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Ordinary items such as bicycles or hair extensions are gaining symbolic significance as we use them to project to a time when we can finally use them with others or show them off. Kaz Fantone for NPR hide caption

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A Bicycle. A Trip. Or Just Pants: The Things We Buy When Pining For Normal Times

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A.J. Jacobs: What's The Power Of A Simple Thank-You?

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Tom Sweitzer hosts a weekly music therapy group via Zoom for other COVID-19 survivors dealing with lingering symptoms. "We get to know each other through the music," says one participant. "I think that was a really intuitive and wonderful way to connect us." Michele Abercrombie/NPR hide caption

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Music Therapy Brings Solace To COVID-19 Patients And Healers

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Q & A: Expert Advice On Love, Dating, And Pandemic Relationships

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Dwane Day throws flowers onto the casket of the pastor of the Shining Star Freewill Baptist church, Bishop James N. Flowers Jr., at the Harmony Cemetery in Seat Pleasant, Maryland on April 13, 2020. Bishop Flowers passed away after contracting the coronavirus. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says President Biden told him from the outset: "We're going to make some mistakes along the way. We're going to stumble a bit. And when that happens, we're not going to blame anybody. We're just going to fix it." "Boy, was that refreshing," Fauci says. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Fauci On Vaccinations And Biden's 'Refreshing' Approach To COVID-19

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An abrupt spike in suicide deaths among students in the Clark County School District has officials in the Las Vegas district wondering if pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic might have been part of what fueled the increase. Joe Buglewicz for NPR hide caption

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Child Psychiatrists Warn That The Pandemic May Be Driving Up Kids' Suicide Risk

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Naked mole rats are very communicative creatures, they quietly chirp, squeak, twitter or even grunt to one another. The scientists wanted to find out whether these vocalizations have a social function for the animals – and found that each colony has its own dialect that promotes social cohesion. Felix Petermann, MDC hide caption

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Friend Or Foe? Naked Mole Rats Can Tell By A Unique Squeak

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A skier ascending in Jackson, Wyo., in February. The Veterans COMPACT Act of 2020 requires the Department of Veteran Affairs to investigate outdoor recreation as a recognized form of therapy. Cam Fields/Front Country Foundation hide caption

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Suzan Mubarak and her boyfriend, Mitch Domier, live only a few miles apart in Bozeman, Mont., yet the pandemic has limited their ability to see each other in person. Louise Johns for KHN hide caption

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Olympic Runner Alexi Pappas On Learning To Ask For Help

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Why You Feel So Guilty When You're Not Working

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A pair of studies suggest that a customized approach to brain stimulation carries advantages in treating mental health conditions. Yuichiro Chino/Getty Images hide caption

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Studies Suggest Benefits From A Personalized Approach To Brain Stimulation

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Sandra's 17-year-old daughter, Lindsey, has autism. Lindsey thrives on routine, and got special help at school until the coronavirus pandemic cut her off from the trained teachers and therapists she'd come to rely on. Audra Melton for NPR hide caption

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'I've Tried Everything': Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

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When it comes to New Year's goal setting, mental health experts say 2021 is the year to try a calmer, gentler approach to health. Malte Mueller/fStop/Getty Images hide caption

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Andy Puddicombe: What Is The Connection Between Mind, Body, And Breath?

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Andy Puddicombe: How Can Breathing Help Us In An Ever-Changing World?

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ANDY PUDDICOMBE, UnSeen Narratives, Ted Salon, Unicorn Theatre, Tooley St. London. 10 May 2012. Dafydd Jones/TED hide caption

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Andy Puddicombe: How Can Breathing Help Improve Our Relationships?

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