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7 habits of the happiest families

7 habits of the happiest families

        Hearken back for a moment to your old favorite family sitcoms. Not the modern shows with dysfunctional families, snide remarks and spoiled kids, but the classics. The old black and white or even 80s shows featured families we liked and trusted. We would have felt comfortable stepping through the TV screen into their homes.

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15 Bible verses to strengthen your relationship with God

15 Bible verses to strengthen your relationship with God

        Have you ever felt your relationship with God growing more distant and unfamiliar with the passing of time?

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12 things you should never give your wife for Christmas

12 things you should never give your wife for Christmas

        Are you one of those men that wait until Christmas Eve to buy your wife's gift? She probably has had your gift for weeks, and it is already wrapped and placed under the tree, but you just can't figure out what to get her. While I can't tell you the perfect gift to give your wife, I can tell you what NOT to give her. I must mention that while the following list is pretty accurate, everyone is different. You may have a gourmet chef as your wife, so some fancy frying pan is just what she ...

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Updated: dec. 16, 2014 9:03 a.m.
What's in a name? Why Mary is disappearing

What's in a name? Why Mary is disappearing

        They're the most familiar names at this time of year, but Mary and Joseph are disappearing from the cultural landscape as quickly as Santa's sleigh at daybreak.

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Avoid the red this Christmas: 13 ways to save money during the season

Avoid the red this Christmas: 13 ways to save money during the season

        A recent survey by SunTrust Banks found nearly 40 percent of consumers feel pressured to spend more than they can afford this holiday season.

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Nope. Can't. Maybe next time: The art of graciously saying 'no'

Nope. Can't. Maybe next time: The art of graciously saying 'no'

        The holiday season is a time of giving. We give of ourselves because we want to be "the good guy." We want to be helpful, well-regarded, valued and, of course, our hearts tell us that giving is the right thing to do. Plus, giving feels just plain good.

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Faith leaders respond to CIA torture report

Faith leaders respond to CIA torture report

        The Senate Intelligence Committee's release of a review of the CIA's controversial Detention and Interrogation Program on Tuesday has inspired introspection within the religious community over how to faithfully respond to reports of the use of torture in interrogations of suspected terrorists.

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That's a deal breaker: Cringeworthy first dates

That's a deal breaker: Cringeworthy first dates

        We've all been on a date that did not go well. Perhaps it was because of a personality difference, or maybe it was something the person did that was mean, rude, gross or otherwise a total turn-off.

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Americans mostly agree that God created man, but the rest is unclear

Americans mostly agree that God created man, but the rest is unclear

According to the National Study of Religion and Human Origins, 68 percent of Americans believe God or another intelligent force created humankind.

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Avoid the approaching 'Holiday Overwhelm'

Avoid the approaching 'Holiday Overwhelm'

        In the human version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Jim Carrey as the Grinch shares these symbolic stresses in his busy holiday schedule:

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7 secrets for raising an only child

7 secrets for raising an only child

        After a family dinner last week, my mother, sister and I sat around talking about being only children. My mother is an only child. I was "an only" until I was 12. My sister was alone in our parents' house after I left for college when she was five. We have a running joke that both my sister and I are only children which, although counterintuitive, feels true.

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Girls Scouts to deliver on requests for online cookie sales

Girls Scouts to deliver on requests for online cookie sales

        The Girl Scout cookies people crave will soon be available at the click of a mouse and shipped right to their door, thanks to girls who pushed for a modern upgrade in their cookie-sales platform.

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Elder abuse is underreported and increasing in homes and care centers

Elder abuse is underreported and increasing in homes and care centers

Experts say elder abuse is grossly underreported, and they predict the abuse will continue to increase unless the public is educated.

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This one request could save your marriage

This one request could save your marriage

        If you love someone, they are worth fighting for. But, what happens when that love ends or is not reciprocated?

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Avoid these common holiday shopping pitfalls

Avoid these common holiday shopping pitfalls

        According to Discover Financial Services, Americans plan to spend an average of just over $1,000 during the holiday season. During Christmas season, it's easy to get so caught up in the deals and the discounts that you end up checking your reasoning and budget at the retail door. It's important to make sure this season is about giving and spending time with family - not financial irresponsibility and hardship. As you are shopping this holiday season, make sure to avoid these common pitfalls.

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Should you pay kids for good grades?

Should you pay kids for good grades?

        How many parents do you know pay their kids for grades? Are you one of them? Does it feel like a good idea to you? Do you have mixed feelings about it? Let us tell you a little story:

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10 signs you really don't want to spend the rest of your life with her

10 signs you really don't want to spend the rest of your life with her

         One of the Beatles' most popular songs says that all you need is love. So when you find a woman who you're absolutely lovestruck by you think you want to marry her. Afterall, love is all it takes in a relationship to be happy...isn't it?

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10 things you’ll regret not doing in 10 years

10 things you’ll regret not doing in 10 years

        While it is easy to look back on your life and see where you could have done things differently, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Your mistakes are there to teach you lessons, and your successes are there to remind you that your life hasn't been all that bad. With that said, everyone has regrets. Here are 10 simple things to try and avoid regretting later in life.

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Updated: nov. 28, 2014 11:50 a.m.
2 traits scientifically proven to make your relationship last

2 traits scientifically proven to make your relationship last

        Love is all about feelings, right? We lead with our hearts and ignore our heads. Not exactly. It turns out there is a lot of physiology and psychology involved in falling in love and maintaining relationships. If you want to make yours last, you might want to read up on current scientific findings.

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15 baby names only celebrity kids could pull off

15 baby names only celebrity kids could pull off

        Who doesn't love coming up with baby names?

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We’re loving our pets to death — obesity will kill them

We’re loving our pets to death — obesity will kill them

        Thanksgiving is a day of overindulgence where we often eat way too much, and frequently our pets are right there beside us. Something you may not know: Dogs, like people, are getting heavier than ever. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention an estimated 54 percent of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese, and the trend continues to worsen. This epidemic is taking its toll on the health and well-being of man's best friend.

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Updated: nov. 27, 2014 5:21 p.m.
6 proven things women can do to be more attractive

6 proven things women can do to be more attractive

        In most cases, a woman wants to look attractive to men in hopes that she will find the one guy who will love and cherish her-and she him. If you are in this category and can't seem to get the job done, you're not alone. You may be thinking you're just not pretty enough. If that's the case, then it will surprise you to read this comment made by a Miss America contestant when she was asked, "How do you deal with all the guys who want to take you out?" She replied. "I haven't ...

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9 scientifically backed simple tricks to relieve stress now

9 scientifically backed simple tricks to relieve stress now

        Your normal life is already busy so it's no wonder when you add in extra demands for the end-of-year holidays, stress levels skyrocket.

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3 things the Pope is saying about your family

        More than 350 religious leaders, scholars and thinkers gathered at the Vatican in November for an interfaith conference emphasizing the importance of families to global societies.

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5 things you do every day that hurt your children

5 things you do every day that hurt your children

        I sit down in my parenting course, pick up the book and thumb through it. A section titled "The Declaration of Imperfection" catches my attention. As I begin to read, tears stream down my checks and a flood of relief washes over me - "Damara, it's okay to be imperfect."

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7 common beliefs that make you terribly unhappy

7 common beliefs that make you terribly unhappy

        What we focus our thoughts on, we become. That can either work for us or against us. Sometimes it's not the reality of a situation that gets us into trouble, but what we think the reality of the situation is. And there's often a difference. What are seven commonly held beliefs that can get us into trouble?

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'Say Thanks': Facebook launches new feature to encourage gratitude this Thanksgiving

'Say Thanks': Facebook launches new feature to encourage gratitude this Thanksgiving

Facebook recently introduced a new way of expressing gratitude just in time for Thanksgiving as it launched its new "Say Thanks" video creator. The feature has received mixed reviews in a predictable fashion as critics tear it apart while Facebook users have flooded newsfeeds with videos saying thanks to their friends and family.

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4 unexpected health risks of smartphone use

4 unexpected health risks of smartphone use

        Smartphones - and the apps, photos and texts that come with them - are hard to resist. Americans log more than an hour of screen time on the devices each day, according to a December 2013 data analysis from Nielsen.

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5 common myths of divorce

5 common myths of divorce

        You hear various types of divorce stories. Some divorces end amicably and some end dreadfully. Along with the stories come myths that are not necessarily true in all divorces. Each couple who has divorced or is in the process does not go through the same emotions.

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Updated: nov. 21, 2014 9:32 a.m.
7 reasons why you never should have married him

7 reasons why you never should have married him

        The marriage decision is so momentous, it is amazing that it's left up to two people who are so overloaded with hormones and happiness that they can hardly be trusted to purchase a new pair of shoes, let alone decide who to spend the rest of their lives with.

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Updated: nov. 21, 2014 9:32 a.m.
Kids rarely eat veggies from school lunch, study says

Kids rarely eat veggies from school lunch, study says

        NEW YORK - Despite widespread availability of healthy school lunches, kids are saying "no" to more vegetables mandated by federal standards, a new study says.

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Updated: nov. 21, 2014 9:32 a.m.
The importance of a father figure’s example in a man’s life

The importance of a father figure’s example in a man’s life

         When I was a kid, my father always used to take me to the model airplane track to see small prototypes tested. These prototypes were led by a guide, and were able to do takeoffs, stunts, flips and landings. While my father watched the show, my thoughts revolved around the importance of his presence beside me. Furthermore, the gentle manner in which he treated my mother was a great example to me of how I should treat her. His smile and his respectful and friendly demeanor were my model of how I should treat others. Whenever we made mistakes or ...

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5 reasons you're drawn to toxic people and don't realize it

5 reasons you're drawn to toxic people and don't realize it

        There are likely many kind, good-hearted people in your life who wish you well. Sometimes your needs may clash with theirs. Or they might be under stress or simply having a bad day. Or they may just have an honest disagreement with you. That doesn't make them toxic. There are, however, people who are toxic. Those people should be avoided, if possible.

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8 things to know about budgeting for a big family

8 things to know about budgeting for a big family

        Budgeting for a big family means stretching resources and making expenditures do double duty (or more). Here are eight budget categories to help you use it up, wear it out, make it do or go without.

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