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Why ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ is for Pessimists

Many years ago, while I lived in India, I discovered that misery—and the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is quite often a relative issue. It pained me to see the poor women with babies …

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Are You Resilient? You’re Probably a Pessimist

There’s a beautiful word that lies at the root of the lifestyle of the optimist: Resilience. "The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties," says one definition. The point is that shit happen…

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Do You Belong?

An important driver for a lifestyle of optimism is a sense of purpose. There’s much truth in Nietzche’s “if you know the why, you can live any how.” Ultimately, what creates purpose is the experien…

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Can You be Plastic-Free?

A couple of years ago, Rodale asked me to participate in their Plastic-Free February challenge. Without hesitating, I said yes, thinking I was already using my reusable shopping bags and storing food …

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Stevia Makes Sweet Progress with FDA Approval

I love tea. And I love a little something sweet in it. Yet I have learned that it’s better to avoid too much sugar. Not so much for the fear of gaining weight (not exactly my problem) but because suga…

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