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Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Audre Lorde on the Courage to Feel as an Antidote to Fear and a Fulcrum of Action, Power, and Possibility

“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realized.” …

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Bruce Lee on Death and What It Takes to Be an Artist of Life

“The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible. It is living void because all forms come out of it, and whosoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all beings.” …

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From Feeling Good to Feeling Great

You may be aware that my books, Feeling Good and the Feeling Good Handbook, have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, and are still popular, even though Feeling Good was published 40 years ago. 

One reason for the books enduring popularity is groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Forrest Scogin and his colleagues at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. They reported that if you simply give people seeking treat for moderate to severe depression a copy of Feeling Good, more than 50% will improve so much within four weeks that they no longer want or need treatment. What is crucial is that these patients received no psychotherapy or antidepressants during those four weeks. Three-year follow-up studies indicated that they did not relapse but actually continue to improve following their initial “bibliotherapy” with Feeling Good! That’s why Feeling Good is still the top-rated and best-selling book on depression.

So why have I now written the first true…

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Bertrand Russell on the Two Most Vital Things for Human Flourishing

“Love is wise, hatred is foolish.” …

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How an Artist is Like a Tree: Paul Klee on Creativity

“Nobody would affirm that the tree grows its crown in the image of its root. Between above and below can be no mirrored reflection.” …

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Proust on the Essence of Creativity and the Hallmark of Artistic Genius

“Genius [consists] in reflecting power and not in the intrinsic quality of the scene reflected.” …

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The Sun, the Shadow, and the Unselved Self: Helen Macdonald on Eclipses as an Antidote to Ideologies of Otherness and a Portal to Human Connection

“A total eclipse wreaks havoc on your sense of self, on rational individuality.” …

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The Love of Life in the Face of Death: Keith Haring on Self-Doubt, the Fragility of Being, and Creativity as the Antidote to Our Mortal Anxiety

“It is very important to be in love with life… Life is very fragile and always elusive. As soon as we think we ‘understand,’ there is another mystery. I don’t understand anything. That is, I think, the key to understand everything.” …

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29 Ways to Increase Your Feeling of Self Worth

Having self worth comes from within and can easily be harnessed. Here are 29 ways to increase your feeling of self worth.
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The Critical Role Ethics Plays in Modern Marketing

As much as it might be difficult to define what “ethics” is in relation to marketing, it’s easy to define what it isn’t. …

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Neuroscientist David Eagleman on How the Physiology of Drug Withdrawal Explains the Psychology of Heartbreak and Loss

“The difference between predictions and outcomes is the key to understanding a strange property of learning: if you’re predicting perfectly, your brain doesn’t need to change further.” …

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Creativity in the Time of COVID: Zadie Smith on Writing, Love, and What Echoes Through the Hallway of Time Suddenly Emptied of Habit

“There is no great difference between novels and banana bread. They are both just something to do. They are no substitute for love… Love is not something to do, but something to be experienced, and something to go through — that must be why it frightens so many of us and why we so often approach it indirectly.” …

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How to Master the Ancient Art of Walking Meditation in Modern Life: A Field Guide from the Pioneering Buddhist Teacher Sylvia Boorstein

“Slow is not better than fast. It’s just different. Everything changes, regardless of pace, and direct firsthand experience of temporality can happen while you are strolling just as much as while you are stepping deliberately and slowly.” …

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A Cat: Leonard Michaels’s Playful and Poignant Meditations on the Enigma of Our Feline Companions and How They Reveal Us to Ourselves

“If you think long enough about what you see in a cat, you begin to suppose you will understand everything, but its eyes tell you there is nothing to understand, there is only life.” …

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John McPhee on Artistic Originality and Self-Doubt

“Never stop battling for the survival of your own unique stamp.” …

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Nick Cave on Living with Loss and the Central Paradox of Grief as a Portal to Aliveness

“The paradoxical effect of losing a loved one is that their sudden absence can become a feverish comment on that which remains… a luminous super-presence.” …

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Ode to Buttoning and Unbuttoning My Shirt: Poet Ross Gay’s Subtle, Stunning Meditation on Learning to Live and Learning to Die

In praise of practicing the inevitable through the improbable, the mundane moments when we are “as delicate as we can be in this life.” …

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The Best Ways for Busy Women To Achieve Balance

These past few months have been stressful for everyone, and women especially have had to take on many roles. As if life weren’t stressful enough, you may have juggled being a wife, mother and even a teacher while trying to balance your own career. Now that summer has arrived, it’s an excellent chance to take…
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Viktor Frankl on How Music, Nature, and Our Love for Each Other Succor Our Survival and Give Meaning to Our Lives

“Do we not know the feeling that overtakes us when we are in the presence of a particular person and, roughly translates as, The fact that this person exists in the world at all, this alone makes this world, and a life in it, meaningful.” …

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Quizzes Why They Are So Popular And The 37 Amazing Personality Quizzes

The quizzes on the Change your Thoughts blog have been shared over 5 million times on social media. I think the reason for their popularity is that I totally love quizzes myself. I remember have a personality quiz book when I was younger, where you had to add up all your scores and find the […]
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Mary Shelley on the Courage to Speak Up Against Injustice and the Power of Words in Revising the World

“Words have more power than any one can guess; it is by words that the world’s great fight, now in these civilized times, is carried on.” …

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Eye Contact – The Definitive Guide

Eye Contact: Why Is It So Important? Have you ever spoken to someone and they seemed to shift uncomfortably, looking at their shoes and failing to make eye contact with you? They maybe look you in the eye then immediately dart away looking at their shoes again. For the more adept among us that type […]
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Timeline Perspective

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Beloved Writers on Nature as an Antidote to Depression

On the consolations of monarchs and of stars. …

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7 Tips for Better Sleep in Children and Teens

Children,
teens, and adults all need to get enough sleep in order to perform well and
maintain good health. Kids and young adults from the ages of puberty to 22
should sleep for approximately nine hours per day, according to the Child
Mind Institute.
However, in a busy world full of academic pressure, after-school activities, time
with friends, and technology, quality sleep time often suffers.

Sleeplessness can promote anxiety and affect well-being. In fact, 70% of teens (ADAA) report experiencing anxiety before the age of 22. Not only does a lack of sleep affect a young person’s mental health, but it can also have an impact on their physical health as well. It’s so important to ensure that kids and teens are prioritizing sleep for a happy, healthy life.

The
following are seven tips that parents can use to help their kids enjoy restful
sleep consistently.

1.
Keep Them on a Schedule

It’s
no fun to have to nag your kids to go to bed on time, but maintaining…

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