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New Year—Same You. Better Tools! Or, What’s the Best Way to Cook an Egg?

Around this time of year, we start hearing a lot of "New year, new you!" messages. It's common to make resolutions meant to make us happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative. On the one hand, it's exciting to think about all the positive changes we might achieve in the coming year. On the other hand, it can be discouraging to remember how we may have tried and failed in the past. Because the reality is: new year,...

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Vignettes on Change and Permanence in India and eastern Africa

By Jonathan Walz In recent decades, people and places in India and eastern Africa have, with increased frequency and scale, been impacted by environmental disasters, population growth, magnified social and economic inequality, and the influences of tourism and extractive capitalism, often layered over on-going cultural or religious contests and/or imperial and colonial debris from past experiences. These vignettes attempt to capture a...

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The Happiness of Doing Something Creative—Like Coining a New Word

One way to give ourselves a boost of happiness is to work on something creative. We might make progress on a huge project—like writing a novel or writing a song—or we might give ourselves a small assignment we can tackle quickly. Research suggests that undertaking small acts of everyday creativity can boost our sense of well-being. On the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, Elizabeth and I have suggested many ideas for getting a...