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An easy way to discover lots of overlooked blessings to be grateful for

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One of the joys of waking up is getting to do my gratitude practice. I do it most days before I even get out of bed, although sometimes I wait until I’m seated at my computer desk. …

It’s nearly impossible to adopt this way of thinking and do less than your best

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Have you ever provided less than the best customer service you were capable of, and later you looked back upon it and regretted it?

I sure have.

For years I had a job where customer service was not the main component of my work, but I did have to do…

These show a total lack of consideration for others. If you do any of them, please stop

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When you dine at home, you have the right to behave however you want as you eat. You want to put your bare feet on the table? Fine. You want to blast thrash metal as you chew? It’s all good. You want to let the cat sit on the table…

Learn these valuable lessons and you’ll always have an ace in your back pocket

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The universe is constantly communicating with you. Opportunities to learn and become a better version of yourself can be spotted everywhere. You just have to know to look for them.

I played online poker and occasionally live poker for years. I also worked for almost 9 years at the organization…

My motto was, “Drink to celebrate, not to escape,” but I quickly forgot that

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“WT at 11 today?” my friend Randy texted one Saturday in mid-July. “WT” is short for Wildcat Tavern, the neighborhood bar where we normally meet every Saturday for brunch.

“I can’t make it today, Randy,” I texted back. “I’d like to, but I haven’t earned the right to go out.”

It may give you a sense of superiority, but it doesn’t get us any closer to herd immunity

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“It just kills me how many SELFISH people there are in this community!” typed one angry resident in a post on Nextdoor. “Only in this city would people be so STUPID that there’s a path out of the pandemic, and they refuse to take it!”

About 15 commenters echoed the…

You don’t need that kind of negativity in your inbox — or your life

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We all have that one aspect of our job that we wish we didn’t have to deal with — but we do.

For a postal letter carrier, that aspect might be vicious dogs.

For a shoe salesman, it could be smelly feet.

For a corporate office worker, it might be…

When you reach a certain point in your writing career, it’s better to write less and aim for quality

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One piece of advice new writers hear from writing experts is this: If you want to get serious about writing on this platform, shoot for a set number of times to publish per week. 5 (or even 7) is ideal, but if you can only write a few hours a…

Paul Ryburn, M.Sc.

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