5 Ways to Become a Better Listener

Posted by & filed under Silence, Virtues.

  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

Posted by & filed under Frugality.

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

Posted by & filed under Sincerity.

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

Posted by & filed under Tranquility.

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?

Posted by & filed under Virtues.

  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 »

Want to Lead a More Meaningful Life? Then Pick Up Your Pen!

Posted by & filed under Virtues.

  One of Ben Franklin’s most admirable qualities was how self-reflective he was.   He was constantly striving to be a better man—and part of that endeavor involved thinking deeply about why he did the things he did. Franklin kept a journal throughout his life where he recorded his thoughts and mused on why he was… Read more »