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Do You Struggle to Make Conversation? A Menu of Options for Small Talk.

Do You Struggle to Make Conversation? A Menu of Options for Small Talk. | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Small talk can be a big problem. I want to be friendly and polite, but I just can’t think of a thing to say.Here are some strategies I try when my mind is a blank:1. Comment on a topic common to both
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Ask a question that people can answer as they please. My favorite question is: “What’s keeping you busy these days?”

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A Menu of Ideas to Help You to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

A Menu of Ideas to Help You to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Do you make New Year's resolutions?They're fun to make, but hard to keep.In fact, about 80% of resolution-makers abandon their resolutions by mid-February.But one thing I’ve learned from my happiness
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How Do You Motivate Yourself: With Love or Fear?

How Do You Motivate Yourself: With Love or Fear? | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Focusing on what we don’t want continues to plant fear in our hearts. We can better motivate ourselves by focusing on what we do want, from a place of love.
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Love What's Right Before You Instead of Hating What’s Missing

Love What's Right Before You Instead of Hating What’s Missing | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Vonnegut wrote: "A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved." I'd also add whatever and wherever.
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9 Simplest Ways to Be Happier at Work

9 Simplest Ways to Be Happier at Work | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
The happiest--and most productive--people focus more on what they do, not on what they have. Here's how it works in practice.
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To be happy, only compare yourself to the person you were yesterday--and to the person you hope someday to become.

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Girl Scout Blog: First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights the Important Role of Girl Scout Volunteers

Girl Scout Blog: First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights the Important Role of Girl Scout Volunteers | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
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“As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined.”

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Best Advice: Speak Even if Everyone Else Is Silent

Best Advice: Speak Even if Everyone Else Is Silent | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
My grandmother was the daughter of enslaved people. Her parents were born into slavery in Virginia in the 1840s and she was born in the 1880s. She was a powerful, loving and influential force in our
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“but I don’t think I will do that.” My mom then looked at me and said, “You know, there are going to be times when you have to stand even when everyone else remains seated; there will be times when you have speak even if everyone else is silent.” She looked at both of us, “I’m not going to tell you whether this is one of those times, but you need to understand that sometimes standing up may be the only way forward for you. Speaking up may be the only thing that gives you peace.”

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Welfare Drug Tests Flop In Utah

Welfare Drug Tests Flop In Utah | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Utah's welfare drug testing scheme has yielded only a dozen positive results since the program started last year, though it may have deterred some from seeking benefits.
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Another GOP phony scandal debunked

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Course at Trump University

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David Letterman: “The most popular course at Donald Trump University: How to Become Rich Like Donald Trump by Opening Your Own Phony School.”

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Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Everyone is a genius

Fish climbing trees

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Einstein says, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

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Boys With Tender Hearts and Big Dreams in Their Hoodies

Boys With Tender Hearts and Big Dreams in Their Hoodies | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
I am not Trayvon Martin. I will never know what it feels like to live in the skin, in the daily rhythms and predeterminations of a black boy or man in America.
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This article really touched my heart

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Banks May Suffer, but Rising Mortgage Rates Won't Shake Housing - DailyFinance

Banks May Suffer, but Rising Mortgage Rates Won't Shake Housing - DailyFinance | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
When megabanks JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo reported second-quarter earnings late last week, the effect of skyrocketing mortgage interest rates
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2014 Gates Annual Letter: Myths About Foreign Aid - Gates Foundation

2014 Gates Annual Letter: Myths About Foreign Aid - Gates Foundation | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Learn how foreign aid reduces overpopulation, dependency on aid for impoverished countries, and makes a sustainable future for our planet.
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“We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.”

Melinda Gates

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A Small Act of Kindness Can Make a Big Difference

A Small Act of Kindness Can Make a Big Difference | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
When I hear of stories of kindness being done to others, I’m inspired to do the same. I think most of us are like that. We need each other’s inspiration as we travel life’s highways, trying to figure it all out.
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Who untangled all these lights?

Who untangled all these lights? | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
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David Letterman: “You know what they did yesterday, they lit up-- turned on the White House Christmas tree down there in Washington, DC. The entire week before they turn on the Christmas tree, Joe Biden, the Vice President, is in the basement of the White House untangling the lights.”

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Just Knowing These 8 Facts Will Make You Way More Productive

Just Knowing These 8 Facts Will Make You Way More Productive | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Whether trying to conquer Mount Everest or just pick up your laundry, learning these quick facts will make it easier to be super productive -- or at least understand why you're not.
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Crucial agencies open

US Border Patrol to keep out Canadian government that's open every day

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Craig Ferguson: “Crucial agencies like the US Border Patrol are still on the job. That’s a good thing. The last thing we need is an influx of Canadians, with their politeness and a government that’s open every day.”

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100 Ways to Be Kinder

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Acts of kindness makes us feel good, valuable and alive. The last time you went out of your way to be kind to someone, didn’t it make your day too?
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 Talk to people you encounter every day like at your coffee shop or on your commute, even if it’s for a minute.  Show an interest in their lives

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How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others)

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others) | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that
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"compassionate empathy," in which we know how a person is feeling, we're feeling their feelings along with them, and we're moved to act.

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Love your work

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Don’t Wait for a Major Wake Up Call to Start Loving Your Life

Don’t Wait for a Major Wake Up Call to Start Loving Your Life | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
When life slaps you upside the head, get serious about laughing, having some fun, and figuring out exactly what it is that you feel passionate about doing.
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When life slaps you upside the head, get serious about laughing, having some fun, and figuring out exactly what it is that you feel passionate about doing.

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Is This the Best Job of All Time? Probably.

Is This the Best Job of All Time? Probably. | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Travel start-up Jauntaroo is offering what might be the world's best job: Earn a $100,000 salary traveling around the world for a year.
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Help wanted: An "enthusiastic" traveler to fly around the globe for a year, all expenses paid, earning $100,000 in salary for blogging about it – and for volunteering to leave each destination “a little better than when you found it.”

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6 Things Hawaiians Can Teach The Rest Of America About Living Better

6 Things Hawaiians Can Teach The Rest Of America About Living Better | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
Hawaii’s tropical island paradise isn’t the fountain of youth, but it’s close. Hawaiians not only live longer -- they’re less stressed and happier than residents of any other state.
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Stop Asking Yourself Questions That Keep You Stuck

Stop Asking Yourself Questions That Keep You Stuck | Seeking wisdom in an unwise world | Scoop.it
These questions are nothing but our mind’s strategy to keep us stuck where we are, to stop us from taking risks, to help us avoid danger.
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