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A Quick Way to Test Your Posture

Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly the right way to sit at your desk to prevent eye strain, back soreness, and other symptoms of poor posture? Not everyone has the luxury of an ergonomics department at their office—but fear not. There’s an easy way to test your workplace set-up without the help of a professional. To establish good posture at […]

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Quick Ways to Manage Anxiety

Dealing with anxiety can always feel like a daunting endeavor—but it doesn’t have to be one. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States and affect 18% of adults 18 and over. If you struggle with anxiety, try these simple ways to keep the negative feelings […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil

As much as I consider myself to be up on the latest beauty trends, I was sadly behind on the whole coconut oil craze (in fact, I first heard about it in the comments section of a blog entry I posted weeks ago—thank you, Real Simple readers!). Anyway, now it’s become one of those things; once you know it exists, […]

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How to Feel Confident

Want to ace your next big meeting or job interview? Try this two-minute life hack, brought to you by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, in a TED Talks presentation. Before entering a stressful situation, spend two minutes in a “high-power pose,” such as the “Wonder Woman” (standing up, legs shoulder-width apart, hands on hips). […]

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An Easy Way to Keep Track of Medical Records

Kids often need to show proof of immunizations for school, camp, and after-school activities. Unfortunately, keeping an accurate and up-to-date log of your family’s immunization records tends to be more difficult than it sounds.

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What Your Walk Says About You

Here’s a fun fact: People with quick strides are more likely to be viewed as busy and productive than those with a more mellow walk… which, if you live or work in a crowded city, can definitely come in handy! Surprised? Just as your body language sends unconscious cues to those around you, the way you walk can shape people’s […]

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Is Your Purse Too Heavy?

The superfluous contents of your purse may be a running joke at this point—even we Real Simple staffers giggled at our over-stuffing—but a too-heavy bag is no laughing matter. If you find yourself toting around everything from makeup to gym shoes to heavy electronics, remember that the extra weight can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Consider this advice from Heidi Prather, […]

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I Could Have Been Kerry Kennedy

Not because my dad ever ran for president or, thank God, died when I was young. (My own father is very much alive and well and trying to boss me around every chance he gets. For which I am grateful. After all, consider the alternative.) Or because I had 38 siblings, which would have been fun. Or was married to […]

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A New Look for Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new look to its food nutritional labels for the first time since the 1990s. The goal is to help consumers make informed food choices by having manufactures label their foods as clearly as possible. The proposed change (which can be seen below), includes a fresh design, updated serving sizes and packing […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Tetris Curbs Cravings

Got an annoying craving that you just can’t shake? Try Tetris—yes, the old-school video game with the blocks. A study published in Appetite and reported by The Atlantic found that participants who reported levels of “reasonably high” cravings for things such as food, drink, caffeine, or nicotine reduced their longings by about 24 percent by playing Tetris for just three […]

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