As we get close to ringing in the New Year, researchers have found a new excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbly. Chemicals in champagne have been found to widen blood vessels, easing the strain on your heart and brain:

British academics have found that champagne is packed with polyphenols -- plant chemicals thought to widen the blood vessels, easing the strain on your heart and brain.

And researchers believe the health benefits aren't limited to the expensive stuff but are also found in cheaper alternatives such as cava and prosecco.

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If you're feeling down, turns out a hug can help you beat the blues! A new study finds that people regularly hugged by loved ones were twice as likely to describe their mental health as first-rate:

The new study establishes that an affectionate cuddle is more effectual in stirring up emotions and improving one’s frame of mind than regularly visiting the church.

The researchers reported their findings after examining data from the 2007 Canadian Community Health Survey.

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Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you have to stop working out. Take it inside! If you're a walker, try walking the length of your local mall to get in your 30 minutes. You'll have a dry, warm environment and you could even get in some last-minute holiday shopping:

It's dark when you wake up, and it's dark when you drive home from work. When you step outside, the air feels like a slap on your face and stings your eyes. Exercise? Who are we kidding?

Winter doesn't have to mean you should give up your healthy habits. You just have to make adjustments. Here are some ways to take your routine indoors:

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