17 Shortcuts To Perfect Health

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As an extra precaution, Oleson recommends using a detergent like Tide with Bleach or Wisk with ColorHold Bleaching Action; both contain a color-safe bleach that'll keep your tighty whities from turning a dingy gray. Brand-new red rugby shirt? Wash it separately the first few times to avoid the big bleed.

Wear Shoes 2 Days in a Row?

Roll up two magazines (any other men's magazines will work) and insert one inside each shoe at the end of day one. "When you let go, the magazines will expand to help stretch the leather back into shape. They'll also do a better job of absorbing the day's moisture than plastic shoe trees," says Jim Rice, founder of Shoeguy.com. And when your shoe-stuffers start falling apart? Recycle.

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Don't Change Oil Every 3,000?

Apologize to your Passat and switch over to a synthetic lube. "Synthetic oil is better able to withstand high heat, so you'll have more of a cushion in your mileage between oil changes," says Steve Gehrlein, author of Save $$$ on Car Repairs. In real road terms, that means you may be able to go as long as 25,000 miles before you have to pull over for another drain and refill.

Need more convincing? Corvettes, Porsches, and Aston Martins roll off the assembly line topped off with the man-made stuff. One caveat: Make sure the guys at the Grease-'n'-Go pour in a "100 percent synthetic" oil and not a "synthetic blend."

Hate to Ask Her About Her Day?

Try a more specific line of questioning. For example, instead of "How'd it go today?" ask about a project she's working on, something like, "What's the status of the Maloney deal?" This'll show that you care and "help force her to focus on the important details of her day," says Michael Cunningham, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Louisville.

Is she still ranting about the creep who doesn't contribute to the office coffee fund? Ask a question that'll make her laugh. This'll help her take a step back and put the day in perspective, says Cunningham. Your last resort: Admit you're a self-centered slug and beg for mercy.

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