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    BBC

    Forget the 9-to-5 and embrace 'chronoworking'

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    1. The concept of "chronoworking" is gaining popularity among workers seeking flexible work arrangements post-Covid-19. This approach allows employees to choose their work schedules based on their personal "chronotypes" or natural sleep times, which can enhance productivity.
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    TIME

    How to have more meaningful conversations

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    1. In his article, Charles Duhigg discusses the concept of "supercommunicators": individuals who are consistently able to connect with others, make conversations easier, and make people feel heard. These people are often sought out for advice or serious discussions.
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    Vox

    How to handle the winter blues, no matter where you live

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    1. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs at the same time each year, usually in winter. Symptoms include sadness, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, and hopelessness, as well as an extreme desire for sleep and strong cravings for carbohydrates. Up to 5% of people experience clinical SAD, while 10% to 20% experience a milder version known as subsyndromal SAD.
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    El Pais

    Sleep Divorce: Is it better to sleep together or apart?

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    1. The question of whether couples should sleep together or separately is becoming a topic of debate. While some argue that sharing a bed can lead to disturbed sleep and decreased energy, others highlight the emotional benefits and the production of serotonin and dopamine that come from physical contact.
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    6 min read
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    BBC

    Why flirting might be good for your relationship

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    1. Flirting with strangers while in a committed relationship can strengthen the bond between partners, according to Gurit Birnbaum, a professor of psychology at Reichman University in Israel. However, she warns that this could be a slippery slope, and understanding one's own and their partner's flirting boundaries is essential.
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    Newsweek

    What science says about walking 10,000 or 20,000 steps a day

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    1. The widely promoted target of taking 10,000 steps each day to gain health benefits originates from a 1965 Japanese pedometer called "Manpo-kei," though its scientific basis is questioned.
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    NPR

    Scientists can tell how fast you're aging. Now, the trick is to slow it down

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    1. The Human Longevity Lab at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is conducting research to slow down the aging process and extend the number of years we live with good health. They are using a range of tests, including the GrimAge test, which predicts biological age based on DNA methylation.
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    7 min read
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    Euronews

    Why I ditched flying for an 18-hour train trip from Budapest to Lyon

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    1. Rita Palfi, a frequent flyer between Hungary and France, decided to try a night train journey after she was inspired by her son's interest in a picture book about trains. The journey from Budapest to Lyon involved multiple train changes and took 18 hours in total. However, Palfi found it a pleasant and more personal experience compared to flying.
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    TIME

    Rest takes hard work

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    1. Regular rest, including daily breaks, hobbies, weekly sabbaths and annual vacations, can increase productivity, sustainability in careers, and overall life enjoyment. However, in today's always-on, work-obsessed world, rest is often undervalued and difficult to achieve.
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    Vice

    I'm a digital nomad. It's not as fun as it looks

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    1. The number of digital nomads, or remote workers who choose to be location-independent, has increased by 131% since 2019, with 17.3 million workers in the U.S. now identifying as such. This trend is driven by rising rents and the increasing unaffordability of settling down.
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    Vox

    How to be alone with your thoughts

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    1. Many people find spending time alone with their thoughts uncomfortable, due to the potential for negative memories to surface. However, research suggests that thinking about meaningful people and memories can be more enjoyable than other downtime activities.
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    5 min read
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    BBC

    How the dark days of January shape your mood, intelligence and sex drive

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    1. A scientific paper published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science explores how seasons can influence human behavior, including mood, intelligence and social activity.
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    El Pais

    Taking a break from love to miss each other: Do relationship sabbaticals work?

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    1. The concept of a "marriage sabbatical" -- a period of separation for a couple -- is gaining popularity in the U.S.. This trend, which can occur during summer or Christmas, is seen as a way to reboot a relationship, similar to restarting a slow computer.
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    Vox

    Morning light is crucial for happiness. Here’s how to get it — even if you hate mornings.

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    1. Exposure to morning light can help set the body's internal clock. This, in turn, aids sleep and mitigates against the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression.
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    Euronews

    Veganuary turns 10: How plant-based foods took over Europe

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    1. Veganuary, a U.K.-based initiative encouraging people to reduce their consumption of animal products, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The initiative has grown in popularity, with more than 700,000 people signing up in 2023 from every country except Vatican City and North Korea.
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    BBC

    A restless Gen Z is reshaping the Chinese Dream

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    1. China is facing a significant youth unemployment crisis, with more than one in five people aged between 16 and 24 jobless as of August 2023. The country's slowing, highly-indebted economy, hit hard by Covid lockdowns, has resulted in fewer opportunities for graduates.
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    7 min read
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    TIME

    Work is the new doctor's office

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    1. A growing body of research suggests that the workplace can significantly influence an individual's wellbeing, affecting everything from mental health to the risk of cardiovascular disease. Work-related stress and long hours can contribute to various health problems and cut into time for activities that boost wellness.
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    Euronews

    Does Dry January actually work?

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    1. Dry January, a campaign that started in the U.K. in 2013, encourages people to abstain from alcohol for the entire month. The tradition has grown in popularity, with over 8.5 million people planning to participate this year.
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    Euronews

    Remedies for the morning after: 12 hangover cures from around Europe

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    1. In his article for Euronews. David Mouriquand lists various hangover remedies from around Europe. These include Katerfrühstück from Germany -- a pickled herring wrapped around pickled cucumbers and onions -- and pickle brine from Poland, which is believed to replenish electrolytes due to its high concentration of potassium and sodium.
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    TIME

    The secret pleasure of breaking New Year’s resolutions

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    1. According to Costica Bradatan of Time Magazine, our annual tradition of making and breaking resolutions is a rare moment of self-mockery and acceptance of failure. She argues that in Western culture, failure is often associated with serious consequences such as loss of social status and respectability. This fear of failure is rooted in the Calvinist ethos that played a significant role in the birth of modern capitalism.
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