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Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, we talk to the experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together. Want another life hack? Try Life Kit+. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks an exclusive sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/lifekit.
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Life advice inspired by graduation songs

With graduation season here, our friends at NPR's All Songs Considered asked listeners to tell them about songs that bring back memories of the final days of high school, when they said goodbye to old friends, left home and struck out on their own. Join NPR's Robin Hilton and Stephen Thompson as they reflect on graduation through song.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
6/15/202428 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to save a life with CPR

Every year, more than 350,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting in the United States. CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, can help double or triple survival rates. In this episode, we'll explain the basics of this emergency procedure so you can feel empowered to help in a life-or-death situation. Sign up for Life Kit's newsletterLearn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
6/13/202419 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why we become bored with our lives (and how to find joy again)

It's easy to stop noticing what we love about our lives. Even the most passionate relationships, stimulating jobs and exciting cities can lose their sparkle. Cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot, author of the new book Look Again, explains how to fall back in love with life's small joys. For more episodes from Life Kit, sign up for our weekly newsletter.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
6/11/202425 minutes, 16 seconds
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Dear Life Kit: I can't stop thinking about my crush

Sex and relationship expert Shan Boodram weighs in on listener questions about crushes: unrequited love, romance with an expiration date, and reaching out to someone from your past.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
6/10/202415 minutes, 48 seconds
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Coping with the loss of a sibling

Losing a sibling is a unique and often overlooked kind of grief. Many grieving siblings aren't given the same level of support as their parents or caregivers after a loss. But a sibling's grief can be just as powerful and potent. NPR health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee shares advice on how best to cope with grief — and honor a sibling's memory.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
6/6/202417 minutes, 29 seconds
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How to explore your gender identity as an adult

If you're an adult starting to explore your gender identity, it can be tough knowing where to begin. Here's some advice from trans people to help you on this intimate and powerful journey.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
6/4/202418 minutes, 24 seconds
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These water safety tips can save lives

Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. To prevent drownings, make sure there's always a designated adult watching the water whenever kids are swimming. We'll cover other water safety tips to protect young swimmers safe this summer.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
6/3/202418 minutes, 4 seconds
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Where did I put the keys? Tips to improve memory

Do you ever feel like your memory lets you down when you need it most? If you forget your keys every time you leave the house, struggle to remember new names or just need a boost before a big test, you might be in need of some memory training. Trivia and memory experts share their best tips for recalling more and warding off everyday forgetfulness.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/30/202425 minutes, 11 seconds
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Fiber has tons of benefits. Here's how to eat more of it

Fiber is a dietary superhero. It lowers cholesterol, helps regulate blood sugar levels and keeps your hunger in check. But chances are, you're not getting enough of it. NPR health correspondent (and fiber fanatic) Maria Godoy shares easy ways to up your fiber intake. Plus, the science of what fiber does in your body and how having more in your diet could help you. This episode was originally published September 19, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/28/202415 minutes, 12 seconds
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Summer fun on a budget

Ideas on how to have fun this summer without breaking the bank. Go on a "penny date." Throw a movie marathon party. Swap houses with a friend. With a little imagination, you can bring delight and joy — at a low cost — into your sunny days ahead. This episode originally published August 1, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/27/202412 minutes, 49 seconds
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Should you be friends with your ex?

When a romantic relationship ends, it can feel like a total loss. How do you go from being an important person in someone's life to a complete stranger? But experts say it doesn't have to be all or nothing. On this episode: Three questions to ask yourself before building a platonic connection with a former romantic partner.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/23/202416 minutes, 33 seconds
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Feeling guilty? Here's how to work through it

You broke someone's heart. You missed your kid's recital. You weren't there for your mom when she needed you. Guilt! It can be painful – but also a powerful tool for connection. In this episode, learn how to have a healthy relationship with guilt with help from a psychologist and an ethics researcher.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/21/202423 minutes, 23 seconds
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Kids, social media and privacy: What to know before you post

Many parents share photos and videos of their babies and children on social media. But there are potential dangers to constantly posting about your kid online, says Leah Plunkett, a faculty member of Harvard Law School who specializes in children, family law and technology. This episode, Plunkett explains what adults should consider about a kid's privacy and personal data before hitting the upload button.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/20/202423 minutes, 51 seconds
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Take charge of your gyno visit

A visit to the gynecologist isn't just an essential part of your health routine. It's an opportunity to ask questions about your reproductive health, from birth control to painful periods to a decreased interest in sex. Dr. Rachel Bervell, co-founder of The Black OBGYN Project, explains how women and trans or non-binary people can structure their next visit — and get the answers they need.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/16/202424 minutes, 57 seconds
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Jet lag is 'not a choice' — here's what to know

Taylor Swift claimed that "jet lag is a choice" at this year's Super Bowl. Sleep scientists like Jade Wu would like you to know they very much disagree. The disorder can throw your body clock out of whack and leave you feeling sluggish — not great when you're on a big vacation abroad. Wu explains how to make jet lag less miserable and more manageable.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/14/202419 minutes, 4 seconds
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How to talk about Asian American mental health

For a lot of people from Asian American backgrounds, discussing mental health - especially with loved ones - can be difficult. Psychologist and author Jenny T. Wang has advice on everything from working through guilt to defining home on your own terms. The episode originally published on May 26, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/13/202421 minutes, 16 seconds
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Introducing: Wild Card with Rachel Martin

Check out your new NPR podcast listen: Wild Card with Rachel Martin. On the show, Rachel rips up the typical interview script and invites guests to play a game about life's biggest questions. In this episode, she talks with actor and writer Issa Rae. They discuss questions you can try asking a loved one, like: What's a moment when you felt proud of yourself as a kid? How do you stay connected to people you've lost?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/11/202433 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to help your stepfamily grow closer

Becoming a blended stepfamily can be fraught for everyone involved. How can your family build trust, function more smoothly and ultimately grow closer? In this episode, NPR health correspondent Maria Godoy shares research on stepsiblings and blended families that can make this process easier.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/9/202416 minutes, 49 seconds
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The social etiquette of lending money

If a close friend or family member is in need of money, your first impulse might be to help out. But what if they don't pay you back? What if they need more than you can provide? How do you ensure your financial agreement doesn't harm your relationship? There are no hard and fast rules around lending money. Expectations may depend on culture, financial status or even your marital status. Advice on when to give — and how to say no.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/7/202423 minutes, 50 seconds
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Improve your sense of direction

Do you feel like you always need to use GPS to get around? Never quite sure if it's a left or a right turn — even though you just looked at a map? It can be anxiety-inducing to get around when you don't have a great sense of direction. This episode, experts explain how to gain more confidence while navigating.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/6/202417 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to prepare for a second pregnancy after a complicated first one

Pregnancy complications — like miscarriage, preterm birth or postpartum depression — are incredibly common. But expecting parents can often feel alone if they are experiencing these conditions, or like a second pregnancy is out of reach. This episode, Emily Oster, co-author of 'The Unexpected', on how to deal with complications when they arise, and make your next pregnancy a little smoother.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/2/202416 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to practice 'deep reading'

When was the last time you got lost in a book? These days, the act of 'deep reading,' or reading with intention, can be difficult to practice. Maryanne Wolf, an expert in the science of reading, explains what we lose when we skim — and how to create an environment conducive to deep reading.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/30/202424 minutes, 38 seconds
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Curbing needle phobia in adults starts with making shots less painful for kids

Approximately one in four adults has a fear of needles, according to the CDC. Many of those people say the phobia started when they were kids. Researchers developed a five step plan to prevent what they call "needless pain" for kids getting injections or their blood drawn. NPR's Short Wave talks with Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, who works with a team to implement the plan at his own hospital, about how to eliminate pain during shots.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/29/202413 minutes, 34 seconds
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Colorectal cancer rates are on the rise. Here's what to know

In the 1990s, colorectal cancer was the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Now, it's the first in men and second in women — and rates are rising among people under age 50. This episode, we explore how you can lower your risk and make sure you catch colorectal cancer early.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/25/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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Create the birthday you want to celebrate

No matter how old you are, having a happy birthday is one of life's great pleasures, says birthday enthusiast Tamar Hurwitz-Fleming. You just need to figure out what that means for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/23/202413 minutes, 28 seconds
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How to plan your dream vacation

Sometimes you crave a vacation — but actually taking one feels out of reach. Maybe you're struggling to find the time or save up the money. Or maybe you just can't seem to launch those plans out of the group chat. Overcome that planning inertia and take the big trip of your dreams. Here's where to start your search, organize your logistics and enjoy yourself.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/22/202422 minutes, 20 seconds
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Dear Life Kit: Your wedding etiquette questions, answered

Between RSVPs, gifts and familial expectations — weddings are chock full of tricky situations. Here's how to handle three thorny situations on the big day.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/18/202414 minutes, 55 seconds
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What is 'communal living' and is it right for me?

There are options beyond living solo or with roommates — and one of them is called 'communal living.' In this arrangement, people don't just simply live together, but share resources and create community. In this episode, co-living enthusiasts explain how it works and how to decide whether it's right for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/16/202422 minutes, 44 seconds
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Protect your ears from hearing loss

People of all ages are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss, but few know how to protect against it. This episode, build out your ear care routine with the help of hearing experts — and get surprising advice on phone volume, noise exposure and Q-tips.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/15/202423 minutes, 49 seconds
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Negotiation tactics for everyday life

Techniques to help you make decisions with more confidence and get the outcome you want.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/11/202420 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to talk to teens about vaping

About 1 in 5 high school seniors say they have vaped nicotine in the past year. Even though smoking cigarettes is less popular than it used to be among teens, e-cigarettes are common, highly addictive and harmful to lung health. Here's how to talk to teens about vaping and how to help them quit.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/9/202421 minutes, 50 seconds
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Get better at gardening by using this newly updated tool

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map helps home gardeners pick which plants to grow. But recently, roughly a quarter of the country has moved zones. What does this mean for your backyard plants? This episode, how to understand the changes to the hardiness zone map and other factors to think about when planning out your garden.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/8/202415 minutes, 25 seconds
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How to introduce solid food to your baby: A nervous parent's guide

Chewing, choking hazards, high chairs – oh my! Starting solid foods with your little one can be as stressful as it is special. A pediatric dietitian and a pediatrician discuss menu choices, allergens, safety and schedules to help you and your little one succeed with solids.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/4/202425 minutes, 4 seconds
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Start a financial self-care routine

There are things we're supposed to do routinely for our health: brush our teeth, shower and exercise. There's a version of that for financial health too. We'll talk about those tasks — and go beyond the number-crunching to explore how our mental health affects our finances. This episode originally published August 15, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/2/202416 minutes, 6 seconds
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You're not too late to chase the total solar eclipse

'You will see a sun you've never seen before,' says science writer David Baron. He urges people to head to the 'path of totality' to see the total solar eclipse on April 8 for an experience of a lifetime.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/1/202422 minutes, 5 seconds
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How to live with roommates

Whether you're living with roommates by choice or because you need to, sharing your living space with strangers or even friends is not easy. This episode walks you through how to find a roommate situation that works for you by understanding your non-negotiables, tackling conflict and inviting more joy into your shared home.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/28/202418 minutes, 3 seconds
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What is the new etiquette for tipping?

Tipping requests are on the rise. Businesses that never seemed to ask for a tip, like fast food joints, are now asking for one. Here's how to deal with unexpected requests and more.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/26/202413 minutes, 14 seconds
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How to clean when you don't have the energy

Having dirty dishes in the sink isn't a moral failure. Therapist KC Davis, author of How to Keep House While Drowning, has developed a framework for keeping up with house cleaning without feeling overwhelmed.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/25/202416 minutes
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How to take care of your eyes

Eye health is more than just an annual eye exam. Learn how to protect your eyes from screens, read your prescription and understand what does and does not affect your vision.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/21/202423 minutes, 10 seconds
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Dreading your taxes? How to deal with the 'homework of life'

Life is full of tedious and time-consuming administrative tasks. Here's how to conquer your 'life admin' so you can get back to real life. This episode originally published September 25, 2019.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/19/202415 minutes, 28 seconds
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What to know about protein and muscle mass

Our bodies need protein to maintain muscle. That's important because muscle mass peaks in our 30s and then declines. In this episode, tips about understanding how much protein you really need.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/18/202421 minutes, 6 seconds
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Thinking of going electric? What to know about EVs

More and more Americans are considering purchasing an electric vehicle. But consumers have questions. Is it really that much better for the environment? How do the tax incentives work? And how far can you get with having to recharge? NPR's business desk correspondent Camila Domonoske answers NPR listeners' burning questions. This episode is a collaboration with NPR's The Sunday Story.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/14/202423 minutes, 44 seconds
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Effective ways to repair your credit score

Credit scores determine whether you can get a mortgage, credit card, auto loan and more. So if your score is subprime, how do you bump it up to above a 700? In this episode, find out how to read your credit report, navigate collections and negotiate payments.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/12/202423 minutes, 44 seconds
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Reframing procrastination

Putting off items in your to-do list isn't a sign of laziness. It's your inner critic coming to life. In this episode, revisit your relationship with procrastination — and learn tools to kick the habit.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/11/202420 minutes, 21 seconds
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How to eat fish responsibly

Fish populations are dwindling around the world due to overfishing. Here's how to make the right choices when dining out or buying fish at the market.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/7/202417 minutes, 53 seconds
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Enjoying travel with a baby

Looking to travel this spring with your little one? These tips and tricks can make the journey not just manageable, but enjoyable. Travel experts explain how to navigate packing, air travel and tourism with a kid under age 2.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/5/202423 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to have a 'grown up' relationship with a sibling

The longest relationship of your life might be with your sibling. But there aren't many tools for navigating the complex dynamic that can develop between childhood and adulthood. This episode addresses childhood misunderstandings, resentment, forgiveness and more.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/4/202423 minutes, 56 seconds
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It's leap day! Here's what to do with your extra time

Happy leap day! What will you do with your extra 24 hours? Whether you want to slow down and make time stop or just make sure to enjoy the time you've got, we've picked tips from some of our favorite episodes on how to spend your time wisely.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/29/202418 minutes, 3 seconds
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Thoughts on Ozempic from a body-positive doctor

The popular weight loss drug Ozempic makes shedding pounds seem like magic. But the reality is more complicated, says family physician Dr. Mara Gordon. She explains why it's hard to talk about Ozempic without addressing weight stigma and diet culture.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/27/202418 minutes, 29 seconds
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Here's how to take better naps

Naps can offer significant benefits, from emotional regulation to improving memory and athletic performance. But there are right and wrong ways to snooze. A sleep psychologist and a sleep physician explain the factors of the perfect nap and the importance of daytime rest.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/26/202420 minutes, 32 seconds
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Improve your chances of learning a new skill

Mastering a new hobby, like bowling or baking, can be a frustrating process. But experts say it doesn't have to be that way. If you set yourself up for success at the start and allow yourself to make mistakes — you can stick with it. This episode originally published October 26, 2021.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/22/202421 minutes, 50 seconds
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How to be a 'supercommunicator'

No one is born a great communicator, but anyone can become one. In his new book, Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and reporter Charles Duhigg breaks down the habits of highly communicative people and the power of authentic connection.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/20/202422 minutes, 15 seconds
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Investing for beginners

You don't need to be an expert to grow a nest egg. We'll cover how to build your portfolio, when to sell (or not sell) stocks and how to avoid fees.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/19/202421 minutes, 44 seconds
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What to do with your childhood stuff

Do you have boxes filled with photos, artwork and artifacts from when you were a kid? Here's how to decide what to keep and toss — and manage the emotions that come up along the way.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/15/202421 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to 'fight right' with your partner

The Gottmans have been studying marriage and relationships for 40 years. In a new book, Fight Right, they explain how successful couples resolve their conflicts.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/13/202425 minutes, 10 seconds
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Save money on streaming services

Just about every major streaming service has raised its subscription fees. At the same time, there are more programming bundles, membership deals, ad-supported subscriptions and streaming services overall. NPR TV critic and media analyst Eric Deggans shares a streaming strategy to help you get the most bang for your buck.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/12/202419 minutes, 3 seconds
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5 tips for starting a new job

Being new on the job can be intimidating. What are the unspoken rules of your new workplace? How do you recover from a big mistake? When's a good time to ask for a promotion? This episode, Elainy Mata, host of the Harvard Business Review podcast New Here offers advice for those new to the workforce or starting a new job.
2/8/202422 minutes, 7 seconds
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5 simple ways to minimize stress

Dr. Aditi Nerurkar offers five accessible ways to minimize stress in your daily life — no lavish vacations or big life changes necessary.
2/6/202417 minutes, 19 seconds
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How to talk to kids about sex, bodies and consent

It's tricky to talk to younger kids about sex. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids. This episode originally aired December 17, 2019.
2/5/202424 minutes, 18 seconds
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Thinking of getting inked? Advice from a veteran tattoo artist

There are a lot of decisions that go into getting a tattoo. You'll need to decide on the right tattoo artist, the design, style, color, size and placement. Noemi Barajas, a veteran tattoo artist, shares tips for first-timers on getting a great tattoo.
2/1/202422 minutes, 42 seconds
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Improve your indoor air quality

Want fresher, cleaner air at home? Researchers share practical tips from researchers on how to clean your house (and your air), test your air quality and change your habits to limit indoor air pollution. This episode originally aired on May 9th, 2023.
1/30/202415 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to mind your own business

Do you often find yourself in the center of other people's drama? Intervening when you wish you didn't? These practical tips can help you draw boundaries and stay in your lane.
1/29/202421 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to have a healthy relationship with caffeine

Worry you're drinking too much coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks? A gastroenterologist and a caffeine researcher share surprising insights about the psychoactive drug — and explain why caffeine may not deserve its bad reputation. This episode originally aired on March 7, 2023.
1/25/202423 minutes, 18 seconds
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The emotional rollercoaster of being a new mom

Becoming a mother is a complicated life transition. That postpartum feeling of being on an emotional rollercoaster, not recognizing your body in the mirror and thinking that you've lost yourself is all part of the process. This episode offers guidance for mothers on how to get their footing, manage expectations, get support and prioritize time for themselves. These insights are also great for people who are in their support network.
1/23/202424 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why being uncomfortable is important

The feeling of discomfort has an important role to play. On one hand, it can be a helpful warning sign. On the other hand, too much of it can lead to distress. Dr. Kali Cyrus explains how to identify these emotions – and take action if it starts to affect your physical and mental health.
1/22/202418 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to save for a big purchase

Meeting a big financial goal can feel daunting and confusing. How do you make an effective plan when life gets in the way? Credit counselor and financial expert Monique White shares tips to help you buy a laptop, a car, or even a house.
1/18/202416 minutes, 36 seconds
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Fitness as your body fluctuates

Life happens. Sometimes we get injured or sick — and of course we get older. As we change, so should our exercise routine. Here's how to adapt your fitness plan to meet your body where it is.
1/16/202421 minutes, 40 seconds
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Soothe stress in minutes

Whether your stress manifests in your mind, body or behavior (or maybe all three) there are ways to find relief quickly. Clinical psychologist Jenny Taitz talks about some of the 75 evidence-based tips from her book Stress Resets: How to Soothe Your Body and Mind in Minutes.
1/15/202421 minutes, 50 seconds
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What happens when you move your body throughout the day

Last fall, NPR's Body Electric challenged listeners to take part in a study with Columbia University. Over 20,000 people signed up to incorporate movement breaks into their day. So ... did it work?
1/13/202411 minutes, 34 seconds
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It's not too late to learn a new instrument

Whether you grew up playing music or you never progressed beyond "Hot Cross Buns," it's not too late to pick up a new instrument. Let fun lead the way and lose yourself in the joy of learning. Joel Snape, who picked up piano at age 40, offers tips for beginners.
1/11/202417 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sleep myths, busted

There are a lot of misconceptions about sleep. Sleep scientist Rebecca Robbins and her colleagues looked into common myths about sleep to help everyone get a better night's sleep.
1/9/202417 minutes, 13 seconds
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Freshen up your resume

Career coach Cynthia Pong explains how to format your resume, which categories to include and leave out — and why you should update your resume every 6 months.
1/8/202420 minutes, 5 seconds
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How to start an exercise habit

You don't have to be a marathoner or a gym rat to get meaningful health benefits from exercise. And that sort of "go big or go home" mentality can actually be a block to getting movement. This episode, we bust common misconceptions about exercise so you can get moving in a way that feels good to you. This episode originally published December 15, 2018.
1/4/202415 minutes, 11 seconds
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Refresh your budget with these simple finance tips

The new year is a great time to update your budget, say financial experts. Here's what you can do to curb your spending, save for emergencies and keep your investments on track.
1/2/202414 minutes, 35 seconds
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How to make resolutions you'll keep

Happy New Year! If you want to make a resolution that sticks, the key to success is creating what's known as a SMART goal. This episode outlines how SMART goals work and how they can help you use your time for the things that matter most.
1/1/202418 minutes, 1 second
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Ready to get running? A starter guide

Running is a classic form of exercise for a reason. You don't need equipment or a gym membership and it provides cardiovascular benefits. But many people are told that running is not for them because of their body type. We talk to Martinus Evans, a running coach and the author of "Slow AF Run Club," about how you can start running in the body you have. This episode was originally published June 22, 2023.
12/28/202324 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to slow down and reflect ahead of 2024

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is a good time to check in with yourself and take stock of the year. Reporter Kyle Norris talks with Buddhist Lama Rod Owens about how to get reflective during this time. Plus, a creative exercise to help you look back from cartoonist Nicole Georges.
12/26/202320 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to find a book you won't want to put down

Traci Thomas, host of the hit book podcast 'The Stacks,' shares 6 surprising tips on how to find your next great read. One tip? Don't be afraid to judge a book by its cover. This episode originally published on July 20, 2023.
12/25/202316 minutes, 58 seconds
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How to cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

It's getting darker and colder, and there's still a pandemic. Oh, and then there's seasonal affective disorder. Here's how to spot it and what you can do. (This episode originally aired in October 2020.)
12/21/202320 minutes, 14 seconds
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How to talk to teens about drugs

Overdose deaths among teenagers have skyrocketed in the last few years due to opioids like fentanyl. Experts say drug education that focuses on harm reduction, an approach that focuses on safety rather than abstinence, could help save lives. Here's how to start the conversation with young people and how to respond in an emergency.
12/19/202322 minutes, 51 seconds
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Build your chosen family

Some queer and trans people may experience rejection from their families after coming out. And so instead, they may have a chosen family: a loving network of friends and other nonbiological kin. Daniel Blevins, founder of Stand In Pride, an organization that helps LGBTQI people create relationships with parent figures, explains how to find friends you can lean on for support.
12/18/202314 minutes, 6 seconds
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Dear Life Kit: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

Between long-held traditions, unfair expectations and clashing personalities, the holidays can be a perfect storm for conflict. Therapist John Kim helps untangle three holiday conundrums.
12/16/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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How to minimize family fights during the holidays

Is your aunt asking too many personal questions? Is your cousin talking your ear off about politics? These coping techniques can help you navigate sticky social situations at family holiday parties.
12/14/202316 minutes, 53 seconds
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The decluttering philosophy that can help you keep your home organized

Got piles of stuff you just can't seem to get rid of? Professional organizer Star Hansen explains how to let go of unnecessary items – and keep your home neat and tidy.
12/12/202320 minutes, 11 seconds
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Amp up your gift-giving game

Searching for the perfect gift for a loved one doesn't have to be stressful. With some clever thinking, buying a present can be even more fun than receiving one. 'SELF magazine' editor-in-chief Rachel Wilkerson Miller shares her best tips for the holidays, birthdays or any other occasion. This episode was originally published on February 2, 2023.
12/11/202320 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to relieve constipation

Haven't pooped in days? Gastroenterologists explain what to do in this SOS moment — and share tips on how to avoid chronic constipation. This episode was originally published July 10, 2023.
12/9/202316 minutes, 28 seconds
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First time decorating for the holidays? Here's where to begin

Designer Elaine Griffin explains her philosophy when it comes to decking the halls for Christmas, Hanukkah and all your winter festivities: Begin your holiday decorating process with intention — and don't be afraid to depart from tradition.
12/7/202317 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to combat loneliness

1 in 4 adults says they're lonely. The consequences of long-term social disconnection can be dire — everything from an increased risk of heart attacks to dementia and premature death. Primary care physician and author of the new book Project UnLonely Dr. Jeremy Nobel offers tips to feel less lonely and open up to connection again.
12/5/202317 minutes, 10 seconds
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Make the most of your chilly outdoor workouts

How cold is too cold? What kind of gear should you wear? And how do you stay motivated to workout outside when the weather is dreary? Cold-loving runners and a doctor share their advice to get moving during the winter. This episode originally published January 19, 2023
12/4/202316 minutes, 13 seconds
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Kids and firearm safety

Firearms are the number one cause of death for children and teens in the U.S. Parents can take life-saving precautions to protect children — whether or not you own a gun.
11/30/202316 minutes, 44 seconds
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5 questions to ask your partner for a healthy, lasting marriage

These conversation starters get at the heart of your values, including how you deal with conflict, your attitude toward gender roles and your relationship with money.
11/28/202320 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to donate to a charity with purpose and intention

Not sure which cause to support or how much to give? Kevin Scally of Charity Navigator has some advice to help you make the right decisions.
11/27/202317 minutes, 39 seconds
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Giving thanks is good for you. Here's how to make it a habit

Being thankful doesn't have to happen just once a year. Creating a daily gratitude habit can improve our mental and physical health. This episode, ways to be grateful all year long. This episode originally published November 21, 2022.
11/23/202318 minutes, 44 seconds
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Create a ritual to honor your ancestors

Your ancestors don't have to feel like a distant memory. In this episode, spiritual practitioners and Indigenous educators offer cross-cultural guidance on how to set up a special place to honor them. Plus, how to dig into genealogical records.
11/21/202324 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ready to cold plunge? We dive into the science to see if it's worth it

Dipping in cold water is a growing trend. It's not just for the thrill — people who cold plunge say it helps with anxiety, metabolic health and more. But is there science to support those claims?
11/20/202320 minutes, 23 seconds
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A beginner's guide to roasting a Thanksgiving turkey

A Thanksgiving turkey is a great project for beginner cooks, says Lan Lam of 'America's Test Kitchen.' She shares some basic tips and a recipe that skips a stressful step in the cooking process.
11/16/202322 minutes, 13 seconds
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Find a bra that actually fits

Can't wait to take your bra off at the end of every day? Laura Henny, a bra fitter and owner of The Rack Shack, shares tips for finding a bra that fits correctly and makes you feel comfortable and cute.
11/14/202321 minutes, 40 seconds
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What to do if your flight gets delayed or canceled this holiday season

But if you have to, here's some advice. Scott Keyes, the founder of the travel site Going.com (formerly Scott's Cheap Flights), shares the best days to fly and what to do if your flight gets delayed.
11/13/202321 minutes, 56 seconds
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How to ditch the apps and date offline

Tired of swiping through dating profiles on your phone? Maybe it's time to get out there and meet people in real life. A sexuality and relationship educator shares advice about how to meet new people, strike up conversations and move on from a love interest if the vibe isn't there.
11/9/202320 minutes, 12 seconds
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Protect yourself from scams

Scams can happen to anyone. Experts explain how to safeguard your data and money from being exploited or stolen by fraudsters.
11/7/202318 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to build low-waste practices into your life

There are many reasons to cut down on the waste you create: maybe you're worried about your environmental footprint or don't want to let your elders down. You may want to save money and simplify your life. Whatever your reason, building low-waste practices in your life doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money or completely change up your lifestyle. You have everything you need to get started right now.
11/6/202318 minutes, 1 second
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How screens are changing our eyes

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is on the rise in children as a result of reduced time outside and screen usage. TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi talks to Maria Liu, an optometrist, about how to slow down this progression and how adults can protect their eyes, too.
11/4/202324 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dear LK: My kids are enemies. What should I do?

​A sister relentlessly picks on her brother despite their mom's best attempt to make peace between them. Psychologist Becky Kennedy shares advice with a parent who feels out of ideas — and patience.
11/2/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Demystifying your health insurance plan

It's open enrollment season, meaning it's time to pick a health care plan. But it can be confusing to decipher all the acronyms and lingo of health care — so how do you pick the right health care plan for you? This episode, we break down commonly used terms and offer a strategy to help crunch the numbers.
10/31/202317 minutes, 13 seconds
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It's soup season! Get cooking with these tips from Sohla El-Waylly

Soup can be a flexible, cozy meal that allows you to experiment in the kitchen. But to make a delicious one, you need to get some fundamentals down first. Chef Sohla El-Waylly offers her best tips on everything from creating a yummy broth to ensuring you get your cook time right.
10/30/202318 minutes, 29 seconds
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How to save a life with CPR

Every year, more than 350,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting in the United States. CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, can help double or triple survival rates. In this episode, we'll explain the basics of this emergency procedure so you can feel empowered to help in a life-or-death situation.
10/26/202319 minutes, 20 seconds
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Anxious about public speaking? We've got tips

If the thought of speaking in front of people makes your stomach flip, this episode will help you create a speech you can deliver with confidence. We'll go over how to prep, write for the ear and recover if you forget your lines.
10/24/202322 minutes, 49 seconds
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Live with your parents? Here's how to create a harmonious household

Three people who've spent time living with their parents as adults share advice on how they've coped with their situation. Don't compare yourself to others, they say — and find ways to still live your life.
10/23/202321 minutes, 43 seconds
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A shame-free guide to digging out of debt

Life happens, and so does debt. Unexpected car trouble, the high price of food, a family emergency — there is no shortage of reasons why debt can pile up. In this episode, we offer shame-free solutions for digging out of debt. This episode originally published on April 11, 2023.
10/19/202314 minutes, 30 seconds
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Help! What Should I Be for Halloween?

Spooky season is a time for mischief and make-believe. You get to dress up in costume as anything you want. But the options can feel endless and not very exciting. We talk to a stylist about how to pick out a Halloween look, execute it, and do so sustainably without spending too much money.
10/17/202318 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to get the most out of your library

Baking pans, legal help, language classes and more — libraries can provide so much more than books. We'll talk about how to get a library card, navigate the online hold system and discover all the cool things your library has to offer.
10/16/202315 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to talk to kids about the violence in Israel and Gaza

Last weekend, militants from the terrorist group Hamas killed more than a thousand people, including children, in an attack on Israel while also taking hostages. Israel has ordered a full siege of Gaza, where nearly half of residents are under 18 years of age. The news is alarming for anyone — especially for children, who may be left grappling with questions about why other children are among those affected, and whether they are safe. In this episode of Life Kit, NPR's Becky Sullivan gives us advice on how to talk to children about the violence in Israel and Gaza.
10/12/202314 minutes, 19 seconds
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How to actively heal from an injury or illness

If you're recuperating after an illness or injury, it's normal to not feel like yourself. Your body needs time to heal so you can get back to your REGULAR activities. Physician Gavin Francis shares practical tips on active healing, deciding which activities to spend your energy on, and pacing yourself while still testing your limits.
10/10/202319 minutes, 23 seconds
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Can I afford to totally change my life?

Longing to quit your job and follow your passion? Or perhaps take a break to travel? Or move to a new place? First, you'll need to look at your finances. In this episode, Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner and business analyst for CBS News, walks through her five steps for assessing your financial situation before a possible life change. This episode was originally published on February 28, 2023.
10/9/202319 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dear Life Kit: Your most petty social dilemmas, answered

Lunch snubs, bad neighbors and needy in-laws. Advice columnist R. Eric Thomas responds to the bad behavior getting under your skin.
10/5/202314 minutes, 31 seconds
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6 big purchases that can save energy and money at home

To live a more climate friendly life, invest in home appliances and vehicles that run on electricity, not fossil fuels, say sustainability experts. Here are a few energy-saving solutions to consider.
10/3/202318 minutes, 45 seconds
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The new rules of laundry

Patric Richardson, host of 'The Laundry Guy' on HGTV, wants you to change the way you wash your clothes. Don't think of it as a chore — and don't be afraid to put those 'dry cleaning only' garments in the washer.
10/2/202320 minutes, 5 seconds
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What to know if you're exploring non-monogamy

When we think about romance, many of us have a specific script in mind. Two people date, fall in love and get married. But that traditional path doesn't work for everyone. This episode explores the world beyond monogamy, whether you're starting this journey solo or already partnered.
9/28/202324 minutes, 9 seconds
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Teeth: an owner's manual

Brush twice a day. Remember to floss. Visit the dentist twice a year. We know the drill...or maybe not? In this episode, how to take care of your teeth, from finding a good dentist, to home teeth whitening, to the best brushing techniques. This episode originally published on February 27, 2023.
9/26/202321 minutes, 14 seconds
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How to talk to your parents about their money

For many families, there comes a time when it's the kid's turn to take care of their parents. But caretaking is expensive and draining. Make it easier on yourself by talking to your parents ahead of time about their finances, their long-term care plans, and their wishes. In this episode, how to approach your parents, what to ask them, and what to do if they're already experiencing dementia or cognitive decline.
9/25/202319 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ace Your Freshman Year of College

Congratulations! You've been accepted into college. Now you've got to find your way around campus, pick out classes, make new friends, and figure out a plan to graduate — on time. Here's how to make it easier. This episode originally published on September 3, 2019.
9/21/202317 minutes, 7 seconds
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Fiber is a dietary superhero. Are you eating enough of it?

NPR's Maria Godoy is a self-proclaimed fiber fanatic. She shares eight ways to add fiber to your diet (munch on popcorn!) and provides a grocery list of high-fiber foods that you can print out at home.
9/19/202315 minutes, 6 seconds
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The consequences of overindulging your kids

Overindulging kids when they're young can lead to negative effects in their adulthoods. But it's hard for parents to put their foot down when they want is to avoid a conflict at all costs. Child psychologist Lauren Silvers has tips for families trying to curb overindulging a child.
9/18/202321 minutes, 21 seconds
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What to know about the new COVID boosters

Updated versions of the mRNA vaccines roll out this week. Experts say they offer good protection against current COVID variants. Who should get them, and when's the best time to roll up your sleeve?
9/14/202316 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to avoid 'lifestyle creep'

Making more money tends to lead to spending more money. It's a phenomenon known as "lifestyle creep." Paco de Leon, author of Finance for the People, shares advice on keeping your long-term financial goals in check and fending off the subconscious urge to automatically increase spending when your income increases. This episode originally published on July 14, 2022.
9/12/202322 minutes, 23 seconds
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Scarfing down your food? Here's how to slow down and eat more mindfully

Eating more deliberately can help you make better choices about nourishing your body, says Lilian Cheung, a mindful eating lecturer at Harvard. She shares how to enjoy meals while paying attention.
9/11/202315 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dear Life Kit: My husband shuts down any time I try to talk about our finances

I'm struggling to get my husband to make a family budget with me. Whenever the topic comes up, he completely gets defensive. How do I get him to talk to me about money?
9/7/202311 minutes, 21 seconds
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Stomp, scrape, repeat: What you can do to stop the spotted lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive species, is wreaking havoc on crops and trees across 14 U.S. states. Here's what you can do to stop them — and it involves hand sanitizer, Ziploc bags and a strong stomach.
9/5/202315 minutes, 10 seconds
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Don't 'get' art? You may be looking at it wrong

Art professionals explain how to look at paintings and sculptures like an expert — and how to make the most out of a museum visit. This episode originally published January 10, 2023.
9/4/202319 minutes, 44 seconds
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Prenups aren't just for the rich and famous. Here's when to consider one

Prenuptial agreements lay out how couples deal with money both during marriage and after divorce. That includes whether you'll have a joint bank account or pay off your loans together. Here's what you should know — and how to start the conversation with your partner.
8/31/202318 minutes, 10 seconds
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Student loan repayment is resuming. Here's what you need to know

The three-year federal pause on student loans is expiring soon. If your financial circumstances have changed, or you just need an explanation of the many payment plans out there, here's a refresher course on how to pay off your student debt.
8/29/202314 minutes, 10 seconds
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Start cleaning your home more sustainably with these tips

Environmentally-friendly living isn't an all-or-nothing equation: think of it as a spectrum of greens. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, green cleaning is one easy way to dip your toe into the green living waters. These tips will help you get started. This episode originally published July 11, 2022.
8/28/202318 minutes, 20 seconds
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A guide to forest bathing

Spending an afternoon in a forest isn't just enjoyable, it's good for your health. Taking in the forest through your senses can boost your immune system, reduce blood pressure, lower stress hormones and improve your physical and emotional state in other ways. If you want to try forest bathing, here are some exercises for the next time you find yourself under some trees.
8/24/202317 minutes, 19 seconds
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When is it OK to lie?

When are white lies harmless or hurtful? Experts weigh in on when it's appropriate to tell a lie, explain how lying can lead to more lying and share tips for cutting back if you want to break the habit.
8/22/202319 minutes, 17 seconds
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Meal prep made easy

What's for dinner? It's a question that can lead to overspending on delivery, unhealthy meals and dread. FitMenCook founder Kevin Curry shares meal prep techniques that can alleviate stress and save money. This episode originally published January 31, 2023.
8/21/202315 minutes, 12 seconds
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Protect your hearing and ears

If you find yourself in loud clubs, concerts or cities, you might be doing more damage to your hearing than you think. People of all ages are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss, but few of us know what to do about it. In this episode, how to protect your ears: what your phone volume should really be at, which earplugs work best and how to know if your earwax is actually a problem.
8/17/202323 minutes, 49 seconds
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Start a financial self-care routine

There are things we're supposed to do routinely for our health — brush our teeth, shower, and exercise. There's a version of that for financial health, too. We'll talk about what those tasks are — and also go beyond the number crunching to talk about mental health and finances.
8/15/202315 minutes, 58 seconds
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The 5-minute playtime ritual that can help your kids listen

Children's health professionals widely recommend a strategy known as 'special time' to help reduce behavioral issues in young children. This episode explains how to do it and why this simple and free tool is so powerful.
8/14/202313 minutes, 49 seconds
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Start learning your family's language

Heritage language learners are different from people learning a second language for the first time. They often grow up hearing it, but that can come with its own set of challenges. Experts offer their advice on how to learn your heritage language. This episode originally published May 31, 2022.
8/10/202323 minutes, 36 seconds
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Millennial? Gen Z? It may be time for colorectal cancer screening

Colorectal cancer cases are on the rise among people under 50. In this episode, we explain the risk, symptoms to look out for and how to get screened.
8/8/202314 minutes, 2 seconds
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Looking for a job? Advice to help you land the gig

How helpful are personal connections? When should you send a thank you email? Cynthia Pong, founder and CEO of the career coaching firm Embrace Change, answers questions about how to find a job.
8/7/202316 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dear LK: How should I talk to my kids about their incarcerated uncle?

My brother-in-law was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence. We haven't shared any of these details with our kids, ages 7 and 9. When should we tell our children where he is and what he did?
8/3/202312 minutes, 24 seconds
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Let's have some cheap fun

You don't need to spend a lot of money to have fun. Have you done a chocolate bar taste test? Hosted a themed hangout? Gone to a surprise movie night? Here are some ideas to help you save money and maximize entertainment.
8/1/202312 minutes, 51 seconds
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Minimize your back pain while cooking

Many of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. It might not disappear entirely, but you can find ways to comfortably perform everyday tasks like cooking. This episode offers strategies for minimizing your pain when making a meal – like chopping and loading an oven with minimal discomfort.
7/31/202316 minutes, 42 seconds
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Start your own business

It's time to get your MBA — the easy way. We're sharing an episode from Planet Money's Summer School. In this lesson: Everyone has a million dollar business idea (e.g., "Shazam but for movies"), but not everyone has what it takes to be an entrepreneur. You'll hear two case studies with founders who learned the hard way what goes into starting a small business and a biz school professor who chimes in to explain the fundamentals.
7/29/202332 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bring more play into your life

Play isn't just fun. Researchers argue it can help you adapt to difficult circumstances, collaborate better and problem-solve. We'll help you figure out your play personality and how to prioritize play in your life.
7/27/202319 minutes, 53 seconds
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Processing pet grief with love

Losing a pet can be devastating. Here's how to process the loss of your special friend and open yourself up to the love and lessons they left behind.
7/25/202321 minutes, 53 seconds
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Make a salad you want to eat

We should all be eating more vegetables. One fast way to do that: toss them in a salad! We'll cover how to make nutritious, affordable, and, most importantly, crave-worthy salads.
7/24/202319 minutes, 22 seconds
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Find books you'll love

It's easy to get into a reading rut. Whether you've gotten into the habit of scrolling at night or just can't find a book you're excited about, in this episode we'll help you find books you actually want to finish.
7/20/202316 minutes, 58 seconds
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How to be a supportive adult in a kid's life

While there's endless advice for parents, there's little guidance on supporting kids for non-parents. Whether you're an aunt, uncle, godparent, or a family friend, here's how to have healthy, fulfilling relationships with kids that are not yours. We'll cover how to build those relationships, start routines, and create a safe space for the kids in your life.
7/18/202322 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to buy a car with confidence

Buying a car can be intimidating. This episode will help you strategize to avoid all the potential pitfalls, so you can drive away with a good deal. This episode originally published February 18, 2020.
7/17/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to tell your own story

Everyone has a story to tell. Writing a memoir is more than a way to document a life — it can help you process what you've gone through, capture a moment in history for descendants and help others make sense of their own lives. But where does one begin? We'll explain how to write deeply personal memoirs and what to do once your story is out in the world.
7/13/202325 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to choose a bank

It's easy to feel stuck with the bank account you've had forever, even if it's inconvenient or racking up fees. But there are lots of options out there. We walk through four types of financial institutions and companies for a checking or savings account: big banks, credit unions, community banks and newer financial technology apps.
7/11/202316 minutes, 41 seconds
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What to do when you're constipated

We've got a step-by-step guide for that SOS moment when you haven't pooped in days and days. Plus: tips to help you avoid chronic constipation, and a little toilet pep talk from a gastroenterologist.
7/10/202316 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dear LK: My group chat is toxic

In college, I became close with a diverse friend group. Years later, we still stay in touch via text. Some people rely on our group to manage their anxiety. The norm in the group is to reassure whoever is most upset, even when that person is wrong.
7/6/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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Coping with a fear of flying

Whether you're a nervous flyer, you'll do almost anything to avoid flying or you have an actual flying phobia, these tips from psychotherapist Luana Marques can help you overcome a fear of flying.
7/4/202321 minutes, 30 seconds
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How to prepare for the return of student loan payments

The Supreme Court has decided to strike down the Biden administration's plan to discharge some or all federal student loan debt. The decision impacts tens of millions of Americans – so what can student loan borrowers do to prepare now that the plan is over? NPR's education correspondent Cory Turner gives context and advice for borrowers.
7/3/202314 minutes, 14 seconds
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It's never too late to become a strong swimmer

Knowing how to swim can help you have fun at the pool or beach this summer. But it could also save your life. Here are some tips to start swimming at any age.
6/29/202320 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to stop overthinking romantic relationships

Romance makes us feel vulnerable, and dating can feel high stakes. We talk about how to keep things in perspective and take care of your mental health in relationships.
6/27/202324 minutes, 11 seconds
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Get grilling this summer

Intimidated by grilling? Cooking over an open flame can do that! In this episode, learn which type of grill to choose, how to maintain a fire, how to create different temperature zones, and other basics and safety tips. This episode originally published May 24, 2022.
6/26/202321 minutes, 32 seconds
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How to start running in the body you have

Running is a classic form of exercise for a reason. It gets you from point A to point B, you don't need equipment or a gym membership and it provides cardiovascular benefits. But many people are told that running is not for them because of their body type. We talk to Martinus Evans, author of "Slow AF Run Club," about how you can start running in the body you have. We cover motivation, equipment, pace, form, cross-training and more.
6/22/202323 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ultra-processed foods are everywhere. Here's how to avoid them

Ultra-processed foods are tasty, cheap and everywhere. But they come with health risks. NPR health correspondent Maria Godoy lays out ways to spot and avoid ultra-processed foods during your next grocery run.
6/20/202313 minutes, 43 seconds
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Get more rest

It's time to make room for more naps. Tricia Hersey, also known as the 'nap bishop' and author of the book "Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto," explains why relaxation and leisure are human rights — especially for communities of color. This episode originally published October 13, 2022.
6/19/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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The do's and don'ts of being a plus-one

Free dinner, free cake, a dance floor – being a plus-one has its benefits. But it can also come with pressure. In this episode of Life Kit, we'll talk plus-one etiquette from dress code to wedding gifts, give you tips for tackling small talk and help you be a winning guest in any party environment.
6/15/202321 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to spot AI-generated and other fake content

It's easy to be fooled by AI-generated images and other content. We talk about how to identify them, how media literacy can help, plus how to use these tools responsibly.
6/13/202320 minutes, 56 seconds
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Renting? Learn to be your own best housing advocate

Does your landlord have to fix that? Should you be worried about that clause in your lease? If you're one of the 35% of Americans renting your home, there's a lot you should know to protect yourself best. We'll discuss rental red flags, learn how to speak the language of landlords and how to decode a lease.
6/12/202324 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to protect yourself from poor air quality

Canadian wildfires are causing poor air quality in parts of the U.S. The health effects of smoke and poor air quality are dangerous. Here's how to stay safe when the air quality is unhealthy.
6/8/202312 minutes, 18 seconds
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Get more out of your dreams

Dreams have inspired works of art, led to breakthroughs in organic chemistry and helped people process their deepest fears and emotions. They're not just weird little movies our brains put on while we sleep. In this episode, we explain why we dream — and how to get more out of them.
6/6/202319 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why you should play video games with your kid

Video games get a bad reputation that's often unwarranted. But kids do need guidance in using them wisely. Here's how to help them, starting with spending some time with the games your kids can't put down.
6/5/202316 minutes, 32 seconds
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Dear LK: I'm happily married but hate our sex life. Should I ask for a divorce?

I've been in a loving relationship with my husband for years. We're incredibly compatible except for our sex life. The sex started off great, became less interesting over the years, and now it's non-existent. I'm considering divorce even though the rest of our relationship is fine. Initiating a divorce feels cruel, but I also feel like I'm settling and watching time slip away.
6/1/202311 minutes, 26 seconds
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To save money on groceries, try these tips before going to the store

Groceries aren't cheap, but there are ways beyond just looking for sales to make budget meals. To help cut down your grocery bill, we have practical tips for saving money on the food you cook at home.
5/30/202317 minutes, 26 seconds
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Pick the right sunscreen for you

No matter your skin tone, sunscreen keeps your skin safe from harmful UVA and UVB rays. But to use it right, you need to know a few things: What SPF to use, how often to reapply and the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen. We explain what to look for on the back of a sunscreen bottle and how to use it effectively.
5/29/202319 minutes, 50 seconds
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Extend the life of your clothes with visible mending

There's no need to give up on a sweater with a hole in the elbow or a shirt with a tear in the collar. Visible mending is beginner friendly, highly creative, and helps extend the life of your clothes.
5/25/202321 minutes, 7 seconds
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What to do when you're feeling anxious

Anxiety can feel awful and overwhelming. But it can also be a helpful warning signal — telling us when we're in danger or out of alignment with our true feelings. We share tips on how to turn down the dial on your anxiety symptoms, so you can listen to what they're trying to tell you.
5/23/202319 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to have healthy dating expectations

Dating in search of "The One"? Relationship therapist Jeff Guenther, aka Therapy Jeff from TikTok, says that might not be practical. If your goal is a successful long-term partnership, having realistic expectations and a clear understanding of your values is vital. We'll help you break up with your fantasy partner, do some relationship math and learn what it takes to build a successful partnership based in reality.
5/22/202317 minutes, 55 seconds
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Making friends anywhere you move

Whether you're moving into a summer sublet or your forever home, friendships are important to feeling settled in a new place. So how do we do that? A friendship coach walks us through how we can be more vulnerable and resourceful in adult friendships.
5/18/202318 minutes, 37 seconds
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Create a better to-do list

Is your to-do list helping you reach your goals? Or is it holding you back? Productivity experts explain how to level up your list so it prioritizes what matters to you. This episode originally published Jan. 5, 2023.
5/16/202313 minutes, 39 seconds
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Make your thrift shopping trips a success

Shopping secondhand is a good way to be more sustainable, explore your personal style, or score a deal. But sifting through a seemingly endless supply of clothes can be intimidating. We have tips from some diehard thrifters that will help make thrifting more fun and successful so you find those hidden gems.
5/15/202322 minutes, 28 seconds
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Pregnant? Here's how to deal with the new you

Pregnancy is hard work – for the body, mind and soul. There are seemingly endless resources for all the physical and logistical aspects of pregnancy but far fewer for renegotiating your sense of self in every part of your life. We'll discuss the effect of pregnancy on the brain, the importance of embracing negative feelings and strategies for maintaining changing relationships.
5/11/202323 minutes, 40 seconds
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5 ways to improve your indoor air quality

Want fresher, cleaner air at home? We share practical tips from researchers on how to clean your house (and your air), test your air quality, and change your habits to limit indoor air pollution.
5/9/202315 minutes, 48 seconds
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5 ways to explore your gender identity

If you're an adult starting to explore your gender identity, it can be tough knowing where to begin. Here's some advice from trans people to help you on this intimate and powerful journey.
5/8/202322 minutes, 43 seconds
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Dear LK: My parents pay my tuition. Do I have to show them my grades?

If your parents pay for your college, do they have a right to demand to see your grades? Berna Anat, the author of Money Out Loud, shares advice on defining financial expectations and boundaries.
5/4/202313 minutes, 2 seconds
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A better way to talk to your doctor

Ever leave the doctor's office confused or with unanswered questions? Talking to doctors and other medical professionals can be hard - whether they're good at their jobs or not. We'll give you the tools to get more out of your appointments. We'll talk about how to choose a provider, prepare for your visit, ask the right questions, and get your provider's attention if they're not hearing you. To support our work at NPR and listen to the show sponsor-free, sign up for Life Kit+ at plus.npr.org/lifekit.
5/2/202318 minutes, 15 seconds
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Build a stronger connection with your kids

It may sound counterintuitive, but if you want to take charge as a parent, stop trying to control your child, says psychologist and author Shefali Tsabary. Her new book, "The Parenting Map," lays out a step-by-step guide for creating conscious parent-child relationships.
5/1/202319 minutes, 49 seconds
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When a partner keeps a financial secret

How do you cope when your partner keeps a secret that impacts your personal finances? Meredith Goldstein of the Love Letters podcast from The Boston Globe talks with a couple who worked through financial troubles in their marriage that threatened their hard-earned sense of security.
4/29/202343 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to break up with your therapist

Getting into therapy comes with its own hurdles, but what about knowing when to stop it? Moraya Seeger DeGeare, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has advice on how to figure out when it's time to end therapy and what actually to say when you do. Depending on the situation, ending with your therapist could involve anything from ghosting to a sit-down conversation.
4/27/202321 minutes, 1 second
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A field guide for fledgling birders

You don't need binoculars and a trip to a nature preserve to go birding. If you've ever paused to appreciate a bird, you're already well on your way. Here are some tips to up your game.
4/25/202322 minutes, 19 seconds
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Put your savings to work

The current inflation rate in the US is 5 percent. And most big bank savings accounts offer interest rates much lower than that. In this episode, you'll learn how to protect your savings against inflation.
4/24/202315 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to clean when you don't feel like cleaning

Therapist and author KC Davis shares a framework to help you get a messy room back to functional quickly. She says that in any space, there are really only five things: trash, dishes, laundry, things that have a place, and things that don't have a place. We help you tackle them, one by one.
4/20/202316 minutes
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Your guide to running for office

If you've ever thought about running for office — your town council or school board, the state legislature, or even Congress, this episode is for you. We'll tell you where to start and how to navigate everything from campaign fundraising to building a "kitchen cabinet." This episode was originally published on October 17, 2019.
4/18/202325 minutes, 9 seconds
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So you don't want kids. How to build a child-free life

If you've decided not to have kids, your life will look different from what you might have seen growing up. This episode of Life Kit is about how to build your child-free life, with or without a long-term partner. We talk about finding community, planning for the future, making a financial plan and responding to some of the comments and judgments of other people.
4/17/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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Find your way to a (high-paying) trade job

There are lots of jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree and pay well. Here's what to consider if you're thinking about a job in the trades — from assessing your options to choosing a training program. This episode originally published April 26, 2021.
4/13/202322 minutes, 32 seconds
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Get your debt under control

Life happens, and so does debt. Unexpected car trouble, the high price of food, a family emergency — there is no shortage of reasons why debt can pile up. In this episode, we offer shame-free solutions for digging out of debt.
4/11/202314 minutes, 12 seconds
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Practicing the art of saying goodbye

Saying goodbye can be tough, especially if you're parting ways for good. But grief counselor and patient advocate Isabel Stenzel Byrnes says the art of saying goodbye to loved ones can be learned and practiced. We discuss tips for impactful goodbyes, working through big emotions and the importance of goodbye rituals.
4/10/202319 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dear LK: My boyfriend's parents pay for everything. It makes me uncomfortable

She loves her boyfriend's parents, but their generosity feels inappropriate. Maya Lau, host of the podcast Other People's Pockets, weighs in on how to move forward.
4/6/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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Tips for acing that job interview

How should you prepare in advance for a job interview? We discuss what questions to prep for, how to choose an outfit you feel your best in, and what to do if you get nervous. Plus, we walk through a mock interview to model how to answer common questions.
4/4/202319 minutes, 50 seconds
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Planning a trip? Here's how to pack like a pro

Getting ready for a trip is fun until you have to start packing. These tips for packing a carry-on will help you figure out what you need in your bag (and what you don't!) so you can have peace of mind while traveling.
4/3/202317 minutes
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How to show up for teens when big emotions arise

Being a teenager is hard. There are emotional highs and lows every day. Clinical psychologist Lisa Damour says instead of jumping into problem-solving mode, parents can learn to ride the wave of emotional management with their teens. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Damour about her book "The Emotional Lives of Teenagers."
3/30/202320 minutes, 30 seconds
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Tips for negotiating your medical bills

There's an estimated $195 billion of medical debt in America. But just because a medical bill comes in the mail doesn't mean you have to pay that exact price. Here's how to eliminate, reduce or negotiate a medical bill.
3/28/202317 minutes, 15 seconds
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6 tips for raising happy houseplants

From monstera to snake plants, we'll walk you through how to care for your houseplants properly. Plus, troubleshooting tips for knowing when your plant needs water and how to get rid of pests.
3/27/202319 minutes, 45 seconds
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How an aerialist uses trapeze to teach students about consent

How do we learn to trust what our bodies tell us and express it to others? Aerialist Adie Delaney speaks with TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi about how communication, trust and safety in trapeze can provide valuable lessons on consent.
3/25/202316 minutes, 34 seconds
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Coping with the end of a friendship

Not all of our friendships are meant to last forever. Friendship expert Marisa Franco says losing a close friend can feel like we're losing a part of ourselves. In this episode, how to process the loss of a friendship — and tips on how to save ones that matter to us.
3/23/202318 minutes, 25 seconds
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How to have the STIs conversation

With Dr. Evalene Dacker, we lay out the science of STIs and then give you language to talk about them and, more broadly, about sex, with a potential partner. Because for something so fun, sex can be hard to talk about.
3/21/202317 minutes, 4 seconds
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Tricks to boost your credit score

A strong credit score can make major purchases and financial transactions much easier. Here's how to make yours better and keep it high. (This episode originally ran in November 2020.)
3/20/202318 minutes, 54 seconds
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Defining masculinity on your own terms

The "man box" refers to the strict expectations we learn about what it means to be a "real man." In reality, those rules limit the way masculine folks believe they can move through the world. On this episode of Life Kit, stories and tips to break free of the "man box."
3/16/202324 minutes, 51 seconds
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5 questions you should ask your partner before getting married

It takes more than love to sustain a marriage. A marriage social scientist goes over five big questions to answer about your relationship and your values before getting hitched.
3/14/202322 minutes, 13 seconds
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Braving the 'quarterlife' crisis

Stuck between two conflicting desires and can't seem to move forward? Psychotherapist Satya Doyle Byock shares an exercise called "My Two Conflicting Selves" to help people find a compromise. (This episode originally ran in October 17, 2022).
3/13/202315 minutes, 40 seconds
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Finding joy in the face of sorrow

Poet Ross Gay knows a thing or two about finding joy in life's most difficult moments. He talks with It's Been a Minute host Brittany Luse about his new book of essays, "Inciting Joy" — which covers the complexity of joy, the beauty of grace, and meaning in life.
3/11/202319 minutes, 54 seconds
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So you want to be a mentor

In this episode, we talk about who can be a mentor, how to structure the relationship, and how to have tricky conversations with your mentees. Also, how to make sure it's not a one-sided relationship.
3/9/202320 minutes, 59 seconds
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The truth about caffeine

75% of Americans consume some kind of caffeine at least once a day. Whether your caffeine of choice is coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks, how do you know that it's working for you and not against you? We speak with experts about how you can assess your relationship to caffeine and explore why caffeine may not deserve its bad rap.
3/7/202323 minutes, 19 seconds
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This is the period talk you should've gotten

We asked two experts how they would give the period talk. Here are six pieces of advice — including the science of periods, management techniques, and how to know when something is wrong.
3/6/202321 minutes, 43 seconds
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Dear Life Kit: Do I have to listen to my boss complain?

An employee struggles to cope with her boss's constant oversharing and negativity. Journalist and host of the podcast Work Appropriate Anne Helen Petersen shares advice for establishing boundaries ... with your boss.
3/2/202313 minutes, 27 seconds
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Can I afford to quit my job?

Longing to quit your job and follow your passion? Or perhaps take a break to travel? Or move to a new place? First, you'll need to look at your finances. In this episode, Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner and business analyst for CBS News, walks through her five steps for assessing your financial situation before a possible life change.
2/28/202319 minutes, 8 seconds
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'Do I really need to floss?' and other common questions about dental care

We asked experts to answer five questions about how to properly care for your teeth. Here's what they said about finding a dentist, whitening your teeth at home, and whether daily flossing is necessary.
2/27/202321 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to file your tax returns: 6 things you should know this year

For something that's legally required, taxes can be confusing. This guide explains when and how to hire a tax preparer, covers the latest credits and deductions — and helps you plan ahead for next year.
2/23/202312 minutes, 47 seconds
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Define your personal style

Fashion may not have been at the top of your priority list over the last two years. If you're ready to shake the dust off, here's advice from the experts — from purging your closet to taking fashion risks in a way that feels true to you.
2/21/202321 minutes, 20 seconds
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How caregivers can prevent burnout

1 in 5 Americans are acting as unpaid caregivers. The work can be meaningful but also stressful. Caregivers give advice about how to approach the job, find support and make time for yourself.
2/20/202319 minutes, 48 seconds
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Earthquake preparedness in 6 steps

Earthquakes strike at a moment's notice. That's why having a plan in place is key. In this episode, emergency and disaster experts share their tips to help prepare you and your family.
2/16/202317 minutes, 39 seconds
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The science of finding a partner

Logan Ury, a behavioral scientist at the dating app Hinge, says making dating decisions based on initial chemistry alone is a losing battle. In this episode, dating coach Damon Hoffman speaks with Ury about her book, How to Not Die Alone.
2/14/202319 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why the 5-minute walk break is so powerful

Sitting all day isn't good for your health. Long stretches glued to a chair can increase the risk of heart disease and early death. Thankfully, new research shows that five minute walk breaks can be powerful in offsetting those risks.
2/13/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dear LK: My husband is still living under COVID lockdown

Three years into the pandemic, one spouse is ready to lift lockdown. The other? Not so much. Epidemiologist and science communicator Jessica Malaty Rivera shares ideas on finding compromise and managing a risk budget.
2/9/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Creative ways to get kids to eat their veggies

Veggies help kids grow and develop, but it can be hard to convince them to eat their broccoli. These research-backed tips can help you encourage your kids to eat more veggies — or at least try them.
2/7/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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Budgeting for dating

How much should you spend on a date? Who should pick up the bill? Can you talk money on the first date? Kristin Myers, editor-in-chief of The Balance, shares the results of a recent survey on finances and dating.
2/6/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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Be an awesome gift giver

Searching for the perfect gift for a loved one doesn't have to be stressful. With some clever thinking, buying a present can be even more fun that receiving one. 'SELF magazine' editor-in-chief Rachel Wilkerson Miller shares her best tips for birthdays, Valentine's Day or any other occasion.
2/2/202315 minutes, 31 seconds
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Meal prep made easy

What's for dinner? It's a question that can lead to overspending on delivery, unhealthy meals and dread. FitMenCook founder Kevin Curry shares meal prep techniques that can alleviate stress and save money.
1/31/202315 minutes, 9 seconds
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The five kinds of perfectionists

Are you a 'Parisian perfectionist'? How about a 'messy perfectionist'? Psychotherapist Katherine Morgan Schafler believes there are 5 kinds of perfectionists in the world. Find out which one you are.
1/30/202321 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dear LK: My kids are enemies. What should I do?

​A sister relentlessly picks on her brother despite their mom's best attempt to make peace between them. Psychologist Becky Kennedy shares advice with a parent who feels out of ideas — and patience.
1/26/202311 minutes, 23 seconds
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Helpful financial advice for creative types

Got a side hustle and not sure how to handle your money? Financial coach Paco de Leon, author of 'Finance for the People: Getting a Grip on Your Finances,' explains why you should put your freelance funds into a separate bank account and how to prepare yourself for tax season.
1/24/202321 minutes, 30 seconds
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Practical tips for exercising in the cold

Athlete and activist Alison Mariella Désir and sports medicine specialist Dr. Kelechi Okoroha explain how runners should dress when temperatures drop to the 50s, 30s and below.
1/23/202314 minutes, 49 seconds
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'Terrestrials,' a new kid's show from Radiolab, uncovers the strangeness on Earth

This is the story of one particularly devious octopus who lost a limb, was captured by humans — then managed to make an escape from its aquarium tank back into the ocean. This episode comes from our friends at 'Terrestrials,' a podcast presented by Radiolab for Kids.
1/21/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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Looking for a job? Advice to help you land the gig

How helpful are personal connections? When should you send a thank you email? Cynthia Pong, founder and CEO of the career coaching firm Embrace Change, answers questions about how to find a job now.
1/19/202316 minutes, 29 seconds
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Pushing back against 'anti-fatness'

All Things Considered host Juana Summers interviews Aubrey Gordon, author of the book " 'You Just Need To Lose Weight': And 19 Other Myths About Fat People." Gordon explains how the concept of 'anti-fatness' keeps fat people on the margins of society.
1/17/202319 minutes, 35 seconds
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How to reduce your climate footprint in 2023

Lowering individual greenhouse emissions may be easier than you think. Here are some New Year's resolutions experts agree have an impact in addressing climate change.
1/16/20238 minutes, 23 seconds
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Dear LK: I'm tired of my boyfriend's lack of ambition

Can you successfully motivate someone else to change? Clinical psychologist Jody Adewale shares advice with a letter writer feels put off by her partner's lack of direction.
1/12/202311 minutes, 3 seconds
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How to look at art (and have a perception-altering experience)

Everyone can have a profound connection with a work of art. You just need the right mindset and attitude. Art professionals share tips on how to navigate museums and observe paintings and sculptures.
1/10/202318 minutes, 33 seconds
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Find your authentic personal brand

Life Kit's Andee Tagle talks to networking coach Lynda Peralta about how to present her personal life and her professional life on Instagram. See how her experiment went, then try it out for yourself.
1/9/202319 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to make a better to-do list

Is your to-do list helping you reach your goals? Or is it holding you back? Productivity experts explain how to level up your list so it prioritizes what matters.
1/5/202313 minutes, 37 seconds
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Clear out your clutter

Got piles of stuff you just can't seem to get rid of? Professional organizer Star Hansen explains how to let go of unnecessary items – and keep your home neat and tidy.
1/3/202320 minutes, 12 seconds
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New Year's resolutions from Life Kit

Happy New Year! Team members at Life Kit share some of their favorite tips they are looking to trying in 2023, from how to start an art habit to how to get kids to listen better. For more great New Year's resolution ideas, check out npr.org/newyears.
1/2/202318 minutes, 28 seconds
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How to start an exercise routine that works for you

You don't have to be a marathoner or gym rat to get meaningful health benefits from exercise. In fact, that die-hard mentality can actually deter you from getting movement. Here's how to start a fitness routine that you'll actually stick to.
12/29/202215 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ready to make a change for New Year's? Behavioral science can help

When is the best time to start a new habit? And why are some habits easier to practice than others? Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman, author of 'How to Change,' explains how to get a behavior to stick.
12/27/202219 minutes, 54 seconds
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This acronym will help you give the perfect toast

It's the wild card of every big event — the toast. Done well, it can be a memorable highlight. Done badly, it can be a total cringefest. Here's a helpful way to remember how to give a terrific toast, whether it's at a New Year's party or at wedding reception.
12/26/202219 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to help someone at risk of suicide

If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help. Psychologists and researchers explain how to recognize the warning signs and what to do and say when a loved one is in crisis.
12/22/202219 minutes, 35 seconds
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How to be a better movie watcher, according to film critics

This guide — which comes with a fun brochure you can download and print at home — offers advice on how to pick a film, get outside your comfort zone and deepen your enjoyment of movies.
12/20/202220 minutes, 59 seconds
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How to cut down your alcohol intake

Want to skip the champagne and cocktails this holiday season? Here's how to take a break from drinking alcohol — including in social settings — and start healthy habits.
12/19/202221 minutes, 51 seconds
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Can therapy save their friendship?

Would you ever consider going to therapy with a friend? In this episode from NPR Invisibilia, two best friends — who are so close they call themselves brothers — were drifting apart, so host Yowei Shaw asked psychotherapist Esther Perel to help. This episode was recorded in collaboration with Perel's podcast, Where Should We Begin?
12/17/202238 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dear LK: We bought a dog instead of rescuing one. It cost me a friend

An ideological difference over adopting versus shopping for a pet causes a rift between friends. Tania Israel, a professor of psychology, shares advice about how to have difficult conversations with people you care about.
12/15/202211 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to support people with long COVID

One in five Americans who have had COVID have experienced symptoms lasting three months or more. How can patients navigate this chronic illness? And how can the people in their lives provide comfort and strength? In this episode from our friends at It's Been a Minute, host Brittany Luse talks to the editor and a contributor of a new book, 'The Long COVID Survival Guide.'
12/13/202221 minutes, 18 seconds
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Build a healthy relationship with your in-laws

Creating a relationship with your partner's family can be hard work. Experts share how to navigate 5 tricky situations, including dealing with in-laws who can't seem to stop giving unsolicited advice.
12/12/202224 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to start new traditions that feel right to you

Traditions can foster a sense of unity with the people we love and help pass down cultural values. But what happens when these events no longer make sense in our lives?
12/8/202220 minutes, 52 seconds
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Piece together your family tree

If you're interested in learning more about your family history, genealogist Mica Anders says to get creative. Look through newspaper archives, census data, vital records and more. And who knows, you may find some unexpected gems in the process.
12/6/202218 minutes, 51 seconds
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Stressed about talking about finances with a new partner? This framework can help

It can be awkward to discuss money when you're in a new relationship. Financial therapist Amanda Clayman suggests following what she calls the "five components of financial intimacy" to get the conversation started.
12/5/202218 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dear LK: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

Between long-held traditions, unfair expectations and clashing personalities, the holidays can be a perfect storm for conflict. Therapist John Kim helps untangle three holiday conundrums.
12/1/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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How to apply the rules of improv to everyday life

Improv comedy is about more than making people laugh. It can help performers be more creative and self-assured — and combat anxiety, both on and off stage.
11/29/202222 minutes, 24 seconds
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Transform the way you deal with dread

Worried about deadlines, errands or your holiday to-do list? Reframe your relationship with dread with these simple exercises, from drawing the things that scare you to scheduling worry time.
11/28/202220 minutes, 30 seconds
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How much money do you need to become a parent? An episode from This Is Uncomfortable

A couple clashes about how much money they need to save before having children. This episode is from our friends This Is Uncomfortable's podcast series on fights about money.
11/26/202217 minutes, 58 seconds
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How to set boundaries with family

Maintaining healthy boundaries is a way of taking care of your closest relationships, but setting those boundaries can be hard. The process starts with asking yourself what you need. (This episode originally ran in January 2021.)
11/24/202220 minutes, 12 seconds
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Make holiday travel less stressful

There will probably be long lines, delays and overbooked flights, says aviation journalist Benét Wilson. So take steps to prepare for these situations and make the journey a little more pleasant.
11/22/202212 minutes, 57 seconds
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Get better at being grateful

Showing appreciation can improve our mental and physical health. But we don't often express it in our daily lives. Here's how to make thankfulness a habit, from starting a gratitude journal to writing a letter to a loved one.
11/21/202218 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dear LK: My boyfriend is too close with his former coworker

My partner is constantly texting his former coworker and even spent the night at her house. He says they're just friends, but I don't like it. How can I trust him when he ignores my boundaries?
11/17/202212 minutes, 43 seconds
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Michelle Obama's philosophy on relationships

In her new memoir, 'The Light We Carry,' the former first lady shares her philosophy on the relationships we have with our partner, our family and ourselves. 'You have to evolve with it,' she says.
11/15/202219 minutes, 56 seconds
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Connect with your ancestors

Spiritual practitioners and Indigenous educators explain how to set up an special place to honor your loved ones.
11/14/202223 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to rethink the way you spend your time — and life

Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just 4,000 weeks to live. While that may come as a brutal dose of reality, it's also an opportunity to think about how you're spending that time.
11/10/202220 minutes, 46 seconds
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Life Kit answers your pressing questions about inflation

The prices of goods and services have gone up. How much of that is due to Ukraine or the pandemic? What can our elected officials do to lower prices? And how does inflation slow down? NPR's Marielle Segarra and Stacey Vanek Smith tackle listener queries.
11/8/202220 minutes, 49 seconds
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Credit card points are for everyone. Here's how to get into them

Credit card rewards programs can offer big perks like airline miles and hotel upgrades. Finance journalist Katherine Fan explains how to choose the right card and what to know before signing up.
11/7/202219 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dear LK: My son is upset his brother didn't make him best man. Should I intervene?

A mother debates whether she should talk to the groom about the issue. Catherine Newman, an etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine, gives her advice.
11/3/202211 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mexican cooking 101

Want to start making authentic Mexican cuisine at home? Here's what you'll need in your pantry and your fridge to get started, according to two Mexican chefs and cookbook authors.
11/1/202220 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to stay safe during a night out

Safety experts explain how to prevent harm in nightlife settings like bars and clubs. That includes how to project an air of confidence with your body language — and how to effectively say "no."
10/31/202221 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to throw a clever theme party

Party planning experts say to send out invites at least 6 weeks in advance. That can give guests ample time to mark their social calendars — and prepare for the big bash. Read on for more tips.
10/27/202221 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to wake up early, even if you're a night owl

Waking up at dawn with the bakers and the baristas may not be for everyone — especially night owls. Whether you have to wake up early or you'd like to become more of a morning lark, here are a few habits that can help you set yourself up for success at that first alarm. (This episode originally ran in November 2021.)
10/25/202222 minutes, 47 seconds
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Student loan forgiveness Q&A

Life Kit teams up with NPR Education to answer some common questions about student loan relief, including: What's the application process like? What loans qualify for debt relief? What if you have multiple loans?
10/24/202214 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dear LK: I cared for our dad. Now my greedy siblings want the inheritance

She cared for her stepdad through illness and death. Now she's disheartened that her siblings only seem to care about the inheritance. Financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin weighs in.
10/20/202212 minutes, 2 seconds
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Braving the 'quarterlife' crisis

Stuck between two conflicting desires and can't seem to move forward? Psychotherapist Satya Doyle Byock shares an exercise called "My Two Conflicting Selves" to help people find a compromise.
10/18/202215 minutes, 40 seconds
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The 5-minute daily playtime ritual that can get your kids to listen better

Called "special time," the strategy is widely recommended by children's health professionals to help reduce behavioral issues in young children. Here's a guide on how to do it with your kids at home.
10/17/202214 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to use music to express your authentic self

For R&B darling Omar Apollo, music has been a powerful way to showcase his Mexican American culture and queer identity. In an episode with NPR's Alt.Latino, he explains why that takes courage and confidence — and a little soul-searching too.
10/15/202229 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why rest is an act of resistance

Known to her fans as the 'nap bishop,' Tricia Hersey, author of the new book 'Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto,' explains why relaxation and leisure are a human right — especially for communities of color.
10/13/202224 minutes, 31 seconds
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Tips for finding relief from IBS

More than 25 million Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While IBS symptoms present in the gut, it turns out that stress and anxiety can actually exacerbate symptoms. Here's how to identify triggers for IBS, eat a diet that decreases gas and bloating — and learn where to seek help.
10/11/202215 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to recreate a beloved family recipe

Step 1? Throw your expectations out the window, says NPR's Noor Wazwaz. Your dish won't be the same as the one you grew up eating — and that's OK. Here's how to add your own unique spin to a family dish and pass on it on to the next generation.
10/10/202219 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dear LK: Should I give my boyfriend an ultimatum?

Pop musician and reality dating series host Betty Who gives advice to a letter writer who asks if she should give her boyfriend an ultimatum because she's ready to move in together — and he isn't.
10/8/20228 minutes, 49 seconds
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Protect yourself from election disinformation

It's almost time to vote. NPR's Miles Parks explains what research can tell us about how to combat fake political news — and why it's so tricky to separate fact from fiction.
10/6/202214 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to start professional networking (and feel good about it)

Networking expert Robbie Samuels explains why adapting the attitude of a croissant is more likely to create meaningful job connections — and shares ways to make networking feel more natural.
10/4/202218 minutes, 50 seconds
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The markets are down. Here's how to handle your investments

About 60% of Americans have some money in the stock market — and the markets are not doing great. Your knee-jerk reaction might be to sell. But experts explain why that's not a good idea.
10/3/202215 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dear LK: My dad's wife died and he won't leave the house

Psychotherapist David Defoe offers advice to a letter writer who is concerned about how to help their grieving father.
10/1/202210 minutes, 39 seconds
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What to do when driving during flood conditions

Hurricane Ian is rapidly intensifying, and with that there are predicted storm surges of up to 18 feet. We'll walk you through how you can to stay safe during heavy rain on the road.
9/29/20229 minutes, 52 seconds
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When something feels personal, here's how to cope

Being offended by something that someone did or said can be upsetting — but it doesn't have to eat away at us. Mental health experts share how to slow down and gain clarity when things get personal.
9/27/202222 minutes, 8 seconds
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When it comes to parenting, lead with connection

It all starts with the assumption that your kids have good intentions and want to do the right thing, says Becky Kennedy, a psychologist and host of the Good Inside parenting podcast.
9/26/202218 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dear LK: My parents ran a background check on my boyfriend

A daughter tries to rebuild trust with her parents after they secretly ran a background check on her boyfriend. Therapist and author Nedra Glover Tawwab shares insight on how to move forward.
9/24/202210 minutes, 26 seconds
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How much water does your body really need?

Do you really need to drink eight glasses of water a day? Can drinking water help you lose weight? Does coffee dehydrate you? Experts explain the science of hydration.
9/22/202219 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stuck doing all the household chores? This practical guide can help

In four steps, experts Eve Rodsky and Jacqueline Misla explain how to fairly split domestic work with a partner or roommate. Don't forget to print out the handy zine!
9/20/202225 minutes, 22 seconds
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How to start a new job

Life Kit host Marielle Segarra asks friends and family for advice on how to overcome her new-job jitters, meet new colleagues at NPR — and stay confident.
9/19/202216 minutes, 2 seconds
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Dear LK: Do I have to read the book my husband wrote?

What's more, the letter writer hates her husband's writing style. Should she bite the bullet and read his novel? Or can she pass? Family therapist Kiaundra Jackson offers her two cents.
9/17/20228 minutes, 57 seconds
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How to counteract common thinking traps

Humans have a tendency to make snap judgments and assumptions due to our cognitive biases, says Woo-kyoung Ahn in her book 'Thinking 101.' So how do we fight them?
9/15/202217 minutes, 11 seconds
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A friendship expert shares the science of making and keeping friends

Psychologist Marisa Franco, author of a new book on the science of making and keeping friends, shares how to deepen the bonds in our platonic relationships.
9/13/202220 minutes, 25 seconds
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The omicron boosters are here. What you should know about them

They target the original coronavirus strain and the omicron subvariants causing most of the current infections. And they're available at pharmacies, clinics and doctors' offices around the country. Should you get one? And if so, when?
9/12/20229 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dear LK: I uninvited my sister-in-law from our wedding

The bride said she was "pissed" because her future sister-in-law was bringing two unauthorized guests. Rachel Wilkerson Miller, editor-in-chief of Self magazine, explains how to smooth things over.
9/10/202210 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to gamify your exercise routine

Exercising doesn't have to feel like a chore if you approach it like a video game, say fitness gamification researchers Dr. Mitesh Patel and Elizabeth Lyons. Strategies to have fun while staying active.
9/8/202218 minutes, 6 seconds
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3 tips for talking to your Latinx parents about mental health

Shame and stigma play a huge role in discouraging folks in the Latinx community from seeking mental health care — and talking about it with their families. These steps can help you prepare for the conversation with your loved ones. (This episode originally aired in February 2022.)
9/6/202223 minutes, 10 seconds
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Simplify dinner (and cleanup) with these clever one-pan meals

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks to food writer Melissa Clark about her new book, "Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals" — and gets tips on how to cook flavorsome weeknight dinners without a sink full of dirty dishes.
9/5/202214 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dear LK: My co-worker posted a terrible review about me!

A secretary asks if she should tattle-tale on a colleague who wrote an anonymous negative review about her. Career coach and HR professional Shanita Williams weighs in on the conundrum.
9/3/202211 minutes, 9 seconds
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Learning a new skill can be easy — if you have the right mindset

Mastering a new hobby, like bowling or baking, can be a frustrating process. But experts say it doesn't have to be that way. If you set yourself up for success at the start and allow yourself to make mistakes — you can improve your chances of sticking with it.
9/2/202223 minutes, 13 seconds
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The sex ed most queer students never got

School health classes in the U.S. rarely include instruction about sex for LGBTQ students. Here's what it could look like if they did. (This episode originally aired in April 2021 and was updated in August 2022.)
8/30/202223 minutes, 36 seconds
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4 exercises that can prevent (and relieve!) pain from computer slouching and more

Vinh Pham, physical therapist and author of "Sit Up Straight: Futureproof Your Body Against Chronic Pain with 12 Simple Movements," explains why mobility exercises and good posture may be your best defense against muscle and joint pain.
8/29/202219 minutes, 46 seconds
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What is 988? And is it safe to call? What to know about the new mental health hotline

When the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline launched in July, some advocates and people who had experiences with the mental health system voiced concerns about 988. Life Kit talks to Aneri Patani, national health correspondent with Kaiser Health News, about how the hotline works, its purpose and the potential risks of calling 988.
8/25/202219 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to transition to natural hair — and learn to love it

For many Black people, transitioning to natural hair can feel frustrating, especially if you're doing it for the first time. Experts share what you need to know about growing out natural hair, from washing it and styling it – to learning to love it.
8/23/202221 minutes, 28 seconds
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How to deal with online harassment — and protect yourself from future attacks

If you're posting frequently on social media, there's a chance that someday, one of those posts may make you a target of online harassment. Digital security expert Harlo Holmes and artist and independent researcher Ra'il I'nasah Kiam share tips on what to do if that happens — and how to tighten up your privacy online.
8/22/202220 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why being resilient might matter less than you think

Is the ability to endure hardship and adapt to difficult life situations always a good thing? Psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker Lourdes Dolores Follins revisits the concept of resilience — and explains why it's OK to let yourself feel angry or frustrated sometimes.
8/18/202223 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to make the perfect playlist

So you're planning the perfect candlelit evening — or the perfect road trip, or the perfect afternoon at home. Where do you start? A playlist, of course. NPR Music's Bobby Carter showed us how he crafts them. (This episode originally ran in December 2020.)
8/17/202219 minutes, 48 seconds
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The power in embracing your sadness

In the U.S., there's a relentless focus on positivity. But as we all know, with life comes death — and with happiness, sadness. Susan Cain, author of Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, opens our eyes to the transformative power of melancholy.
8/15/202222 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to protect yourself from inflation

High inflation and a possible recession is making life more expensive. Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains how to manage debt as interest rates increase and prepare for an economic downturn.
8/11/202214 minutes, 19 seconds
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Survival 101 with Bear Grylls

Survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls shares his advice on facing fear, preparing for the worst and the power of courage to get you through any situation.
8/9/202222 minutes, 59 seconds
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How to move in with your partner

Deciding to move in with a partner can be an exciting step. Cohabitating can also be challenging and bring up anxieties. Here's what to think about — and discuss — before you decide to move in together.
8/8/202220 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to take better (and more distinctive) photos on vacation

When your smartphone can hold thousands of photos, it's tempting to snap away. But that approach may not actually help you capture the best moments. These tips on creating stunning images will help you more meaningfully document your trips.
8/4/202220 minutes, 49 seconds
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You can choose a new name for yourself. Here's how

Many trans and nonbinary people choose new names during their transition. Here's advice if you're considering adopting a new name — from brainstorming name ideas to navigating the paperwork to change your name legally.
8/2/202220 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to reset your digital life

Author Sammy Nickalls guides readers through the practice of digital minimalism which helps strike a balance between being extremely online and extremely offline.
8/1/202215 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to have a healthy adult relationship with your parents

When it comes to having an adult relationship with your parents, there's plenty of baggage: the friction of family history or the weight of unsaid expectations. Here's how to set healthy boundaries and understand generational trauma to help you have a grown up relationship with your parents.
7/28/202222 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to financially plan for a baby

Having a baby is one of the biggest and most expensive life changes a person can experience. Farnoosh Torabi, editor-at-large at CNET Money, shares what you need to know about budgeting for a baby.
7/26/202222 minutes, 8 seconds
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Crypto 101: blockchains, currencies and security

If the words "crypto," "Bitcoin," "blockchain," "mining," feel overwhelming or confusing Life Kit is here to help. In this episode, experts to demystify cryptocurrencies and give you the tools to decide whether buying some is a good option for you.
7/25/202222 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to talk to kids about abortion

Talking about abortion can be complicated, even with adults. How do you talk about the medical procedure and the politics around it with kids? NPR's Ailsa Chang gets tips from Dr. Elise Berlan and parenting expert Reena Patel.
7/21/20229 minutes, 38 seconds
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Making ethical, sustainable clothing choices

Fast fashion takes a toll on the environment and on workers. Here's how you can shop more sustainably and build a closet with a better impact. This episode originally published March 8, 2021.
7/19/202214 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to help a child at risk of suicide

More families are dealing with their children feeling anxious, depressed – even thinking about or attempting suicide. But mental health professionals say that suicide is preventable. This episode, how parents and family members can play an important role in the mental health of their child.
7/18/202222 minutes, 1 second
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How to avoid 'lifestyle creep'

Making more money tends to lead to spending more money. It's a phenomenon known as "lifestyle creep." Paco de Leon, author of Finance for the People, shares advice on keeping your long-term financial goals in check and fending off the subconscious urge to automatically increase spending when your income increases.
7/14/202223 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to deal with a crush

Having a crush is natural - they're a part of human biology. Sometimes, acting on it is a great, healthy step — or it can create a lot more trouble than it needs to. Certified dating coach Damona Hoffman walks us through how to handle a crush in several common scenarios.
7/12/202219 minutes, 54 seconds
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A beginner's guide to green cleaning

Environmentally-friendly living isn't an all-or-nothing equation: think of it as a spectrum of greens. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, green cleaning is one easy way to dip your toe into the green living waters. These tips will help you get started.
7/11/202219 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to set boundaries in your daily life

Have you ever felt resentful or responded passive-aggressively to a request on your time or energy? That's a sign your boundaries are being crossed – and it might be because you haven't set them clearly. Therapist and author Nedra Glover Tawwab shares advice on how to set boundaries — and stick to them — in your daily life.
7/7/202219 minutes, 3 seconds
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Car maintenance 101

Car ownership can be intimidating — and expensive — especially when it comes to upkeep. Auto educator and journalist Chaya Milchtein shares tips to help you maintain essential safety features in a car, how to find the right mechanic for you and when it's time for a new car.
7/5/202219 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to stay safe during extreme heat

About 600 people in the U.S. die from heat related causes each year. While our bodies have ways to dissipate heat, sometimes they just can't keep up with extreme temperatures. Here are four tips from experts on how to stay safe and cool in extreme heat.
7/4/202212 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to talk to kids about radicalization

It's a horror to think your kid could be a victim in a violent act of racism, sexism or other radicalization. It's a whole different kind of fear to think they could be the perpetrator of that act. Here's how to spot the signs of radicalization and how to talk to kids about what they're seeing online.
6/30/202223 minutes, 32 seconds
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How to reframe your beliefs about aging

Negative age beliefs can impact us on social, psychological and even physiological levels. Here's how to deconstruct ageism and reframe your beliefs about aging with tips from Becca Levy, author of Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long & Well You Live.
6/28/202222 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to raise a good citizen

Talking to kids about civics is kind of like talking to kids about sex - avoiding the conversation can have some really negative consequences. Here's how to talk to kids about civic participation, from discussing our hard history to taking action. This episode originally aired in November 2020.
6/27/202222 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to stop stress spending

We could all stand to stretch our cash a little further right now. Life Kit teamed up with financial expert Tiffany Aliche, also known as the Budgetnista, for tips about how to separate needs from wants, stop stress-spending and save for the future. This episode originally aired in September 2020.
6/23/202220 minutes, 29 seconds
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Find freedom and create your own path in your first queer relationship

The dating game can be hard, but navigating the dating world for the first time as a queer person can mean even more complexity – and a lot of room for creativity. Here's how to face your dating fears, find queer community and practice comfortable communication while staying true to you.
6/21/202223 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to celebrate your heritage through food

Food is more than just fuel for your body. Food is a connection to the stories of your ancestors, and the stories of your descendants. In this episode, a culinary historian, a professor and a nutritionist share their advice on how to carry on culinary traditions.
6/20/202222 minutes, 53 seconds
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Life Kit presents: What's in a dad?

Code Switch host Gene Demby and comedian Hari Kondabolu are both new fathers, and they're both learning to raise kids who will have very different identities and upbringings than their own. It's left both of them reflecting on some big questions: How will they teach their children about race? What are the elements of their childhoods that they want to pass on? And what, exactly, is a father anyway?
6/18/202226 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to stop revenge bedtime procrastination

When your days are packed, it can be hard to find some "me time" time to unwind. You might find yourself staying up past your bedtime, scrolling on social media or watching an extra episode of your latest show, That's called "revenge bedtime procrastination." These tips can help you overcome it.
6/16/202219 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to find a new hobby

When was the last time you did something just for fun — not to make money, or be productive, or because someone else wanted you to? These five tips can help you approach starting a hobby. This episode originally published in May 2021.
6/14/202218 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to cope with a fear of flying

Whether you're a nervous flyer, you'll do almost anything to avoid flying or you have an actual flying phobia, these tips from associate professor of psychiatry Luana Marques, Ph.D. can help you overcome a fear of flying.
6/13/202222 minutes, 11 seconds
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Your reproductive health options without Roe v. Wade

For decades, the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision protected abortion access and reproductive health decisions. Now, that has been overturned. Here's what you need to know about birth control, emergency contraception and terminating a pregnancy.
6/9/202225 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to be an activist without burning out

Activism can look like big gestures of protest, but it can also look like baking cupcakes for a charity bake sale or reading at an after school program. These tips will help you find joy in activism while avoiding burnout.
6/7/202223 minutes, 40 seconds
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How to make dating apps work for you

The idea behind dating apps is to make finding a connection easier — but that's not always the case. These expert tips will help you make the experience less anxiety-inducing, whether you're looking for something long-term or casual. This episode first aired in August 2021.
6/6/202222 minutes, 39 seconds
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Life Kit answers your personal finance questions

Whether you want to save for a vacation or retirement, build generational wealth for your kids or figure out how to split expenses with a partner, Life Kit answers your personal finance questions.
6/2/202221 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to learn your parents' language

Heritage language learners are different from people learning a second language for the first time. They often grow up hearing it, but that can come with its own set of challenges. Experts offer their advice on how to learn your heritage language.
5/31/202223 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to prepare for a hurricane

Atlantic hurricanes are more intense and have heavier rainfall due to the effects of climate change. These tips will help you prepare for hurricane season before disaster strikes.
5/30/202217 minutes, 2 seconds
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What to say to kids when the news is scary

The news can be devastating, and tragic events can be incomprehensible for adults — so how do we talk about them with kids? Child development experts offer advice on what parents, teachers and other caregivers can say to help kids process all the scary news out there.
5/28/202222 minutes, 40 seconds
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How to talk about Asian American mental health

For a lot of people from Asian American backgrounds, discussing mental health - especially with loved ones - can be difficult. Psychologist and author Jenny T. Wang has advice on everything from working through guilt to defining home on your own terms.
5/26/202221 minutes, 32 seconds
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Grilling for beginners

Intimidated by grilling? Cooking over an open flame can do that! In this guide, learn the basics from which type of grill to choose, to how to maintain a fire and create different temperature zones, to tips on tools and safety.
5/24/202221 minutes, 2 seconds
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How to get a job after college

Now that you have your diploma, you'll need to focus on a different piece of paper: a résumé. Here's how to think about what you want to do and then go out and get a job — maybe even a career.
5/23/202225 minutes, 39 seconds
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Singing 101: How to find your voice

When some of the greatest singers are Whitney Houston, Ariana Grande or Beyonce, it's easy to feel like being a good singer is just a dream. But you don't need to be a Grammy-grade singer to have fun at karaoke. These tips will help you find your voice.
5/19/202221 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to overcome FOMO

The fear of missing out isn't confined to our social lives; worrying about whether we're missing out on new experiences, content, trends and even investments can create an existential crisis. Psychologist Aarti Gupta explains how FOMO shows up in our lives and how to battle it.
5/17/202216 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to get back what we've lost to the internet

The world has changed a lot since the internet. Remember asking people for directions? If you miss the days pre-internet (or wonder what it was like), Pamela Paul, author of 100 Things We've Lost To The Internet, gives us a few ways you can reconnect with an analog way of life.
5/16/202218 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to pay attention to (and appreciate) what's around you

When you're in a familiar place, it's easy to go on autopilot and fail to notice the small joys that surround you. Artist and author Jenny Odell shares tips on how to pay attention to and appreciate what's right in front of you.
5/12/202219 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to give mothering the value it deserves

Raising kids is among the most essential work humans do, and yet it's rarely valued as skilled labor. Angela Garbes, author of Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, guides us through a shift in mindset to help give mothering the value it deserves.
5/10/202219 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to cook and eat healthy on a budget

Minding your budget while eating the foods that nourish you takes a little planning — but it's possible. Dietitian Shana Spence shares her tips to help you shop and keep your fridge stocked without breaking the bank. This episode first aired in October 2020.
5/9/20229 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to arrange flowers like a professional

Whether you forgot to order flowers for that special occasion, or you just want to flex a new creative muscle, here's how to DIY a professional-looking bouquet with grocery store flowers.
5/5/202213 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to give the perfect toast

It's the wild card of every big event — the toast. If you're giving a new year's toast, a best man or maid of honor speech, or any other toasts this coming year, we've got some tips to make sure people remember your toast with fondness and not horror.
5/3/202217 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to get the most out of your health insurance plan

Using your health insurance doesn't have to be on an "in-case-of-emergency" basis. Learn how to make the most of your coverage by taking advantage of preventative care, strategically timing procedures and getting exercise classes covered.
5/2/202221 minutes, 54 seconds
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Life Kit presents: The power in owning your 'Big Feelings'

Our friends at It's Been a Minute speak with Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy about their new book, Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay. They explore seven emotions — uncertainty, anger, burnout, comparison, perfectionism, despair and grief — with hopes to normalize conversations on these "big feelings" and share what they've learned in that process.
4/30/202222 minutes, 8 seconds
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Storytelling 101

Storytelling creates connections and builds community. In this episode of Life Kit, storytelling coaches from The Moth give a step-by-step guide to telling good stories.
4/28/202226 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to thrive while working in a hybrid setup

More companies are offering hybrid work schedules, allowing office workers to split their time between the office and home. A hybrid set up has plenty of benefits, but can be challenging to navigate. These tips can help you and your team ease into it. (This episode originally aired in July 2021.)
4/26/202218 minutes, 1 second
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Become a community scientist in 3 steps

From the songs of sparrows outside your apartment window to the purple crocuses bursting into bloom in a nearby park – all that nature you're observing could actually be helpful to scientists. Here's a step-by-step guide to becoming a community scientist.
4/25/202220 minutes, 48 seconds
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What to know about wearing a mask on public transit

Now that a federal judge has thrown out mask mandates on public transportation, many people are wondering, "How safe is it to use these forms of travel if many people aren't masked?" In this episode Life Kit, learn how to assess your risk and make the best choice for you.
4/23/20228 minutes, 48 seconds
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Our favorite ways to live sustainably

Climate change calls for long-term, systemic solutions, but that doesn't mean we can't all strive to live more sustainably. Life Kit is here with solutions from your kitchen to your closet.
4/21/202216 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to get outside and enjoy nature — on your own terms

Enjoying the outdoors can look like anything from walking the dog to celebrating Indigenous culture — you don't have to hike the tallest mountain peaks or go camping to love nature. Learn how to find your footing in nature in a way that works best for you.
4/19/202220 minutes, 53 seconds
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Live more freely with autism, and nurture inclusivity

Autistic people are constantly forced to suppress who they are as a means of pleasing a neurotypical world. Social psychologist Devon Price not only wants to give them permission to take off that mask and be themselves, but believes that doing so allows everyone to lead happier lives.
4/18/202222 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to help birds during migration

Bird migration season is starting. But across North America, their populations are in trouble. We asked experts for 8 everyday steps you can take to lend them a hand.
4/14/202218 minutes, 24 seconds
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Tips for dealing with conflict in the workplace

When the discomfort of conflict arises, it can be hard to know what to do, especially in the workplace. In this episode of Life Kit, get the tips you need to become a conflict-resolving superhero.
4/12/202221 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to cultivate your personal style

Fashion may not have been at the top of your priority list over the last two years. If you're ready to shake the dust off, here's advice from the experts — from purging your closet to taking fashion risks in a way that feels true to you.
4/11/202221 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to have more fun

Do you have enough fun in life? Catherine Price, author of The Power of Fun, explains the three components of true fun and how to tap into this powerful, everyday source of joy.
4/7/202217 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to start bike commuting: tips for a safe and easy ride

Biking is a great way to get to work – it's good for the environment, and it can be faster than driving or public transit. If you ever had an inkling that biking might be for you, now is a good time to give it a try.
4/5/202218 minutes, 14 seconds
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Too much pleasure can lead to addiction. How to break the cycle and find balance

Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explains when too much pleasure-triggering dopamine upsets the delicate balance of pleasure and pain our brains need to feel "normal," which can lead to long-term pain and addiction. In today's dopamine-filled world, here's how keep that balance in check.
4/4/202223 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to start gardening

Whether you have big plans for a vegetable garden or a tiny pot of window sill herbs, this episode will help you get your green thumb. We cover the basics of hardiness zones, understanding good soil, and building raised beds so you can turn garden dreams into reality. (This episode originally ran in April 2020.)
3/31/202218 minutes, 23 seconds
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Intro to Korean American cooking

In an introduction to Korean American cooking, New York Times food writer and cookbook author Eric Kim walks us through pantry essentials, quick-fix recipes and how to start making Korean American food that feels authentic.
3/29/202216 minutes, 6 seconds
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Your tax refund, explained

It's tax season (insert collective groan here). But don't worry: in this episode of Life Kit, CPA and tax analyst Kimberly Washington offers helpful advice on maximizing your refund, what deductions to remember and how the child tax credit impacts your tax filings this year.
3/28/202211 minutes, 19 seconds
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How working parents can win back some time

Calling all working parents and caregivers! We see you, and we know you don't have much time. Career coach Daisy Dowling shares time management tips to help working parents find sanity and joy.
3/24/202216 minutes, 13 seconds
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Regret is universal, here's what to do when you feel it

Rather than striving for a life with no regrets, Daniel H. Pink, author of The Power of Regret, suggests embracing regret and learning from it. He outlines the four most common categories of regret and explains how looking back can help us move forward.
3/22/202220 minutes, 1 second
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From bills to appointments, here's how to tackle the homework of adulthood

Life seems full of ever-increasing piles of paperwork — bills to pay, appointments to make, forms to sign, carpools to organize. Here's how to conquer the responsibilities on your to-do list so you can get back to your life. (This episode originally ran in September 2019.)
3/21/202216 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to talk to customer service – and actually get what you want

Asking to speak to the manager isn't going to get the results you want. In this episode, negotiation consultant Craig dos Santos gives tips on how to make a customer service representative your collaborator instead of your enemy.
3/17/202216 minutes, 20 seconds
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4 tips to stay connected when your friends live far away

Long distance friendships are a common reality of adulthood, as we move around for school, work or family. While they might require some planning and creativity to keep up, there's no reason to let physical distance keep you from staying connected.
3/15/202219 minutes, 27 seconds
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Our most valuable lessons from 2 pandemic years

It's been two years since our lives changed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Producers of NPR's Life Kit look back on the most valuable lessons they learned that will shape their lives moving forward.
3/14/202221 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to deal with mental health issues at work

Whether it's depression, anxiety, burnout or something else, if you're struggling with your mental health at work, it can be hard to know what your options are and how to seek help. Here's a look at the stigma around mental health at work, how to spot an issue and what to do about it.
3/10/202219 minutes, 44 seconds
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Four ways to combat everyday indecision

We make so many basic decisions each day that it's easy to fall into "analysis paralysis." We explore where indecision comes from, why so many of us are sweating the small stuff and what you can do about it.
3/8/202218 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to pick a birth control that works for you

Picking a form of contraception can be overwhelming. It involves understanding how birth control works, your preferences, side effects and more. This episode presents the facts so you can choose the contraception that works for you. (This episode originally aired in February 2020.)
3/7/202225 minutes, 8 seconds
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The basics to home maintenance

DIY home maintenance can be intimidating. Mercury Stardust, better known as the Trans Handy Ma'am on TikTok, is a maintenance technician with 14 years of experience. She walks us through one simple thing you can do to build your confidence, the four tools that should be in everyone's toolkit and when to call in the professionals.
3/3/202220 minutes, 28 seconds
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4 tools to help unblock your creativity

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and architect of the famous creative practice "Morning Pages," has spent her career teaching "creative unblocking."In her new book, Seeking Wisdom: a spiritual path to creative connection, she combines the creative practices of The Artist's Way, with a new intentional practice – prayer.
3/1/202214 minutes, 40 seconds
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How to deal with anxiety from the news

The news is overwhelming right now. Neuroscientist Judson Brewer shares tips on calming your nerves when the headlines won't stop. Take a break and learn about how to better process worry. (This episode originally aired in October 2020.)
2/28/202213 minutes, 29 seconds
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Food substitutions 101

Improvising in the kitchen takes a lot of practice. But when you get to that point in the recipe where you realize you're out of white wine/fresh garlic/brown sugar/whatever you absolutely MUST have for this recipe, being able to swap in another ingredient can really come in handy. Chef and author Kenji López-Alt and cook and food writer Deb Perelman walk us through the basics of food substitutions.
2/27/202220 minutes, 10 seconds
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What to know and how to talk about disability

Do you find yourself avoiding conversations on disabilities? Worried you'll offend a disabled friend? A disability rights activist shares ways to be a better ally and to destigmatize disability in America.
2/22/202217 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to train for your first marathon

A running coach and athlete with a background in exercise science shares tips on building your mileage and finishing your first race injury-free.
2/21/202222 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why passing on wealth requires strategy

Wealth isn't just cold hard cash, says strategic investor Pamela Jolly. It's whatever you value, meaning generational wealth can take lots of forms. Here's how to be strategic about leaving a legacy.
2/17/202221 minutes, 16 seconds
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What's your attachment style?

According to the field of attachment theory, each person has a unique attachment style that informs how that person relates to intimacy: secure, anxious or avoidant. We talk with Amir Levine, a neuroscientist and co-author of the book Attached, about how your attachment style can impact your relationships.
2/15/202218 minutes, 21 seconds
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How to let more joy into your life

Poet Ross Gay sees joy all around him. In infinity scarves, orchards, pawpaws, even weeds. He explains the subtle mindset shift that allows him to let in more self-compassion and more joy.
2/14/202215 minutes, 29 seconds
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How to get over someone

Breakups come in all shapes and sizes — slow dissolves, out-of-nowhere endings — and maybe you even initiated the breakup. But they all have a few things in common. Mainly, they can hurt. These six tips can help you move forward after a breakup.
2/10/202221 minutes, 1 second
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How to lose well — and why it matters

Losing is inevitable, but failure doesn't have to be. Learn how to reframe the way you look at loss, with the help of a former NBA player, a therapist who helps clients build unconditional self-worth and an entrepreneur who challenged himself to experience 100 days of rejection.
2/8/202223 minutes, 31 seconds
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Financial advice for artists who think they're 'bad with money'

Getting your finances in order can be intimidating, especially for freelancers, creatives and side-giggers. Financial planner and artist Paco de Leon shares simple, holistic advice for tuning up your finances.
2/7/202221 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to talk to your Latinx parents about mental health

Shame and stigma play a huge role in discouraging folks in the Latinx community from seeking mental health care — and talking about it with their families. These steps can help you prepare for the conversation with your loved ones.
2/4/202222 minutes, 48 seconds
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Pick a card, any card: How to get into tarot

Even if you've gotten a tarot reading before, you may be intimidated by the cards or wondering whether you're cool enough to learn. Tarot reader and writer Michelle Tea walks budding readers through each card in a tarot deck, shares reading tips and ways you can incorporate tarot into your self-care practice.
2/3/202215 minutes, 28 seconds
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It's OK to not be passionate about your job

Passion and work often feel inextricably linked, but that's a fairly new phenomenon — and maybe it shouldn't be the expectation. Sociologist Erin A. Cech talks about why the career-passion combo favors privilege and can lead to burnout.
2/1/202219 minutes, 3 seconds
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What 'likeability' really means in the workplace

"Likeability" is a loaded word. And try as we might, none of us has full control over who likes us. Journalist and podcaster Alicia Menendez, author of The Likeability Trap, says who we like is shaped by who we are — and often, likeability is a way of shielding biases in the workplace. (This episode originally aired in June 2021.)
1/31/202220 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

It's getting darker and colder, and there's still a pandemic. Oh, and then there's seasonal affective disorder. Here's how to spot it and what you can do. (This episode originally aired in October 2020.)
1/27/202219 minutes, 33 seconds
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Dog training 101 — How to set realistic goals and where to get started

If you recently searched the internet for "dog trainers near me," there's a good chance you became immediately overwhelmed by the options, certifications and vocabulary. There is a lot of information out there! So we consulted some experts on where to start. Here's what they say.
1/25/202223 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to make sure you're paid for your time and work

Time is money. But often, especially in the creative industries, trying to advance your career can mean literally selling yourself short. It's commonplace and borderline expected, depending on where you are in your career, to have to offer time and labor for free or for deeply discounted rates to get work. In this episode of Life Kit, journalist Juleyka Lantigua-Williams shares tools for advocating for yourself and your paycheck, as well as reflections on the value of betting on yourself.
1/24/202220 minutes, 45 seconds
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The case for being ordinary

For those in emerging adulthood, there's endless pressure from all sides to chase an extraordinary standard in every aspect of life. But writer Rainesford Stauffer says the so-called milestones are more unrealistic than ever. Now's the time for creativity and carving your own path — and she's got some tips from her book, An Ordinary Age, to get you started.
1/20/202221 minutes, 13 seconds
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Need to make a change in your life? Behavioral science can help

When's the best time to start a new habit? And what makes some stick while others fall by the wayside? Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman's new book, How to Change, breaks down the research about how to leverage human nature instead of working against it to achieve your goals. (This episode originally aired in May 2021.)
1/17/202218 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to talk about the COVID vaccine with people who are hesitant

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jasmine Marcelin shares how she has conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine with people who have doubts about getting vaccinated. (A version of this episode originally aired on NPR's Short Wave.)
1/15/202216 minutes, 10 seconds
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How to make ethical investing work for you

Money talks, but how do you make sure your money is sending the right message? Ethical investing isn't magic, but it's one way to try and put your money where your morals are. Here's what you need to know before you get started.
1/13/202216 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to work through a creative rut

Do you ever try to be creative, but no matter how hard you try, struggle to access that spark in your head? This episode explains how to escape that creative rut — and it all starts with taking intentional breaks.
1/11/202221 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to enjoy single life

Singlehood is not the waiting room of life. It's unfair to think single people can't create meaningful lives that are filled with purpose and love. We promise no cheesy advice, but rather tips for how to find peace with singleness and live a full life on your own terms.
1/10/202221 minutes, 58 seconds
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A pediatrician's advice on omicron, daycare and travel for kids under 5

Amid the omicron surge, there is understandable anxiety among parents, particularly those with kids under 5. In this episode, infectious disease doctor Ibukun Kalu answers listeners' questions on the latest COVID variant, daycare and travel for unvaccinated children.
1/8/20229 minutes, 46 seconds
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How to curb money avoidance and face financial woes head-on

If you wince every time you open up your credit card app or feel stressed just thinking about personal finances, here's how to curb money avoidance and train your brain to face your money woes head-on.
1/7/202216 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to divest from diet culture

In 2022, 40% of New Year's resolutions in the U.S. were based on weight loss. Why do we set these goals for ourselves? Diet culture, the social expectations that value thinness and appearance above all else can impact how we view our bodies and treat others. The good news is, we can free ourselves from this mindset.
1/4/202232 minutes, 20 seconds
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Mindfulness For Beginners

It's counterintuitive, but an effective way to manage our negative reactions to life's stressors actually involves slowing down and paying very close attention. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, explains how to begin a meditation practice — and how doing so can help you seize the present moment.
1/3/202217 minutes, 30 seconds
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When it comes to exercise, "all movements count"

Feeling blocked with it comes to starting an exercise habit? You can actually get the health benefits of exercise with just 22 minutes of exercise a day — and you might be surprised what "counts" as exercise. Kiss your excuses goodbye! (This episode originally aired in December 2018.)
12/30/202116 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to give the perfect toast

It's the wild card of every big event — the toast. If you're giving a new year's toast, a best man or maid of honor speech, or any other toasts this coming year, we've got some tips to make sure people remember your toast with fondness and not horror.
12/28/202120 minutes, 26 seconds
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6 tips on taking a break from drinking

Thinking about taking a break from drinking? Here are ways to help you make a plan, navigate tricky social situations and reassess your relationship with alcohol so you can experience the benefits of dry January. (This episode originally aired in January 2020.)
12/27/202124 minutes, 5 seconds
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How solitude can help you regulate your mood

Everyone needs a little alone time, but during this pandemic, you may have felt like you had too much "me" time or not enough. Let's get that balance back! This episode breaks down research behind what makes even small bouts of solitude restorative and what to do when you're alone too much. (This episode originally aired in July 2020.)
12/23/202116 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to give thoughtful holiday gifts on a budget

Holiday gift exchanges can feel like a burden, especially if you're shopping on a budget. Here are tips from a shopping expert on how to give more thoughtful presents — without breaking the bank. (This episode originally aired in December 2020.)
12/21/202117 minutes, 27 seconds
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Your questions on holiday anxieties, answered by psychologist Andrea Bonior

We asked for your questions on navigating the holiday blues. Clinical psychologist Andrea Bonior guides us through some rough patches involving family, money, loneliness and safety.
12/20/202123 minutes, 56 seconds
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What happens in our brain when we grieve — and how it helps us stay afloat

When we lose a loved one, it can feel like we've lost a part of ourselves. And for good reason, our brains are learning how to live in this world without someone we care about in it. In this episode, psychologist Mary-Frances O'Connor explains what happens in our brain when we experience grief. (A version of this episode originally aired on NPR's Short Wave.)
12/18/202115 minutes, 22 seconds
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How to shop for sustainable holiday gifts

Shopping secondhand can ease the environmental burden of holiday consumption — and save you money, too. Here are three tips to help you start cutting down this season.
12/17/202111 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to squash negative self-talk

Being self-critical comes naturally for a lot of people. It's easy to focus on the one bad review or the tiny flaw in an otherwise perfect presentation. Psychologist Joy Harden Bradford walks us through some strategies to quiet down those negative thoughts, including how to monitor and interrogate your negative self-talk and replace it with positive self-talk.
12/16/202120 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to host a meaningful holiday gathering

Hosting family and friends during the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn't need to be. Conflict resolution facilitator Priya Parker discusses ways anyone can host a meaningful, memorable gathering. (This episode originally aired in July 2021.)
12/14/202121 minutes, 37 seconds
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Omicron variant, COVID booster shots — and how to stay safe during the holidays

The holiday season is well underway, and with it, a fresh batch of worries over the latest COVID-19 variant, omicron. For those planning end-of-year celebrations and travel, NPR senior science and health correspondent Maria Godoy breaks down the latest coronavirus news.
12/13/202115 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to talk about money with friends, from planning a hangout to splitting the bill

Even among the closest of friends, conversations about money and privilege can be awkward. In this episode from Life Kit and The Cut, author Otegha Uwagba discusses how we can break that ice — before it's time to split the check.
12/10/202116 minutes, 58 seconds
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How to stop being late

People are late for lots of reasons — being overly optimistic, not accurately gauging how much time it takes to actually get somewhere, even being afraid of being early. Time management coach Rashelle Isip shares some tactics that can help you embrace punctuality and avoid that awkward apology for being tardy ... again.
12/7/202117 minutes, 50 seconds
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Coping with grief during the holidays

As we inch toward the holidays, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith shares how she's processing grief, a subject at the center of much of her work. (This episode originally aired in December 2020.)
12/6/202121 minutes, 59 seconds
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How to be a kinder, more caring neighbor

What does it mean to be a kinder, more caring neighbor? From Daniel Tiger's world of make-believe to Winnipeg, here's how to plug into your community, practice small acts of kindness and boost your mood. We'll also think critically about being neighborly when things get complicated.
12/4/202120 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to decide if freezing your eggs is right for you — and where to get started

Freezing your eggs can open doors for your fertility. It's also emotional, time-consuming and expensive. Here are some things to think about before you decide to freeze your eggs — and what to know if you do, including how much it costs and how to prepare for the process.
11/30/202122 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to give good advice by less fixing, more listening

When someone comes to you for advice, where do you start? This episode explores how to give good advice to the people you care about. Hint: It's not always about fixing someone's problems.
11/29/202120 minutes, 30 seconds
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How To Have Meaningful Conversations At Holiday Gatherings

Having good conversations is an art form. To help you out at end-of-year gatherings, NPR's Sam Sanders tapped longtime radio host and podcaster Celeste Headlee for her tips for really listening and connecting.
11/25/202118 minutes
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How To Make Tastier, Prettier Pies, According To A Self-taught Pie Artist

Just in time for Thanksgiving, self-taught baker Lauren Ko shares her tips for making tastier — and more beautiful — pies.