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LETTERS • NOTES ON THE June ISSUE
LOVE STORIES WANTED!
SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT SKYSCRAPERS
Kindness Genie • A sixth grader brings joy to seniors by granting their most sincere wishes
“I Had to Get Him Out”
LIFE IN THESE United States
WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE
Snack Your Way to Better Health • Nibbling between meals has gotten bad press in recent years. In fact, snacking can be good for you.
Saving Grandpa’s Home • The old farmhouse was abandoned and falling apart. But tearing it down would be like razing the author’s past.
$10,000 FOR READING THE FINE PRINT • DONELAN ANDREWS, age 60, Thomaston, Georgia
WE FOUND A FIX • 9 TRICKS TO Improve Your Life*
Milk Everyone’s First Drink
EASY TRES LECHES CAKE
BACK TO SCHOOL: ANIMAL EDITION
LAUGHTER • THE BEST Medicine
DEAD MEN TELL NO BAD JOKES, MATEY!
IS YOUR BLADDER ALWAYS TAKING YOU ON A TRIP OF ITS OWN?
BRAIN SCANS REVEAL WHO CAN STICK TO DIETS • In a recent experiment, 123 healthy men and women underwent MRI scans of their brains while they looked at images of food items and rated how tasty and healthy they were. They were also asked to name a healthy food. The participants with more gray matter in two brain regions—the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex—were more likely to make healthy choices. Luckily, you can increase the volume of your gray matter. It happens when you push yourself to learn new things, such as words in a foreign language.
BENEFITS AND RISKS OF DIET SODA
Big Apple Facts, and Small Ones Too
The Multiplying Dollar
YOUR TRUE STORIES in 100 Words
Laugh Yourself Smarter • Humor activates our brains and enhances our well-being perhaps more than anything else
Charlie Chaplin’s Good Humor Theory
This Is Your Brain on Humor
How to Be Funnier • Are you humor-challenged? Do the bons mots not trickle off your tongue but clunk? Experts share their tips on strengthening your funny bone.
The TEACHER Who Changed My Life • Good educators share knowledge. Great ones make an impression that stays in their students’ hearts forever.
THE SURPRISE THANK-YOU
A SECRET SAVIOR
HIS DAILY CHECK-IN
20 Chores You Can Stop Doing • AN ENDLESS LIST OF THE SAME OLD HOUSEHOLD TO-DOS COSTS YOU TIME, MONEY, AND SANITY. HERE ARE SOME YOU CAN JUST SKIP.
A WAR DOG COMES HOME • On the front lines in Afghanistan, Dyngo was a hero. But retirement for the canine veteran would not come easily.
All in a Day’s WORK
STRANGER THINGS • Every species has its peculiarities, but some creatures are weirder than others
HUMOR in UNIFORM
THE VANISHING MIDDLE CHILD • They’re the empathetic ones, the natural-born mediators. What might their dwindling numbers mean for the rest of us?
2 WEEKS TO A YOUNGER BRAIN • Combined with diet, exercise, and other healthy habits, these brain games, developed at a UCLA research center, are proven to boost memory remarkably fast
WORD POWER • Break out your bling—Word Power is going glam! This month we’re shining the spotlight on glittery words related to jewelry. Will your...