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  1. Tips for Parents: Talking Around the Kids

    Think your kids are too young to understand your grown-up conversations? Think again. "In my practice, parents are constantly shocked by what kids have overheard," says Brad Sachs, PhD, a family psychologist in Columbia, MD and author of The Good Enough Child and The Good Enough Teen. "But as soon a

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  2. Pucker Up! How to Be a Better Kisser

    A lot goes on when two people kiss. If it's a romantic kiss, you've probably gazed at each other and imagined getting closer. When your lips touch, you cross into a zone of intimate touch and smell. You literally breathe each other in. A kiss can determine if physical attraction will spark or fizzle

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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