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  1. 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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  2. Grief May Boost Heart Attack Risk

    Jan. 9, 2012 -- Losing a loved one may break your heart in more ways than one. A person who is mourning the death of someone close is at greater risk of suffering a heart attack in the days immediately following the loss and for up to a month afterward, a new study shows. The researchers say it's th

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  3. Happiness Declining Among Twitter Users

    Dec. 22, 2011 -- Twitter users may be less happy than they used to be, say University of Vermont scientists. They analyzed billions of tweets over nearly three years and found that happiness is on a downward slide. It's unusual for researchers to use Twitter to sense people's moods, though another r

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  4. Contagious Yawns May Show Social Bonds

    Dec. 8, 2011 -- Yawns may be contagious for good reason. A new study suggests that yawning after someone else yawns may be a sign of social empathy and emotional bonds between family and friends. Researchers found that people are more likely to respond to a yawn with another yawn if the other person

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  5. Weight Gain, Need to Be Nice Are Holiday Season Gripes

    Dec. 2, 2011 -- Many Americans have a grinch-like attitude toward being nice around the holidays, finds a new survey by Consumer Reports. In the poll, "having to be nice" ranked among the top 10 things people dread this time of year. Worries about weight gain also ranked in the top 10. The seasonal

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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. Meditation May Help Brain Tune Out Distractions

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- People who meditate may be able to use their brain in ways others can't to tune out distractions and focus on the task at hand. A new study shows that experienced meditators may have less activity in parts of the brain associated with daydreaming and distraction while meditating and

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  9. 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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  10. Body Language Reveals ‘Empathy Gene’

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- An empathetic nod or smile may say something about your genes as well as your heart. A new study suggests empathetic body language and behavior are linked to a genetic variation associated with sociability. People with the “prosocial” gene displayed more caring and trusting nonverba

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