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  1. How to Stop Time-Suckers

    By Marion Winik They talk your ear off, oblivious to your busy schedule. You'd do anything to shut them up, but how? These three easy steps will help you handle any motormouth so that you can get on with your day. Time is precious, as they say — which is why it's so incredibly frustrating when someo

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  2. Make Your Weekend Last (and Last...)

    By Nicole Yorio End the Is it really Monday already? blues with these weekend-extending tips. You know the feeling — it's 8 p.m. on Sunday and you find yourself wondering, Where'd the weekend go? So often, those two precious days spiral into a whirlwind of chores and obligations, leaving you deflate

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  3. Treated Unfairly? Here's Why You're Sore

    April 18, 2008 -- There's no escaping the fact that life isn't always fair, but that usually doesn't make unfair treatment any easier to accept. Now new brain imaging studies may help explain why. The research shows that being on the receiving end of fair treatment is rewarding, activating the same

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  4. De-Junk Your Life

    By Anna Davies How to understand (and then unload!) the clutter that drags you down. Have you ever found yourself gazing longingly at the spare and tidy living rooms, kitchens, and home offices in a furniture catalog and wishing you could live in that world? No mess, everything neatly in its place —

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  5. Walk and Talk Therapy

    Work is a walk in the park for Clay Cockrell. Instead of seeing patients in a traditional office setting, the Manhattan-based licensed clinical social worker practices therapy that combines exercise with psychotherapy -- mostly in Central Park and Battery Park. "It's very similar to traditional psyc

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  6. The Healing Power of Touch

    By Andrea Cooper These four hands-on therapies can ease your stress, anxiety, pain, and more. Read on to find the best remedy for you. Several years ago, Mike, my psychologist, urged me to see someone else for help in dealing with my stress. But he wasn’t referring me to another talk therapist. He t

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  7. Give Your Body a Boost -- With Laughter

    Feeling rundown? Try laughing more. Some researchers think laughter just might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step. "I believe that if people can get more laughter in their lives, they are a lot better off," says Steve Wilson, MA, CSP, a psychologi

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  8. Cut Stress by Anticipating Laughter?

    April 7, 2008 -- OK, take a deep breath. Now put your hand on your belly. Imagine your stomach jiggling, as if you are starting to laugh. You may have just taken a step toward reducing stress hormone levels. Researchers say merely anticipating a laugh can jump-start healthy changes in the body. The

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  9. Finding a Doctor Who Respects Your Religion

    When Stephanie Johnson, 34, a homemaker in Brooklyn, N.Y., thought she was expecting, she browsed the list of doctors on her insurance company’s web site and chose an ob-gyn near her home. But the convenient location could not excuse her new doctor’s poor bedside manner. When Stephanie and her husba

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  10. Brain Can Learn Compassion via Meditation

    March 26, 2008 -- Practice may make perfect when it comes to kindness and compassion. A new study shows practicing kindness and compassion through regular meditation actually activates the brain and makes people more empathetic to others. It's the first study to use functional magnetic resonance ima

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