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The coronavirus means everyone’s home — and even more work for mom

Is it petty to gossip about your husband during a pandemic? Technically, yes.But with the whole family home all day, every day, for every meal, and with some people talking very loudly on conference calls, and every day both a … Continue reading

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A (Former) Night Owl’s Guide to Becoming a Morning Person

The world isn’t made for night owls.You struggle into work in the dark hours before 10 a.m. — or your morning coffee — and you’re greeted by some chipper person who has already been to the gym and is six … Continue reading

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How one health care journalist chose his plan. Hint: it was tricky

It’s that time of year again.If you’re one of the roughly 150 million Americans who gets insurance through work, you’re probably going through “open enrollment,” that annual ritual of picking a health insurance plan.Read the entire article on The Boston … Continue reading

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Let’s Wage a War on Loneliness

LONDON — We humans make a lonely crowd, and it’s killing us.Social isolation is more lethal than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, or than obesity, according to research published by Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University. Since obesity is associated … Continue reading

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How to Turn Depressing Social Media Into a Positive Influence

A friend of mine digitally disappeared recently. Dropped all social media. Several others mentioned they might do the same. No doubt you’ve seen similar posts from people you know (and people you don’t) about needing a break from their digital … Continue reading

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Can You Teach People How to Love?

How many times have you used the word “love” in the past week? Maybe you were referring to someone’s outfit, ending a phone call, or talking to a romantic partner. Did you really mean it? Did you feel it? Did … Continue reading

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Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain

My name is Kevin, and I have a phone problem. And if you’re anything like me — and the statistics suggest you probably are, at least where smartphones are concerned — you have one, too.Read the entire article on The … Continue reading

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How to Foster Empathy in Children

As the year’s end approaches, most Americans get bombarded by emailed and snail-mailed requests for donations to all manner of charities, A to Z.I’m an easy target, a softy readily seduced by impassioned pleas to help improve the well-being of … Continue reading

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How to make friends as an adult

Stay home alone binge-watching Netflix. If you do go out, commune with your phone only. Do not volunteer. Join no groups. Exude an “unavailable” vibe when walking the dog. Or better yet, get an indoor cat. Runners, run solo. Freelancers, … Continue reading

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Burned out? You’re not alone. And the world is finally paying attention

Janna Koretz saw a number of her classmates from Cornell University go on to “big jobs” after they graduated, only to burn out quickly from the intensity of the work. So Koretz, a clinical psychologist, decided to open a practice … Continue reading

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Are you grateful?

As a physician, I have helped to care for many patients and families whose lives have been turned upside down by serious illnesses and injuries. In the throes of such catastrophes, it can be difficult to find cause for anything … Continue reading

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Let Children Get Bored Again

“I’m bored.” It’s a puny little phrase, yet it has the power to fill parents with a cascade of dread, annoyance and guilt. If someone around here is bored, someone else must have failed to enlighten or enrich or divert. … Continue reading

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A New Year’s resolution: Just breathe

If December is the month of self-indulgence, January is the month of self-reproach. Gym memberships and diet programs are part of the traditional response, but so, increasingly, is mindfulness. We are exhorted to improve our health and outlook by growing … Continue reading

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Why we turn into different people when we fly

It wasn’t even noon, but there was Kirsten Blair, in a Hudson News at Logan Airport, trying to fight off the siren call of a 10.7-ounce “sharing” bag of Peanut M&M’s.“It’s bad,” the usually disciplined eater, a young mother from … Continue reading

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Going on vacation? Pack for who you are, not who you want to be

Roll your clothes. Use mesh packing cubes. Tuck socks in shoes. Make a list and edit ruthlessly. Choose a travel palette. At this point, I’ve read so many “how to pack a suitcase” stories I could recite their lessons in … Continue reading

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The martyr. The mooch. The whiner. On family vacations, everyone has a role to play

The martyr. The mooch. The whiner. The foodie. The control freak. The peacemaker. The iron fist. The drunk. The obsessed pet owner. The “I ran 10 miles before dawn, what did you do this morning?”When it comes to the family … Continue reading

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How to keep smiling when it’s light out only 9 hours a day

The playground is deserted with the exception of my toddler and me. It’s pitch black out and she’s clad in a puffy snowsuit, perched on a swing, under a glowing street lamp. You might guess the whole tableau is playing … Continue reading

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Talk is not cheap when it comes to love and money

Valentine’s Day spending is hyped as a way to show your love.But one way to truly have a successful, loving relationship is to have frank, regular discussions about your finances. Bare your financial soul to your soulmate.Read the entire article … Continue reading

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Have a kid who won’t answer your texts? Send a picture of the family pet

All our problems should be so easily solved. In Cambridge, longtime therapist Kyle Carney has nearly foolproof advice for clients who complain that their college-age and adult kids don’t answer texts.Shhhh. Don’t tell the children, but here’s the trick: Text … Continue reading

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How to tell your boss you need time off for therapy

Anna Swenson has been in therapy for seven years to help her manage her depression and anxiety. But until taking her most recent job six months ago, she’d never discussed it at work. When she had her weekly appointment, she’d … Continue reading

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