Category: advice

  • Islam’s Golden Rule

    “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” That’s Islam’s Golden Rule. The Golden Rule “means this: Treat people the way you would like to be treated. It’s golden because it’s so valuable—and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines,” says the grandfather in Ilene Cooper’s children’s book The…

  • A valuable rule

    Judaism says: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow humans.” The Golden Rule “means this: Treat people the way you would like to be treated. It’s golden because it’s so valuable—and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines,” says the grandfather in Ilene Cooper’s children’s book The…

  • The Golden Rule

    “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “It means this: Treat people the way you would like to be treated. It’s golden because it’s so valuable—and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines,” says the grandfather in Ilene Cooper’s children’s book The Golden Rule.

  • The comfort of friends

    I’m feeling anxious. We’re getting ready to move everything out of our house—including the two of us and our dog Jack. Yikes! It’s necessary because our house needs extensive foundation repairs—and we’ve decided to go ahead and do major remodeling, too. The project will take six or seven months. Because of my anxiety, my counselor…

  • No secrets

    In the book Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano, William is hospitalized after he tries to commit suicide. His psychiatrist tells him that his mantra must be: “No bullshit. No secrets.” That’s good advice for all of us.

  • Cease being afraid

    I am cleaning! Throwing away papers. But, I found this quote that’s worth keeping—and repeating. “I would like…to see us take hold of ourselves, look at ourselves and cease being afraid,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. –Joy

  • Allow all ideas

    “If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own,” the author Kurt Vonnegut once said.

  • What you pretend

    “We are what we pretend to be,” the author Kurt Vonnegut once said. “So, we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

  • When should you be angry?

    I mentioned that I’m angry and distraught that we have to make major repairs to our home’s foundation and plumbing. The news was shocking, but I am absorbing it—and remembering something my mother said often. “You can tell the size of a person by what makes that person angry.” Yes, the news was terrible. But,…

  • Throw away your anger

    I am angry and distraught that our house needs extensive foundation and plumbing repairs. Yikes! That’s why something I read in the April 26, 2024 issue of The Week was helpful. Write down your angry feelings and then immediately throw the paper away. You’ll feel much better, a Japanese study reports. –Joy