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Life is scary and weird. First, our columnist offers a three-step remedy for negative thoughts. Then, we’ll zoom in on, er, Zoom, and why our new digital social lives can feel unsatisfying.
Two errors our minds make when trying to grasp the pandemic
In this week’s column, Arthur Brooks, who teaches happiness at Harvard Business School, looks at two negative-thinking traps—and how to avoid them.
“Ruminating over what might have been and what might happen will reliably deliver unhappiness,” he explains. “If you practice eliminating these mental errors during the pandemic, you’ll be happier today, and better equipped to deal with the hard parts of ordinary life, whenever it resumes.” Read on.
Our New Social Lives
If you’ve felt awkward on a video call recently, know that you’re not alone. We’re all being a little weird online right now.
My colleague Ashley Fetters argued earlier this month that we need to stop trying to replicate our old lives on the web—and that Zoom happy hours may only leave us unsatisfied. Instead, we should focus on creating more fulfilling forms of digital connection.