Positive Living

Keeping the family peace

How to Avoid Family Meltdowns During the Pandemic

Relationships will be tested as long as COVID-19 is part of our national vocabulary. Give yourself space to stay true to what’s most important.

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Ina Garten. Photo credit: Quentin Bacon

Holiday Comfort Dishes with Chef Ina Garten

The author and star of The Barefoot Contessa shares her favorite, simple dishes to try and enjoy this holiday season.

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Colors that boost your mood

How to Boost Your Mood with Color

As the pandemic wears on, make your home a more comforting nest this winter with these simple strategies.

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What makes you happy?

What Is Happiness to You?

Research suggests that true happiness is not about just one thing.

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Sheet pan suppers

Sheet Pan Suppers to Ease You into Fall

Fall flavors will fill your belly—but not your dish rack—with these easy, delicious ideas.

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Get real and be happy

How Being a Realist Can Make You Happy

Researchers have found that realism is the approach that brings the most lasting, long-term happiness.

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Spreading happiness

Have You Given Away Any Happiness Today?

Let one artist’s pandemic project inspire you to be generous with your positivity.

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Rev. Earl Johnson; photo by James Kegley

How to Help During a Crisis

Rev. Earl Johnson, the top Red Cross chaplain, shares how anyone can perform small, yet powerful, acts of kindness.

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Joanna and Bronwen; photo courtesy Joanna Corfield

How a Horse Helped Her Overcome Fear and Self-Loathing

After a lifetime of struggling with anxiety and eating disorders, could an animal show her the way to self-acceptance?

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A delivery man conversing with a senior woman.

Special Delivery: All in a Day’s Work

These three mail carriers went above and beyond to help people—even save lives—along their postal route.

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Focusing on the present

Why Positive Thinking Works Best When You Stay in the Here and Now

The pandemic is edging out “toxic positivity” in favor of authentic, grounded optimism.

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Dog running on the beach

How to Call Blessings into Your Life

A funny story with an inspiring lesson for hard times.

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