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    Traveler’s Mind, Zen Mind

    Have you ever heard someone say “travel is a state of mind?” It’s one of those platitudes that annoys me whenever I’m not on the road. Only someone who has the luxury of travel would ever say it. “No,” I want to scream, “travel is going somewhere different and seeing something new!”   Yet I think […]

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    How To Develop Healthy Self-Esteem

    In the west, we seem to take for granted that it is important to have high self-esteem, but not all self-esteem is created equal: some of it leads to narcissism. There have even been TV programs (such as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) aimed specifically at instilling self-esteem into children.   The desire to instill self-esteem in young […]

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    The “Nothing New Under The Sun” Fallacy

    There’s an old biblical proverb about there being “nothing new under the sun.” On one level, it is true: most of what we know of as creativity is actually the rehashing of old ideas. Writer Stephen King likens the creative process to “uncovering” the story like an archeological expedition, a sentiment which supports the “nothing […]

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    The Absolute Best Way to Change Behavior

    What do Yoda, vegetarians and Alcoholics Anonymous all have in common? They all work in absolutes to create permanent results. It turns out there’s solid science to support this approach. Every day many people try to change a bad habit and most of these efforts fail. This trying is well-intentioned, but doomed. In the words of Yoda: […]

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    There is No “Good” Without Guilt

    Have you ever heard someone say something like “live without regrets?” It sounds like a pleasant platitude at first, but stop to think about it for a moment. It’s one thing to not live life to the fullest because you are afraid, but this is something wholly different. To live without regrets, you must have either […]

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    How Rewards and Punishment Change Behavior

    The old “carrot and stick” are two of the most-used tools for motivation. Yet, do we really understand how they work? Recent research has found some surprising truths about these age-old tools of human psychology. Random Rewards Classical conditioning would have us consistently reward people for a task, yet this may not be the most effective […]

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    Why Happiness is Boring

    The Anna Karenina principle is derived from a famous Tolstoy quote: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.   This profound insight into human psychology has withstood the tests of time and scientific rigor. Put simply, there are a lot of ways to fail but very few ways […]

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    How We Each Think About Time Differently

    Let’s face it: our brains are terrible at time. We tend to either ignore it completely, or become chronic clock-watchers. Our obsession with time leads us to spend much of our lives worrying about it. Research is revealing more about how humans perceive time, but first, a word about the nature of time itself…   […]

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