Experts fear Thanksgiving COVID spikes—Can you have your turkey and stay healthy too ?

Experts plead with Americans to keep gatherings limited this Thanksgiving, while families devise new ways to celebrate the holidays.

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  • Holiday travel and family gatherings will bolster America's already growing number of coronavirus cases, experts warn.
  • The CDC recommends families celebrating with people outside their quarantine households follow extra precautions.
  • For families staying physically distant, there remain many ways to connect with each other this Thanksgiving.
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    • Bregman shares a true story from his research about a group of Tongan students who survived on an island together for 15 months in 1965, not through brutal alliances, but by working together and forming a functional community.
    • Darwin's observation of domestication syndrome is apparent in humans, argues Bregman; our evolution into friendlier animals can be seen in our biological features and responses. Evolutionarily speaking, being "soft" is actually very smart, and we evolved to cooperate with one another for mutual gain.
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    Why you should type less, talk more, according to science

    Lack of communication and collaboration are the biggest struggles facing remote workers.

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    When did you last pick up the phone to a coworker or friend instead of firing off an email or text message?

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    One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem

    The negative associations of introversion help to explain why loneliness now carries such social stigma.

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    'God, but life is loneliness,' declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals.
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    What stops people from changing their minds?

    A persistent barrage of information is not the best method for getting through to someone with a different point of view.

    • When you want someone to see things differently and to abandon their previous stance, sometimes persistence is not key.
    • "Too often we think change is about pushing," says Jonah Berger, author of the book The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind, and a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. "We think if we just come up with one more way people will eventually come around."
    • Through speaking with people who have successfully changed minds of others, Berger identified five common barriers and created the REDUCE framework for finding the catalysts needed to break through: reactants, endowment, distance, uncertainty, and corroborating evidence.
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