Tag Archives: Philosophy

What Should I Do With My Life?


What Should I Do With My Life? We are living through hard times, perhaps the hardest that many of us have experienced.  It is during times like these that people are most likely willing to change the course of their … Continue reading

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Why Do We Do Good?


Why do we choose to do good? What motivates us to sacrifice ourselves for others, even people we don’t know? Psychologists and philosophers have offered a number of suggestions. Sonya Lyubomirsky, a notable psychology professor who has published extensively on … Continue reading

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Enforced Economy


It’s Monday, so it must be time for poetry. Here is another selection from my favorite poet written while he was on his grand tour. the road strips you down. or rather, the road lets you do it- just hands … Continue reading

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Forgive us our trespasses…


I recently wrote a post about the four requirements in life for happiness: friends and family, doing for others, forgiveness and gratitude. Of these four, the one that seems the hardest for me (and many others) is the one involving … Continue reading

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The Four Pillars of Happiness


I’ve written of The Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest running study of happiness, ongoing since 1938, in my previous blog. The main and inescapable conclusion of this study is that the single best predictor of a person’s happiness … Continue reading

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Our Problem Predicting What Makes Us Happy


Charlotte Bronte was quoted as saying, “No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. What does such advice mean?  Happiness is not a potato.” According to Aristotle, “Happiness is … Continue reading

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Ready…Set…


It’s another Poetry Monday, and one more from the series called Maps by my favorite poet. Hope you are all surviving the heat. Our A/C chose a bad time to go on the fritz. departure   that night train crouching … Continue reading

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JOY


I slept and dreamt  that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. – Rabindranath Tagore My other favorite quote from this wise Bengali poet: You can’t cross the sea … Continue reading

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Happiness and The Missing Tile Syndrome


“We have met the enemy, and he is us” is Pogo creator Walt Kelly’s apt 20th century parody of Perry’s famous quotation. It captures the essence of a profound and oft unrecognized truth, that we are often our own worst … Continue reading

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A Departure


It’s another Poetry Monday. Hope you survived the weekend. Here are some words from Peter Ferenczi to help place you in a different mindset than the one you currently hold.   a departure   my final night in New York … Continue reading

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