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  • Genius New Ways to Turn Your Junk into Big Bucks

    By Paula Derrow

    Take a peek in your kitchen junk drawer. Mixed in with the old rubber bands and dried-out ballpoint pens, you'll likely find outmoded devices, like that 1999 PalmPilot, or useless ink cartridges for a printer that broke during the Bush administration. But simply tossing everything feels wasteful and the landfills are plenty full already. Photo by Getty Images.

    Luckily, there are online and in-store programs that allow you to recycle your stuff so it's put to good use-and often offer payment or credit in return. Get ready to beef up your bank account and feel virtuous, to boot.

    Related: Discover the best work-at-home jobs.

    Make Money on Electronics and are just two of the sites that will pay for your old phones, laptop and desktop computers, tablets, digital cameras and other devices. You typically type in information about your item, hit return and see what it's worth. A nearly 10-year-old Dell laptop can earn you $69 from

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  • The Secret to a Slimmer, Happier You

    woman eating a saladwoman eating a saladBy Erin Quinlan

    Dropping a quick thank-you to the person who holds the door open for you at the store is not just polite, it may be the healthiest thing you do all day. Studies show that the regular practice of gratitude can yield major benefits, ranging from fewer doctor visits to lower heart-disease risk-and possibly even a longer life. To set the good-for-you effects in motion, gratefulness needs to be a daily habit. Here's how you can tap the power. Photo by Masterfile.

    Eat the right foods Saying grace before a meal actually helps you make better eating choices. The simple ritual of expressing gratitude can help you feel happier and avoid mindless munching by forcing you to slow down and direct your senses to the dish in front of you. When you're actually focusing on food (rather than consuming a snack in a mad dash out the door), you're more likely to pick nutritious options. And you can give yourself an additional feel-good boost by choosing these six foods.


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  • 9 New Weight Loss Strategies that Work Better Than the Old Ones

    By Jessica Girdwain

    You've heard the popular slim-down suggestions-from eating smaller portions to adding more veggies to every meal-but there are factors beyond what you put on your plate that may help you lose weight. From strolling after dinner to waking up early on the weekends, here are nine new tips you need to know. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. Eating Less Often
    Have you been eating six small meals a day because you've heard it helps regulate your metabolism? Now, preliminary research presented at an American Diabetes Association meeting suggests fewer meals may be the sweet spot. Adults with type 2 diabetes who ate two meals a day lost more weight than those who ate six with the same total calories, possibly because it led to improved insulin sensitivity. The takeaway? Don't feel pressured to eat many times a day. The best option-whether six meals or two with snacks in between-is the one that works for your lifestyle, says registered dietitian Corinne Dobbas.


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  • 7 Life-Saving Tips Veterinarians Wish Every Pet Owner Knew

    By Beth Levine

    Even though your Fluffy wouldn't hurt a fly, letting her wander is bad pet etiquette when you don't know the other animals or owners. "Plus, animals that are in pain or ill may react differently than they normally would," says Julie Legred, CVT, interim executive director, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Keep pets on leashes or in carrying cases, and everyone will get along fine. Photo by Getty Images

    You may be embarrassed that you don't brush your dog's teeth or that you do share your nightly Ben & Jerry's with your kitty-or more seriously, you forgot to give your pet his meds or left a poisonous holly bush within reach. Try to remember that the vet is there to help your pet, not to judge you, and withholding facts to save face can be dangerous.

    Related: Fight stress with these 8 calming foods.


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  • 5 Foods that Make You Look Younger

    smiling womansmiling womanBy Woman's Day Staff

    These natural remedies help your skin and teeth defy time. And they may be in your diet already! Here's what they are and how they fight aging.

    1. Oatmeal Non-processed (read: not instant) versions of this breakfast favorite are packed with amino acids and vitamin E, which nourish your skin, combat sun damage and counteract aging free radicals.

    Related: Learn 6 all-natural beauty fixes.

    2. Coffee Caffeine helps constrict and stimulate blood vessels to give skin a more even appearance. So savor that cup o' joe-or take a few sips right before you want to look your absolute best.

    Related: See 10 ways you make yourself look older without realizing it.

    3. Mozzarella Cheese Brighter-looking teeth can take years off your face. Foods high in calcium, like mozzarella (even lowfat options), protect and strengthen the enamel of your teeth. They also increase the production of saliva, which helps fight off yellowing bacteria.

    4. Grapefruit The

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  • 10 Things You Should Never Tell Yourself If You're Trying to Lose Weight

    scale in bathroomscale in bathroomBy Linda Melone

    Overeating and skipping the gym aren't the only ways to derail your weight-loss efforts: Simply telling yourself certain things could program your brain for failure. "When we consciously make negative statements about our abilities, it gets embedded in the subconscious, which can then control our behavior," says Anandhi Narasimhan, MD, a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist. What's even trickier: Some sabotaging self-talk doesn't sound that harmful! Steer clear of the following common statements to get back on the right mental track. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. "I always..." and "I never..." All-or-nothing statements, like "I always choose the unhealthiest meal at restaurants" and "I never work out as hard as I should," cause you to do that exact behavior, says Dr. Narasimhan. You feel you can't help yourself, so these become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dr. Narasimhan suggests instead vowing to "get better every day at achieving my healthy diet and exercise goals."


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  • 13 Foods You Must Eat If You Want to Be Healthy on a Budget

    By Woman's Day Staff

    In her book, Eating on the Wild Side, author Jo Robinson compared the health benefits of fruits and vegetables found in the average grocery store. She discovered a number of surprising nutritional powerhouses in the produce aisles that don't have a high price tag. The recipes here are based on her picks (plus a few packaged goods). These choices are best for your body and your budget. Photo by Kat Teutsch.

    1. Kale
    One serving of kale has more calcium than 6 oz milk, more fiber than 3 slices of whole-wheat bread-and costs only around 21¢ per cup. Eat it raw or cook very briefly to retain the nutrients. Try this recipe: Kale, White Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

    2. Red Cabbage
    At 26¢ per cup, this vegetable has six times the antioxidants of green cabbage. Choose tight heads that feel heavy for their size. You can refrigerate it for a week or more without losing nutrients.

    3. Artichokes
    These spiky vegetables are full of antioxidants and fiber.

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  • How Intimacy Should Evolve with Age

    couple in bedcouple in bed

    By Christina Vercelletto

    Intimacy morphs as the years go by. But just because you and your partner aren't your 20-something selves in the sack doesn't mean your between-the-sheets behavior can't be hotter than ever. Here's your guide to how sex naturally evolves with time and ways to make the most of those shifts. Photo by Getty Images.

    In Your 30s

    It becomes an end to a means-of procreation. Hear your biological clock ticking? Enjoyment can take a hit as encounters are timed to up the odds of hitting baby bingo, explains Carole Lieberman, MD, psychiatrist and author of Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets. Focus on having fun instead of meeting a goal. Remember: Some sessions go well, and some don't. Spend more time talking and less under pressure.

    It can suffer from crazy schedules. When you were in your 20s, sex was probably easy. Now, with careers ramping up, mortgages being signed and family and social obligations in full

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  • Need More Sleep? Try These Strategies NOW!

    By Joy Bauer, RD

    Adequate slumber (7 to 9 hours is the sweet spot) does more than make you feel human-a well-rested engine is essential for controlling your weight and sharpening your memory. Surprisingly, what you eat can play a big role in the quality of your rest. Here, the best snooze advice from Joy Bauer, RD. Photo by Getty Images.

    Related: Check out these healthy afternoon snacks that keep you full.

    Warm milk really might help you sleep better.
    Milk contains tryptophan, which your body uses to make serotonin, a brain chemical that promotes sleepiness. Because tryptophan needs carbohydrates to work its sedating magic in your brain, milk is a natural choice since it has the drowsy duo-and warming it up adds to the soothing sensation.

    Related: See 8 calming foods that ease stress.

    Avoid eating a late meal, then going straight to bed.
    Consuming a heavy dinner-or even a super-size bedtime snack-can make you feel lethargic, and there's a good chance

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  • 9 Weird Things You Didn’t Know Were Contagious

    By Tori Rodriguez


    You know that colds, the flu and even yawning are contagious, but you probably don't know some unexpected emotions and behaviors-some good and some not-so-good-also can catch on. Researchers believe these encourage people to cooperate with each other and understand what can help them and hurt them so they stay healthy and out of harm's way. But we often share this info without realizing it through body language, facial expressions and even scent. Here are 10 surprising things you just might pass on to people around you. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Stress. Talk about sharing the load: Research from the March 2012 issue of Social Neuroscience found that merely seeing an anxious person can up your own cortisol, a stress hormone. In other research from Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, people became more alert when exposed to the undetectable odor of sweat from a stressed-out person. These cues may prepare us for potential danger, says Lilianne R.

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