Use what happens

I’m doing my spring cleaning a little late, and I just found my notes from April 13, 2010, when I heard Gloria Steinem speak. “You can’t control what happens,” Steinem said. “You can use what happens.” –Joy

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What we like

“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!” Jane Austen once said. Because I found a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma on my bookshelf and I’m reading it again, I decided to share some favorite Jane Austen quotes. –Joy

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Selfish?

“I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, if not in principle,” Jane Austen once said. Because I found a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma on my bookshelf and I’m reading it again, I decided to share some favorite Jane Austen quotes. –Joy

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What we do

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do,” Jane Austen once said. Because I found a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma on my bookshelf and I’m reading it again, I decided to share some favorite Jane Austen quotes. –Joy

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Happy Fourth of July!

Remember why we celebrate this holiday—and be sure to eat some ice cream! Here’s a gift–part of a poem–by Nikki Giovanni. One of the reasons I like this poem is that we always ate homemade ice cream on the Fourth of July when I was a child. Usually it was peach ice cream. Joy I […]

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Peace and joy

“As we grow older, we define happiness less in terms of excitement and more in terms of peacefulness,” Sheryl Sandberg says. Sandberg and Adam Grant quote Reverend Veronica Goines in their book Option B—Facing Adversity, Building Resilence and Finding Joy. “Peace is joy at rest,” Reverend Goines says.

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A network of mutuality

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny,” Martin Luther King Junior once said. “Whatever affects one directly affects all directly.” I found that quote in Shery Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book Option B—Facing Adversity, Building Resilence and Finding Joy.

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Personalization, pervasiveness, permanence

Psychologist Martin Seligman found that the three Ps can stunt recovery after the death of someone you love, the loss of a job or any other catastrophe. • Personalization is the belief that we are at fault. • Pervasiveness is the belief that an event will affect all areas of our life. • Permanence is […]

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How to succeed in dieting

Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry conclude that “it’s unlikely that the people they study are somehow genetically endowed or blessed with a personality that makes weight loss easy for them.” The registry includes 10,000 people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. What’s fascinating […]

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A diet that works for some people

Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, has run the National Weight Control Registry for 23 years. The registry includes more than 10,000 people from across the country. All of them have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained that weight loss for at least a year. What’s interesting is […]

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