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It can feel like the only way to get dewy, gorgeous skin is to drop your entire paycheck on the newest and fanciest creams, cleansers, and lotions. This couldn't be further from the truth. While there definitely are some moisturizers and eye creams we'd be willing to throw down some serious cash …

My mother and grandmother are proof that talking openly about sex is a smart parenting tactic

When my grandmother died last summer at 97, my family asked me to write the eulogy. The only challenge was which stories to highlight from her long life: her stint during World War II as a Navy Wave, driving ambulances and delivering ship plans? The time she chased down a pickpocket on the subway, …

The Real Reason Introverts Dread Small Talk

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>Just the other day, you avoided making eye contact with your chatty neighbor when you saw her unexpectedly at the grocery store. And you skipped the office holiday party so you wouldn’t have to make awkward small talk all night with your co-workers.These …

39 Organizing Ideas That Will Actually Make Your Home Look Spotless

Who else is <i>so</i> ready for a blank slate? It's a new year, which means it's time to say goodbye to any chaotic or messy spaces and take on some killer organizing habits - ones that will leave you with a spotless, gleaming home. Looking for some ideas to get you started? Here are some brilliant …

The Most Genius Way to Save Money on Groceries Next Year

<i>By Cameron Huddleston, Columnist</i><p>Grocery shopping can take a big bite out of your household budget. In fact, a family of four spends up to an average of $1,300 a month on food at home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That means families can shell out more than $15,000 a year on …

2 Things You Need to Know to Become Smarter Right Away

Your brain can give the impression that it can multitask, but it cannot. It can only switch between tasks quickly.<p><i>How can I increase my level of intelligence? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by</b> …

personalimprovement

8 Amazing Coloring Books For Adults to Challenge the Artist in You

Coloring books had a bad rap when many of us were in grade school. Art teachers especially disliked them because they "stifled" creativity. Our parents, however, rather liked them -- they provided quiet time when mom wanted a nap or a great back-seat activity on long car trips. We just saw them as …

5 Questions Every Woman Must Ask Herself in Order to Be Happy

<i>By Alison Jacobson for DivorcedMoms.com</i><p>If someone were to ask you whether you want to be happy, you'd probably think they were crazy. I mean, who wouldn't want to be happy? But what if someone were to ask the question a bit differently?<p><b>Are you willing to do whatever it takes to be happy?</b><p>Usually, …

10 Signs You Have Exceptional Mental Strength

If you do these things, you can be sure you're more resilient than average.<p>Just a few weeks ago here on Inc.com we published advice from psychotherapist Amy Morin laying out bad habits you need to break if you want to achieve incredible mental strength. But what if you read the list and were …

Self-help

The biggest difference between rich people and everyone else isn't how much money they have

Yet, so many of us fail to accumulate wealth simply because of our doubts and fears.<p>"<b>The primary difference between a rich person and a poor person is how they manage fear,</b>" writes Kiyosaki, who grew up observing two father figures: "poor dad" — his real father who died with bills to pay — and …

This Is the Number One Mistake Parents Make When Arguing With Kids

How do you deal with out of control kids?<p>The authors of the bestseller <i>How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk</i> have some great …

Most vitamins are useless, but here are the ones you should take

It seems like simple, obvious advice: Eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and — of course — take your vitamins.<p>Or not.<p>Decades of research has failed to find substantial evidence that vitamins and supplements do any significant good. In fact, recent studies skew in the opposite direction, …

4 Strategies to Help Men Get Through Depression

Caregiving is tough. It's one thing to see a loved one in the dirty trenches of illness; it is a whole other to jump headfirst into that trench with them. Caring for a man who is suffering from depression can be even harder, because depression isn't often seen - it's felt.<p>NIH and CDC statistics …

Mindful Sex

Meditation and sex might not be the two things you’d most naturally associate. One involves sitting alone in silence while the other is rather more …

9 Ways Introverts Can (Quietly) Outperform All the Loud People Around Them

Introverts have great strengths. They just don't go around yelling about them.<p>How can introverts become successful when it seems the world only has time to listen to those who shout the loudest?<p>Susan Cain's book <i>Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking</i> has been a bestseller …

Personality

The 6 worst money mistakes couples make

Discussing your personal finances, spending patterns, and financial plan with your partner is crucial.<p>"Dealing with financial matters is something any couple can do, but you've got to do the job yourselves, or it just won't get done," writes David Bach in his book "Smart Couples Finish Rich."<p>"If …

75 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb

How many of these do you get wrong?<p>Using the right word can matter. Using the wrong word can matter even more. I once lost a potential writing gig because I used "who" instead of "whom" in a proposal letter.<p>(And I still have trouble getting "who" and "whom" right.)<p>Even just one incorrectly used …

Etymology

18 Ways to Create Good Habits -- and Eliminate Bad Ones -- for Life

Forget the excuses! Building good habits lies in following a system consistently, day in and day out.<p>All of us like to mythologize successful …

Success

6 Mental Habits That Will Wear You Down

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits?<p>Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer?<p>Do you focus …

7 ways to improve your mood in less than 5 minutes

And it's no wonder bad moods can sneak up on us so often. According to psychologist Guy Winch, author of the book <i>Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts,</i> a bad mood can be caused by anything from guilt over forgetting someone's birthday, to outstanding tasks …

What Every Parent Should Know About Sleep

<i>Learn 11 things about sleep that parents can use to improve health and nighttime routines of their children.</i><p>American kids are winning; unfortunately, what we're taking first place in is sleep deprivation.<p>Many kids and teens aren't getting enough sleep for a variety of reasons. In one large-scale …

5 strategies for conquering fear and anxiety, from one of the most successful self-help authors in history

His 1948 book, "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living," deals with tactics for liberating yourself from nagging anxieties that make you less happy and less productive.<p>The book grew out of Carnegie's experiences teaching adult education courses at the YMCA in New York City. Carnegie realized that …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

Here's What Healthy People Actually Eat All The Time

For when you're trying to eat healthy but you also have zero idea what to make and don't want to be sad.<p>Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

9 Books You Shouldn't Overlook

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>9 Books You Shouldn't Overlook<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews

15 Delicious Cocktails That Actually Aren't Horrible For You

All the punch without the unnecessary calories.<p>But sometimes you just want/need to enjoy a delicious cocktail that isn't packed with horrible-for-you ingredients. So whether you're actually watching your calories or just want some drink ideas that aren't filled with sugary mixers, here are some …

10 DIY Jobs You Must Do Before The Winter

Home maintenance is an important job for any homeowner, but there’s a very limited period of time where you will have the freedom to do this thanks …

Raising a Compassionate Child

Easy ways to help your kids develop empathy, kindness and a sense of responsibility toward others<p>While rummaging through an old box, my daughter, …

Parenting