Workers take on side hustles not just for the money, but also to compensate for limited control in their traditional jobs.
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‘Career portfolioing’ is a trend where people assemble different sources of income, such as side gigs, to give them a measure of independence from employers who provide little job security.
Lucky charms help us feel safer in an uncertain world.
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An anthropologist explains why we all have some irrational beliefs and the reason they give us comfort.
Clinical guidelines can change when new research provides contradictory findings.
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How doctors care for their patients is highly influenced by clinical guidelines. Recommendations based on anecdotal experience or poor data can harm patients.
So much uncertainty around risk can make it extra hard to decide what to do.
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People tend to dislike uncertainty and risk – two things that are hard to avoid completely during a pandemic. That’s part of why it can feel especially draining to make even small decisions these days.
Lolampa, a Turkana herder, with his goats and sheep.
Uncertainty must be embraced and harnessed for the better because stability never lasts long.
Kids figure out who’s trustworthy as they learn about the world.
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People often try to seem confident and certain in their message so it will be trusted and acted upon. But when information is in flux, research suggests you should be open about what you don’t know.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being?
Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.
In ‘Don’t Look Up,’ scientists played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence watch with horror as people willfully ignore warnings of an impending disaster.
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Just because something isn’t 100% certain doesn’t mean you ignore it, and other lessons from two researchers who study the problem of science denial.
Just when things seemed to be getting back to COVID normal, a new variant has us worried all over again. But we can be kind to our brains and boost well-being in uncertain times.
When times are uncertain, we can fail to be flexible.
High levels of uncertainty can make us obsessive compulsive, causing physical changes in the brain.
Understanding liminality and its origins can provide ways to better understand the foggy, ambiguous space we’re experiencing right now.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford posted a photo of himself making cheesecake on Twitter on May 14, 2020.
COVID-19 has shown us that we are not “all in this together” despite what politicians may want us to think.
Learning is rewarding.
Receiving a pay raise will make you feel happier only if it was bigger than what you had expected. Why? Because it helps you learn.
From money creation to COVID to uncertainty to the end of rapid economic growth, Peter Martin’s summer reading list is unsettling and uplifting.
It is common to find uncertainty upsetting, confusing and frustrating.
Doomscrolling is not going to help.
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As uncertainty abounds and anxiety skyrockets, you’ve probably heard advice to be patient, stay calm and keep the faith. Here are 10 concrete tips to help you actually manage the stress.
Mail-in and absentee ballots, like these being processed by election workers in Pennsylvania, are a subject of misinformation spreading across social media.
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Election misinformation typically involves false narratives of fraud that include out-of-context or otherwise misleading images and faulty statistics as purported evidence.
Deliberately weaponising ambiguity to foster distrust in civic institutions is a dangerous game that can backfire.
Masks hide just part of how you communicate.
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In the age of masks, improve your interactions by using all aspects of human communication.
Don’t assume that something you’re uncertain about will have a terrible outcome.
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Feel like you’re facing too many pandemic-related unknowns? Reframing what it means to not know can help you break the uncertainty-anxiety connection.