How to Stop Ruminating

Perhaps you spend hours replaying a tense conversation you had with your boss over and over in your head; or maybe you can’t stop thinking about where things went wrong with an ex during the weeks and months after a breakup. If you find that your thoughts are so excessive and overwhelming that you can’t … Read more

The Benefits of Being Selfish

Selfishness gets a bad rap — which, for the most part, is richly deserved. Nobody likes people who hog the ball or bogart the joint, perhaps because we see in those people a reflection of our own lurking capacity for greed. We say we care about others, but as the comedian George Carlin used to … Read more

Do Rapid Tests Still Work?

We’ve all heard the anecdotes: Your friend’s spouse or child gets Covid-19 — a known exposure to the virus, all the hallmark symptoms, a positive test, no question about it. Then your friend starts to feel crummy, so they do a quick swab, but their test result is negative. What gives? Experts say that rapid … Read more

Should You Quit Your Job?

Even political superstars have their job issues. Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, who became known for her successful strategy to contain the spread of Covid and her response to the massacre of 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, unexpectedly announced on Thursday that she would step down after nearly six years on the … Read more

Even a Little Alcohol Can Harm Your Health, Research Shows

Sorry to be a buzz-kill, but that nightly glass or two of wine is not improving your health. After decades of confusing and sometimes contradictory research (too much alcohol is bad for you but a little bit is good; some types of alcohol are better for you than others; just kidding, it’s all bad), the … Read more

Why Clearing Clutter Can Feel Impossible

A camera pans around Abegael Milot’s bedroom. The floor is mostly invisible, hidden by piles of clothes. Four large plastic baskets are stacked on top of each other, some filled with laundry, others with electronics. There are eight abandoned cups of coffee on the desk and bedside table. On the floor lie two half-empty water … Read more

Concentration Tips: How to Focus Like It’s 1990

In 2004, Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, watched knowledge workers go about a typical day at the office. Using a stopwatch, she noted every time they switched tasks on their computer, moving from a spreadsheet to an email to a web page to a different web page and … Read more

Sign Up for Well’s 7-Day Happiness Challenge

An 80-year, multigenerational study on what makes a person truly happy over the course of a lifetime has come to one conclusion: Developing strong relationships is the single most important thing you can do to have a fulfilling life. This is true whether you’re young or old, single or married, a parent or child-free. And … Read more