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Readers Digest Australia Oct-18

No wonder this is the world's most widely read magazine Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue. This magazine is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days.

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TRENDS The sensory video craze sweeping YouTube: A guide to ASMR Does watching a video of someone eating a pickle or gently brushing their hair leave you feeling almost euphoric? ENVIRONMENT 7 Simple earth-friendly habits you can adopt today The key is to make small and sustainable changes in your daily life so these habits will become second nature. (PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES) ENTERTAINMENT SAY NO TO THE KEKE CHALLENGE! Don’t get caught up in the latest viral dance craze. It could get you in trouble with the law! Join the conversation! PLUS Sign up to our FREE newsletter for more hot offers, top stories and prizes! ■…

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untapped potential

WHO HASN’T WOKEN UP IN THE MORNING of an important examination, performance or presentation and wished something dramatic had taken place overnight – that you’d become smarter than you were when you went to sleep? I certainly have. ‘The Amazing Science of Instant Savants’ (page 24) looks at the mystery of the sudden turnaround of the lives of four people with astonishing abilities, each one born with an average level of intelligence. Coincidence plays an important role in so many rescues, but the unexpected yet unbreakable common thread that ran through the events of this month’s Drama In Real Life, ‘Find My Son’ (page 42) is what makes this a particularly compelling rescue. With the clock ticking, three dads set out to search for a young driver feared…

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Stories About Real People Growing up in the 1980s, some of my earliest and fondest memories are of stretching out on a lawn chair perusing Reader’s Digest with my grandmother. For hours we’d share jokes and articles and enjoy the magazine together. I taught myself to read by sitting through decades of issues lying around my grandmother’s house. I was always amazed the stories were about real people. I felt I knew them. As an only child in a pre-internet era, the connection meant a lot to me. LAURA MOORE Jokes from Dad Thanks for your corny collection of Dad Jokes (Life’s Like That, September). My name is Amy, and every morning when my dad got me up for school, he would say “Ready, Aim? Fire!” Yes,…

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win a pilot capless fountain pen

The best letter published each month will win a Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, valued at over $200. The Capless is the perfect combination of luxury and ingenious technology, featuring a one-of-a-kind retractable fountain pen nib, durable metal body, beautiful rhodium accents and a 14K gold nib. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Laura Moore. ■…

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tree of life

I think it's time to get my roots redone. JOCELYN ONG Stop planting ideas in my head! JESSIE TAN I just pruned my hair and I can't do a thing with it. CHRIS RAMOSIt took a while but my new hairdo is growing on me. MONIQUE WILES I've recently started a hairdressing business and I'm already opening new branches. ALAN MANNINGS Congratulations to this month’s winner, Jocelyn Ong. ■…

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flower man

(PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES) I WAS ALMOST UNDONE by the kindness of an elderly flower seller at Sydney’s Central Station one evening.I was feeling as raw as the chill winds quickening the steps of the commuters who burrowed chins in scarves and hands deep into coat pockets. In many ways, 2018 had proven a tough year – a year of shedding. My teenage daughter had left home for university, my job of 23 years was no more, and a creative project I’d given my all to for years had also been abruptly called off. I also found out a person I’d thought was a friend was far from it. A year earlier, I’d dreamt about an earthquake. In the dream, a red light flashed inside a building and then the…