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The Dilemma of Happiness

Think of the happiest person you know…Really think about it…You know the person I’m talking about: they’re frequently smiling, are almost always in a good mood, and never seem to be depressed. Now, think of the saddest person you know.  You know him or her: they’re frequently in a pensive mood, tend to be cynical,…

4 Steps to Achieving the Impossible

Those who know me well know that I love to plan, to aspire, and to hopefully accomplish.  I remember planning at age 10 for my profession, at age 20 for my parenthood, and at age 30 for my “retirement” years.  I’ve always had the philosophy to “plan your age”: that is, if you’re 25 years…

The Million Dollar Question: A Very Personal Perspective

Easily the most commonly-cited philosophical question one asks to emphasize their wonderment around a sense of purpose is “why are we here?”  I certainly can’t profess to know the absolute answer to such a profound question; in fact, I can’t profess to know whether such an answer exists.  What I do know, however, is that…

The Herd Effect: Why People Strive to Be Average

It has frequently occurred to me that to be among the majority was to be merely “normal” and “average”; while it’s rare for one to admit aspiring to be characterized in that way, most of us struggle not conforming to the norms of society.  Societal norms are multi-faceted: from those that drive how we dress to…