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Get some more sleep

The American Heart Association estimates that one in seven Americans don’t get enough sleep every night. It recommends seven to nine hours of sleep to decrease “your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and overall cardiovascular disease.” If you need more sleep, Nancy Brown, the AHA’s chief executive […]

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When anger is valuable

The part of anger that tells you “this is wrong and shouldn’t happen again” is always valuable, says Martha Nussbaum, the author of a new book The Monarchy of Fear. However, Nussbaum adds, “To be angry has been an assertion of masculinity. Once you start looking at it, the issue of who’s ‘more emotional’ and […]

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What lies around the bend

My mother was always optimistic. But, my father was not always as optimistic Sometimes, like my father, I slip toward the dark side and see the glass as half-empty and cover myself with depression. And, then, sometimes, I can talk to myself and convince myself that it is so much more pleasant to follow my […]

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A lesson for summer

The posters for the new Winnie the Pooh movie announce a lesson that’s just right for hot summer days. “Don’t estimate the value of doing nothing,” Winnie the Pooh advises.

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Wanting to belong

Jhumpa Lahiri writes about what it means to be on the outside looking in. “It’s that desperation to want to belong—to not be all these pieces—to be concrete—to be at the same time one thing,” Lahiri told the audience at an Arts & Letters Live presentation in Dallas on January 30. Lahiri was born in […]

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The one who contributes nothing

Remember the middle-school project? In her book Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine talks about the middle-school student who doesn’t do his–or it could be “her,” of course–share of the project. Everyone else works hard, but he doesn’t do anything. “And what if he didn’t care at all? What if he depended on us, even […]

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Let go

You can’t control everything—although I often try to. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us,” Joseph Campbell once said. –Joy

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Take it easy

“Take it easy—but take it,” Woody Guthrie once said. I found that quote recently when I visited the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. –Joy

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A dirt path

I saw this message on a sign in a gift shop in Bar Harbor, Maine. “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” –Joy

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Advice from nature

“Wisdom branches from a tree,” suggests the Your True Nature company, which made my “Advice from a Lobster” t-shirt. And, here’s more advice from Your True Nature. • Inspiration flows from a stream. • The blueberry says: Be well-rounded. • The horse says: Be stable However, I like the advice “Wisdom branches from a tree” […]

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