How to Have a Meaningful New Year

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With the New Year here, many of us are reflecting on our lives and wondering how we can improve them in the months ahead.   Usually, this means taking active steps to find more happiness. One of the most popular New Years resolution, according to Nielsen, is to “enjoy life to the fullest.”   But should happiness really be… Read more »

Silence: 5 Questions to Get Started

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Are you practicing the virtue of silence? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself or your Ben Franklin Circle. Franklin’s definition: “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.”   1. Do you think silence is a virtue? Why? Are there times when it isn’t?    2. Do you make time… Read more »

The Startup Approach to Good Living With Dr. Anna Akbari

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Editor’s note: Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and author of the new book Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness. The BFC blog recently chatted with Anna about her new book and what it means to lead a “startup life.”   BFC: What inspired you to write Startup… Read more »

Generosity and Holiday Gift-Giving

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about something Melanie Kirkpatrick, the author of a new and lovely book about Thanksgiving, told me in an interview for this blog. Many people are quick to dismiss black Friday and the holiday shopping bonanza as materialistic—an example of the worst excesses of our consumerist culture. But Melanie reminded… Read more »

How Cleanliness Can Impact Society

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February 2016 officials in Paris announced that they had a plan to make the city a model of cleanliness for Europe.   Frankly, it needs a plan. Anyone who has been to Paris will attest to the accumulation of garbage, overflowing waste bins, floating refuse and, according to city officials, 350 metric tonnes of annually… Read more »

Get Creative With #GivingTuesday

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Yesterday was #GivingTuesday, an initiative started at 92Y to complement Thanksgiving’s day of gratitude. Following Black Friday and Cyber Tuesday, #GivingTuesday is a wonderful reminder of one of the values that sustains and defines this country—generosity.   One of the most obvious ways to participate in #GivingTuesday is to donate to your charity or cause of choice—and,… Read more »