The Optimist: Why you should waste some time today

This vet saved three fish that couldn’t swim with tiny floaties; Korean families, divided by the war, reunited after seven decades apart
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Go ahead, waste some time — it’s good for you. Here’s why.
We divide our days into smaller and smaller slivers of productive time, down to five-minute units of efficiency. We can no longer sit quietly and calmly without stimulation.
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This vet saved three fish that couldn’t swim with tiny floaties
Leafy seadragons usually float effortlessly through the ocean, but a trio at a Florida aquarium needed help.
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Korean families, divided by the war, reunited after seven decades apart
Brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces cried and embraced each other in the first family reunions to take place in three years, a symbol of thawing ties across the Korean Peninsula.
By Simon Denyer and Min Joo Kim • Read more »
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Five things you should do to live a longer life
Instead of following new fads, stick to these low-risk and well-researched lifestyle practices.
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This 6-year-old ordered $350 worth of Barbies from Amazon. Oops. How the family paid it forward.
The family donated the many toys to the hospital that cared for Katelyn when she had a stroke as a baby.
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It’s getting a little bit easier to be a young person with cancer
More services are being provided for adolescents and young adults, a big change from a few decades ago.
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The groundbreaking diversity of 2018′s field of female gubernatorial nominees
Candidates such as Stacey Abrams, Lupe Valdez, and Paulette Jordan are breaking barriers.
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After 116 years, animal crackers have broken free
Barnum’s animals are behind bars no more.
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