Creative impulses help shape our neighborhoods
Places such as neighborhood music schools give form to creativity while helping to turn strangers into neighbors.
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What we do better without other people around
- An emerging body of research is suggesting that spending time alone, if done right, can be good for us — that certain tasks and thought processes are best carried out without anyone else around, and that even the most socially motivated among us should regularly be taking time to ourselves if we want to have fully developed personalities, and be capable of focus and creative thinking.