The New York Times most read story of 2021 captures the emotions many people feel during the second year of the pandemic. “There’s a name for the blah you’re feeling,” as the title of the article says. “It’s called weariness.”
In postsAdam Grant, a psychologist and author, describes lethargy as “the average child’s mental health abandonment” and “the gap between depression and mania – the absence of health.” . “By acknowledging that so many of us are tired, we can begin to speak to the silent despair and light a path out of the void,” he concludes.
This year hasn’t been an easy year, and you’ll be reminded of that when you go through our list of the most popular stories on Our Times in 2021. But we think it’s worth looking back. – and we hope that you will also find some moments of joy.
We’re adding a few changes to this year’s rankings. First, you’ll find a list of the most read classics – the 10 Times articles with the most pageviews. (The list does not include election results pages, Covid-19 maps, and some other geographies.)
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ARTS AND IDEAS
Picture of the NFL playoff game
With two weeks left of the NFL season, fans may be wondering if their team can make it to the knockout stages. No wonder: Upshot has once again launched its NFL Playoff Simulator, simulating the season a thousand times to find out each team’s odds of making it through the post-season.
Six teams officially entered the post-season phase. But a few others might start celebrating early: The Bills, Patriots, Titans, and Colts all have a more than 90% chance of participating.
Some other teams are on top – Dolphins and Raiders in AFC, Eagles and 49ers in NFC For each of them, the path is clear: Win both remaining games and their win rate is up to 100 percent.
The Falcons and the Saints play in the same division, and they have the same record (7-8). But the simulator gives the Saints a 34% chance of making it to the knockout stages and the Falcons a mere 2%.
Try the tool for yourself. Each team has its own page where you can choose who will win the rest of the games and see how they change the odds. – Tom Wright-Piersanti, a Morning Editor
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This is Small crossword todayand a clue: “Looks ___ everything” (five letters).
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