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Ever wondered why you have that voice inside your head telling you to eat the last slice of cake? Or pushing you to hide the glass vase your broke on your mam?

Well, as it turns out, our genes may be to blame for all the naughty things we got up to over the years.

In a breakthrough discovery, scientists have discovered a mathematical model which determines the likelihood of you turning out good or bad.

The researchers at the University of Exeter studied the behaviour of various colony-living creatures, such as bees.

By looking at their models, they were able to better explain that genes have a play in whether you only look out for yourself, or look out for others.

The scientists also took into account environmental factors which play a MAJOR part – but depending on the genetic variations we're all born with, they found that individuals are pre-programmed with instructions on how to behave.

According to DNA India, up until now, scientists have been unable to fully explain how ‘genetic polymorphism*’ plays into the behaviour of individuals.

"Social evolution theory hasn't previously addressed genetic polymorphism," said Stockholm University's Professor Olof Leimar, who lead the study. "We have developed a model that allows us to explore this within a general framework alongside other behavioural influences.”

So all of them naughty things you did aren't really your fault, right?!

 

*Polymorphism: the presence of genetic variation within a population, upon which natural selection can operate.

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Do you sometimes feel that if you spend just one more hour stalking your ex on Facebook, your brain is going to turn to mush?

Never mind the countless hours of reality TV watching!

Studies have shown that some of the same habits that keep your body healthy can also help keep your mind in tip-top shape.

Here are some of the ways you can keep your brain in razors-sharp shape.

Cut down on sugar
There’s lots of evidence about which foods can sharpen your brain, but there’s also plenty of research on what you should avoid to keep your brain in good shape. You’ll want to limit your intake of simple sugars, refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats. Experts say that diets high in these things may mess with insulin levels in the brain and wreak havoc on your memory.

Keep your brain busy
You always hear that your brain is like a muscle – use it or lose it. Studies have suggested that regularly doing brain-stimulating activities such as reading and writing could keep your mind sharp as you age. Number games and brainteasers are great for this!

Catch up on your Zzzzzzs
In a recent study, mice who slept for only short periods of time lost 25 percent of the neurons in their locus coeruleus, the section of their brain associated with alertness and cognitive function. What’s more, napping later didn’t reverse this effect. Try to get into a regular sleeping pattern to keep your brain sharp.

Eat good fats
Studies have shown that people who consumed good fats – such as avocado, nuts and oily fish – had a decreased risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia when compared to the people who consumed the least good fat.

Be berry good
Some research has found that people who have a diet rich in berries were less likely to show signs of cognitive decline.

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1. Good for your immune system
Apparently, sexually active people take fewer sick days and have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders!

2. Boosts your libido
It’s a Catch 22 kind of situation – having sex apparently improves your libido, which in turn is good for your health.

3. Improves your bladder control
Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them. Good to know for somewhere down the line.

4. Lowers your blood pressure
Research suggests a link between sex and lower blood pressure. But why do we feel so flustered afterwards then?!

5. Counts as exercise
Sex is a really great form of exercise. It won’t replace the treadmill, but it definitely counts for something. Sex uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV. It gives you a one-two punch: It bumps up your heart rate and uses various muscles.

6. Good for your heart
A good sex life is good for your heart. Besides being a great way to raise your heart rate, sex helps keep your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance. When either one of those is low you begin to get lots of problems, like osteoporosis and even heart disease.

7. Lessens pain
Before you reach for an aspirin, try for an orgasm instead.  Studies have shown that orgasms can block pain. It releases a feel-good hormone that helps raise your pain threshold.

8. Reduces risk of cancer
In men that is. Studies have claimed that men who ejaculated frequently (at least 21 times a month) were less likely to get prostate cancer.

9. Improves sleep
You may nod off more quickly after sex, and for good reason. After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness. Sound familiar?

10. Eases stress
Being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety. Touching and hugging can release your body’s natural feel-good hormone and a brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system.

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Nobody likes fighting with their other half. It’s emotionally draining and no fun but here are some reasons it may actually benefit your relationship in the long run.

1. Fighting means you are still passionate
If you didn’t deeply love the person you wouldn’t bother fighting with them! Although this is for the couple who fight once in a while, everyday may mean there are deeper issues.

2. Improves communication skills
Fighting means you learn more about your partner – what annoys them, their fighting “style” and more importantly, how to fix it.

3. Stops a build-up of resentment
Having a big blow-out will mean you clear the air. Get everything out there and it can be resolved one way or another. If you keep it all in the problems will get bigger and bigger until it is too late.

4. Apologies can be fun
If you know you overreacted about him leaving crumbs in the butter then apologise. But do it sweetly and make him laugh – a cute note or a funny face can go a long way! Make-ups are always fun, remember? So an apology may be worth it in the end!

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