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Holiday Survival Guide

Surviving the holidays is easy if you know the right tricks. Test your holiday IQ -- from hangover cures to handling relatives.

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Holiday Survival Guide
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

You've got a belly-aching, head-throbbing hangover. What breakfast is the best hangover helper?

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The correct answer is: Scrambled, poached, fried or sunny side-up, eggs are hangover helpers because they have N-acetyl-cysteine in their yolks. They give your body antioxidants that help your liver, which is busy trying to cleanse all that junk left over from the night before!

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which beverage could help you strike up a friendship at a party?

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The correct answer is: Feeling nervous about an upcoming holiday party? Remember this: Grab a hot cider from the beverage table and ask your new friend to hold it for a second while you grab some snacks. One study found that people who momentarily held an iced beverage judged others as colder, less social and more selfish than people who momentarily held a hot beverage.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Where should you stand at a party for a guaranteed good time?

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The correct answer is: Want to have fun? Well, stand by the group that's having the most fun! Sounds of laughter or cheering trigger strong brain activity in listeners--particularly in the brain areas that control the muscles of the face, which means listeners are primed to smile or laugh, too. I guess laughter really IS contagious.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

You're thinking of picking up a poinsettia to give to your grandma. Could it make her cat sick?

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The correct answer is: Have no fear! Poinsettias are not toxic to you or your pets. One study revealed that out of nearly 23,000 poinsettia exposures reported, no significant toxicity was found.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which holiday scent is an instant pick-me-up?

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The correct answer is: Beat the blues with a little whiff of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, breast tenderness and headaches.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following perks up your energy during the holiday season?

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The correct answer is: The holidays are a marathon, not a sprint. Stay hydrated throughout the day, get seven to nine hours of sleep and exercise. "It's cold," and simply "I don't want to," are excuses we all use this time of year to avoid the gym, but exercise fights fatigue and boosts energy levels.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Winter weather creates slick, icy sidewalks and more often than not, it's You: 0, Icy sidewalk: 1. What's the best way to fall?

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The correct answer is: Minimize the force of your fall by landing on your side so you fall on as much surface area as possible. Once you start to fall don't resist--just try to fall safely. You're a lot less likely to hurt yourself if you land on your side or bottom rather than your head, knees, hands or elbows.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

You're shopping for your nephew in a big-box electronic store. Where could E. coli lurk?

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The correct answer is: Scientists in one study found dangerous E. coli bacteria (most likely from fecal matter) on a pair of public headphones. As disgusting as that sounds, it probably won't make you sick. According to Dr. Oz, if the secretions are dry they can't hurt you (sorry, but we had to tell you).

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which party dance moves could actually save your life?

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The correct answer is: If you're ever attacked from behind, do the "chicken wing:" 1. Open your arms into a chicken wing. 2. Step to the side and drop your body. 3. Look and hit your attacker in the stomach, then the groin 4. Kick his instep and run.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these household items can help Santa pick out a toy for your little ones?

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The correct answer is: Santa asks his elves to use the toilet-paper roll test. If toys pass through a toilet-paper roll, they're a choking hazard for children and are excluded from his bag of goodies.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a benefit of gift-giving?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When you feel especially good, the pleasure center of your brain lights up. This happens after making love, eating a great meal, and yes, giving gifts. If you're married and you give your spouse a gift, you're likely to last longer than couples who don't take those extra steps. The most surprising benefit of gift-giving? If you squeezed a rubber ball right after doing something nice for someone, chances are you'd squeeze it 20 percent longer than on a usual day.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these holiday gifts for your sweetie can bring the most happiness?

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The correct answer is: Go for the weekend getaway. Studies show that spending money on experiences tend to make us happier than spending money on things.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these movies should you keep in mind when spending time with family?

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The correct answer is: In reality, most people's families are more like the Griswolds in "Christmas Vacation" than the Baileys in "It's a Wonderful Life." Set realistic expectations, and you'll enjoy your time with your family.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How long should you wash your hands before and after preparing the holiday dinner?

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The correct answer is: The easiest and most effective way of preventing food-borne illness (and a holiday disaster!) is to wash your hands for 20 seconds both before and after preparing food.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How much of your holiday dinner plate should be devoted to your favorite dish?

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The correct answer is: Remember, the only thing that should be stuffed at the holiday dinner is the turkey. To avoid busting any buttons this year, fill half your plate with veggies, salad and fruit, a fourth of your plate with lean proteins and the last fourth of your plate with your favorite holiday dish.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which holiday-favorite dish fights gum disease?

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The correct answer is: For a brighter smile, go for the cranberries. Nutrients in cranberries help reduce plaque by fighting the buildup of bacteria-harboring biofilms, which means you'll have less of a chance of tooth decay and gum disease. Want to make it even healthier? Use a sugar substitute in the relish.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these treats could make you feel gassy and crampy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Mounting evidence shows that an overload of dairy causes bloating, gas and diarrhea in more people than anyone thought. The culprit is lactose, a milk sugar some people can't digest at all, and too much of it can bother anyone.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Grandma keeps pushing you to have seconds, even though you're watching your weight. How do you respond.

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The correct answer is: Sometimes people push food to show love, but that doesn't mean you have to compromise your waistline. Simply say "Thanks, but no thanks," and explain you're on a diet. Some family members need to feel appreciated or praised, so if you feel rude rejecting their food, take a very small taste and praise it highly. This will help you build your relationship with that family member and practice moderation.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Nothing beats a leftover turkey sandwich in the days following a big holiday meal. How many days can those leftovers last?

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The correct answer is: Remember the 2-2-4 rule: Those delicious holiday leftovers need to be refrigerated within two hours of serving. Store them up to four days in a container no more than 2 inches deep.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these post-holiday chores burns the most calories?

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The correct answer is: Plug in the vacuum! Vacuuming for 20 minutes burns 74 calories, beating out dish duty (52 calories) and mopping (42 calories) in the same amount of time.

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