At Headspace, our goal is to make people feel better. Everything we publish is meant to help people deal with an issue, or maybe just feel a little less alone. So when we look at the most shared—or most saved and not shared (looking at you, relationship articles)—pieces from the year, it reminds us: we’re all humans, dealing with the same shit. Below are the pieces that resonated the most. Here’s hoping they help us navigate a happier, healthier 2018.
1. How having (or not having) sex affects your social life We often associate a good sex life with a good life in general. But is that true? One of our favorite writers, Christine Yu, looks into how getting (and not getting) lucky factors into our other relationships. 2. 4 awkward relationship issues that are totally normal Is there any better feeling than Googling something that’s really worrying you, only to find millions of people have searched it before you? Read this article for a little reassurance. Relationships can be complicated, but many of the sticky spots are the same. 3. 12 ways to make someone’s day Studies show being kind to others will actually improve the way you feel … so you can read this one for others, or just for yourself.
4. How to stop overthinking—and start living With the ever-looming presence of WebMD, it’s no wonder we’re all reeling about our own mortality. Break the cycle with this article. 5. 4 things to remember the next time you’re spiraling OK, sometimes we can’t break the spiral. But remembering these 4 tips can be crucial to surviving it. 6. Why people don’t care as much as you think they do We’re all the stars of own shows, but it can be hard to remember that when it comes to other people. Here’s some constructive advice on how to remember that if we trip in the middle of the room, no one cares.
7. The science of giving yourself a pep talk I’d love to have a coach sometimes just to get through the day. Turns out, we all have one: ourselves. Check this out if you want to learn how to make a personal pep-talk actually work. 8. This is what happened when I stopped complaining for 30 days Some things are worth complaining about (injustice, cruelty, and the like), but others, like traffic and the line at Starbucks, might not be. Here’s one woman’s tale of giving up her favorite vice. 9. The unsung power of soft skills—and how to use yours For all the liberal arts majors in the audience.
10. The intricate, sensitive connection between the mind and the gut How’s your belly feel? And how’s your mood? Your next snack may be the key to tomorrow’s productivity. 11. Is it normal to wake up in the middle of the night? Don’t worry. We wanted to know, too. 12. How shallow breathing affects your whole body Take a very deep breath, and then dive right in.