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How to Decode Your Aloof Teen Boy

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Pediatrician Cara Natterson explains what’s going on in teen boys’ bodies and minds.

By Jill Suttie


Has your once-chatty son suddenly become a quiet and distant teenager?

This is a common experience for parents of boys, writes pediatrician Cara Natterson in her new book, Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons. When boys hit puberty, many retreat to their rooms and shut their parents out, refusing to discuss issues or share their feelings. And it’s a problem, she says, given how important parental influence is to growing teens and how tricky it can be for teens to navigate the challenges of our modern world.

Strangely, Natterson has found that this pattern doesn’t hold for girls as much: Parents often continue to have forthright and informative conversations about puberty with their daughters, while neglecting their sons. She believes this has to do with parents misunderstanding what’s going on with their boys and what they truly need.

“For the most part the experi…

The Soul of Care

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Arthur Kleinman's wife, Joan, began to struggle with a rare form of early Alzheimer's disease at 59. Eight years after losing her, the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychiatry and of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School chronicles their journey in "The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor." The book is part memoir, part examination of love and marriage, and an intimate look at how 40 years in the medical profession left him entirely unprepared to care for a loved one.


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Transforming Trash into Living Robots!

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You’ll find a lot of strange things on the streets of New York City, but the fantastical giant robots of Brooklyn RobotWorks will certainly stop you in your tracks. Meet the creative mind behind these incredible, walking works of art made from everyday objects!

You’ll probably see your fair share of strange things while walking down the streets of New York City, but thanks to the creative mind of Peter Kokis, you can add a breathtaking giant robot to the list. These colossal, futuristic exoskeletons aren’t made of titanium, or custom molded parts, though. No, they have much more humble beginnings: mostly as bits of trash.

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber


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Learning to Move from Strength Instead of Strain

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As a young man he trained for a decade in the classical dance form of bharatanatyam. As an adult he studied yoga, and ran a studio of his own. One day he announced he was going to observe his students in silence, and see what arose. It was a radical decision, and for Gert van Leeuwen, it led to the birth of Critical Alignment Yoga and Therapy - a precise, slow, and uniquely rigorous practice that seeks to free body and mind from conditioned preferences and habitual tension. "We can start to move from profound strength instead of strain," says van Leeuwen. The following piece shares more about his path.


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What I Learned About Resilience in the Midst of Grief

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Losing her daughter put Lucy Hone's resilience research to the test.

By Lucy Hone


“A policeman is on his way to see us,” my husband told me with a look that said it all, before adding, “they rarely bring good news.” With that one phone call, and the subsequent visit from Craig (a man I will never forget), our lives changed forever.

It was the start of a public holiday in 2014. We’d headed away merrily, three families looking forward to a weekend spent walking and biking backcountry trails in the South Island of New Zealand. Our beautiful daughter, 12-year-old Abi, had hopped in the car with her best friend, Ella, also 12, and Ella’s mum, Sally, a dear, dear friend of mine. As they rode down to meet the rest of us, a car drove straight through a stop sign on a backcountry road, crashing into them and killing all three instantly.

I remember the moment Craig told us of their deaths. A loss that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. I have a mental image of a road forking etched into …

How Much of Your Happiness Is Under Your Control?

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The researchers behind the original "happiness pie chart" share what they've learned in the past 15 years.

By Kira M. Newman


Do you know the happiness pie chart? If you’ve read a book or listened to a talk about happiness in the past 15 years, there’s a good chance you heard that 50 percent of our happiness is determined by our genes, 40 percent by our activities, and 10 percent by our life circumstances.

Neat and tidy, the pie chart—originally proposed in a 2005 paper by researchers Sonja Lyubomirsky, Kennon M. Sheldon, and David Schkade—painted a clear picture of what contributes to our well-being. Unfortunately for some of us, the chart suggested, the genes we got from our parents play a big role in how fulfilled we feel. But it also contained good news: By engaging in healthy mental and physical habits, we can still exert a lot of control over our own happiness.

In recent years, critics have raised questions about this simple formula—one that many summaries (including mi…

How These Successful Coaches Are Helping Us All Unlock Our Full Potential!

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What if we could unlock 50% more potential from our teams tomorrow? There is a new recipe for success being revealed on the sidelines of major sports teams that can all use to start harnessing this potential. Here’s the secret!

What if you were only using half the potential for success you had at hand? You’d probably want to figure out a way to unlock that other 50%, right? Well, reaching our full potential isn’t rocket science, in fact, we can see it happening right in front of our eyes with the coaches on sports teams. So, what’s the secret?

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber


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111 Trees

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When a marble mine began to strip a village of its forests, the people of Piplantri, India, developed a tree-planting project that reclaims a vital and ancient relationship between trees and women.


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Jane Rosen: Stay Here. Tell My Story.

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"When I arrived from New York and got planted on this horse ranch where I was renting a house, I was supposed to go back to New York, which is my home. I couldnt quite make up my mind what I wanted to do. Then one day I was walking and something called me. I looked up and there was a red-tailed hawk circling over my head. I heard a voice say, clear as day, 'Stay here. Tell my story.'" Artist Jane Rosen shares more in this remarkable interview.


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Meet the Man Behind Books Young People Actually Want to Read!

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Could there really be a simple way to encourage youth to read more? See how the author, Jason Reynolds, is making it happen by telling stories that connect to the experiences of today’s young adults.

Books are beautiful things. They bring to life stories of what has been and what could be. They’ve constructed realities; tales we tell each other to connect and share lessons of what it means to be a human in this world, at this time, in this place. So what happens when we struggle to find stories that connect to us like this? What if our experiences aren’t represented or taught in literature? A lot of the time, we’ll never give those pages a second chance. But this author is changing that.

By Sam Burns


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Justin Michael Williams: Stay Woke

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"Justin Michael Williams is a meditation teacher and personal coach who is also a Billboard top 20 recording artist. With Sounds True, he has published Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us. In this special video episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon speaks with Justin about his upcoming "Stay Woke, Give Back" tour, in which he will explain his unique approach to meditation and give copies of Stay Woke to youth in various cities across the US. Justin explains his "freedom meditation" technique and the experiences that led him to practicing mindfulness. Tami and Justin also discuss the blind spots of traditional meditation, the need for spiritual practices to acknowledge real-life struggles, and the dangers of spiritual bypassing. Finally, they talk about why it's essential we begin teaching all children mindfulness skills from an early age and how we as a society can make that happen. "


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A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

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Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction-- from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us. In this TedMed Talk, learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover how being curious might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.


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