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Items from NPR Life Kit host Marielle Segarra's ancestral altar, clockwise from right: a Julio Iglesias cassette tape, an address book, a crucifix, a mango candy, a card with a rose depicted on it, eyeglass lenses and a ring. Malaka Gharib/ NPR hide caption

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Ancestral altars are for everybody. Here's how to create one at home

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Want to get better at being thankful? Here are some tips

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Traveling for the holidays? 7 tips to help you keep your cool

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Dear Life Kit: My boyfriend's relationship with his coworker makes me uncomfortable

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Want to get into credit card points? Here's what you should know

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Former first lady Michelle Obama talks to Life Kit about her new book The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times Photograph by Mito Habe Evans/NPR; Collage by Life Kit hide caption

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Michelle Obama's best advice on marriage, parenting and being your authentic self

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Reprinted with permission from Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico by Rick Martínez, © 2022. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Photography by Ren Fuller © 2022

5 essential ingredients for Mexican cooking (plus one you can't buy at the store)

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Stop hurting your own feelings: Tips on quashing negative self-talk

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This 15-minute stick figure exercise can help you find your purpose

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3 personal safety tips to help you protect yourself on a night out

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The key to hosting a successful theme party? Start planning early

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Dear Life Kit: I cared for our dad. Now my greedy siblings want the inheritance

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Life Kit visuals editor Becky Harlan engages her 2-year-old son, August Grabowsky, in "special time." It's a kind of child-directed playtime that children's health professionals say can be helpful in treating disruptive conduct in kids. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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The 5-minute daily playtime ritual that can get your kids to listen better

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A new treatment approach helps people with IBS symptoms like stomach pain, bloating and diarrhea find relief through a combination of dietary and stress management strategies. Alexandr Kolesnikov/Getty Images hide caption

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For stomach pain and other IBS symptoms, new apps can bring relief

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It's hygge season: How to embrace the Danish lifestyle of rest and coziness

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Busting 5 common myths about water and hydration

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How to change your kid's behavior, according to the host of a hit parenting podcast

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How to stop stewing about something you've taken (a little too) personally

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9 more ways to show your friends you love them, recommended by NPR listeners

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How to make networking events less awkward: Be a croissant, not a bagel

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