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The Multiple Benefits of Optimism In an article in The Guardian, Luisa Dillner states that optimism is linked to health benefits and makes people more resilient. A recent paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology shares the find…
Please Be Quiet In a recent article in The New York Times, George Prochnik wrote about philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's crusade against noise as the archenemy of any serious thinker. He was convinced nobody could …
A Prayer for a Purpose in Life Creator of Meaning, many people do not seem to have the time, the energy, or the focus to develop a life enhancing purpose. Study: In an article in The New York Times, Patrick Hill, a psychologi…
The Art of Using a Book "Using a book, not reading it, makes us wise" is a motto from Geoffrey Whitney's Choice of Emblemes published in 1586. Reading it, I smile knowingly, thinking of my habit of nurturing a pragmatic re…
The Problem with Inattention For Aeon.co, Frank Furedi, a sociologist and social commentator, has written an illuminating essay revealing that the battle against inattention and distractions has been going on since 1710. He sho…
Embracing Boredom Whenever I think about boredom, I tend to picture a lousy and negative state of mind that brings me down. In an article for bbc.com, David Robson points out that research on this behavior has found …
A Prayer for Those Suffering from Depression An estimated 21 million Americans experience some form of depression every year. It is an emotionally, physically, and spiritually depleting disease that can lead to suicide. We are still reelin…
The Joy of Old Age "At 80, one can take in the long view and have a vivid, lived sense of history not possible at an earlier age," writes Oliver Sacks, professor of neurology at the N.Y.U. School of Medicine and the a…
New Line of Books for Seekers HarperOne in San Francisco has launched HarperElixir aimed at the audience of seekers who make up the second largest and fastest growing spiritual category in the United States. As Antonia Blumberg …
Yellow: The Feeling of Mindfulness By Olivia Bailey for KidSpirit's Happiness issue. It’s Thursday, the best day of the week, no question. Thursday is the day my mindfulness group meets, which means that at 11:15 a.m. I get to l…