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Alice Fleerackers

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    The Simple Dutch Cure for Stress

    “Uitwaaien” is a popular activity around Amsterdam—one believed to have important psychological benefits.Photograph by John Loo / Flickr Last year I was in San Francisco, a city known for its tech companies, steep hills, and fierce winds. Each day I’d run around the neighborhood and up through the park, ending with a spectacular view of […]

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    It Pays to Be a Space Case

    Kieran Fox, a neuroscientist, says some of his colleagues see him as an “alien” because of all the time he takes off to let his mind wander.Photo Illustration by Sergey Nivens / Shutterstock It’s a feeling we all know well—you’re at a work meeting or in the middle of a book, when you realize that […]

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    Your Romantic Ideals Don’t Predict Who Your Future Partner Will Be

    Why birds of a feather don’t flock together for long.

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    Let’s Talk About Our Health Anxiety Over COVID-19

    The calming power of conversation, mindfulness, and a little exercise.

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    Scientists Can Predict Your Job By Your Social-Media Personality

    People soon might be able to identify career options that truly fit their personality traits and values, based on the digital traces that they leave through their online behaviors.Photo Illustration by Billion Photos / Shutterstock For many of us, finding the “right” career can feel like an impossible feat. When my little sister was in […]

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    The Problem with “Smart” New Years’ Goals

    Researchers found that people who set both superordinate and subordinate goals at New Year’s invested more effort into pursuing them.Photograph by marekuliasz / Shutterstock There’s a name for the sudden spur of motivation we often feel at New Year’s—the fresh start effect. You might also feel it on your birthday, at the start of the […]

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    The Simple Dutch Cure for Stress

    “Uitwaaien” is a popular activity around Amsterdam—one believed to have important psychological benefits.Photograph by John Loo / Flickr Recently I was in San Francisco, a city known for its tech companies, steep hills, and fierce winds. Each day I’d run around the neighborhood and up through the park, ending with a spectacular view of the […]