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The Transformative Mental Health Benefits of Mastery

Throwing yourself into an activity and gradually pursuing concrete, tangible progress is good for your brain. Many people discovered this firsthand during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they took up gardening, baking, and exercise. What all of these activities share in common is that they afford the person doing them a path toward…

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The Year of Stress and Resilience

2020 might just be the year of stress. What we need is its counterpart: resilience. We’re all facing chronic stress, whether it comes from the economy, the virus, the political situation, or the unending uncertainty and doom that the news cycle projects. Unease and anxiety push us toward feeling despair and maybe even hopelessness. We…

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A Brief Guide to Navigating Periods of Disorder

  Two-thousand-and-twenty has been quite the year. The coronavirus has ravaged much of the world, leaving human and economic suffering in its wake. Social unrest is rampant. The president of America is questioning the validity of democracy. Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, leaving a vacancy on the United States supreme court only weeks before an…

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