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Why Reading a Book Can Help Us Love Our Fellow Humans

Peace with our colleagues, families, and world may be as close as the nearest library. #ProjectLiteracy

These days, empathy—defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”—can seem to be in short supply. Technology has made it possible to go hours, days, even weeks without encountering another human face-to-face. We can work from home, order groceries online, and stay in touch with friends and family through social media. When we lack the skill to understand where other people are coming from, we disregard their needs. Maybe we cut someone off on the highway, scream at a cashier in the supermarket, or act out violently.

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Putting Your Insomnia Problems to Rest

A guide to sleep for the sleepless.

Insomnia, stress, and the havoc the two can wreak on one’s brain chemistry have long been mainstays of popular culture, perhaps no more memorably than in Chuck Palahnuik’s 1996 novel Fight Club, inspired by the author’s own struggles with sleeplessness. In the book and subsequent film, main character Jack is unable to sleep for days at a time. The less sleep Jack gets, the more stressed he becomes—and the more stressed he is, the less he sleeps.

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