Joshua Wolf Shenk

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How I See

A trip to the Russian baths helps author start to see the good in his terrible eyesight.

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What Makes Us Happy?

In 1937, Harvard researchers began following the lives of 268 students. Year after year, the men were interviewed and given medical and psychological exams. The goal? Find a formula for happiness.

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Lincoln’s Great Depression

Today, Abraham Lincoln’s struggle with clinical depression would make him “unfit for office.” Back then, it was the key to his presidency.