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And it blows: Thirty-somethings
used to be happier than people
in their teens and twenties, but a
new study found that advantage
has declined over the past five
years (the authors cite financial
and professional pressures).
Chin up, buttercup: Joy is a skill
you can learn, not just a feeling,
says Kristi Ling, author of
Operation Happiness.* How to
turn crappy to happy, below:

We’re not talking about
waistlines, folks: The
Environmental Working
Group recently outed a
list of bread products
containing potassium
bromate, a potentially
toxic additive. It helps
loaves rise higher, but
studies have linked it to
cancer, and the World
Health Organization
considers it a possible
human carcinogen.
The FDA claims that
most of it is destroyed
in the baking process.
But experts are still
concerned: “It’s not just
a carcinogen; there’s
also data showing that it
could lead to thyroid
problems,” says Michael
Doyle, Ph.D., director of
the Center for Food
Safety at the University
of Georgia. Until the FDA
bans it—as the U.K. and
Canada have done—
avoid foods containing
“potassium bromate” or
“bromated flour.”

on positivity when things get neggy by thinking
of three things you’re grateful for in your life—
you’ll take back the power over how you feel and
how you view the world.
Simplify everything. Downer people, packed
schedules, and cluttered rooms can weigh you
down, says Ling. Donate the stuff you don’t love,
cut haters out of your life, and gracefully step
out of commitments that aren’t necessary. Ahhh.

*Operation Happiness is published by Rodale Inc., publisher of Women’s Health.

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Paging? Girl, please. Texting
and FaceTiming a licensed
therapist is the new way to
get your head right. WH
senior editor Faye Brennan
tried Talkspace (iPhone and
Android) for a week and
plotted the highs and lows.

with a friend, her
responses weren’t instant.
(Hello? I just poured my
heart out!) Luckily, the
latest app update has a
time stamp that tells you
when you can expect a
reply. Phew!”

NO APPOINTMENT, NO PROB
“I loved that if something
was bothering me at 10
p.m. on a Tuesday night, I
could text my therapist
right then privately in the
app. But unlike texting

MUG IT UP
“One day, my therapist
sent me a video message.
It was a bit of a shock: She
was real and knew my
deepest thoughts! But I like
that she asked me to

respond via video too. It
was a reminder that
expressing myself aloud is
just as helpful as writing.”
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“The cost ($99 per month
to exchange unlimited
texts, audio, and video
messages) is cheaper than
a weekly co-pay plus
subway fare to the shrink.
But if I didn’t use the app
at least once a week, I’d
worry that I wasn’t getting
my money’s worth.”

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Try ho‘oponopono. It’s funny to say, and this
Hawaiian practice can boost your mood too.
When a stressful situation comes to mind (think:
a fight with your mom), mentally repeat, “I’m
sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”
It can erase negative emotions.
Separate feelings from circumstances. You
can’t help how your boss treats you, but you can
help how you react to it. Ling suggests focusing

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bedtime snacking
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out the ice cream!

In 2008, researchers
showed that people
who ate between
11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
consumed more total
calories per day and
gained more weight
over time. If your
freewheeling diet has
you eating at oddball
hours, chances are
you’re eating more
overall.

A new study found
that when people
who tended to eat a
third of their calories
between 6 p.m. and
midnight switched to
a schedule where
they stopped eating
between 7 p.m. and 9
a.m., they lost weight
and slept better.

The time of day
doesn’t matter as
much as how much
you’re eating within
24 hours. To reduce
that amount, stick to
a food window of
10 or 11 hours, says
Satchin Panda, Ph.D.
It may keep your
circadian rhythm and
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their diet, and then they eat too much and feel too guilty to
enjoy the food,” says Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., coauthor of The Joy
of Half a Cookie. Beat the “I’ve blown it” effect: Make sure you’re
truly hungry, then give yourself permission to have what you’re
craving, checking in as you chew to gauge your pleasure. “A few
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March 2016

Neon tracksuits may be one
of “25 Things Only 80s Kids
Would Understand” (BuzzFeed,
still can’t quit you), but the speed
walkers who wore them were
on to something: A new study
found that people who walked
briskly for 30-plus minutes a day
for one month had lower BMIs and
smaller waists than those who did
tougher activities, like cycling.
Moderate exercise may be easier
to stick with long term, the
authors say. Just add some hill
intervals to your swift walks, says
trainer Harley Pasternak.

P H OTO G R A P H B Y T E D C AVA N A U G H

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BRIGHTENING SUNSCREEN Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($15. founder of SlashedBeauty. 50 DAILY FADER Ambi Fade Cream ($7.” 3. But don’t buy a whole new regimen. Put that pricey cream in your cart. “If you just rubbed the plant on your skin. NONIRRITATING SUNSCREEN Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30 ($20. the better. “The combo of massaging your skin and warm water can dilate blood vessels.com) Sheet masks typically have high concentrations of ingredients in them (in this case. This formula uses Oleosome technology. redness reducer.” WEEKLY MASK Masque Bar by Look Beauty Brightening Sheet Mask ($10. and alcohol. apparently. which can be used toward the purchase of a full-size product. “The fewer ingredients you put on this type of skin. The scientists at Aveeno removed the ofending part. says Graf. you may get an e-mail or see a promo pop up on Facebook with an incentive to close the deal. 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her platinum hair pulled into a messy-on-purpose pony with whisps framing her face. not some glamorous mystic guru. DANCER’S POSE To prevent a leg cramp. is particularly telling. and every room sparkles with new-agey crystals.” says Christina. “It says so much about how I try to live my life.” The 35-year-old singer is clad in a black. dewy foundation) harks back to the doe-eyed 21-year-old who gave us the anthemic “Beautiful” way back in 2002.” explains Christina of the hollow. Max. Along with photos of her children.” she reflects. In the grand scheme of things. there’s a grand piano. “I got in with him early—I’m proud of that. where’s her Grammy? “Grammys. depicting a child letting go of a red heart-shaped balloon.” a wall-size piece by graffiti artist Banksy. “They breathe as you do. one of the Brit’s most famous works. and Summer. I’m not in control. “Would you like to see them?” Christina strolls into her recording studio where high up on a shelf are the half-dozen mini gramophones and her favorite laurel: the 11th Annual George McGovern Leadership Award. “It’s not like you just put them in your house— you have to give them your energy. despite the 73°F weather. But this. “Just surrendering and knowing that I’ve done my best. and a turntable.” corrects the six-time winner (including one Latin Grammy). along with multiple awards—except.Floating down the white marble staircase of her sun-drenched Mediterranean mansion. Three fireplaces are ablaze. a barefoot Christina Aguilera smiles and ofers a soft greeting: “Welcome to my sanctuary. you half expect a masseuse to waltz up and ask “Swedish or shiatsu?” at any moment. but the little she’s wearing (nude gloss. floor-skimming cotton dress and supersoft white cotton sweater. including two humongous purple geodes that are almost as tall as the 5'2" star herself. which she earned for her volunteer work with the World Food Program USA. who’s lost count of how many of his pieces she owns. 72 Maybe we’d all look this well rested if we lived in Christina’s Beverly Hills hideaway. a microphone. her other most prized possession hangs in the family room next door: “Girl with Red Balloon. and that’s okay. 8. you know?” . keep your raised foot flexed during this chest opener.” It isn’t until the white-and-gold living room that you spot any evidence that there’s a celebrated musician in residence. Just past a massive gilded Buddha. amethyst-lined rocks. Seriously—the place is so chill. 1. She’s not makeup-free.

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keeping your shoulders down. about a year after moving in with her fiancé. root your front foot firmly into the ground and rise up. 6. She shares this viewpoint with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Do this for 60 seconds. She’d been the main provider for her family since she began singing at weddings and block parties at age 7.to two-hour hatha-Vinyasa sessions up to five times a week. I can’t say no. SPINAL TWIST Hug both knees into your chest and drop them to one side at hip height.” she says. ‘Okay. FIGURE-4 HIP OPENER Lie faceup on the floor. “We’re expected to be pregnant. C O M / March 2016 Christina followed every ounce of her own advice following Summer’s birth. the duo approaches the process from a standpoint of exchanging “love and good energy. 2. I go by how I feel in my clothes. It may help to place your hands on your rib cage. focus inward and observe your breath.’” But ultimately. lie on your back with your legs extended straight out in front of you (corpse pose) for a few full breaths. “Healthy is a state of mind. Take a few more full breaths.COV E R E XC LU S I V E FINDING PEACE—AND YOGA If you think this ultra-Zen woman sounds like a far cry from the divalicious Xtina of the aughts. truth. MOVES LIKE XTINA Instructor Krista Cahill designed this energizing 20-minute sequence to fit into Christina’s filming breaks—and now. opening your hips. And yep. ‘Okay. RUNNER’S LUNGE Stand in a lunge. It is not a situp. lifting both arms overhead. I always have to be strong.” she says. how good I feel in my body. 3. think about shifting your diaphragm down. the givers. have the kids. “So I strived to be that workhorse. This time. I felt like. then switch legs.” Her doctor put her in touch with Krista Cahill. stretching taller through the crown of the head. a George McGovern Leadership honoree herself. 2012’s Lotus. Come back to center. If someone has a baby. ‘I’m looking to open that next chapter of my life and build something rooted in positivity. California. and not just in that clichéd selfless-mom way. with your left knee above the left ankle. Christina decided she was “on a mission” to take better care of herself.’ That was when I found yoga. recross your legs so the opposite is in front. And we’re expected to look amazing after baby. the voluptuous star is looking quite svelte. 17 months after giving birth to Summer. HIGH LUNGE After a few full breaths in runner’s lunge. a proponent of paid-leave laws and someone Christina has known and admired for years. was the one who presented the award to Christina on behalf of the World Food Program. 30. 4. twisting your torso so your left hand rests behind you. but she hasn’t been angsting over losing the pregnancy pounds—for her. then twist to the other side on an exhale. opting to sit out seasons six and seven of The Voice—a choice that gave her some pause. but women have to find time to nurture themselves. I’m not going to allow myself to be in a situation where I have to rely on this man or that person for financial means. Having children is the ultimate joy. with your left foot flat on the wall. then repeat poses 3 and 4 with the other foot in front. the first thing I’m like is. There’s such a long list. and Christina decided to support Clinton’s campaign in a big way by cohosting a $1 million fundraiser with Rutler at their home back in November. The connection doesn’t end there: Former Secretary Clinton.” Christina and Krista meet for private. it just happens to be a nice by-product. 5. it was for maternity leave. between your daily meetings.” But that isn’t to say their routines aren’t challenging: The poses Christina’s striking in the photos on the previous pages are intermediate level and take a fair amount of warming up. but with her daughter on the way. In 2014. Lift your torso. Burlesque production assistant Matthew Rutler. SEATED TWIST Bring your right hand to your left knee. and repeat on the other side. The right heel should be on a wall behind you to ensure you open your hip. Christina became pregnant with their child (her second). Gaze down and place your hands on the floor under your shoulders and on each side of the front foot. right? Keep our husbands and boyfriends interested—because we’re supposed to get back to sexy and keep things exciting in the bedroom. I can’t be weak. Though she’d vacated her judge’s chair for season four. and love. one. breast-feed once we have the babies. For five minutes. a yoga teacher in Venice. Cross your right knee over the left. and I love my kids.” says the singer. it’s not a calorie count—I hate that! I don’t go by scales. Repeat on the other side. the providers of a comfortable home. how well I can pull of a show. which took some getting used to for the consummate hustler. “I said. CROSSED LEGS Settle into a comfy position. lift both legs. To end. Hold for five breaths.” she says. 1 2 3 4 6 5 1. are you taking care of you?’” . 74 W O M E N S H E A LT H M A G . and bend them to a 90-degree angle. “Hillary was like. using your hands to gently pull your left leg toward you. I’m going to get the work done. “Health shouldn’t be a tortuous process. Christina realized that a parent taking time of to bond with her baby isn’t about being feeble or selfish. striving to make the inhales and exhales smooth and evenly spaced. “It’s taking care of myself so I can take care of everybody else. you’d be right. “The fact that my mom was pushed around by my father…I decided early on that I’m not going to be that woman. it was to promote an album. ‘I listened to K AGEN MCLEOD (ILLUSTR ATIONS) MOTHER KNOWS BEST Giving birth to her children shifted both Christina’s perspective and her priorities. who shares Christina’s fitness philosophy. Rather than focus on getting buf or slimming down. and square your hips to face forward. Lift your legs on an inhale. return to center. and it has to come from inside. “Mothers are constantly expected to be the nurturers.

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three ways she chooses to chill. Christina’s schedule is ramping way up: At the time of the interview. L ANA JEWERLY EARRINGS. I know my bigger purpose is to empower. Bubble baths! “I find water to be very therapeutic. [I’ve learned that] the stronger you get within yourself.” she says. ‘We don’t need a big audience/A dozen roses and a wedding dress…’ It’s about how we don’t need anything ostentatious to celebrate our love. she was busy taping the blind auditions for her return to The Voice (season 10 begins airing February 29) while writing and recording her new album with fellow Voice coach Pharrell Williams. I love eucalyptus.” Another thing Christina isn’t rushing: her wedding to Rutler. she’s contributed vocals to an array of smashes: “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5.’ your ‘Beautifuls. Here. “We discuss it when we’re snuggling in bed…but it’s a casual conversation. ‘Oh my god. BIANA PR AT T JEWELRY NECKL ACE CENTERED STAGE It’s taken a lot of time. yes. I treat myself with luxurious bath oils and balms—I’m always on the hunt for new products. plus pinball machines and a pool table.’ but yoga has helped me to appreciate the moment and be okay with the now. “I never wanted Max to be around arguing or unnecessary discomfort.” says Christina.” declares Christina.’” Instead. I’m thankful that I have that experience.” 2. Their no-pressure approach has even inspired her to write a new song. I’m going to put my voice on that and call it a day. she’s borrowing a page from Adele. they’re taking their time with the planning. “My whole life has been about ‘fight or flight. “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull. and.’” recalls Christina. alluding to the alleged domestic abuse she grew up around.” she says. introspection. and the one that gave Christina her last Grammy: “Say Something. because [that’s when] you’re going to get your ‘Fighters.” ‘Fighter’ on the way here—it’s a song that inspires and empowers me.” Through her new music and her yoga practice. “No matter what chaos is around me. As an enduring force in the music industry. forgiveness for Christina to reach this turning point.” 76 M MISSONI DRESS. “The lyrics are like. Christina has rediscovered her own too. it gets me back into my body. 3. but if anything. where everything is finally falling back into place. Though the pair got engaged on Valentine’s Day 2014. to encourage other people to find their voice.” she says. Disneyland! The former Mouseketeer heads to the Anaheim. “She has a way of singing with such truth. among others. she doesn’t feel the need to rush her next record just to get something out there. Video games! Christina plays “corny mystery games” on her iPhone but she also has an entire home arcade with Mario Kart and the Addams Family.” S A H Y NS H I T L M A O “HE OME FR C Christina. 1. California. While it’s been three years since her last release (the tepidly received Lotus).” says WHAT A GIRL WANTS “Women need to spend more time loving and trying to pamper themselves. everything else just bounces of.” by A Great Big World. “I’m like. even for date night.” Q . I can’t believe Hillary is saying this!’” BEST-LAID PLANS Political soirees aside. “I could be bitter about my childhood. It started with ensuring she and ex-husband Jordan Bratman could remain friends and happily share custody of their son.TO IDE. “I have to be invested. park at least “once a month. “I love how genuine she comes across in her songwriting. who took four years to make her record-breaking 25. “I’m not going to collect a bunch of songs from writers and producers and think.

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Edgar Ross..D. That spells throbbing and a heightened risk for neck injury (double ouch). C. shallow inhales and exhales don’t engage the muscles around your central spine. In fact. Go for thicker (at least half-inch) straps. then stretch for 30 seconds every hour to ease tension where your back meets your pelvic bones. Urban Wellness Clinic in New York City. leaving it unsupported and sore. D. Alternate sitting and standing every half hour.D. SHOULDERS Nothing hammers this area like an It bag—or the wrong bra. the second most common reason for doctor’s visits.C. a small section on each shoulder bears the entire weight of your boobs. M.. Emily Kiberd.C. You don’t have to perma-shelve your favorite pair. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. just work looser. UPPER PELVIS “Sitting disease” is the new smoking. New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City. New York City chiropractic sports physician 94 KL AUS VEDFELT/GET T Y IMAGES NECK Don’t be so quick to blame “tech neck. boyfriend-style types into the rotation. causing pain and throwing of posture. Add pushups and biceps curls to your strengthtraining routine.P. But skinny jeans? Nooooo! Their constricting fit alters your stride.. LOWER BACK Stuf you already know isn’t lowerlumbar friendly: high heels. Quick. The harm can happen suddenly or over months or years. Frank Valente.S. Your move: Practice deep belly breathing until it’s second nature. excess lbs. But! Study this guide to the surprising triggers and best treatments. and you can outsmart the ache. which stresses the joints in your back.” That achy stifness could be coming from your… arms. one in three women is currently in spinal agony.H E A LT H End Back Pain—Now It’s the number one excuse for missing work.. By Jessica Migala MID-BACK Breathing: It’s both culprit and cure. M. and something 80 percent of people will experience in their lifetime. but a standing desk can put just as much pressure on your back’s disks if you’re on your feet 24/7.C.. If you’re rocking spaghetti-width straps (especially C cups and larger). . D. Weak upper limbs leave muscles taut and unable to contract properly. Sources: Kenneth Hansraj.

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Contrary to the old bed-rest advice. injections. But new research reveals you could save that cash—and constant back agony—with these less-intense therapies.’” says Roth.H E A LT H SPINE TUNING We now collectively shell out $50 million a year on Rx meds. stabilize the spine. Patients agree: After chiro treatments. neck.” says Sheila Dugan. No time for a class? Another study found three months of back and leg stretches were equally efective. Check these boxes to find the most helpful fit: er. possibly because it boosts levels of a neural protein that regulates pain. per the U. and surgeries—to little effect. These pros can perform spinal adjustments—literally. half of back pain suferers feel relief. Q CAVAN IMAGES/OFFSET Gone are the days when chiropractors were often shunned as quacks. around 20 percent cheaper than seeing an M. and olive oil. “Doing light exercise like walking sends a message to your brain that says ‘I can do this. The chiropractor is recommended by a trusted friend or cowork He’s taking continuing-education classes. and joint pain. “I’ve worked with excellent chiropractors who are very knowledgeable about the biomechanics of the body—but I’ve also known some not-sogreat ones. says neurosurgeon Patrick Roth. Department of Labor.D. it really comes down to the one-on-one. OTC DRUGS Anti-inflammatories work just as well as hard-core opioids (!) to quell back pain. acatoday. more plants and anti-inflammatory foods such as salmon. …and then doesn’t default to a one-size-fits-all plan (“Every He has experience in a movement therapy like Pilates. Hold for 15 seconds.). researchers now believe that moving around puts you on a faster path to recovery. and the profession itself is poised to swell by 28 percent in the next decade. pick a chiro who has completed four years of grad school at an accredited college and passed the national licensing exams (the American Chiropractic Association can help you ID one. Planks target all of your ab and back muscles. YOGA Research shows 12 weeks of yoga can significantly reduce backaches. . C O M / March 2016 ACUPUNCTURE No one knows how needling works. but research shows it does. and can alleviate lower-back woes. The trend mirrors a shift toward less-expensive drug-free and surgery-free treatments (most insurers cover chiro visits. a rehabilitation specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. And back patients who kept up an optimistic attitude during treatment had a stronger recovery compared with those who felt skeptical or hopeless. the other half feel nada.. ahem. In the past year. If the discomfort doesn’t abate. some 34 million Americans went to one. aligned with your ideals. Still.S. M. adjusting your spinal column into position—and prescribe exercise to treat back.D. nuts. Experts believe inflammatory grub (red meat. MOVEMENT a physical exam… one needs 12 visits”). he takes your history and does 96 W O M E N S H E A LT H M A G . all told. M. CORE WORK The Adjustment Bureau If a natural route is more. as you get stronger. (Just ask!) To find the root of your pain.org).D. see your doc. refined grains) may ratchet up pain levels in your back. Try naproxen or ibuprofen for a few days. Start by doing them every other day.’ which sends a message back to the body that says ‘Let go of the pain. which can be. A NEW DIET Specifically: less processed stuf. sugary snacks. add five seconds every few days.

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even cancer. our social and emotional ties to each other) shows hanging in larger packs—whether it’s a 20-person cycling class or a thousands-strong concert—is clutch to mental and physical wellness. most kid activities you can recall have one thing in common— groups. other people.” says psychologist Tristen Inagaki. having a few supportive pals boosts happiness.” And not just for basic survival. a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. How about science fairs? Carpools? Your gradeschool soccer team? Chances are. “We have evolved to rely on. Group hugs. Ph.D. to need. For good reason: “We are a social species. probably not. Romantic relationships aside.a. Time to embrace a pack mentality. Remember day care? Okay. heart disease.k.H E A LT H Group On! One is more than the loneliest number— it’s potentially the unhealthiest.. 98 TRUNK ARCHIVE By Jamie Hergenrader . We’re talking slashed risks for anxiety. and new research in the field of emotional synchrony (a. coming right up.

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) Find Your Tribe In theory. M. having to pee). (In otherwise healthy people. R ANDI BEREZ/ THELICENSINGPROJEC T.D. and obesity. STUDENTS Taking a class.g.” at right). The perks are even bigger when a crowd—be it 1. and are respectful— you’ll put yourself in a position to reap the benefits of social interaction.. or support from.000. But being in a group doesn’t mean you have to give up your sense of self. per research. including diabetes. Public swimming pools. whether yoga or pottery. Still too much? Head online. GOOD ADVICE FOR BAD HANGS Packed subways.” says Amy Banks. others.D. says psychologist Karen North. Spending time together lowered the women’s stress levels and calmed their sympathetic nervous systems. “We have built a culture that says we must stand on our own two feet. As long as you’re engaged in a virtual community—you post frequently. and more people are spending more time alone. an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. for example. “The real benefits happen when people feel a sense of connectedness to. once a week—might give your well-being and your happiness a permanent lift. Personal goals and success reign. We wouldn’t wish ’em on anyone. Even somber gatherings can deliver health boons.COM. Get Happy .” and voilà: Stress levels can fall while “happy hormones” such as dopamine may rise. BELIEVERS Research shows frequenting religious services or ceremonies can augment your immune system and increase your feeling of social support. you could face subconscious social roadblocks. studies show they’re less likely to sufer from depression. Q HIVE MINDS No need to get all BFF— or even talk to a soul—to score group rewards. still yields a boost. And those who cheer at live games (or from a sports bar stool) thrive on a tight feeling of community. Nerves.. cancer. Fearless extroverts can throw themselves into any en masse activity (see “Hive Minds.” says Laura Richman. reply to others. Giving to others activates the brain’s pleasure center and quashes stress levels. which. Census Bureau. SPORTS FANS First of. Massachusetts. In practice. hitting a busy movie theater solo. One new study of ovarian cancer patients found that those who joined support groups lived nearly a year and a half longer than those who didn’t.000 people—is pulled together by a common purpose (beyond. a psychiatrist at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute in Wellesley.D. by the way. having less long-term stress cuts risks for a slew of health conditions. use these tips to keep your cool. about one in four now live on their own. don’t ya?). or 10. each person’s joy can be amplified by that mirroring efect (this. The process works with friends and strangers. let’s be clear: Standing in a bathroom line at Six Flags on a Saturday in July ain’t going to score you anything beyond annoyance. you know. But committing to a group venture once a month—or. getting with the gang is easy. THE NOUN PROJEC T (ILLUSTR ATIONS) C’mon. connects you to people learning the same skill. depression. is why some TV sitcoms have laugh tracks—learn something new every day. As the room LOLs together. even better. Just the act of sharing an experience lights up a so-called mirroring system in the brain that fosters feelings of empathy. One-of crowds like plays and festivals can momentarily slay stress. low-key club (think: a dozen-member cooking class). a sign) in detail to distract your mind from the mayhem. then exhale for a count of four. Press it gently for 10 seconds. AIR GRIEVANCES Inhale through your nose for a count of four. Teeming airports. a professor at the University of Southern California. Those then signal your mind that you’re with others who “get you.. In all cases. slowed tumor growth. Ph.H E A LT H Now. soothed.. Simply find one to suit your mentality and motivation level. As they always say: Strength in numbers. in turn. Ph. If you find yourself stuck in one. THIRD-EYE UNWIND The spot between your brows is a stresszapping acupressure point. VOLUNTEERS As few as 100 volunteer hours a year can lead to better health. show up as often as possible. per the U. Social support means lower stress. 100 SEE AND SAY Mentally describe a nearby object (e.S. Horde-averse introverts may be more comfortable grabbing a friend and signing up for a smaller.

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2 / Reduce heat to medium low and simmer. Roast until leeks are caramelized and potatoes are tender. divided 1 lb gold potatoes. 17 g fat (2. halved and sliced 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 lbs gold potatoes. spuds can be remarkably healthy: Their resistant starch can help burn body fat. and salt. sprinkle with chives and add a dollop of yogurt. 60 g carbs. about 10 minutes. C O M / March 2016 1 / Preheat oven to 375°F. white and light-green parts only. Coat potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the dressing and toss arugula and radicchio with remaining dressing. 22 g carbs. chopped) until soft + Add any veggie (4 cups. you don’t need cream’s extra calories to master a velvety veggie soup.FOOD When you don’t fry them. 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 large leeks. 778 mg sodium. Add leeks and cook until softened. potatoes. 6 g fiber. 2 / To make the dressing. Done! 1 small leek. chopped) + Cover with vegetable or chicken stock and cook until tender. white and light-green parts only. and top with greens. divide potatoes among serving plates. about 20 minutes. then blend. peeled and diced 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 tsp salt ¼ cup snipped chives ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt 1 / In a large pot over medium heat. 3 g protein 3 /To serve. partially covered. puree caramelized leeks with vinegar. THAT’S RICH! As the soups on these pages show. 8 g fat (4 g sat). and puree potatoes. mustard. Toss potatoes with 2 teaspoons oil and a pinch of salt and arrange on the other half. Toss leek with 1 teaspoon oil and arrange on half of a baking sheet. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 3 g sugar. 12 g protein . 15 to 20 minutes. Make one out of anything in your crisper drawer by following this formula. cut into wedges Salt 106 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar ½ tsp Dijon mustard 6 cups baby arugula (4 oz) 1 cup shredded radicchio W O M E N S H E A LT H M A G . coarsely chopped ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add broth. 1 leek. thyme. and remaining ¼ cup MAKES 4 SERVINGS Per serving: 247 cal. and bring to a boil. 8 g sugar. arranging in a circle on each. Season with salt and pepper. MAKES 4 SERVINGS Per serving: 341 cal. 3 g fiber. 193 mg sodium. To serve. melt butter. Discard thyme sprigs. until potatoes are extremely tender. Heat fat (2 tablespoons butter or oil) + Cook aromatics (1 onion.5 g sat). or 1 shallot. oil. Leeks pull their own weight with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Cool briefly.

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Cover and shake until combined. 11 g fiber. MAKES 4 SERVINGS Per serving: 219 cal. these through hearty Extra protein! And nuts are a natural chowders. 2 / Toast baguette slices and rub each while hot with the whole garlic clove. TOP TOPPERS “Gimme some garnish!” cry salads and soups. Strain and plunge into the ice water to shock. PROP ST YLING: ROBYN GL ASER /CORNELIA ADAMS ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar 1 Tbsp minced shallot 1 tsp Dijon mustard 4 baguette slices. 653 mg sodium. For texture and flavor. 16 g fat (3 g sat). 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 1 yellow onion. Add peas to the boiling water and cook until they turn bright green. melt butter. about 2 minutes. MAKES 4 SERVINGS Per serving: 347 cal. 3 g sugar. lettuce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. and toss. vinegar. C O M / March 2016 Pumpkin seeds Mild enough for zesty chilies or citrus-based dressings. 268 mg sodium. and broth. 13 g sugar. Plain popcorn The perfect whole-grain partner for any tomato-based soup or salad. and mustard. 1 / In a jar. 6 g protein 4 / In a large bowl. Plus: a great foil with bold flavors gut-balancing for brothy soups like sharp cheese. parsley. Serve topped with feta and croutons. 110 W O M E N S H E A LT H M A G . shallot. of ice water ready. Keep warm. Bring to a boil. and iron-loaded too. Toasted walnuts Chopped pickles Crumbled turkey bacon A vegan source of Their acid cuts omega-3s. then stir in mint. 47 g carbs. Add onion and cook until softened. one minced 32 oz fresh or frozen peas 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 Tbsp minced mint 8 baguette slices. and simmer until peas are tender. Puree. reduce heat. and rub each while hot with the whole garlic clove. about 10 minutes. peas. mint helps sharpen mental focus. chopped 2 cloves garlic. Add enough water to a boil and have a separate bowl dressing to coat. probiotics.FOOD This lean green duo is good for body and mind: Peas pack immune system–enhancing vitamin C. or avocado. 10 g fat (6 g sat). 20 g protein Q FOOD ST YLING: VIC TORIA GR ANOF/CORNELIA ADAMS. ½-inch thick 1 clove garlic 1 cup fresh or frozen peas 2 heads butter lettuce. ½-inch thick ¼ cup crumbled feta 1 / In a large pot over medium heat. Drain well. combine oil. torn into bite-size pieces ¼ cup parsley leaves 2 Tbsp mint leaves ¼ cup crumbled feta . 3 / Toast baguette slices. Cube and set aside. try a tablespoon or so of these crunchy (and healthy) sprinkles. about 30 seconds. 2 / Add minced garlic. combine peas. 3 g fiber. 13 g carbs. Serve soup with a sprinkle of feta and 2 slices of baguette. and 3 / Bring a pot of mint. about 5 minutes.

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3 If you had a month off. 2 What do you think when you look in the mirror? Lately it’s exhaustion staring at me. [WH: So you don’t cook. > If your life were a reality show. 39. for what he does for the planet. then?] No. I’ve been flying back and forth to Australia [for work] and raising a 1-year-old daughter. 3X1 JEANS 5 J UICY QUESTIONS 4 Opposites attract: true or false? I think opposites do attract to a certain extent. and cofounder of PayPal] is one of my superheroes. P H OTO G R A P H B Y T U R E L I L L E G R AV E N ST YLING: BRIAN BOYÉ. like I’d fire a Roman candle from my asshole of of some high-rise. there’s a tremendous amount of friction ofscreen—good or bad. I travel a ton. I’m not very good at that. I see the wear and tear. Nothing beats Lincoln Center and whatever they’ve got going on there at any given time. But no. > Twitter or Instagram? Twitter. But still. nothing beats New York City. GROOMING: KRISTAN SER AFINO/ TR ACE Y MAT TINGLY. So Elon Musk [CEO of Tesla Motors. Sometimes when you see great chemistry on-screen in a film. It’s not a lasting thing. what would it be called? Probably Canceled. SpaceX. the first thing you’d do is… The me from five years ago would have said a motorcycle trip across some continent other than North America. husband of Blake Lively 1 You’re playing Deadpool. natural. I’m a bit of an environmentalist. But who is your hero? I tend to like those who walk the line between superhero and supervillain. but then they eventually repel. > Shower song? “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. Al Gore is another. I wish I had something crazier. star of Deadpool. > Your favorite dish to cook? Water. 136 5 Where do you take Blake when you want to impress her? I mean. . I just want to be home with my family. MAJESTIC T-SHIRT.H OT FA M O U S D U D E with… Ryan Reynolds. —Faye Brennan Fast Talk > Makeup or natural? Oh. so being home feels like a vacation. your third superhero character. He has the foresight of a supervillain but the altruistic nature of a hero. These are uptown problems. But now.

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In the eight years I hosted Chelsea Lately. but never act on it. told me it was natural to be jealous. a new direction we hadn’t yet considered opens up. Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron both asked for (and received) equal pay. But rather than bemoaning all the unfair advantages. Chelsea Handler! “When Women’s Health asked me to write the intro to their ‘Women in 2016’ issue. My sister. let’s be proactive. No one can steal something that was never yours.” 140 . and in a public way. and then be prepared to explain why they deserve it. but the biggest favor we can do to help each other is to move out of the way. Then she said. Men usually don’t have to do either. I can’t tell you how many times people asked me how hard it was to be a woman in a man’s game. and see where that takes you. I was jealous and ashamed of being so. When I first started doing stand-up. she has the power to change things. It’s unfortunate how they found out. but at least it resulted in parity. men will be asked how hard it is to be a man in a woman’s game. Women have to ask for what they want. After the Sony hacks leaked how much male actors were making. And let’s be kinder to each other. embrace it. ‘Acknowledge it.’ You can have feelings of competitiveness or jealousy with other women. Make the path bigger for all of us. I thought: There is no greater time to be one. Let yourself be good simply for the sake of it. When we make room for others. Each time. ‘Do you think I’d be successful if that’s what I sat around thinking about?’ We’re at a place in history where. who is an attorney. Let’s lift each other up so that in 50 years. one of my closest girlfriends landed a big agent and television deal at NBC. when a woman speaks out.BY WH WOMEN IN 2016 Kick it off. I felt I was the one who worked harder and so clearly wanted it more. I wanted to scream and say.

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a b c THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON BASIC TRAINING The variety. then return to pushup position and slowly walk your hands back toward your feet and stand. keeping your legs straight (like you’re in downward dog). test upper-body strength with pushups or endurance with a long run. So rather than. Hearing that gloomy chatter? Repeat a positive mantra (like “You can do this” or “One more rep”) for one minute. keeping your core tight (b)..” Two or three times a week. But the way you talk to yourself during these drills can have a huge impact on your workout’s effectiveness. When it starts to feel tough. into a pushup position.” says Tee. then press into your hands and raise your hips toward the ceiling. But the payoff is worth it—a more flexible. Do five. Pause. as it is broadly known—has long been synonymous with bodyweight exercises performed to complete exhaustion. says Tee Major. not just harder. “We’re training our military more like top athletes. REBOOTED When you think of “military” workouts. and explosive power moves. That’s one rep. less fatigued. which Tee created exclusively for WH. and less prone to injury. But basic training is moving beyond the cinematic drill-sergeant cliché. “It’s about working smarter.e. Boot camp–style workouts have plenty of mental bennies. this workout requires you to stay focused and grit through those moments when you want to give up. Your biggest opponent here: the clock. today’s troops are getting tougher by being smarter: They’re incorporating mobility exercises. You’ll need to move quickly. we start to get negative. those not currently deployed). The group camaraderie. It’s how he trains his “everyday” military athletes (i. then slowly drop your hips and raise your chest toward the ceiling (c). stopping to rest only when absolutely necessary. what comes to mind? Demi Moore as GI Jane cranking out endless pushups? Recruits crawling through barbed-wire mud pits or climbing over sky-high walls? No doubt.” I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y K A G E N M C L E O D 151 . “The goal of every workout should be to make you feel stronger and empowered.” says Major. all designed to make them stronger.BOOT CAMP. Your mission: Complete three rounds in 30 minutes or less. as well as troops in areas with limited resources. more sculpted you. Unfortunately. many women are their own worst enemy. “We still need to keep them on their toes and improve physical and mental toughness. perform the exercises in the order instructed as one circuit. but it’s more about building them up—not breaking them down. military training—or boot camp. our stud of an instructor. say. bending your knees slightly if needed (a). “By using the stress of a 30-minute time limit. speed work. then fold forward and place your hands on the floor in front of you.” What’s in it for you? This total-body routine. more powerful. Inchworm Stand with your feet hip-width apart. faster. Walk your hands away from your feet. which can help you push through and silence the haters in your head.

. Track each shuttle run with a stopwatch and see if you can beat your fastest time each round. rotate your torso to the left and raise your left arm toward the ceiling (b). keeping the lunge slow and controlled to help improve mobility and strength.Train Smarter Burpees tend to get sloppy—fast. and lower your body as deep into a squat as you can. Repeat this pattern without stopping. This prevents tweaking your back or hip flexor. bend your knees. imagine the burpee as a series of distinct steps and focus on hitting each one rather than rushing through. That’s one rep. Train Smarter Channel your inner yogi. then back to the beginning. until you have run to the last marker and back. Keeping your right leg nearly straight. Instead of thinking of it as one seamless movement. pause. Train Smarter It’s easy to slack at sprinting (and not even realize it!) when you’re on your own. then slowly reverse the movement to return to start. then switch sides and repeat. and then the next farthest marker and so on. Push your hips back. Quickly reverse the movement to return to start. then position three additional markers roughly equidistant between them. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides (a). touching the ground again. b a b a c Deep Lunge with Rotation Burpee Step your left foot forward and bend your left knee to lower into a forward lunge. Standing at the first marker. Sprint Shuttle Find an open space (like a court. Do 10. field. Do 10. then place your hands on the floor in front of you and shift your weight onto them (b). Step or jump your feet back into a pushup position (c). sprint to the second marker and bend your knees to touch the ground there with your hand. running as quickly as possible to the third marker. That’s one rep. then bend your torso forward and place your hands on the floor on each side of your left foot (a). then immediately sprint back to the first marker. or long driveway) and place two cones or markers 50 yards apart.

Today. and continue swinging back and forth for 10 total reps. A big win. Brace your core and keep your hips parallel to the floor as you pull one weight toward the side of your rib cage (b). Do 10. In 2013. Do 10. hold a kettlebell at chest height with both hands. Air Force parajumpers. That’s one rep. your elbows brushing the insides of your knees. Q 153 . but the Green Berets. REPORTING FOR DUTY Never has women’s role in the military changed more drastically than in the past three years. the secretary of defense made the landmark decision to allow women service members to join the military’s most elite forces—not just the Army Rangers. Standing with your feet slightly more than hip-width apart. then press them directly overhead until your arms are fully extended (d). the notoriously grueling Ranger School was opened to women for the first time. Marine Corps infantry. 1st Lieutenant Shaye Haver. Keeping your chest up. b a a Renegade Row Get into a pushup position with your hands resting on dumbbells and your feet slightly more than hip-width apart (a). bend your elbows to curl the weights toward your shoulders (c). but women were still barred from special operations units like the Navy SEALs and Army Rangers—the Army’s most exclusive squad. bending your knees slightly to bring the weight between your legs (a). push your hips back and bend your knees to lower your body toward the floor (b). knees slightly bent. Reverse the movement to return to start. That’s one rep. Last spring. Press through your heels to stand. Sit your hips back and bend your knees to lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor (b). Slowly lower the weight. Reverse the movement. That’s one rep. Their real-life victories have paved the way for true equality: This past December. bringing the kettlebell between your legs. the Pentagon lifted a 65-year-old policy that excluded women from serving in frontline combat (because they didn’t seem “capable”). Pause.d a c b a a b b Kettlebell Swing Kettlebell Goblet Squat Dumbbell Deadlift to Curl and Press Holding a kettlebell with both hands at arm’s length in front of you. yes. and hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides (a). elbows bent and pointing toward the floor (a). initially as a test to see how they could perform (less than half of all students pass). then press through your heels to return to standing. stand with your feet slightly more than hip-width apart and push your hips back. Do 10. and Major Lisa Jaster. then repeat with the other arm. Squeeze your glutes and thrust your hips forward to swing the weight to shoulder height. three women have graduated: Captain Kristen Griest. and all other former boys-only clubs. Stand with feet hip-width apart. keeping your arms straight and core tight (b).

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and I like to put on fake eyelashes. “What is beautiful about me?” Standing in celebration of yourself doesn’t take away or detract from your feminist position. It’s taken me years to feel like it’s okay to want to look pretty on the job. and I take my job so seriously. she’s into makeup. Those people keep me motivated every single day. COHOST OF DANCING WITH THE STARS) uzo aduba lindsey vonn erin andrews I play a character who wears a prison jumpsuit every day. I love racing. I get my nails done and have hair extensions. You can be girlie and still be interested in how the defense is going to stop the ofense on Sunday afternoon. THE ACTRESS THE ATHLETE THE SPORTSCASTER (EMMY AWARD WINNER. I relate that to the feminine experience. Three inspiring. [Of set]. .” The industry is changing. if I forget my lipstick when I leave the house to buy groceries and a friend calls to meet up. it does make me feel beautiful. You can look beautiful and still be powerful. and I care so much. I keep my hair long enough so you can see it under my helmet. I’ve seen my face. There’s something freeing about being on TV with little to no makeup. It was. being surrounded by a group of women. picking out your dress. Some of my best friends on the World Cup used to make fun of me when I first started wearing it. my hair has a nice wave to it. and my face is fine just as it is. It’s taking the time to say. WINNER OF FOUR WORLD CUPS) (FOX SPORTS. I’ve also noticed that wearing makeup gives me more confidence when I’m skiing.strong FEMALE LEADS Loving lipstick doesn’t make you any less powerful. They are the reason why I study so much. she’s into clothes…so she’s not serious about sports. I’m never going to be embarrassed for wanting to look good on camera. Bloggers will take shots at what I’m wearing. you don’t need makeup!” But I don’t think being sexy undermines my character or my performance as an athlete—it makes me feel better and makes me feel like I’m putting my best foot forward. I don’t have that terror—What am I going to do? Do I need to race over to Sephora and ask one of the associates to do my face? As much as I have come to realize that I don’t need makeup. You’re really looking at your face and your hair and choosing to accentuate and honor who you are. gutsy women speak out. Doing this helps balance my strong side and my feminine side. It’s a way to put my personality out there. You used to have to be a tomboy to fit in. “Oh. I’ll wear a loose braid so that when I take my helmet of. but it’s still a struggle. They were like “What are you doing? You’re skiing. and there are people who don’t think women should be working the sidelines at games at all. but I don’t always love being in my ski gear. I love the process of putting on makeup and getting dressed up for award shows. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) (ALPINE SKI RACER. So I was the misfit in this industry. I love sports—in my Dancing with the Stars dressing room I’m watching football—but at the same time. There’s something ceremonial and ritualistic about it: going to get your nails done.

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com). “gently pinch lashes together in sections using your thumb and your forefinger to create a clumpy efect. choose berry. • Keep the rest of your makeup sheer: champagne eye shadow. for dark skin. your liner should match the lipstick. Part hair in the center and blow-dry. Uzo recommends applying a sheer foundation so skin looks glowy.50. says hairstylist Marcus Francis. PROP ST YLING: ANNIE EDWARDS. skinny braids: one on the right side of the neck. If you have light to medium skin. LISA SHIN (MASCAR A). “I apply it sparingly. Mist your hairline and part with hair spray. Q 159 . (Cool undertones = more blue than yellow. • On each side of your part. • Swipe on a creamy lipstick.” says Bass.) Try (3) M. For fair skin. • Pull remaining hair into two tight ponytails. go for burgundy. securing each with an elastic. Pin the ends under the elastic. • On cheeks. go for a peachy-brown shadow and mascara. On eyes.C Lipstick in Saint Germain ($17. grab a small section of hair that starts two to three inches up from the nape of the neck and clip it out of the way. • With bright matte lips.1 BUBBLEGUM LIPS 2 LOW PIGTAILS RYAN OLSZEWSKI/RODALE IMAGES (STILLS). Gob on thickening mascara. Tousle waves. Try Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in (1) Hangry or (2) Frenemy ($20 each. Try Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse ($26.com).com). ROCKER BRAIDS • Starting at the roots. one on the left. Unclip the sections of hair you’d put aside and wrap each around the base of its pigtail. Dark skin? Choose a liner that matches your complexion. ulta. VAMPY LIPS • Spread on dark matte lipstick with a lip brush. maccosmetics.com). Try (5) CoverGirl Super Thick Lash Mascara in Very Black ($5. apply just one coat of mascara. drag a dense black eye pencil along just the lower lashes. SMUDGY LINER • From inner to outer corners. and smooth a drop of the serum or oil over each pigtail. mist damp hair with texturizing spray.A.50. 4 • Line lips for definition. wrap two-inch sections of hair around a curling iron with a three-quarter-inch barrel. • Make a center part. clinique. • Dip a small. blend bronzer and rosy blush. • Create two tight. JAY GODFRE Y TOP • On towel-dried hair. like Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Sea Salt Texturizing Spray ($6.” says Nars makeup artist Uzo. • Use a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick to touch up the perimeter of your mouth. so the lips don’t look overlined. rosy cream blush. and blow-dry with a flat paddle brush. at drugstores). as close to the lash line as possible. chanel. Try (4) L’Oréal Paris Infallible MatteMatic Eyeliner in Ultra Black ($9. Tap highlighting powder onto cheekbones. sephora . • For lower lashes. 3 ge† THE LOOKS 5 DOLL LASHES • Sweep primer onto top lashes. walmart. and light pinky-brown lipstick.com). flat brush into black shadow and smudge the liner.com).com). • Apply shimmery tan eye shadow and volumizing blackestblack mascara. and before it dries. Work two medium-size dollops of mousse from mid-shafts to ends. at drugstores). “A pink shade with cool undertones flatters all skin tones. Try Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Midnight ($29.” says makeup artist Gita Bass. run a few pumps of hydrating oil or serum from mid-shaft to ends. Try Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil ($29. Try Clinique Lash Building Primer ($15.33. • Starting mid-shaft. aveda.

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happier. There aren’t. (Sex? Totally in sync. Social lives? Put on the gloves!) The easy way out would be to say there are easy solves. relationships are hard work.In matters of love. check out the survey results and follow our experts’ advice to foster a stronger. and healthier bond with your guy.400 men and women about the problems couples argue over most frequently. And we unearthed plenty of surprises. them's fightin’ words! Women’s Health teamed up with Men’s Health to poll more than 1. In that spirit. B Y FAY E B R E N N A N . As you already know. But they’re worth fighting for.

D. With less face-to-face convos and more texting or Gchatting.REVELATION #1: We’re fighting more about daily communication than money. TREVOR HUNT/GET T Y (NEWSPAPER TEXTURE THROUGHOUT). Psy. I WISH WE COMMUNICATED MORE 37% 26% NO.” The silent treatment is survived by the straightforward approach. says Stan Tatkin. relatives. their guys obliviously carried on watching ESPN. Instead. A WISHFUL OBIT! THE FEMALE SILENT TREATMENT HAS DIED The avoidant behavior. Common sense dictates you should just ask your guy outright to call you on the reg—but that actually isn’t efective.. Ph. I WISH WE COMMUNICATED LESS 2% 8% How can you tell when your partner is upset? THEY MAKE PASSIVEAGGRESSIVE COMMENTS THEY GIVE YOU THE SILENT TREATMENT THEY JUST TELL YOU THEY RAISE THEIR VOICE THEY ARE MORE SARCASTIC 162 PRESENTING. an assistant clinical professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and author of Wired for Dating.D... BAUER SYNDICATION/ TRUNK ARCHIVE (COUPLE AT DESK). But more than a third of gals still wish their S. Our findings in detail: Are you satisfied with how often you and your partner communicate? YES 67% NO.” XTAC TO/GET T Y (NOTEBOOK PAPER TEXTURE THROUGHOUT). which is already in use by some women and has a significantly better outcome.” explains Michelle Brody. This leads to errors in judgment about how to respond to each other. says: “Any behavior that keeps a couple in distress. But the fact that it’s numero uno in our survey means we still haven’t got it right.” says Tatkin. the next time he does ring-a-ling. partners are losing the ability to evaluate each other’s emotional states—something that eye contact and facial expressions would convey. “He gets to feel the reward of giving that to you.” The straightforward approach hopes that passive-aggressive comments are next to meet their long-overdue demise. it will tank the security of your relationship. “Secure-functioning couples tell each other everything and deal with distress quickly. a clinical psychologist and author of Stop the Fight!. finally died today. jealousy. and (duh!) more fights. If you let it go unchecked. And tech advancements are not helping. The cause was scores of women realizing that. ‘I’m not happy’ is a good place to start. anything. Experts couldn’t agree on its exact age but ballpark it at a few centuries old. make sure to express how happy it made you. such as distancing yourself from your partner. Please direct all condolences to the support group “Men Are Not Mind Readers. so he’ll be highly motivated to do it again. “Saying. reached out more. Tatkin. is disastrous. No shame in that game. . who knew of the silent treatment. while they wordlessly seethed. CASSIE SKOR AS (ILLUSTR ATIONS THROUGHOUT) 61% The majority of women and men say they check in with each other about twice a day. Sure..O. it’s a classic relationship issue. one that many women often relied on to express or cope with hurt and anger.

3. and we both need time with our friends to recharge. Here’s how to make peace. Thou shalt not interpret having more chores than thy partner as a sign of being undervalued in the relationship. Thou may have different standards for “spotless. It fuels resentment and kills motivation (rather. the higher the love. THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CHORES A S G IVEN B Y THE G ODS OF G OOD R ELATIONSHIPS 1. 2. Bickering over plans with friends ranked surprisingly high on our list. Thou shalt make modifications to the original plan agreed to in Commandment 1 as necessary. Thou shalt express appreciation for chores completed. 5. Thou shalt value consistency and practice over perfection. while spats about work (which previous research has shown is a major source of stress for couples) weren’t as prevalent. But then you’ll let me go to Sunday movie night with my crew? Negotiator #2: Yeah. we slipped out of biblical character there. Negotiator #2: Um. Thou shalt not react to unfinished chores with nagging or yelling. Still. but there’s nothing we can do about our jobs right now.. I don’t either. and we’re spending too much time apart.” 4. Thou shalt not interpret undone chores as a personal slight or dis. Negotiator #1: You go out with your friends way too much.REVELATION #2: Our social lives? Making us nuts. In other words. Would a date night help? Negotiator #1: Yes. 9. Escalated tension: Zero. That Swiffer? Not a weapon after all. thou art on bathroom duty). It just means thou art badass at multitasking. Thou shalt approach chores as a team by making a plan for who shall conquer what and how often. say Jim and Elizabeth Carroll. . Terms of agreement: Clear. Thou shalt view picking up thy partner’s slack during particularly busy weeks as a sweet act of kindness. the more fair the couple views the division of tasks. Don’t believe us? See below. Negotiator #2: One night a week. and vice versa. I don’t like it. Two nights a week of your undivided attention. 7. relationship counselors and coauthors of The Heart of the Fight. As a 2014 study suggests. And stuf. Thou shalt not divide tasks by gender stereotypes. We’ve both been working like crazy. and every Sunday afternoon…for snuggles. some messes can happen: How often do you and your partner argue about household chores? CONSTANTLY: 2% SOMETIMES: 32% NEVER: 24% FREQUENTLY: 13% RARELY: 29% CHRIS CR AYMER / TRUNK ARCHIVE (COUPLE IN BEDROOM) Which household chore is the biggest point of contention in your relationship? CLEANING THE HOUSE OR APARTMENT WASHING/PUTTING AWAY THE DISHES DOING THE LAUNDRY Social battles are really about expressing (and meeting) each other’s needs for time and attention. but rather by who cares most about them (adamant about streak-free mirrors? Congrats. we know we can’t change each other’s day jobs. just remind the offending party of Commandment 1). But our free time? We’re prepared to duel over it. Thou shalt leave the damn dishes in the sink if the offer of sex is on thy table. Deal: Reached. Negotiator #2: Hey. “There tends to be less conflict about work because both sexes have careers to juggle and more mutual empathy about it. That’s just silly. (Sorry. Negotiator #1: Fine. And you’re missing the point.” say Bob and Judith Wright. SOCIAL LIVES? WORK? HOBBIES? CONSTANTLY FREQUENTLY SOMETIMES RARELY NEVER NEGOTIATING 101: A SIMULATION REVELATION #3: Chores ain’t no thang. How often do you argue with your partner about. I was home on Friday night when you were at your cooking class. I’ll move my boxing lessons to then.. Extra-long kisses count. 8.) 6. 10. Our numbers show that many couples are not fighting about tidying (woot!). stars of WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp and coauthors of the new book Marriage Boot Camp. Satisfaction level: High. You’re seriously never home. Negotiator #1: That’s only every other week.

HAVE SEX MORE FREQUENTLY 29% 17% 44% BE MORE ADVENTUROUS How often do you and your partner have sex? 11% LESS THAN ONCE A MONTH: 15% 1 TO 3 TIMES A MONTH: 24% ONCE A WEEK: 21% HAVE MORE FOREPLAY 4% HAVE SESSIONS LAST LONGER 5% 21% 6% CHANGE NOTHING 17% 11% 2 OR 3 TIMES A WEEK: 28% 4 TO 6 TIMES A WEEK: 8% AT LEAST ONCE A DAY: 4% We know what you’re thinking: “That often? Who are these people?!” But as Tatkin explains.. our results refute them. the number one reason is: IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING Who you callin’ irresponsible? “There’s a diference between careless spending and your partner buying something that just doesn’t match your priorities.” says Brody. looky here! We all crave the same things in Naughtyland: more sex and excitement. desired frequency of sex is a major factor in how satisfied men and women are in their relationships. aging parents. says Laura Doyle. If you could change one thing about your sex life. That said. children. pile up. Well. It’s just not something you value (but those pricey balayage highlights last week? Totally worth it!). For example.THIS JUST IN! SECRETS OF FISCAL BLISS REVELATION #4: The biggest myth about couples and fighting? Money. as the demands of life. You may not be thrilled about it. Secret #2: These pairs are up front and honest about their money habits and financial states.) CONSTANTLY: 3% FREQUENTLY: 11% SOMETIMES: 31% RARELY: 29% NEVER: 26% Secret #4: Their motto? “If one of us goes down. and another study that suggested these quarrels are the top predictor of divorce. “Rather than trying to control his purchases. the opportunities to get it on take a nosedive— one possible reason “one to three times a month” was the runner-up. How often do you and your partner argue about money? Secret #3: They put everything into joint checking and savings accounts. Kill All the Marriage Counselors. but it wasn’t necessarily a bad decision. .like a 2012 survey that showed married couples have three money-related arguments per month.” Naturally. Secret #1: Couples who seldom argue about money don’t hold on to the mindset of “He’s the spender. you would like to… Well. and yes.” Doyle says. Sign the treaty on the opposite page.” says Tatkin. Fully owning their financial well-being prevents foolish mistakes.” says Judith Wright. an intimacy expert and author of First. That hasn’t changed in years: According to a 2011 study. Experts have unveiled the keys to financial peace! And they’re sharing! If we had a dollar for every time we heard finances are the top relationship buzzkill. They solve money issues by working together to find a balance between both values. tell him how much you’ve been looking forward to a romantic getaway. you want to save for a trip. “That frequency could be common among younger couples without children.. we both do. “this doesn’t mean money isn’t a problem—couples simply may not be speaking up about it. They know that surprises or withheld info can destroy trust. But that can be fixed. I’m the saver. say Jim and Elizabeth Carroll. When men and women argue over finances. (Too close for ya? Having private accounts and one joint one for shared purchases can also work. and consider your wish granted. which forces them to be on the same page (and can make them feel closer too). but he goes out and buys an expensive new TV. He’ll be more inclined to honor it and make it his next priority." says Doyle. REVELATION #5: We’re pretty much simpatico in the bedroom.

(Womp. or sending seductive texts or selfies to get each other more hot and bothered. IN PURSUIT OF A HOTTER.” or “I want to do it somewhere that we could get caught. so one major pain point—while it may cause them emotional stress—is less likely to doom the entire relationship. The One Place You Won’t Go It gets a lot of buzz in Hollywood (Brad and Angelina. and establishing clear expectations with outside partners can make these situations extremely complicated and fragile—or simply not worth it. folks! This is why. That shift can help us understand why it’s important to both of us to rock each other’s bods regularly. couples need to be clear and direct about what they need. safe sexual partners. it’s up to you whether or not you tell friends and family about your new deal. So we will try his suggestions of dancing. “He must not be attracted to me” or “Maybe we’re growing apart”) and instead. This provides your man with a road map to a clear solution. taking a bath together.YOUR SEX TREATY OF 2016 REVELATION #6: Many of us secretly fantasize about splitting up. connection. Laura Northrup. we should let go of thinking about what not having a lot of sex means (as in. Signed into naughty law with our John Hancocks [tee-hee] by: ________ (You) _________ (Your partner) ABOUT IT THINK ABOUT IT “SOMETIMES” THINK ABOUT IT “SOMETIMES” “SERIOUSLY CONSIDER IT” “SERIOUSLY CONSIDER IT” “These numbers—and the divorce initiation gap—don’t prove that men are happier in marriage. trust. jealousy. we should share them with each other. according to our survey. 89 percent of women and 80 percent of men said they would have a problem with it if their partner wanted to see other people. “WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS FOURPOSTER WEST ELM BED.” says Northrup.” and then work together to bring those fantasies to life. let’s bring it all full circle. then stop. DONJA PITSCH/ TRUNK ARCHIVE (ARGUING COUPLE). Doyle says. But they do suggest that women are more willing to do something about it if they are unhappy. Now. “The arrangement doesn’t have to be permanent. Of course. are crucial. DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR TO ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING PLEASURE-ENHANCING MEASURES”: When it comes to contemplating breaking up or divorcing their partner… “NEVER” THINK “NEVER” THINK ABOUT IT To focus on quality rather than quantity. For instance. and you with the reassurance that the benefits of your bond far outweigh the speed bumps. emotionally and physically. It’s not just the action that happens between the sheets. on the other hand. PETER DAZELE Y/GET T Y (WEDDING CAKE WITH KNIFE) To redefine foreplay. believes those numbers could change (and fewer people would default to splitting up for good) if they had more knowledge of. plus heavy doses of self-reflection. According to Bob and Judith Wright. these arrangements. we will raise the stakes by whispering. Still. Her theory as to why: Women are routinely evaluating the ups and downs of their relationships to decide whether or not their romantic investments are paying of emotionally. You can try it out for six months. or “anything goes” when you’re out of town. even if they’re not succeeding. tend to compartmentalize issues. and talks about. Will and Jada… just a few rumored to be in one). Q 165 . “Men will continue to try to make their partners happy. On our next night alone. This echoes a recent study from Stanford University that found that 69 percent of divorces are initiated by wives. We should not be ashamed of our kinkiest desires! In fact. a marriage and family therapist. when an argument does happen (despite our best eforts on these pages!). Constant communication and emotional work with your partner.” says Doyle. Men. and in our survey.” explains Doyle. Foreplay also includes the buildup of sexual tension throughout the day. During that time. But are relationship disagreements to blame? Let’s take a closer look.) And women do so even more. womp. pay attention to what we’re looking to get out of each experience: intimacy. to consider the issue resolved. says Northrup (which is why many couples also go to therapy or a support group). Or you can let your partner fulfill a specific need—such as a foot fetish— just once with someone else. and pleasure. you can both agree to seek only emotional connections. MORE ACTIVE SEX LIFE. LISA THORNBERG/GET T Y (PAPER SCROLL). To aim for adventure. But statistics show that only 4 percent of Americans are currently in an open relationship. “I want to pretend we just met on a plane. says Tatkin.

I totally understand this. but how healthy is the habit for you—and your relationship? WH delves into the effects of rated X.com. let’s get a babysitter tonight!’” “Maybe more women fantasize about catching their husbands with the babysitter than I suspected?” 166 . “Women have a tendency to be bisexual.” “They must picture themselves being the center of attention.” “That is HOT! ‘Honey. My boys aren’t doing the job.” “A bit threatening.XX WH BY More of us are logging on to get off. B Y FAY E B R E N N A N We had guys share their (hilariously clueless) reactions to women’s most often searched terms on PornHub.” “I’m shocked. Having other guys with one woman is stressful.

This is empowering women to have a voice in their own sex lives and to know their “No”— as in. and 4chan are surprisingly popular online hot spots to stumble upon erotic images and videos that tickle your fancy. Absolutely not true. why don’t you seek it out in your own life? You’re not going to experience intimacy.com in New York City WH: Let’s begin with a few numbers: PornHub. study was not yet published.D. No one makes millions from showing up and having sex on camera—some people still have other jobs. Ph. and it’s not black-orwhite or all-or-nothing. Specifically. “No. I value research. But I’ve also had clients who use it to discover their turnons. empathy. says Erika Lust. trying to solve at MakeLove NotPorn. there are a lot of laughs. 16 percent of women ages 18 to 39 view porn once a week. There’s this authenticity piece: There’s no shame or guilt in expressing their sexuality or Fleming: In my opinion. I’d like to try that. an erotic film director. Join the conversation! Watch more of this passionate debate and share your own thoughts at WomensHealthMag. a shooting day can be as long as 20 hours. and 24 percent of U.” The vibe on-set: “In the few years that I worked for other companies. I think women are also looking to see a connection [between two people] to feel a sense of intimacy and pleasure. so more women are watching it. Reddit. Ph. It also helps them explore their fantasies and discover what they’d like to experience with their partners. That’s why I hate the terms “porn for women” and “feminist porn” because they imply that we’re only into white sheets fluttering in the breeze and loving that’s soft. Gallop: There are way more women watching porn than what those statistics represent. and we’re building our brand 365 days a year. but for others. We have to make a conscious efort to stop so the male talent can concentrate on getting their erections!” Q 167 . using their bodies. having a doctorate. For talent.com is The Submission of Emma Marx. the less interested they were in having sex with people. which of course isn’t healthy. They are overworked. exhausted. Anal? Clear turn-on or turn-of. And that’s because it’s not okay to come into the office. and the percentage who are willing to admit their habit to the Pew Research Center increased from 2 percent in 2010 to 8 percent in 2013.com gets 60 million worldwide visits daily. and connection by watching other people have sex. it’s a turn-off. On my company’s sets now. Joanna Angel. while other successful porn stars have multiple revenue streams from licensing or book deals and money from appearances. having sex on camera exhilarated me—I felt like I was a boring girl who stepped into a phone booth like Superman and became an alter ego of myself. anything that couples can use to promote a frank and honest convo is a great tool to enhance their bond. According to a 2015 study. There is a total absence of an open conversation around sex in the real world. reveals what drew her to the biz and what it’s really like to ef on film. viewers are female. an adult film actress and director and creator of porn site Burning Angel. There is no Yelp for porn. [a new study] found that the more porn women watched. this (3) Tumblr. (1) Kink is in for many women: The top DVD purchased by females on AdultEmpire.S. but I don’t know of that particular paper. So porn exists in this shadowy underworld and therefore lacks socially acceptable curation. that act doesn’t speak to me. I think that’s the reason lesbian and gay porn is some of the most viewed by women. and I was driven and motivated to succeed: I wanted to become a household name and create a culture where people felt comfortable in their sexuality. Any suggestions?”(3) Fleming: Well. and having trouble relaxing. and the more bodyloathing they experienced (2).D. But what is making those women turn to porn? They may want to compare themselves. So porn is a tool in a toolbox that helps them keep their sexual pilot light on. a raunchy BDSM title. we don’t talk about it—or what we’re watching. Gallop: That’s what we’re Dines: But let’s go to the empirical evidence and find out what happens when women look at porn. a lot of women are struggling with their libidos. Because we as a society are so repressed about sex. “I’m really bored with the porn I’m watching. there can be some problematic behaviors that can lead to depression and anxiety. clinical psychologist and sex and relationship therapist in New York City Cindy Gallop. and both sexes are internalizing the notion that it’s normal and legitimate. Previous research has found that watching porn is linked to better sex for women in committed relationships. BDSM can be erotic for some women. (2) At press time. Watching porn is not the issue— it’s the effects of watching it. Fleming: In my practice. What’s behind this uptick? Dines: We live in a “porn culture.com/March.” or “Yes.” The biggest myth about women in the adult industry: “People think we’re overpaid and underworked.com. just like men do. anti-porn activist and professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College Megan Fleming.Gail Dines. We know in our bodies when something feels good or bad. Dines: But if you’re looking for [that].” Porn is the wallpaper of our society.” There’s a whole range of sexuality. stand by the watercooler and ask.. For instance. the more depressed and anxious they became. sex-tech entrepreneur and founder of MakeLoveNotPorn. We work hard. Of course women like watching people have sex because we’re sexual beings and we’re wired to enjoy it! We want to watch it to get turned on and masturbate. I like my porn pretty hard-core(1). Yes. How she got into porn: “I was very comfortable with my body..

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puts the burden on public and private companies to prove they haven’t discriminated against women. 169 . the onus is on you to understand—and level—the playing field. We say: not acceptable. not an exaggeration—before men and women earn equivalent salaries for the same work. and has pledged to grow the percentage of females it hires to at least 40 percent by 2017. Then comes negotiating. Maddeningly. We’re showing you how to rise above all that negativity and land the position you deserve. accumulated earnings. bummer headlines. New York enacted the Achieve Pay Equity bill last year. with women at 78 cents.) Following California’s lead. GET AHEAD. companies will be expected to pay them the same. And global consulting firm Accenture now identifies pay discrepancies. and Rhode Island are expected to do the same soon. Resources like Glassdoor and Payscale can give you a baseline for your industry. All good news. Yes. not just their titles or positions. “They don’t want to feel bad if they’re underpaid.” Make a pact with a few trusted pals on your career path to continuously share details about your compensation. And apparently.” says Jennifer Reisch.” Neale advises. and sad-trombone statistics about working women never fail to piss us of. a professor of management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Gap made its figures public in 2014. She proposed lab space and other benefits she would need.s in business 25 years ago and vouches that the openness has benefitted each person. shareholders of Walmart pushed for greater salary transparency last year. we’ve been socialized to view discussing wages as gauche. Enough is enough. we often get punished for using the same exact words—verbs like earn. and explained exactly how the resources she requested would solve the university’s issue.D. guides women through all stages of their careers. legal director of Equal Rights Advocates. as a higher starting salary predicts subsequent salaries and. When she was negotiating with Stanford. it will be 118 years—nope. as can talking to your peers. she noticed that the department was having trouble securing jobs for grads. but it can provide much-needed context. and Washington. deserve. OLEG GOLOVNEV/SHUT TERSTOCK (BUSINESS CARDS) THE PAY GAP We’ve all heard the awful numbers: Pew Research pegs the pay gap at 84 cents to a man’s dollar. says Reisch.” says Margaret Ann Neale. which can snowball over time. Legal reform is on the rise too: California’s Fair Pay Act. Old-school stereotypes. Colorado. justify—as a male counterpart. in addition to a salary. thus. which went into efect in January. Someone’s gonna need new business cards. Neale did just that with a group of 10 women who earned Ph.DON’T GET MAD. “The law makes it clear that you have to look at the substance of what people do. Getting around this status quo is a matter of collaborative problem solving: “Present ideas that help your manager while also getting you what you want. A growing number of companies agree and are already implementing change. “Women are hesitant to ask. (The new law has employee’s backs in another way: by ensuring that they can openly discuss salaries with coworkers without fearing for their jobs. a White House report has it even wider. but ultimately. the World Economic Forum estimates. Start by educating yourself. If two people do comparable work. But this fear maintains our disadvantage. BY CARLIN FLOR A JAMIE CABREZA (DESK TOP). Men are four times more likely than women to ask for a raise. and they don’t want their friends to feel bad if they make more. Pennsylvania.

170 “bitch”—consider whether it’s actually nastiness or just a straightforward. “A better way of coming at the situation is to ask something like. which can leave employees on the receiving end of your comments feeling exposed and flustered. but it wasn’t set up so the staf could support one another when someone was out. sometimes strong women (who’ve been told they’re “too” strong) overcompensate by either going totally sweet or full-on nuclear. made organizational changes that led to 2 percent of her employees leaving—the criticisms are framed as personality problems rather than “eccentric genius” characterizations. says Lauren Zander. there’s small talk— and then there’s smallminded talk. and you’re giving the other person a chance to share her perspective.OFFICE DRAMA “Are you lazy or just incompetent?” That’s one of the zingers Amazon CEO Jef Bezos has hurled at employees. ‘What got you interested in that?’ or ‘What led you to this project?’” says Lieberman. we make no secret of the fact that we’re advocates for working parents (hello. And always ask yourself: Would you be making these same judgments about a man?) One more office-drama factor to remember: If you want to work your way up the ladder.’” says Lieberman. But as inclusivity and diversity coach Simma Lieberman points out. find ways to change the rapport. Problem is. If a woman takes decisive action to improve the bottom line—such as when Jennifer Hyman. For one. but single women also need wiggle room to pursue outside interests. but both men are largely lauded for their accomplishments—their outbursts justified as necessary to get results. Shepherd resented how her own out-of-office passion—a sketch comedy group she cofounded—wasn’t taken seriously: “People would comment in a negative tone. ‘I don’t think you should do that. “The organization was family-oriented. “What attracted you to X position?” WRONG WRONG WTF? WTF? . overshadowing her bold leadership. 31. If you don’t get along with certain essential people. and thankfully. But there’s a whole other demographic that struggles with that delicate balance too—simple in a diferent way—and it’s a growing group: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ‘You seem too committed to your son. We ranked four common offenders from just-plain-wrong to WTF. always deliver feedback (good or bad) in a one-on-one setting.” it’s a sad fact that while success and likability are linked for men. about 50 percent of American adults are single (and more of them are women). cofounder of corporate consulting and coaching firm The Handel Group. there’s been a cultural movement toward helping create a more humane work-life balance for career women. SINGLE WOMEN’S STRUGGLE At WH. Ask an objective colleague if they think you’re missing something in your delivery. Dubbed the “likability bias. it’s best not to presuppose what does or doesn’t strike someone’s fancy. Of course parents need support in order to raise children well while staying in the workforce. know you can change perceptions and still be true to yourself. they’re often thrust into the role of “workhorse. with women being particularly efective at the helm of female-dominated enterprises. Love Jef but know he’s a slacker? Grab lunch but don’t make him your workplace confidante. If you’ve had either B-word slung your way. you need to make allies— not just besties. “Instead. compared with 27 percent who’d opt for a female. That’s the highest percentage of childless women since the bureau started counting in 1976. ‘You seem really committed to that theater.’ Meanwhile.” Take Molly Shepherd. Even if it’s not as basic as a female colleague working on a traditionally male beat (or vice versa). “What you’re really saying is. who faced this situation in a previous job. and get a quarterly meeting on the books (avoiding meetings is a bad idea. Create a list of key players and strategically build your crew in a way that helps you rise. and the U. you’ve got to make the right connections—you need to make allies. But here’s the data-driven truth—a review of over 80 studies from Northwestern University found that men and women can be equally efective leaders. In Hyman’s case.’” Neale recommends approaching the situation not as a war between parents and the child-free. a fund-raiser for Emory University in Atlanta. #PaidLeavePays!). Tell your cubemate you’ll gladly cover for her when her kids are sick but would love a hand when you’re stuck with a “I wouldn’t have guessed you’d be interested in X topic area.S. Census Bureau shows that as of 2014. no-BS approach. not just besties. but as another problemsolving collab—one you can ideally work out directly with your colleagues. which was great for parents working there. MOUTHING OFF At work. we women feed into and uphold these stereotypes: A Gallup poll found that 40 percent of us prefer a male boss. and no one said to any of them.” while even in 2016. A man can assert himself and be labeled “confident” or “strong. “You’re not inflicting judgment.” she says. You and Donna have had a few tussles? Engage her by asking about something personal (her new condo. do you?” Uh. we’re guessing said person wouldn’t go after the gig if she couldn’t see the positives there. moms were talking all the time about what their babies were eating. just as Steve Jobs was.” Back up the Stereotype Express for a sec. enter into the conversation with something more neutral like. economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett has found. (If you’re on the other side of the coin—dealing with a coworker who’s known as a If you want to work your way up the ladder. an assertive woman is called “ballbuster” or “bitchy. stories of former stafers “sufering from PTSD” even surfaced in the press.” Contradictions much? However unintentionally. Today’s open-concept offices mean everyone can hear everything. they are negatively correlated for women. Certain statements get tossed around off-handedly as part of casual workplace conversations without much or any thought to the actual implications. he’s been called a jerk. Second.” “You don’t really want that job. even if they’re difficult—face time is the only way to break through with crucial team members). cofounder and CEO of Rent the Runway. 47 percent of women between ages 15 and 44 have never had children. for example). Sure. they’re riddled with bias.

and concluded that the barrier to women moving up from there was a lack of “sponsors. has been part of many conversations among female colleagues who’ve had to battle the assumption that.” says Yee. and a third felt excluded from social networks at their jobs. is able to run of and build a stage for a show while her boss holds down the fort. given their age. In turn.” To that point. Company culture appears to be the main culprit. If you feel like you’re caught in that zone. not gender.org and McKinsey report found that while women’s and men’s networks are similar in size. Target a higher-up you admire and ask if you can meet on an ongoing basis. A study from Development Dimensions International and The Conference Board’s Global Leadership forecast found that millennial women leaders are more satisfied with the pace of their career progress than their Gen X counterparts. it’s hard to advance to that next level. Since we all know that’s false (right? right??). Q “She only gets ahead because she communicates like a man. It might appear that this data points more to sexism than ageism. “It’s much smarter to think of communication in terms of styles. once all her work is done. WRONG WRONG WTF? WTF? 171 .” Speak way up if you want to snag big projects—don’t allow your managers to make assumptions. I’m going to create opportunities for you.” or people who truly advocate on your behalf and open doors.” says Lieberman. You could be working really hard. Relatedly.sudden task the night you’ve planned a dinner party. people— this double whammy should’ve died in the ’80s along with stirrup pants. a principal at McKinsey. Win-win. The latter have more experience. The issue is partly rooted in specific industries. 36. the biggest gap between men’s and women’s likelihood of advancement occurs when employees transition from managers to senior managers or directors. LORENZO BRINGHELI/ TRUNK ARCHIVE THE NEW AGEISM We’ve all seen the headlines about the age-based bias that Baby Boomers are facing. women need to strive to bring more men into their networks to recruit the most efective sponsors. Then find out what he or she needs and how you can help. Just as important as raising your hand? “There needs to be someone there to notice you raising your hand and say. Alas. Zander advises “moving the unsaid to the said.” says Lareina Yee. 100 percent of men that McKinsey polled—who wanted that next role believed they’d get it compared to just 79 percent of women. Hewlett and her colleagues conducted a study focused on the “marzipan layer. That’s what Shepherd eventually did: She switched employers and now. but experts say you can’t talk about one without the other. because you can apply those to various people in different situations. they raise their hands and say they’d be excited to have that next role. Chances are. while women have mostly female or mixed networks. “Men look around. but some are tending to elderly parents. Men aren’t afraid to make these types of connections explicitly because they could be beneficial. a cofounder of JeKuDo Privacy Company. Makes sense. Then there’s this: Not only are Gen X women at the age where they’re having or caring for their own kids.” right below the exec suite. with the tech field particularly guilty of slighting both Gen Xers and millennials.” “She slept her way to the top!” Rumor mongering plus slut shaming? Come on. One hundred percent of men—seriously.” says Lieberman. men have predominantly male networks. and realize that your work doesn’t speak for itself—you do. She points out that the dismissive barb is rooted in that generations-old fear that there’s not enough success to go around. but you have to “tip your chin up. but a far more insidious kind is impacting Gen X women in their prime promotion years. but guess what? If more men are currently in leadership than women. so we know that historically men tend to be more direct and forward. it’s time to recast the convo: Grab coffee and pick her brain for strategies you can crib. I can’t acknowledge that maybe you were more qualified. ‘I see your potential. “To really be successful.” Okay. so why are they not breaking through to that higher tier? According to a LeanIn.’ If that isn’t happening.” says Yee. not the office. they’re going to focus on a family. it’s still used with shocking regularity. “A lot of women don’t have people to help create those opportunities. but this phrase is insulting to other women in that it suggests it’s the only way to advance. the LeanIn. which can be useful in certain scenarios. says Zander. And that typically strikes during our thirties and forties. Elissa Shevinsky. versus mentors who advise you generally. you have to be fluid. women shouldn’t be either. as 72 percent of the women perceived bias in their performance evaluations. making it tough to stay on a fast track at work. “What this translates to is that if I’m a woman and you’re a woman and you get a position that I wanted.org and McKinsey & Company survey. she’ll be game to share her tips. Shepherd happily picks up the slack when her boss needs to go to a parent-teacher conference.

AGNES THOR

XX WH
BY

IF THERE’S ONE THING
SOCIETY CAN’T STOP
RANTING ABOUT, IT’S OUR
UTERI. POLITICIANS BICKER
ABOUT CONCEPTION AND
ABORTION. SOME HOSPITALS
AND PHARMACIES REFUSE
TO DOLE OUT BIRTH
CONTROL. EXPECTANT
MOTHERS ARE JUDGED
FOR WHAT THEY WEAR,
WHAT THEY EAT, HOW
MUCH THEY EXERCISE.
YET WHEN IT COMES
TO MISCARRIAGE—A
REPRODUCTIVE
ISSUE THAT AFFECTS
NEARLY ONE IN THREE
PREGNANCIES—STIGMA
AND MISINFORMATION
HAVE CREATED A VACUUM
THAT CAN LEAVE
WOMEN EMOTIONALLY
SHATTERED, PHYSICALLY
TRAUMATIZED, AND
FEELING TOTALLY ALONE.
LET’S END THE TABOO
AND START TALKING.
BY MALIA JACOBSON

173

When a million people
all EXPERIENCE THE
SAME THING, you expect
the chatter to be DEAFENING.
All over the news, among your friends,
on your social feeds. But for many of the
estimated 1 million would-be mothers
who, each year, without warning or
explanation, lose a baby they never had
a chance to meet, it’s the silence, as the
cliché so aptly goes, that’s deafening.
It’s a silence born, first and foremost,
from the word itself. “Miscarriage implies
that the loss has to do with the way the
fetus was carried,” says Zev Williams,
M.D., Ph.D., director of the Program for
Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
at the Montefiore Medical Center in New
York City. The medical term for a woman
who’s had multiple losses—habitual
aborter—is even worse.
Compounding the quiet: People are
often told to keep a pregnancy under
wraps “until they know it’s a keeper,” says
Williams. This advice, meant to shield a
woman from having to un-tell people she’s
expecting, hints that miscarriage is
something to be ashamed of.
Women also keep mum because they
sense that talking about miscarriage
makes others uncomfortable, says LA
clinical psychologist Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.
After her own miscarriage, she felt people
“moving away, as if my loss were somehow
contagious.” Perhaps that’s why the celebs
who have recently gone public with their
losses—Beyoncé and Jay Z, Mark and
Priscilla Zuckerberg—have done so only
after a successful birth or pregnancy.

The conversations we do have are
riddled with misconstrued science and
myths. Some 55 percent of people wrongly
believe that just 6 percent of pregnancies
end in miscarriage; more than two-thirds
incorrectly think they’re brought on by
actions like heavy lifting. Even caregivers
are confused. For instance, plenty of
docs still advise against first-trimester
massage, even though no study has
proven it risky (see “Nope,” below right).
These erroneous “facts” only add to
pregnancy’s inherent anxiety. Small
wonder, then, that nearly half of those who
miscarry feel guilt, while 41 percent think
they’ve done something wrong—even
though the vast majority of miscarriages are
not caused by a mother’s actions.
Plus, there’s this: For some women, “a
failed pregnancy can feel like a failure to
be a fully equipped woman,” says NYC
psychiatrist Amanda Itzkof, M.D. Others
judge their own reactions. A woman
who loses her baby at six weeks may think
she shouldn’t be as devastated as one
who loses it at six months; another may
feel guilt that she’s not grieving enough.
All of this has created a sisterhood of
secret loss, leaving women feeling
shell-shocked and alone, some with
depression that may linger for years. It’s
time for a diferent kind of sisterhood: one
that recognizes miscarriage for what it
is—a complex, natural process that can be
shattering but should never be shameful.

Why Did This Happen?
Random embryonic gene glitches are the single most common cause of miscarriage. Beyond that, even
doctors are sometimes baled—but they do know that these factors can contribute.
AGE

The miscarriage rate surges
to 40 percent for mothers
over age 40, whose eggs are much
more likely to be damaged.
What you can do: Ask for a full
pre-conception workup. If you’ve
already miscarried more than once,
your ob-gyn may test for (and
treat) age-related hormonal dips in
progesterone, a hormone that’s key
to maintaining a healthy uterus.

174

SMOKING

Smokers have twice
the rate of miscarriage
as nonpufers, and each daily
smoke during the first trimester ups
your risk. Why? Nicotine and other
toxic cig chemicals can damage the
placenta and cause bleeding.
What you can do: If you haven’t
already done so, kick the butts—
including e-cigarettes—and try to
avoid secondhand smoke as well.

CAFFEINE

Research on java
consumption is mixed,
but one large-scale study found
drinking more than 200 milligrams
of daily cafeine (i.e., two standard
eight-ounce cups of joe) doubles
your risk, possibly by restricting
blood flow to the placenta.
What you can do: Stick to a
maximum of one cup of cofee per
day, or just switch to decaf.

ALCOHOL

According to one new study,
knocking back four or more
drinks per week during the first
20 weeks may increase miscarriage
risk by 2.7 times, since lots of booze
could harm a developing baby.
What you can do: All major medical
organizations say that the safest
bet is to completely lay of the
sauce. But talk to your doc; some
allow an occasional glass of vino.

That said. California Nope. new research finds. it’s a spontaneous loss of pregnancy before 20 weeks (after that. director of the Program for Early and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (PEARL) at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. A full 95 percent of women who miscarried a single time. or immunesystem problems. two days later. (or. Hormonal changes can cause minor spotting. it’s called a stillbirth). but call right away if the bleeding is heavier (enough to fill a panty liner) or if you have painful cramps or pass clots larger than a pencil eraser.. M. but once you’ve conceived. and 70 percent of women who lost two or more pregnancies.D..Common Questions. Most docs still advise waiting to test until the day your period is due to eliminate stress and confusion. MASSAGE Not only won’t a rubdown cause a miscarriage PHTHALATES Day-to-day exposure to these chemicals (found in many plastics) is linked to an elevated miscarriage rate before 13 weeks. which happen as the uterus contracts and empties itself. AGNES THOR. I miscarried a few months back. later. which relaxes muscles and improves circulation. check in with your M.. eat fresh foods (they’re less likely to be covered in plastic wrap or packaging). M. In such cases. go on to have healthy babies.. Real Answers What exactly is a miscarriage? In medical terms.” page 177). ob-gyn with HRC Fertility in Orange County. as can having sex. the first signs you’re miscarrying are bleeding and cramping. another one was negative. a doctor may need to surgically clear out the uterus with a procedure called a D&C (see “No More TMI. ask your obgyn to check for these ailments. but experts say it can improve mood and lower stress. STRESS The high cortisol levels that come with chronic stress can prevent ovulation. but today’s übersensitive OTC tests can detect the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) days before a missed period. M.and moderate-intensity workouts (such as swimming. trigger contractions). Ph. EXERCISE So long as you have your doc’s blessing. high blood sugar. Will it happen again? One miscarriage doesn’t up your risk for another. diabetes.D. making it hard for an embryo to implant and grow.D. 175 .” UNTREATED MEDICAL CONDITIONS Endometriosis (a common gyno disorder). hormonal. THE NOUN PROJEC T (ILLUSTR ATIONS) Sources: Robert Atlas. What you can do: Switch to products marked “phthalate-free”. and cycling) are okay. Swedish massage. or in the wrong place. in which a fertilized egg doesn’t implant in the uterus and is expelled in a process that feels just like a period. which might irritate the cervix. I peed on a test stick and got a positive. What you can do: If you’ve had multiple miscarriages. If this happens. chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. some women have no symptoms and discover a miscarriage only when an ultrasound shows the fetus has no heartbeat. damaged. new research shows both low. and avoid plastic products labeled “V” or “PVC. running. Does spotting always mean miscarriage? More than a quarter of expectant mothers spot in the first trimester. The majority are caused by random chromosomal flaws—parts of embryo genes that are missing. Zev Williams. If you’ve had three or more miscarriages. These frequently blamed things won’t hamper a healthy pregnancy. your doctor may want to test for genetic. Jane Frederick. can be especially good for moms-to-be. Just be sure to choose a certified prenatal massage therapist.D. feeling frazzled won’t end the pregnancy. Did I miscarry? It’s likely. Often. and thyroid disease can all hamper proper development of the uterine lining. yet fewer than half of those will miscarry.D.. Up to 75 percent of miscarriages are so-called chemical pregnancies. which can often be controlled with Rx meds. Used to be that women never even knew they’d had a very early miscarriage.

” Three years ago. This can make significant others feel as if they’ve lost a spouse as well as a pregnancy. therapy can be crucial in helping deal with any emotional fallout or the news that one or both parties has a genetic issue. Particularly if you’ve been referred for genetic testing.” For six years. We saw the heartbeat. of course. Two weeks later. I started to bleed—brightred blood that wouldn’t stop. Then five days later. says Itzkoff. —Dana Norris. Cleveland “It just wasn’t meant to be. all normal. That’s when it really hit me. My breasts tripled in size overnight. When the test showed I was pregnant. Then there’s the blame factor. I was in a relationship with a man who didn’t want kids. He really wanted kids. I spent so much time thinking about the negatives— a baby would wreck my body. A few years later. but I didn’t need to take of work. her partner may assign blame (“You shouldn’t have been working out”). and we talked about it. I had to spend the weekend pregnant. Now we have a 2-year-old son. and recede into herself. Be aware that you and your partner may process grief differently and may not always be in the same place at the same time. M. or because intimacy reminds her of how she got pregnant in the first place. or if your sex drive doesn’t bounce back in a month or two. After that. I knew I’d be able to get pregnant again (we’d conceived easily a few years earlier with my son). my husband. My baby wasn’t moving. It was Friday. I didn’t know how much I wanted children. I just needed to process it. If you are fighting or feel disconnected. There was no heartbeat. I’d never sleep again—that even after we broke up. “A woman may feel like her partner can’t truly understand her experience. New York “I had to spend the weekend pregnant. The D&C itself was awful. my milk came in.g. When I miscarried at nine weeks. I met. but I still wear an angel necklace that my aunt bought me to commemorate the baby I lost. becoming a mom wasn’t a priority. Both can breed resentment. it’s really strange to have a postpregnancy body. my husband and I were elated when we got pregnant the first month of trying. Here’s how to help your relationship survive. but there were complications—I lost a lot of blood during the procedure.” As a psychotherapist who counsels people through trauma. and they scheduled a D&C for Monday. Now. I felt better immediately. 176 “Becoming a mom wasn’t a priority. especially if the would-be birth mother starts to shy away from sex out of fear of miscarrying again. I didn’t feel negative or positive. Then. I pulled over and called my husband. the ultrasound technician went silent. I broke down sobbing. The miscarrying woman may fault her body for failing her. even though I haven’t had a child. including miscarriage. I bled for a few days and had a bit of cramping. but not. after I went home. 28. but not. Conflicts can also arise when a duo has mismatched coping methods (e. I felt this crushing wave of emotion out of nowhere.D. so we tried. I was able to move on pretty quickly. 45. you may want to try couples counseling— even just one session. and even bought a house to raise our family in. it was a developing fetus. Cried together. it wasn’t even a fetus yet.. it just happened so fast. one person is outwardly sad and the other deals with it more privately). My body thought I’d had a baby. I was sad. but in my mind. We haven’t decided whether or not we’ll try again. I felt like I had lost a child. —Brittany Meiling.” says psychiatrist Amanda Itzkoff. his ambivalence rubbed of on me. A day or two later. A miscarriage unites some pairs—and tears others apart. at work. and I needed a transfusion and a stay in the hospital.Couples who miscarry are 22 percent more likely to split than those who have successful pregnancies. told friends and family. emotionally. at a routine 17-week checkup. New Rochelle. 36. San Diego JOSEF HOFLEHNER /GALLERY STOCK Double Loss Three women with very different experiences show that pregnancy loss can be accompanied by a range of emotions—all valid. . it just wasn’t meant to be that time. then married. and I got stretch marks. I knew how common it was. My doctor told me that most women are able to go home the same day. while I was driving. but I hadn’t. How much I wanted that baby. —Michelle Maidenberg.

• Call me morning. with no increased risk of miscarrying again. exactly. listlessness. But ignoring it can minimize her experience. With miscarriage. most women experience a few days of light spotting and minor cramping. It will look and feel like a very heavy period with cramping that can range from light to labor-like contractions that can last up to three weeks.D. If you’re around six or fewer weeks along. your ability to work or care for kids or yourself). explain and bow out or feign a family obligation. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real risk: Any time you’re pregnant. and your OB will dilate your cervix and clean out your uterus. These emotions will likely come in waves that may continue for years. known as a D&C. M. stock up on pads (no tampons or menstrual cups—they can introduce bacteria to your open cervix) and ibuprofen. get the green light from your OB first. or night. • I love you like crazy.g. you’ll be given anesthesia.org). Some women find it comforting to hold a ceremony memorializing the loss. no matter how far along you were.. If grief impairs your daily functioning (e.D. But as always. the pregnancy hormones that contribute to PPD are there. the sudden drop can leave you feeling depressed. Just don’t isolate yourself too much. there’s no standard “stages of grief. For later miscarriages. from Zucker’s line of miscarriage sympathy cards (shop. California Source: Rebecca Kennedy. Ph. while seemingly reassuring statements (“You can always try again”) can compound pain. Q 177 .drjessicazucker. After most pregnancy losses. Ph. in any order.” It’s normal to feel shock. Wait until you’re mentally ready before trying to get pregnant again. noon. Source: Jane Frederick.. it’s safe to try again as soon as you get your next period (usually within a month of the miscarriage). seek out a therapist with miscarriage counseling experience (try resolve. says Jessica Zucker. relatable phrases. you’ll need a dilation and curettage. The solution: these honest. like your would-be due date. your body will likely expel fetal and placental tissue on its own. and sadness.com). Anticipate emotional triggers that may make this worse. If social situations like a friend’s baby shower or a first birthday party spark sadness. since it can increase symptoms of depression like fatigue.D. • I’m deeply sorry for your loss. and sadness. and miscarriages in which all pregnancy-related tissue doesn’t come out (your doc can figure this out with a blood test). psychologist specializing in infertility and loss in New York City FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS We understand: No one knows what to say to a friend who miscarries. and how to cope PHYSICAL EMOTIONAL If an ultrasound confirms that you’ve miscarried.. to expect after a miscarriage. but I just had to remind you how wonderful you are. denial. losses that don’t resolve on their own.No More TMI Real talk from experts on what. ob-gyn with HRC Fertility in Orange County. • I imagine you feel like sh-t right now. for any length of time. unless there’s a rare complication. During this outpatient procedure. even if you go on to have a healthy pregnancy. Afterward. • I’m always here.

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