Why relaxing is so much work.
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On the Creative Use of Limited Time
There's a lot of "duff gen" out there, as the Irish say—unreliable information. So how do we sort out what's right from what's (seductively) wrong?
These days, the soundest strategy may be not to trust our instincts but to distrust them. To say to ourselves, at every turn, “What if I’m wrong?”
Procrastinating isn't always cowardly. Sometimes there's something more precious to tend to, and your brain knows it.
A New Year's reading project that could revive you and change your outlook.
Imagining the worst is a skill worth practicing, even at Thanksgiving.
Your areas of expertise are like latent superpowers. It's good to remind yourself what you're bringing into battle.
These days, our own stories are our most reliable form of entertainment. Here's the ropes course on how to remember them.
Answering a question with a story is a move as old as the prophets. But it just might be a superpower in the 21st century.
Yet another reason to keep moving: When you hunker down in place, you stop making as many memories.
At some point, we all find ourselves on the spot. In those moments, it pays to have your best thoughts ready to go.
Facing the truth: Revisiting the psychology of wearing a COVID mask.
By borrowing this protest tool, people everywhere are performing the ultimate act of transmutation — turning rage into gratitude.
The surprising truth: A nap is the world's most versatile life hack.
Inside the bizarre piecemeal worldwide adoption of masks to slow the spread of COVID-19; What’s making some cultures go all in, but others hold back?
In a time of "social distancing" we can, if fleetingly, still connect. Science reveals the power of looking strangers in the eye.
Happy National Jealousy Day, Finland. Today, you learn what your neighbor earns. Will that inspire admiration, or poison you with envy?
Is art medicine? It must be if museums are now letting you in for free with a doctor's prescription.
You won’t read many positive stories about shame. But this is one.
Hands-on fandom: It's hard to admit it, but we're learning something from Drake.
Great advice comes from the unlikeliest of sources — if we're willing to listen.
The Age-10 Theory says it’s okay to lose the scent of what made you happy. You can pick it up again. Better late than never.
"We're every age we've ever been," said Anne Lamott. But some ages matter more than others—and the most important age may be 10.
Why does being told something's unavailable make us crave it all the more?
All that stuff you really should do? What if this year you committed to not doing it?
While climbing your mountain, are you going it solo or are you roped to someone else?
Mental time travel can make you happier, more creative, even more fiscally responsible.
Hearing my father's voice after 30 years brought him back as no photograph ever could.
A sage can look like a fool to someone who is only halfway through the trip.
Did 2017 fail to deliver the goods for you? It could be you were more successful than you think.
"May all your sheep have lambs, but not on Christmas night."
Bruce Grierson is a social-science writer based in British Columbia.