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  • Study: Women Are Waiting Longer Than Ever to Marry—If at All

    Putting off marriage has become the norm these days.Marital bliss can wait, according to a July 2013 study that says women are waiting longer to tie the knot-if at all-these days.

    Not long ago in the 1950s, approximately 65 percent of women over the age of 15 were married. Now, researchers at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University say that statistic has dramatically changed. Less than half of all women in the U.S. are married today, making this the lowest percentage since the turn of the century.

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    "Although the vast majority of Americans say they want to get married, fewer are actually getting (and staying) married," says Susan Brown, co-director at NCFMR. "Indeed, more than 10 percent of baby boomers have never married, and at this point, it is unlikely that they ever will." This trend, says Brown, is one we can expect to see continue with younger generations, too.

    Interestingly enough, if you go back even further in time, the marriage rate

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  • Why 'Thinspo' Sites Are Destroying Self-Esteem

    It's good to set goals—just make sure they're healthy ones!"Thinspiration" pages-collages of pictures and slogans designed to motivate weight loss-have popped up all over online social hubs, including Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram. But beware: Your body image and self-esteem can take a major hit looking at these "thinspo" pages. Why? Because most of these user-generated collections are packed with photos of unrealistically-shaped, ultra-skinny women, along with punishing slogans like "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels," and "Skip dinner, wake up thinner."

    MORE: Are Some People Born to be Thin?

    Some of these sites that may have originally started as a way for people to inspire themselves to be healthy and fit have spiraled out of control, points out Rachel Dore, an adjunct professor who specializes in eating disorders at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. "It's dangerous if what you're looking at for inspiration is not realistic," says Dore. "I think that's why some of these thinspiration

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  • Are Your Poor Sleep Habits Aging Your Skin?

    A good reason to get in some extra zzz's!Have you been skimping on your beauty sleep lately? Turns out that puffy eyes and dark circles in the short-term may not be the only prices you'll pay for a poor night's rest; a July 2013 study reveals that sleep-starved skin actually ages faster, too.

    In a clinical trial commissioned by Estée Lauder, scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center studied 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49-with half qualifying as poor sleepers according to the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (take the same quiz here on YouBeauty).

    MORE: You May Not Realize It But Alcohol Screws Up Your Sleep

    Using the SCINEXA skin aging scoring system that assigns a more aged appearance a higher number, researchers assessed attributes like fine lines, uneven pigmentation and slackening elasticity in the women. (That's not exactly our idea of fun.) While the mean score among well-rested sleepers was 2.2, poor sleepers averaged a significantly higher 4.4 rating.

    An aged

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  • The Other 'Time of the Month' You Need to Know

    Like women need another time of the month to worry about...In the days leading up to their periods, about 75 percent of women suffer some permutation of the irritability, irrational overreactions, weepiness, mood swings and crabbiness that are the hallmarks of PMS. (The other 25 percent get to experience it secondhand.) Men use it as a catchall for bitchy behavior and we parlay the excuse as needed: I'm hormonal, back off. Now experts are exploring the possibility of another "that time of the month," with potentially greater psychological implications.

    COLUMN: Treat PMS Symptoms with Diet

    Researchers at the University College London are reporting that they have identified a narrow window of the menstrual cycle, just after ovulation, when women are at their most psychologically vulnerable.They took 41 women aged 18 to 35 who had regular cycles, and presented them with a graphic 14-minute film depicting real life scenes of death, mutilation and injury. A third of the women were in the mid-follicular phase of their cycles (around day nine of

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  • So Your Guy's BFF is a Women—Here's How to Deal

    Decipher if it's platonic, or if there's a red flag you should watch out for.You trust your partner. Honestly, you do. But there's one little thing that drives you batty: his female friend. Their friendship is platonic-hell, she even has a boyfriend-but you're just not comfortable with it. You feel petty, especially because he's assured you that there's nothing going on, but you can't shake the feeling that irks you.

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    And while it's absolutely normal to feel a twinge of anxiety about your partner spending time with an opposite-sex friend-more than half of YouBeauty readers admitted that they can't relax if they suspect their partner is with someone else-maintaining opposite-sex friendships can be problematic for couples if they're not handled delicately, according to Beverly Hills-based psychoanalyst Bethany Marshall, Ph.D. Here's how to deal when your guy has a female friend:

    ID your angst. To start, ask yourself what their friendship means to you. "Sorting out the source of your anxiety will give

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  • Give Your Sunscreen an Extra Boost of Power

    By now, we all know that sunscreen helps prevent those pesky signs of aging like wrinkles and sun spots, while also guarding against the most common form of cancer today, skin cancer.

    In a 2013 study, researchers confirmed that sun-induced aging was significantly thwarted with sunscreen use, but with one catch: It has to be worn daily to truly make a difference.

    And while we're certainly joining you in slathering on the sunscreen from here on out with diligence, dermatologists caution that even lotion doesn't offer complete protection. "No sunscreen can prevent every bit of UV light from impacting your skin, so this is why antioxidants are so helpful as a second line of defense-they counteract the free radicals generated by UV light and help spare your skin from damage," explains Baltimore, Md. dermatologist, Noelle S. Sherber, M.D.

    QUIZ: Are You At Risk For Skin Cancer?

    The newest beauty products on shelves aim to up your protection to help your sunscreen work better

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  • It's Not Your Imagination: Mosquitoes Love Some People More

    Here's why mosquitos ravage you but leave your friend untouched.Here's why mosquitos ravage you but leave your friend untouched.When you sit around evening barbecues or lakeside campfires this summer, you may notice a few friends bemoaning mosquito bites more than others. This might not be because they're the complaining type: The bloodsuckers are more attracted to certain body chemistries.

    Female mosquitoes need blood to reproduce (males don't lay eggs and thus don't bite). In order to eat blood, these ravenous female mosquitoes first need to find it, which means sniffing out a host to bite. The insects do this, in part, via smell receptors on their antennae and mouths. Just as we use smell receptors in our nose to detect the aroma wafting from our favorite food, a mosquito's smell receptors uniquely respond to chemical signals emanating from a host's body.

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    So far, scientists have found that the human body gives off several hundred such chemicals. You, your friends, and everyone else each has a unique chemical signature with different blends and concentrations; the

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  • Is Walking as Good a Workout as Running?

    Walking is more of a workout than you might think.Walking may seem like more of a mode of transport than a form of exercise, but it really is one of the best things you can do for your body, your beauty and your long-term health. While you thought you were just getting from here to there , those steps were improving your cardiovascular strength, strengthening your muscles (which means more fat-burning power) and decreasing your chances of disease.

    QUIZ: Find Your Best Activities for Health

    A May 2013 study performed by researchers in the Life Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at data from 33,000 runners and nearly 16,000 walkers to compare the relative health benefits of each activity. From the outside it might seem like running-which is considered a vigorous intensity exercise-must be better for you than walking, a moderate form of exercise. But the results bore out differently, with walking taking a slight edge in the end. But there is a big if … keep reading.

    To be sure, both walking and

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  • Why Life Changes—Even Positive Ones—Stress You Out

    Whether good or bad, a big change can always be stressful.It is impossible to go through life without any stress at all, though we don't enjoy being stressed. Back in the 1960s, psychologists started to study the major events in life that cause stress. Some of the results of this work were surprising, and some were not.

    QUIZ: Are You Stressed?

    On the unsurprising side, lots of negative life events were among the most stressful things in life-the death of a spouse or relative, divorce, injury and imprisonment were all on the list. Perhaps more surprisingly, lots of positive life events were also on the scale-marriage, significant financial gain, a new job, moving to a new home, pregnancy and vacations, to name a few.

    Why would positive life events be on the stress scale? It all comes down to change.

    Stress is the body's reaction to situations of danger and unpredictability. Now, danger makes sense. If your world is a dangerous place, you want to be on high alert. But why unpredictability?

    The mind is at rest when you can predict

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  • How to Be Happier and Healthier at Work

    Your place of work should be contributing to your health, not taking away from it.If you're like most people, your workplace isn't exactly a joyful haven of rest and relaxation. Indeed, most would agree that they have stressful jobs and workplaces that don't do enough to promote employee wellness.

    However, progressive organizations around the world are beginning to understand the importance of employee wellbeing. They now know that improving workplace wellness isn't just a nice thing to do for employees-it helps the company bottom line in numerous ways, such as increased job satisfaction, productivity and morale, in addition to reducing turnover, absenteeism and presenteeism (coming to work sick)*.

    QUIZ: Test Your Stress

    The American Psychological Association cites five components of a psychologically healthy workplace. I've laid them out below, along with practical ways to implement them. If your workplace doesn't have anything of this sort, don't despair; through the cooperation of employees throughout your organization, it may be possible to create helpful

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