Elemental
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The Nuance

Novel, complex, and perspective-changing experiences are undervalued parts of a satisfying life

Imagine that you’re stuck in a room by yourself, and your only entertainment is a short movie clip — played over and over again.

That was the setup for a 2015 study led by researchers in the Netherlands. For one hour, people in the study sat alone at a table…

Age Wise

Once the slump of midlife is in the rearview, life opens up

Midlife can be miserable. You know it. I know it. Surveys show it. The pressures of raising a family, finding or keeping a job, paying the bills, dealing with emerging aches and pains — it all adds up.

But better days are ahead. Happiness, often measured as “life satisfaction,” typically…

Age Wise

A little physical activity can trigger a mental makeover

Among the most underrated revelations of modern scientific research is the healing ability and protective power of physical activity. And I’m not talking about fixing your body.

Forget that moving more can help you live longer, avoid debilitating physical conditions or even battle chronic pain. Upping your level of physical…

Illustration: Kieran Blakey

The Nuance

Engaging with the unfamiliar can keep mind and body fit. So how to pump up one’s levels of curiosity?

AAnyone who has spent time around kids knows that their young minds are powered by curiosity. The average child probably asks more questions in 10 minutes than the average adult does in 10 days. Kids are curiosity personified.

But as people age, their reservoirs of curiosity tend to dry up…

Illustration: Kieran Blakey

The Nuance

The mysterious nerve network that quiets pain and stress — and may defeat disease

TTake a deep breath. Hug a friend. Reach for the ceiling and stretch your limbs. Each of these simple acts bestows a sense of calm and comfort. And each works its soothing magic in part by activating a complicated system of nerves that connects the brain to the heart, the…

The Nuance

Scientists untangle the relationship between effort and emotional payoff

In his 2004 book Authentic Happiness, the University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman tells the story of a lizard that won’t eat.

The lizard belonged to one of Seligman’s colleagues. No matter what it was offered — fruit, ground pork, dead flies — the lizard refused to eat. But then…

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