Almost 20 years ago, Helen Fisher helped revolutionize dating. She has no regrets. The anthropologist and famed love expert Helen Fisher seemed ready to dash into oncoming traffic.
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Thinking lately about what it means to have the right heart, which intimates the question of what it means to tend to one’s own heart rightly, I was reminded of a passage from what may be the loveliest, truest, most quietly transcendent thing ever written about the art of growing older: “The mai
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I often hear Christians say, “Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship.” And I’m never entirely sure what they mean.
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One of the things I’ve tried to do in this newsletter is take a pause from the news cycle and write about bigger, deeper trends that shape American life, including our marriage divides, the masculinity crisis, evolving sexual norms, the ways we argue, and how we forgive.
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They are a chance for children to be silly and a touch subversive, and to get a glimpse of how other families live their lives. Sleepovers were mostly a nightmare for me as a child, and I mean that literally: I had nightmares every single time I slept over at a friend’s house.
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Oxytocin, often lauded as the “hug hormone,” might not be necessary to induce affection. Of the dozens of hormones found in the human body, oxytocin might just be the most overrated.
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What to do about the deadly misfits among us? First, recognize the problem. Some years ago, I got a call from an analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center.
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Our constant need for entertainment has blurred the line between fiction and reality—on television, in American politics, and in our everyday lives. The trend started, as so many do, on TikTok.
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Long hours on the job can temporarily ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. But you’re better off leaving the office and facing your feelings head-on. “How to Build a Life” is a column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness.
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