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Archive for May 2018

The importance of compliments

The great American writer Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” No matter who we are and what level of success we’ve achieved, everyone appreciates a sincere compliment. It can brighten our day or even change the trajectory of our lives. Don Miguel Ruiz, in his classic book The Four…

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The secret to a long and happy life

Psychologist Susan Pinker tells us that the key to living a long life may not be eating well and getting exercise. Her research, and that of Julianne Holt-Lunstad, demonstrates that an emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions is actually the top predictor of longevity. In other words, if we have friends and family…

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Anger Conquers You

Twentieth century Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny said, “He who angers you conquers you.” Anger is one of the most powerful human emotions, and it has to be treated with tremendous care.  It can be destructive, but it can also help us to reach powerful insights. Between the stimulus that causes anger and our response there…

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Companions for life: trust and integrity

“I trust people until they demonstrate that they can’t be trusted.” These were the words that Ed Peklo, the dean of students at the small American college I attended, spoke at our orientation nearly 40 years ago. Beginning my post-secondary career in this way established a positive tone. I didn’t have to prove that I…

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