Probably the most-read New York Instances story of 2021 captured the ennui that many individuals felt throughout the second 12 months of the pandemic. “There’s a reputation for the blah you’re feeling,” because the article’s headline put it. “It’s known as languishing.”
In the article, Adam Grant, a psychologist and writer, described languishing as “the uncared for center youngster of psychological well being” and “the void between melancholy and flourishing — the absence of well-being.” He concluded: “By acknowledging that so many people are languishing, we are able to begin giving voice to quiet despair and lighting a path out of the void.”
This 12 months was not a straightforward one, and also you’ll be reminded of that as you look by way of our lists of the most well-liked Instances tales of 2021. However we expect there’s worth in trying again — and we anticipate that additionally, you will discover some moments of pleasure.
We’re including a few twists to this 12 months’s rankings. First, you’ll discover the traditional most-read checklist — the ten Instances articles with the most important variety of web page views. (The checklist doesn’t embrace election-result pages, Covid-19 maps and another standing options.)
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The N.F.L. playoff image
With two weeks left within the N.F.L. season, followers could also be questioning whether or not their groups could make the playoffs. Surprise no extra: The Upshot has as soon as once more rolled out its N.F.L. Playoff Simulator, which simulates the season 1000’s of occasions to determine every crew’s odds of constructing the postseason.
A number of takeaways:
Six groups are formally within the postseason. However a number of others can in all probability begin celebrating early: The Payments, Patriots, Titans and Colts all have a larger than 90 % probability of getting in.
A number of different groups are on the cusp — the Dolphins and Raiders within the A.F.C., the Eagles and 49ers within the N.F.C. For every of them, the trail is evident: Win each remaining video games and their playoff odds shoot as much as one hundred pc.
The Falcons and the Saints play in the identical division, and so they have the identical report (7-8). However the simulator offers the Saints a 34 % probability of constructing the playoffs, and the Falcons a lowly 2 %.
Try the tool for yourself. Every crew has its personal web page the place you possibly can select who wins the remaining video games and see the way it adjustments the percentages. — Tom Wright-Piersanti, a Morning editor
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