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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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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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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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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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The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education. … Continue reading

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A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores

It has long been true that women are paid less than men at work and do more of the labor at home. It turns out those patterns start as early as childhood.Read the entire article on The New York Times

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Morning People May Live Longer Than Night Owls

Morning people may live longer than night owls, a new study suggests.Read the entire article on The New York Times

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Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit Image

Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses … Continue reading

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How to Pick a Meditation App

By now you’ve probably read about how meditation may help you manage anxiety, stress and blood pressure, and help you sleep better, be more creativeand improve your relationships. While researchers are still debating many of these claims, a number of apps offer guided meditation specifically designed … Continue reading

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To Jump-Start Your Exercise Routine, Be Mindful

By now, many of us, beset by bad weather and declining motivation, are struggling to maintain our New Year’s exercise resolutions. But a timely new study offers encouragement, suggesting that by paying more attention to the experience of exercise itself, … Continue reading

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Steps for More, and Better, Sleep

I regret that for most of my adult life, I treated sleep as more a luxury than a necessity. There was always something more to do before I crawled under the covers and turned out the light. I realize belatedly … Continue reading

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Opening Up About Depression

I have slogged through a number of difficult situations in recent months, among them the ongoing crises of my elderly parents’ illnesses and the suicide of a friend. I never lost my appetite nor burst into tears, and I didn’t … Continue reading

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How to Maintain Friendships

Age and time have a funny relationship: Sure, they both move in the same direction, but the older we get, the more inverse that relationship can feel. And as work and family commitments take up a drastically outsize portion of … Continue reading

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Happiness Is Other People

In a particularly low moment a few years back, after arriving friendless and lonely from Britain to live in the United States, I downloaded a “happiness app” onto my phone. It was surprisingly hard to choose one. There were close … Continue reading

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Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. … Continue reading

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Yoga for Everyone

It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the globe. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be … Continue reading

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The Secret to a Happy Marriage Is Knowing How to Fight

It’s peak “engagement season” — the span of time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day when, according to the website WeddingWire, more than a third of couples pledge to marry.Read the entire article on The New York Times

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How to Stop Eating Sugar

If you’re like most Americans, you eat more sugar than is good for you. But it’s entirely possible to eat less sugar without sacrificing much — if any — of the pleasures of eating. Surprising as it may sound, many … Continue reading

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