Reader’s Digest: February 2014 | Reader's Digest

Reader’s Digest: February 2014

In case you missed it: Enjoy the stories featured on our RD.com page in the February 2014 issue.


Also published in Reader's Digest Magazine February 2014

february 2014 coverMAYBE THEY SHOULD RENAME IT LIFE SAVER
Cotton candy has been used to help scientists create artificial blood vessels, according to New-York Presbyterian research. What’s next: gummy bears to hold them in place?

HOW TO BE MORE CREATIVE
Tweaking your environment and behavior can make you more imaginative and resourceful, the latest psych studies show. A few proven tricks to try: keep your desk messy; work with background noise; and surround yourself with the color blue.

HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE SPEND THEIR WEEKENDS
If you want to be productive, sketch in three to five “anchor” activities, according to time-management expert and author Laura Vanderkam. Planning also lets you anticipate the fun, which brings its own happiness.

BIRTH ORDER PREDICTS HEALTH?
A surprising body of research shows that firstborns are smarter, but more prone to food allergies and hay fever, diabetes and hypertension. Middles have healthier gums, and stronger marriages. And lastborns? Most drawn to addictive behavior.

12 SMART JOKES NOT JUST FOR GENIUSES
Philosopher to linguist: “What if, instead of periods, women had apostrophes?” Linguist: “They’d be more possessive and have more frequent contractions.”

10 FOOD TRENDS WORTH WATCHING IN 2014
For its annual food trends predictions, the Sterling-Rice Group commissioned an independent culinary council of more than 125 chefs, restaurateurs, supermarket analysts, food media experts, and consumers and asked what we can expect in 2014.