• A grumpy young old manIf you're a male who's approaching 50, good news: A recent study found that 80% of the 1,315 men surveyed found that life improved around 50, as opposed to the 20% who said life didn't get easier until retirement age. But the good times apparently have an expiration date. The men found that their happiness began to diminish around age 70, which NPR dubs "the approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men."

    The study, published in March's Psychology and Aging, shed some light on why the men, who were between the ages of 53 and 85 during the 15-year study, found that life improved at first, then started to be a downer around 70.

    "Older adults," referring to those around 50, "on average have fewer hassles-and respond to them better-than younger adults," explains lead author Carolyn Aldwin. But as decades pass new "hassles" set in, and how the men "appraised" them changed.

    Per a press release, appraisals of hassles improved during one's 60s, then downgraded in one's 70s

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  • by Marissa Gold

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    I can't tell you how many times one ill-timed sneeze ruined all of my hard work with a mascara wand. #allergyproblems. Can any of you relate?

    When you have allergies, your relationship with makeup becomes a little complicated. On the one hand, you don't want to pile on a lot of products, because maybe your skin is sensitive, your eyes are watery, or you tend to rub your eyes or blow your nose and smudge it all off. On the other hand, the worse your allergy symptoms are, the more it shows in your face ("Allergy Face" is the term Zyrtec coined for it). So makeup can become pretty important when you need to look presentable despite frightening pollen counts.

    Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg came to New York City a few weeks ago to talk about her tips for allergy sufferers. I took notes and then did what any responsible editor would do--I peeked into her makeup bag, of course! Here are the five most important makeup tips for anyone with allergies, along

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  • With so many seemingly healthy choices that, well, aren't (Sugar! Sodium! Preservatives!), it's impossible to know what to reach for. Here, some good things that do come in small packages-and the optimal time to eat them.

    By: Danielle McNally

    Mighty Maca Chocolate BarsMighty Maca Chocolate Bars


    Bearded Brothers Mighty Maca Chocolate Energy Bar (Pictured)
    By 10:30, your body has burned through those egg whites, and blood sugar is tanking. This raw, vegan, and gluten- and soy-free treat (made by two actual sibs) is a perfect mix of simple and complex carbs. Plus, it has maca, which combats stress and-as the lore goes-was used by the Incans to maintain energy in battle.

    Whole Foods Turkey Jerky Sticks
    A higher protein snack like this, will stave off hunger longer-with the same number of calories as a high-carb snack-keeping you going through that mid-morning meeting and into lunch. Janis Jibrin, R.D., author of The Pescetarian Plan , recommends pairing this dried meat (about 60 calories each) with 100

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  • Image by AlbanyNY via Wikimedia CommonsImage by AlbanyNY via Wikimedia CommonsSoldiers and cops who finished the Boston Marathon, then raced to the rescue efforts, are coming back to run again.
    By Caleb Daniloff, Runner's World

    Even though David Diamond scrubbed "the hell out" of his Altra Instincts, he knows there's something forever adhered to them. Those shoes carried the 40-year-old Army special operations officer across the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street last year, and then, sickeningly, into a scene of carnage. He will lace up that same pair of size-10 Altras on April 21 for the 2014 Boston Marathon. "I want those shoes to cross that finish line again, as a tribute, as recognition to those involved last year," he says. "I want to carry a piece of them throughout the race."

    Diamond, who has an 18-year-long military career, was one of several hundred military and state police troopers who received an invitational bib from the Boston Athletic Association in appreciation of their service. Many of those invited men and women attend the

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  • Tea with honey and lemon combines several cough-soothing ingredients.Coughing happens when viruses, bacteria, dust, pollen or other substances irritate the nerve endings in the airways between the throat and lungs - which can be distracting and possibly painful. Fortunately, there are ways to sooth a cough naturally.

    A cough is the body's way of trying to clear the passages, and what a valiant effort the body makes in this endeavor. We can cough at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, and the average cough produces enough air to fill a two-liter soda bottle about three-fourths full. The air of a cough sprays out several feet and is accompanied by some 3,000 tiny droplets of saliva.

    While chronic coughs can be a sign of a serious illness, most people consider the common cough to be more of an annoyance than a health issue. Although side effects like chest pain, exhaustion, and incontinence can accompany a cough, the more vexing complaints often have to do with a cough's ability to interfere with your (and your household's) sleep and the propensity to

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  • cooking ingredientscooking ingredientsBy Rachel Morris

    Sometimes not following the recipe can result in a better-for-you dish while being just as tasty. Find out the easiest ways you can turn a regular dish into an extra-healthy one. Plus, get advice on how to make your restaurant meals heart-smart too. Photo by Getty Images/Shutterstock.

    1. The recipe calls for…bread crumbs

    Heart-healthier pick: Rolled oats

    Tip To mimic the texture of bread crumbs (store-bought kinds can be high in sodium), pulse cholesterol-lowering oats in a food processor until grainy. Use to top casseroles or as an ingredient in meat loaf.

    Related: See 8 calming foods that ease stress.

    2. The recipe calls for…bacon bits

    Heart-healthier pick: Smoked paprika

    Tip A small pinch of the spice on top of eggs, Brussels sprouts or split pea soup mimics the smoky flavor of bacon-with almost no calories or fat.

    3. The recipe calls for…salt (to finish off a dish)

    Heart-healthier pick: Citrus juices

    Tip Just a

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  • Workplace happiness is key to your well-being.If you're like most people, you have one or two gripes about your job. Maybe your boss is a micromanager, you have a catty co-worker or you feel stifled creatively.

    While conventional wisdom says that the only way to improve your work life is to fix the parts you hate, it turns out that building on what you already enjoy about your job (fun co-workers, fulfilling work, amazing snacks...) could be just as effective.

    MORE: How to Fall Asleep Faster

    A 2013 study published in the journal PLOS One found that focusing on the positives at work can boost your well-being and make you happier. "This was an observational study looking at what happens when you change certain aspects of your work," says lead study author Stephen Stansfeld, professor of psychiatry at the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine in London. "Our broad conclusion was that there are various positive aspects of work that increase one's well-being and building on these aspects is important."

    Here are four

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  • Answers to frequently asked questions, for both runners and spectators
    By editors of Runner's World
    Image by Robert Reese

    In the wake of the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon and due to the increased field size, a number of new security measures are being introduced for the marathon this year. Those changes impact both runners and spectators of the race. Below, we will answer questions about what you can and cannot do at the 2014 Boston Marathon. For an updated list and more, check in with the Runner's World Full Coverage of the Boston Marathon.

    Can I bring a bag to the start?

    No. The Boston Athletic Association announced in an email to runners that no bags "will be allowed on buses from Boston to Hopkinton, and bags will not be transported from Hopkinton back to Boston. Bags will not be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course."

    Can I bring extra clothes and shoes to

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  • Source: 11 Ways to Lose Weight (and Still Have Fun) This Weekend

    If you're tired of overdoing it all weekend long and starting from square one on Monday, you're not alone. The good news is you can stick with your healthy game plan, continue to lose weight, and have an awesome weekend. All it takes is a little planning and willpower.

    • Eat carbs in the morning: You can have your carbs - and eat them, too! - but try to enjoy them at breakfast or brunch, says trainer Bob Harper. When you eat carbs earlier in the day, "You'll know you'll have time to burn them off," he adds.
    • Plan an exercise date: Instead of heading for another meal out, grab a friend and hit up a workout. The time will fly by, you'll spend time together, and you'll be far less likely to bail if your plan is already in place.
    • Do restaurant research: Before heading out with friends to a new restaurant, check out your options ahead of time. As you walk through the front door, you should be confident that there's
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  • Source: High or Low? The Sugar in Your Favorite Fruits

    Fresh fruit is a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth - either all on its own, as a yogurt topping, or blended to a smoothie or shake. If you're active and healthy, having too much fructose (the sugar from fruit) probably doesn't need to be a big concern of yours. However, if you're at risk for diabetes or trying to cut back on sugar in general, this handy chart will help you out.

    Raw Fruit (3 ounces) Total Sugar (grams) Total Calories
    Strawberries 4.1 27
    Guavas 4.7 43
    Papaya 5 37
    Watermelon 5.2 25
    Grapefruit 5.9 36
    Cantaloupe 6.7 29
    Nectarines 6.7 37
    Peaches 7.1 33
    Oranges 7.2 42

    Apricots 7.8 42
    Plums 8.4 39

    Pears 8.4 49
    Pineapple 8.4 42

    Blueberries 8.4 49
    Apples 8.8 44
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