Category: Strangers

it's the act that counts

Dogs

Feeling Lonely? Get a dog. Stressed? Get a dog. Need exercise? Get a dog. Scared? Dog. Insecure? Dog. Want a kid? Dog. Why Dogs and Humans Love Each Other More Than Anyone Else shares the long history of interconnectedness between dogs and people ending with a simple explanation for why we are so connected: LOVE. We…
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“We” is Greater than “I”

Our world today is filled with adventure and new ideas knocking on our door- but the truth is that most of us aren’t adventurers. True inventors, explorers and creative artists aren’t a dime a dozen. Yet, we all seem to fancy that each of us is just that. We are all basking in the ideals…
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Echo Chamber: How to Get Out…

We like hearing our own voice over others. Opposites don’t actually attract or make the best mates. (check out studies here). Though we all know many people who are attracted to opposites, it’s generally the case that for our personal lives, most of us like to be with another version of ourselves. But what happens…
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Words… Look Who’s Talking

Do we use our words with care? Words are powerful. They shape our thoughts. Thoughts shape our actions- good and bad. And so a pen is mightier than a sword. (Language Shapes Our Thoughts) Where does this leave us in an interconnected world? Many cultures exaggerate as a matter of fact. Americans are prone to…
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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

And so… Robert Frost wrote in the Mending Wall,  “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall… Good fences make good neighbors.” As much as Frost did not like the wall that separated him from his neighbor, in the end the wall remained. Today, in America we are fortunate to live in a time when…
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Let’s Stop Oversensitivity

Enough with oversensitivity. I recently read an article about what not to say to a pregnant or new mom. The quick recap of the list is below. First, let’s discuss oversensitivity for a minute. (1) Oversensitivity is a way of asserting control over the behavior of those around you. An overly sensitive person will not see…
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Do We Have Freedom of Thought?

When we first went on-line, we all thought that we are entering an information age which will give us all ultimate freedom.  We will all have access to the same information.  We were about to enter an era of democracy and free thought at its height. But a mere two decades from the start of…
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The Nose Picker

Six of us were in a room waiting for a meeting to start and one of the women in the room chimes in,  “You’re never going to believe this… I was at a light and just looked over to my right and there was my mother-in-law picking her nose- I mean really digging in! So funny,…
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Strangers… What to Do With Them

It’s said that how a person treats strangers is a true mark of character. There is no obvious benefit or harm with a stranger, as you feel effectively anonymous. Here’s a step by step to stranger interaction that we can all use. Notice Them. Look up. We all have our eyes on our phones, our…
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