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What Is Your Bad Day Backup Plan?

You have backup in case your electricity goes out, even if it’s just a stockpile of flashlights. Time to come up with one in case your mood fails. Michele Phillips, a performance coach in Piermont, N.Y., and author of Happiness Is a Habit, has a group of friends who’ve dubbed themselves the Village. “I can [...]

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Forbidden Fruit: What Can Romeo and Juliet Teach Us About Psychology?

What if Romeo and Juliet’s parents had never interfered? Robert Cialdini explores this possibility in his best-selling book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion: Could it be that had the youngsters been left to their own devices, their inflamed devotion would have amounted to no more than a flicker of puppy love? Cialdini argues that their [...]

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St. Bernard on love and growth

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How to Survive A Boring Dinner Partner

Imagine yourself at a dinner “stuck” next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. “How can this person be so boring?” you wonder as your eyes glaze over. “Why do I have to listen to this drivel?” you ask yourself as you hunker down for a painful hour and [...]

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