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The Value of Sadness

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." - Kahlil Gibran Love Makes Us Sad Love can arouse feelings of sadness. This is not the kind of sadness that comes when our feelings are hurt or our heart is broken. That sadness makes sense to us. This type of sadness is perplexing because it is aroused when we are treated with kindness and compassion and sensitivity. One of the reasons it is difficult to understand these sources of sadness is that we expect love to make us happy. When, in spite of being in…

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  • Date:04/05/2019
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Be More with Less: Minimalism & Simple Living

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry By Shaelyn McHugh I used to be a thrift shop junkie. As a teenager, I would take BART into San Francisco and rummage through thrift store bins in search of yet another special find to add to my eclectic wardrobe. Hours of my youth were spent carefully sifting through the racks of secondhand items. I’m the middle of three daughters and my sisters loved clothes too. So much so that they would raid my closet when I…

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  • Date:02/22/2019
OPTIMIST MAGAZINE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Soul Talk: Can Spirituality and Politics Govern?

By Sister Jenna Have you ever wondered who our congressional leaders are? What do they really believe, beyond what we know of their policies? Who are the people making the decisions for the lives of citizens in America? “Soul Talk on the Hill,” a series hosted by Sister Jenna takes us into the halls of the U.S. Capitol as she engages in heart-to-heart conversations with some of our Congressional leaders. The series takes us where no policy hearing ever has. Together, we will discover the heart and minds of the men and women of the United States Congress. Are we…

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  • Date:02/14/2019
OPTIMIST MAGAZINE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Moonstruck - A Reflection on Audacious Goals

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse - credit Justin Foley by Kristina Jansen On January 20, 2019, the total lunar eclipse and resulting blood moon captivated millions in the western hemisphere. My husband and I took our dog to an open space near our house to watch it. Staring up at the night sky and witnessing the bright, full moon first being covered by shadow, then transforming to a bright orange-red globe while the star scape behind it suddenly popped into sight, I was awestruck. January’s blood moon brought me back to myself as a young graduate student in India, away from…

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  • Date:02/08/2019
OPTIMIST MAGAZINE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

A Fresh Perspective on Setting and Achieving Goals

Many of us began the New Year by making a list of resolutions—changes we want to make to improve our lives, such as eating better, volunteering more often, being a more attentive spouse, and so on. And while most people are capable of sticking with a resolution for the first few days of January, adopting a healthy behavior change in the long-term is more challenging. If you made a New Year’s resolution, chances are it may be fading from your focus. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and lose sight of your…

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  • Date:02/01/2019

What happened when I followed Ben Franklin’s schedule for a month

As someone who is obsessed with productivity, I’m always looking for the latest book, idea, or tool that can help me accomplish more in less time. Sometimes, though, new isn’t necessarily better. Recently I found a good source of inspiration for creating a better schedule from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:01/16/2019

The powerful science behind eye contact

There’s an exciting and at times overwhelming powerful feeling when meeting someone else’s gaze, which, at that moment, establishes an exceptional connection between you and the other. We may be aware of the importance of eye contact in certain social circumstances, but psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying it for decades and their intriguing findings reveal much more about its power. Here you can read about what exactly lies behind the science of meeting another’s gaze and why it gives rise to such powerful emotions in us.

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  • BBC
  • Date:01/10/2019

Seriously: These hip stretches can help you release negative energy

Can you believe the holidays are already behind us? Let’s face it: Despite all the residual good cheer, it’s a stressful time. That comes as no surprise for those of us familiar with traditional Chinese medicine.

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  • The/Thirty
  • Date:01/10/2019

This 12-word quote entirely explains how to be successful

You don’t need external “security” to assure you that you will succeed. You already know that if you decide, then you will succeed.

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  • Ladders
  • Date:01/09/2019

Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese philosophy for a perfectly imperfect life

Imperfection is the basic principle of Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese philosophy of accepting your imperfections and making the most of life.

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  • Ladders
  • Date:01/08/2019

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