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A few things--like chocolate, chick flicks, and clean sheets--are almost guaranteed to boost your mood. But when it comes to …

  • 8 healthy habits that start with good intentions--but can end in disaster

    8 healthy habits that start with good intentions--but can end in disaster

    Mistakes that set you back
    It's hard not to get excited when you finally make the decision to get in shape. And who wouldn't be tempted to speed things up with an extra workout here, eliminating certain foods there? Understandable, sure, but definitely not wise: Overdoing exercise, especially after a hiatus, can cause serious injuries, and drastically cutting calories can make you irritable, forgetful, and may even age you.

    Here's why too much of a good thing can be a bad thing--and how to strike a healthy balance to still get the results you want.

    Mistake: You drastically cut fat, carbs, or calories
    Why it's bad:
    Your skin, hair, and nails will suffer--and so will your mood.
    When you cut calories, you deprive yourself of certain nutrients that promote healthy cell division, cell regeneration, and overall skin tone and texture, explains David E. Bank, MD, FAAD, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. "The skin also requires essential fatty aci

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  • Pumpkin pie is a favorite fall scent.

    The change of the season is a great time of year to redecorate the home and bring new scents into your living space. Emotions associated with the season can be triggered by certain scents; surrounding yourself with these aromas can inspire happy feelings. Transform your home into a cozy space with soothing, comforting and energizing aromas inspired by the season.

    Your living room, home office and bedroom can become more inviting when you burn scented candles or use a room spray in a fresh scent. Fall is a great time to bring in the scents of nature with refreshing scents that remind you of the crisp fall air. Think of your happiest fall memories -- choosing pumpkins, picking apples or going for a crisp walk in the fresh air. Baking fall treats that include the comforting scents of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla will remind you of happy family gatherings in the kitchen.

    If you're hosting a dinner party or gathering, set the mood with Glade Pumpkin Spice Scented Oil Candles that

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  • Real women tell us their boldest moment. Get inspired, then get out there.
    by SELF Staffers

    Paolo Curto/Getty Images

    Paolo Curto/Getty Images

    1. "I hiked the Appalachian Trail alone."
    I love the outdoors, and not long after I graduated from college, I had five months off and nothing to do, so I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail solo from Georgia to Maine--I thought it'd be a fun challenge. But I'd never backpacked before, and I was scared of everything: bears, murderers, even starving. Soon, though, I realized the bears were afraid of me (the two adult bears I saw spotted me first and walked away), and that I could ask other hikers for help. More than 2,000 miles, countless blisters and five months later, I made it to the end. Since then, no challenge seems too large. --Christi Holmes, 25, Machias, Maine

    2. "I proposed to my husband."
    A little more than two years after we started dating, I bought Kevin a pair of Tiffany cuff links and engraved them with the date I wanted to be our wedding day. When I handed him that fancy blue box,

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  • Kick off fall stress free

    Your lunchtime outings were longer and sunnier during the summer months, making for a nice break from work stress. But that's when sounds of silence in the corner office were deafening. Summertime has made a graceful exit, and here we are, kicking off what is arguably the busiest time of the business calendar.

    Coming into fall, we all tend to step up our career game (it might have something to do with those new boots we have to pay for). But your work stress level doesn't have to ramp up along with it, if you get a handle on how you're going to manage it ahead of time.

    RELATED: 5 Ways to Beat Burnout at Work

    To help you get those new boots walking in a positive direction, here are some keys to creating a stress-free return to more cubicle time in autumn.

    1. Revisit Your Morning Work Routine

    The sun gradually rises later in the fall, but instead of grabbing a few extra zzz's, try to get into the office just 10 minutes earlier than usual this month to reorient yourself to what might be

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  • Eleven years in, Aaron Traister tells us the highly unusual ways he learned to be a good husband. P.S. There's useful info for women in here too.

    Work with what you've got (source: MacGyver)
    Forget the Cosbys and the Keatons. In terms of TV role models, MacGyver made the big impression. His message: You gotta use what you have instead of lamenting what you don't. MacGyver could defuse a bomb with a paper clip and cook a 12-pound ham with nothing but a sheet of tinfoil and pair of old socks. I think about him when my wife, Karel, and I talk about money. We may not have as much as we want, but we can turn a $30 gift card to Outback Steakhouse into a romantic night on the town. We might not be able to afford a trip to the water park, but we have a hose and a Slip 'N Slide, and after the kids go to bed we have a bottle of merlot to go with it (they don't let you bring wine to the water park). We might not have the house of our dreams, but we have a home we love. We get to live in it toge

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