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Why Tanning's Tempting (and How to Feel Good Without It)

Despite being told over and over again about the dangers associated with tanning, it's well known that many people still find this activity hard to resist, and it's not just because they worry about looking pale. Tanning releases endorphins and helps people synthesize vitamin D — which basically means that it puts you in a good mood and makes you feel healthy. But before anybody goes justifying their lack of sunscreen, tanning definitely isn't the only way to trigger either of those benefits. You can get a big rush of endorphins (along with tons of other benefits) from eating dark chocolate in moderation, doing light exercise, having a loved one give you a quick shoulder massage, chowing down on something spicy, or just laughing. And as for getting your vitamin D, eating foods like salmon, cheese, and eggs can all give you a good dose — and supplements are widely available at drugstores. So if you're having a hard time resisting tanning, just watch or read something funny, have a piece of chocolate, and eat some cheddar.

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