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  1. Improve Your Memory

    Sometimes I think my memory is actually too good. Like when I realize I still know the lyrics to nearly every song released in the '80s. Or that I can recite, verbatim, lines from at least half a dozen episodes of Seinfeld and Sex and the City. But then I'll go to transfer a load of laundry into the

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  2. Stressed Out About a Problem? Try the Focus-Shift Trick.

    You've spent hours trying to figure out how to break the bad news to your friend. After obsessing all day and missing a night of sleep, you still don’t know how to tell your friend that you have to cancel your long-awaited Saturday plans. Now your heart is pounding, you feel as physically drained as

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  3. Speed Shopping: When You Have 10 Minutes at the Grocery Store

    For busy moms and professionals, life is all about making every minute count. After all, time saved doing mundane chores equals more time to read to your kids, chat with a good friend, or take a long, hot bath. But when it comes to some household duties, like grocery shopping, quality is as crucial

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  4. Emotional Well-Being: The Benefits of Adversity

    It's true: What doesn't kill you will make you stronger. To a point. Beth Elliott nursed her mother through the last stages of cancer. Less than two years later, her husband learned he had only a few months to live. Six months after he died, Elliott herself was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. What wo

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  5. The Secret (and Surprising) Power of Naps

    Naps help Constance Kobylarz Wilde, 58, recharge, especially if she takes them right after lunch. Wilde, a marketing manager and health blogger in Mountain View, Calif., is constantly juggling her schedule as a working mom and family caregiver. She's up by 6 a.m. every day and tries to go to bed by

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  6. How Giving Love Makes You Feel Loved

    By Gretchen Rubin When our two daughters were little, they'd greet my husband and me with wild enthusiasm whenever we walked in the door, and they often cried miserably when we left. More recently, however, they had sometimes barely looked up from their games or homework or books when we walked in o

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  7. Keep Holiday Stress to a Minimum: Learn to Say No

    For many of us, the holidays were magical in childhood, carefree times to be savored. But then we grew into hordes of harried adults, falling victim to the season's high expectations. Holiday stress has become as much a tradition as the Christmas ham. "People are overcommitted," says Marc D. Skelton

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  8. The Power of Praise

    By Gretchen Rubin I'm a real gold-star junkie. One of my worst qualities is my insatiable need for credit; I always want the recognition, the praise, that gold star stuck on my homework. Recently, I was grumbling to my mother about the fact that some extraordinarily praiseworthy effort on my part ha

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  9. 6 Top Concentration Killers

    Unanswered emails are clogging your inbox, you’re wondering when you’ll find time to pick up the dry cleaning, and your brain is foggy from too little sleep. It’s not surprising you have such a hard time tackling the projects at work and at home that demand your full attention.    To help you concen

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  10. Happiness: 6 Myths and Truths

    If you'd like to have more joy in your life – and who wouldn't? -- the first step may be to change your views about what happiness really is. See what experts have to say about common myths about happiness that may actually be holding you back. Say you have two kids you've raised just the same, but

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