Reader’s Digest: July 2014

In case you missed it: Follow the links to enjoy bonus content featured in our July 2014 issue.

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America the Beautiful
See the winners and top finalists of our Made in America photo contest— 26 unique views of America the beautiful.

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Always Tired?
Alternate between mental and physical activity (do desk work, then stretch; watch TV, then get water) and you’ll improve your alertness, according to

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Words You Use That Make You Sound Weak
Do you use negative, “slow down” language when you speak? Mark Divine, author of The Way of the SEAL (Reader’s Digest books) suggests positive, active swaps like “learned” for “failed,” and “definitely” for “maybe.”

The Best Photo Apps for Your Smartphone
Make your pics look as great as possible before you share them with VSCO Cam (iOS, Android), which offers simple, straightforward editing tools. For more advanced filters, frames, and “meme” text, we like using the creative Photo Editor by Aviary (iOS, Android).

Meet the Dumbest Job Applicants
HR pros dish about 25 of the funniest interviews, including one with this dope: “The candidate said that by crossing the Maryland state line he was in violation of his probation, but felt the interview was worth risking possible jail time.”

Creative Stuffed Peppers
We searched the best of the food blogs to find recipes for this in-season superstar. Fillings are as varied as Buffalo chicken, breakfast eggs and cheese, and a crunchy rice-and-combo that gets its texture with from Grape-Nuts cereal.

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