Photo: ThinkstockBy Jennifer Margulis
So much more than than a pair of upturned lips, the smile is the most scientifically studied human facial expression. In her new book, Lip Service, Yale psychology professor Marianne LaFrance, PhD, draws on the latest research-in fields from biology to anthropology to computer science-in an effort to shed some light on the happy face. Here, six facts that may make you, well, you know.
People with big grins live longer. In a study published last year, researchers pored over an old issue of the Baseball Register, analyzing photos of 230 players. They found that on average, the guys with bright, bigmouthed beams lived 4.9 years longer than the players with partial smiles, and 7 years longer than the players who showed no grin at all. We can't credit wide smiles for long life spans, of course, but smiles reveal positive feelings, and positive feelings are linked to well-being.
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Photo: ThinkstockBy Jennifer MargulisRead More »from What the Size of Your Smile Says About You
- Oprah.com | Parenting – Wed, Aug 17, 2011 6:51 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Leigh Newman
Throw an Outdoor Film Festival in Your Backyard
No need for an expensive digital projector (though these are fun if you have a spare $500). Just spread the sleeping bags on the grass, pop some popcorn (Add butter? Why...yes!) and pour it into brown paper bags labeled with each child's name to avoid bickering over portion size. Set up the laptop on the grass after dark and watch under the stars. Sure, you could watch the movie inside, but shifting the screening outdoors instills the kind of nonsensical magic that makes kids squeal over the 100 millionth viewing of Madagascar. When it's time for everybody to go to sleep, reminisce extensively about the few, scruffy old drive-ins of your youth (they'll love that).RELATED: Cat Cora's 4 Tasty Twists on Popcorn
Make Jump Rockets
Altitude, yes. Combustion, no. If your child is under 5 or has yet to develop fine motor skills, the deluxe edition is a necessity (the launch pad is better able to withstand aRead More »from 5 Ways to Have Fun with Your Family (in Less Than 2 Hours)
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Renting a Clown Car
Aside from not reserving ahead of time, the most frequent mistake people make booking a car is choosing one that's too small for their needs. As Enterprise spokesperson Meghan Maguire explains, "A lot of people say, 'Let's go for the compact car,' when they have four people, five suitcases and golf clubs." Enterprise tries to match customers with the right model, but with so many people renting vehicles in the summer, it's not always possible. If you're traveling with your family or a group of friends, consider a full-size car, a minivan or an SUV.
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Watching a Kayak Get Airborne...on the Highway
Who among us has not seen the car cruising down the highway with a mattress, canoe or rocking chair tied to the roof? Robert Sinclair Jr., manager of media relations for AAA New York, knows those items can look funny, in a Beverly Hillbillies-esque way, but he also knows how dangerous they can be. WhenRead More »from 4 Common Vacation Snafus - and How to Avoid Them
Photo: ThinkstockBy Amber KallorRead More »from Sleeping in a Bra: Should You or Shouldn't You?
A debate recently broke out in O's fashion department--a few staffers strongly argued in favor of keeping breasts supported 24/7 to prevent sagging, while the rest of us said strapping our chests down at night just isn't worth the trouble (or discomfort). Which is when our creative director Adam Glassman stepped in, declared it a toss up and asked me to get to the bottom of this bra (or no bra) battle.
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I called in the experts, bra whisperer and founder of Intimacy boutiques, Susan Nethero, and Phil Haeck, MD, and president of The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, to find out what's myth and what's fact when it comes to keeping the (ahem) girls perky.
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The average breast size has increased over the past ten years (DD and E are average cup sizes today), says Nethero. Many of her clients who have fuller busts or are pregnant (which causes breasts to swell) like the support of a bra at
Photo: Jeffrey Westbrook O, The Oprah MagazineRead More »from The 5 Best Diet-Friendly Frozen Foods
Just add juice or milk to these mixes, which include frozen berries and sweetened yogurt, to whip up a quick breakfast in your own blender. ($3.50; supermarkets)
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Evol Mini Burritos
Snack-size burritos (each is around four inches long and 180 calories) are stuffed with Mexican-inspired, good-for-you ingredients, like free-range chicken, humanely raised Niman Ranch beef, and sautéed vegetables. ($2; supermarkets)
An Indian-inspired sandwich features takeout favorites like chicken curry wrapped in flatbread. ($3; Sukhis.com for stores)
Seapoint Farms Edamame
Lightly salted soybeans are a good source of protein and fiber, and single-serving bags are easy to pack for work or school. ($4 for six; supermarkets)
Village Harvest Pourable Whole Grains
These bags of ready-to-microwave side dishes like brown rice, quinoa, and blends such as Spicy Thai cook up in less than a minute.
Photo: Susan GuilletteIt was late summer 2009: I was walking on a Long Island beach with my boyfriend, Mark*, and some friends. When I saw Mark sit down next to his friend Dana on a craggy rock, a sudden electric shock traveled straight up the center of my body. It was so visceral it made me stumble. And then my mind flashed to a recent dream I'd had of Dana sitting on Mark's lap as he rode a bike.Read More »from Is He Cheating? Your Gut Knows the Answer
"Don't be crazy", I chided myself, turning to watch the surfers in the water. "They're just friends."
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But one night nine months later, after we'd turned off our bedroom lights, Mark confessed that he and Dana had had an affair. I was furious at him for lying to me, but as I remembered the flash I'd had at the beach, I realized I was a liar, too. I'd been deceiving myself all along.
Two weeks later, I moved out-and promised myself to pay much closer attention to my gut, even if all it was saying was "Turn left!" And with this intention, everything has changed.
Apple, banana, pear, yawn. These exotic alternatives are packed with vitamins and fabulous new flavor.
Peel off the spiky red covering of this iron-rich Southeast Asian treat to reveal a translucent white orb with a taste that marries grape and watermelon.RELATED: 4 Easy-to-Find Superfoods That Won't Break the Bank
This vitamin-C-packed fruit from South America looks and feels like a lime, but cut it open to reveal juicy flesh that's reminiscent of a tangy pineapple.RELATED: 25 Superfoods to Incorporate Into Your Diet Now
Also native to South America, this aromatic fruit is single-serving in size, entirely edible and a crisp flavor blend of honeydew and cucumber. It's also an excellent source of fiber.RELATED: 23 Get-You-Through-the-Day Energy Boosters
Photo: ThinkstockDragon Fruit
This is the pop star of fruit-hot pink on the outside, bubblegum sweet on the inside. Scoop out the antioxidant-rich, seed-specked flesh and eat it like a kiwi.
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- Oprah.com | Fashion – Mon, Aug 15, 2011 11:07 PM EDT
Photo: Chris CraymerJennifer Lopez's collection for Kohl's is all about accessible, everyday glamour.
Here, office-friendly camel pants get an instant boost from a gold sequined top and faux-fur jacket.RELATED: 9 Fashion Finds Inspired by Faraway Places (for Under $100)
Faux-fur jacket, $100; gold sequin top, $84; wide leg pant, $84; post earring with heart drop, $20; hinge cuff bracelet, $28.
Photo: Chris CraymerIn a nod to the collection's versatility, mother-daughter duo Andréa and Janet Masucci wear the same piece two different ways. For a younger vibe, the patterned top works as a mini; a chain-strap bag is all the accessory Andréa needs. For a more polished take, Janet goes for the long-sleeved version, pairs it with skinny jeans and a lightweight cardigan and adds a larger satchel.
Left: Sleeveless tunic, $40. abstract mesh ring, $22; Lillian shoulder handbag, $89.
Right: Flyaway cardigan, $60; blurred-cubes print top, $44; denim in Machiatto, $60; gold-hinge collar necklace, $32; Kim satchel handbag, $99. Read More »from The Prettiest, Cheapest Clothes We've Ever Seen: Jennifer Lopez's Stunning New Line
Photo: ThinkstockBy Donna BrazileRead More »from Why We Need More Women Leaders
We clean up after ourselves. There isn't a leader in the world who hasn't led his or her followers into a proverbial ditch at least once (my greatest screwups are cataloged on Google, if you're interested). But as a rule, women spend more time fixing the problem than pointing fingers.
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We open up the floor. Okay, not all of us-I've had some bad female bosses in my time-but women do a better job of encouraging discussion, and studies show that consulting more stakeholders produces better results. Take the iPad. When it debuted, was there a woman in America who didn't think, sanitary napkin? If Apple had consulted us, I'd be writing this column on an iTablet.
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We know what it's like to be marginalized. In this country, we're still told that work is less valuable if it's done by us. Being treated differently for a trait we can't control helps make us compassionate.
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DA.n.a. by JCPenney Drawstring-Waist AnorakRead More »from 6 Updated Fall Classics for Under $100
This drawstring-waist anorak gets cozy with a face-framing furry hood.
$60 | JCP.com
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AerPhoto: Marko Metzinger/Studio Dopostale Fitted Denim Shirt
A fitted denim shirt-the new cool button-down-feels pulled-together with camel pants.
$23 | Aeropostale.com
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DLiz Claiborne for JCPenney Knit Poncho
A chevron-stripe knit poncho spans the seasons.
$60 | JCP.com
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Melie Bianco Saddlebag
Fuchsia faux leather perks up a practical saddlebag.
$66 | HighGlossFashion.com
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DEllen Tracy Pencil Skirt
Metallic shine primes a quilted pencil skirt to go from office to evening.
$90 | Macys.com
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DChico's Tassel Earrings
Lightweight gold-tone tassel earrings elongate the face and neck.
$49 | Chicos.com