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  • The Most Valuable Life Lessons We Learned from Pop Culture in 2013

    Lessons we learned from the best and worst moments of the past yearWhether it was analyzing Miley's new "grown-up" appearance, or commemorating Nelson Mandela's inner strength, 2013 gave us a lot of inspiration to reflect on our values, our actions and ourselves. Below is a look at 10 of the most memorable events of 2013 (in no particular order), and what they teach us about being our most beautiful rock star selves in 2014 and beyond.

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    1. Kim's Baby Bod
    Whether it was analyzing Miley's new "grown up" appearance, or commemorating Nelson Mandela's inner strength, 2013 gave us a lot of inspiration to reflect on our values, our actions and ourselves. Below is a look at 10 of the most memorable events of 2013 (in no particular order), and what they teach us about being our most beautiful rock star selves.

    We all know that a woman gains weight when pregnant. It isn't news, so why did so many people feel the need to rip Kim Kardashian apart this year? I'm still bothered by headlines calling her a fat cow.

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  • Decide Which Relationships to Keep in the New Year

    Start the new year off right by making you relationships count.As 2013 comes to a close, many of us are taking stock of the important things in our lives. Am I doing well at work? Am I healthy? Do I have enough money and am I saving as much as I can? Did I keep any of my New Year's resolutions from last year?

    I'd like to suggest that all mental reviews of 2013 also consider your relationships. There's good scientific evidence that having meaningful and fulfilling high quality relationships is among the best predictors of happiness. I am not talking about simply having a great boyfriend or wife, I am talking about the whole enchilada of your relationship experiences-with your parents, your friends, your kids and your lovers.

    All these relationships count toward your happiness. I've said this before in my columns, but it's worth repeating: One of the best things you can do for your health and happiness is cultivate great relationships.

    With this fact in mind and as the year comes to an end, it makes perfect sense to see if there are ways to

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  • Psychology Explains the Real Reason We Take Selfies

    The real reason we feel so compelled to join in on the trend.

    Nowadays, the photos you most often see of sports stars, celebs, and even the President of the Free World are as likely to be a product of their own index fingers as a lengthy portrait-and-Photoshop session. Facebook and Instagram feeds are littered with #selfie tags of friends and strangers, sometimes in various states of undress (or at funerals). And, as evidenced by the fact the word "selfie" has been named the 2013 word of the year by the Oxford Dictionaries, like it or loathe it, the informal self-portrait cluttering your Instagram feed seems to be here for the long haul.

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    Part of the reason for its popularity is that those smiling, slightly off-center images of your giddy grin may actually enhance your self-esteem. Research from the University of Indiana found that the way we project ourselves on social media can actually make us feel better about ourselves, precisely because we're the ones in charge. The study didn't focus

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  • Healthy Makeovers for Your Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

    Make the sweetest season a little bit healthier.Make the sweetest season a little bit healthier.It's no secret that the holidays are notorious for expanding your waistline. One of the biggest culprits: all of those delicious sweets! But the truth is, your weight doesn't have to succumb to the sugar-filled and calorie-laden treats. Making smart ingredient swaps can help you still enjoy your holiday favorites-minus the morning-after guilt.

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    We gave three favorite baked goods a healthy makeover just in time for the holidays:

    Oatmeal Cookies
    You don't need butter and white sugar to make soft and delicious cookies. Instead, use ripened fruit (such as bananas) and oil for a healthy, sweet baking combination, suggests YouBeauty Culinary Expert and chef Jim Perko.

    Better-for-you recipe (makes 36 cookies)

    Ingredients:
    3 ripe bananas
    ½ cup canola oil
    2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¼ cup walnuts-toasted, chopped
    ¼ cup pecans-toasted, chopped
    ¼ cup prunes-dried, pitted, no sugar added, chopped
    1 cup

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  • 11 Guilty Pleasures that Are Surprisingly Healthy for You

    Why not make 2014 your best year yet?Sometimes doing things for your health feels like a chore. But what if you could make yourself feel better and look younger while pampering your body and indulging in seemingly sinful treats? You can! These healthy tips for the year ahead feel a little naughty. Who said nothing good for you was fun?

    1. Have more sex. Sex increases blood flow, which gives you a glowing complexion, brings oxygen and nutrients to the skin to fight wrinkles, feeds your hair for thick, healthy hair, and relieves stress for hours (or even days!) at a time. As far as your arteries are concerned, sex is as good as a Zumba class, decreasing your chances of heart disease, cancer and depression. Women with an average sex life are 2 to 8 RealAge years younger.

    2. Have a drink each night. One glass of wine or a low to no-sugar cocktail each night increases your chances of living into old age without cancer or lung or heart disease. Keeping it to one alcoholic drink daily is heart healthy, increasing good

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  • 3 Crunch-Free Ways to Tone Your Abs

    Skip the sit-ups. Instead, try these toning exercises, which engage the abdominals while providing other muscle-toning benefits as well.

    Standing Forward Push

    Standing Forward Push

    When performing a standing forward push, or chest press, the abdominal muscles work to keep your upper body from shifting or leaning backwards. There are two-arm and one-arm versions of this move-try both. Use resistance tubing at home or a cable/pulley at the gym.

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    With the one-arm version, rotate your torso toward the resistance tube as you bring the arm back, and then rotate it away, toward the front leg, as you push the arm forward. The lower body, core and upper body all work together in this exercise. You can increase the challenge by adding a lunge as the arm comes back and pressing up to standing as the arm pushes forward.

    Side and Forward Lunge With Arm Raise

    Side and Forward Lunge with Arm Raise

    Your abdominals are heavily used here in both the lower-body lunge work and in the single-side arm raise.

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  • What to Do when You're Sad—Advice from a Second Grader

    Could you use a buddy bench?Could you use a buddy bench?Earlier this month, a second grader in Pennsylvania convinced his school to install a Buddy Bench on the playground. It's a cheerfully decorated, designated place for children to sit when they are lonely or upset and need companionship. Taking a seat on the Buddy Bench is a way for kids to say they would like some support, and a way for other children to provide that camaraderie.

    What about us adults? Wouldn't it be great if we could learn to openly ask for help when we feel unhappy and alone?

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    Stephanie is going on a Caribbean cruise this month. So, she went to the store to stock up on swimsuits, sundresses, shorts, and other things that she doesn't usually wear in the winter in Connecticut. She brought an armful of clothes into the fitting room, peeled off her pants, top, sweater, socks and boots, and looked up to see herself in the mirror in a bikini. Eeeeeeekkkk!!! Unaccustomed to coming in from the snow and seeing herself practically naked in

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  • Top 10 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

    Let these tricks guide you as you navigate party after party.

    The holidays are coming and for many, that can mean challenging situations that pose great risk on even the best healthy eating plan. On average, Americans gain about a pound at holiday time which may not seem like a lot but we usually don't lose this pound. Long term, after ten years, you've put on a lot of extra weight. Short term, all the sugar, calories, sodium and fat that you've consumed during the holidays may make for an extra wrinkle and dull skin for the New Year. You CAN survive the holidays though with a few simple tactics. Here's my top 10 list.

    QUIZ: Are You Getting Your Beauty Nutrients?

    1. Party at home beforehand
    Enjoying a small snack of nuts, string cheese and a few whole grain crackers will mean you're arriving at the party satisfied already, not starving. The holiday buffet has so many food and drink options that if you go in hungry, you're doomed.

    2. Be the last in line
    Never underestimate the visual power of food and how if effects appetite. The

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  • Drinks That'll Keep You Warm and Boost Your Health

    Get the most health benefits from these hot drinks.As winter sets in and the chill of air creates a need for warmth, we often turn to hot beverages. Coffee is a great option since it provides such abundant amounts of antioxidants but many coffee specialty drinks can be loaded with aging sugars and saturated fats. How can you still hold a warm mug and still get plenty of beautifying properties? Choose tea!

    When a consumer is looking for a tea, they have a wide range of choices and all of these choices have healing benefits to the body. These benefits are derived from polyphenols (chemical substances that help fight disease) that are contained in the leaves and buds of the tea.

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    White Tea
    A recent study reviewing the antioxidant activity of 21 plant and herb extracts found that white tea had more beneficial polyphenols that other substances analyzed. This high polyphenol count may have something to do with the processing of white tea compared to other teas. White tea is made from the first

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  • 3 Ways to Instantly Reduce Stress

    Feel immediately calmer and more relaxed in seconds.'Tis the season to be jolly, right? Long lines in your favorite store, difficulty finding parking at the mall, cold weather. Jolly indeed. If you find yourself in the middle of your holiday errands and feeling less than in the spirit, try these simple, subtle strategies to relieve tension in seconds flat.

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    1. Breathe.
    I know what you're thinking. I'm breathing all the time-what is she talking about? Well, yes, of course you're breathing, but you're probably not breathing as deeply or effectively as you can, and that can make a ton of difference when you're under pressure.

    Researchers at Harvard have documented what has long been known anecdotally: that deep breathing has a positive impact on stress*. To get the benefits of a good, deep breath, breathe in slowly through your nose, then breathe out (even more slowly) through your mouth. At first, try to do this for just a minute several times a day. Then, if you can (without stressing

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