This Week in Family
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You can’t always measure happiness, but that hasn’t stopped economists from trying to understand trends among young adults. Last year, a record-low number of 18-to-34-year-olds reported that they were “very happy” in life. Some evidence shows that rates of happiness could be tied to the types of social ties people have: Married young adults are much more likely to say that they are very happy, as are those who regularly spend time with friends or attend religious services.
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In this week’s installment of The Friendship Files, two friends from opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border talk about a relationship that formed back when the border was so easy to cross that they did so multiple times a day. The fluid border culture between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, brought them together: They met at a high-school party, traded mixtapes, and wrote letters to each other when one moved to Boston for college.
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More and more women have entered the workforce in the past few decades—and in a two-parent household where both parents are spending less time at home, someone still has to make sure that the kids are fed and the laundry gets folded. Oftentimes, that domestic labor falls onto the shoulders of other women, employed as maids or nannies or cooks. The journalist Megan Stack’s recently published memoir of hiring domestic help explores the ethics of affluent women advancing in their career by relying on poorer women to take care of their home.
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