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At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.

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cheesecake200Whether you’re trying to eat healthier or get more shut-eye, science supports the importance of engaging friends and family in behavior change. Recent research shows human social networks have a vital influence on phenomena as diverse as obesity, smoking, emotion, altruism and happiness.

Here’s a fascinating TEDTalk by Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Yale University about how traits can spread from person to person and how your location in a social network might impact your life in ways you don’t realize.

Keep reading to learn about the science of temptation and social networking. Plus, check out free apps that use social networking to help you stay on track with healthy goals.

Dilbert

Resolutions Out, Habits In

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, admits it might be wacky to get health advice from a cartoonist, but his recent essay about happiness in The Washington Post is a thoughtful look at how knowledge trumps willpower when it comes to health, an apropos message during this season of resolutions.

He writes: "As far as I can tell, people usually experience the sensation of happiness whenever they have both health and freedom.

"It’s a simple formula: Happiness = Health + Freedom"