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The Playful Way

The benefits of play are many, for kids and for adults. Hyperfocus and scant spontaneity actually hurt how we learn and grow, even in adulthood. Play is more than frivolity, it helps you create, discover, and connect.
The benefits of play are many, for kids and for adults. Hyperfocus and scant spontaneity actually hurt how we learn and grow, even in adulthood. Play is more than frivolity, it helps you create, discover, and connect.
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The World’s Happiest Couples

Some couples look like they stay happy together (forever) without pain and suffering. How do they do it? One secret to such success is being together without losing the self. They know how to communicate and keep an eye on the bigger picture. Here’s to sticking it out until death do we part.
Some couples look like they stay happy together (forever) without pain and suffering. How do they do it? One secret to such success is being together without losing the self. They know how to communicate and keep an eye on the bigger picture. Here’s to sticking it out until death do we part.
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The Perfect Vacation

How to get the biggest mental benefit from your summer break. Plus: Why vacations are important, how they boost productivity, and how you can hang on to those feelings of freedom.
How to get the biggest mental benefit from your summer break. Plus: Why vacations are important, how they boost productivity, and how you can hang on to those feelings of freedom.
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Where's your sense of adventure? Start with these smart reads from the week, including sex and the meaning of life, what happy couples do, how puppies learn, and more.
Where's your sense of adventure? Start with these smart reads from the week, including sex and the meaning of life, what happy couples do, how puppies learn, and more.
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How to Bounce Back

Setbacks come large and small, and life is full of them. Some people bounce back from the worst possible disappointments — divorce, death of a loved one — and come back stronger. How do they do it?
Setbacks come large and small, and life is full of them. Some people bounce back from the worst possible disappointments — divorce, death of a loved one — and come back stronger. How do they do it?
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The Lazy Daze of Summer

Our work, work, work culture frowns on idle time. But why all the hostility toward doing nothing? Now there’s a new movement to cherish idle moments and giving yourself a rest. Doing nothing may just be your path to doing more.
Our work, work, work culture frowns on idle time. But why all the hostility toward doing nothing? Now there’s a new movement to cherish idle moments and giving yourself a rest. Doing nothing may just be your path to doing more.
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The Manipulators in Your Life

Some people love ambiguous rules and fuzzy boundaries. Here’s how to keep your guard up around the Machiavellian in your office or the narcissist next door.
Some people love ambiguous rules and fuzzy boundaries. Here’s how to keep your guard up around the Machiavellian in your office or the narcissist next door.
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Busyness as Usual

Are you that busy person who answers the phone: “My life is crazy!” Your emails pile up, you need to pick up milk after work, not to mention the dry cleaning, you haven’t seen your best friend in weeks, you forgot to pay the rent, and on and on. Read here to manage that busywork.
Are you that busy person who answers the phone: “My life is crazy!” Your emails pile up, you need to pick up milk after work, not to mention the dry cleaning, you haven’t seen your best friend in weeks, you forgot to pay the rent, and on and on. Read here to manage that busywork.
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Do You Feel Vulnerable?

A little vulnerability is a good thing. Admitting you’re anxious and confused can help you get over your fears, but too much vulnerability can lead to a foreboding helplessness. Here’s to a happy medium.
A little vulnerability is a good thing. Admitting you’re anxious and confused can help you get over your fears, but too much vulnerability can lead to a foreboding helplessness. Here’s to a happy medium.
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Breathe in the warm weather with these important reads of the week. See essays on chronic stress and healthcare access, luxurious lifestyles that harm the planet, how good philosophers are out of touch, and more.
Breathe in the warm weather with these important reads of the week. See essays on chronic stress and healthcare access, luxurious lifestyles that harm the planet, how good philosophers are out of touch, and more.
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Life’s Simple Pleasures

A stroll in the park, a cup of tea, the smell of clean laundry, these are the little things that make a difference in your day. The simple pleasures in life get us through the daily grind, and they’re essential for reaching your goals.
A stroll in the park, a cup of tea, the smell of clean laundry, these are the little things that make a difference in your day. The simple pleasures in life get us through the daily grind, and they’re essential for reaching your goals.
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The Best Version of You

When you hear the term “The Best You” your thoughts might instinctively gravitate to the most productive, high-achieving, powerful, winning you. Yet is this how you should view the very best version of you? While wealth and success are important for a meaningful life, there are other areas that need nurture, starting with empathy and compassion for loved ones.
When you hear the term “The Best You” your thoughts might instinctively gravitate to the most productive, high-achieving, powerful, winning you. Yet is this how you should view the very best version of you? While wealth and success are important for a meaningful life, there are other areas that need nurture, starting with empathy and compassion for loved ones.
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From Sea to Shining Sea

The Fourth of July means togetherness, family, the art of the barbecue, not to mention the much-needed vacation, and a hot, hot summer. Read about your America—divided or not, civil or not. Plus, what this country needs, American culture, how to get away from it all, and more.
The Fourth of July means togetherness, family, the art of the barbecue, not to mention the much-needed vacation, and a hot, hot summer. Read about your America—divided or not, civil or not. Plus, what this country needs, American culture, how to get away from it all, and more.
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The Dream Team

Look around you, great teamwork can accomplish the seemingly impossible. Joining forces and working together can result in high productivity and a winning score. The magic behind a creative partnership is a balance that takes key elements such as a shared vision, complementary talents, and a good mix of temperaments. Herein, the ins and outs of teamwork.
Look around you, great teamwork can accomplish the seemingly impossible. Joining forces and working together can result in high productivity and a winning score. The magic behind a creative partnership is a balance that takes key elements such as a shared vision, complementary talents, and a good mix of temperaments. Herein, the ins and outs of teamwork.
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You Need a Break

It’s summer! A time for family and friends, not to mention a time for your much deserved break. Kick back and recharge before you stress yourself to the point of exhaustion. Here’s how to prevent a complete meltdown and keep yourself going—sanely.
It’s summer! A time for family and friends, not to mention a time for your much deserved break. Kick back and recharge before you stress yourself to the point of exhaustion. Here’s how to prevent a complete meltdown and keep yourself going—sanely.
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Top Posts: June 2018

Get into the groove of warm weather with these good reads from the month of June. See essays on responsible self-help, eugenics, autism, spree killers, and more.
Get into the groove of warm weather with these good reads from the month of June. See essays on responsible self-help, eugenics, autism, spree killers, and more.
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Are you following your ex on social media? Focusing on your future means releasing, and possibly unfriending, your past. Plus, read about mental illness and coming out, and body language and emotion.
Are you following your ex on social media? Focusing on your future means releasing, and possibly unfriending, your past. Plus, read about mental illness and coming out, and body language and emotion.
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The Simple Path to Fitness

Here is the simplest and most pain-free way to stay healthy and live longer: Just slip on the shoes and walk. The easy activity of walking is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and maybe even some cancers. You lower your risk of ill health with each step you take.
Here is the simplest and most pain-free way to stay healthy and live longer: Just slip on the shoes and walk. The easy activity of walking is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and maybe even some cancers. You lower your risk of ill health with each step you take.
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When to Praise

Every child appreciates praise from family and friends. It's no surprise that acknowledgment can motivate a kid to try harder, and do even better. Yet can praise work against us? Do you praise a child generously, or not so much? Here's what science has to say about when and how much you praise.
Every child appreciates praise from family and friends. It's no surprise that acknowledgment can motivate a kid to try harder, and do even better. Yet can praise work against us? Do you praise a child generously, or not so much? Here's what science has to say about when and how much you praise.

Where’s Your Inspiration?

You know that feeling when you’re creatively inspired or spiritually transcendent. It is the moment when you solve a math equation, and your existence lights up with what feels like divine clarity. That "wow" moment is delicious, but is there a way to manufacture an epiphany, or at least improve the odds of having one?
You know that feeling when you’re creatively inspired or spiritually transcendent. It is the moment when you solve a math equation, and your existence lights up with what feels like divine clarity. That "wow" moment is delicious, but is there a way to manufacture an epiphany, or at least improve the odds of having one?
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