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What makes life worth living? What factors contribute to happiness? What are the best paths to success? Positive psychology, the study of well–being, seeks to answer these questions and more. The field was popularized in the late 1990s by former President of the American Psychological Association and Penn’s very own Martin Seligman.
On November 6, 2022, @anakrutch first captured TikTok’s attention with the story of Gilbert, an old man missing his deceased wife. People filled the comments with stories of their own grandparents, or simply their fears of growing old. @Anakrutch’s fictional short stories, at first self–contained, are subtly connected and known for their simple art style and emotionally moving words. Despite publishing videos with no previous following and no hashtags, her account has ballooned to over 200,000 followers and 4 million likes within a month.
From a young age, most people are told to follow their passions when choosing a career.
CO–OP Restaurant & Bar is nestled on South 33rd Street in University City, catering to residents and visitors alike, offering them a refined, yet unpretentious dining experience. The restaurant is just as chic as its café space and hotel aptly named “The Study.” Recently, CO–OP held a preview event celebrating the debut of their new restaurant concept, featuring an all–new head chef and restaurant staff and a focus on locally–sourced ingredients, Mid–Atlantic cuisine, and regional cooking practices complimented with a modern twist. This new direction is indicative of CO–OP’s intention to bring more upscale options to the University City area, particularly to those visiting or attending local universities such as Penn.
Luxurious skincare routines, silk pajamas, mindfulness journals, and endless self–care. These are some of the hallmarks of the “soft life,” a new lifestyle aesthetic that has been taking off on TikTok in recent weeks. Similar to the simple, yet carefully stylized “clean girl” aesthetic, the soft life emphasizes taking care of oneself and minimizing stress from work or academic pursuits. It’s another trend in a long line of people trying to idealize their lives.
During New York Fashion Week—a time when luxury brands capture the fashion world’s attention—one brand has forgone exclusivity in favor of accessibility.
Kim Kardashian looks different these days. Her platinum waves, lighter tan, and possible cosmetic surgery reductions have publications speculating about “the end of the BBL era.”
Prunella is Midtown Village’s new hot spot, serving up creative and tasteful twists on classic Italian and American fare. Amidst much anticipation, the restaurant opened in late March 2022 and is owned by celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson. Schulson is widely known for his other Philadelphia restaurant, Double Knot, a sushi bar that was named one of Open Table’s top 100 restaurants in America in 2018.
Content warning: The following article includes mentions of sexual assault and can be disturbing or triggering for some readers. Please find resources listed at the bottom of the article.
On April 7, New York Magazine’s Sean Campbell published a story revealing that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) had purchased a $6 million home and failed to disclose it to the public. Campbell's article includes real internal strategy memos sent within the organization, with team members discussing how they could answer inquiries about the usage of the house without raising suspicion, highlighting the covert nature of this purchase. Though many donors and supporters believed their money was going straight to families impacted by police brutality or activists fighting for BLM’s anti–racist cause, New York Magazine’s article shed light on the opacity of online donations to nonprofit organizations.
When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia, reactions to the incident ranged from shock to laughter. This mixed reaction soon led to discourse on how Smith's slap poorly reflects not only on him, but also on the Black community at large. Smith has faced harsh consequences just weeks after the slap, resigning from the Academy after a formal investigation was launched against him. Production of his upcoming movies Bad Boys 4 and Fast and Loose have been stalled, with BBC reporting that his career is now “mortally wounded.”
When I watched clips of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, I first took note of her calm way of responding to the Republican senators’ tricky questioning, a familiar experience for Black women dealing with white peers or superiors. And like many other Black women, I also took note of her hair.
Located in Philadelphia’s charming Old City just a short SEPTA ride away, Eggcellent Café offers is an Asian–owned casual brunch and breakfast spot that offers up fresh yet decadent bites every day of the week. Founded in late 2019 by Daniel Anggrianto, Eggcellent Café has quickly become a popular spot for brunch for good reason.
For months, the internet was obsessed with Alexa Demie’s age. Known for playing fashion–forward high schooler Maddy Perez on HBO’s Euphoria, Demie became the subject of various memes suggesting that she was much older than many thought. When a viral TikTok of a high school yearbook finally placed Demie at around 31 years old last month, comments poured that expressed shock at how good she looked “for her age.”
“Baby mama,” a term used to describe the mother of a child whose father she is not with, was popularized through African American Vernacular English. But throughout recent years, the designation of “baby mama” has become more common in the general American lexicon, making its way into music and movies.
“It–girls” like Lily–Rose Depp, Maude Apatow, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kaia Gerber all have one thing in common: their enormously successful relatives. Numerous TikTok posts have been dedicated to making fun of these “nepotism babies,” but they have also been idolized through edits of people’s favorite “nepo girls.” Their effortless style, automatic fame, associations with other celebrities, and linear path to success have led many to wish for the nepo baby lifestyle.
If you’re finding yourself getting ready for Galentine’s Day or just searching for a peaceful way to spend February 14th solo, there are many ways to have an undoubtably amazing day in Philly. From facial bars to bookstores, here are the best places to check out if you and your friends are looking to enjoy a Valentine’s Day filled with self–love and care.
In case you haven’t heard, the conventional New Year’s resolution is dead. Now, it’s all about the rebrand—whether it’s for the new year, the new semester, or even the week. The rebrand can happen whenever.
Nestled between countless dance and comedy videos on TikTok is the occasional video about a traumatic event that makes you stop scrolling in shock. The comments are split evenly between affirmations of support and requests for a "storytime" video explaining the traumatic situation that's only briefly alluded to. We’ve all witnessed this before: the online trauma dump. Sometimes these videos are a pure spoken confessional, but a lot of the time people use popular audios to joke about their most traumatic life experiences to millions of viewers.
When 1,400 Kellogg’s workers went on strike because of union negotiations in October 2021, hundreds of online supporters flooded the company’s job application system in an effort to confuse recruiters. In the wake of widespread apathy surrounding the realities of the modern workplace, these virtual protesters had turned to the “anti–work” movement, which has its social media roots in a Reddit forum created in 2013. As burnout and work dissatisfaction seem to be at an all–time high, social media has been an avid discussion—and protest—space for expressing these concerns.