Photo: Thinkstock"The best thing for being sad...is to learn something," said T.H. White in The Once and Future King. This has nothing to do with academic drudgery and everything to do with the fact that mastering a technique, sharpening a skill, doing something you didn't know how to do before, proves anything is possible. Here are 25 ways to brighten up those little gray cells.
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1. Memorize one good joke.
2. Learn how to land a triple lutz...or maybe just how to skate backward.
3. Teach yourself not to take the bait the next time a loved one starts pestering you.
4. Master Italian (or American Sign Language, German, Spanish, French, Pig Latin...)
5. Have a kid show you one foolproof magic trick.
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6. Perfect your margarita-making technique.
7. Enroll in a bookbinding course.
8. Read everything by a single author whom you've been meaning to get to for years. Faulkner? Melville? Auden? Colette?
9. Knit yourself or
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Photo: Thinkstock"The best thing for being sad...is to learn something," said T.H. White in The Once and Future King. This has nothing to do with academic drudgery and everything to do with the fact that mastering a technique, sharpening a skill, doing something you didn't know how to do before, proves anything is possible. Here are 25 ways to brighten up those little gray cells.Read More »from 25 Proven Ways to Beat the Blues
Photo: Roger NeveBy Jenny BaillyRead More »from Quick Fixes for All Your Summer Skin Issues
Trust us: It's way too hot to wear pants. Here's how to get your legs (and arms, and chest) ready for the season's skin-baring outfits.
A Spotless Décolletage
A retinoid cream-either prescription, like Retin-A, or over-the-counter (look for retinol in the ingredient list)-will lighten discoloration and soften rough patches caused by sun damage. Two to four treatments with a KTP laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) can more dramatically minimize both the brown spots and redness caused by UV exposure. (Cost: At least $500 per session.) A fractional nonablative laser, like the Fraxel Dual, greatly improves not just the color but also the texture of the skin. You'll probably need at least two treatments. (Cost: Around $1,000 each.)
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A rich shaving cream and a four-blade razor (try Bic Soleil Bella, $7) are all you need to get smooth legs for at least a day or two. Laser treatments can drastically
Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from Ballpark Food That Outshines the Game
Maybe you follow baseball. Or maybe you find yourself following someone you love--who happens to love baseball--to the nearest stadium. If so, you might have noticed that Major League ballpark food has left the traditional peanuts and Cracker Jacks in the dust.
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I kept hearing that the gourmet offerings at many of the country's newer stadiums threaten to steal the show, so I asked around and found six foods baseball fans can't get enough of. Even if your interest in America's pastime is limited to the endearing if ragtag group of dogs named for the Yankee shortstop, you'll want to try these recipes and make a playoff-worthy version of them at home.
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Ballpark: AT&T Park
Team: San Francisco Giants
Must-try concession: Crazy Crab'z, center field
What to order: Dungeness crab sandwich with mayonnaise and tomato, served in a grilled garlic butter sourdough baguette.
Make it at home:
Illustration: Marisa MarchettoBy Suzy WelchRead More »from How to Deal With the Boss from Hell
About a year ago, I bumped into a friend whose daughter, Amanda, used to drive me a little crazy when she was in high school. Not because she committed any of the typical teenage transgressions but because she was perfect. She got great grades, made captain of two teams, played violin in the school orchestra, and was completely down-to-earth and cheerful to boot. So it was with trepidation, as the mother of mere mortals, that I asked after this girl-by then a college graduate working at a well-known company.
"Oh my God, she is terrible," came the grief-stricken reply. "Her life is in ruins. She has a bad boss."
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Instantly, my heart broke for Amanda. She had joined the ranks of humankind.
"Well, it happens to all of us," I told her mother sadly.
"I know-I went through it," she said with a sigh. "But I just quit and married Bill. Amanda doesn't have a Bill. She has only herself."
Exactly. Some of the most successful careers
- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Jul 21, 2011 7:58 PM EDT
Illustration: Christopher Silas NealBy Catherine PriceRead More »from How to Talk to Your Daughter (or Your Mother!) About Sex
What do you most want to know about your mom but would never ask? When psychoanalyst Joyce McFadden posed this question to hundreds of women in an online survey that began in 2006, she was surprised by their answers: Half of the respondents wanted to know more about their mothers' sexuality.
The queries ranged from the seemingly straightforward to the profound: "Did she date other men before my dad?" "Had she had an abortion?" "Why did she have an affair?" In her new book, Your Daughter's Bedroom, McFadden explores the great value in sharing these kinds of intimate secrets-even when it's awkward to do so. Understanding our mothers, she says, is vital to understanding ourselves. We asked McFadden how to get the conversation started.
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Q: Why are these discussions so hard?
It's not easy to blurt out the private details of your life to anyone. But moms often don't discuss their sexual pasts because they're
Photo: Dan SaelingerBy Dr. Mehmet Oz
From the Japanese to the Russians, the Greeks to the Kuna Indians of Panama, every culture has its own secrets to better health and longer life. These traditional remedies and practices-like drinking a calming herbal tea or cooking with a particular spice-might seem inconsequential, but researchers are discovering that these little things can make a world of difference. Try importing these six habits, all worth bringing home.
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Harvard professor Norman Hollenberg, MD, PhD, has spent years studying the Kuna, an indigenous tribe on the San Blas Islands who drink five cups or more of unprocessed cocoa a day. He discovered that compared with residents of mainland Panama, who generally drink nutrient-poor grocery store cocoa, the islanders' risk of cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease is reduced to less than 10 percent. They can likely thank cocoa's flavonoids, powerful antioxidants with a host of
- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jul 20, 2011 10:46 PM EDT
Illustration: Kagan McLeodFrom old-fashioned ink and paper to the crystal clear screen of an iPad, here's the best way to enjoy 4 of our favorite titles.
Ink and Paper (a.k.a. the old-fashioned way)
Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Good Squad is a winner any way you can get it, but the tried-and-true book version (Anchor) doesn't distort the PowerPoint chapter the way some e-readers do.
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Illustration: Kagan McLeodiPad or NookEverybody loves Keith Richards's edgy voice, which echoes through his Rolling Stones memoir, Life, but admit it: What we also want is a good look at the spectacular photo inserts. Any e-reader will reproduce them, but even the old black-and-white images look better on a color device.
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Illustration: Kagan McLeodKindle
Unless you have a very big tote bag (and Michelle Obama arms), save your strength and read Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 on your Amazon device: 760 pages and $22 as a book, it costs $10 in digital form and increasesRead More »from E-reader? Audiobook? The Best Format for 4 Summer Must-Reads
Photo: Sergio KurhajecBy Adam Glassman
The latest pieces shape, support and stretch, making clothes fit better over a broader weight range.
The new Adjusts-To-Me underwire has ingenious elastane cups that stretch and contract as your weight changes-no more buying multiple sizes.RELATED: 8 Affordable Swimsuits that Flatter Every Body Shape
Bra, Lilyette by Maidenform, $34, maidenform.com
Photo: Sergio KurhajecLightweight Slips
In whisper-thin fabrics, these pieces are perfect for when you want a smoothing effect under a dress. Yummie Tummie's Lavonne bustless slip pairs with your favorite bra to prevent chest-flattening.RELATED: 7 Bright and Sunny Looks to Try This Summer
Slip, Yummie Tummie, $78, yummietummie.com
Photo: Sergio KurhajecArm Coverage
The Have Nots shaper comes in a supportive three-quarter sleeve that's adjustable to above or below the elbow.RELATED: How to Look Your Best in Summer Whites
Shaper, Slimpressions, $64, Slimpressions.com
Photo: Sergio KurhajecPretty Pieces
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- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 20, 2011 3:30 AM EDT
Photo: Eric OgdenBy Nick LeiberRead More »from The Token Guy: What One Man Learned from Working with 53 Women
Last year, I stumbled across a book of essays written by survivors-men who had experienced shark attacks, bull gorings, plane crashes, avalanches, volcanic eruptions, killer bees-you name it-and miraculously lived to tell the tale. Some were the kind of men you respected enormously; others you pitied deeply: Wow, I don't know how you ever got through it, you crazy b------ . I'm a guy who wakes up every morning, downs a cup of coffee, and rides the subway to an office made up almost entirely of women…53, at last count.
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For the past four years, I've been part of the team that produces O, the Oprah Magazine. Officially, I'm the deadline enforcer-the big guy who makes the trains run on time. In reality I'm treated less like Mussolini and more like a furry mascot. Monday through Friday, I smile at nicknames (Slick, Thug, Bad Cop), eat leftovers placed on my desk by calorie-counting editors (grape leaves, guacamole, birthday cupcakes
Photo: Dan SaelingerBy Nancy KalishRead More »from Listen Up: 4 Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is reaching epidemic proportions- and not just among people who play their music too loud.
We all expect to go a little bit deaf when we get older. But in this era of ubiquitous Bluetooths and iPods, hearing loss is starting younger than ever before. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, one in five people between 48 and 59 is already experiencing a deficit. And a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a record one in five teens is suffering from hearing loss, as well. Here's how to turn down the volume in your environment before it's too late.
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Swallow Some Protection
Inside our ears lie thousands of hairlike cells that turn sound waves into electrical signals so the brain can interpret what we hear. But very loud noise generates free radicals that damage those cells-sometimes permanently. The U.S. military has been pouring