• One way to live longer? Keep a regular schedule (and that means all the time.) Image: CorbisMost of us have only a general sense of what we can do to live a good, long life, and eating well, exercising, and getting a good night's sleep are the go-to, standard health tips we all know. But beyond these universal wisdoms, I believe we can all further increase our odds of an even longer and higher-quality life with few other strategies most of us rarely think about.

    Keep a Regular Schedule

    Admittedly, this is a hard one to actually follow, but I know first-hand the value of maintaining a predictable schedule on a daily basis. I go to bed and get up at the same time every day (and yes, that means weekends too), eat meals at approximately the same time every day, take any prescribed medication on cue every day, and plan my workouts at roughly the same time.

    Some days I'm better than others. Lately, I've been traveling across different time zones for work, in addition to doing the "CBS This Morning" show once a week. The program is shot live in New York, so I have to be at the studio

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  • by Sara Angle

    Devon JarvisDevon Jarvis

    Hey guys, remember me, the Nutrition Newbie? Well, I've been working hard at maintaining my new, healthy eating plan, which is high protein, low carb, low sugar and high in good-for-you fats. My program allows for a lot of flexibility and there is no calorie counting (score!), just lots of clean, fresh meals. But I confess, I fell off the boat last week -- and wow could my body feel it.


    It all started with an unexpectedly insane workday -- one that I didn't plan in advance for with homemade, healthy meals. (That was my first mistake!) I had a 5 AM wake-up call -- earlier than I usually start my day -- so I went right for a giant coffee with milk and sugar. I managed a healthy breakfast later: a banana, almond butter and chia seeds, but I was out and about during lunch, so I ended up just picking at random things all afternoon instead of eating a nice square meal. Then, it was dinnertime. Where even more of the trouble started.

    The SELF team ordered takeout to

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  • by Alexandra Samuel

    Stewart ShiningStewart Shining Wow is it cold out. And I know we've been saying that all week, but these negative wind chills are seriously not cool. What I really have been wanting to do, naturally, is take a steamy, super-hot bath, but I know better from years in the beauty industry. A hot bath, ladies, really dries out your skin. (Same goes for a long, hot shower. Bogus, right?) So while many derms have warned me against its effects, I've decided to go rogue and take the plunge. Literally.


    And there's NO way I'm the only one feeling that way. So if you're going to cheat and deal with parching you skin just this once, there are things you should do to minimize the moisture loss and ditch the post-bath dry-skin itch, according to the Shirley Madhere, M.D., a plastic surgeon in NYC who helps her clients' skin glow like crazy on the regular.

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    Put a Humidifier in the Bathroom. I know it sounds weird because the bathroom gets all steamy, but

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  • Used to be that important news interrupted pop culture — like when Walter Cronkite broke into “As the World Turns” in 1963 to announce that JFK had been shot, or when “Another World” was halted in 1981 (much to my adolescent dismay) for a report about Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt. Even “The Celebrity Apprentice” got put on hold for news of Osama Bin Laden’s demise in 2011. On Thursday, though, MSNBC made it abundantly clear that the tables have truly turned.

    That’s when Andrea Mitchell cut a former congresswoman off mid-sentence to make an earth-shattering announcement: The Biebs was on his way to the slammer. “Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment, we have some breaking news out of Miami,” Mitchell said, completely straight-faced, as Jane Harman, former Democratic Rep. of California, ardently discussed the NSA’s collecting of phone records, via satellite from Switzerland. “Stand by if you will.” Because the right to privacy, apparently, has got nothing on the

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  • by Maureen Choi

     Donna Trope Donna TropeIn some of the most depressing beauty findings in recent history, studies in Sweden found that sleep-deprived people were perceived as less attractive--wait for it--sadder than the same subjects well rested. Annoying, right? After all, "sleep-deprived" includes most of us, since the average woman gets only six and a half hours a night, not the eight doctors say she requires. Clearly, we all need more shut-eye--but in the meantime, we could use a little magic to help us outwit the Swedish data and fake "awake." Here, the tricks every sleepy woman should know:

    If you have puffy eyes:

    The cause:
    The female body retains water (high sodium intake can make it worse; so can being premenstrual). And when you're sleep-deprived or stressed, tissues swell and fluids pool around your eyes even more.

    The 3-minute fix: Give yourself a quick morning massage with a brightening eye cream like Olay Fresh Effects Bright On Schedule Eye Awakening Cream ($13, at drugstores). Chill it in the

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  • ESPNNicki Minaj is not happy. On Thursday, the singer took to Instagram to scold ESPN The Magazine about alleged re-touching applied to her cover photo with Kobe Bryant for the magazine's music issue.

    On Thursday, Minaj posted to Instagram an original photo from her shoot, captioning it, "When retouching goes wrong" and added, "I love my personal un-touched photos where my forehead doesn't mysteriously grow in length."

    The photos she posted weren't shot from the same angle as the cover photo, but Minaj does look considerably different — on the finished product, her forehead and nose look pretty lengthened.

    Here's the thing: While it's worth paying attention to any celebrity who brings attention to extreme airbrushing, doing so for the right reasons is just as key. Minaj's fans cheered the singer for "calling out" the magazine for airbrushing, but back up — Minaj doesn't claim to be against re-touched photos; rather, she doesn't appreciate when retouching "goes wrong."

    Instagram/Nicki MinajMore on Yahoo Shine:

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  • January 26 is Australia Day, aka, their version of the 4th of July, when the country commemorates the arrival of the first fleet of British ships to dock at Sydney Cove in 1788. While Aussies will spend the day celebrating themselves, Americans can appreciate Oz’s national holiday by recognizing all of the wonderful things the land down under has contributed to the world. 

     

    The Didgeridoo

    Photo: Getty

    Sure, you know that the Didgeridoo looks and sounds cool, but be prepared to be astounded and amazed by this bevy of facts:

     

    1. It's traditionally made of eucalyptus tree trunks and limbs hollowed out by termites.
    2. It's thought to have originated a whopping 40,000 years ago.
    3. A study in the British Medical Journal found that learning and playing the didgeridoo helps reduce snoring and sleep apnea.
    4. It's also one of the most popular souvenirs tourists visiting Australia purchase. Baggage fees, be damned!

    The Notepad

    Photo: desksandravens.tumblr.com
    Apparently, as of 112 years ago, kids had to carry a bunch of loose sheets of paper to

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  • by Jenny Bailly

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    I'm coming up on ten months pregnant. (I don't know where the whole "nine months" business started--it's 40 weeks, people.) And I'm petrified, but not of childbirth. It's the impending sleep deprivation that's keeping me up nights, and yes, I'm aware that isn't helping matters any. So I'm taking control. I may soon be an exhausted new mom, but I don't have to look like one. I called makeup artist (and mother) Emily Kate Warren to find out how to fake a bright-eyed look when your dark circles are bordering on sepulchral. Her first rule: Back off the concealer. Huh? "Piling on a heavy concealer to try to eradicate those shadows just draws attention to them," she says. Instead, just smooth on a sheer, illuminating concealer (like L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Concealer), then do this three-step, three-minute routine.


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    Curl your lashes. When your lashes are upturned, your eyes look more open. "And you'll bring the focus upward--away from

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  • by Staphanie Saltzman

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    The benefits of exfoliating your face--cell turnover, smaller pores, glow-y complexion, better product absorption, and so on--have been well documented. But when it comes to body exfoliation, things are a little, er, rougher. Other than the obvious (getting rid of flakes), is it really worthwhile? And is there a right way to do it? "I have a lot to say about the topic!" was the first thing dermatologist Francesca Fusco said when I grilled her about it. Turns out body scrubs are far more important than most of us think. Here's what you need to know.


    There are a lot (like, a lot) of reasons to exfoliate body skin.
    "The benefits include stimulating collagen production and circulation," Fusco says. "And during the winter, it allows moisturizer to penetrate more efficiently, so that you're not as itchy and flaky. And people who tend to get ingrown hairs benefit from regular exfoliation because it can release the trapped hair."

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Lewin SivanLewin Sivan
    Every year, one of my biggest health resolutions is to get all my annual doctors' appointments scheduled all at once--well, at least know when I should call in order to be seen on schedule. That way, there's no excuse to put any of them off. (I guess that technically means my resolution is to stop procrastinating. I've had varying degrees of success with that resolution--I'll figure out why someday. Heh!)

    Anyway, according to ZocDoc--a free online service that helps you find a local doctor or dentist and book an appointment in real time--lots of us have similar ideas, because patients book nearly twice the amount of appointments in the beginning of January than during the rest of the year.


    So, while having appointments on your brain is a good thing, it's also a good thing to avoid making some of these mistakes while booking.

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    1: Requesting the most popular days and times. On the most-wanted list for

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