Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gratitude

Robert Emmons, psychology professor at the University of California, Davis and a member of U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Research Center, is the world’s leading academic authority on gratitude. In studies of over one thousand people from age eight to eighty, … Continue reading

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The Earth, the Sun, and the Space Between

Michael Bungay Stanier of Box of Crayons describes an interesting exercise for making aspirations concrete. His approach, which I think is extremely productive, involves three acts of visualization. First, visualize what your wildest dream would look like in all its … Continue reading

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Dream Setting and Life Building

One of my background projects is to design a dream setting course for high school students. This project has raised to me a number of key issues in forming a personal mission statement that I think apply to people of … Continue reading

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Hanging On

In a culture of decreasing attention spans, some of us are quite the opposite of flighty! In fact, many of us hang on to activities, habits, projects, and communities much too long for our own good. Why do we do … Continue reading

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Manifesto of the Private Poet

Last week a student posted on my course discussion board a powerful poem, stunning in its righteous fury, a message to pierce a heart. He posted it without context or comment but with a clear purpose. The poem was called … Continue reading

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