New Years Resolutions 101

Statically, you won’t keep that resolution you’ve just wrote in your diary (perhaps another resolution?). So why make them at all?  Don’t give up yet—statistics also show that setting resolutions make a person not only look at their life analytically, but also give one something to work towards. Both of these factors are highly motivating and the process typically…

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How to Live a Long, Long Life

The oldest person who ever lived, according to The Guinness Book of World Records and other official documentation, was Jeanne Calment of Arles, France. She lived to be 122.  And many medical experts and scientists have wondered what it was that allowed Calment to live so long. Theories abound, but here are some of the facts of her life:…

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Prolong Your Life with a Mediterranean Diet

Researchers like Antigone Kouris-Blazos (Monash University, Australia) have long touted the benefits of eating a traditional Greekstyle diet. In 2003, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study of 22,000 adults in Greece conducted by Kouris-Blazos and her colleagues. In the study, a traditional Greek diet was defined as small amounts of red and white meat, larger amounts…

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Did You Know This About Christmas Trees?

**  The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has more than 25,000 lights strung on more than five miles of electric wire. **  In 1856, Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House. **  In 2000, 31 percent of United States households had a real tree, 49…

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Love at First Nibble

Next time you’re in the mood for the luxury of a pedicure, you might want to hang up a “Gone Fishin’” sign. Then head out for what one creative shopkeeper is hoping will  become the latest beauty craze—a fish pedicure.   The practice first began in Turkey, and now an entrepreneurial salon owner has brought it to Virginia to…

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Fear Not Will Smith

Will Smith: Grammy-winning rapper. Accepted at (but did not attend) MIT. Star of a hit television sitcom. Oscar nominee for best actor. The only actor who’s had eight consecutive films gross more than $100 million. Film and television producer. What’s the secret to his success? Fear. He can’t run away from it. Whenever he feels it, he faces it….

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Must-Have Christmas Gifts

It seems there’s always a new, must-have toy or gadget released for Christmas. In the past 10 years we’ve crazed over TiVo, the iPod and even toys as comical as Furbie and Tickle-Me-Elmo. Here’s a further look back at our Christmas obsessions. 1902: Inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation efforts, the Teddy Bear came into being. It was one…

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Attaining Goals, Step by Step

The conventional wisdom is that if you don’t set a goal, you won’t get where you want to go. You might be   receptionist who has the goal of one day becoming a novelist or a construction worker who wants to own your own company. You dream about it and have confidence that you can do it. Yet day after…

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