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Why gratitude is good for us – and five ways to practise it this winter For many people, winter can bring on the blues. Science shows that nurturing gratitude can help shift our focus to what’s positive Body & Mind Health Lifestyle Spirit Wellbeing
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‘It’s changed how the village feels’: the artists brightening up shop shutters A suburb in Manchester let artists loose on shop shutters and walls. Now it hopes to inspire other towns to do the same Arts Culture Society
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The New Look shop that became a climate emergency hub Across the UK, shops that have been abandoned by big chains are becoming hubs for tackling the climate crisis Environment Society Wellbeing
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The entrepreneurs challenging ‘copy and paste’ high streets Chains and empty shops dominate many high streets. A new model offers an alternative vision, one led by creatives and small businesses Economics Society UK
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Can art save our high streets? In Yorkshire, it’s already happening When big retailers abandoned a town in England, locals got creative. Now its high street is anything but dead Arts Economics Society
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The Library of Things: coming to a town near you A Library of Things allows people to borrow stuff they only need now and then. Hundreds are in planning, can they save the high street? Economics Environment Society
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