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“Speak up,” adults tell their children. From an early age, we’re taught the importance of saying what we think loudly and clearly. The lesson...
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Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone who initially didn’t float your boat? A recent study at the University of Texas explores the science...
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When I am trying to get some work done, I place my phone face down on the desk and put it in silent mode....
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