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Judging People

The assumptions we make about people can cause us to behave a certain way toward them. If they appear poor, shy, or not well spoken, we may be rude or ignore them at best.

By: Natasha Morgan

We all do it, no matter how much we try to avoid it. There are not many who are so pure of heart that they can honestly say each time they make a new acquaintance, they keep an open mind.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a quote that we’ve all heard but in western societies making judgments about people is …

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How Good of a Friend Are You?

Would you say you are generous, dependable, loyal, honest and caring? Which of them is most important and which ones can your friends overlook?

By: Natasha Morgan

When we think about our friends and why we like being with them, what often comes to mind is “we have fun together” or “we have so much in common”. Although these things might be true, how long would you stay friends with someone who was dishonest or disloyal to you?

Basic characteristics that most of us admire in our friends go far deeper. Then, how would you describe your best friend? Would …

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Don’t Neglect Your Diet Even if You’re on a Tight Budget

When planning your meals, you need to do a little research in order to determine which fruits and veggies are currently in season.

By:  Vanessa Davis

Cleaning up your diet is hard in it itself, but when you look at the price tags of healthful foods, you turn your back and fill your shopping cart with the usual, high-calorie, unhealthful foods.

Let’s face it, nutritious food is way more accessible than healthy alternatives. But as it turns out, while healthful food might cost you more, it won’t actually cost a fortune.

As the Time reports, a recent study from Harvard …

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Alan Alda’s New Book

In his new book,  If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on My Face?  he guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person.

Alan Alda, the award-winning actor and bestselling author, has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small

In his new book,  If I Understood

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Permanent Makeup – Important Facts

Permanent makeup, also known as cosmetic tattooing, is becoming quite popular for women who play sports or are allergic to cosmetic products.

By: Ines Chulina

When permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing, is applied, the process injects dyes under the skin which give the illusion that a woman is wearing eyeliner, eyebrow pencils, lip liners, and even lipstick.

With people having so much to do during the day, we are always looking for ways to cut down our time. For women, one very time-consuming activity is applying makeup each morning, or even several times per day. One …

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Jumping Off the Happiness Train

One day I jumped off (or more likely fell off) the Happiness Train and realized what a man had told me when I was twenty years old.

In the model below, you might see a number of areas where you have specific or vague goals. Perhaps you want a healthy body that will carry you well into your nineties and beyond. Or maybe there’s an old emotional trauma that you want to heal, an amount of money you wish to possess, a spiritual experience you read about and want to have for yourself, et cetera. But have you looked at …

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Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?

Some color inks are harder to remove than others. Many repeat visits every several weeks may be required to remove a tattoo, and it may never be entirely gone.

As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, so does the concern about potential risks. Some risks, such as the spread of infections through the use of unsterilized needles, have long been known. But what isn’t clear is the safety of tattoo inks.

Permanent tattoos are made by using needles to inject colored ink below the skin’s surface. Permanent make-up is considered a permanent tattoo that mimics the results of cosmetic …

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Do Grapefruit Have “fat-burning” Powers?

No, grapefruit won’t burn off the fat or melt the pounds report researchers who looked at the evidence for the effectiveness of consuming grapefruits on body weight.

Grapefruit is a relative newcomer to the fruit bowl. Our hunter-gather forebears would not have bumped into it in the forest. But they may have met its parents, the pummelo and the orange because it’s a shining example of citrus doing what comes naturally – cross pollinating. The deed was probably done in Barbados sometime in the eighteenth century (the parents were immigrants from Asia). Now fast forward a hundred years to 1823 …

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How to Bounce Back from Winter With a Healthier Lifestyle

Now that the long awaited spring has finally arrived, here are some tips that will help you bounce back from winter with a healthier lifestyle.

Winter can be a difficult time to get through for many people; between the dreary weather and the extreme cold in a lot of areas, it can be hard to find motivation to get up and work out, leaving us feeling tired, irritable, and unhealthy. When spring comes, many of us feel the need to get outside as much as possible to make up for all those months stuck indoors, and it’s a great time …

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Second-Hand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, also called passive, involuntary or environmental tobacco smoke.

 

Facts:
* Nicotine, carcinogens and toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke are inhaled when people breathe in second-hand smoke.

* Similar to smokers, non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease and respiratory illnesses.

* Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and those exposed to second-hand smoke after birth have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

*Infants and children exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of developing severe acute …

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Popularity or Success: Which Brass Ring for You?

The two biggest accolades you can receive as a team leader are popularity and success. The question becomes which of the two holds the greatest leverage on you.

The two biggest accolades you can receive as a team leader are popularity and success. Unfortunately, most of us are driven more by our fears than by the promise of accolades. The two greatest fears for most leaders on point are the fear of failure and the loss of popularity within the team. Few people willingly accept the stigma associated with failure, and it is hard to fathom anyone actually wanting to …

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Women’s Health is Catching Up – Women and Men Have Different Symptoms and Treatments

Information about women’s health and aging is catching up, but there is still much more research to be done in that area.

With the busy lifestyles that many of us lead, it can be difficult to maintain healthy habits and active lives. In addition, it is important to stay informed about changing health needs throughout aging. This is especially important for women, whose bodies experience more physiological stresses and changes during their lifetime.

In general, women are vastly underrepresented in medical studies and clinical trials. The effects of menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause are important to consider during medical evaluations …

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Some Alternatives to Liposuction

Liposuction used to be the only alternative for people who wanted to get rid of belly fat. Liposuction works, but like all surgical procedures it has its risks.

By: Dr. Debra Jaliman, M.D.

For most people, January is a time for good resolutions that will make up for the dietary excesses of the holidays. It’s hard to say no to all those delicious cookies and treats, which is why after New Year’s Day, waistbands seem tighter than they were in November. Going on a diet and getting more exercise are excellent ideas for getting in shape, but why stop there? …

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How Much Does That Home Renovation Project Cost?

Renovation requires careful planning, which includes budgeting, timing and a lot of contractor interviews if you want to find the right person and price.

By: Stephanie Lynch

Renovations, depending on what you want to be done, can be all over the place.  Some jobs can be in the low thousands, while some extensive jobs could be as much as your home mortgage.

If you’re thinking about any home renovation project in the future, let’s dig deep and see what the job may cost you.

What determines the cost of renovation?
It goes without saying that the more extensive the project …

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How to Deal With Modern Stress

Under stress, the brain’s blood flow to the hemispheres is unequal, and this makes you have more worry thoughts.

By: Dr. Carol Kershaw and Dr. Bill Wade

We live in a world of information overload.  The words “breaking news” flash across the screen of your smart phone multiple times a day telling your brain that you are in immediate danger and to Pay Attention.  Add to this reality the fact that the country is seriously divided politically and that more people are frightened about their immediate and long-term security, physically, economically, and emotionally than for generations.  When you hit overload, …

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