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Laugh out loud

Leigh Anne Jasheway, in her book Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny, offers a new approach to resolutions. These are four of her suggestions: * Do something daily that makes you laugh out loud. * Eat right 90 percent of the time. * Focus on what you did right every day, instead of what you did […]

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Old like yellow pearls

The All-China Women’s Federation, founded by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, has advice for young women on its website. The federation tells them to hurry up and get married before they’re 30 and warns them that “as women age, they are worth less and less; so, by the time they get their M.A. or […]

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The reason people worry

I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work,” Robert Frost once said. I’ll share another quote with you […]

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Happiness is not for another hour

I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “Happiness is not in another place, but in this place. It’s not in another hour, but in this hour,” Walt Whitman once said. I’ll share more […]

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One life

“We all get one life,” says swimmer Diana Nyad, who swam 110.86 miles from Cuba to Florida in 2013. “You don’t get to do any day over again.” Now past 60, Nyad’s not going to spend any of her one life worrying about getting older. “I color my hair, for sure,” she told The Dallas […]

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Keep sparkling

“Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.” I found that advice in a classroom at the elementary school where I volunteer as a mentor. –Joy

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Think first

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote at my local elementary school, where I mentor a student. A poster says, “Before you speak, think: Is it true? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? And, of course, the words—true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind—spell THINK. –Joy

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It’s not too late

“Time is not running out,” says Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, in her new book Brave Enough. “Your life is here and now. And the moment has arrived at which you’re finally ready to change.”

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Wisdom from Cheryl Strayed

“Inhabit the beauty that lives in your beastly body and strive to see the beauty in all the other beasts,” says Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, in her new book Brave Enough. I couldn’t resist buying the small green book filled with quotes from Strayed. I knew it would be good inspiration for the new […]

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The Golden Age of Advice

Today, there aren’t as many rules, writes Lily Rothman in the November 2, 2015, issue of Time. This country is diverse, and social norms are constantly being challenged and redefined. “This is overwhelmingly a good thing,” Rothman concludes. But sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to do. That’s why we have an abundance of […]

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