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'Extraordinary' is overrated. Here's how to embrace the power of an ordinary life

For those in emerging adulthood, there's endless pressure from all sides to chase an extraordinary standard in every aspect of life. But writer Rainesford Stauffer says the so-called milestones are more unrealistic than ever. Now's the time for creativity and carving your own path — and she's got some tips from her book, An Ordinary Age, to get you started.

'Extraordinary' is overrated. Here's how to embrace the power of an ordinary life

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4 tips for talking to your Latinx parents about mental health
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4 tips for talking to your Latinx parents about mental health

Shame and stigma play a huge role in discouraging folks in the Latinx community from seeking mental health care — and talking about it with their families. These steps can help you prepare for the conversation with your loved ones.

4 tips for talking to your Latinx parents about mental health

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Need to make a change in your life? Behavioral science can help
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Need to make a change in your life? Behavioral science can help

When's the best time to start a new habit? And what makes some stick while others fall by the wayside? Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman's new book, How to Change, breaks down the research about how to leverage human nature instead of working against it to achieve your goals. (This episode originally aired in May 2021.)

Need to make a change in your life? Behavioral science can help

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How to talk about the COVID vaccine with people who are hesitant
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How to talk about the COVID vaccine with people who are hesitant

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jasmine Marcelin shares how she has conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine with people who have doubts about getting vaccinated. (A version of this episode originally aired on NPR's Short Wave.)

How to talk about the COVID vaccine with people who are hesitant

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Understanding the promise — and limits — of ethical investing
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Understanding the promise — and limits — of ethical investing

Money talks, but how do you make sure your money is sending the right message? Ethical investing isn't magic, but it's one way to try and put your money where your morals are. Here's what you need to know before you get started.

Understanding the promise — and limits — of ethical investing

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Creativity can't be forced. Take breaks and zone out to find new inspiration

Do you ever try to be creative, but no matter how hard you try, struggle to access that spark in your head? This episode explains how to escape that creative rut — and it all starts with taking intentional breaks.

Creativity can't be forced. Take breaks and zone out to find new inspiration

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There's pressure to be partnered. Here's how to enjoy single life
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There's pressure to be partnered. Here's how to enjoy single life

Singlehood is not the waiting room of life. It's unfair to think single people can't create meaningful lives that are filled with purpose and love. We promise no cheesy advice, but rather tips for how to find peace with singleness and live a full life on your own terms.

There's pressure to be partnered. Here's how to enjoy single life

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A pediatrician's advice on omicron, daycare and travel for kids under 5
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A pediatrician's advice on omicron, daycare and travel for kids under 5

Amid the omicron surge, there is understandable anxiety among parents, particularly those with kids under 5. In this episode, infectious disease doctor Ibukun Kalu answers listeners' questions on the latest COVID variant, daycare and travel for unvaccinated children.

A pediatrician's advice on omicron, daycare and travel for kids under 5

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Stressed about money? Scared to check your balance? These tips are for you

If you wince every time you open up your credit card app or feel stressed just thinking about personal finances, here's how to curb money avoidance and train your brain to face your money woes head-on.

Stressed about money? Scared to check your balance? These tips are for you

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Diet culture is everywhere. Here's how to fight it

In 2021, nearly half of all New Year's resolutions in the U.S. were based on weight loss. Why do we set these goals for ourselves? Diet culture, the social expectations that value thinness and appearance above all else can impact how we view our bodies and treat others. The good news is, we can free ourselves from this mindset.

Diet culture is everywhere. Here's how to fight it

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Stressed? Instead of distracting yourself, try paying closer attention

It's counterintuitive, but an effective way to manage our negative reactions to life's stressors actually involves slowing down and paying very close attention. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, explains how to begin a meditation practice — and how doing so can help you seize the present moment.

Stressed? Instead of distracting yourself, try paying closer attention

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When it comes to exercise, "all movements count"
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When it comes to exercise, "all movements count"

Feeling blocked with it comes to starting an exercise habit? You can actually get the health benefits of exercise with just 22 minutes of exercise a day — and you might be surprised what "counts" as exercise. Kiss your excuses goodbye! (This episode originally aired in December 2018.)

When it comes to exercise, "all movements count"

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7 tips on giving a memorable toast for any occasion

It's the wild card of every big event — the toast. If you're giving a new year's toast, a best man or maid of honor speech, or any other toasts this coming year, we've got some tips to make sure people remember your toast with fondness and not horror.

7 tips on giving a memorable toast for any occasion

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6 tips on taking a break from drinking
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6 tips on taking a break from drinking

Thinking about taking a break from drinking? Here are ways to help you make a plan, navigate tricky social situations and reassess your relationship with alcohol so you can experience the benefits of dry January. (This episode originally aired in January 2020.)

6 tips on taking a break from drinking

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How solitude can help you regulate your mood
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How solitude can help you regulate your mood

Everyone needs a little alone time, but during this pandemic, you may have felt like you had too much "me" time or not enough. Let's get that balance back! This episode breaks down research behind what makes even small bouts of solitude restorative and what to do when you're alone too much. (This episode originally aired in July 2020.)

How solitude can help you regulate your mood

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How to give thoughtful holiday gifts on a budget
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How to give thoughtful holiday gifts on a budget

Holiday gift exchanges can feel like a burden, especially if you're shopping on a budget. Here are tips from a shopping expert on how to give more thoughtful presents — without breaking the bank. (This episode originally aired in December 2020.)

How to give thoughtful holiday gifts on a budget

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Your questions on holiday anxieties, answered by psychologist Andrea Bonior
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Your questions on holiday anxieties, answered by psychologist Andrea Bonior

We asked for your questions on navigating the holiday blues. Clinical psychologist Andrea Bonior guides us through some rough patches involving family, money, loneliness and safety.

Your questions on holiday anxieties, answered by psychologist Andrea Bonior

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What happens in our brain when we grieve — and how it helps us stay afloat
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What happens in our brain when we grieve — and how it helps us stay afloat

When we lose a loved one, it can feel like we've lost a part of ourselves. And for good reason, our brains are learning how to live in this world without someone we care about in it. In this episode, psychologist Mary-Frances O'Connor explains what happens in our brain when we experience grief. (A version of this episode originally aired on NPR's Short Wave.)

What happens in our brain when we grieve — and how it helps us stay afloat

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Stop before you shop! You can give meaningful holiday gifts without buying new

Shopping secondhand can ease the environmental burden of holiday consumption — and save you money, too. Here are three tips to help you start cutting down this season.

Stop before you shop! You can give meaningful holiday gifts without buying new

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Stop being so mean to yourself. Here are 5 tips to help you break the cycle

Being self-critical comes naturally for a lot of people. It's easy to focus on the one bad review or the tiny flaw in an otherwise perfect presentation. Psychologist Joy Harden Bradford walks us through some strategies to quiet down those negative thoughts, including how to monitor and interrogate your negative self-talk and replace it with positive self-talk.

Stop being so mean to yourself. Here are 5 tips to help you break the cycle

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How to host a meaningful holiday gathering
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How to host a meaningful holiday gathering

Hosting family and friends during the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn't need to be. Conflict resolution facilitator Priya Parker discusses ways anyone can host a meaningful, memorable gathering. (This episode originally aired in July 2021.)

How to host a meaningful holiday gathering

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Omicron variant, COVID booster shots — and how to stay safe during the holidays
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Omicron variant, COVID booster shots — and how to stay safe during the holidays

The holiday season is well underway, and with it, a fresh batch of worries over the latest COVID-19 variant, omicron. For those planning end-of-year celebrations and travel, NPR senior science and health correspondent Maria Godoy breaks down the latest coronavirus news.

Omicron variant, COVID booster shots — and how to stay safe during the holidays

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How to talk about money, privilege with friends — before it's time to split the bill

Even among the closest of friends, conversations about money and privilege can be awkward. In this episode from Life Kit and The Cut, author Otegha Uwagba discusses how we can break that ice — before it's time to split the check.

How to talk about money, privilege with friends — before it's time to split the bill

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5 tips to help you stop being so late (or at least make you more honest about it)

People are late for lots of reasons — being overly optimistic, not accurately gauging how much time it takes to actually get somewhere, even being afraid of being early. Time management coach Rashelle Isip shares some tactics that can help you embrace punctuality and avoid that awkward apology for being tardy ... again.

5 tips to help you stop being so late (or at least make you more honest about it)

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