THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX There’s no need to make an extra trip to the store to stock up on holiday wrapping paper. Instead, give your gifts a creative twist by using brown craft paper tied with twine—simple is always best, and it allows the gift inside to shine. Other clever wrapping-paper substitutions: recycled holiday shopping bags stuffed with tissue, even the newspaper.
RUN AWAY FROM COLDS A long-term moderate exercise program can reduce the risk of colds among older women, according to recent research. In a clinical trial investigating the impact of moderate physical activity on the common cold, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers found that postmenopausal women who worked out regularly cut the risk of colds by about half.
HELPFUL HOME REMEDIES The following remedies for a sore throat are safe and easy to administer:
Sip a mixture of 1 table-
spoon each of honey and
lemon juice in 1 cup of
Gargle with a saline
solution made by adding
½ teaspoon of salt to a
cup of very warm water.
FINDING COMMON GROUND Emphasize whatever you have in common with your boss—because people inherently trust those who are like them. For example, if you both went to the same college, work that into conversation with him or her.
THE DOWNSIDE OF DIET SODAS They may be good for your weight, but those sugar-free sodas aren’t doing your smile any favors. Although sugary beverages are worse for your teeth, a new study shows that some diet versions cause more damage than water or plain iced tea. “Many contain phosphoric or citric acid or both, which can erode tooth enamel,” says Poonam Jain, D.D.S., director of community dentistry at Southern Illinois University. Not ready to ditch your diet-soda habit? Sip it through a straw or have it with food to minimize the damage.