Tag: Happiness


Yale, Evolution and Turkey Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 9-13), we examined the tendency to increase our pace when slowing down may bring more contentment, the anticipation of joyful Thanksgiving gatherings, the surprising moments when violence seems natural and necessary, the trend among non-scientists to question evolution… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Too Much, Too Fast: Why We Need to Pause in Life – Min Kantrowitz One day, I realized I’d never seen a semi-colon as part of a tweet, those compact......

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What Makes Thanksgiving the Happiest Day?

Thanksgiving is upon us. Soon, we’ll be shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, buying more than 50 million turkeys and spending more than $2.8 billion at the grocery store. Over 25 million people will hop on an airplane, and millions more will hit the road or board a train, in order to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones. The traveling, shopping, cooking and spending will be worth it as studies indicate that out of all American holidays, Thanksgiving is the one that consistently makes us happy. As the number of Americans who choose not to......

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Science, Success and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include?appreciating a variety of talents, strength and bravery in teamwork, the challenge of looking for happiness, nature’s calming powers and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Countless Talents “Who am I to judge others for not doing this, if they are doing something else that is valued by society? Society and culture are the sum of everyone’s talents and......

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Love, Money and God: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 10 – 14), we discussed how a pop star’s thoughts on love sparked wisdom on why love should change us, the fallout from the $70,000 minimum wage mandate employed by one CEO, the emerging reports about ISIS and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   A Reflection on Unconditional Love Inspired by Taylor Swift – Irwin Kula Taylor?Swift was quoted in the September issue of Vanity Fair about the one thing she demands in a mate.......

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Did a $70,000 Minimum Wage Buy Happiness?

It made headlines when Dan Price, the CEO of San Diego based Gravity Payments announced that his company would establish a $70,000 per year minimum wage. Part of what made the story so compelling was that Price committed to helping fund at least the first year costs associated with that move by cutting his own million-dollar-a-year salary to $70,000. But after four months, the story has taken on some new dimensions — dimensions which transcend current debates about wages, the wisdom of Price’s move, or any other issues related to economics and......

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Illuminating and Upholding Our Self-Evident Truths

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights endowed by our creator – equally, in all of us – are fundamental in America. And while we hold these truths to be self-evident, as our Declaration of Independence says, are we ensuring these rights as best we can? For example, start with life: “When it comes to the sacredness of life….an average of 28 people a day are murdered with guns in the U.S. [The estimate jumps to 89 people daily if you include......

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Being Ten Percent Happier

Not long ago, Dan Harris, anchor for ABC’s Nightline, published a book about quieting his racing mind through meditation: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story. A New York Times nonfiction bestseller (now available in paperback), 10% Happier does have a few ideas, summarized here, that you owe it to yourself to consider – whether you already meditate, have considered trying, or never plan to do so. 1. Don’t necessarily give up grand......

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A Fun Flashback, a Slow Stroll, a Joyful Dad: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 16-20), we discovered a shift in traditional rituals, a film about setting your own pace, a musical trigger for useful memories, a family thrilled to win against cancer, a strategy for chronic complaining, a suggestion for reforming racists and a troubling case of injustice in America. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Future of Funerals – Brad Hirschfield How we deal with death says a great deal about how we think about life. No surprise,......

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Can Complainers Be Cured?

About ten years ago I was in a taxi with Elliot, the calmest of my five younger brothers. Traffic was at a standstill, and I was complaining about how late I was going to be for a meeting, and how impossible it was to get around in New York City. Elliot turned to me, and said something that’s become one of the most usable pieces of wisdom I’ve ever received: “Relax. It doesn’t pay to complain about what you can’t control.” Complaining without doing anything is often a security blanket used to......

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Defending Yourself Against Life Is No Way to Live

How best to keep yourself on the path to maximum success and happiness? Or, at the very least, avoid finding yourself in situations you come to regret? Those were the questions that animated much of a long New Year’s lunch I enjoyed recently with friends. Perhaps it was the time of year, perhaps it was the wine; probably, it was a bit of both. While it’s clear that we can’t protect ourselves against all the tough stuff that life throws our way, we can make decisions that position us to enjoy life......

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