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  • Are You Too Nice?

    Being agreeable is one thing. Being a doormat is another.When you look at the other people in your life, there are lots of ways that you are the same. You speak the same language, you all eat a few times a day and you have a tendency to breathe regularly. There are also lots of ways that you differ. Some of those differences are physical-some people are tall and others are short-but many of them have to do with behavior.

    The differences in the way people behave form what we call their personality .

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    Psychologists have identified a number of core aspects of personality, and one of the most important is a characteristic called agreeableness . Agreeableness reflects how important it is for you to get along with other people. If you are highly agreeable, then you organize your life in ways to make sure that the people around you are happy and that they feel warmly toward you. If you are not that agreeable, then you don't really care much about how the people around you feel about you.

    Now, you

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  • Drop a Few Extra Pounds Just by Eating This for Breakfast

    The probiotics news just keeps getting better and better!The potential pros of probiotics range from regulating gut health, to boosting immunity, reducing stress, depression and anxiety, clearing acne and easing allergies. A yogurt-soaked tampon can even cure yeast infections. A new study is adding another line to the list: helping women lose weight and keep it off.

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    In the study, from the Université Laval in Quebec and published online in December 2013 by the British Journal of Nutrition, obese men and women followed a 12-week weight-loss diet followed by another 12 weeks of supervised but unrestricted weight maintenance. Half of the 125 subjects took probiotics-two capsules of Lactobacillus rhamnosus daily. Though there were no differences among the men in each group, the women in the probiotics group lost significantly more weight than the placebo group (9.7 pounds versus 5.7 pounds, on average, respectively). What's more, while women on the placebo gained weight back during the

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  • 4 Ways to Instantly Change Your Outlook on Life

    Remember: You always have something to be thankful for.It's 3 a.m., and someone is screaming in my house. It's my 15-month-old daughter, and she is not happy. My lovely wife does her best to comfort her, but the screaming persists. At that point I know my job is to be gentle, positive and supportive toward my wife and daughter. Instead, I get mad. I wonder why this is happening to us and why being a new parent is so hard. I imagine all the other parents and their babies sleeping soundly; better yet, I remember the days when my wife and I slept with no interruptions, before we had a child. At the time, this thinking felt justified. In retrospect, I see it as irrational, damaging nonsense.

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    Despite studying happiness and gratitude for nearly a decade, I still struggle with feeling grateful. I know how important it is and I know it's effective. Nonetheless, I have a tendency to feel bitter about my life circumstances. For people like me to make a real change, intentional effort needs

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  • The Secret Ingredient for Super-Healthy Cookies

    Satisfy that sweet tooth and keep your skin healthy and glowing.Brrr! It's cold out-and the Arctic Vortex isn't exactly helping our skin. What's more, the cold also makes us crave sweets, which can get in the way of our attempts to make better food choices. But here's a healthy and incredibly enjoyable way you can both protect your skin and satisfy your sweet tooth: this gluten-free and vegan oatmeal, prune and raisin cookie recipe.

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    It's Prunetastic
    Dried plums, with their wide array of phenolic compounds (plant nutrients that contribute to the flavor and color of produce and have potential health benefits), are rich in antioxidants. In fact, dried plums have one of the highest levels of antioxidant capacity, with more antioxidants per weight than many other foods. These antioxidants can help protect skin cells from damaging free radicals that form from outdoor exposure, which may help to guard against premature aging and wrinkle formation. Just five dried plums contain 3 grams of fiber and 30

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  • The Sneaky Cause of Dry, Cracked Hands

    Hot water might seem cleaner, but it's not helping your skin's health.We Asked: Susan Stuart, M.D., a dermatologist in La Jolla, California

    The Answer: Though it may seem like a more effective way to wash your hands, scrubbing up with hot water doesn't do your skin any favors, especially during the brutal winter months. Because cold air doesn't hold humidity well, it's very dry and leaches moisture out of your skin-especially those parts that are most often exposed to the elements, namely your face and hands.

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    Your skin has natural oils that help create a barrier to keep moisture in. This is its main line of defense against the drying cold air outside, not to mention the just-as-dry hot air pumping in through the heating system at home and at work. When you wash your hands, you can wash away protective oils along with the dirt and germs you're actually trying to get rid of. This leaves the moisture in your skin unguarded, allowing water to evaporate away and leaving your skin parched and susceptible to

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  • You Might Literally Be Freezing Your Butt Off Right Now

    Well, this means there's a positive side to all this freezing weather!We already know that sitting at our desks all day every day is doing us a big disservice when it comes to our weight loss goals. Seriously-how many people can actually say they get in 10,000 or more steps on an average workday? Studies have even shown that sitting for more than three hours per day can cut your life short. And now, a surprising January 2014 study gives us another reason to get up out of our cozy office chairs and venture outside-especially when it's cold.

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    According to researchers writing in the Cell Press publication Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, the warm indoor environments in which we spend most of our time could be partially to blame for our expanding waistlines. One of the article's authors, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt of Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands, says that considering how much time we spend indoors, he and his team thought it was worth exploring how the thermostat-controlled

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  • 6 Simple Steps to Learn to Actually like Cooking

    Go from takeout queen to happy, healthy cook.I've always thought that cooking was like windsurfing: intimidating, laborious, and more fun to watch than actually do. Thankfully, living in New York City for years meant I didn't have to lift a saucepan-at the push of a button, I had access to every type of delicious takeout you could dream up. My husband and I enjoyed the U.N. of Eating most nights: Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Thai-you name it.

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    When our twins were born, though, I couldn't bring myself to buy prepackaged food and wanted to know exactly what my munchkins were eating. So I surprised myself by cooking their baby food from scratch as soon as they were able to eat purées and solids (thanks to the fantastic, easy recipes on Weelicious). Since my twins couldn't talk yet, they couldn't complain about my cooking, making them the perfect audience as I honed my skills.

    In November 2013, we moved cross-country from the heart of Manhattan to the suburbs of Northern

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  • This Favorite Playground Pastime is a Killer Cardio Workout

    Who knew working out could be so much fun?New workouts pop up every day, and wouldn't it be nice to try before you buy? In our "Last Night's Workout" series we sweat, stretch and shimmy our way through the latest exercise crazes and report back to you so you can find the best one for your skill level and fitness goals.


    The workout:
    Hula hooping isn't just a playground pastime anymore. This kind involves a much heavier hoop than the one you swung around your hips as a kid-which is what makes it a great high-energy, cardio workout. Hoopnotica Master Trainer Jacqui Becker describes it as a full-body, holistic workout program, since it hits everything from your arms to your core, while burning fat all over. Plus, it's actually fun and so low impact that anyone at any age can do it. "It appeals to people who don't like to work out," she adds, since it can actually feel more like play than work.

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    But the biggest benefit of hula hooping lies in its accessibility. "A lot of people just want

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  • Are Acidic Foods Hurting Your Health?

    What you think is acidic, might actually not be once it enters your body.You may have heard of the alkaline diet thanks to its celebrity following-including fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, who Tweeted that she loves the book "Honestly Healthy: Eat With Your Body in Mind, the Alkaline Way." But what exactly is it?

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    The alkaline diet, which involves eating more alkaline foods-such as fruits and vegetables, with kale and raisins being particular alkaline powerhouses-and reducing your intake of high-acid foods-such as dairy, meat, wheat, fish and carbonated drinks, including soft drinks-claims to help followers reduce inflammation, lower the risk of diabetes, and lose weight. But what's acid and what's alkaline isn't always so obvious. Many vegetables and fruits are more alkaline-including certain foods you might think of as acidic, such as lemons and other citrus, which actually don't produce acid during digestion.

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    So is there any proof that

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  • Why Won't Your Ears Pop After a Flight?

    Traveling is amazing.. the discomfort is not.We Asked: Jens Ponikau, M.D., an otolaryngologist at the University at Buffalo

    The Answer: When you're on a plane in ascent, the air pressure in the cabin decreases as you climb. (There is a limit: Planes are pressurized to the equivalent of an altitude of 5,000 feet, roughly like spending the day in Denver.) Now, behind your eardrum, in your middle ear, is a cavity that's filled with air. Whatever the air pressure was when you boarded your flight, that's the pressure inside this cavity. So, when the cabin pressure drops, the higher-pressure air in your head expands, pushing against your eardrum and causing it to bulge out like an inflated balloon. When the eardrum becomes taut it can't vibrate properly, which is why things sound muffled in midair. More importantly, the pressure build-up in you middle ear is uncomfortable and even painful.

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    Your ear is rigged with a simple and elegant system for equalizing the air pressure on either side of your eardrum.

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