Smile, even though you're aching...Completely stressed out? Take a sec to smile. No, seriously.
According to new research from the University of Kansas, grinning helps you relax when you're stressed.
By Korin Miller
In the study, researchers split participants into three groups. Each group was trained to recreate a different facial expression by holding chopsticks in their mouths. One group held their sticks in a way that created a neutral expression, another used them to create a standard smile, and the last group used them to create a genuine smile.
The groups were then put through tests that were designed to be stressful, like tracing an outline of a star with their non-dominant hand in a mirror and submerging their hands in ice water-all while using the chopsticks to do their assigned expressions.
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Scientists discovered that the people who smiled during the tasks had lower heart rates than those who had the neutral expression. They also reported feeling less
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By Korin Miller
Jumping jacks are a quick and easy calorie burner. Do them after you roll out of bed to wake up, while you're waiting for the shower to warm up, when your coffee is brewing...you get the point.
Calories Burned: 10 per minute
Squat When You Blow Dry
Drying your hair can be such a pain. Maximize your time by doing squats while you dry.
Calories Burned: 70 every five minutes
Tap Your Toes
When you're sitting at your desk, tap your toes 25 times. Then do it with the other foot.
Calories Burned: 24-30
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Use The Commercial Breaks
Ads are boring anyway. Hop up when they're on and do standing lunges. Every hour of TV contains 20-30 minutes of commercials, so they add up!
Calories Burned: 120 per hour
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Tread the social media tenches with these tips.We know you guys are smart when it comes to social media-you'd never trash your boss on Facebook or tweet a controversial joke like the Greek Olympic athlete who just got booted from the team did. But experts say they keep seeing these less-obvious mistakes. Take a pass next time you're tempted.Read More »from 9 Surprising Things You Shouldn't Do on Social Media
By Korin Miller
Posting About Your Competitors
Even if you swear you'd never work for a rival company and think it's the worst place ever, you really never know. Your office could combine with them in a merger or you might change your mind down the road. Plus, you represent your company. If your rival co. sees a tweet or post that bashes them, they'll think it's coming from your organization. And you do not want to deal with the fallout from that.
Teasing a Friend
Sure, it's hilarious when your BFF busts out of her too-tiny bikini top, but she doesn't want to hear about it online. Not only that, other people who see your comment or pic will just think you're kinda bitchy.
Talking Yourself Up
Give him a smooth kick to the curb.Are we the only ones who are still awed by the stealth way Katie dumped Tom? Sure TomKat's situation was a little different (um, the army of divorce lawyers probably hurried things along), but it proves that there is a way to cut a guy loose so that the breakup really sticks and things don't get ugly. Next time you have to do the deed, follow these tactics:Read More »from 8 Essential Tips for Initiating a Break-Up
By Malia Griggs
Do it at The End of The Workday
Mornings are too rushed, and you risk having a really crappy day ahead of you. Wait until it's late at night, and you might lose your resolve. Splitting in the evening gives you time to have the longer conversation you might need. "Plus, you'll still have several hours to call your friends if you need to rehash and destress," says Marni Battista, CEO and founder of DatingWithDignity.com.
Do it in Person
Don't wuss out and send an it's-over text; unless you've only been out casually a few times (in that case, a Facebook message or phone call will suffice), you owe your soon-to-be ex
If he's doing one of these things, RUN.Dating can be tough-and sometimes it's hard to suss out the good guys from the total jerks That's why we got Halle Kaye and Sophie Stone, co-authors of Maybe He's Just an Asshole to break down the biggest red flags for us. Think twice before you date a dude with these habits.Read More »from 7 Signs He's Probably Not the One
By Korin Miller
He Sucks Over the Phone
Whether he takes too long to reply to texts, doesn't respond to them at all, or doesn't call as much as he should, there's a chance he's trying to get a lot out of you without reciprocating much. Guys who care about you will want to show it and it's not hard to use a phone. If it happens once in a while, fine. If it's all or majority of the time, you have a problem.
He Doesn't Treat You Like a Priority
If he only schedules plans with you at the last minute, or totally goes off the radar when he's traveling, that's a really bad sign. You want a guy who makes you feel important-not someone who only wants to hang when he's bored or horny.
He Doesn't Have Your Back
So you pulled a Kristen Stewart, now what?You've probably heard by now that Kristen Stewart allegedly cheated on Robert Pattinson with her director. Sure, it's not something to be proud of, but we get it: Sometimes cheating happens. Here's how to deal if you stray.Read More »from What to Do After You Cheat on Your Boyfriend
By Jennifer Benjamin
Don't Tell Him...
Your mother may have told you that honesty is the best policy, but in this case, many experts advise keeping your mouth shut. "If it really was just one indiscretion, don't tell him," says psychologist Marcella Bakur Weiner, PhD, author of Cheaters. "Although it might make you feel better, it will only hurt him and ruin the trust between you."
...Or Anyone Else
Even if the guilt is killing you, let it be your burden to bear. And don't tell other people either or you increase the possibility of his finding out.
Examine Your Motives
When a woman cheats, even just once, there's usually a problem in her relationship. "Women often stray if their sex lives are stagnant or they're feeling neglected," says Ruth Houston, author of
So many men, so little time...We know a girl as cool as you has options when it comes to dating. And if you're torn between two hotties at once a la The Bachelorette, at some point, you have to pick one. Bethany Marshall, PhD, author of Deal Breakers tells us how to date two guys at once-and how to finally pick one.Read More »from How to Choose Between Two Guys
By Korin Miller
Keep It to Yourself
Until a guy says he wants to be exclusive (and you feel the same way), you have the right to play the field. For all you know, he's doing the same thing. Until you have The Talk, there's no reason to tell him you're seeing someone else.
Be a Little Cagey
In order to make a good decision, you need to be able to do your own thing. So don't tell either guy where you are all the time. If they're clued in to what you're doing 24/7, it's going to be harder for you to have the space you need to decide on one.
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Lay Off Social Media
Posting pics of your cool weekend date on Facebook is great and all…until the other guy you're dating sees
Wanna go for a short cut like these celebs, but aren't sure what style would look best with your hair texture? Kim Kimble, West Hollywood-based celebrity hairstylist and star of LA Hair, swears you can go short and sexy, no matter what your texture.
By Carly Cardellino
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Here's why and how your body changes when you get pregnant.Odds are, you're not pregnant or even thinking about getting pregnant, but we know you're curious-especially after reading about all the celebs who are prego right now. No doubt it's an amazing experience, but there's some weird stuff that happens to your bod, too. Cosmo Radio women's health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., author of The New Mom's Survival Guide, filled us in.Read More »from How Your Body Changes During Pregnancy
By Korin Miller
You Feel Like You Have the Flu
...Or at least a low-level one. What's up with that? Early in a pregnancy, some women feel nauseous all the time, have a higher body temp, and feel wiped out all the time-just like you do when you have the flu.
Your Boobs Change
Early on in a pregnancy, your boobs grow rapidly-they can increase by a full cup size or more-because they're storing fat and the milk glands are increasing in size. They also feel tender.
You Can't Go No. 2
Pregnancy hormones relax the bowel muscles, which allow food to stay around longer so you can absorb the max amount of nutrients for the
If you're looking to lighten up your hair color this summer, then you came to the right place. We asked Kyle White, celebrity hair colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in NYC, just how to get those coveted sun-kissed strands at home.
By Carly Cardellino
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