Status Independence and Mastering Social Stress

Here is an interesting fact: People who are lower down on the socioeconomic status ladder (as measured by income, occupation, living conditions, etc.) are less healthy than those higher up. At first glance, this may…

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Happiness: Acceptance or Absence of Suffering?

My mind is calm. My blood boils. I don’t know when it changed. I don’t know what changed. This mind used to be scattered. The container was composed. The more the world makes sense, the…

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The Most Important Skill in the 21st Century

Something strange happened with the birth of the internet; something changed about how we understand our identity and our existence. And that something was that our sense of self got translated into 0s and 1s…

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The Problem With Habits

How long does it take to build a permanent habit? How long until you can reap the rewards of an exercise regiment or a work routine without having to think about it? These are questions…

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Human Relationships and Projecting Aliveness

In 1939, the world lost Sigmund Freud. By then, he had undergone more than 30 surgeries to treat his oral cancer, but once the doctors deemed it inoperable, he accepted his fate. He was assisted…

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Becoming a Healthy, Emotionally Mature Adult

“Time,” Jorge Luis Borges wrote, “is the substance I am made of… a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger;…

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Reading Is a Conversation

Many of the people I feel the most affection for in my life are dead. In fact, a majority of them I have never met. They were bound by different fragments of space, different periods…

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The Difficulty of Becoming Who You Are

There are two states of being: surviving and thriving. To survive is to limit downside, to eliminate the risk of ruin — it means fulfilling our basic need for food and shelter and companionship. Thriving is different:…

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The Best Answer to Life’s Questions

Life is inherently uncertain, and this alone is the only fact that doesn’t change throughout our experience of being in this world. Everything else — how we feel, what we think, the validity of our actions — is in…

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What Does It Mean to Be Great?

What is most obvious is also often most concealed. Much of what we think we know has depths never ventured to because we mistake the surface for the bottom. Such is the case, especially, with…

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