Sometimes people are truly sorry for what they have done to hurt someone else but can't convey it. The following techniques require five minutes and works almost every time.
1. Make Your Apology Bigger than the Crime
Don't attempt to diminish your mistake by offering a lame apology or excuse. You'll only make matters worse.
Instead of Saying "It's not a big deal," "I didn't mean it," or "You're overreacting" ...
Try: "I made a big mistake," "I never should have done that," or "I should have known better."
2. Admit Your Real Wrong
The superficial part of a mistake (missing dinner, a careless comment) is often a symptom of a larger offense. A good apology reveals that underlying issue by using the word "because."
Instead of: "I'm sorry I forgot about our dinner plans" ...
Try: "I'm sorry I forgot our plans because it was disrespectful of me to cancel at the last minute."
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3. Never Say "But"
This one word can sabotage your apology. It's a
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Sometimes people are truly sorry for what they have done to hurt someone else but can't convey it. The following techniques require five minutes and works almost every time.Read More »from The Dos and Don'ts of the Perfect Apology
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What's in your trash? A few moldy apples, half a can of spoiled tomato paste, limp veggies, Saturday's leftovers? That might not seem like much, but it adds up: The average household creates about 1.28 pounds of daily waste, equal to 14 percent of the family's food purchases.
It's bad enough that discarded items take up space in landfills. But rotting food also releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The good news: We can reduce food waste. Here, experts tell us how to shop and eat a little more carefully.
1. Watch Your Trash
For one week, take note of what's in your trash. Don't just look at it, but analyze everything that goes in the bin or down the disposal. (If you're really serious, you might jot down your observations in a notebook.)
Then adjust your habits. If you threw away half a box of stale cereal, either buy a smaller box or store cereal in an airtight container immediately after opening. If week-old leftovers are still taking up
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Kids love to snack, but choosing healthy, nutritious options (that they'll actually eat) can be a challenge. Here are our suggestions for fun and easy ideas that the little ones can take to school.Read More »from 5 Healthy Homemade Snacks for Your Child's Lunch Box
Chocolate-Zucchini Cakes with Walnuts
Zucchini makes these treats nice and moist. You can substitute pecans for the walnuts.
• Prep Time 15 minutes
• Total Time 30 minutes
• Serves 24
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1 large egg
• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup finely grated zucchini (from 1 medium zucchini)
• 3 tablespoons sour cream
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2 cup (3 ounces) bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)
• Nonstick cooking spray
• 24 walnut halves
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together butter, sugar, salt, and egg until combined. Add vanilla, zucchini, and sour cream and stir until
Sometimes even nutrition-minded eaters may sabotage their best intentions. Read on for how your habits may make you eat more calories than you realize -- and how to prevent weight gain from whole-grain, high-fiber, organic, and other good-for-you foods.Read More »from How to Avoid Healthy Overeating
Habit: You Hit the (Whole-Grain) Bread Basket Hard
Don't let the earthy flavor and hearty texture confuse you. Whole-wheat breads and pastas have roughly the same number of calories as their white counterparts.
While the fiber in healthy carbs makes them a satisfying choice, it still takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that your stomach is full. Before you overstuff, mix your grain with veggies: Start with 1/2 cup of a whole grain and mix in roasted cauliflower or chopped spinach. You'll save calories and get filling fiber.
Habit: You Start the Day with a Big Bowl of High-Fiber Cereal
Dry cereal is mostly carbohydrates, and gets digested quickly. And that fast burn can make you feel like you're ready for lunch before
Q: I wear high heels every single day. Should I be worried about the long-term ramifications of wearing stilettos?Read More »from Are High Heels Bad for You?
A: The simple answer is that high heels aren't great for you. There are many potential long-term problems that can result from consistent, extended wear. Most notable among these is forefoot pain, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas (über-painful nerve growths), heel pain, and osteoarthritis.
The good news is that you aren't doomed to have these issues if you wear high heels. Whether or not you'll ache depends on multiple factors, including your height, weight, and foot type. Here are a few tips to safely wear high heels for extended periods:
1. Alternate wearing heels and flats on different days of the week. If you must wear heels on consecutive days, alter the shoe type and heel height from day to day.
2. Only wear heels when you absolutely need to. For instance, if you must wear them at work, commute in flats or sneakers.
3. Never do strenuous higher-impact activities in
Eating more sustainably at home is good for our planet ... and your wallet. One of the easiest ways to make your plate more sustainable is to get into the habit of using up every last scrap of the fruits and vegetables you buy. Food waste makes up the second largest category of garbage that gets sent to landfills (second only to paper), where it generates methane, a greenhouse gas with more global warming potential than carbon dioxide.Read More »from 12 Money-Saving Ideas for Vegetable Scraps
Finding creative ways to use up the leaves, the stems, and the other parts of fruits and veggies that might otherwise get tossed also stretches your grocery dollars; when you can use the greens from your radishes as well as the radishes themselves, it's like getting two veggies for the price of one.
Here are 12 ways to use up all your vegetable scraps:
1. Put vegetable scraps in a zip-top freezer bag; when the bag is full, make vegetable stock.
2. Use Swiss chard stems in place of celery in recipes.
3. Speaking of celery, add
Read enough about superfoods like pomegranates and acai juice, and you get the impression that more ordinary fruits and vegetables aren't quite so super. That would be a mistake.Read More »from Surprisingly Healthy Everyday Superfoods
The latest nutritional science has established that some of the most humdrum-sounding produce, usually relegated to comfort food status -- peas, corn, white potatoes, white button mushrooms, and kidney beans -- contain some of the best calories on the planet. Notes Julie Upton, M.S., R.D., author of "Energy to Burn," "Modern medicine is reaffirming what our grandparents told us was inherently good for us."
White Button Mushrooms
"I think of them as the Rodney Dangerfield of produce -- they don't get the respect they deserve," says nutritionist Heidi Skolnik, M.S., coauthor of "The Reverse Diet."
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The mushroom is a nutritional mother lode -- a great source of vitamin D (important for bone health), B vitamins (key for heart health),
Q: I jog along a path that's next to a highway. Will breathing in the pollution damage my lungs?Read More »from Will Running Next to a Highway Hurt My Lungs?
A: Running is great cardiovascular exercise, but unfortunately, doing it along a heavily trafficked freeway might be tough on your lungs. A growing body of research shows that highway corridors have unhealthy pollution levels thanks to vehicle emissions (even when the air in the rest of the community is fine). For example, a 2010 study by the Health Effects Institute concluded that traffic pollution leads to asthma attacks in children, and may have a wide range of other effects including the onset of childhood asthma, impaired lung function, and potential worsening of cardiovascular diseases.
Another study found that long-term exposure to traffic air pollution may increase the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common lung disease. Chronic bronchitis is just one form of COPD that runners are at risk of developing by working out too close to I-80 (or the
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Money is many things to many people. For some, it beckons and entices; others find it dour and forbidding. Whatever the relationship, that rapport directly affects our ability to attract, spend, and hang on to what we have.
"Whether there's $10,000 in our account or $10 million, we follow the same behavioral patterns," says New York Times personal finance columnist MP Dunleavey, author of "Money Can Buy Happiness." Changing our approach to money, she says, comes when we're able to take an honest look at the inner workings of our personal financial connections.
Read these valuable tips and tricks from experts and you'll be well on your way to taking that partnership from shaky or tense terrain back onto solid ground.
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Look at Your Money Biography
What does your financial profile say about you? Susan McCarthy uses this exercise to help people get a clearer picture. Imagine that the only way people could know you is through your money: your bank
Trudging home after work, you envision the ultimate healthy dinner -- that consummate amalgam of omega-3-rich, fiber-infused, yin-yang superfoods enhanced with a dash of chakra-balancing spices. But your intentions somehow evaporate, along with the half-wheel of cheese you down after stepping through the door.Read More »from Breaking Bad Eating Habits
It's no secret that maintaining a nutritious diet requires an awareness of what, when, and how much we eat. But here's the catch: Many of our eating habits are just that -- habits. Whether it's snacking before dinner or eating on the run, we frequently fall into patterns with little thought at all. The potential consequences of habitual eating are anything but nourishing -- it can lead to health problems ranging from poor digestion to weight gain, and an increase in the stress and imbalance in our lives.
Reversing unhealthy eating habits is not about following hard-and-fast diet rules. Instead, it's about cultivating a new, conscious approach, one that starts with listening to