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  1. Chill Out: Summer Tips for Stress Relief

    Any sort of change causes stress, even good changes -- the kids home on summer break, or having a baby. You feel the tension caused by stress in your shoulders, in your neck. You lose sleep, feel depressed, and feel tired. The long-term effects of stress are much worse: stress ups your risk for hear

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  2. Retreats Revive Mind, Body, and Spirit

    Ever since she enrolled in massage school 15 years ago, Erin Susan Parks has been regularly taking spiritual retreats to replenish her soul and recharge her body. “The most impactful has been the silent retreat,” the Atlanta resident tells WebMD. “I’m somewhat of an information junkie, so going insi

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  3. Teen Stress at Home Lingers in School

    May 15, 2008 -- A stressful situation at home can affect teenagers' performance at school for days, according to a new study. Researchers found the negative effects of stress at home linger and affect teenagers' academic performance at school for up to two days. Meanwhile, stress over grades and oth

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  4. High Self-Esteem Isn't Always Healthy

    April 28, 2008 -- A new study suggests that high self-esteem isn't necessarily healthy self-esteem because there are different types of high self-esteem. "There are many kinds of high self-esteem, and in this study we found that for those in which it is fragile and shallow it's no better than having

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  5. Get Perspective to Win Negotiations

    April 24, 2008 -- Taking on your opponent's perspective may give your negotiation skills a boost. But beware of taking it too far. Empathizing with your opponent may have the opposite effect. A new study suggests that perspective-taking, such as understanding and anticipating an opponent's interests

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  6. The Older You Are, the Happier You Get

    April 22, 2008 -- So much for the stereotype of the older adult as an isolated, sad hermit. Age and happiness may increase together, according to new research that suggests many older adults are very happy as well as socially active. The effects of older age on happiness are strong. Over a person's

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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