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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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