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Happiness Is Not a Passive Endeavor, Part II

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


When I introduced the science of happiness in the first part of this article, you might have been wondering, “How is all this applicable to my everyday life?” If so, let me assure you that I asked the exact same question of myself. That said, I’d like to give you some specific answers to this […]

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Unanswered Questions

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Robert Ringer


Some time ago, I received an e-mail from subscriber John P. about a close call he had while driving when he was seventeen years old. Here’s part of what he had to say: There was no time to think, only to react. And there was no fear at all, until afterwards. It’s like I knew […]

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The American Association of Arrogance

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Robert Ringer


If you’re like me, you probably find card-carrying members of the AAA (American Association of Arrogance) hard to stomach. But it’s still a good idea to learn, even from those you find repugnant. What can you learn from these self-anointed saints? Answer: plenty. For the sake of brevity, I’ll mention just three of the most […]

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Posted on November 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer


We are living through a period of human history when morality has become a passé topic. For that very reason, vigilance and self-discipline are in order, because morality is perhaps the most important element in leading a successful life. In that vein, the first step is to define your moral standards, because they serve as […]

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Creating New Habits by Cutting New Grooves

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Dr. Brian K. Nichols


We all have habits, patterns, or issues that we wish to change, such as managing our relationships with others, our weight, or our work accomplishments. For many, these habits are so troubling that they wish they could have them removed from their psyche, like some sort of modern-day “psycho-surgery.” I have long contended that as […]

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Happiness Is Not a Passive Endeavor, Part I

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


Benjamin Franklin knew that happiness was not a passive endeavor, as evidenced by his statement, “The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” Today, almost two-and-a-half centuries later, Franklin’s words still prompt the question, What are the factors that lead to a successful pursuit […]

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Reality versus Perception of Reality

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Robert Ringer


I have often heard it argued that reality is not an absolute, that each individual has his own perception of reality. The implication is that because each of us perceives the world through our own eyes, reality itself changes from person to person. While it’s true that everyone perceives reality differently, reality could care less […]

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The Hero Within

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Lauri Ringer


Every human being possesses a hero within. Biologically rooted in our primitive ancestors, it is part of humankind’s collective unconsciousness.   When we access our hero within, we unlock our deepest potential as human beings. We also gain insight into dealing with life’s inevitable challenges. To discover our hero within, we must embark on what Joseph […]

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Rational vs. Irrational Faith

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer


In Erich Fromm’s 1956 classic The Art of Loving, he provides some unique insights into the subject of faith that have given me a lot to think about. Fromm did not believe faith is in opposition to reason or rational thinking. On the contrary, he simply made a distinction between rational faith and irrational faith. […]

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The Pursuit of Joy

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Robert Ringer


By dictionary definition, joy is “an emotion of great happiness.” I would be tempted to refer to it as ultimate happiness, but there is no accurate way to quantify either happiness or joy. The truth is that none of us can ever be certain of what constitutes ultimate happiness. Whatever it is, joy seems to […]

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