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“New Happy” Author Explains Why Our Notions of Happiness Need an Overhaul

This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity Like many paths to revelation, Stephanie Harrison’s started at a low point. In 2013, the author found herself “deeply, desperately unhappy,” she writes in her debut book, New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That’s Got It Wrong, out May 14. She’d been doing […]

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California’s Largest Stretch of Undeveloped Coastline Hosts Bobcats, Bears, and More

Despite its gorgeous beaches, you won’t find a bustling boardwalk along Southern California’s scenic Gaviota Coast. The 76-mile sprawl in Santa Barbara County is the state’s largest remaining stretch of undeveloped coastline, an area conservationists are dedicated to permanently protecting. And its rich, rural landscape draws an incredibly diverse array of terrestrial animals — from

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Meet the Sisters Who Co-Founded a Dating App for People With Disabilities

After Jacqueline Child graduated from Colorado College in 2016, she moved about an hour and a half north to Denver, and like many young adults, started searching for love via dating apps. That’s a frequently fraught undertaking for anybody, but Jacqueline, who became disabled at age 14 due to chronic illness, found the experience particularly

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Full-Time Thrifter Encourages Secondhand Shopping by Posting Local Treasures on Social Media

Thrifting is an increasingly popular way to shop (and a great way to spend an afternoon), but what if we told you it could be a full-time job?  At least it is for Ambie Hay, who goes by “Palm Beach Thrifters” on social media. When she’s out and about in Palm Beach County, Florida, scouting

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“The Most Beautiful Experience”: Thousand Dollar Breakfast Club Surprises Servers With Massive Tips

A group of good Samaritans — some old friends, others new acquaintances — get together for breakfast every few months in the Boston area. At the end of each meal, they surprise their server with a generous tip, an amount reflected in their name: the Thousand Dollar Breakfast Club.  Founded by attorney Richard Brooks with

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“It Was Eye-Opening”: Two Moms Founded an Adaptive Clothing Company After Seeing a Need

Having a child go through a major operation is trying for any mother, but when Nicole Puzzo’s then 5-year-old daughter Stella underwent double hip surgery in 2015, she faced an additional hardship. For three months following the procedure, Stella, who has cerebral palsy, had casts on both legs with a bar set between them. When

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Forget Resolutions: How to Build Good Habits in the New Year, According to an Expert

It’s that time again: Each January, millions of Americans avidly resolve to improve themselves for the year ahead. Unfortunately, the vast majority end up breaking those New Year’s resolutions by February. We don’t fail because we lack willpower or stop caring about our goals, though. Rather, it may be that we don’t fully understand the

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“The Aesthetics of Joy”: 10 Ways Our Surroundings Can Positively Influence Emotions

Walk into designer Ingrid Fetell Lee’s home in East Hampton, New York, and you may find yourself feeling lighter than you did a few minutes earlier. That’s because Lee has dedicated her career to exploring what she calls “the aesthetics of joy,” and her living space represents that work.  “The other day I had the

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“Everything Tells a Story”: Artist Creates Hyper Realistic Dioramas of ’90s New York City

In early 2020, Danny Cortes was in the process of transforming his life. At the onset of the pandemic, he was unemployed and on probation. But by the following year, he’d turned a hobby he’d picked up for self-preservation into a full-time career. And today, his artwork sells for as much as $25,000 a piece.

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Texas Teens Spread Holiday Cheer (and the Joy of Reading) With Christmas Book Drive

Rohan and Anya Satija were just 10 and 8, respectively, when their family moved across the world from New Zealand to Austin, Texas, in 2017. Experiencing cultural barriers and feelings of isolation, the brother-sister duo both found solace in books as they adapted to their new life in the U.S.  Now, six years later, they’re

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