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    1. Doing Good Really Is Good for You

      If you've ever served Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter, rung the bell for the Salvation Army, or written a check to a favorite charity, you probably recall the calm glow of satisfaction social scientists call the "helper's high." But do such acts of generosity have lasting physical benefits

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    2. 10 Relaxation Techniques That Zap Stress Fast

      Relax. You deserve it, it's good for you, and it takes less time than you think. You don't need a spa weekend or a retreat. Each of these stress-relieving tips can get you from OMG to om in less than 15 minutes. 1. Meditate A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. “Research suggests

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    3. What’s Zapping Your Energy?

      Sure, we all get draggy from time to time. A sleepless night here and there, a stressful day at the office, or one too many doughnuts can take their toll. But when you're constantly feeling drained, it might be time to look at what's bringing you down. Check out these energy zappers and see how many

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    4. How Anger Can Hurt Your Heart

      Everyone gets angry. It’s a normal emotion, and there’s probably a good reason why you feel that way. The way you handle your anger can make a difference to your heart, though. “If you have a destructive reaction to anger, you are more likely to have heart attacks,” says cardiologist Dave Montgomery

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    5. How to Be More Optimistic

      Think happy thoughts. Find the silver lining. Look on the bright side. Rolling your eyes yet? Alexandra Hruz is. She's a 27-year-old self-proclaimed pessimist who lives in Chattanooga, TN. "When people are overly optimistic, it's much easier to be let down by circumstances," she says. "I don't think

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    6. How to Reach Your Goals

      Have you ever found yourself nodding when your doctor says you should lose weight, quit smoking, or exercise more? And while you have every intention of trying, that’s not enough to make healthy habits happen. You need a plan for putting your ambitions into action. Smart goal-setting and the right m

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    7. Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

      Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation. Meditation -- the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity -- can lower high blood pressure. It can also help you manage stress, wh

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    8. 10 Health Problems Related to Stress That You Can Fix

      Need another thing to get stressed out about? Your stress itself could be making you sick. "Stress doesn't only make us feel awful emotionally," says Jay Winner, MD, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif. "I

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    9. 9 Ways to Get Your Energy Back

      You’re only as old as you feel, the saying goes. But what if you feel old, tired, and rundown? Fatigue is a common complaint, especially after people hit middle age. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to boost energy. Some even slow the aging process. Here’s how to refill your tank when yo

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    10. Labyrinths: Ancient Aid for Modern Stresses

      A labyrinth is a pattern of pathways that weave in a circle around a central point. You walk through the pathways to get to the center. Labyrinths are about the journey, at least as much as the destination. They can be calming, as they slow you down while you wind your way through the path. A labyri

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