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How to Meditate: Start Here
Lots of us think about trying mindfulness meditation, but it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ll show you how to start, feel better, reduce your stress, and enjoy your life a little more.
Q&A: Sandra Oh: The Joy of Being Mindful. p. 51
The Captain Steers the Ship
What children need, says parenting expert Susan Stiffelman, is the security of knowing that someone capable and loving is nearby to help them pilot their way through life. And the difference that can make—even when it comes to the little things—will amaze you.
Sidebar: A handy guide to figuring out who’s in charge in your household. p. 38
A Kinder, Gentler World
Is compassion something we only have so much of? Or can we be trained to love more people more of the time? Jennifer Campbell reports.
Sidebars: Sociologist Christine Carter shares her kindness rules; Google’s Chade-Meng Tan offers a 10-minute exercise to help shift perspective. pp. 57, 58
Finding My Way
When all of our lives are so similar and yet so different, where can we look for guidance? As Jessica Morey has learned—and what she now teaches to teenagers—the best guidance is discovered in ourselves.