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Problem

People stress out about stress. 

Solution

Thinking about the benefits of stress can improve your response to stress... 

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Problem

Many people fail to reach their goals. 

Solution

To turn your ambitions into reality, make concrete and specific plans...

Problem

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of children’s death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Solution

Changing people’s feelings about washing their hands with soap improves hygiene, which in turn reduces diarrhea...

Problem

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the Western world, and yet 25% of American teenagers have taken up tobacco.

Solution

Developing specific ways to refuse cigarettes helps teens resist the peer pressure to smoke...

Person asleep with a drink in their hand

Problem

The leading causes of death for adolescents in the United States are alcohol use and alcohol-related events.

Solution

Showing students that many of their peers are uncomfortable with alcohol reduces drinking...

An organ donor

Problem

According to the American Transplant Foundation, 18 people die every day in the United States for want of an organ transplant, and some 122,344 people are waiting for a donated organ.

Solution

Changing U.S. policies so that people’s organs are automatically donated when they die—rather than requiring people to “opt in” to donating their organs while they are still alive—may lead to more organ donations and more lives saved...

Woman looking at herself in mirror

Problem

People’s desire to see themselves in the best light prevents them from accurately perceiving risks to their health. 

Solution

Reassuring people that they are good helps them accept negative information about their health...  

A doctor shakes hands with a patient

Problem

Colonoscopies can prevent colon cancer, yet the painfulness of the procedure deters patients from screening.

Solution

Prolonging the painless final moments of a colonoscopy leads patients to recall the entire procedure as less painful, which in turn increases their willingness to undergo more screenings in the future...

Banana split

Problem

Obesity causes 300,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health

Solution

When people use smaller dinnerware (plates, bowls, cutlery, etc.), they eat less...

Vegetable cartoon characters smiling and waving

Problem

More than one-third of American kids are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  Junk food drives part of this obesity epidemic.

Solution

Storybooks that teach kids why they need different nutrients lead them to choose healthier snacks...

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