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Reader’s Digest New Zealand

Reader’s Digest New Zealand December 2019

No wonder Reader's Digest is the world's most widely read magazine. Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue, RD is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days. Every month millions of people get inspired, informed and entertained by its wide variety of stories about people, health, humour, adventures and world events, written by the best local and international journalists. All the stories are fact checked to the smallest details to ensure that readers get the most accurate and truthful stories, making Reader’s Digest the world’s most trusted magazine.

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New Zealand
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English
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Direct Publishing Australia PTY LTD
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Monthly
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1 minutos
perfect potatoes with herbs

New (baby) potatoes, Kipfler or fingerlings are best for this recipe. Put whole potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Now add salt, starting with 1.5 tablespoons per 4 cups of water, and then sprinkle in more until the water tastes as salty as the sea. (Don’t worry: most will go down the drain, and the little that’s absorbed will make all the difference.) Add aromatics: garlic, a halved onion, carrots, celery, a bay leaf and fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage. Bring water to a gentle simmer and cook anywhere from 25 minutes to two hours, until you can slide a fork into a potato without resistance. (The larger the potatoes and batch, the longer they’ll take.) Turn the heat off; leave the potatoes until…

10 minutos
how i learned to be happy

When I learned that the most popular course in the history of Yale University – a psychology course designed to help students learn to become happier – was available free online to anyone who wanted to take it, I decided that I had to see what it was all about. After all, I’ve been writing about happiness for years, offering readers techniques from researchers who found that this idea or that habit can boost wellbeing. I was curious to see what Professor Laurie Santos was recommending as the best happiness-related research and advice. Her ten-week course, a series of video lectures, would take about 19 hours to complete. Almost as quickly as I decided to take the class, I also chose not to do it alone: I invited my boyfriend to join…

1 minutos
seal of disapproval

An international drug smuggling ring was busted in Australia – with the help of an angry seal. The seal prevented the getaway of two foreign nationals from a small island off the Geraldton coast in September, according to reports. “They woke it up and it jumped up with its big chest out and bellowed at them,” Damien Healy, Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Service vice commander, told ABC radio. “The guys basically had the choice of going through the seal or getting arrested and they ended up choosing getting arrested.”…

4 minutos
betting on humanity

As our families lived more than 700 kilometres away, a few weeks before the holidays one year, my then husband and I decided to invite a guest over for a meal. I called a seniors’ centre in the local area and they suggested Ilse, a woman I imagined would be quiet, soft-spoken, serene. I was wrong. Ilse was a stubborn 78-year-old force of nature. She enjoyed complimentary gambling junkets to Las Vegas and kept a local bookie on speed dial. She favoured sequinned T-shirts; her tiny wire-haired mutt, named Speckles; and spending time at the seniors’ centre. Describing this opinionated, 130-centimetre-tall woman as a firecracker would be like referring to the Olympic torch as a disposable lighter. Within minutes of arriving, Ilse plopped her oversize purse on the kitchen bench and, with…

1 minutos
as kids see it

THREE-YEAR-OLD: Mummy, I threw some food on the floor. MUM: Henry, I don’t want to see you throwing food on the floor. THREE-YEAR-OLD: But you didn’t see me. I just told you about it. MUM: I don’t want to hear about you throwing food on the floor. THREE-YEAR-OLD: OK, fine. Next time I won’t tell you. SUBMITTED BY KEN HANSEN SEVEN-YEAR-OLD: Can I play with my birthday presents yet? ME: After your party is over. SEVEN-YEAR-OLD: Everybody needs to go home right now. @XPLODINGUNICORN When I was at the end of my pregnancy with twins, my four-year-old nephew was quizzically eyeing my protruding tummy. He walked around me a couple of times, checking from all angles. Finally, he stopped and said, “Auntie Irene, what’s in your pockets?” SUBMITTED BY IRENE FIX…

1 minutos
laughter

Elementary, My Dear Watson Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” “I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes,” replies Dr Watson. “And what do you deduce from that?” Dr Watson ponders for a minute, then says, “Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. But what does…