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articles by: Megan, selected from The Intelligent Optimist

The Art of Receiving

When I told my friend Inge about the present, she squinted at me and curled her lips. “Doesn’t she know you don’t wear pink?” Inge sympathized. “I’m a terrible receiver,” she said, passing me a bow…


Words That Heal

By David Servan-Schreiber, Ode Magazine Has your physician ever asked you to write about the worst day of your life? Probably not. Yet the Journal of the American Medical Association recently p…


What is a “Normal” Brain?

By Thomas Armstrong, Ode Magazine Imagine for a moment that our society has been transformed into a culture of flowers. Now let’s say for the sake of argument that the psychiatrists are the ros…


Compassionate Mama Squirrels

By Jeremy Mercer, Ode Magazine In the most recent example of animal compassion, a study published earlier this month by Nature Communications shows that orphaned baby squirrels are sometimes ad…


Should You Do Less Housework?

Author Quentin Crisp once said, “There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.” I hesitate to emphasize that much laziness, but one thing is c…


Sustainable Business Inspired by 4-Year-Old

Here's a story you might find encouraging - it's a story that makes it seem entirely possible for the entrepreneurial impulse to exist alongside fierce altruism. Three years ago Rene Geneva was…


Cultural Activities Improve Mental Health

Sweden has recently launched a pilot project to help patients suffering from chronic depression; stress; anxiety; or back, shoulder and neck pain by prescribing cultural activities. Karin Berg, projec…


The Secrets of Pigeons

By Tijn Touber, Ode Magazine Rupert Sheldrake looks for answers to the inexplicable behaviours of animals -- including humans. How do pigeons always manage to fly straight home, no matter where …


3 Ways to Conquer Your Fear

By Nazia Mallick, Ode Magazine The major clothing and accessory company Nike, made "Just do it" a motto for their brand promotion, created a business empire out of it and are still laughing all t…


Open Borders Need Open Arms

Answering an appeal for open borders - such as the one made by Philippe Legrain in this issue of Ode (see Let them in!) - goes against human nature. We are genetically programmed to see people we don'…


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