Do you think that the only way to stay healthy is to be hard on yourself? If you eat junk food rather than vegetables, or you miss a couple days at the gym, do you fill your head with negative self talk? It’s not fun, and no one really enjoys it, but we think we deserve this “tough love.” If that’s what you think, this new research might surprise you: scientists say self-compassion is better for you if you want to create good health.

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Do you remember the day you got your first period? For some, that day can’t come soon enough. For young girls, getting your period affects your status among peers. No one wants to be the one without their period. But now research is showing that early periods aren’t something to be excited about. In fact, if your period started before the age of 12, there are seven potential health problems you should know about. 

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