The Virtue of Solitude in our Noisy Age

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by how much time you spend with technology? As our lives become ever more connected, there are so few places we can go to truly be alone anymore.   Take airplanes. Airplanes were once disconnected sanctuaries where you had nothing to do except read, daydream, or doze off—“a retreat in… Read more »

5 Ways to Become a Better Listener

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  Franklin listed silence as one of his 13 virtues. He once said “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.” Here are some tips from our friends at Verily about how you can listen well.   Editor’s Note: The Ben Franklin Circles project is teaming up with the thoughtful women’s… Read more »

4 Ways to Practice Frugality in Your Life

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Editor’s Note: The Ben Franklin Circles project is teaming up with the thoughtful women’s magazine Verily to highlight the virtues we can embrace in everyday life. Verily is a photoshop-free magazine empowering women to become their best selves. Join us as we explore this piece. Reprinted with permission.   During my last year of college,… Read more »

Practicing Sincerity Through Actively Listening

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Spring break in Panama City Beach, Florida is not typically a hotbed of virtue or reflection.   Morality and self-improvement were last on my mind as I boarded my flight south. Instead, I was eagerly awaiting my reunion with friends I hadn’t seen in weeks, and gearing up for the stereotypical combination of sunny beaches… Read more »

Finding Tranquility At A Monastery

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Editor’s Note: The Ben Franklin Circles project is teaming up with the thoughtful women’s magazine Verily to highlight the virtues we can embrace in everyday life. Verily is a photoshop-free magazine empowering women to become their best selves. Join us as we explore this piece. Reprinted with permission.   We are surrounded by a constant… Read more »

What Does “Success” Really Mean?

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  Would you consider yourself a successful person? If so, why? If not, why not? Today, a lot of people think about success in terms of status—winning prizes and climbing the ladder. You’re successful, the thinking goes, if you go to a prestigious college, get promoted at work, and make enough money. But I’ve come to… Read more »