Reader’s Digest Extras from July 2013

Additional digital features from our July/August 2012 issue.

Enjoy a sampling of bonus content from the July issue of Reader’s Digest. You can also find much, much more in our digital editions including original photos, videos, and interactive reading.


• Eat This, Live Longer »

A large study of 2,692 U.S. adults found that those eating a lot of omega-3s added two years to their lives. Try walnuts,
flaxseeds, salmon, and spinach for a boost.


When the hashtag #nowthatchersdead trended after the former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher died, many misread it as “now that Cher’s dead.” Whoops! See who else made the celeb-death rumor mill.

• A Smile’s Worth »

A British study found that one smile can boost your mood as much as 2,000 bars of chocolate. Which do you think your dentist would recommend?

Neat Summer Song Trivia »

The classic tune “Under the Boardwalk” almost never was. Lead vocalist Rudy Lewis died the night before The Drifters were scheduled to record the song, forcing the band to
impulsively call in former front man Johnny Moore.

Why Didn’t We Think of This Snack? Seriously. »

Easy summertime treat: Put the sweet (ice cream) between the salty (pretzels), roll in sprinkles, and freeze for bite-size Ice Cream Sandwich Snaps.

Summer Health Secret »

Coconut oil, which can do wonders for your waistline, also moisturizes skin, hair, scalp, and nails; fights acne; and even subs for deodorant in a pinch.

How to Dry Flowers Instantly »

Put one bloom in a bowl with four cups of cat litter, then microwave on high for two or three minutes.

Clues for Spotting a Liar

Among the microexpressions experts say to look for to identify a fibber are anxious blushing, lip nibbling, and rapid blinking—signs the brain is working overtime. (Pants on fire? Not one of them.)

Summer Reads

Reader’s Digest Picks The Best Summer Books for 2013


Take a look at the making of our bakeless sweets story with this playful video.

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