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How to Navigate the “3-Lane” Highway of Life

How to Navigate the “3-Lane” Highway of Life

We have all heard the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Being able to differentiate between the things that are up to us and the things that...
How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

I take the train to work. It takes about 90 minutes each way, so it’s a long commute. I remember one day as I got off the train, I passed by a mother and her young daughter getting on the train. The mother smiled at me and asked, “Was it fun?” She must have noticed...
How to Have Gratitude When Life Sucks

How to Have Gratitude When Life Sucks

My family has a tradition at Thanksgiving for each of us to share a few things we are thankful for. Maybe your family has a similar tradition. I think it’s valuable to think about and express the things we are grateful for. A New Twist on an Old Tradition A few years...
How To Talk About Politics Over the Holidays

How To Talk About Politics Over the Holidays

We probably have all had the experience of getting into a fight about politics over the holidays. Maybe it’s that one relative or friend who likes to bring up the latest news cycle over Thanksgiving dinner. Like a slowly detonating bomb, before you know it, you’re red...
Amor Fati: Even When You Fracture Your Coccyx

Amor Fati: Even When You Fracture Your Coccyx

Amor Fati means love of fate. How can we not just accept our circumstances, but actually love them? You can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you respond to it. You can choose to find the opportunity in your obstacle. Many times this...
Enjoy What Your Place Has to Offer

Enjoy What Your Place Has to Offer

I went to California recently for a conference. Every time I travel to California, there is a part of me that wishes I lived there, and wonders if I would be happier if I lived in a place with better weather. (As it turns out, research shows that people who live in...
Gratitude and Scarcity

Gratitude and Scarcity

I think the scarcity mentality is poisonous to cultivating an attitude of gratitude. The scarcity mentality says there isn’t enough. It can be applied to almost anything in life. Maybe you are frustrated with your job, and believe you don’t make enough money. Or...
Do Something With Your Bags

Do Something With Your Bags

It is easy to compare ourselves with others, which can make us feel bad. I have done this my whole life. When I played sports, I always compared myself to the guys who were better than me, and I was upset that I wasn’t as good. The same thing happened in school,...
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