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  • Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts

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    Relieving stress and anxiety might help you feel better — for a bit. Martin E.P. Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, does not see alleviating negative emotions as a path to happiness.

  • Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success

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    Angela Duckworth was teaching math when she noticed something intriguing: The most successful students weren’t always the ones who displayed a natural aptitude; rather, they displayed something she came to think of as grit.

  • Teaching Peace in Elementary School

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    FOR years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience. Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in […]

  • Fear of Failing

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    Kathryn DeWitt conquered high school like a gold-medal decathlete. She ran track, represented her school at a statewide girls’ leadership program and took eight Advanced Placement tests, including one for which she independently prepared, forgoing the class. Expectations were high. Every day at 5 p.m. test scores and updated grades were posted online.

  • A Gender-Neutral Glossary

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    SEX Classification as male or female or, rarely, intersex (not exclusively male or female). Sex is usually assigned based on external anatomy but is determined by characteristics like chromosomes, hormones and reproductive organs.

  • A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral

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    Rocko Gieselman goes by the pronoun “they.” Acknowledging the next step in identity politics, the University of Vermont has agreed to use it.

  • A Family’s Truth About Marijuana Depends on the Family

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    Reporting on five families with wildly divergent ideas about what to teach their kids about marijuana, from no tolerance to offering to roll the joints and make nachos.  

  • Just Say No, Yes or Maybe

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    Parents’ perspectives on marijuana use are as disparate as the nation’s mandates. Here, how five parents talk to their children about smoking pot.

  • Now You Taste It, Now You Don’t

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    I can’t recall the exact date a few years ago when I ate my first ciabatta egg sandwich at Seersucker, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. But I remember precisely how great it tasted and made me feel, which is why I ate it again and again at every possible opportunity.

  • Richard Meier’s High and Mighty Beach House

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    With 25 tons of glass and 5,000-pound I-beams, the architect creates a cottage to withstand any storm.

  • High Lead Found in City-Sourced Eggs

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    Preliminary results from a New York State Health Department study show that more than half the eggs tested from chickens kept in community gardens in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens had detectable levels of lead, unlike store-bought counterparts. While lead is a naturally occurring element that is ingested in a variety of ways, it has […]

  • High Lead Found in City-Sourced Eggs

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    A study suggests eggs from neighborhood gardens show elevated levels of lead, but whether the amounts are alarming is not clear.

  • Protecting Children From Raw 9/11 Memories

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    On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, it was hard for me to comprehend that a decade had passed since I watched the towers burn in Lower Manhattan. I could still picture the bodies free-falling through the sky like broken twigs. I could still remember the feeling of white tower dust in my […]

  • Can a Product be Carcinogen-Free?

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    Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair?

  • Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals

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    Far-flung families are increasingly using Skype, Apple’s FaceTime and Google chat to do things together that would otherwise require a plane ticket.

  • A High-Level Collaboration on a SoHo Loft

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    Prompted by her journalist partner, the choreographer and dancer Elizabeth Streb domesticates.

  • What Do I Do If My Kid Will Eat Only White Food?

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    You can’t let them live on marshmallow Fluff and string cheese alone, but you don’t have to worry too much. Try to make sure that the white foods you so tenderly arrange on your child’s plate come from the five food groups and aren’t processed.

  • Raising Concerns About Chemicals in Recycled Carpet Padding

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    Every week, it seems, a new study identifies potentially harmful chemicals in common items. Next up: the recycled foam padding installed under wall-to-wall carpeting.

  • Kindergarten Shop Class

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    Teaching children construction is gaining momentum across the country as a way to develop imagination and confidence in the very young.

  • A New Sandwich Shop for Cobble Hill

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    The Van Horn Sandwich Shop, which combines Southern fried fare with an industrial chic aesthetic, opened recently in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Jacob Van Horn, an architect who grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., but has spent the last four years living in Brooklyn, conceived of the restaurant last year after getting laid off from Skidmore, […]

  • Flame Retardants Found in Butter

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    For about a decade, scientists have known that most Americans have minute quantities of flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs, in their bodies, but they were not sure how they got there.

  • Flame Retardants Found in Butter

    New York Times

    For about a decade, scientists have known that most Americans have minute quantities of flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs, in their bodies, but they were not sure how they got there.

  • Lots of Pictures, Little Space

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    The Times asked a designer to help a West Coast transplant display her extensive photo collection in her Jersey City home.

  • Vicente Wolf Creates an Indian Sanctuary in Kips Bay

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    Temples and palaces in India inspire a low-cost, hot-pink room in a New York apartment.

  • The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In

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    Parents’ use of smartphones and laptops — and its effect on their children — is becoming a source of concern to researchers.  

  • Fitting a Nursery Into a Home Office

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    An interior designer helps a couple solve a New York puzzle: where to put the baby, on a $5,000 budget.

  • Inside Designers’ Homes

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    “Designers Here and There: Inside the City and Country Homes of America’s Top Decorators” documents the wide array of spaces designers create for themselves.

  • The Rocky Road Home

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    An American moving back to New York from Afghanistan had $10,000 to spend on furnishing his Chelsea apartment. The Times asked the designer Richard Mishaan to help him resettle.

  • Grandma’s Gifts Need Extra Reindeer

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    Some parents struggle with how to keep well-meaning loved ones from overdoing it with gifts for the children.  

  • Newly Married, in Search of a Style

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    When a young couple discovers the difficulty of making a home on a relatively small budget, it’s time to bring in the design professional for guidance.