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Important Life Lessons Children Learn Through Sports

My daughter has always been very active in extracurricular activities. From a very young age she enjoyed things like ice skating, tennis, softball and cheer. As she got older she added things to that list and lost interest in a few. The fact is she is very lucky to have the opportunity to try all …

Spending Like There Is a Tomorrow

In June, Kenya set a new African record. At $2 billion, the country's sovereign bond debut was four times oversubscribed. Only one month later, Senegal broke this high. Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire have been similarly successful in what some call an African bond bonanza.<p>Interest rates in traditional …

Why Hitting The Snooze Button Will Screw Up Your Entire Day

Those stolen minutes -- as delicious as they seem -- aren't worth it. (Trust us.)<p>By Corrie Pikul<p><b>What you do:</b> The amount of sleep you get never feels like enough, so you use your snooze button to tack on an extra 10, 20, 30 minutes... whatever you can squeeze in.<p><b>What you're doing, according to those</b> …

23 Reasons You Should Go Hug Your Mom

<i>Not everyone has been blessed with the mom the of the century, but if you have, you definitely know it. And when it comes to the people in the world most deserving of hugs, moms always come in first place.</i><p>For being your number one fan in every various activity you decided to try as a kid.<br>• And for …

The Best Protein Sources We Always Forget About

You know you can easily meet your daily protein requirements with a steak or a platter of sashimi, but you can get the essential nutrient from these …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

The complete guide to working out before work

Life inevitably gets in the way of your gym date. That’s why people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it, Barbara Brehm, a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and author of the recently released textbook, <i>Psychology of Health and Fitness</i>, …

Fitness

13 Things People Say About Vaccines That Are Totally Wrong

It really is a matter of life and death.<p>There are outbreaks still going on all over the world that could have been prevented with vaccines.<p>Five children died in one outbreak of whooping cough in the UK in 2012. By the end of the year, 14 babies under 3 months old had died.<p>This year in California, …

Ebola 101: The Facts Behind A Frightening Virus

Health workers have called the Ebola outbreak in West Africa unprecedented, overwhelming and even out of control.<p>With <i>1,711</i> cases so far, it's the largest and deadliest outbreak since the virus was discovered in 1976. And <i>it's gathering strength: Just under 20 percent of all cases were reported over</i> …

Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!<p><b>Read More</b><p>Last Week's …

Date Your Spouse

A recent study, conducted by Match.com, polled over one thousand married couples from a representative group and what they found will put a smile on the faces of those who have tied the knot. Married people are happy! The reason for this is that they are in love. 81 percent of those surveyed would …

When Being Selfish Is a Good Thing

I think sometimes the word selfish gets a bad rap We grow up learning to play fair, be nice to others and above all else, <b>be selfless, not selfish</b>.<p>But what happens when being selfless puts you on a track that's not leading to your own personal happiness? Is it okay to turn selfless into selfish? Is …

When To Get A Second Opinion

<i>By Kevin Gray for Men's Journal</i><p>Find a doctor you trust, but don't hesitate to get a second opinion when you feel you need one. Here are some occasions when another perspective might be warranted.<p><b>Surgery</b><p>Unless it's a life-or-death situation, get a second opinion when you're advised to have surgery. …

How to Annoy Your Audience: Tips for Public Speakers

I recently attended a Saturday morning business meeting. I went to the meeting (did I mention it was a Saturday morning?) for the sole purpose of supporting the speaker whom I met at a past conference.<p>Seemed harmless enough!<p>The presentation started off in a very dynamic way as the speaker began …

17 Real Entrepreneurs Tell Us The One Thing They Wish They Had Known Before Starting A Business

Starting a business is no small feat. You get advice left and right, and it's hard to know who to believe. To see what advice actually would have been helpful, we've scoured our contacts for entrepreneurs to give us the scoop. For this piece, presented by American Express OPEN, we spoke to heads of …

To Tip Or Not To Tip, That Is The Question

Americans are known as the best tippers , so let's not ruin a good thing, shall we?<p>And we've all been there. You're at a cafe or a bar or a hotel in a foreign land and you have absolutely zero idea how, what and even if to tip.<p>So the next time you find yourself a bit confused, remember this guide …

Why Using Toilet Seat Liners Is Basically Pointless

Are you one of those people who <i>always</i> grabs a paper liner before sitting down on the loo? Surely, you do so to prevent catching a disease from someone else's, er, splashes that may be left on the toilet seat.<p>Well, turns out, those liners may have more to do with providing comfort and reassurance to …

You'll Be Able To Text Your Friend A Smell In A Few Days

Soon you'll be able to send a friend not just a picture of a pizza, but the <i>scent</i> of a pizza, using your phone. Yes, really.<p>Harvard engineering professor David Edwards has invented a device called an oPhone that sends and receives photos and scents. You can mix-and-match 32 basic scents to create …

25 Signs That You're on the Right Track in Life

1. You've discovered who you are.<p>2. You know what you like  --  and what you don't.<p>3. You've accepted your flaws.<p>4. You're proud of your strengths and feel okay with your weaknesses.<p>5. You're (mostly) happy.<p>6. You have less drama with your friends.<p>7. You understand that failure is part of the …

10 Facts You Must Know About Cancer

It’s the second biggest killer of men—but you can send it scrambling<p><b>1.</b> First of all, it’s an incredibly broad term. Cancer refers to a disease in which abnormal cells rapidly divide and invade tissues in the body, and there are over 100 different kinds.<p><b>2.</b> In 2012, an estimated 301,000 men died as a …

10 Facts You Must Know About Stroke

Find out if you're at risk for this deadly disease<p><b>1</b>. A stroke is an injury in the brain that occurs when your brain’s blood supply is interrupted.<p><b>2.</b> How does that happen, exactly? Doctors point to a couple potential reasons, classifying strokes into three categories: hemorrhagic strokes, caused by …

Build the Ultimate V-Shaped Torso

Sculpt a strong, wide back and a slimmer waist with this old-school exercise<p>The single-arm dumbbell row might not be one of the sexiest or most elaborate exercises, but it's still one of the best ways to get a V-shaped torso. "You have to engage your entire upper back—traps, rhomboids, rear …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

Ask A Scientist: Is Honey Healthier Than Sugar?

<i>By YouBeauty.com editors</i><p><b>The Scientist</b>: Keith Kantor, Ph.D., a nutritionist and author of the children's book <i>The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice</i><p><b>The Answer</b>: Sugar is sugar. And honey is (mostly) sugar. But if you're choosing between the two from a health perspective, err on the side of the …

9 Things Only Shy People Understand

If you're the quiet type, you're all too familiar with the irritants of speaking up in a classroom or the pressure of standing out in a group. Maybe you've been considered meek, or worse, stuck-up, but you know the real truth: You're just a little shy -- and why shouldn't that be OK?<p>Shy people know …

This Breath Test Could Help Sniff Out Lung Cancer

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 06/06/2014 04:10 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>A test of patients' breath could reveal whether they have lung cancer and how advanced it is, or whether they suffer from chronic, noncancerous lung conditions, a new study shows.<p>The researchers developed a device that …

How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30

VIP Contributor<p>International Sales Expert<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting rich and becoming a millionaire is a taboo topic. Saying it can be done by the age of 30 seems like a fantasy.<p>It shouldn’t be taboo and it is possible. At the age of 21, I got out of …

Personal Finance

Is Stress Contagious?

Is there someone in your office who's always on edge—even borderline hysterical—because every last item on her to-do list is <i>incredibly urgent</i>? Or …

E-Cigarettes Not Harmless, Should Be Regulated Like Cigs, Study Says

It's unclear whether or not they help people quit real cigarettes.<p>E-cigarettes have only been around for about a decade, and it's not yet clear what all the health effects of "vaping" might be. But according to a comprehensive review of research on health effects and usage patterns of electronic …

Sorry, But There's No Such Thing As A 'Healthy' Sugar

<i>Infographic designed by Noelle Campbell</i><p>We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but we feel the need to clarify a common misconception: There's no such thing as a "healthy" sugar. Or even a "less bad" sugar. Your body doesn't care if it's "organic" or "unrefined" or "all-natural," and it certainly …