Modern Poetry

Ernest Davis, Verses for the Modern Age The 37% Rule When I was one-and-twentyI heard a wise man say“If you would wed a maiden,Then listen to my lay.Let N denote the numberOf women you might likeFirst date N over e,And tell them, ‘Take a hike.’ And then you ask the restTo dinner, one by one,And… Read More Modern Poetry

Live By Your Values

Whether we’re talking of artists, doctors, athletes, businesspeople, rock stars, politicians, or police officers, “successful people” are typically defined in terms of the goals they’ve achieved. If we buy into this woefully limited definition, then we’re condemned to a goal-focused life: chronic frustration punctuated by fleeting moments of gratification. So I invite you now to… Read More Live By Your Values

Listening

Research has shown that relatively mild mental illness can be improved simply by talking to empathic listeners, whether they are trained PhDs or nonpsychologist university professors. The Mind Club Talk to a listener on 7 Cups!

Empathy

Empathy is about more than just dispassionately recognizing others’ suffering; it is about suffering alongside them. Because suffering is aversive, empathizing with another person’s pain compels you to help alleviate it. The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why It Matters by Daniel M. Wegner, Kurt Gray

Competition

“The roots of the word “compete” are the Latin con petire, which meant “to seek together.” What each person seeks is to actualize her potential, and this task is made easier when others force us to do our best.” Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Effective Education

“What if different environments lead to different kinds of achievement rather than different levels of achievement? What if we measured intelligence by how knowledgeable individuals are about their own environments? What if we measured intellect by an individual’s desire to know? What if we realized the best way to ensure an effective educational system is… Read More Effective Education