Pessimists live longer

Older people who are pessimists tend to live longer than optimists, according to researchers in Germany and Switzerland. When I heard about the research one morning on National Public Radio, I was curious to find out more. “It is possible that a pessimistic outlook leads elderly people to look after themselves and their health better […]

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Be a good bluffer

In her new book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, suggests that women need more self-confidence. How can you develop more self-confidence? Betty Lehan Harragan, in her book Games Mother Never Taught You—Corporate Gamemanship for Women, says that women need to learn how to be good bluffers. Her book was published […]

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Wisdom from Gloria Steinem

After reading about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In in the March 18, 2013, issue of Time magazine, we looked online for some wisdom from Gloria Steinem, an activist and feminist who has been talking to women for decades. Here are three Steinem quotes we like. “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the […]

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Don’t underestimate yourself

Not everyone agrees with everything Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, says in her new book Lean In. According to the March 18, 2013, issue of Time, Sandberg’s thesis is that women are not aiming high enough. They’re underestimating their abilities, and they’re spending too much time on housework and children. “We hold […]

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Living our lives fully

“Aging scares me a little,” Katie Couric, the journalist, admits in an article in the March 2013 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine. However, Katie concludes, “I can handle the wrinkles, because every day I wake up healthy is a gift, and one that is sometimes taken for granted….My friends and I are eating better and […]

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Sassy and savvy

After the Civil War, Amanda Nite Burks, who married when she was 15, and her husband Bud drove their horses and cattle to Banquette, Texas, and settled there. In her book Texas Dames—Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, Carmen Goldwaite quotes from Amanda’s diary to tell the story of her three-month journey on […]

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Share your stories

Everyone has stories of struggles and triumphs. Share your stories. Children who know their family’s history—its highs and lows—have a stronger sense of control over their lives and higher self-esteem, says Bruce Feiler, author of a new book The Secrets of Happy Families. That’s good advice. Remember your stories. If you’ve done difficult tasks in the […]

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Advice from Emerson

I was looking for inspiration for my daughter, who is in the middle of the tedious task of finishing her thesis. However, while browsing at Barnes & Nobles, I found some inspiration for myself. “Finish each day and be done with it,” advises Emerson on the Quotable Magnet that I purchased. “You have done what […]

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The perseverance of a goat

In Kabul, getting a new TV to work isn’t easy, writes Deborah Rodriguez in her novel The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. “It had taken three weeks, a new satellite dish on the roof, three friends to help run the wires, countless trips to the electronics and hardware stores and several prayers to Allah that […]

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The dash

During the days I was visiting a friend who was receiving hospice care, two people told me about the poem “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. The poem makes a good point about living each day with energy and enthusiasm. I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend. He […]

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