Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re in a gift-giving mood as rising estrogen and testosterone combine a desire to shop with a desire to build strong bonds with others. On a budget? Great news! A Stanford University study shows that most folks prefer small gifts that have more meaning—like a bouquet of their favorite flowers or a picture frame with a photo of you and your pal in it—than an iPod, jewelry and other pricey pressies.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Keep your eyes open for great opportunities today. Good fortune is more likely to come your way as high estrogen and testosterone make you open to new experiences and meeting new people, which are key traits of the luckiest people, research shows. These high hormones are also making you think fast on your feet so you can talk your way into a new job, great deal or killer date!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Progesterone is bringing out your nurturing side. As a result, you may feel like you’re more in tune with other people’s emotions and can pick up on subtle voice or body language cues that reveal their true feelings.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Plunging estrogen and testosterone may make you bit worried about money as they bring down your confidence about finances. Ironically, research shows this might lead you to actually end up overspending! That’s because you could feel that you’re so far under water, spending more won’t make much of a difference. Truth? If money’s tight, stemming the spending tide now can help you later, so try to resist the urge to buy stuff you don’t need, consider working on a budget and log on to billshrink.com to find ways to cut down your expenses.