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The Top Jobs for Work-Life Balance Are…

What do a social media manager, a firefighter, and a law clerk have in common? Turns out, they might be some of the very best jobs for a healthy work-life balance. While a positive attitude always helps in achieving happiness at work, Glassdoor.com measured the work-life balance ratings that were shared on their site between July 2013 and July 2014. […]

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4 Highly Successful Women on Crying at Work

Ever had nasty words spread about you at work? And were those words published as front-page news in Politico, with your colleagues describing you as “a source of widespread frustration and anxiety,” “impossible,” and “disengaged or uncaring”? That’s what happened to the first-ever-female New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. She opened up to Cosmopolitan in a recent interview about […]

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Is a Trip to the Beach Worth a Weekend With the Flu?

What would you be willing to trade for a week of sun, sand, and no work? That’s the question Expedia.com and Northstar asked more than 11,000 people worldwide in their 2014 Expedia Flip Flop Report. The results: Turns out, what excites people the most about the idea of a beach getaway isn’t just the ocean view. When asked to rank […]

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This Is the Age When Americans Really Feel the Best About Their Looks

Here’s some good news about your (literally) beautiful future: According to a recent survey, people ages 65 years and older are more confident about their looks than any other age group. As part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers interviewed more than 80,000 U.S. adults to find that 66% of Americans age 65 and older “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that […]

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Is This What a $46,000 Potato Salad Recipe Looks Like?

Zack Brown had one small mission: Make potato salad. What likely started as a joke-Kickstarter campaign between friends has gone viral, raising more than $46,000 (and counting!) and inspiring think pieces galore. Fortunately, as Brown told Mashable, “We’re going to use that [money] to do the most good possible… that money will not go in my pocket. Or into my […]

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Here’s How Stressed Americans Really Are (and How to Manage It)

Feel like you’ve been more stressed out than ever, lately? You’re not alone: About half of Americans feel the same way. In a report titled “The Burden of Stress in America,” released this week by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers surveyed 2,505 respondents about stress. Amongst the findings? For starters: 49% […]

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The Great Smartphone Debate

My 10-year old daughter recently graduated from elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. Some scoff at the idea of graduation ceremonies for 5th graders but given the nature of the New York City public school system, it serves a great purpose. These kids who have been together since Kindergarten don’t all travel to their designated Middle School like they do […]

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Three Of The Best-Selling Books Of The Year Have Something Unexpected In Common

Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska have a few big things in common: They’re all YA, they’re all currently or soon to be major motion pictures, and they all made the top of Nielsen’s list of the bestselling books of 2014 so far. Publisher’s Weekly put out the whole list, and […]

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How You *Really* Feel About Fireworks

While the crowds at your local fireworks display may suggest otherwise, the 4th of July tradition might not be the crowd pleaser we assume it is, at least according to our Real Simple readers on Facebook. In a completely unscientific poll, we asked our fans to fill in the blank: “I ____ fireworks.” At the time of writing, more than […]

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The Fascinating Story Behind Uncle Sam

The man, the myth, the sort-of real person: In honor of 4th of July, here’s the story of Uncle Sam to share while you’re waiting for fireworks: Back in the early 1800s, there was a well-liked businessman in Troy, New York, named Samuel Wilson—so well liked, in fact, that the townspeople referred to him as Uncle Sam. One of Wilson’s […]

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