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Advocates call recess a crucial part of education

For years, as standardized tests took on ever greater importance in Massachusetts public schools, recess seemed to pay the price, shrinking or even disappearing in some communities. But now, with an increased focus on kids’ social and emotional development, there … Continue reading

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Our biggest stressor isn’t money or work, it’s the future of this country

The most common source of stress among American adults?It’s not money or work, but concern about the nation’s future.About 63 percent of adults surveyed said the future of country was a source of stress, a slightly greater share than the … Continue reading

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40 years into the war on clutter, and we’re still overwhelmed by stuff. What’s going on?

It’s hard to put a start date on America’s War on Clutter, but you could trace it to 1978, when the first Container Store opened in a 1,600-square-foot space in Dallas, or to 1985, when a few professional organizers from … Continue reading

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Cancer, chemo, and the road to ‘self-compassion’

The National Cancer Institute tries to be helpful: “At some point during chemotherapy, you may feel: Anxious; Depressed; Afraid; Angry; Frustrated; Helpless; Lonely. It is normal to have a wide range of feelings while going through chemotherapy. After all, living … Continue reading

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Seven Steps, 27,000 Lives

In America, guns are a fact of life — and too often a cause of death. In all, 38,658 people died from gunshots in 2016. Some were murdered; others took their own lives. Some were killed by accident.But none of them had … Continue reading

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Boston ranks among top cities for quality of life, new report says

The American Fitness Index named Boston the fifth healthiest city in the country last year. Also in 2016, Money magazine called Boston the best city in the Northeast. Now, Deutsche Bank says Boston is the eighth best city in the world in terms of quality … Continue reading

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The texts are coming from inside the house

Tired and hungry after a day of high school and sports, Isaiah Ramsey likes to collapse on his bed, grab his phone, and place a mobile dinner order.To his mom. In the next room.“And I bring it to him,” said … Continue reading

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Why we should tell girls they’re ‘beautiful’ less often

For the past few months, getting my 5-year-old daughter, Emma, dressed in the morning has been a grueling ordeal. She hovers over her open dresser drawers, rapidly pulling shorts and shirts out only to immediately dismiss them.“I have no good … Continue reading

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‘You think you are leaving early, but it is never early enough’

Remember the good old days of traffic, when backups, congestion, and delays were confined to what now seems like the quaint notion of “rush hour’’?These days the endless lines of brake lights are striking earlier and later — often seemingly … Continue reading

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Depression in children and teens — especially girls — worse than thought, study finds

Depression is usually considered an issue parents have to watch out for starting in the turbulent teenage years. The CW channel, full of characters with existential angst about school, friends, and young love, tells us so, as do the countless … Continue reading

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What happens when parents loosen up a bit? Look to the Dutch

Last fall, I picked up my 11-year-old daughter from her first middle school dance. It was at a nightclub in Amsterdam. As I stood outside waiting, streams of British bachelorettes stumbled down the alley around me. This was at 11:30 … Continue reading

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Cancer brings it home

The china tea cups were laid out beside a vase of roses. I arrived late to this reunion of high school friends and former teachers, and could hear the laughter from the door as I slipped in. Lunch was over, … Continue reading

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Economic inequality goes well beyond the bank account

If President Trump’s plan to cut individual and corporate taxes is enacted, it would accelerate the rise of income inequality in America. Economists have analyzed the effects such cuts would have on the economy, but cuts would also have an … Continue reading

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Life lessons at the checkout counter

It took a second to realize I hadn’t heard him correctly. Really looking at him for the first time, I noticed he looked sad and tired. So there was no way his answer to my cashier small talk of “How … Continue reading

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The joy of missing out

ANYONE WHO’S BEEN in sixth grade knows the feeling: Somewhere, someone is having a good time and we weren’t invited. That old-brain trauma is a useful trigger for our device manufacturers, who exploit it to keep us obsessively checking our … Continue reading

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Health is about communities, not just individual care, researchers say

National health expenditures are expected to hit $3.35 trillion this year, most of it spent on care for one person at a time: doctors’ visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs. But to really improve the health of Americans, two new studies suggest, … Continue reading

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Study finds major earnings gap for men, women after college

Men make more money just six years after enrolling in college than women do 10 years after entering school, a wage gap that persists across public and private four-year universities, according to a study released Tuesday by the Center for … Continue reading

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A matter of judgment

A THOROUGH psychiatric exam assesses for mood and psychosis. It also assesses for thinking. The screening tests can feel a little fly-by, like hovering over a very large piece of territory before deciding where to land. There is the spelling … Continue reading

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Changing the clocks makes people depressed, study finds

When you wake up this Sunday, it will probably be a bit brighter than usual, and the day will plunge into darkness much earlier in the afternoon — at 4:31 pm. Welcome to the return of standard time.The extra hour … Continue reading

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How to teach your children that the world doesn’t revolve around them

Recently, when I picked up my 4-year-old daughter from preschool she announced that she wanted to get a new toy. I cringed, preparing for a battle.Later, my son, a first-grader, whipped out my iPhone and pulled up the $50 pair … Continue reading

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