age group of 70 or above, warns study. Researchers at the University Hospital Zurich enlisted 200 people for the study, out of which 58% had vitamin D deficiency. They were randomly divided into three groups. The first group was given 24,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D, the second was given 60,000 IU and the third received 24,000 IU of vitamin D with 300mcg of metabolite calcifediol. Over 60% of the participants had a fall during the study. The second and the third group which received highest doses of vitamin D and calcifediol supplements reported the highest cases of falls, compared to the group that received a low dose of vitamin D. This shows once the amount that body needs to sustain bone density and calcium absorption is reached, it stops using the additional amount. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more here.

Socially active people are more likely to lead a healthy life

Socially active people are less likely to develop long term health problems at any stage of life, study suggests. Researchers from University of North Carolina examined four nationally representative surveys on US population across age groups for a period of 20 years. The researchers found that social isolation in adolescents increased risk of inflammation and obesity. In elderly, it was more harmful than diabetes. In middle ages, it wasn’t the number of social connections that was more important, but what those connections provided in terms of social support mattered more. This is the first study that links social relationships with a person’s well-being across various stages of life. The study appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more here.

Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar