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How your morning brew can lead to a longer, happier life

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Only a handful of years ago, you could read a multitude of articles online debating whether or not a component in coffee could potentially cause cancer.

Now, research shows that not only is there no conclusive link between coffee and cancer, but in fact, moderate coffee consumption might even lead to a longer, healthier life.

While caffeine might be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of what’s actually in our coffee, it turns out that the list of benefits goes on even further.

Coffee is full of antioxidants and vitamins

65% of American adults drink coffee daily, whereas only 10% actually get the…


It’s a classic love story: a writer and a coffee shop

Life’s gotten a bit boring, don’t you think? A whole different kind of boring than the Before-Times (pre-pandemic). Before, boring meant “I haven’t been on a vacation to Europe in my life.” Now, it means “I haven’t sat in a coffee shop in 11 months.”

It’s funny how much your perspective can shift, how much we miss the little things now. I miss walking into a room and smelling fresh-brewed coffee, hearing the soft ambiance of other people talking over a milk frother, sitting down and writing at a table with a view and a hot cup of coffee.

Coffee…


Getting a better cup of hot bean juice requires some effort

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“Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” might be a cringe-inducing phrase your mother has on one of her mugs, but for the 62% of Americans who drink coffee daily, this is a very real sentiment.

People love coffee, and why shouldn’t they? Not only does it give you an extra (and sometimes necessary) push in the morning, it also has some surprising health benefits. And while trendy, sugar-filled coffee drinks may negate some of these positive effects, there are still a vast majority of people who are preparing their coffee at home.

If you’re like me, that…


We are all comprised of limitless potential.

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There were a few years of my life, mostly in high school and college, where I didn’t read very many books, but lately I’ve been consuming them. Particularly, as I’ve come to understand more about my own mental health, I’ve been drawn to books by authors who share my difficulties.

Enter, Matt Haig. I’ve had a copy of Haig’s How to Stop Time sitting on my shelf for about a year now, untouched and staring at me with its vibrant, blue cover. But it was another book of his that really caught my interest, a book called Notes on a…


When Pete Townshend smashes guitars, he receives cheers. When Phoebe Bridgers does it? It’s a tantrum.

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If you haven’t heard of Phoebe Bridgers, you’re likely a very happy person.

The anthemic, honest, and typically moody indie singer-songwriter has worked on a number of projects over the past few years, including a stint with Conor Oberst called Better Oblivion Community Center, collaborations with Matt Berninger of The National, and being one-third of the group Boygenius alongside Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus.

On her own though, Bridgers has stepped into the limelight this year with her new record Punisher receiving four Grammy nominations for best new artist, best alternative album, and best rock song and best rock performance…


Understanding the loneliness epidemic to find genuine human connection.

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It’s amazing how we can quantify a complex human emotion into a statistic. Like, for example, did you know that 60% of adults in the United States say that they feel lonely, left out, poorly understood, and lacking companionship?

Statistics only provide large, sweeping generalizations about an issue without providing a ton of context. Okay, so three out of five Americans say they are lonely. Well, which three? Even boiling it down to the age bracket — 18–22-year-olds mostly, but also a lot of people in the 55+ range — only gives a rough, clinical overview.

So now we have…


I landed one job, and it revitalized my faith in myself

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Being paid to write always felt like some sort of out of reach fever dream.

I love writing. It is the one thing that makes me feel like my life has a purpose, and often the one thing that can truly pull me out of a depression. Whenever I thought about doing it professionally, though, there was a distant voice at the back of my head uttering the words, “Don’t bother, you won’t succeed anyway.”

It’s a demanding task, not listening to this voice, but most things that are worth it are hard. If life were easy, we would never…


Times have changed, but some things stay the same

Remember 2010? Mark Zuckerberg was Time’s “Person of the Year,” Apple released the first iPad, Lost ended, Harry Potter films hadn’t, Lady Gaga wore meat, and “Tik Tok” wasn’t an app—it was the top song of the year.

And somewhere in that strange hodgepodge of pop culture delirium, Ubisoft released Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, a retro-styled beat ’em up adventure that nods not just to the fantastic Edgar Wright film, but also to the comics on which it’s based.

It was beautiful. It took the essence of what made the comics and film so great — the…


Twitter can’t seem to agree, so here’s the truth

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I can’t believe I have to say this, but if you work a minimum wage job, you have value as a person.

Twitter can be a great way to see live events from a worldwide perspective at any given moment. It can also be an incredibly toxic echo chamber of half-baked opinions, negativity, and frustration. And I’m ashamed to admit I fell down the rabbit hole.

It started when I saw this thread:

Now, the thread itself is one that I actually agree with. Amid President-Elect Biden’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, the…


Kaizen philosophy teaches us that you don’t need an excuse to be a better person.

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Every December 31st at 11:59 p.m. there is a collective holding of breath followed by a raucous cheer and inevitably someone saying, “Thank God that one’s over” only to realize a month or so later that wait a minute… this year’s just as bad as last year.

Things don’t just reset on January 1st. Life’s not a Nintendo 64 cartridge that you just have to blow a little air into to get the dust out, pop that sucker back in, and whambamthankyouma’am, it’s all good! Life’s more like a Jenga tower, where no matter how many times you build that…

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