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News Above the Noise: Week of November 27, 2022

News Above the Noise: Week of November 27, 2022

By The Sunday Paper Team

Editor's Note: Every week, The Sunday Paper's team of journalists sifts through the news to make sense of what's happening in the world and provide hope for your week to come. We find what Rises Above the Noise so you don’t have to. Please note that while we do our best to feature articles that are not behind a paywall, some of the news pieces we recommend require their own subscriptions beyond our control.

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1. The Questions We Don't Ask Our Families—But Should

You might think you already know your family’s stories pretty well—but do you really know as much as you think you do? When author and professor of anthropology Elizabeth Keating started researching the tales that are passed down from generation to generation, she was astonished to find how little many people know about the lives of their elder family members, despite the fact that they lived through some pretty interesting decades. Now, just in time for holiday gatherings, she’s sharing questions we can ask our parents and grandparents to hear their unique snapshots and memories of the world they knew and in the process, create lasting meaning and connection. To learn more, click here.

2. Want To Feel Happier? Try “Snacking” on Joy

Need an antidote to an increasingly stressful, busy, and uncertain world? Try finding and savoring little bites of joy in your day, such as walking the dog, texting with a friend, or watching a favorite show. When we mindfully tune into our pleasant everyday experiences, an otherwise mundane moment can turn into something more meaningful and even joyful. To read more about this new research, click here.

3. Americans Need Therapy—But Psychologists Are Booked

Trying to land a therapist these days can feel like a real challenge, which is especially difficult to deal with given how many of us are seeking mental health support. A recent study from the American Psychological Association (APA) found six in 10 psychologists “no longer have openings for new patients,” and since the pandemic started, about three-quarters of practitioners have seen their waiting lists expand. To learn more about the APA’s findings and what therapists are offering as potential solutions, click here.

4. The Native American “Code Talkers” That Helped America Win WWII

In May 1942, 29 Navajo men arrived at Camp Elliott, the original Marine Corps training base during World War II, to develop an unbreakable code that would help America defeat enemy forces. Japanese intelligence experts had easily broken every code devised by the US military in the early months of the war, but the Navajo created one that turned out to be an astonishing success. To this day, it is the only code in modern military history to remain unbroken, and the work of approximately 400 Native American code talkers were essential to securing Allied victory in the war. To read more about their remarkable heroism, click here.

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