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My extended family and several acquaintances have told me that I have a cheerful disposition. I suppose they are correct to a certain extent. I go about the day smiling at strangers and driving courteously. However, people who know me … Continue reading

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Cautiously Optimistic

Yesterday began as a stereotypical Monday. There were a few things that weren’t working properly. In addition to the technical difficulties, “mild” headache enabled mindless pessimism and an owly demeanor. Then, as I peered through the venetian blinds, I noticed the … Continue reading

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To Smile

Many dental clinics state that they are in the business to sell smiles. The clinic I prefer could just as well say so on their sign and business cards. Everyone who works there frequently smiles. My dentist hired another hygienist … Continue reading

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Thinking About Optimism

I wonder if having an optimistic outlook on life is mostly inborn or learned.  Our personalities are complicated.  Psychologists are not precisely sure whether optimism can be successfully learned or if a sunny disposition is part of some people’s general … Continue reading

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Blind Spot (review)

I love a good challenge to my preconceived beliefs now and then.  So, when I stumbled upon the new book by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, I just had to check it out. Their book Blind Spot: Hidden … Continue reading

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We think of our place in the universe and the solar system, in particular, as quite stable and reliable.  We assume that the sun will rise again tomorrow and that our planet will be pretty much the same.  At least … Continue reading

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Angry Folks

A couple of weeks ago, the anger was overwhelmingly present here in the heart of the United States.  Some people were defaced with unhappiness and heavy with mental upset.  Plenty of people were openly and vociferously resentful.  They had certainly … Continue reading

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