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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…
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…
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 …
How To Change Someone's Mind In this fascinating article by Elizabeth Svoboda on Greater Good Magazine's website, she takes a brisk look at the reasons why it is so hard for us to change people's minds. Deeply held beliefs are …
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…
Don't Miss the Party Slogan How do you spell relief? — Rolaids advertisement Taoist Wisdom Those who are open-eyed are open-minded; those who are open-minded are open-hearted. — Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Chi…
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…
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 …
Bathing with Trees In Buddhism, trees have long been appreciated as spiritual teachers and companions. After all, Gautama Siddhartha was enlightened while sitting under a Bodhi tree. In Thailand, forest monks perform …