This week I’ve seen a various new studies revealing the “secret” for healthy bodies and happy lives, so obviously, a roundup was in order!

Characteristics of A ‘Healthy Personality’  – Recent research has delivered scientific validation to decades-old assessments of what the optimal personality profile looks like. Scientific American’s profile on this work has explanations about what each of the ten ideal traits implies, which is helpful when you take the personality quiz yourself! My test results were good reminders of the areas I’m strong in, and where I should practice more mindfulness.

The Secret to A Fulfilling Life “The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period. Not how much is in your 401(k). Not how many conferences you spoke at–or keynoted. Not how many blog posts you wrote or how many followers you had or how many tech companies you worked for or how much power you wielded there or how much you vested at each.”

The Secret to Good Health – Minneapolis-St. Paul is the nation’s healthiest urban region and the outstanding commonality is that almost everyone lives within a 10-minute walk of a good public park. Did you know that “35 percent to 40 percent of health is determined by one’s physical environment, including public access to green spaces, outdoor recreation and community gardens”?!

The Easily Trick to Ward Off UTIs –  MBG is coming in with some helpful news for us ladies! “A new study has found that increasing water by 1.5 liters a day led to a 50% reduction in UTIs over the course of a year. While drinking water is a commonly recommended solution for UTI prevention, this is the first study to confirm it. One caveat: The study was funded by Danone, a bottle water company, although it was published in JAMA, and the deputy editor of JAMA said any water—bottled or tap—would work.”