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articles by: Kara, selected from Experience Life

Defining and Managing Out-of-Control Anger

One of Stephanie Butler's earliest memories takes place on a playground. She and her best friends were playing a game together when something went wrong. The next thing she knew, she was hitting h…

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Find Your Pressure Points

If you bump your knee, stub your toe, or whack your elbow, your first impulse is to touch the spot that hurts. That instinct — the desire to soothe pain with touch — is the essence of acupressure. …

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How to Eat to Manage Your Mental Health

Robert Hedaya tried everything in mainstream psychiatry's toolbox to treat a patient with panic disorder, including cognitive behavioral therapy and a series of prescribed medications. She was still h…

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9 Unique Ways to Enjoy the Healing Powers of Dark Chocolate

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Except in the case of dark chocolate. Sure, chocolate’s exquisitely decadent. But its primary ingredient, cocoa, has triple the antioxidants of gree…

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Supporting a Sick Loved One: Challenges and Tips

When someone dear to you is diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, it opens a Pandora’s box of worries: What’s wrong? What’s the best treatment? What if he or she doesn’t make it? Just as vexin…

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How to Handle the Stress of Credit Card Debt

Credit-card spending can be like eating potato chips. You usually feel worse after indulging, but it can be fiendishly difficult to stop. And when there’s nothing else in the cupboard to eat, chips fo…

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7 Common Peppers – How Hot Are They?

Here's a guide to the most common peppers commercially available, with their Scoville rating (which measures chilies' heat). The higher the number on the Scoville scale, the more capasaicin a chili ha…

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5 Ways to Indulge in Food, Guilt-Free

A few months ago, I wrote about the value of occasionally eating tempting but unhealthy things we know we "shouldn't." I got a flood of positive mail in response, which made me wonder whether a great …

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Want to Work Harder? Take a Break

At Google, goofing off is the way to go. In fact, it’s encouraged. Engineers at the tech powerhouse’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters are told to spend 20 percent of their work hours — whether a c…

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5 Time-Out Tips that Boost Creativity

Random moments of "unproductive" time don't just make you healthier, happier and more resilient. They help you work smarter, too. Here are 5 ways to take a break and boost creativity. Cut Yourself …

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Laura is a Care2 Causes Senior Editor. She graduated from Pitzer College with Honors in English and World Literature and a minor in Music. She’s... more

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These are the "golden" years. The doctors get the gold and we get rusty. My dad and one brother die…

I'M SORRY BUT ALL MY APPLIANCES ARE BRAND NEW AND THE ONE I COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT IS THE "DISHWAS…

I;ve been a lacto vegetarian for 40 years and on rare occasions I will eat fish.I chose to live that…

I'm vegetarian and that is MY choice, I don't push that onto anyone. To each his own.