Life Kit

Life Kit

Life Kit

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
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.
  1. January 18, 2022
    22 min
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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…
  2. January 17, 2022
    18 min
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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…
  3. January 15, 2022
    16 min
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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 o…
  4. January 13, 2022
    16 min
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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 befor…
  5. January 11, 2022
    21 min
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    How to get out of a creative rut
    Do you ever try to be creative but struggle to find that spark? This episode explains how to escape that creative rut — and it all starts with taking intentional breaks.
  6. January 10, 2022
    21 min
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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 p…
  7. January 08, 2022
    9 min
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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 COV…
  8. January 06, 2022
    16 min
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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.
  9. January 04, 2022
    32 min
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    How to divest from diet culture
    In 2021, nearly half of all 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…
  10. January 03, 2022
    17 min
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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…
  11. December 30, 2021
    16 min
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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. K…
  12. December 28, 2021
    20 min
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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…
  13. December 27, 2021
    24 min
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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 Januar…
  14. December 23, 2021
    16 min
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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 ev…
  15. December 21, 2021
    17 min
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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…
  16. December 20, 2021
    23 min
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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.
  17. December 18, 2021
    15 min
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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, psychologi…
  18. December 16, 2021
    20 min
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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 st…
  19. December 14, 2021
    21 min
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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 e…
  20. December 13, 2021
    15 min
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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 corres…

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