Why we shouldn’t skip a pandemic Valentine’s Day

It may be odd during the pandemic, but Valentine's Day is still important, says Justin Garcia. "We need that relationship focus more than ever right now."

Mary Keck-Indiana • futurity
Feb. 11, 2021 ~5 min

Count down our top 10 posts of 2020

As 2020 comes to a close (finally), take a look back at a countdown to the year's most popular story on Futurity.org.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min

That dried-out Christmas tree is a fire hazard

Christmas tree disposal can prevent fire hazards and potentially benefit the environment. Here are some expert tips.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Dec. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Ideally, we won’t remember the 2020 holidays

Best case scenario? Our collective memory of the 2020 holiday season will fade quickly. Here's why experts think that's likely.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~6 min

How to set good New Year’s resolutions for 2021

An expert on motivation has advice for creating New Year's resolutions for 2021. For starters, consider others.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Why skipping holiday rituals sparks such outrage

The psychology of rituals can help us understand why some people react to pandemic holiday advice with indignation.

Laura Counts - UC Berkeley • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~7 min

What’s the great conjunction or ‘Christmas Star’?

An expert shares how to view the great conjunction in the sky on December 21, and how the astrological event got dubbed the "Christmas Star."

Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Book: Dickens used ‘Christmas Carol’ to attack inequality

Behind the feel-good gloss and redemption of A Christmas Carol, lies an uncompromising message about wealth and inequality, a new book argues.

Jade McClain-NYU • futurity
Dec. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Why we're so bad at counting the calories we eat, drink or burn

People worried about gaining weight over the holidays may try to estimate how many calories are in the foods they put on their plates. But it's not as easy as it looks.

Peggy Liu, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Ben L. Fryrear Faculty Fellow, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~6 min

How to spot and cope with holiday depression

The holidays can be a difficult time for many, but COVID-19 may put more people at risk for depression. Here's how to spot the signs and tips for coping.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~5 min