Reader’s Digest: December 2013

In case you missed it: Enjoy the stories featured on our RD.com page in the December 2013 issue.


Also published in Reader's Digest Magazine December 2013

TRUE OR FALSE: NOSTALGIA MAKES YOU HEALTHIER
It’s true! Longing for the past can help you fight loneliness and anxiety by bringing you closer to loved ones. To unlock your memories quickly, use sound and scent cues. You can also try what researcher Constantine Sedikides, PhD, calls anticipatory nostalgia—planning moments now that you’ll savor later. Read more »

OMG, IDK!
WD-40, CVS, and M&M’s:These common acronyms had us scratching our heads when we tried to guess what they stood for. Do you know? Water Displacement–40th formula; Consumer Value Stores; and Mars & Murrie’s, the last names of the candy’s co-owners. Yes, this is what the Internet is really for. That, and cute cat videos. Read more »

SUPERSEEDS YOU SHOULD BE EATING
Don’t judge a food by its size. Sprinkle chia, hemp, pumpkin, flax, and sunflower seeds onto your meals for essential nutrients like protein, fiber, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. Read more »

HANDY BAR TRICK
Can you pour without spilling? Then even you can make infused vodka, a great holiday gift or a fun addition to custom seasonal cocktails. For a shot of flavor, try infusing spirits with cinnamon, pumpkin, fruit, jalapeño, chocolate cake, bacon
and coffee, or candy—each recipe yields wildly different aromas. Read more »

TIRED? HERE’S HOW TO REDUCE DARK CIRCLES
If the windows to your soul are looking a little puffy, do as models and other on-camera pros do to undereye circles: Apply hemorrhoid cream, chilled wet tea bags, avocado, cold spoons, or cucumber rounds. Read more »

ROMANTIC WORDS WE CANNOT TRANSLATE
Sometimes love defies all language; other times, just English—like cafuné, the Brazilian Portuguese term for running your fingers through someone’s hair. Read more »

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      Living in a safe subtropical region, Karnataka, most of us have not experienced Tsunami. I am a regular reader of Reader’s Digest. As a teacher, I would like to share the first hand information about natural calamity with the author. I wish my students understand the grief a person experiences and the disaster a natural calamity can cause.