Is this the year

Is this the year?

So, here’s the problem with new year resolutions. They lack resolve. Or rather, we do. Each January 1, we make a vague promise to ourselves. We know we’ve…

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Why stop at why

Why stop at why?

Why? is a great question. Kids ask why all the time. They ask because they don’t know why. Why is that lady fat? They don’t know if she’s…

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photo by Elijah Hiett

A mind of its own

Ever woken from a great dream and wished you could return to it, but couldn’t? Ever woken from a bad dream and hoped you’d seen the last of…

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Bend me, shape me - image for article by Greg Alder

Bend me, shape me

I want to take you back to 1951. I want you to imagine you’re a student at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. You have been invited to participate in a…

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Say, do

What we say and what we do aren’t always the same. Sometimes our words mask an underlying, unexpressed discomfort. We say we don’t like something, when the truth…

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The Florida Effect

In 1996 in New York University, students sat in a room where they were asked to form grammatically correct 4-word sentences from a set of 5 random words….

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Jack of none

“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a phrase used to describe someone who’s broadly skilled but lacks depth of knowledge in one area. Often it’s abbreviated….

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Small Joys

Which has the greater influence on your happiness? Your life’s great positive events? Or small daily pleasures? It turns out that how you answer depends on 2 things….

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You are the measure

A short while back, around 450 BC, the philosopher Protagoras said, “Of all things the measure is Man, of the things that are, that they are, and of…

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