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What makes you happy?

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When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. — John Lennon At different …

Searching for paradise

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When I was a kid, my favorite Dr. Seuss book was I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew. The young narrator is fed up with the minor nuisances in his life, which consist primarily of biting and stinging pests. He hears about a place called Solla Sollew, “where they never have troubles—at least, very few.” So he sets out for …

5 good things about getting older

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I work in an office populated by coworkers who are younger than I am. They’re a great bunch, and several of them have turned 30 over the past couple years. I’ve overheard them talking about how they feel old, how they miss their carefree twenties, and how life now is filled with too many responsibilities. As someone who will turn …

Bridging the great divide: 10 tips for getting along with people with different political views

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In case you haven’t noticed, the US is divided politically to an extent we haven’t seen in generations. Two very different, broad visions exist of what our country is supposed to be. Which will produce the most good for the most people? Should we aspire to European-style Democratic Socialism, where few become wealthy but nobody becomes destitute, and everyone has access …

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Chasing other people’s rainbows

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Do you want what you don’t want? More accurately, do you try to convince yourself that you want what you think you should want? Maybe it’s something your parents told you: “A graphic designer? You should become a doctor or a lawyer, or at least an accountant. You’ll make good money, and people will respect you.” Maybe it’s something your …