This Is Hannah Bronfman's Ultimate Workout Playlist

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Scroll through fitness enthusiast Hannah Bronfman’s Instagram feed and you’ll find how-to videos and partner yoga poses with her equally toned fiancé, Brendan Fallis. What keeps the DJ powering through? Music.

 

“I need a good rhythm to squat to and lyrics that make me feel confident and sexy,” she says. Here are H.B.–approved beats to rock your next workout.

 

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Taking Ibuprofen Daily Raises Your Heart Attack Risk

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This article originally appeared on Time.com. 

Ibuprofen, naproxen and celecoxib are among the most commonly used drugs in the U.S. They don’t require a prescription, and they’re a quick answer to all kinds of pain. But lately there’s been growing evidence that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may not be as benign as people think they are. (For more recent reporting on the potential side effects of NSAIDs, read this.)

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In general, NSAIDs are considered safe when used as directed—which is to say occasionally, for spot relief of pain. More and more people, however, are relying on them for long term use, and at higher doses. Experts—and a growing body of science—say that’s where problems can start.

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In the latest study, published in the journal BMJ, researchers found that some risks can appear after even a few days of using NSAIDs. Compared with people who didn’t take the painkillers, those who did had a 20% to 50% greater chance of having a heart attack. The risk was higher for people who took 1,200 mg a day of ibuprofen—the equivalent of six standard tablets of Advil—and 750 mg a day for naproxen, the equivalent of roughly three and a half standard Aleves.

The researchers pooled data from several large studies on the drugs and their health effects. In all, more than 446,000 people who used the non-prescription painkillers were included. Among them, more than 61,000 had a heart attack. People who took NSAIDs for even a week had a significantly higher risk of having a heart attack; the highest risk occurred for those taking them for about a month. (After a month, the risk didn’t appear to increase further — the researchers think that’s because everyone who was vulnerable to the drugs’ effects on the heart would have experienced heart problems by then.)

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The results confirm those from earlier studies that also found a heightened risk of heart problems in NSAID users, but the large number of people in this analysis—and the more detailed look at how long people were taking the drugs—makes the connection even stronger. The researchers also accounted for other possible factors that could connect NSAID users and heart problems, such as diabetes, high cholesterol levels and previous history of heart disease. Even after those adjustments, the linked remained significant.

The study also confirmed that newer NSAIDs like celecoxib, known as COX-2 inhibitors, which were originally thought to cause more heart problems than traditional NSAIDs, were not more risky when it comes to heart attacks.

As TIME reported previously, some studies found a 19% higher risk of having heart trouble among NSAID users compared to people who didn’t use the drugs. Other studies have found higher risk of hearing loss and miscarriage as well. Those led the Food and Drug Administration to add a warning on NSAID labels about the risks of taking the drugs, especially for long periods of time at high doses.

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Chloë Grace Moretz Says She's 'Appalled and Angry' Over Her Snow White Parody's Movie Poster

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This article originally appeared on People.com. 

Chloë Grace Moretz found about the marketing for her upcoming animated film, Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, like everyone else.

The actress, 20, — who voices the main character — released a series of statements on Twitter following the public backlash of the billboard for the newest retelling of the Snow White classic, which depicted the tall, thin heroine next to a shorter, heavier version and was accused of being derogatory and fat shaming.

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“I have now fully reviewed the [marketing] for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn’t approved by me or my team,” Moretz wrote in her first tweet.

And ultimately she apologized: “I am sorry for the offense that was beyond my creative control.”

 

 

The movie follows seven princes on a quest to find a pair of enchanted red shoes that will lift a curse that transformed them into dwarfs. The only problem is that the shoes actually belong to Snow White, who wears them because they transform her from a short, curvy woman into a tall, thin woman.

Producers of the South Korean animated film terminated the marketing campaign on Wednesday.

Sujin Hwang, one of the film’s producers, issued an apology.

“As the producer of the theatrical animated film Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs, now in production, Locus Corporation wishes to apologize regarding the first elements of our marketing campaign (in the form of a Cannes billboard and a trailer) which we realize has had the opposite effect from that which was intended. That advertising campaign is being terminated,” Hwang told CNN.

“Our film, a family comedy, carries a message designed to challenge social prejudices related to standards of physical beauty in society by emphasizing the importance of inner beauty. We appreciate and are grateful for the constructive criticism of those who brought this to our attention. We sincerely regret any embarrassment or dissatisfaction this mistaken advertising has caused to any of the individual artists or companies involved with the production or future distribution of our film, none of whom had any involvement with creating or approving the now discontinued advertising campaign.”

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Here's Why a Man Died After Swimming With a New Tattoo  

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You would never think that going for a swim after getting a tattoo could kill you. But that's what happened to one man, and his story highlights the scary infection risk associated with getting inked that many of us blow off.

Shortly after getting a new tattoo on his calf, the unidentified 31-year-old took a dip in the Gulf of Mexico and contracted Vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria that typically lurks in seawater and in raw oysters. That led to septic shock (an infection in the blood), and cellulitis, a particularly aggressive bacterial infection of the skin. Despite efforts by doctors in a nearby hospital to treat him with high-powered antibiotics, he died days later.

This case, outlined in an article in the journal BMJ Case Reports, did have special circumstances. The man had chronic liver disease, which made him more susceptible to V. vulnificus. In fact, health guidelines stress that people with chronic liver disease—or any other condition that weakens the immune system, like HIV—should avoid swimming in the sea and eating raw oysters if they have an open wound.

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Though most of us don't think of it this way, a new tattoo is an open wound, one that takes a couple of weeks to fully heal. And even for healthy people, fresh ink can be an entry point into the body for bacteria and other microbes, where they set up shop and can trigger a serious, even lethal infection. 

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“Generally tattoos are not dangerous at all," explains Michele S. Green, MD, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. But, of course, it’s a fresh wound. It’s a breach of the skin.” 

Tattoos can actually be more dangerous than other cuts because they don't just present one opening through the skin. Thanks to the needle used to inject ink over what can be a fairly large surface area, a person with a tattoo can have several very small puncture marks, all of which can be routes into your system for germs.

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Besides bacteria like V. vulnificus, a person with a new tattoo can also pick up a staph infection, says Dr. Green. Staph too can be deadly. And of course, any procedure involving needles poses other risks, such as contracting tetanus, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C if those needles are contaminated.

Tattoos are also linked to dangers not associated directly with needles, including allergic reactions to dyes—especially colored dyes. They can also swell or burn during an MRI.

RELATED: How to Get a Tattoo Safely Removed

If you're considering getting new ink, cut your infection risk by keeping the bandage on for 24 hours and coating the tattoo with a topical antibiotic ointment, advises Dr. Green, as well as moisturizer. Don’t rub the area dry after washing; pat it gently. 

Don’t swim right after a procedure—that means hot tubs in addition to pools and the sea, thanks to the risk of bacteria and other germs. These precautions are especially important for anyone who has a condition that affects their immune system, including diabetes, says Green.

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Finally, be smart about where you get your tattoo and who inks your skin. Go to a parlor that has the correct licenses from local and state health departments, and make sure the tattoo artist follows proper procedure. That means using sterilized needles that have just come out of a sealed package, and sterilizing all non-disposable equipment between customers.

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A MRSA Infection Cost Me $300,000—and Nearly Killed Me

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This article originally appeared on Time.com. 

This essay is part of a TIME series on the growing effects of antimicrobial resistance: superbugs that may no longer be treated with standard-course antibiotics. In 2016, World Health Organization leaders called drug resistance a “major global threat” estimated to kill 10 million people a year in 2050. This is the story of Chris Linaman, who survived a severe infection of the bacteria MRSA, which occurs most frequently in healthcare settings. The infection was resistant to antibiotics used to treat it.

I’ve always been an active person, and in the spring of 2005 I was playing basketball with my friends when I tore my ACL in my left knee. I went in for a standard surgery and was recuperating quite well. So well, in fact, that my family decided to go on vacation for Memorial Day weekend.

It wasn’t until I returned home after the long weekend that things started to look suspicious. I woke up one morning and my knee felt strange. I bent down to feel it and realized my knee was hot to the touch, bright red and had swelled to the size of a melon. I called my doctor and told him what had happened. “I need to see you right away,” he said.

The doctors drew some liquid from my knee and confirmed that I had a MRSA infection: a bacteria known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is resistant to many antibiotics. My wife met me at the hospital, and I underwent the first of four emergency surgeries.

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The doctors tried to clear the infection the best they could through surgery and lots of antibiotics. Eventually I was sent home to recover, and I was tasked with giving myself two to three daily intravenous doses of the antibiotic vancomycin. One afternoon I was napping in our living room, and my wife came in to wake me up for another dose of medicine. She discovered my face was so swollen that I was unrecognizable, and she struggled to shake me awake. When I finally came to, my temperature was 104 degrees. I felt like I was dying, and I said, “I feel like this is poisoning me.”

My wife is much smaller than I am, but we needed to get to the hospital ASAP. She put our children—who were four and two years old at the time—into their carseats, and she managed to drag and carry me to the car. I am 6’2” and 185 lbs. I don’t know how she did it. She says she was terrified.

At the hospital, the doctors told my wife that they were worried about my condition. If the infection had spread to my brain, she needed to prepare for the worst. I was not a good patient—I was scared to death—but thankfully the doctors were able to perform a spinal tap and confirm that the bug had not spread to my brain yet. I went in for another surgery and more antibiotics. Unfortunately, I started to have an allergic reaction to the vancomycin, and my entire outer layer of skin peeled off in sheets. Without that protective layer of my skin, I was vulnerable to further infections and needed to stay at home. I was in and out of consciousness for most of this time.

Ultimately, after several bouts of antibiotics and multiple surgeries, my MRSA infection cleared. But my body was completely wrecked. My muscles were so weak that I had to undergo physical therapy to get back to normal, and walking around the block became a milestone. The entire ordeal lasted four months, and we racked up $300,000 in medical costs. Without insurance and the support of our community, we could not have survived financially.

People from our neighborhood and church bought us groceries and mowed our lawn because we had no time to do it. One very generous family even paid the monthly mortgage payment on our home. It scares me to think about what could have happened to our family without this kindness. You can get a little infection like this and be in the hole financially for the rest of your life, or worse. There are an estimated 72,444 MRSA infections and 9,194 related deaths each year in the U.S.

The experience changed our lives in a profound way. We still embrace traditional medicine when needed, but our family practices more alternative medicine now. My daughter had her appendix removed, and I was scared throughout the surgery. I don’t want my children to go through what I went through.

RELATED: I Survived Flesh-Eating Bacteria—and It Changed My Life Forever

I’ve also become an advocate for the cause. In August 2006 I became a chef at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington and I realized that I had a unique opportunity to address this issue head on. I began intensively studying the use of antibiotics in food production, which is one of the contributors to bacteria resistance. I was able to develop a new purchasing policy at the hospital so that we now only buy food from producers who are committed to reducing antibiotic use. We’ve gone from 19% of the meat we serve being classified as “reduced antibiotic use” in 2012 to 80% last year. In April, I joined the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Supermoms Against Superbugs initiative and met with policymakers in Washington to encourage them to make antibiotic resistance a priority. Currently, our country is headed full bore toward a post-antibiotics era.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to fully recover from my infection. I even made it my goal to complete a bike ride from Seattle to Portland—which I did about a year after my infection. Today the only physical evidence of the trauma are the scars on my leg and the fact that I still don’t have my ACL in my left knee. Now I have a story to tell, and I tell it as often as I can to warn people about superbugs. I don’t want anyone to experience what I did. I know I got lucky.

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The Most Confident People in the Room May Steer You to a Bad Decision

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Making group decisions among family, friends, or coworkers can be tough—especially when people have differing opinions, and some are more forceful about them than others.

Now, a new study in Nature Human Behavior reveals a common trap we tend to fall into with these situations: People often match their levels of confidence to the confidence levels of other people around them, even if those others have more—or less—expertise on the topic at hand.

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The study serves as a reminder that just because people seem sure of themselves, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right. It also shows that, for better decision-making, it’s important for all of us to communicate our own level of certainty accurately, and not get swept up in “infectious” group dynamics.

To investigate decision-making behaviors in groups, researchers from Iran and the United Kingdom performed a series of six experiments involving 202 participants. In each experiment, people were asked—individually, in pairs, and in group settings—to determine which of two screens displayed a hard-to-see visual target, and to rate how sure they were of their choice.

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The experiments were repeated several times, and participants received feedback about their accuracy and confidence levels. In the end, results showed that people adjusted their own confidence levels over time to match those of their fellow decision-makers. If they thought others’ confidence was higher, they tended to increase their own, and vice versa.

This works well when everyone in a group has similar experience and insight into a problem, the authors say. “Fortunately, that’s often the case,” they wrote in their paper, “as we tend to associate with friends, partners or colleagues with home we are likely to share traits.”

It can also be helpful when someone who really doesn’t know what they’re talking about nevertheless displays a lot of confidence; it can prompt others to speak up about their own opinions “in a way that better reflects their relative levels of expertise,” the authors wrote.

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But when some people have more expertise than others, this confidence-matching behavior can also be harmful, they say. It “can cause miscommunication about who is more likely to be correct,” they wrote in their paper, and “is one reason why groups can fail to make good decisions.”

That was seen in the study, too. “We found that even when an expert is paired with someone who lacks expertise, both participants will align their confidence levels levels so that their opinions will carry more equal weight," said Dan Bang, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate at University College London, in a press release. (Some of the “partners” in the study were actually computer simulations, which allowed the researchers to manipulate their decision-making accuracy.)

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Bang says it can be difficult for people to express their opinions with the appropriate level of confidence relative to others in the group if they don’t know whether those people are modest or overly self-assured. People may also resort to confidence matching, whether consciously or subconsciously, as a way to avoid conflict or diffuse responsibility, he adds.

The researchers say their findings shed light on how confidence shapes public opinion, especially around hotly contested topics like climate change, politics, and the economy. The findings also highlight how groups make decisions on an everyday basis—and why, when you really do feel confident that you know what you're talking about, you might want to convince other people to follow your lead.

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Body Positive Blogger Says 'I Jiggle for Joy Every Day' After Being Suicidal as a College Student

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This article originally appeared on People.com. 

Body positive advocate Kate Speer has a special message for everyone: You are fabulous just the way you are.

The 29-year-old blogger and mental health advocate garnered a lot of attention last week with a high-energy, dance-filled Instagram video of herself doing a “jiggle for joy.”

“This is your weekly reminder that just as you are, you are fabulous,” Speer said in the clip as she danced around the room. In the caption, Speer noted that she had been struggling with body image during the week, and posted then deleted the video seven times.

Now, Speer, of Norwich, Vermont, tells PEOPLE that she ultimately left up the clip because, after years of struggling with mental illness, she is happy to be alive.

“There are no words for my gratitude, so when I am super psyched, I jiggle for joy — literally happens every single day,” she says. The inspirational video has been viewed more than 126,000 times on the social media site and has amassed more than 3,000 “likes.”

“It is humbling, inspiring and overwhelming all at once,” Speer tells PEOPLE of the positive feedback. “I sobbed last night for a good hour. I sobbed because I’m alive. I sobbed because I am seen.”

“I work in marketing and see firsthand the detrimental mental health results of all the advertising in the summer. I wanted to remind people that raw is beautiful. That you — as you are — no Photoshop, no makeup, no Botox, no nothing, just skin the way it is, the body the way it is — is gorgeous and enough,” she tells PEOPLE.

On her blog, Positively Kate, Speer shares her history with mental illness — “I survived a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, 21 psychiatric hospitalizations, over 50 medication trials and 4 years of constant suicidality.”

Now, “I am here to love and live the hell out of that second chance” at life, Speer wrote in a post on her site.

She adds to PEOPLE: “Truth be told, I post everything for me as much as I post it for everyone else. We all need these reminders. We are worthy, enough and beautiful — JUST AS WE ARE.

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The Secret to Deeper Happiness Is Simpler Than You Might Think

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You just closed on the house of your dreams, your Facebook post is blowing up with likes—and you scored reservations at the hottest restaurant in town to celebrate. You’re ecstatic, right? Of course you are! Your brain is so lit up with dopamine, a key pleasure chemical, that it looks like a fireworks finale. But will all this make you happier? Sure, but only temporarily (sigh). According to a growing number of experts, those exhilarating, Instagrammable moments don’t permanently raise the setting on your day-to-day blissometer—and by chasing fleeting highs, you may be missing the opportunity for true joy, with a small j. "We live in a culture that tells us we’re supposed to be euphoric all the time, but that feeling isn’t sustainable," says life coach and sociologist Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star ($16; amazon.com). "Happiness—real happiness—is quieter and calmer, but that sense of peace is deeply satisfying and can sustain you through life’s challenges." Moreover, true happiness isn’t elusive. It’s available right now. You just have to know where to look.

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Pursue meaning, not happiness

Yes, it sounds downright un-American, but study after study has revealed a surprising truth about the pursuit of happiness: None of the stuff we think will lift our spirits—new cars, new homes, even winning the lottery—actually does the trick in the long term. “Paradoxically, studies have shown that people who have happiness as a goal tend to be less happy,” says Susan David, PhD, author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life ($27; amazon.com). In 2012, for instance, researchers reported on two studies that showed that wanting to be happy made people lonelier, possibly because striving to elevate your own joy can damage your connection with others. Also, a single-minded focus on positivity may leave you ill-equipped to cope with setbacks and heartbreak, an inevitable part of life. To avoid that trap, allow happiness to bubble up naturally by pursuing activities that dovetail with your values. "Having a strong sense of what matters to you, and letting your values guide your actions, can lead to greater happiness," notes David, who is also a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. To zero in on what you hold sacred, ask yourself, "What relationships do I want to build? What do I want my life to be about? If this were my last day on earth, how would I act to make it a great one?"

This type of self-reflection helps you make choices that infuse your life with meaning, adds Mallika Chopra, founder of Intent.com and author of Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy ($15; amazon.com). "When you feel like you’re living with a deeper sense of purpose, you’re answering the age-old question ‘Why am I here?’" she says. "There’s nothing more exciting or satisfying than feeling like you’ve found part of the answer.” The beauty of this approach is that you can start making values-driven choices today. While you might link happiness to a future goal (losing 10 pounds, getting married, landing a big job), you don’t have to wait for other factors to fall into place to call a friend who is going through a rough patch, write a postcard to your senator urging her not to cut funding for an important program, tutor an ESL student, or volunteer at a dog shelter. "The more you move toward your values, the more vital, meaningful, and happier your life will become," says David.

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Make your brain a sunnier place

When you get big hits of wow—from buying a new pair of shoes, for example, or eating crème brûlée—the brain releases the reward chemical dopamine, but over time you need more and more of those hits to get the same effect, explains Robert Lustig, MD, author of the forthcoming book The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. Meanwhile, stress reduces serotonin, the brain chemical linked to happiness. "As a result, the constant seeking of pleasure, whether it’s from shopping, drugs, sex, or food, makes it harder and harder to feel happy," he says.

So cut back on quick thrills (clicking on a flash sale, for instance) while taking steps to bolster happiness in your brain—or, as Chade-Meng Tan, author of Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within ($16; amazon.com) puts it, incline your mind toward joy. "As you go about your day, notice moments of joy when they come up and briefly give them your full attention," he suggests. "They happen all the time, but we tend to miss them because they’re fleeting and not intense."

Whatever gives you a little lift—a cold drink of water, the purr of your cat, the fluffy clouds overhead—give it your focus and let that sliver of happiness register in your brain. At the same time, consciously sprinkle in acts of kindness, compassion, and generosity, all of which lead to joy. Hold the elevator for a stranger, help a colleague with a project, or try this: Every hour throughout the workday, take a moment to wish one person in your life happiness. "I’ve taught hundreds of students this exercise, and they’ve said it changed their lives," says Tan, who is a Google pioneer. When you incorporate tiny hits of joy and gratitude into your day, you actually knit together and strengthen the neural structure in your brain linked to positivity. "By training your mind to incline toward joy," explains Tan, "eventually those joyful thoughts and feelings begin to occur effortlessly."

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Stay rooted in the right now

Anxiety and depression share a common source: They’re associated with allowing your mind to stray from the present. "Depression is brooding about the past, and anxiety is worrying about the future," says Dr. Lustig. As a result, learning to stay in the moment can be one of the most powerful things you can do to be mentally healthy. The best way to anchor yourself in the present? You guessed it: mindfulness meditation, or sitting and paying attention, moment by moment, to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. The practice has been shown to increase gray matter concentration in the parts of the brain related to well-being.

Getting our om on also helps us handle less-than-joyful moods. A 2016 study at Michigan State University found that after a 20-minute guided session, meditation novices who were shown troubling photos were better at taming their negative emotions. And let’s face it—learning to cope with the tough stuff can go a long way toward making you happier. “As you start meditating and paying attention to your emotions, you notice that happiness and sadness are like a roller coaster—they both inevitably go up and down,” says Beck. “By teaching you to become a witness to your emotions, meditation allows you to get off the roller coaster and watch its movement from the safety of solid ground.”

In other words, you don’t take your emotions so personally, which allows you to see something truly profound: Sadness and adversity not only come with their own helpful lessons but also give color, contrast, and dimension to bliss. Without them, we wouldn’t appreciate—or even recognize—what "happy" feels like.

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When to See the Strawberry Moon—and Where It Got Its Name

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This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure. 

Later this week, stargazers will be able to spot the Strawberry Moon in the sky.

On Friday, June 9 at approximately 9:09 am ET, this month’s full moon will reach its peak. To most people, the moon will appear full the nights before and after its peak.

However, those looking for a giant strawberry in the sky will be disappointed. The Strawberry Moon — also referred to as the Rose Moon — won’t be tinged any particular color. The name instead relates to the fairly short season for harvesting strawberries that happens every June.

A red moon, which could also happen in other months, tends to occur when the moon is low in the sky or when there is a large amount of dust in the air.

The June full moon has a variety of different names in many different cultures. It can be referred to as the Green Corn Moon, the Planting Moon or the Birth Moon.

This year’s Strawberry moon will have one interesting feature, though. It will appear as a minimoon. A minimoon happens when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth (called the apogee). It will appear just a tad bit smaller in the sky — although most people won’t notice a difference in size.

To find out what time the Strawberry Moon will be most visible in your area, search for your city’s moonrise and moonset times.

The next minimoon won’t appear in the sky until July 27, 2018.

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