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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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 concentra

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    4. 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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    5. My WebMD: A Young Mother Lets Go of Her Painful Past

      Until I was 9, it was just my mom and me. We were really poor and lived in a million different places, but I was happy. When my mother started dating, I didn't mind. I wanted a father figure. Everything seemed mostly fine until after the wedding. Overnight, it seemed, my stepfather became physically

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    6. Acupuncture Goes Mainstream

      Tara McElroy, MD, is sticking more needles in her patients than ever before. Three years ago, the Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN completed a physician's course in acupuncture. With it, she says, she has had increased success in treating problems that often resist Western medicine, such as female sexual dys

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    7. Why Loneliness Matters

      Loneliness can hit at almost any time. When Amity Brown separated from her husband of 11 years, for instance, she felt -- understandably -- isolated and sad. "The hardest thing is not having someone with that deep emotional knowledge of me to catch me when I fall," says the 41-year-old photographer

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    8. 10 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

      By Sarah Mahoney There's an inevitable rhythm to January 1 at my house. I take down the tree, vacuum up pine needles, and start making my New Year's resolutions. The list usually looks like this: Lose weight. Swear off TV and saturated fat. Eat salads. Call Dad more. Write that novel. Floss. By midd

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    9. Meet the Most Organized (and Happiest) Woman We Know

      By Jenny Allen Some women find happiness by taking off for exotic, far-flung places — think of Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, circling the globe. Gretchen Rubin, on the other hand, found it right at home. Rubin, a New York City lawyer turned writer, didn't want to roam; she had a

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    10. Are You Too Sensitive?

      By Helen Kirwan-Taylor Many years ago I had a falling-out with a girlfriend that proved so painful, I can hardly talk about it today. My friend (let's call her Mary) was a colorful television personality and had the world at her feet. She was engaged to a handsome European, and her face was plastere

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