Blog Posts by Cosmopolitan.com

  • Five Reasons to Watch Football (a.k.a. Hot NFL Players)

    Whether you couldn't care less about the sport or head up the fantasy football league in your office, we know you'll enjoy checking out these fine athletic specimens. And while some people might judge you for choosing a favorite team based on the sexiness of a player, we never would.



    Wes Welker, New England Patriots

    The wide receiver might just be the hottest athlete in New England. Especially since his haircut in no way resembles Justin Bieber like a certain other member of the Pats.

    Help your guy get great hair, and give yourself a 'do he finds sexy.







    Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

    This Washington cutie is super smart, crazy athletic (he played pro baseball before joining the NFL), a good dresser, and has a penchant for doughnuts. What more could a girl ask for?

    Learn to read a guy in 10 minutes.









    Hunter Hillenmeyer, Chicago Bears

    He may not be able to catch (after being injured), but-as a successful linebacker, MBA student, and columnist for TheStreet.com-we still think this

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  • 5 Things Your Boss Won't Tell You

    No one knows better about making it big than Cathie Black, Chairman of Hearst Magazines - Cosmo's publisher. In her book, Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), she shares her awesome tips for a stellar career. Plus: You Won't Believe What These People Put on Their Resumes..

    1. Playing It Safe Can Backfire

    Most people see taking risks as opening themselves up to unnecessary, maybe even dangerous chances. But the truth is, avoiding risks won't keep you safe, nor will it guarantee a smooth ride at work or in life.

    In fact, the opposite is often true. It's like the monkey parable: A monkey sees a nut in a hole and reaches in to grab it. Once he's closed his fist around it, he can't get his hand back out of the narrow opening. Now he's stuck. He can't free himself unless he lets go of the nut, but because he's afraid to lose it, he won't let go.

    Trying to avoid risks is like clinging to that nut. You may think you're playing it safe by

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  • Words That Get You What You Want

    Remember at the end of the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy realized all she had to do was say, "There's no place like home," and boom-she'd be back in Kansas? Well, get ready because what you're about to read is a little like that. We asked the Good Witch of Words (OK, her real name is Lynette Padwa and she's the co-author of 27 Powers of Persuasion) to clue us in on the phrases every woman should know to deal with these annoying situations.

    Get a Bartender to Pay Attention to You

    There's no bigger buzz kill than spending 15 minutes trying to order a drink. Short of yelling "Fire!" there's no way to clear out a crowded bar, so when the bartender spots you try this trick: Overtip for your first drink, be sure he/she sees what you're handing over, and say with a smile, "Be good to me." By the time you order your second round, your tipping will even out but your service will be so much better. Cosmo got drink-slingers from some of the hippest bars in the country to spill what they've

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  • Why Men Love Successful Women

    Meryl Streep revealed something about men recently that really grabbed our attention. She said that out of all the characters she's played, the one guys say they like most is - wait for it - Miranda freaking Priestly, the power-hungry (to put it nicely) magazine boss in The Devil Wears Prada.

    We know the coolest men have always loved challenging, confident women, but this shows just how important those traits have become to guys across the board these days. Sure, Miranda is the kind of chick who could shrink the manliest man's balls from 50 feet away, but that kind of badass attitude is what makes her so appealing to them.

    Let's be clear: We're not saying your guy wants to do Miranda Priestly or have you act exactly like her - the woman was pretty cold. But doing things that tap in to her more desirable personality traits, like the stuff listed here, can improve your relationship with your guy. Guys aren't the only ones crushing on Meryl. Here's what your celeb girl crush means.

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  • Would You Date a Much Older Guy?

    Dating someone who's got 10, 20, or even 30 years on you might soon become less taboo. That's because there's been a shift in women's attitudes when it comes to older guys. According to new research, we females tend to be attracted to men as old as 55. Whereas, three decades ago, most women wouldn't consider a dude over 45 a catch.

    Related: Why Older, Less Educated Men Make Better Partners

    "Older men are now remaining more attractive to women for longer than ever before. They are increasingly seen as eligible, prospective partners rather than old bores with little energy left to catch the female eye," explained a spokeswoman for the British department store that conducted the study, as quoted in The Telegraph.

    Related: What's the best age to get married? Find out.

    We want to know why you think this change is occurring. And whether you'd date a much older man. But first we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to treat you to some pictures of good looking men of a

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  • 12 Crazy Things People Put on Their Resumes

    You've probably heard job interview horror stories (like the woman who brought her mom or the one who wore a short skirt...and no underwear.) And you might know of people who got nixed because they failed to follow up or send a thank you note post-meeting. Read these work habits that hurt you. But it turns out some of the biggest job-seeking mistakes take place before you even go in for the interview. Here, some of the blunders wannabe employees included on their résumés.

    1. Put a picture of her cat on top of her resume.


    2. Sent a video trying to hypnotize the HR manager into hiring him.


    3. Put God down as a reference (no phone number).


    3. The email address had "lovesbeer" in it.


    4. Listed her hobby as alligator watching.


    Related:
    How to Land a Job in a Tough Market

    5. Claimed to be a direct descendant of the Vikings.


    6. Pointed out, "I'll have your job in five years."


    7. Sent a 24-page resume for a 5-year career.


    Related: 6 New Work Challenges Every Chick Will Face

    8. Listed

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  • What (Not) to Leave at Your Guy's Place

    You did it. You finally got your man to give you a shelf in his medicine cabinet. Next step: Deciding which goods to put in there. This can be crucial: There are parts of your feminine regime that your guy can handle and other parts that, well, just creep him out. (Find out what guys really think of your hair and makeup.) Here, a cheat sheet.

    Leave at Home

    • Beauty tools like eyelash curlers - he'll see your face as a construction site. (Get beauty tips from a hot guy.)
    • Hair spray. To him, it smells like toxic waste and leaves film on the mirror, floor, wall, etc.
    • Tweezers, Nair, and wax strips. He doesn't need to know about all of your hair issues.
    • Your whitening trays or grandma-esque toothpaste for "sensitive teeth." Ick.

    Does your look turn him on?

    Keep at His Place

    • A few girlie basics that will drive him wild, like tinted lip balm and blush, to spark his imagination. With the right technique, applications of these basics can totally turn him on.
    • A couple of fun,

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  • 5 Secrets A Fashion Stylist Would Never Tell You (But Tim Gunn Will!)

    Project Runway star and fashion guru Tim Gunn gets candid on the cutthroat world of fashion, and how to kill 'em with kindness in his new book Gunn's Golden Rules. Plus: Read the 10 things bosses never tell you- but should.

    Secret #1: Good Manners Are the Mark of True Class
    "This book is my manifesto for kindness, generosity, and integrity. My mother constantly corrected me in all things: behavior, grammar, attitude. But my manners also came from when I was in college and began participating in critiques. You have to speak with someone respectfully about their work and be honest and open, without hurting them.

    Secret #2: Being Critical Without Being Rude Is An Art
    "I learned early on in teaching how easy it is to hurt a young person and that's never my intention. I have had a student throw his portfolio across the room and storm out, sobbing and then we couldn't find him, and I thought, "Oh God, this is exactly what he wants me to go through - this torment," and I did. So I've

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  • Why We Love Mama's Boys

    Between raving about her unparalleled cooking ability and rushing to her place whenever she needs something repaired, a man who is tight with his mother tends to freak us out a little- especially when she freaks us out too. But we're definitely gonna start giving these dudes another look thanks to a study from Arizona State University, which found that mama's boys have better communication skills and higher levels of empathy than guys who have cut the apron strings. As a result, men who are close to their moms are much more likely to be in healthy, monogamous relationships than men who lack that connection, says New York City-based couples therapist Rachel Sussman.

    So what exactly gives mama's boys such stellar LTR skills? These sweeties have been taking cues from their mothers for years. By observing how she relates to people and getting feedback from her while he was growing up, mama's boys are more likely to resist masculine stereotypes such as being aggressive and detached in

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  • 4 Things Guys Keep Private

    Their hidden habits are embarrassing, so try to be kind when you learn the truth. Plus: You won't believe the mortifying things he tells his buddies.


    1. We Masturbate - a Lot
    Yes, men think about sex, well, constantly, and that drives us to lengths that might surprise you. Maybe it's in the a.m., while you're showering. Or before you get home from work. Or even while you're asleep and we're still up, watching TV in the next room (thanks, Cinemax!). This isn't due to a flaw in our sex life; it's just part of our routine. "It's a relaxation technique," says Aaron*, 26. "My girlfriend has a glass of wine after work, and I masturbate my stress away."


    2. We Enjoy Chick Flicks
    Not that you'll find Beaches on our Netflix queue, but "the comedies are genuinely enjoyable," says Andrew, 27. "I'm almost not ashamed to own The Break-Up…okay and Love Actually." Truth be told, many beloved guy flicks, like Wedding Crashers and Old School, are big on the let's-stay-in-love-baby

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