Which week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Someone you thought you were finally over last week comes popping into your head today, such as a crush, an ex or even an oft-annoying friend, making you wonder if he or she is worth a second (or third, fourth of 12th) chance. That’s because rising estrogen is boosting feel-good brain chemicals, making it easier for you to overlook the person’s flaws and forget past problems you’ve had with him or her. As a result, you’re more likely to remember the attributes that attracted you to this person to begin with.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: As rising estrogen and testosteone lift your sunny attitude, you’ll be doling out more compliments today, say, to a co-worker for a job well done, your sweetie for picking up the milk or a passing stranger about her hat. And now a new study shows that not only do kind words to others make them feel good, compliments make you more satisifed with your life and more well-liked by others, reports the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Why? Highlighting other people’s strengths helps you see more of your own—and this makes you upbeat and optimistic, traits that draw people to you like a magnet!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Last week, high testosterone had you more comfortable leading the pack. This week, lower levels of testosterone plus rising progesterone make you more comfortable being a team player. Others will appreciate your willingness to hear their opinions and share the credit for a job well done.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Your plunging estrogen and testosterone make you see the world slightly less rosy than it really is. As a result, you may have to guard yourself against acting too pessimistically, for instance, when telling a pal that her relationship has no hope of surviving her boyfriend eating the last Mallowmar, when throwing your whole printer in the trash just because the ink cartridge got stuck or when deciding to delete your entire blog because you were sure no one was reading it.
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