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Problem

More than 1 in 3 Americans have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Solution

Pointing out people’s hypocrisy causes them to practice safer sex...

Two women holding bags of goods

Problem

It's hard to change people's behavior.

Solution

Changing the behaviors of an entire group of people can be easier than changing just one person at a time...

Man's hands writing with a pen

Problem

Routine stresses and traumatic life events like a divorce make us more prone to illness.  

Solution

Writing about upsetting experiences makes us happier and healthier...

Students sitting at graduation

Problem

Even the most prepared students of color have worse grades and health than their European-American classmates.

Solution

When African-Americans are reassured that they belong in school, their grades and health improve.

Woman writing

Problem

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. 

Solution

Writing about what’s really important in life can help people shed the pounds...

Letter that reads: "Dear john, It has been some time since you were here at the hospital, and we hope...

Problem

Suicide is a leading cause of death, and it is notoriously difficult to prevent.

Solution

Regularly receiving letters from a caring person helps people at risk for committing suicide feel connected and stay alive...

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