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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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  • 3 Simple Tricks for a Glowing Complexion in the Dead of Winter

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Tired of looking tired? Cool air, low humidity and indoor heat zap moisture during the winter. Cell turnover also slows with age, which can make your skin look less vibrant. Try these fast fixes to revive a dull complexion. Photo by Laura Doss/Corbis.


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


    1. Skip the scrubbing
    Dead cells can build up along the surface of your skin and prevent light from reflecting naturally off your face. Exfoliate at least twice a week to slough them away. But consider a new method: Swap your favorite exfoliating cleanser-you know, the one with those tiny particles that smooth skin-for one that chemically exfoliates with glycolic acid. It will help gently dissolve scaly skin after one use. Even better, over time it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pesky age spots.
    Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, $15; Amazon.com


    Related: See 6 all-natural beauty fixes.


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  • This New Type of Broccoli Just May Save Your Life-and Your Budget

    broccolibroccoliBy Kristen Fischer


    How's this for a happy accident: While researchers at the University of Illinois were trying to boost broccoli's anti-cancer properties, they may have also found a way to extend the veggie's shelf life. Jack Juvik, PhD, a professor in the crop sciences department at the university, whose study was recently published in PLOS ONE, says that putting one substance, methyl jasmonate (MeJA), on the crop before it's harvested, and another, 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), after the harvest ups the veggie's cancer-fighting power-and makes the produce last longer. Photo by Thinkstock


    Related: Discover 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.


    Just how much longer-and more powerful? "We found that the combined treatment approximately doubled the shelf life when stored at standard refrigerator temperature from about 7 to 15 days while enhancing anticancer activity by 60%," says Dr. Juvik.


    More potentially good news-if you're not a huge broccoli fan, that is. Elizabeth

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  • 10 Surprising Ways Marriage Makes You Healthier

    Photo: Corbis ImagesBy Jenna Birch

    As any happily married person can attest, there are countless perks to matrimony. But you may not realize that those with partners by their sides just may live longer than their unattached counterparts-and avoid serious conditions in the process. Here are 10 unexpected health bonuses to being hitched. 

    1. A Longer Life
    If you've told your spouse he'll be the death of you, you were probably mistaken. A 2013 study by Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, showed that baby boomers in a steady marriage or long-term relationship are half as likely to die than singles during middle age-and they accounted for factors like socioeconomic status and health problems. This is likely because having a companion keeps you emotionally enriched, socially connected and mentally stimulated, all of which are linked to better health.

    Related: Discover 8 sexy ways to burn calories.

    2. Lower Stress Levels
    There are days when your man makes your blood boil, but overall, his presence is

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  • 8 Sneaky Signs the Past is Holding You Back

    By Kelly Stoddard

    Looking back on your past is an important part of moving forward to be your healthiest, happiest self. But if you're constantly obsessing over what's already happened, you may be carrying around excess baggage that's keeping you down. "Whether you realize it or not," says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of A Happy You, Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness, "it adversely affects every facet of your life." If any of the following eight scenarios sound like you, you may not be as "over" your past as you might think. Photo by Getty Images

    1. You're Not Getting Anywhere at Work

    People who can't let go often get passed over for promotions. "The person's thought processes and negative expectations typically get in the way of success," explains Audrey Sherman, PhD, author of Dysfunction Interrupted. "It takes away from your ability to focus and be productive," adds Dr. Lombardo. Rather than obsessing over work "failures," think about what's really happened in your Read More »from 8 Sneaky Signs the Past is Holding You Back
  • The 11 Biggest Problems Couples Face in Winter--and How to Solve Them

    By Jane Bianchi


    The winter months can take a toll on relationships. For one, cuddling is complicated in puffy coats. For another, a caress from an ice-cold hand is hardly a turn-on. Daylight is scarce, which can bring you down, and holidays such as Christmas and Valentine's Day carry expectations that can lead to disappointment. But there are easy ways to prevent the chilly season from derailing your romance. Take a look at these common winter problems and the simple solutions that'll keep you smiling until spring. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. You're spending too much time with your guy. If your partner's the only person you've talked to in the past week because you live together and haven't ventured outside, you're bound to get on each other's nerves. "Schedule phone and Skype dates with long-distance buddies," recommends Samantha Sutton, PhD, a life coach and founder of Samantha Sutton PhD Life Solutions. Just talking to other people-even if your partner is in the next Read More »from The 11 Biggest Problems Couples Face in Winter--and How to Solve Them
  • 7 Things Shoe Salespeople Wish You'd Realize

    By Woman's Day Staff


    1. WORK OUT THE COST PER WEAR

    Finding shoes on the sale rack is a thrill, but stop to think about whether, even at that dazzlingly low price, they're truly worth it. A seemingly great deal will cost you more money long-term if the shoes wind up sitting unused in your closet. "Investing in boots that you'll wear many times a week isn't that expensive when you price them out over time," says LaRonda Denkler, owner and buyer for Vince Canning Shoes, a 61-year-old shop in Delray Beach, FL. But if you spend that cash on a pair you only wear twice-even if they were half off-"now that is a pricey shoe," she says. Photo by Getty Images

    2. SHOES SHOULD BE COMFY FROM THE BEGINNING
    Don't assume they'll break in unless they're hiking or cowboy boots. Most shoes should feel good the minute you put them on, says Jill Schmitt-Adler, manager for The Shoe Box in Black Earth, WI, one of the country's largest shoe stores.


    Related: Try These Style Tricks to Look Younger Instantly


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  • By Olivia Simone

    Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace made the comeback of a lifetime at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. After breaking her leg in a training accident back in 2005, which left her unable to compete in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, she took some time off from her sport to start a family with her husband, Janson Pace. She made it to the Winter Olympics in 2010, but placed fourth, narrowly missing a medal. She announced her retirement from the sport and gave her daughter, Lacee, now 6, a brother, Traycen, now 2. When she was 18 weeks pregnant with her third child, she lost the baby. The devastating miscarriage prompted her partner to urge her to return to her beloved skeleton racing. Photo by Getty Images.


    And what a return she made. The 31-year-old Orem, UT, native picked up a silver medal in Sochi, finishing just over a second behind Britain's Lizzy Yarnold. Without batting an eye at the conclusion of her race, she headed to the stands to hug her kids and husband.

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  • The 9 Biggest Secrets of Photogenic Women

    By Kelly Stoddard


    You know those women who look beautiful in every single snapshot? While some may be genetically blessed, the real reason they never take a bad picture is because they know how to work the camera. We talked to photogenic women, professional photographers and makeup artists to get their sneaky-yet-simple tricks that go well beyond the tired "hand-on-hip" rule. Photo by Getty Images

    1. "We don't allow photos taken from an angle below our chins."

    "A picture from a direct or higher angle is more flattering," says Colleen Morrissette of Boynton Beach, FL. The pros agree. "Shooting down at a slightly higher angle helps avoid a double chin," says South Florida-based photographer Kim Stanton. It makes eyes pop too, which is why photographers often shoot from chairs and ladders at weddings. So ask whomever is taking your picture to stand on a step or slightly higher ground-or at least to hold the camera or phone at eye level or higher and tilt the top away from them

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  • The 7 Worst Things to Lie About on Your Resume

    magnifying glass on resumemagnifying glass on resumeBy Stephanie Emma Pfeffer


    You really want the job. But don't even think about stretching the truth on your resume to get it. "It's never appropriate to misrepresent yourself," says Kevin M. Rosenberg, managing partner of executive search firm Bridgegate in Irvine, CA. First, if you get the job, you can lose it as soon as your lie comes to light. Second, it's a huge risk: Rosenberg says most companies conduct background checks, verify degree completion and confirm past employment. Third, your reputation is on the line: "Integrity is everything to employers, so don't call yours into question," says Rosenberg. Read on for the most frequently lied-about elements on resumes-and what to do instead of altering reality. Photo by iStock

    1. Title

    People embellish job titles to drive up compensation or seniority, but it could backfire, says Rosenberg. If you apply for a senior manager role while claiming director as your former position, a recruiter might think you're overqualified.

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