6 books to help you through anxious times

Americans lose an estimated 321 million work days every year due to anxiety and depression.

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  • Anxiety levels are increasing due to the pandemic and political uncertainty right now.
  • Anxiety and depression cost the economy $50 billion in health care costs and lost work every year.
  • These six books cover anxiety's physiology, environmental factors, and potential treatments.
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Live on Monday: Does the US need one billion people?

What would happen if you tripled the US population? Matthew Yglesias and moderator Charles Duhigg explore the idea on Big Think Live.

Is immigration key to bolstering the American economy? Could having one billion Americans secure the US's position as the global superpower?

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US, Russia, China won't join global initiative to offer fair access to COVID-19 vaccines. Why not?

The U.S., China, and Russia are in a "vaccine race" that treats a global challenge like a winner-take-all game.

  • More than 150 countries have joined an initiative to develop, produce, and fairly distribute an effective COVID-19 vaccine.
  • But China, Russia, and the U.S. have declined to join in a bid to win the vaccine race.
  • The absence of these three economies risks the success of the global initiative and future collaborations.
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    Study: Do people trust governments less when ‘fake news’ proves real?

    People remember when governments lie to them and it lowers their satisfaction in government officials.

    • A recent study measured how the public's trust in government differs when exposed to rumors, government denials, and subsequent verification of the initial rumors.
    • The study, conducted in China, also examined whether any changes in trust lasted over a three-week period.
    • The results suggest that governments that deem negative information as "fake news" may persuade some people, but over the long term it can cost them in credibility and public satisfaction.
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    Malcolm Gladwell: What if presidents were chosen by lottery?

    Join Radiolab's Latif Nasser at 1pm ET today as he chats with Malcolm Gladwell live on Big Think.

    Can voters really predict who will be a good leader? Malcolm Gladwell joins Big Think Live to discuss this how lotteries could, in theory, distribute leadership more effectively, from government elections, college admissions, and grant applications.

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