Reader’s Digest Extras from September 2013

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from Reader's Digest | September 2013

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Does Red Meat Beat the Blues?
An Australian study found that women who ate between two and four ounces of grass-fed beef or lamb a few times a week were twice as likely to be free of depression or anxiety; researchers think it’s the omega-3s in the animal’s diet.

Weird Reasons You’re Tipsy So Quickly
Unrelated studies show that mixing liquor with diet soda, drinking from a curvy glass, and liking the way a cocktail tastes can all raise blood-alcohol levels.

How to Prolong Smartphone Battery Life
If you find yourself constantly recharging your device, experts advise closing unused apps, turning off Wi-Fi, and eight other little-known tips.

Sunscreen Season Isn’t Over
Here’s one: Dermatologists warn that you can get a sunburn even if it’s overcast and cool, because clouds block only about 20 percent of UV rays.

16 Surprising Uses for Toothpicks
A nice time-saver: A potato will cook even faster if you stick four toothpick “legs” into it to equally expose the top, sides, and bottom to the oven’s energy.

How 10 Body Parts Got Their Names
The name for your tailbone comes from the Greek word for cuckoo (kokkyx), because the curved shape of the bone resembles the bird’s beak.

Behind the Scenes of Extreme Weight Loss
Want to lose it big? TV trainer Chris Powell says it starts with eating breakfast, drinking lots of water, and cutting down on sugar.


Help this reader solve her dilemma: “My Husband wastes water!

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  • Your Comments

    • Florida Guy

      To put this in perspective, my wife never recycled anything because she thought it was a hassle until she saw me do it effortlessly. I never tried to coach or complain, just set an example and she came around on her own. The same can be said for other wasteful habits such as the water issue you brought up.

    • Sk’s girl

      We marry because of what we enjoy together and because of what we can become together. While somewhere inside we may believe that we will change our spouse, we are truly the only person who can change ourselves. As his wife, you certainly can alert him to things that he can change, but it is always going to be his choice for if and when. Any further attempts become nagging and nagging always has a negative effect on anyone. If he refuses to change, and this continues to annoy you, then get creative with changing yourself. Find ways to not be around when he is brushing his teeth, shaving and doing dishes. If he misses you being around while he does these tasks, simply state your reason is to keep from nagging him. He will come around, or you will find new activities.

    • Lin

      Perhaps appealing to his wallet will help. Use the electric, water, heat bills to calculate spending/savings. Show him how much $ he’ll save by turning off the water. If you calculate how much he’ll save in a year and what could be done with the money, he might be more likely to change his habit.

    • Syed Zahoori

      great knowledge……………..

    • Nana Dato Azmi

      The best magazine everh!

    • Kirubel

      Why do not you take him
      to Sahara dissert … or somewhere in which there is scarcity of water
      He will learn how much water is important and valuable !

    • Eva Rasmussen

      My husband also “wastes” water; I have to bite my tongue. Ditto with lights left on all over the house. But after 20 years of marriage, he is not going to change. I stopped trying long ago. People don’t change their behavior unless there is a reason to that benefits them. The way I deal with it: say a prayer in my heart that we will both be safely tucked into bed at the end of each day. That’s a positive thought I can engender. Eco-friendly Wife


      We are all creatures of habit. Likely your husband has been doing this since childhood; he probably learned it from his parents at a time when water was a seemingly unlimited resource.
      Still, he would have to have his head in the sand to not be aware that the world’s water supply is finite and, to a large degree has been contaminated by commercial industry. Water conservation has such a high profile it has practically become a buzz word.
      “It drives you crazy to see water being wasted…” If that drives you crazy, I wonder how you react when something really significant happens. You may want to consider learning to pick the fights that are important to you. He may think you are attempting to micro-manage his life and could be doing this in spite.