5 Reasons You Think Your Partner Is Hotter Than They Are

Have you ever had a friend tell you about a gorgeous person they started seeing, only to meet the new partner in person and be thoroughly underwhelmed? Chalk it up to one of my favorite findings on how beauty plays out in romantic relationships: positive illusions. Positive illusions—an inflated, unfounded optimism, particularly around one’s own circumstances and abilities—exist well beyond the...

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7 Daily Habits That Will Increase Your Mental Strength

If you’re feeling worn down, beat up or stressed out by the rigors of life, you’re not alone. Life is hard, and reaching your full potential amid life’s inevitable challenges is even harder. During the course of my career as a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor and psychotherapist, I’ve seen firsthand that building mental strength is the key to navigating whatever life...

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Stress - What it really does to you.

Stress. The scourge of modern life, and its everywhere. Stress is linked to an enormous amount of illnesses from obesity to infertility. To fully understand and treat stress, we need to understand how and why it evolved. What purpose did it serve our ancestors? and is the stress response required today, in our modern human society? The stress response mechanism evolved on the plains of Africa...

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Do Weight-Loss Drugs Work? 5 Medications Compared

People who take some of the newest weight-loss prescription medications on the market typically lose about 5 percent of their body weight over one year, a new review of studies suggests. In the study of overweight and obese people who took one of five different prescription weight-loss drugs designed for long-term use, 40 to 70 percent (depending on which medication they took) achieved a loss of...

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Nutritionist who works with professional athletes reveals his biggest advice to avoid gaining weight

Even some of the most fit, athletic people in the world face cravings for unhealthy foods from time to time. That's the take-away of a fun story from ESPN's Jackie MacMullan on the nutritional struggles of NBA players and how they learn to eat healthy and deal with those cravings. MacMullan spoke to Dr. Mike Roussell, a nutritionist who has worked with several professional athletes, including Los...

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3 Guidelines that help you live an authentic life.

Truly authentic people have a way about them that makes them instantly likable. They seem to know who they are and appear comfortable in whatever circumstances they face. Many of us yearn for that authenticity. Yet not everyone will achieve it. This is quite often because we believe one or more of the following three major misconceptions about what it means to really be authentic: #1: Being...

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Many with migraines have vitamin deficiencies, says study

A high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 -- a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance. These deficiencies may be involved in patients who experience migraines, but that is unclear based on existing studies. "Further...

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Eating Fat Doesn't Make You Fat, Study Finds

It seems logical to think that eating a high-fat diet would tip the scale upward, but a new study suggests that might not be the case. What's more, eating more of certain types of fats may help move the scale in the other direction. Men and women in the study who followed a high-fat, Mediterranean diet that was rich in either olive oil or nuts lost more weight and reduced their waist...

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