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This Easy Meditation Method Will Help Calm Your Anxiety

Clear my mind—seriously? If you’re an anxious-type, and you’ve ever tried to meditate, you’ve probably asked yourself this question (while trying desperately to concentrate on your breathing). Well, Buddhist teacher Susan Piver has heard it all before. In this excerpt from her new book, Start Here Now ($12, amazon.com), she …

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Want to Ace the Interview? Offer a Warm Handshake

By Theresa TamkinsTHURSDAY, Oct. 23 (Health.com) — It’s an old saying that cold hands equal a warm heart. But a new study suggests you’re better off giving a warm handshake to someone you’re trying to impress. People who have their hands warmed—for example, by holding a cup of hot coffee—are …

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Traumatized? Playing Tetris May Reduce Flashbacks

Getty Images By Sarah Klein WEDNESDAY, November 10 (Health.com) — The rapid-fire visual puzzles that make Tetris so engrossing may also make the video game a promising treatment for post-traumatic stress, a new study suggests. Recurring, intrusive thoughts of a traumatic event (or events) are one of the hallmark symptoms …

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For Mental Health, Bad Job Worse than No Job

Getty Images By Matt McMillen MONDAY, March 14, 2011 (Health.com) — With unemployment still high, job seekers who have been discouraged by a lack of work might be inclined to take the first opportunity they’re offered. That will help pay the bills, but it could cause other problems: A new …

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Study: Nearly 1 in 8 Shy Teens Has Social Phobia

Getty Images By Anne Harding MONDAY, October 17, 2011 (Health.com) — Almost everyone has felt some jitters before speaking in public or walking into a party. For some people, however, that everyday shyness can become so crippling that they’re unable to give a presentation at work or muster up the …

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Will Living Alone Make You Depressed?

(Getty Images)By Amanda Gardner FRIDAY, March 23, 2012 (Health.com) — It’s long been known that elderly people are more prone to depression and other mental-health problems if they live on their own. New research suggests the same pattern may also be found in younger, working-age adults. In a study of …

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Uh Oh: Anxiety Linked to Premature Aging

Getty Images Great. A new study suggests that anxiety—an emotion we already don’t love because of that awful impending-doom way it makes us feel—may also speed up aging. How did researchers discover this potentially anxiety-provoking info? They took blood samples from more than 5,000 women aged 42 to 69 and …

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Did I Have a Panic Attack?

Getty Images Expert advice from our partner ChickRx. Q: The other day, I suddenly stopped being able to breathe properly, my heart was racing, and I thought I was going to pass out. Is that a panic attack? How can I make sure I don’t get one again? First off, …

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The Most Stressed

They say that happiness is a state of mind, but it appears it’s actually just…a state.  In fact, it’s Hawaii. When a Gallup Poll randomly asked 350,000 U.S. state residents over the course of 2012 whether they were stressed, Hawaiians were the most likely to say “No.” And they were …

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