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- Cosmopolitan.com | Fashion – Thu, May 19, 2011 4:55 PM EDT
We were bummed to hear that Prince William would soon be leaving Kate home alone for months while he does air force training. Because, really, no couple wants to be separated. Luckily, there are easy, low-dough tricks that'll keep your bond tight when you can't be together.Read More »from 12 Ways To Keep Things Hot When Youâ€™re Apart
By Korin Miller
We don't doubt that newlyweds Will and Kate are as solid as the 18-carat rock he slid on her finger eight months ago. But any couple's bond would be tested by the reported 10-week separation the two will face in a few months when Wills heads off for training, leaving Kate behind in their sleepy little Welsh town that has more sheep than people. "Some separation can be good for a relationship because you get the chance to miss each other, but, no matter how much you're in love, being solo long term can wear on your union if you don't do some creative stuff to stay connected," says psychotherapist Tina Tessina, PhD, author of The Commuter Marriage: Keep Your Relationship Close While You're Far Apart.
- Cosmopolitan.com | Work + Money – Wed, May 18, 2011 4:38 PM EDT
Want to convince your boyfriend to see Water for Elephants instead of Fast Five? Or persuade your boss to let you take Friday off - even though you didn't request it a week in advance like you're supposed to? Or even talk your way out of a ticket? The key might just be to speak quickly, say researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.
By Zoë Ruderman
They conducted telephone surveys and discovered that when speakers talked at a rate of 3.5 words per second, they were most persuasive and successful at getting others to agree to something. To give you a sense of what that sounds like, set a timer for 10 seconds and try to read the following sentences in exactly that amount of time: "I know that Fast Five is getting decent reviews and you really want to see it tonight, but I think you'll like Water for Elephants. Plus Reese Witherspoon gets totally naked in it. Full frontal." (No, that's not actually true but we needed to make it exactly 35 wordsRead More »from The Secret Trick To Persuading Anyone to Do Anything for You
Ever since the Royal Wedding, British retailers have seen self-tanner sales go through the roof! We're not surprised-Kate and Pippa both sported very bronzed looks on the Big Day. With bikini season right around the corner, here are some step-by-step instructions to get the Middle"tan" glow at home.Read More »from Get the Sexy Middleton Tan in 5 Easy Steps
By Dawn Davis
The Inspiration: Pippa and Kate Middleton From Pippa's perma-bronzed look to Kate's wedding-day glow, the Middleton sisters are all about this tawny tone.
Step 1: Prep If you want an even glow, you need to exfoliate first-no exceptions! Try using a Clarisonic brush to gently buff off dry skin, focusing on your elbows, knees and heels-tanner can collect in those places.
Clarisonic Mia, $149, clarisonic.com
Related: Score a Sexy Glow Without Putting Yourself at Risk of Skin Cancer
Step 2: Use a Buildable Tanner If this is your virgin bronze of the season, you want to use a gradual self-tanner first. It will give you just a hint of color-a great base for more.
You don't need lipstick on a collar to know your man is the two-timing type. Here, a simple test that'll reveal his philandering potential.Read More »from Will Your Guy Cheat on You? 4 Ways To Find Out
By Jennifer Benjamin
You can forgive a guy for some indiscretions, but it's damn near impossible to turn the other cheek if he strays. Well, Cosmo did some investigating to ascertain the traits that may make men more likely to cheat, and some of our findings were surprising as hell. But before you freak, realize that just because he possesses characteristics of a mangy scoundrel doesn't mean he's actually getting some on the side. "You have to listen to your gut as well as read the clues," says Gary Aumiller, Ph.D., a psychologist and coauthor of Red Flags! How to Know When You're Dating a Loser. Run through this list of wandering-eye warning signs to see if your partner is predisposed to prowl...and find out how you can deal.
Related: He Cheated. Do You Take Him Back or Dump Him?
Cheat Predictor 1
Was he spoiled as a kid?
Do his parents tend
Some men can't stay faithful, even when they're already with amazing girls. Cosmo investigates this baffling behavior.
When we read news reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a love child with a member of his houshold staff and carried on the affair for over a decade, it was hard not to be shocked. What reason could there be for him to risk losing his wife, the beautiful and incredibly successful Maria Shriver who helped his political career at the risk of losing her own?
Related: He Cheated. Do You Take Him Back or Dump Him?
Although we don't know the behind-the-scenes details of their marriage or how the story will unfold, infidelity experts say it's not surprising that guys like Arnold may be tempted to indulge in sideline action. As it turns out, the reasons guys are unfaithful are rarely about the sex itself, but because cheating fuels a deep psychological need. "Several factors make some men more likely to stray, even if they are dating or married to a beautiful woman,"Read More »from The Real Reason Arnold Cheated on Maria
Real men open up about what they wish you'd do more of when it comes to your life as a couple.Read More »from Relationship Tips Straight From Guys' Mouths
By Bethany Heitman
"I feel like I am always woo-ing my girl but it doesn't happen the other way around. I bring her flowers often. I wish occasionally she'd surprise me with a six-pack or my favorite dessert." -Dustin, 25
"When a guy first gets home, give him ten minutes or so before you really start talking to him. We need time to decompress. After that, we'll be much better listeners." -Marco, 29
Related: 6 Signs He's Thinking of Splitting Up
"My fiance takes over the kitchen. She's a great cook, but I wish she'd ask me to join her sometimes. It'd be fun and sexy to make dinner together." - Andy, 32
"If you're irritated with me, tell me. Women seem to keep saying they're fine even when they're not until they just blow up. I'd rather know earlier so I can try and fix whatever I did." -Chris, 26
Related: Good Girlfriend Behavior: Do This, Not That
"I love spending time with my wife but
You'd leave if you could...but there's nothing else in sight. So turn your job-from-hell into a happier situation with these tips.
By Chris Connolly
Complain about your job these days and you're likely to get a lecture about gratitude - as in, be grateful you have one. Well, yes, but you can't spend eight hours a day being miserable. So use these tips to make your gig more fun and maybe even more rewarding.
Improve Your Workspace
Photos and plants can work wonders, but there's an even better way to infuse new life into a work area. "Get control of clutter," advises Jeffrey McGrew, co-owner of sustainable interior-design firm Because We Can. "Clear off the junk from your desk and you'll feel less stressed." Next, make sure your job doesn't literally make you sick, by avoiding ailments like carpal-tunnel syndrome. Position your computer monitor a couple feet away at eye level, make sure there's no glare, and sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. (For more info, visitRead More »from Are You Stuck in a Sucky Job?
If you're one of the many women who hope to sport a baby bump at some point in your life, you'll want to keep this news in the back of your mind.
By Yelena Shuster
According to a new study in Fertility and Sterility, women who've had trouble getting pregnant were more likely to conceive if they worked on stress reduction while undergoing fertility treatments.
Related: Is Stress Making You Bitchy?
The finding is significant because it shows that women are able to increase their chances of success for pricey fertility programs like in vitro fertilization (or I.V.F., where embryos formed in test tubes are implanted in a woman's body).
The experiment separated 100 Boston women under 40 who were undergoing I.V.F. treatment into two groups: the first just received the treatment, while the second group also signed up for a 10-week stress management program in addition to the I.V.F.
The researchersRead More »from The New Fertility Fact Every Woman Needs to Know
Forget an apple a day to keep the doctor away. We're more likely to follow this new rule: A drink a night with your boyfriend keeps relationship problems at bay.
By Zoë Ruderman
That's what researchers at the University at Buffalo are claiming after examining the results of a recent study. They found that couples who have a cocktail or two (or even three) together reported feeling "increased intimacy and decreased relationship problems the next day" as compared to boyfriends and girlfriends who drink apart or don't drink at all.
But to reap the benefits, you want to cut yourself off at three beverages, say the scientists. That's because twosomes who consumed four or more drinks experienced more relationships problems, including fewer hook-ups.
The lead researcher added that if your boyfriend or husband is sticking to virgin beverages for the night, you may want to consider doing the same. "When both partners drankRead More »from Is This the Recipe for a Happy Relationship?