Disappointment as Opportunity

"Negative events do affect us," Daniel Gilbert writes in Stumbling on Happiness, "but they generally don't affect us as much or for as long as we expect them to. " In short, we're terrible forecasters of the future. 

When was the last time something happened in your life that initially seemed dis. . .

What Would You Do With $1,000,000,000?

The average working American earns $18. 90 an hour, or less than $40,000 a year.  Some 15 million Americans are currently unemployed.  Nearly two billion people around the world subsist on less than $1. 50 a day.  More than 16,000 children die each day from causes related to hunger. 

What do you thin. . .

Even Wild Dogs Protect Their Packs

Remember the film John Q, in which Denzel Washington plays a father whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart, and discovers his HMO won't cover the cost of a transplant? In desperation, John Q eventually storms the hospital and takes hostages.  His only demand is that his son be put on the . . . 

Disconnect to Connect

Here's a novel notion, grounded in science: Human beings aren't meant to operate like computers; continuously, at high speeds, for long periods of time, running multiple programs at the same time. Instead, we're designed to pulse - to move rhythmically between spending and renewing energy. But w. . .

Taking Responsibility

We were out to dinner as a family- an all too infrequent occurrence now that both my daughters are grown up.  Shortly after we sat down, a problem related to my work arose that I felt required immediate attention. 

I text messaged a colleague in my office, and put my phone on the table to await a. . .