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  1. The Good Wife's Christine Baranski Talks About Good Living

    Christine Baranski, 57, has had a long and successful acting career on the stage (including The Real Thing, Nick and Nora, Sweeny Todd, and Mame) and on TV (Cybil, Frasier, and The Ghost Whisperer) as well as in a number of movies (including 9 ½ Weeks, Chicago, and Mamma Mia!). Recently she talked t

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  2. How Anger Hurts Your Heart

    If you knew that frequent anger might raise your risk of heart disease significantly, would you continue to blow off steam by yelling and smashing things during an argument or getting furious if the office email crashes during a rushed, stressful day? It's time for hot heads to take heed: Increasing

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  3. Southern States Are the Happiest

    Dec. 17, 2009 -- There may be something to be said for southern hospitality and sunshine. A new study shows that Southern states are the happiest while coastal rivals New York and California are at the bottom of the list. Researchers ranked the happiest states (plus the District of Columbia) on self

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  4. In One Year, Out the Other

    Here's a New Year's resolution anyone can keep: Resolve not to make any more New Year's resolutions. Now, wasn't that easy? If you're trying to pay down your credit cards, quit smoking, get a new job, find a mate, or shed some excess poundage, abandoning New Year's resolutions won't get you off the

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  5. Loneliness Can Be Contagious

    Dec. 1, 2009 -- Loneliness can spread like a contagious disease, new research indicates. Lonely people tend to share their loneliness with others, and their feelings of isolation and despair rub off on friends, neighbors, spouses, and even acquaintances, researchers report in the December issue of t

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  6. Dark Chocolate Takes Bite Out of Stress

    Nov. 13, 2009 -- Those stress-induced chocolate cravings may be justified after all. A new study shows that eating dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones in people feeling stressed out. Researchers found that eating the equivalent of one average-sized dark chocolate candy bar (1.4 ounces

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  7. Diet Moodiness: Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- If you're looking to lose extra pounds and weighing the options of a low-fat diet vs. a low-carbohydrate diet, you might want to consider the moody findings of a new diet study. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows a short-term improvement in the moods of

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  8. First Impressions Surprisingly Accurate

    Nov. 6, 2009 -- How many times did your mother tell you: Don’t judge a book by its cover? All our lives, we’ve been admonished not to jump to conclusions when we meet people. However, a new study shows that those early conclusions are surprisingly accurate. More than 100 undergraduate students at th

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  9. Why We Cry: The Truth About Tearing Up

    It starts with a quivering lip. Or maybe blinking faster and faster to keep the wetness from escaping. Before you know it, you're getting teary -- again.  You may be one of those people who cry at the drop of a hat -- not to mention weddings, birthday parties, your kids' school plays, and the humane

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  10. Believe It or Not -- Computer Games Can Be Healthy

    Cynthia Whitehead is a word person. A lawyer who drafts environmental and development legislation, the 60-year-old from Oakland, Calif. regularly taxes her left hemisphere -- the side of the brain responsible in most people for language and analysis. So when her stress level goes up, she turns to Be

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