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Health Sep-15

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a life-changing question

When was the last time you felt pure joy—the kind of pleasure that lights you up? If you're struggling to remember, you'll want to read the feature that begins on page 124. It's an excerpt from the forthcoming book Big Magic by one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Gilbert. A decade ago, Gilbert inspired many of us with her brave and best-selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, about her journey through Italy, India and Bali in search of what really mattered to her. In Big Magic, she writes about finding meaning from within. Gilbert believes (and I agree) that we all have the potential to live a richer, bigger, happier life. But doing so requires asking yourself what makes you feel truly alive. Whether it's experimenting in the kitchen, painting landscapes or…

2 min.
fall superfood desserts

Spice It Up, Tweeps Spices do much more than enhance your food's flavor—they also deliver essential nutrients and antioxidants. Follow us on Twitter (@goodhealth) and watch #HealthFallFavorite to find great ideas that will perk up your daily diet. Never miss out on great food, fitness, beauty and wellness strategies! Scan the cover image above to subscribe to our monthly print and tablet editions for only $12 a year. Gram and Go Let's be honest: Busy girls need fast and easy ways to stay in shape. Look for #HealthMagOnTheGo on our Instagram page (@healthmagazine). Tag your photos with this hashtag and we'll regram our favorites. Natural Ways to Erase Years Keeping your skin and hair in great shape starts with your everyday habits. Go to health.com/look-younger for some super-simple anti-aging strategies. Video! 4 Steps to a Beautiful Butt Is…

2 min.
what's your trick for eating right when dining out?

"At happy hour, when friends try to tempt me with a basket of greasy fries, I tell them I'm training for an event and have to keep consistent with my clean eating. It stops them from pestering me with food, and they usually help me find healthy choices." —Radley E., via Facebook "If I have a choice of sides, I tend to go for the salad...but I steal some of my husband's fries. I also drink water or unsweetened iced tea. These little choices have made a huge difference in my weight and blood sugar." —Keiri D., via Facebook "I order off the appetizer and sides menus. The sides are often where the simple veggie dishes are hiding, which are great to add to an appetizer for a complete meal." —Phoebe G., via Facebook "I use…

1 min.
power up!

Overworked, overwhelmed—and overwrought? Join the club. "We're experiencing an exhaustion epidemic, and the 24/7 world of social media is only making matters worse," says Holly Phillips, MD, author of The Exhaustion Breakthrough. Her tips for plugging our modern energy drains: Make a to-don't list. Look at each task on your to-do list and ask, "Do I have to be the one to do it? Does it have to be done today?" If the answer to either question is "no," cross off the item. If it's a must, see if you can make it less time-consuming. Take a head-to-toe inventory. Spend two minutes every hour checking for areas of tension. "Slouched shoulders or a clenched jaw doesn't just make you look tired," Dr. Phillips says. "It makes you feel tired because it forces…

2 min.
call a friend, extend your life

Girls' night out is great for more than just blowing off steam. A new study out of Brigham Young University discovered that loneliness and social isolation can actually shorten your life—and the risk is bigger than that posed by obesity. What's more, the effect was stronger among those under 65. "There are many ways in which our relationships have a protective role when it comes to our health and life span—friends can encourage healthy behaviors, deter risky ones and help us cope with stress in our lives," explains study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. You, Too, Can Be Furiously Happy By Jenny Lawson "Being 'furiously happy' is about insisting to yourself that you deserve happiness and doing whatever it takes to bring that joy into your…

2 min.
the new anti-ager

Move over, argan—marula is the latest oil to hit the beauty scene. Extracted from the nut of the marula fruit (grown primarily in Africa), it's packed with oleic and linoleic acids, which help repair the protective barriers in skin and hair, and antioxidants to slow signs of aging. "It's great for all skin types and sinks in quickly, so you're not left overly slick," says New York City derm Joshua Zeichner, MD. Add a drop of Pure Marula Facial Oil ($78; marula.com) to your face cream, or mend overworked strands with a pump of Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil ($22; at Ulta). Get Hair Color You'll Love By Tracey Cunningham "My pet peeve is when a client sits in my chair and says, 'Do whatever you want.' I can tell you my…