Your 20s Aren’t “the Time of Your Life” — They’re the Opening Act

Wearing a party hat I fashioned using flashcards and a shoelace, a glass of cava in hand, a cupcake supporting a disproportionately large candle, and truth be told, in my pajamas, I jumped on (yet another) Zoom call. Six friends and I wanted to celebrate our friend Maia’s 30th birthday! Having taken a couple of …

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How You Can Become Fluent in Another Language

Immersion is an excellent way to learn a new language; arguably the best way. Admittedly I’m biased. I can’t take much credit for the fact I speak French and English; I learned without it giving it much thought. My parents decided to move abroad and that was the end of it; it was sink or swim. …

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4 Negative Thought Patterns Making You Age Faster, According to Psychologists

Telomeres. They’re the key players in the aging process; essential parts of your cells’ DNA that determine how quickly your cells age. They’re the biological equivalent of a hairdresser who chops off more than you bargained for, leaving you wishing you could go back to the good old days when you actually looked like yourself. …

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How 3 Unique Human Qualities Can Make Your Life Easier And You More Effective

Research shows 99.9% of our genetic information is common to all human beings. This means all the differences between you, me, and anyone else come from differences in just 0.01% of our DNA. Our hair, eye, and skin color, our height, our blood type. Each one of these differences arises within the 0.01% of DNA which differs …

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How to Become More Patient, By Definition

I’ve had countless conversations with friends and family about patience. It’s that skill we all wish would come more naturally to us so we wouldn’t feel so annoyed and agitated when we have to endure tedious situations. Oftentimes, those situations involve waiting, and all we want to do is skip to the end. Whether it’s waiting in …

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4 Counterintuitive, Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Focus

It turns out that all the things that you’re avoiding; all the things that make you feel like you’re being unproductive, could actually improve your focus. The reason you haven’t realized before is that struggling to focus is like running in a hamster wheel.It’s a self-perpetuating cycle: the more you struggle, the harder you try …

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Why I Love Living With My Parents At 27

I officially have something in common with Michael B. Jordan. I’m loving living with my parents. I flew to the UK to stay with my parents for Christmas, and a three-part-series of canceled flights has meant that I’m still here, more than a month later. And I’m…good. Despite the day-dragging boredom I’m experiencing now that the …

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How to Stop Waiting for Permission and Become Your Own Leader

I was sixteen years old, sleeping on a mattress on the floor next to my grandma’s bed. Yaya, we called her. We were spending the summer in the North of Spain. She had a house in the mountains. Upstairs, there were four rooms — one for each of her children (my aunts and uncles) and …

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