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If your goal in the New Year is to find a new job you may want to consider whether where you live is going to make that harder. There’s no doubt there are some cities where more jobs are available than others, and thanks to a new WalletHub report we now know which ones they are.

The site looked at 180 U.S. cities, judging them on 26 key indicators, including the Job Market, which takes into account job opportunities, employment growth, monthly average starting salary and more, and Socio-Economic rank, which looks at median annual income, work and commute times, transit options and more.

So, where should you move if you want an easier time finding a new job? Well, the answer is Chandler, Arizona, which scored an overall 67.66 out of 100 and gets high marks in both Job Market and Socio-economic rank. In more specific areas, Peoria, Arizona, which ranks fourth overall, tops the list for Job Market, while Madison, Wisconsin, which ranks ninth overall, is tops for Socio-Economic rank. 

Top Ten Best Places To Find Jobs (click here for the complete list)

  1. Chandler, AZ
  2. Scottsdale, AZ
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Peoria, AZ
  5. Gilbert, AZ
  6. Plano, TX
  7. Portland, ME
  8. Irvine, CA
  9. Madison, WI
  10. Boston, MA

As for the worst city to find a job, that “honor” goes to Shreveport, Louisiana, which earned an overall score of 37.49 and ranks dead last for Job Market, and close to the bottom for Socio-Economic rank.

Fungus to ward off winter sickness? Sounds far-fetched, but it's science-backed—as are these other quirky immunity boosters. Cold and flu season, conquered.

  • Sip a mushroom latte - Several studies have shown that mushrooms can activate immune cells and reduce inflammation to help your body fight infection better. And you can get the benefits in just one serving. Try a latte made with powdered shrooms or eat a cooked shiitake every day.
  • Try whole grains - Start your day with oats and add barley to your soup to get the beta-glucans that help boost your white blood cell activity to ward off viruses.
  • Belt one out - Both singing and listening to music for 30 minutes are linked to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and when stress hormones are elevated, that can suppress your immune function.
  • Cool it - A study found that those who rinsed in cold water for 30 seconds at the end of a hot shower reported more mild flu and cold symptoms than people who kept the hot on for the whole shower.
  • Order sushi - Eating more salmon and tuna gets you more of those omega-3 fatty acids that ease inflammation. Add a little ginger for more anti-inflammatory goodness and wasabi to help clear out your nasal passages.
  • See sick people - In one study, those who looked at photos of sick people coughing and sneezing got a big immune system boost. Researchers think it’s how our bodies react when faced with the threat of germs. It works for seeing sick folks in real life, just don’t linger too long with those spewing germs.
  • Go with the flow - Researchers from UCLA found that practicing tai chi, a form of Chinese exercise, helped increase immunity. Doing this stress reliever or yoga can both bolster immune function.
  • Get some vitamin N - Spending as few as 15 minutes out in nature can be a big stress reliever. When it’s too cold to be out that long, get a few plants for your desk and home and look at nature photos, which has been shown to have similar health benefits.

Source: Women's Health

As we vow to be healthier in 2018, many of us are trying to eat less sugar. We know that means no more Snickers bars, but with sugar hiding in everything we eat, it can be tough to eliminate it all. And then there’s the whole willpower thing. According to holistic psychologist Dr. Ellen Voran sugar is 20 times more addictive than cocaine, so it’s tough to quit this white stuff. But these steps can help make it easier on you:

  • Read labels - The first step to breaking a sugar addiction is knowing when you’re actually eating it. Even foods we think of as healthy can be packed with sugar.
  • Limit artificial sweeteners - You have to reset your taste buds when you’re trying to cut back on sugar and artificial sweeteners don’t really help with that.
  • Add more fat - Fat helps fill you up, turns off your hunger hormones, and satisfies you. So eating more healthy fats like hemp seeds and avocado can help you say no to that plate of cookies.
  • Eat fermented food - It’ll balance your gut bacteria and that will help you crave less sugar later on, plus the tangy flavor helps reset your taste buds. Yogurt and fermented veggies are good to eat when you’re fighting off a sugar craving.
  • Think in terms of adding rather than taking away - Fill up on healthy, fiber-packed veggies and good fat so you don’t have room for dessert.
  • Drink more tea - Treat yourself to something other than sweets with tea or sparkling water. These will keep your mouth happy and get your mind off eating sugar.
  • Get out of your regular habits - Switch up your routine to help break your sugar habit. Cook more at home, sit in a different place at work, and try new flavors, all of these can make it easier for you to eat less of the sweet stuff and not hate life.

Source: Mind Body Green

Trends come and go, in fashion and for weddings, too. Here’s what you can expect to see more of when your nearest and dearest tie the knot in 2018.

  • Statement Earrings - Bold ear bling is still in style and more brides are wearing simpler gowns with glamazon power earrings.
  • Tiny tats - Forget gold bands, more couples are making their forever commitment with dainty, matching tattoos.
  • Microweddings - It’s not a city hall quickie or a lavish wedding fit for a princess, but a microwedding is somewhere in between. This trend is a great way for brides to have a festive affair with their besties and parents while saving tons on the wedding budget.
  • Dogwood blooms - Designers say these will be gracing more nuptials in 2018.
  • Couture-inspired cakes - Think flowing fondant and cakes that look like fabric but taste way better.
  • Puff sleeves - If the fall 2018 runways are any indication, we’ll see more brides wearing ethereal “puff” statement sleeves on their gowns.
  • Hybrid monikers - More couples are opting for last name mashups instead of one partner assuming the other’s last name. So when your friends Smith and Jones get married, they could become the Smones family.

Source: PureWow

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